posted May 12, 2002 05:44 PM
BROKEN WHEEL RUINS RUSS BAILEY'S WINNING RUN - TIM ADAMS TAKES TQ MIDGET SATURDAY NIGHT CHECKER FLAG AT
WALL TOWNSHIP SPEEDWAY
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Defending Neptune Research and Development Three Quarter Midget driving champion Tim Adams of Hamilton grabbed his first win of the year Saturday night at Wall Township Speedway after leader Russ Bailey of Helmetta suffered the heartbreak of a broken wheel and spun from the lead in the closing laps.
Doug Sherwood of Piscataway was the initial leader of the contest, but Adams roared into the top spot from his sixth starting slot in the early going. Meanwhile, Bailey was charging from his ninth starting slot and soon moved in to challenge.
Adams and Bailey then wrestled for several laps before Bailey took over the lead near the halfway mark. This one was far from over at this point, however, as Adams stayed right with the leader and took several stabs at the lead in lapped traffic.
As the laps wore down and the traffic cleared it looked as though Bailey was on his way to the checker flag. Then, with just two laps remaining, Bailey's red No. 57 spun in the third and fourth turns with a broken rear wheel and Adams raced by and on to the win. Sherwood held strong for second, with teammate Don Zrinski of Piscataway, third. Mike Tidaback of Little Falls was fourth and John Gambuti of Montville was fifth.
"This is not the way that I like to win, but I'll take it," said Adams of his competitor's misfortune. "That was a real tough break for Russ (Bailey). He was very fast tonight."
The Neptune Research and Development Three Quarter Midgets return to the high banks of the Wall Township Speedway on Sunday afternoon, May 19, at 1:00 p.m. and will be joined by the Street Stocks and a Demolition Derby. More information on the division is available by calling 732-602-1834.
Wall Township Speedway is on State Route 34, just north of the
intersection of I-195/State Route 138 (Exit 35B) and the Garden State
Parkway (Exit 98).
May 11, 2002
25-LAP FEATURE: 1. Tim Adams, Hamilton Township; 2. Doug Sherwood, Piscataway; 3. Don Zrinski, Piscataway; 4. Mike Tidaback, Little Falls; 5. John Gambuti, Montville; 6. Steve Stull, Hamilton Township; 7. Kristen McKnight, Clinton, Ct.; 8. George Chevalier, Piscataway; 9. Bob Watkins, Jr., Levittown, Pa.; 10. Blu Metz, Nazareth, Pa.; 11. Bill Lowe, South Plainfield; 12. Art Lawshe, Mount Holly; 13. Gary Betsy, Hamilton Township; 14. Russ Bailey, Helmetta; 15. Tom Fraschetta; 16. Louie Cicconi; 17. Chris DeRosier; 18. Glen Halbing, Toms River