I-88 Speedway Race Report

by Steve Clapperton

I-88 Speedway recap for May 30, 2014

Rosa's Restaurant & Pizzaria Night

Modified Winner Dana Wagner
Dana Wagner wins the modified class on 05/30/2014

Sportsman Winner Alan Barker
Alan Barker wins in the Sportsman class on 05/30/2014

IMCA Modified Winner James Cornell
James Cornell wins in the IMCA class on 05/30/2014

Street Stock Winner Dustin Harris
Dustin Harris wins in the Street Stock class on 05/30/2014

4 cylinder Truck Winner Erik Wagner
Erik Wagner wins in the 4 cylinder truck class on 05/30/2014

Xcel Modifieds Winner Michael Burrows
Michael Burrows wins in the Xcel Modifieds class on 05/30/2014
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Dana Wagner of Trout Creek picked up his first career feature win on Rosa's Restaurant and Pizzeria Night at I-88 Speedway. Wagner started on the pole for the thirty lap event. Wagner was pressured through the early portion of the event by fourth starting Nick Nye of Cortland. Nye, a rookie of the year contender in the Modifieds, took over second place on lap two and pulled under the leader coming off turn two on the eleventh lap, but was unable to complete the pass.

By the halfway point the two leaders had opened a half straightaway advantage over third place J.R. Hurlburt of Otego and Susquehanna PA's Darwin Greene. The first caution flag came on lap 18 when defending track champion Mike Mahaney of King Ferry came to a stop in turn four with a flat tire.

On the ensuing restart the leaders again pulled away from the pack, but Greene started to find a groove running the high side of the speedway. The next caution came on lap 22 when Mahaney tangled with Fly Creek's Jeff Leslie coming off turn four.

Greene again took to the high side of the raceway and passed Nye for second on the restart. With Greene pressuring the leader Wagner began to fade until the caution came out with two laps remaining. Wagner hung on for the win becoming the fifth different winner in as many races in the Modified division. Greene finished second, Nye third, Brett Tonkin of Carbondale third, Hurlburt fourth and Norwich's Mitch Gibbs fifth.

"Actually my car was stumbling the last five laps. I thought I was out of gas" said Wagner in victory lane after the race.

Delanson's Pat O'Hanlon took the lead at the start of the 20 Chambers and O'Hara Street Stock feature from the third starting position. With Hanlon in the lead a three wide race for second off turn four with Charlie Hendrickson Jr. taking the position and Alan Barker of Norwich settling into third and Walton's Aaron Shelton falling into fourth.

O'Hanlon had opened a half straightaway lead when the caution came out on lap 8 when Harpursville's Travis Smith tangled with Duane Jackson of Edmeston in turn four. When the race restarted Barker slipped under Bethel's Hendrickson to take over second.

After staying on the bottom of the speedway throughout most of the early part of the race, Barker switched to the top side and began to catch the leader making the pass for the lead on lap 14. Barker went on to take his fourth win in five races, Hendrickson crossed the line in second with Walton's Butch Klinger third, O'Hanlon fourth and Bill Spoonhower of Berkshire fifth.

Beau Ballard of Stamford took the lead at the start of the 20 lap Vernooy's Automotive Excellence IMCA Modified feature. Ballard held off Harpursville's Gary Smith through the early portion of the race until Smith spun into the infield coming off turn two on the sixth lap.

On the restart Brian Steigerwald grabbed the top spot from Ballard while Harpursville's James Cornell charged into third from his 11th starting spot.

On lap 7 Ballard reclaimed the lead from Guilford's Steigerwald while Cornell maintained his high line around the speedway following Ballard past Steigerwald. One lap later Cornell slipped under Ballard to take the lead.

Eighth starting Matt Cole of Binghamton had methodically worked his way to the front and on the twelfth circuit passed Ballard for second on lap 12. Cole pressured the leader through the final eight laps of the event but was unable to make the pass for the lead. Cornell went on to take his second win of the season with Cole second Ballard third, Cobleskill's Will Ward fourth and Kurt Decker of Afton crossed the line fifth.

"I could tell from the get-go it was sticking in the corners" said Cornell in Victory Lane.

Dustin Harris of Unadilla took the lead from pole sitter Steve Polhamus of Windsor on the second lap of the 20 lap Olum's Street Stock feature. Harris opened a half straightaway lead by lap which he extended to a full straightaway advantage just four laps later with Sidney's Paul Harrington running second, Polhamus holding onto third and Brenton Miller of Athens PA in fourth.

Miller slipped past Polhamus on lap seven with Steve Polhamus of Windsor following into third. Harrington came to a stop in turn four just past the halfway point eliminating Harris's large lead.

On the restart Miller and Steve Polhamus tangle in turn three bringing out another caution putting Lockwood's Tom Savercool in second and Matt Roberts of Nineveh third.

At the checkers it was Harris taking the win with Savercool second, Roberts third, Doug Polhamus fourth and Miller fifth.

Dustin Wilber took the lead from Unadilla's Bob Crandall on the third lap of the McDonald's Empire Sport Truck feature. Wilber, from Unadilla led until lap 13 when Afton's Erik Wagner drove past on a restart and went on for his second win of the season. Wilber finished second with Crandall third. Wayne Van Dusen Jr. of Norwich crossed the line fourth with Afton's Chris Sherman fifth.

Michael Burrows of Annville PA bested a 30 car field of Excel Modifieds to take the win in their 30 lap event.

Friday, May 30, 2014 Racing -- Rosa's Restaurant & Pizzaria Night - Results

Greg Page Construction Modifieds (30 Laps):

Dana Wagner, Darwin Greene, Nick Nye, Brett Tonkin, J.R. Hurlburt, Mitch Gibbs, Brad Alger, Arnie Slade, Shaun Walker, Brian Weaver, Mike Mahaney, Tyler Siri, Bob Hamm, Paul Jensen, Tim Currier, Jeff Leslie, Chad Cook, Sam Allen, John Siedlecky, Greg Tatich

Chambers and O’Hara Sportsmen (20 Laps):

Alan Barker, Charlie Hendrickson Jr., Butch Klinger, Pat O’Hanlon, Bill Spoonhower, Brandon Walters, Mike Decker, Gary Card Jr., Kevin Coons, Travis Smith, Aaron Shelton, Randy Green, Dwayne Jackson, Skip Pickwick, Duane Knapp, Cory Pike, Tyler Ward

Vernooy’s Automotive Excellence IMCA Modifieds (20 Laps):

James Cornell, Matt Cole, Beau Ballard, Will Ward, Kurt Decker, Brian Steigerwald, Tyler Stoddard, Rob Compton, Matt Roberts, Bill Ward, Bobby Collins, Brian Mills, Tim Vandemark, Gary Smith, Mike Stoddard DNS Mike Butler

Olum’s Street Stocks (20 Laps):

Dustin Harris, Tom Savercool, Matt Roberts, Doug Polhamus, Brenton Miller, Fred Christ, Steve Polhamus, Jim Gould, Ralph Cuozzo Jr., Paul Harrington, DNS Matt Bowman

McDonald’s Empire Sport Trucks (15 Laps):

Erik Wagner, Dustin Wilber, Bob Crandall, Wayne Van Dusen Jr., Chris Sherman, Josh Akshar, Bill Cooper, Ralph Cuozzo Jr., Rick Wagner, Brandon Clapperton, Allan Hodge

Xcel Modifieds (20 Laps):

Michael Burrows, Richie Hitzler, Aaron Bowes, Jonathan Pepe, Will Eastman, Kyle Fallis, Kailee Dimorier, Nathan Brinker, Jordyn Mohr, Steven Sherwood, Ryan Mohr, Kamdin Maby, Josh Pepe, Tom Shiner, Jonathan Josko, Dustin Gorick, Scott Adams, Bud Leizear, Shawna Schibilia, Joseph McCabe, Nick Cinquanti, Doug Windhausen, A.J. Miller, Dakota Barlet, Abbey Price, Jaime Frantz, Tim Frantz, Bobby Butler, Ian Williamson DNS Sean Barchik