Jul 21, 2007 12:44 AM EDT
Steve Paine, Todd Henderson and Quinn Sutherland Continue to Stay Hot at Black Rock
By RICH VLECK
DUNDEE, NY- Steve Paine had to miss racing action two weeks ago when the Marbles Automotive 358-Modifieds ran double features, dropping him back to fourth in the standings, but he made most of his deficit up on his first night back.
“The Hurricane” took the lead from Ron White on lap 19 of the 25-lap Feature and knifed his way through lap traffic to score his sixth win of the season in Dundee.
“Boy this track was nice and tacky tonight,” said the Waterloo, NY driver with sweat rolling down his brow after climbing out of his Tallmadge Tire No. 7x TEO. “I didn’t think I was going to catch Ronnie (White) because he is usually pretty good out front.”
Paine started back in 14th, but was up into fourth by lap six when the race was red flagged for a multi-car pile in turn three. He took command of second place from Gil Tegg on lap 10 and then began his pursuit on leader Ron White.
While Paine pulled away, Pat Ward, who made his second-ever trip to Black Rock, moved his No. 42p through the field and scored a runner-up finish, with White scoring his second top-three of the year.
Gil Tegg, who was strong early, faded back to fourth, with point leader Ron Cartwright Jr. rebounding from a spin over the turn three baking on lap one to round out the top-five.
Championship contenders Ray Bliss Jr. and Brian Swarthout both suffered issues early on, placing 20th and 21st, respectively.
Todd Henderson made his return to the Hoselton Automotive Crate Sportsman Feature after a six-week hiatus to return to Victory Lane for the sixth time this season. The Canandaigua, NY driver was jubilated to prove that he is still on his game.
Henderson took the lead on lap 9 from point leader Brady Fultz and progressively checked out to win by over three seconds, lapping up to eighth place in a feature that had just one caution on lap one.
Daryl Hilkert nipped Fultz at the line for a strong second-place showing, with youngsters Larry Wight and Mike Mahaney rounding out the top-five.
Quinn Sutherland stayed on fire at the beginning of the night as he won his fourth straight feature at Black Rock in his DB Miles No. 36 Super Stock. With Freedom Village USA Sponsoring the night, the make-up feature from June 8 was slated on another beautiful night in Dundee.
Sutherland, who started up front due to a rough month of May, was fending off series point leader Jeremy Wonderling when the two came in contact on a lap 3 restart, shuffling Wonderling back to sixth. Wonderling would crawl back up to third, but could not get around Bob Buono, who was second, and had Rich Karlnoski get back by for third.
In the second feature, handicapping finally caught up to Sutherland as he ran out of time attempting to reel in Bob Buono, who was able to stave off the advances and pick up his first career Freedom Village USA Super Stocks Victory.
Buono was up by more than three seconds on the final lap when the caution flag waved for only the second time in the race, placing Sutherland on the rear of the No. 64. Buono stayed strong on the final lap and handily captured the crown.
Behind the top two were Dundee residents Donnie Smith and Rich Karlnoski, with Bruce Miller completing the top-five. Defending Champion Jeremy Wonderling struggled to finish 9th and relinquish his stranglehold atop the standings.
Darl Ellis attempted to pass Frank Chapman Jr. on the bottom for most of the 20-lap street stock feature, but it was a high-side cross-over on lap 20 that would allow him to slide under the point leader and lead the final lap to score his second career win.
Ellis was jubilated in Victory Lane, inching closer in the point chase. Rounding out the top-three was Chris Fisher to move him up in the standings.
Terry Povoski swept the heat and the feature for the fourth straight time in the Regional Truck Pro Truck Feature. Povoski took the lead in the feature from Chris Leroux just before half way and pulled away from the No. 32, as well as Doug Buckley, who rounded out the top-three.
Chris McCann took the lead on lap two from David Havens in the Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinder Feature and stayed strong, holding off the advances of Kim Jennejohn and Joe Povoski to score his second win of the season in his World Kitchen No. 4JM.
While McCann stayed two cars in front of the other two, Jennejohn and Povoski stayed side-by-side, including coming across the line, with Povoski just edging out Jennejohn for second.
Past winners such as Rich Sharpsteen II and Derrick Mills retired early with mechanical problems.
Tom Austin Jr. found Victory Lane for the fifth time this season with the HomeNecessities.com Bandits, but the first time in over a month. “Rocker” passed C.J. Winslow on lap seven after the No. 2 began to fade. David Ahouse and Dylan Cecee rounded out the podium positions.
In the street stock/ pro truck ladies event, Jamie Schuyler made a last-lap pass, using her boyfriend’s No. 93 Truck to get around Stacey Jensen for the feature win.
107 cars signed into the pits for another action-packed night for racing. Racing was completed in just under four hours. Not included in the count were two FASTRAK Crate Late Models, Mike Wonderling and Kyle Drum, who experimented with the track in hopes for an event next month.