Aug 7, 2010 02:48 AM EDT
Bryan Howland Breaks Through at Black Rock in $4,000-to-win A-Verdi Championship
By RICH VLECK
For Bryan Howland, any track he has not won at is, in his mind, not a good race track for him. Even though he has run well at Black Rock Speedway many times before Friday Night, seeing the double checkered flags first put this track on a whole new level.
Howland, 23, of Auburn, NY, captured the $4,000 top prize by winning the A-Verdi Championship at Black Rock Speedway, presented by S.P. Wilson/Lakes Gas. It was easy to detect the jubilation for the three-time Patriot Championship as he even climbed a top his No. 51 and raised his hands high in the air to the appraisal of the packed house.
“This means a lot,” admitted Howland in Victory Lane, who captured the A-Verdi King of Upstate New York Championship in the process.. “We have tried to win here for so long and to win on a night like this makes it even more special.
Howland won his heat race, an event mired by a hard wreck for NASCAR competitor Tony Stewart, who was dominating the event two laps when he made hard contact with Brad Knab’s No. 38 that had drifted back onto the track with a steering issue after it appeared he was clearing on the pit lane. Stewart’s No. 14 would flip multiple times, but he would climb out unharmed. Howland, who had to use the pit road lane to divert from the flip, would inherit the lead and would easily score the heat win.
Howland drew the pole position for the feature and after a solid battle with outside pole sitter Jared Fink on the opening lap, began to put significant distance on the rest of the pack for much of the race.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made his first career ASCS Patriot start on the night in Gary King and Fred Gormley’s No. 1k and after slipping high in his heat had to run the Vi-Kell Enterprises Four Laps of Fame, in which he won and was slated to start ninth in the feature. After Don Adamczyk dropped out with break issues, Stenhouse started seventh and quickly began to move forward.
Stenhouse, a Nationwide Series regular in the Roush-Fenway No. 6 and former sprint car standout, took the runner-up spot from Fink on a lap six restart, but just could not find what it took to get by Howland.
Stenhouse tried all sorts of lines on later restarts, including peaking low on lap 14 underneath the No. 51, but it was to no avail as Howland kept his foot in the throttle most of the way around the track on the top.
“I lifted a few times in turn three. That bank scares me just enough to do that,” Howland admitted after the race when asked how much he was lifting off the throttle. “The car was just perfect; the guys nailed the setup again.”
By the end of the event, mired in lapped traffic, Howland was able to win comfortably, with more than a five second lead over Stenhouse.
“To have someone like Ricky chasing after us for this win is pretty cool,” Howland added. “He’s a heck of a driver and I saw him coming up the leaderboard and then he peaked underneath me and I thought he might have me.”
With the win, Howland became the first three-time winner on the Patriot tour this season, all of which have been in bonus paying shows. It was the 17th ASCS Patriot win of his career. It also helped him to get a firmer grasp on the overall championship picture, with just five point races remaining. Also important was the A-Verdi King of Upstate New York.
“Any time you can win a championship, it’s a pretty cool deal,” said Howland in Victory Lane. “Joe (Verdi, of A-Verdi Storage Containers) and his whole family do a great job to put the series together and I’m proud to win it again.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was quite lucky to come across in second when his right rear developed a leak and put his quality run in peril. The Olive Branch, MS driver had just enough to hold on in his first time ever in a dirt coil-over car.
The battle behind Stenhouse for third was a fierce once, with rookie Dylan Swiernik taking home the final podium position. It was the best career finish for the Port Leyden, NY teenager, who did not even know if he could make it to BRS on Friday but found a way to get to the track and then found a way to get to the front.
Swiernik had spun around on lap eight while battling with Tim Kelly four fifth. Kelly would come to a stop, but Swiernik’s 360 degree spin would allow him to fall in line where he joined the pack.
Blake Breen and Jared Zimbardi were practically glued to one another for much of the feature, with Breen coming out on top at the end in fourth. Both 23-year-olds used the top and bottom on various occasions and would get massive runs on one another, along with other competitors.
Jessica Zemken had trouble in her heat, but would run up from 13th to sixth in her No. 14. Zemken came up through with Bobby Breen, who brought out the first caution on lap five while running in third but would rally from the back to finish seventh.
Tim Kelly also came from the back from his lap eight spin and finished eighth, with Jared Fink completing a solid showing in ninth. Shawn Donath would round out a tough top-10.
Heat race wins went to Kelly, Howland and Blake Breen. Even though 25 cars were in the pits, a B-main was not needed as four cars, Stewart, Knab, Bruce DeWick and Chris Muhleisen, were scratched after their heats.
Jeff Chesebro Finds His Way to Victory Lane, J.J. Yeley Controls NASCAR Match Race
While standing in Victory Lane, Jeff Chesebro stated, “It’s better to be lucky than good,” which was just what he needed to score the win in the BRP CanAm Late Models.
Chesebro, of Smethport, PA, inherited the lead on lap 22 when Jeremy Wonderling’s No. 3J dropped out of the event with an engine issue and never looked back as he was able to put his No. 97 in Victory Lane.
J.J. Mazur handled the lead early on, but the Wonderling Brothers, Mikey and Jeremy, began to gang up on the No. 13jr, with Mikey first taking the top spot on lap four, and then Jeremy taking the lead on lap six. Jeremy appeared as if he had set sail on the field, but he just could not make it to the finish.
While holding a comfortable advantage over Chesebro, Wonderling’s No. 3J lost power and darted to the infield. Chesebro inherited a massive lead, but that would be erased when a caution flag waved on lap 25 to set up a five lap scramble.
Dave DuBois and Larry Knowles tried what they could, but would have to settle for second and third, respectively. The third place run did allow Knowles to pad his point lead significantly on the BRP CanAm Tour.
Brian Knowles followed his dad through in fourth, with Mikey Wonderling handing on to a top-five.
The Original Pizza Logs 600cc Micro Sprints brought a host of cars to Dundee on Friday Night with Nick Cooper of Canandaigua stealing the show in his No. 35N, as he took the win.
Cooper moved by A.J. Bogino coming to the completion of lap two and steadily pulled away in his NPS Racing Engines entry. Cooper had also been the quickest car in heat races and backed that up with a steadily dominant run in the feature.
Darryl Ruggles made a late-race pass for second but would run out of time to challenge Cooper, and would have to settle for second. July BRS winner Matt Smith was third. A.J. Bogino and Cory Donk would round out the top-five.
For the second straight week, Ray Bliss carved his way nicely through the pack and inherited the lead before a lap was ever completed and hold on the rest of the way.
Rick Francis III was a convincing winner in the 270cc Micro Sprint event, leading the entire way.
J.J. Yeley visited the Black Rock Speedway for the first time and would quickly get acclimated to the oval, as he cruised to the win in the NASCAR Match Race in Sportsman Modifieds.
Driving Donnie Lawson’s No. 11, Yeley reluctantly started on the pole and dominated the race. Michael McDowell was second with Ricky Stenhouse having his worst finish of the night in third. Bobby Decker, Hauler Driver for Kasey Kahne’s No. 9 was fourth and Trevor Bayne rounded out the five cars.
Bliss, of Warsaw, picked up his third win of the season in the Hoselton Automall Sportsman Division, taking Ray Smith’s No. 12 car to Victory Lane over Loren Lincoln and Serenity Sutherland.
Brady Fultz was able to move up to finish fourth over the course of the final 15 laps which was highlighted by long green flag runs. Chris Comstock would take fifth on the final lap when Rob Richmond Jr. and John Juhl came together off the final corner.
Andy Fisk finally broke through for his first Black Rock win in the American Racer Tire Street Stock division. Fisk, of Williamson, led all 20 laps in his No. 33x to hold off the No. 33 of Scott Sebring for the win.
Bob Buono was able to move into second in his No. 64 around Sebring in the closing laps. Jared Hill and Dan Searls completed the top-five.
In a wild Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinder, Del Cummings of Hector scored his first feature win since May of 2008. Cummings inherited the lead on lap 18 when Scott Bradley handed over the lead to Ray Speicher, who developed a flat right front tire and was forced to pit. At the same time Speicher had his No. 14 going flat, Bradley got spun by Rich Sharpsteen II in a tight battle and both cars had to go to the rear.
Cummings was able to hold off Chad Ayers, who came close to capturing his first feature win in second. Joe Povoski, Russ Wassner and Mike Ziarno completed the unique top-five. Point leader Terry Povoski fell out while running leading on lap nine when the transmission went on his No. 4.
Noah Herington took back the point lead in the Home Necessities u standings, as he took the lead on lap six and held on to capture his sixth win of the season.
Herington passed Lisa Cornish and then withstood the advances of Jordan Siri to cross the line with the victory. Cody Clemens brought it home in third.
Black Rock Speedway Results: 8/6/2010-
A-Verdi Storage Containers and S.P. Wilson/Lakes Gas Night to benefit MRO
ASCS Patriots A-Verdi A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Bryan Howland (51), 2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (1k), 3. Dylan Swiernik (7c), 4. Blake Breen (8), 5. Jared Zimbardi (35), 6. Jessica Zemken (14z), 7. Bobby Breen (9), 8. Tim Kelly (12), 9. Jared Fink (21F), 10. Shawn Donath (33), 11. George Suprick (87), 12. Bubba Broderick (5), 13. Vern Wasson (5v), 14. Matt Tanner (56), 15. Dave Wickham (80), 16. Bob Reis (4), 17. Shayne Ely (90), 18. Austin Ely (90x), 19. Ross Vleck (2), 20. Gary Troutman (44), 21. Don Adamczyk (21).
DNQ: Tony Stewart (14T), Bruce DeWick (22D), Brad Knab (38), Chris Muhleisen (10M)
Lap Leader- Howland 1-25.
Heat Winners- Kelly, Howland, Bl. Breen
Dash Winner- Stenhouse.
BRP CanAm Late Model Feature (30 Laps)- JEFF CHESEBRO, Dave DuBois, Larry Knowles, Brian Knowles, Mikey Wonderling, Jason Knowles, Bob Buono, Bob Babbitt, Brian Hoffman, Beamer Guzzardi, Quinn Sutherland, Greg Galligan, Greg Young, J.J. Mazur, Chris Peacock, Jim Johnson, Jeremy Wonderling, Wayne Robertson, Bryce Davis, Jared Hill, John Waters, Carl Cleveland, Adam Ashcroft, Adam DePuy.
DNQ: Jon Rivers, Wally Wade.
Lap Leaders- Mazur 1-3, M. Wonderling 4-5, J. Wonderling 6-21, Chesebro 22-30.
Heat Winners- Davis, Mazur, Chesebro.
Consilation Winner- Galligan.
Original Pizza Logs 600 Micro Sprint Feature (20 Laps)- NICK COOPER, Darryl Ruggles, Matt Smith, A.J. Bogino, Cory Donk, John Smith, Alysha Ruggles, Eric Wise, Colton Wilson, Mike Livecci, Kyle Pierce, Chris Seely, Darren Flowers, 99k, Steve Doell, Greg Kysor, Jim Radney, Zack Vanorstrand, Parker Evans, Cody Shurgot, Keith Heater, Dave Ferguson, Tyler Walker, Charlie Donk.
DNQ: Mark Schenck, Dan Naegele, Sean O’Dea, Kevin Carlson, Matt Jones, Kirsten Dombroski, Austin Ely, Bob Finley, Paul Habeck.
Lap Leaders- Bogino 1, Cooper 2-25.
Heat Winners- Wilson, Cooper, Bogino.
B-Main Winner- Evans.
270 Micro Sprint Feature (8 Laps)- RICK FRANCIS III, Shannon Doran, Kendall Crout, Chris Steinruck Sr., Aaron Duvall.
NASCAR Match Race (8 Laps)- J.J. Yeley, Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Bobby Decker, Trevor Bayne.
Hoselton Auto Mall Crate Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)- RAY BLISS JR., Loren Lincoln, Serenity Sutherland, Brady Fultz, Chris Comstock, Bryan Faulkner, Damon Walker, Trevor Sutherland, Gary Donnelley, John Juhl, Ron Cartwright Jr., Matt Richmond , Katelyn Kane, Donnie Lawson, Fran Hilton, Brandon Butler, Joe Cook Jr., Steve Swarthout, Nick Guererri, Greg Crooker, Randy McCulloch, Tyler Siri, Rob Richmond Jr.
Lap Leader- Bliss 1-20.
American Racer Tire Street Stock Feature (20 Laps)- ANDY FISK, Bob Buono, Scott Sebring, Jared Hill, Dan Searls, Jim McAfee, Nate Daggett, Rich McIntyre, Nate Peckham, Frank Guererri Jr., Jeremy Perkins, Larry Fenton Jr., Chuck Winslow, Carl Cleveland, Jimmy Grant, Jason White, Chris Force, Chris Fisher.
Lap Leader- Fisk 1-20.
Signs Plus of Kanona 4-Cylinder Feature (20 Laps)- DEL CUMMINGS, Chad Ayers, Joe Povoski, Russ Wassner, Mike Ziarno, Sarah Johnson, Scott Bradley, Rich Sharpsteen II, Greg Reynolds, Ray Speicher, Rob Wilcox, Terry Covoski, Brian Thompson, Brent Ayers, Val Stephens, Chad Winslow, Erica Bell, Kailey Wassner, Bobby Teed (DNS).
Lap Leaders- Ziarno 1-5, T. Povoski 6-8, Bradley 9, T. Povoski 10-17, Bradley 18, Cummings 19-20.
Home Necessities Bandits (10 Laps)- NOAH HERINGTON, Jordan Siri, Cody Clemens, Allison Teed, Lisa Cornish, Zach Teed, Trista Teed.
Lap Leaders- Cornish 1-5, Herington 6-10.