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Author Topic: ‘The Juice’ Jared Zimbardi Takes Patriot Sprint Tour Glory At Black Rock  (Read 1094 times)


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DUNDEE, NY – For Immediate Release – May 16th, 2015

The first sprint car special of the season was set for Friday night at Black Rock Speedway.  Mother Nature did her very best to intervene- dropping rain on the grounds at 6:15PM after the track had been watered already.  Mike Jackson, Sue Foster and the entire team at Black Rock Speedway dug in and went to work to not let Mother Nature have her way.

Drivers from all divisions helped get the track packed back in to racing condition.  Without that assistance the night would have been lost.  Once the track was worked back in, the drivers and fans alike were treated to the best surface they have had to race on all season long.  Jared Zimbardi, Brady Fultz, Dale Welty, Bobby Maynard, Chuck Winslow and Rich Sharpsteen all took checkered flags on SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment Night.

Zimbardi used a fifth place starting position to make quick work of things while brother in-law Kyle Drum set the pace for the opening 10 circuits.  Drum and Jason Barney led the field as they began to hit slower traffic on lap 5.  Zimbardi had worked his way up to third prior to a Lap 6 caution flag for a spin in Turn 2.

On the restart ‘The Juice’ Zimbardi went to work on Barney for second spot only to be denied lap after lap.  The front three drivers were using all three lanes of the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’ Black Rock Speedway.  As the leaders clicked off lap 11, Zimbardi finally found an opening and made his move.

With Drum utilizing the cushion up high and Barney slipping up off the bottom, Zimbardi stuck it on the bottom making it three-wide to take the lead off Turn 2.  The driver residing in Bradford, Pennsylvania made the thrilling pass for the lead and would never look back to take the 25-lap victory.  Drum, Bryan Howland, Justin Barger and Barney would round out the top five.

“I was getting a real good run on the bottom of Turn 1,” said Zimbardi in Champion Power Equipment Victory Lane.

Zimbardi would go on to talk about the daring move around Drum and how much trust has to be held amongst each other when racing so close together.

“He’s my brother in-law so I know he wouldn’t do anything dirty, he’s a really clean driver.”

The Modified 30 lap feature would find Brady Fultz and Marcus Dinkins on the front row with the Dundee, NY veteran Fultz taking the early lead.  Yellow would fall on the field on Lap 2 as Dinkins looped his 17 car in front of the field, making contact with the Friendly Ford 14J of Alan Johnson.  Johnson would continue on in the second position.

Stacey Jackson spun the Herbie Wright #88 in Turn 1 on the next lap bringing out a caution.  Each restart though; Fultz was up to the challenge in his 370 Modified versus the Big Block power underneath Johnson’s 14J.  Fultz would hold off the charges of Johnson lap after lap until eventually pulling away to a 4 car length lead on Lap 17.

Lap 17 would see the caution fall for Johnson who appeared to have a problem.  The problem however was that rain had begun to fall heavily on the racing surface, with officials quickly losing the surface to the rain.  The race was called official as they were past halfway with the finishing order being determined by the last completed lap.

In the end Brady Fultz would score the win over Johnson, Tyler Siri third, Steve Paine fourth and Joe Dgien rounding out the top five with a badly damaged right sail panel.  Eric Fisher, Cory Costa, Derrick Podsiadlo, Scott Boudinot and Ron Cartwright Jr would round out the top ten.

Victory Lane had to be postponed due to rain with the racing on May 22nd starting with Brady Fultz’ Victory Lane ceremonies.

The Crate Sportsman feature would find teammates Eric Bell and Brent Ayers on the front row for the 25-lap feature event.  Ayers would pull away quickly in this one and had extended out to a very impressive lead before the first caution flag on lap 8 for Jordan Siri who got turned around in Turns 1 & 2.

Welty used a perfect restart to take the lead away from Ayers on lap 9 and left Ayers to contend with the likes of Josh Keesey and Ross Vleck.  Vleck got his Fleet Pride sponsored 83 Teo working well on the cushion and was making a great run within the top five.  Vleck and Keesey both took their turns making runs at Welty for the lead.

Several late race cautions allowed Welty to cool the tires on his #123 down for better grip on the restarts.  After a few laps the tires would heat up and Welty’s lead would dwindle to Keesey who finished second.

“That was a tough one too, we went a little soft on the right rear,” said Welty in SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment Victory Lane.

“After about four or five laps that thing would get looser and looser.  I was real lucky to get those cautions at the end.”

Keesey would come home second, Ayers in for a fine third, Vleck fourth and Chris Fisher scoring another Top 5 in fifth.

It would be an all Smith front row for the M&M Auto Sales and Service IMCA Modifieds as they took the green for their 20-lap feature and it was Brandon Smith who jumped out into the early lead.  Brandon would lead the opening two circuits until Brad Smith would take away the lead on lap 3.

The man on the move though was Towanda, Pennsylvania native Bobby Maynard who started sixth and quickly moved his way into the top three.  Maynard had never won an IMCA Modified event before but looked like a seasoned veteran blasting to the lead on lap 6 and never looking back. 

Veteran IMCA competitor Tony Harris in the 9cat was hard on the charge trying to catch Maynard but couldn’t close the gap as the laps wound down.  Maynard would take career IMCA win #1 over Harris, Keith Lamphere, Scott Sebring and rookie competitor Sparky Hills to complete the top five.

“It’s nice to have things stay together for once and here we are,” said Maynard while celebrating with his crew.

“It might look easy, but these things are a handful.  It’s not a street stock by a longshot!”

Two drivers that have been bit by the bad luck bug lately led the field to Scott Hixson’s green flag in the Morseman Racing Chassis Street Stocks.  CJ Guererri and Chuck Winslow battled hard for the lead early with Guererri getting out front and running the top side well in clean air.

Guerreri would continue to fend off charges from Winslow who was trying to work the low side of the speedway.  As they completed lap 10 at halfway, Winslow edged the nose of his 61 car out front.  A position he would hold until the checkered flag.

After losing the lead, Guererri was trying to pick his way through slower traffic when the CJ1 made contact with the left rear quarter panel of the 12 car of John Burritt.  Burritt tried to reel in the #12 but would slide back into the CJ1 of Guererri, getting Guererri out of shape and ultimately cutting a tire.  A tough break for Guererri who now had two races worth of bad luck in slower traffic that killed top five finishes.

The red flag would be displayed on lap 17 after Tracy Dunn slowed with a problem in Turn 3, collecting the 38 of Gene Balmer who ended up on his lid before coming to rest on all four tires.  A small fire ignited on the Winslow-owned 38 car but Black Rock Speedway safety officials were Johnny on the spot to put the fire out.  Balmer climbed out of his car uninjured.

On the restart Winslow had to deal with the #26 of defending Empire 100 winner Kurt Stebbins.  Stebbins had the KB Graphics car on the back bumper of Winslow for the remainder of the 20-lap affair but just couldn’t garner enough ‘mustard’ to scoot by.

Winslow would get his first win of 2015 over Stebbins, LaVerne Knickerbocker who finally got back on track with a good run, point leader Jared Hill and Jake Karlnoski the top five.

“It was going pretty good at the beginning of the race but under that red flag it started getting warm,” said Winslow about the brief red flag delay for his teammates flip.

When asked what do you do when it gets warm like that?

“Just hope she stays together.”

Speaking of drivers getting back on track, look no further than the driver of the Flyin’ X Rich Sharpsteen who also took the lead at halfway to cruise away to his second win of 2015 for the NAPA Know How 4 Cylinders. 

The Dundee, NY pilot out of the Backyard Motorsports stables started fourteenth and wasted no time slicing his way through the field.  By lap 5 the Waneta Inn, Certified Enterprises machine was battling within the top five.

Desi Force led the opening three circuits after her wild ride off Turn 3 the week before.  Rick Horton out of Bradford, NY would take the lead away from Force on lap 4 and lead until lap 10.  Horton and Sharpsteen traded paint several times but Horton did not have the answer for Sharpsteen.

Sharpsteen got the win over Horton, Del Cummings, Chad Ayers and another top five for Dundee’s David Whetham.  The first front wheel drive car across the line this week was Codie Baker in his #14.

“We finally got the handle right on the car, can’t thank my Backyard Motorsports guys enough for helping me figure it out,” said the driver of the Flyin’ X in Champion Power Equipment Victory Lane.

“It’s been a very stressful couple of weeks but I think we’ve got a handle on it.”

Next week Black Rock Speedway welcomes the IMCA Modified Empire Series for their first of two stops to the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’ in Dundee, NY.  Grandstand admission is set for $12 with Seniors and ages 12-17 paying $10 for admission.  The IMCA Empire Series will be joined by a regular card of Modifieds, Sportsman, Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders and Bandits.  Gates open at 5PM with opening ceremonies starting promptly at 7PM.

Full Results- SuperGen Products/Champion Power Equipment Night 5/15/15:
Patriot Sprint Tour 360 Sprints, 22 cars (25 Laps): JARED ZIMBARDI, Kyle Drum, Bryan Howland, Justin Barger, Jason Barney, Tommy Wickham, Sammy Reakes IV, Scott Kreutter, Matt Tanner, Paul Habeck, Tyler Graves, Daryl Ruggles, George Suprick, Steve Collins, Scott Just, Steve Hutchinson Jr, Paul Colagiovanni, Steve Glover, Will Glover, Alysha Ruggles, Dave Just, Ed Kelley
Lap Leaders: Drum 1-10, Zimbardi 11-25
Heat Winners: Wickham, D. Just, Collins
4 Laps of Fame Dash: Kreutter

Modifieds 16 cars (17 Laps- cut short due to Rain): BRADY FULTZ (1), Alan Johnson, Tyler Siri, Steve Paine, Joe Dgien, Eric Fisher, Cory Costa, Derrick Podsiadlo, Scott Boudinot, Ron Cartwright Jr, Chris Ostrowsky, Donnie Lawson, Dale Welty, Stacey Jackson, Marcus Dinkins, Daryl Hilkert
Lap Leaders: Fultz 1-17
Heat Winners: Boudinot, Siri

Crate Sportsman 19 cars (25 Laps): DALE WELTY (1), Josh Keesey, Brent Ayers, Ross Vleck, Chris Fisher, Loren Lincoln, Jake Dgien, Steve Gray, Doug Smith, Casey Pavlick, Eric Bell, Brett Buono, Jordan Siri, Lance Irwin, Zach Ziegenhagen, Mike Buchanan, Bill Laviolette, Chris Mashewske, Chris Silvers
Lap Leaders: Ayers 1-8, Welty 9-25
Heat Winners: Vleck, Welty

M&M Auto Sales & Service IMCA Modifieds 13 Cars (20 Laps):
BOBBY MAYNARD (1), Tony Harris, Keith Lamphere, Scott Sebring, Sparky Hills, Jason Benjamin, Brad Smith, Ken Buck, Rodney Morgan, Brandon Smith, Brandon Mathews, Todd Stone, Rich Karlnoski
Lap Leaders: Brandon Smith 1-2, Brad Smith 3-5, Maynard 6-20
Heat Winners: B. Smith, Maynard

MRC Street Stocks 16 cars (20 Laps): CHUCK WINSLOW (1), Kurt Stebbins, LaVerne Knickerbocker, Jared Hill, Jake Karlnoski, Roger Kerrick, Tracy Dunn, Nate Daggett, Bill Miller, CJ Guererri, Harold Fenton, Gene Balmer, Frank Chapman Jr, John Burritt, Dennis Cummings  DNS: Rich Rider
Lap Leaders: Guererri 1-9, Winslow 10-20
Heat Winners: Daggett, Dunn

NAPA Know How 4 Cylinders 15 cars (20 Laps): RICH SHARPSTEEN (2), Rick Horton, Del Cummings, Chad Ayers, Dave Whetham, Jeremy Trank, Codie Baker, Scott Bradley, Chris Percy, Jayson Smart, Erica Bell, Desi Force, Dan Smart, Jarod Brown, Amy Buck
Lap Leaders: Force 1-3, Horton 4-9, Sharpsteen 10-20
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