May 6, 2012 01:11 PM EST
Black Rock Racing Includes Spectator Showdown This Friday
Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY, (May 6, 2012)- A sense of normalcy returns to the Black Rock Speedway this Friday; that is if you don’t count the spectator races.
After the first three races of 2012 in Dundee featuring random appearances by various classes, the first Friday Night featuring the familiar five-plus divisions will take center stage on May 11. To add to the excitement, there will be spectator races where, for the only time this year, street-legal vehicles will compete on the 4/10-mile oval for a huge trophy and a years-worth of bragging rights.
With the exception of the IMCA Modifieds, each weekly division has just one race in the books; the action will start to move faster though with this Friday being the second of three consecutive weeks of action at the Yates County Power Plant.
For super stock and pavement competitor Chris Daughrety pulled off a mild upset winning last week in the Hoselton Auto Mall Sportsman division and inherently taking the early point lead. An impressive 22 cars were on hand this week and that number may grow to a full 24 by Friday.
The late models had a wild conclusion to their first race of the season with John Waters staying perfect on the season after a late run around the outside of multi-time track champion Jeremy Wonderling. This race will be the final tune-up before the DART Challenge Series Event on May 18.
Bob Buono and Chris Fisher picked up this year right where they left off at the end of last year with another epic duel last Friday, this time with Buono getting the best of the defending street stock champion. It is anyone’s guess who will score the win this weekend.
As mentioned earlier, the IMCA Modifieds have already cataloged three races so far this year at the speedway, with a new winner each time. Ironically, two drivers who have yet to win this year (Phil Yaw and Rich Karlnoski), or in their IMCA career for that matter, are tied for the point lead with Dave Yehl holding down third in the standings with those same qualities.
Rich Sharpsteen II is back behind the wheel of his “Flyin’ X” at Black Rock for 2012, but the car is still a top the Signs Plus of Kanona/Watkins Glen NAPA 4-Cylinder Points, just like where it was for most of last season with Dylan Cecce. The 4-cylinder classes has expanded by one for this year with a FWD division also part of the mix with Steve Rogers scoring the first weekly win Friday.
Les Irwin put on an impressive performance Friday opening up the night and his season with a Bandit win. The Home Necessities Bandits will kick off the action once again this Friday at 6:45 P.M., and Irwin will likely be the favorite in his No. 1.
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