May 5, 2012 01:59 AM EDT
Bobby Breen Blasts Black Rock to Score Spring Sprint Nationals
Rich Vleck, DUNDEE, NY, (May 4, 2012)- Bobby Breen is strong at just about any track he competes at, but no facility has been friendlier to him over the years than the Black Rock Speedway as he scored his fourth career win on the track he began his sprint car career at eight years ago.
Breen, 23, of Savannah, NY, made his weekend trip home from college in Ohio pay off as he scored the win in the Insinger Race Fuels Spring Sprint Nationals, an event featuring the top names of the Patriot Sprint Tour and United Racing Company. Breen was strong all night, but another driver’s misfortune also made the trip to Victory Lane easier.
“Dobbers” won his qualifying heat in convincing fashion, driving from fourth to the lead in just two laps. After redrawing the fifth starting spot, he quickly drove up to second behind Suprick and began to stalk him in lapped traffic. On the restart following the race’s first yellow flag on lap 11, Breen made a run to the outside of Suprick but the veteran did not plan to give up the lead that easily.
“I thought I had him on the slide job,” recalled Breen about his bid to the inside of Suprick when he dove to the lead in turns one and two before Suprick crossed him back up and returned the favor in the next set of corners. “I guess there was a little more moisture coming out of turn two, but we were so strong in lapped traffic. The car was awesome.”
Despite not being able to hold the lead, Breen continued to pressure Suprick until the duo reached lapped traffic once again. On lap 18 of the 25 lap feature, Breen was setting up a bid for the lead when Suprick stabbed the brakes to avoid a lapped car also running the high groove. Suprick’s No. 87 washed up, hitting the turn three berm just enough to send his ride flipping. It was a spectacular moment in the race but regardless of the flip Breen likely would have exited the series of corners as the leader.
Under the red flag for Suprick, Breen checked the readjusted leaderboard to see that Jared Zimbardi, the defending PST Champion and most recent winner at Black Rock, was in second and was also moving up swiftly through the field; it was no time to relax for the driver of the No. 9.
On what would be the final restart on lap 19, Breen was solid and put a safe distance between himself and Zimbardi. He reached the tail of the field again with two laps remaining, calling to mind three races in 2010 where he lost the lead on the final lap, but he was steady this time around and would hang on for his seventh career PST Win.
Last year Breen ran just two races as he was focusing on college in Ohio. This year he has already made as many starts and sees the $10,000 PST America Championship as a real possibility, as he has now taken over the point lead. The ability to pull off such a feat though is not possible a lot of hours on the road, or the work on the car back home. Bobby was appreciative in Victory Lane for his crew, particularly of his older brother Blake, as it was his car that Bobby was driving on Friday Night.
Jared Zimbardi would hang on for second, a welcomed result for the defending champion after a horrid start to the 2012 season. Zimbardi was able to utilize multiple grooves to hold off Bryan Howland for the runner-up spot, as the four-time champion would cross in third.
Scott Kreutter had an impressive run up through the pack from 13th to finish in fourth with a rim-riding performance. Justin Barger was solid again as he would round out the top five in his No. 5.
Don Adamczyk’s first start of the year resulted in an Original Pizza Logs Four Laps of Fame Dash win and a sixth place finish, ahead of Ryan Bohlke, who made his first appearance at Black Rock. Charlie Donk would charge up nine spots to finish eighth. Steve Collins was in the top five most of the night but would finish in ninth. Josh Weller won B-Main one and round out the top 10 just ahead of Chuck Hebing, who barely beat Weller in his heat to send him to the B-Main.
An impressive 39 cars helped to fill the pits on a beautiful summer-like evening in the Finger Lakes. A number of drivers were running a sprint at Black Rock for the first time and varying results were seen.
Daughrety ran down polesitter and defending track champion Donnie Lawson just after the races first restart and held a steady line just off the bottom of the track. Brady Fultz then began to set up a pass for the lead while in lapped traffic, but another caution flag on lap 14 would change the complexion of the race.
On the restart, Daughrety would get a clean jump but Fultz would start to run him down once again. Fultz set up a crossover coming to the white flag, but would have the door shut on him in the final set of corners as Daughrety found a way to capture the Checkered Flag.
Fultz seemed to perhaps have the strongest car of the race, but would have to settle for second. Ross Vleck would get under Donnie Lawson on the final lap for third, while Ray Bliss Jr. would round out the top five.
Jeremy Wonderling drove to the front early in the late model feature and appeared to be the class of the field, but when a caution flag flew on lap 12, John Waters put his car to the top of the track and used the rim to rocket into the lead and stay there as he stayed perfect in his No. 11 for 2012 with a win in Black Rock’s first feature.
Waters, of Whitesville, checked out over the final eight laps to continue his streak of impressive results in Dundee. As he was holding command over the field, a mad dash was on for second with Brian Knowles claiming that spot over Dusty Waters, Jeremy Wonderilng and Jason Knowles.
Bob Buono came up just nine points short of the street stock championship last year, so when Chris Fisher drove by him on a lap eight restart, Buono dug in even deeper to show that he will be a threat this year for the title. Buono, of Wayne, NY, took the lead back from Fisher on lap 11 and held off the No. 37 the rest of the way to celebrate his birthday in Victory Lane. As Buono and Fisher held on to spots one and two, Larry Fenton Jr. held a steady third, ahead of Jake Karlnoski and Nate Peckham, who completed the top five.
Scott Bennett benefitted from Mike Smith’s mechanical issue on lap five to take the lead back and never let it go as he led the rest of the way for his first IMCA Modified feature win of the year. Bennett had a strong car even before taking the lead but really flexed his muscle for the final 15 laps. Shawn Bruce gave a worthy bid for the lead but would have to settle for second. Rich Karlnoski would cross in third with Jared Spaulding and Phil Yaw completing the top five.
In the night cap, Rich Sharpsteen II stayed true to his usual line to pick up his first win at his hometown track in more than two years. After earning the pole two weeks ago, Sharpsteen wasted no time putting his “Flyin’ X” on the top of the track and pulled away from the pack early on. A caution on lap six would allow the field to close back in; on the restart Chad Ayers began to stalk the leader on the bottom but could not get the momentum necessary to take the lead. Ayers was able to hold on for second though ahead of Scott Bradley, Del Cummings and Russ Wassner. Within the race was the FWD feature, which was won by Steve Rogers.
A total of 125 cars helped to fill the pits for the first full race night of the year. Black Rock is back in action next Friday night with a full card plus spectator 1-on-1 races. For more information, visit www.BlackRockSpeedway.com.
PST/ URC Insinger Spring Sprint Nationals A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Bobby Breen (9), 2. Jared Zimbardi (35), 3. Bryan Howland (51), 4. Scott Kreutter (52), 5. Justin Barger (5), 6. Don Adamczyk (21), 7. Ryan Bohlke (18), 8. Charlie Donk (99), 9. Steve Collins (67), 10. Josh Weller (63), 11. Chuck Hebing (45), 12. Tim Kelly (12), 13. Robbie Stillwaggon (89), 14. Tommy Wickham (75), 15. Kevin Ward Jr. (13), 16. Jeff Cook (10), 17. Ed Aiken (7), 18. Tracy Potter (11), 19. Paul Habeck (25H), 20. Todd Hoddick (49), 21. Randy West (56), 22. Troy Betts (22), 23. George Suprick (87), 24. Chad Trout (7c), 25. Sammy Reakes IV (1).
Lap Leaders- Suprick 1-17, Breen 18-25.
PST Provisional Starter- Hoddick.
Did Not Qualify: Derek Jonathan (81), Art Liedl (2L), Joey Biasi (B1), Davie Franek (28F), Steve Hutchinson Jr. (2), Clint Ide (3), Brandan Warner (10B), Bruce DeWick (31B), Andy Best (88B), Kevin Darling (9D), Jonathan Swason (17J), Dan Mazy (X), J.R. Berry (47), Tim Hogue (39).
Hoselton Auto Mall Crate Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)- CHRIS DAUGHERTY, Brady Fultz, Ross Vleck, Donnie Lawson, Ray Bliss Jr., Rob Humphries, Karl Comfort, Loren Lincoln, Nicole Hoag, Randy McCulloch, Chris Silvers, Brent Ayers, Jim LaRock, Joe Cook Jr., Serenity Sutherland, Gary Hotelling, Scott Waters, Brandon Butler, Chad Dailey, Trevor Sutherland, Fran Hilton, Dale Welty (DNS).
Lap Leader- Lawson 1-3, Daughrety 4-20.
Heat Winners- Hilton, Fultz, Humphries
Lap Leaders- J. Knowles 1-5, J. Wonderling 6-12, J. Waters 13-20.
Heat Winners- J. Waters, Sutherland, D. Waters.
Lap Leaders- Buono 1-7, Fisher 8-10, Buono 11-20.
Heat Winners- Fisher, Peckham.
Lap Leaders- Bennett 1-2, Smith 3-4, Bennett 5-20.
Heat Winner- Karlnoski, Bruce.
Signs Plus of Kanona/ Watkins Glen NAPA 4-Cylinder Feature (20 Laps)- RICH SHARPSTEEN II, Chad Ayers, Scott Bradley, Del Cummings, Russ Wassner, Val Stephens, James Kreidler II, Zach Teed, Rick Horton, Jayson Smart, Billy Cagle, Jeremy Trank, Stacey Smith, Derrick Puryear, Chris Ayers, Erica Bell, Ray Speicher (DNS).
Lap Leaders- Sharpsteen 1-20.
Heat Winners- Sharpsteen, Bradley.
Home Necessities Bandits (10 Laps)- LANCE IRWIN, Brandon Matthews, Desiree Force, Trista Teed.
Lap Leaders- Irwin 1-10.
Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinder Feature- STEVE ROGERS, Jamie Eldridge.