DUNDEE, NY — official track release by Race Chaser Online New York Dirt Correspondent Steven Ovens — Curtis Berleue photo —
Tyler Siri from Horseheads, N.Y. picked up his first Black Rock Speedway victory of the 2015 season on Friday night in dominant fashion.
Siri pulled away from Steve Paine late in the 30-lap feature as ‘The Hurricane’ could not close in on the driver of the Superior Crushing No. 5* in the closing laps.
Chris Ostrowsky and Cory Costa would lead the field to Scott Hixson’s green flag for 30 long laps around the ‘Fast Four-Tenths-Mile’. Ostrowsky would pull out in front early but Siri was not to be denied on the night.
Siri would take the lead on lap four and pull away to a straightaway lead on the rest of the field before the first caution flew on lap 17 for Stacey Jackson who rolled to a stop in turn three. That would put Paine on the back bumper of Siri for the restart.
The driver of the No. 5* was too tough late in the going and would take his first checkered flag of the season with a three car-length advantage at the finish. Paine finished second, Cory Costa with his best run of the season in for third, Dale Welty with his best Modified finish of the season in fourth and Ron Cartwright Jr with a battered No. 2B completed the top five.
“We needed this one,” said Siri in Champion Power Equipment victory lane. “This was a great tune up for Tuesday night’s 50-lapper.”
Jordan Siri and Mike Buchanan led the Crate Sportsman to the green flag in the 25-lap feature event. Siri was trying to make it a Siri sweep on the night but defending track champion Casey Pavlick had something to say about that.
Pavlick took the lead on a lap 3 restart and set sail for win number two on the 2015 season. Steve Gray tried hard to get by the C&S Services 18p but could not make the move. Gray would try to thread the needle on the outside of turn four, but when Pavlick shut the door Gray found the front stretch wall cutting down a tire.
Pavlick would hold off Siri for his second win of the season and second win in six days as Pavlick took the win last weekend at Skyline with the Grit Racing Series. Loren Lincoln came home third, Chris Fisher fourth and Mike Buchanan with his best run of the season in fifth.
“This has been a great week for us — a win here, a win at Skyline and we finally qualified for Utica Rome,” said an elated Pavlick in SuperGen Products Victory Lane.
The M&M Auto Sales & Service IMCA Modifieds treated the fans to a thrilling race that saw point leader Keith Lamphere go from last to first to score his second victory of the 2015 campaign. Lamphere started shotgun out of the 15 car field and used the top lane and bottom lane to slice his way through the pack.
Bruce Tinsley and Brad Smith led the field to Scott Hixson’s green flag and Todd Stone wasted no time taking the lead down the back stretch and leading the first 12 laps of the event. Stone would end up with a flat tire on lap 14 that would ruin what looked to be a great run in the No. 28 car.
Brad Sites motored by Stone as they completed lap 13 but Lamphere was hard on the charge coming from his last starting position. Lamphere would take the lead in turn three as they came down to click off lap 19 with two laps remaining.
The driver of the Lamphere Truck Parts No. 98k would collect victory number two on the season over Sites. Harry Ely, rookie Sparky Hills and Tony Harris in the No. 9CAT completed the top five.
Jake Karlnoski left no doubt on Friday night that he is one to be contended with this season, leading all 20 laps of the Morseman Racing Chassis Street Stock feature event. Karlnoski started on the outside pole and pulled away early to almost a full straightaway lead when Frank Chapman spun on Lap 15 in turn one — bringing out the first caution of the race.
CJ Guererri would get to the back bumper of Karlnoski but could not pull up alongside Karlnoski to challenge for the lead. Karlnoski led the remaining five laps over Guererri. Tracy Dunn, Kurt Stebbins and Dennis Cummings made up the rest of the top five finishers.
Point leader Jared Hill and LaVerne Knickerbocker were battling hard for top five finishing spots on the last lap with the two drivers swapping paint several times. Knickerbocker spun across the finish line off the bumper of the No. 93 car which started some post-race fireworks.
Hill pulled up to the flagstand to speak with the race director at the race director’s request. Meanwhile, Knickerbocker’s car was stopped on the inside of turn one with Knickerbocker halfway out of the car yelling and pointing a finger at the driver of the No. 93. Both cars were taken out of the finishing lineup where they crossed the line and were placed at the tail of the lead lap cars for the purposes of the official finishing order.
Scott Bradley admitted in Victory Lane Friday night that he has not had the season that they are used to with the No. 23 car but Friday proved to be the turning point. Bradley started on the outside pole and was never challenged for the win in the NAPA Know How 4 Cylinder division.
The battle of the race was for second place as James Kreidler, Rich Sharpsteen and Erica Bell put on a thrilling finish for the fans in attendance. Kreidler would eventually get around Sharpsteen for second. Bell had to settle for fourth and Rick Horton rebounded after early trouble to fill out the top five.
Jeff Daugherty won for the fifth race in a row in the Creekside Entertainment Bandit division and for the second time after a spin while racing with the No. 14 of Billy Bowers. Daugherty and Bowers are experiencing the beginning of what could be a storied rivalry the rest of the season, as Bowers continues to try to catch the Elmira, N.Y. driver in points.
Daugherty used a great restart again to set up his move on Bowers to take the lead and go on to the victory. Bowers came home second, Brandon Kinner in his first start of the season came home third, Pixie Kinner fourth and Shi Ann Labar filled out the top five.
All eyes now move toward Tuesday night’s running of the ‘Rumble at The Rock’ presented by S.P. Wilson, Inc. The Modifieds will race 50 laps for $5,000 to win and $200 to take the green flag. A big crowd and huge field of Modifieds are expected with entries already being entered from New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Three Short Track Super Series guaranteed starting spots (Thunder Mountain June 28, I-88 July 22 and Woodhull Raceway August 11) will be up for grabs to the first three finishers across the line. STSS president Brett Deyo will be in the house to hand out the guaranteed starting spots and take in his first Black Rock race since the early 2000s.
Racing action will kick off Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15.00 with member pit prices listed at $27.00 and Non-Member pit price set at $35.00. Modified drivers are reminded to pre-register for $15.00 by June 1 or pay $25.00 the day of the race.
RESULTS: Black Rock Speedway; May 29, 2015
Modifieds (30 Laps): TYLER SIRI (1), Steve Paine, Cory Costa, Dale Welty, Ron Cartwright Jr, Derrick Podsiadlo, Scott Boudinot, Chris Ostrowsky, Kevin Hoffman, Marcus Dinkins, Brady Fultz, Stacey Jackson, Joe Dgien DNS: Daryl Hilkert (flip), Alan Johnson (engine)
Lap Leaders: Ostrowsky 1-3, Siri 4-30
Heats: Steve Paine, Cory Costa
Crate Sportsman (25 Laps): CASEY PAVLICK (2), Jordan Siri, Loren Lincoln, Chris Fisher, Mike Buchanan, Jake Dgien, Doug Smith, Chris Silvers, Lance Irwin, Brent Ayers, Brandon Rauscher, Chris Mashewske, Steve Gray, Brent Buono, John Austin, Dale Welty, Josh Keesey, John Agnew, DNS: Eric Bell
Lap Leaders: Siri 1-2, Pavlick 3-25
Heats: Mike Buchanan, Jordan Siri
M&M Auto Sales & Service IMCA Modifieds: KEITH LAMPHERE (2), Brad Sites, Harry Ely, Sparky Hills, Tony Harris, Ken Buck, Bruce Tinsley, Rich Karlnoski, Brad Smith, Todd Stone, Brandon Smith, Brandon Mathews, Scott Sebring, Bobby Maynard, Jason Benjamin
Lap Leaders: Stone 1-12, Sites 13-18, Lamphere 19-20
Heats: Brad Sites, Todd Stone
Morseman Racing Chassis Street Stocks (20 Laps): JAKE KARLNOSKI (1), CJ Guererri, Tracy Dunn, Kurt Stebbins, Dennis Cummings, Bill Miller, Bob Buono, Jared Hill, LaVerne Knickerbocker, John Burritt, Bruce Kinner, Roger Kerrick, Harold Fenton, Chuck Winslow, Frank Chapman Jr, Nate Daggett, Carl Cleveland DNS: Ralph Champion Jr
Lap Leaders: Jake Karlnoski 1-20
Heats: Jake Karlnoski, CJ Guererri
NAPA Know How 4 Cylinders (20 Laps): SCOTT BRADLEY (1), James Kreidler, Rich Sharpsteen, Erica Bell, Rick Horton, Zach Teed, Jayson Smart, David Whetham, Chris Percy, Jeremy Trank, Nate Freeland, Dave Kinner, Jarod Brown, Desi Force, Dan Smart, Del Cummings, Chad Ayers, Amy Buck, Wes Houghtaling, DNS: Jeffrey Moore
Lap Leaders: Bradley 1-20
Heats: Scott Bradley, Rich Sharpsteen
Creekside Entertainment Bandits (12 Laps): JEFF DAUGHERTY (5), Billy Bowers, Brandon Kinner, Pixie Kinner, Shi Ann Labar, Pollyanna Dean
CREDIT: Black Rock Speedway