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Andy J Tames the Bullring… Again



By: Steven Petty


 PERRY, NY… Sunshine and blue skies set for perfect weather conditions on a late August afternoon in Wyoming County as The Bank of Castile presented the regular racing program at the Wyoming County International Speedway on Friday night. There was a 5000 Penny Pickup for the kids during intermission.  The rock music band Grind grinded out tunes at the end of the night during the post race festivities.

 John Barber and Lexi Wilson would lead the field for the green flag and it was the defending WCIS track champion Barber out to the early race lead. Barber would set the pace behind the wheel of his familiar red 01 machine but the lead was short lived as Andy Jankowiak would take over at the head of the class.

The restart saw Jankowiak take off and had almost a full straightaway lead over the rest of the field but the yellow lights would come back on for Tim Hoegel who slowed on the back stretch. The following restart saw Andy J continue his fast pace with Barber, Wilson, John Julicher Jr. and Ed Schueler in fifth place when the green flag was re-displayed. 

 Once back up front, Andy J would continue to gain more separation between him and the rest of the pack and when it was all said and done, Andy J was right back in victory lane for the eighth time this season. Defending track champion John Barber finished in second without any power steering and Lexi Wilson rounded out the top three.

 Bob Herman and Phil Alhart Jr led the field for the start of the 25 lap feature for the Super Stocks and it was Alhart Jr. getting the early advantage. Alhart had a sizeable lead at the halfway mark leading a great battle for second place with Joe Mancuso, Austyn Fugle, Bob Herman and Jay Canoncico. That was a great four car battle until the yellow flag would come out as Canoncico and Cassie Logsdon made contact in turn two. Canoncio would drop out of the race due to an overheating problem as Logsdon had to change a flat left front tire.

 The lap 15 restart saw Alhart continue to lead with Mancuso right on his back bumper. The top two would pull away from the rest of the field with Doug Packman hard on the charge but the yellow lights would come on one more time as Austyn Fugle slowed to bunch the field back up just three laps after the initial caution period. Fugle’s night would come to an end on that lap as problems with the steering of the car sent the Fugle car pit side.

 Alhart would pull away off the restart but the third caution of the night came out for a spinning Don Levee in turn two and a slowing Brad Collings on the back straightaway. Collings had rear end problems most of the night and the rear end came apart on the back stretch. A spinning Doug Packman would get the field bunched up one more time to set up a dramatic finish between the cars and stars of the Super Stocks. Alhart would lead all the laps to pick up his fourth win on the 2010 campaign. He was followed to the line by Joe Mancuso and Bob Herman

Charles Buchanan and Doug Packman were on the front row for the 4 Cylinder event and it was Buchanan out to the early advantage. A chain reaction crash with Doug Packman, Daniel Majchrzak and Eric Haistreiter coming together in turn two slowed the field down for the first time. The restart saw multi time feature winner Buchanan leading two former track champions in Kevin Grom and Brian Johnson right behind him and not too far behind the top three was point’s leader Tommy Catalano.

 Buchanan and Grom put on a great battle for the fans in attendance and they went side by side for several laps, not knowing who was going to take over the lead. Buchanan would get the lead back after a late race caution and would hold off the “Sherwin Williams Special” of Kevin Grom and the defending class champion Brian Johnson, who crossed the line in third.

 Kennedy White and Jason Eck would lead the Mini Cups to the green flag and it was Jason Eck up front with the early advantage. Eck and Robbie Micoli would put on a clinic as both drivers went side by side for several laps and Micoli would get the last lap pass for the win over Eck and Kennedy White.

Next week at the Bullring will be the rescheduled Junkyard Soccer as part of WCIS’s Crash and Smash Series. The night’s sponsor will be NAPA Auto Parts. The Super Stocks will be featured as they will be running in a 50 lap feature event.  The SST Modifieds, 4 Cylinder Stocks and the Mini Cups are also on the racing card. Pit gates open at 5 pm along with the front gates and the green flag will drop at 7:30 pm sharp.  Just a reminder that in two weeks, WCIS will switch nights from Fridays to Sundays as we are running on September 5th for the annual Labor Day 100 for the SST Modifieds. For more information, check out or on Facebook by searching Wyoming International Speedway. You can also call the speedway office at 585-237-2580.

Official Results – Bank of Castile Night at the Races

SST MODIFIEDS: ANDY JANKOWIAK, John Barber, Lexi Wilson, John Julicher Jr., Ed Schueler, Jim Ling, Dick Kluth, Tom Weist, Bill Roemasser, Tim Hoegel, Jim Love, Mike Shaughnessy

Heat Winners: Lexi Wilson, Andy Jankowiak

SUPER STOCKS: PHIL ALHART JR., Joe Mancuso, Bob Herman, Cassie Logsdon, Don Levee, Doug Packman, Brad Collings, Austyn Fugle, Jay Canonico

Heat Winner: Phil Alhart Jr.

 4 CYLINDERS: CHARLES BUCHANAN, Kevin Grom, Brian Johnson, Tommy Catalano, Bob Bogner, Daniel Majchrzak, Eric Haistreiter, Troy Collings, Doug Packman

Heat Winner: Charles Buchanan

 MINI CUPS: ROBBIE MICOLI, Jason Eck, Kennedy White