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Hirshman, Barber, Lippa & Drennen

John Barber Wins 7th SST Feature; Hirschmann Wins R.O.C. Feature at Wyoming County Int’l Speedway.

Perry NY, - The Wyoming county Int’l Speedway officials opened the pits two hours early so the drivers and crews would have plenty of time to fine tune their race cars for the day’s big event, presented by Advantage Truck & Equipment. The pits were full with 28 ROC Modifieds and 18 SST Modifieds, SST SuperStocks and Four Cylinder stocks and their crews, as you looked down into the pits you could see and feel the excitement building as the crews prepared their cars to battle on the 1/3 mile BullRing. The main gate opened and the grandstand filled up quickly with fans from all over Western NY for the Race of Champions 75-Lap main event.

The Mighty Modifieds rumbled out on to the front stretch for driver introductions you could feel the excitement building in the grandstands with the crowd on their feet and cheering for their Favorite Race of Champion drivers. Rusty Smith #34 is on the pole, outside pole is Pete Brittian #66 for the 75-lap feature as they come out of turn four to take the green flag Brittian takes the lead and the 11 of Tommy Farrell III swings around Smith for the second spot. Tony Hanbury #42 charging his way to the front moves into fourth, further back Eric Beers #45 is steadily making his way through the field after staring in the 11th spot. Hanbury tries to take third away from Matt Hirschmann #60 but Hirschmann closes the door on Hanbury then Hanbury comes back and completes the pass on the next lap. Yellow flag for two-car spin in the middle of turns one & two, Beers has worked his way up to sixth position. As they come to the green the packed grandstands are on their feet, Brittian opens up a two-car lead and Eric Beers #45 has moved up into fourth. Yellow comes out on lap 33 for a multi-car pile up in turns one and two all driver are ok. On the restart Brittian, Hanbury, Beers and Earl Paules #8 Hanbury takes a look on the inside of Brittian in turns one & two, Brittian tries to hold on to the lead they touch and Brittian spins out. On the restart, we have a battle for the lead between Paules and Hanbury; Paules take the lead from Hanbury and pulls away. Caution flag waves for Doug Reaume #14 on lap 35. Puales still in the lead followed by Hanbury, Hirschmann, and Beers in fourth, on the restart Hanbury tries to regain the lead but Hirschman holds his line. Lap sixty Rusty Smith #34 has maneuvered his way back up front and goes nose-to-nose with Hanbury down the front stretch, crowd on their feet. Hanbury looking on the outside then the inside to make the pass over Paules, Hanbury takes the lead from Paules followed by Hirschmann. Hirschmann puts the pressure on Hanbury and takes the lead. The tiers on Hanbury’s car start to lose grip and he began to lose positions fast, then contact from behind sends Hanbury hard into the front stretch wall and end Hanbury’s night. On the restart, the top half of the field, while fighting for position tried going into turn one three wide and Putney, Kocker, Ebersole, Potrzebowski, Markovic & DeFebo piled up their ROC Modified cars in between turns 1 & 2. The multiple lead changes put on a great show in front of the capacity crowd on hand at the BullRing. Earl Paules put on a show the fans would not soon forget. Paules was trying to make his way back to the front after spinning into the infield to avoid hitting Hanbury's wreck earlier in the race; he made his way back to second and spun trying to take the lead away from Hirschmann on the inside. It will be green white checker for the restart after Mike Leaty #25 hit the front stretch wall. They race out turn four and Matt Hirschmann #60 takes the checkers followed by Pete Brittian #66, and crossing the stripe in third is Rusty Smith #34 by edging out Eric Beers at the line by a couple of inches.

Unofficial Finish; Matt Hirschman, Pete Brittain, Rusty Smith, Eric Beers, Daren Scherer, Earl Paules, Rick Kluth, John Markovic, Mike Leaty, Billy Putney, Eric Kocher, Kyle Ebersole, T. J. Potrzebowski, Brian DeFebo, Tony Hanbury, Chip Santee, Jim Storace, Tom Wiest, Doug Reaume, Mark Tychoniewicz, Jan Leaty, Daryl Lewis, Jr., Matt Clemens.

A strong showing of SST Modified cars paid a visit to the BullRing 18 Mods take the green flag for the 30 lap feature, Mike Bliss #72 takes the lead from pole sitter Dick Kluth #27 with Joe Evans #91 in toe. John Barber tries to make a move on the outside and passes two cars charging his way to the front. Evans clears second place Kluth and sets his sights on the leader Mike Bliss. Evans takes the lead from Bliss and here comes Barber charging on the outside to battle both Bliss and Evans for the lead; Barber hammers down on the gas, speeds by Bliss, and steels the lead from Evans. As Evens fights to regain the lead, the yellow flag flies and the field close back up behind the leaders. Amy Catalano is in the top five as they take the green, Barber get the jump and the lead from Evans with Bliss in third and Catalano in fourth. Lap ten and Barber is driving away from the pack, Amy Catalano has moved into third spot, Rick Kluth maneuvers his way around Bliss and Catalano for the third spot. Catalano tries to fight back on the outside but cannot complete the pass; John Barber with another dominating performance takes the checkers followed by Joe Evans the current point’s leader in second and Rick Kluth crosses the stripe in third.

SST Modifieds- John Barber, Joe Evans, Rick Kluth, Amy Catalano, John Julicher Jr, Kevin Miller, Tim Welshans, Ron Smith, Don King, Mike Bliss, Dan Hoag, Ed Weber, Dick Kluth, Steve Fuchs, Patrick Emerling, Ed Schueler, Tim Hoegel, Jeff Patton

Heats- Joe Evans, Amy Catalano, Mike Bliss

SST SuperStocks hit the track and on the green flag Tom Bellanca Jr #36 hits the front stretch wall hard sparks & smoke fly everywhere and Bellanca ends up coming to a rest in turn one wall Bellanca Jr. is ok. On the restart, Mike Chenaille still has the lead until they head down the backstretch. Todd Stone #28 and Brian Gleason #64 split Chenaille dropping the #20 of Chenaille to the third position, as they come out of turn four Gleason has the lead. Further, back is the current point’s leader Bobby Lippa Jr battling Chenaille for the third spot? Brain Gordon #17 gets by Chenaille for fourth spot, Lippa Jr tries to make a pass on Stone in turns three and four but Stone closes the door on Lippa Jr and holds on to second. As they make their way into turn one, Stone is sideways coming off turn one into turn two with Lippa Jr on his bumper, Stone regains control and Lippa takes the second spot from Stone down the backstretch. Caution comes out for the second time for a car spinning on the backstretch; this tightens up the pack to Gleason. Gleason still in the lead on the restart pulls away with Lippa right on his bumper they head into turn one and Lippa spins Gleason as he tries to make the pas on the inside. Gleason hits the wall hard in the middle of turns one & two Brian Gleason is ok but would have to leave the race for repairs; Lippa Jr goes tail for the contact. On the restart Stone is your leader, Gordon in second, and Chenaille in third, Gordon taps the bumper of Stone as he tries to find a way around Stone for the lead. Lippa Jr is on the move and is back in second, Gordon spins by himself in turn two as Lippa Jr takes the lead from Stone to lead the race for the second time. Four laps left in this SST SuperStock feature & Gordon has to come from the back Gordon passes two cars in one lap after the restart and he is charging hard to the front. Lippa Jr has a four-car lead over Stone; Gordon has made his way to the fourth spot. White flag & Gordon gets by Chenaille for the third spot. Up front, Lippa Jr has a three-car lead over Stone. Checkers in the air and the crowd is on their feet cheering them on, Bobby Lippa Jr wins his third SST SuperStock feature at the BullRing, Todd Stone crosses the stripe in second and Brian Gordon maneuvered his way from the back of the field to finish in third.

SST SuperStock– Bobby Lippa Jr, Todd Stone, Brian Gordon, Mike Chenaille, Jeremy Gray, Bill Levee, Lexi Wilson, Brad Collins, Brian Gleason, Pete Pieczynski, Tom Bellanca

Heats- Brian Gleason, Brian Gordon

The 4-cylinder stock class was the first feature of the night and there were many new teams in the pits for this Friday night’s 4-Cyl Feature. Starting on the front row is the #3 TJ Drennen from Kendell, NY and the #47 Eric Hastreiter from Gainesville, NY. They take the green, it’s Hastreiter with the lead out of turn two down the backstretch heading into turn 3 with the #85 Brian Johnson right on Hastreiter’s bumper. Johnson takes the lead away from Hastreiter; Johnson pulls away from the field with four car lengths between him and the second place car of Hastreiter followed by TJ Drennen. Half way into the race and Jonson still in the lead Drennen has made the pass on Hastreiter and now sets his sights on the 85 of Johnson as Hastreiter falls back to mid pack. With just a handful of laps remaining, Drennen steals the lead away from Johnson and the #33 Girt McDonald has moved into the third spot. Yellow flag flies for a car spinning on the backstretch this closes up the field for what will be a five lap shoot out. On the restart, Johnson gets the jump on Drennen with a great start as they go into turn three they are nose-to-nose. McDonald in third is lurking in the shadows waiting for either car to make a mistake; she tries to make a move on the inside and has to back out of the throttle. Two to go and it’s Drennen over Johnson by a nose for the lead, Girt McDonald drops to the inside and moves into second following her is Kevin Grom in the #93 from Holland, NY, Johnson loses three spots in the final laps. Checkers in the air TJ Drennen wins his second feature in 2009, Girt McDonald takes second place and Kevin Grom comes across the stripe in third.

4 Cylinder – TJ Drennen, Girt McDonald, Kevin Grom, Brian Johnston, Peter Verwys, Bill Verwys, Eric Hastreiter, Austyn Fugle, Chris Wolcott, Cassie Logsdon, Dakota Packman, Charles Buchanan, Russell Peets DNS, Daniel Majchrzak DNS

Heats- Austin Fugle, Gert McDonald

7/17/2009 PIRATE NITE: Pirate Theme Dress up, WCIS Crash-N-Smash series continues with the Pirate Trailer race will start at the end of the SST Modified feature, presented by ABC Glass Batavia NY. The SST Modifieds, SST SuperStocks, 4-Cylinders Stock, Mini Cups and Pirate Angles will all be there.

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