SHARPSTEEN TAKES A WET NYSS WIN AT EVERGREEN
Story By: Tom Fecteau/NYSS
Photos By: Mark Ranalletta/RacersGuide.com
Charlie Sharpsteen took the #34 to victory in the rain shortened event. For Charlie, it was a great comeback after barely qualifying from his heat, and also taking home the hard charger bonus.
The NY Super Stock series made a non-points visit to Evergreen Raceway Park to see how the series regulars and the track regulars would compare in the SLEEPY’S 75 lap shootout. 27 cars from both series competed in very heads-up fashion throughout the qualifiers. Some rules confusion caused a few quick cars to run the last chance qualifier but in the end, 20 fast cars lined up for the feature.
Pole sitter Eric Hadley brought the field to the green with series regular, Jason Dinzler, on the outside and having his best day all season. It was clear from the start that a lot of good cars and drivers would be competing closely for each and every spot. Hadley jumped to the early lead with Dinzler dropping down behind him. Cautions would be plentiful as bull ring racing brings some tight fights for position. At lap 29, Dinzler would get under Hadley and take over the top spot for the next few circuits. On a lap 37 restart Jason would got a little loose and with help, would spin in front of the field. Luckily no one received any major damage. On lap 42, Charlie Sharpsteen would pass Hadley for the lead and hung on through several more cautions and a red flag on lap 55 for Mike Nichols who had come through the pack multiple times but would catch a wheel and come to a hard stop. Mike was Ok but the car was done for the day. After a long clean up, the race was ready to resume but mother nature intervened as she has so many times this season. Under a steady downpour the race had to be called official being 2/3 complete. Sharpsteen would be followed by Brian Wozniak, who had come back from an early race spin, Eric Hadley would hang on for third, track regular Steve Hoffman was fourth and Nick Robinson was 5th.
NYSS thanks the Evergreen management and team for hosting a fine facility and a well-run show and we are excited for the future potential with our series and their teams.
Heats were won by Dinzler, Wozniak and Robinson. The B Main was won by Kevin Higgins
Feature: SHARPSTEEN, Wozniak, Hadley, Hoffman, Robinson, Brown, Peckham, Halecki, Higgins, Adams, Fink, Nichols, Chapman, Atkins, Vogler, Dinzler, Petroski, Pollack, Hyman, Underwood DNQ Halecki, Spencer, Lane, Morgan Jr. DNS Finnochario, Noe