By Dave Medler/Rich Vleck – Dan Kaszubinski suffered damage to his No. 20 entering the final corner of the feature at Fulton on Saturday, by the time he had reached the finish line, a whole new incident had him flipping in to the infield and left everyone in attendance with a memory that will not soon forget. Kaszubinski, from Syracuse, NY, scored the Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot A-Main win on Saturday Night in dramatic fashion when he flipped across the line in the final 25-lap A-Verdi Storage Containers King of Central New York A-Main of the season.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“All I wanted to know when the safety crew got over was if I won,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Kaszubinski in Victory Lane before his car could be towed there. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I guess if you are going to win, do it in style.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Other winners Saturday on the Fulton Speedway high banks on A-Verdi Storage Containers Night were Daniel Sellen for the first time ever in the 20-lap DIRTcar Sportsman main, Dick Parkhurst in the 20-lap DIRTcar Street Stock feature, Gary Jeffries in both 15-lap Mod Lite features, and Jerry Herbert in the Gladiators.
The win was the first for Kaszubinski with the Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots. He became the 11th different winner through 16 events in 2009. It was the third win at Fulton for the veteran from just South of the Speedway. His last win at the high-banked 3/8-mile oval came in 2000.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“KazÃ¢â‚¬Â took the lead from Bobby Breen in the final corner when Breen entered the corner behind a lapped car and hit the cushion wrong. At the same time the No. 9 was having problems on the top, the No. 20 made contact with an implement tire on the inside of the track, breaking his front end. As they came back to the line, inadvertent contact would find both ending up in the infield, with one upside down.
As Kaszubinski came off the final corner, his hobbled sprinter began to come down the track slightly. Breen, who even though he had bobbled entering the final set of corners, got a massive run down the steep banking and had already committed to the bottom. When Kaz drifted down, Breen ran over the leaders left rear with a force hard enough to get the No. 20 sideways and eventually flip him over.
The two were stuck together as they crossed the line, with the margin of separation at the line of just .052 seconds. Kaszubinski apologized after the race to Bobby for coming down. Breen would quickly reciprocate the sentiment, as he felt sorry for the contact as well.
The finish was no question dramatic, but the first 24 laps were thrilling in and of itself. Bubba Broderick led the field to green and was in command until lap four when the caution flag was displayed for Chris Muhleisen. At the same time, Bobby Breen, who was flawless on his heat, was falling back and looked like he had missed the setup for the feature.
On the restart, Breen blasted the cushion on ran back in to second. As he battled with Broderick for the lead, Jason Barney snuck under those two and got out front. Breen continued his mission though and would have the lead on lap 8.
As Breen ran the top, the rest of the field had planned on running the inside. Barney and Broderick experimented with the top of the track, but as a result would find Kaszubinski scooting underneath them and getting to second with four laps left.
Kaz began to pick off .4 seconds a lap on Breen and as the two hit lapped traffic, the bottom became more effective, allowing Kaszubinski to make it side-by-side coming to the white flag.
As they worked down the backstretch for the final time, Joe August Jr. was on the top right in front of Breen; remembering the way he lost the race at Canandaigua back in June when he switched lines in the final corner, the 20-year-old from Savannah, NY stayed on the top but would get sideways. It was all Kaszubinski needed to win if he could just do his job.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I saw the lapped car up there in his lane and I just focused on the point on the track that I HAD to hit,Ã¢â‚¬Â noted Kaszubinski afterwards. Ã¢â‚¬Å“When I hit the tire I lost the front end and figured I had lost it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The two shook hands in Victory Lane and shared smiles in front of a multitude of flashbulbs. Even though Breen could not capture the thrill of victory on Saturday, he still had plenty to celebrate as he captured the prestigious A-Verdi King of Central New York Crown.
After Bryan Howland broke his front end half way through the race when he hit an implement tire, Breen locked up the crown. A-Verdi and Breen are both based out of Savannah, NY, so it was easy for the A-Verdi Team to gather around Breen in Victory Lane with Bobby adorning a KingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Crown.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wish I could have won the race too,Ã¢â‚¬Â noted Breen after losing the lead on the final lap for second time this season. Ã¢â‚¬Å“(Kaszubinski) came down the track and I had no where to go.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jason Barney would end up third for his best career run at Fulton. Barney, like Kaszubinski, runs a selective schedule and made the most of their minimal starts.
George Suprick was the second No. 87 across the line as he brought it home in fourth. The 2004 Patriot Champ was very steady on the inside and able to keep it pointed in the right direction for his best Patriot run of the season.
Shawn Donath was the hard charger of the night as the driver with plenty of modified experience at Fulton rallied from a tough night Friday to go from 15th up to fifth.
Bubba Broderick slipped back to sixth and led two other youngsters, Tommy Wickham and Cory Sparks, back to the stripe. Chuck Hebing, who won at Fulton in 2007, was ninth with Tim Kelly rounding out the top-10.
Jared Zimbardi struggled for the second night in a row, but his 12th place finish, coupled with a DNF for Bryan Howland edges Zimbardi back ahead by two points in the standings with just six races left.
A total of 30 cars were in the pits on Saturday. Unfortunately for Scott Bonnell, he never even got on to the track as a case of food allergies would require medical attention and force the team to load up before hot laps. Mike StelterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s night was also short as he blew his engine in hot laps. Blake Breen also had motor problems, with his coming in the heats.
Dan Sellen jumped from his outside front row starting spot to grab the initial lead in the 20 lap DIRTcar Sportsman feature. Sellen was being chased by Katelyn Kane and Gregg Carner. With 5 laps in Sellen still led and he held a three car length advantage over Carner. Behind the top-two, Kane Stewart Garrison and Beth Schneider battled for top-five spots.
The yellow would fly on lap 8 as Mike Fowler and Jon Tesoriero made contact sending Tesoriero hard into the back straight wall causing heavy front end damage. At the halfway point Sellen still led by a narrow margin as Beth Schneider moved into the runner-up spot. Alan Fink, Carner and Billy Clark Jr. kept the leaders within sight.
With five to go Sellen opened a few car length advantage with Schneider, Fink, Jeremy Pitcher and Clark showing in the top-five. Over the final laps Schneider could get within a couple car lengths of Sellen but that would be as close as she would get, as Sellen was the first under the checkers. Schneider, Fink, Pitcher and Clark rounded out the top-five. For Dan Sellen the pilot of the Beyea Performance, Choice Auto Glass No.12 it was his first ever DIRTcar Sportsman win at the Fulton Speedway.
Dick Parkhurst went from sixth to the lead on the opening lap of the 20 lap DIRTcar Street Stock feature, trying to redeem himself from last week when he had a huge lead only to suffer a flat tire after contact with a lapped car. From there Parkhurst dominated winning by over a full straightaway in the green to checker main. Pat Hobbs, Rusty Marsden, Ron Hawker and Nick Rizzo rounded out the top-five.
Not to be outdone by his father, Matthew Parkhurst led every lap of the 15 lap E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature. For Parkhurst it was his second win of the 2009 season. Joe Kline, Jon Shumway, Scott Kline, Mark Johnston and Dave Emmons chased Parkhurst across the line.
Gary Jeffries made his trip to the Fulton Speedway pay off Saturday night as he won both 15 lap Mod Lite features. Jeffries finished ahead of Doug Williams, Dale Caswell, Lowell Zehr, and Mike Mullen in the rain-delayed event while Justin Chrisafulli, Lowell Zehr, Dale Caswell, and Doug Williams trailed in the regular event.
In the Gladiator 20 lap main the unthinkable happened. Jerry Herbert defeated multi-time feature winner Bruce Unger. Unger, Skip DeGroff, Chris Bonoffski and Keith Zirbel rounded out the top five.
Next Saturday night August 15 Syracuse.com presents Family Autograph Night featuring DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Street Stocks, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman plus Gladiators. Gates open at 5:00 p.m with racing starting at 7:00 p.m.
For more information go on line to www.fultonspeedway.com. The track office number is 315-593-6531 with the race line reached at 668-RACE. The track is located on Route 57 just south of the city limits. Free parking and overnight camping will be offered.
FULTON SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY
A-VERDI STORAGE CONTAINERS NIGHT
RACE DATE: AUGUST 8, 2009
A-Verdi Storage Containers ASCS Patriots Sprint Cars 25-laps – DAN KASZUBINSKI, Bobby Brenn, Jason Barney, Georgw Suprick, Shawn Donath, Bubba Broderick, Tommy Wickham, Cory Sparks, Chuck Hebing, Tim Kelly, Steve Poirier, Jared Zimbardi, Don Adamczyk, Joe August Jr., Gordy Button Jr., Scott Kreutter, Dave Wickham, Bryan Howland, Jared Fink, Alain Bergeron, Chris Muhleisen, Jeff Cook.
DIRTcar Sportsman 20-laps – DANIEL SELLEN, Beth Schneider, Alan Fink, Jeremy Pitcher, Billy Clark Jr., Matt Hulsizer, Gregg Carner, Shane Donath, John Pietrowicz, Timmy Sears Jr., Chuck DeMott, Sean McCarthy, Claude Hutchings Jr., Greg Kimball, Katelyn Kane, Rich Townsend, Stewart Garrison, Rick Rogala, Mike McCarthy, Jordan Bennett, Mike Fowler, Jon Tesoriero.
DIRTcar Street Stocks 20-laps – DICK PARKHURST, Pat Hobbs, Rusty Marsden, Ron Hawker, Nick Rizzo, Dan Hofmann Sr., Steve Woodworth, Dan Hofmann Jr., Daryl Krebs, Adam Guilds, Joe Buske Jr., Scott Springer, Matt Henderson, DNS Ron Marsden.
E&V Energy Novice Sportsman 15-laps – MATTHEW PARKHURST, Joe Kline, Jon Shumway, Scott Kline, Mark Johnston, Dave Emmons.
Mod Lites Rain Delayed Feature 15-laps – GARY JEFFRIES, Doug Williams, Dale Caswell, Lowell Zehr, Mike Mullen, Ron DeGroff, Lisa Thomas, Scott Ford, Ryan Blackburn, Jeff Blackburn.
Mod Lites Regular Feature 15-laps – GARY JEFFRIES, Justin Crisafulli, Lowell Zehr, Dale Caswell, Doug Williams, Frank Sobotka, Terry Lapham, Ron DeGroff, Mike Mullen, Jeff Blackburn, Lisa Thomas, Scott Ford, Seth Stone, Jim Tuttle, Ricky Yelle.
Gladiators 20-laps – JERRY HERBERT, Bruce Unger, Skip DeGroff, Chris Bonoffski, Keith Zirbel.