Amy Catalano, Welshans Family Top August 1st Winners List

August 01, 2009 at 1:54 PM

In just her second visit to the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex, Amy Catalano of Ontario, NY avoided a couple of major early race skirmishes and pulled off a surprising and popular win in the 40 lap main for the NASCAR SST Pro Modifieds on Saturday, August 1st.

In other Holland action, the Welshans family made a double visit to victory lane, as Nik Welshans of West Falls, NY grabbed the checkers in the Pro Four Race of Champions qualifier, while brother Matt Welshans of Hamburg, NY notched his first Charger win of the year. Dave Whittaker of Orchard Park, NY earned a first Late Model of Tomorrow win, while Eric Brown of Holland made it three on the season in the Thiel Motorsports 4-cyl. Hornet main, Mae Urban of Cheektowaga, NY rolled to her first Thiel Motorsports Queen Bee victory of the season, and “Mad Mike” Eckam of East Aurora, NY made his second M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car victory lane visit of ’09.

Two major scrambles in the first two laps of the NASCAR SST Pro Modified event involved nearly half of the 17 car starting field. However, once the race restarted on lap 3, the final 38 circuits went caution free. Neil Hopkins led on that lap 3 restart, but the car that folks were watching was the Hawk Frame & Axle #54 of Amy Catalano, who started dead last on the field and had deftly avoided the early mayhem to ride fourth at that point. Amy wasted no time working by Don King for third, and a lap later, scooted by Tim Welshans for second. Three laps later, she found room underneath the Hopkins ride to grab the lead. Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. motored into second place on lap 12, but by this time, Catalano had opened up a substantial lead. Heavy lapped traffic worked in Amy’s favor, as she was able to clear lapped cars without too much trouble, while Fiebelkorn was hung up on a couple of occasions trying to clear the slower traffic. The only issue facing Amy was the loss of her power steering over the latter stages of the race, but she was able to muscle her car around the remaining laps to score the victory by nearly a full straightaway over Fiebelkorn. Jonathon Price drove a steady race to place third, while points leader Justin Shepker took fourth, just ahead of Hopkins.

Dave Whittaker slipped his Mantelli Trailer Sales/VSP Graphics Ford by Nick Crassi for the lead on lap 5 of the 25 lap Late Models of Tomorrow go, then kept a challenging T.J. Johnson at bay through two mid-race re-starts. Johnson made a final lap push for the win, but fell a car length short of Whittaker at the checkers. Joe Carbone placed third.

Matt Welshans has been fighting mechanical gremlins and lousy racing luck all season, but things finally went his way in Saturday’s Charger main, as he led all thirty laps of the caution-free event. Points leaderDave Krawczyk motored into second place on lap 22, but could get no closer than a half-dozen car lengths to the Malcolm Pirnie sponsored Monte Carlo of Welshans at the checkers. Mike Flaig capped off a solid drive with a third place showing.

Earlier, Nik Welshans took advantage of a lap 19 re-start to get by J.D. Roberts for the lead, and drive his Klispie Motorsports Nissan on to the win in the 25-lap Race of Champions qualifier for the Pro Fours. The win was the second consecutive and third overall of the year for Welshans. Roberts had to settle for a second place finish, while Jason Eck prevailed in a very tight four car battle for third place.

Eric Brown and T.J. Drennan fought for the top slot in the 30 lap Thiel Motorsports Hornet main from lap 13 on, with Brown getting in front for good on a lap 20 re-start. Another caution with two to go proved to be Drennan’s undoing, as on that re-start, his car bogged down, and Kalie Clementi, in her first Holland visit, raced on by to grab second, with Samantha Lutz following to take third. Drennan was able to recover to place fourth in the final rundown.

Mae Urban put her Stylin’ Tatoo ride in front at the opening green of the 12 lap Thiel Motorsports Queen Bees event, and kept a safe distance ahead of points leader Samantha Lutz for the win in the caution-free race. Kim Marzec edged Kalie Clementi and Sylvia Miszczak in an exciting three wide finish for third.

Early race leader Jesse Baker was caught in a lap 5 scramble with lapped cars in the 12 lap M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car main, handing the top slot to Mike Eckam. Once out in front, “Mad Mike” had little trouble pulling away for the victory. Marty Hughes placed second just ahead of Baker.

News and Notes

Pro Four racer Bob Marzec honored the return home of brother Col. Mike Marzec from military service in Iraq by circling the track holding an American flag aloft – Mike is recovering from injuries suffered while on active duty … the Complex celebrated its 50th anniversary bash with many drivers from the history of the Speedway on hand as guests to reminisce and enjoy an evening of fun – among the many stars of the past on hand were multi-time Late Model champs Dick Flaig and Ron Williams, top Late Model pilots Ron “Pops” Wylie and Bob Boyle, and Limited Modified champs Charlie Neumann, Charlie DiRosa, and Don Wylie, Jr. – a lot of “catching up” was the order of the evening .. the evening was capped off with Jimmy “Flying Elvis” Gnojek ramming a car through a flaming trailer adorned with the Holland 50th Anniversary season logo in a flaming send-off to the 50th anniversary bash.

On Saturday, August 8th, the Cup Lites Series will return to the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex for their biggest event of the season, the Debbie Graff Memorial race. A full program of NASCAR SST Pro Modifieds, Late Models of Tomorrow, Chargers, Pro Fours, and M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Cars will be on the slate, along with an appearance by the INEX Legends. The annual Faster Firefighter race, featuring representatives of numerous area fire departments competing in Speedway provided 4-cylinder racers, will also be on the program. The Faster Firefighter event will begin at 5:15, with the NASCAR program following at approximately 7:15. For more information, contact the Holland office at (716)-537-2272.

RESULTS SUMMARY – August 1, 2009

40 laps:  1. (started 17th) AMY CATALANO,  2. (11) Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr.,  3. (15) Jonathon Price,  4. (9) Justin Shepker,  5. (8) Neil Hopkins,  6. (10) Patrick Emerling,  7. (12) Joe Evans,  8. (7) Tim Welshans,  9. (13) John Julicher, Jr.,  10. (14) Chuck Anderson, 11. (6) Kevin Lewis,  12. (16) Todd Hoddick,  13. (3) Don King,  14. (2) Jeff Ruddy,  15. (1) Mike Stevenson,  16. (4) Ed Weber,  17. (5) Kevin Miller.  Did Not Start:  Dick Kluth.

25 laps: 1. (3rd) DAVE WHITTAKER, 2. (5) T.J. Johnson, 3. (6) JoeCarbone, 4. (9) Alan Fisher, 5. (7) Eldon King III, 6. (4) Mike Ticco, 7. (1) Scott Jarrell, 8. (2) NickCrassi, 9. (10) Jason Gwin, 10. (8) Jason Kline.

30 laps: 1. (started 1st) MATT WELSHANS, 2. (11) Dave Krawczyk, 3. (7) Mike Flaig, 4. (2) Jerry Kosmowski, 5 (3) Zach Myers, 6. (12) Mark Hoch, 7. (10) Jim Loffredo, 8. (4) Ted Welshans, 9. (9) Jim Mallaber, 10. (5) Joe Eck, 11. (13) Mark Harsch, 12. (6) Rich Carnes, 13. (8) Shawn Lafferty, 14. (14) Al Grimmer.

Race of Champions Qualifier – 25 laps: 1. (started 7th) NIK WELSHANS, 2. (5) J.D. Roberts, 3. (4) Jason Eck, 4. (6) Chad Pusloski, 5. (2) Bob Marzec, 6. (3) Josh Hathaway, 7. (10) T.J. Drennan, 8. (9) Mae Urban, 9. (11) Eric Brown, 10. (8) Joe Mastrocicco III, 11. (1) Mike Eckam.

Thiel Motorsports HORNETS
30 laps: 1. (started 17th) ERIC BROWN, 2. (10) Kalie Clementi, 3. (14)Samantha Lutz, 4. (7) T.J. Drennan, 5. (4) Jesse Baker, 6. (1) Dean Siminski, 7. (21) Mae Urban, 8. (15)Dennis Felton, 9. (16) Eric Marzec, 10. (18) Kim Marzec, 11. (11) Jason Adams, 12. (22) George Quintana, 13. (20) Bill Lutz, 14. (3) Butcher Palmer, 15. (5) Robin Frey, 16. (2) Josh Hunter, 17. (19) Jammer, 18. (12) Ben Russo, 19. (6) Jerry Toms, 20. (23) Jeff Szafraniec, 21. (13) David Warrior, 22. (8) Tony Caruana, 23. (9) Kyle Skoney. Did Not Start: Waylon Price.

Thiel Motorsports QUEEN BEES
12 laps: 1. (started 2nd) MAE URBAN, 2. (6) Samantha Lutz, 3. (4) Kim Marzec, 4. (7) Kalie Clementi, 5. (5) Sylvia Miszczak, 6. (1) Robin Frey, 7. (3) Elaine Pimpo.

12 laps: 1. (started 4th) MIKE ECKAM, 2. (6) Marty Hughes, 3. (1) Jesse Baker, 4. (7) Butcher Palmer, 5. (2) Eric Brown, 6. (3) Jason Eck, 7. (5) Jason Adams. Did Not Start: Waylon Price.