Joe Evans Earns First Holland Victory of 2010

August 15, 2010 at 1:39 PM

After a season of good, but not great, runs, punctuated by some frustrating outings, Joe Evans of Holland, NY finally had it all come together at his hometown track on Saturday evening, August 14th, capturing his first NASCAR Pro Modified feature race of the season at the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex.

Evans was one of two first time 2010 winners, as second generation driver Tony Carbone of West Seneca, NY not only won his first of the season, but earned a first career victory in the 4-cylinder Hornet main. All other victory lane visitors were enjoying repeat trips to the winner’s circle. T.J. Johnson of South Wales, NY scored his fifth Late Models of Tomorrow victory of the year, while Zach Myers of East Concord, NY notched his third Bank of Holland Charger win of the summer. Camden Barber of Bliss, NY picked up his second Holland win in the Casey’s TQ Midget Series main, and Dave Reese, Jr. of Glenwood, NY raced to his second M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car win of the season.  

A four car skirmish interrupted the initial green flag of the 40 lap NASCAR Pro Modified main, but on the second attempt at the start, Joe Evans outdragged front row starting mate Don King to put his Emerling Dealerships/TW Signs Troyer in front. Patrick Emerling wasted no time in moving forward from his 7th starting spot, as the 2010 Decker 100 winner jumped into second on lap 3 and by the 8th circuit, was putting pressure on Evans for the top slot. However, Emerling’s race would end early, as his potent racer coasted to the infield with mechanical issues on the 14th go-round. This put last Saturday’s winner, Amy Catalano, into the runner-up position, and she started to close on the ½ straightaway lead Evans was enjoying at this point. Catalano was within a couple of car lengths on the 25th lap when Kevin Miller lost the handle on his racer directly in front of the leaders. Both lead cars were able to avoid Miller, but the ensuing restart gave Catalano a chance to wrest the lead from Evans. However, Evans was able to get a good jump at the fresh green to retain the lead, but Catalano was not done. She put constant pressure to the inside of the Evans racer, waiting for Evans to make the one bobble that would give her the opening to race on by. Evans did not provide that opportunity, though - he ran a mistake-free final 15 laps to hold a car length advantage over Catalano at the checkers. Points leader Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. came back from his involvement in the opening lap shuffle to place third. Rookie driver Brandon Glover took advantage of a lap 3 restart to race by Sean Dolan for the lead in the 25 lap Late Models of Tomorrow main. The teen-aged pilot had an impressive outing, leading until the 15th circuit before past champ T.J. Johnson came calling. Johnson managed to work his Trank Real Estate and Insurance Monte Carlo under Glover in turn four to motor into the lead and roll away for the win. Glover held off late race challenges from veterans Mike Ticco and Eldon King III to record the runner-up position, his best finish of the season. Ticco edged King for the third slot. Zach Myers raced his Upstate Automotive Group/Nova Glass Malibu by Ted Welshans for the lead on the seventh circuit of the 30 lap Bank of Holland Chargers go, and drove away to a relatively uncontested victory. The final 28 laps of the event ran caution-free. Ted Welshans kept the fast-moving Myers in his sights, but was unable to make a challenge to re-take the lead, and had to settle for a season-best second place finish. Brother Nik Welshans had his best finish of the season as well, with a third place showing. Camden Barber vaulted his Bliss Garage/Bliss International Speedway mount from his fourth starting spot to first on the initial lap of the Casey’s TQ Midget Series feature race, and would roll away for the win in the caution-free 20 lap event. Timex Morgan would work his way from the 13th starting spot to take second late in the race, but could not chase down the fast Barber entry. Jim Fleischman drove a strong race throughout to place third. Trouble for the two drivers who had dominated the 4-cylinder Hornet division in 2010 opened up the door for a first time winner. Two-time victor Eric Brown was caught up in a rough lap 16 back chute melee with Bob Marzec and Joe Mastrocicco III, ending his night early, while during that caution period, points leader and five-time winner George Quintana was forced to pit to change a flat tire. It looked as if Ashley Kirchberger might be the first Queen Bee driver to outright win a 2010 Hornet main, as she raced by Dave Reese, Jr. for the top spot on lap 13 and opened up a lead advantage. However, on the lap 17 restart, Tony Carbone began to put the pressure on Kirchberger, and just 3 laps from the lap 30 checkers, made a bold three-wide move in lapped traffic, squeezing his Vic’s Auto Service/Dago Fast Fabrication Honda into the lead on the extreme inside groove to race on for his first career win. Kirchberger had to be content with a second place overall finish and her fourth Queen Bee win of the year. Jeff Szafraniec drove a steady race to take third, while Dylan Carbone, cousin of the winner, had a best ever fourth place finish. Dave Reese, Jr. led the 12 lap, caution-free M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car main from start to finish, keeping his Shanley Collision/Majestic Pools Dodge away from troubles at the "x" for the win. Points leader Jason Adams chased Reese home in second, while past champ Mike Eckam took third.

News and Notes

The racing program was pushed along due to the forecast of rain moving into the area by mid-evening – fortunately, no rainfall was recorded in the vicinity until the very late evening hours and the entire program was competed in just under 2 ½ hours ... Rich Carnes, the Charger points leader going into the night, was involved in a lap two tangle, and later, had right front suspension problems, ending his race early ... continued bad luck for past Charger champ Jim Loffredo, as a flat tire knocked him out of a top five position ... welcome back to Kraig Heroth, as the former Cup Lites racer from eastern New York made his first Holland Pro Modified start ... yellow flags were sparse through the night, as the TQ Midget and Figure 8 Car mains went caution-free, the Late Model and Charger mains each had but a single, early race caution, and the Pro Modified and Hornet features each had just two yellow flag slow-downs.

Results Summary - August 14, 2010

NASCAR PRO MODIFIEDS – 40 laps: 1. (started 2nd) JOE EVANS, 2. (8) Amy Catalano, 3. (5) Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr., 4. (4) Jeff Ruddy, 5. (6) Chuck Anderson, 6. (1) Don King, 7. (3) Tim Welshans, 8. (10) Dick Kluth, 9. (9) Kevin Miller, 10. (12) Kraig Heroth, 11. (7) Patrick Emerling, 12. (11) Mike Stevenson

LATE MODELS OF TOMORROW – 25 laps: 1. (started 7th) T.J. Johnson, 2. (3) Brandon Glover, 3. (4) Mike Ticco, 4. (6) Eldon King III, 5. (5) Nick Crassi, 6. (1) Sean Dolan, 7. (9) J.D. Roberts, 8. (2) Josh Hathaway, 9. (8) Jason Gwin, 10. (10) Vince Sands.

Bank of Holland CHARGERS – 30 laps: 1. (started 10th) ZACH MYERS, 2. (4) Ted Welshans, 3. (2) Nik Welshans, 4. (1) Mike Flaig, 5. (6) Mark Harsch, 6. (8) Bill Wise, 7. (9) Ken Ryskiewicz, 8. (3) Matt Hoctor, 9. (7) Rich Carnes, 10. (5) Jim Loffredo.. Did Not Start: Rob Miszczak.

Casey’s TQ MIDGET Series – 20 laps: 1. (started 4th) CAMDEN BARBER, 2. (13) Timex Morgan, 3. (10) Jim Fleischman, 4. (11) Bobby Holmes, 5. (15) Jody Bound, 6. (2) Hayden Newcomb, 7. (9) Scott Kreutter, 8. (14) Justin Mapes, 9. (3) Arik McGruder, 10. (8) Jonathon Reid, 11. (6) Kent Turnbull, 12. (7) Wayne Turnbull, 13. (5) Charlie DiRosa, 14. (12) Lou Ingalls, 15. (1) Owen Bednasz, 16. (18) Chad Heywood, 17. (21) Nelson Rung, 18. (16) Eric Musto, 19. (20) Gordon Steffan, 20. (19) Tom Maplesden, 21. (17) Dan Bois. Did Not Start: Kyle Hutchinson, Ryan Hessler, Dean McConnaughey. Heat Race Winners: Camden Barber, Hayden Newcomb.   

4-cyl HORNETS – 30 laps: 1. (started 20th) TONY CARBONE, 2. (1st Queen Bee) (18) Ashley Kirchberger, 3. (16) Jeff Szafraniec, 4. (3) Dylan Carbone, 5. (1) Dave Reese, Jr., 6. (8) Eric Marzec, 7. (2nd Queen Bee) (23) Sylvia Miszczak, 8. (22) Jason Adams, 9. (3rd Queen Bee) (15) Samantha Lutz, 10. (7) Chris Powers, 11. (24) George Quintana, 12. (4th Queen Bee) (11) Kim Skoney, 13. (19) Waylon Price, 14. (6) Jerry Toms, 15. (14) Jason Nellist, 16. (2) Ben Russo, 17. (13) Eric Williams, 18. (26) John Blinston, 19. (5th Queen Bee) (25) Elaine Pimpo, 20. (10) Chad Pusloski, 21. (3) Kyle Skoney, 22. (17) Jammer Meuckl, 23. (4) Joe Mastrocicco III, 24. (21) Eric Brown, 25. (9) Bob Marzec, 26. (12) Butcher Palmer. Did Not Start: Bill Lutz. M&M-U

Pull-It FIGURE 8 CARS – 12 laps: 1. (started 2nd) DAVE REESE, JR., 2. (4) Jason Adams, 3. (6) Mike Eckam, 4. (3) Scott Pastorius, 5. (5) Jerry Toms, 6. (1) Kim Skoney, 7. (7) John Blinston, 8. (8) Kyle Skoney. Did Not Start: Joe Mastrocicco III, Bob Marzec.