Totten Takes Second Pro Mod Win of '11

August 07, 2011 at 1:27 PM

The old Yogi Berra adage, "It ain’t over ‘til it’s over" held true for Kirk Totten on Saturday night, August 6th, at the Holland Motorsports Complex. As the white flag flew, Totten looked to be in a solid third place in the National Overhead Door NASCAR Pro Modified main, but turn two contact between the lead duo opened the door for the Barker, NY driver to roll to his second Holland victory of the year.

In other Holland action, Alan Fisher of West Valley, NY earned his first Late Models of Tomorrow win of the season, while Tommy Catalano of Ontario, NY scored his first career Holland win in the Bank of Holland Charger main. Camden Barber of Bliss, NY notched his fifth Holland win of the year in the Casey’s TQ Midget Series feature race, while Eric Brown of Holland made it four straight 4-cylinder Hornet wins and Jason Adams of East Aurora, NY took his fourth consecutive M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car win.

Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. motored under Don King for the lead of the 30 lap National Overhead Door NASCAR Pro Modified main on lap 3, and proceeded to open up a wide lead on the field. However, Andy Jankowiak was on the move, patiently picking off his competitors, and getting by Kirk Totten for second place on lap 21. Jankowiak then set off in pursuit of Fiebelkorn, catching the leader on lap 27, and working by for the lead on the 29th go-round. However, after the leaders passed under the white flag, Fiebelkorn tried getting back under in turn two, and contact was made, with Jankowiak sliding into the infield. Fiebelkorn was able to keep his racer straight and was first over the line, but the decision had already been made to penalize him for the contact, and score the Elma Liquors/Johnson-Rutherford Racing entry of Totten as the victor. Amy Catalano drove a steady race to place second in the official finishing order, while early leader Don King took third. The event ran caution-free.

Alan Fisher jumped into the lead at the opening green of the Late Models of Tomorrow feature race, and kept his Southern Tier Auto Center/VSP Graphics Monte Carlo out front throughout the 20 lap caution-free distance for the win. Fisher held a ½ straightaway advantage over runner-up Mike Ticco at the checkers. Ticco survived a rugged battle with Nick Crassi to claim the number two spot, while divisional points leader Eldon King III also worked his way by Crassi to take third.

After losing an engine at Spencer Speedway on Friday evening, a new power plant installed in the PJ Radiator ride of Tommy Catalano proved its worth, as the young racer scored his first career 8-cylinder win in the Bank of Holland Charger main. After multi-car scramble halted the first attempt at a start of the 30 lap main, Catalano worked by Donnie Aquino for the lead on the initial go-round of the second try at a start. However, he then lost the top slot to a fast Kris Hamann on a lap 13 restart. Catalano hung tough with Hamann though, and on a restart with just 6 to go, worked around Hamann to re-take the point position and hold off a late race challenge from Hamann and Jim Loffredo for the win. Hamann and Loffredo finished second and third, while Tim Welshans came from the 17th starting spot to outrace his brothers Ted and Matt Welshans for fourth.

Dave Wollaber and Camden Barber blasted to the top side on a lap 3 restart of the Casey’s TQ Midget Series feature race to grab the top two spots, then commenced a race-long tussle for the lead. Barber squeezed under Wollaber for the slot on lap six, but Wollaber returned the favor during a lap eight restart. Andy Jankowiak joined the action to make it a three-way dance for the lead, as Barber squeezed back under Wollaber for the number one position on lap 15. Wollaber and Jankowiak went side-by-side for second over the remaining laps just behind Barber, but neither was able to get a solid run on Barber, as the pilot of the Bliss Garage entry held on for the win. Wollaber just edged Christiano Racing teammate Jankowiak for the number two spot, with defending Series champ Justin Mapes taking fourth.

Samantha Lutz led early in the 30 lap 4-cylinder Hornets feature race, before giving up the top slot to Chris Powers on a lap 13 restart. Powers, in search of a first feature win, looked strong, but a right front flat while leading knocked him out of action on lap 22, putting his cousin, Tony Carbone, out in front. Eric Brown was on the move - despite having to restart from the rear after his involvement in a lap 9 incident, Brown had maneuvered his way through the pack to claim second on lap 23, then managed to squeeze underneath Carbone on the 26th go-round to race on for his sixth feature win of the year in his Bruce’s Automotive entry. Carbone had to be content with a second place showing, while Lutz had her third straight top four run with a third place finish.

Jason Adams used a three wide move around a lapped car and Bob Marzec to snag the lead from Marzec on the 4th lap of the 10 lap M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8 Car event and rolled his Double T Painting ride to his fifth win of the year to extend his divisional points lead. Marzec finished second, with Jason Eck placing third.

News and Notes

Dave Catalano and Jeff Ruddy were missing from Pro Modified competition after both entries received extensive damage while in action at Spencer Speedway on Friday evening ... Marty Hughes lost an engine during his Charger qualifying event, and borrowed the Jason Adams Monte Carlo for the feature event ... an improving Kyle Hutchinson scored his first TQ Midget win in his qualifying event ... long-time car owner Gordy Trank climbed back into the cockpit of a racer for the first time in over 30 years - Gordy’s re-entry into the racing world was curtailed early by a broken axle in his Late Model ... Western New York native Tim Packman was on hand to promote copies of his children’s oriented racing book Funny Dan the Race Car Man ... a moment of silence was observed for Debbie Hoddick, wife of long time racer and car owner Trey Hoddick, who passed away earlier Saturday - Camden Barber re-numbered his TQ Midget and Andy Jankowiak did likewise with his Pro Modified with Hoddick racing numbers in a tribute to Debbie.

08/06/11 Results Summary:

NASCAR National Overhead Door PRO MODIFIEDS –– 30 Laps: 1. KIRK TOTTEN (started 6th); 2. Amy Catalano (5); 3. Don King (2); 4. Patrick Emerling (8 ); 5. Dave Johnson (3); 6. Andy Jankowiak (7); 7. Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr. (4); 8. Joe Carbone (1). Qualifying Race Winner: Mike Fiebelkorn, Jr.

LATE MODELS of TOMORROW –– 20 Laps: 1. ALAN FISHER (started 2nd); 2. Mike Ticco (6); 3. Eldon King III (7); 4. Nick Crassi (4); 5. John McClurg (5); 6. Sean Dolan (3); 7. Josh Hathaway (1); 8. Jason Gwin (8 ); 9. Gordy Trank (9). Qualifying Race Winner: Alan Fisher.

Bank of Holland CHARGERS –– 30 Laps: 1. TOMMY CATALANO (started 5th); 2. Kris Hamann (7); 3. Jim Loffredo (11); 4. Tim Welshans (17); 5. Ted Welshans (10); 6. Matt Welshans (15); 7. Rich Carnes (16); 8. Jerry Kosmowski (9); 9. Tom Northem (4); 10. Jon Richeal (2); 11. Marty Hughes (18); 12. Ben Harms (6); 13. Tim Northem (8 ); 14. Mike Flaig (14); 15. Donnie Aquino (3); 16. Mark Harsch (1); 17. Nik Welshans (13); 18. Jason Eck (12). Did Not Start: Jason Adams. Qualifying Race Winners: Tom Northem, Donnie Aquino.

Casey’s TQ MIDGET SERIES –– 20 Laps: 1. CAMDEN BARBER (started 11th); 2. Dave Wollaber (10); 3. Andy Jankowiak (7); 4. Justin Mapes (6); 5. Owen Bednasz (9); 6. Kyle Hutchinson (2); 7. Ryan Hessler (8 ); 8. Cole Smith (13); 9. Bobby Holmes (12); 10. Deam McConnaughey (4); 11. Eric Musto (16); 12. Charlie DiRosa (1); 13. Arik McGruder (15); 14. Wayne Turnbull (3); 15. Gordon Steffan (17); 16. Chad Heywood (14); 17. Jonathon Reid (5); 18. Nelson Rung (18). Did Not Start: Kent Turnbull, Shawn Nye. Qualifying Race Winners: Kyle Hutchinson, Camden Barber.

4-cyl. HORNETS –– 30 Laps: 1. ERIC BROWN (started 16th); 2. Tony Carbone (14); 3. Samantha Lutz (2); 4. Sylvia Miszczak (10); 5. Bob Marzec (8 ); 6. Ashley Kirchberger (15); 7. Bill Lutz (6); 8. Lou Carbone (5); 9. John Blinston (3); 10. Jerry Toms (19); 11. Nikki Kirchberger (1); 12. David Farnham (4); 13. Chris Powers (12); 14. Tim Boyce (17); 15. Russell Farnham (18); 16. Ben Russo (14); 17. Dylan Carbone (9); 18. Waylon Price (7); 19. Jeff Szafraniec (11). Qualifying Race Winners: Sylvia Miszczak, Samantha Lutz.

M&M U-Pull-It FIGURE 8 CARS –– 12 Laps: 1. JASON ADAMS (started 3rd); 2. Bob Marzec (1); 3. Jason Eck (2); 4. David Farnham (6); 5. Bill Lutz (4); 6. Eric Brown (7); 7. Jerry Toms (5).