Andy Jankowiak Wins Race of Champions Modified Tour Holland 100

July 07, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Second generation driver Andy Jankowiak from Tonawanda, NY earned his first career Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Tour event after he won the 100 lap feature event on a sensational Saturday evening at the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex. “Downtown” Jeff Brown from Hamburg, NY won his first career Getzoni Nationwide Insurance NASCAR Pro Modified feature. Rob Miszczak from Holland, NY earned his first Bank of Holland Chargers victory of the 2014 campaign. Veteran TQ Midget racer Dave Wollaber from North Tonawanda, NY earned his first victory of the season in the NYPA TQ Midgets. 14 year old Timmy Catalano from Ontario, NY earned his first career stock car victory in the 4 Cylinder Hornets.


Candor, NY’s Jimmy Zacharias and Pennsylvania standout Brian DeFebo led the 22 car RoC Modifieds to the green flags by starter John Nelson for their 100 lap event with Zacharias leading the opening circuit. Mikael Labreche hit the turn two wall to bring out the races first yellow flag on lap two. Labreche and Kirk Totten made pit stops during the first caution period. Zacharias would lead off the restart with Mike Leaty battling DeFebo for second as Matt Hirschman cleared Sam Fullone to move into fourth place on lap four. At lap ten, Zacharias would continue to show the way over DeFebo, Leaty, Hirschman, TJ Potrzebowski, Austin Kochenash, Daren Scherer, Chuck Hossfeld, Fullone and George Skora III racing in the top ten, The leaders would put a lap on the Labreche entry on lap 11. Kochenash would battle with Potrzebowski for fifth on lap 15 and Daren Scherer followed Kochenash to move into sixth. Hossfeld also went underneath Potrzebowski, moving into seventh on the speedway. Darryl Lewis Jr hit the turn one wall on lap 20 to bring out the races second caution. Fullone, Patrick Emerling, Bryan Sherwood and Labreche all made pit stops during the caution. Matt Hirschman would move into third on the restart as Scherer and Hossfeld followed suit as both passed Mike Leaty.


On lap 25, Zacharias and DeFebo continued to show the way over Hirschman with Scherer, Hossfeld, Leaty, Kochenash, Skora, Jankowiak and Potrzebowski racing in the top ten. The top two continued to pull away as Scherer challenged Hirschman for third. Kirk Totten slowed to bring out the caution on lap 36 for the third caution of the event. JZ, Hossfeld, Leaty, Andy J, Karl Hehr and several others all made pit stops during the caution, handing the lead over to DeFebo with Matt Hirschman in second. The lap 36 restart would see DeFebo in the lead with Hirschman in second. Hirschman would go underneath DeFebo and take over the lead on lap 39. Kochenash went three wide with Scherer and DeFebo as Scherer moved to second with Kochenash moving to third.

The races halfway mark continued to see Hirschman show the way with Scherer, Kochenash, Skora, Hossfeld, DeFebo, Emerling, Jankowiak, Leaty and early race leader Zacharias in the top ten. Hossfeld would pass Skora to move into fourth on lap 51. Andy Jankowiak would clear Skora to move into the top five just as Hossfeld moved into third and began his chase of Scherer for second. Hossfeld would go underneath Scherer for second on lap 59 and then quickly went to work on Hirschman. Hossfeld would work underneath Hirschman to take over the lead on lap 60 and one lap later, Jankowiak would pass Hirschman to move into second. Andy J would pass Hossfeld on the inside to take over the lead on lap 65. Hirschman, Scherer, Kochenash, Skora, DeFebo all came down pit road after Doug Reaume brought out the caution on lap 65.

The restart saw Jankowiak and Hossfeld pull away from the L2 Autosport teammates of Patrick Emerling and Mike Leaty. Jimmy Zacharias worked his way back to fifth on lap 68. The fifth caution came out for Karl Hehr who slowed on the top side of turn two. Hirschman would go to the inside of Zacharias to move back into the top five on lap 70. Nick Pecko slammed the turn three Armco barrier on lap 74 to slow the field down once again. The lap 74 restart would see Jankowiak and Hossfeld pull away again as Hirschman and Emerling battled for third place. Hirschman would clear Emerling for third with 25 remaining and began his chase of the top two. Hirschman would clear Hossfeld for second with 10 remaining, just as the leader would hit lap traffic. Hirschman would apply the pressure to Jankowiak through lap traffic. Andy J would hold off all the challenges from Hirschman and Hossfeld to earn his first career RoC feature event.

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The husband and wife duo of Dave and Amy Catalano were on the front row for the Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds 30 lap feature event with Amy showing the way over her husband and her son Tommy Catalano who started the main event in third place. With Amy up front, son Tommy moved past father Dave to take over second with defending divisional champion George Skora moving into third. Tony Carbone slowed on the back stretch to bring out the races first caution on lap nine to bunch the field up with Amy and Tommy on the front row with George Skora III and TJ Potrzebowski running in third and fourth. On the restart, Potrzebowski would clear Tommy to take over second. The caution would come back out again on lap 11 as Tommy Catalano spun on the back stretch and in turn three, a three car jingle took place that involved Jeff Brown, Mike Fiebelkorn Jr and Dave Catalano. On the restart, it was Catalano and Potrzebowski battling for the lead with Skora and Shawn Nye battling for third. At the cross flags, it was Catalano slightly ahead of Potrzebowski with Nye clearing Skora for third. Bobby Martin spun on the front stretch to bring out the caution with seven laps remaining. The restart would see Potrzebowski take over the lead as Catalano, Nye, Skora and Jeff Brow, after coming back from the lap 11 caution, battling for second place. The leaders made contact coming back to a late restart green and Shawn Nye had no where to go as Nye got collected and slammed the front stretch wall, damaging the ride side of his Brainard Trucking 51 entry. Amy Catalano and Potrzebowski were both sent to the rear of the field for their involvement, and as of a result Jeff Brown and Mike Fiebelkorn Jr were on the front row with Brown taking the lead. Brown would hold off Fiebelkorn to earn his first open-wheeled victory.

Mark Harsch and Tommy Wentland led the Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag for their 30 lap main event with Zach Myers showing the way after starting third on the grid. Tommy Northem would take over the point after a lap nine caution and started to pull away from the field. Myers, who was running in third, brought out the caution at the halfway point after blowing a motor. Miszczak would take over the lead on lap 15. Miszczak would hold off all challenges from Tom Northem to earn the victory.

Charlie DiRosa and Nick Groff were on the front row for the 20 lap feature event for the NYPA TQ Midgets and it was DiRosa showing the way early. Kyle Hutchinson would clear DiRosa to take over the lead on the opening circuit with Groff, Erik Musto, Jonathan Reid and Dave Wollaber racing in the top five. Hutchinson would pull away from Groff with Dave Wollaber moving into third. Wollaber would go to the outside of Groff to move into second at the cross flags and began his chase of Hutchinson. Wollaber would catch the leader and go wheel to wheel with Hutchinson and Wollaber moved into the lead. Andy Nye and Erik Musto came together in turn three to bring out the races first caution on lap 13. On the restart, Wollaber would keep the lead over Hutchinson with defending track divisional champion Shawn Nye moving into third. With Hutchinson and Nye battling for second, that led Wollaber pull away and pick up his first Holland win of the season. Nye would pass Hutchinson to take home second with Nick Groff and Jonathan Reid completing the top five.

Jerry Toms and Josh Hathaway led the Hornets to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event with fourth place starter Butcher Palmer jumping quickly into the lead with third place starter Timmy Catalano racing into second early on. Catalano would then pass Palmer on lap three to move into the lead. Palmer would get loose exiting turn four on lap four and Bob Bogner, Chris Powers and Kenny Hejna would all get by. Palmer would get loose again off turn three and Palmer made hard contact with the turn three Armco barrier on lap nine to slow the field down for the first time. On the restart, Timmy Catalano was joined by Bob Bogner and Catalano was able to show the field around the highbanks as Chris Powers got by Bogner for second and began his pursuit of Catalano. Catalano would continue to lead Powers, Bogner, Hejna and Jeff Szafraniec at the races halfway point. The leaders would come up on the rear of the field during the second half of the main event Catalano would pull away from Powers and Bogner to earn his first career Holland triumph.

News and Notes

23 RoC Modifieds signed in and took to the highbanks for their annual mid-summer classic. Randall Richard made hard contact into the back stretch wall and Ed Weber had no where to go and got collected into Richard. To cap off the Independence Day weekend, Emerling Chevrolet presented a gigantic Fireworks spectacular.

Next Saturday July 12, Holland will be racing for Children’s to benefit The Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. It will be Mid-Season Championships and the 4 Cylinder Hornets will be featured in a 50 lap feature event. The Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds, Bank of Holland Chargers, M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s, NYPA TQ Midgets, and the Future 4’s will complete the racing card. Pit Gates will swing open at 3:30 with the grandstands gates opening at 4:45pm with Qualifying beginning at 5:00pm with NASCAR feature racing at 7:05pm. 


Race of Champions Modified Tour: ANDY JANKOWIAK (Started 9th), Matt Hirschman (6), Chuck Hossfeld (11), Patrick Emerling (15), Mike Leaty (3), Austin Kochenash (10), Jimmy Zacharias (1), George Skora III (16), Daren Scherer (12), TJ Potrzebowski (8), Sam Fullone (4), Brian DeFebo (2), Tommy Cloce (7), Bryan Sherwood (18), Tyler Rypkema (17), Karl Hehr (14), Doug Reaume (21), Kirk Totten (13), Nick Pecko (5), Mikael Labreche (19) and Darryl Lewis Jr (20)Did Not Start: Randall Richard, Ed Weber
Lap Leaders: 1-36: Zacharias, 37-39: DeFebo, 39-59: Hirschman, 60-64: Hossfeld, 65-100: Jankowiak
Qualifying Winners: Chuck Hossfeld, Matt Hirschman, Austin Kochenash

Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds: JEFF BROWN (Started 8th),Mike Fiebelkorn Jr (4), George Skora III (5), TJ Potrzebowski (6), Amy Catalano (2), Dave Catalano (1), Tommy Catalano (3), Tony Carbone (11), Bobby Martin (10), Shawn Nye (7) and Dean Kroll (9)
Qualifying Winners: Jeff Brown, George Skora III

Bank of Holland NASCAR Chargers: ROB MISZCZAK (Started 10th), Tom Northem (7), Jim Loffredo (12), Dave Wilson Jr (14), Kris Hamann (15), Rich Carnes (9), Ted Welshans (11), Nik Welshans (4), Dave Vona (8), Jerry Kosmowski (16), Trevor Pettit (18), Ken Maltby (5), Tommy Wentland (2), Mark Harsch (1), Zach Myers (3), Eric Brown (13), Matt Fleming (17) and Tim Welshans (6)
Qualifying Winners: Dave Wilson Jr, Rich Carnes, Rob Miszczak

NYPA TQ Midgets: DAVE WOLLABER (Started 7th), Shawn Nye (8), Kyle Hutchinson (3), Nick Groff (4), Jonathan Reid (6), Andy Jankowiak (10), Hayden Newcomb (5), Charlie DiRosa (1), Vinnie Christiano Jr (13), Andy Nye (9), Jim Fleischman (11), Mark Schulz (12), Chad Heywood (14), Sean McNamara (15)Pat Smith (16) Erik Musto (4), Did Not Start: Cody Mollnow and Gordie Steffan
Qualifying Winners: Kyle Hutchinson, Erik Musto

NASCAR 4 Cylinder Hornets: TIMMY CATALANO (Started 3rd), Chris Powers (11), Bob Bogner (10), Kenny Hejna (14), Jeff Szafraniec (15), George Anthony (8), Louis Carbone (12), Josh Hill (13), Carl Abrams (7), John Blinston (16), Timmy Swatsworth (5), Michele Maltby (9), Bob Palmer (6), Josh Hathaway (2), Jerry Toms (1), Jennifer McCool (17) and Butcher Palmer (4)
Qualifying Winners: George Anthony, Timmy Catalano