Kris Hamann Earns the Win in Bank of Holland Charger

June 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

HOLLAND, NY… East Aurora, NY’s Kris Hamann was victorious after his victory in the Bank of Holland Charger 50 on a picturesque Saturday evening at the Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex. Defending Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Modified Track Champion George Skora III from Eden, NY won his second Pro Modified feature of the season in a thriller over Tommy Catalano. Dave Whittaker from Orchard Park, NY was awarded the victory in the NASCAR Late Models after apparent winner JD Roberts failed post race inspection. Jeremy Haudricourt from Bliss, NY collected his second INEX Legends feature of the season. Kenny “Hot Hands” Hejna fromBuffalo, NY picked up his second Hornet victory of the season. Joe Anthony from Angola, NY earned his first career victory in the Future 4’s.

Jim Loffredo and Rich Carnes led the Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag for their 50 lap special with Loffredo showing the way early on. Eric Brown moved into third on the opening circuit and went side by side with Carnes for second, and cleared Carnes for second on lap three. Brown would then go after Loffredo and on lap seven, cleared the former divisional champion for the race lead. Ken Maltby and Nik Welshans looped their racers and brought out the races first caution on lap 16. On the restart, Brown would show the way with Dave Wilson moving into second place. The car on the move during the races mid-point was Tom Northem who started ninth and was up to fourth before the races second caution on lap 29. The caution was due to Dave Vona and Rob Miszczak came together coming out of turn two. The restart saw Brown and Wilson lead the field back to the green flag with Wilson taking over the race lead. Tom Northem would pass Brown to move into second. Wilson and Northem would pull away from the rest of the field, making it a two car battle for the lead. Northem would go underneath Wilson and go side by side for several laps but Wilson still showed the way. The two would come together in turn three, causing the caution to come out. With the two leaders spinning, Kris Hamann and Jim Loffredo led the field back to the green flag. Hamann would pull away from Loffredo and picked up the win.

Shawn Nye and Tony Carbone were on the front row for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds to the green flag for their 30 lap main event with Nye showing the way. Former divisional champion Mike Fiebelkorn Jr moved into the race lead on lap two with Tommy Catalano would move into second place. “The Rocket” Tommy Catalano would pass Fiebelkorn on the inside to take over the lead on lap 10. Catalano and Fiebelkorn would continue to battle for much of the 30 lap distance with Amy Catalano, Jeff Brown and George Skora III racing in the top five. George Skora III would then race his way past Brown, Amy Catalano and Fiebelkorn to get to the back bumper of Tommy Catalano. Skora would go underneath Catalano on the final lap coming off of turn four to steal the win, his second of the season.

JD Roberts and Frank Batista Jr were on the front row for the NASCAR Late Models feature event with Roberts jumping into the race lead. “Ol’ DW” Dave Whittaker moved up through the field to take over second early on with the TW Racing entries of Brandon Glover and Bill Osborn battled for third for much of the feature go. Veteran racer Bobby Weber had issues throughout the feature and pulled into the infield as did Jason Gwin. Roberts pulled away from the field to what appeared to be his first feature win of the season but was deemed illegal in post race tech. With Roberts failing post race tech, Dave Whittaker earned the victory.

Anthony Riforgiato and Carl Vilardo IV led the INEX Legends to the green flag for their 25 lap feature go with third place starter Bryce Norton taking over the lead on the opening circuit. Jeremy Haudricourt moved into second and quickly reeled Norton. The two leaders made contact and spun in turn four to bring out the caution. With the caution, Vilardo and Riforgiato returned to the front row for the lap four restart. Vilardo would show the way but both Norton and Haudricourt moved back through the field with Haudricourt moving into second and quickly reeled in Vilardo. The leaders went side by side with Haudricourt moving into the lead with 15 laps remaining. Haudricourt would pull away from the field to grab his second win of the season on the highbanks. Vilardo would finish in second and was followed by Brad Salatino, Anthony Riforgiato and Melissa Brockman.

Josh Hathaway and Ashley Kirchberger led the field of 4 Cylinder Hornets to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event with Kirchberger taking over the lead on the opening circuit. Carl Abrams moved into second with Michele Maltby taking over third place on lap two. Maltby then passed Abrams to move into second place just one lap later. The first yellow flag of the event occurred on lap four as John Blinston came to a stop in turn four and Jerry Toms spun to avoid Blinston. The restart saw Kirchberger and Maltby leading the way with Maltby taking over the lead. Chris Powers would go underneath Maltby to take over the lead. Maltby would hit the wall and come back down the track and collect Timmy Catalano. Both drivers were alright and climbed out of their racers under their own power. On the restart it was Powers and Kenny Hejna leading the field to the green flag with Powers in the lead. Current points leader Josh Hill battled his way through the field and went side by side with Bob Bogner for third place for several circuits. The races halfway mark saw Powers and Hejna still one-two with Bogner, Hill and Louis Carbone in fifth. The caution would come out for debris, setting up a eight lap shootout for the victory. Powers and Hejna would pull away from the field with Hill moving into third. Bogner would regain the third spot as Powers and Hejna continued their side by side battle for the lead. Powers and Hejna would go side by side for the final eight laps and Hejna would pass Powers right at the start finish line to pick up the win.

Joe Anthony and Alex Deshaies led the Future 4’s to the green flag with Anthony showing the way early on. Multi-time feature winner Kathie Ricketson moved into second on the opening circuit and began to chase down race leader Anthony. Mandie Orr moved into third place after battling with Deshaies and Matt Kuppel. Anthony would lead all twelve circuits to earn his first career victory over Kathie Ricketson and Mandie Orr.

News and Notes

It was the second visit of the season by the INEX Legends to the highbanks. For the second time this year, the cousins of Louis Carbone and Chris Powers swept qualifying action in the 4 Cylinder Hornets.

Next Saturday, June 28th, the highbanks will be in full color with the RUN OR DYE 5k. Thousands of participants will be running the 5k course all around the facility. You can use the coupon code HOLLANDRACE to save on registration. Run or Dye is an exciting 5k event where you would get blasted with safe, eco-friendly, powdered dye with turns you into a Technicolor canvas of fun. More information can be found by visiting When Holland returns to racing action on Saturday July 5, the roar of the Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Tour will be racing in a 100 lap event. The NASCAR Pro Modifieds, Chargers, Hornets and TQ Midgets will complete the racing card. Pit Gates will open at 2:30 while the grandstands will open at 4:30 and racing will get underway at 6:00pm. For more information on the RoC, find them on Facebook, Twitter @rocmodifieds and log on to or call them at (607)-775-5555.


Bank of Holland NASCAR Chargers: KRIS HAMANN (Started 12th), Jim Loffredo (1), Rich Carnes (2), Rob Miszczak (7), Terry Welty (18), Tim Welshans (15), Dave Vona (8), Nik Welshans (3), Ted Welshans (6), Ken Maltby (14), Jerry Kosmowski (19), Joe Fetzer (4), Tommy Wentland (16), Matt Fleming (13), Dave Wilson Jr (10), Trevor Pettit (20), Eric Brown (5), Mark Harsch (11), Tom Northem (9) and Heather Weber (17)
Qualifying Winners: Tom Northem, Dave Wilson Jr

Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds: GEORGE SKORA III (Started 7th), Tommy Catalano (3), Jeff Brown (5), Mike Fiebelkorn Jr (4), Amy Catalano (6), Jake Vernon (8), Shawn Nye (1), Dave Catalano (9) and Tony Carbone (2)
Qualifying Winner: Shawn Nye

NASCAR Late Models: Dave Whittaker (Started 6th), Brandon Glover (5), Frank Batista Jr (2), Bill Osborn (4), Jason Gwin (7) and Bobby Weber (3) Disqualified: JD Roberts (1)
Qualifying Winner: JD Roberts

INEX LEGENDS: JEREMY HAUDRICOURT(Started 4th), Carl Vilardo IV (2), Brad Salatino (9), Anthony Riforgiato (1), Melissa Brockman (5), Bryce Norton (3), Josh Marchese (6), Jake Vernon (8), and Mike Riforgiato(7)
Qualifying Winner: Jeremy Haudricourt

NASCAR 4 Cylinder Hornets: KENNY HEJNA (Started 12th), Chris Powers (10), Bob Bogner (13), Josh Hill (8), Louis Carbone (9), Ashley Kirchberger (2), Joe Mastrocicco III (5), Timmy Swatsworth (4), Bob Palmer (14), Grant Hill (3), Josh Hathaway (1), Jerry Toms (15), John Blinston (16), Michele Maltby (7), Timmy Catalano (11), and Carl Abrams (6) Did Not Start: Butcher Palmer
Qualifying Winners: Chris Powers, Louis Carbone

NASCAR Future 4’s: JOE ANTHONY (Started 1st), Kathie Ricketson (4), Mandie Orr (3), Alex Deshaies (2) and Matt Kuppel (5)
Qualifying Winner: Joe Anthony