Varin picks up modified win at Glen Ridge

FULTONVILLE – With lightning flashing in the distance from approaching storms, Bobby Varin wasted little time getting to the front of the pack in Friday night’s modified feature at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Starting eighth in the field, Varin steadily made his way forward, catching early-race leader Richie Price and moving past with nine laps remaining to claim his fourth win of the season.

Joining Varin with feature wins Friday night were Dave Pope (street stock), Laudy Hoyenga (sportsman), Ryan Burton (rookie sportsman) and Keith Tesiero Jr. (cruisers).

The modified feature got off to a slow start as the caution flew on the opening lap when pole-sitter Bob Vedder got turned in front of the pack. All the drivers made it through and Vedder was able to restart at the back of the pack.

Price moved up to the front row and grabbed the early lead from Bob Savoie. Jimmy Becker made the move into second on lap two with Savoie and Elmo Reckner close behind. Varin and Craig Hanson moved into the top five on lap four and immediately put pressure on the front runners as they made their way through lapped traffic. Reckner and Jeremy Wilder found their way under Hanson as Varin pulled into third behind Price and Becker. Hanson charged back getting third behind Price and Varin on lap 19. Varin found a lane past Price on lap 21 and quickly distanced himself from the pack.

Hanson also found a line past Price with five laps remaining, but could not chase down Varin as the checkers dropped over the hood of the Bloomfield Florist No. 85. Reckner nipped Price for third with Becker fifth.

The caution flew with the checkers as contact between Price and Reckner sent them up to the first turn wall and Savoie, Rocky Warner and Jeff Rockefeller spun to the inside to avoid the incident.

Hoyenga started on the pole of the 25-lap sportsman feature, survived multiple early-race restarts and held off race-long challenges from Brian Pessolano to pick up his second career sportsman feature win at The Ridge.

Pessolano was able to get alongside Hoyenga several times during the race but Hoyenga was able to find a little extra off the corners to turn back the challenges. Pessolano made a move on the high side of turns three and four with two laps remaining and crossed the line side-by-side with the leader, but could not complete the pass as Hoyenga got away for the win.

Jason Samrov held the early advantage over Pope in the street stock feature until a late race bobble allowed Pope to gain the advantage and collect the victory.

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