Derrick McGrew Jr. races to Limited Sportsman feature win at The Ridge

Derrick McGrew Jr. celebrates his victory in the $300-to-win limited sportsman feature Sunday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FULTONVILLE — It was a big night for 11-year-old Derrick McGrew Jr. Sunday at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

The young hot shoe picked up the victory in the special $300-to-win main event for the limited sportsman division then returned to the track to earn a third place finish in the 30-lap Crate Modified feature.

David Constantino picked up his sixth Crate Modified win of the season, while Luke Horning recorded his eighth Pro Stock feature win in 11 starts at The Ridge. Cliff Haslun recorded his fourth win of the year over Steve Cosselman and Jim Groncki in the Street Stock division, while Josh Samrov won the dual cam Mini Stock feature and Wayne Russell took home the victory for the single cam Mini Stocks.

In the All-Star Senior Sling Shots, Danny Ballard picked up his initial win of the season, while Brock “Bam Bam” Pinkerous got his second win of the year in the Junior Slingshot class.

McGrew’s run to the checkers in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature was an adventure.

After spinning on the opening lap and heading to the pits to change a right-front flat, McGrew began to pick his way toward the front and chase down early-race leader Shane Larman.

His charge was delayed on lap four when he slid high on the front stretch and bounced off the wall and bringing out the caution.

As McGrew worked his way back through the field, Larman, Greg Perron and David Boisclair engaged in a tight battle at the front of the pack.

With the race running under an extended green-flag run, McGrew was able to chase down the leaders and take the point with six laps remaining and hold on for his sixth win of the season. Larman finished second followed by Boisclair, Ryan Heath, Perron and Jeff Proctor.

In the 30-lap Crate Modified main, Jim Introne Jr. grabbed the early lead over Joe Orlando, before Constantino made the most of a lap two restart to bolt from third to first with a three-wide over off turn two.

Tim Hartman, Jr. moved up to challenge Constantino on a lap three restart but could not stay with the track points leader as the race ran the final 27 laps under the green.

Hartman followed Constantino under the checkers in a distant second, while McGrew was third, Introne fourth, Billy August fifth, Orlando sixth, Heath seventh and Vinny Visconti ninth.

Ron Delease set the early pace in the 20-lap Pro Stock feature with Ivan Joslin and Horning in close pursuit. Horning moved up a spot on a lap three restart and carried his momentum into the lead a lap later.

Joslin followed Horning past Delease and put pressure on the leader, crossing the start-finish line in a dead heat on lap 14.

Horning was able to get a car length in front and stretched his lead over the final laps to pick up the victory.

Jim Normoyle recovered from an early-race accident to finish second, followed by Justin Knight, Joslin, Delease, Harley Shepard, Buck Gasner, Jamie Warner and Malcum Warner.

Andy Graves led the opening laps of the 15-lap Mini Stock feature with P.J. Bleau and Samrov in second and third respectively.

Samrov made his move to the front on lap nine and ran side-by-side with Graves for two laps before getting a car-length in front with four laps remaining.

The caution flew on lap 14 setting up a shoot out for the win and Samrov held off Bleau to be the first overall winner under the checkers. Bleau was second followed by Graves and Ethan Earnst before Russell hit the finish line with the first single-cam racer.

Ballard took the lead on the opening lap of the All-Star Senior Sling Shot feature and turned back a late-race challenge from Mike Hill to get the win.

In the Junior Slingshots, Pinkerous beat Garrett Poland, Connor Hill and Sloan Cherko to the checkers.

Racing returns to The Ridge next Sunday with a full regular race card on the schedule.

By Paul Wager

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