Warner caps off weekend with win at The Ridge

Runner-up Chad Edwards, left, poses with Rocky Warner, as he sits in the rocking chair awarded to the winner of the Hoosier Daddy 2, Don Warner Memorial Race for 602 Crate Modifieds Sunday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FULTONVILLE — After picking up modified feature wins at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday and Fonda Speedway on Saturday, Rocky Warner capped off a successful racing weekend by notching his sixth win of the season with his victory in the 55-lap Hoosier Daddy 2, Don Warner tribute race for 602 Crate Modifieds Sunday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

The Flying Squirrel was not the only member of the Warner family to claim victory Sunday night at The Ridge as his son Corky Warner picked up his first career victory in the Northeast Paving & Sealcoating Junior Slingshot main event.

Isaac Walker picked up his first career victory in the limited sportsman feature, while Luke Horning took home his fourth pro stock feature win of the season and Cliff Haslun won his fourth street stock feature of the season.

Danny Ballard claimed his second feature win of the year in the All-Star Senior Slingshot division, while Josh Kane and Dale VanAllen won the DOCH and SOHC Mini Stock features respectively.

The CRSA Sprint cars made their second appearance of the season at The Ridge and Josh Flint was first under the checkers but was later disqualified for an improper wing giving the victory to Dana Wagner.

Chris Corbett and Ryan Heath brought the field of 13 crate modifieds to the Hoosier Daddy 2 green with Corbett gaining the early advantage.

Andrew Buff, who started fifth powered into second on lap three with Heath third, Rocky Warner fourth and Joe Orlando fifth.

Warner moved up a position and on lap 10 jumped to the outside of turns one and two to sweep past Buff and Corbett for the lead.

While Warner clicked off the laps, Chad Edwards, who started sixth, made his presence known in the top five and by lap 20 was riding third behind Warner and Buff.

The front running trio were kept in a tight formation as they fought their way through heavy lapped traffic. Buff put a nose under Warner a couple of times but could not complete the pass.

Buff’s run ended with nine laps to go as the front suspension gave way on his ride, bringing out the caution.

Edwards moved alongside Warner on the front row for the restart, but their starts were deemed not proper by head flagger Joe Kriss, bringing out the caution twice before the race went back green.

Warner was able to hold off the pressure from Edwards to pick up his sixth Red Chair Crate Modified win of the season. Edwards and Corbett finished second and third respectively as the top three cars were the only ones on the lead lap.

Tucker O’Connor finished fourth a lap down with Scott McCoy fifth. Orlando, Aaron Jacobs, Jim Introne, Heath and Tanner Warner round out the top 10.

Steve Cosselman grabbed the early lead in the 20-lap Yurkewecz Auto Crusher Pro Stock feature before Justin Knight took over the point on a lap three restart.

Horning made the most of a lap seven restart to move into third behind Knight and Cosselman and took over the second spot on lap nine.

Horning took over the lead on lap 13 with the caution coming out a lap later as Knight spun, while battling with Horning and Cosselman for the lead.

With a clear track, Horning pulled away for the victory as Cosselman held off Jim Normoyle for second. Ivan Joslin came home in fourth with Devon Camenga fifth. Andy Graves, Knight, Buck Gasner, Jamie Warner and Jim Gronki complete the top 10.

Harold Robitaille and Jerry Cohn battled on the front end for the first 17 laps of the 20-lap Limited Sportsman feature before contact between the leaders brought out the caution as Robitaille spun and Cohn was penalized, sending both to the back of the pack, putting Garrett Polland, who was making his sportsman division debut, in front with Walker, in his second full week of competition second and Dana Camenga third.

Walker saw an opening as Polland slid up the track exiting turn two and slipped past to lead the final laps and park the 2000 Troyer coil suspension No. 58 in Victory Lane.. Robitaille recovered to finish second with Cohn third, Polland fourth and Camenga fifth.

Flint and Sehn brought the field of 16 CRSA 305 Sprinters to the green with Flint and Wagner getting ahead of Sehn heading into turn one.

Flint brought out the caution as he spun his car entering turn three to avoid hitting Justin Mills’ sprinter as he pulled up in front of the leader trying to reach pit road. Flint was given his spot back at the front of the field for the restart.

Wagner made a bid for the lead on the restart but Flint was able to hold him off and survive a restart with four laps remaining to cross under the checkers first.

Flint’s celebration ended in the tech area as it was deemed his top wing did not meet CRSA specifications and he was disqualified, giving the win to Wagner. Sehn Jr. was moved up to second, followed by Dalton Herrick, Emily Vaninwegen, Darryl Ruggles, Jeff Trombley, John Scarborough, Mark Taylor, Mike VanPelt and Cory Sparks.

Sloan Cherko set the early pace in the Northeast Paving & Sealcoating Junior Slingshot feature before Corky Warner took over the top spot on lap nine with Brock Pickerous giving chase but could not catch up to Warner before the checkers dropped over his hood for his first career victory. Pickerous was second, Cherko third, Lucas Duncan fourth and Tavien Blowers fifth.

Ballard got to the front on the opening lap of the 15-lap All-Star Senior Slingshot event and held on to claim the win over Brett Putnam, Mike Hill, Tyler Vadney and Jim Gage.

The Palmer’s Service Center Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels modified series returns to The Ridge next Sunday on NYSSCA Night and Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Night, along with a full regular racing car on tap.

By Paul Wager

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