Warner, Strada claim Glen Ridge wins

Tim Buckwalter, Bill Unglert and Chandler Leiby battle for position in the USAC East Coast Sprint Car feature Sunday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FULTONVILLE — Rocky Warner is batting 1.000 in the Red Chair 602 crate modified division at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Warner powered around the outside of Andrew Buff with 10 laps to go to pick up his fifth win in as many races Sunday night at The Ridge.

Sunday night also marked the debut of the non-winged USAC East Coast Sprint Cars to the area with Eddie Strada picking up the victory in the 25-lap A-main.

Brock Pickerous picked up his third-straight victory in the Northeast Paving & Sealcoating junior slingshot division, while Garrett Poland took home his first win in the all-star slingshot feature.

Josh Kane notched his third-straight dual overhead cam mini stock feature, while Tim Billington won the single overhead cam mini stock main and Jerry Cohn recorded his second limited sportsman win of the season as did Damon Anderson in the street stock feature.

The Yurkewecz Auto Crushers pro stock division did not run Sunday night.

Strada and Bill Unglert brought the field of 12 USAC sprinters to the green with Strada grabbing the early lead. Drevicki took the point on lap six before Strada found a way back to the front on lap 13.

Strada held off Drevicki on a pair of restarts, while Tim Buckwalter, Chandler Leiby and Jeremy Quick battled for the third spot.

The field was put under the red flag after the caution flew when Thomas Radavoy spun between turns one and two. Radavoy kept the car going but as the field slowed, Unglert made contact with the wheel of another sprinter and rolled twice, coming to rest on his wheels.

Strada held off a challenge from Drevicki on the restart and went on to record his first win of the season. Drevicki, the series points leader, crossed the line second, with Buckwalter, Leiby, Quick and Jake Winter rounded out the top six.

Scott McCoy and Buff brought the Red Chair Crate Modified field to the green with Buff gaining the early advantage.

Buff was able to pull away as McCoy battled with Warner for the second spot and successfully held off Warner until lap nine.

Warner went to work cutting into Buff’s lead, while McCoy found himself again battling for position, this time with Brian Calabrese.

Calabrese got to the outside of McCoy in turns three and four and was able to take the third spot away as Warner caught and passed Buff with 10 laps to go in the 30-lap feature.

Buff was unable to mount a rally as the leaders made their way through lapped traffic and Warner crossed under the checkers for his fifth 602 crate modified feature win in as many tries at The Ridge. Warner also has two Palmer’s Service Center Sunoco Race Fuels modified win this season at Glen Ridge.

Buff held off Calabrese for third, followed by McCoy, Joe Orlando, Ryan Heath, Brendan Gibbons, Brent Mortensen and Mike Coffey Jr.

With Fonda Speedway not running Saturday night, The Ridge has moved its racing to Saturday, July 6 instead of Sunday, July 7.

Saturday’s program will feature “Vengeance” a 50 lap, $2,500-to-win feature for the Palmer’s Service Center Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels modifieds that carries a guaranteed starting spot in the Fonda 200. the 602 sportsman division will be featured in the “Hoosier Daddy II” as well as main events for the limited sportsman, pro stock, street stocks, mini stocks and slingshots.

Hot laps are slated for 4:30 p.m. with racing starting at 5 p.m. General admission will be $15 with kids 11 and younger $4.

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park

June 30, 2019

USAC East Coast Sprint Cars: Eddie Strada, Steven Drevicki, Tim Buckwalter, Chandler Leiby, Jeremy Quick, Jake Winter

Heat Winners: Eddie Strada, Steven Drevicki.

The Red Chair Crate Modified Feature: Rocky Warner, Andrew Buff, Brian Calabrese, Scott McCoy, Joe Orlando, Ryan Heath, Brendan Gibbons, Brett Mortensen, Michael Coffey Jr, Jim Introne Jr.

Heat Winners: Andrew Buff, Joe Orlando.

Limited Sportsman Feature: Jerry Cohn, Harold Robitaille.

Mini Stock Feature: DOHC: Josh Kane, Justin Bellinger, John Napoli

Mini Stock Feature: SOHC: Tim Billington, Dale VanAllen.

Street Stock Feature: Damon Anderson, Cliff Haslun, Kenny Allen.

All-Star Slingshot Feature: Garrett Poland, Mike Hill, Brett Putnam, Danny Ballard, Tyler Vadney, Spencer Cherko, Scott Sprague, Andrew Millard, Bob Morey.

Heat Winners: Garrett Poland, Mike Hill.

Northeast Paving & Sealcoating Jr. Slingshot Feature: Brock Pinkerous, Connor Hill, Matthew Backus, Adrianna DeRocher, Tavien Blowers, Darryn Fallis, Ryan McCoy, Liam Jackson, Lucas Duncan, Sloan Cherko, Evan Ohara, Corky Warner, Gordon Smith.

Heat Winners: Tavien Blowers, Matthew Backus.

By Paul Wager

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