Proctor ends long winless streak at Malta

Ron Proctor ended a winless streak that stretched to nearly five years Friday night at Albany-Sarato

Ron Proctor ended a winless streak that stretched to nearly five years Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

Proctor, who has been racing since 1976, found his way to victory lane for the first time since

Sept. 12, 2003, in the 35-lap 358-modified feature.

“It is so hard to win, and when you still build your own motors, like I do, you always wonder whether or not you have enough,” he said. “When you do it all yourself like we do, including motors and setups, it is extra sweet when you win.”

Vince Quenneville Jr. and Proctor started the feature on the front row, with Quenneville taking the early advantage.

Behind the top two, Todd Stone, Elmo Reckner and Jeff Trombley were racing three-wide for fourth position, with Trombley getting the spot on lap seven. One lap later, Stone got by Trombley, and on lap 11, he was third, after getting by John Proctor.

Quenneville stretched out his lead to a half-straightaway again by lap 13, and was in lapped traffic one lap later. On lap 16, Ronnie Johnson made his way by John Proctor for fourth position, while Ron Proctor was right on Quenneville’s rear bumper by lap 18. Stone made it a three-car battle for the lead on lap 21, with Quenneville running the inside line, while Ron Proctor ran the outside.

“I needed to keep my momentum up on the outside, as the car liked that,” Proctor said. “I tried to change my line, and run down low, but the car was rolling through turns three and four on the outside so well that I had to stay out there.”

With 10 laps to go, Johnson made it a four-car race for the lead while Proctor got by Quenneville for the lead on the outside of the front stretch. Johnson got by both Stone and Quenneville for second with five laps left.

Lap after lap, Johnson closed in on the leader, who was still running the extreme outside of the speedway, but with two laps to go, Johnson changed his line to the inside to try to the win.

“I had to go down low, where he wasn’t running, and fortunately for me, my car worked as well down there as it was on the outside of the track,” Johnson said.

On the final lap, Johnson clipped the inside wall in turn one with his left front tire, giving Proctor the little cushion he needed. Johnson finished second, followed by Stone, Mike Ronca, Don Ronca, Ken Tremont Jr., Quenneville,

Michael Storms, who was substituting for Brett Hearn, Dave Camara and Trombley.

“It has been awhile,” Proctor said in victory lane. “This Teo car was new last year, and we have been struggling with it here at Malta this year, even though we have been finishing in the top five with it at Devils Bowl. We have been trying different things and the last couple of weeks, the car has responded well here at Malta. This feels great.

We have been trying so hard, and the win finally came.”

“We didn’t fire off at the start real well,” Johnson said after the race. “We backed up some, and let the heat get into the tires. Ron ran well, and I am not surprised at all that he won. He was running awful well and it was his race, but I am happy with second.”

After finding an oil leak in his own car, Mark Kislowski ran Ronnie Johnson’s back-up car and picked up the win in the sportsman feature over Tyler Curtis, Derrick McGrew, Mike Ketchum, Chris Busta, Rich Ronca, Kory Sandstedt, Mike Tholin, Joe Santoro and Ken Anatriello.

“We found an oil leak in the

motor in my car, and by the time we found it, we couldn’t get it fixed for tonight,” Kislowski said. “They set me up right in Ronnie’s car, and we were able to get the win.”

D.J. Brundage won his second budget sportsman feature in a row while Chuck Townslee was the pro- street stock feature winner.

Brownell best

GLEN — Jeff Brownell was victorious in the modified feature at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Floyd Billington finished second, followed by Randy Hotaling, JaMike Sowle and Josh Pieniazek.

Kory Wilder was first under the checkered flag in the budget sportsman division.

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