Modified rookie Jeremy Slosek and Empire Super Sprint driver Matt Farnham were in the right place at the right time during the held-over Aug. 4 features Friday night at Utica-Rome Speedway.
Slosek grabbed the lead on lap 14 before Rocky Warner powered to the front five laps later. Warner was cruising well ahead of the field when sparks began showing behind his modified. Warner pulled to the infield with five laps to go, turning the lead back over to Slosek for the final five laps to secure the first modified victory of his career.
Alex Yankowski slipped past early race leader JaMike Sowle with four laps to go for a runner-up finish and Bobby Hackel IV and Pat Ward grabbed fourth and fifth respectively.
For Farnham, he was running a distant second to Danny Varin in the 25-lap ESS A-main when Varin ran out of fuel a half-lap away from the checkered flag.
Farnham charged into the lead to claim the victory. Varin coasted around to the finish line for a fourth-place finish as Jordan Thomas and Shawn Donath caught and passed Varin between the fourth turn and the finish line to finish second and third respectively.
The ESS A-Main went under the red flag for an extended time as Paulie Colagiovanni slid off turns three and four and ended deep in a wooded area off turn four. Colagiovanni was uninjured in the accident.
Matt Janczuk locked up his 602 Crate Sportsman track championship with his eighth straight victory in the 25-lap feature. Blaine Klinger finished second followed by Mike Richmond, Payton Talbot and Allan Hodge.
Jonny Feagles overtook Tyler Bobar with 11 laps to go and pulled away to his second-straight Limited Sportsman feature win at Utica-Rome. Josh Coonradt finished third in his second race in the division with Carsen Rothwell fourth and Eric Jensen fifth.
On the inner oval, Dan Slosek won his second straight Senior Services Inc. All-Star Slingshot feature and Chase Spoor did the same with the Junior Slingshots.
The Winged Champ Racing Series also joined the Friday night affair, with Jeremy Tuttle topping the pro Winged Series and Steven Hulbert winning the Semi-Pro portion of the event.
Matt Chavis meanwhile topped the 20-lap Heavy Tire Predator feature event.
Held-over Aug. 4 features
3 Bastards Brewing Modifieds (30 laps): JEREMY SLOSEK, Alex Yankowski, JaMike Sowle, Bobby Hackel IV, Pat Ward, Billy Decker, Andy Bachetti, Alex Payne, Michael Trautschold, Willy Decker, Alan Barker, Ron Holmes, Randy Shantel, Jim Becker, Kreg Crooker, Tim Mayne, Rocky Warner, Andy Graves, Ed Downing, Joel Thomas.
Worthington Industries Crate 602 Sportsman (25 Laps): MATT JANCZUK, Blaine Klinger, Mike Richmond, Payton Talbot, Allan Hodge, Jeremy Slosek, Stephen Denton, Jordan Millard, Seth Martin, Alex Hughes, Jim Rothwell, JJ Courcey, David Hackett, Rusty Smith, EJ Gallup, Jim Nagle, Josh Amodio, Ed Downing, Ed Lukas, Matthew Richardson, Blake Sarpriacone, Mike Kalkbrenner, Kadon Hohensheldt, David Dickey, Brent Cross, Gordon Smith, Michelle Courcy, Willy Decker.
Fastline Performance Limited Sportsman (20 laps): JONNY FEAGLES, Tyler Bobar, Josh Coonradt, Carson Rothwell, Eric Jensen, Nick Zielinski, Dylan Nichols, Dennis Mischman, Lance Hill, Andrew MacFadden, Ernie Staelens, Matt Bukovan, Maddy Broedell, Brad Poppleton, Bobby Newman, Kennedy Payne, Zack Welch, Connor Prokop.
Senior Services Inc. All-Star Slingshots (20 Laps): DAN SLOSEK, Brayden Ketchum, Ayden Goodier, Nicholas Jenkins, Tadd Grander, Paul Holic, Kevin Loveless.
Junior Slingshots (15 Laps): CHASE SPOOR, Jayden Wust, Preston Trautschold, Sullivan Dickey, Logan Carter, Brody Janczuk, Ayna Sarpriacone.
Empire Super Sprints A-Main (25 Laps): MATT FARNHAM, Jordan Thomas, Shawn Donath, Danny Varin, Jeff Cook, Logan Crisafulli, Billy Vaninwegen, Sammy Reakes IV, Matt Tanner, Bobby Hackel IV, Trevor Years, Keith Granholm, Lacey Hanson, Paulie Colagiovanni, Dylan Swiernik, Dalton Rombough, Kyle Dutcher, Jason Barney, Jordan Poirier, Steve Glover, Jonathan Preston, Cory Sparks.
Winged Champ Kart Feature Finish (20 laps): JEREMY TUTTLE, Matt Chavis, Ryan Pepicelli, Ronnie Smith, Michael Scott, David Herrick II, Steven Hulbert (Semi-Pro), Terry Carroll, Nick Noble, Ashleigh Herrick, Michael Deats, Ayden Deats, Toad, Matt Rogers, Jake White.
Heavy Tire Predator Feature Finish (20 laps):
MATT CHAVIS, James Normoyle, Tomek Kowalczyk, Michael Banks, David Herrick II, David Humphrey, Billy Richardson, Ryan Pepicelli, Eva Rakoske, Brandon Colgan, Logan Hatch, Mikey Lang, Jordan Banks.
BACHETTI WINS FEATURE, LOMBARDO 358 TITLE
Big block modified track champion Andy Bachetti trailed LJ Lombardo by 10 points in the 358 modified standings heading into the final night of competition Saturday at Lebanon Valley Speedway.
Looking for a sweep of the modified titles, Bachetti gained all the points he could by winning the 24-lap feature. It was not enough as Lombardo followed Bachetti under the checkers in second to secure the 2023 358-modified track championship by six points. Jason Herrington finished third in the feature as well as in the points standings. Jeff Watson and Peter Carlotto round out the top five.
Whitey Slavin was first under the checkers Saturday in the 20-lap Sportsman feature, ahead of Tim Hartman Jr.
With his runner-up finish, Hartman secured his second-straight sportsman track championship.
However, the results of the sportsman feature are unofficial due to a technical issue with Slavin’s car.
358-Modified (24 Laps): ANDY BACHETTI, LJ Lombardo, Jason Herrington, Jeff Watson, Peter Carlotto, Ryan Larkin, Montgomery Tremont, Jeffrey Reis, Kim Lavoy, Mark Pullen, Kevin Petrucci, Joey Coppola, Donny Travaglin, Ryan Charland, Ryan Heath, Lorne Browe, Ray Hall Jr., Brian Sandstedt, Derek Schibi.
Sportsman Feature (20 Laps) (Unofficial): WHITEY SLAVIN, Tim Hartman Jr., Bob Fachini, Gary O’Brien, Brady Cordova, Anthony Maxon, Kevin Ames, Kevin Ward, Scott Duell, Shane Powell, Scott Zehnacker, Cody Cordova, Karl Barnes, Chris Lynch, Rob Maxon.
Limited Sportsman (15 Laps): SCOTT ZEHNACKER, Anthony Maxon, Mike Arnold, Craig Coons, Brian Walsh, Harold Robitalle, Owen Lewis, Fred Pavia, Sara Arnold, Mike Engwer, Bella Pickard.
4-Cylinder Single Cam A Feature (20 Laps): JOE WOLFE, Tim Meltz, Wayne Russell, Dylan Macleod, Stephen Burka.
4-Cylinder Dual Cam A Feature (20 Laps): JON SHEPARD, Jason Peck, James Fachini Jr., Chris Danylieko, Chris Dyer, Mike Duncan.
4-Cylinder Single Cam B Feature (20 Laps): TIM MELTZ, Joe Wolfe, Dylan Macleod, Stephen Burka, Wayne Russell.
4-Cylinder Dual Cam B Feature (20 Laps): JAMES FACHINI JR., Jason Peck, Chris Dyer, Chris Danylieko.
ALBANY-SARATOGA RAINED OUT
With a large field of Pro Stocks on hand for the featured $10,000-to-win Autism Awareness feature for the class, storms passed over the speedway, forcing track management to cancel Friday night’s race program.
The race has been rescheduled for Sept. 22 as part of the two-day Malta Massive Weekend.
GLEN RIDGE CANCELS
Due to anticipated inclement weather, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park canceled is Sunday night race program.