Hartman wins again at Glen Ridge
Horning, Visconti, Graves, McGrew, Hill also register victories
FULTONVILLE — Since Glen Ridge Motorsports Park made the switch from Friday nights to Sunday nights, Tim Hartman Jr. has been a frequent visitor to Victory Lane at the track.
Hartman claimed his third crate modified win in five races since the track switched to Sunday nights with the July 2 racing card.
“The car has been unbelievable,” Hartman said.
Sunday’s program at Glen Ridge featured fan appreciation night along with a driver meet and greet on the frontstretch prior to the racing action.
Other winners included Luke Horning (pro stock), Vinny Visconti (limited sportsman), Andy Graves (four-cylinder mini stock), Derrick McGrew Jr. (junior slingshots) and Mike Hill (slingshots).
The 25-lap crate modified feature began with Harry Shaffer and Alissa Cody on the front row.
Shaffer took advantage of his starting spot, leading the first 12 laps.
Hartman, who started 10th, picked his way to the front, making his way to second when a caution came out for a stopped Chad Edwards on lap 12.
On the restart, Hartman grabbed the lead and never relinquished it on his way to the victory.
“The track was great tonight,” Hartman said. “We had a two-lane track that made it possible to put the car to work, and make some passes.”
Shaffer held off Rocky Warner, who started 16th, for second. JaMike Sowle and Bobby Hackel IV completed the top five.
Rounding out the top 10 were Ricky Quick, Jeremy Pitts, Chris Curtis, Jack Lehner and Brian Calabrese.
Shaffer, Calabrese and Curtis all picked up crate modified heat race victories.
Though just eight cars started the 20-lap pro stock feature, it was the most entertaining event of the evening.
Ivan Joslin, who started fourth, quickly surged to the front, using the top side of the track to take the lead.
Joslin maintained his advantage throughout the feature, before Nick Stone, who started seventh, closed in during the final laps.
Heading into the third and fourth turn on the final lap, Stone dove to the inside of Joslin and thew two made contact, ending Joslin’s night and bringing out the yellow flag.
Stone left the track, but returned and was placed at the rear of the field for the green-white-checkered flag finish.
Also returning from the pit area was Horning, who headed pitside after suffering his second flat tire of the night.
With Gus Hollner and Kyle Hoard leading the way on the final restart, Horning and Stone charged around them and to the front, with Horning holding off Stone to claim his first victory of the season at Glen Ridge.
“I saw what happened with the leaders,” Horning said. “I’m happy to get the win.”
Hollner was third, Hoard was fourth and Joslin was credited with fifth.
Stone and Joslin were the pro stock heat winners
For the sixth time in as many features, a different winner visited Victory Lane at the conclusion of the 20-lap limited sportsman feature.
This time, it was Visconti picking up his first victory of the season. Visconti started on the pole and led every lap on his way to the win.
Dave Richer was second, Bill August was third, Ryan Harrison was fourth and Mikey Jackson completed the top five.
The four-cylinder mini stock feature saw Graves cruise to his third victory of the season.
Graves started the 15-lap feature in seventh and quickly made his way to the front. Cole Lawton finished second, Chris Andrew was third, Pat McSpirit was fourth and Wayne Russell Jr. completed the top five. Graves and Lawton were the heat race winners.
In the 15-lap slingshot feature, Mike Hill topped Bryce Cherko, Brian Tobey Jr., Brett Putnam and Scott Sprague to claim his first victory of the season. Hill also is the fifth different winner in five events this season.
In the 12-lap junior slingshot main event, McGrew tracked down early leader Matthew Backus to claim his fourth win in six events this season. Backus was second, while Conner Hill, Garrett Poland and Sloan Cherko completed the top five.
Glen Ridge will be back in action next Sunday, hosting Military Appreciation Night. Racing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.