Pitts holds on for Glen Ridge modified win
FULTONVILLE — In 2010, Jeremy Pitts found Victory Lane at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park twice in a pro stock. Since then he has moved up and has been shut out.
Sunday night, Pitts and Brian Calabrese went wheel-to-wheel on the front end of the caution-marred crate modified feature with Pitts gaining control of the 25-lap feature with eight laps to go to end his victory drought and post his first career modified feature win Sunday at The Ridge.
Luke Horning posted his second-straight victory in the pro stock main event, while Andy Graves won his third-straight 4-cylinder feature and Chase Aussicker survived three spin outs and a flat tire to win his second-straight Full Fender Frenzy special for the street stock division. Bill August picked up his second limited sportsman win of the season, while Mike Hill and Matthew Backus won the Slingshot senior and junior feature respectively.
The crate modified feature got off to a shaky start as the caution flew twice on the opening lap for multi-car, first-turn pile-ups. Despite the wrecks, 12 of the 16-car starting grid were able to continue.
Calabrese and Kurtis Hohelsheldt emerged as the early contenders for the lead while Pitts and Tim Hartman Jr. battled for third behind them.
Pitts moved up to distant second behind Calabrese until the yellow flew again on lap 10. Pitts made the most of the restart to grab the lead but it was short-lived as Calabrese charged back to the front as Hartman and David Constantino, who was involved in one of the early wrecks, battled for third.
Calabrese had enough to turn back Pitts on a lap 14 restart and Constantino slipped past Hartman into third.
Calabrese and Pitts crossed the line in a deadheat on lap 16 before Pitts was able to put a wheel in front exiting turn two.
Calabrese stayed within striking distance but could not find a path back to the front before Pitts crossed under the checkers. Constantino came home third followed by Hartman and Don Bellen recovered from a pair of early-race accidents to finish fifth in Calabrese’s back-up car.
Kyle Hoard led the pro stock field into the first turn at the drop of the green but Horning came on to take the lead off turn two.
Justin Knight picked his way to the front and settled in behind Horning on lap eight and stayed close to Horning until bobbling slightly off turn four with five laps to go, giving Horning some breathing room.
Horning’s victory celebration was delayed as the caution flew on the white-flag lap, setting up a one-lap shoot-out for the win.
Horning chose to start on the inside and after running side-by-side with Knight, Horning had enough to turn back the challenge and pick up his ninth-career pro stock win at Glen Ridge.
Knight was second followed by Hoard, Jason Samrov, Dalton Sargeant and Matt Roberts.
August outdragged Kathy Bellen into turn one to grab the early lead in the limited sportsman main event.
With August well in front a tight pack locked in a battle for second when contact sent Bellen up the track, making contact with the first-turn wall as Larry Niemiec, Mike Parodi and Mikey Jackson spun to avoid contact.
Vinny Visconti got around August on the restart and held the point until the caution flew with four laps remaining.
This time August came out on top on the restart and pulled away for the victory. Dave Richer got past Visconti with two laps to go to get second, while Marty Kelly III and Jackson crossed the line fourth and five respectively.
Matt Mosher grabbed the early lead in the Full Fender Frenzy before the first caution flew when contact between Joey Wilson and Aussicker sent the duo spinning to the inside of the speedway.
Brian Cosselman grabbed the lead on the restart and was followed to the front th Steve Young, leaving Mosher to battle with Yule Cook for third.
Cook made his way to the front and grabbed the lead from Cosselman at the midway point only to spin in turn four and retired to the pits with mechanical problems and handing the lead back to Cosselman.
Wilson made his way back to the front after a pair of spins and took the lead with six laps to go. Aussicker pulled into second a lap later and closed in on Wilson, grabbing the lead away with two laps to go.
Cosselman slipped past Wilson on the last lap for second but rubbing between Cosselman and Wilson off the final turn ended with Cosselman against the wall. Mosher came home in fourth and John Young was fifth.
Chris Andrews and Pat McSpirit battled through the early laps of the 20-lap 4-cylinder feature before Graves used a lap five restart to pull into second.
Cole Lawton made it a three-car race on lap eight as the front-runners ran in close pack, while McSpirit and Elmer Montville fought for the fourth spot.
As Graves and Lawton locked in a battle for second, Andrews was able to put three car lengths them before the caution flew on lap 14.
Andrews night ended as his car came to a stop on the caution, handing Graves the lead.
Lawton challenged Graves on the restart but Graves had enough to hold him off and record his third-straight win and McSpirit was third.