Racing Around: Cosselman celebrates first win in pro stock
After nine years of racing in the street stock division, Randy Cosselman was looking for a bigger challenge.
“We had won a couple races in the street stocks and had a bunch of seconds, but it seemed we were pouring as much into the street stock as we would have been in the pro stock,” Cosselman said.
So when an opportunity to drive a pro stock came, he jumped at it.
“Five years ago, Luke Horning asked if I wanted to try out a pro stock and I just said sure, I will give it a whirl,” he said. “The last race of that year I ran both the street stock and a pro stock. It was a No. 22 that A.J. Walters had.”
He was hooked.
“We figured if we were going to pour all that money into the car we might as well move up in class so it could give us a little money back,” Cosselman said. “I don’t plan on getting out of racing for a while yet so we might as well try to get a little bit of money back.”
After weeks of frustration to go with some solid runs, Cosselman parked his No. 5C pro stock in Victory Lane for the first time at Fonda Speedway last Saturday night.
“It felt great and it took a lot of pressure off my shoulders,” he said. “To win down there is special. There are at least 10 guys at Fonda that could win on any night. Here we have a 2005 HRD Pro Stock and we beat all those guys with the new chassis. We have done updates to it but it has been around. The car was fast last year. On the Thunder Along the Mohawk weekend, we were the fastest car in time trials and won our heat race, but had bad luck when we went into the feature.”
Racing in early June seems to favor Cosselman as his two other victories in the Pro Stock division came at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park on June 3 and June 17, 2016.
In all three victories, Cosselman did something unique to honor a longtime friend Don Warner. He removed the hood from his car and braced it against the side, showing the tribute to the late street stock driver prominently displayed on the hood.
“Rocky and I were always friends and Don just started helping out on the car and coming around all the time,” Cosselman said. “He was a close friend, almost like a second dad. He believed in me and that meant a lot. Both he and Rocky always had the belief in me that I could do it.”
Randy wasn’t the only Cosselman to win last weekend as his cousin Steve picked up the street stock win Sunday at The Ridge.
At Fonda, Randy, Steve, Brian and Neil have all posted victories in the street stock division.
“Steve had the 25C. My brother Brian liked Rusty Wallace so he went with the 2C. My brother Neil went with the 52C because he liked that,” Randy said. “I wanted to go with the 6 because I was a huge Mark Martin fan, but they made me go with the 5.”
With the cost of racing increasing, Cosselman sees the crate motors as a way to help keep the cost of fielding a competitive Pro Stock down and keep the competition close.
“I think the crates are definitely the way to go,” he said. “The class has definitely grown a lot. It was a year or two before I got into the pro stocks that there were only about 10 cars down there at Fonda. But they were still exciting to watch. Then after we got into it there seemed to be a whole lot more drivers. You go to any track on any given night and people are watching the pro stocks because we are sometimes two and three wide the whole race. Lots of times it is the best show of the night.”
Cosselman also is grateful for the support he has had throughout his career.
“I have to thank my wife Becky,” he said. “Hoose Construction has been with us since we went Pro Stock and Don’s Towing, Tommy Spencer has helped us out and Nancy Denley has been with us since day one. Smith and Sons, Jackson Hewitt, Main Street Auto, North Country Electric, Red’s Service and Repair and 2B Extreme Graphics have all helped out.”
Sheppard wins The Tribute
Matt Sheppard led 44 laps of the 61 lap $6,112-to-win The Tribute race honoring Jumpin’ Jack Johnson and C.D. Coville for his 16th win of the season Tuesday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway
Kenny Tremont followed Sheppard under the checkers, while and Stewart Friesen, who reskinned his modified with the No. 61 and paint scheme honoring Coville, finished third. Danny Varin and Erick Rudolph completed the top five. Matt DeLorenzo, Jeremy Wilder, Marc Johnson, Brian Krummel and Ronnie Johnson made up the second five.
Kim Duell picked up the victory over Norm Loubier and Dan Older in the companion pro stock feature.