Constantino continues hot streak at The Ridge

Don Persse (11), Dave Herrick II (7), Matt Chavis (1), Jeremiah Wagner (04), Steve Rothwein (39) and Mike Allery (84) run in a tight pack as they battle for the lead in their qualifying event for the Wing Champ Kart Racing Series event Sunday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FULTONVILLE — The Yurkewicz/Man in the Red Chair bounty continues to grow at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

David Constantino posted his ninth crate modified victory in 14 starts this season to build the bounty to $700 for the driver who stops the streak started by him and Tim Hartman Jr. that has spanned 12 weeks at The Ridge.

Joe Orlando and Andrew Buff are the only other drivers to score wins in the Crate Modified division so far this year and they got those wins on the first two weeks of competition this season.

Sunday’s race card also featured the Wing Champ Series, taking The Ridge back to its roots as a go-kart track. With 23 karts on hand defending series champion Ryan Swartz of St. Johnsville, pulled off a last lap, last turn pass to beat Tucker O’Connor and Brian Nelson to the checkers for the win.

“I won here the last time I was here 10 years ago in karts,” Swartz said in Victory Lane. “This was great to win tonight.”

Ryan Swartz edges Tucker O'Connor for the win at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Also picking up victories Sunday night were Ivan Joslin (pro stock), Derrick McGrew, Jr. (limited sportsman), P.J. Bleau (mini stocks – dual cam), Keith Tesiero Jr. (mini stock – single cam), Mike Hill (senior slingshots), Garett Poland (junior slingshots) and Steve Cosselman (street stock).

Jim Introne Jr. and Orlando brought the crate modified field to the green with Introne holding the lead over the opening three laps before spinning in front of the field exiting turn four. All the drivers avoided Introne’s racecar as the caution flew.

Hartman moved up to the front row for the restart but Orlando got the jump on the restart and showed the field the fast way around the track over the five laps.

Meanwhile, Constantino moved from his sixth starting spot into second on lap six and was in position to inherit the lead when Orlando’s car spun in turn four on lap nine.

Constantino pulled away from Hartman on the restart and was only challenged once by Hartman on a lap 14 restart as he cruised to his fourth-straight victory. Hartman was second followed by Buff, Corey Cormier, Brian Calabrese, Leo Fotopolous, Orlando, Bill August, Colin Dubois, Harry Shaffer and Introne.

Ryan Swartz poses in Victory Lane after winning the Wing Champ Kart Series event at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Sunday. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

After the caution flew for three separate instances on the opening lap of the 20-lap pro stock feature, Joslin shook off the effects of a hard wreck Saturday night at Fonda Speedway to grab the early lead over Justin Knight and Chuck McSpirit.

After the early-race yellows, the feature went the distance under green flag conditions with Joslin notching his third win of the season. Knight was second followed by Luke Horning, McSpirit, Andy Graves, Ron Delease, Malcum Warner, Harley Shepard and Alicia Hughes.

McGrew got the jump on Troy Scott to get the early lead and survived a late-race restart to pick up his eighth win in 14 starts. Shane Larman was second, with David Boisclair third, Scott fourth and Ryan Heath fifth. They were followed by Jeff Proctor, Jake Mason, Karl Barns, John Santolin and Dylan Eldred.

Bleau won out over Josh Samrov in a race-long battle on the front of the mini stock feature to his fourth win of the season, while Tesiero came on late to be third under the checkers and the first single-cam car for his fourth win in seven starts this season.

Cosselman took the field from green-to-checkers for his fifth win of the season in the street stocks. Cliff Haslun was runner-up with Jim Groncki third and Clifford Booth fourth.

David Constantino, left, jokes with Bill Yurkewicz and “The Man in the Red Chair” in Victory Lane, as Yurkewicz holds the bounty money offered for the first driver to defeat Constantino and Tim Hartman Jr. in the crate modified feature at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Joe Smith grabbed the early lead over Jim Mudge in the senior slingshot feature before Hill made the most of a lap five restart to pull into the lead and pull away for his eighth win of the year. Bryce Cherko was second with Smith third, Tucker O’Connor fourth and Danny Ballard fifth.

Poland led all 12 laps of the junior slingshot main for his sixth win of the season. Cole Perry got up for second with Adriana DeRocher third, Connor Hill fourth,. Sloan Cherko fifth and Darryn Fallis sixth. Last week’s winner Brock “Bam Bam” Pickerous was involved in a hard crash in his qualifying event, barrel rolling his ride on the backstretch. He was able to walk away uninjured from the crash that badly damaged his slingshot.

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will welcome the modifieds back to the speedway next Sunday for a big night of racing featuring “The Aftershock,” a 66-lap, $2,500-to-win feature, plus the $1,000-to-win, 55-lap Hoosier Daddy Don Warner Memorial race for the 602 sportsman class.

The night will also feature the induction of the Hayes family, Randy Hotaling, Bob Vedder and Don Warner as the inaugural class into the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Hall of Fame.

The nights race program is slated to get underway an hour earlier at 5 p.m. and the Yurkewicz/Man in the Red Chair bounty will not be in force for this event but will be for the Aug. 26 race program.

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