Bounty continues to grow as Hartman Jr. wins at The Ridge
FULTONVILLE — The Yurkowicz/Man in the Red Chair Bounty seemed in jeopardy Sunday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.
With an extra $700 put up to any driver who could stop David Constantino and Tim Hartman Jr., who have combined to win 12 straight Crate Modified features, with Joe Orlando and Andrew Buff the only other winners this year, posting victories in weeks one and two respectively.
Midway through Sunday’s 30-lap feature Hartman and Constantino were mired back in fifth and sixth and not moving forward as Jim Introne Jr. and Brian Calabrese battled on the front end with Buff and Billy August a distant third and fourth.
On lap 19, that all changed as contact between Introne and Calabrese on the backstretch continued through the third and fourth turns and onto the front stretch. Buff shot through a hole on the low side but was collected up as all three drivers crashed heading into turn one.
Buff’s car sustained heavy damage, while Calabrese and Introne continued on but were sent pitside for the remainder of the race, putting August in front with Hartman and Constantino right behind him.
Hartman made the most of the restart and led the final 12 laps to pick up his fourth win of the season, with Constantino, who has nine wins, second.
“We caught a break there and gained three positions,” Hartman said in Victory Lane. “We have had a great season thus far. We have a little bit more business to take care of here and at Malta.”
Derrick McGrew Jr. picked up his ninth win in 16 starts this season at The Ridge, while Ivan Joslin won for the fourth time in the Pro Stock division.
Jesse Murphy picked up his first career win in the Street Stock division, while Jim Mudge notched his first win in the All-Star Senior Slingshots and Kasey Hufcut picked up his second win in as many starts in the Junior Slingshot class.
After a passing shower delayed the start of the racing program for about an hour, the track came back fast and tacky for the nights race program.
Scott Lawrence grabbed the early lead in the 25-lap Albany-Saratoga/Glen Ridge Street Stock Challenge before Murphy made his way to the front from his fifth starting spot on lap six.
With the race going caution free, Murphy was able to maintain his lead as Randy Miller, Lawrence and Steve Cosselman battled for the runner-up spot.
Cosselman dropped out with mechanical trouble on lap 19, leaving Miller and Lawrence to continue the battle as Murphy passed under the checkers to take the victory in his first trip to The Ridge. Miller was second followed by Lawrence, Jason Samrov, Jim Groncki and Ken Hollenbeck.
Joslin moved from his fourth starting spot into the lead on the first lap of the 20-lap Pro Stock feature, survive a pair of early-race restarts and held off a late-race charge by Luke Horning to pick up his fourth win of the year.. Horning recovered from an early-race penalty that put him in the back of the field, to finish second with Andy Graves third, Justin Knight fourth and Steve Cosselman fifth. Chuck McSpirit, Malcum Warner, Harley Shepard, Jamie Warner and Alicia Hughes complete the top 10.
August and Introne brought the field of 12 Crate Modifieds to the green with Introne taking the early lead. Calabrese, who started fourth, pulled into second on lap six and crossed the line side-by-side with Introne on lap eight.
Introne was able to pull back in front and with Calabrese close behind, pulled away from the battle for third between August, Buff and Joe Orlando.
Contact between Introne and Calabrese on lap 19 triggered the series of events that ended with both of them being sent pitside and causing major damage to Buff’s car.
Hartman had little trouble getting ahead of August on the restart and with an open track pulled away for his fourth win of the year.
Constantino was second followed by August, Orlando and Colin Dubois. Travis Green, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Introne, Calabrese, Buff and Chad Edwards round out the order of finish.
With the bounty going unclaimed, the bonus climbs to $800 next week.
With two more weeks remaining in the regular season points battle, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park returns to action next Sunday with a regular race program before closing out the regular season on Sept. 9 and will run weekly races with a Fall Tour Schedule starting on Sept. 16 and running through Oct. 28.