Warner picks up three wins at Glen Ridge
FULTONVILLE — Rocky Warner pulled double duty and hit a triple Sunday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.
Warner split the twin 25-lap Palmer Service Center big block/small block features with Bobby Varin before running his win streak to four in the 30-lap Red Chair 602 crate modified feature. He capped the night off with a special win in the 20-lap Jason A. Morrison Memorial Dash honoring his longtime friend and crew member.
Ivan Joslin ended Luke Horning’s early-season win streak at three with his victory in the pro stock main event, while Jerry Cohn won the limited sportsman race and Damon Anderson won the main event for the street stocks.
Josh Kane won the dual overhead cam mini stock feature and Wayne Russell Jr. took home the checkers in the single overhead cam main.
Brock Pickerous won the Northeast Paving & Sealcoating junior slingshot main event, while Mike Hill beat out Brett Putnam for the all-star senior Slingshot feature win.
Varin put his front-row starting spot for the first of the Palmer Service Center 25-lap feature to good use as he took the lead at the drop of the green and was never headed.
Warner made a bit for the lead five laps into the event but slid up, opening the bottom for Jackie Brown to slide past. However, with the race running caution free, there was no catching Varin as he posted his 40th career Modified feature win at The Ridge. Brown came home second followed by Warner Mike Ricci and Randy Green.
Varin drew a two-car inversion for the second 25-lap feature, putting him on the outside of the front row with Brown on the inside.
Again Varin got to the front early with Brown, Warner and Ricci battling for the second spot.
Warner jump out of the bottom groove and found enough bite to get past Brown and continued to use the center of the track to get the lead away from Varin on lap 13.
Warner was cruising toward the victory but had to wait as the caution flew on the final lap, setting up a one-lap shootout for the win.
With the single-file restart and a clear track in front of him, Warner pulled away for his third career modified and second of the season at The Ridge. Varin came home second followed Ricci, Brown, Green and Jim Introne.
The 30-lap Red Chair 602 crate modified feature was marred by several cautions and two red flags.
Jim Introne Jr. set the early pace over Joe Orlando and Brian Calabrese before the field was put under the red when Adam McAuliffe made hard contact with the back stretch wall.
Orlando got the front on the restart, bring Warner, who restarted fourth, with him. Two laps later Warner had the Jake Spraker-owned 1J in front.
The caution flew on lap 16 when Andrew Buff made contact with the frontstretch wall.
Multi-car accidents on two restart attempts jumbled the lineup in the middle of the pack. The red flag came out again on lap 20 when Tony Farone’s ride lost a left rear wheel and Cathy Bellen made contact with a tire on the infield.
Calabrese made a run at Warner after the restart but could not run down the Flying Squirrel before the checkers dropped. Ricky Quick used the late-race restart to get up for third followed by Introne and Orlando.
Warner completed his triplicate in the final race of the night, grabbing the lead on a lap two restart and beating Orlando and Calabrese to the checkers for the $979 winner’s share of the $2,322 purse in the special event honoring his longtime friend Jason A. Morrison.
Andy Graves grabbed the lead from Joslin on a lap two restart and appeared headed for his first career pro stock feature win at The Ridge. Graves slide up out of the groove just enough exiting turn two on the final lap to allow Joslin to slip alongside.
Graves and Joslin continued side-by-side down the backstretch with Graves holding a slight advantage heading into turn three.
However, his momentum carried him up the track, allowing Joslin and Luke Horning to slip past as the checkers fell.
Josh Kane and Chris Burnett battled on the front end of the The Electric City Taxi Mini Stock feature before Kane broke away from the field.
The race was red flagged when Burnett’s car flipped in turn one and Tim Billington was unable to avoid Burnett’s car as it rolled. Burnett was shaken up but remained at the speedway.
Racing is scheduled to return to the speedway next Sunday with the first area appearance of the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars presented by Northeast Paving & Sealcoating and a $1,000-to-win main event for the Red Chair 602 crate modifieds.
Glen Ridge will switch its race night to Saturday on July 6 as it hosts “Vengeance,” a 50-lap, Fonda 200 qualifier for the Palmer Service Center Sunoco Modifieds. The 602 sportsman will complete in the Hoosier Daddy II.