Another week, another new winner
Heath claims win at Glen Ridge
FULTONVILLE — Through eight races this season, the 602 sportsman class had yet to see a repeat winner at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.
That trend continued Sunday as Ryan Heath claimed his first victory of the season in the division Sunday.
Other winners on Sunday included Luke Horning (pro stocks), Stephen Gray (limited sportsman), Damon Anderson (street stocks), Brock Pinkerous (all-star slingshots), Cole Conrad (junior slingshots), Ken Hollenbeck (mini stock – dual cam) and Wayne Russell Jr. (mini stock – single cam).
The 602 sportsman division has been competitive all season long and this week was no different.
Of the 13 cars taking the green flag for the 30-lap feature just five of the competitors hadn’t visited victory lane.
Two of those drivers — Heath and Joe Orlando — started on the front row of this week’s feature.
Though he started on the pole, Heath had it anything but easy on his way to victory lane.
After leading the first five laps, Heath lost the lead on a lap-six restart to Tucker O’Connor.
The two battled at the front of the field for the next several laps before Heath regained the lead only to have Andrew Buff challenge him at the front for the remaining laps.
Heath held on for this win — his first career victory — in the division. Buff finished second, O’Connor was third, Joe Orlando as fourth and Travis Green was fifth.
Tony Farone, Bill August, Cody Ochs, Scott McCoy and Alex VanPelt rounded out the top 10.
In the 20-lap pro stock feature, Horning surged to the lead on the fifth lap on his way to his third win of the season.
After an accident in his heat race, Andy Graves crossed the line second after starting 11th in the feature. However, Graves was light at the scales, giving Beau Ballard the runner-up finish. Tanner Warner was third, Jim Normoyle was fourth and Buck Gasner completed the top five.
The street stock feature saw Anderson claim his fourth win of the season and 10th career victory.
Kenny Allen was second, Adam Tranka was third, John Williams was fourth and Harley Shepard completed the top five.
For the third time this season, Gray picked up the victory in the limited sportsman division. Pro stock standout Nick Stone finished second, Garrett Poland was third, Peter Lorenzo III was fourth and James Venditti was fifth.
Pinkerous, who has 12 career junior slingshot victories at Glen Ridge, claimed his first career all-star slingshot victory Sunday.
Dan Ballard, who started ninth, finished second, followed by Conner Hill, Nick Auspelmyer and Mike Hill.
In the junior slingshot division, Conrad led flag-to-flag in the 12-lap feature to earn his first career victory.
Liam Jackson was second, Lucas Duncan was third, Frank Twing Jr. was fourth and Corky Warner was fifth.
In the mini stock division, Hollenbeck took the overall and dual cam victory.
Josh Kane was second in the dual cam division, Billy Hillman was third, Josh Samrov was fourth and Todd Morey was fifth.
Kane had won all seven dual cam features on the season before Hollenbeck earned his first win of the year Sunday night.
In the single cam division, Russell claimed his third win of the season. Zach McSpirit was second, Lee Horning was third, Ray Young was fourth and Dale VanAllen was fifth.
Glen Ridge will be back in action this Sunday.The pit gates will open at 3 p.m., warm-ups will take place at 5:30 p.m., with racing to follow at 6 p.m.
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park
Aug. 9 Results
O’Connor Automotive & The Oxbow Inn Night
DIRTcar Racing 602 Sportsman: Ryan Heath, Andrew Buff, Tucker O’Conner, Joe Orlando, Travis Green, Tony Farone, Bill August, Cody Ochs, Scott McCoy, Alex VanPelt, Brendan Gibbons, Justin Buff, Emmett Waldron.
Yurkewecz Auto Crushers DIRTcar Racing Pro Stocks: Luke Horning, Beau Ballard, Tanner Warner, Jim Normoyle, Buck Gasner, Justin Knight, Matt Groncki, Don Collins, Charles Yurkewecz, Mark Dupuis, Ivan Joslin, Ken Griffin, Andy Graves.
Limited Sportsman: Stephen Gray, Nick Stone, Garrett Poland, Pete Lorenzo III, Mike Block, Troy Zilles, Isaac Walker, Joseph Venditti, Tim Billington, Carter Gibbons.
Street Stocks: Damon Anderson, Kenny Allen, Adam Tranka, John Williams, Harley Shepard, Matt Mosher.
Single Cam Mini Stock: Wayne Russell Jr, Zach McSpirit, Lee Horning, Ray Young, Dale VanAllen.
Dual Cam Mini Stock: Ken Hollenbeck, Josh Kane, Billy Hillman, Josh Samrov, Todd Morey, Gina Voris, Pat McSpirit, Brandon Tyler, Kerrie Hollenbeck, PJ Bleau.
Northeast Paving and Sealcoat All-Star Slingshots: Brock Pinkerous, Dan Ballard, Conner Hill, Nick Auspelmyer, Mike Hill, Spencer Cherko, Tyler Vadney, Darryn Fallis, Tucker Jones, Bob Morey, Don Boonstra, Andrew Millard, Jim Gaige, Scott Sprague, Jim Pollard.
Northeast Paving and Sealcoat Junior Slingshots: Cole Conrad, Liam Jackson, Lucas Duncan, Frank Twing Jr, Corky Warner, Hayden Ackerknecht, Sloan Cherko, Ryan McCoy.