Afton Motorsports Park Race Report

Hutchings Claims Sportsman Short Track Supernationals 10 Thriller over Nye — Smith wins Sportsman American Racer Cup Champions Dash — Barker wins Modified Dash — Lobdell Quickest of Street Stocks — Burns Best of Four Cylinders — Cormier Wins STSS Sportsman Crown

By JR Kennerup

Short Track Super Nationals 10, Friday Night ~ Results

Sportsman Winner Claude Hutchins Jr.
Claude Hutchins Jr. wins the sportsman class on 10/06/2017 image

CRSA Sprint Winner Bobby Hackel IV
Bobby Hackel IV wins in the CRSA Sprint class on 10/06/2017 image

4 Cylinder FWD Winner Phil Burns
Phil Burns wins in the 4 Cylinder FWD class on 10/06/2017 image

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Afton, NY — The 10th edition of the " Working Man's Race " the Short Track Super Nationals got off to an exciting start on Friday night at the Afton Motorsports Park in front of a jammed packed facility.

The featured race of the night the 35 lap Short Track Super Series Sportsman powered by VP Racing Fuels feature was a barn burner right to the end. Claude Hutchings, Jr. took advantage of leader Jimmy Wells getting tangled up with a lap car on the final lap to regain the lead he lost to Wells two laps earlier and then held off Nick Nye to claim the $1,500 win. Wells limped across the line in third with Nick Mady and Bill Deckleman completing the top five.

With his tenth place finish in the Sportsman feature Corey Cormier won the Sportsman Short Track Super Series powered by VP Racing Fuels championship.

Brian White won the American Racer Cup Sportsman Champions Match Races to claim the top prize of $1,000.

The Modifieds were on hand running timed hot laps for an opportunity to run in the Top 10 Dash with the winner going directly into the feature re-draw on Saturday night. Alan Barker was the fastest car all night long and won this race.

The Street Stocks also ran timed hot laps with the overall fast time of the night getting $200 cash from Wheeler's Excavating of Deposit, NY. Jerry Lobdell, Jr. set quick time to claim the money.

The CRSA Sprints ran a 30 lap feature and their results can be found on their website. Their feature was dominated by Bobby Hackel IV who led all laps to claim the $1,000 top prize.

The Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinder Stocks feature was dominated by Phil Burns who led the entire race to claim the $250 win.

Nick Nye and Claude Hutchings, Jr. brought the 28 car Sportsman field to green to kick off the Short Track Super Nationals 10 weekend. Nye moved into the lead over Hutchings, Jimmy Wells, Tyler Hart and Nick Mady. With a very talented field aseembled for this marquee event the racing action was hot and heavy with passing taking place all over the race track.

Hutchings was able to get the lead on a lap eight restart and immediately opened up a big lead as Wells got under Nye for second on lap nine before another caution on lap 11 closed up the field.

Hutchings once again opened up a big lead on the lap 12 restart with Wells, Mady, Nye, and 13th place starter Kenny Hammond completing the top five, Nye was able to take third back from Mady one lap later.

On a lap 15 double file restart Nye was able to move past Wells into second as leader Hutchings opened up another big lead.

Bill Deckleman was starting to make some noise coming from his 14th place starting spot as he entered fifth on lap 15.

With the remainder of the feature going caution free lap traffic would be a deciding factor in the outcome of the race.

Hutchings who once held a commanding lead entered heavy lap traffic on lap 27 and this slowed him down and allowed Nye and Wells to close right in. Wells was able to get around Nye for second on lap 28 and with the lap car of Craig Pope holding up Hutchings, Wells closed right in on the back bumper of Hutchings for the lead.

The fast pace of leader Hutchings was slowed to nearly a crawl due to the lap traffic and Wells took full adavantage of this by slipping under Hutchings in turn four to grab the lead as the lap counter clicked to lap 33.

Wells took off and tried to run the final two laps without incident with any lap cars to claim the win. He ran lap 33 clean but soon after taking the white flag disaster struck the Accord Speedway weekly racer.

Wells who was hugging the bottom groove tried to go under the lap car of AJ Digsby going into turn one. Digsby who was racing in the proper groove for lap cars didn't give an inch to Wells and heavy contact between the two was made.

The Wells car suffered a nearly undrivebale front end damage in the contact. This contact allowed Hutchings and Nye to sneak by and claim positions one and two with three quarters of a lap to go.

In the final corner of the race Hutchings slipped up the track and Nye went for the hole and the win but came up short by less than a half of a second. Wells limped his mangled car home to third with Mady impressively coming home in fourth and Deckleman in fifth.

Hutchings won over $1800 in cash and prizes.

Qualifying for the Sportsman saw heat wins captured by Hunter Lapp, Cody Clark, Hutchings, Michael Schane, Matt Stangle, and Nye. Consi's were won by Dennis Clapperton, Butch Klinger, and Brian White.

The Sportsman whose home tracks participated in the American Racer Cup during the year saw their respective track champions or the highest in points in attendance compete in one on one match races with the winner receiving $1,000 cash and everyone else receiving a free American Racer Tire. Brian White who was the Open Sportsman Track Champion from the Thunder Mountain Speedway held off Skyline Raceway Sportsman Track Champion Kevin Jordan to claim the win. During the match races Claude Hutchings, Jr. won five rounds until Kenny Hammond beat him by .009 of a second. Hammond won two rounds before being defeated by White, who won two rounds.

The Modified Top 10 Dash featured a heads up start of the fastest ten times during timed practice sessions that were held throughout the evening. Alan Barker led the race from start to finsh to claim the win and the guaranteed re - draw spot for Saturday nights Modified Short Track Super Nationals feature. Danny Creeden ended up second and took the 10th place starting spot for the STSS North Region finale at OCFS, Andy Bachetti who was third took the 10th place starting spot for the Gobbler at Accord. Jordan Watson ended up fourth and took the 10th place starting spot in the big blocks at Georgetown. Mike Gular ended up fifth and took the 10th place starting spot in the small blocks at Georgetown. Nick Nye, Paul Jensen, and Dan Hineline all received $100 for their efforts, while Steven Deinhardt, and Mitch Gibbs received $50 for their efforts.

The Street Stocks ran timed hot laps during the evening with the overall fast time receiving $200 cash from Wheeler's Excavating of Deposit, NY. Jerry Lobdell used a quick lap of 17.421 to claim the cash.

Phil Burns and Mike Robinson brought the Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinder Stocks to green to start their 12 lap feature. Burns jumped out to the lead and led the entire event to claim the $250 feature win over Robinson, Tim Vandermark, and John Mason.

Burns won the Four Cylinder heat.

Short Track Super Nationals Friday Night Highlites: — One hundred and six cars jammed the pit area with a very healthy crowd on hand and a sold out camping area. Lingering showers hit the speedway which forced the racing program to start one half hour late with the entire show being completed at 11pm. New track preparation liquids were used leading up to the show, which gave the surface even more bite and forced many racing teams to change gears and setups as their cars were tight. Despite the low car count in the Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders the advertised full purse was paid. Dale and Sue Smith paid $300 cash to the leader at the halfway point of the Sportsman feature.

Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled by Vp Racing Fuels Crate Open Sportsman Finish:

Claude Hutchings, Jr., Nick Nye, Jimmy Wells, Nick Mady, Bill Deckleman, Kenny Hammond, Michael Schane, Cody Clark, Brian White, Corey Cormier, Shayne Spoonhower, Dennis Clapperton, Kevin Jordan, Larry Mekic, Harold Humphrey, Jack Miller, AJ Digsby, Craig Pope, Butch Klinger, Travis Smith, Matt Stangle, Chris Jordan, Hunter Lapp, Leo Fotopoulous, Allan Hodge, Tyler Hart, Steve Andersen, Cole Hentschel

DNQ'S: Lisa Williams, David DeMorest, Dave Rosa, Craig Whitmoyer, Rich Ricci, III, Rob Loucks, Ryan MaCartney, Kenny Bock, Tim French II, Daniel Morgiewicz, JR Fulper, Kevin Ward, Tommy Velez, Eric Leet, Brian Fish, Don Hart, Jr., Kurtis Hohensheldt, Bob Buono, Jerry Tonti, Blaine Klinger, Dennis Greenier, Michael Grover, Chad Ray, Dan Burman, Jim O'Hara

CRSA Sprint Cars Finish:

Bobby Hackel IV, Josh Pieniezak, Dustin Purdy, Dana Wagner, Jeff Trombley, Syndey Prince, Brian Krummel, Dalton Herrick, Tyler Boniface, Jerry Senn, Chuck Alessi, Thomas Radivoy, Christian Rumsey, Kyle Smith, Johnny Scarborough, Chloe Andreas, Peter Dance, Emily Van Ingwegan, Billy VanIngwegan, Link Pettit, Leo Yeager, Rick Stone

Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinder Finish:

Phil Burns, Mike Robinson, Tim Vandermark, John Mason

American Racer Cup Sportsman Champions Match Races $1,000 to Winner

Round 1 — Claude Hutchings, Jr. def. Allan Hodge

Round 2 — Hutchings def. JR Fulper

Round 3 — Hutchings def. Michael Schane

Round 4 — Hutchings def. Brian Fish

Round 5 — Hutchings def. Matt Stangle

Round 6 — Kenny Hammond def. Hutchings by .009 of a second

Round 7 — Hammond def. Craig Whitmoyer

Round 8 — Brian White def. Hammond

Round 9 — White def. Kevin Jordan $1,000 for White.

Modified Top Ten Dash:

Alan Barker, Danny Creeden, Andy Bachetti, Jordan Watson, Mike Gular, Nick Nye, Paul Jensen, Dan Hineline, Steve Deinhart, Mitch Gibbs

DNQ'S: Mike Ricci, Billy Van Ingwegan, Allison Ricci, Rich Ricci, Jr., Jeremy Smith, Billy Decker, Ray See, Jr., JR Hurlburt, Tim Mayne, Kevin Sockriter, Sean Ward, Kenny Titus, Craig Hanson

Street Stock Time Trials:

Jerry Lobdell, Jr., Dustin Harris, Jake Fowlston, Dan Roe, Kody Sites