Varin registers modified victory at Glen Ridge
FULTONVILLE – It wasn’t a quick trip to the front but Bobby Varin got there.
Making the most of a pair of restarts, Varin picked his way from his ninth starting spot to the lead with nine laps to go and pulled away for his second modified feature win of the season Friday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.
Joining Varin with victories Friday night were Ray Zemken (sportsman), Luke Horning (pro stock), Duke McSpirit (street stock) and Shane Playford (cruisers), while Josh Pieniezek led green-to-checkers and held off Jaycox in a late-race restart for the RaceSaver 305 sprint car feature.
Bob Savoie and Bob Vedder brought the field of 13 modifieds to the green with Savoie taking the early lead.
Richie Price pulled into the runner-up spot on lap three with Vedder Jeff Rockefeller and Elmo Reckner making up the front five.
Reckner was on the move and had moved into third and Varin to fourth with the first caution of the race flew on lap 11 when Joe Ketchum’s modified slowed on the track.
Reckner jumped from the outside of the second row to the lead on the restart and Craig Hanson followed him, settling into third behind Savoie with Varin fourth and Rockefeller fifth.
Savoie and Hanson battled for the runner-up spot until lap 18 when Hanson spun in turn two, bringing out the second caution and bring Reckner back to the pack.
Varin powered around Savoie on the restart to take second behind Reckner and with 10 laps remaining pulled alongside the leader as they crossed the finish line.
Varin got past Reckner in turn one and quickly put some distance between himself and the field.
At the checkers it was Varin, Reckner, Savoie, Rockefeller and Rocky Warner in the top five.
Ivan Joslin and Mike Jackson battled for the early lead in the 25-lap sportsman main event with Joslin holding the point.
Zemken quickly made his presence felt, settling into second on the second lap and began pressuring the front runner.
A lap-eight caution gave the veteran campaigner the break he needed as Zemken got alongside and passed Joslin to lead lap nine.
A series of cautions kept Zemken from breaking away and allowed Korey Wilder to pick his way through the field and into second at the midway point.
Wilder made a bid for the lead on lap 17, getting under Zemken as they exited turn four but could not complete the pass. Brian Pessolano made it a three-way battle for the lead in the final 10 laps.
Wilder was unable to mount a run at Zemken as he had to hold back Pessolano for his spot.
Zemken held the advantage at the checkers followed by Wilder, Pessolano, Johnny Marsh and Joslin.
Horning grabbed the lead at the drop of the green in the pro stock feature and beat Dennis Joslin, Nick Stone and Randy Cosselman to the checkers.
Keith Tesiero Jr. held the early lead in the cruiser division feature before retiring pitside, relinquishing the lead to Keith Tesiero Sr. Playford rallied to make the late-race pass to pick up the victory. Tesiero Sr. was second with Tesiero Jr. third and Ben Righi fourth.
McSpirit and Dave Horning Sr. battled for the lead through the opening laps of the street stock main event before Horning headed to the pits with mechanical problems. Rob VanAernam came on late in the event, but could not chase down McSpirit before the checkers fell over his hood. Roger Newkirk Jr. was third, with Jason Samrov fourth, Jon Young fifth and Horning sixth.