Savoie posts modified win at Glen Ridge

FULTONVILLE – The Silver Bullet hit its mark Friday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Bob Savoie took the field from green-to-checkers to pick up his first career Glen Ridge modified feature win.

Ivan Joslin joined Savoie as a first time winner in the sportsman main, while Rob VanAernam picked up the street stock win, Keith Tesiero Jr., the cruiser division victory and Blake Schwarting won his second rookie sportsman main event. Doug Norrie wired the field to pick up his second Lightning Sprint win of the year at the Ridge.

Savoie and Bob Vedder brought the field of 13 modifieds to the green with Savoie gaining the early advantage.

Richie Price found his way past Vedder into second and Jeff Rockefeller into third on lap three.

By the fifth lap, Elmo Reckner, Bobby Varin and Craig Hanson joined the front runners.

Price was able to get a nose under Savoie a few times between turns three and four, but the veteran driver out of Broadalbin held his line to reject the bids.

Meanwhile, the battle for third heated up between Reckner, Varin and Hanson.

By lap 15 the top five were running nose-to-tail as they fought for position in traffic.

Varin slid under Reckner to briefly take third on lap 21, but Reckner countered the move exiting turn four to retake the spot at the line.

The lone caution of the race came on lap 22 when Reckner spun exiting turn two.

With a clear track, Savoie easily held his spot on the front end but Price rallied to again pressure Savoie, but to no avail as Savoie was not going to be denied his first Ridge win and first win in “far too long.”

Price held off Varin for second, while Hanson and Rocky Warner complete the top five.

The 20-lap sportsman feature got off to a slow start with four cautions in the first four laps.

Kurtis Hohensheldt held the early advantage before retiring pit side with damage after contact with Joslin on the frontstretch. Joslin made contact with the wall but continued to the front with Shea Montgomery, Kory Wilder and Brian Pessolano in pursuit.

Pessolano broke through to take second at the midway point but could not break free from the traffic to mount a charge before Joslin scored his first career sportsman victory.

Montgomery came home third followed by Wilder and Jeremiah Munson completing the top five.

Jason Samrov held the early lead over VanAernam and Dave Pope in the street stock main before VanAernam got past and held off Pope for his seventh win in 12 starts this year at Glen Ridge.

Glen Ridge will run two more Friday night shows before switching to Saturday nights on Aug. 24, Aug. 31 and Sept. 7.