Wilder picks up modified win at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park

FULTONVILLE – Jeremy Wilder claimed the modified victory Sunday at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Wilder took the lead on a restart after a caution on the final lap of the race slowed the field in the 35-lap modified feature event.

There was some controversy after the event that Wilder had jumped the restart, but after speedway management reviewed the Bobco Video replay, the victory stood and Wilder was in victory lane at the Ridge for the first time in 2014.

“My car stayed consistent throughout the race, where some of the other guy’s cars seem to change,” Wilder said after the win. “John [Lutes Jr.] ran a great race and should be congratulated for his effort.”

Other winners at Glen Ridge on Yurkewecz Auto Crushers Night at the Ridge included Rocky Warner (sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock), Pete Vila (4-cylinder), Kamdin Maby (Xcell 600 modified), and Doug Norrie (Empire Lightning Sprints).

JaMike Sowle and John Lutes Jr. brought the field down to Joe Kriss’ green flag in the modified feature with Lutes taking the lead. Craig Hanson started the event in the third position and moved past Sowle for the second position on lap three, with Wilder and Marc Johnson also getting by Sowle for the third and fourth positions after starting sixth and 10th respectively.

Lutes was in lap traffic by lap 10 of the event, with Wilder and Johnson side by side for the third position just before the caution flag came out for Kenny Tremont Jr., who came to a stop in turn four. Tremont’s evening was done at that point. Two more yellow flags slowed the field before lap 20 was in the record books, with Wilder able to get by Hanson for the second position on lap 23.

At that point, Lutes was out to a comfortable advantage but with only a few laps remaining in the event Wilder was able to close in on Lutes in lapped traffic. On lap 34 coming out of turn three, Lutes was able to get by a lapped car on the outside while Wilder was caught behind the lap car, which looked like it would allow Lutes to go on for the win until the caution came out as the leader was just exiting turn four.

On the restart, Lutes drifted high in turn four at the restart line allowing Wilder to duck underneath and take the win in the JJS Trucking sponsored #22J followed by Lutes, Hanson, defending track champion Bobby Varin, and Johnson.

“After watching the sportsman and lightning sprint features I talked to some of the drivers and made one small change to my car before the feature,” Wilder said. “When John [Lutes] got by that lap car on the final lap before the caution came out it was his race as I couldn’t get by the same lap car as quick as he did. I was disappointed in myself at my timing of catching that lap car because catching him on the straightaway instead of in the turn would have made a difference.”

The caution plagued sportsman feature began with Justin Knight leading the first lap from his pole position start and surviving three caution flag periods in the lead before John Hynes took over the lead on lap four. At that point, Derrick McGrew, Mark Mortensen, and Rocky Warner now in the top five behind second-place runner Knight.

Mortensen started the event in the eighth position with Warner just behind in 10th and those two came through the field together with Mortensen the first to break the top two after getting by McGrew on the outside in turn one and then switching lanes on the track to get by Knight for the second position on the inside of turn two.

When McGrew spun in turn one collecting many other cars in the process the red flag was out and on the restart Mortensen was able to get by Hynes on the outside to get the lead. Warner got by Hynes for the second position on lap 11 and when the yellow flag came out again shortly afterwards it put Mortensen and Warner side by side for the restart with Mortensen choosing the outside lane on the track.

Mortensen and Warner remained side by side for a couple of laps in a great race for the lead before Warner was able to clear Mortensen and take the lead on lap 13. Warner was in lap traffic with only five laps to go but it didn’t matter as he had enough of a lead that he was not to be denied the victory in the West End Towing & Repair #79. Mortensen, Shea Montgomery, Hynes, and Jon Miller completed the top five in the event.

With his third victory of the season, Warner also picked up the bonus prize of a set of tires for his efforts.

A.J. Walters led at the drop of the green flag in the pro stock feature event with the red flag coming out with no laps completed for a two-car tangle in turn three involving Dennis and David Joslin. David went over the wall in the turn but was not injured while Dennis was able to continue on in the event.

On the restart Jim Normoyle was the race leader with Nick Stone up to the second position by lap three after starting sixth and Robbie Speed third after starting 11th. Once Stone caught up to the leading car of Normoyle on lap five the two were side by side for the next five laps with Normoyle on the high side of the speedway and Stone down low.

Normoyle was able to hang on to the lead in a great side by side battle with Stone until lap 13 when Stone just nipped Normoyle for the lead at the line to complete that lap. From that point on Stone cruised to his fourth consecutive victory in the Stone Motorsports/RCT Roofing sponsored #27N and was followed across the line in the top five by Normoyle, Speed, Walters, and Dan Older.

The four-cylinder feature saw Pete Vila lead lap one of the 12-lap event after starting fourth with the Tesiero’s, Keith Sr. and Keith Jr. putting on a whale of the race for the second spot. Tesiero Sr. was able to take the second position on lap two only to have Tesiero Jr. get by him for the spot on lap five.

Tesiero Jr. ended up spinning in turn four shortly afterwards collecting Shane Playford in the process. On the restart Vila maintained the lead and went on for the win followed by Tesiero Sr., Playford who got all the way back up to third, James Meehan, and Wayne Russel Jr.

Kyle Fallis led at the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap Xcell 600 modified feature and held on to that spot until lap eight when he slid up high in turn four allowing Kamdin Maby to get by for the lead. Maby at just 13 years old from the Penn Can Speedway area went on for the win followed by Will Eastman, Drew Fallis, Paul Deruyter, and Kyle Fallis.

The 20-lap Empire Lightning Sprint feature began with fifth place starter Kurt Conklin ducking under the top four cars at the drop of the green flag to take the lead with Doug Norrie second on lap two after starting sixth. The red flag was out for a car in turn one that flipped over on lap two but that was the one and only time the event was slowed due to a caution or red flag for the remainder of the event. The driver was not injured in the wreck.

Conklin continued to lead on the restart with Norrie right on his rear bumper by lap seven. One lap later on the inside of turns one and two Norrie was the new race leader and he was in lap traffic by the time the halfway flags were shown with Norrie, Conklin, Justin Phillips, Zach Bennett, and Jerry Sehn in the top five at that point. Norrie went on for the win followed by Phillips who got by Conklin for second on the final lap, Conklin, Bennett, and Sehn.

Hales Mills Country Club will sponsor a regular show at Glen Ridge in all divisions next Sunday with racing starting at 6 p.m. For more information about the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, visit the track’s website, www.glenridgemotorsportspark.net.

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park

May 25 Results

DIRTCAR MODIFIED FEATURE – 35-LAPS – JEREMY WILDER, John Lutes, Jr., Craig Hanson, Bobby Varin, Marc Johnson, Brett Wright, Korey Wilder, Neil Stratton, Bob Vedder, Justin Boehler, Jeff Rockefeller, Elmo Reckner, Wayne Figler, Shaun Pangman, Chad Miller, JaMike Sowle, Jim Becker, Kenny Tremont, Jr., Brad Alger, Eric Mack

Heat race winners – JaMike Sowle, Craig Hanson, Marc Johnson

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25-LAPS – ROCKY WARNER, Mark Mortensen, Shea Montgomery, John Hynes, Jon Miller, Tony Farone, Ivan Joslin, Joe Orlando, Timothy Davis, Justin Auspelmyer, Laudy Hoyenga, Jay Lais, Jim Introne, Jr., Kyle Demetro, Justin Knight, Ricky Davis, Alissa Cody, Aaron Burton, Derrick McGrew, Adam McAuliffe, Bert Film

Heat race winners – Ivan Joslin, Joe Orlando, John Hynes

DIRTCAR PRO STOCK FEATURE – 20-LAPS – NICK STONE, Jim Normoyle, Robbie Speed, A.J. Walters, Dan Older, Sr., David Demerest, Gus Hollner, Dennis Joslin, Randy Cosselman, Nate Furman, David Joslin

Heat race winner – Jim Normoyle

4-CYLINDER FEATURE – 12-LAPS – PETE VILA, Keith Tesiero, Sr., Shane Playford, James Meehan, Wayne Russell, Jr., Keith Tesiero, Jr.

XCEL 600 MODIFIED FEATURE – 15-LAPS – KAMDIN MABY, Will Eastman, Drew Fallis, Paul Deruyter, Kyle Fallis

Heat race winner – Will Eastman

EMPIRE LIGHTNING SPRINT FEATURE – 20-LAPS – DOUG NORRIE, Justin Phillips, Kurt Conklin, Zach Bennett, Jerry Sehn, Phil Bessette, Jon Moore, Nick Denyse, Jamie Kiser, Rick Stone, Ron Root, Jason Roe, Jamie Beaudry, Mike Badgley (DNS), Ken Hirt (DNS

Heat race winners – Doug Norrie, Kurt Conklin