Varin, DeMetro score feature wins
FULTONVILLE – Rebounding from a second-place finish in last week’s modified feature, Bobby Varin held off Kenny Tremont Jr. to pick up his third modified feature win in four weeks Sunday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.
While Varin picked up his 28th career modified feature win at The Ridge, Kyle DeMetro turned back a late-race challenge from Rocky Warner to record his first career feature win in the 602 Sportsman main event.
Joining Varin and DeMetro with feature wins Sunday were Nick Stone (pro stock), Keith Tesiero Sr. (4-cyl.), Will Eastman (X-Cell 600), Dave Horning Sr. (street stock), Adam Pierson (POWRi midgets) and Brett Putnam (Slingshots).
Erik Mack and Chad Miller brought the field of 13 modifieds to the green with Mack jumping out to the early lead.
Mack and JaMike Sowle battled on the front end with Tremont settling into third by lap 10.
The first caution of the night for a spin by Miller brought Mack and Sowle back to the field with Tremont, Jeff Rockefeller and Varin completing the top five.
Mack remained in control on the restart as Tremont and Varin pressured Sowle for the runner-up spot. Varin used a move on the bottom of turn four to duck past both Tremont and Sowle for second and set his sights on Mack.
The defending track champion caught Mack by lap 20 but could not find a line past, until lap 24.
Varin got under Mack heading into the first turn and completed the pass exiting turn two. A lap later Tremont and Marc Johnson also found a line around Mack.
The race again tightened up when Johnson came to a stop in turn four with a flat tire with five laps remaining.
With a new restart rule in force, a side-by-side restart instead of the traditional single-file restart after halfway, Varin selected to start on the inside.
Tremont powered his way to the front from the high side, but could not pull away as contact between Johnson and Shawn Pangman a lap later sent Johnson spinning off turn two. Pangman was black flagged for the contact.
Tremont opted to start on the high side and Varin found enough bite to pull ahead of Tremont on the restart and hold off the 2011 track champion for his third win of the season.
Jeremy Wilder got up for third with Erik Mack and Craig Hanson completing the top five. Rockefeller, Johnson, Jim Nagle, Korey Wilder and Bob Vedder round out the top 10.
DeMetro and Jon Miller brought the 14-car 602 sportsman feature to the green with DeMetro, Shea Montgomery and Miller in a three-way battle on the front end.
DeMetro set the pace on the front end as Montgomery and Miller battled each other for position, while Tony Farone and Warner battled for the fourth spot.
Warner got past Farone and dove under Miller in turn three to take over third with 10 laps remaining.
Warner continued his drive to the front, taking second from Montgomery on lap 21, but DeMetro was up to the challenge, holding off Warner on the final three circuits to collect his first career victory.
Montgomery crossed the line third followed by Farone and Miller. Mark Mortensen, Chip Constantino, Justin Combs, Chad Edwards and Craig Ritchie complete the top 10.
Robbie Speed grabbed the early lead in the 20-lap pro stock feature and held off Stone for the first-half of the event. Stone grabbed the lead on lap 11. Though Speed kept the pressure on, he could not find a way back to the front as Stone collected his sixth win in as many weeks at the Ridge.