Sowle posts win at Glen Ridge

FULTONVILLE – A fresh engine and a new paint scheme proved to be a winning combination for JaMike Sowle.

Sowle blasted his way from his third-place starting spot to the lead on lap three and was never headed as he posted his first modified feature win of the 2014 season Friday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.

Joining Sowle with victories Friday were Mark Mortensen (602 sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock) and Dan Harvey (lightning sprints).

Bob Vedder and Kory Wilder brought the field of 17 modifieds to the green with Wilder grabbing the early advantage.

Sowle moved into second on lap two with last week’s winner Craig Hanson close behind.

Sowle edged Wilder at the line on lap three to take the lead, while Hanson, Vedder and Danny Varin battled for the third spot.

By lap 10, Sowle built a 10-car advantage over Hanson, while Wilder held off the challenges of Varin and Josh Hohenforst.

The caution flew on lap 13 for Bobby Varin who slowed with a flat tire while running sixth.

Hanson made a run at Sowle on the restart, but could not complete the pass. Danny Varin moved past Wilder into third as Hohenforst and Erik Mack locked in battle for the fifth spot.

It did not take long before the leaders encountered lapped traffic, but Sowle picked his way through the back markers to claim the modified feature win.

Hanson was second, followed by Danny Varin, Mack, Hohenforst, Bobby Varin, Willy Decker and Jeff Rockefeller.

Mortensen started on the outside pole of the 25-lap sportsman feature and quickly took command. Kurtis Hohensheldt settled into second as Laudy Hoyenga, Tony Farone, Shea Montgomery, Chad Edwards and Brian Pessolano swapped positions in a tight pack behind them.

The caution flew on lap 11 for a multi-car wreck on the backstretch that ended the night for Adam McAuliffe and David Constantino.

Mortensen held off Hohensheldt on the restart and remained in control until the caution flew again on lap 19.

This time Hohensheldt grabbed the lead away from Mortensen on the restart and held the point until lap 23 when he drifted high in turn three and Mortensen dove hard to the bottom to retake the lead.

Hohensheldt could not find a way back to the front in the final two laps as Mortensen collected his second win of the season at The Ridge.

Hohensheldt was second followed by Edwards, Farone and Pessolano.

Racing will return to Glen Ridge on Friday night on Firemen’s Night when all firefighters will be honored with free admission. A large fireworks display also is on tap for the Fourth of July celebration.