Hanson claims modified win at Glen Ridge
FULTONVILLE – With five laps to go in the modified main event, Bobby Varin appeared headed for his fifth win of the season at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.
That all changed in a split second.
Varin got out of shape on the backstretch, opening the door for Craig Hanson to get along side, as Varin regained control, contact between the drivers sent Hanson into the outside barrier in turn three.
Varin was penalized for the contact and sent to the rear of the field, while Hanson was given his spot back at the front of the field.
Hanson stayed strong on the front end, outracing Jackie Brown to the checkers for his second win of the season Friday at The Ridge.
Joining Hanson with victories Friday were Kurtis Hohensheldt (sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock), Pete Vila (4 cyl.) and Don Greco (vintage).
Bob Vedder and Korey Wilder brought the field of 11 modifieds to the green with Vedder setting the pace for the opening four laps.
Hanson found a way past Vedder on lap five with Varin moving into second on lap six.
As they battled on the front end, Vedder was left in a tight battle for third with Josh Hohenforst, Brown and Wilder
The first caution of the race flew on lap 17 when Scott Huber spun in turn one.
Hanson held off Varin on the restart but the defending track champion found his way past two laps later and opened a lead over Hanson with Hohenforst, Brown and JaMike Sowle running in a pack for third.
The second caution of the race flew on lap 30 for the contact between Varin and Hanson.
Brown now chased Hanson and got a wheel under him in turn four but Hanson had enough to hold him off for the victory.
Sowle got up for third with Hohenforst fourth and Varin coming back through the back to finish fifth.
Hohensheldt used his outside pole starting spot to its fullest advantage to grab the lead at the drop of the green.
Jim Introne Jr. settled into second but was soon joined by Mark Mortensen and David Constantino.
Hohensheldt had built a sizeable lead when the caution flew on lap 15 when Brian Nelson lost a wheel in turn two.
Constantino got past Mortensen on the restart and then drove past Introne into second a lap later.
A lap-21 caution triggered a series of restarts that changed the complexion of the sportsman feature.
On the restart, Constantino’s sportsman did not fire, stacking up the line behind him, including Mortensen. Both drivers retired to the pits for the night.
A multi-car tangle on the second and third restart attempts led to Hohensheldt leading lap 22 with Brian Pessolano making a strong move to go from fourth to second.
Pessolano could not chase down Hohensheldt in the final laps as the checkers dropped over the hood of Hohensheldt’s No. 54 for the first time this season.
Introne finished third but was later disqualified during post-race inspection, moving Adam McAuliffe up with Justin Comes and Aaron Burton rounding out the top five.
Stone got to the front of the pro stock feature early and never looked back as he picked up his eighth win of the season over Luke Horning, Gus Hollner, Jim Normoyle and Randy Cosselman.