Decker picks up modified win at Glen Ridge
FULTONVILLE – Willy Decker had a perfect night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.
The modified pilot out of Vernon led every lap of his qualifier and was never headed in Friday’s 35-lap modified feature as he picked up his first career win at Glen Ridge.
Decker was joined by David Constantino (602 sportsman), Nick Stone (pro stock), Keith Tesiero Jr. (4-cylinders), Fran Oliver (Excel 600) and Dan Harvey (lightning sprints).
Dever and Bob Vedder brought the field of 14 modifieds to the green with Decker immediately taking charge.
Korey Wilder followed Decker, while Bobby Varin made a strong move from his sixth starting spot to settle into third.
Stewart Friesen, driving the 711X, drove from his eighth starting spot to overtake Varin for third on lap four.
Decker was brought back to the pack when the caution flew on lap seven, but he was up to the challenge of holding off Wilder, Friesen and Varin on the restart.
Varin got third back from Friesen on the restart and pulled into second ahead of Wilder on lap nine.
As Decker and Varin picked their way through the back markers, a close battle for the third spot kept fans on their feet.
Friesen, Wilder, JaMike Sowle, Jim Becker, Jeff Rockefeller and Craig Hanson ran in a tight pack often swapping spots within a lap.
With the race staying under green flag conditions, Decker was able to maintain his advantage over Varin to pick up the win. Friesen crossed under the checkers third with JaMike Sowle fourth and Wilder fifth.
The 25-lap sportsman feature got off to a slow start with the caution flying four times before the third lap was in the books.
When the race got under the green, Constantino, who started third, and Mark Mortensen, who started seventh, separated themselves from the field. Brian Calabrese and Brian Pessolano locked in a solid battle for third ahead of Justin Comes and Don Folts.
Rocky Warner recovered from an early-race penalty to break into the top five when the caution flew with five laps remaining.
Mortensen made a strong bid for the lead on the restart but Constantino was up to the task, holding him off to register his first win of the season at Glen Ridge.
Mortensen finished second with Pessolano third, Warner fourth and Calabrese fifth.
Luke Horning held the lead for the opening 13 laps of the 20-lap pro stock feature before retiring pit-side with engine problems, turning the race lead over to Stone who cruised to his seventh win of the season.
Racing will return to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park next Friday with sprint cars added to the regular race card.