Harvey Into Opening Night CNYMS Win at Utica-Rome
Story by Rich Vleck
Vernon, N.Y.- Despite redrawing the worst possible number for the feature, Don Harvey II. had no problem getting up to the front early and often; the tough part was just hanging on to the lead.
After taking over the race lead when Bubba Broderick blew his motor on lap nine, Harvey was starting to run away from everyone until Rich Wood Jr. mounted a charge in the closing laps. Harvey stayed smooth for the final four laps to hold off the motor builder to pick up his third win on the Utica-Rome Short Track. “Some guys don’t like racing on this new short track, but I really do like it,” said the Milford, N.Y. driver in Victory Lane. “I knew Rich was coming but I had a line that worked for me and that seemed to pay off.”
Twenty-five cars were on hand for the first A-Verdi Storage Containers Central New York Mini Sprints Feature of the 2006. Heat wins went to Johnny Guarino, Daniel LamPron and Mike Kiser, but it was the second-place finisher in heat 1 that would take control of the action at the end of the night.
Winner of two Utica-Rome CNYMS races last season, Harvey, who started twelfth, was up to fifth by the time the caution waved on lap 3. He stayed there behind Daniel LamPron and Bubba Broderick for the next five laps. After LamPron pulled it into the pits with mechanical problems, Broderick suffered the same problems just a few laps later. When Broderick slowed, Rich Wood Jr., who was between Bubba and Harvey, slowed expecting a caution that would never fly as the No. 5 got out of harms way; that was all the room Harvey needed to get out front.
“I saw what happened to Bubba and I know Rich slowed up but I didn’t see the caution so I just kept my foot on the floor,” said the driver of the Matthews Buses No. 44.
Following Harvey and Wood across the line was Art Kiser, who equaled his best CNYMS finish. Johnny Guarino started off his 2006 season strong in fourth with Skip Travis rallying from 17th early in the race to finish fifth on Mid-Hudson Concrete Products night at the “Action Tracks of the East”.
A number of drivers will head west to Indiana for some national racing at Lawrenceburg, Indiana this weekend. The next point races will be at Afton and Thunder Mountain in three weeks. For more information, log onto CNYMS.com.
Central New York Mini Sprint Results 4/30:
Event 1: Utica-Rome Speedway, Vernon, N.Y.-
Heat Winners- Guarino, Lampron, M. Kiser.
Feature (20 Laps)- DON HARVEY JR., Rich Wood Jr., Art Kiser, Johnny Guarino, Skip Travis, John Moore, John Leito, John Zech, Mike Bosco, Jerry Sehn, Paul Carazzo Jr., Greg Hoffman, Wayne Sterns, Aric Copeland, Ricky Donovan, Brint Hockenberry, Daniel LamPron, Mike Kiser, Joe Burkett, Bubba Broderick, James Tomlinson, Fred Hoffman, Justin Phillips, Henry Tanner (DNS).