Broderick, Harvey, & Kiser at the Short Track Super Nationals for 1200 Mini Sprints
Two days and nearly $10,000 up for grabs for the Mini Sprints at Pat & Janet Jordan’s Afton Speedway proved to be very exciting. The Friday night program was preliminary night with CNYMS Tour Champion Don Harvey pulling off the win. The special $100 per lap Vendors Challenge race, for the guaranteed starters went to young Bubba Broderick. The big $1500.00 Nationals 30 lapper was won by Mike Kiser.
The pits were full with 30 of the racers being 1200cc Mini Sprints pulling in from 9 states and 1 Canadian province. Everyone on had knew the racing was going to be far and above the temps on this cool evening. The Moon was full and the sky was bright but that also brought many interesting things with it. Right out of the chute in hot laps the 71 of Brent Hockenberry found the outside wall in his Bobby Lynt owned Henchcraft getting the car up and over and done for the weekend. Three more sprinters would find the flip zone throughout the weekend.
The Heat races were filled with some high flying action as in Heat 1 the 44 of John Draper towing in from Wisconsin and the 20 of Brian Pomponio of New Jersey came together when the front of the field stacked up. Both cars suffered heavy damage but would return to race again throughout the weekend. When racing resumed, Bobby Lynt from his front row starting spot held off hard charging Don Harvey and Greg Hoffman for the win. In Heat 2 the action was slowed only once for a minor tangle amongst young guns Brett Burdett of Indiana and Justin Phillips of Connecticut. Picking up the win was Bubba Broderick in convincing fashion followed by Rich Wood Jr and Mike Kiser. Heat 3 would go green to checker with Rick Hench first followed by Canadian runner Daniel Lampron and John Zych. The “B” main was won by the 17B Brett Burdett.
With the stage set for the 24 starters going 20 laps it was sure to be exciting with Zych & Harvey on the front row followed by Wood in his potent 6W Foz Car along with Lampron, Lynt, and Brian Oliver making up the remainder of the 1st three rows. When the green flag went in the air by starter Dick Sweet, Harvey made it known he was there to win leading all 20 laps with Zych staying close but not being able to mount a challenge for the win. The race was slowed only 3 times all for blown engines. Most notable was Lampron loosing his power plant on the last lap while running 4th at the time. This set up a green white checker but Harvey pulled out to the win on night one. Rounding out the top 5 were Zych, Wood. Oliver, & Leito in the Ken Latour owned Bailey car.
Also on the card Friday night, each driver who earned a guaranteed spot for the big race on Saturday ran a 6 lap $600 Vendors Challenge Dash for Cash. Bubba Broderick was chased for all 6 laps by Jared Fink with Lampron, Harvey & Sehn rounding out the top five. Drivers earned a guaranteed spot by either being a Track Champion or winning spots from the $1000 to win CNYMS / STSN Qualifier shows. Representing AMSA is Kellen Conover from KY, John Draper from Wisconsin Illinois Mini Sprints, Clint Rohers from Accord Speedway, R.J. Tufano from Whip City, Jared Fink & Scott Goodrich from Afton, Bubba Broderick & Brian Oliver from Penn Can, and Jerry Sehn from the Woodhull program. Added to the program due to some cars not making the tow to the Nationals was Rick Hench and Daniel Lampron as high point men for Night One of the Nationals. The purse for this race was posted by Larry Fosse’s Speedpartz & Foz Racecars, Rich Wood’s K&S Powersports, Paul Corazzo’s Team 22 Racing, Dave Haskell’s Haskell Motorsports, Rick Hench of Henchcraft Racing Products and Mike Emhof’s Mike Emhof Motorsports, Inc.,
Night Two of the Short Track Super Nationals also featured 30 1200cc Mini Sprints in the pits with 3 of them pulling in just for the big dollar Saturday night program. The day was picture perfect with the track in great shape, the temps in the 70’s and the beautiful Fall Foliage in the backdrop. The fans would not be disappointed with all of the racing they were about to see.
With a qualification points system being utilized, every one of the 30 teams would be on their “A” game in the Heat races. Hot laps were fast on the super smooth Pat Jordan prepared racing surface and teams seemed to have the fast 1/3 miler figured out from the night before.
Heat 1 would go to the 10 of Brian Oliver of NJ, followed across the line by Bubba Broderick Greg Hoffman and Connecticut’s Paul Corazzo Jr. Heat 2 went to Rick Hench in his number 1 Henchcraft House car followed by night 1 winner Harvey, the Veteran, Dennis Fink, and rebounding from a wrecked race car on night 1 Brian Pomponio. Heat 3 went to High Flying Rich Wood Jr in his K&S Powersports Foz car with Mike Kiser 2nd, Jared Fink 3rd and the youngster, Austin Archdale towing in from Illinois picking up 4th.
The “A” main would be set to take the green with two veterans along with a battle of engine and chassis manufactures. The 6W of Rich Wood with Suzuki Power and a new Foz Car went away from the pole position with Rick Hench to his outside in his Henchcraft with Kawasaki power under the hood. Rows 2 through 5 would all have “A” main winners in them from the 2006 season. Row 2 made up of Archdale in the 41 along with the 22p-Corazzo, followed by 44h-Harvey and 5-Broderick in row 3 the 99-Kiser & 2 of D. Fink in the 4th row and 21-Jared Fink and 20-Brian Pomponio starting 9th and 10th respectively.
After the fan favorite Four Wide Salute, the anticipated start would not disappoint. With the leaders in turn four, Dick Sweet waived the Green Flag and the show was on! The inside row got the jump with the 41, 1,44h, 99, & 21 making up the top five. Lap 2 slowed the early pace with a single car spin in turn 2. On the ensuing restart all heck broke loose with one of the front runners not getting a good start which in turn stacked up the field causing the Red Flag to be displayed due to turn four being blocked with 11 cars in all. Not able to continue would be the 5 car of Broderick, 22p-Corazzo, 1Z-John Zych, and 77h Greg Hoffman. Finding themselves in the back of the pack now were both Fink machines
When racing resumed the pace was a wicked one with Wood in his Foz mount catching the back of the field on lap 8. Moving steadily forward was the 99 of Kiser taking 3rd on lap 3 and 2nd on lap 9. The 1 and 44h of Hench and Harvey had quite a battle going as well for 3rd and forth. As the leaders encountered heavy lapped traffic it appeared as if the 6w of Wood was fading slightly and Kiser was all over him. At the half way point it was 6w-Wood, 99-Kiser, 1-Hench, 44h-Harvey, 36-Leito, 31-Lapp, 41-Archdale, 20-Pomponio, 10-Oliver, & 21-Fink coming from the back on the lap 2 mêlée.
Wood Jr. stayed in command until lap 20. With the crowd on their feet while the leaders were dicing in and out of lap traffic, Kiser made his move to the bottom side of turn 2 and took the lead going into turn 3. Caution waived on lap 23 for a spinning 30 car of Goodrich. When the field came back to green entering turn 1, Hench and Harvey made their way around the 6w of Wood when his left sideboard blew off his top wing. Kiser pulled out to a comfortable margin of about 5 car lengths for the win over Hench, Harvey, and Johnny Guarino in the 211 with Jared Fink climbing back to a top five finish after being involved in the earlier accident and starting at the tail end of the field.
In Victory Lane the very likeable Mike Kiser said “I knew we had a good car last night and got into a little tangle, we were really hooked up tonight, it sure feels good to be back in victory lane! I wasn’t sure if I could pass Rich, (Wood), but I knew if I was persistent we would be there at the end”. This was the biggest win of Kiser’s short Mini Sprint Career for sure, coming only in his second full season of Mini Sprint Racing.
With the win Kiser picked up an award from Spectro Oils as well as the $1500 check. Picking up the Broderick Motorsports $100.00 Cash Hard Charger award was Scott Goodrich coming from the back passing 14 cars to finish 10th. Johnny Guarino received a new Foz Aluminum Radiator courtesy of Larry Fosse and Speedpartz; Speedpartz also donated 2 Smart Tools going to Rich Wood Jr. and Joe Burkert. The Ultimate Wings award of $100.00 went to John Draper and rounding out the contingency awards was a pair of Shock Skinz from Speedpartz going to Greg Hoffman..
Mike Emhof and the entire CNYMS management staff wants to thank all of the marketing partners for helping make the mini sprint portion of the Brett Deyo / Pat Jordan Promoted Short Track Super Nationals a success. A-Verdi Storage Containers, Speedpartz, LLC, Foz Race Cars, Suzuki Motors of America and Jack Stones Suzuki, Henchcraft Race Products, Hoffman Home Transport, Ultimate Wings, Broderick Motorsports, Haskell Motorsports, Team 22 Racing, Spectro Oils of America, & Mike Emhof Motorsports, Inc.
Friday Prelininary“A”-Main: 44-Don Harvey II, 1Z-Zych, 6W-Wood Jr., 10-Oliver, 36-Leito, 99-Kiser, 21-J. Fink, 77-Lynt, 1-Hench, 211-Guarino, 17B-Burdett, M1-J. Casazza, 56-W. Casazza, 44-Draper, 41-Archdale, 52L-Lampron, M14-Conway-Predmore, 121-D. Fink, P13-Sehn Jr., 31-Bosco, 17J-Teague, 14-Burkert, 77H-Hoffman,& 5-Broderick Heat Winners: 77-Lynt, 5-Broderick, & 1-Hench
Vendors Challenge Dash for Cash: 5-Broderick, 21-J. Fink, 52L-Lampron, 44H-Harvey, P13-Sehn, 10-Oliver, 1-Hench, & 30-Goodrich
Saturday“A”-Main: 99-Kiser, 1-Hench, 44-Don Harvey II, 211-Guarino, 21-J. Fink, 36-Leito, 10-Oliver, 6W-Wood Jr., 41-Archdale, 30-Goodrich, 77-Lynt, 17B-Burdett, 44-Draper, P13-Sehn Jr., 14-Burkert, M1-J. Casazza, M14-Conway-Predmore, 31-Lapp, 56-W. Casazza, 5-Broderick, 22P-Corazzo, , 1Z-Zych, 2-D. Fink, & 77H-Hoffman, Heat Winners: 10-Oliver, 1-Hench, & 6W-Wood Jr.