Harvey Three-Peats at Cayuga County
Story By Rich Vleck, - Don Harvey Jr. captured the A-Verdi Storage Containers Central New York Mini Sprint Feature for the third straight race at Cayuga County, but this time around it was not as easy.
Harvey found himself in third place with just two laps remaining, watching Mike Kiser pull away in the late stages from Jimmy Broderick and Harvey when a caution slowed the field for a two-lap sprint to the finish. That simple caution would change the entire complexion of the 20-lap feature.
Coming to the white flag, a puff of smoke came out of the No. 99 of Kiser, by the time he hit the front stretch, he was slowing right in front of a field breathing down his neck. Before he could get out of harm’s way, Broderick has spun, and Harvey was into the race lead.
“I have always told myself that if I’m in the top-three I have a chance to win a race,” said Harvey after his eighth CNYMS win of the season. “I got lucky, but sometimes that’s how you have to take it.”
Rick Hench was the early race leader in his No. 1, but the car faded in the late stages. Even though he fell back as far as fourth, the Newport, PA driver was able to cross in second to his main R&D driver.
Shaun Gosselin scored his second-straight top-three finish with CNYMS, putting on a solid run just down the road from his Oswego residence.
Jimmy “Bubba” Broderick was able to make up some ground after his spin, charging back up to finish fourth. Heat race winner Jamie Kiser rounded out the top-five.
Eighteen Mini Sprints were in the pits for the 13th race of the season. Seventeen cars would start the feature but after an incident on lap five in turn three; Sierra Lister, Justin Philips and Art Kiser found themselves relegated to the pits.