April 18, 2015 (Fonda, NY) – On a packed night at Fonda Speedway fans were treated to an opener for the ages. The Basement Systems King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series Presented By Dodson Construction, Kevin Koval’s Adirondack Basement Systems, and Driven By Hoosier Racing Tire teamed up with it’s sister series the Lazzaro’s Auto Body King Of Dirt Pro Stock Series to kick off a brand new racing season with some familiar faces earning big wins.
Rocky Warner is a familiar face often found in victory lane and the ‘flyin squirrel’ didn’t disappoint his fans at the KOD Ice Melt 30 Lap opener, as he used his familiarity with the track of champions to power to the win in the West End Towing 79 one night after conquering the great race place in the Jake Spraker 1J.
Josh Sunn and Greg Havlicek led the field to the green, but it was Rocky Warner who made a quick move on lap 1 taking the lead from his 3rd starting position. Havlicek in the Miracle Ear 15b was left to battle with Sunn in the Gary’s Property Maintenance 11 for 2nd with the Dodson Construction 14 of Chad Edwards moving quickly to the top 4 from his 6th starting spot.
The first and only caution of the race came on lap 3 when an accident on the back stretch collected up the Kollar Motorsports 10% of Cody Clark, DKM Fabrication 7 of Dave Constantino, and the Eckler Racing 12s of Shea Montgomery. Whitey Slavin in the Cedar Peaks 53 appeared to also suffer some front-end damage that ended his evening.
On the restart Warner powered back into the lead, while Edwards made a big move to get into the 3rd position, which he moved into 2nd just a couple laps later on lap 5.
Bear Ridge Speedway had some of their heavy hitters on hand and they were making their presence known. Josh Sunn spent the entire race battling in the top 5, which is impressive for a driver who has never seen the track of champions. Another 1st timer at Fonda was the Connecticut Valley Auto Auctions 00 of Jason Gray who finished 6th respectively. Biggest mover was the CDR Concrete 15 of Adam Pierson who slid back to 11th at the start from his 4th place starting spot only to put on a show driving back up to 3rd by the races end.
With Warner out front working his way through lap traffic, it was Edwards trying to close in after the halfway point. With the pair broke away from the field all eyes were on the M&J Construction 27b of Robert Bublak Jr. and the McAuliffe Trucking 234 of Adam McAuliffe.
Bublak was charging through the top side making pass after pass on the Cassella Waste Management 61s of John Scarborough and eventually the Gray 00 to take 5th where he would finish.
Adam McAuliffe was using the extreme outside to make noise and wow the crowd moving 25th to finish 13th after 30 laps. McAuliffe would be named hard charger for the event improving the most positions.
Rocky Warner wasn’t to be denied starting off the season with a big King Of Dirt Crate Sportsman Series win. Edwards, Pierson, Sunn, Bublak Gray, Ricky Quick, Chris Schaffer, Scarborough, and Mark Mortensen rounded out the top 10.
- 81 cars were on hand for the first King Of Dirt Racing Series events. 45 Crate Sportsman and 36 Pro Stocks checked in. Chad Edwards debuted a brand new Dodson Construction Bicknell with a new number and grabbed a strong 2nd place run.
- 3 drivers from Bear Ridge made the trip to Fonda for the KOD opener. Adam Pierson, Josh Sunn, and Jason Gray all finished impressively in the top 10.
- Both Eckler Racing teammates Shea Montgomery and Aaron Burton qualified for the KOD opener, which is a solid start for the pair.
- Greg Havlicek picked a good day to have the best run of his young career after starting up front and racing with some heavy hitters the 15b finished 12th respectively.
- John Scarborough was a force early on racing into the top 5 only to have his car fade mid race relegating him to a respective 9th place finish.
- Albany-Saratoga track champion Jeremy Pitts drove from deep in the field to 11th respectively during the Ice Melt opener.
- Tracks represented in Sportsman were Fonda, Albany-Saratoga, Bear Ridge, Devil’s Bowl, Merrittville, Brockville, Lebanon Valley, Glen Ridge, and Utica Rome.
4/18/15 BASEMENT SYSTEMS KING OF DIRT CRATE SPORTSMAN SERIES PRESENTED BY DODSON CONSTRUCTION, ADIRONDACK BASEMENT SYSTEMS, & HOOSIER RACING TIRE ICE MELT FEATURE RESULTS (30 LAPS) – 1) ROCKY WARNER, 2) Chad Edwards, 3) Adam Pierson, 4) Josh Sunn, 5) Robert Bublak, 6) Jason Gray, 7) Ricky Quick, 8) Chris Schaffer, 9) John Scarborough, 10) Mark Mortensen, 11) Jeremy Pitts, 12) Greg Havlicek, 13) Adam McAuliffe, 14) Tony Farone, 15) Connor Cleveland, 16) John McAuliffe, 17) Ivan Joslin, 18) Dan Santabarbara, 19) Aaron Burton, 20) Michael Sabia, 21) Jason Shipclark, 22) Chad Miller, 23) Brian Pessolano, 24) Kurtis Hohensheldt, 25) Cody Bleau, 26) Matt Pappa, 27) Whitey Slavin, 28) Cody Clark, 29) Shea Montgomery, 30) Dave Constantino.
DNS – Nick Anatriello, Rob Maxon, Chris Murray, Todd Lutinski, Greg Martin, Alissa Cody, James Introne Jr, Anthony Cardamone, Floyd Billington, Chris Curtis, Jason Greco, Chris Lynch, Mike Peek, Cody Ochs, Chris Ronca.
KOD Sportsman Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps) – CHAD EDWARDS, Rocky Warner, Jason Gray, Ricky Quick, Matt Pappa, Connor Cleveland, Greg Martin, Aaron Burton, Jason Greco, Chad Miller, James Introne Jr, Chris Ronca.
KOD Sportsmans Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps) – ROBERT BUBLAK, Adam Pierson, John McAuliffe, Tony Farone, Cody Bleau, Chris Lynch, Jason Shipclark, Brian Pessolano, Cody Ochs, Alissa Cody, Chris Curtis.
KOD Sportsman Heat 3 Finish (8 Laps) – JOHN SCARBOROUGH, Cody Clark, Chris Schaffer, Mark Mortensen, Ivan Joslin, Jeremy Pitts, Adam McAuliffe, Floyd Billington, Nick Anatriello, Mike Peek, Chris Murray.
KOD Sportsman Heat 4 Finish (8 Laps) – JOSH SUNN, Greg Havlicek, Whitey Slavin, Dan Santabarbara, Shea Montgomery, Michael Sabia, Dave Constantino, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Anthony Cardamone, Rob Maxon, Todd Lutinski.
KOD Consi Number 1 Finish (8 Laps) – JEREMY PITTS, Connor Cleveland, Adam McAuliffe, Aaron Burton, Chad Miller, Nick Anatriello, Chris Murray, Greg Martin, James Introne Jr, Floyd Billington, Jason Greco, Mike Peek, Chris Ronca.
KOD Consi Number 2 Finish (8 Laps) – DAVE CONSTANTINO, Michael Sabia, Brian Pessolano, Jason Shipclark, Kurtis Hohensheldt, Rob Maxon, Todd Lutinski, Alissa Cody, Anthony Cardamone, Chris Curtis, Chris Lynch, Cody Ochs.
Hoosier Tire Certificate – Dan Santabarbara
Applebee’s Gift Card – Dave Constantino
Boyd’s Motorworks Certificate – Aaron Burton
DKM Fabrication Certificate – Michael Peek
Elmo’s Speed & Supply Certificate – Ricky Quick
Lap Sponsorship $50 Bonuses – Adam Pierson, Jason Gray, John Scarborough, Greg Havlicek, Connor Cleveland, Dan Santabarbara.
Race Pro Weekly Hard Charger – Adam McAuliffe 25th to 13th (+12)
Touring Rookie Of The Race – Jason Gray
Dirt Track Digest.com Lap Leader(s) – Rocky Warner (30 Laps)
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KING OF DIRT AND NORTHEAST CRATE NATIONALS is brought to you in part by sponsors and partners that include: Albany Saratoga Speedway, Fonda Speedway, Lebanon Valley Speedway, Basement Systems, Todd Lutinski’s Dry Zone Basement Systems, Kevin Koval’s Adirondack Basement Systems, Dodson Construction, Hoosier Racing Tire, Elmo’s Speed & Supply, DKM Fabrication, Fox Racing Shocks, Fastline Performance, Beyea Custom Headers & Exhausts, Bicknell Racing Products, Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, DeLorenzo Speed Supply, Boyd’s Motorworks, DH Graphix, Bill McGaffin Photography, Grennon Project Services, Lazzaro’s Auto Body, ASI Racewear, Bloomfield’s Florist, Duell Family Racing, Speed’s Garage, Stone Motorsports & Auto Sales, Race Pro Weekly, Doug’s Dirt Diary, Final Reward Trophy, Dirt Track Digest.com, Sorrenti’s Pizzeria, and Mayhem Motorsports.