Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY (May 16, 2011)- After a rainy weekend in New York, the action as well as the banking will increase this Saturday when the Patriot Sprint Tour invades the Woodhull Raceway.
For the sixth time in series history the Patriots will invade the Southern Tier Saturday Night Staple known as Woodhull Raceway. For years Woodhull was thought to be unfit for sprint cars, but since their return in 2007 they have become one of the biggest events each year at the 1/3-mile high-banked paperclip oval. This will also be the first event in the Insinger Race Fuels King of the Southern Tier Series.
In five prior trips to Woodhull, no driver has been more dominant than Chuck Hebing, who has won three of the PST events. In the rain-delayed feature run last July, “The Cobra” broke the track record a half-dozen times in a row en route to his 32nd and most recent Patriot win. He is sure to be the favorite when he enters the pits of Ted White’s facility this Saturday.
While Hebing, the all-time leader in Patriot Wins, has thrived at Woodhull, Bryan Howland and Jared Zimbardi, the top two in the point standings the last three years, have not considered their best. Woodhull is just one of two New York tracks the Patriots visit this season that Howland, the four-time and defending Patriot Champion has never won at, although he has never finished worse than eighth. Zimbardi’s best run came in his first start at Woodhull in 2007 when he finished fifth in a non-Patriot event. If Zimbardi can match or improve on that finish this weekend it will give him major momentum for the 2011 PST Championship.
Tim Kelly won at Woodhull back in 1999 and was impressive in both races there last year. Another Patriot regular that performs well at Woodhull is Don Adamczyk who finished second in 2009 event after leading much of the feature. Coming off a strong showing at Black Rock, Adamczyk is primed for a run at his first career win.
The races at Woodhull always have extra meaning for Vern Wasson, who owned the track from 2006-2009. Wasson had a hard crash in turn two last year but was quick up until that point.
Veterans Gary Troutman, Dave Wickham and Lance Yonge will bank on experience paying off on the high-banked speedway with distinctively tight corners.
Youngsters such as Scott Kreutter, Dylan Swiernik and Kevin Ward Jr. have performed well in their limited starts at the high banks. Kreutter has won in a micro sprint at Woodhull while Swiernik was a 305 winner there in 2009.
Among the first-timers that could be on hand Saturday include sophomores Todd Hoddick and Bob Reis and rookies Steve Collins and Kyle Lefelhoc.
Racing gets underway this Saturday Night at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit the Woodhull page of www.PatriotSprintTour.com and don’t forget to follow the Patriots on Facebook and Twitter.
Patriot History at Woodhull
9/1/2007 Chuck Hebing
5/24/2008 Chuck Hebing
5/30/2009 Bobby Breen
7/31/2010 Chuck Hebing
7/31/2010 Dan Shetler