Rich Vleck, ROCHESTER, NY (June 27, 2011)- Originally this upcoming weekend was supposed to mean a single show for the Patriot Sprint Tour, but Mother Nature has added fireworks to the Holiday as now three features will be run.
The stars and stripes of the American Flag are sure to be out this weekend and in the sprint car world nobody does this better than the Patriot Sprint Tour.
On Saturday, July 2, the PST will return to the Little Valley Speedway for the second year in a row as Kill Buck Outlet will once again be the title sponsor of the PST event at the fast and flat ½-mile Cattaraugus County Fair Oval. A day later, the tour will travel an hour west for a pair of features on at Eriez Speedway.
The Little Valley event has significance for a number of drivers, but no more than current PST point leader Jared Zimbardi who lives just four miles down the road from LVS. After a strong second place effort in South Buxton, Ontario last Saturday, “The Juice” comes home with a full head of steam behind his Kill Buck Outlet/ Bundle of Warmth No. 35.
Kyle Moffit, of South Dayton, will also carry Kill Buck signage on his potent No. 7 this weekend. Moffit was fourth in last year’s event but was in second with two laps remaining when a break issue cost him a pair of spots. This could be a great opportunity for Moffit to score his first career PST win.
Among the other drivers making a short trip on Saturday include leading Insinger Rookie of the Year Contender Steve Collins from Belfast, Todd Hoddick of Cheektowaga, Jay Groves of Sugar Grove, PA, Scott Kreutter of Alden, Brad Knab of Delevan and top-five finisher in 2010 Don Adamczyk of Williamsville.
Four-time Patriot Champion Bryan Howland dominated the 20-lap event in 2010 and will be a threat to repeat Saturday Night. In the most recent PST event, “Flyin’ Bryan” scored the win at Merrittville Speedway.
Keep an eye out for other top contenders such as 2006 LVS Winner Chuck Hebing, Dain Naida of Tecumseh, MI and Alain Bergeron of St. Pie, Quebec. This will be the second race in the Insinger Race Fuels King of the Southern Tier, which Hebing currently leads.
Sunday’s event at Eriez was added to the schedule to complete the May 29 event that was halted due to rain. The result is now the third double-feature format in series history.
The first feature will run following hot laps early in the evening. Jay Groves is on the pole, but other positions are still unknown, such as spots 9-14 with the Original Pizza Logs Four Laps of Fame being run immediately following hot laps. Only competitors at the May 29 event are permitted to compete in the feature; however others are welcomed to enter the second feature.
The second feature will include a full program of heats, Original Pizza Logs Four Laps of Fame and a B-Main, if necessary. This will be the fourth of five races in the Bonnell’s Collision King of the Western Swing. A strong field of competitors is expected for what should be a major event at the Bobby and Kathy Rohrer-owned Facility.
Tim Kelly won the last sprint feature at Eriez last September and will look to rebound after a tough outing this past Saturday. Don Adamczyk is excited for two cracks at one of his best tracks in pursuit of his first career win.
Vern Wasson will start on the pole for the Original Pizza Logs Four Laps of Fame, an event he won two years ago at Eriez for his first career sprint checkered flag. Sophomore Shayne Ely will be to his outside for his first two features in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Adam Anderson of nearby Meadville, PA leads the local contingent, with travelers such like Dave Wickham, Jeff Frasier, Dylan Proctor, George Suprick and Chris Shuttleworth among those that could be part of a very busy pit area on Sunday.
A host of Canadians have shown interest in the event just 1.5 hours from the Peace Bridge including Mitch Brown, who is now fifth in PST points. Keep an eye out for Travis Cunningham, Brad Malloy, Tim Zack and Jamie Collard as well.
Racing gets underway Saturday at Little Valley at 7:00 P.M., while Eriez will start around 5:30 P.M. The Comfort Inn of Jamestown, NY has provided a discounted rate for lodging on Saturday Night.
More information on these events can be found on the PST pages of Facebook and Twitter. As always, you can visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.
Eriez Race 1 Starting Lineup (From Redraw):
Row 1: Jay Groves and George Suprick
Row 2: Dain Naida and Chris Shuttleworth
Row 3: Kyle Moffit and Jared Zimbardi
Row 4: Tim Kelly and Don Adamczyk
Original Pizza Logs Four Laps of Fame Starting Lineup (To Determine Rows 5-7):
Row 1: Vern Wassson and Shayne Ely
Row 2: Jim Porter and Bryan Howland
Row 3: Jeff Frasier and Dylan Proctor
Remainder of Starting Lineup (From Passing Points):
Row 8: Dave Wickham and Brad Knab
Row 9: Bruce DeWick and Todd Hoddick
Row 10: Steve Collins and Adam Anderson
Row 11: Mitch Brown and Scott Kreutter
Row 12: Kyle Lefelhoc
Patriot History at Little Valley
7/3/2010 Bryan Howland
5/25/2003 Scott Bonnell
6/17/2007 Jared Zimbardi
5/25/2008 John Schuyler
6/22/2008 Chuck Hebing
5/24/2009 Trevor Lewis
9/6/2009 Bryan Howland
5/30/2010 Bubba Broderick
9/5/2010 Tim Kelly