Rich Vleck, HAMMETT, PA, (July 3, 2011)- Back in May, when the Patriot Sprint Tour was first at Eriez in 2011, George Suprick and Scott Kreutter were cheering on the rain clouds after the heat races because their cars were going to be unable to start the feature that night. Not only did those drivers get their wish, but on Sunday Night they both made the most of their opportunity and scored their first wins of 2011.
George Suprick, the 2004 PST Champion of Clarks Summit, PA, found a way to score his first series win since 2008 in the Bonnell’s Collision Center make-up feature Sunday Night at Eriez while Scott Kreutter, the 2007 PST Rookie of the Year from Alden, NY, won the nightcap for his second career series win.
Under perfect skies, racing was anything but perfect in the feature that was initially scheduled for May 29. George Suprick, who had broken the rocker arm on his No. 87 in his heat race, was able to retain the outside pole and quickly jumped into the lead.
Jared Zimbardi, who started in sixth had moved into second by the second lap and had begun to apply pressure to Suprick when the races second caution flew on lap five. On the ensuing restart, Zimbardi dipped underneath Suprick in turns one and two for the lead but the two nearly made contact and Zimbardi backed out; the next time around a similar maneuver failed and the PST Point Leader spun out his No. 35.
With Zimbardi forced to the rear of the field the new challenger would soon become Don Adamczyk, who would move by Dain Naida for second just before the caution flew again on lap 9. On the next restart though, Adamczyk’s No. 21 slid through a slick portion of turn one and he handed the runner-up spot back to Naida, who would reapply steady pressure to the leader.
The race was unfortunately interrupted by single car incidents drawing the yellow flag a few more times, including on lap 19 when Jared Zimbardi spun again while going for fifth place. The two-spin rule would have to be enforced, sending “The Juice” pitside.
A problem on the next restart would put fuel levels in peril and with a major card still on tap for the rest of the night at Eriez, the race would be shortened to 20 laps with a 1-lap shootout set up.
Scott Kreutter, who had started 15th after flipping his No. 52 back in May, had driven up to third and then dove underneath Naida for second on the final lap, gaving Suprick some brief breathing room. In the final set of corners, both Naida and Kreutter each made a bid for the lead, however Suprick’s momentum on the top of the track would prevail and he would score his 13th career PST win.
Naida and Kreutter both walked away from the event feeling that they had the car that should have won. They would have to settle for second and third, respectively.
Don Adamczyk finished in fourth after his tire “buzzed off” halfway through the race. Chris Shuttleworth would run back into the top-five after that position changed hands over a half-dozen times in the closing laps.
Tim Kelly was one of the cars in fifth but a cut tire with one lap remaining forced him pit side. Original Pizza Logs Four Laps of Fame Winner Shayne Ely was going for fifth when his V8 slammed the turn two wall. Kyle Moffit was also a top-five car that would lose the position when he slammed the cushion in turn two and packed his right rear wheel full of mud.
A total of 18 of the 23 drivers that were at the event back in May made a return for the first feature. Included in that group were Jim Porter, driving his own entry this time and Kyle Lefelhoc, who borrowed Kelly Woodard’s No. 99K for the event.
After hundreds of laps and tons of fireworks were complete at Eriez, the massive crowd would be treated to a much different Patriot Sprint Tour feature with a very exciting completion.
Don Adamczyk drew the pole position, the first time in six redraws this season he did not draw seventh or eighth, and used his prime starting spot to jump out in front and pace the field for much of the race.
The event’s only stoppage occurred on lap five when Mitch Brown flipped his No. 10 after an apparent rear end issue. In the incident, George Suprick was also collected, along with Tim Kelly, who was able to return.
Before the red flag, Scott Kreutter was pressuring Adamczyk for the lead, but on the laps following the restart, the “Williamsville Warrior” was stretching out his advantage over Kreutter. Around lap 12, however, Kreutter would start to reel the No. 21 back in.
As the top two approached the back of the pack, Kreutter began to look for a way by Adamczyk. On lap 18, after Adamczyk was unable to dart by a lapped car, Kreutter drove by on the backstretch to take the lead away. While those two had been slowed dueling for the lead, third place Jared Zimbardi had reeled them in and quickly passed Adamczyk for second and starting making his own bid for the lead.
On lap 21, while in more lapped traffic, Zimbardi showed the nose of his No. 35 to Kreutter, who acted quick and made a nifty crossover maneuver to get by the lapped car and retain his lead. It would end up being the move that would secure his first win since 2009.
“I saw Jared peak his nose under and I thought that if I mess around he’s getting it and I want to win really bad so I made the move and held on,” recalled Kreutter in Victory Lane.”
After getting free of lapped cars, Kreutter still had a major issue to deal with, and it wasn’t a competitor.
“My shield started to fog up in the first few laps of the race. Until that red flag came out, I couldn’t see anything; all I could see was water. I was just putting around the bottom figuring out what I was going to do,” admitted Kreutter afterwards. “I left my shield open after that caution and the last 3 or 4 laps I could hardly see again because I had a pound of dirt in my eyes.”
The win was also special for Kreutter’s car owner, Bobby “Potato” Bailey, a long-time PST Car Owner who decided to team up with the 24-year-old for 2011.
Jared Zimbardi would have to settle for second despite making a serious run for the win. The Little Valley, NY driver stated afterwards that his car was probably not as strong as Kreutter’s No. 52, and thus knew that lapped traffic was the only place he could pass him.
Kyle Moffit would run up to finish third, tying his best career finish at a track he has never finished worse than seventh at. Moffit said afterwards he was about a third place car.
Don Adamczyk would finish fourth for the second time on the night but knew that after leading the first 70% of the race, his elusive victory was within his grasp. Dain Naida would cap off an impressive weekend with a fifth place effort despite missing the setup.
In his first PST start of the year, Kyle Drum would run up to sixth aboard a second Zimbardi entry. Brad Knab and Jay Groves would score their second top-10s on the night, while veterans Chris Shuttleworth and Tim Kelly rounded out the top-10.
A total of 21 cars attempted to race in the second feature. Because of a crash in the make-up feature, Jim Porter was unable to fire for his heat or feature. Steve Collins scored his second Original Pizza Logs Four Laps of Fame Dash win of his rookie season after holding off George Suprick.
Next up for the Patriots is a showdown at Black Rock Speedway this Friday with the Empire Super Sprints. For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com.
Patriot Sprint Tour Results: 7/3/11, Eriez Speedway, Hammett, PA.
Make Up Feature Results from 5/29/11
Bonnell’s Collision A-Main (20 Laps)- 1. George Suprick (87), 2. Dain Naida (07x), 3. Scott Kreutter (52), 4. Don Adamczyk (21), 5. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 6. Vern Wasson (5), 7. Kyle Moffit (7), 8. Brad Knab (38), 9. Jay Groves (25), 10. Dave Wickham (80), 11. Tim Kelly (12), 12. Jared Zimbardi (35), 13. Shayne Ely (V8), 14. Mitch Brown (10), 15. Steve Collins (67), 16. Jeff Frasier (99), 17. Jim Porter (22), 18. Kyle Lefelhoc (99K).
DNS: Bryan Howland (51), Dylan Proctor (05), Bruce Dewick (22D), Todd Hoddick (49), Adam Anderson (5B).
Original Pizza Logs Four Laps of Fame Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Ely, 2. Wasson, 3. Porter, 4. Frasier.
Bonnell’s Collision A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Scott Kreutter (52), 2. Jared Zimbardi (35), 3. Kyle Moffit (7), 4. Don Adamczyk (21), 5. Dain Naida (07x), 6. Kyle Drum (35K), 7. Brad Knab (38), 8. Jay Groves (25), 9. Chris Shuttleworth (11), 10. Tim Kelly (12), 11. Dave Wickham (80), 12. Vern Wasson (5), 13. Jared Fink (21F), 14. Steve Collins (67), 15. Craig Daniels (16), 16. George Suprick (87), 17. Mitch Brown (10), 18. Jeff Frasier (99), 19. Kelly Woodard (99K), 20. Shayne Ely (V8)
DNS: Jim Porter (22).
Lap Leaders- Adamczyk 1-17, Kreutter 18-25.
Original Pizza Logs Four Laps of Fame Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Collins, 2. Suprick, 3. Knab, 4. Daniels, 5. Fink, 6. Kelly.
National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-
Race 1: 1. Moffit, 2. Brown, 3. Groves, 4. Suprick, 5. Shuttleworth, 6. Porter, 7. Ely.
Race 2: 1. Zimbardi, 2. Collins, 3. Drum, 4. Daniels, 5. Fink, 6. Wickham, 7. Frasier.
Race 3: 1. Naida, 2. Adamczyk, 3. Kreutter, 4. Kelly, 5. Knab, 6. Wasson, 7. Woodard.
Patriot Sprint Tour Championship Point Standings (Top 10)- Zimbardi 1044, Adamczyk 978, Kelly 960, Kreutter 849, Naida 826, Howland 820, Brown 812, Wasson 795, Knab 744, Collins 719.
Bonnell’s Collision King of Western Swing Standings (Top 10)- Zimbardi 556, Kreutter 538, Naida 525, Moffit 522, Knab 519, Adamczyk 517, Wasson 492, Kelly 487, Ely 452, Wickham 451.
Original Pizza Logs Four Laps of Fame Dash Series Standings (Top 5)- Wasson 17, Zimbardi 13, Collins 12, Wickham and Suprick 11.
Gater Racing News Hard Charger of the Season Standings (Top 5)- Wasson 25, Knab 24, Zimbardi 19, Kreutter 18, Kelly 16.