Jim Johnson Owns Genesee Speedway Crate Late Model Event
Rich Vleck, BATAVIA, NY, (July 23, 2016)- Entering Saturday Night, Jim Johnson had completed just one single lap in feature competition at Genesee Speedway in 2016, but his years of experience at his hometown track more than made up for that as he put a clinic on in the Crate Late Models.
Johnson, who is part of the ownership group of the Genesee Speedway, led all 20 laps of the non-stop event to become the seventh different winner in the division in 11 races this season. Even though he has a stake in the success of the speedway, Johnson’s Victory Lane proclamation were far from hyperbole.
“The race track was A-MAZ-ING tonight,” he stated. “We had a little dust during the sportsman race and had to throw some water down but after that the surface was unbelievable. It is the best surface I have ever raced on hear in 29 years.”
Even though Johnson led the entire way, JJ Mazur refused to let the veteran run away with it. Mazur stayed within 1.5 seconds for all 20 laps, cutting the distance down to under a second in the final 8 laps but would have to settle for a runner-up finish for the second straight race. Dave DuBois was also close-in-tow for third, with Brad Mesler and Nick Snayczuk completing the top five.
Kyle Inman put on a clinic in the Sportsman feature, leading all 20 laps from the pole for his third win of the year. Inman, of Darien, jumped out in front for the opening three circuits under surprisingly dry conditions, which forced a red flag to add some water to the track. Inman worked hard to get the track raceable and then drove away from there to capture his second win in three races to pad his point lead. The best battle of the race was for second place, with invader Mark Loveland making a sweetheart move to get to that spot from Brian Bellinger, who would settle for third. Ray Bliss and John Venuto completed the top five positions.
To conclude the night, Tommy Kemp put on quite a show in the 360 Late Models to drive from the back to second in one lap and then make a big move a lap later to get by Brian Kotarski and then keep point leader Dave DuBois at bay for his third win of the year. Early in the night Kemp was pleased to hear the division would be running last and it showed. DuBois was second with Rich Hale completing the podium.
The Street Stocks kicked off the feature action but struggled to complete laps early on. Byron Dewitt was involved in the first two cautions but would rally back to take the lead on what would be the final lap when leader John Gagner had trouble going in to turn one on a restart. Dewitt, of LeRoy, who restarted in fourth was able to drive through the mayhem that collected most of the field and drive back to claim his second win of the year. Mike Jackson would limp home with a damaged car to finish in second while Tiffany Rumsey completed the podium for her best finish of the season.
Teenager Dante Mancuso claimed his third Mini Stock feature win of the year in an impressive performance. Mancuso, of Batavia, took the lead from Andrew Doran on lap three and as the race ran green held control of the event; three cautions in the final three laps would make him hit his mark on restarts though and he would, as he would claim the checkered flags. Doran would be found to be light at the scales, which would hand second place over to Deanna Sheppard. Brad Sheppard, Don Newton Jr. and Billy DuBois completed the top five.
Cole Hicks had led the point standings in the Bandits for most of the season, but since May had gone winless in feature action, which changed on Saturday when he led all 12 laps to pick up his fourth win of the year. Hicks, of Brockport, led from the drop of the green flag but had to fend off hard-charging Eddie Kowalczyk until lap seven when Kowalczyk got collected up with a lapped car while looking for the lead. Hicks would cruise from there as Marcus Jackson was second and while Kowalczyk rallied back up to place third.
Racing action rolls along next Saturday Night with a special $1,000-to-win race for the sportsman. Start time is posted for 6:00 P.M. For more information, visit www.Genesee-Speedway.com.
Genesee Speedway Results: 7/23/2016- Beamer’s Sales and Service Night
MHL Performance Crate Late Model Feature (20 Laps)- JIM JOHNSON, JJ Mazur, Dave DuBois, Brad Mesler, Nick Snayczuk, Jimmy Johnson, Andy Michael, Beamer Guzzardi, Randy Ralyea, T.J. Downs, Val Stephens, Bill Holmes (DNS), Jon Rivers (DNS).
Lap Leaders- Jim Johnson 1-20.
Heat Winners- DuBois, Holmes.
Zeliff Farms Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)- KYLE INMAN, Mark Loveland, Brian Bellinger, Ray Bliss, John Venuto, Tony Pangrazio, Jim Harbison, Greg Mrzywka, Ray Bliss Jr., Shane O’Grady, Jon Ellsworth, Tim Downs, Gordy Hermanson Jr., Sarah Johnson, Brandon Machaud, Jason Rumsey, Damian Long, Ray Smith, Matt Steffenhagen, T.J. Newton, Carl Inman.
Lap Leader- Inman 1-20.
Heat Winners- Bliss, Mrzywka, K. Inman.
City Slicker’s Bar & Grill 360 Late Model Feature (20 Laps)- TOMMY KEMP, Dave DuBois, Rich Hale, Carl Shetler, Tommy Butler, Jimmy Johnson, John Zimmerman, Brian Kotarski, Little Carl Shetler, Carl Stephens (DNS)>
Lap Leaders- Kotarski 1, Kemp 2-20.
Heat Winners- Zimmerman, Kotarski.
Yasses Trucking & Construction Street Stock Feature (14 Laps)- BYRON DEWITT, Mike Jackson, Tiffany Rumsey, Jason Babbitt, Jesse Qutermous, John Gagner, Ryan Allen, Bryan Faulkner, Bill Button, Butch Zimmerman, Kenny Cook, Tommy Cooper, Bob Babbitt, Roy Amadick, Kenny Begnouche (DNS).
Lap Leaders- Faulkner 1, Gagner 2-13, DeWitt 14.
Heat Winners- Jackson, Zimmerman.
Rivers Performance Mini Stock Feature (15 Laps)- DANTE MANCUSO, Deanna Sheppard, Brad Sheppard, Don Newton Jr., Billy DuBois, Tom Urban, Tony Kulesza, Lauren DuBois, Morgan Dewitt, Chris McGuire, Kyle Kotarski, Larry Richmond, Lee Hicks, Eric Brumsted, David Bohn Jr., Ashley Harbison, Joe Hulme, Andrew Doran (DQ).
Lap Leaders- Doran 1-2, Mancuso 3-15.
Heat Winners- D. Shepard, Urban.
DML Sealing Bandits (12 Laps)- COLE HICKS, Marcus Jackson, Eddie Kowalczyk, Bailey Logsdon, Jessica Traxler, Hala Allen, Jessica Schleede, Adam Jackson, Olivia Coniber.
Lap Leaders- Hicks 1-12.
Heat Winner- Kowalczyk.