Wollaber Wins NYPA Midget Association Season Opener at Lancaster National Speedway
Lancaster, New York, May 21, 2016 – The NYPA Midget Association had its first outing of the 2016 season at Lancaster National Speedway. The series raced before the RoC headliner event in a 20 lap feature that introduced newcomers in the series, as well as established TQ veterans. In a three-way battle involving Dave Wollaber, Kyle Hutchinson and Bobby Holmes, Wollaber wound up the victor.
The feature race did not have qualifying heats. Instead, the starting order was determined by a random draw. The omission of heat races meant that teams had limited opportunities to fine tune their machines. Several racers struggled, including Greg Richardson, who said he missed the setup for the race. Richardson believes the running of a heat race would have provided a better opportunity to set his car up properly for the feature. He had to settle for a 12th place finish.
Many drivers were unfazed by the random draw for the starting order. In an impressive charge to the front, Bobby Holmes shook off his 11th starting place and made his way to the top 3 by the halfway mark in a battle with Wollaber. Kyle Hutchinson also wanted a piece of the action and stalked Holmes until a yellow flag for a spin bunched the field up again. Hutchinson took full advantage of the restart, charging past Holmes, but couldn’t find his way to the front of the field. Wollaber took the checkered flag, with Hutchinson and Holmes not far behind.
The NYPA Midget Association takes to the track again next week, May 28, 2016, at Holland Speedway for the 57th Annual Opening Day presented by McKinley Mall. Other attractions will include the Bank of Holland Hornets, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Pro Charger Twins, M&M U-Pull-It Figure 8s, Rookie Fours and INEX Legends. Gates open at 5:45 p.m., adults get in for $12, students 8-15 years old for $7, children under 7 for free, and family passes are available for $25. For more information, visit
Dave Wollaber, Kyle Hutchinson, Bobby Holmes, Erik Musto, Arik McGurder, Vinnie Christiano, A.J. Hessler, Tommy Catalano, Charlie DiRosa, Sean McNamara, Greg Richardson, Patrick Smith, Kevin Wilson
Disqualified: Shawn Nye (66) (Illegal 4 Speed Transmission)
DNS: Jamie Pew
NYPA Midget Association
Photo Credit: Joe Grabianowski