Wollaber Scores Lucky Seventh Win at Holland
Holland, New York, August 27th, 2016- Dave Wollaber scored his seventh win in the Jerry Gradl NYPA Midgets on Saturday night. Wollaber and Kyle Hutchinson battled for first place, trading paint in front of the field. A late race caution allowed Hutchinson to close in, but when the checkered flag fell it was Wollaber who took the victory.
The field featured some driver changes including the return of Jim Fleischman to the #41 car, Kent Turnbull behind the wheel of the #7, and rookie Troy Williams piloting the #44. Williams has previously raced stock cars but noted this was his first time racing a TQ Midget. He stated that the biggest challenge was adjusting to the speed disparity and starting in the back of the field against drivers he’s never raced.
“You really roll up on some of these guys,” says Williams, “A lot of the guys that are here weekly, they know [Chad Haywood], they know [Jamie Pew]… how that person races or what his characteristics are; I don’t know anyone out there.”
The green dropped on the feature with Vinnie Christiano III starting on pole position. The battle for the podium took shape as Hutchinson took over the lead from Christiano on lap three with Wollaber following through into second. With 16 laps to go, Andy Nye moved into third place and remained there for the rest of the feature.
With 11 to go, Wollaber managed to catch up to Hutchinson in lap traffic and the two battled for the lead with Wollaber making numerous passing attempts. Wollaber took the lead two laps later with Hutchinson still on his tail. Hutchinson tried to return the favor, but a caution came out with five laps to go for Christiano III. Making the most out of the restart, Hutchinson took the lead back on the frontstretch. Wollaber refused to settle for second, and pressured Hutchinson from behind. Despite making contact on the exit of turn 2, Wollaber retook first place with three laps to go. Hutchinson could not reel Wollaber back in before the checkered flag, and Wollaber scored his seventh win of the season.
Wollaber described the race as a game of “cat and mouse,” and stated that both of their cars were on the same level. Wollaber stated that he capitalized on Hutchinson’s mistakes, and was able to take the win by doing so.
“I knew [Wollaber] was right there,” Hutchinson recalls, “Once I got back by him on the restart, I slid the front tires a couple of times; just had too much front brake in it… It would have been a real close race; I would have liked to have raced side by side with him, but [I] got hit and I was too far behind him.”
The Jerry Gradl NYPA Midgets will visit Holland International Speedway for the last time next week alongside the Busch 200. The event will include a 20 lap feature for the Jerry Gradl NYPA Midgets, the Getzoni Agency Charger 75, the Bank of Holland Hornet 50, and Graff Trucking Sportsman 75. Gates open at 4:30 PM, with heats beginning at the same time. Adult admission is $20; Seniors 62+ $18; Students 8-15 $10; Children under 7 FREE; and family passes for $49. For more information, please visit hollandspeedway.com.
- Dave Wollaber
- Kyle Hutchinson
- Andy Nye
- Vinnie Christiano, Jr.
- Chad Haywood
- Erik Musto
- Charlie DiRosa
- Troy Williams
- Jim Fleischman
- Sean McNamara
- Scott Gleed
- Vinnie Christiano III
- Jamie Pew
- Patrick Smith
- Tony Petrea
- Kent Turnbull
DNS: Andy Patton (Mechanical failure)
NYPA Midget Association