Hutchinson Takes Dominant Victory At NYIRP Season Opener

Hutchinson Takes Dominant Victory At NYIRP Season Opener

Lancaster, New York, June 28th, 2019- It was nothing but track for Kyle Hutchinson during last Thursday night’s season opening race at New York International Raceway Park, who took first blood in the 2019 Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midget Association season. Taking full advantage of a strong start, Hutchinson outdrove last year’s champion, Dave Wollaber, and kept the lead long enough to see the checkers.

The drivers of the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midget Association were eager to shake off the rust from a long offseason, and the heat races provided plenty of opportunities to do so. No one found their grooves faster than Hutchinson and Bobby Holmes, who took wins in their respective heats.

A handful of drivers found themselves on the opposite side of luck, with Kevin Wilson retiring from the heat and feature early due to mechanical issues with his car. Ryan Lagoda in his first Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midget Association race also had some gremlins with his new TQ, resulting in a DNS for the feature. Usual frontrunners Andy Jankowiak and Vinnie Christiano Jr. also found themselves starting scratch on the field after the two were disqualified from the heats for repeated contact.

Erik Musto started the feature on the pole, with Wollaber to his outside and Hutchinson behind in third. Hutchinson was on the horn almost immediately, passing Musto for the lead on the backstretch with Wollaber in trail. The duo pulled ahead of third place by a considerable margin by lap four, but the field bunched up again a few laps later after an incident brought out the yellow.

When the green came back out Hutchinson and Wollaber continued to put distance on the pack, but it wasn’t long until they found themselves navigating lap traffic. Still, Hutchinson showed himself to be the man to beat as Wollaber struggled to keep within striking distance. Problems for Jim Musto brought out the caution with four laps to go, giving Wollaber one more chance at taking the lead on the restart, but Hutchinson drove away to capture his first win of the 2019 season. Wollaber took home second, with Andy Nye placing third, Andy Jankowiak driving through the field to overcome his penalty in fourth, and Erik Musto rounding out the top five.

The two championship rivals took one and two again, a common theme we saw during last year’s championship. Decided by Wollaber’s stellar consistency vs. Hutchinson’s win count, the 2018 season demonstrated that a few DNF’s and bad finishes can end a driver’s championship hopes if he can’t keep up with his rival’s consistency. With a shorter season this year, the only thing that’s for sure is that it will be a mad dash to the championship trophy and that mistakes will be even more costly than ever before. The white-knuckle open wheel action of the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midget Association returns to NYIRP on July 11th as part of the Joe Reilly 54 Tribute. General admission is $23 for adults, $10 for students aged 12-17, and children under 11 are FREE. Grandstand family passes for 2 adults and 2 students are also available for $58, suite upgrades are $10, and pit admission is $35.

About NYPA Midgets: The Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midget Association sanctions three-quarter midget racing in western New York and Pennsylvania. TQ midgets are known for high stakes, wheel to wheel, short track racing action and have thrilled crowds across the country for over fifty years. The NYPA Midget Association carries on that tradition of excitement at tracks like NYIRP. Check the NYPA Midget Association website for the schedule, points, and news. Find us on Facebook for up to date event information, photos, and more. Be sure to like and share with your friends.

About Jerry Gradl Motors: Since 1958 Jerry Gradl Motors has provided exceptional sales and professional service to western New York motorists. Half of their customers are referrals or repeats, which means they provide outstanding customer service. The Gradl name is a staple in WNY motorsports and will be for years to come. Jerry Gradl Motors has two locations to choose from, one at 711 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda NY and the other located at 6704 Transit Rd. Williamsville.

  1. Kyle Hutchinson
  2. Dave Wollaber
  3. Andy Nye
  4. Andy Jankowiak
  5. Erik Musto
  6. Bobby Holmes
  7. AJ Hessler
  8. Brandon Zavarella
  9. Vinny Christiano, Jr.
  10. Vinny Christiano III
  11. Arik McGruder
  12. Tony Patrea
  13. Ted Jones
  14. Chad Haywood
  15. Pat Smith
  16. Sean McNamara
  17. Cameron Ruggiero
  18. Chester Haywood
  19. Jim Musto
  20. Mark Schulz
  21. Kevin Wilson
  22. Tim Ruggerio
  23. Ryan Lagoda (DNS)

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