Wollaber Beats the Heat at NYIRP, Scores Feature Win
Lancaster, New York, July 20th, 2019- Dave Wollaber fired back at championship rival Kyle Hutchinson by winning last Saturday night’s race at New York International Raceway Park. Two late race cautions lead to a five-lap shootout for the win, with Hutchinson repeatedly trying to find a way around Wollaber while simultaneously fighting off Andy Jankowiak. Ultimately, it was Wollaber who held on and scored the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midget Association feature win.
With last week’s show cancelled due to weather concerns, fans and drivers alike were eager to return to NYIRP despite high temperatures during the day. Not even the high heat index could deter the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midgets from delivering open-wheel action to the fans at NYIRP. Both heats had plenty of action throughout, with AJ Hessler surviving a qualifying race that saw three wide racing at times. Bobby Holmes scored the win in the second heat after powering past Mark Schultz on a restart, pulling away and eventually into victory lane.
Kevin Wilson starting the feature in the pole position, but his head start was usurped almost immediately by Chad Haywood. Taking the lead coming out of the first turn. Haywood had his work cut out for him in the form of a hungry Holmes, who made his way into second by the fourth lap. Wollaber and Hutchinson meanwhile sneaked their way towards the front in usual fashion, with the former cracking the top three on lap four as well.
Wollaber took second from Haywood by finessing his way through lap traffic just past the halfway mark of the race, with Hutchinson not far behind. From there Wollaber and Hutchinson found themselves in their usual places at the front of the field. Wollaber began to pull in Holmes while Hutchinson worked on the now third place Haywood. On lap fourteen, Wollaber found an opportunity to pass Holmes in turn one with a successful crossover maneuver allowing him to take the lead.
A spin by Haywood brought out the yellow on lap fifteen, which moved Hutchinson into third place on the restart behind Holmes and Wollaber. Holmes looked ready to take back first place until his motor let go on the restart, prompting another caution to fly and keeping the lap counter at fifteen.
Now in second, Hutchinson was determined to go two-for-two at NYIRP, not an easy task with Wollaber’s defense and pressure from Jankowiak in third. Hutchinson looked low at every opportunity he saw and even locked the brakes once trying to pass. Still, Wollaber guarded the inside line long enough to see the checkers.
With one win apiece, Wollaber and Hutchinson once again find themselves in a battle for the Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midget Association championship. Passing and space is more of a premium at NYIRP compared to Holland Speedway, where a majority of last year’s races were contested. With almost all races being held this year at NYIRP as Holland is not part of the series for this year, the season finale at Chapel Hill Raceway could prove to be a spoiler of sorts. The amount of experience the NYPA Midget Association drivers have at both Holland and NYIRP, compared to Chapel Hill should provide for an exciting championship event on September 7th in Great Valley, NY.
The Jerry Gradl Motors NYPA Midget Association rides again at NYIRP on Saturday, August 17th as part of the Tommy Druar/Tony Jankowiak Memorial 110. The Race of Champions Modified Series will headline the evening with the 110 lap memorial race, with the RoC Super Stocks, Street Stocks, and of course the NYPA Midget divisions in support. Ticket prices to be announced.
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 www.NYPAMidgets.com 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.
- Dave Wollaber
- Kyle Hutchinson
- Andy Jankowiak
- Erik Musto
- Andrew Nye
- Brandon Zavarella
- AJ Hessler
- Vinnie Christiano
- Vinnie Christiano III
- Ted Jones
- Kevin Wilson
- Chad Haywood
- Tony Patrea
- Arik McGruder
- Cameron Ruggiero
- Jim Musto
- Tim Ruggiero
- Chester Haywood
- Bob Holmes
- Ryan Lagoda
- Mark Schulz