Kyle Hutchinson Outduels Wollaber at Holland, Wollaber Takes Holland Points Championship
Holland, New York, September 3rd, 2016- Kyle Hutchinson scored his second win of the season at Holland International Speedway. A caution with four laps to go eliminated the lead that Hutchinson had built over Dave Wollaber, leading to a fierce battle between the two drivers. This time, Hutchinson was able to hold the lead over Wollaber, and took the win for the second time this season. Wollaber still managed to take the track points championship for Holland International Speedway, accumulating 311 points.
The first heat ended unfortunately for Kent Turnbull and Sean McNamara, who made contact on the first lap. Making heavy contact with the wall, the two-car incident brought out a red flag to allow for workers to remove the cars from the track. Both cars suffered severe damage, and neither Turnbull nor McNamara started the feature that night.
Patrick Smith began the race in pole position, with Vinnie Christiano III starting to his outside. Immediately after the green flag dropped, Chad Haywood took the lead. The first caution would come out the next lap for Christiano III, who lost control of his car in turn three. The restart would benefit Haywood, as Vinnie Christiano, Dave Wollaber, Shawn Nye, and Jim Fleischman battled for position behind him. This allowed Haywood to pull away from the rest of the top five, and lead until lap five when Hutchinson took the lead in turn two.
Two more quick cautions came out for incidents involving Fleischman spinning on lap six, and Christiano III trying to avoid Andy Patton on the restart. The race resumed with Hutchinson still in the lead, but with Wollaber advancing position, making it to second place by lap seven. Despite lap traffic, Hutchinson continued to manage his gap over Wollaber until the caution came out with four laps to go for Chuck Kowalske.
Eager to score another win, Wollaber pressured Hutchinson, and began to threaten his lead. Wollaber tried to make the inside groove to work, but Hutchinson defended his position on the outside. Wollaber was relentless in his pursuit of Hutchinson, but Hutchinson’s stout defense made the difference.
“I knew I had to stay in the preferred line,” Hutchinson “We had that late race caution, and I wasn’t hoping to see that. With that, I knew I had to hit my marks. He [tried to pass] down the back straightaway a couple of times, and I knew I had to get to the bottom going into [turn] three, and was able to hold him off.”
Despite bad luck this season, Hutchinson felt that the season was not a total loss despite not stacking up to his championship win last year. The win gave Hutchinson momentum going forward, and explained that while he would like to have a repeat of last season, he still needs to find ways to improve. Not only does he want to finish the remainder of 2016 strong, but he also wants the momentum to carry into 2017.
“Even throughout the year, you can’t get content,” he says, “If you get content with what you’re doing, somebody else is constantly improving. You always have to improve on your own program and figure something out, but next year, we will do the same thing. We had some unfortunate circumstances this year, but it’s part of racing.”
Dave Wollaber secured the track championship. With 311 points,Wollaber edged out Hutchinson by 273 points. In addition, he continues to lead the overall standings with 2470. With one final points paying race at Lancaster, Wollaber mathematically has the overall championship secured.
Lancaster National Speedway will be the next stop for the Jerry Gradl NYPA Midgets on September 10th, 2016 for Championship Night. The regular season will close out that night, and the champions of the the Sunoco Sportsman Modifieds, the Advanced Auto Parts Street Stocks, the Jerry Gradl NYPA Midgets, and the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders will be decided. Adult tickets are $12; Students $8;
- Kyle Hutchinson
- Dave Wollaber
- Andy Nye
- Vinnie Christiano
- AJ Hessler
- Charlie DiRosa
- Chad Haywood
- Erik Musto
- Scott Gleed
- Andy Patton
- Chuck Kowalske
- Patrick Smith
- Vinnie Christiano III
- Tony Petrea
- Jamie Pew
- Kevin Wilson
- Ronnie Flaim
- Jim Fleischman
DNS: Sean McNamara, Kent Turnbull
NYPA Midget Association