HEARTBREAK FOR WOLLABER ON FINAL LAP GIVES HUTCHINSON A CHAPEL HILL TRIUMPH
GREAT VALLEY NY July 29th 2017 – The Chapel Hill Raceway NYPA Midget Association tour stop was won by Kyle Hutchinson after Dave Wollaber suffered a mechanical issue on the final lap of the 30 lap feature Saturday night. Eighteen cars took the green flag for the TQ half of the Twin 30s. As the only bowl ring on the schedule, it was a unique and fun race for the NYPA drivers with plenty of action up and down the order.
In the first heat race the field stayed side by side for the entire first lap. No one gave any ground. The pole sitter Kevin Wilson stretched out an early lead while the pack behind him drove three wide for the second position. Erik Musto dove low and made a daring pass for third. Musto took second and nearly overtook Wilson for the lead but the caution flag flew. On the restart the 6 car of Musto got around Wilson for the top position. The 02 and 14 got together and brought out the caution again. Wollaber made his move and took second place but Musto was too far away to chase down.
In heat two Chargin’ Charlie DiRosa dove low and took over second place. Not to be outdone the 01 of AJ Hessler too drove hard and low into turn three and took the position back from DiRosa. Just behind them Haywood locked up and Petrea drove over DiRosa’s right rear launching the front end of the 42 into the air. Haywood landed hard but continued on. Hessler then made his move on Jim Musto and cleared him down low into turn one. Haywood and Hutchinson followed through on Musto and gained positions as well. The field went single file and clicked off some laps. Jim Musto spun late and on the restart Kyle Hutchinson grabbed the lead and didn’t look back.
Eighteen cars lined up with the 14 of Kevin Wilson leading the field to the green. Wilson held the lead for the first lap of the feature keeping the 14 car planted on the bottom line. The 1 car of Wollaber would not be denied and took the lead on the outside. Caution fever would plague the next segment of the race with some minor spins and mix ups. Wollaber, Musto, Hessler, and Hutchinson lead the field after the third restart and battled each other for the rest of the race. Midway through the race Jeremy Conklin pulled off to the safety of the infield after experiencing mechanical troubles and brought out a caution.
Hutch and Musto battled hard until the next caution came out . Wollaber gapped the field while second and third fought it out. The leaders caught the tail end of the field and had to race either other between lap cars. Hutchinson capitalized and took over second place. The 88 set his sights on the leading 1 car and got alongside him coming out of turn two. Unfortunately a lapped car was also on the high side and Wollaber had to take a tight line on Hutchinson forcing him to clip the infield grass. Greg Richardson spun late and set up the final restart. Incredibly Wollaber broke going into the final lap while leading, handing overthe win to Kyle Hutchinson. Musto came in second and the 01 of AJ Hustlin’ Hessler in third.
#1 – 88 Kyle Hutchinson East Aurora, NY
#2 – 6 Erik Musto Lockport,NY
#3 – 01 A.J. Hessler Tonawanda, NY
#4 – 21 Arik McGruder Amherst, NY
#5 – 42 Chad Haywood West Valley, NY
#6 – 2 Vinney Christiano Tonawanda, NY
#7 – 71 Tony Petrea Tonawanda, NY
#8 – 7 Jeff Blackburn Toronto, Ont
#9 – 1 Dave Wollaber North Tonawanda, NY
#10 – 02 Patrick Smith Kenmore, NY
#11 – 3 Vinnie Christiano III Tonawanda, NY
#12 – 05 Jamie Pew Lancaster, NY
#13- 14 Kevin Wilson Alden, NY
#14 – 44 Chuck Kowalske Orchard Park, NY
#15 – 4 Jim Musto Lockport,NY
#16- 11 Greg Richardson Rochester, NY
#17 – 19 Jeremy Conklin Pittsfield, NY
#18 – 39 Charlie DiRosa West Seneca, NY
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