HOLLAND, NY… (August 26, 2017) North Tonawanda, NY’s Dave Wollaber continued his winning ways at Holland International Speedway on Saturday evening, as he won the prestigious Jerry Gradl Sr Memorial Mini Indy 50 for the NYPA TQ Midgets on VSP Marketing Group presents First Responders Night. In other action from Saturday night, multi-time Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modified champion Neal Dietz Jr from Holland, NY won the Pro Modified feature. Tim Welshans from West Falls, NY earned another victory in the Bank of Holland Chargers. Ben Russo from Lancaster, NY won the main event for the Advance Auto Parts Hornets. Anthony Riforgiato from Portland, NY won the INEX Legends feature. Marty Hughes from Holland, NY continued his perfect season by winning the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 feature.

At two different ends of the racing spectrum, veteran Charlie DiRosa and second-year driver Tony Petrea brought the field of NYPA TQ Midgets to the green flag for the annual running of the Jerry Gradl Sr Memorial Mini Indy 50, with third place starter Erik Musto blasting into the lead. At the end of lap one, Musto led Dave Wollaber, Kyle Hutchinson and Tommy Catalano were up to second, third and fourth respectively. Just three laps into the event, Wollaber would work by Musto to take over the lead. The caution would come out on lap 25 for a mid-race break to fill the fuel tanks and make slight adjustments to the cars, with Wollaber controlling the field over Jonathan Reid, Catalano, Andy Nye and Mack DeMan, who made his first visit to Holland in several seasons. AJ Hessler would flip to bring out the red flag on lap 26, after making contact with a spinning Tony Petrea. The battle for the lead shaped up to be a good one as Wollaber and Catalano exchanged the lead for several circuits before Wollaber took the lead for good with just three laps remaining and would go on to score the win.  Hutchinson would take second late from Catalano with Andy Nye, Mack DeMan and Bobby Holmes rounding out the top six finishers.

RACE RESULTS – Jerry Gradl Memorial Mini Indy 50

NYPA TQ Midgets: DAVE WOLLABER (Started 4th), Kyle Hutchinson (7), Tommy Catalano (6), Andy Nye ( 8 ), Mack DeMan (18), Bobby Holmes (16), Erik Musto (3), Mark Schulz (10), Vinnie Christiano Jr (5), Vinnie Christiano III (11), Chad Heywood (13), Jack Blackburn (19), Charlie DiRosa (1), Kevin Wilson (12), Jamie Pew (14), Tony Petrea (2), Jim Musto (17), Jonathan Reid (9), AJ Hessler (20), Pat Smith (15) Did Not Start: Chuck Kowalske

Qualifying Winners (From 8/12): Andy Nye, Tommy Catalano

(Race Recap By: Steven Petty steven.j.petty@gmail.com)

Thank you to all of the 2017 Mini Indy 50 Sponsors!

Above all we want to thank the many sponsors who make this very special event possible. Jerry Gradl Sr. was a true racer’s racer, and long after his racing career came to an end he supported auto racing as a sponsor. He was a true lover of the sport and he showed that over the years whether sponsoring a track, a series, or drivers Jerry remained a pivotal member of the Western New York racing scene. The sponsors who support this event embody that spirit and make this event in his honor that much more special. We hope that you patronize these businesses whenever possible as a thank you to them for continuing to make this event bigger and better every year.

X-press Sign is a family owned and operated business, offering business signs, LED signs, vehicle wraps and so much more. For over 15 years, we’ve been the go-to resource for many individuals and businesses in Western New York who need high-quality marketing solutions. Our staff has over 50 years of combined experience, so our clients can rely on us to design, create and install exceptional products for their needs in record time.

Lightning Towing – At Lightning Automotive we specialize in all types of auto repair. We are a full service repair shop from brakes to inspections to transmission repair. Our shop offers quick oil changes and tire rotations with little wait time. We also offer full detail on your vehicle. Stop in today and see why we are Buffalo’s top choice for auto repair.

Advance Auto Parts – Advance Auto Parts is aa leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both professional installers and do-it-yourself customers. As of January 2, 2016 Advance operated 5,171 stores and 122 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 73,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

Abbott Rd Pizza – At Abbott Rd. Pizza, we believe that service should always be personal, and food should always be fresh! Whether you’re coming in, carrying out or taking advantage of our catering menu, you’re sure to have a great experience.

Buffalo Riverworks – The city’s newest premier waterfront, boating, sports, music and entertainment destination located along the banks of the Buffalo River. Our Massive waterfront complex is a true destination for skating, hockey, curling & concerts with dining, bars & concessions. Riverworks is Western New York’s backyard and it’s open year round.

Move 24/7 – We offer a vast network of verified movers with trucks and helpers with the strength and know-how to get any job done, whether it’s getting you that fridge from the local Lowes, or moving your house. We’re here to help, and we’re always moving.

Airport Auto & Truck Center – ASE certified technicians on staff 7am-5pm Monday through Friday and 9am 2pm on Saturday.

Graff Trucking – Western New York transport service.

Double Clutch Inc – Double Clutch facilitate’s the conversation between fan and sponsor by helping race teams, race tracks, and racing series adopt and use motor sports marketing 2.0 tactics, tools, and technology, by developing, and executing turn key social, branding, marketing, sales, and customer acquisition strategies.
Founded in 2003 as Seven O Motorsports Marketing, Double Clutch came about through the successful efforts of making Motorsports marketing programs memorable and measurable.
Additional information can be found on the Double Clutch website www.WinOnMonday.com

George Decker Memorial – The George Decker Memorial sportsman modified race has been rescheduled for September 2nd.

BHNT Architects – BHNT provides Architectural, Planning and Interior Design services that promote our clients’ objectives.

The Car Shop of Springville NY – Whether you’re building a sport compact, truck, street machine, custom rod, muscle car, antique or classic, you’ll find what you need and the guys to make it happen at The Car Shop.

Stylin’ Tattoo – The best tattoo shop in Cheektowaga NY!

The Bubbly Sponge – The Bubbly Sponge specializes in residential and commercial window washing and gutter cleaning in Buffalo NY and surrounding areas. We also do screen cleaning, screen removal and storage, power washing, light home maintenance projects, pool maintenance, and housekeeping services.

Motorsports Fancards – Why not get something for your fans and more advertising for you Sponsors! We have customized autograph cards, calendars and collectibles!

Clutch Artists Inc. – 60 plus years of motorsports and car culture in Buffalo NY.

Casey’s Truck Salvage –  Located just outside Buffalo in Western New York, Casey’s has been in the truck parts business for over 35 years. We buy medium and heavy truck parts, sell medium and heavy truck parts, equipment and salvage. Our truck parts yard covers 40 acres with vintage and late model truck salvage.

About: The NYPA Midget Series sanctions three-quarter midget racing in Western New York and Northeast 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 such as Holland International Speedway, Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway, and Lake Erie Speedway. The NYPA would like to thank their marketing partners Jerry Gradl Motors, The Bubbly Sponge, Double Clutch, Abbott Rd Pizza, X-Press Signs, Bonnell’s Auto Group, Lias Tire and Buffalo Riverworks for their continued support. Check the Double Clutch engineered NYPA Midget Association Website at www.NYPAMidgets.com for the schedule, points, and news. Find us on Facebook for up to date information, photos, and more. Be sure to like and share with your friends.

Competition Contacts:

Holland International Speedway: 716.418.7223 info@HollandSpeedway.com

NYPA Midget Association Charlie DiRosa: 716.353.1139 racer39@roadrunner.com

Media Contacts:

NYPA Midget Association: 716.954.3588 pr@nypamidgets.com

Holland International Speedway: steven.j.petty@gmail.com

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