Hot Night Can’t Stop Mr. Friesen
SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. — It took Stewart Friesen 59 laps to come from his 25th starting position to the lead in the 60-lap Race of Champions Dart Dirt Modified Hot Summer Night event at Penn Can Speedway.
But that wasn’t the end of the story.
The third-generation Canadian star still needed to survive a three-wide finish with race-long leader Alan Rudalavage and Duane Howard to score his 20th win of 2010. Friesen took over the RoC point lead as a result of the victory.
Numerous accidents helped Howard and Friesen advance from deep in the field to top-five spots behind pole starter Rudalavage and fourth starting Bobby Varin.
Varin pulled alongside the leader on several occasions, but slipped back in the closing laps as Howard appeared to be the strongest challenger to Rudalavage.
At the white flag Howard and Rudalavage jockeyed for position on the bottom as Friesen planted his right rear on the cushion and nosed ahead of both down the back straight.
The three leaders were dead even entering turn three, with Friesen using his momentum off the topside to win by half a car length over Rudalavage. Howard was trapped on the bottom and settled for third with Varin fourth and Joey Grammes fifth.
Stewart Friesen, Al Rudalavage, Duane Howard, Bobby Varin, Joey Grammes, Brian Weaver, Ryan Godown, Jeff Strunk, Kevin Hartnett, Pat Ward, Darwin Greene, Garth Tonkin, Jr., Mike Schane, Jim Mahaney, Kirk Horton, Mike Decker, Mike Gular, Kevin Bates, Danny Johnson, Bobby Trapper, Mike Colsten, Brett Tonkin, Grant Hilfiger, Danny Creeden, Joey Colsten, Rick Laubach, Gary Tomkins.