Budweiser 100 Goes To ‘Earthquake Jake’
HOLLAND, N.Y. – “Earthquake” Jake Vernon won the rescheduled Budweiser 100 on Saturday at the Holland (N.Y.) NASCAR Motorsports Complex.
Third-generation driver Camden Barber and Kevin Miller led the stout field of Getzoni Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds to the green flag for the Budweiser 100.
Joe Evans raced his way into second and Tommy Catalano rocketed into third in the early stages. Bobby Martin came to a stop on the top of turn one to slow the field down for the first time on lap two. The early restart saw Miller and Evans on the front row and Evans was able to clear Miller for the lead on lap seven. With Evans out front, Tommy Catalano moved into second with mom Amy racing her way into third, shifting Miller back to fourth.
Tommy Catalano went underneath Evans on lap 13 to take over the lead. On the following circuit, Amy Catalano moved into second. At the races one-quarter point, it was Tommy and Amy Catalano racing one two with “Earthquake” Jake Vernon, “Downtown” Jeffrey Brown and Kevin Miller racing in the top five. Joe Evans’s great start came to a stop on the top side of turn two to slow the field down for the second time.
Jeff Brown moved into third off the restart and started to reel in the Catalano family up front but the battle was on for fifth spot between Mike Fiebelkorn Jr, Kevin Miller, Shawn Nye, and Neal Dietz Jr battling for position.
At the halfway mark, Tommy Catalano continued to show the way over Amy Catalano with Vernon, Nye and Jeff Brown in fifth. Kevin Miller was leading a four car pack including Wilbur Hebing, who passed Neal Dietz to move into seventh at the cross flags. Hebing was racing in the third Catalano Motorsports entry.
Amy reeled in her son Tommy with 19 remaining and it only took the 2011 NYS NASCAR Champion one circuit around the highbanks to pass her son and take over the race lead.
Jeff Brown went to work on Jake Vernon for third just as Shawn Nye did the same with Kevin Miller for fifth place.
Vernon passed Amy Catalano for the lead with three laps remaining and Vernon held off Amy Catalano to win.
Other winners included Dave Whittaker scoring his second NASCAR Late Model feature event. Dave Wilson Jr. picked up his first Bank of Holland Chargers victory of the season. Andy Nye picked up his second NYPA TQ Midget feature of the season. Louis Carbone earned his first victory of the season for the 4 Cylinder Hornets. Kathie Ricketson picked up her second straight Future 4’s victory. Jason Adams scored his third M&M U Pull-It Figure 8 car main of the season.