Morseman Wins Empire 100
DUNDEE, N.Y. — Teddy Morseman has always been a strong runner throughout the years, but he took it to a new level on a busy Saturday afternoon.
Morseman led at the halfway point of the Empire 100, but lost the lead on the ensuring restart to Rich Green, the defending winner of their biggest race of the year. A lap later, though, Morseman was back out in front and would keep it there the rest of the way.
“It’s amazing,” stated Morseman in front of his No. 44. “It’s the biggest race I’ve ever ran so it’s the biggest race I’ve ever won.”
Morseman won his heat race but pulled the 12th place starting position, the worst possible spot from the redraw; it did not seem to faze him though as he quickly made his way in to the top five. He took the lead just before halfway but once reassuming the race lead had to worry more about his car than other drivers.
“Had the tire start to go away so I knew I had to be careful,” noted Morseman after the event.
The second half of the race was run with very little interruption, with only the two cautions in the final 50 laps. Chris Fisher and Rich Green swapped the runner-up spot on multiple occasions, with Fisher, the track champion and the only two-time winner of the Empire 100, crossing in second.
Green brought it home in third while AJay Potzrebowski drove up to fourth. Earl Zimmer got by Rich Talada late in the race to round out the top five. They were the last cars on the lead lap.
Ryan Susice had two wins this season, but still he felt he had left a lot on the table this season, but that all changed with a dominant performance in the 25-Lap Big Block/Small Block Modified Shootout.
“This one is real special for us,” declared Susice. “This is a dream come true.”
Boyd MacTavish has perennially been a visitor to the Finger Lakes each October, but for the first time he got out in front and kept it up there, as he dominated the Crate Sportsman Feature.
Bryce Davis was the class of the field in the first ever Crate/360 Late Model Challenge, dominating the 25-lap event to win yet another late season race at Black Rock Speedway.
Dale Schweikart was the dominant force in the World Products IMCA Modified Empire State Series, leading the entire 25-lap feature for his second series race of the year.