Totten Topes George Decker Memorial
HOLLAND, N.Y. – For the second time in three seasons, Kirk Totten picked up the Perpetual Trophy after winning the 14th running of the George Decker Memorial 100 for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds in front of a great crowd on a gorgeous Saturday evening in the Holland hills.
Other winners included Eldon King III outraced Brandon Glover to claim his third win of the season in the McClurg Auto Group NASCAR Late Models. Rich Carnes from Cheektowaga, NY picked up his third Bank of Holland Chargers victory of the 2013 season. Dave Wollaber picked up his third NYPAMA TQ Midget feature of the season. 2012 Hornet Champion Jeff Szafraniec picked up his second Hornet victory of the 2013 racing season. Josh Hill picked up his career feature win in the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s.
Kevin Lewis and Kirk Totten were on the front row for the George Decker Memorial 100 for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds and it was Totten jumping into the early race lead. Tommy Catalano raced his way into second on lap two with Lewis, Amy Catalano and TJ Potrzebowski racing in the top five. Amy Catalano moved into third on lap five as Potrzebowski followed suit and moved into fourth, dropping Kevin Lewis from third to fifth. Jimmy Zacharias entered the lap five on lap 10.
Nick Shaw got loose in turn two to bring out the races first caution on lap 12. On the lap 14 restart, Kirk Totten pulled away from Catalano with George Skora III working his way into the top five. The caution came out for the second time on lap 24 for TJ Potrzebowski as the “Piranha” came to a stop in turn four. The yellow lights would immediately come back out as Kyle Inman and the “Strykersville Flash” Dave Heitzhaus came together exiting turn two and both hit the back stretch wall. Heitzhaus was able to continue on racing but the same couldn’t be said for Inman, who was making his asphalt racing debut.
On the lap 29 restart, Totten, Catalano, Skora, Amy and Jake Vernon racing in the top five. Andy Jankowiak worked his way from deep in the field and by lap 35, was into the top five after passing Jimmy Zacharias. On lap 36, George Skora III worked his way into second place and on the same lap, Jankowiak passed Jake Vernon for fourth place. Andy Jankowiak’s great run would come to an end after breaking the Cam in the engine on lap 38.
On the restart, George Skora III inherited the lead with Vernon and Jimmy Zacharias racing in the top three. Tommy Catalano looped his racer while racing in third and slowed the field down for the fifth time of the event. The caution would come back out a short time later as 2011 NYS NASCAR Champion Amy Catalano came to a stop in turn four to bring out the yellow on lap 48. At the races halfway point, George Skora continued to show the way over Jake Vernon, Jimmy Zacharias, Kirk Totten, Jeff Brown, Dave Catalano, Dave Heitzhaus, Jason Kline, Don King and Nick Shaw racing in the top ten.
On the restart Skora continued to show the way as Jimmy Zacharias tried to work underneath Vernon for second as Jeff Brown, who started 19th on the grid raced his way into the top five. A four car battle for third place took place between Zacharias, Brown, Totten and Heitzhaus. On lap 62, Brown got around Jimmy Z for third place and went underneath Jake Vernon for second. Kirk Totten raced his way back to third with 33 laps remaining and then went to work on Brown for second place. On lap 68, Totten cleared Jeff Brown for second and went to work on leader Skora just as Tony Carbone hit the turn two wall. Carbone was able to walk away from his incident under his own power.
A late race restart would see Totten retake the lead away from Skora just as Heitzhaus raced his way into fifth place. Jeff Brown retook third from Jake Vernon in the late going. Totten would pull away from Skora to pick up his second perpetual trophy in the George Decker Memorial 100. Jeff Brown would finish in third and was followed to the line by Dave Heitzhaus and Jimmy Zacharias finishing in fifth, edging out Jake Vernon.
Josh Hathaway and Mike Ticco led the field of McClurg Auto Group Late Models for their 20 lap feature and Hathaway led lap one. Mike Ticco took over the lead on lap three and held it for eight circuits before Brandon Glover took command of the field. With Ticco dominating the early stages of the feature event, Brandon Glover and Eldon King III tried everything in their power to catch Ticco.
The caution would come out on lap 12 after a simple spin on the back stretch. JD Roberts suffered mechanical issues and pulled into the infield. On the restart, Brandon Glover took over the race lead from Ticco with Eldon King III racing his way into second place. The yellow lights would illuminate the speedway once more with under five laps remaining after Josh Hathaway had his throttle stick and he hit the turn one wall hard. Hathaway walked away from the scene under his own power. On the restart, Eldon King III made his move on the outside and took command of the field. Glover would give it his all in the final lap and a half but King was able to hold off all of Glover’s challenges to notch his third win of the season.
Tom Wentland and qualifying event winner Ken Maltby led the Bank of Holland Chargers to the green flag for their 30 lap feature event with Maltby getting the early race lead. Rich Carnes took over second while Eric Brown passed the pole-sitter Wentland for third place. With Maltby out front, Eric Brown went to the outside of Carnes and took over second on lap eight as Jerry Kosmowski and Dave Wilson Jr went side by side for fourth place with Wilson getting the advantage.
Carnes was able to get underneath Brown in his attempt to retake second place and was successful on lap 15 just as Dave Wilson moved around Brown for third just one lap later. Maltby and Carnes went side by side for several circuits and Carnes was able to take the race lead on lap 19. Just one lap later, Wilson got around Maltby for second place and began his chase of race leader Rich Carnes. Wilson was able to get underneath Carnes but was unsuccessful in gaining the race lead in the late stages of the 30 lap feature event. Carnes was able to hold off Wilson for the win. The lead duo was followed to the line by Tom Northem, Eric Brown, and Ken Maltby.
Chad Heywood and Andy Nye led the 23 car field of NYPAMA TQ Midgets to the green flag for their feature event and it was Andy Nye racing his way into the lead aboard his Main Street Pub machine number 66. Team Vinnie members Vinnie Christiano Jr and Dave Wollaber raced their way into second and third while Shawn Nye tried to go three wide for second place on lap three. Shawn Nye was able to get around Christiano for third place and set his sights on Dave Wollaber for second place on lap six.
Dave Wollaber raced his way underneath Andy Nye and took over the race lead on lap seven while Shawn Nye raced his way past his brother for second just one lap later. Camden Barber went side by side with Nye for third for a couple of circuits and cleared Nye for third with six laps remaining. Kyle Hutchinson was able to get around Andy Nye to take over fourth place with five laps remaining as the top two pulled away from the field. Dave Wollaber was able to hold off Shawn Nye to grab the feature win. Camden Barber crossed the line in third and was followed closely to the line by Kyle Hutchinson and Jonathan Reid.
The father and son duo of Robert and Donald “Butcher” Palmer led the field of 4 Cylinder Hornets to the green flag for their feature event and it was Bob Palmer leading the way on the opening circuit. Josh Hill, who started third on the grid took over the race lead on lap two. Butcher Palmer got loose in turn two and brought out the first caution which also collected Jake Wylie, Waylon Price and John Blinston.
On the restart, Josh Hill pulled away from the field as defending divisional champion Jeff Szafraniec and Chris Powers made it a three-car battle for the race lead. The lead trio continued to pull away from the field as Ben Russo, winner of the last four Hornet features moved into the top five. Right before the field hit lap traffic, Jeff Szafraniec was able to go underneath Hill and take over the race lead on lap 15. The races second caution came out on lap 24 as there was a report of fluid on the track.
On the restart, Szafraniec was able to pull ahead of Hill, Powers, Tony Carbone and Ben Russo. Russo got around Tony Carbone for fourth and then went to the outside to get around Chris Powers, who issued mechanical problems late in the feature going. Russo continued his late charge to the front as he passed Josh Hill for second place with two laps remaining. Jeff Szafraniec was able to pick up his second win of the season over his Dice Racing teammate Ben Russo. Josh Hill would have his career best finish so far finishing in third with the Carbone cousins of Tony and Louis completing the top five.
Josh Hill and Robert Palmer led the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s to the green flag with Hill getting the advantage off the highbanks. Jason Eck and Jason Adams went at for several laps for the runner up spot with Eck getting the advantage. Josh Hill will pick up the win over Eck and Louis Carbone, who was in his first Figure 8 race of the season.