Rudolph Claims The Battle Of Trenton
TRENTON, N.J. – Erick Rudolph roared to victory Saturday night in the Battle Of Trenton three-quarter midget 40-lap feature race inside the Trenton Sun Bank Center.
“The car was hooked up tonight,” said Rudolph. “It was a case of reading the track before the race, getting the setup right and having the track stay consistent.”
Rudolph led all 40 of the race’s circuits. The win for Rudolph was his first since a three-for-four near sweep of the 2012 Boardwalk Hall feature events.
Mike Lichty finished second, battling back from a mid-race spin on lap 17 while running third. His run was eclipsed by that of Zane Zeiner, who started 22nd, steered clear of the carnage that ensnared others, and finished third. Matt Janisch was fourth, also fighting back from early race adversity. Jimmy Blewett was fifth
The 25-lap Champ Kart co-feature was won by Justin Gumley, who led every lap. Rich Davidowitz was a close runner up, ahead of James Hayden, Avery Stoehr and Alex Colasanto.
Jonathan Laureigh crashed heavily while riding in fourth spot with 17 of the 25 laps completed. He was aided from his kart by EMTs but was not believed to have sustained any serious injuries.
Ryan Tidman outran a field of 57 three-quarter midgets to set fastest time. Danny Bouc outran two dozen other Champ Kart hopefuls to set quickest time.
In the first three-quarter midget B-Main race, Paul Hartwig Jr. escaped injury when he flipped wildly in the first turn. His car overturned against the outside wall concrete barrier dislodging it. Once righted, Hartwig climbed out unhurt. Undaunted, Hartwig returned to run in the Champ Kart feature and raced his way to a 10th-place finish.