Friesen Sweeps Up In Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Stewart Friesen backed up his Saturday night three-quarter midget feature win in the Dunkin Donuts Center with a rousing win the Sunday afternoon.
The race was halted three times before the 100th lap was put in the books and each time Friesen had to outrun Erick Rudolph and Joe Payne Jr. to preserve his winning drive.
“The car was perfect and that was the difference,” said Friesen. “I had some help when the outside (of the track surface) got some water on it and it got slick for guys up there.”
Friesen was also the leader of the 50th lap of the race when the field was stopped as designed by race officials to allow for refueling and minor adjustments. Drivers were able to restart in the second segment regardless of number of laps completed in the first half of the race.
Ted Christopher, who had been a contender in the first half of the event, pressured Friesen after working by Rudolph and Payne but dropped out of the event late in the going with mechanical problems.
Rudolph and Payne challenged Friesen anew over the final circuits but fell short. Ryan Smith was fourth at the checkered flag and Jon Gambuti was fifth.
After enduring the indignity of a disqualification the night before, Champ Kart driver Chris Daley was a man on a mission Sunday afternoon.
“This is my redemption,” said Daley. “It shows that that little bit of motor infraction the night before didn’t mean a thing.”
Stewart Friesen, Erick Rudolph, Joey Payne, Ryan Smith, Jon Gambuti, Jonathan McKennedy, Tim Buckwalter, Ryan Greth, Paul Lotier Jr., Pat Bealer, Timex Morgan, Matt Janisch, Mike Tidaback, Lou Cicconi, Chris Stockham, Frank Fischer, Johnny Benson, Tony DiMattia, Ted Christopher, Mike Lichty, Billy Pauch, Todd Bertrand, Matt Roselli, Chris Deritis, Chris Allen Jr., Todd Hoddick.BREAKING NEWS: SPEED SPORT is back in print with a new monthly format! Subscribe for just $24.95. Special offer for former subscribers.