Grasso Goes At Delaware Oval
DELMAR, Del. — The Rislone URC Sprint Series returned to the Delaware International Speedway on Saturday night for the 16th event of 2013 season.
Point leader J.J. Grasso took the lead on lap 16 from Davie Franek then went unchallenged to score his fourth win of the season and 25th career win with the United Racing Co.
Grasso earned $2,000 for the win in the 25-lap feature that was sponsored by Taylor & Messick. A wave of pink shirts filled the grandstand in memory of Kramer Williamson who lost his life in a URC sprint car accident earlier in the month at the Lincoln Speedway. The Williamson family attended the event as did the familiar “pink panther No. 73” which paced the feature field with Kurt Williamson at the wheel.
In the 25-lap feature, Jonathan Swanson and Troy Betts were the front row with Swanson setting the pace for the first lap. Davie “no panic” Franek then took the lead on lap two. By lap three, Grasso, driving the Eldreth Construction sprint car was up to second and chasing down the leading Franek. With a several car length advantage,Grasso had to chase down the leading Franek. Grasso narrowed the margin as Franek came up on slower traffic.
At the halfway mark, Franek, Grasso and made up the top three followed by Chad Trout and Josh Weller.
A caution flag was displayed on lap fourteen for Joe Zuczek who stopped in turn four. When green flag racing resumed, Grasso took the lead following the double-file restart. One lap later, the yellow flew again, this time for Curt Michael who stopped in three at the same time Joe Zuczek and Keith Prutzman stopped in turn four.
On the restart, Grasso took command of the lead with Franek and Weller in the chase. Grasso established a comfortable lead over Franek as Brian Carber advanced to third.
In the closing laps, a battle was taking shape for third between Carber, Weller and Randy West with Carber holding the advantage for third. For the final two laps, West was making numerous attempts to take over the fourth spot but had to settle for fifth when the checker flag fell. Following Grasso and Franek to the finish line were Carber, Weller and West.
J.J. Grasso, Davie Franek, Brian Carber, Josh Weller, Randy West, Billy Pauch, Chad Trout, Jimmy Stitzel, Dave Betts, Scott Lutz, Jonathan Swanson, Ed Aikin, Dan Mazy J.R. Berry, Jeff Fithian, Curt Michael, Joe Zuczek, Keith Prutzman, Kevin Darling, Andy Best, Cameron Darling.