Carlson Captures BNC
Motorsports SDW Pro Stock Championship
NY - October 7, 2007
– By Dave Medler,
DIRTcar NorthEast Series Reporter
Don Carlson battled current Hoosier Tire-Sunoco Race Fuels Mr. DIRTcar
Series points leader Pete Stefanski then held off a late race challenge from
Eric Marin to win the headline BNC Motorsports 25 Championship for Pro
Stocks on Sunday at the "Moody Mile" as part of Super DIRT Week XXXVI.
"I wasn’t worried about
only the 2 car (Stefanski), I was aware of everyone around me, said Carlson,
after scoring his first-ever Pro Stock Series win. “There were some good
cars out there today."
At the start of the BNC 25 Super DIRT Week Championship, pole-sitter
Stefanski got the jump on the 36-car starting field into turn one and opened
up a 15-car length advantage over the rest of the field. As soon as
Stefanski opened the big lead the first yellow flew on the initial circuit
for the slowing car of Jay Corbin in turns three and four.
On the restart, sixth-place starting Kenny Martin got the jump and moved
into the runner-up slot. With Martin in second, Stefanski wasn’t able to
build up the lead he had on the original start as Martin stayed right with
the series points leader.
Just when the race was starting to set a solid pace the caution came out
again on lap four, this time for Kevin Arnold who made hard contact with the
wall on the back straightaway and his mount was taken pitside. The yellow
came out again on the next lap as Dave Teidman appeared to have something
break and launched his no.115 hard into the outside turn four wall.
Teidman’s car was heavily damaged and done for the day.
Once the race resumed Stefanski continued to lead, still being chased by
Martin and Carlson. Tom Kuck and Eric Marin were now starting to make their
presence known, running fourth and fifth in a tight pack up front. Canadian
challenger Gilles Godard got turned around in turn two and couldn’t slow
down in time before hitting the outside wall on lap seven to force another
Martin was staying with Stefanski yet making no progress getting by the
leader and swung his car to the high side out of turn four in what turned
out to be his final attempt. He was hoping to gain enough speed to out-race
the leader into turn one but it didn’t work as Martin got freight-trained on
the bottom and shuffled back to eighth allowing Stefanski to once again open
up a comfortable margin on the field.
With Stefasnski out front, all eyes turned to the intense battle for second
between Lebanon Valley Speedway runner Carlson and Orange County Fair
Speedway regular Marin as the pair battled nose-to-tail and side-by-side
with neither able to gain an advantage or cut into Stefanski’s seemingly
Another caution slowed the race on lap 11 as Rick Dempsey, who was trying to
progress forward on the top side, went a little too high in the marbles and
got sucked into the turn three wall. When the green lights came back on,
Carlson found the speed he needed to outrace Stefanski into turn one to grab
the top spot.
Just before the halfway point the top-five of Carlson, Stefanski, Marin,
Nick Stone and Tom Kuck ran bumper-to-bumper around the Syracuse Mile. Just
when this battle was heating up, Super DIRT Week rookies Bill Woodard and
David Papineau got collected up into the turn three wall.
On lap17 Stefanski, who was on Carlson’s bumper, suddenly swung to the high
side of Carlson trying to grab the lead back going into turn one. The move
was unsuccessful and Stefanski settled back in behind Carlson. The next lap
Stefanski tried the same move again going down the front straight, although
this time an alert Marin who was sitting in third watching the battle for
the lead, went to the inside of Stefanski to take over second.
The yellow flew for the last time for debris on lap 21 to set up a four-lap
shootout to the finish. Carlson, Marin Stefanski, Stone and Sean Corr were
all within striking distance of the win to keep the crowd on edge over the
On the final restart Carlson and Marin were able to open a small distance
over the rest of the top-five, setting up their own race for the mile win.
Marin would start to pull even with Carlson and each time Carlson had just
enough speed to hold back every challenge. On the final lap coming out of
turn four Marin gave it one last shot to the high side but at the finish but
came up a 3/4 car-length shy.
Carlson finally got his Syracuse victory after coming close before. Marin
settled for second ahead of Stefanski, Camping World race rookie Nick Stone
and Sean Corr to complete the top-five.
DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Race #7 – New York State Fairgrounds, October 7,
2007 BNC Motorsports Championship Event Summary
26 Don Carlson / Ridgefield,CT 25 2,000
214 Eric Marin / Carmel,NY 25 1,000
2 Pete Stefanski / Wheatfield,NY 25 700
27X Nick Stone / Schenectady,NY® 25 500
81 Sean Corr / Goshen,NY 25 400
3 Tom Kuck / Mahopac,NY 25 300
92 Joey Ladouceur / Alexandria,ONT 25 275
4 Roch Aubin / Alexandria,ONT 25 250
47 Dave Bissonnette / Apple Hill,ONT 25 225
17 Nick Hilt Jr. / Averill Park,NY 25 200
73 P.J. Peters / Akwesasne,QUE 25 190
18 Louie Jackson / Akwesasne,NY 25 180
13 15 116S
Chip Smith / Durham,NY® 25 170
322 Jay Casey / Canaan,CT 25 160
72 Denis Gauvreau / Gatineau,QUE 25 150
88 Allen Peters / Massena,NY
324 Jason Casey / Canaan,CT 25 150
8 Jay Corbin / Rensselaer,NY® 25 150
93 Kenny Martin Jr. / Scotia,NY 25 150
99 Mike Martin / Lockport,NY 25 150
21 34 18W
Bob Waters Jr. / Stony Point,NY® 25 150
12 Clayton Benedict / Akwesasne,ONT 25 150
48 Dion Oakes / Akwesasne,NY 25 150
1 Mike Vigiletti / Stony Point,NY® 25 150
28 Don Barnes / Gasport,NY® 25 150
77 Paul Rogers / Averill Park,NY® 25 150
05 Jocelyn Roy / St-Helene,QUE 25 150
98T Jack Terrell / Jamesville,NY® 25 150
49 Bill Woodward Jr. / Norwood,NY® 21 150
30 23 188X
David Papineau / Akwesasne,ONT® 13 150
35 Rick Dempsey / Nassau,NY 10 150
27 Gilles Godard / Cornwall,ONT® 5 150
76 Kevin Arnold / Averill Park,NY 4 150
115 Dave Teidman / West Sand Lake,NY 4 150
00 Kim Duell / Porter Corners,NY 2 150
36 36 BA98
Steve Johnston / Ingelside,ONT® 1 150
LAP LEADERS: Stefanski
(1-12), Carlson (13-25).
CAUTIONS: 7 (lap 2, lap
5, lap 6, lap 7, lap 11, lap 14, lap 21).
ELAPSED TIME: 40 mins. 26
MARGIN OF VICTORY: .112
CAMPING WORLD ROOKIE OF
THE RACE: Nick Stone.
THOMPSON MOTORSPORTS HARD
CHARGER AWARD: Sean Corr.
DIG SAFELY NEW YORK
HALFWAY BONUS: Don Carlson.
GATER RACING NEWS BEST
APPEARING CAR: #2 - Pete Stefanski.
NYSSCA 'TOP MEMBER'
AWARD: Nick Stone.
TERRELL'S POTATO CHIPS
POLE WINNER: Pete Stefanski (36.852 sec/97.688 mph).
TERRELL'S OUTSIDE POLE
WINNER: Don Carlson (36.889 sec/97.590 mph).
RACE ROOKIES®: 12.
CARS ENTERED: 53.
full-fender teams will have to wait two more weeks before the overall 2007
Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Champion will be crowned at Orange County Fair
Speedway during Eastern States Weekend on Sunday, October 21.
Mr. DIRTcar Pro Stock Series Championship Schedule
LAPS TRACK LOCATION/WINNER
25 Rolling Wheels Raceway Allen
2 50 Cornwall Motor Speedway
7 50 Autodrome Edelweiss
8 35 Frogtown Int’l Speedway
22 30 Rolling Wheels Raceway
28 30 Fulton Speedway
7 25 New York State Fairgrnds
21 25 Orange Co Fair SpeedwayMiddletown,NY
*All events subject to change.
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