July 24th, 2016
Wright Wins NYSS at Spencer Speedway, Winner Gullo DQ’d
by Colleen D’Hondt
Defending series champion
Tim Gullo was a man on a mission at Spencer Speedway on July
22nd. The series has been very competitive this year and he has
been caught up in some wrecks. Determined to turn his luck
around, he won his heat and then led all 25 laps of the feature.
But the trophy and first place bragging rights ended up going to
Mitchell Wright from Henrietta, NY. The post-race inspection
determined that the heads on the Gullo machine didn’t follow the
Mitchell Wright has been a bridesmaid several times this year. His car
always runs good and he knows how to make it handle at every
track where he has competed. Mitchell’s family are his biggest
supporters with brother Mason and father Sonny turning the
wrenches. They are a team that helps any other team when
necessary and they truly enjoy the competition in the New York
Super Stock series.
There were a total of 26 cars on hand to qualify for the race. Race
promoter Bobby Lippa Jr decided to pitch in the money for the
last 2 starting positions so that all cars could take the green
flag for the 25 lap feature. The first 14 laps showed side by
side racing throughout the field. A horrific crash happened on
the frontstretch at the end of lap 14 that involved series
regulars Mark Ramsey, Jimmy Steffenhagen and Kevin Ide.
Something broke on Ramsey’s car just as Steffenhagen was
attempting to lap him. Steffenhagen’s car got airborne and
landed hard on the track. Ide drove his car directly to the
pits. Ramsey’s car was destroyed.No drivers were injured and the
red flag was displayed for the track to be cleaned up.
On the restart, Brandon Larner’s car stopped going down the backstretch
to bring out the caution one more time.
The race went green the rest of the way. There were many laps of side by
side racing throughout the field and great passes in the outside
groove. Everyone was talking about Brianna Dinzler who was up to
4th place. She was hit in the rearend when the caution flew and
this loosened her car up. She finished a respectable 8th with an
ill handling car. The top ten were Wright, Billy Coyle, Bill
Frisbie Jr, Terry Cheetham, Willie Strusz, Chris Vogler, Nate
Peckham, Brianna Dinzler, Steve Pesarek and Timmy Catalano.
The next race for the series is August 5th at Spencer Speedway.
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