2007 Results, News

Make it a Canadian Hat Trick for Jeff VanDusen, Beats Justin Barger in a Wild Finish for ESS win at Ohsweken

 By Dean Reynolds
Contact: DeanR@empiresupersprints.com

 OHSWEKEN, ON.In an absolute thriller of an A-Main finish, Jeff VanDusen and Justin Barger swapped the lead twice on the final lap Friday night during the Lucas Oil Canadian Invasion Series event for the Empire Super Sprints at the Ohsweken Speedway.  With the big crowd on edge, it was VanDusen’s wild dive underneath in turn three while coming down for the checkered flag proving to be the winning move to collect his third feature victory in a row.

Even though he took the bridesmaid spot in the overall point standings the past two seasons, the second-generation VanDusen is out in force to improve that one spot on the tour brought to you by Jacobs Motorsports.   Taking the lead from pole starting Barger on lap 15, his Maxim #56D appeared to be destined for that third consecutive victory until lapped cars came into play and Barger was able to close in to make it a finish for the history books.

“My car could only run way down on the bottom, if I moved up it would be way too loose.  So when I came up to lap some cars I knew I might be in trouble.” VanDusen reflected on the closing stages.  “I had to go up a lane to get by one car and Justin went under me in turn one to get by.  I just tried to hit my line, drive hard down the backstretch and was able to do the same to him in turn three.  It was tight down there but it worked and we are able to get three wins in a row.”

For VanDusen, who led the overall points coming into the event at the Glenn Styres promoted facility, it seems to be a season where there is a mission.  “Of course your goal is the championship, especially since we were second two years in a row.  But, we are out to do the best we car at every race, we have a good team right now where its all clicking.”  said VanDusen.  “Carl (Schultz, his owner) is giving me good equipment and having my dad come along this year has been a big help too.  He just knows what will happen with the track, telling me where I should race or what to look for in changes.  I think that little bit is helping me this year.” 

By virtue of the nightly pill draw a full inversion of the field found Barger and VanDusen in the front row.  When the green lights came on it was Barger taking control as he took to the high side of the fast 3/8ths mile oval.  The high line wasn’t as good for VanDusen however as Steve Poirier swept by to the runner up slot on lap two.  With his car not reacting, VanDusen took to the extreme inside and found a groove where his Gabriel’s IGA Market mount would be strong.  He got back by Poirier on lap 11 and the challenge was on.

As the laps clicked on, VanDusen started to close in on the Barger and when lap 15 was going in the books he came out of four inching ahead for the lead.  After that it was a classic chase, VanDusen down low, Barger up on he cushion slinging his mount in the corners.  When the leading duo approached the slower cars the drama hit its peek on lap 24.  With the white flag waving high in the air, Barger slipped under in turn one to grab the lead but it was VanDusen’s move in turn three that brought him to career win #11 on the ESS tour.

At the finish it was VanDusen by a narrow margin over Barger.  Chuck Hebing came from his 12th place starting spot to third to collect the Lane’s Yamaha Hard Charger bonus with Lance Yonge nipping Poirier for fourth.  Rouding out the top ten were Michael Parent, Jeff Cook, Alain Bergeron, Mike Stelter with the Bliss Bros. #6 and Bubby Kerrick.

Just two cautions slowed the 25 lap A-Main:  Stelter looped his sprinter on lap one collecting Fred Cade with only Stelter able to continue.  On lap nine Jared Zimbardi also spun around but he too continued.

Taking the Car Mate Custom Built Trailers heats were Kerrick, Bergeron and Poirier, Poirier also won the Arrow Express/Walt’s Hobby Dash with Tom Huppunen winning the KSE Racing Products B-Main .

OHSWEKEN/ESS NOTES: A total of 24 sprints in the pits on a picture perfect night…Great support from the Southern Ontario Sprints and from Western Ontario with Huppunen, Cade, Kevin Job, Rob Pietz, Daryl Turford, Brad Malloy, Stan Zanchin and Derek Jonathan all making their first ESS starts of 2007…Jamie Collard made hard contact with the turn four wall and flipped over in heat three for the only red flag of the night…With the victory, VanDusen is a guaranteed starter in the Pro-Syn Oil Scramble held on August 25th at the Genesee Speedway.  Along with him, Barger and Hebing will be a part of the Ohsweken Shootout held during the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals…ESS will be back at Ohsweken as a part of the very successful Nationals sponsored by Arrow Express on Sept. 14 & 15 where ESS star Steve Poirier is defending Nationals champion.

RESULTS:
Heat 1 – Bubby Kerrick, Jeff VanDusen, Tommy Wickham, Glenn Styres, Jared Zimbardi, Rob Pietz.

Heat 2 – Alain Bergeron, Lance Yonge, Justin Barger, Mike Stelter, Fred Cade, Daryl Turford.

Heat 3 – Steve Poirier, Chuck Hebing, Jeff Cook, Michael Parent, Kevin Job, Brad Malloy.

Arrow Express/Walt’s Hobby Dash – Poirier.

B-Main – Tom Huppunen, Cory Sparks, Stan Zanchin, Keith Dempster.

Did Not Qualify – Derek Jonathan, Jamie Collard.

A-MAIN – Jeff VanDusen, Justin Barger, Chuck Hebing, Lance Yonge, Steve Poirier, Michael Parent, Jeff Cook, Alain Bergeron, Mike Stelter, Bubby Kerrick, Rob Pietz, Jared Zimbardi, Tommy Wickham, Brad Malloy, Glenn Styres, Kevin Job, Keith Demspter, Tom Huppunen, Stan Zanchin, Cory Sparks, Daryl Turford, Fred Cade.

Gater News Lap Leaders – Barger 1-15, VanDusen 16-25.

Canadian Sprint Car Nationals A-Main Bonus – VanDusen $100.

National Parts Peddler Halfway – Barger $100

Les Constructions Ultra Blue Collar Award – VanDusen $100

Lane’s Yamaha Hard Charger Bonus – Hebing (9 pos.) $50

Cook’s Contracting Bridesmaid Bonus – Barger $50

HG Associates Pole Award – Barger $50

Car Mate Custom Built Trailers Heats – Kerrick, Bergeron, Poirier $25

Ohsweken Winner’s Contingencies:

Sway-A-Way $105, Finish Line Racewear $100, Griffin Thermal Products $100, Hank’s Performance Products $50, Kreitz Oval Track Products $50, Saldana Racing Products $50, Intense Fabrication and Design $50, Racing Optics $30, Rod End Supply $30, Brake Man $25, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse $20, Area Auto Racing News $20, Earl’s Indy $20, Ultra Shield $10, Pepsi Cola $5.

Other Contingencies:
Weld Racing Hard Luck – Collard $100
Penske Shocks – Poirier $100
Mangus Pumps – Barger $100
Finish Line Racewear – Barger $75, Hebing $50
Design 500 – Poirier $200, Zimbardi $200
ATL – Hebing $100
M&W Aluminum Products – Yonge $75
Leaf Racewear – Yonge $75
Zemco Headers – Poirier $50
Joe Hunt Magnetos – Turford $50
Racing Optics – Barger $30
Wings Unlimited – Cook $25
DMI – Cade $25
Pancho’s Racing Products – Cook $25
Gater Racing News – Hebing $20
Ultra Shield – Barger $10
Pepsi Cola – Poirier $10, Kerrick, Bergeron, Huppunen $5. 

Pos

Car #

Name

1

56D

Jeff VanDusen

2

32

Justin Barger – 1/2 Way

3

45

Chuck Hebing – HC +9

4

17J

Lance Yonge

5

28FM

Steve Poirier – Heat# 3 & Dash

6

25

Michael Parent 

7

10

Jeff Cook

8

8B

Alain Bergeron – Heat# 2

9

6

Mike Stelter

10

4U

Bubby Kerrick – Heat# 1

11

69P

Rob Pietz

12

35

Jared Zimbardi

13

75

Tommy Wickham

14

5M

Brad Malloy

15

0

Glenn Styres

16

21X

Kevin Jobs

17

5

Keith Dempster

18

27H

Tom Huppunen

19

94

Stan Zanchin

20

9

Cory Sparks

21

29T

Daryl Turford

22

12C

Fred Cade

23

DNS

Jamie Collard

24

DNS

Derek Jonathan

 
RACE RESULTS FROM:  JUNE 22ND, 2007

SPORTSMAN FEATURE
1st 71 MIKE BOWMAN
2nd P38 ROB PRATT
3rd 08 MARK D’ILARIO
4th 12 CHAD CHEVALIER
5th 6 MAT WILLIAMSON
6th 140 MARK DIXON
7th 18R BRAD ROUSE
8th 22X TRAVIS BRAUN
9th 5X DON SPATARICO
10th 56 STEVE SCHUMACHER
11th 2K ROB KNAPP
12th 54 MARK CHIDDY
13TH 99S STEVE MILLER
14TH 13 DENIS GIANCOLA
15TH 0M MARK POTTER
16TH 55C JESSE COTTRISS
17TH 7X TOMMY FLANNIGAN NF
18TH 11Z DARREN ZUMPE NF
19TH 42 ZACH ZUMPE NF
20TH 99P GREG PANUNTE NF
21ST 99C NICK CUPOLO NF
22ND 11B BOB BROOMFIELD NF
23RD 11Q JESSE PONTELLO NF
24TH 5 DAVE DYKSTRA NF
25TH 777 TYLER MACPHERSON NF

THUNDER STOCK FEATURE
1st 3 BRAD BACHER
2nd 37 JEREMY BEAN
3rd 4K KEVIN KNAPP
4th 8 RYAN DINNING
5th 1R STEVE ROBINSON
6th 9 GLEN LEINEN
7th 18 AMANDA STONER
8th 07 SCOTT MCPHAIL
9th 191 GORD BATES
10TH 40  TERRY OSMOND 
11TH 12  BRAD HERRON NF 
12TH 38  TERRY MARTIN NF 
13TH 55  MIKE THORNE NF 
  
MINI STOCK FEATURE
1st 28 ABEL CASTELEIN
2nd 88 KELLY HALLETT
3rd 40 JIM SWING
4th 77X STEVE HESS
5th 265 MIKE EVERS
6th 69 DAN ERSKINE
7th 71 GARNET WILSON
8th 13 MARK SAUL
9th 18 DAN DEPAGTER
10th 72 MARK HILBORN
11th 86 RICK EMBERSON
12th 772 JOHNNA MARTIN
13th 55 ROB SLATER
14th 11 MIKE GIBERSON
15th 27 DAN STEWART
16th 05 DAVID GOODACRE
17th 23 AJ CASTELEIN
18th 4P MIKE PETERSON NF
19TH 777X PAUL GOODALE NF
20TH 33 GREG WILSON NF
21ST 10  MITCHELL BROWN NF 
22ND 31X  DAVE BAILEY NF 
23RD 02  ERINN BAILEY NF 
24TH 24K  KYLE MAGRIN NF 
25TH 113  MARK THORNE NF

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