KRUMMEL TAKES THE ESW SMALL BLOCK 100
MIDDLETOWN – All the attention was focused near the scales in the pits following the conclusion of Sunday afternoon’s Eastern States 100 Small Block Modified championship at the Orange County Fair Speedway.
A large crowd gathered around that area as Brett Hearn was having his post-race weigh-in following his apparent victory in the event. Hearn, however, was 20 pounds light over the scales as the crowd applauded in delight over his misfortune.
Brian Krummel, who took the checkered flag in second place, took his turn over the scales and even a bigger roar ensued as Krummel made weight, and was awarded his first Eastern States victory and the $15,000 that went along with it.
Krummel also checked out legal during the post-race inspection as he picked up the biggest triumph in his racing career behind the wheel of the Dave Zubikowski No. 17Z racer. The Middletown driver recenely became Zubikowski’s main driver and presented his owner with a tremendous win.
“This is just awesone,’’ said Krummel, after getting on the roof his his winning car and bowing to the crowd in victory lane. “I don’t like winning races this way, but I’ll take it. This is my biggest victory ever and I still can’t believe what happened.
“We had a very good race car and I really felt we had a good chance to win. But Brett’s car was really fast and I just couldn’t stay up with him. I didn’t mind finishing second to him, but this feels a whole lot better.’’
Krummel was the early leader in the race as he got the jump on Craig Mitchell when the initial green flag waved. Hearn slipped into second place as he passed Mitchell on the third lap and then put his sights on Krummel.
But Krummel was able to maintain first place over Hearn despite several restarts early in the race. Hearn was able to slip past Krummel with an inside move just before the starter’s stand to complete 20 laps. But he wasn’t able to shake Krummel as the race progressed as the two drivers remained that way until the finish.
Hearn, who still hasn’t won a major race this season, was able to stave off each challenge Krummel had to offer.
“I was able to get underneath Brett several times in the race, but just didn’t have enough momentum to get past him,’’ said Krummel. “He knows this race track and is really tough to get past. I made one last ditch effort to the outside, but he was able to block me and that was pretty much it.’’
That was until Hearn moved to the scales and was disqualified for being light.
Krummel, meanwhile, couldn’t have been happier for himself and the entire Zubikowski racing team.
“We’ve had a great season and this just makes it that much better,’’ said Krummel. “This is a great group of guys we have working on this car and I can’t be happier for Dave, and the trust he has in me to race his car. What a great feeling this is.’’
Tyler Dippel was awarded second place following Hearn’s disqualification with Perrego, Andy Bachetti, Danny Creeden, Meier, Ken Tremont Jr., Dominick Buffalino and Danny Johnson rounding out the top 10.
Jim Hajkowski was awarded the victory in the Street Stock 25-lap feature when Gary O”Brien was disqualified following the first leg of the Street Stock Shootout Series.
This was the first leg of the series that also involves Bethel Motor Speedway and Accord Speedway.
Last year’s winner Charlie Donald was awarded second place with Ray Tarantino, Emerson Cargain Sr. and Kyle Welsch rounding out the top five.