EASTERN STATES WEEKEND – FRIDAY RESULTS (By FRANK CATIZONE)

EASTERN STATES WEEKEND – FRIDAY RESULTS (By FRANK CATIZONE)

MIDDLETOWN – Howie Finch drove home with the biggest victory of his racing career Friday night as he captured an apparent triumph in the Sportsman 50-lap championship event during the 57th annual Eastern States Weekend Racing Festival at the Orange County Fair Speedway. 

However, following a late-night technical inspection, Finch was stripped of the win by OCFS chief inspector George Johnson for racing with an illegal camshaft. The infraction handed the victory and $5,000 prize money over to Middletown’s Jared LaBagh, who earned his first Eastern States title.