By Rich Vleck
TULSA, Okla. (August 2, 2010)- It has been a tumultuous season for Tim Kelly, but a solid run on Friday at his hometown track just might help to make 2010 a memorable one.
Kelly, who resides just miles down the road from Black Rock Speedway in Rock Stream, leads the A-Verdi Storage Containers King of Upstate New York Standings entering the final full-point race in the crown jewel series of the ASCS Patriots “Five Crown Tour”. The A-Verdi King of Upstate NY is the most lucrative of the series within the series and is often a goal of drivers at the beginning of the year.
Friday’s $4,000-to-win A-Verdi Storage Containers Championship Feature, presented by S.P. Wilson/ Lakes Gas, will obviously be a handsome payday for the winner, but that winner could also walk away with an added bonus with that victory.
The “Rock Stream Rocket” was the runner-up finisher in the event at Black Rock in April and led the first half of the race. He is starving for his first win in some time and with a win, would lock up this crown.
Bobby Breen also would be guaranteed the crown with a win on Friday. Breen, the 2009 series winner, then known as the A-Verdi King of Central NY, was a winner at BRS last May and was running up front this year when he and Kelly made contact, cutting down the tire on the No. 9.
Kelly and Breen are just two of six drivers with a mathematical opportunity to claim this crown. Jared Zimbardi and Bryan Howland, the top-two in the overall ASCS Patriot Standings, sit third and fourth in the King of Upstate NY and need only minor help to claim that championship. Howland won King of Central NY in 2008 en route to his overall championship that year.
Don Adamczyk is fifth in both the overall standings as well as the A-Verdi King of Upstate NY rundown. Adamczyk is the only driver with top-10 finishes in all three events of this series. His impressive sixth place showing at BRS in April may set up an opportunity for the “Williamsville Warrior” to capture his first crown.
George Suprick is the sixth driver with a chance at picking up the crown. The 2004 Black Rock Speedway and ASCS Patriot Champion is perhaps at his best when he is in Dundee, and had it not been for a wreck in front of him on opening night might be leading the standings heading into BRS. Suprick will need some help though to be the King of Upstate NY.
Bubba Broderick, Dylan Swiernik, Steve Poirier and Chuck Hebing currently round out the top-10 positions, which is where the point fund extends to. Broderick and Swiernik will remain in the top-10 simply by attending while Poirier and Hebing would have some work to do. If any of the four drivers are not in attendance, Lance Yonge, Blake Breen and Shayne Ely will have the best opportunity to get into a pay out position.
A-Verdi Storage Containers has sponsored this series within a series for four years now. Chuck Hebing, Bryan Howland and Bobby Breen have been prior Kings. This season, races at Black Rock, Canandaigua, Ransomville and Rolling Wheels were included in the point tabulation. Show up points will be handed out for this series at both nights of the Black Rock Fall Sprint Nationals September 10-11.
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A-Verdi Storage Containers King of Upstate New York Standings
Ward, Jr., Kevin
August, Jr., Joe
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