By Mike Mallet
VERNON, NY – Jason Barney captured his second consecutive 25-lap Mach 1 Chassis A-Main at the Utica-Rome Speedway with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints. The Brewerton, N.Y., driver dominated Sunday night’s feature. He led the entire distance for his third feature win of the season.
Barney pocketed over $2,100 for his triumph in the final night of Donath Motor Worx CNY Speedweek. He gathered points toward the overall series title while also earning valuable points in both the NAPA Auto Parts Tour of the US and the SUNY Canton Racing Series.
“There was a couple years ago I never thought we’d get another win here,” stated Barney. “To win two in a row and to actually be able to enjoy this one a little bit feels good.”
Steve Poirier finished in the seventh position which was good enough for him to capture the overall CNY Speedweek point title. For the St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Que, driver it was his second consecutive title in the five day event.
“I’m pretty happy in the end to be the Speedweek champion,” said Poirier. “There is a lot of tough competition. It is a tough week. To be able to click off good results like this, I’m really happy. I’m very proud of my team.”
Barney started in the pole-position with Bryan Howland lining up next to him on the front row. Barney dropped his No. 87 right down to the bottom of the speedway going into the first turn. By using the bottom he was able to shoot away from the rest of the competition.
“Everybody knows where I’m going and that’s where I’m going,” said Barney. “If someone beat me on the top, they beat me on the top. The car was just amazing. This probably the best car I’ve had here.”
It took Barney very little time to catch cars at the tail of the pack. It was just six laps into the race when Barney was already negotiating slower cars. He stayed true to his line on the bottom of the speedway. Most times the traffic gave way allowing him to stay in his preferred line on the race track.
While Barney raced in traffic at the front, Danny Varin challenged and disposed of Howland for the runner-up position. The duo remained first and second as the laps clicked toward the midway point.
At halfway it was Barney working hard in traffic with Varin within striking distance. Barney’s car was superb around the bottom. Varin’s car on the other hand was strong right up along the top of the speedway. He closed to within a couple of car-lengths of Barney as the race reached the final third.
Barney and Varin battled at the front of the field while Howland and Larry Wight duked it out for the third position. Wight shot around Howland for the spot on lap 17 before Howland went back by him in turns one and two to regain the position a lap later.
Varin’s pressure on Barney eventually subsided as he lost ground in the final five laps. Barney was just too much for the Fonda, N.Y., driver as he went on to score the win with his solid efforts in traffic.
“I wasn’t getting impatient in traffic, I was just starting to do what they were doing and it wasn’t right,” commented Barney. “It screwed me up more than anything. I just had to go in the middle where I couldn’t see them. I had to go where I couldn’t see their braking point. I just had to do my own thing and let it roll.”
Varin’s second place finish was his second podium finish of Speedweek. He started the week off at Brewerton Speedway with a second and capped off the week in the very same spot. His car was great on the outside of the speedway until he felt like it just went away.
“We were real good tonight,” Varin said. “The car was phenomenal. It was a grind this week to say the least. We had two good finishes and two poor finishes. Tonight we were real fast up top there but it seemed like in one lap it was gone.”
Howland, of Union Springs, N.Y., knew it was going to be tough to challenge Barney from the pole. He worked the top early before moving to the bottom lane. This lane change allowed him to hold off Wight while going on to finish in third.
“I saw him (Wight) coming up underneath me on the fronstretch,” stated Howland. “I tried to take his line away coming into one on the bottom. I never saw him really after that. You can always hear the 99L. It was a good run there.”
Wight stayed one position behind Howland finishing in fourth with Chuck Hebing round out the top five.
ESS/Utica-Rome Notes – 32 Cars on hand for the final night of CNY Speedweek in front of one of Utica-Rome’s largest crowds ever…Mike Kiser, Jessica Zemken, Cory Sparks and Jeremiah Munson made first starts of Speedweek…Mahney and Varin did double duty racing in the Super DirtCar Series event where Varin took third…ESS will now have a weekend off before heading to Albany-Saratoga on July 15
Mach 1 Chassis A-Main –Jason Barney ($2,100), Danny Varin ($1,025), Bryan Howland ($800), Larry Wight ($680), Chuck Hebing ($590), Matt Tanner ($660), Steve Poirier ($580), Mike Mahaney ($445), Cory Sparks ($485), Jonathan Preston ($400), Shawn Donath ($435), Mike Stelter ($370), Paul Kinney ($300), Mike Kiser ($290), Jessica Zemken ($285), Jordan Thomas ($335), Jeff Cook ($325), Parker Evans ($300), Dylan Swiernik ($275), Tim Axton ($550), Brandon Kidd ($150), Dave Axton ($100), James Hanson ($275), Chad Miller ($275)
Did Not Qualify – Pete Richardson, Yan Bilodeau, Tommy Wickham, Scott Holcomb, Thomas Radivoy, Denny Peebles, Kelly Hebing, Jeremiah Munson
Lap Leaders – Barney (1-25).
Car Mate Trailers Heat 1 – C. Hebing, Wight, Evans, Sparks, Donath
Car Mate Trailers Heat 2 – Tanner, Howland, Kinney, Poirier, Zemken
Car Mate Trailers Heat 3 – Barney, Stelter, Preston, T. Axton, Hanson
Car Mate Trailers Heat 4 – Mahaney, Varin, Kiser, Thomas, Swiernik
Pinnacle Investments/Cobra Coaches Dash – Poirier, T. Axton, Thomas, Sparks
Lacaillade Masonry B-Main – Cook, Miller
Added Starters – D. Axton, Kidd
Pinnacle Investments/Cobra Coaches Dash – Poirier ($125), T. Axton ($75), Thomas ($50), Sparks ($50)
Insinger Fuels Hard Charger – Wight (7 pos.) $50
Engler Machine and Tool Halfway – Barney $50
Lacaillade Masonry B-Main – Cook $50
E&V Energy – Donath, Stelter $50
Ohsweken Speedway 21st Anniversary – Kidd $50
Fondations 55 Pick 5 – Hebing $35
Beard Sewer and Drain Best Time – Evans, Poirier, Barney, Varin $25
Car Mate Trailers Heats – C. Hebing, Tanner, Barney, Mahaney $25
911 Restoration – Donath, Sparks $25
Lucas Oil ESS 7-12 Challenge – None – $200 at Albany-Saratoga July 15
Hoosier Tires – T. Axton $200
Vahlco Wheels – Tanner $190
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