Steve Paine found the right line at the right time to capture the win in Saturday night’s 35-lap Big Block Modified feature at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Justin Haers looked to have the field covered after taking off at the start and building up a huge lead during the mid portion of the feature, but he got a flat tire and had to pull pitside on lap 24. That handed the lead to Eldon Payne, who was running the high side of the track, while Steve Paine was working the bottom lane. Paine made the winning move on the final restart and took his first win of the season at the “Land Of Legends”. Justin Wright also slipped by Payne before the finish to grab the runnerup spot, with Payne settling in for third. James Sweeting and Randy Chrysler rounded out the top five finishers.
Paul Guererri was battling power steering issues during the evening, but did not let it stop him from finding Victory Lane in the 25-lap Sportsman feature event. Guererri was able to hold off Matt Guererri and Kevin Ridley over the final couple of laps to score his first win of the season, with Matt, Kevin Ridley, David Marcuccilli, and Kane Bristol completing the top five.
Jason Whipple made a great move on the outside lane coming to the white flag of the 305 Sprint car feature to steal the lead from Lee Sanders and score his first win of the season. Sanders and Tim Smith followed Whipple across the line.
The Street Stock division put on a fine show with Bob Buono holding off a hard charging Mike Minutolo at the checkered flag in the division’s first race of 2017. Adam Depuy, CJ Guererri, and Quinn Sutherland rounded out the top five.
The New Legends Sportsman rounded out the night with their feature, and Ben Karlsen came out of an intense battle with the victory over Dwight Nichols, Brian Harris, Brett Baldwin, and Brandon Michaud.
Racing action continues Saturday night, May 6th with a full program of Modifieds, Sportsman, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks, and New Legends Sportsman plus a Demo Derby. Gates open at 5pm with racing starting at 7pm. For more information on Canandaigua Motorsports Park, visit www.canandaiguamotorsportspark.com.
RACE SUMMARY: CANANDIAGUA MOTORSPORTS PARK-APRIL 29, 2017
STEVE PAINE, Justin Wright, Eldon Payne jr, James Sweeting, Randy Chrysler, Danny O’Brien, Justin Haers, Derrick Podsiadlo, Kyle Coffey, Adam Roberts, Dave Allen, Tommy Keyes, James Meier, Rich Vinson, Lance Dusett, Rich Richner, Mike O’Brien
PAUL GUERERRI, Matt Guererri, Kevin Ridley, Dave Marcuccilli, Kane Bristol, Nick Guererri, Ricky Newton, Austin Fugyle, Anthony Kimble, Karl Comfort, Tim Baker, Adam Ashcroft, Doug Smith, Jeff Devoli, Colton Chappius, Doug Rohr, Ray Bliss
305 SPRINT FEATURE
JASON WHIPPLE, Lee Sanders, Tim Smith Legends:
STREET STOCK FEATURE
BOB BUONO, Mark Minutolo, Adam Depuy, CJ Guererri, Quinn Sutherland, Blaine Smith, Rick Crego, Mike Welch, Shawn Lloyd, Seth Steele, Dakota Sharp, Nick Dandino, George LaVare.
NEW LEGENDS SPORTSMAN FEATURE
BEN KARLSON, Dwight Nichols, Brian Harris, Brett Baldwin, Brandon Michaud, Orville Harris, Tom Juno, Richie Post, Chris Mangerelli.