More than 200
racers feature in first of
two nights at Atlantic City
A diverse group of winners reached Victory Lane on Friday at Boardwalk Hall,
during the first of two nights of the “Gambler’s Classic” presented by Pepsi
featuring three divisions of indoor auto racing.
360 OTC World of Outlaws Late Model Series standout Rick
Eckert of York, Pa., NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ace Ted Christopher of
Plainville, Conn., and Supermodified racer Joey Payne of Fairlawn, N.J.,
topped the three ‘Roaring 20s’ for the headlining M&R Midgets (Three Quarter
Midgets and 600cc Micro-Sprints).
Eckert bested a hard-charging Stevie Smith, who rallied
from an early incident for second in the first 20-lapper. Christopher won
over Stewart Friesen, who snatched second spot away from Heath Hehnley on
the final lap of the second 20. Matt Seavey chased Payne across the stripe
in the third 20-lap event.
Ontario, Canada’s Curtis Friesen, meanwhile, set fast
time with a lap of 9.022 seconds on the flat, one-eighth-mile concrete oval.
The top three drivers from time trials and first four
finishers in each of the ‘Roaring 20s’ transferred into the headline 40-lap
feature to be held on Saturday night.
Slingshot ‘Dirty Dozen’ winners were Ryan Smith of Kunkletown, Pa., Michael
Butler of Milford, N.J., and Rich Kuiken Jr. of West Creek, N.J. Winning the
‘7-Come-11’ Sr. Champ Kart qualifiers were John Beatty of Valley Stream,
N.Y., Bob Baker of Mooresville, N.C., and Tammy Smith of Binghamton, N.Y.
Main-event racing will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Good seats are still available for the action packed racing events. In
addition the huge Motorsports 2007 presented by VP Racing Fuels Race Car
show continues at the nearby Atlantic City Convention Center featuring more
than 250 race cars, free autographs, seminars and just about anything
imaginable in motorsports.
QUALIFIED CARS RESULTS SUMMARY:
M&R Midget ‘Triple 20’ No. 1: RICK ECKERT, Stevie Smith, Jeff
Heotzler Jr., Cody Darrah.
M&R Midget ‘Triple 20’ No. 2: TED CHRISTOPHER, Stewart Friesen, Heath
Hehnley, Mike Lichty.
M&R Midget ‘Triple 20’ No. 3: JOEY PAYNE, Matt Seavey, Tim Adams,
Slingshot ‘Dirty Dozen’ No. 1: RYAN SMITH, Gary Hieber, Ben Whitaker,
Scott Goodrich, Kyle Hieber, Ronnie Smykla, Nick Pecko.
Slingshot ‘Dirty Dozen’ No. 2: MICHAEL BUTLER, David McCullough, Nick
Wean, Bill Weaver, Ray Woodall Jr., Matt Carman, Bill Van Inwegen Jr.
Slingshot ‘Dirty Dozen’ No. 3: RICH KUIKEN JR., Tiffany Wambold, T.J.
Etchison, Jesse Hartman, Jim Housworth, Paul Lotier Jr., Jamie Yannone.
Sr. Champ Kart ‘7-Come-11’ No. 1: JOHN BEATTY, Barry Hausman Jr.,
Kenneth Andreas, Andrew Swisher, Rudy Pinkham, Eddie Larsen, Tom Kelly.
Sr. Champ Kart ‘7-Come-11’ No. 2: BOB BAKER, Kevin Eyres, Chris Lamb,
Stephen Moran, Coby Cressinger, Alan Purser, Greg Robinson II.
Sr. Champ Kart ‘7-Come-11’ No. 3: TAMMY SMITH, Vinny Delaney, Brett
Stratford, Kyle Harvell, Timmy Solomito, Shawn Solomito, Nick Herriven.
January 12, 2007