The Chrome Horn News



   With no Modifieds or SST Sportsman on Saturday night's Dunn Tire Raceway Park schedule, Erick Rudolph of Ransomville and the DeLange Racing team loaded up the #45 Original Pizza Logs/PrimeTyme Motorsports/Brigham Concrete Modified and headed east to Oswego Speedway. The famed lakeside oval was hosting the Summer 100 for the Race of Champions Dart Asphalt Modified Tour. A strong field of 32 Modifieds was on hand for the event, including all the usual stars of the RoC Tour. The competition was tough as expected but an unanticipated entry played a deciding role in the outcome - Mother Nature.
   Rudolph qualified for the main through his heat race and lined up 16th on the feature starting grid. In the early laps he held his ground and then pitted for a new tire on lap 25. He returned to the track at the rear of the field and began to steadily work his way forward. Just before the halfway mark of the race he was up to 14th but with thunderstorms fast approaching the Oswego area a sense of urgency was essential. At lap 75 Matt Hirschman continued to lead the race over Earl Paules but our talented teenager was up to fifth and narrowing the margin to the leaders. Unfortunately the rain arrived first and on the 85th circuit the skies opened up and the race had to be stopped. A short time later race officials called the event complete with Hirschman the winner over fellow Pennsylvanian Paules and New Jersey racer Pete Brittain. Erick was closing fast but ran out of time and settled for fourth.
   "I could see the rain was coming and I was just hoping it would hold off long enough to get the full 100 laps in," explained Rudolph. "We weren't really good to start the race but we pitted for a tire on lap 25 and that really helped. If the race had gone the full distance we were at least a second place car. I think we could race with Hirschman and battle with him for the win, but he was strong and we were running out of laps even without the rain. It's a shame we didn't get to find out, but you can't control the weather. We'll have to take what we learned tonight and make the car better when we come back to Oswego the next time."
   This weekend the DeLange Racing team will be idle. Their next scheduled event is a Race of Champions Tour 100-lapper at Spencer Speedway in Williamson on Friday, August 1. The following weekend will be a busy one as the team will return to Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut for a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event on Friday night, August 8. The following day will be a quick drive back home to Western New York for a doubleheader at Dunn Tire Raceway Park that evening in both the #45 Modified and the Original Pizza Logs/PrimeTyme Motorsports/Brigham Concrete SST Sportsman.


Source:  DeLange Racing PR
Posted:  July 21, 2008

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