Story By: TOBY LAGRANGE / CRSA – SODUS, NY – The SuperGen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprint Cars roared back into action Saturday night at the Land of Legends Raceway for day number one of a double header weekend. When all was said and done not only was there a first time series winner standing tall in victory lane, the large crowd was left in awe over what they saw.
Erik Karlsen picked up the 20-lap Maquire Family of Dealerships A-Main event win Saturday night. The win wasn’t just a win, it was a thrilling one.
Defending CRSA Rookie of the Year Justin Mills and track regular Karlsen led the field down to the green flag with Jesse Pruchnik and John Scarborough a row behind them. Karlsen would take the lead early on with the rest of the field in tow.
It wasn’t long before sixth place starter David Ferguson began to show his strength. Making his first start of the season, Ferguson quickly moved into the second position and began to search for lines. Ferguson found his line and began to close on Karlsen.
Fast forward to the final lap, Ferguson got a run on Karlsen and the duo battled side by side out of turn number four. At the finish Karlsen took the win by less than half a nose wing or five one thousandths of a second.
Karlsen took the exciting win over Ferguson, Pruchnik, Jeff Trombley and Scarborough. Heat winners for the 19-car field were Ferguson, Trombley and Scarborough.
The Prestige Pool & Spa Final Finisher Award went to Jason Whipple, the Midstate Basement Authorities First Car Out Award went to Dan Craun, the Maguire Family of Dealerships Magnificent Move of the Race Award went to Trombley, the Powder Tech Powder Coatings Hard Charger Award went to Steve Glover (17th to 12th) and the Magsarus Ignitions Electrifying Move of the Race Award went to David Ferguson.
Herrick Returns To CRSA Victory Lane At Thunder Mountain
The second leg of the SuperGen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprint Car Series double header weekend in Central New York took place Sunday night at the Thunder Mountain Speedway. When the final checkered flag waved a familiar face met CRSA Series Announcer Toby LaGrange in victory lane.
Dalton Herrick picked up the 25-lap Country Service Center A-Main win Sunday evening. The event was part of the Wade Decker Memorial held at the track each season. Herrick is very familiar to victory lane at Thunder Mountain as the McDonough, New York driver won the 2018 season finale at the track back in October as part of Brett Deyo’s Short Track Super Nationals.
“I like it here,” Herrick said. “It is the only track that I have won at with a Sprint Car and it is close to home.”
Sydney Prince and Darryl Ruggles led the field to the green with Prince taking the early race lead. The first caution of the event would slow the field on lap 12 when Justin Mills spun in turn two. When racing resumed Prince would hold the top spot over Ruggles and Herrick.
Herrick was on the charge. The eventual race winner would take over second from Ruggles soon after and then set his sights on Prince. Within a few laps Prince would slow heading into turn one, ending her event. The caution would wave on lap 21 for Thomas Radivoy and Jerry Sehn, who spun in turn two. Each were running in the top five at the time.
When racing resumed Ruggles tossed everything but his top wing at Herrick but could not get past. Herrick picked up the win over Ruggles, Jeff Trombley, Jesse Pruchnik and Mike Jackson. Heat races for the 17-car field were won by Radivoy, Prince and Dana Wagner.
The Prestige Pool & Spa Final Finisher Award went to Mark Connoly, the Midstate Basement Authorities First Car Out Award went to Sydney Prince, the Maguire Family of Dealerships Magnificent Move of the Race Award went to Radivoy, the Powder Tech Powder Coatings Hard Charger Award went to Trombley (11th to 3rd) and the Magsarus Ignitions Electrifying Move of the Race Award went to Herrick.
The 2019 SuperGen Products with Champion Power Equipment CRSA Sprint Car Series is back in action this weekend with another action-packed double header weekend. On Saturday the series visits the Fonda Speedway for the first of two visits this season and then on Sunday the CRSA moves to the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park for their second and final visit of the season.
Round #5 – Land of Legends Raceway – A-Main Finish (20 Laps) – Erik Karlsen, David Ferguson, Jesse Pruchnik, Jeff Trombley, John Scarborough, Brandyn Griffin, Johnny Kolosek, Justin Mills, Dan Bennett, Alysha Bay, Jerry Sehn, Steve Glover, Andrew Jacobus, Darryl Ruggles, Jason Whipple, Trevor Years, Jordan Noody, Mike Jackson, Dan Craun.
Round #6 – Thunder Mountain Speedway – A-Main Finish (25 Laps) – Dalton Herrick, Darryl Ruggles, Jeff Trombley, Jesse Pruchnik, Mike Jackson, Emily VanInwegen, Thomas Radivoy, Dana Wagner, Alysha Bay, Mike VanPelt, Johnny Kolosek, Brandyn Griffin, Justin Mills, Jerry Sehn, Matt Priscott, Mark Conoly, Sidney Prince.