Root Digs In For Another Sportsman Modified Victory

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Kevin Root won his second Sportsman Modified event of OktoberFAST week on Sunday at Weedsport Speedway.
Kevin Root won his second Sportsman Modified event of OktoberFAST week on Sunday at Weedsport Speedway.

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – Kevin Root wrote his name in the record books as the only two-time Sportsman Modified winning during the inaugural OktoberFAST week on Sunday at Weedsport Speedway.

Becoming the third different leader of the race, Root capitalized on polesitter Adam Fink’s lap 22 mechanical issue and then drove around the outside of Adam Pierson to take command on lap 24, a position he would not relinquish over the final 11 laps.

“I had one badass race car tonight,” said Root, who also won Friday at Can-Am Speedway. “We had our work cut out for us starting seventh, but we got up on the wheel and could roll through the middle so well. This is really awesome. What a great way to cap off the week. This is the one we wanted all week long. I said we had to get two wins this week, and we did just that. Special thanks to DIRTcar for allowing all of us to race this week. I know it’s supposed to be DIRT Week, but it sure still feels like it with these long hours and all the races we’ve ran.”

For Root, who led flag-to-flag at Can-Am on Friday, his journey to victory lane at Weedsport on Sunday came in a much more methodical fashion. Taking the green flag from inside of row four, he moved his No. 34 machine to sixth on lap three and fifth on lap four before finally going to fourth on lap 11.

Locked in an electrifying fight for the second spot, Root went to war with Adam Pierson and Matt Janczuk. Racing under a blanket for the runner-up spot, the battle quickly turned into a bid for the lead on lap 22 when heartbreak struck race leader, Adam Fink.

Fink paced the opening 21 laps from the pole position in dominating fashion, but a driveshaft failure with 13 to go erased his more than two second lead and sent him to a halt in the infield. With what appeared to be a surefire $2,000 win in his pocket stolen away, Fink was awarded Sunday’s Stirling Lubricants Hard Luck Award.

From there, Pierson controlled laps 22 and 23, but lap traffic cost him command on the 24th circuit when he was boxed in and Root was able to power around the outside. It was smooth sailing over the course of the final 11 laps as Kevin Root ran off for the DIRTcar OktoberFAST feature win at Weedsport, making him the only multi-time winner in the Racing Electronics Sportsman Modified division this week.

It was an extra special win for Root, who stated Sunday was most likely his final Sportsman Modified race at Weedsport, as he plans to move up and climb the ranks of the DIRTcar Northeast Series going into 2021.

Coming home with a second-place finish, Matt Janczuk wrapped up his week with another podium appearance for the No. 33X. Starting four OktoberFAST features, Janczuk delivered a top-10 effort in each show that included a win at Fulton, a third-place finish at Can-Am, a seventh-place run at Land of Legends, and his second-place bid at Weedsport.

Finishing in third with back-to-back podium results with the Racing Electronics Sportsman Modifieds was Zach Sobotka. Pierson, who led a pair of laps falling Fink’s failure, ended up with a fourth-place finish as he slipped backwards in the latter half due to a flat left front tire. Rounding out the top five in the finale feature was Mike Fowler in the fifth spot.

The finish:

Kevin Root, Matt Janczuk, Zach Sobotka, Adam Pierson, Mike Fowler, Will Shields, Addison Bowman, Tim Hartman, Garrison Krentz, Richard Murtaugh, Alex Payne, Matt Guererri, Dalton Martin, Zachary Payne, Kyle Inman, Jack Speshock, Brian Krummel, Brian Calabrese, Zach Arquiett, Christopher Mackey, Mike Phelps, Andrew Buff, Gavin Eisele, Cody Wolfe, Tyler Corcoran, Dylan Zacharias, Willy Decker, Sean Beardsley, Alan Fink, Nick Heywood, Rocco Leone, A.J. Miller.