“We did pretty well with this show, and we’re pretty proud of it,” said Friesen, who, despite his family’s renown in race promotion was a rookie promoter for Wednesday’s race. “We’ll take this and learn from it, and hopefully do it again.”
Friesen started the feature from the 15th spot on the grid, but aptly maneuvered his way forward. Several strong restarts early in the race helped him gain an edge over his competitors. After cautions in laps three, seven, and eight, Friesen was able to make it to the tenth spot, avoiding a turn four pile-up on lap seven and a turn two tangle on lap eight.
He continued to move forward through a lap 15 caution and then gained momentum through a series of green laps. In lap 22, Friesen broke the top-five, and then, in a stunning three-car-wide maneuver in lap 34, the race co-promoter charged to second.
“It was a lot of fun tonight. We started quite a ways back — fifteenth — and we charged on through,” Friesen said. “We were hanging there at the beginning, kind of slipping and sliding, but the track widened out pretty nicely and we were able to pick off some cars.”
Friesen battled Danny Johnson through lapped traffic, losing his spot to “The Doctor” in lap 45, but regaining it in lap 50 off a lap 49 restart. Another yellow flag in lap 54 brought Friesen close to the lead with just six to go, and he fought with Laubach through the checkered flag, just narrowly missing out on the win.
Danny Johnson finished third after starting fifth and Ryan Godown, of Ringoes, N.J., charged from 17th to fourth. Class of 2013 Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Frank Cozze went from 13th in the starting grid to fifth at the finish line.
Duane Howard, who broke the top five in lap 10 after starting 11th, lost a spot late in the race to finish sixth. After gaining ground from the 21st spot on the grid, going so far as to challenge Danny Johnson for third in lap 25, Matt Sheppard, of Waterloo, N.Y., fell back to finish seventh. Polesitter Jimmy Phelps, of Baldwinsville, N.Y. finished 9th. Rounding out the top ten are Eric Kormann, who started sixth and finished ninth, and Rocco Infante, who started 12th and finished 10th.
Rick Laubach, Stewart Friesen, Danny Johnson, Ryan Godown, Frank Cozze, Duane Howard, Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Eric Kormann, Rocco Infante, Gary Tomkins, Bobby Varin, David Van Horn Jr., Doug Manmiller, Brett Hearn, Billy Dunn, Neal Williams, Jimmy Horton, Alan Johnson, Billy Pauch, Matt Jester, Peter Britten, David Hunt, Rich Scagliotta, Ryan Watt, Jeff Strunk, Craig Von Dohren, Dale Planck, Andy Bachetti, Justin Haers, Sammy Piazza.