SYRACUSE, N. Y. — Pete Stefanski of North Tonawanda, N. Y., captured the Pro Stock Championship 25 presented by BACC-OFF Sunday at NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLI, becoming a two-time winner of the event.
“It’s pretty awesome,” said Stefanski, who previously topped the race in 2009. “Anytime you win at Syracuse it’s good to be in victory lane. It’s a tough place to win at.”
Rocky Warner started in the front row and led at the green flag, but by lap five Stefanski took it from the defending champion. Stefanski continued to build his lead despite unpredictable weather and track conditions at the “Moody Mile,” leaving Warner, Chad Jesseo and Joey Ladouceur to battle for second.
“It’s a big track,” Stefanski said. “You have to be perfect on it with your setup here because someone could be just a hair bit better than you and you wouldn’t even be able to catch them.”
Stefanski’s ride may have been a hair bit better, but Joey Ladouceur was happy to have beaten out competitors Jesseo and Warner to second place at the checkered flag.
“To finish second under pretty challenging track conditions, we’re pretty happy with that,” Ladouceur said, “And, as far as the points go, we couldn’t have asked for much better.”