Colsten Inherits Penn Can Victory


SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. – Mike Colsten inherited the lead of the modified event on Friday night at Penn Can Speedway when race long leader Steve Babicek spun to avoid a stopped car and was forced to restart at the tail of the field on lap 19.

Colsten went unchallenged over the final laps to take the win at Penn Can over Mike Gular.

Steve Babicek led at the start of the Modified event while multiple cautions slowed the race in the early going.

The worst melee was on lap three when eight cars piled up in turn four last week’s winner Kevin Hartnett suffered significant damage and was done for the night. Babicek led Bobby Trapper, Mike Colsten, Adam MacGeorge and Brett Tonkin on lap six.

Tonkin who started ninth bypassed MacGeorge to run in the fourth spot, following another restart Tonkin took over third and then by lap eight moved into the runner up position.

Babicek stretched his lead when the green flag stayed out while Tonkin and Colsten raced closely for second. The best race on the track was for fourth between Trapper and Billy Thornton as they swapped the spot several laps in a row.

Two-time track champion Mike Gular was making a rare Penn Can start and after being involved in the lap three wreck was marching his way to the front as he was seventh at the halfway mark.

Colsten drove back by Tonkin for second as Tonkin was getting loose meanwhile Gular was sixth. The race turned on lap 19 when Ken Titus spun in turns three and four. As Titus was parked there the leaders approached and Babicek had to spin to a stop to avoid contact.

Race officials sent Babicek to the tail for stopping on the track handing the lead to Colsten. Colsten took command while Gular was still charging he was fifth on lap 20 then fourth on lap 21 and when the caution flew on lap 22 he was in third spot.

Gular was all over Tonkin for second when racing resumed but it took until lap 28 for Gular to snag the spot which allowed Colsten to pull away.

Colsten ended up colleting his second win of the year over Gular, Tonkin, Trapper and Thornton. Trailing them were Joey Grammes, MacGeorge, Mike Nagel Jr. and Kevin Bates.

Kyle Rohner inherited the lead in the 602 Sportsman when the top two of Grant Hilfiger and Randy Gates wrecked on lap four. Rohner never let up as he took the win over Alex Stanton, Eric Bonham, Grant Hilfiger and Butch Green.

Steve Deinhardt picked up an easy win in the Street Stocks but the real race was for second. The battle for second between Earl Zimmer, Ryan Stone, Ken Sparks Jr. and Jon Carpenter was the best race of the evening. Zimmer, Stone and Sparks traded sheet metal several times in a tight hard fought race. Deinhardt ended up the winner over Zimmer, Stone, Sparks and Carpenter.

Steve Simpson won in the Factory Stocks for the third time in a row he was trailed at the finish in the rough and tumble event by George Brown and Gary Cleveland. Rick Sinsabough made his first start of the season in the four cylinder division and came home with the win.