ELBRIDGE, N.Y. – Chuck Hebing picked up the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints victory Tuesday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park after apparent winner Jessica Zemken was disqualified for coming up light on the scales.
It was Hebing’s second Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints event triumph of the 2012 season.
Hebing is a multi-time winner at the big five-eighths mile facility and he was happy to take home the $2,200 top prize as part of the Universal American, AKS Firearms Top Gun NCY Tour.
“The good thing about the club is that they stick with the rules,” said Hebing. “It’s a darn shame she (Zemken) lost a race for a few pounds or whatever the number was but that’s why we have rules. We have a zero tolerance policy in place so no one is shown any favoritism. It’s good for us after we made some mistakes on the setup of the car.”
Patrick Vigneault started on the pole of the feature and he quickly assumed command at the drop of the green flag over Mike Stelter who started on the outside front row.
Vigneault was the race leader when a red flag came out on lap three when Michael Parent, Bryan Howland and Shawn Donath all came together in the second turn. Howland and Parent each got upside down but all drivers were okay. Parent and Howland were unable to continue.
When action resumed, Vigneault led the way while Hebing advanced from the fifth starting position to take the lead on lap five. Vigneault had elected to run the bottom and Hebing blasted by him on the out the outside.
On lap 12 the caution was displayed again as Cory Sparks slowed and stopped in turn four. This placed Zemken alongside Hebing for the restart. At the green Hebing again held the lead.
Just two laps later Zemken powered by Hebing for the top spot as they exited the second turn as she ran the bottom with Hebing on the outside.
Hebing attempted to track her down over the course of the closing laps but it was to no avail as Zemken proved to be too strong on the inside groove.
In post race technical inspection it was found that Zemken’s mount was light on the scales and Hebing was declared the winner.
“I’ve been fortunate to win here a lot in the past,” said Hebing. “We won this race last year with a real fast car. Tonight we had a fast car, it wasn’t good as the other ones I’ve had here but in the end I guess a win is a win.”
Hebing was followed to the checkered flag by Tim Kelly, Doug Emery, Justin Barger and Patrick Vigneault.