FULTON, N.Y. – Bryan Howland ended the Canadian dominance of SUNY Canton Central New York Speedweek on Saturday night as he captured the 25-lap Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint A-Main event at the Fulton Speedway.
Howland, who missed Friday night’s race due to a work commitment, successfully held off the challenges of Matt Tanner over the course of the final five laps to score his first ESS series win since May of 2006 which came at the Fulton Speedway as well.
Howland lead every lap of the Today Option’s Stars and Stripes American Tour/SUNY Canton Series feature earning himself over $2,225 for his efforts in front of a packed house.
“Man what a team effort tonight,” said Howland. “I wouldn’t be here without them. I got to thank all my guys they worked hard tonight, this is great in front of a big crowd and all the cars in the pits.”
Doug Emery started on the pole and he quickly relinquished the top to Howland who road the middle groove through turns one and two to take over the lead.
Howland set a torrid pace early as Emery held off challenges from Jason Barney at first and then Tanner.
The races only caution came out on lap six for Jessica Zemken as she caught an implement tire on the bottom of turns one and two collapsing the front end of here No. 1z.
At the green Howland shot by Emery into the first turn while holding on the lead. Emery couldn’t challenge Howland as Tanner was all over him for second. Eventually a lap later Tanner moved by into second.
With clear track in front of him, Howland set a torrid pace out in front with Tanner about a half straightaway behind him as they reached the halfway point of the feature.
On lap 14, slower traffic became an issue for the leader as he caught the tail-end of the field. Howland was forced to give up his middle groove at times working several different lanes though the traffic. This allowed Tanner to begin his charge.
“Lapped traffic was tight,” stated Howland. “At one point I slid between two cars off of turn two and we hit a little bit but it was a move I thought I had to make to keep everyone behind me.”