DUNDEE, N.Y. – George Suprick made a return to victory lane at Black Rock Speedway during Friday’s Patriot Sprint Tour event.
Suprick, the winningest sprint car driver in Black Rock Speedway history, lead all 25 laps at Black Rock for his 14th career series win.
“It’s still the same name here, but it is definitely a different deal here,” said Suprick. “I like it better without the walls. I just don’t want to wait this long to win here again.”
After driving from fifth to second in his heat race, Suprick found his way in to the redraw, where his junior helper selected the pole position for him.
Suprick used an impressive start to claim the lead off Scott Hixson’s green flag from Alain Bergeron and began to slice through the lapped traffic by lap three.
Suprick would lead the train around with Bergeron and Justin Barger close in tow until lap 14, when the races only caution flag would wave and reset the frantic race that was unfolding.
“The track was a little slick in the middle so you had to run the bottom or the top, and my No. 87 was good in both,” said Suprick. “I kept mixing up the line because I didn’t want Mr. Bergeron to know what to expect down the stretch.”
As the race moved to under five laps to go, Bergeron began to reapply the pressure with his No. 8B as the lead duo once again moved through lapped traffic.
It was the moment of the race where back in May Suprick flipped out of the lead with a mechanical issue, but with all his parts working successfully, the information gained from that race was just what the veteran needed to carry through to the win.
“We learned a lot back in May and used it tonight to know what we needed. We had everything for everybody; we had them covered as the car kept getting better,” said Suprick. “The car got a little tight a few times as a hiked the wing back but it was good. This is still just a tune-up for August when it pays $4,000 to win.”
As Suprick was clearing out of lapped traffic in the final three laps, Alain Bergeron slipped up the track and allowed Justin Barger to sneak by to steal the runner-up position.
Barger, who won his heat in convincing fashion, was solid all feature long but was unable to gain enough on Suprick who ran a flawless event. It was the fifth straight top five at BRS for Barger.
Alain Bergeron also continued his streak of solid finishes in Yates County as he notched his fourth top three in the last two years, making his trip all the way from Quebec pay off. Tim Kelly, who made a much shorter trip of five miles to the track, won his heat and ran a solid fourth the entire way.
Bobby Breen, the winner of the event back in May, also won his heat race but an eighth place starting spot would make it an uphill climb for the Savannah, NY driver, as he would dig hard to round out the top five.
Other winners at Black Rock Friday included Randy McCulloch (crate sportsman), John Waters (late-model), Jake Karlnoski (street-stock), Shawn Bruce (IMCA modified), Rich Sharpsteen II (four-cylinder), Lance Irwin (bandits) and Adam Delgrosso (four-wheel-drive four-cylinder).