LANCASTER, N.Y. – Chuck Hossfeld held off a hard-charging Mike Leaty to win the fourth annual Bill Colton Memorial Ol’ Boy Cup 60 presented by Thermal Foams Thursday night at Lancaster National Speedway.
Leaty made a last lap challenge on Hossfeld, but came up just a few feet short as Hossfeld won by .019 of a second.
Hossfeld showed plenty of speed right off the trailer, as he topped Race of Champions Modified Series qualifying with a quick lap of 16.932 seconds. He went on to win his heat race and then drew second for his starting position in the 60-lap main event.
Daryl Lewis Jr. drew one better than Hossfeld and started on the pole for the fourth edition of the Ol’ Boy Cup 60, while Eric Beers and Kevin Miller started the race in the second row.
Lewis took off with the lead at the drop of the green flag. followed by Hossfeld, Beers and Patrick Emerling. That foursome pulled away from the field during the first third of the race.
Leaty was just as fast Hossfeld to start the night, but his luck wasn’t as good. Leaty was second fastest in qualifying and he also won his heat race. His luck ran out during the redraw, however, and he had to start 11th for the feature.
The short distance of the race forced him to move to the front quickly. It took Leaty 14 laps to work his way up to fifth place.
From there, his luck started to change, as the caution flag waved for the first time on lap 20 when Tommy Catalano stopped on the track with a mechanical issue. This bunched the field back up and gave Leaty a chance to challenge the leaders.
The restart also benefited Hossfeld, as he took the lead from Lewis when the race resumed.
Two more cautions just past the halfway portion of the race allowed Leaty to move his way through the top five. Leaty took over second from Lewis with 25 laps to go.
The race came down to a battle between Hossfeld and Leaty. Leaty chased Hossfeld and appeared to have the faster car in the closing laps, but he had two potential bids for the lead come up short.
The first saw Leaty make contact with Hossfeld in turn one, and it forced him to save the car from spinning out. He regrouped and made another attempt with less than 10 laps to go, but the car pushed up the race track in turn two.
Lapped traffic and a last-lap pass attempt decided the race. Leaty pulled to the outside of Hossfeld in turn three on the final lap with a trio of lappers just ahead. Hossfeld and Leaty raced side-by-side to the checkered flag, with Hossfeld crossing the finish line first by about a half car length.
For Hossfeld, Thursday was his second-straight win at Lancaster, after winning the Joe Reilly Sportsman Summer Slam on June 16. It was his 10th career Race of Champions Modified Series win at Lancaster, and his first RoC win since July of 2016.
Leaty took the defeat in stride and was happy with a second place run for his best finish of the year. Lewis finished third for his second-straight top three finish at Lancaster.
Emerling and Daren Scherer rounded out the top five.
In X-Press Signs Stock Car Series Action, Joe Mancuso won the 30-lap Race of Champions Super Stock feature, while Andy Cryan was victorious in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock for the fourth race in a row.
In the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders, Jason Anasiewicz scored his first win of the season.
Chuck Hossfeld, Mike Leaty, Daryl Lewis Jr., Patrick Emerling, Daren Scherer, Andy Jankowiak, George Skora III, Karl Hehr, Amy Catalano, Eric Beers, Scott Wylie, Zack Knowlden, Timmy Catalano, Kreig Heroth, Tyler Rypkema, Alan Bookmiller, Jack Ely, Danny Knoll, Jr., Kevin Miller, Tommy Catalano, John Barber, Camden Barber, Chris Ridsdale.