After Saturday night’s Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified feature, Pat Ward said that the young guys are getting tougher and tougher to beat on a weekly basis.
When the checkers flew at the end of 35 laps, Ward showed he has no signs of slowing down anytime soon as he parked his Gypsum Express, Stadium International Trucks/LJL Kevlar Race Engines/ Bicknell/No.42p in victory lane.
Ward took the lead on lap 20 from Matt Hulsizer and never looked back in the caution free feature.
Other winners were, Andrew Ferguson, SUNY Canton Sportsman; Tim Sears Jr., NAPA Late Models; Kris Van Norstrand, Jerry Herbert Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks; and Mike Mullen, Mod Lites.
Chris Hile and Matt Hulsizer led the packed Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified down to the green with Hulsizer jumping out to the early advantage.
With 10 laps complete, Hulsizer and Ward were setting a fast pace at the front of the pack as they started to catch the back of field. Behind the top two, Hile, Matt Fink and Chad Phelps showed in the top five.
By lap 15, Hulsizer and Ward were a straightaway out front fighting for lead, while Hile, Fink, Phelps and now Larry Wight battled for third through sixth.
On lap 20 and in heavy traffic, Hulsizer moved slightly off the top groove in three and four he had been running to get around a back maker.
That allowed Ward just enough room exiting turn four to be scored the new leader of the race.
With 10 laps to go, Ward opened a ten-car length advantage over Hulsizer. Hile, Chad Phelps and Fink showed in the top-five.
With no yellows the rest of the way to bunch the field up, Ward cruised under the checkers for the win. Matt Hulsizer, Chris Hile, Chad Phelps and Mike Bowman rounded out the top- five.
Larry Wight, Roy Bresnahan, Billy Decker, Ryan Phelps and Tom Sears Jr. completed the top ten.
“It feels good; we’ve been struggling all year with the big block car,” said Ward. “We keep changing and changing, getting the motor tuned good, the car tuned good, the crew has been working super hard.
“We started up front, with the quality field of cars we’ve been running against,” he added. “These young guys have been stepping up their program making it tough on us old fellows.
In the 20 lap SUNY Canton Sportsman feature, Andrew Ferguson led the opening seven laps before Greg Kimball was able to work his way past Ferguson on lap 8.
Kimball and Ferguson ran nose to tail and side by side fighting for the lead before Ferguson retook the lead at the halfway point.
Once back out front, Ferguson was able to hold off the rest of the field and he cruised under the checkers first. Katelyn Kane, Jim Spano, Tom Juhl Jr. and Beth Schneider rounded out the top five.
After a post-race inspection, Andrew Ferguson was fined all points and money for a technical infraction.
In the NAPA Late Model main, Tim Sears Jr. grabbed the lead at the drop of the green and then lead the entire distance picking up the win.
Jason Parkhurst and Larry Wight had a tight battle throughout with Parkhurst coming home second and Wight third. Chris Hile and Steven Coit rounded out the top-five.
Kris Van Norstrand led in the early going before losing the top spot to Dan Keyes on lap 4. Van Norstrand fought back, retaking with two laps to go and the win in the E&V Energy Novice Sportsman feature. Dan Keyes, Brandon Ford, Gary Hoppins and Nick Krause chased Van Norstrand across the line.
Joe Isabell and Mike Mullen put on a show in the 15-lap Mod Lite feature that saw Mullen beating Isabell in a photo finish at the checkers. Jeffrey Isabell, Sam Usborne and Lowell Zehr finished third through fifth.
After a post race inspection, Mullen was fined all points and money for a technical infraction.
In the Parts Plus Four Cylinder Stocks, defending track champion Jeff Herbert put another victory in his win column after the 15-lap feature. Keith Zirbel, Colby Herzog, Mark Johnston and Matt Dawson rounded out the top five.