Owen Bednasz Scores First Career Sportsman Mod Win – PTD Exclusive
By SKIP HOWE
LANCASTER, NY – On Saturday night Owen Bednasz grabbed his first career VP Racing Fuels Sportsman win at the famed Lancaster National Speedway. The 22yr old racer got by Defending Track Champion Shaun Nye with a dozen laps to go to score the victory. It was a popular win with the fans that is until Bednasz spoke in victory lane.
In other Xpress racing action Eldon King won the Race of Champions Late Model Series 30 lapper. In the Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks Brian Hoffman scored his first victory of the season and in the Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinders Dan Dressel picked up win number three of the season.
Tony Carbone started on the pole of the 35 lap VP Racing Fuels Sportsman feature, his dancing partner was Defending Track Champion Shawn Nye. As Carbone and Nye came to the green it was Nye taking the top spot away. On Lap two Bednasz got under Carbone to take over the runner up spot. On the same circuit Eddie Hawkins over took Carbone for fourth and then Mark Pennell over took fifth pushing Carbone back to six.
When the checkered flew at lap 35 Bednasz had become a Lancaster winner.
“This is awesome. To win at Lancaster on Retro night is something I’m proud of. To stand in this victory lane where so many champions have stood is sweet,” Bednasz said.
Then came the question, I got to know, were are all the Shawn Nye fans now, Bednasz asked and with that the boos could be heard.
The RoC Late Models made their first stop of 2018 at Lancaster International. Sam Fullone and Bobby Weber made up the front row and the brought the field to the green for a 30 lap feature run. The two battled for the first dozen laps wheel to wheel door handle to door handle until the first caution flew at lap 11. On the restart Weber took over the top spot.
On the next circuit the caution flew again tightening up the field again. On the next restart Eldon King passed Fullone for second. A few laps later Weber and Frank Batista got tangled ending Webers chance to race for another Lancaster win.
From the next restart King was able to drive to a win without getting any pressure from behind. Jerick Johnson, Sam Fullone, Bobby Weber and Dave Whittaker rounded out the top five.
In the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock main event Andy Cryan had a fiver-race win streak and he was looking for number six but was anybody going to be able to snap the streak? At the drop of the green Mike Dalfonso Jr grabbed the top spot and held on until Tommy Wentland got by on lap six and led the next nine circuits. On lap 15 Brian Hoffman took over the top spot followed by Tommy Wentland, Mike Dalfonso, Ken Maltby and Max Nothem rounded out the top five. The caution flew on lap 18 as Andy Cryan lost a tire heading into turn three ending his win streak at five. During the same caution Tommy Wentlands night was over when his ride lost power. On the restart Hoffman continued to lead with Dave Vona now on his tail but when the checkered flew Hoffman was first across the line.
From victory lane Hoffman said, “I never broke a sweat. Honestly that was awesome. I am so happy to be standing here in Lancaster victory lane, it’s never easy to get here, but it’s awesome when you do.”
VP Racing Fuels Sportsman: Owen Bednasz, Eddie Hawkins, Mark Pennell, Tony Carbone, Jayme Thompson, Dave Kozlowski, Leo Becker, DQ: Shawn Nye
RoC Late Models: Eldon King III, Jerick Johnson, Sam Fullone, Bobby Weber, Dave Whittaker, Bob Minacappelli, Frank Batista Jr, Terry Weldy, Ron Richter, Andy Cryan
Advance Auto parts Street Stocks: Brian Hoffman, Dave Vona, Kyle Sharpe, Ken Maltby, Jerome Hruby, John Carlson, Jay Cannonico, Jarrod Brown, Mike Dalfonso Jr, Jerry Kosmowski, Jeff Szafraneic, Robert Palmer, Scott Soos, Jon Richael, Max Northem, Tommy Wentland, Andy Cryan, Garrett Cleversley
Roaming Buffalo 4 Cylinders: Dan Dressel, Joe Brunka, Chris Pennell, Charles Palmer, Dave Brunka, Josh Schosek, Bob Palmer, Brian Dils, Dave Evams, John Valencourt, Andy danielwicz