Yellows Equal Serious Green
It wasn’t a pretty win by anyone’s definition.
But Wyalusing’s John Zionkowski didn’t care as he scored his first Wyalusing Valley Motorsports Park (WVMP) victory of the season on July 30.
Zionkowski led flag-to-flag in the caution-marred 600 Microsprint feature to pocket a cool $500 in winnings. Besides the previously announced $400-to-win purse, S&A Construction sweetened the pot, adding $100 to the winner’s take.
“If you get to win only one, this is the one to win,” Zionkowski said.
Originally slated as a 40-lapper, numerous on-track spins and incidents forced track promoter Billy Maynard to shorten the event in order to get the remaining features in on a balmy Homets Ferry evening.
“It was very disappointing,” Maynard said of the race, which was called after just 19 green-flag laps, having already gone over its 20-minute allotted time.
“I was hoping to get some green laps and get some distance on the other guys,” Zionkowski said.
The win was a relief to Zionkowski, who had been knocking on the door in the division this season before a recent run of bad luck.
“The last couple of weeks have been a nightmare,” he said.
Butch Tittle finished second, followed by Jordan Tittle. S&A Construction also paid $75 to Butch Tittle for his second-place win and $50 to Jordan Tittle for finishing third.
Bob Azarowicz passed four cars to pick up the Uliana Race Products Hard Charger Award.
In the 270 Microsprint race, it appeared that Rich Howard, Jr. was on his way to victory on what is literally his home track.
But Jordan Tittle stormed to the lead after a late caution to claim another C-note of S&A Construction cash.
Howard and J.J. Uliana picked up the second- and third-place bonuses, respectively.
Brian Fox passed three cars to claim the Uliana Hard Charger Award.
There was also a $25 bonus to the winners of each of the Slingshot winners.
Dalton Maynard won the All-Star Slingshot feature over Jake Maynard and Dustin Fassett.
In Junior Slingshots, Alex Shaffer pulled away to an easy win, while Abbey Price and Jared Zionkowski, John’s son, battled it out for second and third.
Wayne Miller picked up his first win of the year in the Animal kart feature. Steve Potchney and Gary Lamphere completed the top three.
Cal Snyder won the Flathead feature with Mike Ely and Scott Lamphere following him across the line.
Ely took the checkers in the Stock-Appearing Clones from Logan Terry and Bob Schultz.
Keith Lamphere was a first-time winner in the Sportskids division, followed by points leader Ryan Funk and Colin Hadlock.
The Sportsmen feature also involved an unusual amount of on-track mayhem with Nick Funk picking up the victory. Doug Lantz and Logan Terry completed the top three.
In the Youth division, Matt Addonna won the Novice Blue feature over Seth Anderson and Riley Gowin.
Caleb Hadlock scored a popular win in Rookie Purple. The young East Smithfield pilot guided his kart to his first WVMP victory over Cody Kershner and Craig Smith.
“Caleb is one of the true characters of WVMP,” Billy Maynard said. “His excitement in victory lane is a true reminder to us all what this sport and WVMP are supposed to be about.”
The Flathead karts are the featured division for this Saturday’s program, which begins at 5:30 p.m., with a 30-lap feature slated.