Two of area auto racing's biggest stories of 1989 -- Batavia's Dale Buck and the rainy weather that has plagued speedways -- made news again this weekend.
Buck has competed in four Sportsman features at Perry Speedway and has won all of them. Perry's fifth race this season was rained out Saturday.
Buck also won Genesee Fair Speedway's opening Sportsman race Friday to remain undefeated this year at the two tracks and stamp himself as the dominant driver of the young season.
Finishing behind Buck were Brian Sage, Russ Prentice, Ray Bliss Jr. and Rich Newton.
The top five in the Super Stock class were Cliff Blakeslee, Frank Yacono, Terry Pangrazio, Bill Westlake and Dave Cross. Vic Beherns won the Amateurs over Mick Woodworth, Bob Babbitt, Joe Blair and Bill Sutton.
Genesee track officials reported a full house in the grandstand and 80 cars in the pits.
After two straight rainouts, Ransomville Speedway presented a stock car program Friday. Alan Johnson beat his brother, Danny, in the 35-lap DIRT Modified headliner. Bob McCreadie was third, Pete Bicknell fourth and Charlie Rudolph fifth.
Bill Willard won the DIRT Sportsman, beating Ray McIver, Trevor Wilkens, Dennis Veilette and Rick Schumacher. Pete Cocco won the Pro-Stock over Tammy Willard and Wayne Howard.
Lancaster Dragway, also plagued by weather, was able to showcase the Broad Elm-General Tire Drag Racing Series Friday.
Winners and their times were: Mike Swinarski, Super Pro, 6.10; Ken Newman, Street ET, 10.03; Jay Wallach, All-Run Bikes, 9.01; Jason Neace, Quick 8 Bikes, 6.16; Peter Sobczynski, Pro ET, 7.11; Mike Mastin, Quick Series, 6.22; Frank Urbino, Heavy, 7.73; Andy Gregorie, Super Gas, 6.45; Mark Schmidt, low qualifier, 5.11.
Buck Catalano edged Williamsville's John Julicher to win the NASCAR Late Model Pro-Stock race Friday at Spencer Speedway. Darryl Bobzin was third, West Seneca's Art Clark fourth and Jan Leaty fifth. Other Buffalo area drivers were Dean Ferri of Port Colborne, Ont., who finished eighth; Manley Vosburgh of Pavilion, ninth, and Dave Heitzhaus of Strykersville, 12th.
All of this week's complete race programs were run Friday. Saturday was a complete washout, however, at all area speedways, including Merrittville, Oswego, Canandaigua and the Castrol Can-Am Midget event at Stroud, Ont.
Lancaster National Speedway has rescheduled its Saturday race at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Also Wednesday, the Super Stocks and Modifieds will complete their rain-postponed events from May 13, then will run a complete Genesee Stock Car Series slate.
In the first three weeks of point racing, Lancaster completed only heat races May 6 and the Street Stock feature May 13. The Modifieds and Super Stocks have yet to run features, except for the Genesee Spring 150, a non-point event. The Street Stocks' only complete race was won by Mel Raab.
Holland International Speedway also canceled racing Saturday.
In Sunday night's special event at Holland, Russ Wood of New Hampshire won the Magnum Engine Oil International Supermodified Association's 50-lap race. Jeff Evans won the NASCAR Charger race and Geoff Groff won the Challenger race.
Holland got in Figure 8 and Challenger races April 28, ran its only complete NASCAR Winston Racing Series card May 6 and canceled after one heat race May 13.
Holland's main division, the NASCAR Late Models Pro Stocks, has run only one feature (won by Dick Flaig). Larry Dominesey has won two Challenger events, while Steve Schintzius and Rick Wiedeman took Figure 8 firsts, Eric Sanders won the only complete NASCAR Charger race and Larry Havens the lone NASCAR six-cylinder Modified race.