When Lancaster Motorsports Park owner Ralph Galluzzi tried to spray winner Sege Fidanza with a bottle of champagne following his win in the Budweiser 100 Saturday, Fidanza -- not wanting to get drenched -- ran and was able to avoid the spray.
It was fitting -- no one could catch Fidanza all night long.
The driver took off from the pole and easily lead every lap to dominate the event, the first in LMP's new Mr. Modified Northeast Series.
"The car was flawless all night," said Fidanza, who has now won five of seven races at LMP this season. "I was taking it easy. My plan was to let people pass me and just cruise around but the car felt so good that I just kept going with the lead. I dominated a 150-lapper here a few years ago and then got knocked out of the race with two (laps) to go. I'll take this. I didn't have to abuse my tires much because I didn't have to race with anybody."
In leading the entire distance, Fidanza had extraordinary tire wear and in the waning laps was still running lap times almost as fast as he was at the beginning of the event. Danny Knoll, who won a feature at LMP the previous week, ran a strong race to place second but like everyone else could not muster a challenge on Fidanza.
"I got close at times but I just didn't have anything for him," said Knoll of his pursuit of Fidanza. "We're happy though. We got a whole car with no damage. So we'll be back next week."
Jim Flanigan ran a steady race to finish third. A strong field of 30 Modifieds were on hand for the $6,000-to-win special.
Meanwhile, Jim Ling also has been sensational this season at LMP as the Strictly Stock driver earned his fourth victory of the season. LMP will run a special stock car show for the Late Models, Sportsman, Street Stocks and Strictly Stocks at 7 p.m. tonight. Adult admission has been discounted to $5.
Mike Janis, who won the IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, Ill, Saturday, will be featured during the sixth annual Spring Sizzler Pro-Modified & King of The Hill Championship Wednesday at 7 p.m. at LMP.
Elsewhere, Chris Mulheisen drove a patient and calculated race to win the 20-lap Bully Hill Qualifier for the Super Sprints Friday at Freedom Raceway.
Chris Shuttleworth started from the pole in the Bully Hill race with Mulheisen starting from the 12th spot in the 15-car field. At the dropping of the initial green flag, Shuttleworth jumped into the lead with Mark Farrell and Jason Blum next. Blum and Pup Nystrom had immediate contact with Nystrom, spinning in Turn One. Blum was sent to the rear for his part in the incident.
When the green flag flew for the restart, Shuttleworth maintained the top spot with Farrell and Mike Young taking chase. Young worked into second and then passed Shuttleworth on lap three to get the lead. With the field under caution on lap four, Mulheisen had worked into fourth.
Mulheisen passed Shuttleworth to claim third on lap eight and then soared to second, going by Farrell on lap 11. Mulheisen began to pressure Young. Mulheisen made his move on lap 15. He pulled below Young coming down the front stretch and dove underneath him in Turn One to complete the winning pass. Young settled for second with Phil Mott and Farrell next.
"I got a great run coming off of Turn Three and Four and he slipped up a little and allowed me to get underneath and I just beat him to the turn," said Mulheisen of his third career Freedom Super Sprint victory."
On March 14, Freedom Super Sprint car driver Dave MacLeod had open heart surgery. Friday he ran his first race since then.
"I ran 50 laps here last Saturday and went back to the doctor and he said I was fine and good to go," said MacLeod, a 40-year racing veteran. "The goal tonight was just to go out and run around and make laps and after the race feel great. We're fortunate to live in this area with the great doctors at Millard Fillmore Hospital."
Other Freedom winners were Jay Fellows, Super Stock; Andy Michael, Street Stocks; Greg Oakes, Modified and Shaun Tidd, Mini-Stocks.
Williamsville's Paul Fix, a rookie on the SCCA Trans-Am Series, finished 10th Saturday in Detroit. He started 15th of 30 racers.
Winners at Genesee Speedway Saturday were Phil Vigneri, DIRT Sportsman; Bob Babbitt, Super Stocks; Dan Schulz, DIRT Pro-Stocks; Ted Pierce, Street Stocks; Matt Barry, Mini-Stocks.
Winners at Wyoming County International Speedway Saturday were Jerry Harding Jr., Late Models; Jim Barber, Limited Modifieds; Dave Krawczyk, Street Stocks; Mike VerWeire, Mini-Stocks; Dave Johnson, Pure Stocks. Lancaster's Ken Lorenz won a Castrol Can-Am Midget TQ feature last week in Flamboro, Ont.