Mike Sokol came to Lancaster Motorsports Park on Wednesday to test his dragster. Based on the fact that the Cheektowaga driver ended up winning that evening's Spring "King of the Hill" Championship, his potent machine obviously passed with flying colors.
Sokol defeated veteran Andy Mikula in the final. Sokol had won the box class eliminations and Mikula the no-box eliminations earlier in the event to earn the right to face each other for the overall "King of the Hill" title.
"We originally weren't coming here tonight," said Sokol. "But we blew up the tranny (transmission) two weeks ago at Grand Bend (Ont.), and we've been fixing the car ever since. We're going to a divisional IHRA race in Norwalk (Ohio) and needed to test the car to see if everything was put back together right. So we decided to come here to test. I guess everything's working okay."
Sokol has been drag racing for ten years and called his victory this past Wednesday "my biggest career win." He campaigns weekly in the Super Pro class at Lancaster.
"Andy is as good as they come and anytime you beat him, you've done a good job," said Sokol.
Also featured at Wednesday's race was the Pro-Modified Spring Sizzler Shootout in which Kasey Janzen defeated Mike Janis. Janzen made the winning pass in 4.26 seconds on the one-eighth mile strip compared to Janis' 4.28 run.
"It was a good run," said Janzen. "I could see Mike out of the corner of my eye. My car was shaking a little bit in second gear. All day long, however, I made my fastest career runs for here at Lancaster."
Janzen also had efforts of 4.29 in his first-round win over Mike Guenther and hit a 4.25 in the semifinal eliminating Bruce Boland.
"It was a matter of who could stick better to the ground," Janis said. "We had to keep taking power out of the car to get it to hook up to the track better. I guess for the final we took a little too much power out of it."
Elsewhere, Mighty Taco DIRT 358 Modified driver Danny Johnson has the nickname "The Doctor" around Ransomville Speedway because of the way he can surgically move through a field of stock cars to gain victory. He lived up to his billing, winning there Friday.
Johnson started deep in the field but worked his way to tenth by the time the field was under caution on lap two. Rick Hoctor was leading with Todd Gordon next. Gordon passed Hoctor on lap three. Following a lap four restart, Todd Burley worked into second and Johnson was right behind. Gordon and Burley ran side by side for several laps in a battle for the top spot with Johnson applying pressure from behind.
Johnson claimed second as he worked by Burley on lap 16 and then powered by Gordon as the pair exited Turn Two on the next circuit. Once out front, Johnson pulled away to the checkered flag with Gordon following with a career best runner-up effort. Burley was third.
"I had a good car so I was sitting back and waiting for things to happen," Johnson said about his battle with Burley and Gordon. "I couldn't get the door to open up so I just had to be patient."
Ransomville Fish's Automotive Street Stock point leader Alex Morris won a Street Stock feature Friday.
"My car wasn't handling exactly right but it was fast," Morris said. "That was the difference."
Holland Speedway NASCAR Late Model competitor Sam Fullone of North Collins drove in his first Hooters' Pro Cup North Series event last Sunday at Chemung Speedrome. Fullone started 27th and worked up to ninth. Eventually his brakes failed, and he crashed. He was credited with a 17th place finish, earning him the "Hard Charger of the Race Award."
Winners at Lancaster Motorsports Park Saturday were: Danny Knoll Jr., Modified; Don Irving, Late Model; Kevin Eckerich, Sportsman; Jeff Merritt, Street Stocks; Bobby Hanel Jr., Strictly Stocks. Those gathering checkered flags at Genesee Speedway Saturday were Scott George, DIRT Sportsman; Doug Ricotta, Super Stocks; Beamer Guzzardi, DIRT Pro-Stocks; Joe Barclay, Street Stocks; Don Newton Jr., Mini-Stocks.