Moments after winning the 20-lap New York/Pennsylvania Midget Association feature at Holland Motorsport Complex Saturday, Shawn Nye declared that he was “the man.”
Little did Nye realize that about two hours later that “the man” would revisit that Victory Lane in what appeared to be a rare Holland double by winning the NASCAR Pro Modified Yuengling Light 100.
While the Midget result is official, Nye’s Yuengling Light win is unofficial pending a technical review by Holland officials. Should Nye get disqualified the race would be awarded to second-place finisher Jimmy Zacharias.
Holland officials did not disclose what they are reviewing on Nye’s car but said they expect to announce a final decision by Tuesday morning.
Should Nye’s victory survive the technical review, he would be the first driver to win two different class feature races on the same night at Holland in four years.
It was last accomplished on Aug. 13, 2011, when Andy Jankowiak triumphed in both that evening’s TQ Midget and NASCAR Pro Modified headline races.
“My cars been pretty good for the last couple of weeks,” said Nye of his Midget car. “I couldn’t catch a break. I finally caught my break.”
In the Yuengling Light 100, Nye engaged in a torrid lead-swapping multi-lap battle with George Skora III. Nye finally executed the winning pass with 29 laps to go and motored out to a strong 10-length victory over Zacharias and Jankowiak.
Before he learned of the technical review, Nye spoke about his great effort in the Yuengling Light 100. “I knew we had a great car from the heat,” Nye said. “Basically it was ride until lap 60ish and then I went. It was a great race.”
Zacharias, the 2015 Chemung Speedrome champion, is competing for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, where he was ranked fifth in the United States heading into last weekend.
“It was big picture racing for me tonight,” Zacharias said. “I don’t know where the No. 98,” Nye, “came from. Me and Tommy Catalano have been the fastest cars here all season yet the No. 98 came out of nowhere to win tonight.”
Hall wins at Freedom
At Freedom Motorsports Park, Randy Hill won the “King of the Hill” RUSH Late Model division on Friday night. He had already clinched the RUSH Late Model season points title going into the race.
Friday’s victory was far from easy. Hall, who started fourth, overcame several obstacles including early race involvement in a major accident, a torrid mid-race battle with Ward Schell and a last lap battle with Bryce Davis to win a 5-foot margin.
On a lap five restart, cars near the front of the field began to spin. Hall got turned nearly completely sideways and had to take major corrective action but was able to regain control and kept his forward momentum going as the caution flag waved.
Hall restarted second behind Schell, his Terry Suppa Racing teammate. The pair engaged in a tough and entertaining battle with Hall finally working past Schell on lap 31 to get the lead. A caution on lap 34 set up a one-lap joust to the checkered flag with Hall prevailing over Davis, Jeremy Wonderling and Schell.
“I actually thought I got tore up bad enough to where some damage got done that would hurt us,” Hall said of the accident. “Ward got going and I think the No. 6 car,” Adam Sixt, “was going to slide up behind him and the No. 17,” Andy Michael, “must have been coming and got into him. Man when he turned him it was instant right in front of me and I was trying to get on the brakes and inch my way across the track to try to get around them and I actually got hit in the back pretty good and it lifted the car up and slammed it down and I was thinking maybe some damage happened there that was going to affect the car but I think we got lucky.”
Hall was also good behind the wheel Friday. He talked about his pass of Schell and also why he feels he has been so dominant this season at Freedom.
“I didn’t think I was going to have anything for Ward,” Hall said. “Then I noticed that we were both running the high cushion and a lot of other guys were running the cushion. I could see it was moving up higher and higher. Once in a while you’d see me go down to the bottom and test the waters to see what was down there. Then I’d move back up.
“It was finally time to go. It stuck real good on the bottom. The one time I got up next to Ward and I was patient and waited for the opportunity and I took advantage of it. I think there’s something kind of unusual about my car because of the way it sticks in turns three and four and rotates so good. I haven’t seen anybody else able to do that so that has been key for me this season.”
Wonderling’s drive back to finish third was impressive considering his involvement in a scary accident on lap five. John Waters spun sideways in turn three and Wonderling with no place to go collided with Waters, sending Waters car into a flip. Wonderling spun out.
Wonderling restarted near the rear of the field and charged back from there. Waters was not hurt but his race was over following the flip.
“John came in and hit the cushion and he jumped the cushion and the car jumped up in the air and it was too late,” Wonderling said. “I scooped him up and I saw him flipping over. It was a pretty bad deal to see one of my good friends flipping over in front of me but I’m glad he’s all right.”
Ryan Susice earned his first career DIRT.car 358 Modified championship at Ransomville Speedway on Friday while Cody McPherson and James Michael Friesen tied for the DIRT.car Sportsman championship there.