Matt Turner Stars In Utica-Rome Sprint


VERNON, N.Y. — Matt Tanner always looks forward to the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint stops at the Utica-Rome Speedway.

The Stephentown, N.Y., admits that the slick half-mile is his favorite track on the schedule.  He came into Sunday night with three series wins at the facility. On Sunday night, he left with his fourth.

Tanner was methodical in working to the front after starting in the eighth. Tanner first appeared into the top on lap seven before moving into second on lap eight. A lap later he was able he able to wrestle the lead away from Chuck Hebing. They remained the top two with Danny Varin entering the fray late. At the checkered it was Tanner taking the E&V Energy, NAPA Auto Parts and Mach 1 Chassis A-Main feature win.

By setting fast time in his time trial group, winning his heat and then the A-Main, he won the Wick-edly Sent Triple Crown which was worth $500.

“It’s been a struggle this year,” said Tanner. “We blew the motor up the first week and bent this car last week. This is someplace we always circle on the calendar. We can’t wait to get back here. Bill and Kim (Shea) do a great job with the place. I wish they’d run sprint cars every week.”

Varin came home in second for his second podium finish of the weekend as he always finished second on Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway.

“We had a really great car tonight,” mentioned Varin.  “These are two great drivers, and there are more than two in this group.  These guys are very, very good.  It’s fun to race with them.  We just came up short tonight.”

Hebing held on to finish in third.

“We are really good car early in the race right now, but we have to figure out the laps 10 to 15 when the tires get hot on me,” stated Hebing. “That’s what happened last night at Fulton also. The car is fast. We just have to fine tune it. Both of these guys are really good here.”

Cory Sparks advanced from 12th to finish in the fourth spot while Paulie Colagiovanni scored another top-five run in fifth.

The finish:

Matt Tanner, Danny Varin, Chuck Hebing, Cory Sparks, Paulie Colagiovanni, Dylan Swiernik, Shawn Donath, Scott Holcomb, Davie Franek, Larry Wight, Sammy Reakes IV, Billy VanInwegen, Jonathan Preston, Chad Miller, Jason Barney, Jeff Cook, Brett Wright, Dave Axton, Kyle Moffit, Kelly Hebing, Tyler Cartier, Josh Pieniazek, Emily VanInwegen, Bobby Varin, Todd Gracey, Danny Peebles.


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