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Bryan Howland Back in ASCS Patriots Victory Lane

Rich Vleck, BREWERTON, NY (July 10, 2009)- After having a win last week basically taken away, Bryan Howland was fine admitting to his crew in Victory Lane: “We Got Lucky!”

Howland, the defending Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots Champion from Auburn, NY, scored the win at the tricky Brewerton Speedway for the second straight year on Friday Night in a thrilling 25-lap feature.

The two-time champion found himself in a four-car scramble for much of the A-Main with current Patriot point leader Jared Zimbardi, Bobby Breen and Trevor Lewis. The No. 51 was running third with four laps remaining, the perfect spot to be when Lewis and Breen came together running for the lead, sending both the back and giving Howland clean race track in front of him.

“I was just trying different lines in the feature because we just weren’t going anywhere running the same lines as the top guys,” noted “Flyin’ Bryan” after the event. “We definitely lucked out tonight when Trevor and Bobby got together.

Even after inheriting the lead, the coast was not clear yet for the Filtrec Corporation entry. Zimbardi restarted right behind Howland and was ready to go at the drop of the final green flag. The No. 51 was up to the task though and would drive away.

It was the 11th ASCS Patriot win in the career of the 22-year-old. It also enabled him to take over the point lead in the A-Verdi King of CNY Standings and close back in on the overall point lead. Jared Zimbardi would keep that to a minimum though with another solid run.

Zimbardi would pick up second for the second year in a row at “The D-Shaped Dirt Demon”. The Bundle of Warmth No. 35 started fourth but quickly jumped up to second by lap three. On the ninth circuit he showed a wheel under Lewis for the lead and by lap 16 he was the leader at the line.

His time in front would be short-lived though as he slid up the track in turn one on the 17th lap and would quickly slip back to fourth.

The majority of the race consisted of the top four dicing it up through lapped traffic and for the lead. Lewis led all but one lap early on but it was clear that any one of the other three could beat him. Breen had shown his stuff early on by moving from 9th to 5th on the first lap, using his extra track knowledge acquired when he won the Four Laps of Fame Scramble Dash.

The moment of the race was clearly on the 22nd lap when Lewis and Breen came together. Bobby had began to put pressure on the No. 21L as the top four worked lapped traffic. After clearing Dave Wickham, Breen dove to the inside of turn one but slid through the slick portion of the track, making contact with Lewis, spinning both of them out. Lewis stalled his car while Breen was able to drive away but both would have to restart at the back for being involved in the caution. Breen would get back to 10th while Lewis would finish 11th.

Dan Kaszubinski recorded his top Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot A-Main finish in third. The local favorite missed the setup but was able to keep his No. 20 in the right direction to record a solid finish.

Chuck Hebing started in seventh, but a 360 spin in the fourth turn of the opening lap would send “Cobra” back to 17th. The all-time winningest Patriot would charge back up and somewhat turn his luck around by posting his first finish in over a month.

Don Adamczyk made his first trip to Brewerton count by rounding out the top-five. The No. 21 just beat local Jason Barney back to the line, as Barney charged up from 16th starting position.

Tommy Wickham rallied from an early spin to be the hard charger, moving up 13 spots for seventh while Josh Weller placed eighth in his first trip to Brewerton. Blake and Bobby Breen completed the top-10.

A total of 32 sprint cars entered the tight pits on a beautiful Friday evening. With improvements made to the facility, and a great track surface for the competitors, it was easy to see why the grandstands were filled.

Among the drivers with bad luck on the night was Bubba Broderick. The No. 5 started in 15th but was up to ninth on the second lap and was working on eighth when a mechanical failure forced him pit side for the remainder of the event.

Shawn Donath was quickest in hot laps but the rest of the night the No. 33 was plagued by a myriad of bad luck. Donath brought the car to the stop on the final lap of his heat, which he had command of. He then spun out in the B-Main and would fail to qualify.

While Tim Devendorf did not qualify his sprint, he did win the mod lite feature also run on the night.

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Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots Results: 7/10/09, Brewerton Speedway, Brewerton, NY.

A-Verdi A-Main (25 Laps)- 1. Bryan Howland (51), 2. Jared Zimbardi (35), 3. Dan Kaszubinski (20), 4. Chuck Hebing (45), 5. Don Adamczyk (21), 6. Jason Barney (87*), 7. Tommy Wickham (75), 8. Josh Weller (63), 9. Blake Breen (8), 10. Bobby Breen (9), 11. Trevor Lewis (21L), 12. George Suprick (87s), 13. Mike Stelter (36), 14. Scott Kreutter (52), 15. Jared Fink (21F), 16. Dave Wickham (80), 17. Joe August Jr. (47), 18. Gordy Button (714), 19. Bobby Podolak (90), 20. Justin Barger (32), 21. Bubba Broderick (5), 22. Jeff Cook (10).

Lap Leaders- Lewis 1-15, Zimbardi 16, Lewis 17-21, Howland 22-25.

DeMaree Fruit Farms/ Quicktime Simulators Four Laps of Fame Dash (4 Laps)- 1. Bobby Breen (9), 2. Scott Kreutter (52), 3. George Suprick (87), 4. Mike Stelter (36), 5. Joe August Jr. (47), 6. Jeff Cook (10).

B-Main (8 Laps Each, Top-3 Transfer to A-Main)-

Race 1: 1. Jared Fink (21F), 2. Gordy Button (714), 3. Dave Wickham (80), 4. T.J. Newton (57), 5. Derek Jonathan (81), 6. Jeremy Barnard (86), 7. Tim Devendorf (5T), 8. Jeff Frasier (99).

Race 2: 1. Justin Barger (32), 2. Tommy Wickham (75), 3. Bobby Podolak (90), 4. Judi Bates (121), 5. Brandan Warner (10B), 6. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 7. Ray Preston (22), 8. Shawn Donath (33).

National Parts Peddler Heats (8 Laps Each)-

Race 1: 1. Jared Zimbardi (35), 2. Don Adamczyk (21), 3. Jeff Cook (10), 4. Joe August Jr. (47), 5. T.J. Newton (57), 6. Dave Wickham (80), 7. Tim Devendorf (5T), 8. Judi Bates (121).

Race 2: 1. Blake Breen (8), 2. Josh Weller (63), 3. Bryan Howland (51), 4. Bubba Broderick (5),
5. Mike Stelter (36), 6. Chris Muhleisen (10M), 7. Shawn Donath (33), 8. Jeff Frasier (99).

Race 3: 1. Chuck Hebing (45), 2. Dan Kaszubinski (20), 3. Bobby Breen (9), 4. Justin Barger (32), 5. Jason Barney (87*), 6. Gordy Button (714), 7. Tommy Wickham (75), 8. Ray Preston (22).

Race 4: 1. Trevor Lewis (21L), 2. Scott Kreutter (52), 3. George Suprick (87), 4. Bobby Podolak (90), 5. Jared Fink (21F), 6. Brandan Warner (10B), 7. Derek Jonathan (81), 8. Jeremy Barnard (86).

Contingency Awards-
Ohsweken Speedway/Canadian Sprint Car Natioanls Award- Howland
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Passing Points Award- Weller.

A-Verdi Storage Containers King of Central New York Standings (Top-10)- 1. Bryan Howland 444, 2. Jared Zimbardi 432, 3. Bobby Breen 426, 4. Don Adamczyk 394, 5. Dan Kaszubinski 378, 6. Gordy Button 374, 7. Bubba Broderick 366, 8. Chuck Hebing 362, 9. Justin Barger 342, Tie-10. Judi Bates and Scott Kreutter 337.

Gater Racing News Hard Charger of the Season Standings (Top-Five)- 1. Trevor Lewis 32, 2. Jared Zimbardi 23, 3. Don Adamczyk 22, 4. Gary Troutman 18, Tie-5. Bryan Howland and Jason Barney 17.

Lucas Oil ASCS Patriot Points (Top Ten): 1. Jared Zimbardi 1,286, 2. Bryan Howland 1,274, 3. Bobby Breen 1,212, 4. Don Adamczyk 1,186, 5. Bubba Broderick 1,172, 6. Blake Breen 950, 7. Chris Muhleisen 864, 8. Gary Troutman 796, 9. Derek Jonathan 792, 10. Trevor Lewis 706.