DeLange Racing “Young Gun” Erick Rudolph of Ransomville earned a first place and runner-up finish last weekend at Wyoming County International Speedway.

In a make-up 30-lap SST sportsman feature, Rudolph started eighth and worked his way up, eventually finishing second to race winner Jim Pierce.

In the night’s 30-lap feature, he grabbed the early lead over Pierce and that pair would battle side-by-side for the first 12 laps, but eventually Rudolph would gain control and win by a comfortable margin.

“I started up front and used the outside groove to take the lead,” Rudolph said.

“Pierce got up next to me and we had a pretty good battle going. The top lane is the place to be on the starts and he took advantage. My car was a little loose. Finally we broke free but even then I was still a little loose. I moved up the track a little bit to help it and the car also started to come around. It was good to end the day with a win because it’s been a tough weekend.”

Tonight, Rudolph is making his first-ever visit to Spencer Speedway in Williamson, N.Y., for twin-20 lap SST feature. On Saturday, the full DeLange team will be at Lancaster Raceway Park with Rudolph driving in a 20-lap SST sportsman feature and both Rudolph and Lockport’s Bobby Holmes will compete in the 75-lap Race of Champions Modified Tour North Region event.

“It’s important for both our drivers to put on a good show in front of our home fans, especially Bobby,” said DeLange owner Dave DeLange.

“Bobby needs to get some confidence restored after a tough start to the season and I think a good finish at Lancaster will do that. Erick continues to get better each week and I maintain my belief that he will win a Modified race this year. He gets closer every time we race.”



First Nextel win

for Juan Pablo

Juan Pablo Montoya became the third first-time winner on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Circuit this year with a win last week at Sonoma.

With pre-race penalties sending points leader Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson in back of the field and Tony Stewart spinning out on the first lap, the race came down to fuel mileage.

Gordon and Johnson were both docked 100 points because their cars had altered front fenders that failed inspection Friday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Gordon’s crew chief Steve Letarte and Johnson’s crew chief Chad Knaus were also fined $100,000 apiece and will be on probation for the remainder of the season.

Turn One

Gordon and Johnson finished 10th and 17th respectively at Sonoma. Among other notable finishers, Stewart was sixth, Jeff Burton third and Dale Earnhardt Jr. 13th.

Road course “ringers” finished 9th, 12th, 15th, 28th and 36th. So much for experts on road courses.

Turn Two

This week, we head to Loudon, N.H., where the track is a 1.058 oval with 12-degree banking.

Built in 1964, the track has long straight-aways and tight turns, which should make for some exciting racing.

Some describe the track as, “Martinsville on steroids.”

My picks this week are four-time winner Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, four-time winner Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and 2003 winner 2004 winner Jimmie Johnson.

Turn Three

Where’s Michael Waltrip?

Terry Labonte drove for Michael this week and plans to race for him at Watkins Glen as well.

Labonte finished 35th. Dale Jarrett also qualified for the race and finished 26th. Chasing Montoya in the rookie’s point race, David Ragan was 29th.

Toyotas finished 12th, 26th, 28th, 35th, 36th and 41st. Meanwhile, Childress Racing finished 2nd, 3rd and fourth. What a day for them.

Turn Four

There’s just 10 races left until the “chase” begins.

Interesting to note that the drivers with the most second place finishes at a track without a win are Stewart (six at Talladega), Bobby Allison (six at Martinsville) and Mark Martin (six at Pocono).

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Ransomville Points Leaders

Modified

Driver Hometown Points

1. Todd Burley Spencerport 340

2. Chad Brachmann Sanborn 334

3. Pete Bicknell St. Catharines, Ont. 320

Sportsman

1. Don Spatarico Ransomville 328

2. Steve Schumacher Pendleton 279

3. Scott Just Ransomville 276

Street Stocks

1. Kirk Tuttle Wilson 368

2. Roger Israel Wilson 350

3. Nate Vetter Depew 343

Firehall Enduro

1. Gary Darnell/Mark Brown Wilson 105

2. Chris Lederhouse Ransomville #2 104



Lancaster Points Leaders

Late Models

1. Bobby Weber 377

2. Jeff Brown 365

Street Stocks

1. Andy Jankowiak 451

2. Jeff Madill 423

Super Stocks

1. Wayne Bernhard 491

2. Dave Johnson 469

Modified

1. Wilbur Hebing 69

2. Danny Knoll Jr. 57

SST Sportsman

1. Nick Cappelli 328

2. Billy Burd 322

TQ Midgets

1. Dave Wollaber 318

2. Mark Schulz 270

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