DUNDEE, N.Y. (Oct. 24) – After the third time he drove away from the rest of the field, Rich Karlnoski raced to his career first Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series feature win. Karlnoski won his IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour heat by most of a straightaway Friday at Yates County Speedway. He was checking out before a lap 18 caution in the main event, then pulled ahead again following the restart. The victory was worth $400. “That car was just perfect,” Karlnoski said after piloting the 2008 Ellis, with a self-designed rear end and Steve and Patty Damon-built engine, to the winner’s circle. “When this car is right, it’s perfect.” Karlnoski stayed in front following several early restarts. He was already negotiating lapped traffic and coming up on a tightknit group of six more cars when the late caution flew. “I was trying to figure out how I was going to get by and that caution came out at just the right time,” said Karlnoski, who motored away when the green came back out. Chris Fleming, Gary Smith, Scott Sebring and Eddie Sites completed the top five. Point leader James Cornell was eighth. A long-time Late Model driver, Karlnoski enjoyed the tutelage of Paul Beach for much of his career and won his first IMCA Modified championship at his hometown track this season. The 100th event in tour history brings the 13th annual series to a close this Saturday, Nov. 1, when the Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series returns to Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood during National Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championship Weekend. Feature results – 1. Rich Karlnoski; 2. Chris Fleming; 3. Gary Smith; 4. Scott Sebring; 5. Eddie Sites; 6. Kurt Decker; 7. Matt Cole; 8. James Cornell; 9. Bob Maynard; 10. Keith Lamphere; 11. Gary Roberts; 12. Ray McClure; 13. Tom Eiklor; 14. Dan Burman; 15. K.C. Cole; 16. Harry Ely; 17. Mike Stoddard; 18. Ken Buck; 19. Brad Sites; 20. Jared Spalding; 21. Tony Harris; 22. Matt Jones; 23. Brandon Smith; 24. Tyler Stoddard.
Published on October 17, 2013 at 11:24 am Contact Trevor: email@example.com | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+ With George Morris II doubtful for Saturday’s matchup against Georgia Tech, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said he has no reservations using Prince-Tyson Gulley in the kick return game again this week.Gulley joined Devante McFarlane on kick returns in Syracuse’s 24-10 win against North Carolina State on Saturday. Gulley brought back his only chance from the end zone to the Syracuse 26-yard line early in the fourth quarter.“Prince has always been a viable option back there,” Shafer said.As for the multi-talented freshman H-back Brisly Estime, Shafer said there’s no issue with him being able to catch the ball. He has the skill set to return kicks, but Shafer and offensive coordinator George McDonald want to ease him into his role as an H-Back before thrusting him into the return game.“The issue is he can’t have too many pots on the stove,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer added that it could have been the other way around. He, McDonald and Co. could have chosen to hone Estime’s return game from the start of the season, but they considered him more of an asset catching passes.He said Estime catches the ball really well and that he’s just behind Syracuse punt returner Ritchy Desir in that regard. Estime’s role could expand in the future, but for now he’s solely an H-Back.Said Shafer: “That was an educated choice by all of us.” Comments