Michael Altobelli, Jr Continues Hot Streak in MAMS Action
By: Mike Donald
(Photo by: Jimmy Saffell)
Michael Altobelli, Jr. continued his strong season by claiming the first leg of the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Modifieds Series Cool Weld Classic double-header at Winchester Speedway, Saturday. The win, worth $1,000 to the Saxton, Pennsylvania driver, was his sixth MAM victory of the season.
“It’s crazy,” Altobelli said when asked of his season. “The car is consistent no matter where we go,” he added. Altobelli began the race on the front row after winning he heat race earlier in the evening. “It helps starting up front. It really takes the weight off,” he explained.
Altobelli started outside of Sykesville, Maryland’s Ray Kable, who won his heat race, also. It was a strong start for both drivers as they ran side-by-side for the first half lap. Altobelli then moved ahead of Kable as the two ran back to the start/finish line to complete lap one. Kable maintained the second spot until he was overtaken by his teammate and car owner, Rick Hulson, of Glen Burnie, Maryland. Hulson put in a very strong effort, but he was unable to get by Altobelli for the lead. Hulson, also a heat winner earlier in the evening, crossed the stripe in second to claim his seventh, second-place finish of the season.
Kable maintained the third spot until lap nine when he was overtaken by Winchester, Virginia’s Mike Corbin, who began the race in fifth. Corbin was unable to mount a significant challenge on Hulson and settled for third. Kable crossed the stripe in fourth. Powhatan, Virginia’s Joey Polevoy registered his first MAM top-five finish of the season. After starting 10th, Polevoy made an impressive charge, and he was in the top five by lap 15 of the 20-lap race.
Fairmont, West Virginia’s Vic Vandergrift, making his second MAM start of the season, had a very strong race. A flat tire in his heat race relegated him to 20th starting position. Vandergrift passed 14 cars to finish sixth in the feature. Derek Deusenberry, of Morgantown, West Virginia, made his first MAM start of the season, and it paid off for him as he turned in a strong seventh-place effort. Chambersburg, Pennsylvania’s Alyssa Rowe, after missing the prior week at Lincoln due to engine issues, returned to action and finished a strong eighth. Mount Union, Pennsylvania’s Brad Kling, the defending MAM Series champion, finished ninth, and Hagerstown, Maryland’s Keith Reed had a solid night to finish 10th.
The Series returns to action, Sunday, Aug. 5, at Hagerstown Speedway for night two of the Cool Weld Classic as part of the Frank Sagi Tribute.
Feature results (20 laps) – 1. Michael Altobelli, Jr., 2. Rick Hulson, 3. Mike Corbin, 4. Ray Kable, 5. Joey Polevoy, 6. Vic Vandergrift, 7. Derek Deusenberry, 8. Alyssa Rowe, 9. Brad Kling, 10. Keith Reed, 11. Cody Oliver, 12. Haley Kaiser, 13. Justin Cullum, 14. Bryan Green, 15. Jeff McCauley, 16. Frank DiBella, 17. Rusty Pennington, 18. Ray Ciccarelli, 19. Adam Hoegerl, 20. (DNF) George Gutridge, 21. (DNF) Fred Cullum, 22. (DNF) Gary Moreland, Sr.
Heat race 1 results (8 laps) – 1. Rick Hulson, 2. Alyssa Rowe, 3. Bryan Green, 4. Joey Polevoy, 5. Ray Ciccarelli, 6. Haley Kaiser, 7. Adam Hoegerl, 8. (DNF) Rusty Pennington
Heat race 2 results (8 laps) – 1. Michael Altobelli, Jr., 2. Mike Corbin, 3. Derek Deusenberry, 4. Keith Reed, 5. Frank DiBella, 6. Gary Moreland, Sr., 7. (DNF) Vic Vandergrift
Heat race 3 results (8 laps) – 1. Ray Kable, 2. Justin Cullum, 3. Brad Kling, 4. Cody Oliver, 5. Jeff McCauley, 6. Fred Cullum, 7. George Gutridge