LAFARGEVILLE, NY – David Rogers meant business as soon as the green flag was thrown in the 30-Lap DIRTcar Northeast Central Region Sportsman Feature. The LaFargeville, NY resident was immediately in a battle for the lead with outside pole sitter #52 Jessica Power. Securing the lead after a short battle, Rogers was the man to catch for the rest of the race. After extending his lead significantly by lap 10, his contenders were left to battle for second and third place.
The win for the defending DIRTcar Sportsman champion at the World Short Track Championships was worth $1,000 and put him atop the point standings in the Central Region as this was the first event of the series. The event drew 41 entries from two states and two Canadian Provinces.
For Rogers, the goal is the overall DIRTcar Sportsman title, “That’s what we are shooting for, coming off our win at Charlotte I know I got a good team,” he noted, “We will shoot for the title, Oswego and hope to repeat down in Charlotte.”
Rogers hit lapped traffic on Lap 14 and did not let up. He aggressively found open lanes to weave in and out of traffic, passing one car so tightly on the inside of turn 2, it momentarily looked as if his tires were no longer on the track. Once past the car, he was able to continue his charge.
“Our car wasn’t really that good at the beginning of the night,” said Rogers. “We were too tight for the track conditions…the track was too bitey for me early on. I was having a hard time getting around in the corner.”
Clayton, NY’s Josh Reome fired from the inside of the second row. He battled with Ryan Shanahan behind Rogers for second and third place. They went back and forth for several laps, but in the end, it was Reome who was able to edge ahead of the lapped traffic more effectively than Shanahan.
When asked what he thought worked for him, Reome said,” I think just the balance of the car. We were set up for earlier in the night when it was black and slippery…we made the best out of what could have been a not-so-great night…the green to checkered helped out.”
Shanahan shared similar sentiments in considering the race he ran and his podium finish a solid one. “From where we started compared to some of the other guys in front of us, we went forward, and I guess you can’t ask for much more than that. I didn’t drive over my head. I kept the car underneath me. I kept it straight, I just tried to keep the momentum up around the track. That’s something a lot of people struggle with and I try to supersede.”
Gavin Eisele, also of LaFargeville, NY, landed in fourth place with Jessica Power of Kingston, ON right behind him in fifth. Rounding out the top ten was Mike Fowler, Eric Nier, Chris Mackey, Remington Hamm, and Tyler Corcoran.
The random draw free Hoosier Tire went to Jamie Brown.
DIRTcar Sportsman Central Region Race #1– David Rogers ($1,000), Josh Reome, Ryan Shanahan, Gavin Eisele, Jessica Power, Mike Fowler, Eric Nier, Chris Mackey, Remington Hamm, Tyler Corcoran, Tyler Stevenson, Zach Sobotka, Dale Caswell, Andrew Buff, Kyle Devendorf, Richard Murtaugh, Brian Hudson, Dustin Bradley, Fire Swamp, Michael Amell, William Racine, Teddy Clayton Jr., Alan Fink, Cory Castell, Justin Gadbaw, Frank Sibley, Tiger Chapman, Jamie Brown, Dylan Madsen.