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  • Tomkins grabs 2nd checkered of the season

  • Gary Tomkins, of Clifton Springs, won his second feature of the 2013 season on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Tomkins has had a mixture of problems at CMP this season but had no issues on this night as he put together a powerful performance in the 35-lap Team Tiremasters Big-Blocklock Modified main.


     

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  • Gary Tomkins, of Clifton Springs, won his second feature of the 2013 season on Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Tomkins has had a mixture of problems at CMP this season but had no issues on this night as he put together a powerful performance in the 35-lap Team Tiremasters Big-Blocklock Modified main.
    In other action, Tyler Meeks and Wayne Ellison won career firsts while Mike Welch, Darryl Ruggles and Chris Mangarelli were repeat winners.
    Tomkins took the lead from Matt Billings on lap three and had leads of better than four seconds on several occasions. Tomkins showed his strength earlier in the night when he also won a qualifying heat race.
    Dave Allen was also an early race leader along with Matt Billings.
    Early in the feature Tomkins hit an implement tire off turn four at full speed yet it had no affect on him.
    “I just kept my foot into it,” explained a smiling Tomkins in victory lane. “The car was awesome all night long.”
    For Tomkins, it was a popular victory with the CMP crowd. It’s no secret that problems have persisted much of the season with the veteran racing star. Whether it has been a motor issue or something else, Tomkins has seemingly made the best of it.
    “This is a total team effort,” Tomkins added. “I also know that we can win…we just need the funding to keep it going.”
    Vince Vitale pulled into second-place on a lap 20 restart from fourth. It was another solid finish for Vitale. Third went to Jimmy Phelps followed by Steve Paine, who grabbed his second straight top-five finish. Justin Hears rounded out the top-five.
    CMP Big-Block Modified points leader Matt Sheppard had problems early in the main event and finished 16th. So did points runner-up Billy Dunn, who finished 17th.
    Heat race winners were Mike O’Brien, Gary Tomkins and Peter Britten. The consolation event was won by Rich Scagliotta.
    In the 25-lap Safety Awareness Solutions Sportsman feature, Tyler Meeks took his first career win as he held off a vicious charge from 2013 CMP three-time winner Kevin Ridley in the last 10 laps of the race.
    Meeks took the lead on lap four from then leader Jon Ellsworth. Tyler did enjoy a nice lead for several laps. When Ridley slipped into the runner-up position, Tyler had to be at his best and he was as Ridley did everything he could to get by Meeks, but to no avail.
    “We had a lot of bad luck this year,” Meeks explained afterwards. “We always seem to do well in our heat races, but when it comes to the features, we seem to miss the set-up.”
     
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