LAFARGEVILLE, NY – It’s no secret now how strong Paulie Colagiovanni has been in 2019 with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS). Coming into the opener of the Donath MotorWorx CNY Speedweek brought to you by Stirling Lubricants, he already took one checkered flag on the season and is the leader in the overall points.
The young 18-year-old had a little luck on his side by drawing the pole for the Mach 1 Chassis A-Main and he took full advantage by leading all 25 laps of the non-stop A-Main to collect $3,160 for the win. Points for the NAPA Auto Parts US Tour and the E&V Energy I90/I81 Series were also rewarded.
“I was a little nervous coming back here (Can-Am), I will admit lining up for the A-Main I was shaking a little bit,” Colagiovanni noted coming back to the track where he had his season ending injury last year. “Once the green came out though you forget about all that.”
When Colagiovanni was in race mode, it was figuring out what the track surface was going to do. “It usually takes rubber here but it didn’t early on in the night so I just didn’t know when it would in the A-Main,” he went on, “Down in one and two it happened quick and you had to run the bottom, in three and four the top was fast.”
As he hit lap traffic he found is answer, “I had to go down low in three to pass a slower car and the car stuck, I went back up top the next lap and I felt I wasn’t as good so I went back down to the bottom,” Paulie continued, “Then when it was bottom on both corners I was staying there.”
Second place running Shawn Donath did close in some in the closing stages and Colagiovanni was boxed behind cars on the bottom but just didn’t have enough to get by. “I think I might have had a better car and was getting closer but I’m not sure if I could have gotten around him though,” said a smiling driver afterwards. “We had to switch cars after timed hot laps but this one has been good all year and it was good tonight.
“I just have to thank all that help me on this car, they put in many hours as well to make sure we have a good car and we really do,” he said, “Now if the luck stays on our side.”
Matt Tanner started outside pole and stayed in a podium position all race to bring his familiar #90 in third. “I think we had just as good of a car as them (Colagiovanni & Donath), it was just where you ran and how you got through the slower cars,” Matt quipped, “I just made a small slip up and Shawn got me but we were right there in case he did the same.”
Matt went on about the Can-Am oval, “I really like running here and we always have a good car, one of these days I’ll finally get my first win.”
Plattsburgh winner Josh Pieniazek took fourth with Parker Evans bringing his #61 in for fifth. A total of 30 sprints were in the pits and they played host to a large crowd on a beautiful Wednesday night.
Lucas Oil ESS/Mach 1 Chassis A-Main CNY Speedweek Event #1– Lucas Oil ESS/Mach 1 Chassis A-Main CNY Speedweek Event #1– Paulie Colagiovanni ($3,160), Shawn Donath ($1,535), Matt Tanner ($1,035), Josh Pieniazek ($700), Parker Evans ($530), Jason Barney ($570), Davie Franek ($580), Kyle Moffit ($420), Steve Poirier ($410), Jonathan Preston ($425), Billy VanInwegen ($610), Kelly Hebing ($320), Mike Kiser ($300), Justin Barger ($300), Alex Vigneault ($375), Denny Peebles ($325), Scott Holcomb ($300), Chuck Hering ($325), Dave Axton ($350), Jeff Cook ($300), Brett Wright ($300), Chad Miller ($300), Pete Richardson ($325), Josh Flint ($325)
Did Not Qualify: Emily VanInwegen, Roger Levesque, Tyler Cartier, Tyler Rand, Jake Karklin, Ryan Harrison
Stirling Lubricants Barrel of Methanol – B. VanInwegen $175
Stirling Lubricants Drivers Meeting Draw – Franek $100
E3 Spark Plugs Fast Time – Peebles, Colagiovanni, Tanner $25
Car Mate Trailers Heats – Donath, Colagiovanni, Preston $25
Around Town Plumbing and Heating Halfway – Colagiovanni $50
Pinnacle Pole Award – Colagiovanni $50
Fondations 55 Hard Charger – B. VanInwegen (13 pos), $50
Lacaillade Masonry B-Main – Axton $50
Ground Control Last Car Lead Lap – Cook $25
Ground Control 11th Place Finish – B. VanInwegen – $25
Cook’s Plumbing, Heating and Hardware/Cobra Coaches Dash – Barney $100, Vigneault $75, Franek $50, C. Hebing $25, Richardson $25, Flint $25
Ashley Lynn Winery Podium – Colagiovanni, Donath, Tanner $10
Hoosier Tire – Peebles $200