Sandercock Snags Inaugural NLMA Combined Event at Genesee

On a night when many tracks in the Northeast were forced to cancel, Genesee Speedway home of the first combined even for the Vanderlaan Building Products Northeast Late Model Alliance seemed to have a vortex around the track that kept the rain away and allowed the 24 drivers that made the trip in the dubious weather to race.

This mini-series, running its inaugural event was making its only appearance of the season at the Batavia, NY oval and features cars from Genesee, Fulton, Humberstone and Brighton Speedways.

No. 57 Charlie Sandercock, of Trenton, Ontario, started in the 6th position snagged the lead from fellow Canadian No.12 Kyle Sopaz on lap eight and then drove away from Genesee regular No. 65 Bill Holmes to capture the $1,000 top prize for the first-time event.

Sandercock, who had only seen the Genesee Speedway once before in 2016, was fast out of the box and was able to utilize the low line to get up to the front before moving to the top side when needed. Holmes appeared to have something for the No. 57 after driving to second on lap 10 but could not run him down over the final 18 laps, which were run caution-free.  As Holmes hung on to second, Sopaz settled for third in his first ever start in Batavia.  No.3J Jeremy Wonderling charged to fourth while No.13 JJ Mazur rounded out the top five.

Heat wins for the night went to Humberstone Speedway regular No.311 of Sam Pennacchio, Fulton Speedway hot shoe No.R19 Dale Caswell and Current Genesee Speedway point leader No.13 JJ Mazur.

“It was great to see 24 cars show up for the first combined event even with the threat of bad weather, we know of others that had full intentions of going but just didn’t want to make the long haul with the forecast that Mother Nature had been putting out there” stated NLMA Director Brett Minaker.  “It was also great to see drivers from all four tracks compete well and have good finishes, it shows the level of competition of the Late Models in the area”.

Next combined event for the Vanderlaan Building Products Northeast Late Model Alliance is Sunday, July 1st at the Humberstone Speedway in Port Colborne, Ontario.  For complete details on this event and other NLMA news visit http://humberstonespeedway.com/ or the NLMA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/northeastlatemodelalliance/.

The Vanderlaan Building Products Northeast Late Model Alliance is a partnership between Brighton Speedway, Fulton Speedway, Genesee Speedway, Humberstone Speedway and is brought to you in part by the following marketing partners; C. Smith Automotive Machine Shop, Dibbits Excavating, Bellevue Fabrication, Willow Publishing, Deerhaven Farm and Garden and Insta-Panels Insulation.

Vanderlaan Building Products Northeast Late Model Alliance Feature (30 Laps)- CHARLIE SANDERCOCK, Bill Holmes, Kyle Sopaz, Jeremy Wonderling, JJ Mazur, Kyle Murray, Damian Bidwell, Dale Caswell, David Pangrazio, Sam Pennacchio, TJ Downs, Greg Mrzywka, Alan Chapman, Jimmy Johnson, Nick Snayczuk, John Pinsonneault, Billy DuBois, Robby Wilson, Jon Rivers, Beamer Guzzardi, Andy Mayhew, Dante Mancuso, Brandon Mowat, Doug Ricotta (DNS).