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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hathaway, Dietz Jr. take Holland Speedway wins Saturday night

Chargers feature winner Josh Hathaway
credit: Mike Piscitello
Holland’s Josh Hathaway used a late race pass to win his second career feature event for the Bank of Holland Chargers at Holland International Speedway, while Neal Dietz Jr. from Holland returned to victory lane in the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds feature. Dave Wollaber from Lockport won his second straight NYPA TQ Midget feature and Bob Palmer from Buffalo was declared the winner in the main event for the Advance Auto Parts Hornets. Bryce Norton from Walworth, NY earned his second straight win in the INEX Legends and Marty Hughes from Holland won the main event for the M&M U Pull-It Figure 8’s.

Ted Welshans and Rich Carnes brought the Chargers to the green flag for the annual Bank of Holland Charger 50 with Welshans taking the lead. Ted Welshans led the opening 17 laps until brother Tim took over at the front. With the three Welshans brothers – Tim, Ted, and Nik – running in the top three, Hathaway worked his way into fourth. After getting around Nik and Ted, Hathaway went after Tim Welshans for the lead, completing the pass and taking over the lead with just four laps remaining.

Past divisional champion Dietz Jr. grabbed the lead from the drop of the green in the 30-lap feature for the Getzoni Nationwide Insurance Agency NASCAR Pro Modifieds. 2015 track champion Tommy Catalano passed mother Amy for second on the opening circuit and Patrick Emerling raced his way passed Amy Catalano to take third away on Lap 4. Dietz opened up his advantage over Tommy Catalano and went on to hold off Kevin Miller, Catalano, Sam Fullone, and Amy Catalano.

Holland’s 58th season continues on Saturday, June 17 with the “Wildest Show on Wheels”, Crash-A-Rama. Enduro, Boat-Trailer Race, Flag Pole Race, and the popular School Bus Figure 8 race are just some that will be on the racing card. NASCAR racing returns on Saturday, June 24 with a full NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. Pit gates open at 4:15 p.m., with grandstand gates opening at 5:45 p.m., qualifying at 6 p.m. and NASCAR feature racing at 7:05 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.hollandspeedway.com

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