Vochaska earns $4,500 for first ALMS victory
HARTFORD, Mich. (July 31) — Inheriting the lead when J.R. Hotovy departed with engine problems, Alan Vochaska of South Haven, Mich., led the final seven laps of the Lane Automotive 45 for his first career victory on the Sunoco American Late Model Series.
Vochaska picked up the $4,500 winner's purse and an additional $270 in lap money in one of Hartford Motor Speedway's biggest events of the season.
Polesitter Shawn Toczek of Hebron, Ind., led the first 11 laps before Hotovy, of Covert, Mich., took command on the 12th circuit. Covert led all the way through lap 38 when he dropped out with an 11th-place finish.
Brian Ruhlman of Clarklake, Mich., was second followed by ALMS points leader Jon Henry of Ada, Ohio. Toczek was fourth and Phil Ausra of Dowagiac, Mich., rounded out the top five.
Notes: Vochaska's No. 34 is sponsored by Van Horn Construction and Sweet Mfg. ... The event was co-sanctioned by the Ontario Dirt Late Models. ... Lap sponsorships at $45 per lap were paid to drivers leading each lap. ... The event celebrates the 45th anniversary of Lane Automotive.
Lane Automotive 45 by K&N Air Filters: (1) Alan Vochaska, (2) Brian Ruhlman, (3) Jon Henry, (4) Shawn Toczek, (5) Phil Ausra, (6) Tyler Boggs, (7) Shawn Negangard, (8) Steve Ausra, (9) Larry Arndy, (10) Shawn Reed, (11) J.R. Hotovy, (12) Rusty Seaver, (13) Frank Heckenast Jr., (14) Curt Spalding, (15) Bret Darling, (16) Tom Sprague, (17) Ryan Vanderveen, (18) Casey Noonan, (19) Corey Bevard, (20) Ky Harper, (21) Zack Busch, (22) Linc Stevens, (23) Ted Loomis, (24) Steve Fairbanks, (25) Don Mihelich, (26) Adam West.