By FRANK CATIZONE
MIDDLETOWN – It was a great day for several local drivers during last night’s Small Block Modified 100-lap championship race at the Orange County Fair Speedway.
Former small block champions Brian Krummel and Jerry Higbie, and Allison Ricci all enjoyed finishes in the top 10. Krummel paced the local contingent with a fourth-place effort following Stewart Friesen’s disqualification.
Krummel, who didn’t reach victory lane this season, capitalized on his consistency throughout the racing campaign to register his first track title in 2018. The Middletown driver also has a pair of Sportsman chamionships to his credit at the track.
Higbie, after starting in 21st place, made a tremendous drive from deep in the field and was sitting in fourth place following a caution with 93 laps completed. But Higbie faltered on the restart and lost positions because of it.
“There was just nothing left on the outside and I spun my tires,’’ said Higbie. “But I’m really happy with my performance tonight. I did most of my passing on the bottom of the track and that was the place to be.’’
Higbie, a former Eastern States 200 champion, still has to try and qualify into this afternoon’s Eastern States 200 in the B Main, which will advance seven more cars into the 57th edition of this prestigious race.
Ricci, who has involved in some minor accidents on the track and made a number of pit stops, was able to come away with an impressive eighth-place effort.