New Champion Speedway
East River Drive
Owego, New York
Tom Sephton Races Both Coasts on the Same Weekend and WINS The Spring Classic!
Results May 28, 2000
From: Timothy J Mathewson E-mail: TMATHEWSON677@prodigy.net
Mother nature relented and The First Annual East Coast Spring Classic did
go on as scheduled Sunday. After the rainiest May in recorded NY history (7
inches plus), we were really beginning to wonder. The track was a bit dry
and dusty but extremely smooth and held up well through the night.
There were FIFTY ONE riders! That must be a record of some sort at least
out here. FOURTY FIVE riders were in the support classes. There was one
Junior rider that came all the way from Georgia! There was a Canadian contingent
that included Guy Fafard and Nick Fafard, Gary Hesmer and Aaron Hesmer and at least one
other D-2 rider who's name escapes me. It was nice to see Guy back after his
1/2 mile crash last season.
Spectator count is unknown at this time but I would have estimate in the
2000 range. We had at least as many as our US Open last season. The only
problem that I saw with the event it was TOO FREAKING LONG!!! We finished up
at 11:55pm! A late start, rider introductions, lots of support heats, lots
of multiple restarts and just too long between races. It escapes me how you
can have the next heat waiting at the pit gate and not put them on as the
last rider from the previous heat comes off the track.
Tommy Sephton fresh off a marathon bike re-assembly stint from his trip to
the World Championship Qualifier in Auburn, CA took advantage of Warren
Deim's absence to take his JBR Sponsored laydown to the D-1 win. "Mean Gene"
Bonsignore held off a determined charge by both Lenny McBride and Cam Rafferty to take second place and promoter Jason Bonsignore took fifth.
The Main event had to be restarted after Jason and Rafferty got together on
the second lap. Rafferty's bike was sufficiently bent that he had to borrow
an upright for the restart. McBride who is back after a one year hiatus,
showed his old form but his Mk 5 Godden was clearly at a disadvantage to the
laydowns. He took advantage of the restart to drive into the corner deep,
park and come back up the inside to make the fight for second extremely
interesting. Rafferty quickly adjusted to his borrowed bike and drove around
the younger Bonsignore to join in the chase for second. In the end the
Fifty-one year old Bonsignore was able to hold the charging youngsters at
bay to finish second. Sephton, who had a scare when his Jawa almost refused
to fire for the restart, cruised to a comfortable win.
NCS Spring Classic results 5-28-00
1) Tom Sephton (Jaw)
2) Gene Bonsignore(Jaw)
3) Lenny McBride(Gdn)
4) Cam Rafferty(Jaw)
5) Jason Bonsignore(GM)
Sup A Handicap
1) Jerry Harmon Jr.(Jaw)
2) Craig Lane(Jaw)
3) Joe Heitman(Jaw)
4) Kendall Brookes(Jaw)
5) Frank Ditmer(Jaw)
6) Tim Mathewson(Gdn)
Sup B Handicap
1) Duane Smith(Jaw)
2) Jerry Grenga(Jaw)
3) Chris Strong(Jaw)
4) Brian Hollenbeck Jr.(Jaw)
5) Tony McElroy(Jaw)
6) Eugene Wilmarth(Jaw)