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Harvey Ends Utter’s ELS Streak

By Toby LaGrange / LaGrange Motorsports Media West Haven, VT - Don Harvey did something Sunday night that no one else has been able to do so far in the Empire Lightning Sprint season – beat Ralph Utter, Jr. Harvey won the feature event at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont.

Matt Norrie was the races initial leader, leading the first two laps. On lap two outside pole sitter Mike Kiser would take control, passing Norrie for the lead and quickly pull away. On lap eight Christian Wright would bring out the caution when he would make contact with the wall. Prior to the wreck, the driver on t he move was Jamie Kiser who, coming from sixth was now fourth and Utter who was eighth after starting 12th.

On lap ten Norrie’s night would come to an end with some mechanical problems. On lap 17 Tim Durland took a nasty flip. Under that lap 17 caution period Utter would be towed pit side with a flat tire. He would be credited with a 14th place finish.

Just prior to the Durland wreck Harvey – who started third, took the lead from Kiser. From there Harvey pulled away to his first win of the season. Kiser came home second with Shaun Gosselin third, Doug Norrie fourth and Fred Hoffman fifth. A total of 17 cars made the tow to the Green Mountain State with the heat races being won by Matt Norrie and Harvey.

Jamie Kiser crossed the finish line third however was light on the scales. He was credited with a 12th place finish.

The Empire Lightning Sprints return to action on Friday June 26th at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway. For more information on the Empire Lightning Sprints can be found at

Feature Finish – Don Harvey, Mike Kiser, Shaun Gosselin, Doug Norrie, Fred Hoffman, Joe Szczapa, Justin Phillips, Jerry Sehn, Jon Moore, John Virgilio, James Johnston, Jamie Kiser, Tim Durland, Ralph Utter Jr., Matt Norrie, Christian Wright, Robert Head (DNS).

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