Waterford, CT — It only took 8 races for 19 year old Rookie Steven Intravia, from Saylorsburg, Pa. to win his 1stUSAC Northeast FordFocus featureat the Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut.
Intravia was driving the S & S Speedways sponsored 2005 Beast chassis Focus Midget that the team purchased from the 2006 USAC Northeast Ford Focus Series champion Ryan Smith.
Steven took the lead on the 3rd lap of the 20 lap feature and withstood the challenges of 2nd place finisher Ryan Osborne, Milford, N.J.and 3rd place P. J. Stergios, from Candia, N.H.
Rounding out the top 5, were Jon Seaman Jr., Southbury Ct., and Series point leader Jeff Abold, Pennelville, N.Y.
Front row starters, this years previous Waterford winner Ginny Quinones and last weeks Wall Township N.J. winner Jesse State got together during the feature when something broke on Quinones front end. Ginny went into the 2nd turn wall hard, and State spun and ended up on his side. Quinones had heavy front end damage, but was okay. State had his car put back on its wheels, went to the pits, put some oil in the car, and finished the race
Hard racing among several racers, on the original start, had Jeremy Tsihlis spin into the 1st turn wall, and sustaining rear end damage….Tad Uzzle, made his 1st start of the year. Tad brings a lot of racing credentials from other racing divisions…..Matt Bettencourt made his return to the series and had a fine top 10 finish……The Eight Ball Properties Team of Jake and P.J. Stergios had a good and bad night. P.J. had the good night with a 3rd place finish, but Rookie Jake seems to be having a fuel problem, and the team is searching for the problem………Competition yellow during the race had officials looking for a fluid leak on a car that wasn’t found……..Next race Friday July 27th at the Adirondack, N.Y. Speedway
USAC NORTHEAST FORD FOCUS SERIES RACE RESULTS:
July 21, 2007 – Waterford, Connecticut – Waterford Speedbowl
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jeff Abold, 05, Abold-14.761; 2. P.J. Stergios, 57, Stergios-14.777; 3. Ryan Osborne, 38, Osborne-13.814; 4. Steven Intravaia, 73, Intravaia-14.846; 5. Jesse State, 18, State-14.903; 6. Ginny Quinones, 00, Quinones-14.967; 7. Sean Carman, 47, Carman-14.974; 8. Nick Ribbe, 85, Ribbe-15.052; 9. Jon Seaman, 63, Seaman-15.055; 10. Aaron Wall, 8, Wall-15.057; 11. Jeremy Tsihlis, 48, Tsihlis-15.123; 12. Rick Hart, 22, Hart-15.219; 13. Jake Stergios, 7, Stergios-15.400; 14. Matt Bettencourt, 10, Bettencourt-15.598; 15. Mike Hoffman, 74, Hoffman-15.643; 16. Tad Uzzle, 69, Uzzle-15.930; 17. Dan Moore, 04, Moore-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Abold, 2. Osborne, 3. State, 4. Seaman, 5. Carman, 6. Tsihlis, 7. Hoffman, 8. J.Stergios. NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. P.J. Stergios, 2. Intravaia, 3. Quinones, 4. Ribbe, 5. Wall, 6. Hall, 7. Bettencourt, 8. Uzzle. NT
FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Steven Intravaia, 2. Ryan Osborne, 3. P.J. Stergios, 4. Jon Seaman, 5. Jeff Abold, 6. Sean Carman, 7. Aaron Wall, 8. Nick Ribbe, 9. Rick Hart, 10. Matt Bettencourt, 11. Jesse State, 12. Mike Hoffman, 13. Tad Uzzle, 14. Jake Stergios, 15. Ginny Quinones, 16. Jeremy Tsihlis. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Quinones, Laps 3-20 Intravaia.
NEW NORTHEAST FORD FOCUS SERIES POINTS: 1-Abold-507; 2-P.J. Stergios-467; 3-Osborne, 431; 4-Seaman-427; 5-Intravaia-394; 6-State-378; 7-Carman-336; 8-Ribbe-269; 9-Shaun Gosselin-267; 10-Hart-259.
NEXT NORTHEAST FORD FOCUS RACE: July 27 – Lowville, N.Y. – Adirondack International Speedway