Karosik wins one race as Jablonski narrows gap on TNTSS points leader Vitez
On one of the coldest race days in years, Joe Karosik of Depew, NY, won the Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series on Friday, Sept. 12, at Elegant Builders Raceway Park, presented by Sam LoVetro Automotive.
Saturday’s TNTSS event at Empire Dragway was washed away due to rain and will be rescheduled to Friday, Sept. 26, at Elegant Builders Raceway Park, presented by Sam LoVetro Automotive.
Karosik qualified 16th with a 7.017 and then sliced through the 29-car field with precision while dealing with 48-degree temperatures and 99% humidity at the Lancaster, NY, facility.
The weather conditions on Friday didn’t faze the veteran sled racer as he was .020 on the tree and dead zero in round one to push Ron D’Alessandro under the 7.00 index. A bye in round two set him up against Pete Maduri Sr. where Karosik drilled the tree with an .012 and ran 7.010 to a losing 6.965 by Maduri.
In the semi’s, Karosik had .010 in hand against Pete D’Agnolo and ran 7.002 to advance to the money round. There he met up with past TNTSS champion David Surmatchewski, who was marching his way through both the TNTSS and the Top ET fields.
When the tree came down, Surmatchewski had a slight advantage, leaving first by a mere .005 and then took .008 at the stripe. But it was Karosik who broke out less, running a 6.996 to Surmatchewski’s 6.993 for the win. (Ted Barnes photo)