Guererri Claims Canandaigua Sportsman In Photo Finish
CANANDAIGUA, NY…..A crisp and clear evening greeted racers and fans as Canandaigua Motorsports Park opened the 2017 racing season with the first of two nights of action on the VP Racing Fuels Opening Weekend, and for Matt Guerierri, the opening night result was perfect, as he nabbed his 3rd career Sportsman win in the night’s 25-lap Sportsman feature.
Guererri started 5th in the 26-car field as pole sitter Kyle Inman took the lead at the start. The first yellow flag flew on lap 7 when Karl Comfort stopped on the backstretch, and on the next restart, defending track champion David Marcucilli spun on the backstretch and retired to the pits with damage to his car. On the restart, Inman again took the point as Guerirerri made a solid move to capture second place.
The rest of the event was caution-free and saw a terrific battle for the lead between Inman and Guerierri as they swapped the lead several times, running side by side. Inman was able to break away at lap 17 and opened up a 3 car length advantage. Behind them, James Henry was locked in a battle with Kevin Root and Rocky Warner, who had worked their way into the top five.
The leaders encountered lapped traffic in the final few laps and that allowed Guerierri to close the gap on Inman. It came down to the final lap with the duo nose to tail as they passed under the white flag. Going into turn three, Inman stayed on the top lane and Guerierri drove to the bottom, pulling even with him. In the drag race off turn four, Guerierri beat Inman to the checkers by .05 seconds to snag the win. Inman was followed by Warner, Root, and Henry across the line. Rich Newton, Shawn Leslie, Tyler Trump, Greg Martin, and Kane Bristol completed the top ten.
Heat races were won by Inman, Newtown, and Ray Bliss. Andrew Smith won the consolation event.
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