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For Immediate Release – January 22nd, 2019 – Joe Kaminski Jr. photo -
(WOODHULL, NY) – What if I told you that you could win a track championship in one of the closest contested divisions at the raceway, but you wouldn’t win a single race past June 16 of that season?
Don’t think that would be possible? Dylan Cecce would beg to differ.
The Joe Willcox Performance Automatics Street Stock division hosted one of the two runaway point races of the season, with Cecce landing his third Woodhull Street Stock title in four years.
Cecce won five of the first seven races in 2018 and won all of them by June 16, enroute to another track championship driving for Dylan Potter. After June 16, Cecce was just strong and consistent finishing inside the Top 5 in five of the remaining seven point races.
Just pure consistency saw the Cummings Trucking No. 7 not once finish outside the top ten. But with that consistency, Cecce not often started any better than eleventh or twelfth due to the top 12 handicap Woodhull has utilized for the past two seasons.
Brett Marlatt scored two victories to add to his career total at Woodhull, but would finish 41 points behind Cecce at season’s end. Kurt Stebbins won three times in the final five races of 2018 to finish third in the standings.
But Stebbins’ season was capped off with a huge win- his second career victory in the Woodhull 100 for the Street Stocks. An event that has become one of the best Street Stock races of the Fall season thanks to the countless contributions from Joe and Jean Willcox and Jon Stuart who organizes the contingency and lap sponsor program. The 2019 edition of the Woodhull 100 will move to later in the Fall season, being slated to run on Saturday September 28.
Tracy Dunn finally got himself a Street Stock victory on the High Banks in 2018, before selling his ride after the points season. Dunn doesn’t have immediate plans for the 2019 season yet. Dan Gardner also scored a win in 2018, his first in a Street Stock driving the No. 62 in memory of his late Uncle Butch. Those two victories are certainly ones that fans will love to see again and again courtesy of the videos supplied by Thomas Racing Videos.
Noah Talada in the Mission 22 No. 22 ride would take home Street Stock Rookie of the Year honors.
The end of the year will leave racers and fans waiting until the March 15-17 Arnot Mall Car Show in Big Flats, NY to gather together once again to bench race in preparation for the 2019 season. The season will kick off on April 6 and 13 with open practice sessions, weather permitting, before kicking off with a special event on April 20 and the complete weekly program with Big Block/Small Block Modifieds on April 27.
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