WEEDSPORT — Josh Coonradt captured the victory in Sunday’s DIRTcar Pro Stock Series 35-lap race at Weedsport Speedway.
Coonradt never had a comfortable lead as he raced side-by-side with Dave Segin and Pete Stefanski for most of the race.
Stefanski took the lead late on the bottom side, only to have Coonradt come back around the outside for the win.
Nick Stone finished in third place.
Coonradt outdueled Stefanski in lapped traffic for the $1,000 Weedsport win.
“This is the first year we’ve run with Pete Stefanski and he always runs us clean,” Coonradt said. “I think he had the better car until we hit traffic, but it was a hell of a race.”
Track conditions provided a lot of bite from top to the bottom, which resulted in a three-groove track.
“There was bite all the way at the bottom and all the way at the top. Starting on the front row you really can’t see where everyone is running and moving around. We just played it how we were going and it paid off,” Coonradt said.
Stefanski led laps 18-29, but lost the lead battling in lapped traffic.
“We set up for the bottom knowing everyone was going to run the top. We didn’t have a choice but to get off the bottom. Lapped traffic is part of the game. It is what it is,” Stefanski said. “It was fun. We all want to win and sometimes lapped traffic will get you.”
Stone, the winner of this race two years ago, finished third.
“We were just working the bottom. We probably should have left some gear in it. I didn’t think we’d be that tight to the bottom,” Stone said. “We just kept working. I moved to the top a few times to see what I could find, but I was better on the bottom.”
The next DIRTcar Pro Stock Series race is Saturday, Sept. 7, at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway.
Feature finish (35 laps): 1. Josh Coonradt, 2. Pete Stefanski, 3. Nick Stone, 4. Jason Casey, 5. C.D. Beauchamp, 6. Jason Meltz, 7. Dave Segin, 8. Luke Horning, 9. Marc Lalonde, 10. Jay Corbin, 11. Rob Yetman, 12. Pascal Payeur, 13. Jay Casey, 14. Bill Knapp, 15. Chris Crane, 16, Brian Carter, 17. Jim Normoyle Jr., 18. Jay Fitzgerald, 19. Rob Duzlak.