Mike Colabucci held onto his Late Model Stock Car points lead with another solid outing that has become typical of his season. And he can't stand it.
The Waldorf resident placed second to Mark McFarland on Saturday night at Old Dominion Speedway. Though he continues to hold an eight-point lead over McFarland, Colabucci has grown increasingly frustrated with his failure to cross the finish line first--Colabucci has won but two races compared with McFarland's 11.
Last season Dale DeLozier took home the Late Model points championship without winning a single race. Though consistency is important, Colabucci would rather win.
"I don't like going to the racetrack knowing that I'm not the car to beat," said Colabucci, who last year led all drivers with six victories but finished fifth overall. "This year I'm going to the racetrack hoping my set-up can catch Mark, and that's not a good feeling. . . . I have a hard time not winning."
Again Saturday, Colabucci could not keep pace with McFarland's car. Colabucci was running second to pole-sitter Earl Case early in the race when Case slowed going into Turn 2, causing Colabucci to slam on his brakes and allowing McFarland to pass both of them on the outside. McFarland was too powerful from there in the 75-lap race, and Colabucci found himself fighting to hold off Brandon Butler for second.
"I never had anything for him," Colabucci said of trying to pass McFarland. "I could stay with him, but I never had anything for him."
Colabucci, who has placed in the top five in all but three races, has not won a points title in his five years of racing. Yet despite being the points leader, Colabucci can't get past his competitive side and desire for victories.
"As a driver and an individual I need to win," Colabucci said. "Second place, I left there very unhappy Saturday night. I don't want to just win a championship this year. If I can put a few wins together and beat him [straight up], I'll feel a lot better than this.
"I've got to win another two or three races to feel like I did anything [this year], and it still won't feel like as good a year [as last year] even if I win the championship."
Owens Closes Gap
Stan Owens moved within eight points of Grand Stock points leader Tom Dyson with his second victory of the season. Owens took over the lead late in the race when Chris Donnelly attempted to pass front-runner Mike Darne but nudged the back of his car. Both cars spun out and fell to the back of the pack. Owens held off Mark Winstead for the final few laps.
Mike Bryant won his eighth Mini-Stock race of the season--his second in a row--and added himself to the packed leader board. Bryant now stands third overall, trailing leader Doug Freeman by six points and second-place Jason Lineweaver by four points. In the Speedway Sportsman race, Ray Miller picked up his second consecutive victory.
Late Model: 1, Mark McFarland, Winchester; 2, Mike Colabucci, Waldorf; 3, Brandon Butler, Richmond; 4, Dustin Storm, Prince Frederick, Md.; 5, Dion Ciccarelli, Severn.
Grand Stock: 1, Stan Owens, Haymarket; 2, Mark Winstead, Stafford; 3, Willard Lawrence, Haymarket; 4, Dennis Werner, Warrenton; 5, Mark Miller, Manassas.
Mini-Stock: 1, Mike Bryant, Midland; 2, Rick Bowman, Catlett; 3, Doug Freeman, Fredericksburg; 4, Steve Coleman, Fredericksburg; 5, Steve Loughman, Woodbridge.
Speedway Sportsman: 1, Ray Miller, Manassas; 2, Ted Queen, Manassas; 3, Scott Lunceford, Burke; 4, Jeff Sisak, Linden; 5, Jim Todd Jr., Casanova.
Late Model: 1, Colabucci, 686; 2, McFarland, 676; 3, Dale DeLozier, Alexandria, 644.
Grand Stock: 1, Tom Dyson, Manassas, 704; 2, Owens, 692; 3, Mike Darne, Manassas, 686.
Mini-Stock: 1, Freeman, 588; 2, Jason Lineweaver, Stephens City, 586; 3, Bryant, 582.
Speedway Sportsman: 1, Todd Jr., 664; 2, Lunceford, 624; 3, Sisak, 600.