When the checkered flag dropped at the end of the 40 lap East Region Series event, it was Zach
collecting the $1,000 top prize. To make the story even more entailing, he beat the eldest of the three Buff’s, Andrew by a narrow margin thrilling the crowd in the stands.
For Zach, it was a statement that he can be considered in the same breath of his brothers and the
biggest win of his young career. And as mentioned, it sure didn’t come easy. Lapped cars were in front of the duo for the second half of the event.
“That was tough!” dead-panned the youngest Buff on the event that was slowed by just one yellow on
lap 12, “I really didn’t know where to go and then I saw him (Andrew) under me and that made the end really crazy.”
It was the final 10 laps that saw Buff and Buff with three lap cars right in front. It was edge
of your seat moments. “They (lapped cars) were doing what they needed to do, they were side by side most of the time so I just had nowhere to go,” Zach continued, “I was looking high and
looking low. I had speed but not quite enough to be past them easily.”
The break Zach needed came with two laps to go, a lapped car went low and opened up the high lane
which was taken full advantage. “When that car went low, I knew I had to take advantage then and it worked.”
As the double checkered flag waved, It was Zach ahead of Andrew by less than a car length. For
Andrew, he was happy for his younger brother but he still wanted to win. “Oh yea I gave him all I could,” noted Andrew, “But Zach was fast and so where the lapped cars. I could get under
him a few times and maybe could have took a chance but I thought better of it. Last thing I want to do was take us both out.”
Andrew went on, “I wanted to do, absolutely but I’m happy for Zach, he earned it. It’s a big
win for him and to do it in a Series race where there is some outsiders here taking on the regulars. It makes it even a bigger win.”
Track regular Cody Ochs stayed in third virtually the entire race. While when an event had the
final 28 laps go non-stop like this event. Most would want a caution to see where they stand with the leaders. For Ochs, it was the opposite.
“Nah, I had nothing for them. I was hanging on, my tire seemed to go away a bit so the yellow
would have gotten me out of my rhythm,” said Ochs, “I figured a yellow would put someone right on me and I didn’t know what car I would have had on the restarts so I was good with it staying green to
Justin Buff made for three family members in the top four with Ricky Quick rounding out the top
five. With his fifth, Quick also took home a free Hoosier Tire.
The next event on the Eastern Series will be Saturday, July 30th at Bear
Ridge to make up for the May 15th rain out. Then returns to Glen Ridge on August 21st.
DIRTcar 602 Crate Sportsman East Region Series: Zach
Buff, Andrew Buff, Cody Ochs, Justin Buff, Ricky Quick, Garrett Poland, Brian Calabrese, Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Michael Wright, Ray Hall Jr., C.V. Elms, Jeremy Huntoon, Griffen Mansmith, Tony
Yurkewecz Auto Crushers @DIRTcar Pro-Stocks: Andy Graves, Luke Horning, Steve Cosselman, Slater Baker, Dennis Joslin, Johnny Rivers, Jay Fitzgerald,
Chuck McSpirit, Chris Daugherty, Shawn Perez Jr., Richard Spencer, Malcum Warner, Kenny Allen, Shawn Perez.
Cherko Fusco Realty Limited Sportsman: Butchie Irwin, Lucas Duncan, Nick Arnold, Mike Hill, Al Mcoy, Phil Arnold, Jimmy VanZandt, Joe Smith, Clyde Peek
Street Stocks: Adam Tranka, Matt Mosher, Craig Coons, Harley Shepard, Dana VanVeckten, Dominick Denue, Jason Barrett, Matt Wells (DNS).
DIRTcar Single Cam Mini Stock: Jay Ingersoll, Wayne Russell Jr, Bruce Liddle Jr, TJ Marlitt, Blaze Post (DNS).
DIRTcar Dual Cam Mini Stock: Billy Hillman, Chad Hoffman, Jamie Warner, Brian Blanck, Jack Minery, Randy Voris, Zach McSpirit.
Northeast Paving Sealcoat All-Star Slingshots: Adam Fusco, Danny Ballard, Joe Melius, Nathaniel Boesse, Kolton Weiler, Steve Svanda, Kirsten Swartz, Jim
Pollard, Andrew Millard, Scott Sprague, Nick Millard, Tucker Jones, Tavien Blowers (DNS).
Northeast Paving Sealcoat Junior Slingshots: Connor Crane, Corky Warner, Avery Decker, Sloan Cherko, Edward Hatch, Carson Hamlin, Cole Conrad, Braxton
Martin, Lucas Cole, Bodie Marks, Izzy Pangman, Alex Viall, Colton White, Easton Conrad, Jaden Pierce.