Andy Jankowiak had to sit on his nerf bar to take in what had just happened. The Tonawanda, New York native had just capped off a weekend where he won not one, but two races. Those two race tracks were 742 miles apart and they just happened to be historic backdrops such as Oswego Speedway (NY) and Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). When you win at these places it takes a while to sink in, but to take both in a single weekend is something special to say the least.
“Nothing compares to this,” Jankowiak told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I have won a lot of races and had some special nights in my career, but to win at Hickory with the talent in this field is amazing. I don’t think this weekend is going to sink in for a while.”
The weekend end-cap was Jankowiak taking the victory at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) in the KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Tour. Despite starting 22nd in the field, Jankowiak worked his way forward to add his name to the winners list at Hickory.
“I am a NASCAR history buff so I know what it means to win at Hickory and the feeling is amazing. I am nothing but humble, grateful and thankful for the opportunity to race here and win here,” added Jankowiak. “We’ve had bad luck this year and everything that has happened in the last couple of days has made up for that.”
The 27-year-old driver pitted for tires and worked his way forward to race with pole-sitter Cale Gale, who was the class of the field most of the night. Gale snuck away from Jankowiak on the restart and later made contact with a lap car to hand the lead to Jankowiak.
From there Jankowiak clicked off laps. Gale closed to the back bumper on the final lap, but could not make the pass.
“I know how he feels,” said Jankowiak. “I have been on both sides of the street when it comes to that. It’s a tough way to loose, but we were in the right place at the right time.”
The weekend was about coming from the back. Jankowiak stated 21st at Oswego’s Race of Champions after problems in his heat race forced him to the pits.
The final stats on the weekend include two wins and 41 positions improved on the race track.
“I have to work on Wednesday,” added Jankowiak. “I know I’ll be tired, but it was worth it.”
-By Elgin Traylor – Correspondent, Speed51.com – Twitter: @elgintraylor
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