Area racing round-up

Photo by Ken Johnson Kenny Brightbill in his #19 Modified at the Reading Fairgrounds about 43 years ago.

ACTION TRACK USA – KUTZTOWN

The main event for the Sunoco USAC Championship SpeedSTR’s was highlighted by a very popular “first” for the legion of racing fans who cheer for legendary dirt Modified star Kenny Brightbill…the Shillington driver notched his initial triumph in one of Rich Tobias’ SpeedSTR creations on Wednesday.

Leesport wheel-twister Mark Sensenig became the first driver to record more than one victory this season in the NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshot division, winning his second feature in the 20-lapper that provided a nightcap to the evening of high speed adventure.

The Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Micro-Sprints produced an intensely competitive main event, with Rutherford emerging victorious in the 35-lap race that was worth $1,000 to the Lititz driver, courtesy of race sponsor Leisure Sports ‘n Turf. His victory did not come easily, though.

RESULTS:Kioti Tractors/ Leisure Sports ‘n Turf PA 600 Speedweek Finish, 35 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Billy Pauch Jr., 3.Chad VanHorn, 4.Tony DiMattia, 5.Tyler Walton, 6.Alex Bright, 7.A.J. Michael, 8.Jay Hartman, 9.Heath Hehnly, 10.Shane Lewis, 11.Blaine Emery, 12.Brandon Azzalina, 13.Brock Zearfoss, 14.Tom Schearer, 15.Kyle Lick, 16.Tim Buckwalter, 17.Billy Ney, 18.Brett Schoenly, 19.Molly Chambers, 20.Jeff Hartman, 21.Brett Michalski, 22.Rick Perone, 23.Chris Panzcner, 24.James Morris, 25.Jim Radney, 26.Bill Unglert.

DNQ: Mike Dicely, Chad Sandt, Tim Iulg, Ryan Morris, Rhett Long, Matthew Symons, Rob Adams, Brett Peters, Chris Gerhart, Jacob Severn, Joey Jarowicz, Shelby Harper, Taylor Troxel, Jessica Weiss, Kayla Stoltzfus, Trevor Kobylarz, Makenzie Harper, Ryan Neil, Shawn Rooney, Garrett Glassman, Zack Fisher, Simon Egan, Clayton Glassman, Joe Kay, Greg Stevens, Austin Bishop, Steve Kemery.

Sunoco USAC Championship SpeedSTR Finish, 30 laps: 1.Kenny Brightbill, 2.Mike Bednar, 3.Paul Lotier Jr., 4.Freddie Rahmer Jr., 5.Brandon Rahmer, 6.Mike Mahaney, 7.Jeff Strunk, 8.Matt Janisch, 9.Gary Huber, 10.Billy Pauch Jr., 11.Brittany Wixon, 12.Brian Monteith, 13.Brad Brightbill, 14.Chuck Schutz, 15.Joey Allen, 16.Wayne Weaver, 17.Mike Vermeulen, 18.Billy Pauch Sr., 19.Al Arrisher, 20.Craig VonDohren, 21.John Kovatch.

NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshots Finish, 20 laps: 1.Mark Sensenig, 2.Travis Bieber, 3.Danny Buccafusca, 4.Larry Raifsnider, 5.Dylan Hoch, 6.Matt Miller, 7.Shannon Smith, 8.Kyle Gruber, 9.Jeff Kemp, 10.Dakota Barlet, 11.Louden Reimert, 12.Brett Bieber, 13.Travis Gruber, 14.David Kreis, 15.Chris Kurtz, 16.Cody Kline, 17.Ed Shaub, 18.Jordan Knepp, 19.Ray Nemeth, 20.Damian Nemeth, 21.Dave Carraghan, 22.William Mohring, 23.Erik Jones, 24.Sterling Hamm.

DNQ: David Morrell, Matt Stangle, Kalli Hartman, Joe Nemeth, Tayllor Schoenly, Gary Grim.

WILLIAMS GROVE, BIG DIAMOND

Rained out

PORT ROYAL

Chad Layton of Harrisburg won his third sprint car feature of the year Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway, taking $3,200 for the victory while Dover’s Coleby Frye took the late model championship event worth $2,000. Layton crossed the finish line .738 seconds ahead of Mke Wagner, Davey Sammons, 11th starter Steve Buckwalter and 12th starter Blane Heimbach.Sixth through 10th went to Dylan Cisney,m 20th starter Brian Leppo, Doug Esh, Curt Stroup and Rodney Westhafer.

Colby Frye had the luxury of starting the 25-lap late model championship on the pole and won over Matt Parks, Mike Lupfer, Dylan Yoder and Terry Naugle. Sixth through 10th went to Mitch Hack, Brett Schadel, Chad Hollenbeck, Andy Haus and Tim Wilson.

LINCOLN

Jim Siegel pulled a late-race slider on race-long leader Kyle Moody to claim another 410 sprint car thriller at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night

Kyle Moody, seeking his first-ever 410 sprint win, settled for second, with Billy Dietrich third, Alan Krimes fourth, and Fred Rahmer coming from 20th starting spot (after flipping in his heat) to cross fifth. Sixth through tenth were Ryan Smith, Danny Dietrich, Stevie Smith, Brent Marks, and J.J. Grasso.

Central Pennsylvania points leader Austin Hogue drove a heavily-smoking race car to the win in the 25-lap 358 sprint car championship event. Hogue’s motor blew on a last-lap restart, and, with the help of two lapped cars between himself and second-place Kevin Nouse, he was able to baby his car to the finish for his third Lincoln win of the year and the $1,500 top prize. Invader Kevin Nouse settled for second, with Jeff Rohrbaugh, Brent Marks (subbing in the John Westbrook #1W), and 15th-starting Dale Hammaker completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were 12th-starting Ryan Wilson, Cris Eash, Isaac Sneeringer, Austin Reed, and 20th-starting and hard charger Brie Hershey.

GRANDVIEW

DIRT Hall of Famer Frank Cozze was able to take the lead with three laps to go when Duane Howard pulled off the track while leading and drove the Harry’s U-Pull It/Norm’s Save Station No. 357 to his first win of the season in the 30 lap NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. The 25-lap feature for NASCAR Sportsman was won by current point leader Jared Umbenhauer wheeling the Eastern Rigging No. 5 to his fourth win of the season. The 25-lap feature for Late Models was postponed until next Saturday due to curfew brought on by a two hour rain delay.

Bobby Gunther Walsh charged to the front on the first lap of the 30-lap Modified main event and set the pace for 19 laps before Duane Howard, coming from 26th starting spot, took charge and looked to be on his way to his seventh win of the season. With three laps to go Howard pulled into the infield with mechanical woes giving the lead to Cozze who went on to grab the $2750 first place money. Second spot went to Kyle Weiss, Hamburg, followed by Jeff Strunk, Craig VonDohren and Mike Gular.

The Sportsman feature, 25 laps, had veteran racer Jamie Undercoffler leading for 17 laps before Jared Umbenhauer was able to take the lead having come from 19th starting spot and then going on to win. Second position went to Paul Kline who was charging toward the top spot at the finish. Third was earned by Tom Miller followed closely by Craig Whitmoyer, Hamburg, and Kenny Gilmore.