Auto racing roundup: Beatty, Metheney, Truitt win at Hummingbird Speedway
At Hummingbird Speedway, the Young Guns Jr. Sprints were back to the track for the first time this year, joining the regular five divisions. It was also Race-1 Motor Speedway night as they sponsored trophies for all divisions.
Feature winners on the night included Brayden Beatty in the Young Guns Jr. Sprints (stock class), Conner Metheney in the Young Guns Jr. Sprints (open class), Wayne Truitt in the Lockwood Processing four cylinders, Doug Surra in the Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair and Service semi-late models, Bryce Swauger in the Sunny 106.5 FM pure stocks, Doug Eck in the BWP Bats super-late models and Tim Bish in the Cypress Clock and Gift Shop street stocks.
At Selinsgrove Speedway, Jeff Rine proved victorious in Saturday’s lat-model national open and took the series point lead in the North vs. South competition with five races still remaining in the 2020 series. Rine, known as “The Danville Dominator,” outran Rick Eckert, Gregg Satterlee, Jason Covert and Andy Haus for the win.
In the limited late-model race, Dylan Yoder went on to take the victory by 1.919 seconds over Troy Miller, Todd Snook, Jared Fulkroad and Devin Hart.
Brad Mitch won his first roadrunner main of the year by besting Jake Jones after the two battled for the top spot. It was Mitch’s 26th career win at the oval, tying him with Bob Bussey for second all-time on the track in roadrunner races.
Robby Bartchy was the star of the 305 sprint car event at Bedford Speedway, dominating the 25 laps. It was his first Bedford win since the 2015 season. Donnie Farlling was the surprise limited victor. Bill Replogle, Dalton Ritchey and Ryan Peer were also winners.
A late afternoon rain delayed the start of the evening festivities. With the late start all heat race action was canceled and the features were lined up by blind pill draw.
At Jennerstown Speedway, round three of the 2020 season at the produced a third different winner in the Martella’s Pharmacies late-model division of racing Saturday. Ohio’s Albert Francis started eighth, and earned his first Jennerstown victory. Also parking in Stoney’s Beer victory lane were Anthony Aiello (Stoystown Auto Wreckers modifieds), Casey Fleegle (Ron’s Collision Center street stocks), Dale Kimberly (Farmers Union co-op chargers) and Jeff Vasos (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious four cylinders). The track crew and officials worked hard to dry the racing surface for competition, after a prolonged rain shower delayed the start time over 30 minutes.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returned to Jennerstown Speedway Complex for the first time since 2006 on Sunday. New York veteran Justin Bonsignore was victorious in his first start there. The event, titled the “Morocco Welding Wade Cole Memorial 133 presented by Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair,” marked the 15th time the series visited the Laurel Highlands asphalt oval track. In accordance with NASCAR’s current policy of social distancing, the grandstands were closed and spectators were not permitted. The event was available for live online stream viewing, free of charge, and with a full TV production crew on hand during Sunday’s event, the race will be edited for a national television broadcast on the cable network NBCSN.
Thirty-three NASCAR Whelen modifieds competed in the tour’s 2020 season opener, delayed three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Justin Bonsignore was the fastest qualifier and started from the pole position. Second-place starter Doug Coby was racing for the first time as a team owner/driver and stayed close to Bonsignore’s rear bumper early in the event.
Defending NASCAR modified champion Coby, of Milford, Conn., faded in the middle stages of the race, allowing Bonsignore a comfortable lead. Late in the race, two drivers showed strength and advanced inside the top five. Former Jennerstown super-modified division winner Jon McKennedy recovered from a mid-race flat tire and passed several cars, reaching third place with a few laps to go.
New York’s Craig Lutz started eighth and advanced to second position in the closing laps, but neither of the podium finishers could reel in the leader. For Long Island resident Bonsignore, the Jennerstown victory was his 27th career triumph on NASCAR Modified Tour and gives him the point standings lead.
The top five finishers were Bonsignore, Lutz, McKennedy, Pennsylvanian Matt Hirschman (a former winner at Jennerstown) and former tour Rookie of the Year Calvin Carroll.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to Jennerstown Speedway Complex on August 22 for an event the will be open to fans for grandstand attendance.
Down at the Lincoln Speedway Freddie Rahmer drove from his 13th starting spot to beat Brian Montieth to the checkered flag by .334 seconds for his second win in a row. In the limited late-model action Alan Sagi crossed the line 2.259 seconds ahead of Chan Earnst for the win. In the street stock race, Will Walls looked to the inside of Ryan Smith on the last lap and the two raced side by side to the checkered flag.
In a photo finish, Walls beat Smith to the line by mere inches. Saturday, Lincoln Speedway is back in action with Night No. 2 of Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek presented by Red Robin. The 410 Sprints will compete in the $9,200 to win Kevin Gobrecht Memorial. The Central PA Legends will also be in action.
Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
305 sprints (25 laps): 1. Robby Bartchy; 2. John Walp; 3. Dylan Shatzer; 4. Garrett Bard; 5. Josh Spicer. Limited (20 laps): 1. Donnie Farlling; 2. Devin Weyandt; 3. Matt Parks; 4. Bryan Benton; 5. Taylor Farlling. Semi lates (15 laps): 1. Bill Replogle; 2. Travis Calhoun; 3. Josh BUmberger; 4. Brian Weyandt Jr.; 3. Greg Hainsey. Pure stocks (15 laps): 1. Dalton Ritchey; 2. Reed Stickel; 3. John Howsare; 4. Kyle Deneen; 5. Bryce Broadwater. Four cylinders (12 laps): 1. Ryan Peer; 2. Todd Price; 3. Dalton Long; 4. Jeremy Miller; 5. Dustin Kinser.
Super late models: 1. Billy Eash; 2. Joe Petyak; 3. Ryan Scott; 4. John Wayne Weaver; 5. Dylan Fenton. Semi lates: 1. Josh Jacoby; 2. Rich Wicker; 3. Gary Little; 4. Tom Decker; 5. Rick Strong. Small-block modifieds: 1. Kyle Fink; 2. Todd English; 3. Aaron Casher; 4. Jerry Bowser; 5. Josh Henry. Street stocks: 1. Bill Phillips Jr.; 2. Ray Reynolds; 3. Josh Retorick; 4. Chad Rouguex. Pure stocks: 1. Brad Benton; 2. Justin Centra; 3. Joe Kephart. Little’s Auto Sales four cylinders: 1. Rob Williams; 2. Don Betres; 3. Larry Conklin Jr.; 4. Darrin Thompson; 5. Eric Luzier.
410 sprint car results: 1. Anthony Macri ($5,000); 2. Dylan Cisney; 3. Justin Whittal; 4. TJ Stutts; 5. Logan Wagner. 305 sprint car results: 1. Nick Sweigart; 2. Garrett Bard; 3. Dave Grube; 4. Larry McVay; 5. Derek Hauck. 358 results: 1 Doug Hammaker ($1,500); 2. Brett Wanner; 3. Derek Locke; 4. Kevin Nouse; 5. Cody Fletcher.
410 sprint feature (30 laps): 1. Freddie Rahmer ($4,000); 2. Brian Montieth; 3. Danny Dietrich; 4. Bradley Howard; 5. Kyle Moody. Limited late-model feature (20 laps): 1. Alan Sagi ($700); 2. Chad Earnst; 3. Craig Wagaman; 4. Kurt Zimmerman; 5. DJ Mease. Street stock feature (20 laps): 1. Will Walls ($525); 2. Ryan Smith; 3. Greg Diehl; 4. Jasen Geesaman; 5. Michelle Walls.
Super late models (35 laps): 1. Jeff Rine; 2. Rick Eckert; 3. Gregg Satterlee; 4. Jason Covert; 5. Andy Haus. Limited late-models (20 laps): 1. Andrew Yoder; 2. Troy Miller; 3. Todd Snook; 4. Jared Fulkroad; 5. Devin Hart. Roadrunner (12 laps): 1. Brad Mitch; 2. Jake Jones; 3. Will Brunson; 4. Tom Underwood; 5. Johnny Palm.