Ryan Kissinger earns win at Clinton County Speedway
MILL HALL — Ryan Kissinger claimed his second victory of the season on Friday at the Clinton County Speedway in the RaceSaver sprint car division. Brandon Moser won the pro stocks, Timmy Bitter won the 270 micros, Johnny Smith won the 600 micros and Coty Maines was the winner of the four cylinders.
Ryan Kissinger drew the pole postion for the night’s 25-lap main event. He quickly took the lead over second place starter Tylor Cochran. By lap five, Kissinger had caught the tail of field with Cochran, Erick Knopp, Jeffrey Weaver, and Dale Schweikart running in the top five. Kissing weaved his way through traffic utilizing both the high and low grooves of the speedway. A caution occurred on lap 11 involving two cars. Following the restart, Kissinger continued to lead Cochran as Weaver moved into the third spot.
On lap 17, Smith moved into fourth and Josh Beamer moved into the top 5. Kissinger maneuvered though the lapped traffic to claim the victory over Cochran, Weaver, Beamer, and Smith. Sixth through tenth were Dale Schweikart, Dustin Prettyleaf, Logan Jones, Dakota Schweikart, and Daryl Stimeling.
After taking the checkered flag in the third heat race, Jared Zionkowski stopped in turn two after his car erupted in flames. Zionkowski’s car had a fuel leak, which caught fire. Emergency personnel put the fire out, but Zionkowski received burns and was taken to the Leigh Valley Hospital’s Burn Center. He was released the next day and he reports he will be sore for a while; however, he plans to be back racing later this year.
Front row starter Gary Mellott led the opening laps of the pro stock feature event. Fifth-place starter Brandon Moser moved into the runner-up position with Rich Fye, Robert Tressler and AY Schilling in the top 5. On lap eight, Moser passed Mellot for the lead, as Tressler moved into third. The feature went nonstop, with Moser leading the remaining laps for the victory. Mellott finished second, Tressler was third, AY Schilling was fourth and Fye was fifth.
Fourth-place starter Timmy Bitter led the first lap of the 270 micro sprint feature. On lap five, Bitter was being challenged by Weaver and Siegel. On lap six, Jeff Haefake moved into fourth. Bitter led every lap, to claim the win over Weaver, Seigel, Haefake and Nick Whitesel. Sixth through tenth were Logan Hammaker, Skeetz Hockenbrock, Mac Wert, Luke Hess, and Tyler Groft.
In the 600 micro sprints, the Smith brothers — Johnny and Mikey — battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. By lap number five, Johnny led Mikey as Brain Kramer ran third followed by Timmy Bittner and Jeffrey Weaver. On lap 10, Weaver moved up to fourth and Preston Brown moved up to fifth. At the end it was Johnny over Mikey and Kramer was third, Brown finished fourth and Weaver was fifth. Sixth through tenth were Bittner, Trevor Teats, Sierra Hauck, Mitchell Holden, and James Thomas.
Baney led the first three laps of the four cylinder main event. Coty Maines challenged Baney and took the lead on lap four. Following a restart on lap six, Blake Snyder wrestled the top spot from Maines. The leaders began to encounter lapped traffic on lap number ten, with Snyder leading Maines, Joey Snook, Adam Harris and Anthony Potter. The top five remained unchanged at the finish, however, Snyder failed a post-race inspection giving Maines the win.
The Clinton County Speedway returns this Friday and Saturday night with a two-day show. On Friday the Race Saver Sprint Cars will compete in the “Founders Cup” honoring founding speedway promoters Tedd Reitz and Del Shank. The winner of the event will be a guaranteed starter for Saturday’s event. In addition to the sprints, will be the pro stocks, the 270 micros, 600 micros and the four cylinders.
The Nittany 40 for the RaceSaver Sprints will be Saturday, paying $1,000 to win and $400 to start. It is the biggest event of the season for the RaceSaver Sprints.
SPRINTS: 1. Ryan Kissinger; 2. Tylor Cochran; 3. Jeffrey Weaver; 4. Josh Beamer; 5. Johnny Smith; 6. Dale Schweikart; 7. Dustin Prettyleaf; 8. Logan Jones; 9. Dakota Schweikart; 10. Daryl Stimeling; 11. Reed Thompson; 12. Wyatt Walizer; 13. Todd Lynn; 14. Austin Greenland; 15. Ryan Lynn; 16. Corey Brungard; 17. Kyle Knopp; 18. Dave Guss; 19. Erick Knopp; 20. Matt Tebbs; 21. Mariah Romig; 22. Kruz Kepner; 23. Jarrett Cavalet; 24. Scott Lutz; DNS: Levi Brungard, Timmy Bittner, Jared Zionkowski, Jim Kennedy.
PRO STOCKS: 1. Brandon Moser; 2. Gary Mellott; 3. Robert Tressler; 4. AY Schilling; 5. Rich Fye; 6. Cory Long; 7. Noah Kissinger; 8 Marc Bitler; 9. Todd Geyer; 10. Mike Gray.
270 MICROS: 1. Timmy Bittner; 2. Jeffrey Weaver; 3. Cody Siegel; 4. Jeff Haefke; 5. Nick Whitesel; 6. Logan Hammaker; 7. Skeetz Hockenbrock; 8. Mac Wert; 9. Luke Hess; 10. Tyler Groft; 11. Tom Quiggle; 12. Evan Dickey; 13. Mathew Dixson; 14. Cory Stabley; 15. Troy Whitesel; 16. Troy Groft; DNS: Matt Dixon.
600 MICROS: 1. Johnny Smith; 2. Mikey Smith; 3. Brian Kramer; 4. Preston Brown; 5. Jeffrey Weaver; 6. Timmy Bittner; 7 Trevor Teats; 8. Sierra Hauck; 9. Mitchell Holden; 10. James Thomas; 11. Dexter Strawser; 12. Derek Swarts. DNS Cody Hauck.
FOUR CYLINDERS: 1. Coty Maines; 2. Joey Snook; 3. Adam Harris; 4. Anthony Potter; 5. Keith Haagen; 6. Andrew Ricketts; 7. Chole Smith; 8. Bryun Hackenberg; 9. Matt Weaver; 10. Brett Shirk; 11. Troy Bennett; 12. Donald Wynn; 13. Toby Miens; 14. Nick Snook; 15. Robert Dorman; 16. Hunter Flook; 17. Tim Muthler; 18. John Baney; 19. Michael Barret; 20. Jake Winchester; 21. Scott Englert. DQ: Blake Snyder. DNS: Tim Tentek.