BEDFORD - Dylan Yoder capped a race long charge with a late-race pass to snag the 2014 season opener at the Bedford Speedway Sunday night.
Counting a late 2013 win, it was Yoder's second win in the last three Bedford late- model events. Rick Singleton made a triumphant return to Bedford with a limited win, Jamie Swank survived a wild three- wide pass to snag the semi-late win before Charlie Walter won the pure-stock event, and Pat Brehm took the four-cylinder nightcap.
Yoder lined up fourth in the late-model 25-lapper which had a rough time getting started. Two cautions in the first three laps slowed the event. Pole starter Jeff Rine showed the way from the start and was still the leader of the lap 3 restart.
Rick Singleton, an infrequent Bedford visitor in various classes, took the limited lead from Travis Calhoun on a lap 3 restart and ran off from the field. The 2013 big class winner Robby Black came from 15th to track Singleton down late in the race but ran out of laps. Black settled for second ahead of Calhoun, Ron Bottenfield and Eric Irvin. Singleton, Bottenfield and Calhoun won the heats.
Charlie Walter turned a front row start into a flag-to-flag win in the pure stock event which ran all green to the finish. Dave Riley rallied late to take second, well behind Walter at the line. Terry Norris, Kyle Beckett and Travis Group finished in the top 5. Preston Imler, Greg Beckett and Walter won the heats.
PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY: Rick Lafferty scored his 10th career Aumiller Insurance 410 sprint feature at the track after taking over from Brent Marks on the eighth lap. He went to the outside of Davey Sammons on the backchute to put him a lap down when the pair collided, resulting in a flip by Sammons and obvious broken rear suspension for Marks. Lafferty had raced into second on the opening lap after starting third and was the new leader when action resumed.
Nick Dickson took the Jakes Carts super late model main after wrestling the lead away from Eric Zembower. Bedford's Zembower took the lead from the second starting position as Waylon Wagner gave chase. But Dickson was on the move and drove into third with three laps down. He had closed in on Zembower by lap eight and after pressuring for the next three laps Dickson got under Zembower off of the fourth corner to take the lead and begin driving away. Zembower rode home second followed by Andy Haus, who took third with seven laps to go.
The debut of the all-new Gray's Auto and Towing 355 econo late model class was a good one with a healthy 16 entries. The 15-lap main event was wired by 19-year old Andrew Yoder of Middleburg who withstood several caution flag restarts.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY: TJ Stutts of Liverpool held off numerous challenges to score the 30-lap Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprint season opener for 360 sprint cars sponsored by Mach 1 Chassis Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Stutts, who has won three of the last four ESS-sanctioned races at Selinsgrove, collected $3,000 for his 18th career victory at the track in 358-360 sprint car competition driving the Mountain View Travel/Mach 1 Chassis No. 23. Steve Poirier of Quebec was the night's Fast Tees Fast qualifier over the 26-car field with a lap time of 17.384 seconds.
Defending champion Jeff Rine of Danville wired the field for his 86th career feature win at Selinsgrove in the 25-lap late model season opener. Brad Mitch of McClure, last year's leading pro stock feature winner, scored his 10th career victory in the division's 15-lap main event, while Keith Bissinger of Orangeville returned to the roadrunner class and scored his 41st career victory in the 12-lap feature.
HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY: Dylan Yoder made the tow from Selinsgrove to Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol LLC worth it Saturday evening when the second generation late model driver recorded his career first win at the Maryland oval. Yoder started fourth in the field and took the lead from Jason Miller on lap seven of the 25-lap Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Late Model feature to later get the triumph by 1.111 seconds over Roy Deese Jr.
It was small car nationals qualifier night and Chad Myers of Hampstead, Md. recorded his second Hagerstown win in the Malloy Ford of Winchester, Va. Late Model Sportsman and is guaranteed a starting spot in September's Nationals event. Winchester, Va's Mike Corbin also has a starting spot as he posted his third win of the season in the K.Lynn Management Pure Stock feature. Gary Proctor from Big Pool, Md, last year's nationals winner in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks, drove to his first win of the season and locked in a starting spot as did Kevin Thomas of St. Thomas, Pa. in the Cochran Auctioneers Four Cylinders.
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY: He gone! That's the catch phrase Alan Krimes and his followers use when Krimes starts putting his competitors behind him. And he did it short order in Saturday's ARCH Night 25-lap 410 sprint car feature.
Carmen Perigo Jr. dominated the 25-lap super sportsman feature, starting third and leading every lap, to score his fifth career Lincoln win. Defending tour champ Frankie Herr was involved in a multi-car crash in turns three and four of lap three to end his night. Dover's Gene Knaub drove away from the field to score his 15th career win in the 20-lap Precise Racing Products 358 late model feature. Knaub started fourth and took the lead from polesitter Travis Mease on lap four. He led the rest of the way.
PMS: Ben Policz of Waynesburg took the checkered flag in the first feature race of the night. The Precise Racing Products Rush Crate Late Models saw a field of 16 cars when the green flag waved. Policz started on the pole, but lost the lead to fellow driver Justin Lamb on lap 4. Lamb and Policz battled it out, with Policz resuming the lead on lap 12 and never looking back. Rounding out the top five were Ryan Montgomery, Josh Holtgraver, Mike Reft and Tim Shaffer.
The Diehl of Robinson Dirt Car Super Late Models first regular season feature of the season had Jared Miley of South Park claiming victory. Miley passed Mike Pegher Jr. on lap 3 and opened up a commanding lead. The Colussy Chevrolet/Brougher's Machine Shop Rocket Chassis claimed the win, followed by Ben Miley, Pegher, Steve Baker, and John Mollick.
The Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman Division featured another first-time division winner, when Christian Schneider took the checkered flag. Schneider was strong all night long, finishing first in his heat. Jake Simmons finished second, followed by Craig Koteles, Dave Slade and AJ Poljak.
SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY: Donnie Kreitz of Sinking Springs took the victory in the fifth annual Sprint Car Spring Classic at the Susquehanna Speedway Park Sunday night. Tyler Ross of Lincoln University collected the 358 Sprint Car 20-lapper.
In the 358 Sprint Car nightcap, Chandler Leiby took the lead from the front row. Kevin Nouse immediately began to challenge from the runner-up spot after starting fourth. Nouse took over the top spot on the third circuit. Leiby regained the lead, with Brad McClelland close behind. Nouse retired from the race on lap 11 when the caution flag flew. Ross made it a three-car battle for the lead midway through the race. With five to go, Ross claimed the runner-up spot and passed Leiby with two to go to take the lead. Ross went on to collect the feature victory over McClelland in second and Leiby had to settle for a strong third place finish.
Randy Christine Jr. of Manchester claimed the victory in the Late Models on York County Racing Club Night at the Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday Night. Lebanon's Jasen Geesaman took the checkers of the Street Stock 20 lapper. Tyler Lebo of Dillsburg picked up the win in the 20-lap PA Sprint Series feature event. York's Patrick McClane won the Xtreme Stock Car 20 lapper. The 15-lap Road Warrior feature was won by Dallastown's Ricky Weaver. Zakari Kitner of York Haven claimed the 12-lap Mini Van feature. Keith Dorsey from Thurmont, MD was the Jr. Road Warrior winner.
PATH VALLEY SPEEDWAY: The ACMS Stock 600cc Micro Sprint series made its first stop at Path Valley in 2013 with ten drivers in attendance. Sean Garman won the heat race, started on the pole of the feature, and led the first ten laps. While Garman was leading Gunnar Layton was charging thru the pack from his ninth place starting position. Layton was able to catch Garman and made the winning pass just after getting the halfway signal. Layton led the final ten laps for his first win.
Sean McAndrew was on a bad streak. Dating back to last year he had four consecutive races that he did not finish due to mechanical problems. McAndrew brought that streak to an end in a big way, starting third and leading all twenty laps of the 270cc Micro Sprint feature for the win.
Garrett Bard led the nineteen-car field of 600cc Micro Sprints to the green flag, but Tyler Walton gained the advantage from his second place starting position to lead the way.
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