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Marks working extra hard for Royal victory

July 29, 2014
Dottie Bird (sports@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

PORT ROYAL - Brent Marks beat a highly competitive field of 410 sprints to record his first-ever Port Royal Speedway victory on Saturday night, taking $3,000 for the win while becoming the 11th different winner in 12 events held at the track so far this season.

In the super late-model main, Tim Smith Jr. continued the trend of no repeat winners in the division by becoming the 10th different pilot to visit victory lane in as many races this season while also setting a new 20-lap track record in the affair.

In the 305 sprint main, Tyler Bear became the first repeat winner of the year in the class.

Elsewhere:

SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY: Mark Smith stormed from his eighth starting position to win his fourth race of the season at the Selinsgrove Speedway in Saturday night's 25-lap United Racing Company 360 sprint-car main event.

The victory at the wheel of the Mach 1 Chassis No. 1 was Smith's eighth career in 358-360 sprint car competition at the track and was worth $2,500.

Scott Haus scored his 30th career late-model win at Selinsgrove in the division's 25-lap feature following a wheel-to-wheel duel with Bryan Bernheisel. He became the ninth different late-model feature winner in 12 races at the track this season.

In the 15-lap pro stock feature, Nathan Long led flag-to-flag for his second win of the season, while Keith Bissinger took the checkered flag for the fifth time this season in the 12-lap roadrunner race.

AMP: Jason Beichner was the only new winner on Saturday night at America's Motorsports Park, as the rains began falling on the seven-division card with two features left to run.

Repeat winners included Mike Blose in the Randy Sterling Trucking Late Models, Jeremy Ohl in the Denny's Beer Barrel Pub Semi-Lates, Dan Smeal in the Srock Contracting Street Stocks, and Ralph Engel Jr. in the Point Brake and Spring Laurel Highlands Sprints. The Clearfield County Metals four-cylinders and the PA Vintage Modifieds were rained out.

HUMMINGBIRD?SPEEDWAY: With fans anxious to meet-and-greet their favorite drivers, and the threat of rain in the forecast, the crew at Hummingbird Speedway made it happen on Saturday night as Mother Nature kept things dry.

Eric Moore didn't disappoint his fans with another win in the BWP Bats Steel Block Late-Model division. Steve Arthurs has been knocking at the door of the Street Stock winners circle. He got his first win in the competitive division. Sean McAndrew took the honors in the Sunny 106.5 Micro-Sprints. In the Pure Stock class, Shawn Munoz was the best in class with his win. Josh Frantz was the winner in the front-wheel drive 4 -cylinder class.

LINCOLN?SPEEDWAY: Brian Mon-tieth said it was tough, but the four-time track champ made it look easy in scoring his second win of the year and 43rd victory of his career at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

"I knew it was going to be tough. Luckily, we all started back there," said Montieth upon exiting the Jerry Parrish-owned Auto Locator/Premier Auto Works No. 21 in victory lane.

Chase Dietz padded his points lead by winning his second of the year, and third of his Lincoln career in the non-stop 358 sprint-car feature.

Aaron Bowes took the $3,000 top prize in the highest-paying Xcel Chassis 600 Modified Tour event ever held over the 10-year history of the division. It was Bowes' four straight Tour win.

WILLIAMS?GROVE SPEEDWAY: Brent Marks turned the tables on Greg Hodnett at the Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, and instead of chasing him to the checkers in the 410 sprint feature as he did a week earlier, he took the win ahead of the oval point leader for his first Grove victory of the season.

In the 358 sprint main, it was Doug Hammaker taking his first career win at the oval while becoming just the fourth driver to take a checkered flag in the division at the track this season.

DOG?HOLLOW?SPEEDWAY: Rodney Phillips took home the checkered flag in the 20-lap steel block late-model special at the Dog Hollow Speedway on Friday.

Repeat winners were Mike Blose, who won his fourth Townsend Gas & Oil Super Late-Model feature, Mike Laughard took his third in the Lias Tire FASTRAK Crate Late Models, and David Beahr parked in the pure stock winners circle for his fifth of the year. Scoring first-time wins were Pat Brehm (4-cylinders) and John Hayes (modifieds).

PATH?VALLEY?SPEEDWAY: While Andy Fries was winning three straight late-model features, Wes Bonebrake has endured a month he would just as soon forget.

On Friday night, Bonebrake put his past issues behind him and stopped Fries' winning streak at three. The four-cylinder thunder cars got the evening under way. D.J. Keefer returned to action back in his own car this time. Keefer won the heat race, started on the front row of the feature, and led all 20 laps to claim the win.

Bill Kennedy started second in the mini-stock feature and beat pole-sitter Jason Stoner to take the lead on lap one. Kennedy was showing the way while Shaine Sixeas was working his way forward after starting in row 3. Sixeas seemed to be the only driver that could find traction in the bottom line, staying low in the corners and out accelerating his competition out of the corners.

Sixeas caught up to Kennedy and made the winning pass on lap eight, after which he was not challenged to score his third win at Path Valley this season. The super-stock feature was next, and those drivers proved again to be some of the most entertaining racing Path Valley provides. Brad McGinnis pulled away from the field, scoring his second win in as many weeks. Garrett Watkins won the heat race and led all 20 laps to win the strictly stock feature

Hagerstown Hagerstown: Kyle Hardy became the third different leader in Saturday's 33rd annual Speedy Hayes Memorial 44-lap event to post his first-ever late-model triumph at the Hagerstown Speedway

The win was worth $4,400.

Hardy made up a nearly 2-second deficit after passing earlier race-leader Andy Anderson to move into second. He later passed C.S. Fitzgerald to lead the final six laps for a 3.518 second advantage at the checkered.

Kyle Lear scored a victory in the 22-lap Ernie Jones Memorial for the late-model sportsman after coming from 11th and taking the lead from Justin Weaver on a 19th lap restart. In a green-to-checkered pure-stock event, Darrin Younker's second win of the season also came over Mike Corbin as he held off the nine-time winner by .738 seconds.

 
 

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