Singleton earns Bedford win
BEDFORD – It was winning at both ends of the spectrum Sunday at Bedford Speedway.
Rick Singleton, the star of 2014, scored his seventh win of the season in Limited action, while Mike Wagner II took his first ever Bedford win in the 305 event. Jonathan Taylor continued his run with another Economod win, Dave Riley survived last lap drama to take the Pure Stock win and Cale Martin prevailed in 4 Cylinder action.
Falls Creek – Chris Farrell from Clearfield pushed his car to the limit at Hummingbird Speedway, charging from the back of the pack and taking the win by a nose in the BWP Bats Steel Block Late Model division.
Kyle Shannon from Brockway kept it smooth and consistent with a win in the street stock class. In the Sunny 106.5 Micro Sprints, Robert Garvey Jr. from Grassflat was in front at the wave of the checkered flag. The Dilullo Transport Pure Stocks found Dalton Gustafson from Weedville back in the winner’s circle, and John Campisano from Punxsutawney was the victor in the Aarons Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders.
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY: Brent Marks and Greg Hodnett split twin 20’s for 410 sprints at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, taking checkered flags worth $2,500 each.
In the 20-lap ARDC Midget feature event, Alex Bright wired the field from the second starting spot to claim his fourth overall win of the ARDC season. Marks started second in the first twin 20 for the super sprint cars, and trailed polesitter Gerard McIntyre Jr. for the first 16 circuits before snagging the lead late in the event. He went to the outside of both McIntyre and a lapped car to get control and drive away to the win over the final two miles of the event. The victory was the second for Marks at Williams Grove this season.
PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY: For the second week in a row, on the Port Royal Speedway produced a thrilling 410 sprint car feature with the likes of Blane Heimbach, Logan Wagner, Greg Hodnett and Mike Wagner taking shots at the lead, and point leader Wagner earned the winy to become the 13th different winner at the oval this season.
In the 20-lap super late model main, Jeff Miller Sr. scored his first victory of the season to push the division to 12 and 12 on the year, 12 races and 12 different winners. The 355 econo late model championship event was scored by Dave Leidy after a rousing event.
DOG HOLLOW SPEEDWAY: The Laurel Highlands Racesaver 305 Sprints made a return to their birthplace Friday night at Dog Hollow Speedway, with Ralph Engel Jr. scoring his first-ever Dog Hollow victory.
Mike Blose won a battle with Shawn Claar for his fourth Townsend Gas & Oil Super Late Model feature. Joe Martin made a last lap pass on Mike Laughard for his third straight in the Lias Tire Crate Late Models. Jon Lee (pure stocks), Jack Theys (FWD four cylinders) and Bob Pease (Mod 4s) were also repeat winners.
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY: The night looked like it belonged to young Freddie Rahmer, but then Danny Dietrich stole the show.
Rahmer won the dash for cash (a $500 bonus from race sponsor Jerry Parrish and Premier Auto Works in a winner-take-all 10-lapper) and then came from fourth starting spot to take the lead from polesitter Mike Bittinger by the end of the second lap. He was the fastest car all night to that point, and looked to be in command of the 30-lap feature. Then lapped traffic (including brother Brandon) entered the picture, and a charging Dietrich was plowing through the field from 11th starting spot to pass both third-place Robbie Kendall and second-place Bittinger between turns four and one of laps 22 and 23.
One lap later, passed both Rahmer sprinters to take the race lead on the front stretch and drove away to an impressive 2.88 second win. Alex Bright made it two wins in two nights (Friday night at Williams Grove).
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY: Selinsgrove’s Cody Keller made a breakthrough Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway and scored an impressive victory in the 25-lap 360 sprint car feature following a season filled with mechanical woes.
Coleby Frye of Dover also turned in a convincing performance for his first win of the season in the 25-lap late model feature. Brad Mitch of McClure scored his fifth win of the year in the 15-lap pro stock feature, and put himself in a position to clinch the track championship, while Keith Bissinger of Orangeville held off a late-race challenge for his sixth win in the 12-lap roadrunner race.
HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY: For the second consecutive week and third time in four weeks, Kyle Hardy was back in victory lane Saturday evening at Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol.
Hardy has been on a tear in his Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Late Model and following an eighth-lap restart, he pestered Andy Anderson repeatedly until heading off the fourth turn of the 20th lap to grab the lead and drive away to win by just over two seconds.
Other feature winners included Chad Myers, who became the surprise leader with one to go to post his third triumph in the Malloy Ford Late Model Sportsman event. Mike Corbin, who led all the way in the pure stocks with the K. Lynn Management 20-lap double point event, Jason Sarver, who posted the win in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stock, and Matt Williamson, who took over with two to go in the Cochran Associates Four Cylinders for his second win.
PATH VALLEY SPEEDWAY: Carmen Perigo and the Walt Bigler Racing team have been close to perfect in the Wingless Super Sportsman series at Path Valley Speedway. Perigo finished second in the first of the six-race series, but has not been beat in the next four events. The other teams will have one more chance this year to beat Perigo, coming in September, and to claim the extra bounty money that has been offered.
Charlie Stallman returned to victory lane by leading all 20 laps of the four-cylinder Thunder Car feature. Stallman was never seriously challenged as D.J. Keefer ran second the whole way, but was a few car lengths behind most of the way.
The mini stock feature was a two-car battle for the lead. Chris Anderson was in front with Shaine Sixeas right behind, and the two leaders pulled away from the rest of the field. Sixeas led the final three laps to secure the win. Anderson was able to hold off a late charge by Gary Newell to hold on to second.
After Perigo won his third Wingless Super Sportsman race in-a-row, a $400 “bounty” was added to the purse for anyone else that could win, provided Perigo was still on the track at the finish. Sixteen other drivers signed in, hoping to take home the extra money, but none of them were able to do so. Perigo cruised to the win.
Two other notes from the Sportsman ranks. First, Dave Conrad went for a nasty ride during his heat race, flipping several times, clearing the guardrail in turn three and knocking over the catch fence. Conrad climbed from the car under his own power, but was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
In the super stock feature, Brad McGinnis, Alex Boozel and Bill Powell were three wide through turns three and four.
Boozel had to work past some slower cars in the closing laps, but was able to maintain his lead and capture the checkered flag. Powell finished second with McGinnis on his back bumper in third. Fourth went to Austin Johnson and Shawn Shoemaker finished fifth. McGinnis and Dunn won the heat races.