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Clise triumphs at Bedford Speedway

Area auto racing

BEDFORD — On a night when Bedford Speedway honored all the past late model winners, Chuck Clise rose to the occasion to score the big 25-lap victory.

Clise’s win was his first at the track since July of 2016, which had ironically come on another historical moment, the track’s 80th anniversary event. It was Clise’s fifth career trip to the Bedford stage in the track’s 602nd ever event.

In other action, Jonathan Taylor came from deep in the field to score another EMod win, Jesse Snyder took another semi-late win and big 2017 class stars Wayne Brenize and Darren Howsare split the four-cylinder twin 10s.

In honor of the track’s 600th late model event a few weeks ago, all the former feature winners were honored with a pre-race get-together and group picture at intemission.

Jennerstown

Jennerstown — On American Racer Night at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex, several drivers reached victory lane for the second time in 2017.

Former champion Garry Wiltrout of Somerset became a repeat winner in the Martella’s Pharmacies late model division, changing his fortunes after a crash eliminated him from the lead a week prior.

“Racin”’ Jason Busch made his second trip to victory lane in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers modified division, as did Dale Kimberly in the Farmers Union co-op chargers. Brent Nelson, of Petersburg, W.Va., won his first and second events of the year, sweeping the twin 50-lap races for the visiting Super Cup Stock Car Series.

Other winners included Shawn Beam (street stocks) and Andrew Pluta (four-cylinders), who each lead their divisions’ win columns.

The most anticipated race of the year at Jennerstown will get the green flag at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The annual visit of the winged, open-wheel supermodifieds will offer fans the chance to see the world’s fastest short-track racing machines.

Dog Hollow

Strongstown — After many rainouts, the Laurel Highlands Racesaver 305 Sprints ran their first Dog Hollow Speedway race in more than a year.

Morrisdale’s Tyler Denochick led all 20 laps for his first win at the speedplant on Sunday night.

Michael Lake won his third feature of the season in the Townsend Gas & Oil super lates. Amber Mills won the 20-lap AMSOIL pure stocks special for her first win. Other winners were Noah Swank (four-cylinders), Nate Smith (358 semi-lates), Clate Copeman (late models) and Levi Spinneweber (Super 6 late models).

Action Sunday was postponed.

Elsewhere:

HUMMINGBIRD: Fuzzy Fields from Brockway in the street stocks, Paul Kot from Brockway in the BWP Bats late models, Josh Fields from Brockport in the Sunny 106.5 FM pure stocks, Doug Surra from Kersey in the Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair semi-late models and Aaron Luzier from Clearfield in the Aaron’s of DuBois Front-Wheel Drive four-cylinders each took the checkers and picked up a trophy in memory of Jack Salada. Fields doubled down on the night and won the June 24 make-up feature as Randy Albert picked up his first win of 2017 four-cylinder make-up feature.

SELINSGROVE: Second-place starter Rico Abreu of St. Helena, Calif., led pole-sitter Anthony Macri at the start of the Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial Sunday in the PA Sprint Car Speedweek finale presented by Middleswarth Potato Chips at Selinsgrove Speedway.

By the lap 20 mark, Abreu had opened a 3-second lead. Dietrich started to make up ground, cutting the lead down to one second, while Abreu again began to tiptoe through lap traffic. This time the story was different, though, as Dietrich never got close enough to challenge Abreu.

SUSQUEHANNA: Russ Mitten, the Newville veteran, gave himself a great birthday gift Saturday night at Susquehanna Speedway as he raced to his second win of the season in the 25-lap Credit Connection Auto Sales super sportsman feature.

Red Land High School student Kyle Craker scored an impressive first career win in the 20-lap Freedmont Mortgage Lending PASS/IMCA sprint car feature.

PORT ROYAL: Lance Dewease scored the 103rd sprint car victory of his career at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, taking $7,000 in the 27th annual Pennsylvania Speedweek 30-lap event for 410 sprint cars.

In the 25-lap Moon Shine Camo Route 35 Dirt Late Model Challenge Series, Danville’s Jeff Rine pulled out a squeaker after a duel with Coleby Frye.

LINCOLN: Todd Gracey was hoping to win one more race while he was still in his 40s. And he did, with just two days to spare. And he picked a good one to win — the first K1 Race Gear Summer Series event of the year in Saturday’s 25-lap, $1,500-to-win 358 sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

Lebanon’s Richie Hirtzler held off Aaron Bowes to win the 20-lap feature for the visiting 600 Xcel modifieds. His final margin of victory over the only driver to ever win an Xcel race at Lincoln was .44 seconds, with Korey Inglin, early race leader Jon Josko (who led laps 2-16) and Steve Sterner completing the top five in a tightly-contested event between the top four.

Travis McClelland completed a perfect night by racing to the win in the 20-lap All-American Outlaw feature.

WILLIAMS GROVE: West Coast talent met East Coast history and prestige on Friday night as Puyallup, Wash.’s Trey Starks picked up the $10,000-to-win Mitch Smith Memorial for sprint cars at Williams Grove Speedway in a dominating performance.

Starks wired the field for his first career Grove victory that came in the biggest race to be run in the 27th annual Pennsylvania Speedweek Series for 410 sprint cars.

Justin Weaver of Williamsport, Md., was able to pull off a last-lap, last-corner pass for the win in the Mason Dixon Shootout feature for limited late models.

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