Gibala claims fourth win at Jennerstown
Area Auto Racing
JENNERSTOWN — For the fourth time in 2019, Teddy Gibala was victorious in the Martella’s Pharmacies late model division of racing at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex on Drive DeVilbiss Night at the Races.
R.J. Dallape won for the first time in his Stoystown Auto Wreckers modified career, and A.J. Poljak won the Tunstall Auto & Truck Repair street stock race for the first time this year.
Also parking in Stoney’s Beer victory lane on Saturday were defending champion Dale Kimberly in the Farmers Union Co-Op charger division, and Andrew Pluta in Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n’ Furious four-cylinder racing.
HIDDEN VALLEY: It was Timberland Federal Credit Union trophy night as Hidden Valley Speedway finally had great weather for some exciting racing action as the Luzier Family put nine features in the books, including some make-up events from previous rainouts.
Feature winners include Billy Eash of Johnstown in the super late models, Tom Decker, Jr. of Bellwood in the semi-late models, Bruce Hartzfield in the street stock feature, Sam McAdams in the pure stock feature, Eric Luzier in the four-cylinder feature, while Joshua Beamer won the 600 micro sprint special.
Gary Luzier picked up the win in the street stock make-up feature from May 25, while Kevin VanAmburg won the make-up feature for the pure stocks from June 15 and Jeff Huber won the make-up four-cylinder feature from June 15.
SELINSGROVE: Ryan Smith of Kunkletown showed up at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday with his eye on the coveted Kramer Cup trophy and took it home after a wire-to-wire victory in the 30-lap tribute race honoring the memory of the late Hall of Fame sprint car driver Kramer Williamson.
Smith, at the wheel of the Heffner Racing/Red Robin No. 72, also ended up with $3,937 in prize money including contingencies.
Coleby Frye of Dover became the first repeat super late model feature winner of the year in the 25-lap, $2,000-to-win race.
Shaun Lawton of Bloomsburg pulled off the hat trick with his third consecutive win in the 15-lap pro stock feature, while Brad Kling of Mount Union won the 20-lap Mid-Atlantic modified feature in the division’s only appearance of the season at the track.
LINCOLN: Freddie Rahmer scored his third victory of the season at Lincoln on Saturday night taking home $5,000.
The race was the annual Fallen Firefighters Night in memory of Brandon Little. Opening ceremonies included firetrucks, blessing of the helmets and a video remembering fallen firefighters on the new jumbotron.
CJ Tracy found himself back in victory lane for the second year in a row to earn his third career win at the speedway.
PORT ROYAL: Jeff Miller doesn’t want to be a one-hit wonder. When he won his first Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Car victory at Port Royal Speedway about a month ago, many were surprised.
However, Miller is full of confidence and wanted more. He backed it up by winning again Saturday night during Glick Fire Equipment Juniata County Fire and Rescue Night besting track point leader Logan Wagner and last weeks winner Lucas Wolfe.
It would be hard to classify Dylan Yoder’s season as a failure as he hasn’t finished off the podium once all season and holds a commanding points lead in the River Valley Builders super late model series standings. However, he hadn’t won a race at Port Royal Speedway in 2019.
Yoder finally got the monkey off his back and parked his No. 24 in victory lane by besting Kyle Hardy and Andy Haus for the $2,000 winner’s share.
After a side-by-side battle that last several laps, Todd Snook bested Troy Miller to take home the checkered and the $800 winners share during the Ford limited late model portion of Saturday night’s event.
Brad Mitch led non-stop for the win in the Juniata Junction xtreme stocks series over Pete Leister and Walt Peters. Chuck Bryner, Michael Smith and Bill Cooper closed out the field.
HUMMINGBIRD: A little break in the monsoon season provided fans and drivers with a beautiful summer evening for 70’s Night at Hummingbird Speedway.
Doug Surra of Kersey snapped out of his funk and recorded one of the closest and most exciting finishes in speedway history in the Swanson Heavy Truck Repair semi-lates.
Mike Anderson of DuBois parked the “Spirit of ’76” in victory lane for the first time this season in the Sunny106 pure stocks, while Keegan Bell of New Bethlehem was feeling a little groovy after he picked up his first career feature win in the Lockwood Processing four-cylinders.
Paul Kot of Brockway cruised to his second consecutive win the BWP Bat late models, while Bob Egley of Kittanning picked up his first career feature win at the speedway nearly two decades ago, and Saturday marked his first trip back to victory lane in the Cypress Clock and Gift Shop street stocks.
WILLIAMS GROVE: Danny Dietrich darted to his third sprint car win of the season Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway — pocketing $3,680 for the victory that was the 22nd of this career at the track.
Doug Hammaker started on the pole for the limited sprint main and never looked back on his way to his first win of the season at the track.
CLINTON COUNTY: Jim Yoder scored a 25-lap win number three of the season on Friday.
Yoder moved in front on lap 20 and wasn’t challenged as he went on to score a 1.472 second win over runner-up Matt Cochran.
Ross Perchak of Hazleton drove the Perchak Trucking No. 4 to the Weaver’s Radiator & Auto Repair/Jay Coder Excavating & Trucking 270 micro sprint feature — adding his name to the winners list and leading the field in a non-stop 15-lap feature event.
BAPS: It’s been difficult for Scott Dellinger to live up to his 2018 championship performance.
That changed Saturday night, when Dellinger stormed to the front and captured the 25-lap Super Sportsman main event for his first win of the season.
Dellinger ripped through the top five from his ninth-place starting spot, and took advantage of a caution to close on the tail of Buckwalter and take the lead on Lap 14.
Chase Billet won an entertaining and caution-filled limited late model feature that saw three different leaders over the 20-lap distance.