Somerset’s Wiltrout picks up first win of season
By Dottie Bird
For the Mirror
JENNERSTOWN — Defending Jennerstown Speedway Complex Champion Garry Wiltrout, of Somerset, earned his first victory of the season in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division of racing on Saturday.
R.J. Dallape won for the second time in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, while Casey Fleegle scored his third win of the year in the Tunstall Auto & Truck Repair Street Stocks.
Other winners on Mountain Ridge ATV Park Night were Dale Kimberly in Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers and Brent Bickerstaff in the Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious Four-Cylinders. The nationally televised Super Cup Stock Car Series competed in two races, and Kevin Kromer celebrated in Stoney’s Beer Victory Lane after both events.
MECHANICSBURG — Lucas Wolfe led from start to finish in the 25-lap sprint car main at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night. Wolfe got the lead in the qualifier and that set him on the pole for the feature thanks to a heads-up format. The win was the 21st of Wolfe’s career at the track.
In the URC sprint feature, Jason Shultz took the win away from Steve Buckwalter after dogging him for the first 17 laps of the 25-lap event.
REYNOLDSVILLE — Bruce Hartzfeld of Rockton picked up his third win of the year in the Cypress Clock and Gift Shop Street Stocks.
The Young Guns Junior Sprint series visited the track for the third time this year with the No. 85 of Randy White of Wampum picking up the win in the stock class and the No. 8 of Sam Darby of Hermitage taking the checkers in the Open Class.
The No. 5X of the Nick Erskine became the first driver to join the four-win club with his victory in the Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair and Service Semi-Late Models. The No. 45 of Tim Steis of St. Marys won for the second time this season in the Sunny 106.5 FM Pure Stocks. The No. 36F of Zack Frantz of Luthersburg took the checkers in the Lockwood Processing Four-Cylinders for his second win of the year. And the No. 36 of Paul Kot of Brockway claimed victory for the third time in as many weeks in the BWP Bats Super Late Models.
STRONGSTOWN — Mike Laughard scored his first career win in the Townsend Gas & Oil Super Late Models Saturday night at Dog Hollow Speedway.
Michael Ott and Clate Copeman picked up their first wins of the season in the RUSH Crate Late Models. Kyle Smith Jr. made his first appearance a winning one in the Iron Horse Salvage 358 semi lates while Jack Theys won his first of the season in the DM Craig & Fabrication Four-Cylinders. Brad Benton pulled off win No. 4 in the AMSOIL Pure Stocks.
PORT ROYAL — Cisney has a flare for the dramatic. For the second time this season, Cisney used a last ditch effort to best Anthony Macri coming to the checkered flag for his second win of the season at the Port Royal Speedway.
The win didn’t come without drama though as Cisney was leading on the white flag lap and proceeded to get into the wall in turn 2 and ride the guard rail half way down the backstretch, at one point getting on two wheels. He was able to regroup, but made contact with Macri exiting turn four, sending Macri spinning wildly into the front stretch inside guardrail.
“It’s not really something to celebrate,” Cisney said. “It was just tight racing, and it was completely my fault. All I can say is sorry and move on.”
Kyle Lee became the 11th different winner in River Valley Builders Super Late Model action at the Port Speedway Saturday night as he bested Gary Stuhler by 1.240 seconds for the $2,000 winners share.
Andrew Yoder came from the eighth starting position to dominate the limited late model feature event as he bested Tim Krape by 4.449 seconds for the $800 win.
Dustin Hoffman held off Brad Mitch and Pete Leister after a lap 9 restart to lead all 15 laps and claim the Juniata Junction Restaurant Xtreme Stocks feature event. Curtis Lawton and Corey Kepner rounded out the top five.
ABBOTTSTOWN — After several caution flags and multiple lead changes, Kyle Moody entered lapped traffic on lap 21. Rahmer moved into second on lap 22 and started to track Moody down.
Three laps proved to not be enough time for Rahmer to catch Moody. Moody got to the checkered flag 1.629 seconds ahead of Rahmer. Krimes crossed the line third. Trout, with an impressive run through the field, finished fourth and Glatfelter was fifth.
The first event on the schedule Saturday night was the 358-make-up feature from June 1. Twenty-one of the 24 cars scheduled to start made the call for the 20-lap make-up feature.
Troy Wagaman led the 20-lap feature wire-to-wire and set a new track record for 20 laps in a 358-sprint car. Wagaman completed the feature in five minutes, 7.614 seconds. Denmyer crossed the line second. Rohrbaugh was third and Doug Hammaker finished fourth. Ashley Cappetta completed the top five.
SELINSGROVE — Blane Heimbach drove across town for a rare appearance at his home track and picked up the 19th annual Mach 1 Chassis National Open for 360 sprint cars after a thrilling duel with Mark Smith of Sunbury.
The $5,000 win in the 30-lap championship event was Heimbach’s fourth career in the race at the wheel of the Creasy Signs/Goff Racing No. 12.
Jim Bernheisel of Lebanon returned to Victory Lane when he wired the field for his fifth career win in the 25-lap super late model race. Bernheisel became the division’s ninth different winner this season.
Shaun Lawton of Bloomsburg made it five feature wins in a row in the 15-lap pro stock race.
Selinsgrove Speedway will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, with an open wheel doubleheader featuring the 360 sprint cars, PASS/IMCA 305 sprint cars plus limited late models and roadrunners. Gates will open at 5 p.m.
YORK HAVEN — Kenny Edkin had a little extra motivation heading into this week’s BAPS Super Sportsman main event at BAPS Motor Speedway.
It wasn’t about a point title or simply another win to get back on track after some minor struggles the last couple of weeks. Instead, Edkin wanted to honor a childhood friend who was more like family.
So, Edkin came out to the Test and Tune last Wednesday night at the York Haven facility. He wanted to make sure everything was in place heading into Saturday Night’s Brandon Barthel Memorial.
Edkin put on a proud performance. He stormed to the front and dominated the second half of the event to claim the prestigious event and bank a $2,000 payday for his fifth win of the season.
“I’ve got to thank Danny Miller,” Edkin said. “He gives us a (heck) of a power-plant every week. We’ve been struggling a little it, and I thought we had some motor issues. I think it ended up that we were just getting the car too into the track and pulling the motor down.
“We came down to Test and Tune, because we really wanted this race. Brandon was a good friend of mine, and we won it.”