Buck­wal­ter’s bril­liance on dis­play in To­bias Memo­rial

Dre­vicki, Swavely, Sil­fee other win­ners in five fea­ture night

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - SPORTS - By Barry Angstadt For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Just in case folks could not see it over the past few years, this Tim Buck­wal­ter fella is mak­ing two things per­fectly clear this sea­son: he is pretty dog­gone tal­ented, no mat­ter what type of rac­ing ma­chine he is buck­led into; and he sure knows the fast way around the Jef­freyHogueReal­tor.com Ac­tion Track USA on the Kutz­town Fair­grounds.

On Wed­nes­day night, Buck­wal­ter com­peted in four of the five fea­ture races that made up the fifth an­nual Ron­nie To­bias Memo­rial. At the end of the swel­ter­ing night, the Pottstown wheel-twister had recorded two wins, a run­ner-up ef­fort, and a fifth-place fin­ish.

Not too shabby. And two of those re­sults (one of the vic­to­ries and the fifth-place post­ing) came in a car that he does not nor­mally cam­paign at the Berks County oval - or any­where else, for that mat­ter.

Driv­ing Paul Lotier’s Bagel Rack No. 7, Buck­wal­ter chased Steve Dre­vicki to the check­ered flag in the first of Twin 20’s for the USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs. He moved up one spot in the sec­ond 20-lap­per, win­ning his fourth fea­ture of the sea­son in the SpeedSTR class.

In the Twin 17-lap mains for the Hy­per Rac­ing Win­g­less 600 Sprints, Buck­wal­ter drove Tom Frashetta’s No. 12 be­cause his reg­u­lar ride, the Greth Rac­ing No. 71, was loaded up and ready to roll to In­di­ana, where Buck­wal­ter will steer it in a big race this week-

end. He bolted to his sec­ond straight 600 Sprint tri­umph in the first fea­ture, then drove to a fifth-place fin­ish in the night­cap as Ja­son Swavely reg­is­tered his very first Ac­tion Track USA vic­tory.

Jared Sil­fee of Say­lors­burg, last year’s Ju­nior Sling­shot Cham­pion at Ac­tion Track USA as well as the Ju­nior Na­tional Cham­pion, cap­tured the $600 vic­tory in the All Star Sling­shot di­vi­sion on Wed­nes­day. Sil­fee was greeted in Vic­tory Lane by Sling­shot race spon­sor Daryl Till­man of Team ReMax of Read­ing.

SpeedSTR fea­ture No. 1 had Tom May­berry grab the early lead, while Ray Nemeth and Steve Dre­vicki fought for sec­ond. Dre­vicki, from Read­ing, snatched the run­ner-up po­si­tion from Nemeth and set his sights on May­berry. Dre­vicki got to the in­side of May­berry, then throt­tled by him to grab the top spot as they ex­ited turn two on lap four.

Buck­wal­ter marched from 12th start­ing po­si­tion to run third by the half­way point. He took over sec­ond just past the half­way mark, closed in on the leader im­me­di­ately, but could not mount a se­ri­ous chal­lenge. On the fi­nal rev­o­lu­tion, Buck­wal­ter drove deep into turn three, but was un­able to ex­e­cute the slide job that it would have taken to grab the top spot.

Dre­vicki dashed un­der Mike Fel­tenberger’s check­ered flag, hold­ing off Buck­wal­ter, the point leader; Jeff Hart­man wound up third with May­berry and Ohio’s Matt West­fall fin­ish­ing fourth and fifth, re­spec­tively.

In the sec­ond of the Twin 20’s for the SpeedSTRs, it was Al­len­town’s Briggs Dan­ner jump­ing to the early lead over Matt West­fall. A cou­ple of early race cau­tions kept things close with Dan­ner main­tain­ing the num­ber one po­si­tion.

Eighth-start­ing Tim Buck­wal­ter was the car on the move, rum­bling up to the third po­si­tion be­fore tak­ing sec­ond from Hart­man. Buck­wal­ter looked high and low to try and get by the leader, then ex­e­cuted a sin­gle-car slide job in turns one and two to grab the lead with five laps re­main­ing.

At the fin­ish, it was Buck­wal­ter over West­fall, who took sec­ond from Dan­ner with just a cou­ple of laps re­main­ing.

Dan­ner wound up third, and Jeff Hart­man fin­ished fourth, his sec­ond top-five ef­fort of the night. Kenny Bright­bill fin­ished fifth.

The first fea­ture of the night for the Hy­per Rac­ing Win­g­less 600 Sprints was high­lighted by one heck­uva bat­tle from sec­ond on back. With Will But­ler in com­mand it was Buck­wal­ter, Jay Hart­man, Danny Buc­ca­fusca, Billy Pauch Jr., and Alex Bright all bat­tling for sec­ond through sixth.

Buck­wal­ter even­tu­ally cleared that tus­sle and pulled right up on But­ler’s bumper. With Buc­ca­fusca still in the mix as well, the trio waged an eye-pop­ping bat­tle royale for the top spot.

The only slow­down pe­riod of this race oc­curred with five down. When it came down to crunch time, Buck­wal­ter brought the goods. Tim grabbed the top spot af­ter he and Will But­ler traded nu­mer­ous slide jobs on one an­other.

The race only took 6:18.147 to com­plete, and when the check­ered had fallen, it was Buck­wal­ter scor­ing his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 600 Sprint vic­tory over a fast clos­ing Jay Hart­man. Alex Bright set­tled for third with Buc­ca­fusca and Bran­don Az­za­lina com­plet­ing the top five.

The fi­nal race of the night - for the 600’s - went non-stop, green to checker. Ja­son Swavely, af­ter nu­mer­ous at­tempts and nearmisses, fi­nally found his way to Vic­tory Lane in Kutz­town. Swavely had quite a night, too, as he did not qual­ify in his heat race. He went to the C-Main where he fin­ished third (only four cars went to the B-Main from the C-Mains). In the B-Main, Swavely came from near the back to fin­ish fourth and qual­ify for the fea­tures. He started 22nd and fin­ished sev­enth in the 600’s first main event.

Will But­ler and Tommy Kun­sman bat­tled early in this one with But­ler gain­ing the ad­van­tage af­ter a few laps. Swavely closed on the leader, tus­sling with Buc­ca­fusca and But­ler be­fore Ja­son was able to grab the lead on the ninth trip around the clay. Billy Pauch Jr. en­tered the top five, pick­ing off one car at a time and mov­ing up to sec­ond. By the time he got there, how­ever, Swavely had pretty much checked out.

At the fin­ish, it was Ja­son Swavely, from Birds­boro, notch­ing his first ca­reer Ac­tion Track USA vic­tory in non-stop fash­ion. Pauch Jr. set­tled for sec­ond, with Will But­ler, Danny Buc­ca­fusca, Tim Buck­wal­ter rac­ing home in sixth.

The All Star Sling­shots com­peted in a 40-lap fea­ture with 37 cars (ev­ery­one who en­tered Wed­nes­day’s Sling­shot por­tion of the pro­gram) start­ing the race and $600 go­ing to the win­ner, cour­tesy of Daryl Till­man Team ReMax of Read­ing.

On a restart with 14 cir­cuits com­plete, Jared Sil­fee, the 2016 Ac­tion Track USA Ju­nior Sling­shot Cham­pion and also last year’s Na­tional Ju­nior Sling­shot champ, mus­cled his way un­der Dave Car­raghan and Marc Daniels to go three-wide into turn one ... for the lead!

There was con­tact in the cor­ner, Sil­fee came out ahead, and both Car­raghan and Daniels, while they got squir­rely as they banged off one an­other, were able to straighten out their mounts and con­tinue.

Dy­lan Hoch came from 18th to run sec­ond, but Sil­fee was long gone by the time he got there. Car­raghan re­cov­ered to fin­ish third with Marc Daniels fourth and Alex Yankowski com­pleted the top five.

*** There is no rac­ing at Ac­tion Track USA on Wed­nes­day, June 28 and on July 5 due to the Kutz­town Folk Fes­ti­val. Rac­ing re­turns to be­gin the sec­ond half of the 2017 sea­son on Wed­nes­day, July 12, with the run­ning of the se­ries fi­nale of the TriTrack Chal­lenge. The Chal­lenge is a three race minis­eries (for the 600 Sprints) be­tween Ac­tion Track USA, Linda’s Speed­way, and Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memo­rial Speed­way.

The Tri-Track Chal­lenge will pay a driver $1,000 to win pro­vided he/she takes the Gam­bler’s Chal­lenge.

The July 12 event will find the Check­ered Flag Fan Club in at­ten­dance and the whole pro­gram is be­ing pre­sented by AEI En­ter­prises.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Tim Buck­wal­ter stands in vic­tory lane af­ter win­ning a race dur­ing the Ron­nie To­bias Memo­rial on June 21 at Ac­tion Track USA in Kutz­town.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Steve Dre­vicki raises the check­ered flag as he gets out of his car in vic­tory lane fol­low­ing his win dur­ing the Ron­nie To­bias Memo­rial at Ac­tion Track USA on June 21.

CARL HESS - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Earle “Hur­ri­cane” Paules flipped his No. 8 SpeedSTR in the sec­ond of two SpeedSTR fea­tures on June 21 at Ac­tion Track USA. Paules was un­hurt and was able to drive his “wounded” racer back to the pits.

CARL HESS - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

An­drew Layser (95M) spins his 600 Mi­cro Sprinter and col­lects Jared Lilly (18) as Daniel Schu­maker slips by on the out­side on June 21 at Ac­tion Track USA.

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