Bright brings home win at the Clyde

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Per­haps Alex Bright just en­joys races that fall on the first of the month, or maybe he shines when the track is heavy and su­per-tacky. Or, quite pos­si­bly, he is just that darn good when the USAC East­ern Re­gional Mid­gets pre­sented by ARDC com­pete at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memo­rial Speed­way.

Bright, from Col­legeville, stormed to vic­tory in Satur­day night’s Star Span­gled Havoc event at the Clyde. It was his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive tri­umph in the event that is held an­nu­ally on the In­de­pen­dence Day hol­i­day week­end, and his fourth straight stand-alone USAC/ARDC win at the Newmanstown oval. With the vic­tory, Bright also be­comes this sea­son’s first two-time win­ner on the USAC/ARDC trav­el­ing cir­cuit, adding to his April 1st tri­umph at Clyde Martin. And, to say that he scored a con­vinc­ing win on Satur­day is a se­ri­ous un­der­state­ment, as last year’s point cham­pion lapped up to the fourth place fin­isher in the 30-lap AMain.

“I knew I had to get to the front be­fore Ryan did,” ex­plained the win­ner, re­fer­ring to run­nerup Ryan Greth. “He’s re­ally good, as ev­ery­body saw, and I had to work hard early to beat him to the lead.”

“He’s just awe­some here, “said Greth af­ter­ward as he pointed to­wards the win­ner. “We had that one shot at him, but we’ll take sec­ond tonight and count it as a good points night. I am tak­ing th­ese races one at a time, but it’s hard not to think about the points thing when you are in our po­si­tion.”

Greth re­cently took the USAC/ ARDC point lead, leap-frog­ging over Bright af­ter a pair of topten fin­ishes at Wil­liams Grove on June 15 and 16.

Kyle Spence had a very busy night on Satur­day as well. For a time, it ap­peared that Spence would en­joy a very prof­itable evening, too, but it didn’t quite work out as he’d planned or hoped it would.

The driver from Bear, Del., did crank out his fourth straight 600 Sprint vic­tory at the Clyde, steer­ing Gary Hunter’s No. 7h to the Hy­per Rac­ing Win­g­less 600 tri­umph in the 30-lap Fire­cracker Frenzy A-Main. He quickly buck­led into his fam­ily owned No. 25 for bat­tle in the USAC/ARDC Midget’s Star Span­gled Havoc fea­ture, but fell out of that one while chal­leng­ing for third po­si­tion. And then came the Viper Chas­sis Win­g­less 270 Clash at the Clyde, where Spence led 29 of the 30 laps be­fore me­chan­i­cal grem­lins side­lined him and handed the vic­tory to Mike Ruther­ford.

The 270 win was Ruther­ford’s fourth con­sec­u­tive tri­umph in that divi­sion at the Clyde, and it was a very emo­tional vic­tory for the Li­titz, Pa. wheel-twister. His dad, Rich, passed away un­ex­pect­edly just six days ear­lier.

This was the fi­nal tune-up for the mighty Mid­gets (at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memo­rial Speed­way) be­fore the Tues­day, Au­gust 15 event fea­tur­ing the cars and stars of the USAC Na­tional Midget Cham­pi­onship. The sec­ond an­nual Bat­tle­ground: Lanco event will pit Bright, Greth, and the rest of the lo­cal Midget com­peti­tors against the best of the mid­west, in­clud­ing last year’s Bat­tle­ground vic­tor Tan­ner Thor­son, who will once again pilot one of the po­tent Keith Kunz Mid­gets dur­ing PA Midget Week.

The Hy­per Rac­ing Win­g­less 600 Sprints will join the USAC Na­tional Mid­gets on Au­gust 15. RE­SULTS: USAC East­ern Re­gional Mid­gets pre­sented by ARDC: Star Span­geld Havoc A-Main, 30 Laps: 1.Alex Bright, 2.Ryan Greth, 3.Kenny Miller III, 4.Eric Hey­den­re­ich, 5.Shawn Jack­son, 6.Jimmy Glenn, 7.Jay Hart­man, 8.Reed Saloney, 9.Mark Lowrey, 10.John Hey­den­re­ich, 11.Kyle Spence, 12.Ro­han Beasley, 13.Adam Pier­son, 14.Josh Heck­man, 15.Brandon Yar­lett, 16.AJ Bast. Hy­per Rac­ing Win­g­less 600 Sprints: Fire­cracker Frenzy A-Main, 30 Laps: 1.Kyle Spence, 2.Ja­son Swavely, 3.Jim Rad­ney, 4.Heath Hehnly, 5.Mike Ruther­ford, 6.Ryan Groff, 7.Bradley Brown, 8.Jimmy Glenn, 9.Nash Ely, 10.Austin Quick, 11.Danny Strat­ton, 12.Brandon Heist, 13.Bruce Ginther Jr., 14.Brandon Pavel, 15.Shaun Bran­del, 16.Kyle Lick, 17.Hunter James, 18.Billy Koch, 19.Jarid Kun­kle, 20.Greg Stevens, 21.James Mor­ris, 22.Mark Land­wher, 23.Will Urkuski, 24.Will But­ler. DNQ: Mike Meyers, Nick Sweigart, Jeff Stel­ter, Hunter Met­zger, Kas­sidy Michael, Lo­gan Spahr, Don Hess, Nathan Smith, Holden Eck­man, Mike Lin­der­man, Steve Whary. Viper Chas­sis Win­g­less 270 Sprints: Clash at the Clyde A-Main, 30 Laps: 1.Mike Ruther­ford, 2.Ja­son Swavely, 3.Josh Stoyer, 4.Pete Skias, 5.Cameron Bellinger, 6.Ta­jae Adams, 7.Brent Shearer, 8.Dal­las Schott, 9.Tyler Ul­rich, 10.Adam Har­nish, 11.Kyle Spence, 12.AJ Ger­hart, 13.Corey Sch­muck Jr., 14.Ricky Sechrist, 15.Kenny Miller III, 16.Jar­rett Im­ler, 17.Brian Shol­ley, 18.Austin Graby, 19.Devin Adams, 20.Adam Minzer, 21.Zack Hollinger, 22.Nick Skias, 23.Toby Blu­men­shine, 24.Dan Lane Jr. DNQ: Brian Boyer, An­thony Yerger, Alex Fu­nari, Mike Skias.

Post­pone­ments

Rain and storms post­poned many race­tracks in the re­gion over the week­end, in­clud­ing Grand­view Speed­way and Big Di­a­mond.

At Grand­view, this Satur­day fans will see, in ad­di­tion to the two 25-lap Sports­man fea­tures, the Fire­cracker 40 for Late Mod­els, the TP Trail­ers 358 Mod­i­fieds and Blast from the Past Vin­tage Cars. Modified racer Kory Fleming will also be do­ing his an­nual kids bi­cy­cle give­away with two bikes for girls and two for boys.

Rac­ing at Ac­tion Track USA was not on the sched­ule due to the Kutz­town Folk Fes­ti­val.

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