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The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Barry Angstadt For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

KUTZ­TOWN >> Three nights af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing DNF in the sea­son opener, Tim Buck­wal­ter re­bounded in a big way on May 17, win­ning the Goldie & Elton Meit­zler Me­mo­rial pre­sented by Hoosier Rac­ing Tires for the USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs at Kutz­town’s Jef­freyHogueReal­tor.com Ac­tion Track USA.

Join­ing Buck­wal­ter in Weaknecht Archery Vic­tory Lane on Wed­nes­day were Jim Rad­ney (Hy­per Rac­ing Win­g­less 600 Sprints) and Marc Daniels (All Star Sling­shots). Shilling­ton’s Seth Spayd won the Sling­shot fea­ture that was post­poned on Sun­day and served as Wed­nes­day even­ing’s first main event.

Pole­sit­ter Andy Haus and Tom May­berry bat­tled for the lead in the early stages of the 30-lap USAC All Pro SpeedSTR fea­ture. May­berry took com­mand but cau­tion pe­ri­ods al­lowed Haus, Tim and Steve Buck­wal­ter, and Matt Janisch mul­ti­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to chal­lenge the leader and they did just that, pro­duc­ing some en­ter­tain­ing two and three-wide rac­ing for the top spots.

On a restart with 12 cir­cuits com­plete, Pottstown’s Tim Buck­wal­ter threaded the nee­dle, dart­ing be­tween May­berry and Haus on the home­stretch to claim the lead. A cou­ple tours later, Steve Buck­wal­ter snared the run­ner-up po­si­tion and a yel­low flag with ten to go put the Buck­wal­ter cousins side by side on the front row for the dou­ble file restart.

Driv­ing Paul Lotier’s Bagel Rack No. 7, Tim Buck­wal­ter main­tained his grip on the top spot, with cousin Steve chas­ing him around the pro­gres­sively banked oval. Janisch and Haus had plenty of com­pany in their tus­sle for third, as Sun­day win­ner Billy Pauch Jr. and Ohio’s Matt West­fall, along with Steve Dre­vicki and Ja­son Miller, made it a six­car bat­tle royale for third through eighth po­si­tions.

Tim Buck­wal­ter charged to the vic­tory, zip­ping un­der the check­ered flag by just more than a half-sec­ond over his cousin Steve. Janisch scored an im­pres­sive third place fin­ish, with Pauch Jr. and West­fall round­ing out the top five.

Kutz­town’s Dan Schu­maker set the early pace in the Hy­per Rac­ing Win­g­less 600 Sprint main with Doug Sny­der hound­ing him dur­ing the first few rev­o­lu­tions of the 25-lap fea­ture.

The in­side groove ap­peared to be the quick­est as the laps clicked off, as Jim Rad­ney steered his Hy­per X7 Chas­sis for­ward from sixth on the start­ing grid. Rad­ney, from Le­moyne, uti­lized the low lane to pass Schu­maker for the top spot on lap nine, then took off, open­ing a com­fort­able lead by the half­way point.

Two-time track cham­pion Jay Hart­man took note of Rad­ney’s suc­cess on the bottom, and he used the same route to move into sec­ond at the mid­way point of the race. A yel­low flag with ten to go wiped out Rad­ney’s huge lead, and now there was a third driver in the mix for the win as Ed­die Strada en­tered the top three. Strada made the high line work to his ad­van­tage, blast­ing by Hart­man for the run­ner-up po­si­tion as the race headed into its fi­nal stage.

Un­for­tu­nately for the de­fend­ing Ac­tion Track 600 Sprint point cham­pion (Strada), his night ended with two to go when his No. 36D slowed and coasted to a halt in turn four, hand­ing sec­ond place back to Jay Hart­man.

The fi­nal two trips around the clay be­longed to Rad­ney, as he held off Hart­man to cap­ture his first Ac­tion Track USA vic­tory. Hart­man, Jesse Mau­rer (started 11th), James Mor­ris (started 12th), and Schu­maker wound up third, fourth, and fifth.

It was an emo­tional vic­tory lane for Beth­le­hem’s Marc “the Ice­man” Daniels, who be­came a can­cer sur­vivor late last sum­mer and de­cided to go rac­ing once again in 2017. In just his sec­ond event since win­ning his bat­tle against the dreaded dis­ease, Daniels drove to the All Star Sling­shot tri­umph in Wed­nes­day’s Meit­zler Me­mo­rial night­cap.

“I didn’t think I’d ever be in vic­tory lane again,” stated a choked-up Daniels. “We won our bat­tle over can­cer last year, and we won tonight; def­i­nitely my two big­gest vic­to­ries ever. Thanks to ev­ery­one who sup­ported me over the past cou­ple years and to the Hoch Motorsports fam­ily for help­ing to put me back in a race car.”

CARL HESS - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The third of four qual­i­fy­ing heats for the NAPA All Star Sling­shots take the green flag and race into the first turn ear­lier this sea­son at Ac­tion Track USA in Kutz­town.

CARL HESS - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Seth Spayd (10s) and Mertz­town’s Dy­lan Hoch (35) bat­tle for the lead in the Sling­shot main car­ried over from Sun­day night. The two, who topped the Sling­shot points last sea­son, fin­ished first and sec­ond with Spayd tak­ing his first Sling­shot vic­tory at Ac­tion Track USA on May 17.

CARL HESS - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

It’s “Wheels To The Air” as Jim Rad­ney (95) and Jay Hart­man (24) take the green for a late race restart in the Win­g­less 600 Mi­cro Sprint A main. Rad­ney took the win with Hart­man a close sec­ond.

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