Kutz­town’s Kun­kle cap­tures big win at the Clyde

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Clyde Martin Speed­way

NEWMANSTOWN » It may have been just their sec­ond race to­gether, but Jarid Kun­kle ap­peared to be right at home in the seat of Robert Shaf­fer’s 600cc Mi­cro Sprint.

The col­lege stu­dent from Kutz­town blasted to his first vic­tory of the sea­son in Satur­day night’s Hyper Rac­ing 600 fea­ture at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Me­mo­rial Speed­way, pass­ing Jim Rad­ney in late race lapped traf­fic to earn the tri­umph. Join­ing Kun­kle in Satur­day’s win­ner’s cir­cle were Mike Rutherford (Viper Chas­sis 270cc), Nick Skias (Sports­man), Kyler Heiney (125cc), and Mike Coen (250cc Four-Stroke).

It was a night that had to be seen to be be­lieved, with in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive ac­tion in four of the five main events, start­ing with the Hyper Rac­ing 600 head­liner.

Rad­ney started on the pole and set the early pace while Austin Quick and Kun­kle traded vi­cious slide jobs for sec­ond place. The duel for the run­ner-up po­si­tion went on for at least a dozen laps but that wasn’t the only high­light reel bat­tle tak­ing place on the pro­gres­sively banked oval. Heath Hehnly, who started 17th, moved up to fight for a top five spot with Mike Rutherford. Kun­kle fi­nally cleared Quick for sec­ond on the 18th trip around the clay. He set sail af­ter Rad­ney, and caught the leader in less than two laps even though Rad­ney had built a com­fort­able ad­van­tage dur­ing the mid­dle stages of the event. Kun­kle stalked Rad­ney for three tours, then made his move when the leader hes­i­tated a bit be­hind a lapped car. Kun­kle shot into the top spot with three to go, and even a yel­low flag with 22 com­plete could not de­rail his ride to vic­tory. He checked out on the restart and was nearly two-sec­onds ahead of Rad­ney when the check­ered flag waved on lap 25.

“I am so glad that Robert asked me to drive his car,” smiled Kun­kle in vic­tory lane. “The thing is a rocket, and there’s so many fast cars here, but we had the best one tonight.”

Rad­ney wound up sec­ond with Quick fin­ish­ing third ahead of Kyle Spence and Hehnly.

Cen­tral Pa.

Brock Zeafrose, of Jon­estown, had a great week­end as he won at both Wil­liams Grove and Port Royal. At Wil­liams Grove, he bested Wis­con­son in­vader Nill Ba­log. Up at Port Royal he was the win­ner over Greg Hod­nett.

At Lin­coln Speed­way, Danny Di­et­rich beat Fred­die Rah­mer. It was Di­et­rich’s 40th win at Lin­coln and his sec­ond of the year.

Last week the All Stars were in the area with shows at Wil­liams Grove and Port Royal. Lance Dewease, driv­ing for Don­nie Kre­itz out of Shilling­ton, won both races, win­ning $10,000.

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