Dan­ner, Paul, Sil­fee, Ulsh win sea­son-en­ders

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Barry Angstadt For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The 2018 rac­ing sea­son con­cluded on Sun­day, Au­gust 19 at Cham­pi­onship En­ergy Ac­tion Track USA on the Kutztown Fair­grounds. When the fi­nal check­ered flags waved af­ter an­other night of com­pet­i­tive, close-quar­ters rac­ing ac­tion, Al­len­town’s Briggs Dan­ner emerged as the driver with the most wins (this sea­son) in the USAC SpeedSTR di­vi­sion, nail­ing down his fourth of the year in the 30-lap fi­nale.

Stoney Point, N.Y.’s Da­mon Paul cap­tured his sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son in the 25-lap cur­tain­closer for the Hy­per Rac­ing 600 Sprints. Jared Sil­fee, of Say­lors­burg, capped a big week by win­ning the Kutztown Komet 100 for the All Star Sling­shots. His win also clinched the 2018 Sling­shot point ti­tle and it came just days af­ter Sil­fee’s $2,000 tri­umph in the Su­per Sling­shot Fair Na­tional dur­ing Na­tional Dirt Week at the fair­grounds.

Tyler Ulsh was vic­to­ri­ous in the Ju­nior Sling­shot fea­ture on Sun­day. Ulsh used his win to cat­a­pult from third to first in the Ju­nior Sling­shot point stand­ings, win­ning the ti­tle by just five points over Shelby McLaugh­lin.

Billy Pauch Jr. was an­other racer who had a very suc­cess­ful sea­son fi­nale on Sun­day. Even though he did not win ei­ther of the fea­tures in which he com­peted, the Mil­ford, N.J. ace se­cured point cham­pi­onships in the USAC SpeedSTR di­vi­sion (his third ti­tle at Ac­tion Track USA) and in the Hy­per Rac­ing 600 Sprint class.

The 30-lap SpeedSTR main be­gan with Stephen Nederostek grab­bing the early lead, then fend­ing off the chal­lenges of Matt Janisch and TJ May­berry. Sixth-start­ing Briggs Dan­ner was the man on the move, wing­ing his way third on the sixth trip around the racy oval. Janisch pushed his No. 48 to the lead on lap ten, leav­ing Nederostek to bat­tle with Dan­ner for the run­ner-up spot.

Dan­ner claimed sec­ond a few cir­cuits later, then en­gaged in a “slider-fest” with Janisch, trad­ing slide jobs at both ends of the pro­gres­sively banked speed­way. Dan­ner fi­nally cleared the Janisch ma­chine on the back­stretch of lap 17 and went on to record the vic­tory, his fourth of the sea­son, by more than 1.5-sec­onds over Janisch. Tim Buck­wal­ter, who had won the pre­vi­ous two SpeedSTR events at the Berks County race place, slipped past Nederostek to take over the third po­si­tion with eight to go, and that is where he fin­ished. Steve Dre­vicki and Pauch Jr. com­pleted the top five.

The 30-lap­per went non­stop, the first time in the six-year his­tory of Ac­tion Track USA that the SpeedSTRs ran an en­tire fea­ture clean and green. Dan­ner’s win­ning time was 6:16.153 in an en­ter­tain­ing race high­lighted by in­tensely com­pet­i­tive ac­tion through­out the field.

Quick calculations af­ter the fea­ture in­di­cated that Pauch Jr. won the cham­pi­onship by 135 points over last year’s champ, Tim Buck­wal­ter. USAC All-Pro SpeedSTRs (30 Laps) —1. Briggs Dan­ner 2. Matt Janisch 3. Tim Buck­wal­ter 4. Steve Dre­vicki 5. Billy Pauch Jr. 6. Steven Nederostek 7. Matt West­fall 8. Pat Bealer 9. Alex Yankowski 10. Andy Haus 11. TJ May­berry 12. Kevin Graver 13. Lou Cic­coni 14. Ja­son Musser 15. Tom May­berry 16. Steve Buck­wal­ter 17. Tim Iulg 18. Ed Ken­der­dine. Hy­per Rac­ing 600 Sprints (25 Laps) — 1. Da­mon Paul 2. Billy Koch 3. An­drew Layser 4. Alex Bright 5. Nash Ely 6. Bobby But­ler 7. Billy Pauch Jr. 8. Joe Kay 9. Colin White 10. Chad Sandt 11. Mike But­ler 12. Zach Bealer 13. Wayne Scott 14. Jay Hart­man 15. Matt West­fall 16. Mike Thomp­son 17. Nate Schu­maker 18. Lou Cic­coni 19. Eric Ankiewicz 20. Jack Conover 21. Chris­tian Bruno 22. Joey Aman­tea 23. Mike Fauci 24. Aaron Bolinger 25. Jim Rad­ney 26. Ja­cob Sev­ern 27. Jimmy Glenn 28. Tim Buck­wal­ter. DNS: Jared Lily, Tyler Lind­say. All-Star Sling­shots Kutztown Komet 100 (100 Laps) — 1. Jared Sil­fee 2. CJ Fritz 3. Justin Thomp­son 4. Dave Car­raghan 5. Dy­lan Hoch 6. Cody Kline 7. Brett Bieber 8. Matt Miller 9. Dakota Kohler 10. An­thony Rais­ner 11. Louden Reimert 12. Tan­ner VanDoren 13. Craig Whit­moyer 14. Scott Neary 15. Gavin Dan­ner 16. Nico Flam­mer 17. Joe Toth DNS: Austin Daniels, Joey Kala­fut. Ju­nior Sling­shots (15 Laps) — 1. Tyler Ulsh 2. Casey Huf­f­cut 3. Shelby McLaugh­lin 4. Lo­gan Bau­man 5. Joey Kala­fut 6. Ai­dan Don­ald­son 7. Aaron Diller 8. Pay­ton Nemeth 9. Wy­att Tash­ler 10. James Hen­dricks 11. Jax Yohn 12. Makayla Kohler. EG Mayor 600 Sprints Mad Scram­ble (10 Laps) - 1.Mike Fauci ($25 & trans­fers to A-Main), 2.Nate Schu­maker (Hoosier RR Tire), 3.Lou Cic­coni (Vahlco Wheel), 4.Chris­tian Bruno (10 gal­lons of methanol from Road Run­ner Race Fu­els/VP Fuel), 5.Chad Sandt (RTS Gift Cer­tifi­cate), 6.Zach Bealer (Hy­per Rac­ing Gift Cer­tifi­cate), 7.Jared Lilly (Set of 4 FK Rod Ends), 8.Mike But­ler (TSL Shocks Gift Cer­tifi­cate), 9.Bobby But­ler (Sal­dana Rac­ing Prod­ucts Gift Cer­tifi­cate), 10.Jack Conover (Free Regis­tra­tion at Ac­tion Track USA), 11.Tyler Kehs (Py­ro­tect Rac­ing Cells Gift Cer­tifi­cate), 12.Matt West­fall, 13.Fred Heinly, 14.Doug Sny­der, 15.Re­becca LaMothe, 16.Scott Slater, 17.Ja­son Rochelle, 18.Ja­son Mul­downey, 19.Don Co­laluce, 20.Car­men Leg­gio, 21.Tom Scott Jr., 22.Ryan Con­rad, 23.Macy Litchauer, 24.Billy Koch.

CARL HESS - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A “flame burp” pops from the ex­haust as Da­mon Paul (#144) and Jay Hart­man get off the gas and slide into turn one. Paul was re­ally di­aled-in and took his sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son in the Wing­less 600 Mi­cro Sprint A Main later in the night.

CARL HESS - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Billy Pauch Jr. (#96s) and Da­mon Paul (#144) bat­tle wheel-to-wheel ex­it­ing turn four on the front straight. By night’s end, Paul would take his sec­ond win of the sea­son and Pauch Jr. would claim the 2018 point cham­pi­onship in the highly com­pet­i­tive Wing­less 600 Mi­cro Sprint di­vi­sion.

CARL HESS - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Briggs Dan­ner (#78), who en­tered the 2018 sea­son winless at Ac­tion Track USA, chalked up his fourth win of the sea­son in the USAC SpeedSTR di­vi­sion. Dan­ner is pic­tured here duel­ing for the lead with Matt Janisch (#48) who crossed the line in sec­ond place at the check­ers.

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