Pauch Jr., Bright, Bieber claim wins

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KUTZ­TOWN » Mil­ford, N.J.’s Billy Pauch Jr. reg­is­tered his 13th ca­reer vic­tory in the USAC SpeedSTR di­vi­sion on Mon­day night at Cham­pi­onship En­ergy Ac­tion Track USA on the Kutz­town Fair­grounds. With his vic­tory in the 30-lap Weaknecht Archery Me­mo­rial Day Show­down, Pauch Jr. breaks a tie (with Tim Buck­wal­ter) for first place on the all-time SpeedSTR win­ner’s list at the Berks County oval.

“Re­ally cool to win on Me­mo­rial Day in front of this big crowd, with my car owner (Mike Heffner) here, and on my spon­sor’s night, too,” said Pauch in vic­tory lane. “Be­fore the races, I said I was go­ing to get this one for Weaknecht Archery.”

Tim Buck­wal­ter fin­ished third with Hart­man and Steve Dre­vicki round­ing out the top five. Buck­wal­ter said he lost his power steer­ing near the end of the 30-lap­per, while Dre­vicki re­bounded from an early race tan­gle to fin­ish fifth.

A fan­tas­tic Hy­per rac­ing 600 Sprint fea­ture saw Phoenixville’s Alex Bright emerge with the vic­tory, but only af­ter he swapped the top spot a few times with race long leader Nash Ely.

Travis Bieber, from Oley, cap­tured his third ca­reer All Star Sling­shot win at Ac­tion Track USA, and his first since 2016.

Big Di­a­mond

Rac­ing phe­nom Alex Yankowski con­tin­ues to daz­zle the field in the USS Achey Sports­man di­vi­sion at Big Di­a­mond Speed­way by win­ning his sec­ond fea­ture of the young sea­son. The 13-year-old Yankowski bat­tled last week’s win­ner Shawn Light in a one-lap shootout to win the 20-lap fea­ture event.

Tyler Re­ber brought the field to green to lead lap one. Vet­er­ans Doug Hen­dricks and Wayne Wit­mer were on the move early and quickly joined the ac­tion up front along with Kevin Brady. A ter­rific bat­tle en­sued up front be­tween Hen­dricks, Wit­mer, Brady with Yankowski join­ing in the fray as early leader Re­ber be­gins to fade.

It took two at­tempts to restart the race af­ter a lap 10 cau­tion with con­tender Hen­dricks be­ing in­volved in the sec­ond yel­low end­ing his bid for vic­tory. Once the race re­sumed it was Wit­mer out front with Yankowski fol­low­ing closely be­hind as Craig Whit­moyer and Shawn Light both throw their hel­mets into the mix for the top spot. Fol­low­ing a cau­tion on lap 15, Yankowski was able to grab the lead from Wit­mer with Light and Whit­moyer also get­ting by Wit­mer to move into sec­ond and third. Wit­mer’s strong run comes to end with ap­par­ent en­gine prob­lems. The yel­low light comes back on as the field takes the one to go sign set­ting up the last lap shootout be­tween Yankowski and Light. Yankowksi per­form­ing like a vet­eran makes no mis­takes on the restart and mo­tors on to the win.

Fol­low­ing Yankowski across the line were Light, Michael Bur­rows, Craig Whit­moyer and Dave Dissinger. Fin­ish­ing sixth through tenth were Ed Mrochko, Matt Clay, Kevin Brady and Nate Klinger.

The Cen­tral PA Legends made their first visit to the speed­way in 2018 and pro­vided the fans with some ter­rific rac­ing. Ma­son Chaney takes the lead early on, but Bob Stough grabs the lead on a lap five restart. Stough’s lead didn’t last long as Scott Houde­schell was able to get to the point with a good restart af­ter a lap eight yel­low. A ter­rific four car bat­tle took place the re­main­der of the race be­tween Houde­schell, Stough, Chaney and a hard charg­ing Trent Yoder. With two to go it was a side by side bat­tle for the lead be­tween Chaney and Houde­schell. The pair swapped the lead back and forth with Chaney com­ing up vic­to­ri­ous in the end. Fol­low­ing Chaney and Houde­schell across the line were Trent Yoder, Bob Stough and Jeremy Ott.

The Sav­age 61 Road Run­ners put on yet another ter­rific main event at the speed­way with Kris Ney win­ning the main event af­ter a great race with Terry Kramer. Mike Re­ichert, Chris Hol­land and Jim Kost com­pleted the top five.

Kody Sites was the win­ner of the 20-lap fea­ture event in the No Sweat Ser­vice Group Street Stock Di­vi­sion. Sites. Chris Heller, and Joey Bren­nan fought tooth and nail in the mid por­tion of the race with Sites even­tu­ally tak­ing the lead to go on to the vic­tory. Bren­nan ended up sec­ond with Heller, Kyle Say­lor and Dean Hine the top five.

The Blast from the Past Vin­tage cars were also on hand Fri­day night with the Vin­tage di­vi­sion race won by Wy­att Ja­cobus Sr, fol­lowed by Curt Neiman and Rick Mut­ter. In the Mod­i­fied di­vi­sion it was Andy Cas­sel fol­lowed by Doug Step­anchuk and Brett Peters.

The 50-lap en­dure race was won by Scott Rig­gle­man over Chris Graver and Chris Re­ichert.

Ge­orge­town Speed­way

Craig Von Dohren put on a show un­der the ‘Fri­day Night Lights’ at Ge­orge­town Speed­way in Ge­orge­town, Del.

Von Dohren, af­ter start­ing ninth in the 30-lap Sunoco big-block/small-block Mod­i­fied fea­ture, roared to Vic­tory Lane, pock­et­ing $3,000 for his ef­forts. A heavy track sur­face from re­cent rain­fall didn’t de­ter the Oley driver, who rode the rim of the half-mile oval in Dick Biever’s No. 14s.

“With all the rain, it (the track) was fast and choppy in spots tonight,” noted Von Dohren, who was nearly a straight­away be­hind the lead­ers at one point dur­ing the main. “When I got to fourth, I couldn’t see any­one. Then lit­tle by lit­tle, I could see Watty (Ryan Watt). I knew I was catch­ing them, but it’s a tenth at a time.”

Von Dohren thanked his crew and team for their sup­port af­ter his sec­ond Ge­orge­town vic­tory of 2018. His first came on March 16 in a small-block-only event.

“This is a three-and-ahalf-hour ride on a work night for us,” he said. “I’ve got to thank all my guys for com­ing down tonight. We’ve got a great team here.”

Duane Howard launched off the out­side pole to take the lead at the start of the main with Norm Hansell’s No. 357. Howard, a past fea­ture win­ner at Ge­orge­town, led the open­ing 11 laps be­fore turn­ing over the top spot to David Van Horn in Fred Vahls­ing’s Vahlco Wheels No. 323ov.

Van Horn ap­peared to have the race in hand, pulling away with ease un­til a yel­low flew on lap 20. That changed the race’s com­plex­ion. Not only did it erase Van Horn’s ad­van­tage; it also brought Von Dohren into con­tention with the lead­ers.

Howard re­claimed the lead off a restart on lap 22 and Van Horn’s ride slowed in turn four with rear-end is­sues.

It was now Von Dohren – who had been pick­ing off cars through­out the race’s first two-thirds – on Howard’s tail.

The two Berks County driv­ers put on a show, swap­ping lanes and the lead, spark­ing rubrails at times.

Howard led lap 23, but it was Von Dohren out front on laps 24 and 25.

A yel­low with five laps re­main­ing led to a sin­gle-file restart with Von Dohren out front. De­spite a bob­ble in turn three on the 28th lap, he held on for the win.

“The yel­low on lap 20 made the race for me,” he said. “I found the top groove and knew we had a fast car, but I didn’t know if I had time to get there un­der green.”

Howard, like Von Dohren from Oley, earned a $2,000 run­ner-up fin­ish. Billy Pauch Jr. of Mil­ford, N.J., placed third in the Daniel Som­mel­ing No. 51, with Brett Kress­ley of Ore­field, Pa., who started 12th, and Jimmy Hor­ton of Ne­shanic Sta­tion, N.J., com­plet­ing the front five.

Grand­view

With nine Satur­day nights of NASCAR stock car rac­ing sched­uled at Grand­view Speed­way so far this sea­son and only four be­ing pre­sented it is clear that, at present, Ma Na­ture is win­ning the rain­out bat­tle.

Satur­day night’s triple­header card of NASCAR stock car rac­ing fea­tur­ing the T.P.Trail­ers 358 Mod­i­fieds, Sports­man and Late Models fell vic­tim to Ma Na­ture’s weather wrath for the fifth time this sea­son. Track man­age­ment and rac­ers made ev­ery ef­fort to get the races run but af­ter more than one hour in de­lays the events were can­celed.

Grand­view Speed­way man­age­ment will try again on Satur­day, June 9th, when they present K&N Fil­ters Night.

CARL HESS - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Above, Devin Gun­drum (#17) was in­volved in the most spec­tac­u­lar flip of the night af­ter he climbed the front stretch wall and cat­a­pulted down the front straight­away. Gun­drum emerged from the car un­hurt.

CARL HESS - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Alex Bright (#X) is pic­tured here bat­tling though the pack on his way to vic­tory lane in the pop­u­lar Win­g­less 600 Mi­cro Sprint di­vi­sion.

RICK KEPNER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Alex Yankowski poses in vic­tory lane af­ter his Sports­man win at Big Di­a­mond on June 1.

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