Miller gets first win at Lernerville since 2015
By Pam Baker
CLARION NEWS Racing correspondent
Hope everyone had a great Father's Day weekend, it was a beautiful weekend for getting together with family, having a cookout and enjoying the sunshine, if that was possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lernerville Speedway was finally able to open its doors for the time in 2020 and they held a regular Fab 4 show featuring the 410 Sprints, Late Models, Big Block Modifieds and the Pro Stocks on Friday night. Jack Sodeman, Jr. wired the field for the 410 Sprint feature in convincing fashion, holding off stiff challenges from Brandon Spithaler and Carl Bowser during the closing laps of the race and collected his first win of the season. Bowser was able to take second from Spithaler with AJ Flick finishing fourth and John Garvin, Jr. rounding out the top five. Seneca's Jacob Gomola finished ninth and Clarion's Michael Bauer road home eleventh.
In the Late Model Feature Russ King ran his opening winning streak to two with an impressive feature victory, pulling out the win with a late race pass of leader Matt Lux who finished second. Third went to Michael Lake with Will Thomas fourth and Colton Flinner fifth.
Garrett Krummert, coming off his win last weekend at Bedford Speedway with the BRP Modified Tour, was able to keep that winning streak alive as he kept a set of hard charging drivers behind him to pick up his second win of the year. Krummert's brother-in-law, Dave Murdick finished second with Brian Swartzlander third. Fourth and fifth went to the King family with Rex King, Jr. finishing one spot in front of his dad, Rex King, Sr.
A familiar face wound up on top of the podium as Mike Miller managed to hold off an oncoming Noah Brunell in the closing laps to secure his win at Lernerville since 2015. Brunell finished second ahead of Jason Fosnaught, Tyler Dietz and Corey McPherson.
Coming up this week at Lernerville Speedway will the running of the 14th Annual Firecracker Late Model 100. This three-day event will start on Thursday and run through Saturday night featuring the World of Outlaw Late Models. Thursday and Friday nights features will be 30-laps for $6,000 and Saturday will feature a 100-lap for $30,000 to win. Racing action starts at 6pm all three nights.
On Saturday night at Hummingbird Speedway, the track hosted the Young Guns Jr. Sprint car division (Stock Class) and Adam Presnar and Brayden Beatty led the field to the drop of the green flag. Beatty jumped into the lead on lap one and led the entire distance to pick up the feature win. Finishing second was Garrett Davenport followed by Adam Presnar, Mason McAndrew and Logan Jackson.
Nate Shook and Conner Metheny brought the field of Young Guns Jr. Sprints (Open Class) trackside for their 12-lap feature and Metheney pulled out to an early lead and never looked back to take the feature win. Finishing second was Colten McAndrew followed by Nate Shook and Kalen Jackson.
In regular division race the four cylinders took the green flag for their 15-lap feature and Travis Timko jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green. A caution on lap two brought the field back together. Timko was able to hold onto the lead on the restart, but Wayne Truitt was able to make the pass for the lead and held on to get the win. Finishing second was Brooks Kaufman followed by Joe Anthony, David Smail and Cody McNaughton.
Doug Surra took command of the top position from the drop of the green flag in the Semi Late Model feature and held that lead the entire 20-laps to pick up his first win of the season. Finishing behind Surra were Nick Erskine, Bernie Whiteford, Jr., Kyle Shannon and Gabe Shaffer.
In the Pure Stock feature Bill Mumau and Dalton Gustafson led the field around for the first lap of the event with Mumau jumping out to the lead. A caution flag on lap two grouped the field back together once again. Bryce Swauger took the lead away from Mumau on lap seven and went on to capture the checkered flags. Finishing second was Tim Steis followed by Dalton Gustafson, Tim Powell and Shawn Hadden.
Scott Alvertro and Wyatt Scott along with Doug Eck made it three wide on the opening lap of the Super Late Model feature with Eck having the advantage on the first lap. Eck worked the track methodically and survived several cautions to take home the victory. Mike Wonderling finished second ahead of Scott Alvertro, Rod Phillips and Levi Sikora.
In the Street Stock feature Brandon Conner jumped into the lead at the drop of the green. Conner led through several caution periods, but on a restart on lap eleven Tim Bish used the high side of the speedway to pass second place Zach Gustafson and then on lap thirteen took the lead away from Conner to pick up the win. Gustafson was able to get by Conner for second with Conner in third. Fourth place went to Bruce Hartzfeld and Trevor McCann finished fifth.
There were 93 cars in the pit are for the second night of the season. Coming up next Saturday night will be a regular 5-division program. Gate open at 4pm and races start at 7pm.
On Sunday night, Lon and I were able to attend Tri City Raceway Park, but before and racing action could take a shower hit the race track cancelling the nights racing events. Rain checks are good for the next two Sunday's. Coming up this Sunday night at Tri City will be the 410 Sprints, 358 Modifieds and the four cyclinders along with the appearance of the Mod Lites for the first time this season. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
Also, coming up this next weekend both Michaels Mercer Raceway Park and Sharon Speedway will be back in action for the first time this season with full programs. For more information about any track, check out their Facebook page or website where you can find updated schedules, ticket pricing or any other information that you might need. Have a great week and stay safe.