Cody Kline Breaks Through for First Nostalgia Nationals Win at the Reading Fair

Date: 8/11/2012 11:48:15 AM



The Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society Presents

The Nostalgia Nationals for All Star Slingshots at the

Reading Fair in Bern Township, PA



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Cody Kline Breaks Through for First Nostalgia Nationals Win at the Reading Fair

Bern Township, Pa. - A few days before the Nostalgia Nationals, Cody Kline told someone that this was one race he wanted to win very badly. He was preparing his All Star Slingshot for the upcoming battle at the Reading Fair, and he made no secret of his hope that this would be the year when he'd end up in victory lane.

Kline, the 2009 National Slingshot Champion, earned runner-up honors in that year's event in Reading, and he followed it up with a fourth-place effort one year later. That pair of top-five finishes were his best in the Nostalgia Nationals...until Tuesday, August 7, 2012.

The wheel-twister from Bangor, Pa. can now add a Reading Fair victory to his resume`, as Kline bested a stellar group of 27 competitors to win this year's edition of the event that is presented annually by the Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society.

Dual heat races and two, last-chance B-Mains on Monday evening set the starting line-up for Tuesday's 40-lap feature. Jason Harman and Kurt Bettler won both of their respective qualifying heats, with Harman holding the tie-breaker (a lower pill draw) over Bettler. Harman would, therefore, start on the pole of the Nostalgia Nationals A-Main, with Bettler on his outside and Kline right behind him in the third starting slot.

Three attempts at a double-wide start were wiped out by incident-causing yellow flags. The field was then directed to go single file, and the Slingshot pilots proceded to run 15 laps in clean and green fashion.

Harman, from Sugar Loaf, Pa., set the early pace with Kline pressuring Bettler for second. Kline made the pass on lap nine, trapping Bettler on the outside lane, and that permitted Joe Bodenschatz to also sneak by the Miller Motorsports No. 66 and take over third.

Cash Dash winner Brett Bieber ducked under Bettler to grab the fourth position at the halfway point, and one lap later Kline made the move that won him the race.

As the lead duo accelerated off turn four, Kline motored to the inside of Harman's No. 51. They drag raced down the homestretch, with Kline scored as the leader (by inches) as they crossed the stripe to complete lap 21. He cleared Harman's car in one and two to secure the top spot and take command - and he wasn't about to give it back.

Bieber and Bodenschatz got together in corner number one with 23 complete; Bodenschatz spun and both cars went to the rear as the field lined up for what would become the final restart of the event.

The final 17 circuits went non-stop, and Kline cruised to the victory over Harman, Bettler, Paul Ennis, Ryan Raidline, and Larry Raifsnider. It was an impressive run for Bernville's Raifsnider, who was making his first-ever Slingshot start after several seasons of Kart competition.

Monday's heat race winners included Bettler (2), Harman (2), Ennis, Simon Egan, Kline, and Brett Bieber. The B-Mains went to William Mohring and three-time Nostalgia Nationals winner Marc Daniels.

The Junior Slingshot National Tour paid its annual visit to the Reading Fair on Monday night, and local favorite Dylan Hoch, Mertztown, went home with the big victory.

Hoch manufactured a clean sweep at the Fair, winning both of his heat races to earn the pole position for the Juniors' 20-lap main event. He led all the way in the feature, winning by a couple of car-lengths over current Junior National Tour point leader Brandon McGill.

Kassidy Kreitz, the daughter of 410 Sprint Car chauffeur Donald Kreitz, registered an impressive third-place finish in her first start at the Reading Fair, with Leesport's Aaron Danks and Middletown, NY's Jared Labagh rounding out the top five.

During Tuesday's action, four Micro-Sprints staged an exhibition race intended to promote the 125cc/ 270cc Four-Stroke event scheduled for the fairgrounds oval on Friday, August 10. The Stage One Modifieds were also set to join the Micros as part of Friday's activity.

Chip Geib, Manheim, won Tuesday's exhibition run over Mohnton's Eddie Nocera. Both drivers were wheeling the 270cc Four-Stroke machines they normally drive at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.

Jim Bozak had two of his 125cc mounts at the Fair on Tuesday, and Danny Braun of Boyertown drove one of them to a third place finish, while Glenn Moyer, Reading, ran fourth in Bozak's second car.

Unfortunately, Friday's Micro-Sprint and Stage One Mod event fell victim to rain.

Nostalgia National Notes...

The Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society continues to make improvements to their track, with this year's upgrades including safety enhancing guardrail that now surrounds the corners at both ends of the speedway. The guardrail was donated and installed by Morgan Rail.

MJ Electric was responsible for the installation of more permanent lighting for the track, and the increased light levels made a noticeable difference for officials, drivers, and fans.

Some new clay was also added for this year, and the surface drew rave reviews from the race teams, Slingshot officials, and fans. A large crowd witnessed Tuesday's action, while a smaller (but still very decent) spectator turnout watched the qualifying and Junior National activities on Monday evening.

A long list of additional sponsors made the eighth running of the Nostalgia Nationals a huge success. Those businesses whose support is so essential included: Cordier's Speed Shop, Bill's Speed & Sport, Grim's Truck Wreck Specialists, Cornerstone Auto, Mogel Fire Extinguishers, Thunder on the Hill Promotions, R&F International Muffler & Brake, Weaver's Auto Body, Burkhart Brothers, Bok Engine Repair, Huston's Automotive, Joe's Garage, Inc., Murante Automotive, Paul's Auto Body, Mammana Automotive, Gasoline Alley (Steve and Ed Pados), Martocci Automotive, Tony's Auto Repair, Carl's Auto Repair, Reagle Dodge, Inc., Dotta Motor Sales Inc., Arm Automotive, Gardener's Garage, Ralph's Radiator, Persa Auto Repair, Outten Used Cars, Accord Speedway Inc. (Gary and Donna Palmer), Berks Packing, V&M Towing, Braucher Farms, Rockland Signs, S&S Speedway, Savage 61 Dodge, Heeby's Supplies, Heffner Printing, Berks Products, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Lowe's, Kenny Hade, Blue Rock Campground, Lane's Auto Repair, Christman's Meat Market, Shellhammer's Speedway, and the Reading Fair Board.

An anonymous donor also put up cash bonuses for the top finishing driver who qualified out of the B-Main (William Mohring) and to the seventh-place finisher (Travis Bieber). Those two bonuses were named the Dan Wheldon Tribute Awards.

The same donor also provided $50 to the top finishing Shellhammer's Speedway regular in the Junior Slingshot National event on Monday. Named the Cleon Garl Memorial Award, that bonus was paid to winner Dylan Hoch.

The 40-lap Nostalgia Nationals for the All Star Slingshots not only paid $1,000 to winner Cody Kline, but the race also awarded National, Regional, and Speedweeks points to the drivers who participated in the event.

Kline's victory, coupled with Brett Bieber's 14th place finish, enabled Kline to open a 60-point lead over Bieber in the Slinger Speedweeks championship chase with two races left to run. (NOTE: the event scheduled at Selinsgrove Raceway Park on Friday, August 10, was rained out, leaving just the August 11 race at Hamlin on the Speedweeks itinerary.)

It was Kline's second triumph of 2012 Slinger Speedweeks, while Bieber's string of three consecutive Speedweeks victories was broken at the Reading Fair.

This was the eighth running of the Nostalgia Nationals, and Marc Daniels remains the only driver to win more than one of them. Daniels recorded wins in the 2006, 2007, and 2009 editions of the event.

All Star Slingshot Feature, 40 laps: 1.Cody Kline, 2.Jason Harman, 3.Kurt Bettler, 4.Paul Ennis, 5.Ryan Raidline, 6.Larry Raifsnider, 7.Travis Bieber, 8.Matt Mertz, 9.Shannon Smith, 10.Kyle Gruber, 11.John Bockhorn, 12.Randy Johnston, 13.Matt Massone, 14.Brett Bieber, 15.William Mohring, 16.Marc Daniels, 17.Louden Reimert, 18.Tayllor Schoenly, 19.Rob Sentner, 20.Matt Miller, 21.Steve Heckman, 22.B.J. Antonio, 23.Joe Bodenschatz, 24.Mark Sensenig, 25.Simon Egan, 26.Collin Sentner, 27.Simon Whitnell.

Junior Slingshot National, 20 laps: 1.Dylan Hoch, 2.Brandon McGill, 3.Kassidy Kreitz, 4.Aaron Danks, 5.Jarred Labagh, 6.Bobby Flood, 7.Collin DuBois, 8.Dakota Barlet, 9.Ryan Quackenbush, 10.Dakota Kohler.

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