|Date: 7/18/2007 2:41:06 PM|
Lewis Wins First In 600cc Micros; Wagner and Stolz Split 270cc Twin 15s; Shannon Smith Wins Slingshots at Kutztown
KUTZTOWN, PA - Shane Lewis earned his first-ever 600cc Micro-Sprint feature win on Tuesday night at The Fairgrounds at Kutztown Speedway.
Lewis, starting second, jumped into the lead at the outset of the 20-lap main aboard his Lewis Racing No. 55. Despite a rash of cautions, the teenager never wavered, leading from start to finish.
Opening Night winner Brett Smith fended off Brent Marks in a battle for second place that heated up over the final laps. Consistent Jason Van Doren was fourth and Ryan Shupp completed the front five.
Heat winners for the 20 600cc Micro-Sprints were Ryan Wilson and Charles Cooley.
Sean Stolz became the first repeat winner in any Kutztown division by winning the first RTS Chassis 270cc Micro-Sprint Twin 15, while Eddie Wagner translated his first appearance of the season at the one-fifth-mile clay oval into a victory in the second.
Stolz, of Bloomsburg, Pa., started the first event from the front row and negotiated lapped traffic flawlessly. Stolz survived a scare on the final lap, when Jay Hartman flipped at the exit of turn four.
Stolz dodged the flipping Hartman No. 24 and survived a final-lap restart to record the win. His first came back on May 30. Fifth-starter Pat Bealer raced his No. 44B to a second-place finish, ahead of Ross Perchak (started seventh), Mike Esposito and Terry Schaeffer.
An invert of 10 cars put Wagner on the pole for the second 15-lapper and he controlled the entire event driving his No. 70.
Jeff Hartman made a last-lap advance to second with the No. 39, with Jesse Hartman in third. Ross Perchak zipped by Terry Schaeffer coming to the checkered flag for fourth.
Heat winners for the 34 270cc Micro-Sprints were Perchak, Stolz, Schaeffer and Ryan Wilson. Darin Bartholomew was the consolation winner.
Shannon Smith of Kunkletown, Pa., took over the race lead when T.J. Mayberry's car sustained a flat tire on lap one and was never headed in the 20-lap Slingshot main event. Smith cruised to the win over Steve Hicks, Kyle Rohner, Bob Marino and Trevor Kobylarz.
Slingshot heat winners were Smith and Kobylarz. Twenty-two cars took part in the action.
Racing continues at Kutztown on Wed., July 25 with Twin 15s for the 600cc Micro-Sprints, plus a full show for the 270cc Micro-Sprints and Slingshots. Gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. For more info, contact Danny Sammons by phone at: (609) 888-3618 or via e-mail: email@example.com. On the web://www.kutztownfairspeedway.com.
FAIRGROUNDS FALL-OUT: After two weeks off for the annual Kutztown Pennsylvania German Festival on the grounds and a third imposed by rain on July 11, racing at Kutztown nearly missed another week on Tuesday after a severe storm/funnel cloud moved through the area overnight.
Damage was done to the fairgrounds, requiring the track crew to spend an entire day on clean-up....
The Twin 15s for the 270cc Micros attracted nine invaders to the already-strong Kutztown field....
Racing was held on Tuesday to accommodate the Wednesday-night Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Series race at Grandview (Pa.) Speedway....
RTS CHASSIS RACE SUMMARY
600cc Micro-Sprint Feature Finish: SHANE LEWIS, Brett Smith, Brent Marks, Jason Van Doren, Ryan Shupp, Alex Bright, Keith McIntyre, Brian Carber, Gary Berkenstock, Ryan Frable, Charles Cooley, Sam Hemhauser, Tim Townsend, Brett Michalski, Jarrett Seng, Ryan Wilson, Eric Bodine, Bill Hahn, Jason Swavely, Mark Sokol.
270cc Twin 15 No. 1: SEAN STOLZ, Pat Bealer, Ross Perchak, Mike Esposito, Terry Schaeffer, Nick Skias, Jeff Hartman, Jonathan Kumernitsky, Jesse Hartman, Eddie Wagner, Rick Sheppard, Ashley Camillieri, Kyle Rochelle, Jay Horvath, Joey Kay, Alex Buben, Jason Swavely, Darin Bartholomew, Bob DeVault, Aaron Rineheimer, Steve Whary, Jonathan Pepe, Jay Hartman, Ryan Smith.
270cc Twin 15 No. 2: EDDIE WAGNER, Jeff Hartman, Jesse Hartman, Ross Perchak, Terry Schaeffer, Pat Bealer, Jay Hartman, Ryan Smith, Jonathan Kumernitsky, Sean Stolz, Ashley Camillieri, Mike Esposito, Kyle Rochelle, Darin Bartholomew, Steve Whary, Aaron Rineheimer, Rick Sheppard, Joey Kay, Jay Horvath, Jonathan Pepe, Alex Buben, Bob Devault, Nick Skias, Jason Swavely.
Did Not Qualify: Dave Skinner, Keith Wetzel, Andrew Dietrich, Chad Owens, Shelby Harper, Marty Gorr, Kevin Snyder, Jeremy Raifsnider, Dan Logue, Mark Janisch.
Slingshot Feature Finish: SHANNON SMITH, Steve Hicks, Kyle Rohner, Bob Marino, Trevor Kobylarz, Kurt Bettler, Nate Christman, Tyler Miller, Bill Weaver, Brett Bieber, Keith Snyder Jr., Rick Sachetta, Pete Knappenberger, Anthony Perrego, Damian Bower, Travis Bieber, Jordan Henn, Bill Clark, T.J. Mayberry, Austin Berk, Michael Bixler, Tiffany Wambold.
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