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Kyle Rohrbaugh Limited Stock Winner

June 12th, 2011

Hanover, PA – It was chapter two of Billy Dietrich’s sprint car clinic at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night. The former Trail-Way champ drove around both Kyle Moody and leader Tim Wagaman over the final laps to score his second win of the year and 16th of his career in the 25-lap feature. His win, combined with a sixth-place finish earlier in the evening in the make-up feature from last week’s rainout, vaulted him into the Trail-Way points lead. “We were out to lunch earlier,” said Dietrich after exiting his Racer’s Used Parts Warehouse #8 in victory lane, “And then a buddy came over and gave me some pointers.”

“I could get used to this,” he added, “There was good racing all through the field and they did a good job turning the track around during intermission.”

Dietrich started ninth and advanced to the top five by lap five. He was running third when the final caution of the race came out for a spinning Joe Trone, Jr. exiting turn four of lap 13. He drove around Kyle Moody for the runner-up spot in lapped traffic on lap 20, and then drove around race leader Tim Wagaman through turns three and four of lap 22. Wagaman settled for second, with Moody third, Logan Schuchart fourth, and Jeff Rohrbaugh fifth. Sixth through tenth were Steve Owings, Dale Hammaker, JB Cunningham, Ted Thomas, and Mike Duncan, Jr.

Earlier in the evening, Steve Owings claimed his second win of the year in the 25-lap make-up feature postponed by rain last week. Owings started eighth, advanced to second by the end of the fourth lap, and caught Zach Euculano for the lead on lap seven.

“It feels good to get this one in the bag,” said Owings, “If Brad (McClelland) had his suit with him, I would have been watching from the stands.”

Crossing second behind the Valentine Motorsports/Westminster Transmissions #35 was Dale Hammaker, with Joe Trone, Jeff Rohrbaugh, and Logan Schuchart completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Dietrich, Cunningham, Moody, 20th-starting Wagaman, and Duncan. Heats for the 25 sprinters were won by Owings, Wagaman, and Rohrbaugh. Tyler Walton piloted the Rick Hench #1 from his outside front row starting spot to the win in the 20-lap 1000cc “Sidewinder” micro-sprint feature event.

Driving Ben Murphy’s car, he was never challenged, and crossed nearly a quarter-lap in front of Reed Salony, with John Robertson, Seth Kearchner, and Rohan Beasley completing the top five. Heats for the 14 “Sidewinders” were won by Robertson and Walton. Timothy Hahn drove to his first career Trail-Way win in the 20-lap Extreme Stock feature.

He started on the pole and led every lap despite race-long pressure from Jeremy Stremmel, who spun out exiting the last turn. Larry Landis ended up finishing second, with Jeff Racine, Sr. third. Heats for the 12 Extreme Stocks were won by Stremmel and Racine. Kyle Rohrbaugh came from 11th starting spot to win the 15-lap limited stock feature.

Matt Chronister led the first 12 laps before yielding to Ricky Weaver, Jr. But after leading lap 13, Weaver slowed to a stop in turns three and four of lap14. That set up a dramatic restart in which Rohrbaugh outran Chronister down the backstretch on the final lap. Chronister crossed second, with Shane Miller third. Heats for the 22 limited stocks were won by Chronister and Randy Hartlaub.

For all the latest news and related information from Trail-Way Speedway, fans are reminded to visit the speedway website at www.trail-wayspeedway.com. The complete story and agate from each race night is posted shortly after the final checkered falls.

Kendall Continues Winning Streak

June 22nd, 2010

Hanover, PA – “Wow! What a great weekend! This is our third win in a row” exclaimed Robbie Kendall after exiting his 600cc Micro Sprint in victory lane at Trail-Way Speedway Saturday night.

Tim McCollum grabbed the lead at the start from his pole starting spot. Fourth starting J.B. Cunningham worked his way to second and began closing the gap on McCollum. By lap 5, Cunningham tried to make a pass for the lead under McCollum going into turn one, but the pass didn’t stick.

By that time, tenth starting Kendall had raced his way into the third position. Three laps later Kendall dove under Cunningham to claim the runner up spot.

McCollum started to pull away from Kendall, but his lead was erased when third and fourth-place drivers J.B. Cunningham and Chase Dietz made contact in turn four causing Dietz to flip. Dietz was uninjured, but done for the night. Shawn Seifert also suffered top wing damage and retired to the pits.

When the race resumed, Kendall dove to the inside of McCollum in turn one to take away the race lead. Kendall ran away with the race lead and 11th-starting Jimmy Brookens who worked his way to the second spot was never able to close the gap.

Isaac Sneeringer, Dwayne Gutshall, and Jimmy Glenn completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Tim McCollum, Bo Gordon, Timmie Barrick, Bard Weber, and Skylar Felkner.

Heat winners for the 28 600cc Micro Sprints were Skylar Felkner, Tim McCollum and Ryan McCollum. Kyle Ganoe claimed the win in the consolation event. “This is our first win on dirt” explained Steven Cox in victory lane after claiming his first 270cc Micro Sprint win. “We had over 40 wins on asphalt.” Cox started third and followed polesitter and race long leader Austen Treuchet for the first 6 laps before diving to the inside and taking the lead exiting turn two.

“This was ten times harder than a win on asphalt” stated Cox after his victory. At the half way point Bill Laughman, who has 19 career wins, and Jim Still, former track champion, were on his rear bumper. As Cox entered turn four to complete the race, the caution flag came out for Michael Ertter who stopped in turns one and two. This put Laughman, Still and 20th-starting Nik Gower right behind Cox for the final lap. Despite the heavy pressure, Cox was able to hold off the field and claim his first win.

Laughman crossed second with Gower, Brian Marriott, and Still rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Chris Melton, Mike Boyer, Angela Caruso, Lyle Stroman and Steve Daron. Cox and Treuchet claimed the heats for the 20 270cc Micros Sprints.

Cody Coons became the eleventh different driver in twelve races to win in the Xcel Modified division. Coons started on the outside of the front row, but polesitter Joe Fanelli took the race lead at the start. Coons fell in behind Fanelli and challenged for the lead. Fanelli and Coons were side by side at the start/finish line on lap 7 and Coons came across to lead lap 8.

Coons started to pull away from the field until his lead was erased by a lap 12 caution. On the restart, Coons was able to hold on to the top spot and win his first Xcel Modified race.

Fanelli was second with Ryan Higgs, Tyler Bartik, Chris Stockham completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Dave Baldwin, Jr., Kasey Ernst, Aaron Bowes, Brian Mady, and Richie Hitzler. Heat winners for the 27 Xcel Modifieds were Joe Fanelli, Cody Coons, and Kasey Ernest.

Polesitter Misti Kopp grabbed the lead on the start in the 12-lap Strictly Stock feature. Kopp pulled away from the field with Alan Shoff, unable to challenge her for the race lead, settling for second. Anthony Nine led the final three laps of the Scramble Car feature to claim the win. Race leader Michael Kolodiej and second place Ray Hollingsworth were racing for the lead when Kolodiej spun and took his car to the pits. Hollingsworth was also forced to retire handing the lead to Nine.

Lem Crawford claimed his first Starlite 6cyl Oval race after first and second place drivers Douglas Smith and Wes Kellison dropped out of the race. Crawford led the final five laps without any challenges from Jeff Dillman, who finished second.

Next Friday (6/25), the 358 Sprints Cars are on the schedule with the Thundercars, Extreme Stocks and Limited Stocks. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.

Next Saturday (6/26), Trail-Way Speedway will host opening night of the PA 600 Speedweek. Also on the schedule are the 270cc Micro Sprints and 1000cc Sidewinders. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For all the latest news and related information from Trail-Way Speedway, fans are reminded to visit the speedway website at www.trail-wayspeedway.com. The complete story and agate from each race night is posted shortly after the final checkered falls.

Bittinger Makes Last-Lap Pass for 1st 2010 Win!

May 30th, 2010

Hanover, PA –Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you. That was pretty much the story for Randy Whisler, who led all but the last lap of the 25-lap “358” sprint car feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.

Whisler grabbed the lead from the outside of the front row and paced the field until turn one of lap 25. That’s when he drove hard under a lapped car but hit the cushion and lost momentum through turns one and two.

There to take advantage was Mike Bittinger, who started fifth and moved into the runner-up spot on lap 10. Bittinger chased Whisler for nine laps following the final caution of the event, but could never catch Whisler until lapped traffic forced the issue on the final lap.

“I told the crew on that red flag (on lap 15 for a flipping Zach Euculano in turn three) that we needed to get lapped traffic to catch him,” said Bittinger upon exiting his DS Diversified Services/Littlestown Auto Care #12 in victory lane, “I don’t think I passed a car all night except in lapped traffic. We weren’t the fastest car tonight, but we were the luckiest.”

It was Bittinger’s first win of the year and the 11th of his Trail-Way 358 sprint career.

Whisler recovered and finished second, with Joe Trone, Jr., tenth starting Dale Hammaker, and 15th-starting Keith Prutzman completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Troy Becker, 18th-starting Logan Schuchart, Brian Bruckner, 16th-starting
Kyle Moody, and Steve Storrie.

Heats for the 27 “358” sprinters were won by Becker, Scott Fisher, and Whisler. Nick Palmerino won the consolation event.
The bear also ate Bernie Beard, who spun while leading on the last lap and collected second-place Craig Wagaman in the 25-lap “358” late model feature. Beard had led from the start, but went to the pits after the crash. Wagaman rejoined the rear, and third-place Gene Knaub found himself the leader with one lap to go.

Knaub went on to win, with Cam Zeigler crossing second and Bobby Beard finishing third. Fourth and fifth were Carl Billet and 16th-starting Mike Walls. Wagaman came back to finish sixth.

Heats for the 17 “358” late models were won by Grant Adams and Bobby Beard.

Robbie Carroll started on the pole and led every lap of the 12-lap limited stock feature. It was his first win of the year.

Joe Racine and 15th-starting Daryl Hanson finished second and third.

Heats for the 28 limited stocks were won by Brad Kress, Racine, and Carroll. Tom Senseney, Jr. won the consolation event.

Laughman and Dicely Win Gobrecht Memorial

October 8th, 2009

Hanover, PA – Mother Nature finally cooperated as Trail-Way was able to get the 20th Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial race in Saturday night. There were forty-two 270cc Micro Sprints, forty-six 600cc Micro Sprints, and twenty-five 1000cc Sidewinder Sprints signed up to race the Gobrecht Memorial.

Bill Laughman accumulated the most points in the two heat races and started on the pole for 50-lap 270cc Micro Sprint Feature event. Laughman grabbed the lead on the start over Mike Rutherford, who accumulated the second most points. Rutherford fell
in line behind Laughman for the first 20 laps before fourth starting Richie Hartman drove under Rutherford and a lapped car on the frontstretch.

Ryan Smith passed Rutherford for third on lap 30 and a lap later Nik Gower claimed the fourth spot. Gower drove under Smith in turn three to claim the third spot. But Smith grabbed the spot back at the line to complete lap 41. A one lap shootout was put in place when Tyler Snook slowed and brought out the caution.

“The track was awesome!” exclaimed Laughman after claiming his $1000 winner’s pay. Laughman drove his Rustic Iron Salon #2 into victory lane for the final Micro race of the 2009 racing season at Trail-Way Speedway.

Laughman and Hartman battled over the closing laps. The duo provided fans with a great race for the top spot, Laughman agreed in victory lane when he said, “Richie’s a good driver and it was a great race.”

Hartman crossed the line in second with Smith, Gower and 13th starting Jim Still rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Rutherford, hard charger Todd Hoover, Nick Skias, Michael Ertter, and Brian Marriott.

Brian Racine and Mike Dicely accumulated the most passing points in 600cc Micro Sprint qualifying. Racine beat Dicely on the start into the first turn to grab the early race lead. On the 6th lap, Dicely drove under Racine going into the third turn to claim the top spot and Dicely never looked back.

By lap 14, the leaders entered lapped traffic. “ I lost my breaks, so I just had to follow Kevin [Steele],” explained Dicely in victory lane. Racine and third place Shane Lewis were able to keep up with Dicely as the three continued to lap cars. On the 24th lap, Racine began to close on Dicely, but was unable to challenge for the lead.

With a few laps to go, Dicely and a lapped car of Tyler Walton almost made contact in turn four. Dicely continued on and had another near collision with one lap to go. The caution flew when contact was made between Walton and Heath Hehnly in the third turn. This occurred as the leaders were about to enter third turn. The leaders missed the accident and lined up for a one lap shootout.

“This is my third big win this year, I finally got rid of my Trail-Way curse!” This year, was the first time in many years Dicely was able to pick up a win at Trail-Way. Crossing behind Dicely were Racine, Lewis, Tim Buckwalter, and Ryan Smith.

After several attempts to start the 25-lap 1000cc Sidewinder feature, polesitter Joe Robertson grabbed the early race lead. One lap into the event, track champion Brian Racine hit the backstretch wall and was unable to finish the race. Outside front row starter Joe Moore passed Robertson for the race lead on the fourth lap and Moore pulled away from the field. With four laps remaining, several cars got together in turn two causing Jason Morrison to flip and retire from the race.

Moore made his 350 mile trip worth while when he picked up the win 2.55 seconds over Craig Myers. Brendon Bright, Jesse Snyder, and Chad Myers completed the top five.

Next Saturday (9/26), Trail-Way will host the final Junk Car Demolition Race of the season. Also on the schedule are the Figure 8s, Powder Puff, and Scramble Cars. Racing begins at 3 p.m. with gates opening at 12:30.

For all the latest news and related information from Trail-Way Speedway, fans are reminded to visit the speedway website at www.trail-wayspeedway.com. The complete story and agate from each race night is posted shortly after the final checkered
falls.

Rain Wipes out Trail-Way Program; Same show Next Friday

August 24th, 2009

Hanover, PA –For a while, it looked like the severe lightning and black clouds would stay just to the south of Trail-Way Speedway Friday night. But the winds changed direction in the middle of the sprint car qualifying, and the clouds let loose as the thundercars were running their second heat event. After 15 minutes of heavy rain and analysis of the radar, Trail-Way’s promoters threw in the towel, resulting in cancellation of Friday’s racing program.

All rain checks will be honored for three weeks, and most are expected to be used next Friday, when Trail-Way will run an identical program of “358” sprint cars, thundercars, Extreme stocks, and limited stocks.

Heats for the 30 “358” sprints were won by Brian Allman, Austin Reed, and Jeff Rohrbaugh.

Brian Walls was winner of the first thundercar heat. The second qualifier was red-flagged when heavy rain began to fall on the second lap.

Next Friday (8/28), Trail-Way will host the 358 Sprint Cars, joined by the Thundercars, Extreme Stocks, and Limited Stocks. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and the gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Next Saturday (8/29), Trail-Way will host the 600cc and 270cc Micros, 1000cc Sidewinders, Scramble Cars and 4 and 6cyl. Starlite Ovals. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 4:30 p.m.

For all the latest news and related information from Trail-Way Speedway, fans are reminded to visit the speedway website at www.trail-wayspeedway.com. The complete story and agate from each race night is posted shortly after the final checkered
falls.

Seifert Dominates 600 Feature

August 14th, 2009

Hanover, PA – Saturday night at Trail-Way Speedway each of the features had a guest twenty fifth starter, Mother Nature. Her persistent misting covered the track turning it into a true driver’s type surface and brought out the best talents in all of the competitors.

Shawn Seifert led every lap to pick up his first 600cc Micro win at Trail-Way in 2009. Seifert started on the outside of the front row and beat fellow front row starter Jeremy Mehring into the first turn. Tanner Hunsicker claimed the second spot on the start with Jermain Godshall in third. Seifert checked out on the field until the first caution flew after the completion of the fifth lap for Mehring, who stopped in turn two. Twelfth-starting Tim Dietz got around Hunsicker for second on the restart.

Jimmy Brookens flipped in the first and second turns before the seventh lap was completed. Brookens was uninjured and was able to drive off the track. Kyle Ganoe and Josh Schrum were also involved in the accident and Schrum was unable to continue.

On the restart, Seifert and Dietz pulled away from the field and had a straight away lead by lap 12. Dietz made several attempts to pass Seifert for the race lead, but crossed the line in second. Hunsicker, 11th-starting Brian Racine, and Godshall completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Dwayne Gutshall, Tyler Esh, David Feeser, Jon Bakner, and Eli Schrock.

Seifert picked up his eleventh career win in the 600cc Micro Sprints. Seifert and Hunsicker won the heats for the 21 600cc Micros.

Bill Laughman picked up his second win in a row and fifth win this season in the 20-lap 270cc Micro Sprint feature. Laughman claimed the lead from polesitter and race long leader Austin Treuchet on the 7th lap going into the third turn. Laughman
pulled away from the field and had a straight away lead eight laps later.

Eleventh starting Nik Gower got by Treuchet for second and began to close on Laughman on the 12th lap. Laughman and Gower hit lapped traffic on the 16th lap; Gower was not able to catch Laughman and crossed in second. Michael Ertter, David Holbrook, and Dave Schreiber completed the top five. Todd Hoover, Jim Still, Treuchet, Chris Kennedy, and Geoff Gill rounded out the top ten.

Laughman claimed his 15th career win in the 270cc Micro Sprints. Heats for the 21 270cc Micros were won by Hoover and Laughman.

The 20-lap Legend feature was won by 10th starting Randy Kissinger. Polesitter Blaine Leppo grabbed the lead on the start with Chad Glatfelter running second. Glatfelter lost the lead to Kissinger on the 16th lap when Glatfelter slid high in turn four. Glatfelter lost several more positions when he once again slid up the racing surface.

The remainder of the top five was, Blaine Leppo, Pat McDermott, Steven Nederoster and Harlon Leppo. Heat winners for the 24 Legend Cars were Pat McDermott and Kissinger.

Terry Hartlaub came out on top in the 4cyl Starlite Oval feature. As cars battled throughout the field the entire race, Robbie Carroll, Donald Hopkins, Jr., Rick Hopkins and Matt Chronister completed the top five. The “Psycho Racing” team dominated the 6cyl Starlite Oval feature as Rusty Warnick claimed the lead on the start. Teammate Steve Hollingsworth passed Warnick for the lead on the third lap and held on to pick up the win.

Rob Lyon led the first 10 laps of the Scramble Car feature until he hit the outside wall in turn three. Lyon was uninjured in the accident, but was towed off the track. Second place Ricky Weaver, Jr. inherited the lead and completed the final 2 laps to pick up his third win of the season.

Next Friday (8/14), the 358 Late Models will invade Trail-Way for the second leg of the three-race Lincoln/Trail-Way/Williams Grove “Shootout.” They’ll be joined by the thundercars, Classic Cars, and Limited Stocks. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and
the gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Next Saturday (8/15), Trail-Way will host the 600cc and 270cc Micros, 1000cc Sidewinders, Scramble Cars and 4 and 6cyl. Starlite Ovals. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 4:30 p.m.

For all the latest news and related information from Trail-Way Speedway, fans are reminded to visit the speedway website at www.trail-wayspeedway.com. The complete story and agate from each race night is posted shortly after the final checkered
falls.

Bittinger Claim Second Win of Year in Trail-Ways 358s

July 12th, 2009

Hanover, PA – A rare driving miscue by Trail-Way’s three-time defending track champ led to Mike Bittinger’s second win of the season in the “358” sprint feature Friday night.

“I’m excited about this one!” exclaimed the Abbottstown driver after climbing from his Pancho’s Racing Products/North York AutoMenders/Frankie’s 4 X 4 sprinter, “Jeff handed it to me tonight. He got out of shape and I was there to pick up the pieces.”

Rohrbaugh started ninth and had no trouble advancing through the field to take the lead from outside front row starter Derek Sell going down the backstretch of lap ten. He appeared to be in command when the Roy Vincent Racing #7V got sideways and
jumped into the infield in turn four of lap 19. By the time Rohrbaugh recovered, he lost first and second to Bittinger and tenth-starting Brad McClelland.

Bittinger held on through a 20th-lap caution for a stopped Logan Schuchart in turn four and the final five non-stop laps for his eighth career win at the TW.

“I knew Brad was back there,” said Bittinger, “But he was going to have to go out around me to win. We changed the stagger tonight and I felt really tight, but we had enough to win.”

Jim Strausbaugh led from the pole the first six laps before slowing after possible contact with the wall in turn two. Sell took the lead before the caution came out a lap later for Strausbaugh, who came to a stop in turn four. By the time Strausbaugh stopped, Rohrbaugh had already moved into second, and he took command two laps later.

Bittinger, who started eighth, caught Sell for second one lap after Rohrbaugh took the lead, and McClelland passed both Randy Davis, Jr. and Sell for third on lap 13. Rohrbaugh, Bittinger, and McClelland ran one-two-three for the next six laps before Rohrbaugh lost the handle.

McClelland closed on Bittinger over the final five laps, but crossed a carlength behind, with Rohrbaugh third, 12th-starting Dale Hammaker fourth, and Sell completing his best-ever Trail-Way run in fifth. Sixth through tenth were Davis, Joe Trone, Jr., Shane Smith, Tim Wagaman (who started 19th), and DS Diversified Services hard charger Billy Dietrich (who started 21st).

Heats for the 22 “358” sprinters on hand were Davis, Rohrbaugh, and Smith.

Manheim’s Alex Schanz scored his first career Trail-Way win in the 20-lap 1000cc “Sidewinder” micro-sprint feature.

Schanz started on the outside of the front row and led every lap, despite heavy pressure from West York’s Mark Strickler from laps five on. Strickler, who made several unsuccessful attempts to get by the winner, settled for second, with Craig Myers starting and finishing third.

Chad Weaver came from 12th-starting spot to claim the win in the 12-lap limited stock feature. Weaver grabbed the lead from Michael Kolodiej, Jr. coming off turn four of the next-to-last lap and held on after contact from Kolodiej through turns one and two of the final lap.

Kolodiej was penalized two spots for roughriding, and credited with a fourth-place finish. Second and third were Mark Reece and Brad Kress. Heats for the limited stocks were won by Daryl Hanson and Robbie Carroll.

Next Friday (7/17), the “358” sprinters will get a night off as Trail-Way hosts the 358 Late Models, who will be competing in the second leg of the Williams Grove/Trail-Way/Lincoln Shootout, paying bonus money to the top eight racing teams in combined finishes from the three tracks over three weeks. Thundercars, All American Outlaws, and Limited Stocks will also be on the card. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and the gates open at 5:30 p.m. Motorcyclists will receive a special admission price of $5.

Next Saturday (7/18), Trail-Way will host the 600cc and 270cc Micros, 1000cc Sidewinders, Scramble Cars and 4 and 6cyl. Starlite Ovals. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. Motorcyclists will receive a special admission
price of $5.

For all the latest news and related information from Trail-Way Speedway, fans are reminded to visit the speedway website at www.trail-wayspeedway.com. The complete story and agate from each race night is posted shortly after the final checkered
falls.