HANOVER, PA (9/11/2015) – In what might have been his last Trail-Way race, Brad McClelland started on the pole and held off 2015 track champ Isaac Sneeringer to score his seventh win of the year and 49th career Trail-Way “358” sprint car win in the 30-lap Trone Outdoor Advertising Championship on Friday night.
For the second straight week, a redraw for the feature landed McClelland on the pole. But this time, he didn’t lead every lap. Outside front row starter Rick Horn, making his first start of the season in the last Trail-Way 358 sprint event of the year, outran McClelland to the first turn and led the first three laps.
McClelland drove under Horn for the race lead exiting turn four of lap four, and led the rest of the way to claim the $2,000 top prize.
“Luck plays a part in it,” said McClelland of his recent starting spots, “It makes it easy starting on the pole. Zeek was coming up through and showed me his nose once. What a way to end the season!”
Then McClelland dropped the bombshell, hinting at retirement.
“This might be my last race at Trail-Way,” he said, “I have some thinking to do over the next few weeks. I think I might hang it up.”
Thought he settled for second, Sneeringer (who started seventh) entered the final race having already claimed his first track title.
“This is awesome!” he said in victory lane, “I wrecked myself a few times this year, but my crew made the difference with no DNF’s. A track title was one of my goals this year, and I love racing at this place. I don’t know if we’ll be racing full time next year, but we’ll celebrate this one for now.”
Two-time 2015 TW winner Cody Fletcher started fourth and was scored third every lap, with Dwight Leppo and 2015 rookie of-the-year David Holbrook completing the top five.
Chris Frank was the hard charger, coming from 12th starting spot to finish sixth.
Qualifiers for the 14 sprint cars were won by Fletcher and Leppo.
Cory Myers did what he needed to do to claim the 2015 track title by scoring his fourth win of the year in the 20-lap Mason-Dixon 270cc micro-sprint feature. He edged fourth-place finisher Steven Cox by ten points in the season-long point series. Jim Still and Bill Laughman were second and third, with Joe Trone, Jr. rounding out the top five.
Heats for the 19 micros were won by Brian Marriott and Still.
The next generation found victory lane in both the street stock and limited stock feature events.
Aaron Beard, son of Danny Beard, raced to his first career win in the 20-lap street stock main. Beard started on the front row and was running third when leaders Mike Fletcher and eighth-starting Brian Walls got together in turns one and two of lap 11. Walls sustained a right front flat and Fletcher broke a rear axle, with both cars heading to the pits.
Beard assumed the lead for the restart and held off the repeated challenges of Michael Goodwin over the second half of the race. Jeremy Stremmel, Dan Furman, and 14th-starting Eric Johnson completed the top five.
Heats for the 14 street stocks were won by Jim Jacobs and Walls.
Justin Wagaman, son of Brian Wagaman, scored his first career win in the 15-lap limited stock feature. Wagaman started on the outside of the front row and was never headed, with Matt Chronister coming from seventh-starting spot to cross second and eight-starting Kyle Rohrbaugh third. Eric Boozel and 12th-staring Michael Kolodiej, Jr. completed the top five.
Qualifiers for the 16 limited stocks were won by Matt Chronister and Wagaman.
Tomorrow, Saturday September 12th, Trail-Way swings back into action with the AMA Motorcycle Short Track. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. with racing beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Friday September 18th, Trail-Way hosts the Precise Racing Products Limited Late Models along with the Limited Stocks, Street Stocks and the Classic Cars in the “Lyle Adcock Memorial.” Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with heats scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m.
Saturday September 19th, Trail-Way hosts the “26th Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial/National Open.” The 600 Micros, 270 Micros and the Central PA Legends will all be in action! Gates open at 4:00 p.m., with heats scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.
Friday September 11, 2015
For Immediate Release
For Immediate Release
HOOSIER TIRE MID-ATLANTIC 358 SPRINTS (TRONE OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP)
FEATURE (30 Laps) – 1. 6R-Brad McClelland ($2,000); 2. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 3. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 4. 4-Dwight Leppo; 5. 77-David Holbrook; 6. 00X-Chris Frank; 7. 13-Ryan Higgins; 8. 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr.; 9. 10B-Brandon Noel; 10. 10-Zach Euculano (DNF); 11. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle (DNF); 12. 01-Rick Horn (DNF); 13. 15-Lucas Montgomery (DNF); 14. 17-George Streaker, Jr. (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders: Rick Horn (1-3), Brad McClelland (4-30)
358 Sprint Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 2. 15-Lucas Montgomery; 3. 6R-Brad McClelland; 4. 10-Zach Euculano; 5. 01-Rick Horn; 6. 13-Ryan Higgins; 7. 17-George Streaker, Jr. (DNF). Time – 2:23.69
358 Sprint Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 4-Dwight Leppo; 2. 10B-Brandon Noel; 3. 77-David Holbrook; 4. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 5. 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr.; 6. 00X-Chris Frank; 7. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle. No time.
FEATURE (15 Laps) – 1. 30-Justin Wagaman; 2. 81-Matt Chronister; 3. 12-Kyle Rohrbaugh; 4. 51-Eric Boozel; 5. 11-Michael Kolodiej, Jr.; 6. 61-Johnny Sibirtzeff; 7. 1-Sarah Redmond; 8. 16-Julio Perez; 9. 94-Kenny Startzman; 10. 25-Keith Dorsey II; 11. 22-Chad Martin; 12. 38-Jason Chronister; 13. 32-Jeff Foster (DNF); 14. 15-Terry Merritt (DNF); 15. 99-Cody Klinedinst (DNF); 16. 92-Terry Hartlaub (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders: Justin Wagaman (1-15)
Limited Stocks Heat 1 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 81-Matt Chronister; 2. 11-Michael Kolodiej, Jr.; 3. 61-Johnny Sibirtzeff; 4. 38-Jason Chronister; 5. 51-Eric Boozel; 6. 16-Julio Perez; 7. 94-Kenny Startzman; 8. 92-Terry Hartlaub (DNS). Time – 2:07.09
Limited Stocks Heat 2 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 30-Justin Wagaman; 2. 99-Cody Klinedinst; 3. 22-Chad Martin; 4. 1-Sarah Redmond; 5. 12-Kyle Rohrbaugh; 6. 25-Keith Dorsey II; 7. 15-Terry Merritt; 8. 32-Jeff Foster (DNS). Time – 2:06.31
MASON-DIXON 270 MICRO SPRINTS
FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 20-Cory Myers; 2. 8-Jim Still; 3. 2-Billy Laughman; 4. 58-Steven Cox; 5. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 6. 84-Zachary Glass; 7. 2X-Michael Eyler; 8. 18-Brian Marriott; 9. 64-Levi Peck; 10. 43-Brandon McMillion; 11. 10H-Dave Hollar (DNF); 12. 16-Keera Dupler (DNF); 13. 20H-Eric Heath (DNF); 14. 22-Michael Boer (DNF); 15. 29C-Jeff Arigo (DNF); 16. 32-Chad Myers (DNF); 17. 17-Karl Wheeler, Jr. (DNS); 18. 21-Zachary Cool (DNS); 19. 44-Richard Crunkilton (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders: Levi Peck (1-15), Cory Myers (16-20)
270 Micro Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 18-Brian Marriott; 2. 20-Cory Myers; 3. 22-Mike Boer; 4. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 5. 58-Steven Cox; 6. 2X-Michael Eyler; 7. 16-Keera Dupler; 8. 17-Karl Wheeler, Jr. (DNF); 9. 2-Billy Laughman (DNF); 10. 44-Richard Crunkilton (DNS). No time.
270 Micro Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 8-Jim Still; 2. 64-Levi Peck; 3. 29C-Jeff Arigo; 4. 32-Chad Myers; 5. 10H-Dave Hollar; 6. 84-Zachary Glass; 7. 43-Brandon McMillion; 8. 20H-Eric Heath (DNF); 9. 21-Zachary Cool (DNS). Time – 2:14.64
FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 60-Aaron Beard; 2. 33-Michael Goodwin; 3. 51-Jeremy Stremmel; 4. 5M-Dan Furman; 5. 1J-Eric Johnson; 6. 4J-Jim Jacobs; 7. 37-Cory Weishaar; 8. 100-Matt Wampler; 9. 6M-Cody Souders; 10. 94M-Zach Myers (DNF); 11. 1M-Brian Walls (DNF); 12. 5-Mike Fletcher (DNF); 13. 17-Brian Blank, Jr. (DNF); 14. 35-Smoke Christine (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders: Mike Fletcher (1-10), Aaron Beard (11-20)
Street Stock Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 4J-Jim Jacobs; 2. 100-Matt Wampler; 3. 5M-Dan Furman; 4. 60-Aaron Beard; 5. 37-Cory Weishaar; 6. 17-Brian Blank, Jr.; 7. 6M-Cody Souders. Time – 2:45.68