So said Doug Hammaker after making it look easy in scoring his second win of the season in the Insinger Performance Fuels Sprint Championship for “358” sprint cars at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.
A redraw by the top 12 drivers placed Hammaker fifth for the start. Hammaker methodically worked his way through the top five as Cody Fletcher was leading the first 23 laps from the pole. Hammaker caught Seth Kearchner for second on lap 17 and drove around Fletcher for the race lead in turn two of a 24th-lap restart.
Fletcher and Seth Kearchner got together on the final turn as the checkered was waving, leading to a mad scramble over the final quarter-lap which didn’t matter, because scoring reverted to the last completed lap for everyone but the winner.
Ninth-starting Mike Bittinger was credited with second, followed by Jeff Halligan, David Holbrook, and hard charger Kevin Nouse (who started 18th).
“I know the World of Outlaws are in town, but we have better racing and I want to thank the fans for coming out,” said Hammaker, “We’re just having fun right now.”
Qualifiers for the 22 “358” sprinters were won by Isaac Sneeringer, Fletcher, and Kearchner.
Brian Marriott assumed the race lead when Cory Myers ran out of fuel entering turn three of lap 17 and drove to the.91-seond win in the 20-lap Maxon-Dixon 270cc micro-sprint feature sponsored by Lucas Oil.
It was Marriott’s first Trail-Way win of the year and the fourth of his TW career.
Steven Cox, Joe Long, Jr., Levi Peck; and Zachary Glass completed the top five.
Polesitter Bill Laughman led the first 14 laps before pulling to the infield two laps later after handing the lead to Cory Myers. Laughman’s mechanical issues were caused by a hole in the radiator.
Heats for the 27 micros were won by Nik Gower, Steven Cox, and Brent Bull, with Levi Peck taking the consolation event.
Marshall McMullen held off Zach Myers for his first career win in the 20-lap street stock feature. The former three-time TW thundercar winner started on the pole but yielded the lead to Jeremy Stremmel for the first 16 laps. The two switched the lead several times over the final four laps, with McMullen scored the leader each time around. Zach Myers caught Stremmel for second in the last turns, with Stremmel, Matt Wampler, and Michael Smith rounding out the top five.
Dan Furman, Myers, and Wampler won qualifying events.
Furman was uninjured in a last-lap crash of the feature event and credited with an 11th-place finish.
Matt Chronister slid under Justin Wagaman in the final turns to score his second win of the year in the 15-lap limited stock feature. It was Chronister’s 34th career TW win, and the final margin of victory ws just .15 seconds. Shane Miller, Jason Chronister, and Chad Weaver crossed third through fifth.
Jason Chronister and Julio Perez were heat winners for the 17 limited stocks on hand.
Next Friday, May 27th, the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Sprints are back in action at Trail-Way Speedway along with the 600 Micro Sprints, ServiceMaster Clean Central PA Legends and the Street Stocks. This will be “Camera & Autograph Night” along with “Armed Forces Appreciation Night.” All Armed Forces personnel will receive free general admission with ID. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and heats begin at 7:45 p.m.
The following week, Trail-Way Speedway will be dark Friday night. The following day, Saturday, June 4th, the AMA Motorcycle Short Track makes a return with the 5th Annual Armin Hostetter Classic. Gates for this event open at 3:00 p.m., and racing begins at 6:00 p.m.
Two weeks from today, Friday, June 10th, the 358 Sprints return with the Mason-Dixon 270 Micro Sprints in the “Gary Keifert Memorial” paying $1,200 to win. Also scheduled to race are the Limited Stocks and the Street Stocks. This will be “York County Racing Club Night,” where all card-holding members will receive $3 off their admission fee.
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 flag.
INSINGER PERFORMANCE FUELS 358 SPRINT CAR SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP &
RACE #4 OF THE CAPITOL RENEGADE “KING OF THE 358’S”
FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. 66-Doug Hammaker; 2. 12-Mike Bittinger; 3. 41-Jeff Halligan; 4. 77-David Holbrook; 5. 1J-Kevin Nouse (Hard Charger); 6. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 7. 27S-Adrian Shaffer; 8. 4-Dwight Leppo; 9. 22T-Dave Thrush; 10. 18-Nyle Berkes; 11. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 12. 00-Chris Frank; 13. 90-Jordan Givler; 14. 66A-Cody Fletcher (DNF); 15. 30-Seth Kearchner (DNF); 16. 64-Randy Whisler (DNF); 17. 17-George Streaker, Jr. (DNF); 18. 10-Zach Euculano (DNF); 19. 77K-Steven Kisamore (DNF); 20. 10B-Brandon Noel (DNF); 21. 01-Rick Horn (DNF); 22. 28-Austin Kirby (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders: Cody Fletcher (1-23), Doug Hammaker (24-25)
358 Sprints Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 2. 41-Jeff Halligan; 3. 66-Doug Hammaker; 4. 77K-Steven Kisamore; 5. 10B-Brandon Noel; 6. 01-Rick Horn; 7. 17-George Streaker, Jr.; 8. 00-Chris Frank. Time – 2:22.03
358 Sprints Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 2. 4-Dwight Leppo; 3. 22T-Dave Thrush; 4. 10-Zach Euculano (penalized 2 spots for jump on the start); 5. 27S-Adrian Shaffer; 6. 64-Randy Whisler; 7. 28-Austin Kirby (DNS). Time – 2:27.34
358 Sprints Heat 3 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 30-Seth Kearchner; 2. 12-Mike Bitinger; 3. 18-Nyle Berkes; 4. 77-David Holbrook; 5. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 6. 1J-Kevin Nouse; 7. 90-Jordan Givler. Time – 2:23.59
MASON-DIXON 270 MICRO SPRINTS
FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 18-Brian Marriott; 2. 58-Steven Cox; 3. 4T4-Joe Long, Jr.; 4. 64-Levi Peck; 5. 84-Zachary Glass; 6. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 7. 20H-Eric Heath; 8. 14-Gary Keister; 9. 22-Mike Boer; 10. 11G-Cheyenne Robicheaux; 11. 16-Keera Dupler; 12. 32-Chad Myers (DNF); 13. 20-Cory Myers (DNF); 14. 2-Bill Laughman (DNF); 15. 6-Tim McClelland (DNF); 16. 29C-Jeff Arigo (DNF); 17. 9-Jim Young (DNF); 18. 1B-Brent Bull (DNF); 19. 10H-Dave Hollar (DNF); 20. 10-Nik Gower (DNF); 21. 99-Joe Trone, Jr. (DNF); 22. 25S-David Grube II (DNF); 23. 18S-Nick Sweigart (DNF); 24. 8-Jim Still (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders: Bill Laughman (1-14), Cory Myers (15-17); Brian Marriott (18-20)
270 Micro Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/6 to Qualify) – 1. 10-Nik Gower; 2. 32-Chad Myers; 3. 18S-Nick Sweigart; 4. 84-Zachary Glass; 5. 8-Jim Still; 6. 16-Keera Dupler; 7. 11G-Cheyenne Robicheaux; 8. 9-Jim Young (DNF); 9. 29C-Jeff Arigo (DNF). Time – 2:09.72
270 Micro Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/6 to Qualify) – 1. 58-Steven Cox; 2. 18-Brian Marriott; 3. 20-Cory Myers; 4. 10H-Dave Hollar; 5. 25S-David Grube II; 6. 6-Tim McClelland; 7. 14-Gary Keister; 8. 22-Mike Boer; 9. 43M-Brandon McMillion. Time – 2:13.65
270 Micro Heat 3 Finish (8 Laps/6 to Qualify) – 1. 1B-Brent Bull; 2. 2-Bill Laughman; 3. 17B-Troy Whitesel; 4. 4T4-Joe Long, Jr. (penalized two spots for jumping on the restart); 5. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 6. 20H-Eric Heath; 7. 5-Shannon Weaver; 8. 32M-Shaun McIntyre; 9. 64-Levi Peck (DNF). No time.
270 Micro Consolation Finish (8 Laps/6 to Qualify) – 1. 64-Levi Peck; 2. 14-Gary Keister; 3. 29C-Jeff Arigo; 4. 11G-Cheyenne Robicheaux; 5. 9-Jim Young (penalized 4 spots for jumping 2 cars on the restart); 6. 22-Mike Boer; 7. 43M-Brandon McMillion; 8. 32M-Shaun McIntyre; 9. 5-Shannon Weaver (DNS). Time – 2:09.38
FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 81F-Marshall McMullen; 2. 94M-Zach Myers; 3. 51-Jeremy Stremmel; 4. 100-Matt Wampler; 5. 76-Michael Smith; 6. 33-Michael Goodwin; 7. 19R-Roy Denike; 8. 45-Howard Williams; 9. 7K-Joey Harrison; 10. 11-Branden Staccone; 11. 5M-Dan Furman (DNF); 12. 5-Mike Fletcher (DNF); 13. 94-Dalton Myers (DNF); 14. 60-Aaron Beard (DNF); 15. 1J-Eric Johnson (DNF); 16. 8-John Wright (DNF); 17. 77M-Doug Bennett (DNF); 18. 4J-Jim Jacobs (DNF); 19. 8M-Pat Meadowcroft (DNS); 20. 17-Brian Blank, Jr (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders: Jeremy Stremmel (1-16); Marshall McMullen (17-20)
Street Stock Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 5M-Dan Furman; 2. 5-Mike Fletcher; 3. 81F-Marshall McMullen; 4. 33-Michael Goodwin; 5. 94-Dalton Myers; 6. 60-Aaron Beard; 7. 11-Branden Staccone. Time – 2:42.06
Street Stock Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 94M-Zach Myers; 2. 51-Jeremy Stremmel; 3. 4J-Jim Jacobs; 4. 76-Michael Smith; 5. 7K-Joey Harrison; 6. 17-Brian Blank Jr. (DNF). Time – 2:41.12
Street Stock Heat 3 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 100-Matt Wampler; 2. 77M-Doug Bennett; 3. 8M-Pat Meadowcroft; 4. 45-Howard Williams; 5. 19R-Roy Denike; 6. 8-John Wright; 7. 1J-Eric Johnson (DNS). No time.
FEATURE (15 Laps) – 1. 81-Matt Chronister; 2. 30-Justin Wagaman; 3. 39-Shane Miller; 4. 38-Jason Chronister; 5. 2-Chad Weaver; 6. 69-Robbie Carroll; 7. 14-Dalton Dietrich; 8. 98-Daniel Hamm, Jr.; 9. 23-Boomer Teague; 10. 42-Cliff Szczepanski (DNF); 11. 16-Julio Perez (DNF); 12. 32-Jeff Foster (DNF); 13. 36-Bobby Wellman (DNF); 14. 29-Mike Wolf (DNF); 15. 3-Chelsea Weaver (DNS); 16. 64-Charles Millender (DNS); 17. 88-Justin Oberlin (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders:Justin Wagaman (1-14); Matt Chronister (15)