Saturday, June 25, 2016

BITTINGER WINS FIRST OF YEAR IN TRAIL-WAY “358” SPRINTS; Brian Walls takes street stock feature; Cox, Carroll, and Rickrode other TW winners

HANOVER, PA (6/24/2016) – “Where’s the full moon?”
So asked Abbottstown’s Mike Bittinger after scoring his first win of the year in the 25-lap “358” sprint car feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.

Bittinger started on the outside of the front row, outran polesitter Seth Kearchner to the first turn, and led every lap of the event. 

“I don’t really like running up front. I’d rather have someone to chase,” said Bittinger after exiting his Apple Automotive/Boulder Pools/Big Mike’s Crabhouse/Newman’s Racing Engines #12 in victory lane, “But I’m glad we started up there tonight because I’m not sure we would have passed anyone.  We spun out lining up for the feature last time!”

Red flags marred the first two attempts to start the race.  The first was for Dwight Leppo, who flipped in turn two, and the second was for David Holbrook, who turned over in turn three.  Both drivers were uninjured, as was Isaac Sneeringer, who flipped hard into the second turn catch fence on lap 15.

“I put the wing back at the start and that was a mistake,” said Bittinger, “So I pushed it back up.”

Crossing second 1.34 seconds behind the winner was Kearchner, with hard charger Doug Hamaker (who came from seventh starting spot), Jeff Halligan, and Cody Fletcher rounding out the top five.  Sixth through eighth were Zach Euculano, Kody Hartlaub, and Dalton Dietrich.  Brandon Noel and  Sneeringer were credited with ninth and tenth.

Qualifiers for the 15 “358” sprinters were won by Leppo and Fletcher.

Brian Walls came from tenth starting spot to win in his first appearance of the year in the 20-lap street stock feature.  

Walls took the lead from outside front row starter and race-long leader Zach Myers when Myers got out of shape in turns three and four of lap 12 and drove away to a 1.44-second win.

Second through fifth were Mike Goodwin, ninth-starting Jeremy Stremmel, Doug Bennett, and 13th-starting Matt Wampler. 

Heats for the 15 street stocks were won by Eric Johnson and Bennett.

Following a one-hour rain delay, Steven Cox took the lead from polesitter Nick Gower on lap 11 and claimed his first win of the year in the 20-lap Mason/Dixon 270cc micro-sprint feature.

Gower hung on for second, with Bill Laughman, Levi Peck, and Cory Myers completing the top five.

Qualifiers for the 17 micros were won by Peck and Cox.

Robbie Carroll scored his first win of the year in the 15-lap limited stock feature. He became the third leader of the race on lap seven.  Julio Perez led the first two laps before Jason Chronister took over.  Chronister dropped from the field three laps after Carroll took the lead.

Second through fifth were Matt Chronister (who came from the rear after diving to the pits to remove some debris from the driver’s side of his car on the initial start that led to a caution for debris that was also on the race track), Perez, Sarah Redmond, and Charles Millender.

Heats for the 17 limited stocks were won by Jason Chronister (seventh win in eight heat races this year) and Carroll.

Brothers Mark Rickrode, Jr. and Scott Rickrode finished one-two in the 20-lap Les Coghill Memorial for Vintage Cars.  The field was cut in half when six race teams left during the rain delay.  It was Mark Rickrode’s first-ever win in his 1874 AMC Gremlin designed to look like the old Kenny Weld modified.
Third through fifth behind the Rickrodes were Randy Minich, Gene Wrightstone, and Stew Wenrich.

Rickrode also won the lone heat for the 12 Vintage Cars.

Next Friday, July 1st, Trail-Way is back in action with the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Sprint Cars. Joining the Sprints will be the 600 Micro Sprints, Mason Dixon 270 Micro Sprints and the Street Stocks. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with heats scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m.

The following day, Saturday, July 2nd, Trail-Way hosts the first of two Junk Car Demolitions of the 2016 season. Joining the “Kings of Crash” Junk Car Demo, will be the Figure 8 and Powder Puff classes. The Limited Stocks will participate in the Trail-Way/Susquehanna Shootout. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., with heats beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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

Friday June 24, 2016
Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, PA
For Immediate Release


FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. 12-Mike Bittinger; 2. 30-Seth Kearchner; 3. 66-Doug Hammaker; 4. 41-Jeff Halligan; 5. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 6. 10-Zach Euculano; 7. 11D-Kody Hartlaub; 8. 9-Dalton Dietrich; 9. 10B-Brandon Noel (DNF); 10. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer (DNF); 11. 64-Randy Whisler (DNF); 12. 77K-Steven Kisamore (DNF); 13. 4R-Tyler Walton (DNF); 14. 77-David Holbrook (DNF); 15. 4-Dwight Leppo (DNF). No time.

Lap Leaders: Mike Bittinger (1-25)

358 Sprint Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 4-Dwight Leppo; 2. 12-Mike Bittinger; 3. 41-Jeff Halligan; 4. 66-Doug Hammaker; 5. 77-David Holbrook; 6. 10B-Brandon Noel; 7. 11D-Kody Hartlaub; 8. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer (DNF). Time – 2:20.22

358 Sprint Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 2. 30-Seth Kearchner; 3. 77K-Steven Kisamore; 4. 9-Dalton Dietrich; 5. 4R-Tyler Walton; 6. 10-Zach Euculano; 7. 64-Randy Whisler. Time – 2:27.22


FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 58-Steven Cox; 2. 10-Nik Gower; 3. 2-Bill Laughman; 4. 64-Levi Peck; 5. 20-Cory Myers; 6. 21T-Toby Blumenshine; 7. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 8. 84-Zachary Glass; 9. 4T4-Joe Long, Jr.; 10. 2C-Chris Kennedy; 11. 29C-Jeff Arigo; 12. 09-John Horton; 13. 32-Chad Myers (DNF); 14. 5K-Mike Rutherford (DNF); 15. 22-Mike Boer (DNF); 16. 6-Tim McClelland (DNS); 17. 44-Richard Crunkilton (DNS). No time.

Lap Leaders: Nik Gower (1-10); Steven Cox (11-20)

270 Micro Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 64-Levi Peck; 2. 2-Bill Laughman; 3. 20-Cory Myers; 4. 32-Chad Myers; 5. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 6. 84-Zachary Glass; 7. 29C-Jeff Arigo; 8. 09-John Horton; 9. 44-Richard Crunkilton (DNS). Time – 2:13.10

270 Micro Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 58-Steven Cox; 2. 10-Nik Gower; 3. 5K-Mike Rutherford; 4. 21T-Toby Blumenshine; 5. 22-Mike Boer; 6. 4T4-Joe Long, Jr.; 7. 2C-Chris Kennedy; 8. 6-Tim McClelland (DNF). No time.


FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 1M-Brian Walls; 2. 33-Michael Goodwin; 3. 51-Jeremy Stremmel; 4. 77M-Doug Bennett; 5. 100-Matt Wampler; 6. 94M-Zach Myers; 7. 94-Dalton Myers; 8. 45-Howard Williams; 9. 27H-Joey Harrison; 10. 11-Branden Staccone; 11. 60-Aaron Beard (DNF); 12. 81F-Marshall McMullen (DNF); 13. 1J-Eric Johnson (DNF); 14. 4J-Jim Jacobs (DNF); 15. 17-Brian Blank, Jr. (DNF); 16. 8M-Pat Meadowcroft (DNS). No time.

Lap Leaders: Zach Myers (1-11); Brian Walls (12-20)

Street Stocks Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 1J-Eric Johnson; 2. 94M-Zach Myers; 3. 33-Michael Goodwin; 4. 51-Jeremy Stremmel; 5. 27H-Joey Harrison; 6. 11-Branden Staccone; 7. 100-Matt Wampler (DNF); 8. 60-Aaron Beard (DNF). No time.

Street Stocks Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 77M-Doug Bennett; 2. 4J-Jim Jacobs; 3. 1M-Brian Walls; 4. 81F-Marshall McMullen; 5. 17-Brian Blank, Jr.; 6. 45-Howard Williams; 7. 8M-Pat Meadowcroft (DNF); 8. 94-Dalton Myers (DNF). Time – 2:39.82


FEATURE (15 Laps) – 1. 69-Robbie Carroll; 2. 81-Matt Chronister; 3. 16-Julio Perez; 4. 96-Sarah Redmond; 5. 64-Charles Millender; 6. 30-Justin Wagaman; 7. 88-Justin Wagaman; 8. 90-Lee Redman; 9. 36-Bobby Wellman; 10. 3-Chelsea Weaver; 11. 98-Daniel Hamm, Jr.; 12. 77-Matt Worley; 13. 42-Cliff Szczepanski; 14. 32-Jeff Foster (DNF); 15. 38-Jason Chronister (DNF); 16. 39-Shane Miller (DNF); 17 99-Creden Sponseller, Jr. (DNS). No time.

Lap Leaders: Julio Perez (1-2); Jason Chronister (3-6); Robbie Carroll (7-15)

Limited Stock Heat 1 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 38-Jason Chronister; 2. 30-Justin Wagaman; 3. 96-Sarah Redmond; 4. 16-Julio Perez; 5. 64-Charles Millender; 6. 3-Chelsea Weaver; 7. 36-Bobby Wellman; 8. 77-Matt Worley; 9. 42-Cliff Szczepanski. Time – 2:05.04

Limited Stock Heat 2 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 69-Robbie Carroll; 2. 81-Matt Chronister; 3. 39-Shane Miller; 4. 90-Lee Redman; 5. 98-Daniel Hamm, Jr.; 6. 99-Creden Sponseller, Jr.; 7. 88-Justin Oberlin (DNF); 8. 32-Jeff Foster (DNF). Time – 2:01.78


FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 29-Mark Rickrode, Jr.; 2. 4-Scott Rickrode; 3. 707-Randy Minich; 4. 34-Gene Wrightstone; 5. U2-Stew Wenrich; 6. 92-Robert Donnelly; 7. 0-Glenn Pobletts (DNS); 8. 66-Shaun Yoder (DNS); 9. 89-Ronald Rowles (DNS); 10. 911F-Fred Thompson (DNS); 11. 97-Brian Gagliardo (DNS); 12. 07-Wyatt Jacobus (DNS). Time – 6:23.83

Lap Leaders: Mark Rickrode, Jr. (1-20)

Vintage Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 29-Mark Rickrode, Jr.; 2. 0-Glenn Pobletts; 3. 34-Gene Wrightstone; 4. 4-Scott Rickrode; 5. U2-Stew Wenrich; 6. 97-Brian Gagliardo; 7. 66-Shaun Yoder; 8. 707-Randy Minich; 9. 92-Robert Donnelly; 10. 89-Ronald Rowles; 11. 07-Wyatt Jacobus; 12. 911F-Fred Thompson. No time.

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