Christine and Updegraff Repeat Winners; Combs New Winner
After claiming his first career win in exciting fashion just over a month ago, Kenny Edkin backed that up with an impressive win in Saturday night’s Blazers Body Shop Bud Bricker Nationals presented by Sutliff Chevrolet at Susquehanna Speedway.
The Marysville, PA racer started on the outside front row of the 40 lap feature along Scott Dellinger but it would be Dellinger who would gain control at the onset and held the point through numerous early and mid-race cautions.
Edkin stayed in Dellinger’s tracks and made a bid for the lead with 29 laps complete to take the top spot. Like Edkin, Dellinger stayed close and made another bid for the top spot with five laps to go but jumped the cushion. That was enough to give Edkin some breathing room as he sped away to his second win of the season and the first repeat winner in the division this season.
The win was worth $2,500 to Edkin and his Edkins Towing, Marysville Motorcars, Carlisle Auto Salvage, King Spin Pizza, Rich Valley Black Walnuts sponsored team.
Dellinger, who set fast time over the 31-car field and won the Dash settled for the runner-up spot over Tony Jackson, Russ Mitten and 11th starting Paul Miller with Rich Eichelberger earning the Brown and Miller Race Solutions Hard Charger coming from 15th to sixth trailed by Jay Fannasy, Mike Enders, Gregg Foster and Devin Beidel.
Dellinger’s time trial lap was 17.303 while heats were won by Troy Hockenberry, Mitten and Jackson. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. won the consolation.
Defending track champion Randy Christine, Jr., also became the first repeat winner in the Bernheisel Race Cars 358 Late Model feature as he came from his fifth starting spot to claim his second season win.
Ben Whitaker led the first 11 laps before Sean Merkel took over until lap 15 when Christine powered into the top spot and never looked back as he took the checkered flag over ninth starting and Artwerks by Jeff Jacobs Hard Charger winner Charles Potts. Third went to to Chase Billet over Brad Shank and Whitaker with Andrew Stotler, Sam Rial, Merkel, JR Rodriquez and Drew Weisser completing the top ten.
Whitaker and Merkel were heat winners for the 17 late models.
Jimmy Combs came out on top of a wild finish in the 20-lap Morgan Paving/Aqua Fun Pools Street Stock feature to become the fifth different winner in as many races.
A final lap double file restart set up the last lap dramatics as Matt Adams got the jump on leader Eddie Richards going into the first and second turns. As the duo entered turn three, Richards got into Adams, sending both spinning as Combs drove by for the win over Mike Potts, Craig Morgan, 11th starting Scott Thunberg and 16th starter Jasen Geesaman, the Artwerks Hard Charger winner.
Mike Buckely and Thunberg won heats for the 19 car field.
For the fifth time this season, defending track champion Alex Updegraff led the way to the checkers in the Superior Homes Extreme Stocks as he dominated the 20 lap main for the win over Patrick McClane, Jeff Gill, Donnie Broderick and Kyle Emig.
Updegraff was also the heat winner for the 11 car field.
Susquehanna Speedway returns to action Thursday night, June 1 with the first ever appearance of the Ernie D’s Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek presented by DirtonDirt.com at the speedway. The high flying super late models will take to the Susky red clay in the second night of the 2017 Speedweek series. Also on the racing program sponsored by Creekside Auto Sales will be the Bernheisel Race Cars 358 Late Models. Race time is 7PM.
RACE RESULTS 5/27/17
Blazer's Body Shop, Bud Bricker National, Presented by Sutliff Chevrolet, Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman 40 (40 Laps)
1) 75 Kenny Edkin 2) 30 Scott Dellinger 3) 17J Tony Jackson 4) 77 Russ Mitten 5) 58 Paul Miller 6) 8 Rich Eichelberger 7) 222 Jay Fannasy 8) 3B Mike Enders 9) 32 Gregg
Foster 10) 19 Devin Beidel 11) 99 Chad Smith 12) 20w Davey Walsh 13) 1A Chase Gutshall 14) 2M Matt Ondek 15) 27 Troy Hockenberry 16) 7 Timmie Barrick 17) 91 Lanny Hake 18) 77w Tom Wyckoff 19) 23 Justin Foster 20) 32w Garrett Williamson 21) 14 Nate Young 22) 83 Bruce Buckwalter Jr. 23) 56 Jake Miller 24) 54 Doug Dodson
Did Not Qualify: 44 Russ Lebo, 05 Bill Brown, 2 Austin Lorah, 24 Justin Williams, 6 Eric Walker, 41 Scott Geesey, 7L Todd Leonard
Bernheisel Race Cars 358 Late Models (25 laps)
1) 74 Randy Christine Jr. 2) 5 Charles Potts 3) 22 Chase Billet 4) 57 Brad Shank 5) 13x Ben Whittaker 6) 50A Andrew Stotler 7) 55 Sam Rial 8) 118 Sean Merkel 9) 97 JR Rodriquez 10) 19 Drew Weisser 11) 69 Justin Ehrhart 12) 16 Cory Merkel 13) 22H Eric Hohol 14) 8 Taylor Farlling 15) 3B Cameron Benyou 16) 20 Steve Billet 17) 0x Peter Neuder
Morgan's Paving/Aqua Fun Pools Street Stocks (20 laps)
1) 54J Jimmy Combs 2) M1 Mike Potts 3) 11 Craig Morgan 4) 12 Scott Thunberg 5) 71K Jasen Geesaman 6) 88p Brett Pickel 7) 7p Jim Palm 8) FOUR Eddie Richards 9) 181 Butch Helsel 10) 9 Matt Adams 11) 63 Doug Barber 12) 71 David Dietz 13) 64 Brandon Wanner 14) 22 Sam Leonard Jr. 15) 98x Josh Bloom 16) 26 Shawn Liddick 17) 7s Kevin Sigler
Did Not Start: 94 Mike Buckley, 91 Dalton Frye
Superior Homes Extreme Stocks ( 20 Laps)
1) 1 Alex Updegraff 2) 55 Patrick McClane 3) 15 Jeff Gill 4) 97 Donnie Broderick 5) 10 Kyle Emig 6) 37 Mallory Duvall 7) 95 Dan Snyder 8) 100 Cameron Desimone 9) 76 Michael Smith
Did Not Start: 11 Brandon Staccone, 22K Tyler Knaub