Sunday, July 05, 2020


HANOVER, Pa.: David Holbrook had plenty of motivation when he rolled into Trail-Way Speedway Friday night and during the 358 Sprint Car main event.

It’s been a struggle for Holbrook so far in 2020, especially at the Hanover facility. He also had a feeling track kingpin Steve Owings would be coming fast, and a win in this setting would be the type that could turn a season around.

This time, there were no hiccups or issues. Holbrook performed up to his expectations and held off Owings during the 25-lap main event and scored his first win of the season and 10th overall at the speedway.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” Holbrook said. “We came here, and we struggled two weeks ago, and it was a little dusty, but starting position helped here. I knew Owings would be coming from 12th, and you just got to hold her down and hope for the best.

“These guys work their butts off all week. We had an ignition box go bad at the house, and we changed that this morning and got things ready, and here we are.”

Holbrook started on the pole, but Joe Trone Jr. was able to take advantage of a side-by-side battle and led the first circuit. Before Holbrook could make a move for the lead, Mike Bittinger got upside down in Turns 1 and 2. He was OK.

When the race went back to green after a 30-minute rain delay, Holbrook challenged for the top spot. The Parkton, Md., driver retook the position in Turn 4 on Lap 3.

“I kind of widened my approach down here in Turn 1 and really got a good run off the bottom,” Holbrook said. “We were set wheel-to-wheel, and obviously, if I’m on the bottom, I feel sorry for him, but it all worked out.”

After another caution, Jeff Rohrbaugh entered the mix at the front. He surged past Trone for second and started to track down the leader.

Holbrook carried a .913-second advantage into lapped traffic on the ninth circuit. Three laps later, he extended his lead over Rohrbaugh to 1.765 seconds and started to lap cars on the ninth circuit

The lead was wiped out on Lap 13, when Owings, who was racing for fifth with Steven Kisamore, made contact with the lapped car of Brett Rose. Holbrook continued to lead on the restart, with Rohrbaugh following. Dylan Norris stalked Trone for third and made the pass on Lap 15.

Holbrook was good in clean air and opened up a 1.332-second lead on Lap 17. Meanwhile, Owings continued to carve his way to the front. After a pair of caution flags, the defending track champion disposed of Norris for third on Lap 21.

Rohrbaugh got out of shape on the restart, which allowed Owings and Norris to slip by. Meanwhile, Holbrook sped away for the victory.

“With Jeff Rohrbaugh, he’s good around here,” Holbrook said. “I don’t know if you guys know, he’s got a lot of wins. He gets around the bottom really well, and I knew if I gave it to him, he was going to take it. You just have to take some chances and hope for the best.”

Owings settled for second, with Norris taking third. Rohrbaugh got shuffled back to fourth, and Trone completed the top five. Owings earned Big Mike’s Crabhouse Hard Charger honors.

“About three to go, she was spitting and sputtering,” Owings said. “I think she ran out of gas. We didn’t put any fuel in it when we went back to the trailer. They asked me if we were going to put fuel in it, and I said, ‘no,’ and that was a mistake.

“We got into [Brett Rose], there, but I didn’t mean to do that. We had a fast rocket tonight. Congratulations to Cowboy, he deserved a good win tonight and a good run. We came in second, and hey, first loser, I guess.

“It would’ve been really hard to pass Cowboy out there in clean air. We would’ve needed a lapped car or some kind of miracle to pass him.”

In 600 Micro Sprint competition, Tyler Leese took the lead at the start of the 20-lap main event and earned the win. It was his first career at the speedway.

Bradley Weber started seventh and got around Randy Kunkle Jr. for second in Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 9. He chased the leader through lapped traffic with five to go. Leese made a critical pass to lap Darren Kauffman and increased his advantage and took the win by 1.505 seconds at the stripe.

“It’s hard to believe,” Leese said. “I didn’t think it was true. I was daydreaming coming out of Turn 3 for the checkered flag. I had to pinch myself when I got off the scales.

“I was hoping I had a comfortable lead. I didn’t see a shadow behind me, so I pretty much stayed patient. He [Kauffman] made a mistake, and I went through, and once I did that, it was clean air.”

Weber settled for second, with Kunkle Jr. taking third. Whitey Kidd III and Mike Rynard completed the top five in the main event.

Cory Myers started fourth on the grid and charged to the front to score his ninth career Trail-Way Speedway victory and first of 2020 at the speedway in the 270 Micro Sprint feature. It was also his fifth consecutive win in the division this season.

Mike Boer took the lead at the outset and led the first 15 circuits. Myers took the point on Lap 16 and led the rest of the way. The Mason Dixon 270 Micro Racing Series had lap sponsors for the event. Each lap led paid $20.

Rookie Wyatt Rutz posted a second-place finish in his first visit to Trail-Way Speedway. Brian Marriott, Brent Bull, and Steven Cox completed the top five.

Jim Jacobs captured the inaugural Brian Blank Jr. Memorial and collected a hefty $1,950 payday for his first career Street Stock victory at the speedway.

Multiple cautions took out Aaron Beard, Danny Beard, and Jimmy Combs before a lap was complete. That allowed fourth-place starter Will Walls to jump out front and lead the first 22 laps. He received $250 on Lap 17 in memory of Brian Blank Jr.

Walls’ race came to an end on Lap 23, when he broke a tie rod. Jacobs took over the top spot and went on to score the win. He was also the hard charger. Dalton Myers, Chris Heller, Russell Shoop, and Eddie Richards completed the top five.

Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, Pa.
Friday, July 3, 2020
For Immediate Release


Feature (25 Laps): 1. 77-David Holbrook[1]; 2. 35-Steve Owings[12]; 3. 44-Dylan Norris[7]; 4. 00-Jeff Rohrbaugh[3]; 5. 99-Joe Trone Jr[2]; 6. 6-Tim McClelland[4]; 7. 77K-Steven Kisamore[11]; 8. 12K-Kyle Rohrbaugh[8]; 9. 1-Cody Phillips[15]; 10. 56-Jake Miller[13]; 11. 66A-Cody Fletcher[9]; 12. 17G-Devin Gundrum[10]; 13. 45R-Brett Rose[16]; 14. 12-George (Chip) Rupp II[14]; 15. (DNF) 48-Nat Tuckey[6]; 16. (DNF) 93-Mike Bittinger[5]; 17. (DNF) U2-Billy Heltzel Jr[17].

Lap Leaders: Joe Trone Jr. (1-2); David Holbrook (3-25)

358 Sprint Car Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 93-Mike Bittinger[1]; 2. 00-Jeff Rohrbaugh[2]; 3. 48-Nat Tuckey[5]; 4. 66A-Cody Fletcher[3]; 5. 56-Jake Miller[4]; 6. 45R-Brett Rose[6].

358 Sprint Car Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 6-Tim McClelland[2]; 2. 99-Joe Trone Jr[1]; 3. 44-Dylan Norris[5]; 4. 17G-Devin Gundrum[4]; 5. 12-George (Chip) Rupp II[6]; 6. (DNF) U2-Billy Heltzel Jr[3].

358 Sprint Car Heat 3 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 35-Steve Owings[1]; 2. 77-David Holbrook[3]; 3. 12K-Kyle Rohrbaugh[2]; 4. 77K-Steven Kisamore[4]; 5. 1-Cody Phillips[5].


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 71-Tyler Leese[1]; 2. 17-Bradley Weber[7]; 3. 91-Randy Kunkle Jr[3]; 4. 46-Whitey Kidd III[4]; 5. 27Q-Mike Rynard[10]; 6. 42K-Travis Keiser[12]; 7. 11-Michael Thompson[11]; 8. 92J-Joseph Bowling[6]; 9. 12-Tom Fraschetta[14]; 10. 12E-Riley Emig[5]; 11. 7-Jayden Wolf[8]; 12. 6-Darren Kauffman[13]; 13. (DNF) 1S-Steven Bull[9]; 14. (DNS) 66-Trent Yoder; 15. (DNS) 3-Connor Bollinger; 16. (DNS) 42C-Connor Sheffield.

Lap Leaders: Tyler Leese (1-20)

600 Micro Sprint Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 42K-Travis Keiser[1]; 2. 46-Whitey Kidd III[2]; 3. 66-Trent Yoder[4]; 4. 92J-Joseph Bowling[6]; 5. 7-Jayden Wolf[8]; 6. 27Q-Mike Rynard[7]; 7. 6-Darren Kauffman[3]; 8. (DNF) 3-Connor Bollinger[5]

600 Micro Sprint Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 12E-Riley Emig[1]; 2. 91-Randy Kunkle Jr[3]; 3. 71-Tyler Leese[2]; 4. 17-Bradley Weber[7]; 5. 1S-Steven Bull[4]; 6. 11-Michael Thompson[6]; 7. 12-Tom Fraschetta[5]; 8. 42C-Connor Sheffield[8].


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 20-Cory Myers[4]; 2. 166-Wyatt Rutz[2]; 3. 1-Brian Marriott[9]; 4. 1B-Brent Bull[3]; 5. 44-Steven Cox[19]; 6. 2-Bill Laughman[6]; 7. 49-Doug Yingling[10]; 8. 96-Brock Whisler[16]; 9. 46-Colton Hendershot[13]; 10. (DNF) 84-Zachary Glass[7]; 11. (DNF) 22-Michael Boer[1]; 12. (DNF) 33-Lake Laughman[15]; 13. (DNF) 67-Stephanie Welk[17]; 14. (DNF) 12-Bryce Trone[18]; 15. (DNF) 4T4-Joe Long Jr[5]; 16. (DNF) 7-Brent Mowery[8]; 17. (DNF) 19-Stevie Daron Jr[14]; 18. (DNF) 69-Cameron Smith[11]; 19. (DNS) 10-Courtney Wolf.

Lap Leaders: Mike Boer (1-15), Cory Myers (16-20)

270 Micro Sprint Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 22-Michael Boer[2]; 2. 1B-Brent Bull[7]; 3. 4T4-Joe Long Jr[6]; 4. 84-Zachary Glass[9]; 5. 1-Brian Marriott[5]; 6. 69-Cameron Smith[1]; 7. 46-Colton Hendershot[4]; 8. 33-Lake Laughman[3]; 9. 67-Stephanie Welk[10]; 10. (DNF) 44-Steven Cox[8]

270 Micro Sprint Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 166-Wyatt Rutz[2]; 2. 20-Cory Myers[4]; 3. 2-Bill Laughman[9]; 4. 7-Brent Mowery[8]; 5. 49-Doug Yingling[1]; 6. (DNF) 10-Courtney Wolf[7]; 7. (DNF) 19-Stevie Daron Jr[6]; 8. (DNF) 96-Brock Whisler[5]; 9. (DNF) 12-Bryce Trone[3].


Feature (25 Laps): 1. 4J-Jim Jacobs[10]; 2. 94-Dalton Myers[6]; 3. X99-Chris Heller[11]; 4. 72M-Russell Shoop[9]; 5. FOUR-Eddie Richards[7]; 6. 6T-Jacob Toney[13]; 7. 129X-Jimmy Combs[3]; 8. (DNF) 18-Chris Transeau[12]; 9. (DNF) 214-Kyle Sizemore[5]; 10. (DNF) 21W-Will Walls[4]; 11. (DNF) 60A-Aaron Beard[1]; 12. (DNF) 59-Ryan Smith[8]; 13. (DNF) 60-Danny Beard[2]; 14. (DNS) 3D-Shane McQuay; 15. (DNS) 81J-Jamie Zentmyer.

Lap Leaders: Will Walls (1-22), Jim Jacobs (23-25)

Street Stock Time Trial Finish: 1. Aaron Beard 18.031; 2. Danny Beard 18.070; 3. Jimmy Combs 18.206; 4. Will Walls 18.242; 5. Kyle Sizemore 18.321; 6. Dalton Myers 18.334; 7. Eddie Richards 18.410; 8. Ryan Smith 18.426; 9. Jacob Toney 18.518; 10. Jim Jacobs 18.576; 11. Russ Shoop 18.652; 12. Chris Transeau 18.818; 13. Chris Heller 18.839; 14. Jamie Zentmyer 18.914; 15. Shane McQuay 19.693.

Street Stock B-Main Finish: 1. 72M-Russell Shoop[3]; 2. 4J-Jim Jacobs[2]; 3. X99-Chris Heller[5]; 4. 18-Chris Transeau[4]; 5. 6T-Jacob Toney[1]; 6. 3D-Shane McQuay[7]; 7. (DNF) 81J-Jamie Zentmyer[6].

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