Tuesday, September 01, 2020


HANOVER, Pa.: It’s getting to the end of the season, which means Steve Owings is getting faster and earning more wins.

A week ago, Owings won his second Trail-Way main event of the season. He went to Lincoln Speedway one night later and was competitive in a pair of 358 Sprint Car features at the Pigeon Hills facility.

Next up was the Trone Outdoor 358 Sprint Car Championship, which was moved from Friday to Sunday night. Owings continued his late-season success and captured the 30-lap event for his 28th career Trail-Way Speedway victory.

“The track dries out a little bit,” said Owings when asked about his success later in the summer months. “If it’s heavy, everybody is fast.

“I just need it to slick off a little bit, and we can run the bottom and top and with the little wing on there, I can maneuver through traffic a lot better. Once those guys get off the gas with those big wings, they are going to start pushing. Here, for me, the little wing is better. Maybe not in clean air, but when we get to traffic.”

Owings started on the pole and surged ahead of Tim McClelland at the start. Cody Fletcher and David Holbrook followed close behind.

The first red flag of the event occurred just as Lap 3 was scored. Dylan Norris and Mike Bittinger got upside down at the exit of Turn 4, with Jeff Rohrbaugh spinning on the inside of the frontstretch. All drivers were OK.

One lap was completed before the caution flew. Zach Allman stopped against the fence in Turn 4 and was towed to the infield.

Owings continued to lead on the restart. McClelland was able to get a run on the low side of Turns 1 and 2, but the leader had too much speed off the cushion.

The frontrunners caught the back of the field on the 10th circuit. Two laps later, Holbrook cartwheeled between Turns 3 and 4 to bring out the second red flag of the event.

McClelland tried to poke his nose under the leader in the first and second corner on the restart. Owings, however, was strong, especially through Turns 3 and 4 and was able to maintain a .657-second lead at the halfway mark.

“We could run that thing in there, and it just sets down,” Owings said. “One and two, I was being a little bit cautious.

“The more the lapped cars were there, the better we were because I had to run harder. The harder I run this thing, the better she is. Hats off to the sponsors and everybody who helps us do this, because it’s a lot of fun.”

After Dylan Orwig brought out the caution on Lap 17, Owings took off on the restart and built a one-second lead by Lap 20. McClelland kept coming, and he cut that advantage down to .592 seconds by the completion of Lap 22.

McClelland was close, but he got hung up behind Orwig on Lap 24. That allowed Owings to bump his lead up to .753 seconds.

Lapped traffic almost cost Owings the race. Coming to the white flag, the leader got trapped behind Steve Wilbur and Billy Heltzel Jr. and was forced to get on the brakes. It also allowed McClelland to close to within .421 seconds.

“They were side by side, and Wilbur didn’t know what to do with Heltzel,” Owings said. “All I could do is hope that the 59 passes him, and I’m going to be right behind him. That was going to be the fast line.

“We all but stopped in that corner, but thankfully, we got clear. Sometimes, you just need to be lucky to win these things.”

It also helps being good, and Owings was that over the final circuit. He was flawless through the corners and down the straights, taking the win by .475 seconds.

McClelland finished a close second, with Fletcher maintaining third. Doug Hammaker and Jeff Rohrbaugh completed the top five.

Fayetteville’s Cory Myers topped the field in the 270 Micro Sprint main event, leading all 20 laps in the main event.

It was his 10th career 270 Sprint win at Trail-Way and 42nd of his career. He’s won twice this season on The Farm.

Myers jumped out front and was in control until the finish, taking the victory by .387 seconds. Steven Cox, Brent Bull, Brian Marriott, and Joe Long Jr. completed the top five.

Point leader Bill Laughman was involved in an early-race caution but came back to sixth. The last point race takes place Sept. 11.

Sammy Rial, of Etters, Pa., notched his first career Trail-Way Speedway victory Sunday night by leading all 20 laps in the Street Stock main event.

This one wasn’t close, as Rial took the win by 2.323 seconds. Shane McQuay, Jimmy Combs, Chris Transeau, and Jacob Toney completed the top five.

With one point race left, Combs leads Dalton Myers by two markers. Transeau is 10 points back, with Jacob Toney and Jim Jacobs lurking 23 and 24 points in arrears.

Matt Chronister lost the lead and took it back late to earn the win in the 15-lap Limited Stock feature. It was his 45th win at the speedway.

The Aspers, Pa., driver jumped out front before Terry Hartlaub took the lead on Lap 6. Chronister stayed close and retook the top spot on the 10th circuit and led the rest of the way to take the 1.136-second victory.

Chad Weaver came up to second, with point leader Robbie Carroll finishing third. Jason Chronister and Jeff Foster completed the top five in the non-stop event, which took 5:12.689.  

Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, Pa.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
For Immediate Release



Feature (30 Laps): 1. 35-Steve Owings[1]; 2. 6-Tim McClelland[2]; 3. 66A-Cody Fletcher[4]; 4. 84M-Doug Hammaker[10]; 5. 00-Jeff Rohrbaugh[5]; 6. 1-Cody Phillips[12]; 7. 99-Joe Trone Jr[15]; 8. 59S-Steve Wilbur[11]; 9. 12K-Kyle Rohrbaugh[9]; 10. 48-Nat Tuckey[14]; 11. 8CR-Mason Chaney[3]; 12. 2D-Dylan Orwig[17]; 13. 17-Andrew Hake[19]; 14. U2-Billy Heltzel Jr[18]; 15. (DNF) 77-David Holbrook[6]; 16. (DNF) 27-Jacob Galloway[16]; 17. (DNF) 5A-Zachary Allman[13]; 18. (DNF) 12-Mike Bittinger[7]; 19. (DNF) 44-Dylan Norris[8].

Lap Leaders: Steve Owings (1-30)

358 Sprint Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 44-Dylan Norris[1]; 2. 00-Jeff Rohrbaugh[4]; 3. 66A-Cody Fletcher[5]; 4. 84M-Doug Hammaker[2]; 5. 5A-Zachary Allman[3]; 6. 27-Jacob Galloway[6]; 7. 17-Andrew Hake[7]. Time – 2:26.972

358 Sprint Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 12-Mike Bittinger[2]; 2. 35-Steve Owings[4]; 3. 8CR-Mason Chaney[1]; 4. 59S-Steve Wilbur[5]; 5. 48-Nat Tuckey[3]; 6. 2D-Dylan Orwig[6]. Time – 2:24.714

358 Sprint Heat 3 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 77-David Holbrook[1]; 2. 12K-Kyle Rohrbaugh[3]; 3. 6-Tim McClelland[4]; 4. 1-Cody Phillips[5]; 5. 99-Joe Trone Jr[6]; 6. U2-Billy Heltzel Jr[2]. No time.



Feature (20 Laps): 1. 20-Cory Myers[2]; 2. 44-Steven Cox[6]; 3. 1B-Brent Bull[3]; 4. 1-Brian Marriott[9]; 5. 4T4-Joe Long Jr[5]; 6. 2-Bill Laughman[14]; 7. 6-Tim McClelland[12]; 8. 84-Zachary Glass[20]; 9. 33-Lake Laughman[15]; 10. 166-Mikell McGee[11]; 11. (DNF) 96-Brock Whisler[1]; 12. (DNF) 647-Brent Shearer[8]; 13. (DNF) 4-Jesse Hare[18]; 14. (DNF) 49-Doug Yingling[10]; 15. (DNF) 166X-Wyatt Rutz[7]; 16. (DNF) 69-Cameron Smith[22]; 17. (DNF) 88-Dennis Brill[16]; 18. (DNF) 10-Courtney Wolf[13]; 19. (DNF) 19-Stevie Daron Jr[19]; 20. (DNF) 22-Michael Boer[4]; 21. (DNS) 37-Tyler Brown; 22. (DNS) 7-Brent Mowery. No time.

Lap Leaders: Cory Myers (1-20)

270 Micro Sprint Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 1-Brian Marriott[1]; 2. 44-Steven Cox[2]; 3. 1B-Brent Bull[7]; 4. 49-Doug Yingling[6]; 5. 10-Courtney Wolf[4]; 6. 88-Dennis Brill[8]; 7. (DNF) 19-Stevie Daron Jr[5]; 8. (DNS) 69-Cameron Smith. Time – 2:14.582

270 Micro Sprint Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 647-Brent Shearer[4]; 2. 4T4-Joe Long Jr[1]; 3. 20-Cory Myers[5]; 4. 166-Mikell McGee[3]; 5. 2-Bill Laughman[6]; 6. (DNF) 37-Tyler Brown[2]; 7. (DNF) 84-Zachary Glass[7]. No time.

270 Micro Sprint Heat 3 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 166X-Wyatt Rutz[1]; 2. 22-Michael Boer[4]; 3. 96-Brock Whisler[5]; 4. 6-Tim McClelland[6]; 5. 33-Lake Laughman[7]; 6. (DNF) 4-Jesse Hare[2]; 7. (DNF) 7-Brent Mowery[3]. No time.



Feature (20 Laps): 1. 72X-Sammy Rial[1]; 2. 3D-Shane McQuay[6]; 3. 129X-Jimmy Combs[5]; 4. 18-Chris Transeau[2]; 5. 6T-Jacob Toney[3]; 6. 14-Kyle Saylor[4]; 7. (DNF) W-Bryan Wagaman[7]; 8. (DNF) 94-Dalton Myers[8]; 9. (DNS) 4J-Jim Jacobs. No time.

Lap Leaders: Sammy Rial (1-20)

Street Stock Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 6T-Jacob Toney[1]; 2. 18-Chris Transeau[2]; 3. 72X-Sammy Rial[4]; 4. 129X-Jimmy Combs[5]; 5. 14-Kyle Saylor[6]; 6. 3D-Shane McQuay[7]; 7. W-Bryan Wagaman[8]; 8. 94-Dalton Myers[9]; 9. 4J-Jim Jacobs[3]. No time.



Feature (15 Laps): 1. 81-Matt Chronister[2]; 2. 2-Chad Weaver[10]; 3. 69-Robbie Carroll[3]; 4. 38-Jason Chronister[12]; 5. 32-Jeff Foster[1]; 6. 21-Ricky Weaver Jr[6]; 7. 88-Justin Oberlin[9]; 8. 18W-Robert Nicklow[7]; 9. 17-Carl Cassell[8]; 10. 77-Justin Mong[17]; 11. 7L-Trenton Fitz[11]; 12. 72-Gary Claypoole[14]; 13. J6-Jason Jarvis[13]; 14. 66-Louis Heffner III[15]; 15. (DNF) 92-Terry Hartlaub[4]; 16. (DNF) 77J-Jeff Erb[5]; 17. (DNS) 18-Bailey Tolson. Time – 5:12.689

Lap Leaders: Matt Chronister (1-5), Terry Hartlaub (6-9), Chronister (10-15)

Limited Stock Heat 1 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 92-Terry Hartlaub[4]; 2. 81-Matt Chronister[6]; 3. 2-Chad Weaver[1]; 4. 21-Ricky Weaver Jr[3]; 5. 17-Carl Cassell[5]; 6. 7L-Trenton Fitz[2]; 7. J6-Jason Jarvis[7]; 8. 66-Louis Heffner III[9]; 9. (DNF) 77-Justin Mong[8]. Time – 2:06.614

Limited Stock Heat 2 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 69-Robbie Carroll[1]; 2. 32-Jeff Foster[7]; 3. 77J-Jeff Erb[2]; 4. 18W-Robert Nicklow[4]; 5. 88-Justin Oberlin[6]; 6. 38-Jason Chronister[8]; 7. 72-Gary Claypoole[5]; 8. 18-Bailey Tolson[3]. Time – 2:06.847

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