Mill Hall, PA – Forty-one Super Late Models registered for Clinton County Speedway’s season Finale on Saturday. The Nittany 50 Championship paid $5,000 to the winner and in the end was earned by Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove. Rich Fye of Lock Haven claimed the $1,000 to win Pro Stock feature event with a last lap pass while Jeffrey Weaver of Lock Haven was victorious in the 270 Micro Sprints and Adam Campbell of Danville won the four cylinder feature.
Fast-timer Mike Maresca of Pottsdale, NY started on the pole position by luck of the draw, as the heat winners redrew for the first four starting spots, using the Outlaw’s starting line-up procedure. Maresca took the early lead with David Scott of Elkland, who started fourth taking the runner up position. On lap number five Scott took the lead from Maresca. The duo raced side by side for several laps with Maresca getting credit for leading lap number 7, then Scott coming back to lead circuit number 8. A five car incident on lap number nine slowed the field. Chad Julies, Denny Fenton, Andrew Yoder, Devin Hart and Kyle Lee were involved. All drivers were okay and able to rejoin the race. Scott led the field for the restart with Maresca, Dylan Yoder, Gene Knaub and Damian Bidwell in the top five.
Scott and Maresca continued to battle for the top position while Bryan Bernheisel moved into the top five on lap number nineteen. Scott and Maresca raced through lapped traffic and at times would split the lapped cars with Scott down low and Maresca working the high side of the speedway. Maresca passed Scott for the lead on lap number 23. On the next lap, Scott slowed and brought out the caution. Maresca restarted the race with Dylan Yoder, Knaub, Bernheisel and Bidwell in pursuit. Bernheimer took over the third spot on lap number 26 making it a three car race for the lead. 2020 Limited Late Model Track Champion, Matt Cochran, who started 11th advanced into the top five on lap number 32. With ten laps remaining, Bernheisel brought out the caution with a flat tire. The restart had Yoder in command of the field, with Maresca, Cochran, Bidwell, and Jim Yoder in the top five. On lap 45 the caution came out for Andrew Yoder. Under the caution Maresca went to the pit area with a flat moving Cochran up to the runner up position for the restart. Yoder held the lead for the final five laps to earn the $5,000 payday over Cochran, Bidwell, Jim Yoder, and Devin Hart. Sixth through tenth were Kevin Probst, Bernheisel, Julies, Mike Smith, and Maresca. Heat races were won by David Scott, Mike Wonderling, Michael Maresca, and Bryan Bernheisel. B-mains were won Denny Fenton and Shaun Jones. Fast time was set by Michael Maresca with a lap of 13.522.
Dennis Cummins of Wellsville, NY advanced from the third position to take the lead of the opening lap of the Pro Stock 20 lap main event. Robert Tressler of Lock Haven took the second spot with Rich Fye in third, Marc Bitler in fourth, Brad Benton in the top five. Cummins opened a half of a straight away advantage and appeared to be the car to beat. Cautions on laps eight and ten, allowed Tressler to pressure Cummins for the top spot, but the New York driver was too strong on the restarts. Ray Rothfuss moved into the top five on lap number 14. On the 17th circuit, something broke on Cummins car as he slowed in turns three and fourth and retired to the pit area. Tressler inherited the lead with Fye, Benton, Rothfuss and Tommy Dawson restarting in the top five. The top three cars raced hard in the final three laps, with Tressler leading the way. On the white flag lap, Tressler, Fye and Benton were in contention for the win. As the they entered turns three and four, Tressler tried to protect the inside lane, as Fye powered around the outside and make the winning pass coming out of turn number four to claim his first win of the season and the $1,000 top prize. Tressler finished second, followed by Rothfuss, Benton and Dawson. Sixth through tenth were Lon Savage Jr., John Bouse, Buck Mills, Kevin VanAmburg, and Cory Long. Heat races were won by Marc Bitler and Cummins.
Bobby Sanso of Jersey Shore started on the pole position and jumped into the early lead of the 270 Micro Sprint feature event. Troy Whitesel who started third took the runner up position and pressured Sanso for the lead. At the midpoint of the race, Sanso was in command with Whitesel, Jeffrey Weaver, Adrian Shaffer, and Ethan Spotts in the top five. Weaver passed Whitesel on lap number eleven to take the runner up position. On lap number fifteen, Weaver made the winning pass around Sanso. Shaffer passed Sanso on lap number 21 for second, then came to a stop on the white flag lap. The one lap shoot-out gave Sanso, Spotts, Whitesel and Dan Wertman one more attempt to catch Weaver. Spotts battled with Sanso and took the runner up position, as Weaver picked up the victory by 0.292 seconds. Following Weaver were Spotts, Sanso, Whitesel and Wertman. Sixth through tenth were Shaun Musser, Levi Brungard, Cory Stabley Mike Weinrich and Adrian Shaffer. Heat races were won by Bill Laughlin and Nick Whitesel.
Josh Norton and Virgil Myer started on the front row of the Four Cylinder 25 lap main event. Bruce Betres took command of the field on the opening lap leading Adam Campbell and Tim Raup. Matt Bowing, who started eleventh worked his way into the top five by the completion of lap number six. Betres and Campbell began to encounter lapped traffic on lap number ten. Campbell took the top spot from Betres on lap number eighteen with Bowing and Raup in pursuit. Bowing took the lead from Campbell on lap number nineteen with Campbell battling back on the next lap to regain the top spot. On the final lap, Bowings car slowed going down the backstretch, as Campbell raced to the checkered flag over Raup, Cody Stover who advanced from the 16th starting position, Adman DelGrosso finished fourth and Steve Campbell rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Bruce Betres, Sam Creveling, Donald Betres, Matthew Brown, and Matt Bowing. Heat races were won by DelGrosso, Brad Boyd, and Raup. The B-main was won by Greg Rockwell.
The race wrapped up the 2020 season at the Clinton County Speedway under operations by the Clinton County Fair Association. For the latest speedway information during the off season as planning begins for the 2021 season, visit the speedway’s webpage www.clintoncountyspeedway.com or follow the Clinton County Speedway on Facebook.
Super Late Models: 1. Dylan Yoder 2. Matt Cochran 3. Damian Bidwell 4. Jim Yoder 5. Devin Hart 6. Kevin Probst 7. Bryan Bernheisel 8. Chad Julies 9. Mike Smith 10. Michael Maresca 11. Joe Lusk 12. Dave Stamm 13. Jim Bernheisel 14. Dan Stone 15. Andrew Yoder 16. Matt Cosner 17. Gene Knaub 18. Mike Wonderling 19. Shaun Jones 20. Tyler Emory 21. David Scott 22. Ken Schaffer 23. Denny Fenton 24. Kyle Lee 25. Dillan Stake DNS: Waylon Wager, Chris Hackett, Nathan Long, Hayes Mattern, Rod Phillips, Matt Lux, Joe Loffredo, Paul Kot, Luke Hoffner, Wyatt Scott, Jeremy Ohl, John Lee, Tim Smith Jr. Poncho Lawler, Cory Lawler
Pro Stocks: 1. Rich Fye 2. Robert Tressler 3. Ray Rothfuss 4. Bradley Benton 4. Tommy Dawson 6. Lon Savage Jr. 7. John Bouse 8. Buck Mills 9. Kevin VanAmburg 10. Cory Long 11. Noah Jensen 12. Rooster Peters 13. Dennis Cummings 14. Randy Croup 15. Noah Kissinger 16. Marc Bitler 17. Ron Majewski
270 Micro Sprints: 1. Jeffrey Weaver 2. Ethan Spotts 3. Bobby Sanso 4. Troy Whitesel 5. Dan Wertman 6. Shaun Musser 7. Levi Brungard 8. Cory Stabley 9. Mike Wenrick 10. Adrian Shaffer 11. Mitchell Holden 12. Bill Laughman 13. Gary Keister 14. Nick Whitesel 15. Lake Laughman
4-Cylinders: 1. Adam Campbell 2. Tim Raup 3. Cody Stover 4. Adam DelGrosso 5. Steve Campbell 6. Bruce Betres 7. Sam Creveling 8. Donald Betres 9. Matthew Brown 10. Matt Bowing 11. Brett Shirk 12. Casey Burch 13. Robert Pyle 14. William Kephart 15. Virgil Myer 16. Tim Muthler 17. Chris Orwig 18. Josh Norton 19. John Baney 20. Maddox Smith 21. Jonathon Stringfellow 22. Brad Boyd 23. Greg Rockwell 24. Brain Moye DNS: Eric Miller, Michael Boring, Eric Luzier, Matt Kauffman, Kyler Henry, Tim Campbell