Severn scores First 600 Micro Sprint win; Thompson powers to Chase win

Friday Night’s Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel 270 Micro Sprint feature reminded us all why we love racing even in the midst of travesty earlier in the week. Two stories developed throughout the 27 lap main event. The first was that of point contender Mike Boyer retiring just six laps into the event with a mechanical failure. Boyer's point race counterpart, Tommy Kunsman, played a part in both stories. As his quest for his second point championship in a row took a swing in his favor so did he chances of winning the race. Scott Gingrich held the race lead while Kunsman pressured the leader. The two waged a classic battle in lap traffic for most of the race. It was on lap 23 that Kunsman finally pulled even with Gingrich. Kunsman's pass became official as the field put 25 laps on the board. He would lead the two remaining circuits on his way to his 16th Linda's Speedway win. An impressive run for Gingrich, returning from injury ended with a second. Nunzi Allegrucci came from 12th to finish third. Josh Stoyer and Pete Skias were the top five finishers. Early race leader Brandon Gibble was sixth followed by Morgan Rochelle, Austin Graby, Ken Miller, and Nate Gibble. 270 Micro Sprint heat races were won by Mike Boyer, Josh Stoyer, and Pete Skias. Jacob Severn led every lap of the 27 lap Hoosier Tire Wingless 600 Micro Sprint season finale. Reading into it, it doesn't sound like Severn had a busy night, but it was quite the opposite. Severn had to bow in and out of traffic while battling champion Tommy Kunsman for the win. The big turning point in the main event came when Kunsman threw a big slide job in the closing laps that Severn drove out of with the race lead. The checkered flag was Severn's first at the 1/4 mile. Kunsman, Joey Amantea, Shjon Dove, and 14th place starter Jesse Maurer were the top five. Kameron Morral was sixth trailed by Nash Ely, Brandon Heist, Josh Bewley, and Mike Thompson. Wingless 600 Micro Sprint heat wins went to Joey Amantea, Dakota Barlet, and Mike Thomspon. In a Slingshot feature that didn't get left out for its fair share of point race drama, Justin Thompson roared back into the championship hunt with a late race pass of leader Myron Moyer to grab a crucial win. The win was his first of the season. Moyer finished second trailed by Dylan Hoch, Resse Nowotarski, and Brett Bieber. Former feature winner Blaire Schoenly led Tayllor Schoenly, Chuck Whary, Anthony Raisner, and Dave Labe across the line in the top ten. On the final lap of the feature point leader Dave Carraghan was involved in an accident that took him from his fourth place running spot to a 14th place finish. With a fifth place finish, Brett Bieber now holds a one point lead over Carraghan. Thompson is tied with Carraghan for second one point behind Bieber. Slingshot checkered flags in heat race action flew on Justin Thompson and Reese Nowotarski. Kerry Lengle dominated the final 125 Micro Sprint feature of the year at Linda's Speedway. Lengle lead every lap on his way to his season closing victory. Austin Graby drove to a second place finish. That finish was good enough to solidify Graby's second 125 Micro Sprint point championship. Shane Davis, Tommy Phipps Jr., and Mike Glass rounded out the top five finishers. Ron Wechter and Emily Dove made up the rest of the field. The 125 Micro Sprint heat winner was Austin Graby. Charles Wengerd set the quick time from Time Trials earning the top spot in the feature starting line up. It was fellow front row starter Josh Demmy that would bolt into the race lead in the Charger Championship race. Demmy, a former winner of the race, led until a lap five restart when a right front flat tire sent him to the work area. Dale Kreiser took over the race lead. Kreiser led from that point on. Kreiser saw the checkered flag for his first Charger Championship race win. Wengerd was second followed by Aaron Updegraff, Ed Hollenbach, and Paul Lambert. Harold Smith, Chucky Kimmel, Chris Smith, Josh Demmy, and Chris Cunnane were the top ten finishers. The Charger championship heat wins went to Dale Kresier and Ed Hollenbach. Extra money was put into the nights purse money for the 270 and 600 Micro Sprints for the 2nd and 7th place finishers in memory of Greg Hodnett from Zeller Racing, Gibble Racing, and Austin Graby Racing. Next Friday Linda's Speedway will be back to racing with the Modified 50. The Modifieds will be joined by the 270 Micro Sprints, Winged 600 Micro Sprints, and the chase finale for the Slingshots. Gates will open at 5 and racing will begin at 7. Admission to the grandstands will be $6 and the pit area will be $25. More information on this event or any of the upcoming events including the 29th running of the Linda's Speedway National Open can be found on, Facebook, or Twitter.  

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