HOCH IN TOUR RACE; HOSTETTER WINS CHARGERS
Linda's Speedway braved predicted cold temperatures to race Friday April 8. The 270 Micro Sprints did not disappoint the crowd as they sat in dropping temperatures. Collin Ginther went to the green from the pole position and led the first eight circuits. As Ginther and Dan Lane raced through lap traffic Lane was able to move by Ginther for the lead. The two proceeded to trade the top spot over the next lap before Lane made contact with Sean Zechman as the leaders tried to put him a lap down. Zechman, who was merely a product of the race for the lead came to a stop while Lane continued and was scored the previous lap as the race leader. Ginther pressured on the restart before a hard charging Kyle Weiss moved into the second spot. Weiss got close to the race lead twice before yellow flags ended his bid each time. Dan Lane drove a flawless last five laps to claim his first Linda's Speedway victory. Weiss was second followed by Brandon Firestine, who finished third for the second week in a row. Ginther and Logan Diehl made up the top five finishers. Josh Stoyer drove from 22 starting spot to finish sixth just ahead of fellow hard charger Brad Brown. Brown started 16 and finished seventh. Devin Harron, Dave Williams, and Dylan Adams rounded out the top ten. Heat races were won by Lane, Ginther, and Diehl.
Tommy Kunsman looked like the class of the field in the Hoosier Tire Wingless 600 Micro Sprints. Kunsman was leading through a slew of caution flags. Officials felt one of the starts was not continuous in speed as Kunsman came to the cone and he was warned. The next restart was similar and Kunsman was sent back two spots. Tim Buckwalter took over the race lead. On the restart chaos ensued at the front as Buckwalter tried to hold off Jason Swavely and Kunsman. Kunsman worked by Swavely on lap 13 before reclaiming the top spot on lap 17. Kunsman would wheel the 21k to the victory lane for the season opening checkered flag over Buckwalter, Swavely, Jacob Severn, and Kyle Lick. Steve Whary, Kenny Harris, Nate Brinker, Dustin Stoltzfus, and Mike Linderman made up the top ten finishers. Kunsman, Lick, and Whary were the heat race winners.
Dylan Hoch was ready to celebrate his birthday Friday night when the Slingshots came onto the track for their tours season opener and their second race of the season at Linda's Speedway. One big obstacle the defending Lebanon Valley 100 winner would have to overcome was opening night winner Brett Bieber. Bieber started from the pole of the main event. Bieber showed the way on the first lap before Hoch jumped into the top spot on lap two to stay. "The outside against the wall was the place to be tonight and that's where we were fast," said the 17-year-old winner. The Slingshots battled fiercely through much of their event from second on back. Bieber was able to hold off the hard charging Dawson Landis who started from 11th. Team cars Mike Glass and Anthony Raisner ran neck to neck closing out the event in the top five. Seth Spayd, Alex Yankowski, Alex Schmiedel, Joe Toth, and Madison Pancheco rounded out the top ten at the end of the 25 feature event. Bieber was the top point earner in the passing point system while heat race wins went to Bieber and Raisner.
Five caution flags flew before lap one was completed of the Charger feature event. The biggest surprise caution came when defending point champion Chris Smith spun out of the pole position. Troy Hostetter battled rookie driver Shjon Dove for much of the early stages of the race after the two combined on the front row. While Hostetter drove away at the front while eighth place starter Eric Hollenbach was working his way through the field. Hollenbach drove all the way to second by the end of the feature. Dove came across the line third to round out the podium in his first Charger race. Brian Derr had a strong run to the open the season with a fourth and Chris Smith recovered from the early race yellow to finish fifth. Josh Demmy, Jesse Smith, Paul Lambert, Charlie Kimmel Jr, and Josh Michael rounded out the top ten finishers. Hostetter and Smith were the heat race winners. Driver Jon Manz was involved in an opening lap crash and was taken to the hospital. Although he required surgery he is on the road to recovery now.
The Linda's Speedway management would like thank all the drivers, crews, and fans for coming to the speedway on Friday and braving cold temperatures. There was no intermission Friday, but before the features started fan were given the option to turn in their admission ticket for a free hot chocolate or coffee for their loyalty.
This coming Friday, April 15th, you can kick away your last second tax headaches at Linda's Speedway. The 270 Micro Sprints will run group time trials joined by the Wingless 600 Micro Sprints, 125 Micro Sprints, and Xcel 600 Modifieds. LindasSpeedway.com is your one stop shop for everything you need to know while you can enjoy Linda's Speedway on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also contact the track hotline at (717) 865-5330. Don’t forget Starrcade is coming! Check Linda’s Speedway’s web site for more information.