Ross Perchak spent most of the 2015 National Open as the driver to beat. He looked as strong Friday night as the 270 Micro Sprints competed in their first time trial point's race in recent memory. Perchak was the night's quick timer and finished second in his heat race. He then won the dash and locked in the top starting spot for the 25 lap feature event. With Perchak starting from the pole the feature finished looked to be locked up. Jacob Hendershot had other ideas as he worked his way to the front during a long green flag run in the middle of the race. Hendershot was almost on Perchak rear bumped as Perchak maneuvered through lap traffic when Hendershot's car darted toward the infield and his race came to an end with engine issues. Perchak had to withstand a lap 18 yellow flag and pressure from then runner-up Jesse Maurer on his way to his 34th career Linda's Speedway victory. Devin Harron snuck by Maurer for second. Maurer came home third followed by Brandon Edgar and Josh Stoyer. Stone Keller started 16th in the feature and drove to a sixth place finish just in front of Collin Ginther, Mike Rutherford, Mike Skias, and Scott Gingrich. Heat races for the 34 car field were won by Harron, Edgar, Ginther, and Pat Bealer. Consolation races went to Mike Skias and Quinn Roberts.
Tommy Kunsman battled fiercely with Tim Buckwalter in the Hoosier Tire wingless 600 Micro Sprint feature event. Buckwalter was the race leader as Kunsman stayed right on his tail. Jason Swavely and Jacob Severn also joined the battle as it reached its hottest point on lap eight. Kunsman was able to hold on after a big slide job to show the way while Buckwalter now became the chaser. Kunsman had driven away from the battle for second until a lap 20 yellow flag slowed the pace. Buckwalter had a shot on the restart, but for the second week in a row Kunsman would see the checkered flag first. Ironically it was not just Kunsman who finished in the same spot he did a week ago. Buckwalter and Swavely finished in second and third after a tight battle for the spot all the way to the checkered flag. Tyler Walton made a rare wingless start to finish fourth. Severn rounded out the top five. Austin Bishop grabbed a sixth place finish follwed by Collin White, Ken Murray, Steve Whary, and Kenny Harris III. Heat races for the wingless Sprints went to Kunsman, Buckwalter, Severn, and Swavely. Consolation races were won by Cale Mutter and Duane White. The Wingless 600 Micro Sprints will be in action Thursday night, April 21st, as part of the Starrcade Action Track take over night.
When the Dayne's Automotive Modifieds rolled onto the race track for their feature event Friday night no one knew what was about to happen. One of the best Modified races in the speedway’s history would ensue. Richie Hitzler took the early race lead and he was soon joined at the front by Michael Burrows and Dakota Bartlett. It was not until a lap nine yellow flag that the race really heated up. Hitzler and Burrows began trading slide jobs in each corner for the next five laps before Burrows took control after a yellow flag. Hitzler was left wrestling his car as Burrows drove away to the win in the season opening event. Hitzler came home in the second spot. Aaron Bowes charged from 13 to finish in third just in front of Jason Dunkleberger and Korey Inglin. Sixth through tenth in the finishing order were Dylan McCrone, Mark Sensenig, Josh Bewley, Scott Washburn, and Jason Mills. Heat race wins for the Modifieds went to Hitzler, Joe Carter, and Brian Blankenbiller.
Justin Harrington didn't even know if they were going to make it to the track Friday night. "Our truck broke down on the way here and I thought it's going to be a long night," said Harrington. It might have started rough, but it ended well with the driver of the 29 picking up the win in his first night out in the car this season. Harrington became the races third leader after he grabbed the top spot away from Zach Hollinger on lap eight. Once he was out front there was no looking back. Harrington led the rest of the way for the win. Chase Gutshall was the heat race winner, but pulled a full invert. That means rather than starting on the pole, Gutshall had to start seventh. He was able to make it to second before he ran out of laps. Kyle Heiney came home in third with Hollinger and Scott Renninger rounding out the top five. Ron Wechter, Noah Merkey, Punch Hehnly, and Kody Hibshman made up the rest of the finishing order.
Next week marks the first ever Starrcade event at Linda's Speedway. The stars from all the small car divisions will be on display at some point throughout the two day extravaganza. Thursday April 21st will be Action Track take over night featuring the All Pro Speedstrs, Wingless 600 Micro Sprints, Slingshots, and Chargers. Friday night the ARDC Midgets make an anticipated return to the speedway and will be joined by the 270 Micro Sprints and Modifieds. Gates will open at five on both days. Hot laps will start at 6:45 on Thursday with Racing at 7:15. On Friday hot laps will be at their normal time of 7 with racing at 7:30. Admission prices, schedule of events, and more information can be found on Linda's Speedways various social media sites or on Lindasspeedway.com. You can also call the speedway hotline at (717) 865-5330.