Jonestown, PA - Mohnton's Josh Stoyer shook off some early season bad luck and won his first race of the year at Linda's Speedway on Friday night. Stoyer recorded the triumph in a hotly contested RTS Chassis 270 Sprint feature.
Joining Stoyer in Linda's Speedway victory lane were Austin Bishop (winged 600 Sprints); Jason Dunkleberger (Xcel 600 Modifieds); and Dale Kreiser (Chargers). Chris Smith was victorious in the Jonestown Throwdown for the Charger division after battling his way through four rounds of one-on-one match races. A Jonestown Throwdown championship belt was presented to Smith after his victory against Charlie Kimmel in the championship match.
The RTS Chassis 270 Sprints were up first, and they put on a show that had the fans on their feet and cheering. Defending point champ Bradley Brown and Dan Lane Jr. started on the front row and the two young lions fought tooth and nail for the top spot during the early laps. They not only traded the top spot on numerous occasions, but continuously swapped lanes in the process. Stoyer started sixth and gradually worked his way up to third, then reeled in the lead duo and made it a three-car tussle for the number one position. Stoyer disposed of Brown before repeatedly sticking his nose under Lane's No. 29J as they battled for the point with Brown lurking close behind and occasionally sticking his No. 23 in the middle of the war for the win. With 11 circuits remaining, Stoyer finally snatched the top spot from Lane, who fell back into a battle for runner-up honors with Brown. Stoyer pulled away over the final trips around the quarter-mile, with Brown chasing him to the checkered flag. Devin Harron made a late charge to earn third place money with Lane and Kyle Weiss finishing fourth and fifth. The return of Devin Adams, who lost the tip of a finger after his driving glove got caught in his car's chain as he was waiting to be pushed off about six weeks ago, was highlighted by a sixth place effort. Collin Ginther threaded his way from 21st to seventh with eighth through tenth positions going to Dylan Adams, Dave Williams, and Nunzi Allegrucci.
Heat race winners included Weiss, Stoyer, and Harron.
Steve Whary set the pace in the winged 600 Sprint main as Austin Bishop, Dan Souder, and Hayden Miller scratched and clawed for the runner-up slot in the early going of the 25-lapper. Bishop eventually secured the position and set his sights on Whary, but the leader had checked out and appeared headed for victory in his G.W. Transport No. 44s. Bishop had other ideas, though, making some adjustments inside the car and closing on the leader as the laps clicked off quickly. Bishop caught Whary and powered around him in turns three and four with seven tours remaining, snaring the top spot and going on to win his second of the season by nearly 2.5-seconds. Asked what adjustments he made in the car to improve its performance and track down Whary, Bishop simply grinned and said, "that's a secret." Ninth-starting Tyler Walton blasted to third late in the race while Kameron Morral and Hayden Miller completed the top five. First year 600 racer BJ Antonio finished sixth with Souder fading to seventh and Brenden Bright, who started dead last in 24th, ended up with an eighth place payday. Brooklyn Gable and Dustin Stoltzfus completed the top ten.
Winning the three heat races for the 600 Sprints were Whary, Bishop, and Anthony Macri. Macri was scheduled to start third in the main event but mechanical gremlins forced him to pull off prior to the green flag.
The Xcel 600 Modified feature began with Scott Gesford jumping into the early lead, but birthday boy Michael Burrows rumbled from fifth on the starting grid to run second by the time one lap was scored. Burrows then zipped past Gesford to grab the lead on a restart with one complete. As Burrows rocketed out to a big lead, Gesford, Jason Dunkleberger, Dakota Barlet, and Brian Blankenbiller waged a battle royale for second through fifth positions. Dunkleberger prevailed in that battle, moving to the runner-up slot and Richie Hitzler made his presence known as he flew into the top five. Burrows' fantastic run ended as his No. 55 went up in smoke in turn four with just six circuits left to run, handing the lead to Dunkleberger. Taking advantage of the gift, Dunkleberger cruised to the win over Hitzler, who passed Barlet late to claim runner-up honors. Barlet held off Tyler Brehm for third and Scott Heilman rounded out the top five.
Barlet and Gesford won Modified heat races.
When Chris Smith captured the Jonestown Throwdown on Friday, he accomplished a goal that he set for himself one year ago, when he came up just short in his quest to secure the Throwdown's championship belt. By luck of the draw, Smith was one of five drivers to receive a bye in round one of the tournament style series of one-on-one match races. He defeated the 2015 Throwdown winner, Josh Michael, in round two before dispersing of Troy Hostetter in the semi-finals. In the championship match, Charlie Kimmel faced off against Smith. Kimmel tried a bit too hard to duck under Smith in turn three and got completely sideways. He gathered in his mount and kept going but Smith was too far out front after the miscue. The jubilant Smith raced under the checkered for the easy win and the Jonestown Throwdown winner's laurels.
Dale Kreiser won the B-Main, earning the right to start fifth in the 20-lap main for the Chargers.
With Smith on the pole of the Charger's feature and Kimmel right beside him on the front row, it was Kimmel seeking revenge and grabbing the early lead. Kreiser and Troy Hostetter moved up quickly and the two of them slipped past Kimmel to take over first and second as the race neared its halfway point. Kreiser pulled away as Hostetter fended off the challenges of Eric Hollenbach over the final laps. At the finish, it was Kreiser, who was making an infrequent start in the No. 0, notching the victory and Hostetter held off Hollenbach for second. Shjon Dove and Justin Riegel finished fourth and fifth.