Bright tops Midget Week Finale field; Hunt in Modified Tour

August 20, 2016

 

Friday night marked the unofficial end of the 2016 Midget week. With mainly ARDC Midget drivers in attendance, it would be a battle between the Pennsylvania regulars. Trevor Kobylarz led early before losing an engine on lap four. That handed the race lead back to pole setter, Brett Wanner. Wannder showed the way over Brett Arndt until halfway when Midget point leader, Alex Bright, took over second. Bright followed Wanner until lap 17 when Bright was able to take the top spot away for good. Alex's brother, Brenden, took second from Wanner on lap 22 right before a yellow flag. Alex drove away from his younger brother to claim the checkered flag. This marks his first Midget win at Linda's Speedway. Brenden Bright was second followed by opening night winner Brett Arndt. Tommy Kunsman bounced back from an early race wreck to finish fourth just ahead of Wanner. Ryan Greth was sixth followed by PJ Gargiulo, Eric Heydenreich, Jamie Spears, and Josh Heckman. Two heat races for the ARDC Midgets were won by Alex Bright and Ryan Greth.

 

Last week's winner, Dan Lane, looked like the car to beat again this week as he led early in the 270 Micro Sprint Feature. A mid-race restart let point leader, Devin Harron, take second place away from Randy West. Harron had to wait until lap 22 for his chance to challenge Lane. Lane was able to fend off Harron until his car slowed on the backstretch. That put Harron in the lead with Collin Ginther in close second. Fourteenth place starter, Josh Stoyer, had worked into the top three and was also challenging the leaders. With only two laps left, there wasn't much time to settle things at the front. Ginther got a good restart, but Harron drove away to his second win of the season. Ginther, Stoyer, Ken Miller, and Randy West were the top five finishers. Kyle Weiss recovered from problems early in the night to finish sixth in the main event. Stone Keller was seventh. Scott Gingrich was eighth followed by Brandon Firestine and Christi Sweigart. 270 Micro Sprints heat races were won by Dan Lane and Scott Gingrich.

 

Michael Burrows brought a 25 car field to the green flag in Friday night's Modified Tour Race. Fourth place starter, DJ Hunt, took the top spot on lap two. Hunt was soon joined at the front by former tour champion and 9th place starter, Tyler Bartik. Bartik pressured Hunt for much of the early race before Burrows climbed back into the battle. After starting outside the top ten, Richie Hitzler and Jason Dunkleberger were into the top ten by halfway. Soon it was a six car battle for the race lead. Late race yellows allowed Burrows, Dunkleberger, and Hitzler to all take their chances to go by Hunt. Even 24th place starting, Aaron Bowes, had a chance at the end of the race to take the win. Hunt held off all challengers on his way to his first Linda's Speedway Feature win. The win came over Burrows, Dunkleberger, Bartik, and Hitzler. Bowes was sixth, followed by Brian Blankenbiller, Jeromy Guistwite, Dakota Barlet, and Josh Pepe. Modified tour heat race winners were Billy Koch, Michael Burrows, DJ Hunt, and Brian Blankenbiller. The consolation race was won by Dakota Barlet.

 

Tim Buckwalter bolted from his seventh place starting spot into the race lead on lap three. Steve Whary climbed into second by BJ Antonio on lap five. Whary got a late race yellow on lap twenty-two to put him on Buckwalter's rear bumper. Also, Tommy Kunsman, the point leader, had worked his way into the top three. Although the yellow closed the field up, no one was able to challenge Tim Buckwalter as he drove to his second win of the year. At the line, it was Buckwalter over Whary, Kunsman, Antonio, and tenth place starter, Kenny Miller. Bruce Ginther was sixth, just ahead of Kenny Murray, Steve Bull, Kenny Harris, and Devin Gundrum. Hoosier Tire Wingless 600 Micro Sprint heat race wins went to Tim Buckwalter, Kenny Miller, and Steve Whary. A consolation was needed for the 30 car field and was won by Devin Gundrum.

 

Throughout the night, the Race Chasing for Fans and Drivers Facebook page presented awards to all the third place finishers. The awards were a $25 bonus and a Speedway Directory. Winners included Josh Stoyer (270 Micro Sprints), Tommy Kunsman (600 Micro Sprints), Jason Dunkleberger (Modifieds), and Brett Arndt (Midgets).  Dan Lane was awarded the hard luck award from the group after leading the 270 Micro Sprint feature for 23 of the 25 laps.

 

Next Friday night, August 26th, will be the Hall of Fame Classic at Linda’s Speedway. The 270 Micro Sprints will be in action for a night of Time Trial competition in the Titan Wings time trial series. The Wingless 600 Micro Sprints, Slingshots, Chargers, and Central Pa Legends will also be racing. Gates open at 5 with hot laps rolling onto the race track at 7. For information regarding the speedway you can visit LindasSpeedway.com, Facebook, or Twitter or call the track hotline at (717) 865-5330.

 

Friday September 2nd the USAC all pro Speedstrs will return in the Newt Hartman Tribute night. The night will honor Newt Hartman from Flagtown New Jersey. During his racing career Hartman was a champion at East Windsor Speedway and Flemington as well as a multi time feature winner. The 270 Micro Sprints, Wingless 600 Micro Sprints, and Slingshots will be racing. Admission to the grandstands for adults will be $12 and pit passes for the event will be $25.

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