Although Pat Bealer has run strong at Linda's Speedway on the big stage at the National Open, Friday night's Titan Wings Time Trial event marked the first time he had a chance to win a regular season race. Bealer brought the field to the green flag in the 270 Micro Sprint Hall of Fame Classic. Scott Gingrich tried multiple times to go by Bealer on the inside, but his best opportunity came when Bealer got into lap traffic. Gingrich maneuvered through the traffic with Bealer while they pulled away from a battle between Randy West and Ross Perchak for third. The red flag came out on lap 16 when Chris Heagy hit the outside wall. Heagy was okay, but the red flag brought Gingrich and company right back to Bealer's rear bumper. On the restart, Perchak made a move into second, setting up a repeat battle from the 2006 National Open. The difference this time would be that Bealer would not catch and pass Perchak, but hold on for the victory. Gingrich came across the line at third, West was fourth, and Stone Keller rounded out the top five with a strong performance. Ken Miller finished sixth ahead of Tommy Kunsman, Dave Williams, 18th place starter Mike Boyer, and Kyle Weiss. 270 Micro Sprint heat race wins went to Pat Bealer, Scott Gingrich, and Ken Miller. Pat Bealer was the dash winner.
Contingency awards for the 270 Micro Sprints went to Pat Bealer (Rebekah Batz LulaRoe consultant Quick Time), Chris Heagy (Kims Kreations Hard Luck), and Mike Boyer (Amy's Photos Hard Chargers)
Pat Bealer and BJ Antonio were given awards for their heat race wins from the Race Chasing for Fans and Drivers facebook page.
Next Friday Linda's Speedway will pay tribute to Newt Hartman with an Action Track Takeover night featuring the Speedstrs, 270 & Wingless 600 Micro Sprints and the Slingshots. Gates open at 5 with hot laps at 7. Adult admission to the grandstands will be $12. Pit passes will be $25. For more information, you can visit LindasSpeedway.com, Facebook, or Twitter. You can also call the track at (717) 865-5330.