Living Legends Wins to Gingrich, Kunsman, Hollinger, Hitzler, & Hollenbach

September 9, 2016

 

Kyle Weiss had some bad luck last week that ended his night early. Friday night Weiss was in the top spot when lap one was completed and he set sail looking for his first 270 Micro Sprint point paying event at Linda's Speedway ever. Weiss has won the King of the Wing time trial event before. Dave Williams soon made Weiss well aware that he planned to end a winless streak that dates back to 2002. Williams began diving to the inside of Weiss every time the duel entered the corner when Weiss would drive back around him on the outside. After a lap 18 caution flag everything changed. Weiss' steering broke and he hit the wall on the start. Williams inherited the top spot. Could he hold on? Scott Gingrich was second on the next restart and began to challenge Williams as soon as the green flag can out. Gingrich muscled the lead away on lap 22 for good and drove to his third win of the season. Point leader Devin Harron slipped by Williams for second. Brandon Firestine and Ken Miller also racked up top five finishes. Jonathan Swift had a great run in sixth. Bob Brubakers followed Swift across the line ahead of Ben Stolz, Mike Boyer, and Dan Lane. Heat races for the 270 Micro Sprint were won by Ken Miller and Stone Keller.

 

Jacob Severn led the early laps of the Hoosier Tire Wingless 600 Micro Sprints. While Severn battled with Austin Bishop and Steve Whary for the top spot, point leader Tommy Kunsman began to work from his mid-pack starting spot to the front. By half way Kunsman was on the rear bumper of Severn and they began to race for the top spot. Kunsman was able to work by Severn on lap 14 into first for good. In a race that set up many restarts, Kunsman made it through them all and claimed the win. It was his fourth win of the season and it came over Bishop, Whary, 13th starter Kenny Miller and Severn. Jesse Maurer started 14th and finished sixth ahead of Eric Heydenreich, Kenny Harris III, Sam Kravitsky, and Kenny Murray. Hoosier Tire Wingless 600 Micro Sprint heats went to Tommy Kunsman, Austin Bishop, and Ken Murray. Pat Bealer was the consolation winner.

 

The point leader in the 125 Micro Sprints also grabbed the benefit of a good redraw to start from the pole of Friday night's feature event. Zach Hollinger looked to add another win to his total Friday night, but wouldn't have it as easy as he would have liked. He shared the front row with the only other feature winner in the 125 Micro Sprints this season, Justin Harrington. Harrington ran on the outside of Hollinger for the first few laps, and tried to use a few early race restarts, but was never able to get the race lead away from the 56 car. Hollinger drove to the win and took a big step toward his championship hopes as second place in points, Scott Renninger, broke early in the race. Harrington held off the charges of Matt Donley for the second spot. Donley settled for third followed by Kyler Heiney and Chase Gutshall. Dave Williams, Ray Merkey, Ton Wechter, Brianna Gerhart, and Renninger closed out the top ten finishers from Friday night. Gutshall's Automotive 125 Micro Sprint heat race wins went to Zach Hollinger and Justin Harrington.

 

Eric Whitby and Richie Hitzler raced for the wins many times in the Modifieds in past years. Whitby returned to the seat of a Modified Friday night and drew the pole starting spot. Whitby took the early race lead before Hitzler drove into second and then eventually into the race lead on lap seven. Hitzler claimed the top spot and never looked back even through challenges from Dylan McCrone came heavy at the end of the race. McCrone finished second followed by Jeremy Guistwite, Brian Balnkenbiller, and Dj Hunt. Austin Bishop, Joe Carter, Jason Dunkleber, Hunter Diehl, and Eric Whitby were the top ten finishers from the main event. Dayne's Automotive Modifieds had two heat races with wins going to Mike Burrows and Richie Hitzler

 

Ed Hollenbach was in search of his second win in a row in the Chargers Friday night starting from the pole position. Hollenbach was hounded for much of the race by his teammate Troy Hostetter at the front of the field. Hostetter continued the pressure as the second place points car Shjon Dove worked his way to third and began to join the battle for the race lead. Dove looked for a strong points night when the point leader Eric Hollenbach spun on lap five of the feature. Hollenbach worked back to the top five by lap 12 to contend with the front-runners. Aaron Updengraff made his first start at Linda's Speedway and drove into four on the closing laps to join the race for the win as well. Hostetter pulled to the inside of Hollenbach coming to the checkered flag, but Hollenbach won the drag race to the line over Hostetter, Dove, Updegraff, and Eric Hollenbach. Josh Michael raced from 15th to sixth followed by Josh Demmy, Chris Smith, Chris Cunnane, and Paul Lambert. Charger heat races wins went to Ed Hollenbach and Troy Hostetter.

 

The night's racing was run under the Living Legend's Banner as Danny Jones, Rick Koenig, and Bill Sherwood were honored. Jones was a Micro Sprint and Sprint car racer in his career and currently works at Hendrick Motorsports. Rick Koenig raced Micro Sprints all across the country and had many big wins that included two National Open titles. Bill Sherwood is the winningest driver in Linda's Speedway Thunder Car history and says his favorite win was the first Steve Buch Memorial Race.

 

Next Friday night the 270 Micro Sprints, Modifieds, and Slingshots will join the winged 600 Micro Sprints. Gates open at 5:30 and warm ups will start at 7:00. For more information on Friday's racing or the upcoming Lebanon Valley Classic, you can visit LindasSpeedway.com, Facebook, or Twitter or you can call the speedway hotline at (717) 865-5330.

 

The first two day race of the season will be September 30 and October 1. Friday night will feature ARDC Midgets along with the 270 Micro Sprint Fall Brawl, Wingless 600 Micro Sprints, and Slingshots. Saturday the speedway will bounce right back into action with the Slingshot Lebanon Valley 100, Charger Championship Race, and the Modified 50. More information is available on LindasSpeedway.com.

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