Harris Wins Modifieds; Svanda & Pyle join as first time winners

July 21, 2017

Kenny Harris had a lot of momentum going into the feature Friday night in the Alpine Building Supply Modifieds. Harris ran second to point leader Richie Hitzler a week ago and Friday night was Harris’s turn to take the top spot. Harris was able to swing around race leader Jason Dunkleberger on lap five and take the lead. Harris survived the ensuing four restarts to hold on for his first Linda’s Speedway win. Harris has been a 600 Micro Sprint racer for almost ten years at the speedway. In victory lane Harris said, “I can’t believe this win came in a Modified.”

 

Dunkleberger crossed the line in second ahead of a tight battle between Richie Hitzler and Dylan McCrone who finished third and fourth. Charles Bowers rounded out the top five.

 

Dakota Kohler finished in sixth followed by Scott Gesford, Ray Gradwell, Ryan Stoner, and Cody Manmiller.

 

Modified heat races were won by Harris, Dunkleberger, and Hitzler. Ray Gradwell won the consolation event.

 

Tyler Walton has been nothing short of unbeatable in the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Winged 600 Micro Sprints in 2017. Walton was beat earlier in the season by Tommy Kunsman. Kunsman shared the front row of the main event Friday with Bruce Ginther Jr. Walton started fifth. On the start Ginther and Kunsman ran side by side into the turn while Walton pulled into join the battle. When the field returned to the front stretch for lap one Walton had grabbed the race lead. He would lead the rest of the 25 lap feature with Kunsman in chase. Austin Quick moved to third and closed out the podium finishers. Brendon Bright and BJ Antonio were the rest of the top five.

 

Steve Whary, Zack Bealer, Bruce Ginther, Jason Sechrist, and Aaron Bollinger were the top ten finishers.

 

Heat race wins went to Walton and Bright.

 

For the second week in a row the Jersey Joe’s Boardwalk Café 270 Micro Sprint feature looked like a sure victory for Scott Gingrich. Gingrich passed Devin Adams on lap two to take the top spot and had driven to a substantial lead before his car slowed and he retired. Adams was in position to take over the race lead. Once out front Adams had to hold off Mike Boyer in a late race restart for his first win since opening night 2016. Pat Bealer charged from ninth to finish second just ahead of Boyer, Ken Miller, and Brandon Firestine.

 

Sixth through tenth positions went to Jason Swavely, Dylan Adams, Morgan Rochelle, Christi Sweigart, and Austin Graby.

 

Logan Diehl and Scott Gingrich won heat races for the 270 Micro Sprints who will compete in two feature events on July 28 in the Titan Wings Time Trial Series fueled by Roadrunner Race Fuels. The 270 Micro Sprints will run the King of the Wing from May and a full show for Manufacturer’s night.

 

The Gutshall’s Automotive 125 Micro Sprint feature stole the show Friday night when two young drivers battle side by side up until the checkered flag of the feature event. Aiden Svanda and Austin Graby traded slide jobs for much of the race. Svanda started to pull away from Graby on lap 12. Svanda caught lap traffic and Graby was able to close the gap again with three to go. The two then began to battle again. The race to the checkered flag was a drag race off of turn four with Svanda edging Graby by .059 seconds for the win. Graby was second. Zach Hollinger, Jas Hehnly, and Brandon Stuck were the top five finishers.

 

Kalani Adams was sixth followed by Nate Gibble, Ron Wechter, Dylan Bartlip, and Mike Glass. Glass won the heat race.

 

Chris Cunnane looked poised to win his first Appalachian Auto LLC Charger race of the 2017 season in the July 14 make up feature that started the night of racing on July 21. Cunnane led the field until lap nine when his car broke and he went to the pit area. Troy Hostetter took the lead. Hostetter had to hold off Jeremy Ott for the remaining six laps. Ott pulled even with Hostetter coming to the checkered flag, but Hostetter held on by about half a car length for the win. Ott, Chris Smith, Josh Michael and Josh Demmy were the top five finishers.

 

The Jasen’s Automotive hard charger award went to sixth place Charles Wengard. He started 20th. Aaron Updegraff, Rob Pyle, Ed Hollenbach, and Chucky Kimmel were the top ten finishers.

 

The Chargers competed in a full racing program that saw a similar scenario unfolding. Rob Pyle and Chris Cunnane battled at the front of the feature event for the first nine laps before Cunnane again with pitside with issues. Defending rookie of the year Shjon Dove moved into second, but only for a lap before he broke. Charles Wengard was granted the second spot and kept the pressure on Pyle, soon joined by Aaron Updegraff, but couldn’t get by. Pyle’s win was the first of his career at Linda’s Speedway. Updegraff finished second. Wengard, Eric Hollenbach, and Troy Hostetter were the top five finishers.

 

For the second race in a row the sixth place finishers earned the Jasen’s Automitve hard charger. Josh Michael was sixth with Jeremy Ott, John Snavely, Josh Demmy and Chris Smith the rest of the top ten.

 

Charger heat race wins went to Wengard, Dove, and Cunnane.

 

Next Friday, July 28th will be Manufacturer’s Night for the Titan Wings Time Trial Series fueled by Roadrunner Race Fuels for the 270 Micro Sprints. The Wingless 600 Micro Sprints will also be in action with the 250 Stock/Sportsman Micro Sprints. The Slingshots will compete in a full program of racing followed by the first ever Linda’s Speedway Grand Prix presented for Roaming the Raceway and Race Chasing for all race fans and drivers Facebook page.

 

Gates open at 5:30 and Hot laps will start at 7. For more information on the speedway you can visit LindasSpeedway.com, Facebook, or Twitter. You can also call the speedway hotline at (717)865-5330.

 

 

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