As crunch time draws near in the Jersey Joe’s Boardwalk Café 270 Micro Sprint point race, Mike Boyer and Tommy Kunsman have been left to settle a yearlong battle. Friday night saw two features run for the 270 Micro Sprints with Kunsman taking victories in both. His wins have propelled him back into the point lead by a mere ten points over Boyer going into the final point race of the season.
The first 270 Micro Sprint feature of the night was run as a makeup feature from an August 8th rain out. Scott Gingrich has been hotter than the weather the last few weeks spending many Friday night in victory lane.
Gingrich jumped out to the race leader early on and lead while Austin Graby and Kunsman tried to close the gap. Kunsman took over second spot and began to give chase to Gingrich.
By lap 20 Kunsman was on the tail of the race leader. He was able to take the top spot on lap 23 and lead the final three laps for the victory. It was his second win in a row. Gingrich was second, while Boyer came from deeper in the field to claw his way to a third place finish.
Austin Graby and Morgan Rochelle were the top five finishers.
Tyler Ulrich in a substitute driver role finished sixth ahead of Devin Adams, Christ Sweigart, Brian Boyer Sr., and Ken Miller.
In the second feature of the night Austin Graby was the star of the show in the opening laps. Graby lead the parade around the ¼ mile for seven laps before Kunsman slipped by. The battle continued before Kunsman stretched the advantage by the half way mark.
Scott Gingrich raced his way to second, but never was able to challenge Kunsman. Instead he was in a battle with Graby and a hard charging Ben Stolz. Gingrich held off the challenges of both driver to finish second for the second time on the night. Stolz was third followed by Ken Miller and Morgan Rochelle.
Mike Boyer was sixth in front of Graby, Dan Lane, Zach Hollinger, and Devin Adams.
Andrew Layser has taken steps all year long to prepare himself for the opportunity to win races. Friday night was his best chance as he took over the top spot on lap four of the 25 lap main event. Kenny Murray supplier the early race heat on the leader. Jim Radney took over the second place by lap 15. Radney was a lane above everyone else on the race track, pushing his machine to its limits. It still was not enough to go by the leader, Layser.
A red flag with five to go reset the field, but Layser remained unshacken and went on to his first win at Linda’s Speedway. Radney was second ahead of Tommy Kunsman, Tim Buckwalter, and Nash Ely.
Tyler Brehm finished in sixth chased across the line by BJ Antonio, Ken Murray, Danny Stratton, and Ryan Groff.
Dave Carraghan found the middle line on the speedway on the opening laps of the Slingshot feature event Friday night. Once he found his groove. Carraghan was able to catch and pass race lead Ronnie Spitler on his way to his second win of 2017.
Carraghan better point leader Brett Bieber by half a second. There was a four second gap back to Dave Labe who finished third marking down his first podium finish in the Slingshots. Spitler and Chuck Whary closed out the top five.
Lindsey Garl finished in sixth while Austin Daniels, Austin Stufflet, Blaire Schoenly and Joe Toth rounded out the top ten finishers.
Travis McClelland is a two time winner already this season at Linda’s Speedway in the Service Master Clean Central Pa Legend Cars. McClelland only lead one lap Friday before he gave up the lead to Hayden Pascoe. Pascoe, from Australia, would lead the remaining 19 laps with constant pressure from McClelland in a tight battle for the top spot. McClelland was second. Third through fifth spots went to Travis Perry, Austin Bellemare, and Chandler Pagnotta.
The rest of the top ten spots belonged to Tom O’Sheehan, Rick Hartwig, Bob Stough, Alex Schmiedel, and Jeremy Ott.
Next weekend marks the first two race weekend of the season at Linda’s Speedway.
Friday September 22 will be the final points race for the Jersey Joe’s Boardwalk Café 270 Micro Sprints. Also in action will be the Hoosier Tire winged 600 Micro Sprints, Alpine Building Supply 600 Modifieds, Slingshots, and the Gutshall’s Automotive 125 Micro Sprints. At the end of the night the Slingshots will compete in the first dirt Grand Prix race.
The winner of the Modified and Slingshot feature races will be locked into the Saturday main events.
Saturday September 23 the Slingshot, Modifieds, and Chargers will take center stage. The Lebanon Valley 50 for the Slingshots. The Modifieds will run 50 laps in a tour event. The Chargers will compete their point paying season in the Charger championship race.
Gates open at 3 with a drivers meeting at 5, hot laps at 5:15, and racing at 5:45 for the annual Saturday event.
General Admission on each night of the weekend will be $6 for adults. Pit admission will be $20 on Friday and $22 on Saturday.
For more information, you can visit LindasSpeedway.com, Facebook, or Twitter. You can also call the speedway hotline at (717)865-5330.