In what will go down as one of the most dramatic 600 Micro Sprint National Open races in history, Tim Buckwalter took a hard-fought victory over Damon Paul and Brendon Bright. Odds on favorite Alex Swift added his name to the illustrious winners in the 270 Micro Sprint National Open at Linda’s Speedway on Saturday Night, October 19.
Alex Swift and Nick Walton have been a strong combination in the 270 Micro Sprint Time Trial Series at Linda’s Speedway in 2019. Swift picked up his first Linda’s Speedway win at Fall Brawl to close out the Time Trial season. He returned on National Open weekend and won not only the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Race of Champions, on Saturday night, also the 30th running of the National Open.
Jacob Hendershot got to the front of the field at the drop of the green flag and showed the way until lap eight when his car slowed with an issue.
Swift was able to race away on the restart while a battle for second raged on between Jason Swavely, Brian Borawiec. It wouldn’t be long before Tommy Kunsman was part of that battle.
By lap 31 Kunsman was second after starting 19th. Then a yellow flag bunched the field back up.
Swift would remain unshaken and hold off the two time Linda’s Speedway track champion. Swift crossed the line 0.922 second ahead of Kunsman. Swavely, Borawiec, and Steve Dunmire were the top five.
Ross Perchak was sixth ahead of Scott Gingrich, Nick Skias, Pete Skias, and Sean McAndrew.
Kunsman was the hard charger.
Brendon Bright, Tommy Kunsman, and Tim Buckwalter all led laps in the Wingless 600 Micro Sprint National Open. Bright led the field to the green flag and held the top spot until Kunsman took over command on lap 17 of the 40 lap affair.
Once Kunsman took over the lead, it seemed like the winningest driver at Linda’s Speedway in 2019, was on his way to the biggest win of his career. Kunsman time at the front of the field came to an end on lap 30 with Tim Buckwalter moving to position one. Lap traffic allowed Damon Paul to slip by Kunsman as well.
Buckwalter had to withstand a late race restart with Paul challenging the whole way to the checkered flag.
The win is Tim Buckwalter’s first at the National Open and the first for car owners Barry and Cheryl Greth.
Damon Paul and Brendon Bright rounded out the podium finishers. Tommy Kunsman and Kenny Miller finished our the top five. Kenny Miller started 16th. Joey Amantea came from 17th to finish sixth ahead of Ryan Groff, Jason Swavely, Jeff Hartman, and Christian Bruno.
Jason Swavely was the hard charger finishing in 8th from his 27th starting position.
Mike Boyer and Logan Rumsey were awarded the best appearing car from John Wentzel’s Body Shop with Brian Wentzel presenting awards.
Linda’s Speedway would like to thank all of the drivers, crews, fans, and sponsors that are part of one of the most prestigious events in Micro Sprint racing.
A special thank you to Mike Knappenberger and all of the members of the Race Chasing for Fans Facebook page that reached out and helped with sponsoring the weekends events as well as Hoosier Tire for their continued support of the event.
For full race results you can visit LindasSpeedway.com