Mike Enders, Gene Knaub, and Steven Dove Win Williams Grove Speedway Saturday Races
Mechanicsburg, PA June 15, 2014
Mike Enders’ amazing 2014 season continued Saturday night with a victory in the 20 lap Williams Grove Speedway Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman feature. Competing for one of the low-budget operations, the current point leader won his first feature of the year.
After five days of rain, including over two inches of precipitation on Thursday, the Williams Grove Speedway surface was very wet. Stan Wanner led from the start of the Super Sportsman main. Scott Dellinger was on the move advancing from his fifth starting position to second by lap six. Dellinger became the new leader one lap later.
Mike Enders began the feature in 11th place. He was fifth by lap six. Enders, from Halifax, PA., advanced to third when the race had its first caution on lap 11.
Scott Dellinger continued to lead with Enders second. Dellinger, in the 14th circuit, slid high in turns three and four allowing Enders to become the new leader.
The caution returned on lap 15 for a grinding back stretch crash involving top-runners Chad Criswell, Frankie Herr, and Chad Trout.
Mike Enders led the remaining laps winning by 20 lengths over Dellinger, Wanner, Rich Eichelberger, and Steve Wilbur.
Herr, Bobby Hockenberry, and Wilbur won the heats races for the 30-car field. Russ Mitten was the consolation victor. Duaine Smith received the Sprint Aces Hard Charger award.
Roy Miller led the opening circuit of the 20-lap Credit Connection Auto Sales 358 Late Model feature. Gene Knaub, the sixth-place starter, was second when the caution came out at the completion of lap two.
Gene Knaub used the restart to pass leader Miller. Caution flags on laps four and six kept the competition close to Knaub.
The race had a long caution-free stretch allowing Knaub to gain a four-second advantage over a fast-running Kyle Martin. The final yellow flag came with four-laps remaining. Gene Knaub, from Dover, PA., controlled the final four laps winning by 12 lengths over Martin, Jake Jones, Bobby Beard, and Shaun Jones.
Heat wins for the 31 competitors went to Matt Nailor, Jones, and Knaub. The consolation went to Alan Sagi. Sagi received the Artwerks Hard Charger award.
Dustin Hollinger started on the pole for the 15-lap Aquafun Pools Street Stock feature. Eric Tripp was second and fifth-place starter Steven Dove held third. Dove progressed into second one lap later.
Hollinger and Dove held a close battle for the lead. Behind them Tripp, Greg Diehl, and Steve Hastings were competing for third. Dove, in the seventh lap, switched to the outside lane. He went wide to pass Hollinger in turns one and two.
Hollinger and Diehl hounded leader Steven Dove. The lead trio, with five laps remaining, went three wide through turns one and two. At the exit of turn two Hollinger and Diehl made contact and crashed.
For the first time in Saturday Night Series history, Ford-powered cars occupied the two lead positions. Steven Dove, from Lebanon, PA., led the way with Steve Hastings in second. Dove won his first of the year by eight lengths over Hastings. Brett Pickel was third, Jeff Haag was in fourth and Mike Buckley finished fifth.
Hollinger and Haag won the preliminaries for 19 entries. Todd Bowersox received Artwerks Hard Charger award.
The Williams Grove Speedway Saturday Night Series returns to action on June 21. Racing action will feature the Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman, Credit Connection Auto Sales 358 Late Models, and Aquafun Pools Street Stocks. Racing begins at 6:30 PM. Adult admission is five dollars with children 12 and under free.
Super Sportsman results:
1. Mike Enders, 2. Scott Dellinger, 3. Stan Wanner, 4. Rich Eichelberger, 5. Steve Wilbur, 6. Greg Foster, 7. Bobby Hockenberry, 8. Scott Geesey, 9. Jay Fannasy, 10. Russ Mitten, 11. Duaine Smith, 12. Todd Leonard, 13. Tony Jackson, 14. Devin Beidel, 15. Bill Devine, 16. Chad Smith, 17. Lanny Hake, 18. Kenny Edkins, 19. Cody Fairchok, 20. Chad Criswell, 21. Frankie Herr, 22. Chad Trout, 23. LeRoy Martin, 24. Steve Fannasy DNQ: John Wolfe, Dave Berkheimer, Scott Smith, Tom Wyckoff, Rick Barr, Jim Hulse
358 Late Model results:
1. Gene Knaub, 2. Kyle Martin, 3. Jake Jones, 4. Bobby Beard, 5. Shaun Jones, 6. Jared Miller, 7. Les Hare, 8. Cam Zeigler, 9. Alan Sagi, 10. Pat Beard, 11. Tyler Horst, 12. Kyle Lear, 13. Al Cheney, 14. Brian Lessley, 15. Jake Moser, 16. Larry Neiderer, 17. Randy Croop, 18. Travis Mease, 19. Brad Shank, 20. Roy Miller, 21. Matt Nailor, 22. Wes Alleman, 23. Sam Rial, 24. Dominic Defino DNQ: Chaz walls, Dan Zechman, Jason Nace, John Moser, Pat McNeal, Randy Christine, John Greider
Street Stock results:
1. Steven Dove, 2. Steve Hastings, 3. Brett Pickel, 4. Jeff Haag, 5. Mike Buckley, 6. Kevin Sigler, 7. Todd Bowersox, 8. Walt Lemmon, 9. Jimmy Combs, 10. Greg Diehl, 11. Eric Tripp, 12. Chris Heller, 13. Nick Bloom, 14. Ben Morrow, 15. Jesse Hitz, 16. Dustin Hollinger, 17. Doug Hoffman, 18. Craig Morgan, 19. Randy Zechman