Steve Wilbur, Alan Sagi, and Dustin Hollinger Win Williams Grove Speedway Saturday Night Races
Mechanicsburg, PA July 27, 2014
Steve Wilbur won the 20 lap Williams Grove Speedway Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman feature. In front of a record-setting crowd on Kids Night, Wilbur gained the lead with three laps remaining.
Duaine Smith led at the start with Rich Eichelberger giving chase. Steve Wilbur, the third-place starter, maintained third. Smith had an early advantage before Eichelberger narrowed the lead to two lengths.
On the 12th lap the engine in Duaine Smith’s car suddenly lost power and he drifted to a stop. Rich Eichelberger was the new leader followed by Steve Wilbur, Steve Fannasy, Mike Enders, and Scott Dellinger.
Eichelberger gained a comfortable lead over Wilbur. For the second consecutive race, bad luck struck Rich Eichelberger. With three-laps remaining, Eichelberger drifted to a stop, the victim of a flat tire.
Rich Eichelberger retired to the pits placing Steve Wilbur in the lead. Wilbur, from Mechanicsburg, gained an advantage over Steve Fannasy, Scott Dellinger, Mike Enders, Frankie Herr, Doug Dodson, and Scott Geesey. Wilbur crossed the finish line seven lengths ahead of Fannasy, Dellinger, Herr, and Doug Dodson.
Heat wins for the 33 entries went to Jay Fannasy, Scott Geesey, Frankie Herr, and Mike Enders. Eric Walker won the consolation. David Socks III received the Sprint Aces Hard Charger award.
The 20-lap Credit Connection Auto Sales 358 Late Model feature began with an extraordinary side-by-side battle between veteran Les Hare and the young charger Cole Amsden. Through the first five laps the two raced even around the half mile. Hare had the nose of his car ahead for laps one and two. Amsden was inches in front from laps three through five.
A caution on lap six ended the wheel-to-wheel action of the lead duo. Amsden, following the restart, set the pace ahead of Matt Nailor, Les Hare, and Sam Gallagher. Alan Sagi, the ninth-place starter, was in fifth. By the midway point of the race Gene Knaub joined the lead pack.
Cole Amsden held a ten-car length lead while Matt Nailor was contending with challenges from Alan Sagi and Gene Knaub. During the 12th circuit Sagi captured second and Knaub gained third.
Alan Sagi and Gene Knaub caught leader Cole Amsden before a lap 17 caution slowed the event. Following the restart Amsden’s car went sideways in turn four allowing Sagi and Knaub to gain the lower line entering the first turn. Alan Sagi, from Hagerstown, Maryland, was the new leader with Gene Knaub in second.
Gene Knaub, on the final lap, was a length behind Alan Sagi entering turn three. Sagi held off the bid and won his first of the season by two lengths over Knaub. Cole Amsden finished in third with Jake Jones in fourth and Matt Nailor was fifth.
The heat races for the 25-car field went to Les Hare, Gene Knaub, and Wes Alleman. Sam Rial was the Artwerks Hard Charger.
Dustin Hollinger started on the outside of the front row in the 15 lap Aquafun Pools Street Stock main. Hollinger led the way with Tim Drawbaugh, Brett Pickel, Craig Morgan, Doug Hoffman, and Kevin Sigler in a close fight for second.
Hollinger, after several weeks of mechanical issues, was driving a flawless race. The battle for second was intense between Pickel, Morgan, Sigler, and Drawbaugh. Pickel and Sigler, during the 11th lap, swapped second position several times. One-lap later Pickel and Sigler tangled in turn two resulting in a caution.
The caution returned on the final lap. Dustin Hollinger, from Palmyra, had a strong restart, gaining a five-car length advantage. Hollinger won his first of the year by six lengths. Craig Morgan and Mike Buckley were door-to-door heading to the finish line. Morgan finished in second by several inches over Buckley. Greg Diehl was fourth and Steven Dove finished fifth.
The preliminaries for the 21 Street Stocks went to Doug Hoffman and Hollinger. Greg Diehl received the Artwerks Hard Charger award.
The Williams Grove Speedway Saturday Night Series returns to action this weekend featuring the Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman, Credit Connection Auto Sales 358 Late Models, and Aqua Fun Pools Street Stocks. Racing action begins at 6:30. Adult admission is five dollars with children 12 and under free.
Super Sportsman results:
1. Steve Wilbur, 2. Steve Fannasy, 3. Scott Dellinger, 4. Frankie Herr, 5. Doug Dodson, 6. Mike Enders, 7. Scott Geesey, 8. Gregg Foster, 9. Kenny Edkins, 10. David Socks III, 11. Chad Trout, 12. Chad Criswell, 13. Eric Walker, 14. Tony Jackson, 15. Chad Smith, 16. Bill Devine, 17. Tom Wyckoff, 18. Lanny Hake, 19. Dave Berkheimer, 20. Rich Eichelberger, 21. Todd Leonard, 22. Rick Barr, 23. Duaine Smith, 24. Jay Fannasy. DNQ: Geoff Gill, Russ Mitten, Davey Walsh, Bobby Hockenberry, Devin Beidel, Russ Lebo, Jim Hulse, Scott Smith, Dave Conrad
358 Late Model results:
1. Alan Sagi, 2. Gene Knaub, 3. Cole Amsden, 4. Jake Jones, 5. Matt Nailor, 6. Cam Zeigler, 7. Ron Kline, 8. Travis Mease, 9. Dave Latsha, 10. Dan Zechman, 11. Sam Gallagher, 12. Brad Shank, 13. Sam Rial, 14. John McLanigan III, 15. Zach Kauffman, 16. Al Cheney, 17. Wes Alleman, 18. Les Hare, 19. Shaun Jones, 20. Pat Beard, 21. Roy Miller, 22. Pat McNeal, 23. Randy Croop, 24. Tom Smith, DNQ: Jason Peachey
Street Stock results:
1. Dustin Hollinger, 2. Craig Morgan, 3. Mike Buckley, 4. Greg Diehl, 5. Steven Dove, 6. Todd Bowersox, 7. Doug Hoffman. 8. Eric Tripp, 9. Kevin Sigler, 10. Jaynee Zeigler, 11. Mike Nickel. 12. Brett Pickel, 13. Jesse Hitz, 14. Tim Drawbaugh, 15. Walt Lemmon, 16. Jeff Haag, 17. Randy Zechman DNS: Josh Bloom, Steve Hastings, Nick Bloom, Chris Heller