JENNERSTOWN — Martella’s late drugstore models spent more time under caution than doing green flag laps, but Jennerstown Speedway’s all-time winningest driver, Barry Awtey, waited out multiple warning flags to claim his second win of 2022.
Of the 13 late models who started the race, only five remained without battle scars on Saturday night.
On the 1st lap, Owen Houpt spun out the first warning. On the restart, veteran driver Mike Hemminger and young Ethan Meyers came together to end Hemminger’s night as he slammed into the wall at Turn 2, also damaging the cars of Todd Price and Joe Peifer who couldn’t. Continue.
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As the race returned to green, Awtey managed to take the lead from Bryan Shipp before the warning flew again when last week’s winner Brandan Marhefka spun into Turn 1 , prompting another warning with 26 laps still to go.
With Awtey in the lead, he chose the outside route and sailed first on the restart. The peloton raced another 15 green flag laps before the warning flew again. Longtime drivers Garry Wiltrout and Dennis Wenner were battling for sixth position. The two were side by side on the exit of Turn 2 and touched the backstretch. The contact sent Wiltrout’s machine head-on into the wall at the entrance to Turn 3, wrecking his car and ending his night.
Awtey held off Shipp on the restart and picked up his second win of the year. The first five cars were the only ones not to suffer damage during the race. Shipp finished second. Travis Fisher, Jarred Barclay and Jeremy Shaffer also made the top five.
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In the One Stop Auto Sales Pro Stock division, Kyle Burkholder needed a bit of luck to earn his second win of the season. Adam Kostelnik had dominated the distance race and had a large lead over Burkholder. However, Kostelnik’s car broke down on the final lap, allowing Burkholder and the rest of the field to cruise alongside him. In Stoney’s Beer Victory Lane, Burkholder said he could see sparks flying from Kostelnik’s machine a few laps before the car came to a stop. Kostelnik ended up finishing at the back of the field.
Caleb Vasos picked up his second victory in as many weeks with a last-lap assist in the Somerset Trust Fast N’ Furious 4’s. Robert Pluta started in the front row and took a big lead. Vasos started seventh and had to work his way through the pack. On the final lap, Pluta rode high into Turn 2 and opened the door for Vasos on the low line. Vasos completed the pass in the back stretch and took the win.
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Defending Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified champion Tom Golik picked up his first win of the season on Saturday night. Golik’s teammate Pete Rech led the race. With 11 laps to go, Rech’s car broke down and he had to give up the lead and enter pit road. The lead was given to Joey School, who couldn’t hold off Golik. Just two laps later, Golik passed School and held off points leader John Fama for the win.
Steve Singo picked up his second victory of the year in the Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers. Singo had to hold off Nate Valente for the win. Valente did everything he could for several laps, but the young rider ran Singo clean and just couldn’t get the run he needed to make the pass.
In Ron’s Collision Center Street Stocks, Casey Fleegle survived a green and white checkered finish for his third win of the year. Greg Burbidge was leading the field when the warning came out with 13 laps to go. The restart brought the field together and allowed Fleelge to make the pass around Burbidge. On the final lap, three cars spun into Turn 1, setting up a two-lap shootout for the finish. Fleegle started inside Burbidge and cleared him for the lead and the win.
Jennerstown Speedway will host The Clarks of Pittsburgh for a post-race track concert on Saturday night. The first green flag will drop a little earlier than usual. Races begin at 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the track office and online at jennerstown.org.
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