Jennerstown Speedway offers a memorable evening of racing, fireworks and music


JENNERSTOWN — Rick Meehleib hadn’t been in the winner’s circle at Jennerstown Speedway since the mid-’90s, but the Stoystown driver celebrated with the checkered flag in hand on Saturday night.

Meehleib racked up a bunch of second-place finishes in 2021, but was never able to cross the line first. That changed on Saturday with a hard-earned victory in Ron’s Collision Center Street Stocks.

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Meehlieb was in the lead with four laps to go, but defending champion Casey Fleegle, who has five wins this season, raced through the pack. Dale Kimberly, trying to hold on to second place, got on the back of Fleegle smashing both cars.

On the restart, Meehleib had to hold off points leader Greg Burbidge for the win. Burbidge started on the outside and held on as they fought door to door. Burbidge broke away and slid down the track and hit Meehleib, but the loss of momentum hurt Burbidge more than Meehleib who went on for the win.

Meehleib joins Burbidge and Fleegle as the only drivers to win in a street stock so far this season.

Barry Awtey continued his dominant season with another win in Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models. Awtey, already the track’s winningest driver, has now won half of the model’s final features this season with five trips to Stoney’s Beer Victory Lane.

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After his victory last Sunday, Awtey had to start at the back of the pack. With the fastest car on the set, Awtey made his way through traffic. Mike Sweeney took the lead for the first 10 laps, but Bryan Shipp found it. However, Shipp didn’t have the lead for a long time. Awtey climbed through the pack and took the lead with 13 laps to go and rode away for his second straight win. The defending champion continues to lead the points standings.

An exciting finish is that the Farmer’s Union Co-Op Chargers had fans on their feet. Nick Niemiec had led most of the final, but Scott Mitchell closed the gap late in the race. Niemiec had thrown a few blocks to hold Mitchell off, but Mitchell had a strong exit from Turn 4. The two touched and Mitchell was finally able to make the pass with two laps to go. The victory is Mitchell’s second of the year despite not having a full schedule.

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After crashing a few weeks ago, Skylar Berkey took a brand new four-cylinder car to the track on Saturday. After spending all week prepping the new car, Berkey was involved in wreckage during the heat race.

Despite the damage, Berkey drove his new car ahead of the field. Points leader Johnathan Haburcsak was wrecked in Round 3. The restart put Berkey in first place and he was off to his second Somerset Trust Fast N’ Furious 4 victory of the year. Berkey’s teammate Caleb Vasos finished second.

The teammates also finished one-two in the modified Stoystown Auto Wreckers feature.

RJ Dallape, making only his second start of the year at Jennerstown, started on pole. Dallape led the early laps, but it didn’t take long for Doug Glessner to find him.

Glessner, who drives a car owned by the Dallape family, rounded his teammate for the lead and took the win. This victory is the third of the season for Glessner.

In the One Stop Auto Sales Pro Stocks, points leader Jeff Giles started on pole and led every lap of the event en route to his second win of the year.

The evening ended with fireworks and a concert by the local band Stampede. The events celebrated Jennerstown’s victory in the “Advance My Track Challenge” organized by Advance Auto Parts. NASCAR and Advanced Auto Parts were on hand to present the winning check for $50,000.

Racing continues Saturday at Jennerstown Speedway as the Super Cup Stock Car Series comes to town for the first time this season. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for fans. The race starts at 6 p.m.

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