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BRAD BRIGHTBILL ENDS ACTION TRACK SEASON BY POSTING BACK TO BACK WINS...
REIMERT CLOSES OUT ACTION TRACK USA SEASON WITH ALL-STAR SLINGSHOT VICTORY...
MORRIS RECORDS THE FINAL WINGLESS 600CC WIN OF THE SEASON AT ACTION TRACK USA...
Brad Brightbill just moments after winning the SpeedSTR season finale
at Action Track USA. It was Brad's 2nd win in a row. Photo by Speed Images.
Kutztown, PA (Story by Deb Smith) 08-19-14: It was the final night of racing at JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds and the annual running of the Dick Tobias Classic for the USAC SpeedSTRs. How appropriate that this race would be won by a driver whose last name appeared many times in the same results as that of Tobias? But instead of it being the Shillington Slingshot, Kenny Brightbill it was his son, Brad Brightbill who would stand in Victory Lane with Mary Tobias after sixty hard fought laps of competition.
The 2014 point championship was on the line. There was a $5,000 pay day to the race winner. There was plenty of excitement in the air and around the speedway as a large crowd filled the Kutztown Fairgrounds for the 2014 season finale.
As always, the luck of the draw determined the starting line-up. Brad Brightbill drew the pole and Billy Pauch Jr. drew the outside pole for the start of the sixty lap feature event. The field was led to the start by two of the second generation drivers in the field.
Brad Brightbill took the lead on the start as Pauch Jr. ran second. Tim Buckwalter, making only his second start in SpeedSTR competition, challenged Pauch Jr. for second as lap five was completed. Anthony Perrego took to the high, outside of the track to try to make his way to the front as he raced into third on lap six. With ten laps complete, Brad Brightbill led Pauch Jr., Perrego, Buckwalter and Kenny Brightbill.
Pauch Jr. used the outside line on a restart to power into the lead on lap eleven but Brightbill was never far behind. Pauch Jr. rolled the top to hold a slight advantage over Brightbill as they raced across the line for laps eleven through seventeen. On lap eighteen, the leaders were a virtual dead heat and one lap later, Brightbill regained control of the lead as they exited turn two. When the caution flag waved, it was Brad Brightbill who was out in front on the restart.
And Brightbill never faltered for the remaining laps. "I knew who was behind me," Brightbill stated. "You know that you have the best drivers in the Northeast here. I didn't see anyone stick a nose along side of me so I thought we were okay. I was hoping that the track would keep getting slicker," Brightbill continued. "I went with a tight set-up and the track just came to me. The car was just on a rail!"
When the caution was needed with twenty-nine laps complete, the cars were brought to a stop for the mid-race pit stop. Basically, any adjustments could be made but the competitors were only allowed ten minutes to add fuel, change tires or perform any other adjustments. After ten minutes, the field was lined up and ready to restart for the second half of the race.
Louden Reimert would take his #58 All-Star Slingshot later in the eveing
and part it in Victory Lane at Action Track USA. Photo by Rick's Racing.
Brad Brightbill went right back into the lead over Pauch Jr as Rick Eckert and Perrego now battled for third. Mike Bednar made some strong moves following the break and ran fifth. Perrego took over second on lap thirty-one as Pauch Jr. was now challenged by Eckert for his position. Eckert took over third with forty laps complete.
Billy Pauch Sr. went to the extreme outside to try to improve his position with the final twenty laps to be run. Pauch Sr. raced by Bednar for fifth and then by Pauch Jr. and Perrego to move into third behind Eckert with fifteen laps to go. The battle to the checkered was between Perrego and Pauch Jr. for fourth.
The challenging of positions behind him kept the pressure off Brad Brightbill as he raced to the $5,000 pay day and his second win in a row in SpeedSTR competition. Eckert finished second with Pauch Sr. in third. Pauch Jr. finished fourth and captured the 2014 SpeedSTR Championship. Perrego completed the top five at the finish.
With the Championship foremost on his mind, Pauch Jr. admitted to "settling" for his position at one point in the race. But after he was passed for several positions, "I worked my way back up," Pauch Jr. explained.
The Real Deal, James Morris of Rieglesville, PA raced to his third Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600 win of the season at the ActionTrack. Morris, who took a very wild ride down the backstretch and into turn three just a few weeks ago, raced his third car of the season to the win in the Sunday night finale.
After racing his way into the lead, Morris dropped to second on a restart when Tim Buckwalter moved the Greth #71 into the lead. But Morris knew what he needed to do and did so on the next restart when he retook the lead from Buckwalter. Morris raced to the checkered flag for the win ahead of Buckwalter, Eddie Strada, Brandon Azzalina and Mike Rutherford. In spite of being sidelined in a lap one incident on the homestretch, Jay Hartman had a big enough lead to win his second consecutive Wingless 600 Championship at the Action Track.
Louden Reimert saved it all for the end of the night as he powered by Travis Bieber on the final lap of the NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshot feature to take the final checkered flag of the 2014 season at the Kutztown Fairgrounds. Bieber had to settle for second. Danny Buccafusca's third place finish gave the young driver of the S&S Speedways #55 his second Slingshot title. Mark Sensenig and Larry Raifsnider rounded out the top five at the finish.
Dick Tobias Classic for USAC SpeedSTR's (60 laps): 1.Brad Brightbill, 2.Rick Eckert, 3.Billy Pauch Sr., 4.Billy Pauch Jr., 5.Anthony Perrego, 6.Mike Bednar, 7.Tim Buckwalter, 8.Kyle Weiss, 9.Kenny Brightbill, 10.Wayne Weaver, 11.Frank Yankowski, 12.Jeff Strunk, 13.Frank Cozze, 14.John Kovatch, 15.Ryan Krachun, 16.JJ Grasso, 17.Brittany Wixon, 18.Larry Solomon, 19.Earl Paules, 20.Ryan Smith, 21.Gary Huber, 22.Jason Miller, 23.Brandon Grosso, 24.Steve Yankowski, 25.Mike Vermuelen, 26.Nick Baer. DNS: Sammy Piazza.
2014 Point Champion: Billy Pauch Jr.
Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Sprints (25 laps): 1.James Morris, 2.Tim Buckwalter, 3.Eddie Strada, 4.Brandon Azzalina, 5.Mike Rutherford, 6.Blaine Emery, 7.Billy Pauch Jr., 8.Will Butler, 9.Joey Jarowicz, 10.Dave Dimaio, 11.Alex Bright, 12.Kyle Lick, 13.Sam Kravitsky, 14.Frank Cozze, 15.Joe Kay, 16.Rob Vivona, 17.Hunter James, 18.Jarid Kunkle, 19.Andrew Hannula, 20.Eric Heydenreich, 21.Bobby Scherff, 22.Molly Chambers, 23.Jay Hartman, 24.Dan Schumaker, 25.Zac Azzalina. DNS: Billy Ney.
DNQ: Jermain Godshall, Chris James, Chris Panczner, Zack Bealer, Stephen Reynolds, Shawn Rooney, Jacob Severn, Doug Snyder, Jeff Weaver, Rick Perone, Jeff Carman, Tex Snyder, Jake Smith.
2014 Point Champion: Jay Hartman.
NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshots (20 laps): 1.Louden Reimert, 2.Travis Bieber, 3.Danny Buccafusca, 4.Mark Sensenig, 5.Larry Raifsnider, 6.John Bockhorn, 7.Joe Nemeth, 8.Cody Kline, 9.Dylan Hoch, 10.Matt Massone, 11.Jeff Kemp, 12.Kassidy Kreitz, 13.Donny Hockman, 14.Jackson Ring, 15.Tayllor Schoenly, 16.Jordan Knepp, 17.Austin Stufflet, 18.Cole Hentschel, 19.Blaire Schoenly, 20.Dave Carraghan, 21.Dave Morrell, 22.Brett Bieber, 23.Erik Jones, 24.Matt Miller, 25.Dakota Kohler.
2014 Point Champion: Danny Buccafusca.
BRAD BRIGHTBILL NETS HIS 1ST CAREER SPEEDSTR VICTORY..
BILLY PAUCH JR. TAKES THE WIN IN THE 600 SPRINT FEATURE...
MARK SENSENIG WINS HIS 3RD ALL-STAR SLINGSHOT MAIN AT ACTION TRACK USA...
Brad Brightbill put his name in the Action Track USA record books by
taking home his first ever SpeedSTR Feature Win. Photo by PhilMar.
Kutztown, PA (Story by Barry Angstadt) 08-15-14: Brad Brightbill’s road to victory was not an easy one on Wednesday, August 13, as the 143rd Annual Kutztown Fair served as the backdrop for an exciting night of racing at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.
First, Brightbill had to fend off the challenges of his dad, Kenny, and then thwart the efforts of Billy Pauch Jr. But the son of the dirt Modified legend was up to the task, charging to his first-ever triumph in the USAC Championship SpeedSTR division. “It was fun racing with dad in the beginning,” stated Brad as he described the early laps and the duel with his father. “And I always look at the scoreboard to see who’s behind me…when I saw the number one, I got nervous because I know how good Billy is here.”
Pauch Jr. started seventh and barreled into third just past the halfway point of the 30-lap feature race. He took second away from Kenny Brightbill, then set his sights on the leader. Pauch ran the bottom while Brad Brightbill utilized the top groove, and it was the momentum generated by running up high that kept Brad in front. At the finish, it was fairly close, but Brad Brightbill, from Shillington, got the big win in the Fair Week National for the SpeedSTR’s.
Pauch Jr. trailed in second, while Wayne Weaver rallied to finish third. Kenny Brightbill wound up fourth, while Frank Cozze finished fifth. With his victory, Pauch Jr. leap-frogged over his dad, Billy Sr., and into first place in the point standings. Unofficially, Billy Jr. should now be in front by 35 points with only Sunday’s season finale remaining. Asked if the tight point chase will cause some drama at the breakfast table on Sunday morning, Pauch Jr. smiled and said, “nah…well, maybe for mom. Dad and I just take it in stride.”
Mike Rutherford passed Tony DiMattia for the top spot in the Pioneer Pole Buildings, 40-lap Fair Week Nationals for the wingless 600cc Sprints. A couple of laps later, DiMattia returned the favor, sweeping past Rutherford on the top side. As the dicing up front continued, eighth-starting Billy Pauch Jr. was maneuvering his way through the heavy pack of traffic. Headed off turn four and about to complete the 15th trip around the clay, “the kid’s kid” shot the middle off turn four, darting between Rutherford and Alex Bright to snare the runner-up position. And then the fun really began…
Pauch Jr. and DiMattia traded slide jobs over several laps at each end of the race track until, finally, Pauch Jr. drifted up in front of DiMattia in turn two and prevented the Malvern, Pa. chauffeur from driving back underneath him. Pauch Jr., from Frenchtown, NJ, went on to notch his second win of the season, with a margin of 0.903-seconds over DiMattia, who held off Bright for the runner-up cash. Tim Buckwalter, in Barry Greth’s No. 71, seemed to get faster as the race went on. Buckwalter finished fourth and Kyle Lick, who started at the back of the pack because he came out late for the feature, rambled all the way to fifth at the finish.
(Center) Mark Sensenig took home
the All-Star Slingshot
feature win at the Action Track USA in Kutztown. PhilMar Photo
Leesport’s Mark Sensenig captured his third win of the season in the NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshot main event. Sensenig passed polesitter and early leader Austin Stufflet on the fourth circuit, and he was never out of the lead from that point on. Danny Buccafusca moved into second, passing Billy Osmun at the halfway mark of the 20-lapper. Danny B then ran down Sensenig, the race leader, but could not pull alongside. A restart with one to go did not alter the outcome, as Sensenig drove to victory over Buccafusca, last week’s winner Larry Raifsnider, Joe Nemeth, and Jordan Knepp.
Point leader Brett Bieber was collected in an early tangle, then fought his way back to a tenth place finish. Buccafusca’s runner-up effort chopped 55 points off Bieber’s cushion in the standings, setting up a tense duel for the championship in the Sunday night, August 17th, season finale.
Action Track Sidebites…
Yet another terrific car count, as 25 SpeedSTR’s, 45 Wingless 600cc Sprints, and 33 Slingshots took part in (what was for them) their second-to-last event of the season at Action Track USA. The grand total was 103 racecars in competition on Wednesday night.
James Morris, whose nasty flip a few weeks ago forced him to go out and purchase his third chassis of the year, can pay a few bills after winning the Hump Day Challenge for the Wingless 600′s. Morris, from Rieglesville, PA, recorded the win in the special race for this year’s feature winners who took the Hump Day Challenge of starting 18th or worse in the race following their feature victory. No one collected the bonus (for winning the feature after starting that far back) – which rolled over from race to race – so the 5-lap, winner-take-all match race was set between Morris, Pauch Jr., Kyle Lick, Mike Rutherford, and the most recent 600cc winner, Jarid Kunkle.
Morris started third but made a quick move to snatch the top spot from Kunkle. He then held off Kyle Lick for the $1,000 triumph. Lick finished second with Pauch Jr., Kunkle, and Rutherford rounding out the finishing order.
USAC Championship SpeedSTR Feature, 30 laps:
1.Brad Brightbill, 2.Billy Pauch Jr., 3.Wayne Weaver, 4.Kenny
Brightbill, 5.Frank Cozze, 6.Tim Buckwalter, 7.Steve Yankowski,
8.Billy Pauch Sr., 9.Frank Yankowski, 10.Ryan Krachun, 11.Sammy
Piazza, 12.JJ Grasso, 13.Gary Huber, 14.Jeff Strunk, 15.Earl
Paules, 16.Jason Miller, 17.Mike Vermuelen, 18.Dale Planck,
19.Ryan Smith, 20.Mike Bednar, 21.Larry Solomon, 22.Kyle Weiss,
23.Brandon Grosso. DNS: John Kovatch.
DNQ: Brittany Wixon.
Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Sprint Feature, 40 laps: 1.Billy Pauch Jr., 2.Tony DiMattia, 3.Alex Bright, 4.Tim Buckwalter, 5.Kyle Lick, 6.Jay Hartman, 7.Mike Rutherford, 8.James Morris, 9.Jarid Kunkle, 10.Eddie Strada, 11.Blaine Emery, 12.Billy Ney, 13.Robbie Hocker, 14.Jeff Hartman, 15.Frank Cozze, 16.Sam Kravitsky, 17.Marty Gorr, 18.Jermain Godshall, 19.Shawn Rooney, 20.Shelby Harper, 21.Joey Jarowicz, 22.Mackenzie Harper, 23.Rhett Long, 24.Brandon Azzalina, 25.Jim Radney, 26.Wayne Scott, 27.Peter Michael. DNQ: Eric Heydenreich, Austin Quick, Zach Fisher, Bobby Scherff, Bobby Butler, Zack Bealer, Jeff Carman, Joe Kay, Steve Kemery, Mark Conrad Jr., Molly Chambers, Jacob Severn, Will Butler, Dave Dimaio, Wayne Scott Jr., Colin White, Jake Smith, Andrew Hannula.
NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshot Feature, 20 laps: 1.Mark Sensenig, 2.Danny Buccafusca, 3.Larry Raifsnider, 4.Joe Nemeth, 5.Jordan Knepp, 6.Louden Reimert, 7.Billy Osmun, 8.Dave Carraghan, 9.Donny Hockman, 10.Brett Bieber, 11.Pete Knappenberger, 12.Matt Miller, 13.John Bockhorn, 14.Kassidy Kreitz, 15.Matt Massone, 16.Jeff Kemp, 17.Erik Jones, 18.Ray Nemeth, 19.Wes Hearn, 20.Dave Galloway, 21.Tayllor Schoenly, 22.Travis Bieber, 23.Dylan Hoch, 24.Austin Stufflet, 25.Mark Hartman, 26.Dakota Kohler. DNQ: Jackson Ring, Tess Horvath, Antoine Parent, Taylor Santee, Damian Nemeth, Dave Morrell.
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