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JUST HOURS BEFORE HIS HAUL FROM KINGS FERRY, NEW YORK
MIKE MAHANEY DECIDED TO INSTALL A NEW ENGINE INTO HIS STR,
AND IT PAID OFF AS HE COLLECTED HIS 4TH CAREER WIN AT
KUTZTOWN'S ACTION TRACK USA SPEEDWAY...



New York's Mike Mahaney is all smiles after making his newly installed power plant
payoff by picking up his 4th career feature win at Kutztown's Action Track USA.
PhilMar Racing Photos.


Story by Barry Angstadt

 Kutztown, PA - Mike Mahaney of Kings Ferry, NY dropped a new engine in his USAC All Pro SpeedSTR around 1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Roughly eight hours later, he was standing in Weaknecht Archery Victory Lane at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA after the fourth feature win of his career at the Berks County oval. 

  Joining Mahaney in the winner's circle on A Night at the Races with Weaknecht Archery were and All-Star Slingshot victor Seth Spayd from Shillington, PA.

  "After the week I had last week, this is especially sweet," smiled Mahaney during his victory lane interview. "I flipped my Modified and blew the engine in the SpeedSTR. It was not a good week at all, but it makes this win so much more satisfying. I almost gave it away, though...did you see me bicycle over there in (turn) two? I love coming down here to race; the track is always real racey and there's always a big crowd, and the crowd is really into it. So, thanks to all the fans for coming out," said Mahaney to a huge cheer from the spectators.

  The second-generation driver had to work hard for his victory, as he tried time and time again to wrestle the top spot from front row starter Jeff Hartman. Hartman led (almost) the entire first half of the 30-lapper, while Mahaney threaded his way from fifth on the grid to run second over Brad Brightbill by the time lap ten was scored.

  After several attempts to take the lead from Hartman, Mahaney finally zipped around the bottom of turns one and two on a restart with 14 tours completed, then slid up in front of Hartman as they accelerated onto the backstretch. He had the lead, but the race was far from over...

   Ninth-starting Tim Buckwalter, the previous week's Meitzler Memorial Race winner, weaved his way to third just past the halfway point. Buckwalter then disposed of Hartman with seven to go, setting his sights on race leader Mahaney. The two throttle-jockeys waged an epic battle over the final seven trips around the clay with Buckwalter trying high and low to pull alongside Mahaney's Shop Crane Equipment No. 33.

  Mahaney repelled every challenge and beat Buckwalter to the checkered by less than one-quarter of a second (0.208 seconds). Matt Janisch finished third for the second straight week after battling with Steven Nederostek for most of the race. Nederostek wound up fourth and Billy Pauch Jr., who slid far back in the field in the early going, rallied for a fifth-place payday.

Action Track Sidebites:

  A total of 113 cars took part in A Night at the Races with Weaknecht Archery. There were 31 SpeedSTRs, a whopping 58 Wingless 600 Sprints, and 24 All Star Slingshots.

  Billy Pauch Jr. was the quickest of the SpeedSTRs in the Timed Dashes, with teenager Briggs Danner setting second fastest time. Both drivers transferred directly to the main event because of their times. 

  SpeedSTR heat races were won by Brad Brightbill, Tim Buckwalter, and Matt Janisch. The B-Main went to Ray Nemeth.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

  Weaknecht Archery is your one-stop shop for all your archery hunting questions and needs. They are located at 159 Kutz Mill Road in Kutztown, PA. They offer very competitive pricing and unparalleled service, making Weaknecht Archery the place to go for archery equipment and supplies. You can also check them out online at www.weaknechtarchery.com.

  On Wednesday, May 31, Action Track USA will honor all First Responders, who will get in for free when showing a valid I.D. It's also Glick Fire Equipment Night with a fire truck on display and live demonstrations all night long.

  The USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs, Hyper Racing Wingless 600 Sprints, and the All-Star Slingshots will be joined by the Junior Slingshots, who will be making their first appearance of the season at the Kutztown oval.

  Warm-ups begin at 6 p.m. with qualifying heats going green immediately following the hot lap sessions.

  Come get your midweek motorsports adrenaline rush at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA...where the superstars come to race!  

RESULTS:

USAC All-Pro SpeedSTRs (30 Laps) 1. Mike Mahaney, 2. Tim Buckwalter, 3. Matt Janisch, 4. Steven Nederostek, 5. Billy Pauch Jr., 6. Jeff Hartman, 7. James Morris, 8. Tom Mayberry, 9. Matt Westfall, 10. Steve Buckwalter, 11. Jason Miller, 12. Briggs Danner, 13. Louden Reimert, 14. Steven Drevicki, 15. Jay Hartman, 16. John Bockhorn, 17. Joe Mooney, 18. Jason Rochelle, 19. Earl Paules, 20. Brad Brightbill, 21. Dylan Hoch, 22. Ray Nemeth, 23. Tim Iulg, 24. Joe Vacarro, 25. TJ Mayberry, 26. Kenny Brightbill, 27. Jason Musser. DNQ: Phil Meisner, Keith Prutzman, Ed Kenderdine, Mike Bednar.

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