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Tim Buckwalter surrounded by family and friends after picking off his 3rd Action
Track USA Victory of the season on Kutztown's fast clay oval.
Rick's Racing Photos.

Story by Barry Angstadt

 Kutztown, PA - Wednesday's racing program at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds paid tribute to the late, great Tommy Hinnershitz. Hailing from nearby Oley, PA, Hinnershitz was one of the very best Sprint Car racers of the 1930's, '40's, and '50's. He also competed in the Indianapolis 500 on three occasions, racking up a pair of top-10 finishes. It's a privilege to honor his memory each year, and it's a safe bet that the "Flying Farmer" would have approved of the incredibly competitive racing that took place on Wednesday night.

  Tim Buckwalter became the fifth different winner of the Flying Farmer 40 for the USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs (there have only been five such events at Action Track USA). Buckwalter, from Pottstown, also recorded his second consecutive SpeedSTR victory and his third of the still young season at the Berks County oval.

  The first seven circuits of the 40-lap USAC All Pro SpeedSTR main were highlighted by a terrific side by side duel between Mike Bednar and Brad Brightbill. The duo traded the point all around the race track, but Bednar would poke the nose of his No. 23 in front of Brightbill on most laps as they flashed across the start/finish line. Right behind the leaders, Louden Reimert and Ohio's Matt Westfall were scuffling for third, with Mike Mahaney and Steven Nederostek also in the mix.

  On a restart with 13 laps complete, Bednar and Brightbill got together in turns one and two as they battled for the top spot, and the ensuing melee collected several other cars including Billy Pauch Jr. That handed the lead to Mahaney, but it was Reimert gunning his Kochel Equipment No. 58 off the high side of turn four to take command on the 15th trip around the oval.

  In just his second full season of SpeedSTR activity, Reimert impressively pulled away from the talent battling for second place that included Bednar, Mahaney, Westfall, and Nederostek. 

  On a restart with 21 tours in the books, Bednar tried to sneak under Reimert, the Oley Valley High School student who also campaigns a Sportsman Modified at the Grandview Speedway. Reimert fought off the challenge but he was about to have company in the form of Tim Buckwalter, the 2016 National SpeedSTR Champion. Buckwalter, already a two-time Action Track USA victor this year, started 11th and steadily sliced his way forward. He moved past Mahaney to take over the runner-up spot on lap 23, then blasted by Reimert for the lead on the 26th trip around the clay. Reimert tried running the bottom as he exited turn two, but got caught up in the heavy build-up of mud that occupied the low side of the backstretch as the cars made their way out of the second corner. Louden slid back to fifth but recovered nicely and continued otherwise unscathed.

  Buckwalter was now the leader as the yellow flag waved once again with 26 complete. As the green flew to resume the 40-lap race, Mahaney and Buckwalter swapped the lead, and it was Mahaney in front when the next caution period occurred with 11 tours remaining.  The next restart proved beneficial to Buckwalter, as Tim moved back in front of Mahaney.  He began to ease away from the field as Billy Pauch Jr., who was part of the Bednar-Brightbill pile-up on lap 14, threaded his way to third and began to put all kinds of pressure on Mahaney for second place. Pauch Jr. grabbed the runner-up position with four laps remaining, but it was too late for him to mount a serious challenge to Buckwalter. 

  "Yeah, he (Mahaney) kind of got in my head a little bit, but that's part of what makes him so good. I made some adjustments in the car and Paul (Lotier) plus the crew gave me a great car again tonight," said Buckwalter afterward.

  Buckwalter went on to win his second straight SpeedSTR main, and his eighth overall at Action Track USA. Only Pauch Sr. and Jr., who are tied with ten, are ahead of Buckwalter in career SpeedSTR wins at the Kutztown race place.

  Pauch Jr. finished second, with Reimert capping a nice comeback with a third-place finish. Briggs Danner and Westfall completed the top five.

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  Solid car counts on Flying Farmer, FFA, and Ole' Time Plowboys Night at the speedway. There were 26 SpeedSTRs, 26 All Star Slingshots, and 39 of the 600 Sprints for a grand total of 91 race cars in action!

  Billy Pauch Jr. set quick time in the Timed Hot Laps for the SpeedSTRs, with Tim Buckwalter clocking in the second fastest lap.  They both qualified for the Flying Farmer 40 by virtue of their time trial results.

  SpeedSTR heat winners were Brad Brightbill, Louden Reimert, and Mike Bednar. The B-Main went to Dylan Hoch.


  This Wednesday, June 14, is Boy Scout/ Girl Scout Night at Action Track USA. Any Boy/Girl Scouts who show up in uniform will receive free admission. It is also Bicycle Giveaway Night, and the Junior Slingshots will join the SpeedSTRs, 600 Sprints, and the All-Star Slingshots with warm-ups beginning at 6 p.m.

  Get your Midweek Motorsports Adrenaline Rush at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA...where the Superstars race! 


USAC All-Pro SpeedSTRs Flying Farmer 40:  1. Tim Buckwalter 2. Billy Pauch Jr. 3. Louden Reimert 4. Briggs Danner 5. Matt Westfall 6. TJ Mayberry 7. Joe Mooney 8. Ray Nemeth 9. JT Brotosky 10. Mike Mahaney 11. Steven Drevicki 12. Steve Nederostek 13. Kenny Brightbill 14. Phil Meisner 15. Mike Bednar 16. Jason Rochelle 17. Dylan Hoch 18. Brad Brightbill 19. Earl Paules 20. Matt Janisch 21. Tom Mayberry 22. Andy Haus 23. Jeff Hartman 24. Joe Vaccaro. DNS: Tim Iulg; John Bockhorn.

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