The Speedway Entertainment and Action Track USA top runners were honored at the annual awards banquet at Bear Creek Resort in Macungie,PA on February 2nd.
Taking top billing in the All Star Slingshots was Stroudsburg,PA’s Jared Silfee who piloted the S&S Speedways # 55 to the Elite 11 World Championship,Speedweeks Fast 5 title and also was crowned the 2018 Action Track USA All Star Slingshot champion.
Jared was joined in the Elite 11 with Brett Bieber,Kyle Herve,Reese Nowotarski,William Racine,Scott Neary,Matt Mertz,Dave Carraghan,Andrew Turpin,Dakota Kohler and Gavin Danner.
Speedweeks award recipients were Silfee,Bieber,Herve,Joey Vaccaro and CJ Fritz.
The 2018 All Star Slingshot top 10 at Action Track USA was Silfee,Dylan Hoch,Bieber,Cody Kline,Kohler,Justin Thompson,Carraghan,Joe Toth,Herve and Anthony Raisner
The Junior Slingshots Great 8 had a battle down to the final laps as Shelby McLaughlin became a repeat champion holding off Canada hotshoe Elliot Gamache for the title.3rd place came down to a virtual tie with both drivers accumulating the same points for the tie breaker with Bryan Preville and Aidan Donaldson slotting in here.5th place went to Tyler Ulsh as 6th through 8th were taken by Brian Smith,Kasey Hufcut and Tanner Van Doren.
Tyler Ulsh used a season ending win at Action Track USA to earn just enough points to become the 2018 Action Track USA Jr.Slingshot champion.A close 2nd was Shelby McLaughlin with Donaldson,Logan Bauman and Hufcut rounding out the top 5.6th through 10th award winners for the Junior Slingshots were Payton Nemeth,James Hendricks,Makayla Kohler,Wyatt Taschler and Jax Yohn.
The SpeedSTR’s were led at Action Track USA by Billy Pauch,Jr. aboard the Mike Heffner owned 27.Billy was challenged by Briggs Danner who took the Roy Danner # 78 to victory lane 4 times in 2018.The rest of the top 5 were Tim Buckwalter,Matt Westfall and TJ Mayberry.Points were quite close for the next 5 drivers as 1 time feature winner Pat Bealer was 6th,Matt Janisch was slotted in 7th and finishing off the top 10 were Tom Mayberry,Stephen Nederostek and Kevin Graver,Jr.Briggs Danner was awaded the Outstanding Achievement Award for being the leading feature winner.
Rich Tobias instituted the STR Owners Chase with Mike Heffner leading the list with Justin Shenk claiming the 2nd spot.Roy Danner was a fast closing 3rd as MWR Racing owner Milt Aquilini got the 4th place award with Ralph Rehrig using the 7R STR for the final payout spot.
The Hyper Chassis Wingless 600 Micros were also honored for their support at Action Track USA with Billy Pauch,Jr. giving car owner Lamar Shaffer the 2018 title.Young guns Collin White and Damon Paul kept things interesting with some late season theatrics to claim 2nd and 3rd in the final point tally.Some heavy hitters made their way into the top 10 in points with Alex Bright 4th,Kyle Spence 5th.Jay Hartman was 6th with Danny Buccafusca getting a win and a 7th place points tally.Kenny Miller III used a win for his 8th place in points and consistency gave Nash Ely a solid 9th.2 time winner Tim Buckwalter claimed 10th.