Reynoldsville —Racing reached the midway point of the season Saturday evening at Hummingbird Speedway with five drivers picking up hard earned victories on mid season championship night.
Drivers finding victory lane on The Bellamauro night include Chuck Kennedy of Brockway, Levi Ardery of West Decatur, George Bailey of Clearfield, and Dustin Fields, of Brockport. The IC Light Beer four-cylinders were first out for feature action this evening with Brandon Weidow and Lester Hudson showing the way. After two complete restarts, Bailey jumped into the early lead of the 15-lap feature, but had to endure a number of early cautions.
After a lap five restart, Bailey, Kyle Parson, and Don Henry pulled away from the field. Parson’s good run came to an end on lap 7 when he pitted with mechanical problems. Bailey was pulling away late, when a caution flew on lap 14 when Bill Washek looped his car. Bailey wouldn’t be denied as he got a great jump on the restart, and cruised to his second straight win and third overall this season. Bailey, Hudson, and Weidow won the heats. Kennedy and Jim Parson, Jr. led the field of Brookville Wood Products trackside for their 25-lap main event. After a complete restart, Kennedy took the early lead with Dwayne Brooks keeping close tabs on the leader. As the top two battle, Loren Sallack and Jason Witherite hooked up in a good battle for third. Kennedy started to stretch his lead on the field, and started to encountered heavy lapped traffic by lap 10. Lap 11 saw a caution fly as Parson slowed in turn four, but during the caution, Donnie Connor spun his car in turn two collecting John Brady and Adam Nixon. Connor and Brady’s car received heavy damage, but were uninjured. Kennedy maintained his lead but started to get pressure from Luke Hoffner. Hoffner charged hard on the inside and took over the top spot on lap 19. Hoffner’s good run ended on lap 21 when during a caution his car started to smoke heavily, and had to pit for the evening. Kennedy inherited the lead again, and held off Witherite for his first win of the season. Witherite, Sallack, and Dave Shagla, Jr. won the heats.
The Kronik Energy Drink street stocks were next on the racing surface for a 20-lap feature with Trent Ogden and Brandon Connor showing the way. After two early caution periods, Ogden held the lead with Connor trying to make the pass for the top spot. Tom Slack was strong as he worked the high and low lines, and made the pass for the lead on lap 6. Slack maintained the lead at the midway point with Ardery, Bob Connor, Ogden, and Dan Smeal completing the top five. Late in the race, Ardery found the outside line to his liking as he overtook Slack on lap 12 for the lead. Ardery pulled away late while Slack and Bob Connor ran side by side for second. Ardery went on to claim his first win of the season at
Denny Fenton, Gary Little, and Bob Connor copped the heats. Kot and Scott Kline made up the starting front row of the 15-lap Miller Brother Furniture/By The Room Furniture pure stocks feature. Kot jumped into the early lead with Bill Huntington, Matt Heindl, and John Barley keeping locked onto each one’s bumpers. The top four ran that way through the midway point with Scott Kline rounding out the top five. Lap 14 saw Kot’s car go around in turn one, but he regained his spot as Huntington was penalized for rough driving. Kot was strong as he held off a late race charge by Heindl to take his fourth win in the past five weeks. Heindl and Barley took the heat race wins.
Mark Segerberg and Fields sat on the front row of the 12-lap front wheel drive four-cylinder feature. Fields got the early jump on the 25-car field with four cars battling side by side behind him. Fields held the lead at the midway mark with Kirk Hess, Segerberg, Chuck Erskine, and Jerry Walls trying to keep things close. Hess started to close the gap late, when the races only caution flew on lap 10 as Chris Woodel slowed on the backstretch. Fields was strong on the restart as he held off Hess for the final two laps to take his second win of the year. Fields, Jerry Walls, Erskine, and Steve Ghezzi won the heats while Bob Lance won the consy.
SPEEDWAY NOTES: There were 99 cars in the pits this evening including 20 limited lates, 19 street stocks, 19 four-cylinders, 14 pure stocks, and 27 front wheel drive four-cylinders. Joe Kot beat his brother Paul in a five-lap grudge match held at intermission. Racing continues Saturday evening with a five-division program sponsored by the Parson #95 race team of Bellwood. Gates open at 4:30pm with racing at 7. For more information call the track office at 653-8400, or visit the track’s website at www.hummingbirdspeedway.com.
Brookville Wood Products Limited Late Models: 1. Chuck Kennedy, Brockway; 2. Jason Witherite, Luthersburg; 3. Dave Shagla, Jr., Sugar Grove; 4. Chris Clark, Curwensville; 5. Rich Womeldorf, Apollo; 6. Ed Connor, DuBois; 7. Jim Parson, Jr., Bellwood; 8. Chris Farrell, Clearfield; 9. Dwayne
Brooks, Falls Creek; 10. Spencer Husted, West Decatur; 11. Adam Nixon, Grampian; 12. Bill Davis, DuBois; 13. Carl Ruth, Rossiter; 14. Luke Hoffner, Turbotville; 15. Loren Sallack, Johnsonburg; 16. John Chesnalavich, Jr., Reynoldsville; 17. John Brady, Clearfield; 18. Donnie Connor, Reynoldsville; 19. Shawn Mogle, Marion Center; 20. Bob McMillen, St. Marys
Kronik Energy Drink Street Stocks: 1. Levi Ardery, West Decatur; 2. Bob Connor, DuBois; 3. Tom Slack, Sabula; 4. Denny Fenton, Clearfield; 5. Dan Smeal, Houtzdale; 6. Trent Ogden, Clearfield; 7. Jamie Price, Clearfield; 8. Brandon Connor, DuBois; 9. Bob Rosman, Sykesville; 10. Gary Little, Clearfield; 11. Joe Kot, DuBois; 12. Scott Fenton, Clearfield; 13. Frank McVay, Boalsburg; 14. Dave Green, St. Marys; 15. Pernell Beimel, St. Marys; 16. Mike Miller, DuBois; 17. Kenny Abrahamson, Brockway DNS: Fuzzy Fields & Kie Brown
IC Light Beer Four-Cylinders: 1. George Bailey, Clearfield; 2. Alan Barnett, Philipsburg; 3. Mike Anderson, State College; 4. Lester Hudson, Clearfield; 5. Bill McMillen, St. Marys; 6. Aaron Henry, Brockway; 7. Orin Taylor, DuBois; 8. Bill Washek, Clearfield; 9. Nick Erskine, Bells Landing; 10. Rob Molnar, Falls Creek; 11. Don Henry, DuBois; 12. Brandon Weidow, Byrnedale; 13. Ken Erskine, Bells Landing; 14. Randy Albert, Morrisdale; 15. Scott McCartney, Grampian; 16. Kyle Parson, McClure; 17. Bob Ralston, Jr., Philipsburg; 18. Mark Hummel, Osceola Mills; 19. Mike Maines,
Miller Brothers Furniture/By The Room Furniture Pure Stocks: 1. Paul Kot, DuBois; 2. Matt Heindl, St. Marys; 3. John Barley, DuBois; 4. Toby Saline, Kersey; 5. Scott Kline, Kersey; 6. Brian Rhed, Brockway; 7. Pete Mackie, St. Marys; 8. Kyle Shannon, Brockway; 9. Bill Huntington, Big Run; 10. Kyle Beimel, St. Marys; 11. Brian Molnar, Falls Creek; 12. Jeff Krach, Falls Creek; 13. Dustin Michuck, St. Marys DNS: Mike Donahue
Front Wheel Drive Four-Cylinders: 1. Dustin Fields, Brockway; 2. Kirk Hess, Woodland; 3. Jerry Walls, Sykesville; 4. Jeremy Buck, Shiloh; 5. Mark Segerberg, DuBois; 6. Chuck Erskine, Clearfield; 7. Mike Lucas, Pleasant Gap; 8. Jimmy Haag, DuBois; 9. Ben Smith, Penfield; 10. Henry Himes,
Brockway; 11. John Spellen, DuBois; 12. Tim Schreckengost, Jr., Rochester Mills; 13. Mike Williams, Wallaceton; 14. Bob Lance, Punxsutawney; 15. Russ Walls, DuBois; 16. Michael Reed, Knoxdale; 17. Scott Buffington, Big Run; 18. Doug Surra, Kersey; 19. Dave Kohler, DuBois; 20. Jessica Brooks, Falls Creek; 21. Brian Buffington, Smethport; 22. Chris Woodel, Brockport; 23. Jim Buchanan, Clarion; 24. Steve Ghezzi, Penfield; 25. Derek Miller, Rossiter DNQ: Bill Mumau & Amber Brown