Press release by Terry Whetstone
AMP BEATS THE WEATHER, SIX NEW WINNERS IN NINE FEATURES
CLEARFIELD – America’s Motorsports Park went head to head with Mother Nature Saturday night and while she may have thrown what she had, AMP came out on top, as nine drivers found victory lane, including six new winners.
Three rained out features from June 29 were made up and a complete program was completed, along with a two-hour rain delay as the night saw the following new winners: Shawn Claar of Claysburg in the Randy Sterling Trucking Late Models, Steve Kenawell of East Freedom in the Laurel Highlands 305 Sprints, Rick Lias of Dayton and John Eckenrod of Ebensburg (make-up) in the Denny’s Deer Barrel Pub Semi Lates, Jamie Price of Clearfield in the Harter and Sons Garage Street Stocks and John Campisano of Punxsutawney in the Clearfield County Metals Four Cylinders.
Repeat winners included: Jon Lee of Mahaffey and Jason Beichner of Shippenville (make-up) in the Quigley’s Pub Pure Stocks and Josh Frantz of DuBois in the make up Four Cylinder main.
Following the rain delay, the Laurel Highland 305 Sprints were first to take the track with Don Sotosky and Justin Zap on the front row, with Zap taking the initial lead, but he broke before a lap was in, setting up a complete restart. This put Steve Kenawell on the outside of the front row, and he took the lead at the start and darted into a comfortable lead. He was being chased by Sotosky and Todd Lynn, as they eventually were reeling him in once they caught lapped traffic, but Kenawell wanted his first career AMP win and he held on to get it. Sotosky was second with Lynn, “Cowboy” Jim Kennedy and Nicole Walker rounding out the top five. Heat wins went to Walker and Jeff Bacha.
The Late Models saw Shawn Claar and Denny Fenton on the front row, with Fenton rolling to a stop before he made a complete lap, which caused fourth place starter Red Farmer to slam into him. Farmer was not able to get the bugs worked out and ended up out for the night. The start saw Claar take the lead and set the pace for the entire 25 laps, with Fenton and Dan Gill second and third, but then the race heated up, with Claar still leading; Fenton was second, then Gill, Luke Hoffner and Duane Stiner all joined the fight, as they swapped positions several times. As the race wore on, Claar was able to hold on first his career first AMP win. Fenton was second with Hoffner, Gill and Stiner completing the top five, unfortunately Hoffner failed to scale after the feature and was disqualified thus putting Lee Burdett in fifth. The heats were won by Claar and Josh Jacoby.
The Semi Lates were led to Allen Luzier’s green flag with Dylan Fenton and Chad Desmett on the front row, with Desmett leading the first lap, before a series of cautions waved to regroup the field a couple of times. Once the race resumed, Rick Lias took the lead and held off John Eckenrod for his first Semi Late win of the season. The top five were: Lias, Eckenrod, Denny Fenton, Jason Mullen and Desmett. The heat was won by Eckenrod.
Jamie Price led the Street Stocks from green to checkered, with Johnny Lindenpitz throwing everything he had at the leader; but Price was controlling the pace as Tony Brown and Emory Rinehart Jr. got involved with the fight to make it a four car battle. As the race continued Dan Smeal made his way from ninth to join the battle but at the line it was Price grabbing his first win of the season. Lindenpitz, Brown, Smeal and Rinehart completed the top five. The heats were won by Lindenpitz and Smeal.
The Pure Stocks saw Ryan Jones and Cody Hummel on the front row, with Jones taking the lead and holding it for five laps, before Jon Lee was able to make the pass off the second turn for the lead. Once he was out front, Adam Pletcher moved in to do battle and took second, along with Hunter McCracken who moved into third and Jason Beichner to fourth. The fight for the top spot was a true battle, as the front five now included Hummel, as the positions swapped constantly, several times a lap, but Lee was able to hold on for his second win of the season, over McCracken, Beichner, Pletcher and Hummel. Heat wins were collected by Beichner and Dustin Michuck.
The Four Cylinders were a real barnburner the entire race, as Aaron Luzier took the lead from Stephanie Luzier at the start, with Darrin Thompson quickly moving to second. The duo of Thompson and Luzier put on a great race, swapping positions often, but as the race was coming to a finish and exiting the fourth turn, Luzier ran Thompson to the top of the track, causing Thompson to crash and thus Luzier was first to cross the finish line, however Luzier was docked two spots for aggressive driving giving the win to John Campisano. Jesse Laughard was second, Luzier was third, Dave Helsel was fourth and Stephanie Lucas was fifth. Heat wins went to Thompson, Jody Frantz and Josh Frantz.
In make up action John Eckenrod led the Semi Late feature from the start, taking the win over Denny Fenton, Dylan Fenton and Chad Desmett.
The Pure Stock feature continued on lap eight, with Chris Hickok leading when the rain came on June 29, but he didn’t return which gave the lead to Dustin Michuck who led until Jason Beichner took the lead on lap 10 and went on to win over Jon Lee, Ben Krause, Eric Lucas and Jeff Shaffer.
The Four Cylinder make up was led by John Campisano early on, but on lap 10 Josh Frantz took the lead with Campisano regaining the lead on lap 13, but Frantz came back to get the win. The top five were Frantz, Eric Luzier, Campisano, Dave Helsel and Jesse Laughard.
PIT NOTES: 91 cars filled the pits, including: 17 Late Models, 6 Semi Lates, 11 305 Sprints, 15 Street Stocks, 17 Pure Stocks and 25 Four Cylinders… Coming up this week is the Third Annual Conner Bobik Memorial for the Late Models. The 30 lap event will pay $1,500 to win… the Semi Lates, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Four Cylinders are also on the schedule with a huge crazy auction to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundations. Gates open at 3 with race time set for 6:30 p.m…on Sunday July 21 the 410 Sprints will have their July 3 show that was postponed. The 30 lap event will pay $3,000 to win and $300 to start. The Street Stocks, Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders and Fireworks are also on the schedule. Gates will open at 3 racing is at 6 p.m…. For more information check the website at www.americasmotorsportspark.com
Laurel Highlands 305 Sprints: 1. Steve Kenawell, East Freedom; 2. Don Sotosky, 3. Todd Lynn, 4. “Cowboy” Jim Kennedy; 5. Nicole Walker, 6. Jeff Bacha, 7. Ed Measaros, 8. Robbie Bartchey, 9. Brian Riddle, 10. Roger Irvine, 11. Justin Zap.
Randy Sterling Trucking Late Models: 1. Shawn Claar, Imler; 2. Denny Fenton, 3. Dan Gill, 4. Duane Stiner, 5. Lee Burdett, 6. Bob McMillen, 7. Justin Kanouff, 8. Scott Alvetro, 9. Roswell Babcock, 10. Duane Taneyhill Jr., 11. Tom Decker, III, 12. Dan Boyd, 13. Josh Jacoby, 14. Tim Steis, 15. Danny Kienitz, 16. Red Farmer, 17. Luke Hoffner (DQ did not weigh)
Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub Semi Lates: 1. Rick Lias, Dayton; 2. John Eckenrod, 3. Denny Fenton, 4. Jason Mullen, 5. Chad Desmett, 6. Dylan Fenton.
Harter and Son’s Street Stocks: 1. Jamie Price, Clearfield; 2. Johnny Lindenpitz, 3. Tony Brown, 4. Dan Smeal, 5. Emory Rinehart, Jr., 6. Joe Jordan, 7. Chad Rougeux, 8. Doug Tibbens, 9. Tim Fannin, 10. Dustin Challingsworth, 11. Rich Howell, Jr., 12. Ron Mertz, 13. Rick Hemphill, 14. Curtis Teats, 15. Todd Mathews.
Quigley’s Pub Pure Stocks: 1. Jon Lee, Mahaffey; 2. Hunter McCracken, 3. Jason Beichner, 4. Adam Pletcher, 5. Cody Hummel, 6. Dustin Michuck, 7. Eric Lucas, 8. Ben Krause, 9. Johnny Macormac, 10. Jim Challingsworth, 11. Zach Huff, 12. Ryan Jones, 13. Daniel Stiver, 14. Lonnie Mills, 15. Andrew Frey, 16. Mark Graham, 17. Cregan Brady.
Clearfield County Metals Four Cylinders: 1. John Campisano, Punxsutawney; 2. Jesse Laughard, 3. Aaron Luzier, 4. Dave Helsel, 5. Stephanie Lucas, 6. Jim Kleitches, 7. Corrin Monoskey, 8. Darrin Thompson, 9. Bryan Warren, 10. Paul Ivory, 11. Eric Luzier, 12. “Wild” Bill Hassenplug; 13. #52, 14. Milton Owens, 15. Stephanie Ivory, 16. Shawn Fedder, 17: Jesse Short, 18. Jim Fye.
Josh Frantz, Disqualified; Did not start: Jody Frantz, Dustin Kemp, Jim Frantz, Kayla Chappell, Josh Henry, Mike Lucas.
Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub Semi Lates (Make-Up): 1. John Eckenrod, Ebensburg; 2. Denny Fenton, 3. Dylan Fenton, 4. Chad Desmett:
Did not start: Jake Shady, Randy Sterling, #23G
Quigley’s Pub Pure Stocks (Make-Up): 1. Jason Beichner, Shippenville; 2. Jon Lee, 3. Ben Krause, 4. Eric Lucas, 5. Jeff Shaffer, 6. George Bailey, 7. Cody Hummel, 8. Jim Challingsworth, 9. Andrew Frey, 10. Dustin Michuck.
Clearfield County Metals Four Cylinders (Make-Up): 1. Josh Frantz, DuBois; 2. Eric Luzier, 3. John Campisaon, 4. Dave Helsel, 5. Jesse Laughard, 6. Stephanie Lucas, 7. Kayla Chappell, 8. Milton Owens, 9. Corrin Monoskey, 10. Jim Frantz.