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Hummingbird Speedway Race Report
August 4, 2012
By: Randy Albert

Ed Connor, Joe Kot, Ben Smith, and Bryan Warren led the charge to the checkered flag at Hummingbird Speedway on Pittsburgh Circle Track Club and Fan Appreciation night. Connor placed first in the BWP Bats Steel Block Late Model class, Jot Kot was successful in the Street Stock Division, with Ben Smith taking a second win for the season in the Pure Stock Class. In the Front Wheel Four Cylinder division, also taking his second win of the season was Bryan Warren with a “flag to flag” victory.

Bruce Raybuck and Derek Rodkey led the BWP Bats Steel Block Late Model class to the green flag. Raybuck is from Falls Creek with Rodkey’s racing operation based out of Osceola Mills. Raybuck jumped to the lead followed closely by Dan Gill out of Clearfield, Rodkey, Ed Connor from DuBois, and Rick Maxim from Reynoldsville. A couple of early cautions set the field to single file restarts with Rodkey putting heavy pressure on Raybuck and taking the lead. Gill had a good run going proving he can mix it up in the big cars pulling into second place followed closely by Connor as well as John Chesnalavich Jr. out of Reynoldsville. On the restarts Rodkey put some distance between he and the others while Gill had his hands full with the ever consistent and persistent Ed Connor. Back in the pack Chris Farrell from Clearfield was working his way forward and had made it up into the fifth position making the fans wonder if he could make it three wins in a row. Cautions reeled the leader, Rodkey, back in a number of times and eventually he had to deal with Connor who was on the move. Just beyond the half-way point Connor made friends with the infield tires and used the tight line to his advantage passing Rodkey who was starting to fade. Farrell was still in fifth behind Gill and Chesnalavich who were trying to find the advantage that Connor had used to get to the front. Farrell made a couple of circuits on the high line but found no traction like he counted on for last week’s victory. With Connor pulling away Farrell dropped into the low grove with the tire huggers and started to move forward. Connor had a 5 to 7 car length lead as Farrell squeezed under Chesnalavich. A couple of late race cautions found Farrell back up top and somehow found enough traction making it by Gill and, after the second caution, passing Rodkey. The crowd rose to its feet to cheer Connor and Farrell to Bob Sullinger’s checkered flag. Farrell rode the outside rim and for a moment looked like he could do it again but Connor was too strong and the car too fast taking his first win of the year in the Steel Block Late Model. It was a well-deserved win as he has been close a number of times this year. He was followed across the line by Farrell, Rodkey, Gill, and Chesnalavich. Success in the heat races came to Dwayne Brooks, John Chesnalavich Jr., and Charlie Powell.

The Street Stock competitors lined up behind Rich Howell and Jamie Price, both drivers from Clearfield, for their 20 lap feature event. Caution plagued the event early giving Ed Connor, the winner of the Late Model race, a number of chances to race with Howell for the lead. Racing finally got started in earnest as the officials reset the drivers to a single file restart with Howell still in front and Ed Connor being challenged by his son Brandon also from DuBois for second place. Brian Rhed from Brockport and Joe Kot out of DuBois were just behind them with Denny Fenton from Clearfield and Kyle Shannon from Brockway keeping pace with the lead pack. As Howell led both of the Connors and Rhed were mixing it up for second through fourth place. Joe Kot tried to wedge in against the tires making for three wide racing action. Kot also made use of the turn three and four infield a couple of times with coming back onto the track making it interesting to say the least. When things settled down there was no caution and Kot was in fourth behind Brandon Connor with Shannon in fifth. Ed Connor continued to lean on Howell for the lead but was not quite as strong as he was in the first race. The top five began to bunch up for what proved to be another exciting Street Stock finish. Kot moved under Brandon Connor into third with Shannon following close behind relegating Connor to fifth. Shannon then began to pressure Kot who was searching the high line for an edge. Ed Connor stayed on Howell’s tail as Kot moved forward slowly on the outside. Howell was having a good run but Kot would not be denied. It was determination that got him through the infield twice and it was carrying him to the lead. Howell tried to fend him off on the next to last lap but Kot had the momentum to carry him to the finish line in front of the other racers. In second through fourth it was Howell, Ed Connor, and Kyle Shannon with less than a car length between each of them. Brandon Connor hung on for fifth place just behind the lead pack. Heat race winners in the Street Stock Class included Joe Kot, Denny Fenton, and Kyle Shannon.

The Pure Stock division was next on the card for the fans enjoyment. Ben Smith from Penfield was on the pole flanked by Colton Joiner from DuBois to his right. Smith wasted no time moving into the lead. The “pack” was about five car lengths back consisting of Jim Challingsworth from St. Marys, Shawn Munoz from Punxsutawney, Dave Kohler out of Rockton, Joiner, and Doug Surra from Kersey. It was three and almost four wide racing in the group of five as Smith held a small but comfortable lead. You really couldn’t call who had the advantage for second place with Challingsworth, Joiner and Kohler jockeying for position. Surra wasn’t content to sit back and watch the action and quickly moved past Challingsworth and then Kohler setting his sights on Smith and Joiner up front. Again late race cautions bunched the field back up for the chase to the checkered flag. Smith was still comfortably in the lead with Joiner close behind. Joiner got moved to the outside when Surra made the pass down low followed by Kohler. Matt Heindl from St. Marys had worked his way through the ranks from his thirteenth starting position. With the laps winding down Smith had command of the lead; Surra eased up on his bumper but couldn’t pull out to make the pass as Kohler looked on from the third spot. At the line Heindl managed to eke out a fourth place finish passing Joiner by half a car length at the line. Ben Smith, Colton Joiner, and Shawn Munoz all won heat races in the Pure Stock division.

Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders made their way onto the track for the final race of the evening on another successful Fan Appreciation Night. Candy bags that were full at intermission were half eaten and the younger race fans were either asleep or wanting to be with the last race approaching the green flag. Bryan Warren from Curwensville inherited the pole position and Mike Lucas from Philipsburg had the opportunity to challenge for the lead on the first lap. Warren took to the lead early followed by Lucas on the outside, Zach Lindemuth from Brockport in the middle and Chuck White from DuBois down low for the three wide second place challenge. Just behind them Stephanie Lucas, also from Philipsburg, didn’t waste any time in looking low to take positions away from the guys. The field began to string out after the first few laps with Warren out front and Mike Lucas trying to use the high line to overtake him. They were followed by White, Stephanie Lucas and Lindemuth. Warren had a small but comfortable advantage early on but Mike Lucas chipped away at the lead eventually coming to within striking distance. Behind them it was White, Lucas and Lindemuth a number of car lengths back and between. Mike Lucas pulled alongside Warren but the caution flew slowing his progress and causing him to restart behind Warren. Cory Reitz from Brockway was having one of his better runs pulling into fifth place for the restart. On the restart Mike Lucas followed Warren while Stephanie Lucas pulled her machine under White challenging for the third spot. Mike Lucas managed to pull alongside Warren in the closing laps being only half a car length behind at the beginning of the last lap. In the effort Lucas managed to get a bit high in turn two kicking up a rooster tail of dust giving Warren the advantage he needed to go on to take his second win of the season. Mike Lucas finished second with White pulling back into third, Stephanie Lucas fourth and Reitz fifth. The Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinder heat races were won by Chuck White and Zach Lindemuth.

68 cars made the tow to Hummingbird Speedway on a night that threatened rain but turned out to be a great night for fan appreciation festivities and racing action. 19 Steel Block Late Models, 18 Street Stocks, 17 Pure Stocks, and 14 Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders made up the fields for the feature events. Next week will be a regular four division show. Gates open at 4:30 pm with heat races beginning at 7:00 pm. Visit the speedway web site at www.hummingbirdspeedway.com for current point standings, weekly photographs, and more.


FINAL RESULTS

BWP Bats Steel Block Late Models
1. 15S Ed Connor DuBois
2. 53 Chris Farrell Clearfield
3. 14R Derek Rodkey Osceola Mills
4. 11G Dan Gill Clearfield
5. 18 John Chesnalavich Jr. Reynoldsville
6. 00 Eric Moore Frenchville
7. 1B Dwayne Brooks Falls Creek
8. 50 Bob McMillen St. Marys
9. 48JR Rich Runyan Jr. Brockway
10. 99x Kyle Beimel St. Marys
11. 00S Randy Sterling Morrisdale
12. 10 Bruce Raybuck Falls Creek
13. 77R Roswell Babcock Curwensville
14. 9 John Reed Reynoldsville
15. 57 Bo Lockwood Hazen
16. 34 Joe Malobicky Jr. St. Marys
17. 94 Charlie Powell Brookville
18. 102 Rick Maxim Reynoldsville
19. 15W Tim Steis St. Marys


Street Stocks
1. 37 Joe Kot DuBois
2. 3 Rich Howell Clearfield
3. 33 Ed Connor DuBois
4. 1S Kyle Shannon Brockway
5. 05 Brandon Connor DuBois
6. 00S Denny Fenton Clearfield
7. 69R Brian Rhed Brockport
8. 28 Fuzzy Fields Brockport
9. 01 Steve Arthurs Falls Creek
10. 8F Dale Yeaney Brookville
11. 46 Dustin Challingsworth St. Marys
12. 21Y Nate Yeaney Corsica
13. 43 Pernell Beimel St Marys
14. T3 Colton Gearhart DuBois
15. 137 Jamie Price Clearfield
16. 78 Paul Blake Weedville
17. 96 Tim Fannin Ridgway
18. 29L Johnny Lindenpitz Knoxdale


Pure Stocks
1. 1S Ben Smith Penfield
2. 3 Doug Surra Kersey
3. 42 Dave Kohler Rockton
4. 76 Matt Heindl St Marys
5. 1* Colton Joiner DuBois
6. 23 Lester Hudson Clearfield
7. 516 Rich Anderson Clymer
8. 15M Shawn Munoz Punxsutawney
9. 8 Cory Silvis Brookville
10. 13 ½ William Taylor Spring Mills
11. 4T Randy “Tank” Coombs Big Run
12. 57T Todd Bailey Brockway
13. 44 Jim Challingsworth St. Marys
14. 88 Dustin Fields Brockport
15. 29M Bruce Mottern Jr. Reynoldsville
16. 21Y Devin Yeaney Brookville
17. (DNS) 88M Doug Zimmerman Brookville


Pure Stocks
1. 1S Ben Smith Penfield
2. 3 Doug Surra Kersey
3. 42 Dave Kohler Rockton
4. 76 Matt Heindl St Marys
5. 1* Colton Joiner DuBois
6. 23 Lester Hudson Clearfield
7. 516 Rich Anderson Clymer
8. 15M Shawn Munoz Punxsutawney
9. 8 Cory Silvis Brookville
10. 13 ½ William Taylor Spring Mills
11. 4T Randy “Tank” Coombs Big Run
12. 57T Todd Bailey Brockway
13. 44 Jim Challingsworth St. Marys
14. 88 Dustin Fields Brockport
15. 29M Bruce Mottern Jr. Reynoldsville
16. 21Y Devin Yeaney Brookville
17. (DNS) 88M Doug Zimmerman Brookville

Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders
1. 5 Bryan Warren Curwensville
2. 81 Mike Lucas Philipsburg
3. 7K Chuck White DuBois
4. 74 Stephanie Lucas Philipsburg
5. 65C Cory Reitz Brockway
6. 6B Frank Barrett III DuBois
7. 94R Richelle Sheley Reynoldsville
8. 99 Kyle Melillo Brockway
9. 2B Rusty Murray Mayport
10. 10 Kevin Lannigan Shippenville
11. 34 Zach Lindemuth Brockport
12. 8C John Capisano Punxsutawney
13. (DNS) 17 DNS Randy Albert Morrisdale
14. (DNS) 97 Bryan Sprague Reynoldsville