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FARRELL, LIAS, MCMILLEN, GARVEY, CHALLINGSWORTH AND CAMPISANO CLAIM MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WINS AT HUMMINGBIRD SPEEDWAY.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Reynoldsville(May 28)—After a month of straight rain outs, Hummingbird Speedway got racing action back underway Saturday evening with Chris Farrell of Clearfield, Rick Lias of Dayton, Bob McMillen and Dustin Challingsworth of St. Marys, Bob Garvey, Jr. of Grassflat, and John Campisano of Punxsutawney taking home their first wins of the season.

 

Garvey led the field of Sunny 106.5 FM micro sprints onto the racing surface in the first feature of the night. After a complete restart in the 15-lap main, Garvey held the lead and widened it over Johnny Walker in the early stages. Bryce Craft, who started last after his opening night win, moved quickly through the field and was running second by lap 4. Garvey maintained the lead at the midway point with Craft closing the gap. The race's last caution flew on lap 11 for a spin by Anthony Pasquella. Garvey, the defending points champ in the division, got a great jump on the restart and cruised on for the win. Craft won the lone heat.

 

Eddie Connor and Paul Kot made up the starting front row of the 25-lap BWP Bats steel block late model feature. Kot took the early lead with Connor, Jeff Taylor and Farrell battling close for second. The top five were still close at the midway mark with Kot leading, Connor, Farrell, Taylor, and Dan Smeal. Two cautions fell on lap 14 keeping the field close. Connor grabbed the lead on the next restart, and held it for two laps before Farrell worked the outside line to take over the top spot. Late in the race Kot had the pressure on Farrell with the leaders in lapped traffic. Farrell’s car went sideways in turn four with a lap to go, but he was able to straighten out his ride and hold off a hard charging Kot for his 50th career feature win.  Farrell and Kot won the heats.

 

The 20-lap street stock event was next out with Shawn Lindemuth and McMillen making up the front row.  After a number of early cautions, Lindemuth held the lead with Bruce Hartzfeld, McMillen, and Bob Connor keeping things close. McMillen worked to the outside and captured the lead on lap 2. McMillen held the top spot at the midway point with Hartzfeld, Brian Rhed, Connor, and Luke Barnett trying to close on the leader. McMillen was too strong for the field as he went on to claim a big win in the very competitive division. McMillen and Lindemuth won the preliminaries.

The newly formed Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair semi late model division took to the speedway for their 20-lap main with Chad Desmett leading the way. At the drop of the green flag it was a three wide dash into turn one with Adam Nixon coming out on top with Lias keeping things close. Nixon continued to lead through the midway point and was pulling away late, until caution flew on lap 16. Lias took advantage on the restart, as Nixon’s car started to slide high in the turns. Lias pounced on his opportunity as took the lead on lap 18 and went on for his first win in his first visit to the speedway. Nixon won the lone heat.

 

The pure stockers were next on the racing surface for their 15-lap feature event. Ben Krause led the first lap, but was overtaken by Josh Fields on the next lap. Fields and Challingsworth pulled away from the rest of the field, and ran that way through halfway with Doug Surra, Jim Challingsworth, and Krause trying to keep in check with the leaders. A lap 9 caution gave Dustin Challingsworth the break he needed as he slipped under Fields for the lead on the next lap. The win wasn’t an easy one for the defending points champ as he had to hold off the strong challenges of Fields and Surra the rest of the way to claim the victory.  Fields and Mike Miller won the heats.

 

The Aaron’s of DuBois front wheel drive four-cylinders closed the evening’s program with a 12-lap feature. Tom Peters took the initial lead, but it was Campisano using the high line to his advantage and took over the top spot on lap 2. After a lap 2 caution it was a three wide battle for the lead between Campisano, Randy Albert, and Peters. Campisano and Albert pulled away from the field and ran that way through the halfway mark. A late race caution set up a two lap dash for the win. Albert gave it all he had but it was the defending division champ, Campisano claiming victory over the field. Albert and Jim Fye won the heats.

 

Speedway Notes: Racing was completed by 10:45pm. Racing continues Saturday evening with a six-division program with gates opening at 4:00pm and racing at 7. For more information visit the track’s website at www.hummingbirdspeedway.com or call the track office at 653-8400.     

 

Results

 

BWP Bats Steel Block Late Models: 1. Chris Farrell, Clearfield; 2. Paul Kot, Brockway; 3. Eddie Connor, DuBois; 4. Jeff Taylor, Corsica; 5. Skip Lindemuth, Hazen; 6. Dan Smeal, Houtzdale; 7. Tim Fannin, Ridgway; 8. Dylan Fenton, Clearfield; 9. Steve Arthurs, Falls Creek; 10. Don Henry, Falls Creek. DNS: Jason Witherite

 

Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair Semi Lates: 1. Rick Lias, Dayton; 2. Jason Beichner, Shippenville; 3. Neil Wilson, Jr., Clearfield; 4. Josh Henry, Clearfield; 5. Mike Blazer, Duncansville; 6. Melissa Fannin, Ridgway; 7. Brandon Connor, DuBois; 8. Chad Desmett, Curwensville. DQ: Adam Nixon

 

Street Stocks: 1. Bob McMillen, St. Marys; 2. Bruce Hartzfeld, Brockport; 3. Luke Barnett, Mahaffey; 4. Josh Frantz, DuBois; 5. Brian Rhed, Brockport; 6. Fuzzy Fields, Brockway; 7. Shawn Lindemuth, Brookville; 8. Matt Krause, Brisbin; 9. Bob Connor, DuBois; 10. George Bailey, Clearfield; 11. Nate Brady, Clearfield; 12. Jake Cunliffe, Knox; 13. Jim Challingsworth, St. Marys.  DNS: Alan Lamb

 

Pure Stocks: 1. Dustin Challingsworth, St. Marys; 2. Josh Fields, Brockport; 3. Doug Surra, Kersey; 4. Jim Challingsworth, St. Marys; 5. Ben Krause, Houtzdale; 6. Andrew Frey, St. Marys; 7. Zach Gustafson, Weedville; 8. Mike Miller, Rockton; 9. Matt Howell, Clearfield; 10. Richard Herman, Osceola Mills; 11. Tim Steis, St. Marys; 12. Eric Lucas, Clearfield

 

Sunny 106.5 FM Micro Sprints: 1. Bob Garvey, Jr., Grassflat; 2. Bryce Craft, Frenchville; 3. Ryan Beatty, Leechburg; Anthony Pasquerella, Leechburg; 5. Johnny Walker, Sarver; 6. Craig Cummings, Tarentum; 7. Tony Curtorillo, Philipsburg; 8. Mike McIntyre, Timblin; 9. Zach Lennox, Brockway

 

Aaron’s of DuBois Front Wheel Drive Four-Cylinders: 1. John Campisano, Punxsutawney; 2. Randy Albert, Morrisdale; 3. Tom Peters, Clearfield; 4. Aaron Luzier, Clearfield; 5. Austin Hockenberry, Morrisdale; 6. Anthony Campisano, Punxsutawney; 7. Matt Bryant, Weedville; 8. Sam Orf, Hawthorn; 9. Brian Snyder, Clearfield; 10. Jim Boyer, Penfield; 11. Bud Witherow, Luthersburg; 12. Zack Frantz, DuBois; 12. Mike Lucas, Philipsburg; 13. Jim Fye, Reynoldsville  DNS: Eric Luzier