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Hummingbird Speedway Race Report
For Immediate Release
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
By Steven Curry

 
Reynoldsville- A sun-drenched sky greeted a packed grandstand and a full pit area at Hummingbird Speedway for the fourth race of the 2017 season. Two drivers returned to victory lane for the second time this season including: Fuzzy Fields from Brockway in the Street Stocks and Tim Steis from St. Marys in the Sunny 106.5 FM Pure Stocks. And three drivers took their first trip to victory lane including: Chris Farrell from Clearfield in the BWP Bats Late Models, Doug Surra from Kersey in the Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair Semi-Late Models, and Aaron Luzier from Clearfield in the Aaron's of DuBois Front-Wheel Drive Four-Cylinders.
 
Jon Lee and Doug Surra led a full field of Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair Semi-Late Models trackside for their opening 20-lap feature. After a quick caution on lap one, Jon Lee would take the lead on the following restart with Surra chasing behind in second. Another caution would follow several laps later bringing the field back together. On the ensuing restart, Surra used the outside line to his advantage and charge passed Lee to take the lead and pull away for several laps until a spin in turn four bunched the field up once again. Surra and Lee raced hard for the lead on the following restart as Randy Sterling took the third spot from Kevin Dickson. Surra held on to the lead until yet another caution brought the field back together. On the final restart, Lee gave Surra one last valiant effort to get passed him but came up just short as Surra held on to pick up his first win at Hummingbird this season. Lee, Sterling, B.J. Hudson, and Dickson rounded out the top 5. Lee, Surra, and Joe Leigey won the heat races.
 
Rich Howell and Brandon Connor led the Street Stocks track-side for their 20-lap feature. Connor jumped out to the early lead as Fuzzy Fields got around Howell for the third position but a quick caution would bunch everyone back up. After another quick caution, Fields would work his way around Connor for the lead on the restart and start to pull away a little for several laps until another caution would reset everything. Connor gave Fields a hard charge on the restart as Josh Frantz, who had to start scratch on the field because of his feature win last week, passed Howell for the third spot as the race reached the halfway mark. Fields continued to set the pace and pull way slightly from the rest of the field on his way to picking up his second win of 2017. Connor, Frantz, Howell, and Jim Bloom rounded out the top 5. Fields and Connor won the heat races.
 
Wendell Pinckney and Dan Smeal led a full-field of BWP Bats Late Models to the track for their 25-lap feature. After an opening lap caution, Smeal would work his way around Pinckney to take the top spot. Another caution would fly and force another restart. Smeal would pull away slightly on the restart as Chris Farrell got passed Pinckney to take second as he set his sights on Smeal. A few laps later, Farrell would battle with Smeal for a handful of laps until Farrell slid past on the low side to take the lead. On a later restart, Pinckney spun out while running in third handing Steven Scaife the third spot behind Farrell and Smeal. A hard-charging Paul Kot, who started 13th because of his feature win last week, got around Scaife to take third just before another caution would tighten things up once again. Kot would get around Smeal on the restart and take second as Farrell took off once again as the race neared it's closing laps. Several cautions would highlight the final couple laps while Denny Fenton worked his way around Scaife for the third spot. The several late-race cautions never phased Farrell as he held on to pick up his first win of 2017. Kot, Fenton, Scott Alvetro, and Rod Phillips rounded out the top 5. Farrell, John Wayne Weaver, and Paul Kot won the heat races.
 
Jim Challingsworth and Dustin Challingsworth led the Sunny 106.5 FM Pure Stocks trackside for their 15-lap feature. Dustin Challingsworth took the lead on the initial start until a caution for a spin in turn 2 bunched things up. On the following restart, Tim Steis gave Dustin a challenge for the lead and would take the top spot just before another caution would fly. On the final restart, a hard-charging Josh Fields, who started at the back because of his feature win last week, battled with Dustin for the second spot and took it as he then set his sights on the race leader Steis. Fields would close on Steis as the laps ran out and give him a hard charge for the lead. After laps of battling, it was Steis holding on to pick up his second win of the 2017 season. Fields, Dustin Challingsworth, Bruno Mowery, and Jim Challingsworth rounded out the top 5. Steis and Dustin Challingsworth won the heat races.
 
Zack Frantz and Jimmy Ogden led the Aaron's of DuBois Front-Wheel Drive Four-Cylinders to the track for their 12-lap feature. After a quick caution for a spin in turn two, Frantz took the early lead as Randy Albert and Aaron Luzier challenged Ogden for the second spot. Another couple quick cautions would lead to several cars retiring for the evening including race leader, Zack Frantz. That handed the lead to Aaron Luzier and second to Ogden. On the final restart, Ogden took the lead from Luzier shortly until Luzier fought back on the outside to take the lead right back. There was no looking back for Luzier as he would lead the rest of the way and pick up his first win of the 2017 season. Ogden, Matt Mowery, Mike Mayhew, and Dustin Kemp rounded out the top 5. Eric Luzier and Aaron Luzier won the heat races.
 
Speedway Notes: 73 cars were on hand and racing was completed by 10:12pm. Racing will continue next Saturday evening with gates opening at 4:30pm and racing at 7. For more information call the track office at (814) 653-8400 or visit the tracks’ website at www.hummingbirdspeedway.com.
 
 
Results:
 
BWP BATS LATE MODELS
1st) #53 Chris Farrell, Clearfield
2nd) #36 Paul Kot, Brockway
3rd) #55 Denny Fenton, Clearfield
4th) #64 Scott Alvetro, Reynoldsville
5th) #1S Rodney Phillips, Punxsutawney
6th) #13X Kenny Schaffer, DuBois
7th) #7S Steven Scaife, Phillipsburg
8th) #11 Wendell Pinckney, Albion
9th) #78 Brian Molnar, Falls Creek
10th) #211T Rich Wicker, Mahaffey
11th) #W3 John Wayne Weaver, Commodore
12th) #88B Luke Barnett, Mahaffey
13th) #44 Dan Smeal, Houtzdale   DNF
14th) #46 Tom Merryman, Clearfield   DNF
15th) #25 Dylan Fenton, Clearfield   DNF
16th) #SR1 Tom Shaffer, Punxsutawney   DNF
17th) #13 Jamie Barber, Grampian   DNS
 
STREET STOCKS
1st) #28 Fuzzy Fields, Brockway
2nd) #T3 Brandon Connor, DuBois
3rd) #158 Josh Frantz, DuBois
4th) #3 Rich Howell, Clearfield
5th) #37A Jim Bloom, Curwensville
6th) #22 Sammy Swauger, Reynoldsville
7th) #2 Cregen Brady, Clearfield
8th) #F6 Justin Forsythe, Fryburg
9th) #17 Brad Curran, Austin
10th) #50 Bob McMillen, St. Marys
11th) #12M Trevor McCann, Ford City
12th) #43W Kristin Wileman, St. Marys   DNF
13th) #43B Pernell Beimel, St. Marys   DNF
14th) #M-21 Bill Huntington, Big Run   DNF
 
SWANSON HEAVY DUTY TRUCK REPAIR SEMI-LATE MODELS
1st) #3xAA Doug Surra, Kersey
2nd) #5L Jon Lee, Mahaffey
3rd) #00S Randy Sterling, Morrisdale
4th) #1 B.J. Hudson, Clearfield
5th) #93 Kevin Dickson, West Decatur
6th) #92 Josh Henry, Clearfield
7th) #7 Neil Wilson Jr., Clearfield
8th) #17I Jared Ivory, Irvona
9th) #39 Steve Dickson
10th) #717 Doug Updyke, DuBois
11th) #15W Casey Wolfe, Penfield   DNF
12th) #87 Tawn Dinger
13th) #28 Joe Leigey, Clearfield   DNF
14th) #17 Deegen Watt, DuBois   DNF
15th) #77 Kip Charles, Clearfield   DNF
16th) #68 Don Henry, Falls Creek   DNF
17th) #56R Brandon Evans, Clearfield   DNS
 
SUNNY 106.5 FM PURE STOCKS
1st) #45 Tim Steis, St. Marys
2nd) #78 Josh Fields, Brockport
3rd) #46 Dustin Challingsworth, St. Marys
4th) #48 Bruno Mowery, Allegany, NY
5th) #44 Jim Challingsworth, St. Marys
6th) #51 William Bigley, Port Allegany
7th) #15M Shawn Munoz, Punxsutawney
8th) #76 Mike Anderson, DuBois
9th) #57 Kenny Shelley, Smethport
10th) #55X Andy Frey, St. Marys
11th) #17K Kylee Brown, Eldred
12th) #30K Jeff Kronenwetter, St. Marys   DNF
13th) #71S Richard Herman, Osceola Mills   DNS
14th) #27 Dennis Hathaway, Portville, NY   DNS
 
AARON'S OF DUBOIS FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE FOUR-CYLINDERS
1st) #5L Aaron Luzier, Clearfield
2nd) #21 Jimmy Ogden, Clearfield
3rd) #48 Matt Mowery, Allegany, NY
4th) #3 Mike Mayhew, Clearfield
5th) #80 Dustin Kemp, Clearfield
6th) #11 Jim Boyer, Penfield
7th) #358 Zack Frantz, DuBois   DNF
8th) #17 Randy Albert, Morrisdale   DNF
9th) #6 Eric Luzier, Clearfield   DNF
10th) #92A Anthony Sones, Clearfield   DNF
11th) #26K Pat Hanlon, Erie   DNF