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Hummingbird Speedway Race Report
For Immediate Release
Saturday, June 17th, 2017
By Steven Curry

 
Reynoldsville- The hottest night of the summer thus far welcomed fans and drivers from all over the area, even New York, for another great night of racing at Hummingbird Speedway. The night saw three drivers pull into victory lane for the second time in 2017 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. Also, two drivers would head to victory lane for a third time this season including: Fuzzy Fields from Brockway in the Street Stocks and Josh Fields from Brockport in the Sunny 106.5 FM Pure Stocks.
 
William Bigley and Moose Reed led the Sunny 106.5 FM Pure Stocks trackside for their opening 15-lap feature race. Reed jumped out to the early lead on the initial start but was caught quickly on lap 2 by Josh Fields who started mid-pack. Fields would get around both Bigley and Reed to take the lead on lap 2 and start to pull away from the field. A hard-charging Tim Steis who started last because of his feature win last week, drove his way all the way up to second bringing Dustin Challingsworth with him to take third from Reed. Fields continued to pull away until a caution would bunch the field back together just past the halfway point. On what would be the final restart, Steis gave a valiant effort to get to and race with Fields but it fell short as Fields held on in the final laps to pick his third win of 2017. Steis, Dustin Challingsworth, Jim Challingsworth, and Reed rounded out the top 5. Steis and Fields won the heat races.
 
Doug Updyke and B.J. Hudson led the Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair Semi-Late Models to the track for their 20-lap feature race. After a quick caution on the initial start, Hudson took the top spot from Updyke with Josh Henry in the third spot. Henry was gaining on the top two until Updyke started to lose control and clip the right-side door of Henry causing bad damage to both cars. Updyke would be retired for the evening as Henry and Kevin Clark would lineup behind Hudson. On the final restart, Hudson received a challenge from Henry until Henry lost control off of turn 4 allowing hard-charging Doug Surra to take the second spot behind Hudson. Surra followed Hudson and started to track him down as the race passed the halfway mark. Surra caught Hudson a few laps passed halfway and used the high line to his advantage to get around Hudson and start to check out on the field. The race would go the rest of the way caution-free as Surra picked up his second win of 2017. Hudson, Neil Wilson, Clark, and Steve Dickson rounded out the top 5. Updyke and Hudson won the heat races.
 
Cregen Brady and Josh Frantz led the Street Stocks trackside for their 20-lap feature event. Frantz jumped out to the early lead as Fuzzy Fields, who started at the rear because of his feature win last week, charged up through the field and battled with Brandon Connor for second. Fields took second and set his sights on Frantz. Fields would catch Frantz a few laps later and battle with him until Frantz got up into the outside wall on the backstretch retiring him for the evening giving Fields the lead. On the ensuing restart, Fields had a hard challenge from Connor and Connor would get around Fields and would lead several laps. Another caution would bring the field back together with Connor choosing the low line for the restart. Fields would retake the lead on the restart and pull away from the field until another caution would fly several laps later. On the final restart, Connor gave Fields a valiant run for the lead in the closing laps but it wasn't enough as Fields would hold on to win his third race of the season. Connor, Brady, Brad Curran, and George Bailey rounded out the top 5. Fields won the lone heat race.
 
Paul Kot and Denny Fenton led the BWP Bats Late Models to the track for their 25-lap feature race. Kot took the early lead but a blown tire just a couple laps in would force him to the rear and give the lead to Fenton. On the restart, Smeal gave Fenton a hard challenge and after a few laps he got around Fenton to take the lead. Smeal pulled away from the field as Chris Farrell drove his way the whole way from the back to the second spot as he got around Fenton. Another caution would come out bunching the field back together once again. On what would be the final restart, Farrell gave Smeal a valiant battle for the lead and would take the top spot a lap after the restart. Farrell pulled away after taking the lead and there was no looking back as Farrell went on to win his second race of the 2017 season. Fenton, Smeal, Scott Alvetro, and Kot rounded out the top 5. Dwayne Brooks and Farrell won the heat races.
 
Dustin Kemp and Mike Mayhew led the Aaron's of DuBois Front-Wheel Drive Four-Cylinders trackside for their 12-lap feature. Kemp took the lead on the initial start and led for a few laps until Zack Frantz who started deep in the field, drove up through the field and started battling with Kemp for the lead. Frantz would take the lead after battling with Kemp for several laps. Frantz began to pull away until a caution would bunch the field back together. On the final restart, Frantz received a hard challenge from Aaron Luzier, last weeks feature winner. After a hard challenge, Luzier got around Zack Frantz as Eric Luzier closed in on Frantz for the second spot. Aaron Luzier pulled away from the field as Frantz and Eric Luzier battled for the second spot. But no one had anything for Aaron Luzier as he would go on to win his second race of the season. Frantz, Eric Luzier, Jimmy Ogden, and Kemp rounded out the top 5. Eric Luzier and Aaron Luzier won the heat races.
 
Speedway Notes: 52 cars were on hand and racing was completed by 10:15pm. 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) #55 Denny Fenton, Clearfield
3rd) #44 Dan Smeal, Houtzdale
4th) #64 Scott Alvetro, Reynoldsville
5th) #36 Paul Kot, Brockway
6th) #1S Rodney Phillips, Punxsutawney
7th) #1B Dwayne Brooks, Falls Creek
8th) #13X Kenny Schaffer, DuBois
9th) #5J Jeremy Ohl, Jersey Shore
10th) #14R Derek Rodkey, Osceola Mills
11th) #7S Steven Scaife, Phillipsburg   DNF
12th) #25 Dylan Fenton, Clearfield   DNF
13th) #60 Jeff Taylor, Corsica   DNS
 
STREET STOCKS
1st) #28 Fuzzy Fields, Brockway
2nd) #T3 Brandon Connor, DuBois
3rd) #2 Cregen Brady, Clearfield
4th) #17 Brad Curran, Austin
5th) #20 George Bailey, Clearfield
6th) #43B Pernell Beimel, St. Marys   DNF
7th) #158 Josh Frantz, DuBois   DNF
8th) #M-21 Bill Huntington, Big Run   DNF
 
SWANSON HEAVY DUTY TRUCK REPAIR SEMI-LATE MODELS
1st) #3xAA Doug Surra, Kersey
2nd) #1 BJ Hudson, Clearfield
3rd) #7 Neil Wilson Jr., Clearfield
4th) #11 Kevin Clark, Olanta
5th) #39 Steve Dickson, West Decatur
6th) #92 Josh Henry, Clearfield
7th) #68 Don Henry, Falls Creek
8th) #77K Kip Charles, Clearfield
9th) #15W Casey Wolfe, Brookville
10th) #17 Deegen Watt, DuBois   DNF
11th) #717 Doug Updyke, DuBois   DNF
 
SUNNY 106.5 FM PURE STOCKS
1st) #78 Josh Fields, Brockport
2nd) #45 Tim Steis, St. Marys
3rd) #46 Dustin Challingsworth, St. Marys
4th) #44 Jim Challingsworth, St. Marys
5th) #57X Moose Reed, Salamanca, NY
6th) #11P Matt Putt, Portville, NY
7th) #17K Kylee Brown, Eldred
DNF #51 William Bigley, Port Allegany
DNF #55X Andy Frey, St. Marys
DNF #71S Richard Herman, Osceola Mills
 
AARON'S OF DUBOIS FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE FOUR-CYLINDERS
1st) #5L Aaron Luzier, Clearfield
2nd) #358 Zack Frantz, Reynoldsville
3rd) #6 Eric Luzier, Clearfield
4th) #21 Jimmy Ogden, Clearfield
5th) #80 Dustin Kemp, Clearfield
6th) #14 Steven Hill, Brookville
7th) #3 Mike Mayhew, Clearfield
8th) #11 Jim Boyer, Penfield
9th) #79W Josh Whetstone, Irvona   DNF
10th) #92A Anthony Sones, Clearfield   DNF