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Hummingbird Speedway Race Report
For Immediate Release
Saturday, August 5th, 2017
By Steven Curry
 
 Swauger and Fye Pick Up First Wins of the Season at Hummingbird Speedway.
 
 
(Reynoldsville, PA)  Fans enjoyed a night of nostalgia as Bud Garvey brought some of his friends and their vintage racing machines to Hummingbird Speedway on Saturday night. Also on hand were the members of the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club enjoying a night of racing Hummingbird style and presenting plaques to the winners. Those in victory lane included Chris Farrell from Clearfield in the BWP Bats Late Models, Josh Fields from Brockport in the Sunny 106.5 FM Pure Stocks, Nick Erskine from Mahaffey in the Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair Semi-Late Models, Sammy Swauger from Reynoldsville in the Street Stocks, and Jim Fye from Reynoldsville in the Aaron's of DuBois Front-Wheel Drive Four-Cylinders.
 
Scott Alvetro and Jerry Redden led the BWP Bats Late Models trackside for their 25-lap feature. Redden jumped out to the early advantage over Alvetro and the rest of the field. Redden continued to lead until a mechanical failure forced him to retire for the evening, giving the lead to Chris Farrell. The caution would come out for the first time soon after the change for the lead. On the following restart, it was Farrell, Kot, and Denny Fenton the top 3. Farrell checked out on the restart with Kot, Fenton, and Alvetro following behind. Farrell continued to pull away from the field as laps continued to click away. Another caution would bring the field together once again with 5 laps to go. On the final restart, Kot gave Farrell a valiant effort for the lead but it wasn't enough as Farrell held on to pick up the win. Kot, Fenton, Kenny Schaffer, and Steven Scaife rounded out the top 5. Farrell and Scaife won the heat races.
 
Eric Lucas and Josh Fields led the Sunny 106.5 FM Pure Stocks to the track for their 15-lap feature race. Fields jumped out to the early lead as Tim Steis battled with and took the second spot from Lucas. Fields pulled away from the field as the race neared it's halfway point. A caution for a spin would bring the field back together just before the halfway mark. On the ensuing restart, a problem with Steis' car would cause him to retire for the evening giving the second spot to Shawn Munoz. Fields continued to pace the field as the race neared the 5-lap to go mark. Another caution for a spin would bunch the field back up once again with a few laps left. Another quick caution would keep things close but no one would have anything for Fields as he held on to pick up the win. Munoz, Dustin Challingsworth, Eric Lucas, and Steve Brugmann rounded out the top 5. Tim Steis won the lone heat race.
 
Joe Leigey and Tommy Kronenwetter led a full field of Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair Semi-Late Models trackside for their 20-lap feature race. Kronenwetter jumped out to the early lead as the field went three-wide behind him. A caution for two spins in turn 4 would bring the field back together. On the ensuing restart, it was still Kronenwetter leading the way until another quick caution kept things close. After another quick caution flag, Kronenwetter pulled away as Jon Lee and Nick Erskine battled hard for the second spot. An amazing three-car battle for the lead began as Lee and Erskine closed in on Kronenwetter. The battle continued for a few laps until a caution would reset the field single-file. After a couple more caution flags, Kronenwetter continued to lead the way as Lee challenged Erskine for second and took it. Lee then set his sights on Kronenwetter as the clicked away. Lee caught the leader a few laps later and battled with him until the two got together on the backstretch, taking both cars out of contention for the win. That handed the lead to Erskine on the final restart with Doug Surra and Kevin Dickson close behind. Surra challenged Erskine on the restart but didn't have enough as Erskine held on for the win. Surra, Dickson, Matt Howell, and Deegen Watt rounded out the top 5. Erskine, Kronenwetter, and Surra won the heat races.
 
Sammy Swauger and Rich Howell led the Street Stocks to the track for their 20-lap feature event. Swauger set out to the early lead as Brandon Connor took the second spot from Howell but a quick caution just a few laps in would keep the field close. After another quick caution flag, the race would see it's first extended green-flag run of the race. Swauger maintained the lead with Connor and Howell close behind. An accident in turn 4 would bring out the caution once again keeping things close. After another quick caution flag, Dave Shagla worked his way around Howell for the third spot as Swauger and Connor continued to pace the field. After another caution, Connor received a charge from Shagla for second as Swauger continued to lead the way. Shagla would take the second spot from Connor after battling for a few laps. Another couple quick caution flags would fly before the race would see it's final restart. Howell would get around Connor for second just a few laps after the green flag. Shagla would then track down Swauger and begin to battle with him for the lead in the final laps. Shagla pulled a half-car length ahead of Swauger on the backstretch but Swauger got the run on the outside to hold on and pick up his first win of the 2017 season. Shagla, Howell, Connor, and Bruce Hartzfeld rounded out the top 5. Shagla, Connor, and Howell won the heat races.
 
Randy Albert and Jim Fye led the Aaron's of DuBois Front-Wheel Drive Four-Cylinders trackside for their 12-lap feature race. Fye jumped out to the early lead but a quick lap 1 caution flag kept things very close. On the final restart, Fye led the way with Albert and Zach Lennox close behind. Albert and Lennox were able to get the back bumper of Fye but didn't have enough to get around him as Fye held on to pick up his first win of the 2017 season. Albert, Lennox, Jimmy Ogden, and Ryan Lippert rounded out the top 5. Luzier and Ogden won the heat races.
 
Speedway Notes: 70 cars were on hand and racing was completed by around 11:00pm. Racing will continue next Saturday with a regular 5-division racing program. Gates open at 4:30 with 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) #13X Kenny Schaffer, DuBois
5th) #7S Steven Scaife, Phillipsburg
6th) #64 Scott Alvetro, Reynoldsville
7th) #88J Josh Jacoby, Fernwood
8th) #75 Jason Dobson, Ceres, NY
9th) #09 Scott Stein, Cherry Tree
10th) #78 Brian Molnar, Falls Creek
DNF) #747 Roswell Babcock, Curwensville
DNF) #75J Joe Layfield, Bolivar, NY
DNF) #44 Dan Smeal, Houtzdale
DNF) #11T Curtis Teats, Morrisdale
DNF) #5R Jerry Redden, Mahaffey
 
STREET STOCKS
1st) #22 Sammy Swauger, Reynoldsville
2nd) #6 Dave Shagla, Sugar Grove
3rd) #3 Rich Howell, Clearfield
4th) #T3 Brandon Connor, DuBois
5th) #101 Bruce Hartzfeld, Rockton
6th) #48R Bob Rosman, Sykesville
7th) #37A Jim Bloom, Curwensville
8th) #1S Kyle Shannon, DuBois
9th) #2 Cregen Brady, Clearfield
10th) #50B Ron Boardman, Wattsburg
11th) #23R Ray Reynolds
12th) #105 Emory Rinehart, Clearfield
DNF) #95 Mike Dempsey, Brookville
DNF) #12M Trevor McCann, Ford City
DNF) #20 George Bailey, Clearfield
DNF) #43W Kristin Wileman, St. Marys
DNF) #43B Pernell Beimel, St. Marys
 
SWANSON HEAVY DUTY TRUCK REPAIR SEMI-LATE MODELS
1st) #5X Nick Erskine, Mahaffey
2nd) #3xAA Doug Surra, Kersey
3rd) #93 Kevin Dickson, West Decatur
4th) #8 Matt Howell, Clearfeld
5th) #17 Deegen Watt, DuBois
6th) #5L Jon Lee, Mahaffey
7th) #7 Neil Wilson Jr., Clearfield
8th) #77K Kip Charles, Clearfield
9th) #15W Casey Wolfe, Brockway
10th) #44 Jim Challingsworth, St. Marys
DNF) #4K Tommy Kronenwetter, St. Marys
DNF) #92 Josh Henry, Clearfield
DNF) #28 Joe Leigey, Clearfield
DNF) #1 B.J. Hudson, Clearfield
DNF) #2 Lester Hudson, Clearfield
DNF) #7-11 Todd English, Clearfield
DNS) #155 Nathan Snyder, Punxsutawney
DNS) #38S Justin Owens, Clearfield
 
SUNNY 106.5 FM PURE STOCKS
1st) #78 Josh Fields, Brockport
2nd) #15M Shawn Munoz, Punxsutawney
3rd) #46 Dustin Challingsworth, St. Marys
4th) #8L Eric Lucas, Clearfield
5th) #81 Steve Brugmann, DuBois
6th) #516 Rich Anderson, Clymer
DNF) #45 Tim Steis, St. Marys
DNF) #55X Andy Frey, St. Marys
DNS) #9 Andrew Stano, Iselin
 
AARON'S OF DUBOIS FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE FOUR-CYLINDERS
1st) #4F Jim Fye, Reynoldsville
2nd) #17 Randy Albert, Morrisdale
3rd) #1 Zach Lennox, Brockway
4th) #21 Jimmy Ogden, Clearfield
5th) #11L Ryan Lippert, Clearfield
6th) #92A Anthony Sones, Clearfield
7th) #11 Jim Boyer, Penfield
DNF) #6 Eric Luzier, Clearfield
DNF) #358 Zack Frantz, Reynoldsville
DNS) #8C John Campisano, Punxsutawney
DNS) #65C Cory Reitz