Hersh/Pluta/Smith/Hardesty Takes Feature Win’s August 1st Results
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MARKLEYSBURG, PA (August 1, 2015) Clinton Hersh driving the Clearwater Construction/Fred Spangler Water Conditioning #16 won his second High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Model 20-lap feature holding off hard charging Troy Shields. Twin “Pluta” brothers battled side-by-side all 12 laps of the Newt’s York Bar & Grill Roadrunnerfeature race with the #67 of Robert Pluta picking up the win. Shawn Smith driving his #23 Charger returns to the Knob and picks up his first feature win of the 2015 season over point’s leader CJ Nicola. Cody Hardesty powered his #1 Touchdown City Pre Owned Autos/Iron Horse Logging #53 over Tim Senic and Billy Holbert earning his first feature win of the 2015 season. Powder Puff #2 see’s Melissa Brinker in the 12B Charger and Angel Hill in the #29 Road Runner picking up feature win’s.
High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models were first on the schedule that saw Somerset, PA driver Clinton Hersh setting the pace for the 20-lap feature. As the green flag flew veteran Troy Shields starting in second spot ran side-by-side with Hersh for the first three laps. Hersh maintained his composer holding off the veteran, taking a two car length lead on lap-4. The first caution of the night flew on lap-10 for the slowing of the #61 of Vince Masi who was being scored in the top five when he slowed on the exit of turn four. On the single file restart Hersh again maintained the lead over Shields. Bothe the #44 of Dylan Lewis and the #17 of Russell Baired was in a battle for 3rd and 4th.
The second caution of the RUSH Late Model feature flew on lap-11 when contact was made in mid pack that collected #90J Duritsky/#03 Paugh/#14J Pipper/#14 Dillinger/#66 Opalinski all cars were able to continue. On the restart Hersh powered off of turn four taking a two car lead over Shields 2nd, Lewis 3rd, Baird 4th and Lake 5th. With green laps counting down Hersh continued his lead and was able to hold off Shield picking up his second feature win of the 2015 season.
(High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models) Clinton Hersh, Troy Shields, Russell Baird, Mike Lake, Dylan Lewis, Garrett Paugh, Michael Duritsky, Mark Wells, Vince Masi Jr., Braeden Dillinger, Mike Opalinski, Jennae Piper
(Heat Winner) Michael Lake, Jennae Piper
Winner: Clinton Hersh
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: 1-20 Clinton Hersh
# of Cautions: 3
The Pluta twins continued to demonstrate their skills taking their #67 & #88 front wheel drive 4-cylinders Newt’s York Bar & Grill Road Runners around the Laurel Highland 3/8th mile oval. Both Robert driving the #67 and Andrew driving the #88 drove the identical lines with Robert having the advantage off of turn one carrying his speed through turn two which held off the charging #88 of Andrew Pluta. New comer Howard Williams driving the #2 was able to take the lead on lap-1 & lap-2 but could not defend the top spot as R. Pluta made the pass at the entrance of turn three.
(Newt’s York Bar & Grill Roadrunner) Robert Pluta, Andrew Plutaa, Howard Williams, Dustin Dietrick, Todd Detrick, Scott Critchfield, Jermey Hill, Steve Frzier, Ed Detrick, Robert Fox, Derek Quade, Anthony Monteparte
(Heat Winner) Robert Pluta, Scott Critchfield
Winner: Robert Pluta
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-2 Howard Williams, 3-12 Robert Pluta
# of Cautions 0
Confluence, PA driver Shawn Smith took his #23s Keller Cycles/Paul Bortz Luarel Ridge Realty Charger to victory lane over Charger point’s leader CJ Nicola. With Smith sitting on the pole was able to get a good start and was able to carry the much needed speed to turn one a head off the #25 of Nicola and the #36 of King. With Nicola on the back bumper of Smith, caution flew on lap-4 for the spinning of the #12B of George Brinker. With the field tighten; Smith once again took the lead only to see a second caution on lap-7 for 12-year old Ryan Frazee who spun at the exit of turn four. On the restart Smith maintained the lead for the remaining laps picking up the Charger feature win over Nicola and hard charging Justin Howell.
(Chargers) Shawn Smith, CJ Nicola, Justin Howell, Wayland King, Michael Shaw, Ryan Frazee, George Brinke
(Heat Winner) Justin Howell
Winner: Shawn Smith
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: 1-12 Shawn Smith
# of Cautions: 2
Oakland, MD, Cody Hardesty notched his first 2015 feature win Saturday night at the Knob worth $1,200 that came aboard the #1 Touchdown City Pre Owned Autos/Iron Horse Logging/Pleasant Valley Tarp #53.
It was Billy Holbert who led the first 12 laps of the 25-lap feature event ahead of Tim Senic and Bob Gordon. By lap-10 Hardesty who had started in the fifth position worked through traffic moving past Tim Senic to take over the second spot. With eyes on the lead; both Holbert and Hardesty where virtually side-by-side at the scoring loop. On lap-13 Hardesty was able to get the bit out of turn two to get the lead on the back stretch.
Hardesty shot out in clean air, and was able to take a commanding lead by lap-20. Both Holbert and Senic fell to second and third, that saw both drivers working hard for second. Senic was able to get around Holbert on lap-22 for second, followed by the #18 of Robbie Scott forth and the #M1 of Mel Minnick fifth.
(Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models) Cody Hardesty, Tim Senic, Billy Holbert, Robbie Scott, Mel Minnick, Bob Gordon, Gary Dalton, John Over, Danny Paugh, Bob Nelson, DNS: Bob Hershman
(Heat Winner) Robbie Scott, Cody Hardesty
Winner: Cody Hardesty
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-12 Billy Holbert, 13-25 Cody Hardesty
# of Cautions: 0
(Powder Puff #2 Results)
(Chargers) Melissa Brinker
(Road Runners) Angel Hill, Jessica Beemen, Danielle Delorenzo, Katy Jones, Wanda Williams
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