Past Champs Return to Hesston Winners Circle Hesston, PA - Two past champions returned to the Hesston Speedway winner's circle Saturday night as Brad Houck of Waynesboro won in the Stultz & Brown Limited Late Models and Joe Davis of Lewistown...
Past Champs Return to Hesston Winners Circle
Hesston, PA - Two past champions returned to the Hesston Speedway winner's circle Saturday night as Brad Houck of Waynesboro won in the Stultz & Brown Limited Late Models and Joe Davis of Lewistown won the Grubb Lumber 305 Sprint feature.
Houck said it was a special pleasure to accept the Rodland's Crank Grinding Service trophy from one of his #96 Ford car sponsors. "It's just great to meet a car sponsor in the winner's circle," he told Paul and Justine Rodland of Warriors Mark.
In a lead swapping wheel-to-wheel battle Bill Heffner of Huntingdon beat defending champion John Bookwalter of Mt. Union for his first every Hesston win in the Shellbrook Stables Street Stocks. Heffner said it was his first win of any kind in six years of racing every week at Hesston. The wreck shortened Chet Groves Cars Unlimited Hobby Stock win went to Robbie Goss of Petersburg and Ron Beam Jr. of Blairs Mills won his sixth Metzler Bros. Transport feature of the year.
Three races remain on the Hesston schedule and next Saturday is the annual Pepsi Race Night and Autograph Night with trophies sponsored by Garlock's Used Cars and Storage Units. The V-8 Street Stocks will make up their rained out feature from August 4.
The following Saturday is Humane Society Night with the Sprint Special 30-lapper and the final points races of the season.
The Hesston season concludes Sept. 8 with the Late Model Challenge when the Stultz & Brown Limited Late Models challenge the super late models and limited late models from all other tracks. In addition to home track rules, all cars must weigh at least 2300 pounds and limited late models may use a 12-inch spoiler.
The Hesston Speedway is located just north of Route 26 opposite to the Seven Points access to Lake Raystown. It's about five miles south of Route 22 in Huntingdon and 45 miles north on Routes 30W and 26 from the Breezewood Exit 12 of the PA Turnpike. For information call the track at 814-658-2823 or email email@example.com.
Joe Davis and his son Joe Jr. built the new #7 and rolled it out of their Lewistown garage at 4 that afternoon. He moved into second on a lap three restart and took the lead from Jim Lender on the inside of turn two on lap eight. Vince Snyder took over second in lap 18 but by then Davis led by more than a turn. The top five finishers were Davis, Snyder, Todd Lynn, Lender and Nathan Gramley. Lender and Rod Peters won the heats.
John "Zip" Kuhns led the first four laps of the pure stock feature and then got loose enough in turns three and four that Ron Beam Jr. could squeeze past and race without pause to the checkers with Larry Duvall second, Ray Moore third, Ron Beam Sr. fourth and Kirk Knable up to fifth at the finish. Rick Bookwalter who blew up in lap three for the only caution and Kuhns won the heats.
Bill Heffner started third and took the street stock lead from defending champion John Bookwalter on lap eight. Bookwalter took it back through the outside line on lap nine. Heffner and Dave Brown both got past Bookwalter out of turns three and four on lap ten. Bookwalter took back second and pulled alongside Heffner on the back stretch in laps 12 and 13, but now Heffner held tight to the inside and kept the lead at the flag stand. On the final lap Harold Miller spun on turn one to set up a one-lap dash and out of turn four to the checkered flag Heffner won by more than half the length of his #64 Ford.
The top five street stock finishers were Heffner, John Bookwalter, Dave Brown, Tim Brindle and Tom Beals. The heat race winners were Darin Hoover and John Bookwalter. Sometimes points leader Harry Smith's Eight Ball Camaro caught fire in the heat race and he borrowed the #34 of Russ Hamer to stay in the points battle for the season championship. That act of generosity might cost Hamer a top ten points finish and season-end trophy at the annual awards banquet in January.
The hobby stock drivers, inspired by the demolition derby the night before at the Huntingdon County Fair, crashed and banged through their twenty-minute time limit and an extra 15 minutes under red flags to finish with eight laps complete. Of the full field of 24 that started, eleven were on the track at the finish. Keith Russell led the first five laps. Robbie Goss took the lead on lap six. Time expired and the race ended on a white flag lap and then the checkered flag following standard Hesston policy that all feature events end with the cars racing under green. Rick Potter won the consi. The heat winners were Keith Russell, Joe DeArmitt and Wayne Bunn and the front five were Goss, Bunn, DeArmitt, Russell and Daren Desch.
The limited late models started with five cautions in the first three laps and then settled down to hard racing as the leaders chased Bard Houck's #96. Rick Singleton and Bob Dunn put on a hard charge battling for second and Carl Billett driving the #22 Mopar took third from Dunn with four laps to go.
All the top five finishers in the stock car classes had engines pumped for cubic inch displacement as part of the engine tech inspection and only the #22 pumped over maximum capacity and disqualified. The top five finishers were Houck, Singleton, Waylon Wagner, Rusty Sites and Bob Briggs. Bob Dunn, Waylon Wagner and Brad Houck won the heats.