Neal Amspacher Gets 1st Win of Career Mark Shorb grabs thundercar feature; Robert Stough gets street stock win HANOVER, PA, 5/21/04 -- Neal Amspacher was nearly perfect in the Hoosier Tires 358 sprint car feature race, Friday night at ...
Neal Amspacher Gets 1st Win of Career
Mark Shorb grabs thundercar feature; Robert Stough gets street stock win
HANOVER, PA, 5/21/04 -- Neal Amspacher was nearly perfect in the Hoosier Tires 358 sprint car feature race, Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway. The only mistake Amspacher happened to make was shutting his car off too quickly before driving into victory lane. With the help of Trail-Way's officials, Amspacher was pushed into victory lane and celebrated his first win ever in his 358 racing career.
"I saw them out of the corner of my eye," commented Amspacher, referring to Jon Keller, Brad McClelland, Billy Dietrich, and Mike Bittinger who all put the pressure on the leader, contending for the top spot. "There's tough racing here every weekend," Amspacher went on to commend the field on their competitiveness.
"It's a nice racetrack tonight. It's a nice racetrack every week!" Amspacher's #29T maneuvered around the 1/3 mile clay oval track in fine fashion, clearly showing his ability to run on a very smooth track. The recent rain worked to Amspacher's favor.
Amspacher dedicated his first victory to his late uncle who was fatally injured while working on a sprint car.
Dietrich, Keller, Bittinger, and 2003 track champion McClelland fought close to Amspacher, rubbing the entire way around, looking for an opening that would improve their chances of a victory. Keller came up short of the victory finishing in second followed by Dietrich in third, McClelland in fourth and Bittinger completing the top five.
Dan Richcreek, Scott Tate, Danny Dietrich, Rick Horn and Bob Howard rounded out the top ten.
Jeff Rohrbaugh and Bittinger were heat winners.
With rain quickly coming, Trail-Way kept the program moving quickly. In a fast pace thundercar feature race, Mark Shorb picked up his first win of the 2004 season. This win also gave him his seventh career win at Trail-Way Speedway. Shorb was pressures by the 2003 track champion Craig Wagaman. Wagaman's car continuously put the pressure on the #22 machine sponsored by Barry Shorb.
Wagaman completed the night second followed by Jerry Bingaman, Gary Potts and Mike Walls completing the top five. Bryan Wagaman, Randy Zechman, Sam Gallagher, Robert Bopst, and Marshall McMullen completed the top ten.
Heat winners were Shorb and Potts.
In street stock action, Robert Stough picked up his first win of the 2004 season. Stough stole the lead away from Danny Beard who led a large portion of the race. Ken Aiosa led the first two laps but fell a few spaces back after being passed by Danny Beard
Several cars were involved in a first lap caution, seeing several cars retiring the night early.
Danny Beard followed Stough across the line finishing second. Ted Forsythe, Ken Aiosa and Todd Miller completed the top five.
Trail-Way Speedway Race Results Friday -- May 21, 2004
HOOSIER TIRES 358 SPRINT CARS
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 29T-Neal Amspacher; 2. 20-Jon Keller; 3. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 4. 6-Brad McClelland; 5. 5X-Mike Bittinger; 6. 80R-Dan Richcreek; 7. 9-Scott Tate; 8. 88-Danny Dietrich; 9. 01-Rick Horn; 10. 49-Bob Howard; 11. 11-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 12. 3J-Judd Shepard; 13. 7-Mike Ressler; 14. 57S-Tony Strine; 15. 28H-Billy Heltzel; 16. 98-Troy Becker (DNF); 17. 52-Steve Clabaugh (DNF); 18. 11E-Mark Zellers (DNF); 19. 29-Joe Ross (DNS); 20. 19D-Zeal Hinkle (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders - Jeff Rohrbaugh (1-2); Neal Amspacher (3-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/ALL qualify) -- 1. 11-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 2. 20-Jon Keller; 3. 6-Brad McClelland; 4. 8D-Bill Dietrich; 5. 52-Steve Clabaugh; 6. 01-Rick Horn; 7. 11E-Mark Zellers; 8. 98-Troy Becker; 9. 7-Mike Ressler; 10. 19D-Zeal Hinkle (DNF). No time.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/ALL qualify) -- 1. 29T-Neal Amspacher; 2. 88-Danny Dietrich; 3. 80R-Dan Richcreek; 4. 9-Scott Tate; 5. 49-Bob Howard; 6. 29-Joe Ross; 7. 5X-Mike Bittinger; 8. 57-Tony Strine; 9. 28H-Billy Heltzel; 10. 3J-Judd Shepard (DNS). Time -- 1:58.50
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 22-Mark Shorb; 2. 30-Craig Wagaman; 3. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 4. 5-Gary Potts; 5. B52-Mike Walls; 6. W-Bryan Wagaman; 7. 2-Randy Zechman; 8. 20-Sam Gallagher; 9. 8B-Robert Bopst; 10. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 11. 3-Michael Gladfelter; 12. 01-Tim Fake; 13. 52-Nat Tuckey (DNF); 14. 34X-Marshall McMullen (DNF); 15. 19-John McDonough Jr. (DNF); 16. 83-Fred Lloyd (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders -- Mark Shorb (1-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/ALL qualify) -- 1. 22-Mark Shorb; 2. W-Bryan Wagaman; 3. 52-Nat Tuckey; 4. 83-Fred Lloyd; 5. 19-John McDonough Jr.; 6. 3-Michael Gladfelter; 7. 8B-Robert Bopst; 8. B52-Mike Walls (DNF). No time.
2nd Heat (8 Laps/ALL qualify) -- 1. 5-Gary Potts; 2. 20-Sam Gallagher; 3. 2-Randy Zechman; 4. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 5. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 6. 01-Tim Fake; 7. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 8. 34X-Marshall McMullen (DNF). No time.
Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 07-Robert Stough 2. 60-Danny Beard; 3. 12-Ted Forsythe; 4. 96-Ken Aiosa; 5. 3-Todd Miller; 6. 39X-Mike Herman; 7. 6-Randy May; 8. 30-Richard Howes; 9. 6N-Barb Neiderer; 10. 7-John Macgruther (DNF); 11. 20-Chris Holston (DNF); 12. 70-Rick Weaver (DNF); 13. 55-Scott Fisher (DNF); 14. 71-Dan Furman (DNF); 15. 94-Ron Myers Jr. (DNF); 16. 84-Josh Wildasin (DNF); 17. 10-Jody Holston (DNF); 18. 1R-Barry Rinehart (DNF); 19. 00-Randy Crunkilton (DNF); 20. 77-Justin Mong (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders -- Ken Aiosa (1-2); Danny Beard (3-10); Robert Stough (11-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 60-Danny Beard; 2. 7-John Macgruther; 3. 00-Randy Crunkilton; 4. 71-Dan Furman; 5. 39X-Mike Herman; 6. 12-Ted Forsythe; 7. 33-Len Yorty; 8. 47-Jim Heckendorn; 9. 12X-Jesse Shull. Time -- 2:47.48
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) -- 1. 20-Chris Holston; 2. 94-Ron Myers Jr.; 3. 3-Todd Miller; 4. 10-Jody Holston; 5. 84-Josh Wildasin; 6. 1R-Barry Rinehart; 7. 2-Wes Kellison (DNF); 8. 55-Scott Fisher (DNF). No time.
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) -- 1. 96-Ken Aiosa; 2. 77-Justin Mong; 3. 07-Robert Stough; 4. 6N-Barbara Neiderer; 5. 70-Rick Weaver; 6. 30-Richard Howes; 7. 6-Randy May (DNF); 8. 5M-Gordon Swan (DNS). Time -- 2:44.71
Consolation (8 Laps/6 to qualify) -- 1. 6-Randy May; 2. 55-Scott Fisher; 3. 33-Len Yorty (DNF); 4. 2-Wes Kellison (DNF); 5. 47-Jim Heckendorn (DNF); 6. 12X-Jesse Shull (DNF); 7. 5M-Gordon Swan (DNS).