COVERDALE STOPS SEAN MICHAEL URC DOMINATION WITH BRIDGEPORT WIN SATURDAY NIGHT BRIDGEPORT, NJ Greg Coverdale led the entire twenty-five lap distance last Saturday night at the Bridgeport Speedway to win his second URC sprint feature of the...
COVERDALE STOPS SEAN MICHAEL URC DOMINATION WITH BRIDGEPORT WIN SATURDAY NIGHT
BRIDGEPORT, NJ Greg Coverdale led the entire twenty-five lap distance last Saturday night at the Bridgeport Speedway to win his second URC sprint feature of the season and his thirty-third career win under the URC banner. For Coverdale of Milford, DE, it may sound like an easy win, but he was challenged by Sean Michael who was looking for his fourth consecutive URC victory. On several occasions, Michael nosed underneath Coverdale, but using the outside groove, Coverdale was able to rebound and hold onto the lead.
A field of thirty-six URC sprints took part in the program with heat race victories going to Fran Hogue, Tim Higgins and Dave McGough as Jeremy Trout won the eighteen car consolation.
In the URC Bar's Leaks sprint feature, Greg Coverdale took the lead at the drop of the initial green flag with Sean Michael racing in second on lap two. Tim Higgins and Dave Gable followed the chase.
Coverdale maintained a solid lead, then on lap six, Fran Hogue and Jimmy Stitzel tangled and spun in turn two. The restart once again saw Coverdale run to hid with Michael running a distant second. Chris Coyle was on a solid run of his own, racing in fifth on lap seven.
On lap twelve, Brian Brittingham spun in turn three and the yellow was displayed. This provided the fans with their first look at a Coverdale/Michael shootout into turn one. Coverdale had the edge on the restart and held on to the top spot.
At the halfway mark, Coverdale, Michael, Dave Gable, Chris Coyle and Tim Higgins made-up the top five. On lap eighteen, the race for the lead got real serious as Michael and Coverdale were now racing side-by-side. Coverdale bounced back to once again build a comfortable lead.
With just five laps remaining, Coverdale, Michael were in a race of their own as Gable, Coyle and Dave McGough followed to make up the top five. On lap twenty-two, Michael once again closed in on Coverdale and made a bid for the top spot as the leaders were approaching slower traffic.
Michael used the inside groove and nearly edged into the lead when the yellow was displayed on lap twenty-four for Chris Coyle who came to a stop in turn four.
The restart would be a one lap dash to the checker with Coverdale remaining in command. At the drop of the checker flag, Coverdale claimed the win with Sean Michael second, Dave Gable third, Dave McGough fourth and Tim Higgins fifth.
As the field took the checker flag, Danny Massey who started sixteenth and was running fifth, tangled with Tim Eldreth at the wire. Massey made hard contact with the wall and spun, never crossing the finish line.
FEATURE FINISH: Greg Coverdale, Sean Michael, Dave Gable, Dave McGough, Tim Higgins, Billy Ellis, Bill Case, Fred Kennedy, Mike Haggenbottom, Tim Eldreth, Kramer Williamson, Jeremy Trout, Jon Eldreth, Becca Anderson, Midge Miller, Tom Freschetta, Danny Massey, Brian Brittingham, Glen Clarke, Chris Coyle, Ray Staats, Scott Pursell, Fran Hogue, Jimmy Stitzel. DNQ -- Bill Fannasy, Todd Rittenhouse, Jimmy Martin, Gary Thayer, Ian Borden, John Karklin, Jim Walter, Wayne Patterson, John Barnett, Kevin Kelly, John Leito, Winnie Anderson
URC will next be in action at the Delaware International Raceway on Saturday night, July 3 with the New Egypt Speedway on the schedule for July 10. The first URC/ESS Challenge Series event will take place at the Black Rock Speedway in Dundee, NY on July 14. The Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, PA has booked URC on Friday night, August 13. This will be the first visit by URC to Big Diamond in over fifteen years.