SEAN MICHAEL MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW SATURDAY NIGHT IN URC RUN AT LINCOLN SPEEDWAY Abbottstown, PA June 19, 1999 - Sean Michael of Allentown, PA is on a roll, scoring his third consecutive URC Bar's Leaks Sprint feature victory last Saturday...
SEAN MICHAEL MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW SATURDAY NIGHT IN URC RUN AT LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
Abbottstown, PA June 19, 1999 - Sean Michael of Allentown, PA is on a roll, scoring his third consecutive URC Bar's Leaks Sprint feature victory last Saturday night at the Lincoln Speedway. In fact, Michael and the Pat Palladino sprinter have won five of the ten URC events presented so far in 1999. The run at Lincoln was another impressive drive for the 1997 URC Champion as Sean took the lead on lap thirteen, then ran unchallenged to the victory.
Once again a strong field of URC sprint cars took part in the program, with thirty-six cars racing in four qualifying events that were won by Fred Kennedy, Danny Jones, Greg Coverdale and Scott Pursell. Kramer Williamson was the winner of the consolation.
Twenty-four sprints took part in the twenty-five lap URC sprint feature with Wayne Patterson setting the early pace. Danny Massey spun before the completion of the first lap, displaying the first yellow of the race. On the restart, Patterson was on top then Greg Coverdale spun in turn two before the completion of lap three. Once again the race resumed and Patterson was the leader, followed by Jimmy Stitzel, Jimmy Martin and Billy Ellis.
By lap five, Sean Michael was hot in the chase, racing in fourth behind Patterson, Stitzel and Martin. Jimmy Stitzel of Blandon, PA took the lead on lap nine, dropping Patterson to second and Michael now third. Danny Massey spun in turn three on lap twelve and the caution was displayed once again.
Sean Michael took advantage of the restart and took the lead at the halfway point with Stitzel in second, Patterson third, Jimmy Martin fourth and Jon Eldreth was fifth.
Kramer Williamson, who won the consolation and started twenty-first in the field, was up to tenth, but on lap fifteen he tangled with another car, sending his Tastykake sprint flipping in turn two. Williamson walked away uninjured but the car was badly damaged.
The restart saw Sean Michael quick and smooth as he ran to build a comfortable lead with Stitzel moving away from the third place runner Wayne Patterson.
Michael just remained the dominant force in this URC run, holding a solid lead with five laps remaining. Stitzel, Patterson, Eldreth and Scott Pursell were the top. For the final five laps, the top five remained unchanged and Sean Michael easily scored the victory, collecting $1,500 for his efforts. Jimmy Stitzel finished second as Wayne Patterson of South Cairo, NY turned in his best ever URC ride to finish third as Jon Eldreth and Scott Pursell rounded out the top five.
Becca Anderson, a two time career URC feature winner took a wild flip during the running of the third heat. Becca returned to run the consolation, but mechanical problems sidelined her once again. Bill Brian Jr was in the field and also flipped in the fourth heat. Brian was not injured but was eliminated from competition the balance of the night.
FEATURE FINISH: Sean Michael, Jimmy Stitzel, Wayne Patterson, Jon Eldreth, Scott Pursell, Billy Ellis, Chris Coyle, Bill Fannasy, Jeremy Trout, Danny Jones, Bill Case, Dave Gable, Curt Michael, Greg Coverdale, Jimmy Martin, Tim Higgins, Fred Kennedy, Dan Dietrich, Tom Freschetta, Kramer Williamson, Danny Massey, Dan DeCracker, Dave McGough, Glen Clarke. DNQ-Fran Hogue, Bill Brian Jr., Midge Miller, Ray Staats, Jim Walter, Kevin Eldreth, Ian Borden, Billy Courtwright, Becca Anderson, Mike Haggenbottom, Brian Seidel.
The URC Bar's Leaks Sprint Series will head to the Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday night, June 26 followed by the Delaware International Speedway on July 3.
Sean Michael is the current URC point leader over Kramer Williamson, Billy Ellis, Dave McGough and Scott Pursell. Making up the top ten are Dave Gable, Greg Coverdale, Chris Coyle, Jimmy Stitzel, Make Haggenbottom.
Seventeen different drivers have won heat race events so far this season with Chris Coyle, Becca Anderson and Kramer Williamson on top of the list with three wins in 1999.