STEVE DREVICKI HELD OFF THE LIKES OF KENNY BRIGHTBILL, JEFF
HARTMAN, TIM BUCKWALTER, AND TOM MAYBERRY ON HIS WAY TO
PICK UP THE FEATURE WIN IN THE FIRST OF THE TWIN 20 LAP MAIN
EVENTS HELD IN HONOR OF THE LATE RONNIE TOBIAS...
Steve Drevicki celebrated his first Action Track USA SpeedSTR win of 2017
after a hard fought battle with Buckwalter and Hartman. It was Drevicki's second
SpeedSTR feature win of the season as he won in April at Linda's Speedway.
Ty's Racing Photos.
Story by Barry Angstadt
Kutztown, PA - Just in case folks could not see it over the past few years, this Tim Buckwalter fella is making two things perfectly clear this season: 1) he is pretty doggone talented, no matter what type of racing machine he is buckled into and; 2) he sure knows the fast way around the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.
On Wednesday night, Buckwalter competed in four of the five feature races that made up the fifth annual Ronnie Tobias Memorial. At the end of the sweltering night, the Pottstown wheel-twister had recorded two wins, a runner-up effort, and a fifth-place finish...not too shabby. And two of those results (one of the victories and the fifth-place posting) came in a car that he does not normally campaign at the Berks County oval - or anywhere else, for that matter.
Driving Paul Lotier's Bagel Rack No. 7, Buckwalter chased Steve Drevicki to the checkered flag in the first of Twin 20's for the USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs. He moved up one spot in the second 20-lapper, winning his fourth feature of the season in the SpeedSTR class.
Jared Silfee of Saylorsburg, last year's Junior Slingshot Champion at Action Track USA as well as the Junior National Champion, captured the $600 victory in the All-Star Slingshot division on Wednesday. Silfee was greeted in Victory Lane by Slingshot race sponsor Daryl Tillman of Team ReMax of Reading.
SpeedSTR feature #1 had Tom Mayberry grab the early lead, while Ray Nemeth and Steve Drevicki fought for second. Drevicki, from Reading, snatched the runner-up position from Nemeth and set his sights on Mayberry. Drevicki got to the inside of Mayberry, then throttled by him to grab the top spot as they exited turn two on lap four.TIM BUCKWALTER KNOWS ACTION, TIM KNOWS ACTION TRACK USA,
AS HE SCORED WIN #4 OF THE SEASON AT THE KUTZTOWN SPEED
PALACE AND HIS 5TH OVERALL WIN OF THE SEASON IN THE STR CLASS...
Tim Buckwalter had another stellar night at the Action Track USA, as he posted
a second place finish in the first SpeedSTR main event, and then came back to
pick up his 4th SpeedSTR win of 2017 at the Action Track in feature #2.
Lew Brubaker Photo.
Buckwalter marched from 12th starting position to run third by the halfway point. He took over second just past the halfway mark, closed in on the leader immediately, but could not mount a serious challenge. On the final revolution, Buckwalter drove deep into turn three, but was unable to execute the slide job that it would have taken to grab the top spot.
Drevicki dashed under Mike Feltenberger's checkered flag, holding off Buckwalter, the point leader...Jeff Hartman wound up third with Mayberry and Ohio's Matt Westfall finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
In the second of the Twin 20's for the SpeedSTRs, it was Allentown's Briggs Danner jumping to the early lead over Matt Westfall. A couple of early race cautions kept things close with Danner maintaining the number one position.
Eighth-starting Tim Buckwalter was the car on the move, rumbling up to the third position before taking second from Hartman. Buckwalter looked high and low to try and get by the leader, then executed a single-car slide job in turns one and two to grab the lead with five laps remaining.
At the finish, it was Buckwalter over Westfall, who took second from Danner with just a couple of laps remaining.
Danner wound up third, and Jeff Hartman finished fourth, his second top-five effort of the night. Kenny Brightbill finished fifth.JARED SILFEE WHO WAS THE 2016 JUNIOR SLINGSHOT NATIONAL
CHAMPION, AND THE 2016 ACTION TRACK JUNIOR SLINGSHOT POINT
CHAMPION PROVED HE CAN RUN WITH THE ALL-STAR SLINGSHOTS AS
HE WON THE ALL-STAR SLINGSHOT FEATURE AT ACTION TRACK USA...
Jared Silfee who wheeled his way in 2016 to become the Junior Slingshot Action
Track Point Champ, and the Junior Slingshot National Point Champion is beaming
in Victory Lane after posting the win in the All-Star Slingshot 40 Feature.
Ty's Racing Photos.
The All-Star Slingshots competed in a 40-lap feature with 37 cars (everyone who entered Wednesday's Slingshot portion of the program) starting the race and $600 going to the winner, courtesy of Daryl Tillman Team ReMax of Reading.
On a restart with 14 circuits complete, Jared Silfee, the 2016 Action Track USA Junior Slingshot Champion and also last year's National Junior Slingshot champ, muscled his way under Dave Carraghan and Marc Daniels to go three-wide into turn one...for the lead!
There was contact in the corner, Silfee came out ahead, and both Carraghan and Daniels, while they got squirrely as they banged off one another, were able to straighten out their mounts and continue.
Dylan Hoch came from 18th to run second, but Silfee was long gone by the time he got there. Carraghan recovered to finish third with Marc Daniels fourth and Alex Yankowski completed the top five.
Action Track Side bites:
Fantastic car count of 27 SpeedSTRS; 53 of the 600 Springs; and 37 Slingshots added up to 117 cars.
Altered qualifying format for the Ronnie Tobias Memorial saw Brandon Azzalina set quick time for the 600 Sprints, Billy Pauch Jr. left home and (this year) set fast time for the SpeedSTR class, and Eddie Strada won the last-chance B-Main for the 600's. Action Track Angel Lindsey Garl turned the fastest lap of the day in the Slingshot division.
Will Butler won the Pioneer Pole Buildings wingless 600 Mad Scramble for drivers who did not qualify for last Saturday's main event.
Hard Luck Awards (some cash to ease the pain) were presented on Wednesday by members of the Race Chaser Group. The Race Chasing Decal Fund gave a Hard Luck Cash Award to Steve Buckwalter for his misfortune in the SpeedSTR division, while Slinger Warehouse handed out the Slingshot Hard Luck money to Lindsey Garl. Garry Gollub presented 600 Sprint driver Jimmy Glenn with the Hard Luck stipend for that class.
There is no racing at Action Track USA on Wednesday, June 28 and on July 5th. We return to begin the second half of the 2017 racing season on Wednesday, July 12, with the running of the series finale of the Tri-Track Challenge. The Challenge is a three-race miniseries (for the 600 Sprints) between Action Track USA, Linda's Speedway, and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
The Tri-Track Challenge will pay a driver $1,000 to win provided he/she takes the Gambler's Challenge.
The July 12 event will find the Checkered Flag Fan Club in attendance and the whole program is being presented by AEI Enterprises.
The reason for the "no racing" over the next two Wednesdays is because the Kutztown Folk Festival takes over the fairgrounds.
Racing returns to the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on July 12 with the Tri-Track Challenge for the 600 Sprints, and it's presented by AEI Enterprises. Come get your Midweek Motorsports Adrenaline Rush...at Action Track USA...where the Superstars come to race!VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
USAC All-Pro SpeedSTR
A-Main # 1 (20 Laps) --
1. Steven Drevicki 2. Tim Buckwalter 3. Jeff Hartman 4. Tom
Mayberry 5. Matt Westfall 6. Kenny Brightbill 7. Billy Pauch,
Jr. 8. James Morris 9. Briggs Danner 10. Andy Haus 11. Ray
Nemeth 12. Earl Paules 13. Tim Iulg 14. Louden Reimert 15. Brad
Brightbill 16. TJ Mayberry 17. Mike Bednar 18. John Bockhorn 19.
Dylan Hoch 20. Joe Mooney 21. Steve Buckwalter 22. Matt Janisch
23. Steve Nederostek 24. Jason Rochelle.
USAC All-Pro SpeedSTR A-Main #2 (20 Laps) -- 1. Tim Buckwalter 2. Matt Westfall 3. Briggs Danner 4. Jeff Hartman 5. Kenny Brightbill 6. Andy Haus 7. Tom Mayberry 8. Steven Drevicki 9. James Morris 10. Matt Janisch 11. Brad Brightbill 12. Louden Reimert 13. Mike Bednar 14. Tim Iulg 15. Billy Pauch, Jr. 16. Ray Nemeth 17. Steve Nederostek 18. TJ Mayberry 19. Kenny Meisner 20. John Bockhorn 21. Dylan Hoch 22. Earl Paulus 23. Keith Prutzman 24. Joe Mooney DNS - Steve Buckwalter, Jason Rochelle.
All-Star Slingshot A-Main (40 Laps) -- 1. Jared Silfee 2. Dylan Hoch 3. Dave Carraghan 4. Mark Daniels 5. Alex Yankowski 6. Seth Spayd 7. Danny Buccafusca 8. Brett Bieber 9. Travis Bieber 10. Mike Taylor 11. Nick Vinciguerra 12. Dakota Kohler 13. Joe Toth 14. Henry Anderson 15. Matt Miller 16. Blaire Schoenly 17. Zac Kistler 18. Tim Roeder 19. Nick DelCampo 20. Joey Vaccaro 21. Taylor Schoenly 22. Rodney Ulsh 23. Tanner VanDoren 24. Gavin Danner 25. Ryan Davey 26. Ryan Conrad 27. Jason Dunn 28. Lindsey Garl 29. Cole Stangle 30. Kyle Smith 31. Kyle Herve 32. Myron Moyer 33. Ashley Therine 34. Ashley Rogosich 35. Austin Daniels 36. Austin Stufflet 37. Anthony Monacho.