JARED SILFEE TOOK A 2005 CHASSIS AND PICKED UP THE NATIONAL /
SPEEDWEEK / MID-ATLANTIC GOLD DIVISION FEATURE WIN,
ALONG WITH A $1,000.00 CHECK AT THE READING FAIRGROUNDS
"CORDIER NOSTALGIA NATIONALS" EVENT TUESDAY NIGHT...
A 12 year old chassis proves no challenge for Hot Shoe Jared Silfee after he
took the Reading Fair by storm and collected a hefty payout.
Photo by Mike Feltenberger.
Story by Barry Angstadt
Bern Township, PA - Using the very same car in which Ryan Smith won the first Reading Fair Nostalgia Nationals in 2005, Saylorsburg's Jared Silfee scored a $1,000 victory on Tuesday in the 13th annual event for the All Star Slingshots.
Driving for car owners Randy & Denise Smith, Silfee earned the best average finish in two rounds of heat race competition, putting him on the pole for the 40-lap A-Main, which was run in memory of Dave Cordier, Sr.
Dylan Hoch started beside Silfee on the front row, and the defending race champion outgunned the pole sitter on the initial start to grab the lead. But a tangle in turns one and two negated the original start, placing Silfee back in front as the field lined up for the "re-do".
Silfee made the most of his good fortune, jumping out ahead of Hoch. The teenager proceeded to lead all 40 trips around the Bern Township oval, notching his first Nostalgia Nationals victory and the third for his car owners.
Hoch dueled with three-time Reading Fair winner Marc Daniels before securing the runner-up position for good midway through the race.
In the latter stages of the event, Silfee weaved through some heavy lapped traffic without any issues. He cruised to the checkered flag by a full straightaway over Hoch, who held off Daniels for second. Scott Neary and Matt Mertz completed the top five. Tyler Peet, Henry Anderson, Joe Toth, Seth Spayd, and 2015 winner Brett Bieber finished sixth through tenth.
The triumph was the second National Slingshot Tour triumph for Silfee this season; he also won the Slide at the Clyde in June at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. In addition, Silfee, who was last year's Junior Slingshot National Champion, registered a big win in June's Ronnie Tobias Memorial at Kutztown's Action Track USA.SHELBY MCLAUGHLIN MADE HER PASS OVER GAVIN SANTEE
WITH 8 LAPS TO GO PAY OFF AS SHE WENT ON TO WIN
THE JUNIOR NATIONAL TOUR FEATURE EVENT AT READING...
Shelby McLaughlin was all smiles after picking up Junior Slingshot feature win,
and she should be, as her dad Mike picked up the 2014 All-Star Nostalgia win at Reading.
Photo by Mike Feltenberger.
In Junior Slingshot action on Tuesday, Scranton's Shelby McLaughlin stalked race leader Gavin Santee for several laps before making her move to take the lead with eight circuits remaining. She lightly tapped Santee in turns three and four, loosening him up just enough so that she could duck to the inside of his car on the front stretch. McLaughlin completed the pass for the lead as they entered turn one, and "Lil' Miss" Shelby never looked back again.
McLaughlin crossed the finish line with a comfortable margin over Santee, while last year's winner, Reese Nowatarski, settled for third this time around. Tanner VanDoren and Adam Buchel finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
After an incident on the initial start, the Junior Slingers ran the entire 20-lap distance without another caution period.
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Solid fields of 27 All Star and 14 Junior Slingshots entered the 13th Annual event. Officials decided to reward all the entrants for their support by starting everyone in their respective A-Mains; no one was sent home as a non-qualifier.
City of Reading Mayor Wally Scott attended the races on Tuesday. Scott even climbed the starter's stand and waved the green flag to start a heat race.
Radio personality Jo Mercer from Y102 FM in Reading also had the opportunity to wave a green flag. And she added to the program by singing the National Anthem prior to the A-Mains.
The 2017 Reading Fair Queen, Morgan Kunkle, joined Scott and Mercer as an honorary starter by ascending the flagstand and waving the green to start a heat race.
Heeby's Surplus of Reading sponsored the All Star Slingshots winner's trophy. Shirley Cordier, the widow of Dave Cordier Sr., joined Kenny Brightbill in the trophy presentation to Jared Silfee.
It was very fitting that this year's race was named in honor of Dave Cordier, Sr. The Cordier family, who also own and operate Shellhammers Speedway just north of Leesport, PA, play a vital role in preparing the track and running the racing programs at the Reading Fair. Dave Sr. spent many hours over the past several years aboard the grader used to prep the track at the Bern Township Fairgrounds. He oversaw the entire track prep operation and is greatly missed.
All Star Slingshots Dave Cordier Nostalgia Nationals, 40 Laps: 1.Jared Silfee, 2.Dylan Hoch, 3.Marc Daniels, 4.Scott Neary, 5.Matt Mertz, 6.Tyler Peet, 7.Henry Anderson, 8.Joe Toth, 9.Seth Spayd, 10.Brett Bieber, 11.Kurt Bettler, 12.Mike McLaughlin, 13.Tanner Jones, 14.Kyle Smith, 15.Samantha Muller, 16.Cole Stangle, 17.Dillon Emmons, 18.Mike Taylor, 19.Joey Vaccaro, 20.Cody Kline, 21.Joe Costello, 22.Kyle Herve, 23.Anthony Raisner, 24.Ryan Davey, 25.Dakota Kohler. Did Not Cross Scales: Chris Kurtz Jr. DNS: Ashley Therien.
Junior Slingshots National Tour Race, 20 Laps: 1.Shelby McLaughlin, 2.Gavin Santee, 3.Reese Nowatarski, 4.Tanner VanDoren, 5.Adam Buchel, 6.Tyler Ulsh, 7.Kevin Fitzpatrick, 8.Tyler Banks, 9.Jake Mason, 10.Nicho Flammer, 11.Logan Bauman, 12.Zachery Steffey, 13.Harley Berry, 14.Emma Flammer.