TIM BUCKWALTER WON THE BATTLE OVER BILLY PAUCH JR. AND CAME
AWAY WITH HIS 6TH ACTION TRACK USA FEATURE WIN OF 2017
AND HIS FIRST ACTION TRACK SPEEDSTR POINT CHAMPIONSHIP...
Tim Buckwalter displays the checkered flag for the 6th time of the 2017 season
at the Action Track USA in Kutztown, PA. Tim won the feature plus picked up
his first Action Track Point Championship to end the season at the track.
Story by Barry Angstadt
Kutztown, PA - Great weather, fantastic crowd, and a terrific night of racing brought down the curtain for the three weekly divisions at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on Wednesday night. And when it was over, Tim Buckwalter, Kyle Spence, and Nick Vinciguerra wore the biggest smiles at the annual Kutztown Fair.
Buckwalter, the Pottstown, Pa. ace, put a giant exclamation point on a tremendous season at the Kutztown Fairgrounds oval by winning the 30-lap main event for the USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs and, in the process, capturing his first SpeedSTR point championship over Billy Pauch Jr.
The SpeedSTR finale` came down to a battle between T. Buckwalter and Billy Pauch Jr., and that was very fitting, since they were the two drivers vying for the point championship. "It was great racing; a little dirty at times, but you've got to do whatever you have to do to win these things," said Buckwalter afterward.
Pauch started on the pole of the A-Main and led until eighth-starting Buckwalter got by him with five to go. Prior to Buckwalter's pass for the lead, he and Pauch staged a whale of a battle for the top spot, running side by side and rubbing when necessary, with Pauch narrowly edging ahead each time they crossed the start/finish line. On lap 25, though, Buckwalter finally squeezed up in front of the Heffner Motorsports No. 27 to secure the lead.
"This one is for the crew; they are just awesome and work their butts off," said Buckwalter in victory lane after scoring his sixth win of the season in the Action Track USA SpeedSTR division and clinching the championship.
"He was just a little better than us all season long," noted Pauch Jr. after he and Buckwalter congratulated one another in the winner's circle. "Yeah, it got a little dirty at times, like he said, but we never took each other out and it was fun racing him this year. We won the two big ones (both editions of the Dick Tobias Classic) this season, so it was still a real good year."
Trailing Buckwalter and Pauch Jr. at the line were Matt Janisch, Jeff Hartman, and Ohio's Matt Westfall. Janisch and Hartman battled among the front runners for the entire 30 laps before Janisch finally prevailed for third place money.NICK VINCIGUERRA WINS HIS FIRST ALL-STAR SLINGSHOT
ACTION TRACK USA FEATURE OF HIS CAREER WEDNESDAY NIGHT...
WHILE DYLAN HOCH PICKED UP HIS SECOND CONSECTUTIVE
ALL-STAR SLINGSHOT POINT TITLE AT THE KUTZTOWN SPEED PLANT...
Nick Vinciguerra was all smiles as he picked up his first Action Track USA,
All-Star Slingshot Feature win of his career at the Kutztown Speed Plant.
The All Star Slingshots competed in the Troy Moyer Memorial Race on Wednesday, and Nick Vinciguerra used the occasion to score his first Action Track USA victory.
Vinciguerra started on the pole of the 20-lap feature and led all the way, fending off the challenges of Zac Kistler and Dave Carraghan to notch the win.
At the finish, it was Vinciguerra over Carraghan, with Brett Bieber racing home in third ahead of Dylan Hoch. Kistler wound up fifth for his best Action Track USA finish to date.
With his fourth place effort, Hoch won his second consecutive Slingshot point title at the Kutztown Fairground facility. The championship was even more special because it came in the Troy Moyer Memorial, and Moyer was Hoch's uncle. Moyer, a racer at Big Diamond, Grandview, and Lake Mocatek Speedways, passed away from a malignant brain tumor several years ago.
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Action Track Side bites:
An incredible 76 wingless 600 Sprint teams entered the Super 600 Fair National on Wednesday, setting an Action Track USA record for the number of cars in one division. Another 31 SpeedSTRs and 32 All Star Slingshots pushed the grand total to 139 cars taking part in the season finale` for the weekly divisions.
In addition to his track titles in the SpeedSTR and 600 Sprint Classes, Tim Buckwalter also prevailed in the battle for the 2017 National SpeedSTR Championship, his second straight on the National Tour. Buckwalter claimed the title by just ten points over Billy Pauch Jr.
The SpeedSTR B-Main had a very scary incident when Keith Prutzman and Brody Adamsky, starting side by side on the front row, got together as the green flag waved. Adamsky went flipping into the front stretch catch fence, taking down approximately 30 feet of chain link fencing along with a few support posts. He was unhurt in the mishap and even made quick repairs to his car before starting the feature! A large group of track officials went to work and made timely repairs to the fence so the program could continue.
USAC All Pro SpeedSTRS (30 Laps) -- 1. Tim Buckwalter 2. Billy Pauch Jr. 3. Matt Janisch 4. Jeff Hartman 5. Matt Westfall 6. Tyler Ross 7. Briggs Danner 8. TJ Mayberry 9. Jason Rochelle 10. Dylan Hoch 11. Steve Nederostek 12. James Morris 13. John Bockhorn 14. Pierre Hebert 15. Steve Buckwalter 16. Tim Iulg 17. Tyler Courtney 18. Brad Brightbill 20. Brody Adamski 21. Keven Hebert 22. Tom Mayberry 23. Earl Pau...les 24. Sabrina Blanchett 25. Doug Manmiller 26. Kenny Brightbill 27. Louden Reimert 28. Phil Meisner 29. Mike Bednar.
All Star Slingshots (20 Laps) -- 1. Nick Vinciguerra 2. Dave Carraghan 3. Brett Bieber 4. Dylan Hoch 5. Zac Kistler 6. Taylor Mills 7. Dakota Kohler 8. Anthony Raisner 9. Joe Toth 10. Troy Langendoermer 11. Lee Schantzenbach 12. Gavin Danner 13. Matt Miller 14. Austin Stufflet 15. Kyle Herve 16. Kyle Smith 17. Felix Roy 18. Nick Del Campo 19. Jordan Moyer 20. Tanner Vandoren 21. John Arms 22. Alexander Lizotte 23. Jared Silfee 24. Alex Yankowski 25. Seth Spayd 26. Lindsey Garl 27. Austin Daniels.