Kutztown, PA – It was good to be a “Junior” on Wednesday night, July 22nd, as three of the four feature winners at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA share their father’s name.
Lehighton’s Kevin Graver Jr. picked up his first career victory in the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR division, while Tommy Kunsman Jr. registered his initial Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc (Powered by Engler Injection) triumph. Chris Kurtz – also named after his father – won his second consecutive and third overall NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshot main event. Justin Mills notched the win in the 15-lap feature for the Junior Slingshot Class.
The 30-lap USAC All Pro SpeedSTR main had Kyle Lick jump into the lead at the outset, with Jay Hartman on his heels over the first six trips around the oval. Hartman went by Lick on the seventh circuit when Lick’s No. L1 suddenly slowed at the end of the backstretch.
Hartman’s stay at the front lasted for seven tours before Kevin Graver Jr. pinned him to (more…)
Kutztown, PA – After a three-week break, Kutztown’s JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA opened its gates once again on Wednesday, July 8 to the enthusiastic response of a large crowd and a pit area full of anxious race teams.
Utilizing a new handicapping procedure for the USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs – instituted during the break – did not deter Tim Buckwalter from picking up his second victory of the season in the division’s 30-lap main event.
Joining Buckwalter in Wednesday’s winner’s circle were Brandon Azzalina, who broke through for his first triumph in the Pioneer Pole Buildings Wingless 600cc Sprints powered by Engler Injection, and Chris Kurtz, who notched his second win of the season in the 20-lap feature for the NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshots.
Earl Paules set the pace during the opening laps of the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR main while (more…)
Kutztown, PA – The third annual Ronnie Tobias Memorial culminated with the running of Twin 17-lap features for the three weekly divisions at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA, and when Wednesday’s thrill-a-minute program ended, six different winners smiled for the cameras in victory lane.
With the speedway shutting down for the next three weeks (there will not be any racing on June 24 and July 1) due to the Kutztown Folk Festival taking over the fairgrounds on which the race track sits, the 112 competitors who entered the Ronnie Tobias Memorial tried their best to head into the yearly sabbatical with a feature triumph under his/her belt.
The drivers who succeeded on Wednesday included Billy Pauch Sr. and Dale Planck (USAC All Pro SpeedSTR’s); Eddie Strada and Tim Buckwalter (Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Sprints Powered by Engler Injection); Dylan Swinehart and Louden Reimert (NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshots).
In the first 17-lapper for the USAC SpeedSTR’s, Pauch gladly utilized an outside front row opportunity on a restart with six (more…)
Wednesday’s win in the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR main at the JefferyHogueRealtor.comAction Track USA may have meant just a bit more than normal to Billy Pauch Jr. It may have tasted just a little sweeter because of who he had to pass, then hold off, in order to record the triumph.
That’s because the younger of the Pauch family racers had to wrestle the top spot from his dad, the legendary Billy Pauch Sr., then hold off his pop over the final seven circuits to score the victory, his second of the season at Action Track USA.
“I tried for 12 years to beat him like that (pass his dad for the lead and the eventual victory), and I finally did it,” exclaimed a relieved but exhausted Pauch Jr. in victory lane. “He’s still a heckuva racer, I can tell you that. He’s not easy to pass.”
Joining Pauch Jr. in Wednesday’s winner’s circle were Tim Buckwalter, who notched his second win of the young season in the Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Sprints, and the Pride of Bohemia, NY, Dylan Steuer, who triumphed in the Mid-Atlantic Silver Tour event for the NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshots. Cole Stangle executed a last lap, final corner pass to record the Junior Slingshot win on Armed Forces Night at the speedway.
Pauch Jr. utilized the high groove to storm forward after starting eighth. Kevin Graver Jr. held the early (more…)