In the most dramatic finish in the nine year history of the Williams Grove Speedway Saturday Night Series Super Sportsman division, Chad Trout won the 20-lap main event. Rich Eichelberger had a comfortable lead entering the last lap, but Eichelberger’s engine woes in the final turn propelled Trout to the victory.
Duaine Smith led the opening lap of the Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman feature with Bobby Hockenberry, Rich Eichelberger, and Gregg Foster giving chase. Chad Trout, the eight-place starter, was in fifth.
Rich Eichelberger became the new leader during the third lap. Eichelberger gained a full straightaway advantage while Smith, Hockenberry, Foster, and Trout fought for second. By the eighth lap Chad Trout captured second position.
Eichelberger’s large lead disappeared with a lap-12 caution. The caution returned two laps later providing Trout with another opportunity. Eichelberger, once again, gained a comfortable lead.
The third and final caution came with two laps remaining. Rich Eichelberger held a seven-car length advantage entering the concluding lap. In the final turns Eichelberger’s engine expired and his car slowed as he exited turn four. Chad Trout went to the outside to pass the drifting Eichelberger machine. Trout, from Dover, won his third Super Sportsman Tour feature of the year. Duaine Smith was second, his best finish of the year. Frankie Herr was third, Mike Enders finished fourth and Scott Geesey was fifth.
Moments after Chad Trout crossed the finish, David Walsh’s car flipped in turn three. Walsh was not hurt in the spill.
Chad Trout received bonus money from W.C. Eshenaur and Son for his last-lap pass.
Scott Dellinger, Bobby Hockenberry, and Enders won the heats for the 28 entrants. Jay Fannasy was the consolation victor. Dave Berkheimer received the Sprint Aces Hard Charger award.
Roy Miller started on the outside of the front row in the Credit Connection Auto Sales 358 Late Model 20-lap feature. Miller, from Hershey, was the immediate leader followed by Les Hare and Sam Gallagher. Miller, Hare and Gallagher had a close duel for the lead through the early laps.
Roy Miller found a comfortable groove and motored away from the competition. Behind him Les Hare, Sam Gallagher, Wes Alleman, and Gene Knaub were competing for second.
A lap eight caution erased Miller’s advantage. He again gained a ten-car length lead while Gallagher, Alleman, Knaub, and Alan Sagi were fighting for second.
The second and final caution came during the 14th lap. Roy Miller, after the restart, left the competition far behind. Sam Gallagher, Wes Alleman, and Alan Sagi were in a tight duel for the runner-up spot as Gene Knaub began to fade.
Roy Miller won his first of the year by a straightaway. Wes Alleman and Alan Sagi were even crossing the finish line. Track officials decided Alleman finished second with Sagi, the 14th-place starter, in third. Sam Gallagher was fourth and Jake Jones made a late charge to capture fifth.
Qualifying heats for the 21 cars went to Knaub and Hare. Ron Kline, making his very first start at Williams Grove Speedway, won the Artwerks Hard Charger award.
Walt Lemmon led the first circuit of the 15-lap Aquafun Pools Street Stock main. Lemmon relinquished the lead to Mike Buckley in the second lap. Jeff Haag, the fifth-place starter, was third behind Buckley and Lemmon.
The first of two cautions came in the fifth circuit. Jeff Haag used the restart to pass Lemmon for second position. Haag applied heavy pressure on leader Buckley.
Jeff Haag made his move in the eighth lap. He went to the low side of turns three and four to pass Mike Buckley.
Jeff Haag, from Mechanicsburg, dominated the remaining laps. His Camaro crossed the finish line 15 lengths ahead of Mike Buckley with Craig Morgan in third. Kevin Sigler came from last starting position to finish in fourth. Walt Lemmon was fifth.
The Street Stocks had no heats for the 17-car field. Kevin Sigler received the Artwerks Hard Charger award.
The entire show was completed by nine o’clock.
The Williams Grove Speedway Saturday Night Series will not be in action this week, giving the teams a one week break. Racing returns in two weeks with the big Kids Night. Kids Night is a carnival of fun for children with activities taking place in the infield. Before the races Saturday Night Series teams will bring their cars to the infield. The kids can meet the drivers and see the race cars up close. Numerous teams will have giveaways for the kids.
Super Sportsman results:
1. Chad Trout, 2. Duaine Smith, 3. Frankie Herr, 4. Mike Enders, 5. Scott Geesey, 6. Steve Fannasy, 7. Chad Criswell, 8. Scott Dellinger, 9. Rick Barr, 10. Russ Mitten, 11. Kenny Edkins, 12. Jay Fannasy, 13. Dave Berkheimer, 14. Tom Wyckoff, 15. Devon Beidel, 16. Bobby Hockenberry, 17. David Walsh, 18. Rich Eichelberger, 19. Doug Dobson, 20. Steve Wilbur, 21. Tony Jackson, 22. Chad Trout, 23. Gregg Foster, 24. Todd Leonard. DNQ: Scott Smith, Lanny Hake, Geoff Gill, Bill Devine
358 Late Model results:
1. Roy Miller, 2. Wes Alleman, 3. Alan Sagi, 4. Sam Gallagher, 5. Jake Jones, 6. Dan Zechman, 7. Pat Beard, 8. Matt Nailor, 9. Ron Kline, 10. Sam Rial, 11. Pat McNeal, 12. Dave Latsha, 13. Gene Knaub, 14. Travis Mease, 15. Brad Shank, 16. Cam Zeigler, 17. Devin Frey, 18. Les Hare, 19. Randy Croop, 20. Cole Amsden, 21. Tyler Horst
Street Stock results:
1. Jeff Haag, 2. Mike Buckley, 3. Craig Morgan, 4. Pat Beard, 5. Walt Lemmon. 6. Chris Heller, 7. Eric Tripp, 8. Dustin Hollinger, 9. Steve Hastings, 10. Josh Bloom, 11. Tim Drawbaugh, 12. Lee Lingle, 13. Brett Pickel, 14. Todd Bowersox, 15. Randy Zechman, 16. Dave Shatto, 17. Doug Hoffman