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SPIRIT AUTO CENTER SPEEDWAY PRESENTS BILL THOMAS MEMORIAL WEEKEND
Spirit Auto Center Speedway is preparing to wave the checkered flag on the 2016 season with a big three day weekend show - the 6th Annual Bill Thomas Memorial
Bill Thomas was instrumental in the building of the small car divisions on the Bridgeport quarter mile before his untimely death. The Speedway and the Thomas family continue to honor Thomas' memory with the running of this annual event.
Action gets underway on the quarter mile track on Friday evening with qualifying action for the winged 270s and wingless 600s. Both divisions will run qualifying races and then compete in twenty lap feature events that will lock both winners into their big races later in the weekend - the 270s on Saturday and the 600s on Sunday. The Four Cylinder Enduro cars will run their final race of the season on Friday night as well. Practice sessions will be offered for the Winged 600s and Slingshots with the fast time from each division being locked in to their main event on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Gates open at 5pm with racing getting underway at 8pm on Friday.
Saturday's action will highlight the winged divisions - the 270s and 600s. After completing the starting line-up with qualifying races, the 270 Micros will race in a thirty lap feature event with $1,000 going to the winner. The Winged 600s will compete in a forty lap main event with $1,500 as the top prize. (Both payouts are dependent upon a minimum 24 four car field.) The Xcel 600 Modifieds will complete the Saturday race card. The wingless 270s will have practice session at the conclusion of the day's racing. Gates open at 2:00 with racing to begin at 6:00.
It's Wingless Sunday as the 270s and the 600s are featured in the final day of the trifecta. After the field is determined through qualifying races, Wingless 600s doing battle in a forty lap main event with the winner's share posted at $1,500. $500 awaits the winner of the Wingless 270 main event at the end of twenty-five laps. The Slingshots will take to the quarter mile for the forty lap King of the Sling with a $1,000 payday for the race winner. (Both payouts are dependent upon a minimum 24 car field.) The Eight Cylinder Enduros will complete the weekend's action with a thirty lap main event.
This event is sure to attract the best of the best - including Spirit Auto Center 2016 Champions - Tyler Reinhardt and Jon Keller. It was Reinhardt's four consecutive Championship in the 270 division on the former Bridgeport quarter mile. While Keller earned the season title in the 600s, it was invader, Tommy Kunsman who won three races in a row to capture the Poker Series title in the same division. With three wins and a pair of runner-up finishes, Pat Bealer claimed the Poker Series title in the 270s. Chris Kurtz will be in the field for the King of the Sling after collecting four wins and the Poker Series Championship.
Camping will be available on the speedway grounds beginning on Thursday evening. No electric or hook-ups.
The action will be at Spirit Auto Center Speedway this weekend. Will you?
Since 1991, Spirit Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram has been serving South Jersey and the Philadelphia area. Our dealership is family owned and operated and is now in its second generation of ownership. We strive to create a fun, relaxed car buying experience for all of our customers. Our family atmosphere and friendly staff are just part of the reason why our customers keep coming back to us. Go to www.spiritchryslerdodgejeep.com for more information.
1 – Luke Thomas, 2 – Steve Bracall, 3 – Travis Hill, 4 – Jermain Godshall, 5 – Jon Keller, 6 – Rob Vivona, 7 – Jim Tippin, 8 – Rich Mellor, 9 – Mike Linderman, 10 – Ernie Miles Jr, 11 – Wayne Scott, 12 – Charlie Coburn, 13 – Mike Fillbrun, 14 – Ed Barber III, 15 – Nick Havens, 16 – Dave Damaio DNS – Matt Smith
1 – Pat Bealer, 2 – Tyler Reinhardt, 3 – Colin Bustard, 4 – Ryan Wozunk, 5 – Rich Keller, 6 – Bill Gray, 7 – Luke Fogg, 8 – Mark Landwher, 9 – Ryan Heim, 10 – Andrew Locuson, 11 – Decker Morrow, 12 – John Wagner, 13 – Steve Coslop, 14 – Brandon Pavel, 15 – John Blanda, 16 – Gary Waegel DNS – Ross Holler
1 – Dave McCollough, 2 – Dave Morrell, 3 – David Bell, 4 – Steve Schenker, 5 – Louie Partite, 6 – Richard Partite
4 CYCLINDER STOCK
1 – Joe King, 2 – John Webster, 3 – Art Knapp, 4 – Chris Sammons, 5 – Rick Burhnam
8 CYLINDER ENDURO
1 – Derrick Jones, 2 – Tom Wolf, 3 – Lee Allen, 4 – Chris Allen, 5 – Vinny Troia, 6 – Whitey Miller, 7 – Danny Bruer, 8 – Josh Matthews
NEW FACES IN VICTORY LANE AT SPIRIT AUTO CENTER SPEEDWAY
On a night with a full schedule of action, two drivers won for the first time this season while two other drivers scored their second win of the season. Matt Smith scored the victory in the wingless 600cc Micro Sprint feature while Colin Bustard scored his first win of the season in the 270cc Micro Sprint feature. The 2015 ServPro Four Cylinder champion, Chris Sammons won for the second time this season. Mike Haggenbottom, the consecutive four-time champion of the TSRS 305 Sprints won his second Friday night feature on the 5/8th mile.
In the Hilborn TSRS 305 Sprint feature, Haggenbottom started seventh after a three pill was drawn for the invert. Randy Wilbert and Ryan Stillwaggon battled for the lead on the opening lap with Wilbert gaining the advantage by the end of the first lap. Wilbert began to pull away from the rest of the field but by lap five Stillwaggon began to close the gap. Jeff Geiges slowed and pulled onto the 1/4 mile to bring out the first caution on lap eight. On the restart, Stillwaggon overtook Wilbert for the lead. The racing action was halted on the twelfth lap for a duel flip in the first turn by John Burnett and Zack Burd. Both drivers were uninjured. When racing resumed, Stillwaggon led Haggenbottom and Wilbert back to the green flap. Haggenbottom dogged Stillwaggon until moving to the high groove to complete the pass for the lead on lap 14. Haggenbottom recorded his second Friday night win. Kyle Purks finished second with Rick Stief gaining third on the last lap. Stillwaggon faded to fourth in the closing laps with Tim Tanner, Jr. finishing fifth.
Smith led the entire distance to record his first win of the season and second of his career at Spirit Auto Center Speedway. Nick Havens and Rich Mellor traded second back and forth until Mellor took the position for good at the thirteenth lap. Jermain Godshall took third from Haven with one lap remaining with Havens finishing fourth. Bill Thomas took fifth with one lap remaining to finish fifth.
Luke Fogg led the opening laps of the 270cc Micro Sprint feature until Lee Reinhardt took command on lap six. Reinhardt continued to lead as Bustard steadily moved from his sixth starting position to the runner-up spot. On a restart on lap 11, Reinhardt restarted the race but quickly slowed and headed to the pits. Bustard inherited the lead and then held off current point leader, Tyler Reinhardt for the win. Joe Bednarek, Ryan Wozunk and Fogg completed the top five.
Rick Burnham, making his first start of the season in the ServPro Four Cylinders, led the opening lap of the feature. Sammons passed Burnham for the lead on lap two and began to pull away from the field. Current point leader, John Webster moved into second on the fifth lap and chased Sammons for the rest of the event. At the checkered Sammons recorded his second win of the season followed by Webster, Joe Garey, Burnham and Todd Francis.
Since 1991, Spirit Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram has been serving South Jersey and the Philadelphia area. Our dealership is family owned and operated and is now in its second generation of ownership. We strive to create a fun, relaxed car buying experience for all of our customers. Our family atmosphere and friendly staff are just part of the reason why our customers keep coming back to us. Go to www.spiritchryslerdodgejeep.com >for more information.
HILBORN TSRS 305 SPRINTS (20 laps on 5/8th MILE) 1. Mike Haggenbottom, 2. Kyle Purks, 3. Rick Stief, 4. Ryan Stillwaggon, 5. Tim Tanner, Jr., 6.Samantha Lieberman, 7. Randy Wilbert, 8. Brendon Poff, 9. Joe Lord, 10. Joe Kay, 11. John Burnett, 12. Logan Diehl, 13. Zach Burd, 14. David Bonner, 15. Jeff Geiges
WINGLESS 600CC MICRO SPRINTS (20 laps): 1. Matt Smith, 2. Rich Mellor, 3. Jermain Godshall, 4. Nick Havens, 5. Bill Thomas, 6. Wayne Scott, 7. Jon Keller, 8. Steve Bracall, 9. Travis Hill, 10. Ed Barber III, 11. Dave Damaio, 12. Mike Fillbrunn, 13. Charlie Cobourn, 14. Chad Conner, 15. Gary Forsythe, 16. Mike Linderman, 17. Jim Tippin, 18. Ernie Miles, Jr., 19. Tony Hodgson, 20. Rich Afflerbach
270CC MICRO SPRINTS (20 laps): 1. Colin Bustard, 2. Tyler Reinhardt, 3. Joe Bednarek, 4. Ryan Wozunk, 5. Luke Fogg, 6. Gary Waegel, 7. Rich Keller, 8. Sean Huesser, 9. John Blanda, 10. Steve Coslop, 11. Brandon Pavel, 12. Lee Reinhardt, 13. Billy Gray, 14. John Wagner, Jr., DNS - Ross Holler
SERVPRO FOUR CYLINDERS ENDURO (15 laps): 1. Chris Sammons, 2. John Webster, 3. Joe Garey, 4. Rich Burnham, 5. Todd Francis, 6. Art Knapp, DNS – Scott Miller
Friday, August 12, 2016 – No racing
Sunday, August 14, 2016 – POKER SERIES #5 – 270 & 600 Micros, Slingshots, Xcel 600 Modifieds, racing at 6pm
Friday, August 19, 2016 – 270 & 600 Micros, 4 Cyl & 8 Cyl Enduros, racing at 8pm
Friday, August 26, 2016 – OPEN MODIFIEDS – 270 & 600 Micros & 4 Cylinder Enduros
Friday, September 2, 2016 – 270 & 600 Micros, 4 Cylinder Enduros & Slingshots
1 – Pat Bealer, 2 – Jacob Hendershot, 3 – Logan Diehl, 4 – Rich Keller, 5 – Tyler Reinhardt, 6 – Nick Walton, 7 – Sean Huesser, 8 – Joe Bednarik, 9 – Alex Swift, 10 – Ryan Wozunk, 11 – Luke Fogg, 12 – Bill Gray, 13 – Glenn Macomber, 14 – Decker Morrow, 15 – Steve Coslop, 16 – John Blanda, 17 – Brandon Pavel, 18 – Jonathan John, 19 – Chuck Palmucci, 20 – Colin Bustard, 21 – Ryan Heim
1 – Travis Hill, 2 – Jermain Godshall, 3 – Sam Locuson, 4 – Wayne Scott, 5 – Austin Quick, 6 – Jim Tippin, 7 – Jacob Fox, 8 – Jacob Hendershot, 9 – Chris Locuson, 10 – Ernie Miles, 11 – Ed Barber, 12 – Matt Smith, 13 – Jon Keller, 14 – Scott Rupp, 15 – Charles Cobourn, 16 – Joe Plunkett, 17 – Mike Linderman, 18 – Nick Havens
1 – John Webster, 2 – Chris Sammons, 3 – Keith McKinley, 4 – Shanna Lea, 5 – Scott Hulmes, 6 – Joe Garey
FIRST POKER SERIES EVENT ON THE BOOKS FOR SPIRIT AUTO CENTER SPEEDWAY
The Spirit Auto Center Speedway ran its first Poker Series event under the Spirit Auto Center banner to kick off the start of the 2016 series.
Sunday May 15 - Kyle Lick was the winner in a wild wingless 600cc Micro Sprint feature event in LaMar Schaeffer's No. 91s in a race that saw the top spots change right down to the checkered flag.
Polesitter, Doug Snyder outgunned Lick at the start of the twenty-five lap feature as the eventual feature winner struggled in the race's early laps. Lick fell back in the early going as Snyder took the lead with Grady Johnston and Tommy Kunsman trailing the leader. Johnston took the lead as the third lap was completed with a three wide race for the top spot. Several early caution kept the field tight as Johnson led Kunsman, Tim Buckwalter, Lick and Jermaine Godshall at the race's midpoint.
Lick found the fast way around the track as the laps counted down, running on the outer rim of the quarter mile track. Lick was up to second and challenging Johnson for the lead when the final caution waved with five laps to go. While Johnson and Lick raced for the lead, Kunsman snuck by to take the lead with as the field came around for the white flag. It was a three way race on the final lap, with Lick and Kunsman making contact in turn four. Lick drove to the checkered for the win followed by Buckwalter, Johnson, Godshall and Eddie Strada.
"I thought I had him cleared," the winner stated as he apologized to Kunsman from Victory Lane. "It's not the way I wanted to win." Lick collected his first Spirit Auto Center Speedway win and an Ace for the start of the 2016 Poker Series.
Pat Bealer had never won at the Logan Township speedway before opening night of this season but he came back to win the twenty-five lap main event for the 270cc Micro Sprints and collect an Ace for the 2016 Poker Series. Bealer took the lead from Brandon Edgar following a red flag with seven laps scored.
Bealer led the rest of the way to collect the win over Edgar, Bealer's team mate, Jacob Hendershot, Robbie Watson and Tyler Reinhardt.
Chris Kurtz became the third first time winner at Spirit Speedway when he raced to the win in the twenty lap Slingshot feature for his Poker Series Ace.
Travis Bieber led the race's first five laps after starting on the pole with taking the lead on a lap six restart when Bieber elected to restart from the outside. Bieber led the remaining laps without a serious challenge as he led Dylan Hoch to the finish line. Cody Kline, Bieber and Joe Toth rounded out the top five at the checkered flag.
Aaron Bowes and Kory Inglin led the field of Xcel 600 Modifieds to the start of their twenty lap main event. Bowes told the lead at the green flag and led for the first four circuits before Inglin took the top spot away. Inglin then led the way to the checkered flag. Travis Rigante, Rob Vivona, Jeff Metsger and Kyle Inglin trailed the race winner to the checkered flag.
WINGLESS 600cc MICRO SPRINTS (25 laps): 1. Kyle Lick, 2. Tim Buckwalter, 3. Grady Johnston, 4. Jermain Godshall, 5. Eddie Strada, 6. Austin Quick, 7. Jim Tippin, 8. Kenny Miller, 9. Jay Hartman, 10. Wayne Scott, 11. Jon Keller, 12. Austin Bishop, 13. Jarad Kunkle, 14. Zach Bealer, 15. Doug Snyder, 16. Rich Mellor, 17. Ernie MIles, Jr., 18. Tyler DeVault, 19. B.J. Antonio, 20. Travis Hill, 21. Mike Fillbrunn, 22. Tommy Kunsman, 23. Josh Conover, 24. Nick Havens, 25. Mike Butler, 26. James Morris, DNQ - Tyler Tank, Gary Bozowski, Mike Linderman, Matt Smith, Greg Stevens, Chris Locuson, Luke Thomas, Ed Barber, III, Sal Tossona, William Butler, Joe Plunkett, Josh Martin, Scott Rupp, Pat Bealer, Jake Fox, Jacob Severn, Bobby Butler, Rebecca LaMothe, Jack Conover
270cc MICRO SPRINTS (25 laps): 1. Pat Bealer, 2. Brandon Edgar, 3. Jacob Hendershot, 4. Robbie Wetson, 5. Tyler Reinhardt, 6. Kyle Weiss, 7. Mike Rutherford, 8. Glenn Macomber, 9. Billy Gray, 10. Colin Bustard, 11. Alex Swift, 12. Sean Huesser, 13. Luke Kroboth, 14. Brandon Pavel, 15. Ryan Wozunk, 16. Joe Bednarik, 17. John Blanda, 18. Ken Miller, 19. Shawn Ratchford, 20. Tommy Kunsman, 21. Kenny Miller, 22. Rich Keller, 23. Luke Fogg, 24. Chuck Palmucci, DNS - Ryan Heim, Decker Morrow, Steve Coslop, Mark Landwher, Tyler Grau, Nick Walton, Chris Locuson
SLINGSHOTS (20 laps): 1. Chris Kurtz, 2. Dylan Hoch, 3. Cody Kline, 4. Travis Beiber, 5. Joe Toth, 6. Austin Stufflet, 7. Richard Partite, 8. Eric Jones, 9. Jordan Knepp, 10. Steve Svanda, 11. Dave McCullough, 12. Mike Toth, 13. Dave Morrell, 14. Casey Borrer, 15. Amber Oraschin, 16. Steve Schenker, 17. Louie Partite, 18. Hunter Metzger, 19. Natasha Henn, 20. David Bell
Friday, May 20 - OPEN MODIFIEDS - 270 & 600 Micro Sprints & ServPro 4-Cylinder Enduros, racing at 8pm
Friday, May 27 - 270 & 600 Micro Sprints, ServPro 4-Cylinder Enduros & Speedway All-Star Bagel Slingshots, racing at 8pm
Sunday, June 5 - POKER SERIES #2 - 270 & 600 Micro Sprints, Xcel 600 Modifieds, Slingshots & Stage-1 Mods, racing at 5:30pm
Friday, June 10 - 270 & 600 Micro Sprints, ServPro 4-Cylinder & 8-Cylinder Enduros - racing at 8pm
Saturday June 18 - PACK THE HOUSE - FREE GRANDSTAND ADMISSION - Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks, Rookies and TSRS Sprint Cars on 5/8th mile with 270cc, 600cc, 4 & 8 Cylinder Enduros and Slingshots on the Spirit Auto Center quarter mile - racing at 7pm