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Winner Timmy Buckwalter and family.
(Chad Warner Photo)


By: Nick Fillman - USAC East Coast Sprint Cars

Pottsville, Pennsylvania (June 7, 2019).........For the second time in their first four races together, Timmy Buckwalter piloted the Bill Gallagher-owned, Curt Michael-prepared entry into victory lane in Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series action.

The win for Buckwalter kicks off what is a busy schedule for the driver as he will compete in modified action on Saturday at Grandview Speedway before moving on to action next week with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series in their annual "Eastern Storm."

Buckwalter was able to maneuver his way to the heat race victory in a duel with Carmen Perigo which would send Buckwalter to the redraw. Timmy drew the second-place position, start him alongside Chandler Leiby.

As the field went to green Buckwalter slid back a couple of positions with Leiby grabbing the early race lead. A caution would quickly fly for Joe Biasi who clipped an infield tire and sent him spinning into the infield ending his night. As the field would go back to green Leiby would again work his way into the lead holding off challenges from Carson Short and Steven Drevicki.

The caution would again fly on lap 9 for Jonathan Swanson and Ryan Quackenbush bunching the field back up. On the ensuing restart Buckwalter would power to the outside around Leiby in turns three and four, taking the lead and looking to run away. Buckwalter would maintain a solid lead while the battle was on for positions two through seven. Steven Drevicki, Leiby, Short, Perigo, Strada, and Chris Allen were all in close competition with no driver feeling in comfortable control of their position. A caution flag would fly again on lap 16 for a spinning Eric Jennings, setting up a restart.

The restart would again see high contention for positions inside the top 10 with Drevicki moving into the second-place position. Other drivers would see highly contested action for spots in the top six. The final caution of the event would fly on lap 22 for Steve Surniak who ended up getting into an infield tire. The restart would be the chance the Drevicki wanted to try and grab the win away from Buckwalter, but it wasn't meant to be as Buckwalter would go on to take the checkers. Steven Drevicki would come home second, Carson Short third, Carmen Perigo made a strong high side move to grab fourth powering to the outside around Strada and Leiby, with Chandler Leiby collecting yet another top five finish.

While the night was great for some, it was bad for others, with some in the in between. The night started off rough for Ryan Quackenbush and Brian Riccio. Quackenbush would have the front end folded up on his machine on lap one, of heat one before collecting Riccio who would go for a series of flips into the infield. Riccio was making just his second start of the season before the flip.

Trevor Kobylarz would make his return to the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Series, following missing the last two events with engine issues. Kobylarz was out to a solid lead in heat race number three before an exploding left rear would end his heat race. Unfortunately, the tire failure broke the shock and other components off the Kobylarz car. The team opted to sit out for the remainder of the night to keep things fresh for the upcoming eastern swing.

Despite the troubles in the heat race for Ryan Quackenbush, and a caution early on in the feature, he would rebound with a solid effort to collect the Scotty Signs Hard Charger award. The New York turned Pennsylvania transplant has had a bit of an up and down season, but the team never quits and works hard to get to every event. They were rewarded with a solid finish and a few extra winnings on Friday night, proving that while they may get down, they're never out.

In their first race together Carson Short, and the Chris Dyson Racing, Sean Michael-prepared entry had a solid night. The team pulled the number one pill for the night and started on the pole of heat one. Carson would cruise to the heat victory before having a strong third place run in the feature event as a great tune up before next week's USAC National Sprint action.

The next event for the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series comes on Sunday, June 30th at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park where the series will make their inaugural visit.


USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2019 - Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Carson Short (#20 Dyson), 2. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 3. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 4. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 5. Steve Surniak (#1ST Surniak), 6. John Stehman (#23 Stehman), 7. Craig Pellegrini, Jr. (#11A Pellegrini), 8. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q TQT), 9. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 2. Eddie Strada (#42E Strada), 3. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 4. Jake Winters (#1J Winters), 5. Austin Bishop (#11 Bishop), 6. Larry McVay (#83 McVay), 7. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin), 8. David Swanson (#117 Swanson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer, top-3 to redraw) 1. Timmy Buckwalter (#5G Gallagher), 2. Carmen Perigo (#21 Perigo), 3. Chris Allen, Jr. (#71 Allen), 4. Tyler Brehm (#21R Brehm), 5. Connor Leoffler (#22 Leoffler), 6. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 7. Jonathan Swanson (#17J Swanson), 8. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz). NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Jennings, 2. Stehman, 3. McVay, 4. Pellegrini, 5. J. Swanson, 6. Hedin, 7. D. Swanson. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Carson Short, 4. Carmen Perigo, 5. Chandler Leiby, 6. Eddie Strada, 7. Chris Allen, Jr., 8. Bill Unglert, 9. Connor Leoffler, 10. Mark Bitner, 11. Tyler Brehm, 12. Austin Bishop, 13. Ryan Quackenbush, 14. John Stehman, 15. Eric Jennings, 16. Larry McVay, 17. Jonathan Swanson, 18. Jake Winters, 19. Steve Surniak, 20. Craig Pellegrini, Jr., 21. Joey Biasi. NT
**Riccio flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Leiby, Laps 10-25 Buckwalter.

SCOTTY SIGNS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Quackenbush (21st to 13th)

NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT RACE: June 30 - Glen Ridge Motorsports Park - Fultonville, New York

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Winner Steven Drevicki
(Steve Koletar Photo)


After fighting off an evening thunderstorm, a stellar field of 31 Rapid Tire USAC East Coast 360 Sprint Cars jammed the pit area at the Big Diamond Speedway for a fantastic night of open wheel racing.

Following the top eight redraw, Timmy Buckwalter in his new Gallagher 5g ride, and sprint car rookie Tyler Brehm would share the front row of the talented 20 car feature field and lead them to green.

Buckwalter would quickly jump out to the race lead and try and establish the pace early on. The first caution would fly on lap one for duel spins of Ryan Quackenbush and Chris Allen, Jr. A caution would then fly on lap two of the feature event for a slowing Mark Bitner who had suffered a flat left front tire.

When the field went back green it was again Timmy Buckwalter jumping back out front to lead the field with Brehm in second, and Chandler Leiby moving into third. A red flag would then fly again on the fourth circuit for a flat by Joe Biasi that would then collect drivers: Carmen Perigo, Bill Unglert, and JR Berry who took a light tumble into the infield.

While under the red flag period, it was discovered that Timmy Buckwalter suffered a flat tire and was pushed pit side allowing the team to make the change and return to the field. Unglert, Biasi, and Perigo also rejoined the field leaving some talented drivers and cars in the back of the field.

On the ensuing restart Brehm would get out front and lead the field with Chandler Leiby, and Steven Drevicki in third and closing quickly on the top two drivers. Heading into turn one on lap eight, Drevicki would make the move to the inside of Brehm after passing Leiby to grab the lead of the feature event and look to take off.

A caution on lap 19 for a slowing Eric Jennings with a right rear flat tire, would set up a six-lap dash for the checkered for the field.

When the field went back green, Drevicki would be challenged by Leiby but unable to make the pass for the win. Behind Drevicki and Leiby the action was fierce with seventh starting Eddie Strada in competition with the hard charging cars of Chris Allen, Jr. and Timmy Buckwalter recovering from his flat tire.

When the checkers flew Steven Drevicki collected his second win of the 2019 Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series over: Chandler Leiby, Eddie Strada, Chris Allen, Jr. and Timmy Buckwalter.

A tough night at the fell upon driver Craig Pellegrini Jr., Trey Hivner and Trevor Kobylarz. Pellegrini went for a wild flip in the B Main, with Hivner and Kobylarz suffering mechanical issues during the B Main.

The next event for the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is Saturday May 18th at the Grandview Speedway.


USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 17, 2019 - Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Eddie Strada (#42E Strada), 2. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 3. Steve Surniak (#1ST Surniak), 4. Johnny Petrozelle (#59 Petrozelle), 5. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz), 6. Jason Cherry (#67 Cherry), 7. Larry Drake (#8 Drake), 8. Jake Winters (#1J Winters). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 2. Carmen Perigo (#21 Perigo), 3. J.R. Berry (#74 Berry), 4. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q TQT), 5. Trey Hivner (#7 Hivner), 6. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin), 7. Craig Pellegrini, Jr. (#11A Pellegrini), 8. David Swanson (#117 Swanson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 2. Tyler Brehm (#21R Brehm), 3. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 4. Zack Burd (#5z Burd), 5. Connor Leoffler (#22 Leoffler), 6. Jonathan Swanson (#17J Swanson), 7. John Anderika (#96 Anderika). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer, top-2 to redraw) 1. Timmy Buckwalter (#5G Gallagher), 2. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 3. Kyle Lick (#8 Lick), 4. Chris Allen, Jr. (#71 Allen), 5. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 6. John Stehman (#8L Stehman), 7. Mike Thompson (#39 Hogue). NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Unglert, 2. Connor, 3. Stehman, 4. Thompson, 5. Hedin, 6. J. Swanson, 7. Cherry, 8. Drake, 9. D. Swanson, 10. Winters, 11. John Anderika, 12. Hivner, 13. Pellegrini, 14. Kobylarz. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Chandler Leiby, 3. Eddie Strada, 4. Chris Allen, Jr., 5. Timmy Buckwalter, 6. Connor Leoffler, 7. Ryan Quackenbush, 8. Carmen Perigo, 9. Bill Unglert, 10. Joey Biasi, 11. Tyler Brehm, 12. Mike Thompson, 13. John Stehman, 14. Zack Burd, 15. Steve Surniak, 16. Kyle Lick, 17. Johnny Petrozelle, 18. J.R. Berry, 19. Eric Jennings, 20. Mark Bitner. NT
**Pellegrini flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Buckwalter, Laps 5-8 Brehm, Laps 9-25 Drevicki.


NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 18, 2019 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania

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Bridgeport, NJ Friday 1/4 show moved to Sunday
Williams Grove, PA.
Accord, NY.
Big Diamond, PA.

Joey Biasi celebrates his win at Big Diamond (Steve Koletar Photo)


Pottsville, PA........Joey Biasi of Mary D, Pa. won Friday night's 25-lap USAC East Coast Sprint race at Big Diamond Speedway. He passed Steven Drevicki on lap 12 and led the rest of the way to beat Drevicki, Trevor Kobylarz, Ryan Godown and Chandler Leiby. The series now heads for Saturday's race at Path Valley Speedway in Spring Run, Pa.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 20, 2018 - Pottsville, Pennsylvania - Big Diamond Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 Kobylarz), 2. Kyle Lick (#8 Lick), 3. Ryan Godown (#4 Freyer), 4. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 5. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 6. Carmen Perigo (#21 Stehman), 7. Trey Hivner (#7 TH Racing), 8. Heidi Hedin (#3H Hedin), 9. Chris Dyson (#20 Dysaon/Michael), 10. Bobby Sandt Jr, (#131). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher), 2. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 3. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 4. Coleman Gulick (#14c Gulick), 5. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 6. Chris Allen Jr. (#71 Allen), 7. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing), 8. Kyle Purks (#B1 Biasi), 9. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio), 10. Jason Cherry (#67c Cherry). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Joey Biasi, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Trevor Kobylarz, 4. Ryan Godown, 5. Chandler Leiby, 6. Kyle Lick, 7. Carmen Perigo, 8. Eddie Strada, 9. Bill Unglert, 10. Chris Allen Jr., 11. Coleman Gulick, 12. Eric Jennings, 13. Chris Dyson, 14. Trey Hivner, 15. Heidi Hedin, 16. Brian Riccio, 17. Jason Cherry, 18. Ryan Quackenbush, 19. Bobby Sandt Jr., 20. Kyle Purks. NT
**Quackenbush flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Drevicki, Laps 12-25 Biasi.

FRANK'S FINE SWINE & BEEF HARD CHARGER: Carmen Perigo (#11th-7th)

NEW USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Drevicki-438, 2-Biasi-405, 3-Strada-380, 4-Leiby-370, 5-Godown-347, 6-Kobylarz-279, 7-Quackenbush-267, 8-Mark Bitner-246, 9-Unglert-222, 10-Jennings-220.

NEXT USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 21 - Spring Run, PA - Path Valley Speedway

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