BACON GOES BACK-TO-BACK AT GRANDVIEW, GODOWN GRABS TOTH MODIFIED VICTORY

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USAC’S BRADY BACON GOES BACK-TO-BACK AT GRANDVIEW, RYAN GODOWN GRABS MODIFIED VICTORY AT THUNDER ON THE HILL THURSDAY NIGHT

Story By: Bob Miller/TOTH

Photos By: Dan DeMarco/RacersGuide.com

BECHTELSVILLE, PA (June 14, 2018) – Second verse same as the first. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon scored his second consecutive NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series win on Thursday night, when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series invaded Grandview Speedway for the kick-off of the 2018 Eastern Storm swing of events.

Bacon took home a $6,000 prize for the Jesse Hockett Classic win in front of a capacity crowd at the Berks County dirt track.

Outside front row starter, Chad Boespflug blasted to the early lead aboard the AMSOIL-sponsored No. 98 machine charging ahead of Bacon and defending USAC Champion, Chris Windom. Not letting Boespflug gain an advantage, the lead trio soared in tandem around the one-third mile.

Lapped traffic would prove to be Boespflug’s demise as he shot to the outside and Bacon shot to the inside of a slower machine. Bacon, using the lapper to his advantage overtook the top spot.

A three-wide battle for third on the 12th circuit saw current USAC Series point leader, Kevin Thomas, Jr. slip into the third position.

The red flew on lap 16 when Justin Grant got upside down on the front stretch ending his night.

Bacon pulled back to the lead on the restart with KTJ challenging for the top spot. The laps clicked off until the 27 circuit when Trevor Kobylarz spun out.

Kevin Thomas Jr. pulled to the top spot with 10 laps remaining and charged away from Bacon – but Bacon charged back with two to go and to win the opening event of the Eastern Storm. Thomas finished second, Windom in third, Tyler Courtney in fourth and Jarret Andretti rounding out the top-five.

“The Ringoes Rocket” Ryan Godown won the 358 Modified feature event aboard the Searock Fabrications No. 26 machine. The win marked Godown’s second NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill victory – and first since 2012.

Current weekly Grandview Speedway point leader, Brett Kressley started on the pole and dominated the early portion of the event. Eighteen laps clicked off without a hitch before the first caution of the night flew on lap 18 and again on lap 21.

Godown moved to the lead on the restart and went on to score the victory. Brett Kressley finished in second, Duane Howard in third, Jeff Strunk in fourth, and Frank Cozze in the fifth position.

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USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series

Time Trials – 1. Jarett Andretti – 13.978 2. Tony DiMattia – 14.008 3. Chris Windom – 14.048 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. – 14.148 5. Chad Boespflug – 14.377 6. Chase Stockon – 14.378 7. Brady Bacon – 14.388 8. Thomas Meseraull – 14.497 9. Justin Grant – 14.497 10. Robert Ballou – 14.505 11. CJ Leary – 14.509 12. Tyler Courtney – 14.541 13. Zach Daum – 14.582 14. Timmy Buckwalter – 14.637 15. Jerry Coons, Jr. – 14.730 16. Dave Darland – 14.761 17. Joey Biasi – 14.780 18. Matt Westfall – 14.818 19. Kyle Moody – 14.830 20. Carmen Perigo – 15.099 21. Trevor Kobylarz – 15.101 22. Isaac Chapple – 15.145 23. JR Berry – 15.156 24. Ryan Godown – 15.157 25. Kyle Lick – 15.284 26. Robert Bell – 15.916 27. Eric Jennings – 16.017

Heat 1 – 1. Robert Ballou 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 3. Dave Darland 4. Jarret Andretti 5. Brady Bacon

Heat 2 – 1. CJ Leary 2. Thomas Meseraull 3. Tim Buckwalter 4. Chad Boespflug 5. Tony DiMattia

Heat 3 – 1. Tyler Courtney 2. Matt Westfall 3. Chris Windom 4. Jerry Coons 5. Justin Grant

Semi – 1. Chase Stockon 2. Isaac Chapple 3. Carmen Perigo 4. Zach Daum 5. Trevor Kobylarz 6. Kyle Lick 7. Joey Biasi 8. Eric Jennings 9. Kyle Moody 10. Robert Bell 11. Ryan Godown

Feature (40 Laps) – 1. Brady Bacon 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 3. Chris Windom 4. Tyler Courtney 5. Jarrett Andretti 6. Chad Boespflug 7. Chase Stockon 8. Robert Ballou 9. Thomas Meseraull 10. Justin Grant 11. Dave Darland 12. Matt Westfall 13. CJ Leary 14. Isaac Chapple 15. Tony DiMattia 16. Zach Daum 17. Timmy Buckwalter 18. Jerry Coons, Jr. 19. Joey Biasi 20. Kyle Lick 21. Trevor Kobylarz 22. Carmen Perrego

358 Modifieds

Heat 1 – 1. Ryan Beltz 2. Jared Umbenhauer 3. Mike Lisowski 4. Keith Hoffman 5. Kevin Hirthler

Heat 2 – 1. Ryan Godown 2. Duane Howard 3. Jeff Strunk 4. Meme DeSantis 5. Mike Gular

Heat 3—1. Clay Butler 2. Frank Cozze 3. Rick Laubach 4. Billy Pauch, Jr. 5. Kenny Gilmore

Heat 4 — 1. Brian Krummel 2. Brett Kressley 3. Craig VonDohren 4. Danny Erb 5. Ryan Grim

Consi 1 – 1. Ron Kline 2. Skyler Sheriff

Consi 2 – 1. Doug Manmiller 2. Erick Rudolph

Feature (30 Laps) – 1. Ryan Godown 2. Brett Kressley 3. Duane Howard 4. Jeff Strunk 5. Frank Cozze 6. Craig VonDohren 7. Jared Umbenhauer 8. Billy Pauch, Jr. 9. Rick Laubach 10. Mike Gular 11. Brian Krummel 12. Kevin Hirthler 13. Keith Hoffman 14. Clay Butler 15. Danny Erb 16. Erick Rudolph 17. Ryan Grim 18. Skylar Sherriff 19. Ron Kline 20. Doug Manmiller 21. Meme DeSantis 22. Kenny Gilmore 23. Ryan Beltz 24. Mike Lisowski

DNQ: Brandon Grosso, Brian Hirthler, Bobby Trapper, Jr., Kory Flemming, Tommy Sheetz, Steve Swinehart, Justin Grimm, Matt Stangle, Joe Fanelli, Danny Bouc, Mike Mahaney, Ray Swinehart, Ryan Watt, Brett Gilmore, Blaine Bracelin, Mark Kratz, Steve Young, Billy Pauch, Bobby Trapper

NEXT EVENT: THUNDER ON THE HILL EVENT AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY

Tuesday, July 3 Thunder on the Hill Racing Series 7:30 PM

24th Annual 410 Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week Series Plus 358 Modifieds*

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