PAUCH JR., RADKEY, SPENCE AND BUCKWALTER WIN TRENTON’S FRIDAY NIGHT 600 MICRO DIRT QUALIFIERS; CHAMP KART FEATURE TO MATT CHAVIS; $5,000-TO-WIN 600 MICRO DIRT NATIONALS SET FOR TONIGHT, SATURDAY
Story By: Ernie Saxton/East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals
Photos By: Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com
TRENTON, NJ December 14, 2018 . . . Billy Pauch, Jr., Jim Radkey, Kyle Spence and Steve Buckwalter were Friday night’s winners of the four A-Main Qualifiers, earning guaranteed starting spots into Saturday night’s 50-lap East Coast Dirt Nationals feature. Michael Carber, Tim Buckwalter, Lee Nardelli and Sean Brierly finished runner-up to the respective winners.
Tim Buckwalter’s last-to-first drive in the second feature was one of the evening’s most dramatic events as was Spence’s win over Lee Nardelli and Kenny Miller III. Scott Kreutter led the race several times but finished tenth after a last lap skirmish.
The 20-lap Champ Kart feature was won by Matt Chavis with Todd Crenshaw, Chance Hendershot, James Shutts and Tony Bootes completing the top five.
Six ten lap 600 Micro Sprint heat races were won by Billy Pauch, Jr., Kyle Spence, Eddie Strada, Kenny Miller III, Sean Brierly and Kyle Lick.
A pair of Champ Kart heat races were won by Tony Bootes and Matt Chavis.
Saturday’s fan-friendly schedule, day three of the Dirt Nationals, starts at 3PM when doors to the arena swing open. At 4PM, the 16 drivers who qualified for the A-Main through Thursday’s and Friday’s Qualifier race winners plus the next two highest runners-up in points among the eight second place finishers will sign autographs for fans on the main concourse.
Racing begins at 5PM with ‘Alphabet Mains’- 12-lap events with 12 cars each and transferring the top four finishers forward. A pair of G, F, E, D, C, and B Mains will provide opportunities for the field of 600 Micros to earn the final eight starting berths for the 50-lap 24-car, $5,000-to-win East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals.
Champ Kart Feature (20 Laps): 1. Matt Chavis, 2. Todd Crenshaw, 3. Chance Hendershot, 4. James Shutts, 5. Tony Bootes, 6. Michael Kormann, 7. David South, 8. Jack O’Connor, 9. Chris Kraemer, 10. Adam Brown, 11. Dominic Roselli, 12. TJ Reed, 13. Chris Hirt.
First A-Main Qualifier 20 Laps – Top 2 Transfer To Sat. A-Main): 1. Billy Pauch, Jr., 2. Michael Carber, 3. Josh Conover, 4. Chad Sandt, 5. Matthew Jones, 6. Matthew Roselli, 7. Christian Bruno, 8. PJ Williams, 9. Chris Fenimore, 10. Corey Anderson, 11. Matt Smith, 12. Tyler Lindsay, 13. Joe Kemp, 14. Eric Heydenreich.
Second A-Main Qualifier (20 Laps – Top 2 Transfer To Sat. A-Main): 1. Jim Radkey, 2. Tim Buckwalter, 3. Eddie Strada, 4. Michael Maresca, 5. Brandon Pavel, 6. Jeff Weaver Jr., 7. Tim Nye, 8. Robbie Hocker, 9. Travis Hill, 10. Bobby Butler, 11. Gary Bozowski, 12. Justin Moesch, 13. Joel Smith, 14. Tyler Brehm.
Third A-Main Qualifier (20 Laps – Top 2 Transfer To Sat. A-Main): 1. Kyle Spence, 2. Lee Nardelli, 3. Kenny Miller III, 4. Nathan Smith, 5. Drew Pascuzzi, 6. Sam Locuson III, 7. Mike Meyers, 8. Tyler Kens, 9. Dominick Buffalino, 10. Scott Kreutter, 11. Morgan Rochelle, 12. Buddy Hines, 13. Ronald Strong, 14. Kyle Lick.
Fourth A-Main Qualifier (20 Laps – Top 2 Transfer To Sat. A-Main): 1. Steve Buckwalter, 2. Sean Brierly, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Danny Buccafusca, 5. Ricky Pritchard, 6. Geordan Marrero, 7. Andrew Locuson, 8. Luke Thomas, 9. Jon Keller, 10. Brian Montieth, 11. Nash Ely, 12. Steven Hutchinson, 13. Lou Cicconi, 14. Mike Iles.