Wolfe Comes Back From Rollover And 16th Starting Spot For Impressive Port Royal Sprints Victory
Story By: Shawn Brouse / Port Royal Speedway Media
Photos By: Dan DeMarco / Racersguide.com
Port Royal –June 26, 2017- Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg came back from an opening lap rollover and a restart position of 16th to blast to his third 410 sprint car victory of the season at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, taking $3,200 for the win.
In the 22-lap super late model main, Jim Yoder took the win aboard a car normally run by his son Dylan Yoder.
In the 305 sprint main Darren Miller was the winner and Bill Powell scored the xtreme stock feature to close out the night.
The opening lap of the 25-lap 410 sprint car main was marred by a third turn 11-car melee that saw Wolfe turn over to begin the incident that ended up collecting 10 more machines with some cars flipping through the corner.
The incident began when second starter Curt Stroup suddenly lost power as he traversed the backchute, sending the rest of the field scrambling to avoid him.
Wolfe turned into the first victim but others involved included TJ Stutts, Jordan Givler, Ryan Taylor, Davey Sammons, Kody Lehman, AJ Flick, Dale Blaney, Cale Grubb and Blane Heimbach.
After the lengthy red flag period for clean up, all but four cars were able to rejoin with Wolfe restarting 16th in the field.
Once the race got going, new second starter Steve Buckwalter took the lead aboard the Wilson No. 38 with new fourth starter Dylan Cisney blasting into second on the second tour.
Buckwalter was fleet at the front and Cisney was having trouble closing any distance but when Buckwalter suddenly lost power on the 10th lap, just after entering the backmarkers, Cisney inherited control with Greg Hodnett now in second.
Hodnett would jab at the lead with Cisney reclaiming the spot thanks to impressive rallies in turn two.
Using the top groove, the leaders displayed fantastic bursts of speed as they hit the mid-point of the second turn and that sent them careening onto the straightaway with the power to dart by traffic and each other with ease.
Chasing the front pair at the halfway point was Brock Zeafoss and Lance Dewease as the front four all kept a torrid and hectic pace around the oval, jetting off of the second turn.
Dewease struck next on the 14th lap when he made a two-car low side pass to blast by Zearfoss and Hodnett to go from fourth to second.
And shortly after the lap was scored, Joey Hershey slowed to a stop on the backchute, setting up a restart with Wolfe up to fifth.
Dewease bolted low and into the lead in the first corner when action resumed with Cisney dropping off of the cushion as the pair ran onto the backstretch to pull back inside Dewease for control.
Cisney beat Dewease into the third corner to reclaim the lead but suddenly Wolfe was on the scene.
Using a lightning-fast burst of speed off of the second turn cushion to annihilate Zearfoss, Hodnett and Dewease in the blink of an eye, Wolfe crossed the line as the pacesetter with nine laps to go.
And that was the end of the story as Wolfe blistered the speedway to the finish line to record the win going away with a 2.819 second advantage over point leader Cisney.
Dewease was third followed by Hodnett and Zearfoss.
Sixth through 10th went to Mike Wagner, James McFadden, Blane Heimbach, AJ Flick and Carl Bowser.
Heats went to Heimbach, Wolfe and Blaney with Jordan Givler taking the consolation race.
Polesitter Jason Schmidt led the first lap of the super late model main before Jim Yoder got the lead, crossing the line on lap two with a .015 second advantage.
But Yoder would steadily extend that lead over the ensuing laps as seventh starter Coleby Frye raced in to second on the ninth tour.
Frye tried to close in for the win to no avail but then his race ended with two laps go to when he slowed to a stop.
Schmidt failed to challenge on the restart, settling for second by 1.003 seconds, followed by Andy Haus, Nick Dickson and Trent Brenneman.
Sixth through 10th went to Dave Brouse Jr., Mike Lupfer, Dylan Yoder, Chris Casner and Tim Smith Jr.
Heats went to Frye and Smith Jr.
Darren Miller wired the field in the 18-lap 305 sprint main for the first win of his career at Port Royal Speedway.
Jeff Miller raced into second early from the sixth starting spot and kept leader Darren Miller honest for the entire distance.
Only on the final lap however as the pair headed to the checkered flag and Darren Miller got bottled up by traffic was Jeff Miller able to challenge for the victory.
Tyler Reeser rode home third followed by Cale Reigle and Ken Duke Jr.
Heats went to Kyle Ganoe, Duke Jr. and Drew Ritchey with the consolation race going to Tyler Denochik.
Josh Bender led the first two circuits of the xtreme stock main before Kevin Imes took over.
But Imes fell victim to one-time winner Bill Powell on the fifth tour.
Powell was chased to the finish by two-time winner Herm Renninger, who took over second on the seventh loop.
Ryan Zook, Walt Peters and Pete Leister completed the top five.
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Feature Finishes -June 25, 2017
410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Lucas Wolfe, 2. Dylan Cisney, 3. Lance Dewease, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Brock Zearfoss, 6. Mike Wagner, 7. James McFadden, 8. Blane Heimbach, 9. AJ Flick, 10. Carl Bowser, 11. Dale Blaney, 12. TJ Stutts, 13. Jared Esh, 14. Dustin Baney, 15. Ryan Taylor, 16. Trenton Sheaffer, 17. Kody Lehman, 18. Joey Hershey, 19. Steve Buckwalter, 20. Mike Erdley, 21. Curt Stroup, 22. Jordan Givler, 23. Davey Sammons, 24. Cale Grubb
DNQ: George Streaker Jr., George Hobaugh, Jon Brennfleck, Mike Wagner II.
Super late models, 22 laps: 1. Jim Yoder, 2. Jason Schmidt, 3. Andy Haus, 4. Nick Dickson, 5. Trent Brenneman, 6. Dave Brouse Jr., 7. Mike Lupfer, 8. Dylan Yoder, 9. Chris Casner, 10. Tim Smith Jr., 11. Chad Myers, 12. Scott Flickinger, 13. Rick Singleton, 14. Coleby Frye, 15. Larry Baer, 16. Jeff Johnson
DNS: Kody Lyter
305 sprints, 18 laps: 1. Darren Miller, 2. Jeff Miller, 3. Tyler Reeser, 4. Cale Reigle, 5. Ken Duke Jr., 6. Drew Ritchey, 7. Dave Guss Jr., 8. John Walp, 9. Kassidy Kreitz, 10. Kyle Ganoe, 11. Erin Statler, 12. Tom Worrick, 13. Scott Ellerman, 14. Zach Newlin, 15. Ron Aurand, 16. Reed Thompson, 17. Tyler Denochik, 18. Mike Alleman, 19. Stephanie Dodson, 20. Jay Krout, 21. Coltt Lepley, 22. Nathan Gramley, 23. Dave Grube, 24. Brian Sweitzer
DNQ: Josh Dressler, Billy Burkholder, Jim Wagner
Xtreme stocks, 15 laps: 1. Bill Powell, 2. Herm Renninger, 3. Ryan Zook, 4. Walt Peters, 5. Pete Leister, 6. Josh Bender, 7. Jimmy Kessler, 8. Corey Kepner, 9. Kevin Imes, 10. Tyler Amtower, 11. Ben Leister