Kyle Hardy Top Dog In Jimmy Burns Tribute/Dave & James Burns Memorial; Blair, Ruth, Daughenbaugh & Zufall Wait Out the Rain for Victories
STRONGSTOWN, PA (July 2, 2021) – Kyle Hardy, of Linden, VA, earned $3000 in winning the inaugural Jim Burns Tribute/Dave & James Burns Memorial. The race was a RUSH Late Model Touring Series event. This win was his third at the speedway this season and fifth on the tour. Max Blair topped the $2500 to win MCS Super Late feature while Gale Ruth, Jr. won the first-ever visit of the Wingless RUSH Sprints. In the Texas Auto Ranch 4 Cylinders, Ashton Daughenbaugh earned his career first win with Jeremy Zufall taking the AMSOIL/Ron’s Collision Center RUSH Stock Car feature. The race was delayed for over 2 and ½ hours for rain.The MCS Super Late Models hit the track first for their 30-lap event. The drop of the green saw Max Blair leading the way. Blair had Jon Lee breathing down his bumper at first. Blair looked like he was going to pull away from the pack, but seventh starting Alex Ferree had other plans as he moved in to second on lap 13. He chased Blair down and when Blair went to the low side, Ferree blew past on the outside coming out of turn four to take the lead on lap 18. Ferree led five laps before Blair wrestled the lead back on lap 23. Blair was able to lead the final eight laps to take the $2500 victory. Ferree was second followed by Jon Lee, John Wayne Weaver and Drake Troutman. Sixth through tenth was Michael Lake, Chub Frank, Mike Wonderling, Deshawn Gingerich and Dave Blazavich. Heat winners were Blair, Lee and Blazavich. Blair set fast time and received $100 from Bobby Lake Motorsports. Also receiving $100 for the Hard Charger Award from Bobby Lake Motorsports was John Wayne Weaver, who advanced eight spots.NY’s Jeremy Wonderling set fast time, won his heat and the dash, but came up a little short in the main event. Wonderling wasted no time taking the lead at the start of the 30-lap Jim Burns Tribute/Dave & James Burns Memorial. Wonderling looked strong as he lead the first ten laps. Kyle Hardy chased him until he was able to take over the top spot on lap 11. Hardy then began to open up his lead and drove off to his fifth tour win to collect the $3000 check. Chub Frank came from sixth to take second late in the race. Wonderling held on to third over Joe Martin and Max Blair. John Waters, JJ Mazur, Justin Kann, Zach Morrow and Levi Crowl filled out the top ten. Claiming heat wins were Wonderling, Hardy and Martin. Wonderling set a RUSH track record in time trials at 17.662.Pleasantville’s Gale Ruth, Jr. came from his sixth starting spot to take the lead on the opening lap. Ruth was not going to be denied leading all 20-laps enroute to the victory. Kevin Ruhlman was second over his dad Chad Ruhlman. Arnie Kent, Blaze Myers, Tyler Newhart, Andy Feil, Rod George, Brian Hartzell and Nolan Groves completed the top ten. Ruth and George won the qualifying heats.An exciting and scary Texas Auto Ranch 4 Cylinder feature saw Ashton Daughenbaugh take home his career first win in the 12-lap event. Tyler Laughard led the opening two laps before Daughenbaugh made the winning pass on lap three. Behind Daughenbaugh was a lot of rough driving and scary flip for Mike Phillipson. Phillipson flipped numerous times out over turn two in his PT Cruiser. He was okay. The race restarted and Daughenbaugh took off. He held off Dylan Young and then Cody Young, who came from the last starting spot to challenge at the end. When the checker flew it was Daughenbaugh taking a career first win the day after his birthday. Cody Young, Noah Swank,Tyler Laughard, Michael Sinclair, Adam Ellis, Dustin Gibbons, Todd Davis, Bill Eckenrode and Joseph Kause rounded out the top ten. Dylan Young and Jamie Noel were heat winners.Jeremy Zufall made it two straight in the AMSOIL/Ron’s Collision Center RUSH Stock Cars. Zufall led all 15 lap with Bob Torquato in close tow. Torquato won the heat.
MCS Super Late Models (22) – Max Blair, Alex Ferree, Jon Lee, John Wayne Weaver, Drake Troutman, Michael Lake, Chub Frank, Mike Wonderling, Deshawn Gingerich, Dave Blazavich, Bryan Benton, Kyle Knapp, Dan Angelicchio, Dan Stone, Jarid Ivory, Del Rougeux, Mike Laughard, Ryan Christoff, Paul Ivory, Billy Eash, Clinton Hersh (DQ), DNS – Joe Petyak
RUSH Late Models Touring Series (24) – Kyle Hardy, Chub Frank, Jeremy Wonderling, Joe Martin, Max Blair, John Waters, JJ Mazur, Justin Kann, Zach Morrow, Levi Crowl, Matt Latta, Michael Duritsky, Kurt Stebbins, Gregory Carrico, Ryan Frazee, Joe Moyer, Colby Beighey, Bud Watson, Travis Justice, Colin Casale, Kyle Smith, Jr., Rudy Bassaro, Steve Scaife, Jr., Dan Angelicchio.
RUSH Wingless Sprints (12) – Gale Ruth Jr., Kevin Ruhlman, Chad Ruhlman, Arnie Kent, Blaze Myers, Andy Feil, Rod George, Brian Hartzell, Nolan Groves, AJ MacQuarrie, Amelia Clay.
Texas Auto Ranch 4 Cylinders (18) – Ashton Daughenbaugh, Cody Young, Noah Swank,Tyler Laughard, Michael Sinclair, Adam Ellis, Dustin Gibbons, Todd Davis, Bill Eckenrode, Joseph Kause, Jamie Noel, Cruz Daughenbaugh, Dylan Young, Mike Phillipson, Jesse Laughard, Brandon Pearce, Raymond Dallape, DNS – Jason Rittenour.
AMSOIL/Ron’s Collison Center (3) – Jeremy Zufall, Bob Torquato, Mikael Beaver.
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