Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Thank You for a great 8 years !!!!!

With the checkered flag flying to signal the end of the 2016 racing season Saturday night at Susquehanna Speedway so to does it signal the end of an incredible 8 year run for the Central PA 358 Point Series.

The past 8 seasons have been a whirlwind for not only myself but also the drivers, sponsors, and car owners of the 358 division. 8 years ago I started the Central PA 358 Point Series on PaPosseracing.com as nothing more then to have something to write about each and every week. But more on that in a bit.

In 2005 I started making the trip to Trail Way Speedway on Friday nights to watch my young cousin race in the 358 division. What I found as I walked through the pit area where a bunch of young drivers looking for their break in Central PA, while doing it virtually unnoticed to the majority of race fans in the area. I fell in love with the division and the drivers and the track and always wondered what I could do to help spread the word about the great drivers.

Jump along to 2009 and I started writing for a website and decided, with the help of Jason Bly, to start covering the 358 division since nobody else really said anything about them. Now this was a time when podcast didn't even exist and most of the racing news still came from print media like AARN and local news papers. The Central PA 358 Point Series was created to shine a light on not only the 358 division as a whole but to help spotlight the drivers who ran at Trail Way Speedway who never got the credit I thought they deserved. The points were counted just like the 410 series did and I posted them every week on that site in my weekly article. To say not to many race teams cared would be an understatement. I walked the pits at Williams Grove Speedway introducing myself to drivers and they really could not have cared less.

As the 2009 season rolled along Jason Loss and his father Dave at Delco Signs signed on as the point series 1st official sponsor. They offered a $250 Gift Certificate to the winner of the series. As the season  went along you could tell some drivers, mostly the teams at Trail Way Speedway, cared about the series and enjoyed watching how the compared to the drivers who ran at other race tracks. At the end of the season we crowned Jeff Rohrbaugh the 1st ever Central PA 358 Point Series Champion. 28 drivers won a feature event that season and 93 different drivers scored a top 10.

My goal at the end of the 2009 racing season was to be able to do what the Mike Root's, Ron Judd's of Central PA have been able to do, and that is give back to the sport as best that I could. I took what those guys did with the Beer Hill Gang and the National Open Chili Cook Off and try and give as much money as I could to the drivers of the 358 division. AND BOY WAS I ABLE TO MAKE THEM PROUD!!!!

Over the off season I was contacted by HTMA who saw what the series was doing and offered to become the official sponsor of the series. With the help of Bob Wirts they put up $27,000 for the point fund which was offered to for the next 3 seasons. In total the series gave out over $30,000 in cash and prizes in 2010 to 16 different drivers. Pat Cannon would win the 1st of 2 series championships and 1 awarded the 1st Central PA 358 Point Series Rookie of the Year Award to Scott Fisher. You can see the entire list of season ending winners HERE 33 drivers would win a feature event with Pat Cannon winning 17. 97 different drivers would score a top 10 in 2010.

After 3 seasons with HTMA as the title sponsor the series was left without one for the 2013 racing season but in 2014  The Central PA 358 Point Series saw Capitol Renegade come on board as the new series sponsor and we had 1 heck of a points battle which went down to the last race of the season. Brad McClelland would best Kevin Nouse for the $3,000 top prize who would get $1,000 for finishing 2nd. 2015 Saw Capitol Renegade back on board as the series sponsor and Doug Hammaker would claim the $3,000 top prize.

In 2016 Capitol Renegade and myself decided to switch things up and came up with the Capitol Renegade KING of the 358's Series as well as with help from some dedicated sponsors we kept the Central PA 358 Point Series alive as well. The KING series gave 3 drivers $3,800 as well as an extra $1,000 to the season long series championship.

All in all the Central PA 358 Point Series was able to hand out over $102,000 to the race teams of the 358 division in the past 8 years. Quite an accomplishment for something that started as just something to write about for a website.

Non of this would have been possible without the help of some awesome people. People like Bob Wirts and HTMA, Wayne Quackenbush and Capitol Renegade who both came on as series sponsors.

Jason Loss and Delco Signs
Pancho's Racing Products
Wings Unlimited
Jager Hill Racing
Millers Racing Products
Loren Carmen and Jason Walls at WRT Speedwrx
Bill Burkholder
Zeigler's Kitchens
Bankert Trophies
Rucker's Computer Solutions
PA Custom Powder Coating
Mark Bell
The Campbell Family

All of these fine people and companies helped keep the Central PA 358 Point Series going by donating their money and products to the series.

I need to say a special Thank You to Gus Radle for everything he has done for the Series since its inception. Gus was the gentleman who supplied all the beautiful most popular driver trophies as well as the awesome 1 of a kind championship belt presented to Doug Hammaker for winning the King Series this year.

Thank you to every photographer who supplied victory lane photos for the series. You guys all made the website look great.

Thank you to all the media members who helped spread the word about not only the Central PA 358 Point Series but the awesome people who race in the 358 division. Jeremy Elliot, Brian Housholder, Brad Vores, Shawn Brouse , Steven Bubb , Todd Heitzelman , Steve Post at Winged Nation and last but certainly not least Catherine Hogue.  Without all of you nobody would have ever known about it. While I might have been a pain in the rear at times, I am forever thankful for all the help you gave to the 358 division.

And last but not least I need to thank the drivers, crew members, car owners, sponsors and race fans of the 358 division. I have always said without all of you working long hours busting your ass to spend all of your money to entertain all of us fans, this point series would have been meaningless.

With that I want to say thank you 1 last time to my wife and 2 children who have dealt with me not being home a lot the past 8 years. You all sacrificed a lot for me to follow my passion and I am eternally grateful for that. It is now time to say Good Bye to the Central PA 358 Point Series. It has been an incredible ride.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Kevin Nouse wins 4th of the 2016 at Susquehanna Speedway season finally.

Kevin Nouse started second in the 25-lap 358 Sprint car feature and led flag to flag to score the $1,000 payday.

Numerous yellows slowed Nouse’s pace and a close call when Shane Yost spun directly in front of him with 22 laps complete, but it was all Nouse out front in taking the win over sixth-starting Steve Owings, 14th starter Kyle Denmyer, 10th starting Brie Hershey and 18th starting Cody Flecher.

Rounding out the top ten finishers were Dwight Leppo, Steven Drevicki, Todd Gracey, Jeff Halligan and Jordan Givler.

Heats for the 24 358 Sprints were won by Nouse, Doug Hammaker and Drevecki.

358 SPRINTS (25 LAPS)-1. Kevin Nouse, 2. Steve Owings, 3. Kyle Denmyer, 4. Brie Hershey, 5. Cody Fletcher, 6. Dwight Leppo, 7. Steven Drevecki, 8. Todd Gracey, 9. Jeff Halligan, 10. Jordan Givler, 11. Chris Frank, 12. Phil Walter, 13. Randy Whisler, 14. Trey Hivner, 15. Doug Hammaker, 16. Amy Ott, 17. Nat Tuckey, 18. Nick Palmerino, 19. Shane Yost, 20. Jake Eldreth, 21. Chandler Leiby, 22. Bob Howard, 23. Jon Stewart.

Did Not Start: Brent Shearer, Dan Richcreek.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Central PA 358 Point Series 2016 Final Point Standings

Here are the final Central PA 358 Point Series point standings. Congratulations to Jeff Halligan on winning the series championship and Brent Shearer on being named the 2016 Central PA 358 Point Series Rookie of the Year.

1. Jeff Halligan - 517 Pts. (1 win)
2. Doug Hammaker - 450 Pts. (3 win)
3. Matt Campbell - 426 Pts. (2 win)
4. Chandler Leiby - 394 Pts. (1 win)
5. Adrian Shaffer - 360 pts. (2 win)
6. Jeff Rohrbaugh - 279 Pts (2 win)
7. David Holbrook - 272 Pts.(2 win)
8. Kevin Nouse - 261 Pts. (1 win)
9.Brent Shearer - 229 Pts. (1 win)
10. Tyler Esh - 222 Pts.
11.Cody Fletcher - 217 Pts.
12.Matt Findley - 204 Pts.
13.Brie Hershey - 184 Pts. (3 win)
14.Steve Owings - 180 Pts. (4 win)
15.Kyle Denmyer - 177 Pts.
16.Phil Walter - 169 Pts. (1 win)
17.Dwight Leppo - 166 Pts.
18.Seth Kearchner - 160 Pts.
19.Mike Bittinger - 158 Pts. (2 win)
20.Chris Arnold - 140 Pts. (1 win)
21.Dalton Dietrich - 140 Pts. (1 win)
22.Isaac Sneeringer - 128 Pts. (1 win)
23.Steve Drevicki - 125 Pts. (1 win)
24.Tyler Walton - 124 Pts. (1 win)
25.CJ Tracy - 104 Pts. (1 win)
26.Zach Euculano - 102 Pts.
27.Troy Wagaman - 93 Pts. (1 win)
28.Jordan Givler - 81 Pts.
29.Nyle Berkes - 74 Pts.
30.Todd Rittenhouse Jr. - 72 Pts.
31.Brian Allman - 69 Pts.
32.Wyatt Hinkle - 68 Pts.
33.Jason Cunningham - 62 Pts.
34.Ashley Cappetta - 62 Pts.
35.Trey Hivner - 60 Pts. (1 win)
36.Randy Whisler - 60 Pts.
37.Chris Frank - 59 Pts.
38.Dave Thrush - 54 Pts.
39.Brandon Noel -  48 Pts.
40.Eric Parker - 45 Pts.
41.Kody Hartlaub - 39 Pts.
42.Glenndon Forsythe - 32 Pts.
43.Jared Esh - 30 Pts.
44.Cody Keller - 30 Pts.
45.Rick Horn - 26 Pts.
46.Dan Richcreek - 24 Pts.
47.Ryan Higgins - 20 Pts.
48.Rich Eichelberger - 18 Pts.
49.Jake Eldrith - 18 Pts.
50.Justin Whitall - 14 Pts.
51.Chad Trout - 14 Pts.
52.Austin Kirby - 12 Pts.
53.Bob Howard - 12 Pts.
54.Shane Smith - 12 Pts.
55.Todd Reed - 12 Pts.
56.Steven Kisamore - 8 Pts.

Brie Hershey only the third repeat winner of the year in 358’s at Lincoln Speedway

Lady driver Brie Hershey won a race-long battle with Brent Shearer and survived a last-lap shootout to score her second win of the year in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.

Like Montieth, Hershey started on the outside of the front row alongside Jake Eldreth. But unlike Montieth, she did not lead every lap. She momentarily lost the lead to Shearer, who was scored the leader in heavy lapped traffic on lap 10. But Hershey made the bottom groove work to perfection and got back around Shearer on lap 11.

She joined Doug Hammaker and Jeff Rohrbaugh as the only repeat winners in the 358 division this season.

Shearer settled for second, with 11th-starting Doug Hammaker, 2016 track champ Chandler Leiby, and 12th-starting Tyler Esh rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Eldreth, Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., Ashley Cappetta, 19th-starting Kyle Denmyer, and Cody Fletcher.

Heats for the 28 358 sprints on hand were won by Dwight Leppo (who flipped on lap 19 of the feature), Shearer, and CJ Tracy, with Kyle Denmyer winning the consolation.

Keizer Aluminum Wheels 358 Sprints:
358 Sprint Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 97-Brie Hershey; 2. 12-Brent Shearer; 3. 66-Doug Hammaker; 4. 119-Chandler Leiby; 5. 35-Tyler Esh; 6. 23J-Jake Eldreth; 7. 23R-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 8. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 9. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 10. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 11. 28-Matt Findley; 12. 22T-Dave Thrush; 13. 23A-Chris Arnold; 14. 80M-Nyle Berkes; 15. 51N-Nick Palmerino; 16. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 17. 30-Jared Esh; 18. 19S-Steve Drevicki; 19. 13S-Jon Stewart; 20. 4-Dwight Leppo (DNF); 21. 21-CJ Tracy (DNF); 22. 67-Justin Whittall (DNF); 23. 7-Trey Hivner (DNF); 24. 41-Jeff Halligan (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Brie Hershey (1-9), Brent Shearer (10), Brie Hershey (11-20)

358 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 4-Dwight Leppo; 2. 119-Chandler Leiby; 3. 41-Jeff Halligan; 4. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 5. 23R-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 6. 19S-Steven Drevicki; 7. 3-Jeff Paulson; 8., 13s-Jon Stewart; 9. 30-Jared Esh (DNF); DNS: 51N-Nick Palmerino. No Time

358 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 66-Doug Hammaker; 2. 12-Brent Shearer; 3. 35-Tyler Esh; 4. 23J-Jake Eldreth; 5. 67-Justin Whittall; 6. 19d-Wyatt Hinkle; 7. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 8. 41K-Clyde Knipp (DNF); DNS: 9-Dalton Dietrich. No Time

358 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21-CJ Tracy; 2. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 3. 97-Brie Hershey; 4. 7-Trey Hivner; 5. 23a-Chris Arnold; 6. 28-Matt Findley; 7. 80m-Nyle Berkes; 8. 22T-Dave Thrush; 9. 10T-Brody Treaster. Time: 2:29:69

358 Sprint Consolation Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) – 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 2. 80M-Nyle Berkes; 3. 30-Jared Esh; 4. 13S-Jon Stewart; 5. 22T-Dave Thrush; 6. 51N-Nick Palmerino; 7. 41K-Clyde Knipp; 8. 3-Jeff Paulson; 9. 10T-Brody Testor. (DNF). No Time

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Updated Central PA 358 Point Series Point Standings 9/24/16

1. Jeff Halligan - 517 Pts. (1 win)
2. Matt Campbell - 426 Pts. (2 win)
3. Doug Hammaker - 420 Pts. (3 win)
4. Chandler Leiby - 369 Pts. (1 win)
5. Adrian Shaffer - 360 pts. (2 win)
6. Jeff Rohrbaugh - 279 Pts (2 win)
7. David Holbrook - 272 Pts.(2 win)
8. Kevin Nouse - 261 Pts. (1 win)
9.Cody Fletcher - 207 Pts.
10.Matt Findley - 204 Pts.
11. Tyler Esh - 202 Pts.
12.Brent Shearer - 194 Pts. (1 win)
13.Steve Owings - 180 Pts. (4 win)
14.Phil Walter - 169 Pts. (1 win)
15.Dwight Leppo - 166 Pts.
16.Kyle Denmyer - 165 Pts.
17.Seth Kearchner - 160 Pts.
18.Mike Bittinger - 158 Pts. (2 win)
19.Chris Arnold - 140 Pts. (1 win)
20.Dalton Dietrich - 140 Pts. (1 win)
21.Brie Hershey - 134 Pts. (2 win)
22.Isaac Sneeringer - 128 Pts. (1 win)
23.Steve Drevicki - 125 Pts. (1 win)
24.Tyler Walton - 124 Pts. (1 win)
25.CJ Tracy - 104 Pts. (1 win)
26.Zach Euculano - 102 Pts.
27.Troy Wagaman - 93 Pts. (1 win)
28.Jordan Givler - 81 Pts.
29.Nyle Berkes - 74 Pts.
30.Brian Allman - 69 Pts.
31.Wyatt Hinkle - 68 Pts.
32.Jason Cunningham - 62 Pts.
33.Trey Hivner - 60 Pts. (1 win)
34.Randy Whisler - 60 Pts.
35.Chris Frank - 59 Pts.
36.Todd Rittenhouse Jr. - 56 Pts.
37.Dave Thrush - 54 Pts.
38.Brandon Noel -  48 Pts.
39.Ashley Cappetta - 48 Pts.
40.Eric Parker - 45 Pts.
41.Kody Hartlaub - 39 Pts.
42.Glenndon Forsythe - 32 Pts.
43.Jared Esh - 30 Pts.
44.Cody Keller - 30 Pts.
45.Rick Horn - 26 Pts.
46.Dan Richcreek - 24 Pts.
47.Ryan Higgins - 20 Pts.
48.Rich Eichelberger - 18 Pts.
49.Justin Whitall - 14 Pts.
50.Chad Trout - 14 Pts.
51.Austin Kirby - 12 Pts.
52.Bob Howard - 12 Pts.
53.Shane Smith - 12 Pts.
54.Todd Reed - 12 Pts.
55.Steven Kisamore - 8 Pts.

Phil Walter beats track champion Kevin Nouse at the line for his 1st 358 win of the season at Williams Grove Speedway

In the 358 sprint feature, it was Phil Walter of Beavertown grabbing the race lead from Dave Thrush with nine laps completed.

Walter streaked away from the field and had a 2.5 second lead with two laps remaining when the red flag stopped the race for Eric Parker in turn three. He was okay.

Jordan Givler worked on Walter for the lead as track champion Kevin Nouse made it a three-car race for the win.

Nouse got by Givler in turn one and put a last lap slider on Walter in turns three and four. Walter turned his car back under Nouse and just beat him back to the checkers to get the win for his first ever triumph at the historic oval despite a decades-long career.

Givler, Chandler Leiby and Adrian Shaffer completed the top five. Thrush, Jared Esh, Nyle Berkes, Todd Reed and Brie Hershey rounded out the top 10.

Shaffer, Nouse and Matt Findley won the 358 sprint heat races.

358 Sprint Feature (20 laps): 1. Phil Walter. 2. Kevin Nouse. 3. Jordan Givler. 4. Chandler Leiby. 5. Adrian Shaffer. 6. Dave Thrush. 7. Jared Esh. 8. Nyle Berkes. 9. Todd Reed. 10. Brie Hershey. 11. Jeff Halligan. 12. Tyler Esh. 13. Rich Eichelberger. 14. Chris Arnold. 15. Kyle Denmyer. 16. Matt Findley. 17. Wyatt Hinkle. 18. Aaron Eichelberger. 19. Jay Tracy. 20. Glenndon Forsythe. 21. Eric Parker.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Nouse Claims Williams Grove 358 Sprint Championship Race

Mechanicsburg – Kevin Nouse scored the 358 sprint car championship event at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, taking $2,500 for the lucrative victory, his second of the year at the track and 16th overall of his career.

In the 25-lap 410 sprint car main, it was Ryan Smith who scored for the first time ever in his career at Williams Grove Speedway, leading all 25 circuits to pick up the $3,600 victory.

Jared Esh took the lead from the pole of the 25-lap 358 sprint championship race with Phil Walter and Eric Parker trailing early while Nouse worked from the 12th starting spot.

Parker bolted around Walter for second on the ninth lap and tried to run down the leader as traffic entered the picture but Nouse was quickly on the scene and was up to third with 11 laps completed.

Nouse overtook Parker for the second spot with nine laps to go and then moments later drove into the lead with eight laps left.

Shortly after being scored the leader, the races first caution flag unfurled, giving Esh and Parker new life.

However the restart saw Nouse pull away when action resumed as he did again on a final restart with a lap to go.

After starting 15th, Adrian Shaffer made his way up to fourth before the finish but failed to challenge for a podium finish.

Phil Walter ended the race in fifth.

Sixth through 10th went to Tyler Esh, Chandler Leiby, Chris Arnold, Jordan Givler and Brent Shearer.

Heats went to Walter, Nouse and Arnold.

358 Sprints, 25 laps: 1. Kevin Nouse, 2. Eric Parker, 3. Jared Esh, 4. Adrian Shaffer, 5. Phil Walter, 6. Tyler Esh, 7. Chandler Leiby, 8. Chris Arnold, 9. Jordan Givler, 10. Brent Shearer, 11. Brie Hershey, 12. Nyle Berkes, 13. Rich Eichelberger, 14. Kyle Denmyer, 15. Dan Richcreek, 16. Matt Findley, 17. Mark Strickler, 18. Dave Thrush, 19. Austin Kirby, 20. Glenndon Forsythe, 21. Chris Frank, 22. Todd Reed, 23. David Holbrook,

DNS: Kody Keller

DNQ: Chad Trout

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Central PA 358 Point Series point standings 9/11/16

Here are the updated Central PA 358 Point Series Standings after this weekends 2 point races at Trail Way and Lincoln Speedway's.

1. Jeff Halligan - 517 Pts. (1 win)
2. Matt Campbell - 426 Pts. (2 win)
3. Doug Hammaker - 420 Pts. (3 win)
4. Chandler Leiby - 344 Pts. (1 win)
5. Adrian Shaffer - 340 pts. (2 win)
6. Jeff Rohrbaugh - 279 Pts (2 win)
7. David Holbrook - 272 Pts.(2 win)
8. Kevin Nouse - 226 Pts. (1 win)
9.Cody Fletcher - 207 Pts.
10.Matt Findley - 204 Pts.
11. Tyler Esh - 202 Pts.
12.Brent Shearer - 194 Pts. (1 win)
13.Steve Owings - 180 Pts. (4 win)
14.Dwight Leppo - 166 Pts.
15.Kyle Denmyer - 165 Pts.
16.Seth Kearchner - 160 Pts.
17.Mike Bittinger - 158 Pts. (2 win)
18.Chris Arnold - 140 Pts. (1 win)
19.Dalton Dietrich - 140 Pts. (1 win)
20.Isaac Sneeringer - 128 Pts. (1 win)
21.Steve Drevicki - 125 Pts. (1 win)
22.Brie Hershey - 124 Pts. (2 win)
23.Tyler Walton - 124 Pts. (1 win)
24.Phil Walter - 119 Pts.
25.CJ Tracy - 104 Pts. (1 win)
26.Zach Euculano - 102 Pts.
27.Troy Wagaman - 93 Pts. (1 win)
28.Brian Allman - 69 Pts.
29.Wyatt Hinkle - 68 Pts.
30.Jason Cunningham - 62 Pts.
31.Trey Hivner - 60 Pts. (1 win)
32.Randy Whisler - 60 Pts.
33.Nyle Berkes - 60 Pts.
34.Chris Frank - 59 Pts.
35.Todd Rittenhouse Jr. - 56 Pts.
36.Jordan Givler - 51 Pts.
37.Brandon Noel -  48 Pts.
38.Ashley Cappetta - 48 Pts.
39.Eric Parker - 45 Pts.
40.Kody Hartlaub - 39 Pts.
41.Dave Thrush - 36 Pts.
42.Glenndon Forsythe - 32 Pts.
43.Cody Keller - 30 Pts.
44.Rick Horn - 26 Pts.
45.Dan Richcreek - 24 Pts.
46.Ryan Higgins - 20 Pts.
47.Rich Eichelberger - 18 Pts.
48.Justin Whitall - 14 Pts.
49.Jared Esh - 14 Pts.
50.Chad Trout - 14 Pts.
51.Austin Kirby - 12 Pts.
52.Bob Howard - 12 Pts.
53.Shane Smith - 12 Pts.
54.Steven Kisamore - 8 Pts.


ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 9/10/2016 – The youth movement continued in the final points race of the season for “”358” sprint cars at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

Rookie Brent Shearer of Manheim became the sixth different first-time winner in the 20-lap feature event.   Shearer, who came from 19th to fourth a week ago, started fourth and finished the job this week, holding off two-time track champ Jeff Rohrbaugh at the end.

It was not without drama, as front row starter Tyler Walton grabbed the lead from polesitter Ashley Cappetta and led the first 14 laps.  Shearer took the lead from Walton at the line to complete lap 15, and Walton drove up over Shearer’s right rear entering turn one.  Walton flipped, and Shearer drove out of a 360 spin and never stopped, giving him the lead for the restart with five laps to go.

The final five laps saw eighth-starting Rohrbaugh charge into the runner-up spot, but he could never catch Shearer.

Rohrbaugh settled for second, with 10th-starting Jeff Halligan third, 11th-starting Matt Campbell fourth, and Matt Findley fifth.  Completing the top ten were Adrian Shaffer, Chris Arnold, Chandler Leiby, Cody Fletcher, and C.J. Tracey.

Leiby’s eight-place finish clinched the 2016 Keiser Aluminum Wheels 358 sprint car championship for the Carlisle teenager who just graduated from high school a few months ago.  Campbell finished second in season points for the second straight year, with Shaffer a close third.  Both drivers entered the evening trailing Leiby by just 55 points.

Heats for the 30 358 Sprints were won by Halligan, Arnold, and Campbell, with Mike Bittinger winning the consolation.

358 Sprint Feature Finish (20 Laps) – 1. 12-Brent Shearer; 2. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 3. 41-Jeff Halligan; 4. 16-Matt Campbell; 5. 28-Matt Findley; 6. 27s-Adrian Shaffer; 7. 23-Chris Arnold; 8. 119-Chandler Leiby; 9. 66a-Cody Fletcher; 10. 21-C.J. Tracy; 11. 38d-Kyle Denmyer; 12. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 13. 35-Tyler Esh; 14. 5-Phil Walter; 15. 45x-Colt White; 16. 9-Dalton Dietrich; 17. 12b-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 18. 19s-Steven Drevicki (DNF); 19. 4r-Tyler Walton (DNF); 20. 13s-Jon Stewart (DNF); 21. 8-Kenny Kuhn (DNF); 22. 97-Brie Hershey (DNF); 23. 22-Nathan Prezenica (DNF); 24. 15s-Shai Morris (DNF).

Lap Leaders – Tyler Walton (1-14), Brent Shearer (15-20)

358 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 41-Jeff Halligan; 2. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 3. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 5. 19S-Steve Drevicki; 6. 22-Nathan Prezenica; 7. 45X-Colt White; 8. 5A-Zachary Allman; DNS – 7-Trey Hivner, 19D-Wyatt Hinkle. Time – 2:26.34

358 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 23-Chris Arnold; 2. 28-Matt Findley; 3. 12-Brent Shearer; 4. 119-Chandler Leiby; 5. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 6. 5-Phil Walter; 7. 12B-Mike Bittinger; 8. 13S-Jon Stewart; 9. 47-Michael Hamer (DNF); 10. 19L-Adam Lyman. No Time

358 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 16-Matt Campbell; 2. 4R-Tyler Walton; 3. 97-Brie Hershey; 4. 27S-Adrian Shaffer; 5. 21-CJ Tracy; 6. 9-Dalton Dietrich; 7. 51N-Nick Palmerino; 8. 35-Tyler Esh; 9. 15S-Shai Morris; 10. 8-Kenny Kuhn. Time – 2:24.12

358 Sprint Consolation Finish (10 Laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 12-Mike Bittinger; 2. 35-Tyler Esh; 3. 45X-Colt White; 4. 15-Shai Morris; 5. 13S-Jon Stewart; 6. 8-Kenny Kuhn; 7. 5A-Zachary Allman; 8. 51N-Nick Palmerino (DNF); 9. 7-Trey Hivner (DNF); 10. 19L-Adam Lyman (DNF); DNS – 47-Michael Hamer, 19D-Wyatt Hinkle. No Time

Saturday, September 10, 2016


HANOVER, PA (9/9/2016) – After two unsuccessful attempts to start the race, Abbottstown’s Mike Bittinger outran polesitter Wyatt Hinkle to the first turn and led every lap of the non-stop 25-lap feature for 358 sprint cars at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.

“I’m an old man,” said Bittinger upon exiting his Apple Automotive/Boulder Pools #12 in victory lane, “They really made me feel old in the heat and knocked me all around.”

“Starting position helped tonight,” added Bittinger, “I’ve been down on myself that past few months, and tonight was a great way to end the year.  I started paying attention to the scoreboard there toward the end.  I wasn’t going full-bore until the 77 stuck his nose under me, and decided I’d step it up and give it everything I had.”

Bittinger’s second win of the year came one week after picking up the hard luck bonus in the Lincoln/Trail-Way two night “Shootout.”  The non-stop 25-lap time was six minutes, 10.06 seconds.  

David Holbrook’s second-place finish was good enough to lock up the 2016 Trail-Way track title.

“We came up short tonight, and that was driver error,” said Holbrook during a brief interview in victory lane, “I want to thank (car owner) Mike Parris and the crew for a great job this season.  We’ll be back next year and be better than ever.”

Holbrook started third and drove around Hinkle for the runner-up spot on lap 14.  Fourth-starting caught Hinkle for third on lap 14 and finished there, with TW rookie of-the-year Tyler Walton and Hinkle rounding out the top five.
Sixth through ninth were Zach Euculano, Dave Thrush, Cody Fletcher, and hard charger Shane Yost, who started 14th.  Dan Richcreek was a DNF but credited with tenth.

Friday September 9, 2016
Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, PA
For Immediate Release


FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. 12-Mike Bittinger; 2. 77-David Holbrook; 3. 41-Jeff Halligan; 4. 4R-Tyler Walton; 5. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 6. 10-Zach Euculano; 7. 22T-Dave Thrush; 8. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 9. 99Y-Shane Yost; 10. 80M-Dan Richcreek (DNF); 11. 64-Randy Whisler (DNF); 12. 10T-Brody Treaster (DNF); 13. 30-Seth Kearchner (DNF); 14. 4-Dwight Leppo (DNF); 15. 00-Chris Frank (DNS); 16. 39-JB Cunningham, Jr. (DNS). Time – 6:10.06

Lap Leaders: Mike Bittinger (1-25)

358 Sprint Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 2. 4R-Tyler Walton; 3. 30-Seth Kearchner; 4. 41-Jeff Halligan; 5. 12-Mike Bittinger; 6. 10T-Brody Treaster; 7. 64-Randy Whisler (DNF); 8. 00-Chris Frank (DNF). Time – 2:26.9410

358 Sprint Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 4-Dwight Leppo; 2. 10-Zach Euculano; 3. 22T-Dave Thrush; 4. 77-David Holbrook; 5. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 6. 80M-Dan Richcreek; 7. 99Y-Shane Yost; 8. 39-JB Cunningham, Jr. (DNS). Time – 2:21.18