WAGAMAN NEW POINTS LEADER
Hanover, PA (07/30/10) – Lapped traffic was a factor in more ways than one in Brad McClelland’s fourth win of the year in the 25-lap “358” sprint car feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.
“That was a bad break for Billy (Dietrich), and good luck for us,” said McClelland after scoring his division-leading 24th career win, “I saw there were five laps to go, and I thought to myself that I needed lapped traffic. Fortunately, the lapped traffic came to us, and it worked out.”
McClelland started ninth after polesitter Brian Suchy opted for the rear with brake rotor problems. That put Michael Ruttkamp on the pole, and he led the first 21 laps before McClelland drove around him on a 22nd lap restart.
The final caution of the race was for Dietrich, who started fifth and was running second when the lapped cars of Nick Palmerino and Tim Stallings got together and collected the Racers Used Parts Warehouse #88 in turn two of lap 22. Dietrich was done for the night, and credited with an 18th-place finish.
Once in front, McClelland drove away from the field.
“The track was beautiful tonight,” said McClelland, “It was good racing!”
Ruttkamp ran the best race of his dirt track career to finish second, with Joe Trone, Jr. crossing third. Second-starting Trevor Little and Keith Prutzman completed the top five.
Sixth through tenth were Tim Wagaman, Mike Bittinger, Randy Whisler, Randy Davis, Jr., and Scott Fisher.
Dale Hammaker threw a rod in his heat and was unable to start the feature. That, combined with Wagaman’s sixth-place finish vaulted Wagaman into the season-long 358 sprint car point series lead.
Also unable to start the feature was Jeff Rohrbaugh, who was driving the Berwager #4U.
Heats for the 23 “358” sprinters were won by Little, Suchy, and Prutzman.
Feature (25 Laps)
1. 6-Brad McClelland; 2. 8R-Michael Ruttkamp; 3. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 4. 20-Trevor Little; 5. 28-Keith Prutzman; 6. 1-Tim Wagaman; 7. 12-Mike Bittinger; 8. 64-Randy Whisler; 9. 98-Randy Davis, Jr.; 10. 21-Scott Fisher; 11. B52-Brook Weibley; 12. 10-Zach Euculano; 13. 10W-Brian Bruckner; 14. 33T-Todd Spangler; 15. 18J-Jessie Morrison; 16. 51N-Nick Palmerino; 17. 11D-Mike Duncan, Jr.(DNF); 18. 88-Bill Dietrich(DNF); 19. 59T-Tim Stallings(DNF); 20. 33-Billy Heltzel III(DNF); 21. 27-Brian Suchy(DNF); 22. 66-Dale Hammaker(DNS); 23. 4U-Jeff Rohrbaugh(DNS). No Time.
Lap Leaders- Michael Ruttkamp (1-21), Brad McClelland (22-25).