Saturday, October 1, 2011
OWINGS TAKES TRONE OUTDOOR ADVERTISING CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT
Hanover, PA (09/30/11) – Steve Owings won the first, and also the last “358” sprint car feature at Trail-Way Speedway in 2011. But it was Jeff Rohrbaugh who claimed his fourth title in the past five years at the McSherrystown oval. “We came out of the box fast, and it’s nice to get a win at the end,” said Owings upon exiting the Valentine Motorsports/Westminster Transmissions #35 in victory lane, “I don’t know if we would have caught the #56 (Nate Snyder) if we hadn’t caught lapped traffic.”
But catch traffic they did, about six laps after each restart. Before the second caution of the event, sixth-starting Owings caught Snyder in heavy lapped traffic exiting turn four of lap 13 to take the lead. The pass actually came as five cars were battling for the lead. Just behind Owings and polesitter Snyder were Dale Hammaker, Tim Wagaman, and Cris Eash. One lap later, Eash came to a stop in turn four.
Owings pulled away on the restart, only to lose much of the lead when he made contact with Joe Trone, Jr. coming off turn two of lap 24. Trone came to a stop in turn two of the next lap. It was at that time that Wagaman dove into the pits with a flat tire while running sixth.
A two-car crash between Mike Duncan, Jr. and Randy Whisler resulted in a Duncan flip on turn four of lap 27, brining out the only red flag of the 30-lap event. Hammaker drove under Snyder for second on the restart, but could not catch Owings, who scored his third win of the year and claimed the $2,000 Trone Outdoor Advertising championship win. “We kinda’ ran out of money in mid-season, so we took a little hiatus,” said Owings, “I want to thank Butch Devilbiss and Jim Travis for getting this motor back together.”
“This is a great race track, and it’s a lot of run racing here,” continued Owings, “If you don’t get excited about the racing here at Trail-Way, you just don’t like racing.” Third through fifth were Snyder, 15th-starting Mike Bittinger, and 14th-starting Kyle Moody.
Jeff Rohrbaugh’s run from 23rd starting spot to sixth at the finish resulted in his fourth track title in the past five years. Rohrbaugh, the only driver to ever win Trail-Way and Lincoln track titles in the same year, has now done it twice
“We got Dad’s number back on the car this year,” said Rohrbaugh in victory lane, “I want to thank my co-owners Dave and Lori Runkle. This track’s a nice place to race, and I want to thank all the fans who turned out, especially those who cheer for me!”
Completing the top ten were 20th starting Billy Dietrich, J.B. Cunningham, Steve Storrie, and Ted Thomas, Jr.
Heats for the 29 “358” sprinters were won by Logan Wagner, Whisler, and Austin Hogue, with Ryan Kissinger taking the consolation event.
358 Sprint Cars
Feature (30 Laps)
1. 35-Steve Owings; 2. 66-Dale Hammaker; 3. 56-Nate Snyder; 4. 12-Mike Bittinger; 5. 99M-Kyle Moody; 6. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 7. 8-Billy Dietrich; 8. 7C-J.B. Cunningham; 9. 0-Steve Storrie; 10. 94-Ted Thomas; 11. 6R-Logan Wagner; 12. 1-Tim Wagaman; 13. 17G-George Streaker, Jr.; 14. 65C-Niki Young; 15. 64-Randy Whisler; 16. 1A-Alex Spalding; 17. 52-Austin Hogue(DNF); 18. 11D-Mike Duncan, Jr.(DNF); 19. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.(DNF); 20. 18J-Jessie Morrison(DNF); 21. 66X-Ryan Kissinger(DNF); 22. 10W-Cris Eash(DNF); 23. 16-Arron Spahr(DNF); 24. 10-Zach Euculano(DNF). No Time.
Lap Leaders- Tim Wagaman (1-8), Nate Snyder (9-12), Steve Owings (13-25).