Saturday, May 19, 2012
ROOKIE SHANE HOFF CLAIMS CAREER FIRST IN TRAIL-WAY 358 SPRINTS
In doing so, the rookie became the seventh different winner in as many races this season.
“We had a few were gave away lately,” said Hoff upon exiting his Color Wheel Decorating Center/L&R Body #69 in victory lane, “I didn’t want that last caution to come out. I knew Jeff was back there, but he was going to have to go around me, because I wasn’t coming off the bottom.”
Hoff, who became the fourth first-time Trail-Way winner of the season, started on the pole and led every lap. He had led the first half of the race last Friday before dropping to the infield with a broken throttle link.
Fifth-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh passed J.B. Cunningham for second on lap nine, one lap before Cunningham hit the wall on turn four. That brought out the red, and Rohrbaugh lined up on Hoff’s back bumper for the restart. Despite repeated attempts, the defending Trail-Way champ was unable to get by Hoff. He was among those in victory lane to congratulate the New Oxford driver on his first career win.
Crossing third through fifth were 11th-starting Brad McClelland, Tim Wagaman, and Mike Bittinger.
Sixth through tenth were Kyle Moody, Keith Prutzman, Randy Whisler, Joe Trone, Jr., and hard charger Mike Duncan, Jr. (who started 19th).
Heats for the 20 “358” sprint cars were won by Hoff and Whisler.
Feature (25 Laps)
1. 69-Shane Hoff; 2. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 3. 6R-Brad McClelland; 4. 1-Tim Wagaman; 5. 12-Mike Bittinger; 6. 99M-Kyle Moody; 7. 28-Keith Prutzman; 8. 64-Randy Whisler; 9. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 10. 11D-Mike Duncan, Jr.; 11. 9-Wes Irwin; 12. 89-Ashely Cappetta; 13. 35-Steve Owings(DNF); 14. 13W-Chad Wenerick(DNF); 15. 01-Rick Horn(DNF); 16. 7C-J.B. Cunningham(DNF); 17. 66B-Cory Brockman(DNF); 18. 83-Alex Spalding(DNF); 19. 90-Jordan Givler(DNF); DNS: 10-Zach Euculano. No Time.
Lap Leaders- Shane Hoff (1-25).
Heat 1 (8 Laps/All to Qualify)
1. 69-Shane Hoff; 2. 7C-J.B. Cunningham; 3. 01-Rick Horn; 4. 28-Keith Prutzman; 5. 99M-Kyle Moody; 6. 10-Zach Euculano; 7. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 8. 90-Jordan Givler; 9. 83-Alex Spalding; 10. 11D-Mike Duncan, Jr.(DNF). No Time.
Heat 2 (8 Laps/All to Qualify)
1. 64-Randy Whisler; 2. 6R-Brad McClelland; 3. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 12-Mike Bittinger; 5. 1-Tim Wagaman; 6. 35-Steve Owings; 7. 66B-Cory Brockman; 8. 9-Wes Irwin; 9. 13W-Chad Wenerick; 10. 89-Ashley Cappetta. Time2:24.78. Extreme Stocks