Cunningham Wins With Burnt Up Engine
HANOVER, Pa. – J.B. Cunningham will no doubt need every dollar from Friday night’s win to get ready for his next 358 sprint car race after claiming the 25-lap feature at Trail-Way Speedway.
“We burned this motor up tonight,” said Cunningham upon exiting his One Stop Motors/Stoner’s Family Farms #7c in victory lane. “But when you’re out front, it’s hard to give it up. It’s been overheating the past few weeks, and it did again tonight.”
He’ll also need to fix the brakes.
“The brakes went out with about five laps to go,” said Cunningham after scoring his second Trail-Way win of the season, “I was trying hard to stay on the bottom. Anyone who caught me would have had to pass me on the top.”
The rest of the top five nearly did.
Cunningham started on the pole and dominated the first 15 laps. But as Cunningham began to fight a sour motor and his brakes began to go, Shane Hoff and hard charger Mike Bittinger (who started eighth) started reeling him in.
As the leaders reached lapped traffic on lap 18, points leader Kyle Moody and Austin Hogue closed in on the three leaders and made it a five-car battle to end.
Bittinger caught Hoff at the line to cross second, with Hoff, Moody, and Hogue completing the top five, all of which finished within seven carlengths of the winner at the end.
Rounding out the top ten were Joe Trone, Jr., Tim Wagaman, Brad McClelland, Keith Prutzman, and Wes Irwin.
Other winners at Trail-Way included Grand Adams (358 late-model), and Shawn Crunkilton (limited stocks).