Linda’s Speedway Champions Awarded Titles
GRANTVILLE, Pa. — Nine champions were crowned and various awards handed out as Linda’s Speedway hosted its annual racing banquet at the Holiday Inn here Feb. 1.
Nick Skias was awarded his RTS Chassis 270 Sprint title, his third title in a four-year period. Skias had three feature wins, four heat race wins, and nine top five finishes on his way to the title.
Other 270 Sprint award winners included Kyle Weiss (Rookie of the Year), Devin Harron (Most Improved), Dan Degler (Hard Luck) and Josh Stoyer (Steve Buch Sportsmanship Award).
For the first time in Linda’s Speedway history there were three champions in the one class. With the popularity of the class both the winged and wingless sprints had champions honored as well as an overall point winner. Tanner Hunsicker earned the title as the Hoosier Tire/ Hyper Racing overall champion with wins in both classes and consistency all season.
Dan Souder adds his name to the list of Winged 600 Sprint champions with one feature wins and five top-five finishes. Steve Whary writes his name in the history books as the first Wingless Sprint champion by taking the title with one heat race win and for top five finishes. Ron Lewis (Steve Buch Sportsmanship Award and Most Improved) and Josh Sell (Rookie of the Year) picked up other 600 Sprint Awards.
Richie Hitzler was given his Jesus Race Team Modified championship award. Hitzler had four wins, won the Poker Series championship, as well as the Leon Gruber Memorial 50 this past season to propel himself to his first championship. Bobby Scherff (Rookie of the Year), Chad Zornek (Most Improved), Lester Dise (Hard Luck), and Mike Burrows (Steve Buch Sportsmanship Award) took home various modified awards.
Slingshot champion Bill Weaver had a dream season with four straight feature wins and eight top five finishes on his way to his first championship. Weaver credited his teammate Cody Kline for assisting him in winning an early season tour race that got the championship bid started. Alex Schoffstall (Steve Buch Sportsmanship Award), Louden Reimert (Rookie of the Year), Travis Bieber (Most Improved) and B.J. Antonio (Hard Luck).
Eric Hollenbach 2013 won his second Eash’s Towing Charger championship and the Kimmel Race Team. Hollenbach picked up his first charger win to go along with seven top five finishes to take the crown. The champion, Hollenbach (Steve Buch Sportsmanship Award), Kevin McCallin (Rookie of the Year), Tyler Stump (Most Improved), and Josh Michael (Hard Luck) won other charger awards.
Kenny Murray drove to his first championship in only his second season of competition at the speedway. Murray had eight top five finishes in nine races this season as well as two wins. Dylan Binkley won the Steve Buch Sportsmanship Award for the 125 Sprints.
The Keystone Legends traveling series champion Bill Diehl was also honored as a Linda’s Speedway champion. Last season five of the six tour races were held at Linda’s Speedway because of rain outs. This was Diehl’s first championship.
Fans voted in the Mike Co/Fan Choice awards. The Driver of the Year honors went to modified champion Richie Hitzler. Brandon Heist’s last lap pass for his first win was the most popular and Donovan Felker’s wild ride in his wingless sprint earned him the “Watch Out” Moment of 2013. Best appearing car honors were given to Nick Skias (270 Sprints), Felker (600 Sprints), Chase Gutshall (125 Sprints), Mike Burrows (Modifieds), Tyler Stump (Chargers), and Cody Kline (Slingshots).