Martin Finally Scores At The Grove
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – After a frustrating season filled with mechanical problems, Super Sportsman driver LeRoy Martin erased the disappointment with a feature win Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
This is Martin’s first victory of the season.
Martin was on the pole for the start of the 20-lap Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman main. Martin, the winner of the fourth heat race, sprinted into the lead. John Stoner held second with Paul Miller, Bobby Hockenberry, and Rick Barr giving chase.
Martin had a straightaway lead before a lap eight, turn three pile up brought out the red flag. A shaken Stan Wanner received treatment but did not need transportation to a medical facility.
Following the restart, Martin gained another large lead. The battle was for second featuring close racing between John Stoner, Paul Miller, and Rick Barr. Martin easily won the feature by five seconds. John Stoner edged out Rick Barr for second. Paul Miller was fourth with fifth place going to Bobby Hockenberry.
Barr, Paul Miller, Hockenberry, and Martin won the heats for the 37-car field. Cody Fairchok and John Wolfe claimed the two consolation races.
Chad Julius led the start of the 20-lap Brooks Graphix 358 Late Model feature. Wes Alleman was a close second. Randy Stoudt, the eight-place starter, was third by the completion of the first lap. By the third lap, Stoudt was in second position.
The car of leader Julius developed a handling problem. Following a lap six restart, the Julius car pushed up the track in turns one and two. Stoudt used the inside line to become the new leader. Jake Jones moved into second place. With four laps remaining, the Jones No. 43 pitted with a flat tire.
Randy Stoudt led with no challenges. Charlie Schaffer and Wes Alleman had a tight fight for second. Stoudt, from Pottstown, won his third of the year by ten lengths. Schaffer held off Alleman for second. D.J. Mease had his best run of the year with a third-place finish. Bobby Beard was fourth with Jared Miller taking fifth.
Over the last half of the season, the Newville Construction Services Street Stocks provided incredible racing. Their 15-lap feature Saturday night was no exception. The “Heart Attack Kid, Sam Rial, used a last lap move to win the 15-lap feature.
Walt Lemmon started on the pole and was the leader by the end of the first circuit. The top ten cars were racing in a tight pack. After a fourth-lap restart, Chad Smith passed Steven Dove for second. Smith made constant challenges to the lead.
Sam Rial began the feature in 12th place. Rial found a favorable lane on the outside. He made steady progress to the front. With the top ten cars in a tight pack, positions inside the pack were in a continuous state of change. Rial advanced to fifth with four laps remaining.
On lap 13 Rial charged into second place. The final lap found Rial using the outside to pass leader Lemmon. Rial won his second straight by a slim margin over Lemmon. Greg Diehl made a last lap charge to finish in third. Chad Smith was fourth with Steven Dove taking fifth.