McClelland Stars Again At Trail-Way
HANOVER, Pa. – No one in attendance, including track officials, knew how he did it.
Brad McClelland wasn’t sure himself. But somehow, McClelland squeezed between two cars sitting sideways in turn four of lap 12 to hold onto the lead and go on to claim his seventh win of the year in the 25-lap 358 sprint car feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.
“I can feel for Tony Stewart,” said McClelland in victory lane. “I simply didn’t see those guys in turn four. I heard ‘caution’ on the raceceiver, but I didn’t see them until the last second.”
“It was a little time-consuming,” McClelland said of the feature. “But stuff like that happens when you get more cars on a short track.”
One of the crashes that held up the race was a four-car melee in turns three and four of lap ten, which resulted in Austin Kirby flying into the catch fence and landing between the outside wall and the catch fence itself. Kirby’s car knocked four poles down and it took nearly a half-hour to get Kirby’s car back onto the race track to haul to the pits.
A redraw placed McClelland third for the start. McClelland caught outside front row starter Chris Arnold for second on the first lap, and wrestled the lead from polesitter Dwight Leppo on lap six.
The near-miss for McClelland came six laps later, when Seth Kearchner and Tyler Buchenauer got together and spun in turn four. The two sideways cars nearly blocked the track, and while most driver went to the extreme top or extreme bottom to miss them, McClelland was the first car to approach the spinners and drove between them, despite the fact that it didn’t look like there was enough room.
From there, McClelland drove to a 1.22-second win over runner-up Leppo, with Jeff Rohrbaugh, Randy Whisler, and Arnold completing the top five.
Sixth through tenth were visitor Jordan Givler, hard-charger Matt Campbell (who started 14th), Jeff Halligan, Buchenauer, and Cody Fletcher.