Perrego Scores At Penn Can
SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. – The King of the Can Weekend continued Saturday under much warmer temperatures. More than 140 race cars packed the Penn Can Speedway pit area on NEP WIRELESS Night.
In the featured Race of Champions Sportsman 35-lap main event, Anthony Perrego held off Friday night’s 602 Sportsman winner Alex Stanton for the victory.
The RaceSaver Regional 305 Sprint feature was a great three car battle. New Jersey’s Brian Carber made a late race pass on leader Gary Palmer to take home the winner’s check.
Hometown favorite, Shane Wolf, Sr. brought home the win in the Race of Champions Street Stock event. Ryan Higgs held off Joe Finelli to win for the first time ever at Penn Can in the Xcel modifieds.
Daune Kinne was declared the winner in the rain shortened 4 Cylinder main event. The Big Dawg Nationals for the factory stock had to be rescheduled because of the rain. It will be part of the huge “Can Opener” scheduled in April.
Friday night’s 602 sportsman winner and 2012 Penn Can track champion, Alex Stanton of Susqueahnna, led the twenty six car starting field to Gary Folk Jr’s green flag to start the thirty five lap Race of Champions feature event. Stanton jumped to the early race lead.
The field was slowed early in the race with a number of cautions for spinning cars. Once the action got heated up, Stanton looked like he might swep the weekend. New York’s Anthony Perrego had different ideas. Perrego debut a brand new Hig Fab car for the tour event hoping to improve his third place position in Race of Cahmpion points.
With Stanton out front Perrego made his was on to Stanton’s rear bumper. The two raced side by side with Eddie White a close third. Perrego took the top spot from Stanton on lap twelve of the main event. A late race caution on lap twenty seven brought the field back together.
Perrego lead with Stanton second followed by White, Danny Tyler, and Kenny Hammond. When racing resumed the five battled closely for the last eight laps with Perrego getting the win.
The RaceSaver 305 sprint feature started twenty four cars with Gary Palmer Jr jumping to the early lead. Palmer looking like a sure winner building a huge lead lap after lap.
A couple early cautions didn’t seem to bother Palmer is restarts kept him in front of the field. The two cars of Brian Carver and Kyle Reinhardt both started back in the field. As laps started to wind down the cars of Carver and Reinhardt started to become a factor.
When a caution flew on lap 23, the pack was tightened. On the restart Carver saw and opening and took the lead on a second turn pass on the outside bring Reinhardt with him into the top two positions. Carver took the win with Reinhardt second. Palmer settled for third.
In the Race of Champions Street Stock twenty five lap event local hometown favorite Shane Wolf Sr held off 2012 Penn Can Street Stock Champion Earl Zimmer for the hard fought win. Invaders Corey Costa, Kurt Stebbins, and Kurt Decker rounded out the top five.
The 600 Xcel modifieds had the same car visit Victory Lane again Saturday but this time the driver changed. Ryan Higgs climbed behind the car normally driver by perennial winner Butch Getz and held off a very determine Joe Finelli for the win.
The originally schedule 20-lap four cylinder feature was shortened to 15 laps because of the rain moving into the area. On lap nine of the event the speedway’s generator had a major issue which force a caution to be displayed. As the track crew made quick repairs of the generator, the mist that began falling during the running of the feature turned to rain.
The decision was made that the track had taken too much moisture and the four cylinder feature was declared official with Dwayne Kinne coming home the winner on top of Scott Chapman, Klem Underwood, Troy Kress, Jason Colwell.