Snyder Controls Gobrecht Memorial
HANOVER, Pa. – Other than one small hiccup, Jesse Snyder dominated Saturday’s 50-lap Kevin Gobrecht Memorial for 600cc micro-sprints at Trail-Way Speedway Saturday night.
“I missed a shift there on lap 40 (restart), and I thought for sure someone would drive by,” said the Jonestown driver upon exiting his Yuengling Beer/Titan Wings No. 96 in victory lane, “But as the race wore on, I got more relaxed.”
Snyder started on the pole and led every lap, despite heavy pressure from 11th-starting Mike Rutherford, who pulled onto his back bumper coming off the final turn.
“I never got to race against Kevin,” said Snyder, “But my car builder worked with him. I understand he was a heck-of-a racer, and I’m proud to win a race in which we remember him.”
Sixth-starting David Holbrook, 13th-starting Luke Thomas and seventh-starting Shane Lewis completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Todd Hoover, Tanner Hunsicker, Zachary Light, 18th-starting Travis Esh, and 17th-starting Heath Hehnly.
Qualifiers for the 27 600cc micros were won by Hunsicker, Tyler Walton, and Hoover, with Jermain Godshall winning the consolation. Walton was disqualified in a post-heat inspection.
Mike Rutherford followed up his second place run in the 600’s with his second Gobrecht Memorial win in a row in the 270cc micros. Rutherford started fourth and took second from Bill Laughman on lap 26. He then chased race-long leader Brian Marriott for the next 19 laps before driving under Marriott entering turn one of lap 46.
“We weren’t going to get Brian on the bottom, so I went to the top,” said Rutherford, “We got a good run off turn four, and squeezed by before turn one. I was getting a little frustrated with all those cautions. I was afraid I was going to run out of laps.”
Shortly after the race-winning pass, Marriott’s fuel tank ran dry and he faded to 11th at the finish, coming to a stop on the inside of the front stretch right under the checkered flag.
Bill Laughman crossed second, followed by 14th-starting Jim Still, Robert Blumenshine, and 15th-starting Zach Fouse. Sixth through tenth were Brent Bull, Levi Peck, hard charger Eric Heath (who started 20th), Chad Myers, and Lyle Stroman.
Heats for the 28 270cc micros were won by Marriott, Steven Cox, and Brent Bull, with Steve Bull claiming the consolation win.
Trail-Way champ Bob Stough claimed his biggest win of the season in the 25-lap Central PA Legends feature. Stough, who has been friends with the Gobrecht family for several years, started on the outside of the front row and led every lap.
Polesitter Chris Transeau, a former Trail-Way track official, started on the pole and ran second the entire way, with Chris McKinney, Bill Diehl, and Scott Spidle completing the top five.
Chad Earnst was uninjured in a back stretch flip that collected Scott Gobrecht on lap 10.
Heats for the 24 Legends were won by Scott Spidle, Gobrecht, and Diehl.
Wayne Dadetto followed up his hard charger run in the 600 micros with a win in the 20-lap ACMS 600 stock micro-sprint feature. Dadetto started third and had the lead by the end of the first lap. He paced the field the rest of the way, with Lance Yeager crossing second. Buddy Hines, Tim Glacken, and Alyssa Rowe completing the top five.
Dadetto also claimed the lone qualifier for the ACMS micros.