Spence Stars In Kutztown Fair Finale
KUTZTOWN, Pa. —The Kutztown Fair Week Nationals concluded Thursday at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA.
The 270cc micro sprints were given the opportunity to race without wings bolted to the top of their rollcages, and they responded with a highly entertaining and competitive event.
Sixteen cars entered the program – which counted toward the 2013 Action Track USA point championship – and Kyle Spence, from Bear, Delaware, picked up the win in the 20-lap feature race.
Spence started sixth and moved into contention quickly, taking part in a three-car fight for the runner-up spot with Zack Bealer and Ross Perchak. Jacob Hendershot pulled out to a comfortable lead from his inside front row starting spot, but a caution period with 13 complete proved to be his undoing.
On the restart, Spence gunned his No. 25 to the low side, zipping past Hendershot as they raced down the frontstretch and into turn one. Perchak, the winged winner on Tuesday evening, moved into second one tour later but Spence had the muscle to hold off the current 270cc point leader.
Spence went on to win with Perchak finishing second ahead of Hendershot, Bealer, and Chris James Jr.
Todd Francis won a hotly contested Daniel Boone 200 for Enduro Cars. In the first ever appearance of Enduro racers at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA, a 21-car field of 4-Cylinders and 8-Cylinders took the green in the 200-lap test of endurance.
Mike Fiskaldo led early, then Gary Grim took over and paced the field for almost 100 laps until he spun and got knocked out of the race. Grim’s demise put Bee Luckenbill at the head of the pack with 124 circuits in the books, but Luckenbill’s car was overheating and soon had to make a pitstop to cool down the engine.
Francis inherited the lead at that point with Pat Hires, the fastest car on the track, in second. Hires had been slipping and sliding all over the place in the first quarter of the race, when the track was (intentionally) very wet and slick. As the clay turned tacky, Hires’ car was able to use the horsepower generated by his 8-cylinder engine, and he was an absolute rocket, passing cars at will on the banked quarter-mile.
Francis and Hires engaged in a back-and-forth battle for the top spot, but Hires night came to an end with 20 to go when the left-rear tire shredded on his No. 2.
That left Francis all alone out front, and he carefully negotiated the final laps to record the victory. The win made up for a frustrating race at Grandview on the previous Sunday, when Francis was leading the 4-Cylinder Enduro and had both rear wheels break off the car.
Vince Gagliardo Jr. won the Blast From the Past Vintage Modified feature over Kerry Meitzler. Gagliardo won in the restored Harraka/Grant King car built by the Higbie family; it is the No. 97 that carried Bobby Bottcher to victory in the 1981 Eastern States 200 in Middletown, N.Y.