Trout Snags Grove Sportsman Prize
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — In the most dramatic finish in the nine-year history of the Williams Grove Speedway Saturday Night Series Super Sportsman division, Chad Trout won the 20-lap main event.
Rich Eichelberger had a comfortable lead entering the last lap, but Eichelberger’s engine woes in the final turn propelled Trout to the victory.
Duaine Smith led the opening lap of the Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman feature with Bobby Hockenberry, Rich Eichelberger, and Gregg Foster giving chase. Chad Trout, the eight-place starter, was in fifth.
Rich Eichelberger became the new leader during the third lap. Eichelberger gained a full straightaway advantage while Smith, Hockenberry, Foster, and Trout fought for second. By the eighth lap Chad Trout captured second position.
Eichelberger’s large lead disappeared with a lap-12 caution. The caution returned two laps later providing Trout with another opportunity. Eichelberger, once again, gained a comfortable lead.
The third and final caution came with two laps remaining. Rich Eichelberger held a seven-car length advantage entering the concluding lap. In the final turns Eichelberger’s engine expired and his car slowed as he exited turn four. Chad Trout went to the outside to pass the drifting Eichelberger machine. Trout, from Dover, won his third Super Sportsman Tour feature of the year. Duaine Smith was second, his best finish of the year. Frankie Herr was third, Mike Enders finished fourth and Scott Geesey was fifth.
Roy Miller started on the outside of the front row in the Credit Connection Auto Sales 358 Late Model 20-lap feature. Miller, from Hershey, was the immediate leader followed by Les Hare and Sam Gallagher. Miller, Hare and Gallagher had a close duel for the lead through the early laps.
Roy Miller found a comfortable groove and motored away from the competition. Behind him Les Hare, Sam Gallagher, Wes Alleman, and Gene Knaub were competing for second.
A lap eight caution erased Miller’s advantage. He again gained a ten-car length lead while Gallagher, Alleman, Knaub, and Alan Sagi were fighting for second.
The second and final caution came during the 14th lap. Roy Miller, after the restart, left the competition far behind. Sam Gallagher, Wes Alleman, and Alan Sagi were in a tight duel for the runner-up spot as Gene Knaub began to fade.
Roy Miller won his first of the year by a straightaway. Wes Alleman and Alan Sagi were even crossing the finish line. Track officials decided Alleman finished second with Sagi, the 14th-place starter, in third. Sam Gallagher was fourth and Jake Jones made a late charge to capture fifth.
Walt Lemmon led the first circuit of the 15-lap Aquafun Pools Street Stock main. Lemmon relinquished the lead to Mike Buckley in the second lap. Jeff Haag, the fifth-place starter, was third behind Buckley and Lemmon.
The first of two cautions came in the fifth circuit. Jeff Haag used the restart to pass Lemmon for second position. Haag applied heavy pressure on leader Buckley.
Jeff Haag made his move in the eighth lap. He went to the low side of turns three and four to pass Mike Buckley.
Jeff Haag dominated the remaining laps. His Camaro crossed the finish line 15 lengths ahead of Mike Buckley with Craig Morgan in third.