John Reed Memorial
2014- Randy Albert
Hummingbird Speedway family and friends honored former Late Model driver, Big
John Reed Saturday May 10 2014. Reed’s
signature red, white, and blue Late Model racecar led the parade laps in memory
of the local drive who lost his battle with cancer recently.
the local driver with victories tonight included Chris Farrell from Clearfield
in the BWP Bats Steel Block Late Model class and Colton Gearhart from DuBois in
the Street Stock division. New to the track was the Micro Sprint division with
Jeff Haefke from Austintown, OH leading the way. The Pure Stock feature saw Doug Surra from
Kersey taking the win while Matt Bryant from Weedville was successful in the
Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders.
Bellamauro Social Hall in Reynoldsville sponsored the trophies for the evening
in memory of John Reed. For parties,
receptions and catering contact The Bellamauro.
started off with a King of the Hill race for the late model drivers. Scott Stein from Cherry Tree was able to hold
off Derek Rodkey form Osceola Mills for the win in the final shootout. The prize money was provided by the Rathmer
House Antique Store in Reynoldsville, home for all things unique. Check them out on Facebook.
Bats Steel Block Late Models took to the racing surface after a number of rain
delays to start the season of racing at Hummingbird Speedway. Matt Gaston from Rochester Mills and Terry
Rayko from Atwood had the early shot at the lead by virtue of the pole starting
position. Rayko quickly jumped to the
lead with Chris Farrell from Clearfield hot on his tail not allowing the early
leader any chance to gain an advantage. Farrell wedged his machine between Rayko and Gaston on lap two making it
three wide early in the race. Scott
Stein out of Cherry Tree had a great view of the action from right behind the
leaders. Farrell and Rayko mixed it up
early and often for the lead and began to encounter slower cars early in the
race. Farrell had a small advantage in
the traffic jam but Rayko powered back on the outside with Stein moving forward
to challenge Farrell on the bottom. Stein and Rayko touched while working through the other cars with Stein
coming out in the lead. Stein looked to
be gaining a bit of a lead as Rayko and Farrell “duked it out” behind him. Rayko drifted high in turn two giving Farrell
the edge allowing him to move toward the leader on the outside. Farrell was coming on strong on the outside
chasing Stein for the top position. Stein closed the door and tried to use traffic to his advantage but only
for a moment as Farrell moved into the lead. It looked like Farrell had it covered in the closing laps when a car
slowed in turn four bringing out the caution and setting up the green, white
checkered flag finish. Farrell dropped
the hammer coming out of turn four and didn’t look back taking the first win of
the season. He was followed by Stein and
Gaston with Bob Connor in fourth in a solid run.
race winners included Matt Gaston, Terry Rayko, and Bob Connor.
field of Street Stocks made their way to the track led by Colton Gearhart from
DuBois and Paul Kot out of Brockway on the front row. Gearhart led the charge on the drop of Bob
Sullinger’s green flag with Kot in tow. Steve Arthurs from Falls Creek was on the move early edging his way into
second on lap 3 but it didn’t last long as he looped the car in turn two
bringing out the caution. Gearhart again
led the charge but this time it was Bruce Hartzfeld from Stump Creek
challenging for the position. Hartzfeld
didn’t give up the fight throughout the race. Kyle Shannon from Brockway was also in contention from the third spot
while Kot held off Shawn Lindemuth from Brookville for fourth place. As the laps clicked off Hartzfeld vied for
the lead but Gearhart was able to hold him off throughout the race going on to
take the win from the pole.
Stock heat race winners included Steve Arthurs and Paul Kot.
Micro Sprint cars took to the Hummingbird Speedway racing surface for their
first official race of the season. This
is a new class for the speedway and they showed a lot of speed and put on a
caution free show for the fans. Lining
up at the front of the pack was Johnny Walker from Tarentum and to his right,
Brian Forester out of Saxonburg. Dave
Hawkins from Lower Burrell and Jeff Haefke hailing from Austintown, OH wasted
no time in moving to the high side and into the lead on lap one. Hawkins held the led for two laps before
being overtaken by Haefke. Dave Hawkins,
also from Lower Burrell was also on the move from his seventh place starting
position moving forward very quickly along with Robert Robertson from
Delmont. The race moved quickly as the
smaller cars found the track size and speed to their liking. No major challenges took place as Haefke had
the car set up to negotiate the oval. They started to encounter slower traffic near the closing laps of the
race but Haefke made the best of it going on to take the win.
race winners included Dave Hawkins, Jeff Haefke and Kyle Colwell.
Gustafson from Weedville led the field of Pure Stock drivers and cars for their
shot at fame and glory for the evening. Dustin Michuck from St Marys quickly took the lead after a short battle
with Gustafson. Doug Surra from Kersey
also had his eyes on the top spot and didn’t waste any time in making the point
known he was going to be there. Surra
had the lead by lap three and didn’t look back. The field began to stretch out with most of the action taking place
further back in the field. Gustafson had
his hands full with Shawn Munoz from Punxsutawney for third and Dave Kohler
from Rockton and Cory Silvis from Brookville made it interesting for fifth and
sixth. The lineup stayed the same in the
bottom third of the race with Surra going on to take the win followed by
Michuck and Munoz.
Stock heat race winners included Doug Surra and Dave Kohler.
Front Wheel Drive Four Cylinders were the final race on the card for the
evening. Matt Bryant from Weedville
lined up inside Randy Albert from Morrisdale for the start of the feature
event. Albert jumped to an early lead
but Zach Lindemuth from Brockway mad a quick dash to the front as Bryant worked
on Albert on the outside line. Albert
slowed on lap four with engine trouble giving Bryant a clean shot at the
leader, Lindemuth. A caution on lap six
allowed Bryant to pull up on the back bumper of Lindemuth for the restart. They battled for the lead as the laps quickly
wound down. Bryant was able to overtake
the Lindemuth near the end of the race taking his first win of the season. Last year’s “young guns” in the Front Wheel
Drive division proved they were ready to mix it up again.
heat race winners included Randy Albert and Cory Reitz.
some of the best short track racing in Central Pennsylvania be sure to visit
Hummingbird Speedway this Saturday night. Hummingbird Speedway provides a family friendly environment and
competitive action for the racing enthusiast.
Block Late Models, Street Stocks, Micro Sprints, Pure Stocks, and Front Wheel
Drive Four Cylinders will make up next week’s program. Visit the speedway web site at
www.hummingbirdspeedway.com for details on next week’s race, point standings,
weekly photographs, and more.