Hummingbird Speedway Race Report 6-28
June 30, 2014- Randy Albert
FALLS CREEK- Hummingbird Speedway was back in
action Saturday night in Falls Creek, PA. Chris Farrell from Clearfield
proved it isn’t over till it’s over by winning the BWP Bats Steel Block Late
Model feature event in the last 100 feet of the race. Kyle Shannon from Brockway
had smooth sailing in the Street Stock division with his win. Steve
Dunmire from Kittanning made his first appearance at the speedway a successful
one by winning the Sunny 106.5 Micro Spring feature race. In the Pure
Stock class Dalton Gustafson from Weedville capitalized on some recent
consistent runs winning his first career feature race. Matt Bryant from
Weedville was back inaction after a few weeks off but that didn’t deter him
from taking the checkered flag in the Front Wheel Drive class. Special
thanks go out this week to the Reynoldsville Car Wash for sponsoring this
BWP Bats sponsored Steel Block Late Model
cars were the first to line up for their feature event. Bob Connor from
DuBois and Tim Krape from Bellefonte were out front for the wave of the green
flag from flagman Bob Sullinger. Connor got it wound up early and in the
lead followed by Krape and Skip Lindemuth from Hazen. Chris Farrell from
Clearfield was hot on the tail of Dave Buchanan from Stifflertown wanting to
get to the front quickly. The cars quickly got into nose to tail mode
with the main early mover and shaker being Jerry Redden from Mahaffey who
started in thirteenth but was moving up fast. Near the middle of the race
lap cars began to play a role and Redden had moved into sixth and Farrell was
working on Lindemuth for the third spot. Connor was still in control with
Krape following him closely in second. Farrell began to make his moves
first passing Lindemuth then sliding under Krape on the backstretch doing
battle with him for a couple of circuits until Krape pulled ahead, Redden was a
few car lengths back in fourth but unable to continue to move forward. A
caution brought the cars back together and Farrell made the best of it getting
under Krape when he drifted high in turn two. Redden snuck by him also
but Krape gathered it back up retaking the position. As the white flag
flew it appeared Connor had it covered. Farrell was close but not
challenging and Krape and Redden were in a duel for third. As they
entered turn four the rear of Connor’s slid to the right causing him to
hesitate and counter steer to correct. Farrell was right there; nose
tight against the tires his car even with the leader coming out of turn four,
the drag race was on. Inch by inch down the front stretch Farrell gained
ground. The fans were on their feet cheering for and pushing their
favorite driver across the finish line. Bob Sullinger had the bird’s eye
view of the “by a nose” finish as Farrell edged out Connor for the win.
Farrell proved you race till the end because it isn’t over till it’s
Heat race winners in the division included Ed
Connor , Jamie Barber and Chris Farrell.
Kyle Shannon from Brockway and Colton
Gearhart out of DuBois lined up in front for the Street Stock feature
race. Shannon was off to a great start taking the lead early. The
hot race was behind him as Gearhart had the outside, Steve Arthurs from Falls
Creek had the inside, and just to keep it interesting Paul Kot from Brockway
stuffed the nose of his car into the middle down the backstretch. No
sense in waiting for things to settle down, he came to race! They stayed
three wide down the back stretch, through the turns and into the next lap
before settling into a tight trio for some serious racing. Shannon’s car
was smooth and fast out front with Gearhart in second but being pressured by
Arthurs and Kot. Behind them Bruce Hartzfeld was working his way forward
having been put to the back from an earlier flat tire. Lap after lap Kot
stayed on the right rear fender of Arthurs pinching against the tires gaining
ground with each pass. He edged up by him in turn two and made it stick
in three and four, the Gearhart car was in his sights. Shannon continued
his Saturday night cruise. He was consistent, the car was fast and smooth
and it was his race to lose. Kot continued the pursuit of Gearhart, both
drivers coming up on a slower car. For a moment it looked like one of
them would get held up by the lap car but they split it at the end of the
backstretch, Gearhart high and Kot low. At the turn four exit Kot had the
advantage as Gearhart had to go a little wide to give room to the slower
car. Kot was not just the recipient of the lap car but he was also fast
gaining ground quickly after the Gearhart pass but Shannon had been too
consistent throughout the race and Kot ran out of time to get close enough to
try for the lead. Shannon took the win making up for missed opportunities
in weeks past.
Street Stock heat races were won by Steve Arthurs
and Colton Gearhart.
The Sunny 106.5 Micro Sprints lined up behind
Ryan Cuica from Salina and Steve Dunmire out of Kittanning. At the drop
of the flag Dunmire powered out to the lead followed by Cuica with Robert
Garvey Jr from Frenchville and Dave Hawkins from Lower Burrell side by side for
third and fourth. Brian Marriott from Harrisburg was moving up in a
nicely prepared car reminiscent of Bobby Labonte’s Interstate Battery car from
a few years back. Hawkins moved around Cuica in turn four after a caution
restart with Marriott positioning himself to make the move in the next couple
laps. Dunmire began to move out to a comfortable lead with Hawkins doing
the same in second. The group of Marriott, Sean McAndrew from Apollo, and
Garvey were keeping it interesting in the challenge for third through
fifth. DJ Furney from Canton Ohio was also putting the nose of his
machine into the mix. As the laps clicked off the cars began to string out.
Marriott and McAndrew were fast and making distance from the others but Dunmire
who was faster continued to maintain the advantage he gained early in the
race. Dunmire went on to take the win.
Sean McAndrew, Steve Dunmire, and Dave
Hawkins were the winners of the Sunny 106.5 Micro Sprint heat races.
The Pure Stock race started with Dustin
Michuck from St Marys and Dave Kohler out of Rockton on the front row.
Michuck took the early lead with a gaggle of cars jockeying for position behind
him including Kohler, Shawn Munoz from Punxsutawney, Matt Howell from
Clearfield, and Dalton Gustafson from Weedville. Howell, Munoz and Kohler
were three wide down the backstretch with Kohler moving high to avoid the hard
chargers but losing traction in turn four giving up the second spot to Munoz
and Howell. Gustafson also capitalized on the situation moving into
fourth. Howell shot under Munoz coming out of turn two then pulled up on
the back bumper of Michuck. Howell then pulled under Michuck to challenge
for the lead with Gustafson moving around the outside of Munoz to vie for third
place. Howell and Michuck were too close coming out of turn four and the
two touched ending what could have been a good night of both of them when the
caution flag flew. The restart found Gustafson on the pole with Munoz to
his right. Back in the mix was Kohler as well as Jim Challingsworth from
St Marys, both moved past Munoz setting their sights on Gustafson. Scott
Zimmerman from Brookville and Dustin Challingsworth also from St Marys managed
to move under and around Munoz but he dropped low coming back around the two
challengers. He did the same with Jim Challingsworth and managed to pull
up on Kohler in the closing laps. Munoz recovered from the loss of four
positions late in the race to come back for a second place finish. Gustafson
has had some good runs this season and tonight he capitalized on those tonight
taking his first feature win in a well prepared car.
Pure Stock heat race winners included Zach
Meyers and Dustin Challingsworth.
The Front Wheel Drive cars made their way
onto the track for the final full feature race of the evening. Aaron Hill
from Brookville and Matt Bryant from Weedville led the way for the start of the
race. Bryant made his way to the lead on the backstretch of the first lap
as John Campisano from Punxsutawney move up to challenge Hill for second.
A three wide effort behind them included Cory Reitz from Brockway, Steven Hill
from Brookville and Randy Albert out of Morrisdale vying for position.
After a few cautions Campisano managed to restart outside Bryant and gain the
advantage. Reitz was there also with Albert and Hill not far
behind. Dale Lindemuth from Brockway and Ricky Sheely from Hazen were
also having good runs nosing up into the battle. Albert managed to slide
under Reitz late in the race when he slid high in turn two but Reitz came back
on the next lap when Albert did the same. Bryant was working on regaining
the top spot from Campisano working both high and low to find enough grip to
retake the position. He final made it work on the high side.
Campisano began to fall back and Reitz couldn’t move forward from the third
spot. Bryant made a good comeback from a few weeks off from mechanical
difficulties. Weedville PA was well represented in the winner’s circle in
the Pure Stock and Front Wheel Drive divisions.
Randy Albert, Matt Bryant, and Aaron Hill
were the heat race winners in the division.
The winner of the Sunny 106.5 Micro Sprint
“B” Main race was Ryan Cuica.
Net week brings some interesting activities
to the track.
It will be US Army Night with a special pace
car, dog tags for the kids and a chance to talk to and thank our service men
and women. Representatives from the ARMY Recruiting Center in the Dubois
Mall will be on hand to answer any questions and enjoy the evening’s
It will also be a special race for the Sunny
106.5 Micro Sprints with $1,000.00 to win and extra lap money. This is
sure to bring a full field of micro sprint cars and fans out for the fast and
Be sure to join us for some of the best short
track racing in Central Pennsylvania at Hummingbird Speedway this Saturday
night. Hummingbird Speedway provides a family friendly environment and
competitive action for the racing enthusiast.
Steel 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.