BILLY THORNTON NETS PENN CAN CHECKERS WITH IMPRESSIVE EARLY SEASON SPEEED
-HILFIGER, CARPENTER, STONE, SIMPSON AND UNDERWOOD ALSO WIN-
BY RYAN LEPRE
Round two at Penn Can Speedway saw another large crowd take in a swiftly run show on Friday evening in the Endless Mountains. Billy Thornton was rapidly closing on Kevin Hartnett in the Modified feature before a mid-race caution. On the ensuing restart Thornton of Old Forge, PA forged to the lead and went on to the victory over Hartnett of Barto,PA; Bob Trapper of Scranton,PA; Joey Colsten of Binghamton, NY and Alan Rudalavage of Newton Lake, PA. Last week’s Modified winner Grant Hilfiger outraced the field to win in the 602 Sportsman. Twin Street Stock feature wins went to Jon Carpenter and Ryan Stone. Other winners on Friday were Steve Simpson (Factory Stocks) and Kenny Underwood(Four Cylinders).
Bob Trapper and Kevin Hartnett led the field to the green for the 30 lap Modified main event. Hartnett went to the point on the high side with Trapper, Billy Thornton, Joey Colsten and Alan Rudalavage trailing. Colsten and Rudalavage battled for the fourth spot when the caution flew as Brian Malcolm made contact with Dan Pompey and collected Ken Titus. On the ensuing restart several top ten runners fell by the wayside as a helter-skelter restart saw contact between Mike Schane and Nick Rochinski start a pileup that involved last week’s winner Grant Hilfiger, Alan Kellogg and Kevin Bates. Rochinski suffered a broken rear end while Schane changed a flat tire and tagged the tail of the field. The top three of Hartnett, Trapper and Thornton ran tightly while Colsten and Rudalavage were swapping fourth. On a lap eight restart Trapper pushed high allowing Thornton to slip by into the second spot. By lap 12 Thornton was in position to bypass Hartnett on the inside but the caution flew halting the action. Hartnett had picked the high side on every restart but choose the inside to try to thwart Thornton’s charge. The top two were even until the backstretch where Thornton took the lead for good on lap 14. Hartnett kept close to Thornton even looking inside on several laps but Thornton kept the power down on the middle lane of the 3/8 mile oval. As Thornton in the Thornton Graphix and DRPRC.com No.11 was pulling away with five laps to go he approached traffic. Thornton sliced his way through traffic to take his third Penn Can win over the Thomas Pompei Contracting No.88 of Hartnett and the Sacco’s Pizzeria No.30+ of Bob Trapper. Colsten and Rudalavage both grabbed top five finishes for the second week in row. The rest of the top ten were Mike Marold Jr., Schane, Mike Nagel Jr., Adam MacGeorge and 17th starter Brian Malcolm.
“I didn’t think the top was that good but once we got up there it seemed fast.” said Thornton “Once you get out front you can never look back. I was just hoping the lappers didn’t spin out in front of me. I just can’t thank my Dad (Bill) enough he works all winter and gives me a great car and Ryan Godown who has really helped me out with shocks this year we just bolt them on and go.”
The 602 Sportsman started with a furious back and forth duel between Kyle Rohner and Grant Hilfiger. Hilfiger moved to the point at the halfway mark with a pass on the outside. Dusty Barton and Butch Green bypassed Rohner also. At the finish Hilfiger was the winner over Barton who was also second last week, Green, Rohner and Paul Rooney.
The Street Stocks competed in twin 15 lap event. In the first feature a tight four car battle had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Ryan Stone was the leader over Steven Deinhardt, Jon Carpenter and Earl Zimmer. Carpenter was making a charge on the top when Stone spun trying to hold him off while Deinhardt was sent to the tail of the field also. Carpenter and Zimmer ran side by side but in the end Carpenter pulled away to win over Zimmer, Shane Wolf Jr., Deinhardt and Ricky Davis.
In the second feature Stone redeemed himself as he held off a determined Deinhardt. Deinhardt stalked Stone throughout but the Stone No.67R took the victory over Deinhardt while a three wide battle at the checkers saw Wolf Jr. take third over Zimmer and Carpenter.
Steve Simpson dominated in the Factory Stocks as he beat Gary Cleveland and Nathan Hill meanwhile Kenny Underwood doubled down taking his second of the season over Josh Bailey and Klem Underwood.
NOTES: Modified Heat wins went to Nick Rochinski, Mike Nagel Jr., Adam MacGeorge and Mike Schane…. Next Friday night racing will feature the Modifieds, 602 Sportsman, Street Stocks, Xcel 600 Modifieds, Factory Stocks and Four Cylinders. Gates will open at 5:15 with racing at 7:30. Admission is $12 for Adults with Seniors and Students $10 and Children 11 and under Free. Anyone with questions can contact the speedway at 570-585-9928 or check us out on the web at www.penncan.com.
The speedway is located on Route 171 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania just a short drive from the Binghamton and Scranton areas. The speedway is sponsored in part for the 2013 season by great corporate partners including Don’s Automotive Mall, Gary’s U-Pull-It, Pump-N-Pantry Stores, Trackside Products, Hornbeck Chevrolet, NEP Telephone, Pine Line Auto, Adams Cable, VP Race Fuels, and American Race Tires.
Modified Feature: 1.Billy Thornton 2.Kevin Hartnett 3.Bob Trapper 4.Joey Colsten 5.Alan Rudalavage 6.Mike Marold Jr 7.Mike Schane 8.Mike Nagel Jr 9.Adam MacGeorge 10.Brian Malcolm 11.Alan Kellogg, 12.Dan Pompey 13.Grant Hilfiger 14.John Siedlecky 15.Mike Dougherty 16.George Kostelansky 17.Ken Titus 18.Bob Hamm 19.Steve Babicek 20.Kevin Bates 21.Mike Nagel 22.Bobby Trapper 23.Nick Rochinski, DNS, Christine Martin
602 Sportsman Feature: Grant Hilfiger, Dusty Barton, Butch Green, Kyle Rohner, Paul Rooney, Alex Stanton, Wes Campbell, Jamie Cortazar, Bob Janesky, Randy Gates, George Brown
Street Stock Feature(1): Jon Carpenter, Earl Zimmer, Shane Wolf Jr, Steve Deinhardt, Ricky Davis Sr, Ryan Stone, Ken Sparks Jr, Randy Fox, Chuck Murray, Joe Cabets, Fred Christ, Matt Spencer, DNS, Robert Hill
Street Stock Feature(2): Ryan Stone, Steve Deinhardt, Shane Wolf Jr, Earl Zimmer, Jon Carpenter, Ricky Davis Sr, Ken Sparks Jr, Joe Cabets, Matt Spencer, Chuck Murray, Randy Fox, Fred Christ, DNS, Robert Hill
Factory Stock Feature: Steve Simpson, Gary Cleveland, Nathan Hill, Ted Mills III, Phil Clapper, DNS, Ted Mills Jr
Four Cylinders: Kenny Underwood, Josh Bailey, Klem Underwood, Nick Kennedy, Bill Titus, Sheldon Whitman, Dave Shafer, Ned Fitch, Josh Wilder, Matt Hynds, Ronald Welch, Frank Kennedy, Dylan Robinson, Mike Robinson, Jason Colwell