From Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, PA — (08/12/11) — Had he not been so fast, one could say this one fell into Mike Duncan’s lap.
“She was fast!” said Mike Duncan, Jr. upon exiting his Hofbrauhaus/Mentzer’s Restoration #11D in victory lane after scoring his first win of the year in the 25-lap “358” sprint car feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night, “I knew I had terror behind me. My legs were shaking before that final restart!”
Duncan started fourth and was running second when front row starter and race-long leader Matt Boland, who had the largest Trail-Way lead of the season (3.87 seconds), spun in turns three and four as the caution was coming out for a spinning Jordan Givler on turn four of lap 19.
Duncan led the final seven circuits to become the 13th different winner in 16 races at Trail-Way this year.
“Too bad for Matt,” said Duncan, “But our right rear tire is filled with silicone, and now we can buy some tires!”
For the third-generation driver, it was his second career Trail-Way win, and he’s the only Duncan family member to ever win a sprint car race at the McSherrystown oval.
Tenth-starting Cris Eash took second from Billy Dietrich on lap 20, but was unable to challenge Duncan over the final laps and finished second, with 11th-starting Dietrich, 12th-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh, and Jessie Morrison completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were J.B. Cunningham, Austin Hogue, Joe Trone, Jr., Tim Wagaman (who came from the rear after a first-lap flat tire), and 20th-starting Steve Storrie.
Polesitter Nick Palmerino brought out the last caution of the race when he broke in turn three of lap 24 while running fifth.
Heats for the 21 “358” sprint cars were won by Palmerino, Eash, and Duncan.