Hanover, PA — (August 15, 2014) –“Finally. Finally!!”
So said former micro-sprint driver Seth Kearchner after scoring his first career “358” sprint car win in the 25-lap feature event at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.
“I’ve learned through the years to run my own pace,” said Kearchner, “And tonight I ran at my own pace.”
Kearchner’s pace was quick enough to dominate the race. The Fairfield driver started on the pole and led every lap, while several big guns in the field had their troubles.
Trail-way points leader Brad McClelland started 12th and advanced through the field to sixth before getting involved in a three-car spin into the infield off the back stretch of lap 14. Dwight Leppo (who was running fifth) and the lapped car of Wyatt Hinkle were also involved, and all three were able to restart at the rear. McClelland changed a flat tire and came through the field to earn a hard charger sixth place finish.
Three-time winner Isaac Sneeringer was scheduled to start on the front row but had to go to the rear after diving in the pits before the start to connect a loose wire. He came back through the field to finish fifth.
Invader Kevin Nouse started third and finished there, with Robbie Kendall starting fourth and finishing second.
“It’s really special when you win a race with McClelland, Kendall, Sneeringer, and Nouse in the field,” said Kearchner, “This is something. I haven’t even won a heat race this year!”
Jeff Halligan finished fourth.
Heats for the 13 “358” sprinters were won by Randy Whisler and Kendall.
Cody Fletcher was uninjured in a spectacular flip in turn one of his qualifying event, and was unable to start the feature.