By Paul Harkenrider
Zimbardi started along side young gun, Jordan Thomas, as the two brought the 17-car field to green, but it was not even a lap in when Steve Collins flipped his No. 67 which would bring out the red flag.
After a complete restart, Zimbardi would begin to build a favorable lead, as the battle for second between Scott Kreutter and Darryl Ruggles would be the best thing on the racetrack.
Zimbardi would at some points have a five second advantage over the rest of the field; that lead was relinquished by a late yellow involving David Just and Cody Bova. The following restart, Josh Azzi spun in turn 3 to bring out another caution flag.
Restarts would not be an issue for the Bradford, PA pilot as he would cruise to the checkers and score his 36th career Series win in front of many local family and friends.
Darryl Ruggles would come home with a career best second place finish as Scott Kreutter keeps it rolling in the Trey Hoddick No. 49 and finishes third. Dan Bennett and Kyle Drum would complete the top five, respectively.
Joe Trenca and his team were not able to compete as they had truck failures on their way to the speedway. Cody Bova was making his second start with PST when during hot laps, the 20b backed into the wall, crushing his rear bumper and fuel cell. The team was able to make repairs and compete for the heat events.
Heat wins went to David Just, Jared Zimbardi and Darryl Ruggles. The Evingham Site Excavation Dash for Cash went to Dalton Herrick. Dan Bennett’s top five finish after starting near the back of the field was good enough to earn him the Casey’s Truck Salvage ‘Salvage of the Night’ award. Dennis Wagner took home the Shuttleworth’s 11th place bonus while Jordan Thomas took home the Prestige Pool & Spa final finisher award.
The series continues its Western Swing with the second annual Bonnell’s Collison Centers Western Weekend beginning at the McKean County Raceway on Thursday, June 29, Raceway 7 in Conneaut, OH, on Friday, June 30, and the Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday, July 1. Each race will be paying $4,000 to win, $1500 for second, and $1000 for third. It is also $325 to qualify!
As always, all fans are encouraged to check out patriotsprinttour.com for up to the minute news, schedule info, point standings, etc. You can also like “Patriot Sprint Tour” on facebook and follow @PatriotSprints on Instagram and twitter.
A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour Quick Results
A Main: 1) 35- Jared Zimbardi (4) 2) 48jr- Darryl Ruggles 3) 49- Scott Kreutter 4) X- Dan Bennett 5) 47- Kyle Drum 6) 29- Dalton Herrick 7) 44- Joe McEwen 8) 17z- Josh Azzi 9) 25g- Tyler Graves 10) 1J- Derrick Juliano 11) 38- Dennis Wagner 12) 81- Derek Jonathan 13) 79- Jordan Thomas 14) 121- Will Glover 15) 20- Cody Bova 16) 54j- David Just 17) 67- Steve Collins
Heat 1: 1) 54j- David Just 2) 44- Joe McEwen 3) 17z- Josh Azzi 4) 29- Dalton Herrick 5) 1J- Derrick Juliano 6) 81- Derek Jonathan
Heat 2: 1) 35- Jared Zimbardi 2) 49- Scott Kreutter 3) 79- Jordan Thomas 4) X- Dan Bennett 5) 25g- Tyler Graves 6) 38- Dennis Wagner
Heat 3: 1) 48jr- Darryl Ruggles 2) 67- Steve Collins 3) 20b- Cody Bova 4) 47- Kyle Drum 5) 121- Will Glover
Evingham Site Excavation Four Laps of Fame: 1) 29- Cody Bova 2) 20b- Cody Bova 3) 47- Kyle Drum 4) X- Dan Bennett 5) 1J- Derrick Juliano 6) 25G- Tyler Graves
The Patriot Sprint Tour recognizes the following marketing partners for the 2017 season: A-Verdi Storage Containers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Prestige Pool & Spa, Einstein Construction Group, Bonnell’s Auto Group, Evingham Site Excavation, Fine Touch Collision, Mike Emhof Motorsports Inc., Super Gen Products with Champion Power Equipment, Patriot Tank Lines, Danny Willmes Enterprises, Casey’s Truck Salvage, Just Signs & Designs, Brodix Cylinder Heads, Sunoco Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing, ASI Racewear, Curtis Berleue Photography.