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Bittinger Claims First Win of the Year in Trail-Way “358” Sprints

From Kalida Landis

HANOVER, Pa. (June 30, 2017) – Mike Bittinger started on the pole and led every lap en route to his first win of the year in the 25-lap “358” sprint car feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.

It was quite the turnaround for the Abbottstown driver, who has been experiencing mechanical woes over the past few weeks. He told one track official earlier in the evening that he changed everything but the tail tank over the past few weeks, so this week he changed that too.

“I’m glad to be back out,” said Bittinger upon exiting his Apple Automotive/Boulder Pools/Three Hogs Barbecue/Big Mike’s Crabhouse #12 in victory lane, “I saw the 35 car (Steve Owings) back up to third, but I thought I’d be okay without cautions.”

“(David) Holbrook showed me his nose on the restart, and I moved around a little bit and found something down low,” continued Bittinger after his 16th career Trail-Way win.

Holbrook started second and finished there, with Owings coming from the back after dropping into the pits and returning to the track during an opening lap caution. Isaac Sneeringer and Joe Trone, Jr. completed the top five.

Qualifiers for the 12 sprint cars were won by Bittinger and Holbrook.

Jesse Snyder raced to his first win of the year and sixth of his Trail-Way career in the 20-lap 600cc micro-sprint feature. He started on the outside of the front row and led every lap, with Garrett Bard, hard charger Bradley Weber (who started 11th), Christian Reed and Zane Rudisill rounding out the top five.

Heats for the 17 micros were won by Jim Young and Weber.

Chris Transeau took the checkered flag in a wild 20-lap Central PA Legends feature that saw two leaders crash out during the event. Polesitter Greg Burd took the lead from the outset and paced the field the first 13 laps. Following a 14th-lap restart, Burd and third-place Hayden Pascoe made contact in turn four, with both cars ending up in the infield and Burd taken to the pits. Mason Chaney, who was running second at the time, assumed the lead for the restart, but he spun following contact with Travis McClelland. Transeau became the third leader of the event, and raced to his second win of the year. Chris Mc Kinney, Tim O Sheehan, Jason Gastley, and Rick Hartwig crossed second through fifth.

Heats for the 18 Legends were won by Scott Houdeshell and Transeau.

Brian Walls came back from early-race spin to win his second race of the year in the 20-lap street stock feature. Walls, who brought out the caution with a spin in turns three and four of lap two, slid under race-long leader Michael Goodwin on the fourth turn of lap 11 to take the lead and score his eighth career Trail-Way win. Goodwin settled for second, with hard charger Jeremy Stremmel (who started ninth), Dalton Myers, and Zach Myers finishing third through fifth.

The lone qualifier for the nine street stocks was won by Goodwin.

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 1, Trail-Way hosts the “Kings of Crash” Junk Car Demolition. Also in action will be the Limited Stocks, Figure 8 and Ladies Powder Puff. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with heats scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.
Next Friday, July 7, Trail-Way swings back into action with the 358 Sprints, 600 Micro Sprints, Street stocks and Limited Stocks. TW will also host “kids race car rides.” Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with heats scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m.

For all the latest news and related information from Trail-Way Speedway, fans are reminded to visit the speedway website at www.trail-wayspeedway.com. The complete story and agate from each race night is posted shortly after the final checkered flag.

Friday, June 30, 2017
Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, PA
For Immediate Release

HOOSIER TIRE MID-ATLANTIC 358 SPRINT CARS
FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. 12-Mike Bittinger, [1]; 2. 77-David Holbrook, [2]; 3. 35-Steve Owings, [12]; 4. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer, [7]; 5. 99-Joe Trone Jr, [3]; 6. 66A-Cody Fletcher, [6]; 7. 10-Zach Euculano, [9]; 8. 39-Jason Cunningham Jr, [8]; 9. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle, [11]; 10. 45-Colt White, [14]; 11. (DNF) 10T-Brody Treaster, [4]; 12. (DNF) 11D-Kody Hartlaub, [10]; 13. (DNF) 4-Dwight Leppo, [5]; 14. (DNF) 3-Chris Priar, [13]. No time.
Lap Leaders: Mike Bittinger (1-25)

358 Sprint Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 12-Mike Bittinger, [3]; 2. 35-Steve Owings, [6]; 3. 10T-Brody Treaster, [1]; 4. 66A-Cody Fletcher, [5]; 5. 39-Jason Cunningham Jr, [7]; 6. 11D-Kody Hartlaub, [2]; 7. (DNF) 3-Chris Priar, [4]. No time.
358 Sprint Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 77-David Holbrook, [2]; 2. 99-Joe Trone Jr, [3]; 3. 4-Dwight Leppo, [4]; 4. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer, [6]; 5. 10-Zach Euculano, [5]; 6. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle, [7]; 7. 45-Colt White, [1]. Time – 2:24.25

CENTRAL PA LEGENDS
FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 18-Chris Transeau, [7]; 2. 3M-Chris Mc Kinney, [2]; 3. 519-Tim O Sheehan, [10]; 4. 83-Jason Gastley, [12]; 5. 93-Rick Hartwig, [11]; 6. 13R-Liam Heaton, [17]; 7. 3AU-Hayden Pascoe, [3]; 8. 51-Travis Mc Clelland, [6]; 9. 75-Chandler Pagnotta, [9]; 10. 2-Scott Smith, [13]; 11. 8CR-Mason Chaney, [5]; 12. 5-Scott Houdeshell, [8]; 13. 18J-Jorjie Anna Sweger, [16]; 14. 30-Alex Robinson, [18]; 15. (DNF) 53-Bill Diehl, [4]; 16. (DNF) 27-Greg Burd, [1]; 17. (DNF) 58Z-Zachary Settle, [15]; 18. (DNF) 66-Trent Yoder, [14]. No time.
Lap Leaders: Greg Burd (1-13), Mason Chaney (14-17), Chris Transeau (18-20)

Legend Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 5-Scott Houdeshell, [1]; 2. 51-Travis Mc Clelland, [2]; 3. 53-Bill Diehl, [7]; 4. 3M-Chris Mc Kinney, [5]; 5. 75-Chandler Pagnotta, [3]; 6. 93-Rick Hartwig, [6]; 7. 2-Scott Smith, [8]; 8. 58Z-Zachary Settle, [9]; 9. (DNF) 13R-Liam Heaton, [4]. Time – 2:38.25
Legend Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 18-Chris Transeau, [2]; 2. 8CR-Mason Chaney, [6]; 3. 3AU-Hayden Pascoe, [5]; 4. 27-Greg Burd, [8]; 5. 519-Tim O Sheehan, [4]; 6. 83-Jason Gastley, [9]; 7. 66-Trent Yoder, [7]; 8. 18J-Jorjie Anna Sweger, [3]; 9. (DNF) 30-Alex Robinson, [1]. Time – 2:41.72

600 MICRO SPRINTS
FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 96-Jesse Snyder, [2]; 2. 95-Garrett Bard, [3]; 3. 17-Bradley Weber, [11]; 4. 00-Christian Reed, [7]; 5. 4R-Zane Rudisill, [10]; 6. 17E-Dylan Norris, [4]; 7. 42K-Travis Keiser, [8]; 8. 14K-Hannah Riser, [16]; 9. 8-Jim Young, [12]; 10. 7S-Mike Sherman, [1]; 11. 56-Jake Frye, [14]; 12. 6-Darren Kauffman, [9]; 13. 91-Randy Kunkle Jr, [6]; 14. (DNF) 16-Bret Cronrath, [13]; 15. (DNF) 71-Tyler Leese, [5]; 16. (DNF) 71X-Brian Kramer, [15]; (DNS) 27Q-Mike Rynard,. No time.
Lap Leaders: Jesse Snyder (1-20)

600 Micro Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 8-Jim Young, [1]; 2. 96-Jesse Snyder, [7]; 3. 95-Garrett Bard, [5]; 4. 71-Tyler Leese, [4]; 5. 00-Christian Reed, [8]; 6. 6-Darren Kauffman, [3]; 7. (DNF) 16-Bret Cronrath, [2]; 8. (DNF) 71X-Brian Kramer, [9]; (DNS) 27Q-Mike Rynard,. Time – 2:03.94
600 Micro Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 17-Bradley Weber, [3]; 2. 7S-Mike Sherman, [1]; 3. 17E-Dylan Norris, [5]; 4. 91-Randy Kunkle Jr, [2]; 5. 42K-Travis Keiser, [4]; 6. 4R-Zane Rudisill, [7]; 7. 56-Jake Frye, [8]; 8. (DNF) 14K-Hannah Riser, [6]. Time – 2:07.78

STREET STOCKS
FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 2W-Brian Walls, [1]; 2. 33-Michael Goodwin, [2]; 3. 51-Jeremy Stremmel, [9]; 4. 94-Dalton Myers, [3]; 5. 94M-Zach Myers, [4]; 6. (DNF) 8-John Wright, [8]; 7. (DNF) 19-Steve Anthony, [6]; 8. (DNF) 25-Travis Leh, [7]; (DNS) 60-Aaron Beard,. No time.
Lap Leaders: Michael Goodwin (1-6), Dalton Myers (7), Michael Goodwin (8-10), Brian Walls (11-20)

Street Stock Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 33-Michael Goodwin, [2]; 2. 2W-Brian Walls, [4]; 3. 51-Jeremy Stremmel, [1]; 4. 94-Dalton Myers, [6]; 5. 94M-Zach Myers, [3]; 6. (DNF) 60-Aaron Beard, [7]; 7. (2 Laps Down)19-Steve Anthony, [9]; 8. (DNF) 25-Travis Leh, [5]; 9. (DNF) 8-John Wright, [8]. Time – 2:41.78