By Rich Vleck
The Woodhull Raceway will play host to the Patriot Sprint Tour America series for the 10th time this Saturday, the third PST-sanctioned event of this 10th Anniversary season.
Since the first appearance of the series at the Steuben County oval in 2007, each event has been met with wild popularity; and in five of the six seasons the PST was at Woodhull, a certain driver went to Victory Lane.
Chuck Hebing, has won over half of the PST events at Woodhull, including four of the five races in May in his No. 45. Hebing will certainly be a contender again this weekend, but there are some other top names that will not make it easy for him.
Justin Barger is the most recent winner on the PST Tour after his dominating performance last Friday Night at Black Rock Speedway. Barger, the defending PST Canada Champion, also is the most-recent winner at Woodhull after he rim-rode his way to the win last July after starting in eighth.
Defending PST America Champion Scott Kreutter has been strong at Woodhull dating back to his micro sprint days, but has yet to score a win on the highbanks in his 360 sprint. Kreutter was runner-up to Hebing in the spring event last year.
Four-time champion Bryan Howland scored a win at Woodhull in 2011, while 2004 champ George Suprick won there twice in the 90’s. Conversely, 2011 PST Champion Jared Zimbardi has struggled at Woodhull, despite recording three top-five finishes in 11 starts.
A host of drivers with more limited experience at Woodhull include Tommy Wickham, Kevin Ward Jr,. Brad Knab, Derek Jonathan, Clint Ide, Steve Collins, Bruce DeWick, Geoff Quackenbush, Scott Just and Brandan Warner, all of whom look to chase the PST America Championship.
Weekend invaders might include Mitch Brown, Jamie Collard, Shawn Donath, Joe Trenca, Cory Sparks, Tracy Potter, Bob Howard Jr., Jamie Bodo, Tyler Graves and Parker Evans
Racing action gets underway at 6:30 on Saturday Night. For more information, visit www.PatriotSprintTour.com and follow the series all night on Facebook and Twitter.
Patriot History at Woodhull
9/1/2007 Chuck Hebing
5/24/2008 Chuck Hebing
5/30/2009 Bobby Breen
7/31/2010 Chuck Hebing
7/31/2010 Dan Shetler
5/21/2011 Chuck Hebing
7/30/2011 Bryan Howland
5/19/2012 Chuck Hebing
7/21/2012 Justin Barger