Delmar, DE — (August 30, 2014) — Josh Weller of Mertztown, PA was the hands-down winner of the 25 lap Bar’s Leaks Labor Day Weekend Championship presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. Weller, driving the Eldreth Construction sprinter led the entire twenty-five distance to pick-up the $3,000 first place prize. Runner-up and current Rislone URC Sprint Series point leader, Davie Franek of Wantage, NJ made several challenges for the lead but Weller used slower traffic to his advantage to hold off the closing Franek.
This extra distance event was sponsored by Bar’s Leaks and was presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings. At intermission and during the pre-feature line-up, numerous hats, Frisbee’s and PPB shirts were tossed to the crowd.
Heat race winners were Kevin Darling and Davie Franek. During heat race competition, Curt Michael, URC’s eight time champion set the Fred’s Trailer Parts fast time of the night.
In the 25 lap feature event, Josh Weller and Davie Franek brought the field down to take the green flag with Josh Weller going to the front of the pack immediately. By lap five, Weller had established a solid lead over Franek who was followed by Andy Best, Jason Clauss and Curt Michael. Robbie Stillwaggon, involved in a heat race mix-up, was working his way to the front after starting ninth in the feature.
The race continued non-stop and at the halfway point of the race, Weller maintained his commanding lead over Franek, Best, Clauss and Michael.
Things began to get very interesting by lap sixteen as Davie “No Panic” Franek began to reel in Weller.
Third place runner Andy Best stayed close to Franek as Jason Clauss now had his hands full battling Curt Michael. Slower traffic was now ahead of the leaders and as Weller took the cautious lane, Franek moved closer and closer. With just five laps to go it appeared that we were going to experience a barn burner in the closing laps.
Franek again placed himself in a position to take a run for the lead but still another lapped car came into the picture. Weller timed the move to perfection, leaving Franek to deal with the slower car. For the final two laps, Weller had a clear track and certainly put that to good use, expanding his lead to about six car lengths over Franek with the checker flag waiving. Andy Best finished a strong third place finish with Curt Michael passing Jason Clauss to take fourth place on the final lap.
PPB BAR’S LEAKS CHAMPIONSHIP: Josh Weller, Davie Franek, Andy Best, Curt Michael, Jason Clauss, Ed Aikin, Robbie Stillwaggon, Randy West, Kevin Darling, Scott Lutz, Jonathan Swanson, Brad Franks, Jeff Fithian, Kyle Reinhardt, Jimmy Stitzel, David Swanson, Cameron Darling, Troy Betts
Fred’s Trailer Parts Hard Charger: Randy West 3 spots
Fast Time: Curt Michael