Blaney Travels East to Claim Walter Classic Payday at Clinton County Speedway

Mill Hall, PA – Hall of Fame Sprint Car Driver, Dale Blaney of Hartford, OH made the trek East on Interstate-80 to the Clinton County Speedway for Saturday’s Phil Walter Classic.   Blaney set fast time and won the 35 lap feature event, taking home the $6,300 top prize.   Tanner Jones won his second consecutive Central PA Legends feature at the speedway, while Larry Beachel won the 4 Cylinder stock car event. 

Dale Blaney and Dale Schweikart of Linden started on the front row of the Phil Walter Classic 35 lap Sprint Car feature event.   Schweikart and Blaney raced wheel to wheel for the first lap Schweikart edging out Blaney by inches at the start-finish line.   Blaney was able to take the lead by the completion of lap number two.  On lap number three the caution came out when Wyatt Walizer spun in turn number two.  Blaney was quick on the gas for the restart and by lap number five, he had a few car-lengths advantage over Schweikart, Chris Frank, Billy Dietrich and Dustin Prettyleaf. 

On lap number eight, Jordan Givler moved into the top five, as Blaney was closing in on the back of the field.   On lap 11, Blaney started to encounter lapped traffic.  As the leaders raced through lapped traffic, the battle for second through fifth place intensified.   By lap 15, Blaney was continuing to navigate lapped traffic, while Schweikart, Frank and Dietrich were fighting for postion among the lapped cars.  On lap 21, Dietrich passed Frank for the third spot, as they raced down the back straight.  Dietrich and Schweikart raced through lapped traffic, as Blaney had established about a straightaway advantage until the caution came out on lap number 26 for Bill Jones. 

On the restart, Dietrich was able to pass Schweikart for second, but had only nine laps to try and chase down Blaney.   Blaney again showed his speed and began to distance himself from the field.   With two laps to go, Blaney was leading Dietrich, Frank, Schweikart, and Givler.   On the white flag lap, Garrett Bard moved into the top five.   Blaney led the final lap to claim the win.   Frank passed Dietrich coming to the checkers to take second, Dietrich was third followed by Schweikart and Bard.  Sixth through tenth were Givler, Adam Carberry, AJ Flick, Dustin Prettyleaf and Josh Beamer.   Heat races were won by Blaney, Frank and Schweikart.   Blaney set fast time with a lap of 13.473 seconds. 

Colton Friese and Scott Musselman led the field of Central PA Legends to the green flag for their 20 lap main event.   Musselman led the opening lap.   Fourth place starter, Devein Friese took the top spot by the completion of lap number two.   On the fifth circuit, Tanner Jones who started sixth raced his way to the front to take the lead from Devin Friese.   At the midway point of the race, Jones was leading Devin and Colton Friese followed by Jeremy Ott and Lincoln Kearchner.   Ott moved into the third position on lap number 13.  Jones continued to lead until the checkered flag to claim the victory over Devin Friese, Jeremy Ott, Colton Friese and Travis Perry.   Sixth through tenth were Seth Kearchner, Chad Earnest, Logan Carbaugh, and Scott Musselman.  Heat races were won by Jones and Devin Friese.

The Four cylinder feature came to the green flag with Anthony Potter and Jonathon Stringfellow on the front row.  Stringfellow led the first lap, but a caution came out for an incident involving three cars in turns one and two.   Following the restart Hunter Flook took the lead Zak Kline racing in second place.   Larry Beachel, who started eighth moved into the third spot by lap number four.   At the midway point, Flook and Beachel were battling for the lead.  In the final laps, Beachel passed Flook and held him off for the win.   Zak Kline was third, Skylar Phillips was fourth and Joey Snook was fifth.  Heat races were won by Flook, Kyler Stahl and Stringfellow.  

The Clinton County Speedway will host the Limited Late Models this Friday, with a four division show.  The Pro Stocks, 270 Micros and the 4 cylinders will also be part of the program presented by Bob Boob and Century 21 – 1st Choice Realty.   Kids 12 and under will also participate in a cash and candy scramble at intermission.   Gates will open at 5PM and Hot laps are at 7PM.

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Sprint Cars: 1. Dale Blaney 2. Chris Frank 3. Billy Dietrich 4. Dale Schweikart 5. Garrett Bard 6. Jordan Givler 7. Adam Carberry 8. AJ Flick 9. Dustin Prettyleaf 10. Josh Beamer 11. Darren Piffer 12. Derek Swartz 13. Austin Greenland 14. Darin Gallagher 15. Zach Burd 16. Tyler Rutherford 17. Karl Walizer 18. Shane Yost 19. Mike Thompson 20. Steve Buckwalter 21. Bill Jones 22. Steven Kisamore 23. Wyatt Walizer 

Central PA Legends: 1. Tanner Jones 2. Devin Friese 3. Jeremy Ott, 4. Colton Friese.  5. Travis Perry 6. Seth Kearchner 7. Lincoln Kearchner 8. Chad Earnst 9. Logan Carbaugh 10. Scott Musselman 11. Rick Hartwig 12. Cory Phillips 13. Scott Spidle 14. Eric Hurst 15. Hunter McElroy 16. Ron Dick 17, Dave Benner 18. Matt Grebe

4 Cylinders: 1. Larry Beachel Jr 2. Hunter Flook 3. Zak Kline 4. Skyler Phillips 5. Joey Snook 6. 

Garrett Lucas 7. Bryun Hackenberg 8. Coty Maines 9. Kayla Leigey 10. Terry Karichner 11. Robert Dorman 12. Adam Harris 13. Devin Parks 14. Nick Snook 15. Brain Strouse 16. Anthony Potter 18. Summer Beachel 19. Jonathon Stringfellow 20. Michael Barrett 21. Matt Weaver 22. Kyler Stahl 23. Kyle Strouse. 


Gomola Wins Summer Championship Race at Clinton County Speedway

MILL HALL, PA – Western PA driver, Jacob Gomola was the best of the field in the RaceSaver Sprint Car division to claim the Summer Championship Race on Friday night at the Clinton County Speedway.   Johnny Bouse won the Pro Stocks, Tyler Clowes won the 270 Micros, Mitchell Holden won the wingless 600s and Hunter Flook won the 4 Cylinders. 

Jacob Gomola from Seneca, PA started on the pole of the 25 lap sprint car main event alongside Picture Rock’s Josh Beamer.  Gomola took command of the field at the drop of the green flag with Beamer racing in second.  Fourth place starter Ken Duke was running third with Kruz Kepner and Austin Bishop in the top five. 

The caution flag waved on lap number 12 when Cowboy Jim Kennedy’s car stopped on the front stretch.   The next lap, the red flag waved as Dale Schweikart’s car flipped in turn two.   On lap number 18, Kepner passed Duke for the third postion.   On lap 21 Gomola was into lapped traffic with Beamer still running in second postion.   Gala continued to negotiate his way through the lapped traffic to secure the victory over Beamer.   Kepner finished third followed by Duke and Greenland.  Sixth through tenth were John Walp, Jarret Cavalet, Timmy Bittner, Johnny Smith and Derek Swartz.  Qualifying races were won by Reed Thompson, Kruz Kepner and Dale Schweikart.  

Pole sitter Kris Orwig led the first lap of the Pro Stock feature event.  Williamsport’s Marc Bitler raced to the front on lap number two.   Bitler would lead until lap number 6, when Noah Jensen, who started sixth took the lead.   Jensen had to battle with Johnny Bouse of Hughesville.  The duo raced side by side for several laps with Jensen having the advantage at the start-finish line.  On lap number 10, Bouse led by a few inches at the start finish line as Jensen tried to battle back.   Bouse finally got around Jensen and would claim his fifth victory of the season.  Jensen finished second followed by Cory Long, Jason Geesman and Noah Kissinger.  Sixth through tenth were AY Schilling, Marc Bitler, Robert Tessler, AJ Hoffman and Kris Orwig.  Heat races were won by Cory Long and AY Schilling. 

Cory Stabley charged from his fourth starting spot to lead the first lap of the 270 Micro Sprint feature.  Jeffrey Weaver was in second followed by Shaun Musser and Jillian Maurer.  The caution came out on lap number 7, when Jeff Weaver came to stop on the track.   Stabley continued to lead following the restart with Musser and Tyler Clowes in third.  Clowes passed Musser on lap number 10 for second place.   With two laps to go the caution flag came out again.   Clowes made his move on the restart and powered by Stabley for his second win of the season.   Stabley was second and Mac Wert was third.  Fourth through tenth were Jillian Mauer, Denny Rhinehimer, Tyler Groft, Colton Geiher, Trevor Fernburg, Shaun Musser, and Matthew Dixson.

Corey Bowmaster led the first two laps of the 600 Wingless Micros.   Mitchell Holden took the lead on lap number three with Cory Stabley taking over second.   Holden won his first career wingless 600 feature event. 

Terry Karichner led the first lap of the four cylinder feature event.  Hunter Flook, who started second took the lead on lap number two.  At the halfway mark of the race Flook was leading with Matt Weaver in second, Karichner in third, Zak Kline in fourth.   Flook held the top spot till the checkered flag to claim the win over Weaver, Kline, Kyler Stahl, and Joey Snook.  Sixth through tenth were Kevin Trimpey, Skylar Phillips, Adam Harris, Cody Stover and Coty Maines.  Heat races were won by Karichner Stahl, and Weaver. 

RACESAVER SPRINTS: 1. Jacob Gomola 2. Josh Beamer 3. Kruz Kepner 4. Ken Duke Jr. 5. Austin Greenland 6. John Walp 7. Jarrett Cavalet 8. Timmy Bittner 9. Johnny Smith 10. Derek Swartz 11. Matt Tebbs 12. Jeffrey Weaver 13. Dustin Prettyleaf 14. Steven Kenawell 15. Josh Fox 16. Ryan Lynn 17. Wyatt Walizer 18. Reed Thompson 19. Wes Matthews 20. Jazlyn Byles 21. Dale Schweikart 22. Jim Kennedy DNS Dakota Schweikart, Mariah Romig

PRO STOCKS: 1. Johnny Bouse 2. Noah Jensen 3. Cory Long 4. Jason Geeseman 5. Noah Kissinger 6. AY Schilling 7. Marc Bitler 8. Robert Tressler 9. AJ Hoffman 10. Kris Orwig Sr. 11. Brad Benton 12. Todd Geyer 13. Larry Knight DNS Denny Fourney

270 MICROS:  1. Tyler Clowes 2. Cory Stabley 3. Mac Wert 4. Jillian Mauer 5. Denny Rinehimer 6. Tyler Groft  7. Colton Geiher 8. Trevor Fernburg 9. Shaun Musser 10 Matthew Dixson 11. Cameron McClure 12. Matt Dixon 13. Preston Phillips 14. Jeffrey Weaver 15. Troy Groft

600 MICROS: 1. Mitchell Holden 2. Cory Stabley 3. Corey Bowmaster.

FOUR CYLINDERS:  1. Hunter Flook, 2. Matt Weaver 3. Zack Kline 4. Kyler Stahl 5. Joey Snook 6. Kevin Trimpey 8. Adam Harris 9. Cody Stover 10. Coty Maines 11. Bryun Hackenberg 12. Garrett Lucas 13. Nick Snook 14. Dylan Hoover 15. Robert Dorman 16. Jacob Morerro 17. Kayla Leigey 18. Devin Parks 19. Jon Stringfellow 20. Kyle Strouse 21. Alea Savage 22. Chris Small 23. Terry Karichner 24. Shane Flaherty.25. Brian Strouse DNS Tim Muthler, Troy Bennett

Photo Attached:  Dale Blaney won the 410 Sprint Phil Walter Classic at the Clinton County Speedway.  (Speedway provided photo)