Mark Smith Wins Exciting 35th Anniversary 410 Show at Clinton County Speedway

Mill Hall, PA – The Clinton County Speedway continued to celebrate its 35th Anniversary season with another marquee event featuring the 410 Sprint Cars presented by NAPA Toner Auto Parts.   The 410 Sprint Cars put on an exciting show for the fans with Mark Smith of Sunbury claiming the $4,000 top prize.   The speedway also honored 410 Sprint Car feature winners from the inaugural 1989 season, including Greg Lamey, John Matrafailo, Phil Walter and Dave Williamson.  Other winners of the night included Tanner Jones in the Central PA Legends, Johnny Bouse in the Pro Stocks and Kyler Stahl won the 4 Cylinders. 

Photo: 1989 Feature Winners:  410 Sprint Car Drivers from the Speedway’s 1989 inaugural season were honored on Friday night.  (L-R Phil Walter #63, Greg Lamey #0, Dave Williamson #25W, John Matrafailo #77 and speedway promoter Jason McCahan)

Garrett Bard of Wells Tannery and Billy Dietrich of Aspers were the front row starters for the night’s 35-lap 410 Sprint Car main event.  Bard, in his rookie season in 410 Sprint Car competition and a former RaceSaver Clinton County Speedway champion, led the first lap.  On lap number two, the events only caution occurred for Bill Jones.   Bard continued to lead Dietrich followed by several Smiths (not related), including Cameron Smith, Ryan Smith, Mark Smith and Kyle Smith in the top six positions.

By the completion of lap number five, Bard continued to lead with Dietrich and Ryan Smith battling for postion, Mark Smith was fourth and Kyle Smith moved into the top five.  With ten laps complete the top five remained unchanged but the leaders were closing in on the back of the back and lapped traffic would soon become a factor.     On lap number 11, Mark Smith secured the third postion from Ryan Smith and on the next circuit he passed Dietrich for second place.   The veteran driver then set his sights on 410 rookie, Garrett Bard, who was now in lapped traffic. 

On lap 20, Bard had a lapped car between his machine and that of Smith.  Ryan Smith was running third, Dietrich was fourth, then two lapped cars back was fifth place runner Kyle Smith.  Running sixth through tenth Cameron Smith, Cody Fletcher, Will Brunson, Lucas Wolfe and Dale Schweikart. 

Smith closed in on Bard in lapped traffic and was able to make the pass for the lead on lap number 23.  On lap 30, Mark Smith continued to weave through lapped traffic while Bard and Ryan Smith battled for the runner up postion.  On lap 31, Ryan Smith took over second but was several car lengths behind Mark Smith with only four laps remaining.   Mark Smith claimed his first win at the Clinton County Speedway over Ryan Smith and Garrett Bard.   Dietrich finished fourth and Cameron Smith was fifth.  Sixth through tenth were Cody Fletcher, Will Brunson, Steve Buckwalter, Davie Franek and Kyle Smith.  Heats were won by Bard, Cameron Smith, Ryan Smith and Billy Dietrich.   The B-main was won by Reese Nowotarski.    

The Central PA Legends 20 lap feature had Tanner Jones and Chris Transeau starting on the front row.  Jones jumped into the lead from the start with Transeau, Colton Friese, Jorgie Sweger, and Rich Hartwig in the top five.  Tanner held the top spot as Transeau and Frise battled for second.   On lap number nine, Friese took the runner up postion as the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic on the tenth circuit.  With five laps remaining, Tanner was leading Friese, Hartwig, Cory Phillips and Deven Friese.  Tanner maintained his momentum in the final laps of the race to secure his first win at the speedway.  Colton Friese was second followed by Rick Hartwig, Cory Phillips, and Devin Friese. Sixth through tenth were Chad Earnest, Lacy Kuehl, Scott Spidle, Hunter McElroy and Grady McGrew.  Heat races were won by Jones and Transeau.

Pole sitter, AY Schilling led the first three circuits of the Pro Stock feature event.   Third place starter Noah Kissinger moved into the second postion and took the lead on lap number four.  Johnny Bouse advanced from the fifth position, moving into second place by lap number six.  On lap eight, Bouse powered down the backstretch to take the lead, shuffling Kissinger back to second.   The top three contenders for the championship, Bouse, Kissinger and Noah Long contested for the top three spots.   At the checkered flag, Bouse crossed the line first followed by Kissinger, Long, Noah Jensen and AY Schilling.   Sixth was Jason Butler followed by AJ Hoffman, Robert Tressler and Larry Knight.   Schilling won the heat races.

John Stringfellow started on the outside of the front row and led the early laps of the 4 cylinder feature event.  Zak Kline advanced from the eighth spot to take second with Coty Maines, Adam Harris, and Skyler Phillips in the top five by the fifth lap.  Kyler Stahl who started 11th began to climb his way to the front of the field and was up to third by lap number seven.  One lap later Stahl was the race leader with a pass coming out of turn four.  Stahl would lead the final laps to secure the win over Zak Kline and Tyler Phillips.  Joey Snook was fourth and Adman Harris was fifth.  Sixth through tenth were Michael Barrett, Kein Trianpey, Nick Snook , Terry Karichner, and Matt Weaver.  Heats were won by Coty Maines, Troy Bennett, and Zak Kline .

The Clinton County Speedway will host two events this week.  On Tuesday, July 18th, the speedway will be in action with night two of the Hyper Racing 600 Micro Sprint Car Wingless Speedweek.  The event is expecting the nation’s best 600 wingless drivers coming from the following states AL, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, NC, NH, NJ, NY, MD, MO, PA, SC, VA, WV, In addition the 270-winged micro sprints will be in competition.   Gates will open at 5PM and Hot laps are at 7PM.

On Friday, July 21st, the United Racing Club 360 Sprint cars will return for another exciting night of open wheel sprint car racing along with the Pro Stocks,, 270 Micros and 4 Cylinders.  Gates will open at 5PM and hotlaps are at 7PM.

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Sprint Cars: 1. Mark Smith 2. Ryan Smith 3. Garrett Bard 4. Billy Dietrich 5. Cameron Smith 6. Cody Fletcher 7. Will Brunson 8. Steve Buckwalter 9. Davie Franek 10. Kyle Smith 11. Lucas Wolfe 12. Tyler Ross 13. Dale Schweikart 14. Mike Thompson 15. John Walp 16. Wyatt Walizer 17. Darren Pifer 18. Reese Nowotanski 19. Chris Frank 20. Chad Trout 21. Jordan Givler 22. Dustin Prettyleaf 23. Tyler Esh 24. Bill Jones  DNS: Ryan Higgens, Todd Gracey, Derek Swartz, Shane Yost, Bradley Howard, Mike Raboth, Zach Burd, Hayden Miller, Tim Glatfelter, Wes Mathews.

Central PA Legends: 1. Tanner Jones 2. Colton Friese 3. Rick Hartwig 4. Cory Phillips 5. Devin Friese 6. Chad Earnest 7. Lacy Kuehl 8. Scott Spidle 9. Hunter McElroy 10. Grady McGrew 11. Dave Benner 12. Chris Transeau 13. Jorjie Sweger 14. Seth Kearchner 16. Scott Musselman DNS Kelby Friese

Pro Stocks: 1. Johnny Bouse 2. Noah Kissinger 3. Cory Long 4. Noah Jensen 5. AY Schilling 6. Jason Butler 7. AJ Hoffman 8. Robert Tressler 9. Larry Knight

4 Cylinders: 1. Kyler Stahl 2. Zak Kline 3. Skyler Phillips 4. Joey Snook 5. Adam Harris 6. Michael Barrett 7. Kevin Trianpey 8. Nick Snook 9. Terry Karichner . 10. Matt Weaver 11. Bryun Hackenberg 12. Tim Teneyck 13. Anthony Potter 14. Tim Muthler 15. Johnny Stringfellow 16. Kyle Strouse 17. Troy Bennett 18. Garrett Lucas 19. Alea Savage 20. Dylan Hoover 21 Zach Rill  DQ  Coty Maines   

Photos (Track provided)  1989 Feature Winners:  410 Sprint Car Drivers from the Speedway’s 1989 inaugural season were honored on Friday night.  (L-R Phil Walter #63, Greg Lamey #0, Dave Williamson #25W, John Matrafailo #77 and speedway promoter Jason McCahan)

Mark Smith of Sunbury won the 35 lap 410 Sprint Car race Friday night at the Clinton County Speedway