Yoder and Benton are Repeat Winners at Clinton County
For Immediate Release
July 18, 2020
Mill Hall, PA – Andrew Yoder of Middleburg held off his uncle Jim Yoder in lapped traffic to win his second Limited Late Model event on Friday night. It was the second consecutive win of the season for Yoder at the 3/8th mile oval, while Brad Benton of Duncansville claimed his second consecutive win the Pro Stock division. Jeffrey Weaver of Lock Haven had a triumphant night winning the 270 and 600 micro sprint feature events and Luke Hoffner was victorious in the four cylinder division.
Mike Smith of Renovo and Jim Yoder of Selinsgrove started on the front row of the 25 lap Smith Excavating Limited Late Models feature event. Smith took the early lead with Jim Yoder, Kevin Probst, Joe Loffredo and Denny Fourney in the top five. Smith and Jim Yoder battled for top spot, with Smith having a slight advantage as they crossed by the flag stand. On lap number nine Jim Yoder made the pass for the lead, with Smith, Andrew Yoder, Probst, and Fourney as the top five contenders. Andrew Yoder moved into second position on lap number 10 and set his sights on his Uncle Jim Yoder. By the 15th circuit, the two Yoders battled in lapped traffic. Andrew made several attempts for the lead but was not able to make the pass until lap number 22. The event went nonstop, with Andrew Yoder claiming his second consecutive victory by a margin of 2 seconds over Jim Yoder. “It’s great when you can race like that against family, that was fun,” said Yoder in Victory Lane. Kevin Probst finished third, followed by Joe Lusk of Jersey Shore and Smith. Sixth through tenth were Matt Cochran of Williamsport, Denny Fourney of Lock Haven, Matt Adams, Joe Loffredo and Jakob Piper. Qualifiers were won by Smith and Adams.
In Pro Stock competition, Tommy Dawson of Wapwallopen and Brad Benton of Duncansville led the field to the green flag. Dawson was the early race leader, until Benton took over the top honors with Dawson, Noah Jensen of Nescopeck, Rich Fye of Lock Haven and AY Schilling of Linden in the top five. All top five cars were in contention to win the race, with Jensen pressuring Benton on every lap. Dawson and Fye swapped positions several times for the third and fourth positions and Lock Haven’s Kevin VanAmburg who started twelfth moved into the top five on lap number twelve. At the checkered flag it was Benton over Jensen, Dawson, Fye and Schilling. “To win a feature race here against this strong field of Pro Stock drivers is amazing, but to win two in a row is simply unbelievable. I have lots of wins on this car, but it means a lot to win here,” said Benton. Brandon Moser finished sixth, with VanAmburg, Rooster Peters, Brad Myers and Wayne Shaffer rounding out the top 10. Heat race winners were Jensen and Schilling.
The 270 Micro Sprint feature had the red flap come out on the first lap when four cars tangled in turn number four. Lock Haven’s Jeffrey Weaver quickly moved from his sixth starting spot to take the lead from Dan Wertman by the completion of lap number two. The events second red flag waived, when Timmy Bitner of Beech Creek flipped his car on lap number three. Following the restart, Weaver held off early race challenges from Bobby Sanso of Williamsport. Sean McAndrew passed Sanso for the runner up position on lap number five, as Denny Reinheimer advanced from the thirteenth spot to take fourth position from Dan Wertman. The field was slowed twice for cautions on lap 6 for a spin by Logan Hammaker and on lap 13 when Mitchell Holden’s top wing mounts broke forcing him to stop of the backstretch. Weaver claimed the win by a margin of 1.386 seconds over McAndrews, Reinheimer, Ethan Spots and Sanso. Sixth through tenth were Kyler Stahl, Wertman, Shawn Musser, Hammaker and Hunter Zimmerman. Heat race winners were Weaver and McAndrews.
Weaver came to victory lane for a second time in one night as he was also victorious in the Werner Fuels 600 Micro Sprint division. Weaver jumped into the early lead and led every lap to claim the victory. Trevor Teats ran in the second position for the entire race but was unable to catch Weaver. The event had its only caution flag on the white flap lap when Derek Swartz spun in turn four. At the checkered flag Weaver posted a slim .600 second margin of victory over Teats, Tyson Mowery, Josh Beamer, and Cody Hauch. Ethan Spotts, Swartz, and Mitchell Holden completed the field.
All time leading Late Model feature winner Luke Hoffner strapped into a four-cylinder to have some fun on Friday night. Hoffner led every lap of the 12 lap main event and admitted that the four cylinders were harder to drive than his late model, but he had a blast doing it. Hoffner also owns a dune buggy victory to his career win list at Clinton County dating back to the speedway’s inaugural season in 1989. In the early stages of the race, Hoffner battled with Michael Boring. Michael Luther, who started on the front row reclaimed the runner up position on lap number four but could not contend with Hoffner. Hoffner earned the win over Boring, Skyler Witchley, Jimmy Deiozier and Chelsie Harris. The heat race was also won by Hoffner.
The Clinton County Speedway returns to racing this Friday night for another 5 division racing program. The Limited Late Models will be the featured division along with the Pro Stocks, 270 Micro Sprints, 600 Micro Sprints and 4 Cylinders. Gates will open at 5:15PM and Racing will begin at 7:30PM. For more information, visit www.clintoncountyspeedway.com or visit the speedway on Facebook
Limited Late Models: 1. Andrew Yoder 2. Jim Yoder 3. Kevin Probst 4. Joe Lusk 5. Mike Smith 6. Matt Cochran 7. Denny Fourney 8. Matt Adams 9. Joe Loffredo 10. Jakob Piper 11. Jamin Chapman 12. Nick Loffredo 13. Tim Luben 14. Scott Dunham
Pro Stocks: 1. Bradley Benton 2. Noah Jensen 3. Tommy Dawson 4. Rich Fye 5. AY Schilling 6. Brandon Moser 7. Kevin VanAmburg 8. Rooster Peters 9. Brad Myers 10. Wayne Shaffer 11. Todd Geyer Sr. 12. Shaun Lawton 13. Robert Tressler DNS Logan Heil
600 Micros: 1. Jeffrey Weaver 2. Trevor Teats 3. Tyson Mowery 4. Josh Beamer 5. Cody Hauck 6. Ethan Spotts 7. Derek Swartz 8. Mitchell Holden DNS Corey Brungard
270 Micros: 1. Jeffrey Weaver 2. Sean McAndrew 3. Denny Rinehimer 4. Ethan Spotts 5. Bobby Sanso 6. Kyler Stahl 7. Dan Wertman 8. Shaun Musser 9. Logan Hammaker 10. Hunter Zimmerman 11. Mathew Dixson 12. Mitchel Holden 13. CJ Milliken 14. Timmy Bitner 15. Chris Stahl 16. Buddy Kramer 17. Doug Reinard
4 Cylinders: 1. Luke Hoffner 2. Michael Luther 3. Skyler Witchley 4. Jimmy Deiozier 5. Chelsie Harris 6. Maddox Smith 7. Michael Boring 8. Kennedey Courter DNS Zachery Rill.