The first ever official event for Kutztown’s JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA was cut short by rain. Brian Carber won the wingless 600 micro feature while Larry Raifsnider was declared the winner of the slingshot feature, which ended under rain at lap 12.
The SpeedSTRs made their debut as the new headline division with a star-studded roster, but did not get to run their feature. The 270cc micro sprints will also have to run their feature at a later date.
An overflow crowd and 126 racecars filled the pit area for the event. The brand new layout of the speedway presented somewhat of a challenge as nearly every race during the evening was plagued by numerous yellow flags.
Frank Cozze broke through with his first win since returning to modified competition. Cozze had spent the last two years fielding his own 410 sprint car.
Ricky Yetter led the first 23 laps of the feature but was passed by Cozze as they took the two to go signal. Craig Von Dohren and Duane Howard would get by Yetter on the final lap as well.
Kevin Beach Jr. won again in the sportsman feature, his second at the speedway and third overall this season. Not captured on video, but Andy Cozze crashed in turn three after his steering wheel came loose.
Jeremy Becker (roadrunners) and Mike Walls (street stocks) were victorious in the two fendered classes.
Kyle Killian was looking to return to victory lane in the roadrunner feature, but his front end broke late in the race in turn 1. Killian’s car slowed as a result, was rear-ended by Marc Berzowski, and then hit head on by both Glenn Rowan and Terry Kramer Jr.
A fitting tribute was held for longtime Big Diamond racer Andy Fayash Jr. before racing began. His son, Andrew Fayash III, had a strong race going at the front of the field until his race ended in the Killian crash.
GSP Video handle the video production for the events at Action Track USA in Kutztown this season. On Sunday afternoon the speedway held “media day”, a chance for fans, teams and the press to check out the revamped facility with limited practice select cars.
New promoters Doug Rose and Rich Tobias, Jr. purchased the facility on the grounds of Kutztown University last season and since re-named and re-configured it.
They have also secured a slew of major marketing partners including title sponsor JeffreyHogueRealtor.com.
The ambitious plans include brining in Tobias’ SpeedSTR division to headline the weekly Wednesday night racing with a slew of marquee drivers. Modified racers Craig Von Dohren, Billy Pauch and Duane Howard will join sprint car stars Fred Rahmer and Brian Monteith. The all-star field also has the commitment of the legendary Kenny Brightbill, national late model star Rick Eckert and more.
The wingless 600cc micro sprints, 270cc micro sprints and slingshots will all return for weekly competition.
Duane Howard led only the final circuit of the 30 lap 358 modified feature, but it was good enough for his third consecutive win on the PA mod circuit.
Midget standout and modified rookie Tim Buckwalter led the majority of the laps in the feature. Buckwalter was passed in turn four by Howard on lap 29, but pulled the crossover move to edge back by Howard on the frontstretch before he lost control in turn one and spun.
Craig Von Dohren entered the night as the modified point leader, but his night ended at the halfway point after contact with Ray Swinehart.
Kyle Borror held off a hard charging Craig Whitmoyer at the finish for his first sportsman win of the season.
Mike Kellner and Danny Snyder had a sustained side-by-side battle for numerous laps in the late model feature, Kellner would eventually be able to pull ahead and take the win.
After having a sure win slip away when he ran out of fuel last week, Craig Von Dohren recovered to pick up his second 358 modified win of the season at Big Diamond, and fourth overall in 2013. The extra distance 30-lap race paid $3,000 to win.
Von Dohren took the lead from Jeff Strunk on a mid-race double-file restart, which Strunk believed should have been called back.
Hometown driver Mike Lisowski of Minersville picked up his first sportsman win at the speedway after years of trying. He held off a hard charging Tim Fitzpatrick at the finish.
Marc Berzowski won his third roadrunner feature in a row. He made the winning pass on Kyle Killian with a lap and half to go. Killian had won the two prior roadrunner features to start the season.
Duane Howard completed the weekend sweep by winning Saturday’s 358 modified feature. It was his third overall win this season, having won last night at Big Diamond and in March at Selinsgrove.
Steve Nederostek picked up his first career late model feature win earlier in the night. Nederostek is in his second year driving a late model, but was previously a standout driver in the legends cars.
Kevin Beach Jr. won the sportsman nightcap, he took the lead from Ron Krex on lap 14. Beach also picked up a feature win at Big Diamond on March 29.