Sunday, July 10, 2005
Johnson wins thriller at Bedford Speedway
by Race Author
REW, Pa. -- A hard rain washed out the Bedford Speedway on Friday, but luckily there was a pre-planned Sunday raindate. Although, for 3 of the 4 divisional point leaders it would have been better had there not been a raindate. Super Late model point leader Scott Haus was entangled in controversy on and off the track, Limited Late point leader Mike Shoemaker puffed an engine in his heat, and Street Stock leader Bob Jay wasn’t able to finish the feature race. On a lighter note, Wayne Johnson picked up his third career Super Late Model win, Tim Smith, Jr. won the Limited Late Model feature, Jim Sayler near continued his near unbeatable season with a Street Stock win, and Brian Weyandt, Jr. won in the Cruiser Hobby Stock division.
Wayne Johnson was as happy as could be in victory lane after winning the Super Late Model feature, and Scott Haus was feeling the exact opposite. Haus started on the pole, and appeared to have the 25 lap feature event in hand. However, third starting Johnson had worked his way into second and was gaining on Haus lap after lap. With about five laps to go, Johnson got a good run off of turn two and the pair ran wheel to wheel down the back chute. As they entered turn three, the two cars were still in a dead heat, side by side as they broadslided deep into the corner. The pair touched and both started to spin. Haus went all the way around, and Johnson was able to pull out of the spin and continue without stopping. Track officials deemed the mishap a racing accident, with neither driver receiving blame. Per Speedway rules, Johnson retained his position and Haus was sent to the tail for spinning. Haus let Johnson know he was unhappy during the caution laps, and again in victory lane. Amidst all of the excitement, Larry Wright’s charge to the front was a little overshadowed. Wright started seventh, and got faster each lap. Wright made up to second place by the time they hit the checkered. Scott Rhodes finished third, Chris Harr fourth, and Jack Pencil fifth. Sixth through tenth was DJ Troutman, Chuck LaSalle, Brian Duffy, Eric Zembower, and Andy Martz.
Shane Beegle, Rhodes, and Harr won the qualifying events.
Tim Smith, Jr. has won more Limited Late Model features than anyone at Bedford Speedway - ever. But the 2005 season has been a struggle for the former division Champion. Over the last few weeks though, you could tell Tim was getting faster and faster. Luck was starting to ride his shoulder too, with no DNF's. Finally, Tim broke the ice this season with convincing win Sunday. Craig Perigo drove the wheels off his car to come from 8th to 2nd, and pole sitter Matt Parks finished a strong third. Shawn Claar finished 4th, and George Beckett 5th.
Parks and Shawn Bilger won the heats.
Jim Sayler came out of nowhere last season to claim the Street Stock title. Jim took one step closer to repeating his title by taking the point lead from perennial front runner and former champ Bob Jay. Third starting Sayler snagged the lead from Dave Korlewitz and never looked back, claiming his 4th win of the season. Ashley Barrett knocked on the door, but had to settle for second. Korlewitz, in only his second visit to Bedford, scored an impressive third. Rick Cragan, Jr. finished 4th, and Donald Wyles fifth.
Heat winners were Kerry Molovich and Sayler.
Brian Weyandt, Jr. held the top five cars at bay, winning his second feature of the season. Weyandt, Jr., Shawn Wyles, Lincoln Ritchey, Travis Stickley, and Chuck Weyant ran nose to tail, practically touching the entire race. Several attempts were made for the lead by both Wyles and Ritchey, but in the end it was Weyandt, Jr, Wyles, Ritchey, Stickley, and Weyant.
Ritchey, Weyant, and Mike Duck won the heats.
This Friday will be a $1,000 to win Limited Late Model 30 lap race, with the Super Late Models, Street Stocks, and Cruiser Hobby Stocks also on hand.
SUPER LATE MODELS
FEATURE: Wayne Johnson 17, Larry Wright 31, Scott Rhodes 83R, Chris Harr w1, Jack Pencil 14, DJ Troutman 7, Chuck LaSalle 37, Brian Duffy 38, Eric Zembower 49, Andy Martz M1, Rick Singleton 99, Val Johnson 6, TJ Wright 31j (DNF), Jeff Rine 92 (DNF), Chuck Clise 5 (DNF), Shane Beegle 15 (DNF), Ron Delano, Jr. 0 (DNF), Donnie Farling 48 (DNF), Gene Kain 1k (DNF), Scott Haus 33 (DQ)
HEAT 1: Beegle, Larry Wright, TJ Wright
HEAT 2: Rhodes, Johnson, Zembower
HEAT 3: Harr, Delano, Pencil
LIMITED LATE MODELS
FEATURE: Tim Smith, Jr. 39, Craig Perigo 1a, Matt Parks 15p, Shawn Claar 20, George Beckett 58, Steve Bard 72, Andy Teno 48, Yvette Hahn 65, Nick Loffredo 9n (DNF), Tyler Hershey 74 (DNF), Robbie Black 01 (DNF), Mike Altobelli, Jr. (DNF), Shawn Bilger 10 (DNF), John Hedge 80e (DNF), Mike Shoemaker 8 (DNS), Coleby Frye F1 (DNS), Jim Leidy 11L (DNS)
HEAT 1: Parks, Smith, Bard
HEAT 2: Bilger, Teno, Perigo
FEATURE: Jim Sayler 96, Ashley Barrett 75x, Dave Korlewitz 24k, Rick Cragan, Jr. 18, Donald Wyles 10, Michael Stiffler 17s, Jonathan Haymen 75, Bob Jay 4j (DNF), Jamie Swank 22 (DNF), Kerry Molovich 63x (DNF), Terry Wyles 98 (DNF), Greg Cornell 3m (DNF), Travis Calhoun 36 (DNS)
HEAT 1: Molovich, Swank, Jay
HEAT 2: Sayler, Terry Wyles, Korlewitz
FEATURE: Brian Weyandt, Jr. 88jr, Shawn Wyles 21, Lincoln Ritchey 3, Travis Stickley 32, Chuck Weyant 88c, Mike Duck 73x, Devin Weyandt 88, Barry Weyandt 65, Terry Norris 73, AJ Foor a4, Brandon Hoover 45B, Tom Warren 1, Mike Siegele 007, Rodney Mock 57, Kevin Johnson 97, Curtis Heath 71, Jason Wright 95, Greg Imler 6, Aaron Delano 0, Brandon LaSalle 37 (DNF), Jason Vangilder 32j (DNF), Derrick Hinish 12 (DNF), Ray Shephard 9 (DNS), Mike Hershberger 32 (DNS)
HEAT 1: Ritchey, Weyandt, Jr., Barry Weyandt
HEAT 2: Weyant, Stickley, Hoover
HEAT 3: Duck, Wyles, Warren