Then to watch as Wernersville’s Nick Skias passed Christi Sweigert on the last lap of the 270 Sprint main event to take the win. Collegeville native Alex Bright finally was able to claim that illusive 600 Sprint victory in the Rich Glosser owned number 70. In the Slingshot main event Bangor’s Bill Weaver gained his second victory of the season leading into next week’s Speedweek event. Local driver Richie Hitzler of Lebanon used a late race restart to pass rookie Nate Brinker for the win in the 600 Modified main event. In the Charger main event Butch Helsel grabbed his first win of the season.
Christi Sweigart took the lead early in the RTS Chassis sponsored 270 main event. Mike Boyer had a fast car and passed Sweigart for the lead on lap ten. Boyer ‘s car was just a little bit too fast as we see sometimes in the 270 Sprint class and when Boyer got into lap traffic on lap 22 he began to slow and by lap 23 his motor was blowing up on the backstretch. Sweigart would inherit the race lead with hard charging Nick Skias in the runner up spot. Skias made a quick move on the restart and got by Sweigart on the outside on the last lap for his third win of the year and 18th career Linda’s Speedway triumph. Sweigart was second, Brandon Edgar, 13th starting Kyle Weiss, and Brian Heist made up the top five. Scott Gingrich was sixth followed by Greg Miller, 23rd starter Mike Skias, Brayden Winters, and point leader Richie Hartman who was in an early race crash, made up the top ten. Heat races for the 27 270 Sprints went to Edgar, Gingrich, and Lyle Stroman with the consolation win to Dave Williams. Mike Austin had an impressive Hoosier Tire 600 Sprint debut at Linda’s Speedway. He led the feature event until lap eight. Unfortunately for Austin, Alex Bright was determined to gain his first Linda’s win after years of trying. Bright has driven midgets all over the US as well as Australia. Friday night he used that knowledge to set up his car to run around the top to the victory passing Austin on lap nine. Steve Whary had another impressive run to second with Ron Lewis, Zach Light and Tanner Hunsicker rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth went to Chad Sandt, Brad Smith, Josh Sell, Jim Austin, and Dan Souder. Heat races were won by Whary, Souder, and Tyler Walton for the 19 car field. The Slingshots have only had one point paying event all season with all of the rain outs the division has suffered. Bill Weaver used a head up starting line from the heats to his advantage. Weaver took the race lead early from teammate Cody Kline and drove away from the field. One yellow flag slowed the event near half way and Weaver was still able to stretch out a half second lead over Kline coming to the finish. Bruce White finished third 3.33 seconds behind the top two. Travis and Brett Bieber made up the top five finishers. Alex Schoffstall, Kyle Gruber, Matt Miller, Louden Reimert, and William Mohring made up the top ten. A strong 20 car field for the Slingshots saw heat race wins go to Weaver, Kline, and White. Nate Brinker surprised many as the rookie driver passed the early race leader Jason Dunkleberger on lap four to control the Jesusraceteam.com Modified feature. Brinker held the top spot until a lap 18 restart. Richie Hitzler made a quick move on the restart to take his first win of the season. Hitzler had made some daring moves on each restart to get closer the front each time there was a yellow making the big move at the end holding off Brinker, Mark Ludwig, Dunkleberger, and Jeromy Guistwite. Kasey Ernst, Aaron Bowes, Skylar Sheriff, Eric Whitby, and Jon Horn made up the top ten finishers. 22 Modifieds filled the pit area with heat race wins going to Hitzler, Ludwig, and Horn. The Eash’s Towing Chargers had an eventful night. Troy Hostetter took the win in the Heat Race Challenge race off at the start of the night. Hostetter also won the main event over Butch Helsel after taking the lead from Brian Derr near half way. Hostetter failed the post race fuel inspection and Helsel was awarded the win. Helsel was able to hold off the challenges of Kevin McCallin in what they thought was the race for second. McCallin beat Helsel for the win a week ago for the Charger win. Chris Warren made it through a late race crash to finish third, Bryan Michael was fourth, and Eric Hollenbach came across in fifth. Deron Shutt and Rich Bossinger came across sixth and seventh with the retuning Leroy Long finishing in eighth. Chris Derr and early race leader Brian Derr made up the top ten. Heat races were won by Hostetter, Bossinger, and Brian Derr. Next week at Linda’s Speedway the Slingshots will kick off their annual Speedweek with the Mid Atlantic Silver Tour Event to open the month of August. Also in action with be the RTS Chassis sponsored 270 Sprints, the Hoosier Tire 600 Sprints, Gutshall Automotive 125 Sprints, and the Jesus Race Team Modifieds. Gates open at 5:30, Hot laps at 7 with racing to follow at 7:30. Keep up with everything Linda’s Speedway on Facebook, Twitter, and at Lindasspeedway.com or contact the Speedway at (717)865-5330