Great Racing Action Had In All Divisions At Linda’s Speedway Friday Evening
Story By: LINDA’S SPEEDWAY – JONESTOWN, PA – After rain washed out the previous week’s racing, the Earman Fulk Memorial race was rescheduled as the headlining event for a massive, six-division show on Friday night at the Linda’s Speedway.
The event, held annually as a tribute to the founder of Linda’s Speedway, featured the Gene Latta Ford Central PA Legends in their first trip to the quarter-mile in 2023. The race featured a thrilling battle between Devin Friese, Tanner Jones, and Jeremy Ott throughout the course of the 25-lap A-Main. Despite losing the lead briefly, Friese regained the advantage following an early restart and never looked back en route to claiming the big victory.
The night also featured a “Double Down Challenge” for the Stolz Stove Sales Winged 600 Micro Sprints and the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Wingless 600 Micro Sprints. A $100 bonus was put up by track photographer Mike Knappenberger to any driver who could sweep both events.
However, Jason Sechrist put that to rest in short order, as the winged specialist dominated the A-Main en route to grabbing the victory. Wingless competition featured a father and son battle at the front, as Zack and Pat Bealer blasted their way from fourth and fifth on the starting grid to the front two positions of the race. It was the younger of the Bealers reigning supreme on this night, as Zack Bealer led his father across the finish line to grab the victory for Gary and Donna Spotts.
A double dosage of Slingshot action was also on the card for the night. Former track champion Chase Schott proved to still be the king of the J&J Auto Body Junior Slingshots as he claimed an emphatic victory over Barry Seaman and Aubrey Romig. In Hoffer Paving All Star Slingshot action, Tyler Hoch finally broke through to pick up his first Linda’s Speedway win in fine fashion, as he grabbed the lead early from third and never looked back the rest of the way.
The Bernheisel Race Components Chargers featured another dramatic finish in their third race of the season. Josh Michael dominated for most of the 15-lap A-Main and looked poised to break a long winless drought at the speedway. But on the final lap, Michael’s right-rear tire went flat, opening the door for Ronnie Buck to shove his car to the inside of Michael into turn 3 and make the race-winning pass. Buck led Jeremy Ott and Michael across the line in another thrilling finish.
Next Friday, May 12th features the return of the Mt. Gretna Roller Rink 270 Micro Sprints as well as the Xcel 600 Modifieds. The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Wingless 600 Micro Sprints will be in action as well as the Appalachian Auto Front Wheel Drive class. And midgets will make their return to the Linda’s Speedway, as the ARDC Midgets will kick off their 85th year of racing at the quarter-mile in preparation for the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets Series event in August.