Lancaster National Speedway kicked off its 58th season of stock car racing with the “Queen City Clash” on Saturday, April 30 with Jake Lyon, TJ Cochrane, Jake Wylie and Kevin Bainbridge in victory lane.
|The battle in the Sportsman division|
Pole-sitter Lyon took home the win in the Sunoco Sportsman, leading all 35 laps on his way to victory lane. The Sportsman feature began with a parade lap in honor of Joe Reilly, the crew chief of 2015 Sportsman champion Mark Pennell, who passed away last Sunday. The Thompson Racing cars of Pennell and Jayme Thompson led the field on a parade lap, and then the field took a ceremonial lap with the pole position left open in Reilly’s memory.
The caution flag flew on Lap 27, allowing the field to catch up to Lyon and second-place Billy Burd, who had driven off from the pack. Shortly after the race went green, Neal Dietz Jr. was able to overtake Burd for second and went on to chase Lyon for the final six laps, but could not catch the No. 29. Dietz settled for second followed by Burd, John Barber and Mark Pennell.
Cochrane captured the 25-lap Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks feature, making his first start in the division since 2014 after driving a Sportsman last season. Cochrane started fifth in the 16-car field, grabbing the lead from Mark Hoch on Lap 8. Cochrane held on for the win, followed by Hoch, Dave Wilson, Keith Flanigan and Tommy Wentland.
Bainbridge won the 25-lap Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature after passing pole sitter Billy Anderson for the lead on Lap 9 and then drove on to victory. Bobby Woch was runner-up, followed by Anderson, Tim Durfy and Chris Pennell.
Wylie took the win in the Race of Champions Big 10 Super Stocks feature, his second-straight Super Stock win at Lancaster dating back to last year’s U.S. Open. Wylie passed Tommy Krawczyk for the lead on Lap 9 and never looked back. Jim Steffenhagen, Robert Fink and Bobby Schosek rounded out the top five.
64 cars signed in for the Queen City Clash, 24 more than were on hand for opening day last season. The car count was also higher than any regular season stock car event during the 2015 season.
Racing on the oval continues Saturday, May 7 as the Late Models join the 4-Cylinders, Street Stocks and Sportsman classes. Racing starts at 2 p.m. for the final afternoon show before Lancaster switches to its traditional Saturday night start time. It’s also “Walk the Track” day as race fans will be able to walk the ½-mile alongside their favorite drivers.
Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com.
|Kevin Baindridge - 4-Cylinder winner|
|Jake Wylie - RoC Big 10 Super Stock winner|
|TJ Cochrane and his father Terry in victory lane - Street Stocks|
|Jake Lyon - Sportsman winner|