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Monday, May 22, 2017

First-time winners in victory lane at Lancaster

A pair of first time feature winners visited victory lane at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday night, as Max Northem and Chris Pennell both scored their first-ever victories in Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders, respectively.

Chuck Hossfeld won for the second-straight week in the Sunoco Sportsman. Hossfeld started third behind Matt Druar and Jake Lyon at the drop of the green flag for the 35-lap race, quickly moving into second and taking the lead from Druar on Lap 4. Shawn Nye finished second for the second week in a row, while points leader Owen Bednasz finished third. Druar and Kevin Miller rounded out the top five.

Max Northem
Northem led all 25 laps from the outside pole to win the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature. Northem was driving his father’s car after mechanical problems in practice put his own car on the trailer. Both Max and his father, Tom, have dealt with mechanical issues this season but their combined efforts led to a dominating performance. Trevor Pettit was credited with second place followed by Keith Flanigan, John Carlson and Dave Wilson.

Chris Pennell
Third-generation driver Pennell picked up his first-ever win in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders after passing Casey Pew for the lead on Lap 3. Bobby Woch settled into second place, followed by Dave Brunka, Dan Dressel and Dave Milbrand Jr.

Mariah Reilly won the 10-lap Ladies Race after making a pass for the lead with three laps to go. Reilly is the granddaughter of Thompson Racing patriarch Jim Thompson. Reilly borrowed the No. 33 car of Bob Hanel Sr. to compete in the event.  It was her first time behind the wheel of a race car.

Lancaster’s X-Press Signs Stock Car Series has a special mid-week show scheduled for Thursday, May 25. The Late Models will join the Sportsman, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinders. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. with front gates opening at 5:30. Racing begins at 7 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

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