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Monday, July 10, 2017

Miller earns first Sportsman victory at Lancaster Speedway


Sportsman winner Kevin Miller
Kevin Miller earned his first career Sunoco Sportsman win at Lancaster National Speedway on Saturday night, while Rich Sharpe won his fourth Advance Auto Parts Street Stock feature in a row and sixth of the season. Bobby Woch won his second Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinder feature of 2017, and Tommy Reese won the Race of Champions Super Stock feature.

A total of 16 Sunoco Sportsman signed in for competition on Saturday, with the two most recent track champions, Mark Pennell and Jake Lyon, leading the field to the start of the 35-lap feature. Miller started fifth and began working his way to the front, passing Pennell for second just before the yellow flag waved on Lap 4 for a spin by Alan Bookmiller. On the ensuing restart, Miller outran Lyon to take over the race lead. 

The race stayed green until Lap 26 when Mike Ramos and Matt Druar tangled in turn one. Ramos's car slammed the temporary wall that blocks the end of the dragstrip hard while Druar backed into the Turn 1 wall. Both drivers walked away, but both cars suffered heavy damage. Lyon tried to get a run on Miller on the restart with nine to go, but Miller held off the challenge to earn his first-ever Sunoco Sportsman win. Lyon finished second followed by Jake Vernon, Owen Bednasz and Pennell.   

Rich Sharpe in victory lane for the sixth time in 2017
Sharpe came from the 11th starting position to pick up his sixth win of the year in the Advanced Auto Parts Street Stocks. The father-son duo of Tom and Max Northem led the 22-car field to the green flag. Tom Northem led an inside row charge on the opening lap and took the lead. Sharpe moved to third place by Lap 6 and into the lead a few laps later following a caution. A handful of the cautions in the second half of the race kept the field bunched up, but Sharpe hung on for his fourth-straight victory, followed by Ken Maltby, Jake Wylie, Trevor Pettit and Max Northem. 

RoC Super Stock winner Tommy Reese
The RoC Super Stocks made their third visit of the year to Lancaster, with Tim Gullo looking for his third-straight win as he took the initial race lead from the outside pole; mechanical problems took him out of contention on Lap 9. Nearly half of the field was collected in a big pile up on Lap 11, and the race resumed with Tommy Reese leading Robert Fink. The duo led the field all the way to the white flag when they made contact in Turn 4. Reese spun out and both cars were sent to the rear of the field, moving Zach Willis to the lead.

Two green-white-checkered attempts were made, but the second one was later nullified by RoC officials after consulting with the drivers over confusion on the yellow and checkered flag being displayed. Reese was declared the winner with Shawn Frarey, Josh Hunter, Robert Fink and Vern Hedderick completing the top five.

Bobby Woch celebrates with his daughters in victory lane
Woch led 22 of 25 laps for his second win of the year in the Roaming Buffalo 4-Cylinders. Woch and teammate Kevin Bainbridge dominated the majority of the race, which went caution free. Jason Anasiewicz finished third behind the team cars, with Dan Dressel and Dave Brunka rounding out the top five. 

Next up for Lancaster National Speedway is Homecoming & Retro Night on Saturday, July 15. We will welcome back drivers from the past and encourage fans to wear their favorite throwback gear (shirts, hats, jackets, etc.). The Race of Champions Late Models and Vintage Modifieds will join Lancaster’s three weekly divisions. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Keep up with the action at www.lancasternationalspeedway.com

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