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Sunday, September 18 - After the ungodly hour that the race at Selinsgrove ended the evening before and the time we arrived at our hotel in Williamsport (2 AM) the plans to travel to Dunn Tire Speedway in Lancaster, New York were scrapped. Instead we slept in and started our trip east on Rt. 80 after having lunch in Williamsport. As we cruised east Pat asked me if Mountain Speedway was running today. I said I don’t know but why don’t we call them. A few minutes later someone from the track answered the phone and informed us that indeed they were running this afternoon at 2 PM. So it was off at exit 262 and down Rt. 309 a few miles and across some back roads and into the parking lot of Mountain Speedway at 1:50. We ran into one of our racing buddies, Marshall, in the parking lot and walked in together and found our racing friends, Dwight Bucks and Gary Grim in the top row of one of the sections of the aluminum grandstands.
It was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the low 60’s and we looked forward to an enjoyable day of racing and socializing with our racing buddies. Racing started at 2:10 with two heats for the 11 sport modifieds on hand followed by three heats for the largest field of cars, 20 supplied by the legend cars. The factory stocks ran two heats for their 12 car field, the late models two heats for their 14 car field and last but not least the street stocks three heats for their 19 car field that would be running the 3rd annual Brad Kline Memorial race for the street stock driver killed in a highway accident. All qualifying races were completed by 3:35 and intermission was next up. During the 50 minute break they had a small ceremony for Kline with his family in attendence and also interviewed several drivers before the inversion pick (8) for their 50 lap feature.
The 40 lap sport modified feature was first up in the feature lineup and took the green at 4:30. It was a good race with Todd Geist holding off the furious charge of Dave Brigati who went to the rear after being squeezed by Geist on an attempted pass for the lead earlier in the event. Geist celebrated his first career sport modified win with Barry Callavini grabbing the show position. The late models would run their 30 lap main event next and this one turned out to be a decent one also. With only two cautions it only took 11 minutes to run with Travis Fisher grabbing his first win of the year in a strong run over Craig Lutz and Austin Kochenash. The factory stocks would go 20 laps with one caution and this was not that racy with Rich Paciotti scoring his third win of the season over Joey Helburg and Matt Schlenker. The 25 lap legend car feature had the most cars and the most exciting racing with oodles of passing and third wide racing. Matt Pappa came from 14th to take the lead on lap 5 and held off Todd McCollum and Richie Coy to win his fourth straight race. Another impressive run was turned in by Scott Hubler who spun early and restarted at the tail and worked his way through the field to finish fourth. It was now 6 PM and we had things to do at home before going to work on Monday so we bagged the street stock 50 lapper which I read about on the results page. They ran a good solid race with only two cautions with Elliot Wohl winning the extra distance affair with increased payoff for the drivers.
It turned out to be a decent day of racing and we ended up salvaging the day which started out as looking like a bummer after having to alter our plans. So we were able to enjoy a good day of racing on a beautiful fall like day.
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