After the heat races for the other classes, they got the sprints going. Cap Henry turned the fastest lap in time trials followed by Aaron Reutzel, Dale Blaney, Paul McMahon, Cory Eliason, Buddy Kofid, Brandon Spithauler, Brock Zearfoss, Greg Wilson and Lee Jacobs. The high groove up by the fence was the preferred line for many because it was smoother, but it slicked off after awhile. As it ended up, most of the fastest guys would go high in 1 and 2 and low in 3 and 4 to grab the moisture there. After time trials, the track crew came out and cut the ruts down and ran the track in again, although it didn’t need any water. And then we were onto the 8 lap sprint heats.
In the first heat, Chad Kemenah grabbed the lead from the front row and used his down low style to race to the win. Greg Wilson finished 2nd from his 4th starting spot, Trevor Baker started and finished 3rd, Max Stambaugh came up from 9th to finish 4th and Gerard McIntyre finished in the 5th and final transfer spot. During this heat, McIntyre and pole sitter Malcuit got together in turn 4, bringing out a yellow. They both restarted at the tail and this allowed Stambaugh to move up 2 spots and gain a transfer spot. This after Stambaugh had failed to go to weigh in after his time trial and had to start on the tail of this heat. In the 2nd heat Buddy Kofoid, who started 2nd, wins it, followed by Cory Eliason, Paul McMahon, Time Shaffer and Danny Mumaw. Pole sitter Cole Duncan, driving the white 8 car from western PA, went backwards as he struggled with the handling of the car. The track is getting rough again. The winner of heat 3 was Dean Jacobs followed by Lee Jacobs, Cap Henry, Aaron Ruetzel and Jac Haudenschild. In the last heat, there was a little drama. Spithauler, the 3rd starter, spins in turn 1 and goes to the pits. We have a complete restart. Zearfoss leads as Tyler Gee pulls off. Front row starter Zearfoss was leading it and on lap 6 slowed to a stop. The track is really rough in the turns now. This leaves the lead to Peck who goes on to win followed by Dale Blaney, Andrew Paulker, Jordan Ryan and Dan Kuriger.
After the heats, the track crew went to work again, cutting off the ruts and running it in again. It’s smooth again now and they are going to run the mini stock and super stock features. Between those two features they do the dash draw and Cap Henry pulls a 1 as does Aaron Reutzel. In dash 1, Henry wins it and Kofoid looks strong coming from 5th to 2nd, passing Eliason and Kemenah and Dean Jacobs in the process. In the second dash the winner is 2nd starter Greg Wilson, who held off a pesky Ruetzel. Blaney finished in 3rd, Peck was 4th and Lee Jacobs finished 5th. Next up was the sprint B main. The top 4 would go to the tail of the A main. A determined Zearfoss took a while to get past Spithaler but he finally got it done. Zearfoss wins the B main followed by Spithaler, Duncan and Carson Short.