Hanover, PA (12/8/18) - Drivers, personnel, family and friends packed into Hanover’s Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services Hall, Saturday night, to celebrate Trail-Way Speedway’s 2018 racing season. Guests were treated to a delicious buffet dinner, an award presentation and the musical stylings of Littlestown’s Donnie Gerrick.


Awards were presented to the top ten Trail-Way Speedway point finishers in each of the five weekly featured divisions. Those divisions include the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Sprint Cars, Mason Dixon 270 Micro Sprints, 600 Micro Sprints, Precise Racing Products Street Stocks and Limited Stocks.


Parkton, Maryland’s David Holbrook  celebrated his first career Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Sprint Car Track Championship following a season boasting three wins, nine top fives and thirteen top tens in fourteen races.


“Unfortunately at the end of the year we had a little bit of a rough spell but we bounced back,” Holbrook told event emcee, Scott Hockensmith. Holbrook also mentioned his plans for 2019, “we’re kicking it around but we’ll be at TW. We might run a little Lincoln here and there but we’ll be at TW every Friday.”


East Berlin’s Cody Fletcher, who racked up two wins, six top fives and ten top tens finished the 2018 season -14 points behind Holbrook.


For the third consecutive year, Brian Marriott was named the 270 Micro Sprint Track Champion. Marriott achieved three wins, nine top fives and ten top tens in twelve features. York’s Joe Long Jr. finished the 2018 season -19 points behind Marriott.


“We had a really good season and to top it off with the track championship was icing on the cake. The only other thing that would’ve made it sweeter would’ve been the Gobrecht,” Marriott told Hockensmith while accepting his award. Marriott, to date, has four second place finishes in the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial race at Trail-Way. Marriott plans to return to Trail-Way in 2019 to defend his title and looks forward to gaining one more spot at the next Gobrecht Memorial race.


Jim Young’s two wins, six top fives and nine top tens secured the 600 Micro Sprint Track Championship while proving that sometimes experience outweighs youth.


“The competition keeps getting younger, and I’m not sure I like that very much,” Young said in his acceptance speech, joking that he has wheels on his car that are older than some of his competitors.


The 2017 600 Micro Sprint Track Champion, Bradley Weber, finished 2018 -10 points behind Young but has plans to move on from Micro Sprint racing as Weber will be fielding a Central PA Legend in 2019.


Brian Walls claimed the 2018 Precise Racing Products Street Stock Track Championship. Although Walls clinched the title from the infield following mechanical issues which stemmed from a turn-four incident with a lapped car, he was able to boast a successful season with four wins, eight top fives and thirteen top tens in fourteen features.


“We had a lot of bad luck at the end of the year but we turned it around and we did it so that’s all that matters,” Walls told Hockensmith while accepting his award.


Sam Gallagher, who finished second in the 2018 Street Stock point standings also posted impressive numbers, finishing with four wins, ten top fives and twelve top tens in thirteen features.


Following three consecutive runner-up point finishes, Robbie Carroll put his name in the history books as the 2018 Limited Stock Track Champion. Carroll claimed an impressive four wins, thirteen top fives and fifteen top tens in seventeen feature races. Kyle Rohrbaugh, who plans to make the jump to 358 Sprint Cars in 2019, finished -8 points behind Carroll.


“I got tired of finishing second in points for the last three years in a row so I figured I wanted to win it this year,” Carroll said in his speech adding that he really wanted one of the large picture checks that each of the champions receive with their championship hardware.


Additionally, champions from the 2018 “Kings of Crash” events were awarded trophies for their end-of-year accomplishments. Those champions include Figure 8 Small Car champion, Roy Denike, Figure 8 Big Car champion, Ben Stonesifer, and Powder Puff champion, Beckie Carroll.


Brad Hostetter, race director, announced that the 2019 season will begin in March with an open practice, Saturday the 30th. The first race of 2019 will be April 6 and will include the 600 & 270 Micro Sprints, Central PA Legends and the PA Micro Midgets sponsored by Wicked Cushion. All five featured classes will return in 2019 along with special appearances by the PASS 305 Sprints, Path Valley Wingless Sportsman and the 410 Sprint Cars.


For the latest news and related information from Trail-Way Speedway, fans are reminded to visit the speedway website at www.trail-wayspeedway.com. The complete story and agate from each night is posted shortly after the final checkered flag falls.

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