TODD LEONARD WINS FLEXWRIGHT CHASSIS WINGLESS SPORTSMAN TOUR FEATURE AT TRAIL-WAY SPEEDWAY

Hanover, Pa. (5/24/19): Carlisle’s Todd Leonard desperately needed something to go right, to turn his 2019 Wingless Sportsman season around. A win, in only his first time racing at Trail-Way Speedway, might have done the trick.

“The way the first couple of weeks went, this feels really good,” an elated Leonard said in victory lane. “We were terrible the first couple of weeks. This is just nice that we’re finally here and we ran laps. We still have a lot of problems—my power steering keeps cutting out and I really don’t have any breaks, but tonight it worked out.”

Polesitter, Derek Sheaffer, along with Leonard and Joey Biasi, jockeyed for position on the initial start. Sheaffer settlled into the lead and was followed closely by Leonard, Biasi and Rohan Beasley.

Leonard immediately tried to make something happen, first down the backstretch on lap three and again going into turn one, the following lap, but was denied both times.

A lap seven caution, caused by Gene Eppley, brought the leaders, who were beginning to approach lap traffic, back together.

On the next start, Leonard attempted a slide job on Sheaffer, making contact with Sheaffer’s #4 Wingless Sportsman. The move gave Leonard the lead and shuffled Sheaffer back to third.

“Unfortunately I got into the 4 (Sheaffer) back there, but that was not my intention,” Leonard admitted. “I thought I could give him more room, but unfortunately I knocked him out of the way. I feel bad for that. He ran me clean after that, so I’m sorry to the 4 team.”

Leonard pulled away to a commanding lead over the top five, leaving Biasi and Sheaffer to battle it out for the runner-up spot.

On lap 16, Sheaffer tried the inside of Biasi, going low into turn one, making the pass stick coming out of two and taking over second heading down the backstretch. Biasi would not go away easily, trying to make a move to the inside of Sheaffer in turn four.

The race’s second caution would delay Biasi’s advances for second. To the shock of many, while under yellow flag conditions, Sheaffer pulled off of the track.

Biasi was able to set his sights on race leader, Leonard, for the final laps of the 25-lap feature race. However, Leonard, had other plans, immediately pulling away from Biasi and going on to take the checkered flag with a 1.851 second lead.

Flexwright Chassis Tour announcer, Trish Heller, made mention of Carmen Perigo winning the 2018 Wingelss Sportsman feature at Trail-Way after losing his power steering on lap three, which is something Leonard understood all too well.

“When you’re out front it’s alright,” Leonard said, “You can choose your line, you can use the cushion… beautiful track, by the way… this is actually my first time ever on this track, so to win is really cool. I’ll take a track like that ever week!”

Joey Biasi finished second followed by Beasley in third. Wilbur and Tom Savage completed the top five.

 

Lady racer, Hannah Riser, claimed her fourth career 600 Micro Sprint victory, Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway. Riser held off a persistent Brian Kramer, who at one point, pulled alongside Riser on lap 17, sending both drivers drag racing down the backstretch.

The tight battle continued with Riser and Kramer committing to their lines, resulting in Kramer jumping the berm and spinning out, entering turn four.

Jesse Snyder, who assumed the runner-up spot, was never able to challenge Riser for the win, giving him the second place finish.

Fifth starting Mike Rutherford, who had an issue with the shifter linkage, was shuffled back to eighth in the opening laps. He battled his way back to the front for a third place finish.

Jim Young and Trent Yoder finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Randy Kunkle started 12th and finished 6th giving him the Donahue Motorsports Hard Charger award.

 

Sam Gallagher completed the race winning pass on Marshall McMullen, on the sixth lap of the 20-lap Precise Racing Products Street Stock feature.

Gallagher repeatedly closed the door on eighth starting, Will Walls, over the closing laps. Walls took to the high side on the backstretch and smacked the wall attempting to pass McMullen on the last lap.

Wayne Dutterer Jr., McMullen, Dylan Welsh and Aaron Beard were able to take advantage of Walls’ slowed car, crossing before him and completing the top five. Walls finished sixth.

 

Mike Rutherford got around racelong leader, Steven Cox, on the final lap of the 20-lap 270 Micro Sprint feature, to claim his 17th career 270 Micro win at Trail-Way Speedway.  

A 19th lap caution for debris on the frontstretch gave Rutherford one final opportunity to make a move for the win. Rutherford completed the pass on the restart giving him his first micro win of 2019 at Trail-Way.

Cox finished second followed by Chad Myers, Levi Peck and Donahue Motorsports Hard Charger, Cory Myers, who completed the top five.

 

FLEXWRIGHT CHASSIS WINGLESS SPORTSMAN TOUR

Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 7-Todd Leonard, [3]; 2. B1-Joey Biasi, [4]; 3. 14B-Rohan Beasley, [5]; 4. 59-Steve Wilbur, [9]; 5. 38S-Tom Savage, [7]; 6. 19R-Eric Rutz, [8]; 7. 63-Kevin Gutshall, [6]; 8. 09-Luke Lenker, [10]; 9. 15-Gary Johnston II, [14]; 10. (DNF) 4-Derek Sheaffer, [1]; 11. (DNF) 47T-Tony Hampton, [13]; 12. (DNF) 32-Gene Eppley, [11]; 13. (DNF) 16R-Ryan Rutz, [2]; 14. (DNF) 05-Steve Whary, [12]. No time.

Lap Leaders – Derek Sheaffer (1-7), Todd Leonard (8-25)

 

Wingless Sportsman Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 7-Todd Leonard, [2]; 2. B1-Joey Biasi, [3]; 3. 14B-Rohan Beasley, [4]; 4. 38S-Tom Savage, [5]; 5. 59-Steve Wilbur, [7]; 6. (DNF) 32-Gene Eppley, [1]; 7. (DNF) 47T-Tony Hampton, [6]. Time – 2:39.712

Wingless Sportsman Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 4-Derek Sheaffer, [3]; 2. 16R-Ryan Rutz, [2]; 3. 63-Kevin Gutshall, [7]; 4. 19R-Eric Rutz, [5]; 5. 09-Luke Lenker, [6]; 6. (DNF) 05-Steve Whary, [1]; (DNS) 15-Gary Johnston II. No time.

 

270 MICRO SPRINTS

Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 5R-Mike Rutherford, [2]; 2. 44-Steven Cox, [1]; 3. 8D-Chad Myers, [3]; 4. 64-Levi Peck, [6]; 5. 20-Cory Myers, [16]; 6. 1B-Brent Bull, [15]; 7. 4T4-Joe Long Jr, [5]; 8. 6-Tim McClelland, [19]; 9. 29C-Jeff Arigo, [13]; 10. 16-Keera Dupler, [11]; 11. 1-Brian Marriott, [12]; 12. 03-Branstin Shue, [4]; 13. 49-Doug Yingling, [18]; 14. 7-Brent Mowery, [7]; 15. 69-Cameron Smith, [17]; 16. 19-Stevie Daron Jr, [14]; 17. 28-Matt Frick, [20]; 18. 12-Bryce Trone, [21]; 19. 09-John Horton, [23]; 20. (DNF) 22-Michael Boer, [8]; 21. (DNF) 96-Brock Whisler, [26]; 22. (DNF) 84-Zachary Glass, [10]; 23. (DNF) 47-Bobby Lamond, [9]; 24. (DNF) 46-Colton Hendershot, [22]; 25. (DNF) 34T-Troy Fickes, [25]; 26. (DNF) 13-Brad Gossert, [24]. No time.

Lap Leaders – Steven Cox (1-19), Mike Rutherford (20)

 

270 Micro Sprint Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 8D-Chad Myers, [6]; 2. 1-Brian Marriott, [8]; 3. 64-Levi Peck, [4]; 4. 47-Bobby Lamond, [1]; 5. 29C-Jeff Arigo, [5]; 6. 20-Cory Myers, [7]; 7. 6-Tim McClelland, [9]; 8. 46-Colton Hendershot, [3]; 9. 34T-Troy Fickes, [2]. Time – 2:18.021

270 Micro Sprint Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 5R-Mike Rutherford, [7]; 2. 03-Branstin Shue, [2]; 3. 7-Brent Mowery, [1]; 4. 84-Zachary Glass, [8]; 5. 19-Stevie Daron Jr, [5]; 6. 69-Cameron Smith, [3]; 7. 28-Matt Frick, [4]; 8. 09-John Horton, [6]; 9. (DNF) 96-Brock Whisler, [9]. No time.

270 Micro Sprint Heat 3 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 44-Steven Cox, [2]; 2. 4T4-Joe Long Jr, [1]; 3. 22-Michael Boer, [3]; 4. 16-Keera Dupler, [5]; 5. 1B-Brent Bull, [8]; 6. 49-Doug Yingling, [4]; 7. 12-Bryce Trone, [7]; 8. (DNF) 13-Brad Gossert, [6]. Time – 2:13.776

 

600 MICRO SPRINTS

Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 14K-Hannah Riser, [1]; 2. 96-Jesse Snyder, [7]; 3. 2S-Mike Rutherford, [5]; 4. 8-Jim Young, [8]; 5. 66-Trent Yoder, [2]; 6. 91-Randy Kunkle Jr, [12]; 7. 42K-Travis Keiser, [9]; 8. 17-Bradley Weber, [3]; 9. 71L-Brian Kramer, [6]; 10. 1-Joe Snyder, [15]; 11. (DNF) 27Q-Mike Rynard, [4]; 12. (DNF) 71-Tyler Leese, [13]; 13. (DNF) 7-Jayden Wolf, [14]; (DNS) 12E-Riley Emig, ; (DQ) 4R-Zane Rudisill, [10]; 16. (DQ) 91H-Hayden Miller, [11]. No time.

Lap Leaders – Hannah Riser (1-20)

 

600 Micro Sprint Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 8-Jim Young, [2]; 2. 71L-Brian Kramer, [4]; 3. 27Q-Mike Rynard, [1]; 4. 66-Trent Yoder, [6]; 5. 4R-Zane Rudisill, [8]; 6. 91H-Hayden Miller, [7]; 7. 71-Tyler Leese, [3]; 8. 1-Joe Snyder, [5]. Time – 2:04.573

600 Micro Sprint Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 96-Jesse Snyder, [1]; 2. 2S-Mike Rutherford, [4]; 3. 17-Bradley Weber, [3]; 4. 14K-Hannah Riser, [7]; 5. 42K-Travis Keiser, [5]; 6. 91-Randy Kunkle Jr, [6]; 7. 7-Jayden Wolf, [2]; 8. (DNF) 12E-Riley Emig, [8]. Time – 2:05.521

 

PRECISE RACING PRODUCTS STREET STOCKS

Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 25-Sam Gallagher, [5]; 2. 39-Wayne Dutterer Jr, [6]; 3. 75-Marshall McMullen, [3]; 4. 81F-Dylan Welsh, [1]; 5. 60A-Aaron Beard, [7]; 6. 21W-Will Walls, [8]; 7. 3D-Shane Mc Quay, [11]; 8. (DNF) 94-Dalton Myers, [4]; 9. (DNF) 6T-Jacob Toney, [9]; 10. (DNF) 60-Danny Beard, [10]; 11. (DNF) 52-Brian Walls, [2]. No time.

Lap Leaders – Dylan Welsh (1), Marshall McMullen (2-5), Sam Gallagher (6-20)

 

Street Stock Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 25-Sam Gallagher, [2]; 2. 94-Dalton Myers, [3]; 3. 52-Brian Walls, [1]; 4. 39-Wayne Dutterer Jr, [6]; 5. 6T-Jacob Toney, [4]; 6. 3D-Shane Mc Quay, [5]. Time – 2:29.613

Street Stock Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) - 1. 21W-Will Walls, [1]; 2. 75-Marshall McMullen, [4]; 3. 81F-Dylan Welsh, [2]; 4. (DNF) 60A-Aaron Beard, [5]; 5. (DNF) 60-Danny Beard, [3]. No time.

 

Photo: Teal Beard (WRT Speedwerx)

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