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Slanker Claims First Ever Late Model Win In Trail-Way 358s


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Slanker Claims First Ever Late Model Win In Trail-Way 358s

HANOVER, PA (4/28/2017) – Dover’s Tommy Slanker took the lead from his outside front row starting spot and led every lap for his first career late model win in the 25-lap Precise Racing Products 358 late model feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.

“I don’t know what to say,” said Slanker upon exiting the Rick Christine-owned York Auto Repair/Sipe’s Driveway Sealing #67 in victory lane, “This track was racey, and that’s the way I like it. Rick believed in me, and this is his car. That’s why it’s numbered 67.”

Crossing .87 seconds behind Slanker was third-starting Travis Mease, with hard-charger Kerry King (who started 13th), Robbie Emory, and Brad Shank completing the top five. Cam Zeigler came from the back to finish sixth after an early-race spin that also involved Shaun Jones, who finished eighth.

Qualifiers for the 14 “358” late models were won by Zeigler and Emory.

Like Slanker in the late models, Mike Rutherford started second and led every lap of the 20-lap Mason-Dixon 270cc micro-sprint feature. It was Rutherford’s 13th career Trail-Way win, tying for eighth on the all-time win list with Steve Buckwalter and Shawn Minkey.

Polesitter Levi Peck crossed second, followed by Chad Myers, opening night winner Brian Marriott, and Steven Cox.

Heats for the 20 micros were won by Peck and Rutherford.

Charlie Summers was the winner of the 20-lap Classic Car feature, holding off heavy pressure from Jim Crocker over the second half of the race. Joe Brown, Steve Clemo, and Dylan Brown rounded out the top five.

Summers also won the lone heat for the ten Classic Cars on hand.

Defending track champ Justin Wagaman started fourth, wrestled the lead from outside front row starter Roy Denike on lap eight, and drove away to his second career win in the 15-lap limited stock feature. Denike settled for second, with Charles Millender, 12th-starting Jason Chronister, and Justin Oberlin completing the top five.

Heats for the 19 limited stocks were won by Millender and Chronister.

Gene Wrightstone dominated the 20-lap Penn-Mar Vintage Car feature, followed by Stew Wenrich, Randy Minich, Mark Rickrode, Jr, and Scott Rickrode.

John Marks crossed sixth, and was declared the winner of the modified portion of the vintage car program.

Wrightstone was also the winner of the lone qualifier for the vintage cars.

Next Friday, May 5, 2017, Trail-Way Speedway hosts the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Sprints along with the Mason-Dixon 270 Micro Sprints and the Street Stocks Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with heats beginning at 7:45 p.m.
The following night, Saturday, May 6, 2017, Trail-Way swings back into action with the first of three, “Kings of Crash,” Junk Car Demolition. Limited Stocks, Figure 8 and Powder Puff will also be in racing action. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., with racing scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.

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

FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. 67-Tommy Slanker[2]; 2. 116-Travis Mease[3]; 3. KB-Kerry King[13] (Hard Charger); 4. 9E-Robbie Emory[7]; 5. 57-Bradly Shank[14]; 6. 99W-Cam Zeigler[8]; 7. 50A-Andrew Stotler[10]; 8. 32J-Shaun Jones[6]; 9. 121-Larry Neiderer[1]; 10. 68-DJ Groft[11]; 11. (DNF) 25-Jedadiah Latshaw[9]; 12. (DNF) 22B-Chase Billet[4]; 13. (DNF) 00-Harry Shipe III[12]; (DNS) U10-Sam Gallagher. No time.
Lap Leaders: Tommy Slanker (1-25)

358 Late Model Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 99W-Cam Zeigler[3]; 2. 32J-Shaun Jones[5]; 3. 22B-Chase Billet[4]; 4. 67-Tommy Slanker[7]; 5. 25-Jedadiah Latshaw[6]; 6. 68-DJ Groft[2]; 7. (DNF) 57-Bradly Shank[1]. No time.
358 Late Model Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 9E-Robbie Emory[1]; 2. U10-Sam Gallagher[3]; 3. 116-Travis Mease[7]; 4. 121-Larry Neiderer[2]; 5. 50A-Andrew Stotler[6]; 6. (DNF) 00-Harry Shipe III[5]; 7. (DNF) KB-Kerry King[4]. No time.

FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 6K-Mike Rutherford[2]; 2. 64-Levi Peck[1]; 3. 32-Chad Myers[3]; 4. 1-Brian Marriott[6]; 5. 44-Steven Cox[5]; 6. 8-Jim Young[4]; 7. 4T4-Joe Long Jr[8]; 8. 84-Zachary Glass[14] (Hard Charger); 9. 20-Cory Myers[10]; 10. 6-Tim Mc Clelland[11]; 11. 29C-Jeff Arigo[12]; 12. 5-Shannon Weaver[7]; 13. 96-Brock Whisler[17]; 14. 21-Zachary Cool[13]c(1 Lap Down); 15. (DNF) 47-Bobby Lamond[19]; 16. 03-Branstin Shue[18] (2 Laps Down); 17. 09-John Horton[16] (3 Laps Down); 18. (DNF) 16-Keera Dupler[9]; 19. (DNF) 22-Michael Boer[15]; (DNS) 32M-Shaun Mc Intyre. No time.
Lap Leaders: Mike Rutherford (1-20)

270 Micro Sprint Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 64-Levi Peck[7]; 2. 32-Chad Myers[4]; 3. 44-Steven Cox[8]; 4. 5-Shannon Weaver[3]; 5. 16-Keera Dupler[2]; 6. 6-Tim Mc Clelland[10]; 7. 21-Zachary Cool[6]; 8. 03-Branstin Shue[9]; 9. 09-John Horton[5]; (DNS) 32M-Shaun Mc Intyre. Time – 2:14.06
270 Micro Sprint Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 6K-Mike Rutherford[7]; 2. 8-Jim Young[2]; 3. 1-Brian Marriott[6]; 4. 4T4-Joe Long Jr[3]; 5. 20-Cory Myers[1]; 6. 29C-Jeff Arigo[4]; 7. 84-Zachary Glass[8]; 8. 22-Michael Boer[9]; 9. 96-Brock Whisler[5]; 10. 47-Bobby Lamond[10]. Time – 2:12.47

FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 07-Charlie Summers; 2. 12-Jim Crocker; 3. 89-Joe Brown; 4. 117-Steve Clemo; 5. 9-Dylan Brown; 6. 73-Neal Reamer; 7. 4-Dorsey Weaver; 8. 09-Ron Grove; 9. 95-Sharon Unitas; 10. 100-Chad Stine (DNF). No time.
Lap Leaders: Charlie Summers (1-20)
Classic Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 89-Joe Brown; 2. 117-Steve Clemo; 3. 95-Sharon Unitas; 4. 4-Dorsey Weaver; 5. 100-Chad Stine (DNF). Time – 2:40.12
Classic Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 07-Charlie Summers; 2. 73-Neal Reamer; 3. 12-Jim Crocker; 4. 9-Dylan Brown; 5. 09-Ron Grove. Time – 2:38.25

FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 10-Gene Wrightstone; 2. U2-Stew Wenrich; 3. 707-Randy Minich; 4. 29-Mark Rickrode, Jr.; 5. 4-Scott Rickrode; 6. 34-John Marks (Sportsman Winner); 7. 89-Ronald Rowles; 8. 92-Robert Donnelly; 9. 1-Al Vican; 10. 0-Glenn Pobletts (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders: Gene Wrightstone (1-20)
Vintage Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 10-Gene Wrightstone; 2. U2-Stew Wenrich; 3. 707-Randy Minich; 4. 29-Mark Rickrode, Jr.; 5. 4-Scott Rickrode; 6. 34-John Marks (Sportsman); 7. 89-Ronald Rowles (Sportsman); 8. 0-Glenn Pobletts; 9. 92-Robert Donnelly (Sportsman); 10. 1-Al Vican (Sportsman). No time.

FEATURE (15 Laps) – 1. 30-Justin Wagaman[4]; 2. 19R-Roy Denike[2]; 3. 64-Charles Millender[1]; 4. 38-Jason Chronister[12]; 5. 88-Justin Oberlin[6]; 6. 69-Robbie Carroll[3]; 7. 47-Travis Brown[5]; 8. 6-Matt Worley[8]; 9. 22-Chad Martin[7]; 10. 25-Zachary Baldwin[14]; 11. (DNF) 17-Selina Smith[18]; 12. (DNF) 99X-Creden Sponseller Jr[13]; 13. (DNF) 8-Roger Rhodes III[16]; 14. (DNF) 92-Terry Hartlaub[15]; 15. (DNF) 16-Julio Perez[19]; 16. (DNF) 77-Justin Mong[11]; 17. (DNF) 99-Cody Klinedinst[17]; (DNS) 3-Chelsea Weaver; (DNS) 32-Jeff Foster. No time.
Lap Leaders: Roy Denike (1-7); Justin Wagaman (8-15)
Limited Stocks Heat 1 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 64-Charles Millender[4]; 2. 19R-Roy Denike[6]; 3. 30-Justin Wagaman[9]; 4. 88-Justin Oberlin[7]; 5. 6-Matt Worley[8]; 6. (DNF) 32-Jeff Foster[2]; 7. (DNF) 99X-Creden Sponseller Jr[5]; 8. (DNF) 92-Terry Hartlaub[1]; 9. (DNF) 99-Cody Klinedinst[3]. No time.
Limited Stocks Heat 2 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 38-Jason Chronister[9]; 2. 69-Robbie Carroll[5]; 3. 47-Travis Brown[3]; 4. 22-Chad Martin[1]; 5. 3-Chelsea Weaver[7]; 6. 77-Justin Mong[2]; 7. 25-Zachary Baldwin[6]; 8. 8-Roger Rhodes III[4]; 9. 17-Selina Smith[8]. Time – 2:02.92

Article Credit: Kalida Landis

Submitted By: Perry Hostetter

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