MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Russ Mitten ended a season of frustration with a victory Saturday night in the 20 lap Williams Grove Speedway Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman feature.
The Newville driver turned in a dominating performance on the way to his first victory of the year.
Jay Fannasy sprinted into the lead with Stan Wanner in second. Russ Mitten, the sixth-place starter, was third. Mitten advanced to second place by the end of lap two. Fannasy maintained an eight-length edge over Mitten.
The first caution of the race came on lap eight. Mitten was one length behind the leader when the caution returned on lap 10. One lap later Mitten drove hard to the bottom of turn three. The veteran slid across the track in front of Fannasy. Russ Mitten was the new leader as they raced off turn four.
Mitten gained a large lead. His advantage was lost with a lap 17 yellow. Russ Mitten, following the restart, regained his large lead. His No. 77 streaked across the finish line 10 lengths ahead of Fannasy. Mike Enders was third with Frankie Herr in fourth, and Scott Geesey finished in fifth.
Chad Criswell, Duaine Smith, and Eric Walker won the heats for the 30-car field. LeRoy Martin was the consolation victor. Martin was the winner of the Sprint Aces Hard Charger Award.
The moist, multiple-groove racing surface produced a competitive 20 lap Newville Electrical Services 358 Late Model main. Randy Croop, from his outside front row starting spot, charged into the lead. There was a constant shuffling of positions behind the leader. Larry Baer, the third-place starter, gained second position on the fourth lap. Croop, Baer, and Travis Mease had a close battle for the lead.