HANOVER, Pa. – Brad McClelland showed everyone Friday night why he’s the all-time winner at Trail-Way Speedway, coming from the back to win the season opener for 358 sprint cars.
McClelland scratched from his qualifying event after blowing a motor in warm-ups. His team returned home to grab a second car and returned in time for McClelland to tag the rear of the 10-car field for the start of the feature.
It took him just 11 laps to take the lead, sliding under Randy Whisler for the front spot in turn four.
“I want to praise the crew for getting the car ready,” said McClelland in victory lane, “They got it back together just in time. I don’t know what happened to Robbie (Kendall). He would have been hard to beat.”
Kendall led the first nine laps from his outside front row starting spot before he dove to the infield with motor problems during a caution flag for Brent Rumberger, who spun into the infield after contact with Matt Campbell on the backstretch.
Whisler assumed the lead for the restart and led one lap before yielding to McClelland.
Once in front, the Don Beard Racing Engines/Rucker Computer Solutions/Littlestown Auto Care drove away from the field to a 5.82-second win over Whisler, with Seth Kearchner, Campbell and Zach Euculano completing the top five.
Heats for the ten 358 sprinters were won by Kendall and Dwight Leppo.
Gene Knaub drove under polesitter Kyle Lear in turn two of the final lap to claim the win in the Precise Racing Products/Hoosier Tire
Mid-Atlantic 358 late model feature.
Although Lear started on the pole, outside front row starter Travis Mease led the first four laps before Lear took the lead. Lear led until Knaub’s last-lap pass. Lear settled for second, with Mease, Cam Ziegler, and hard-charger Dominic Defino (who started 10th) completing the top five.
Heats for the 13 358 late models were won by Knaub and Lear.
Tenth-starting Bill Diehl became the fourth different leader by passing Lucas Montgomery on lap 13 to score the win in the 20-lap Central PA Legends feature.
Chad Earnst started outside row one and led the first three laps before Scott Gobrecht took the lead on lap four. Montgomery caught Gobrecht on lap seven, just before Gobrecht was involved in a tangle with Earnst while for second in turns one and two, ending the night for both drivers.
Three laps after Diehl took the lead, Montgomery was rear-ended by C.J. Quirk. Montgomery did a “360” and kept going, but lost several spots. Quirk was penalized for rough-riding at the end of the event, and was placed behind Montgomery at the finish.
Bob Stough ran near the front the entire way and finished second, with Chris McKinney, Jacob Feltch, and Richard Miller rounding out the top five. Final scoring placed Montgomery and Quirk sixth and seventh.
Heats for the 23 Legends were won by Diehl, Travis McClelland and Richard Miller.
Matt Chronister took the lead from polesitter Ricky Weaver, Jr. on lap three and won the non-stop 15-lap limited stock feature.
Tom Senseney started second and ran there every lap but the second. After losing the second spot to Chronister on lap two, he caught Weaver for the runner-up spot on lap three.
Jeff Foster, Terry Hartlaub, and Cory Weishaar completed the top five. Heats for the 17 limited stocks were won by Robert Nicklow and Foster.