HANOVER, Pa. — Early season winner Steve Owings got the monkey off his back Friday night, claiming his second win of the year in the 358 sprint car feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.
“We’ve been running so bad here lately that we started on the front row,” said Owings upon exiting his Valentine Motorsports/Westminster Transmission #35 in victory lane, “But it was nice to start up front. Starting position was everything.”
Owings started second when Rick Horn dropped into the infield while cars were lining up for the feature, took the lead from polesitter Jordan Givler at the start, and led every lap. Givler, who ran the race of his life, ran second the entire way, holding off defending champ and seventh-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh over the final ten laps.
“You’re always racing with somebody here, and that’s why I love it!” continued Owings, “They work hard to make the track racey for everyone, and that’s why I love racing here.”
Joe Trone Jr. and Mike Bittinger waged a battle of their own over the second half of the race, and finished fourth and fifth.
Tim Henry, who has finished second six times this year, raced to his first win of the year in the 20-lap Central PA Legends feature.
Henry, who thanked Scott Gobrecht for lending him a motor plate just prior to the feature and was last to the staging area, started seventh and grabbed the lead from Lucas Montgomery on lap 15. Montgomery led laps 2-14 after first-lap leader Bob Stough suddenly dropped into the infield while leading on the back stretch of lap two.
Bill Diehl crossed second to end a wild three-car race for the runner-up spot. Montgomery and Harlon Leppo crossed third and fourth, with Richard Miller completing the top five.
Substitute driver Tom Senseney took Kyle Rohrbaugh’s No. 12 to victory lane in the 15-lap limited stock feature.
Rohrbaugh was vacationing in Aruba, and Senseney quipped in victory lane that he would have to send the money to Aruba, because Rohrbaugh told him he was running out of money.