MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Veteran Super Sportsman drivers don’t fade away – they just improve with age. Super Sportsman driver Rich Eichelberger began his racing career in 1971.
Since that beginning, the York Springs driver has turned countless miles on local ovals, recording over 80 feature wins. Last Saturday night, at Williams Grove Speedway, Eichelberger made a late charge to win the 20-lap Blazer’s Body Shop feature.
Kenny Edkins, in his second season of competition, started on the outside of the front row. The Marysville driver sprinted into the lead with Chris Meleason in second. Rich Eichelberger, the seventh-place starter, was fifth by the completion of lap one.
Eichelberger was fourth when the only caution of the race occurred on lap five. Eichelberger used the restart to take third position from Gregg Foster. Up front, Edkins and Meleason were fighting for the lead: Edkins on the bottom, Meleason working the outside.
Rich Eichelberger made his charge in the final ten laps. By lap 12, the fight for first involved Edkins, Meleason, and Eichelberger. Two laps later Eichelberger slipped by Meleason. The lead trio, in the 17th lap, encountered a slower car.
The threesome was side-by-side exiting turn two. Edkins slid wide and Rich Eichelberger charged into the lead with Meleason taking second. Eichelberger crossed the finish line six lengths ahead of Meleason. Frankie Herr, the winner of the Sprint Aces Hard Charger award, finished in third. Edkins was fourth and Foster finished in fifth.
The heat wins for the 35-car field went to Paul Miller, Herr, Meleason, and Bobby Hockenberry. Eric Walker won the consolation.