Duke Victorious at CCMS

A very beautiful day and evening greeted fans and racers alike for the May 31st racing action at the Clinton County Motor Speedway. A huge thank you goes out to the management of the speedway for allowing once again a tribute to be given to the late Mark Ganoe, prior to the start of the sprint car feature a moment of silence was observed and the feature was extended to 25-laps as a tribute to Mark. Dylan Proctor and Ken Duke, Jr. paced the field to the green with the first attempt going yellow but the second start was fine as Duke took the lead and never looked back and at one point had a straight away lead over Proctor who eventually was passed by Scott Lutz who set out to catch the high flying Duke, the task was difficult as the event went non-stop in about six minutes. The action through the pack was great as Jake Gomola, Dale Schweikart, Jeff Weaver, John Walp and others swapped positions throughout the race. Although only 14 cars were on hand everyone did a great job which is always a plus for the fans. Also making his first start with the Laurel Highlands IMCA Racesavers was young Kruz Kepner who did a good job getting some seat time. The heat races were run in fair order as well with Ken Duke, Jr. winning heat #1 over Dylan Proctor who is slowly gettting his car “dialed in”, finishing 3rd was Tylor Cochran who ran a good race after mechanical woes relegated him to a DNS on the 17th for the feature and while running a strong feature Friday a radiator hose come off ending his night, finishing fourth was Jeff Weaver who continues to get more consistent each race, the fifth spot went to Dakota Schweikart, Dave Guss, Jr. finished in sixth with Kruz Kepner finishing 7th. For heat race #2 Jake Gomola had the hot shoe as he held off Dale Schweikart for the win, with Scott Lutz finishing third, John Walp was fourth, Randy Sterling fifth, Reed Thompson sixth as he struggled all night with some engine woes and Jim Kennedy finished seventh. This race on the 31st was just the 4th event for Laurel Highlands as the weather has played the spoiler too many times hopefully things dry out. In heat race one Ken Duke, Jr. had the quickest lap at 14.706 at 81.518 mph, in heat two Scott Lutz had the best lap at 15.338 for a speed of 78.159 and during the feature Ken Duke had the quick time of 14.641 for an 81.880 mph lap. The LHSS goes to Bedford on Friday June 7th and returns to Clinton County on June 14th.