McVay Gets 1st 305 Win

The Laurel Highlands IMCA Racesaver’s returned to the Bedford Speedway over the Labor Day weekend, the last time the LHSS was at the historic Bedford County Fairgrounds was during the annual fair races on July 21st. The heat races were run, the redraw was done but before the feature could be run heavy rain arrived washing out all of the feature events for all divisions. Thus the first order of business was to run the make-up feature from 7/21 with Reed Thompson and Matt Kline bringing the field to the green. Missing from the original lineup was Dylan Shatzer who was off at college, Randy Sterling who was competing at the IMCA Racesaver Nationals, and Jonathon Jones. At the drop of the green for the 20-lap feature Reed Thompson took the lead and began to pull away as the laps went on and looked like he was on his way to a second win in two days until lap 13 when the driveshaft broke ending his run and his evening. Also experiencing mechanical issues and unable to take the green was Stevie Kenawell. It was thought maybe a fuel pump went bad and a change made but didn’t help and is believed to have been a faulty magneto? Larry McVay, Ryan Lynn and Matt Kline set the pace after Thompson dropped out with McVay eventually gaining the top spot with Lynn and Kline in pursuit. At the same time Drew Ritchey who started in the handicap spot was working his way through traffic to challenge and moved into second place with about two laps to go, he tried many times to overtake the Bordentown, N.J. driver but couldn’t quite get the run needed to make a pass. As the checker flew McVay copped his first ever Racesaver win and was nice it came with the LHSS. McVay had raced about 20 years in the Sportsman Division before retiring for 14 years then came back to racing the 305 sprint cars about two years ago, it was a very popular win for him and his family. The finishing order was as follows: 1. 83 Larry McVay, 2. 880 Drew Ritchey, 3. 26 Ryan Lynn, 4. 25K Matt Kline, 5. 33 Scott Lutz, 6. 86 Ron Aurand, 7. 29B Rob Bartchy, 8. 6x Brad Mellott, 9. 71 Josh Spicer, 10. R6 Reed Thompson, 11. 92 Dylan Proctor, 12. 95 Garrett Bard, 13. 17K Stevie Kenawell,  Tough luck for Dylan Proctor as he lost a rear end around lap 12 ending his night and on lap 7 Garrett Bard went pitside with a bad vibration which turned out to be mud packed into his front wheel. He came back for the regularly scheduled races.