The third time wasn’t the charm as the Laurel Highlands Sprint Car Series rolled into the Bedford Speedway Friday August 17th to be part of the Legends of Route 30 Night along with the United Racing Club sprint cars. Again as it had been the two previous races the nasty rain word was being used with the wet stuff visiting many areas earlier in the day, however by race time the sky was clear, the sun was out and hopes of getting the program in was high however after all the divisions ran qualifying events and the URC feature was lining up on the track, the dreaded wet stuff arrived putting a hold on the racing. Sadly the rain did its job forcing the remainder of the racing to be cancelled with a future makeup date in the works. A huge thank you goes out to the 21 IMCA Race Savers who came to race. Making visits for the first time in awhile at Bedford were Mike Alleman, Jeff Miller, Scott Ellerman, Nathan Gramley, with John Walp and Josh Dressler making their first ever LHSS starts at the big 1/2-mile. Here are the results of the three heat races:
Heat 1- 1. 17K Stevie Kenawell, 2. 99 Ray Sheetz, 3. 8D Scott Ellerman, 4. 7 Jim Kennedy, 5. 46 Mike Alleman, 6. 5J Jim Kosnosky, 7. 29B Rob Bartchy.
Heat 2- 1. 75 Dylan Shatzer, 2. RG3 Drew Ritchey, 3. 26 Ryan Lynn, 4. 00 Josh Dressler, 5. R6 Reed Thompson, 6. 00s Randy Sterling, 7. 5 John Walp
Heat 3- 1. 57J Jeff Miller, 2. 33 Scott Lutz, 3. 6 Tyler Denochick, 4. 12H Eric Husick, 5. 12J Jonathon Jones, 6. 23 Nathan Gramley, 7. 86 Ron Aurand.
Tough luck for a few of the racers as in heat one Rob Bartchy ran out of fuel late in the race, in heat two John Walp had an axle break sending him into the wall in turn two, and in heat three Ron Aurand was fighting a tight car which got into the cushion pulling him into the wall in turn four. LHSS will be off the upcoming week but will return to action August 31 when they return to the Clinton County Motor Speedway, rain has plagued the last two events there with the last visit being July 13th, then another return to Bedford Speedway on September 2nd.