Rain Stops Bedford

It was a beautiful day for the Sunday edition of the third race event of the weekend for the Laurel Highlands IMCA sprint cars as 16 sprint cars signed in to race on day one of the annual Bedford County Fair and the Elmer Ruby Memorial Night. The past couple of years when Laurel Highlands was scheduled to compete during the fair rain halted the activities, in fact earlier in the afternoon rain hit the Bedford area which of course required time after it cleared for the track crew to make the track race worthy and as the surface began to shape all the racing divisions were asked to go out and help run the track in with about all of the sprint cars taking part with some laps which resulted in a fantastic racing surface. At the end of the “hot laps” going into turns one and two contact was made to the 17K of Stevie Kenawell sending him around and making contact with the outside fence causing enough damage to end his night early, a tough break for the youngster who had a great night the evening before at Dog Hollow Speedway. Making his first ever Bedford start in a sprint car and feature winner the night before at Port Royal Speedway with the Pa Sprint Series and just his fourth sprint car start was 600 micro sprint standout Garrett Bard of Wells Tannery, Pa., also joining the LHSS racers for the second time in two nights was Bordentown, N.J. driver, Larry McVay. There were two heats for the sprint cars as Ron Aurand took the heat win from his outside front row starting spot in a solid run while young Matt Kline who started on the pole turned in an impressive run taking the runner up spot, finishing third was Drew Ritchey, fourth went to Dylan Proctor, fifth was Reed Thompson, sixth went to Scott Lutz, seventh went to Josh Spicer. Stevie Kenawell had been scheduled for this event.

In heat race number two Larry McVay and Ryan Lynn brought the field to the green with the Garden State driver getting an edge and took the lead with Lynn in close pursuit. Larry drove a solid race using his daughter’s car as his #83 is down with engine problems but he looked poised and comfortable on the big track leading all 8 laps to take his first ever win with the Laurel Highlands Sprint Car Series. Finishing second was Ryan Lynn, third was youngster Garrett Bard, fourth was the Irvona Flash, Jonathon Jones, Dylan Shatzer was fifth, Brad Mellott nailed down the sixth spot with Rob Bartchy finishing seventh and Randy Sterling finished in eighth. Again the top four finishers from both heat races redrew for positions for the 20-lap Elmer Ruby Memorial with Reed Thompson drawing pill #1 and Matt Kline was to start on the outside of row one. Row two had Ryan Lynn and Larry McVay, row three saw Dylan Proctor and Ron Aurand and row four had Jonathon Jones and Garrett Bard the lineup for the rest of the feature had not yet been posted before the monsoon rain hit just prior to the first feature event taking the green flag. Obviously this heavy rain forced the plug to be pulled as announcer Eric Zembower made the announcement which had come down from race control. Hopefully this feature event will be made up as the Laurel Highlands racers have two more appearances at the historic Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway. They return over the Labor Day weekend on Sunday September 1st then on Saturday September 21st with an inner-regional event with the Pa Sprint Series.