The weather over the Independence Day weekend was hot and humid which beats rain any time, thus the LHSS rolled into the Fabulous Bedford Speedway for the first time in 2017 with a nice field of 16 sprint cars on hand. Making his first appearance at the big track in over 10 years was Kyle Ganoe and that was in a 410, also rookie driver Jim Kosnosky of Friedens, Pa. was making his first Bedford start as was Ray Sheetz of Bedford making his first start in a sprint car although he raced here previously in stock cars, and making his first start with the LHSS and his first Bedford start is rookie sprint car driver, Bob Garvey, Jr. His Dad Bob Sr. purchased the car formerly owned and driven by Jim Minarchick. Bob drove the car for Jim last year at a few Bedford shows. Young Bob Jr. raced micro sprints previously and looked comfortable in the sprint car. There were two heat races on the night, here are the results:
Heat 1 (8-laps)
1st Kyle Ganoe, 2nd Reed Thompson, 3rd Drew Ritchey, 4th Scott Lutz, 5th Brad Mellott, 6th Greg Dobrosky, 7th Joe Zap, 8th Bob Garvey, Jr.
Heat 2 (8-laps)
1st Rob Bartchy, 2nd Ryan Lynn, 3rd Tim Lash, 4th Coltt Lepley, 5th Jim Kosnosky, 6th Ray Sheetz, 7th Steve Kenawell, Jr., 8th Ron Aurand.
*note Kenawell, Jr. and Aurand made contact during the heat race knocking them out of the event.
Aurand made repairs and ran the feature while Kenawell, Jr. parked his car for the evening.
For the main event the top six drivers from the the heat races re-drew for their starting positions which put Tim Lash and Drew Ritchey on the front row and at the waive of the green the Everett driver took the lead and never looked back. Ritchey always seems to be hooked up on the fairground track and July 2nd proved the point. Lash who was driving the Jones Racing sprinter turned in an excellent performance as his mount was also dialed in and fast all night long. Scott Lutz who started 7th slowly inched his way to the front as he car was set up to come in later in the race but not enough to win 5 straight. Rob Bartchy also had a fast car all night and turned in another strong Bedford run. Another tough break for Greg Dobrosky who lost the handle on his car and spun and was hit by Bob Garvey, Jr. knocking the fuel cell off the 88 and Garvey got a flat right rear which was changed and he was able to continue. Here are the results of the feature:
Feature (20 laps)
1st 880 Drew Ritchey, 2nd 0 Kyle Ganoe, 3rd 33 Scott Lutz, 4th 12J Tim Lash, 5th 29B Rob Bartchy, 6th R6 Reed Thompson, 7th 6x Brad Mellott, 8th 86 Ron Aurand, 9th 33z Joe Zap, 10th 4L Coltt Lepley, 11th 99 Ray Sheetz, 12th 26 Ryan Lynn, 13th 5J Jim Kosnosky, 14th 11x Bob Garvey, Jr., 15th 88 Greg Dobrosky. (DNS) 17K Steve Kenawell, Jr.
As always a big thank you goes out to volunteer Kalena Lee who was helping in the pits advising the drivers of what is going on with lineups. Also new and introduced to help alert drivers when the sprint cars are up next in the race lineups is an air horn, this is sounded 5 minutes before the sprint cars are to be mounted up and heading to the track. Listen for it in upcoming races. Friday July 7th is the next stop for the LHSS at the Dog Hollow Speedway. Rain has been an enemy to the series cancelling too many shows since 2016, like with Bedford this week will be our first time on the track this year should the weather hold.