The Laurel Highlands IMCA Racesavers made their first visit to the Dog Hollow Speedway during the 2019 season on Saturday July 20th, the first race earlier in the year was ‘rained out’. 15 sprint cars signed in to compete on a very hot n muggy evening. Some tough luck for Ray Sheetz who was having some issues with his #99 sprint car and couldn’t get it to fire and was unable to turn a lap. There were a couple of new faces in competition on this night in the way of Greg Dobrosky of Kittanning who has been a regular with the Allegheny Sprint Tour in 2019, also making his first ever LHSS start was Steve Cousins of Eldred, Pa. another AST competitor, and making his first official LHSS start was Dylan Shatzer of Hagerstown who previously had been on hand at the Latrobe Speedway and the Bedford Speedway over the Independence Day weekend but both of those events were ‘rained out’, also Dylan Proctor who has been a steady campaigner this year was making his first ever Dog Hollow start. Two heat races were run with Scott Lutz and Rob Felix bringing the field to the green flag and setting the pace with Lutz taking the win over Felix third went to Jake Gomola, fourth to Ryan Lynn, fifth to Dylan Proctor, sixth to Greg Dobrosky, seventh was Matt Kline with Reed Thompson finishing in eighth.
In heat race number two Rob Bartchy and Chase Metheney brought the field, minus Ray Sheetz, to the green flag with Bartchy taking the lead and Metheney in close pursuit, the youngster stayed close to the leader but couldn’t make a pass as Bartchy held on for the win and Metheney right behind for second, finishing third was Dylan Shatzer, Stevie Kenawell was fourth, Steve Cousins was fifth, Randy Sterling was sixth. The top four from both heat events redrew for the feature with Stevie Kenawell pulling pill #1 and Dylan Shatzer the #2 pill and both second generation drivers have come into their own as competitors the past several years. At the drop of the green flag it was a drag race into turn one with young Shatzer getting the advantage to take the lead with Kenawell a close second and soon Scott Lutz joined the chase along with Jake Gomola and Rob Felix but the youngster from Maryland had a ‘hot rod’ on this night and drove a very smooth and consistent race, hitting his marks and stretching out almost a straight away lead over the field in an event that went green to checker. At the finish the young man from Hagerstown who has recovered from serious injuries earlier this year from a non racing auto accident won his first ever sprint car feature event. His Dad Dusty was very thrilled as he provided a dialed in sprint car for his son. The 20-lap feature results are as follows: 1. 75 Dylan Shatzer, 2. 17K Stevie Kenawell, 3. 33 Scott Lutz, 4. 4J Jake Gomola, 5. 21 Rob Felix, 6. 88 Greg Dobrosky, 7. 26 Ryan Lynn, 8. 56 Steve Cousins, 9. 31c Chase Metheney, 10. 29B Rob Bartchy, 11. 92 Dylan Proctor, 12. 00s Randy Sterling, 13. 25K Matt Kline, 14. R6 Reed Thompson.
During the intermission their was a meet n greet on the front stretch with the drivers, their cars and the race fans on Fan Appreciation Night. Several of the sprint car teams were present on the track to greet the public with a lot of fans stopping by to take a closer look at the cars, talk to the drivers and get autographs. This kind of activity is always a positive interaction and means a lot to the young kids who look up to the drivers. Also a thank you to track scorer Michelle Whetstone who provided the complete race results for this evenings events, Michelle has willing done this for LHSS at all of our events over the years.