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Jim Yoder Continues Winning Ways During 2nd Lenny Stroud Jr. Memorial Race At Clinton County Motor Speedway

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Lock Haven, PA- When a driver becomes older they might feel it’s time to think about retirement. Then, sometimes they become fast again, while winning regularly, doing something they love.
If Selinsgrove’s Jim Yoder entertains such thoughts, he’s not ready for retirement any time soon. Yoder is in the midst of an enjoyable season at Clinton County Motor Speedway. The veteran added to his season total by claiming the 2nd annual Lenny Stroud Jr. Memorial race held Friday August 9 at the Lock Haven area speed plant.
Yoder started fourth and followed newcomer Ryan Zook and others during the start of the 25 lap A Main. Zook, of Mifflintown was making his first start of the season at Clinton County. Zook quickly established his prescence in the field. After starting second, Zook led the first three laps with Kevin Probst, Matt Cochran and Yoder in hot pursuit. A lap four caution for Lenny Stroud Sr., spinning his racer, brought the field to Zook’s rear bumper. By lap five, Yoder had moved to the second spot, remaining there until the mid race point. The caution reappeared during lap 12 for Mill Hall’s Tim Luben who found his way to the pit area. Zook remained in front after the restart, with Yoder second. Yoder moved by Zook and, went on to lead lap 13. Zook remained solidly in the runner up position while the leader withstood a turn four yellow, during lap 15, for Stroud Sr., and Joe Loffredo who stopped in turn four. Both restarted the race. The final caution was on lap 22 when Stroud again had problems and, retired to the pit area. Yoder restarted in the lead with Zook in tow. The pair finished the race that way and, were followed by Andrew Yoder who was third. Cochran and, JR Toner completed the top five. Sixth through ninth were Probst, Mike Smith, Gary Mellott and, Joe Loffredo. Stroud Sr., was the first DNF and, credited with tenth place. Heat races were won by Cochran and Zook.
The Gary’s Motor Mart/Laurel Highlands IMCA sprint cars provided a accident free, 25 lap feature. The winner was Linden, PA driver Dale Schweikart. It was Schweikart’s second win of the season aboard the AutoBarn, Devlin’s Auto Glass, Wasson Auto sponsored racer.
After starting second, Schweikart grabbed the lead and remained in front during the non stop event. Current Laurel Highlands IMCA point leader Scott Lutz of  Jonestown, finished runner up. Three time CCMS winner Ken Duke of Selinsgrove, was third. Jeff Weaver, Lock Haven, and Ian Cumens, Lyndell,  completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Tyler Cochran, Garret Bard, Dakota Schweikart, Dylan Proctor and, Reed Thompson. Heat races were won by Cochran and  Duke. The race was completed by the winner in 6:30.433 seconds.
The Weaver’s Radiator & Auto Sales/Jay Coder Excavating & Trucking 270 micro sprints continue to provide exciting action with top fields of competitors. 24 racers filled the pit area lead by feature winner Nathan Bacon. The Bloomsburg driver made his first win of the season a memorable one leading all but two laps of the main event. Bacon started third in his self sponsored entry and, followed pole setter Kyle Stahl on the opening lap. Each of the first four laps found the field under caution as officials reminded drivers they had used over nine minutes of their allotted time to that point. The first caution was for Troy Whitesel. Lap two found Paxinos driver Skeetz Hockenbrock grabbing the lead only to be placed back for jumping when the race was slowed on lap three. Bacon had the lead on lap two when Tom Quiggle and Buddy Kramer brought the field under caution. Lap three’s yellow was for John Roberts and, the final caution came on lap four involving Jerrod Heil, Troy Whitesel, John Frit and, Mitchel Holden. From that point forward, the race ran non stop. Quiggle flipped coming off turn four after the checkered flag dropped on the leaders. The wreck looked worse than it was, as Quiggle never exited the car and, was towed to the pit area. Bacon controlled the event, following Hockenbrock’s penalty on lap three, and, never looked back. At the finish Bacon was 0.450 seconds ahead of second place finisher Denny Rinehimer of Bloomsburg. Jeff Weaver, Lock Haven, was third with Bobby Sanso, Jersey Shore, fourth. Sean McAndrew, one time feature winner from Apollo, PA., was fifth. Sixth through tenth were Quinn Roberts, Hockenbrock, Timmy Bitner, Kyler Stahl and, Nick Whitesel. Heat races were won by Roberts, Rinehimer and, Weaver.
600 Micro Sprint action was won by Garrett Bard of Wells Tannery, PA. Bard, piloting a car sponsored in part by Spar Engines and Lias Tire, covered the 15 lap distance in record time of 3:18 plus seconds. It was Bard’s sixth win of the season. The entire event was completed by all in 4:17 seconds. Bard led every lap. Two cars sufferred problems after the checkered flag was thrown. Those racers were Dariek Humenay and, Jomarie Gagne. The top ten included Josh Beamer who finished second, Jeff Weaver, third, Bobby Sanso, fourth and Derek Swartz fifth. Sixth through tenth were Jeff Gyuina, Corey Brungard, Dermot Thompson, Tom Morell and, Mitchel Holden. Heat races were won by Sanso and Weaver.
The TJ Shooters 4 cylinder stock car feature was won by Danville’s Adam Campbell over Tim Campbell. The victory was his third of the season. Campbell led the entire way. Finishing third was Cody Stover with Tim Raup fourth. John Bower was fifth.Tim Campbell won the heat race.
Action continues Friday August 16when Millers Automotive Machine pro stocks compete in the make-up Firecracker 20 feature which pays the winner $ 500 dollars. Heat races are sponsored by Ingram Fuels of Lamar and Howard, PA. Also on the program are the Smith Excavating & Construction limited late models, Gary’s Motor Mart/Laurel Highlands IMCA sprint cars, 600 micro sprints and TJ Shooters Sports Bar 4 cylinder stock cars. Gates open at 5 pm with racing at 7:30. General admission is Adults, $ 15. Students 12-17, $ 10., under 12 Free! Additional information is available at www.clintoncountymotorspeedway.com, Facebook and racedays at (570)-971-2126.

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