HANOVER, PA , 5/25/12 - "What a race, huh?"
So said Kyle Moody after becoming Trail-Way's first repeat winner in the 30-lap Insinger Performance "358" Spring Championship Friday night.
Moody claimed the $1,200 top prize after drawing the #1 pill, starting on the pole, and leading every lap, despite repeated challenges from several competitors over numerous caution flags during the event.
"I didn't know where everybody was," said Moody upon exiting his Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show #99M in victory lane, "When you're the leader, you're a sitting duck. This place is hard!"
The race-long challenges came from several drivers in heavy lapped traffic over the first 27 laps. First it was third-starting Cris Eash, who ran second until his tire starting losing pressure after contact with Austin Hogue while battling for position following a 28th-lap restart. Hogue took advantage of Eash's misfortune to move into second as Eash dropped back and eventually bobbled, spun sideways, and collected four other cars in turns one and two of the final lap.
Moody pulled away on the last-lap dash, crossing a half-second in front of Hogue.
The top ten cars raced nose-to-tail through heavy lapped traffic for the final third of the race. Brad McClelland came from ninth starting spot to finish third, with Mike Bittinger and 12th-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Tim Wagaman, Steve Owings, Randy Whisler, Brian Allman, and hard charger Wes Irwin (who started 24th).
Heats for the 28 "358" Sprints were won by Moody, Joe Trone, Jr., and Hogue, with Ryan Wilson winning the consolation.