Covert and Norris Split United Late Model Series Features at Port Royal

PORT ROYAL, PA – The 2019 Zimmer Service Center United Late Model Series schedule kicked off this past weekend with an anticipated three day weekend that turned into a two day affair at Port Royal after the season opener at Williams Grove was postponed for a week due to cold weather.

Jason Covert picked up his second career ULMS win on Saturday evening just like he did last year by winning the series opener at Port Royal. Michael Norris of Sarver won the Sunday finale to pick up his first career Zimmer Service Center ULMS Late Model Series win and his first ever Port Royal Speedway win. Saturday saw 36 cars on hand and great field of 47 ULMS Late Models on Sunday featuring race teams from five different states competing.

Dylan Yoder started on the pole driving into the lead. Max Blair raced into second with a pass of Gene Knaub. The first yellow flew with seven laps in. Yoder controlled the restart as Jason Covert passed Rick Eckert and then Knaub taking over third. Covert went after Blair taking second on lap 12. The yellow flag flew, however, negating that pass.

A wild restart saw Covert, Eckert and Knaub all pass Blair as his car pushed up the track in turns 1 and 2. Yoder maintained control. He led by 1.884 seconds at the half-way point. Defending track champion Jeff Rine pressured Knaub for the fourth spot.

Yoder was working through lapped traffic without much trouble over the final 10 laps. Eckert challenged Covert for the runner-up spot as Yoder led by 1.383 with five laps to go. Yoder was on the bottom, but blocked by slower traffic. Covert went to the middle groove and made it work taking the lead off turn two with less than two laps left.

Covert, of York Haven, scored the win by 1.114 over Yoder. Eckert, Rine and Blair completed the top five. Michael Norris, Gene Knaub, Michael Maresca, Austin Hubbard and Tyler Bare rounded out the top 10.

In Integra Shocks qualifying, Eckert was fastest in Group A with a lap of 20.469 and Hubbard fastest in Group B with a 20.794. Heat races for the 36 cars were won by Eckert, Michael Norris, Hubbard, and Knaub. Mike Lupfer and Alex Ferree won the B-mains.

Sunday’s event saw huge field of 47 cars on hand resulting in six qualifying heats and three consolation events to make up the 28 car starting field. Rick Eckert was overall fast time again with an 18.485 second lap in Integra Shocks Qualifying.

Dylan Yoder and Austin Hubbard were the front row starters for the30 lap main event. Yoder driving his father’s #27 machine after his primary car engine went sour during time trials captured his heat win from last in a thrilling fashion. But at the start it was Hubbard getting to the front at the start with a fierce battle behind him with Covert, Mason Ziegler, Eckert, Norris, Blair and Gregg Satterlee who all swapped positions multiple times during the event.

Hubbard seemed to be in control of the event for the first two thirds of the race. The first caution flew on lap 16 for Mike Pegher. The very next lap a three car tangle between Mike Wonderling Jr., Donald Lingo and Tim Smith slowed the pace and retighten the field. This gave Norris who seemed to have separated himself from the fierce multi car battle for second and shot at Hubbard on the restart. Hubbard would still hold the lead for a few more laps but the western PA driver Norris was closing in and both drivers charged into turn one with Norris sliding up and squeezing Hubbard to grab the lead on lap 21. With five laps to go, Michael Lake would come to a stop on the backstretch to bring out the final yellow.

The final laps saw Norris hold about 1 second lead over Satterlee who made a late race charge on the top side with Zeigler feeling little pressure from Blair who went from seventh to fourth on the last restart for a career best Port Royal finish and Mike Maresca who started 12th in the field and was not seen the entire race came out of nowhere for fifth at the finish.

The Zimmer Service Center United Late Model Series will be back in action this Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway to make up the postponed event from Friday night. It will be another 30 lap $3000 to win event for the series as it makes it first ever appearance to Williams Grove.

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SATURDAY RESULTS: (36 CARS)

Late Model Feature (30 laps): 1. Jason Covert. 2. Dylan Yoder. 3. Rick Eckert. 4. Jeff Rine. 5. Max Blair.

6. Michael Norris. 7. Gene Knaub. 8. Michael Maresca. 9. Austin Hubbard. 10. Tyler Bare. 11. Andy Haus.

12. Tim Smith Jr. 13. Ross Robinson. 14. Dillan Stake. 15. Mike Lupfer. 16. Donald Lingo Jr.

17. Alex Ferree. 18. Jim Yoder. 19. Michael Wonderling Jr. 20. Matt Lux. 21. Dave Brouse Jr.

22. Michael Lake. 23. Mike Pehger. 24. Matt Cosner. 25. Al Brewer. 26. Jason Dobson.

Did Not Qualify: Hayes Mattern, Danny Snyder, Chad Myers, John Weaver, Nick Dickson, Tim Wilson, Tom Decker Jr., Dave Dubois, Tom Decker III, Amanda Whaley. Did Not Start: Nick Dickson

Zimmer Service Center ULMS Heat Race #1

Rick Eckert, Blair, Rine, Maresca, Robinson, Lux, Brouse Jr., Snyder, Weaver

Hoosier Racing Tire / Close Racing Supply Heat Race #2

Michael Norris, Covert, Stake, Bare, Lupfer, Mattern, Lake, Myers, Dickson (DNS)

Lias Tire / Insinger Sunoco Heat Race #3

Austin Hubbard, Pegher, Haus, Wonderling, Ferree, J. Yoder, Dubois, Decker III, Dobson

Jays’ Auto Wrecking / Racewear Alliance Heat Race #4

Gene Knaub, D. Yoder, Smith, Cosner, Lingo, Wilson, Brewer, Decker Jr., Whaley (DNS)

Genesis Shocks / Wehrs Machinery & Race Products Bmain #1

Mike Lupfer, Robinson, Lux, Brouse Jr., Mattern, Lake, Snyder, Myers, Weaver, Dickson (DNS)

Dynamic Drivelines / Dirt Defender Bmain #2

Ferree, Lingo, J. Yoder, Wilson, Brewer, Decker Jr., Dubois, Decker III, Dobson, Whaley (DNS)

GENESIS SHOCKS $150 CERTIFICIATE – Jason Covert

Keizer Wheels $50 Certificate – Tyler Bare

Integra Shocks $75 Certificate – Rick Eckert

Racewear Alliance – Free gloves – Ross Robinson (Hard Charger)

SUNDAY RESULTS: (47 CARS)

Michael Norris, Satterlee, Zeigler, Blair, Maresca, D. Yoder, Eckert, Covert, Hubbard, Rine, Bare, Cosner, Weaver, Haus, Ferree, Wonderling, Lee, Lupfer, Brouse Jr. Smith Jr., Lingo Jr., Myers, Dobson, Lake, Pegher, Robinson,Brewer, Knaub.

DNQ: Tyler Horst, Tom Decker III, Tom Decker Jr., Lux, Whaley, Snyder, Larry Neiderer, Wilson, Dickson, John Weaver, Shaun Jones, Austin Berry, Dubois, Colton Flinner, Chris Casner, Stake, Trent Brenneman, Kyle Knap, J. Yoder

Zimmer Service Center ULMS Heat Race #1

Eckert, Blair, Knaub, Ferree, Lake, Berry, Horst, Knapp

Hoosier Racing Tire / Close Racing Supply Heat Race #2

Covert, Lingo, Smith Jr., Whaley, Dickson, Wonderling Jr., Flinner, Dobson

Lias Tire Heat Race #3

D Yoder, Cosner, Myers, Lupfer, Lux, Brewer, Decker III, Neiderer

Jays’ Auto Wrecking / Racewear Alliance Heat Race #4

Norris, Satterlee, Rine, Stake, Robinson, Haus, Casner, John Weaver

Insinger Sunoco Heat Race #5

Zeigler, Lee, Justin Weaver, Brenneman, Brouse Jr., Jones, Decker Jr., J. Yoder DNS)

Genesis Shocks Heat Race #6

Hubbard, Maresca, Bare, Pegher Snyder, Wilson, Dubois

Wehrs Machinery & Race Products Bmain #1

Ferree, Lake, Whaley, Horst, Dickson, Berry Knapp, Dobson, Wonderling, Flinner (DNS)

Dynamic Drivelines Bmain #2

Lufer, Robinson, Stake, Lux, Haus, Decker III, Casner, Neiderer, Brewer, John Weaver

Dirt Defender Bmain #3

Pegher, Brouse, Snyder, Brenneman, Jones, Wilson, Decker Jr., Dobson, J. Yoder (DNS)

GENESIS SHOCKS $150 CERTIFICIATE – Michael Norris

Keizer Wheels $50 Certificate – Jeff Rine

Integra Shocks $75 Certificate – Rick Eckert

Racewear Alliance – Free gloves – Mike Wonderling Jr. (Hard Charger)