By Pam Baker
KNOX, PA-.Since purchasing Knox Raceway late last year, Brian and Brianna Steinman have put in countless hours preparing for their first circle track event of 2022 and on Friday night that hard work paid off as the cars hit the speedway for the first time in seven years. Chad Ruhlman picked up his third win in a row in the RUSH Wingless Sprint feature while Jeff Huber picked up the first feature win for the Mini Stocks on the newly reopened speedway.
Before the evenings activities started a special tribute and dedication for Francis Sesco, former 305 Sprint Car driver that passed away took place with his entire family in attendance as they spread his ashes around the speedway. Michael Lutz had the honor of driving his 410 Sprint Car around the speedway while spreading Francis’s ashes around the track.
Twenty-one RUSH Wingless Sprint Cars took to the track with Chad Ruhlman and Blaze Myers leading the pack to the drop of the green flag. Ruhlman got the jump over Myers going into the first turn on the start with Myers and Gale Ruth, Jr. close behind. The trio led the way through the first laps before lapped traffic started to play a role. On lap eight Ruth, Jr. was able to pass Myers for second before the red flag was displayed for Tyler Newhart who brought out the red flag after flipping several times off turn three. Newhart was
uninjured. On the restart Andy Priest and Blaze Myers go together in turn one with Priest going upside down bringing out the second red flag. Both drivers were uninjured in this mishap.
Once back under green, Ruhlman paced the field with Ruth, Jr. close behind. By lap fifteen, lapped traffic once again played an important role but Ruhlman’s racing experience came through and he went on to bring home the win in the Engles Motorsports #68 machine. Just as the leader was crossing the finish line, the
red flag was once again displayed as Arnie Kent and Rich Womeldorf got together on the front stretch and Womeldorf got upside down. Neither driver was injured in this incident.
“The new racetrack here, I was back here with the late model years ago and they put on a good show and the track prep people caught a lot of grief tonight about the track conditions, but this place was absolutely beautiful for the feature. So the people need to come out and keep supporting this crew as they are dedicated and have a good piece right now and I can’t wait to see some 410 ‘s and late stuff out here, you have a gem”
said Chad Ruhlman in victory lane.
Finishing second behind Ruhlman was Gale Ruth, Jr. followed by John Mollick, Blaze Myers and Ricky Tucker. Rounding out the top ten were Nolan Groves, Joe Buccola, Jeff Metsger, Arnie Kent and AJ MacQuarrie. The Hard Charger of the race went to Nolan Groves. Heats were won by John Mollick, Chad Ruhlman and Brian Hartzell.
The Mini Stock feature will go down in the history books as the first feature run under the new ownership and third place starter Jeff Huber took home the feature win. David Smail and Adam Bales led the 15-car field to the drop of starter Brian Wagner’s green flag. Bales jumped out to the early lead and led the first two laps before Jeff Huber took over top position. Huber started getting into lapped traffic by lap nine but had
stretched his lead to over six car lengths ahead of Smail. On lap twelve the red flag was displayed as Braden Bice as he got upside over the back stretch off turn two. He was uninjured.
The final restart took place with three laps to go and it was all Huber as he sailed to the very first feature winner in seven years at the speedway. Adam Bales finished second with Greg Rockwell third. Fourth went tO Joe Huber with Greg Kiehl rounding out the top five. Finishing sixth through tenth was Matt Urey, David Smail, Allen Robison, Michael Barr and Braden Bice. Hard charger of the event was Matt Urey. Heats were
won by Jeff Huber and Adam Bales.
Kim Nelson captured the win in the 10-lap Aquaholic Powder Puff Series race and picking up the checkers in the 75-lap Enduro was Matt Wiedlund.
Coming up on July 2 the First Annual Sid Unverzagt, Sr. Memorial Race will be held featuring the BRP Modified Tour. This event will pay $2,500 to win and there is approximately an extra $1,600 in lap money that
has been collected in Sid’s memory to be handed out. Along with the BRP Modified Tour the
RUSH Wingless Sprint Cars will be on hand along with the RUSH Sportsman Modified division. Racing will start at 7pm for this event.
Knox Raceway owned by Brian and Brianna Steinman was purchased late in 2021 and has opened for the season in 2022 to provide entertainment for the local community by hosting Demolition Derbies, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Circle Track Racing and in the future Rodeos, Concerts, and many other fun events. Knox
Raceway would like to send a special “Thank You” out to our sponsors for the 2022 season which includ Branson Tractors, Burford and Henry Real Estate, Clarion Boards, Felling Trailers, Ferringer Enterprises, Heeter Enterprises, Knox Bakery, Modern Living, Pennwest Homes, Unique Fabrications, Welcome Homes,
Bills Service and Corcetti Contracting.