YORK HAVEN, PA – Kenny Edkin had a huge smile on his face when he climbed out of his car Saturday night at BAPS Motor Speedway.
It wasn’t as simple as Edkin’s impressive performance. The track was racy and technical, just like the Marysville, Pa., driver likes it.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Edkin was at the front. He led the entire 25-lap distance and collected his second BAPS Paints Super Sportsman win in three starts at the speedway to kick off the 2019 season.
“We came prepared,” Edkin said. “We did a lot of homework over the offseason and tried to find the little things in our operation that needed addressed.
“We found a lot of speed working with a few different people. I’m really happy the season has started the way it has, other than last week getting used up. Otherwise, we might have three in a row.”
Edkin jumped out front on the start, but his pace was slowed on Lap 2 when Mike Enders stopped on the speedway. The restart was much like the first, with Edkin charging out front.
Scott Dellinger was in second and trying to reel in Edkin. The defending speedway champion got a good shot at the leader after Matt Ondek and Paul Miller spun to bring out the caution on Lap 10. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. also stopped during the caution.
The green flag flew after another caution on the restart, and Edkin continued to run the top through the first and second corner. Dellinger, meanwhile, was pinned on the bottom looking for a way to sneak by for the top spot.
But, Edkin was too good on the cushion. Dellinger poked his nose under the leader on a late restart and couldn’t pull the trigger on a pass for the win.
“I ran, primarily, the top in one and two and the bottom in three and four,” Edkin said. “It was definitely technical. You had to keep an eye on the track, because there were slick spots and moisture spots.
“It was great racing, the most fun I’ve had in the race car since the 2017 season. It was a real racy track, and it really reminded me of that 2017 season.”
Edkin was too much over the final four circuits and took the win. Dellinger settled for second, with Frankie Herr placing third.
Justin Foster was fourth, followed by Steve Fannasy. Timmie Barrick stormed from 20th to sixth in the final rundown.
“You take track position anytime, but the surface was really racy,” Edkin said. “I think you could have started me 12th at the back of the invert, and the outcome would have been the same.
“I could see [Dellinger’s] nose on restarts. I could run the top really well, and I was told he couldn’t get around the top on starts. I never saw him except for entry into Turn 1 on the restarts.”
Heat winners for the 20-car field were Rich Eichelberger and Dellinger. Enders received the ArtWerks Hard Luck Award.
Bobby Beard started on the pole and wired the field in the Creekside Auto Sales 358 Sprint Car main event.
There were four cautions over the 20-lap distance. Beard was in control from the outset and took the win over sixth-place starter Sean Merkel. Ben Whitaker finished third.
Charles Potts came from ninth to fourth, with Eric Hohol completing the top five. Alan Sagi was the ArtWerks Hard Luck winner. Chase Billet, Potts, and Sagi were heat winners for the 22-car field.
Will Walls topped the field in an entertaining 20-Lap Morgan Paving/Aqua Fun Pools Street Stock main event.
Unlike the Super Sportsman and Late Model events, the Street Stock main had four different leaders over the race distance. Walls, who started 10th, passed Jason Townsend on Lap 14 and took the victory.
Brian Walls, Eric Tripp, Chad Smith, who led six laps early on, and Greg Diehl completed the top five. Walls and Smith were heat winners for the 20-car field. Mike Buckley came from 20th to 11th to take home ArtWerks Hard Charger honors.
Travis Horan made a late-race pass on Patrick McClane to capture the 20-lap Superior Homes Extreme Stock feature.
Scott Arnold led Lap 1 from the pole before McClane took over. Horan, the sixth-place starter made the winning pass on Lap 16.
McClane, Arnold, Matt Adams and Jeff Gill completed the top five. Horan and Gill were heat winners for the 14-car field. Sam Rial was Rehbeins Service Center Hard Charger, moving from 13th to sixth.
BAPS Motor Speedway
York Haven, Pa.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BAPS SUPER SPORTSMAN
Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 75-Kenny Edkin; 2. 30-Scott Dellinger; 3. 70D-Frankie Herr; 4. 23-Justin Foster; 5. 318-Steve Fannasy; 6. 7-Timmie Barrick; 7. 20W-Davey Walsh; 8. 32-Garrett Williamson; 9. 1A-Chase Gutshall; 10. 35-John Edkin; 11. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 12. 14-Nate Young; 13. 58-Paul Miller; 14. 10H-Dave Hollar; 15. 77-Russ Mitten; 16. 71K-Tyler Wolford; 17. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.; 18. 2M-Matt Ondek; 19. 5D-Luke Deatrick; 20. 3B-Mike Enders (Artwerks Hard Luck Award). No time.
Lap Leaders – Kenny Edkin (1-25)
Super Sportsman Heat 1 Finish(10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 2. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.; 3. 20W-Davey Walsh; 4. 75-Kenny Edkin; 5. 318-Steve Fannasy; 6. 32-Garrett Williamson; 7. 71K-Tyler Wolford; 8. 5D-Luke Deatrick; 9. 58-Paul Miller; 10. 35-John Edkin. No time.
Super Sportsman Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 30-Scott Dellinger; 2. 23-Justin Foster; 3. 1A-Chase Gutshall; 4. 70D-Frankie Herr; 5. 77-Russ Mitten; 6. 2M-Matt Ondek; 7. 3B-Mike Enders; 8. 14-Nate Young; 9. 10H-Dave Hollar; 10. 7-Timmie Barrick. No time.
CREEKSIDE AUTO SALES 358 LATE MODELS
Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 60-Bobby Beard; 2. 118-Sean Merkel; 3. 13X-Ben Whitaker; 4. 5-Charles Potts; 5. H22-Eric Hohol; 6. 22-Chase Billet; 7. 115-Troy Miller; 8. X4-Lou Egrie; 9. 21M-Matt Murphy; 10. 116-Travis Mease; 11. 29-Steve Billet; 12. NINE-Alan Sagi; 13. 24-Daulton Bigler; 14. 21-Joey Hoffer; 15. 32-Brad Bingaman; 16. 37B-Brandon Eveler; 17. 85-Chad Earnst; 18. NINEX-Ross Leinbach; 19. 88C-Chuck Cox III; 20. 0-Deshawn Gingerich, DNS: 711-Jennifer Hartz, X-Bernie Beard. No time.
Lap Leaders – Bobby Beard (1-20)
Late Model Heat 1 Finish (8 laps/All Qualify) – 1. 22-Chase Billet; 2. 24-Daulton Bigler; 3. X4-Lou Egrie; 4. 60-Bobby Beard; 5. 116-Travis Mease; 6. 85-Chad Earnst; 7. 115-Troy Miller; 8. X-Bernie Beard. No time.
Late Model Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 5-Charles Potts; 2. 118-Sean Merkel; 3. 88C-Chuck Cox III; 4. 32-Brad Bingaman; 5. 21-Joey Hoffer; 6. 21M-Matt Murphy; 7. 711-Jennifer Hartz. No time.
Late Model Heat 3 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. NINE-Alan Sagi; 2. 13X-Ben Whitaker; 3. H22-Eric Hohol; 4. 29-Steve Billet; 5. 37B-Brandon Eveler; 6. NINEX-Ross Leinbach; 7. 0-Deshawn Gingerich. No time.
MORGAN PAVING/AQUAFUN POOLS STREET STOCKS
Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 21W-Will Walls; 2. 52-Brian Walls; 3. 43-Eric Tripp; 4. 99-Chad Smith; 5. 80D-Greg Diehl; 6. 59-Ryan Smith; 7. 64-Brandon Wanner; 8. M1-Mike Potts; 9. 07-Eric McClane; 10. 44-Charles Rupert; 11. 94-Mike Buckley (Artwerks Hard Charger); 12. 99K-Kyle Saylor; 13. 11-Craig Morgan; 14. 14D-Justin Dashler; 15. 7P-Jim Palm; 16. 72-Jason Townsend; 17. 33-Troy Myers; 18. 91-Mike Goodwin; 19. 41W-Bud Witmer. DNS: 1W-Mike Walls. No time.
Lap Leaders – Mike Potts (1-5); Ryan Smith (6-11); Jason Townsend (12-13), Will Walls (14-20)
Street Stock Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 52-Brian Walls; 2. 72-Jason Townsend; 3. 7P-Jim Palm; 4. Eric Tripp; 5. 11-Craig Morgan; 6. 11-Craig Morgan; 7. 14D-Justin Dashler; 8. 91-Mike Goodwin; 9. 33-Troy Myers; 10. 94-Mike Buckley. No time.
Street Stock Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 99-Chad Smith; 2. 80D-Greg Diehl; 3. 59-Ryan Smith; 4. M1-Mike Potts; 5. 21W-Will Walls; 6. 1W-Mike Walls; 7. 64-Brandon Wanner; 8. 44-Charles Rupert; 9. 99K-Kyle Saylor; 10. 41W-Bud Witmer. No time.
SUPERIOR HOMES EXTREME STOCKS
Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 21H-Travis Horan; 2. 21A-Patrick McClane; 3. 1A-Scott Arnold; 4. 18C-Matt Adams; 5. 15-Jeff Gill; 6. 55-Sam Rial (Rehbeins Service Center Hard Charger); 7. 11-Branden Staccone; 8. 97-Donnie Broderick; 9. 6G-Gordie Marshall; 10. 98-Richard Daughtrey; 11. 7F-Jordan Fulton; 12. 25-Andrew Hogue; 13. 91-Will Long. DNS: 7JR-Johnny Palm. No time.
Lap Leaders – Scott Arnold (1), Patrick McClane (2-15), Travis Horan (16-20)
Extreme Stock Heat 1 Finish (8 laps/All Qualify) – 1. 21H-Travis Horan; 2. 25-Andrew Hogue; 3. 91-Will Long; 4. Branden Staccone; 5. 6G-Gordie Marshall; 6. 55-Sam Rial; 7. 7JR-Johnny Palm. No time.
Extreme Stock Heat 2 Finish (8 laps/All Qualify) – 1. 15-Jeff Gill; 2. 21A-Patrick McClane; 3. 1A-Scott Arnold; 4. 97-Donnie Broderick; 5. 18C-Matt Adams; 6. 98-Richard Daughtrey; 7. 7F-Jordan Fulton. No time.