Smith Earns Smokey Frye Late Model Victory at BAPS

YORK HAVEN, PA  Chad Smith didn’t know what to expect when he rolled out for the Creekside Auto Sales/JJH Law Offices Smokey Frye Late Model 50 Saturday night at BAPS Motor Speedway.

That’s understandable. Smith was positioned in 12th on the starting grid with plenty of heavy hitters in front of him. There was also the unknown of a few late changes and how it would affect the car.

Apparently, it didn’t. Smith stormed through the field and caught a break when leader Chase Billet was put to the rear and then disqualified for spinning a backmarker. He also sustained damage to his car during the incident.

The end result was the biggest win of Smith’s BAPS Motor Speedway career. After taking the lead, the Duncannon, Pa., ace pulled away over the closing stages of the 50-Lap affair to take the emotional Creekside Auto Sales Late Model win.

“I had my doubts at the beginning of the race, well before we went on track,” Smith said. “I guess that’s not a good way to start the race out, but I felt this one was almost given to us. That was a raw deal with Chase, there.




“Eric [Tripp] was given the move over flag, and he didn’t move. That’s when you get moved. When you’re racing for the win, he was in the preferred line, and it was time to move. He didn’t heed the flags, so I feel bad for Chase. I feel like we were going to put a good race on at the end.”

Travis Mease started on the pole, but Billet was the fast car early. He grabbed the lead at the start and led the first 13 circuits.

Randy Stoudt, who started third, slipped by Billet for the lead on Lap 14 and held it for the next three circuits. Billet was having none of it and shot back into the lead on the 18th circuit.

As for Smith, he passed three cars at the start and cracked the top five on Lap 15. The car started to gain speed as the race wore on, and he made a jaw-dropping move off of Turn 4 in which he got underneath Stoudt and passed D.J. Mease on the frontstretch to take over the runner-up spot by Lap 22.

“It was tight racing, especially at the beginning of the race, because everybody was dicing and slicing,” Smith said. “I do have to say, the track came around for us.

“There was a lot going on at that point in the race. I had a problem in the center of the corner and wasn’t carrying the momentum, so I thought that was my shot. DJ was hanging tough on the bottom, and he always races me super-clean, gives me enough room, and always makes it fun. I like racing like that.”

Billet was still out front when he tried to put Eric Tripp a lap down. Contact was made, and Tripp spun around in the second corner on Lap 39. The leader was put to the rear and went to the pit area, which handed the lead over to Smith.

Within four laps, Smith built a four-second lead. A caution slowed his pace, but it didn’t stop him from pulling away from the field and earning the victory by a comfortable 2.758 seconds.

“I saw [Niklas Stoudt] beside me, and I thought he was gaining on me,” Smith said. “That had me a little worried, but I knew where I was at, I knew the pace we were running, and I was confident with what was going on there.

“The car came alive and my guys gave me the signal that I was way ahead, but man, I almost had to be with the way I was driving.”

Niklas Stoudt settled for the runner-up spot. Mease, Charles Potts, and 11th-place starter Bobby Beard completed the top five. Billet set quick time for the 25-car field with a lap of 18.677. Randy Stoudt, Niklas Stoudt, and Travis Mease were heat winners.

In the BAPS Super Sportsman division, Kenny Edkin took the lead on the eighth circuit and held off Tony Jackson to earn his second win of the season at the speedway.

Mike Enders started on the pole and led the first seven laps. Edkin, who started sixth, made his way to the front and grabbed the lead on Lap 8.

Once out front, he survived two caution periods and a charging Jackson, who started eighth, to claim second.

Jackson, 12th-pace starter Russ Mitten, John Edkin, and Chris Meleason completed the top five. Chase Gutshall, Jackson, and Enders were heat winners for the 27-car field.

Brian Walls started on the pole of the Street Stock main event and wired the field in the 20-Lap feature to claim his second win of the season.

Kody Sites remained within striking distance but fell short by .859 seconds at the end. Ryan Bloom, Jed Latshaw, and Ryan Smith completed the top five.

Sammy Rial closed out the night with a victory in the Superior Homes Extreme Stock main event. It was Rial’s fifth win of the season at the speedway.

Bob Scott Jr. led the first four laps before Hunter Fulton surged into the lead on Lap 5. Rial, who started 12th on the grid, charged through the field and took the lead on Lap 7 and led the final 18 laps to reach Victory Lane.

Patrick McClane started 11th and came up to second. Chase Rehbein, who started 16th, was third. They were followed by Johnny Palm and Donnie Broderick.

BAPS Motor Speedway

CREEKSIDE AUTO SALES/JJH LAW OFFICES SMOKEY FRYE LATE MODEL 50

Feature (50 Laps): 1. 99-Chad Smith[12]; 2. 10-Niklas Stoudt[6]; 3. 18-Derrick Mease[9]; 4. 5-Charles Potts[8]; 5. 19-Bobby Beard[11]; 6. 21-Joey Hoffer[13]; 7. 08-Zach Kauffman[10]; 8. 116-Travis Mease[1]; 9. 31-Dave Ogin[15]; 10. 21M-Matt Murphy[17]; 11. 13X-Ben Whitaker[25]; 12. 5H-Dustin Hollinger[20]; 13. X4-Lou Egrie[14]; 14. NINEX-Ross Leinbach[18]; 15. NINE-Randy Stoudt[3]; 16. (DNF) ONE-Chuck Schutz[7]; 17. (DNF) 37B-Brandon Eveler[19]; 18. (DNF) 543-Eric Tripp[22]; 19. (DNF) 22-Chase Billet[2]; 20. (DNF) 72-Wayne Pfeil[16]; 21. (DNF) 711-Jennifer Lesher[24]; 22. (DNF) 2-Dan Zechman[5]; 23. (DNF) 96-Matt Adams[21]; 24. (DNF) 48-Kyle Nicholas[23]; 25. (DNF) 15-Jared Miller[4].

Lap Leaders: Chase Billet (1-13), Randy Stoudt (14-17), Billet (18-39), Chad Smith (40-50)

Late Model Qualifying #1 (3 Laps): 1. 22-Chase Billet, 00:18.677[1]; 2. NINE-Randy Stoudt, 00:18.942[7]; 3. 72-Wayne Pfeil, 00:18.963[5]; 4. 18-Derrick Mease, 00:19.189[4]; 5. 19-Bobby Beard, 00:19.287[8]; 6. 21-Joey Hoffer, 00:19.323[2]; 7. 711-Jennifer Lesher, 00:19.391[6]; 8. 37B-Brandon Eveler, 00:19.709[9]; 9. 543-Eric Tripp, 00:20.165[3].

Late Model Qualifying #2 (3 Laps): 1. 2-Dan Zechman, 00:19.034[4]; 2. ONE-Chuck Schutz, 00:19.269[7]; 3. 08-Zach Kauffman, 00:19.290[8]; 4. 10-Niklas Stoudt, 00:19.492[5]; 5. 21M-Matt Murphy, 00:19.700[2]; 6. X4-Lou Egrie, 00:19.727[1]; 7. 5H-Dustin Hollinger, 00:19.806[3]; 8. (DNF) 13X-Ben Whitaker[6].

Late Model Qualifying #3 (3 Laps): 1. 15-Jared Miller, 00:19.117[5]; 2. 5-Charles Potts, 00:19.355[4]; 3. 99-Chad Smith, 00:19.355[7]; 4. 116-Travis Mease, 00:19.416[8]; 5. NINEX-Ross Leinbach, 00:19.574[3]; 6. 31-Dave Ogin, 00:19.625[2]; 7. 48-Kyle Nicholas, 00:19.708[1]; 8. 96-Matt Adams, 00:22.890[6].

Late Model Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. NINE-Randy Stoudt[3]; 2. 22-Chase Billet[4]; 3. 18-Derrick Mease[1]; 4. 19-Bobby Beard[5]; 5. 21-Joey Hoffer[6]; 6. 72-Wayne Pfeil[2]; 7. 37B-Brandon Eveler[8]; 8. 543-Eric Tripp[9]; 9. 711-Jennifer Lesher[7].

Late Model Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 10-Niklas Stoudt[1]; 2. ONE-Chuck Schutz[3]; 3. 08-Zach Kauffman[2]; 4. 2-Dan Zechman[4]; 5. X4-Lou Egrie[6]; 6. 21M-Matt Murphy[5]; 7. 5H-Dustin Hollinger[7]; 8. (DNF) 13X-Ben Whitaker[8].

Late Model Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 116-Travis Mease[1]; 2. 5-Charles Potts[3]; 3. 15-Jared Miller[4]; 4. 99-Chad Smith[2]; 5. 31-Dave Ogin[6]; 6. NINEX-Ross Leinbach[5]; 7. 96-Matt Adams[8]; 8. 48-Kyle Nicholas[7].

BAPS SUPER SPORTSMAN

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 75-Kenny Edkin[6]; 2. 88-Tony Jackson[8]; 3. 77-Russ Mitten[12]; 4. 35-John Edkin[3]; 5. 8M-Chris Meleason[15]; 6. 222-Jay Fannasy[5]; 7. 318-Davey Walsh[10]; 8. 2M-Matt Ondek[18]; 9. 30-Scott Dellinger[7]; 10. 19R-Eric Rutz[19]; 11. 5D-Luke Deatrick[14]; 12. 360-George Riden III[23]; 13. 7-Timmie Barrick[11]; 14. 1A-Chase Gutshall[4]; 15. 22-Daniel John[17]; 16. 3B-Mike Enders[1]; 17. 88W-Eric Walker[20]; 18. 88X-Fred Shipley[24]; 19. 71K-Glen Keller Jr[16]; 20. 21R-Jamie Rickert[22]; 21. (DNF) 77W-Tom Wyckoff[9]; 22. (DNF) 00-Troy Rhome[2]; 23. (DNF) 38H-Allan Hallman[13]; 24. (DNF) 14-Nate Young[21].

Lap Leaders: Mike Enders (1-7), Kenny Edkin (8-25)

Super Sportsman Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 1A-Chase Gutshall[7]; 2. 30-Scott Dellinger[8]; 3. 318-Davey Walsh[3]; 4. 35-John Edkin[6]; 5. 38H-Allan Hallman[2]; 6. 71K-Glen Keller Jr[1]; 7. 6S-Shane McConnell[4]; 8. 14-Nate Young[5]; 9. 88X-Fred Shipley[9].

Super Sportsman Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 88-Tony Jackson[8]; 2. 7-Timmie Barrick[5]; 3. 77W-Tom Wyckoff[2]; 4. 222-Jay Fannasy[7]; 5. 5D-Luke Deatrick[6]; 6. 22-Daniel John[1]; 7. 19R-Eric Rutz[3]; 8. 21R-Jamie Rickert[9]; 9. (DNF) 360-George Riden III[4].

Super Sportsman Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 3B-Mike Enders[2]; 2. 75-Kenny Edkin[7]; 3. 00-Troy Rhome[5]; 4. 77-Russ Mitten[8]; 5. 8M-Chris Meleason[1]; 6. 2M-Matt Ondek[6]; 7. 25-Tyler Wolford[4]; 8. 88W-Eric Walker[9]; 9. (DNS) 91-Lanny Hake.

Super Sportsman Consolation (8 Laps): 1. 19R-Eric Rutz[2]; 2. 88W-Eric Walker[6]; 3. 14-Nate Young[4]; 4. 21R-Jamie Rickert[5]; 5. 360-George Riden III[8]; 6. 88X-Fred Shipley[7]; 7. (DNF) 6S-Shane McConnell[1]; 8. (DNF) 25-Tyler Wolford[3]; 9. (DNS) 91-Lanny Hake.

SUPERIOR HOMES EXTREME STOCKS

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 11-Sam Rial[12]; 2. 79-Patrick McClane[11]; 3. 55-Chase Rehbein[16]; 4. 7JR-Johnny Palm[9]; 5. 97-Donnie Broderick[6]; 6. 7-Jordan Fulton[4]; 7. LAZY8-John Wright[3]; 8. 47-Bob Scott[2]; 9. 98-Richard Daughtrey[13]; 10. (DNF) 9-Matt Adams[14]; 11. (DNF) 7F-Hunter Fulton[8]; 12. (DNF) 65H-Ty Huntsberger[7]; 13. (DNF) 6G-Gordie Marshall[5]; 14. (DNF) 91-Will Long[1]; 15. (DNF) 12-Bryan Hare[15]; 16. (DNF) 54-Brian Rehbein[10]. 

Lap Leaders: Bob Scott Jr. (1-4), Hunter Fulton (5-6), Sammy Rial (7-25)

STREET STOCKS

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 2W-Brian Walls[1]; 2. 99K-Kody Sites[2]; 3. 25JR-Ryan Bloom[10]; 4. 99-Jed Latshaw[8]; 5. 59-Ryan Smith[20]; 6. 64-Stan Wanner[3]; 7. 6T-Jacob Toney[4]; 8. 11S-Russ Shoop[12]; 9. 28-Chris Derr[13]; 10. 7P-Jim Palm[5]; 11. 18-Bailey Tolson[6]; 12. 18X-Chris Transeau[19]; 13. 15-Brian Boughter[14]; 14. 55-Brian Rehbein[7]; 15. 4J-Jim Jacobs[16]; 16. 60A-Aaron Beard[17]; 17. 60-Danny Beard[15]; 18. 10C-Kevin Heckman[18]; 19. (DNF) 543-Kyle Saylor[11]; 20. (DNF) 48-Dave Radabaugh[9]; 21. (DNF) 84-Steve Anthony[21]. 

Lap Leaders: Brian Walls (1-20)

Street Stock Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 2W-Brian Walls[1]; 2. 55-Brian Rehbein[5]; 3. 99K-Kody Sites[10]; 4. 7P-Jim Palm[2]; 5. 99-Jed Latshaw[6]; 6. 543-Kyle Saylor[11]; 7. 28-Chris Derr[3]; 8. 60-Danny Beard[7]; 9. 60A-Aaron Beard[4]; 10. 18X-Chris Transeau[9]; 11. (DNF) 59-Ryan Smith[8].

Street Stock Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 25JR-Ryan Bloom[4]; 2. 64-Stan Wanner[2]; 3. 18-Bailey Tolson[6]; 4. 48-Dave Radabaugh[9]; 5. 6T-Jacob Toney[8]; 6. 11S-Russ Shoop[1]; 7. 15-Brian Boughter[7]; 8. 4J-Jim Jacobs[3]; 9. 10C-Kevin Heckman[5]; 10. 84-Steve Anthony[10].