Getting to The Hill Speedway for Keith Jack Lamphere is not a difficult task. From his front yard, you can see the track lights on any given Friday night. Making it to The Hill Speedway victory lane on June 4th for round two of the NY Penn IMCA Modified Series season was a different story. On a beautiful night in the Pennsylvania mountains that saw 19 cars take the green flag, getting to the checkered flag without incident was the name of the game.
After a quick turnaround from the season opener at Penn Can Speedway on Tuesday, June 1st, the series made their first trip to The Hill Speedway on Friday, June 4th. For the second race in a row, Brad Sites was the beneficiary of the random draw to start on the pole beside Gary Lamphere. As the green flag flew for the 30 lap feature event, it would quickly turn back to yellow for the spun car of Keith Lamphere. Cautions would breed cautions for much of the event, as the yellow flag would wave on the following restart for Randall Paxton and Rick Watt going around.
Once racing was underway, Sites would soar out to the lead, but have Shawn Bruce highly contesting the top spot until the yellow flag would wave for a stopped JW Lamphere on lap six. While under caution, the left front tire of the Bruce machine would go flat, but he would try to continue on with his front starting position. After the restart, he would begin to fall until the caution flag would be displayed once again for the JW Lamphere machine on lap 8.
When the green flag waved once again, Sites would continue to lead, but this time over his brother, Eddie Sites. The two would run nose to tail until lap 14 when the spinning lapped car of Victor McNeal collected both Sites cars, sending them to the rear of the field and handing the lead over to Bruce, who continued to run up front despite the flat tire.
Bruce would lead the field to the green flag, but his lead would be short lived. Just after completing lap 15, he would go around in turn one and collect the Jake Maynard machine, who had worked his way up to the second position. With the top two once again being relegated to the back of the field, the lead would be inherited by Rodney Morgan. Once the race resumed, Morgan would try to drive away, but would be unsuccessful. Charging from the tenth starting position, defending track champion Keith Jack Lamphere would power by Morgan on lap 17 to take the lead.
Slowly, laps would tick off as the yellow flag would ease up the pace of the event many times. With cautions on laps 21, 23 and 25, many drivers would filter through the field, some making it further than others. While Lamphere continued to lead, his father, Keith Lamphere, had made his way back up to second after his lap one spin. While trying to make a challenge against the younger Lamphere, the yellow flag would keep him from making a move. On the lap 25 restart, his progress would be halted after heavy contact with Randall Paxton, ending the night for both drivers.
Once racing resumed, a caution on lap 28 for debris would be the only thing to slow Keith Jack Lamphere as he would set sail and claim his first NY Penn IMCA Modified Series victory. Following him across the finish line would be Ray McClure and hard charger Sonny Terry. Fourth place finisher Brad Sites would leave as the series points leader. Aaron Benjamin trails Sites by nine points in the standings, with Keith Jack Lamphere and Shawn Bruce tied for third just 10 points out of the lead.
The next race for the NY Penn IMCA Modified Series will be July 2nd back at The Hill Speedway for the Billy Maynard Memorial. Details for this event will be released in the coming weeks.