DANNER DIGS IN TO WIN SECOND TWIN 30 AT ACTION TRACK USA
By: Nick Fillman – USAC East Coast Sprint Cars
Kutztown, Pennsylvania (August 3, 2022)………Briggs Danner captured the second leg of split 30-lap feature events for the Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series Presented by Capitol Renegade Kutztown, Pennsylvania’s Action Track USA.
Chris Allen Jr., winner of the first feature of the night, again led the field to green with Mark Smith to his outside on the front row of the feature event. Allen worked his way to the race lead with veteran Mark Smith quickly chasing the recent feature winner.
The fastest car on the track early on in the feature event was that of veteran driver Carmen Perigo as he would work his way by Smith and eventually by Allen for the race lead.
Mark Smith and Billy Pauch Jr. made contact early on in the feature event, sending both into a spin cycle in turns three and four, and putting both to the rear of the field. Perigo remained the race leader after a bit of caution fever with Briggs Danner and an extremely fast Alex Bright working their way into the top five and eventually into the top three as they began to draw in on the leader Carmen Perigo.
Bright, Danner and Perigo took turns throwing slide jobs on each other and bouncing off the walls of Action Track USA, even coming off of turn four three wide for the race lead with Danner making significant contact with Perigo sending him into the wall on the front stretch but keeping the car under power.
Danner ended up with a two to three car length advantage as the field took the two to go signal, with Alex Bright left watching in the distance as Danner pulled away and collected his seventh win of the 2022 season.
Bright held on for second despite a souring engine that developed around five to go, with Carmen Perigo in third, Steven Drevicki and impressive fourth, and Mike Thompson rounding out the top five.
Unfortunately, a number of drivers were met with tough luck on Wednesday night as Joey Amantea blew an engine during the first feature event leaving him unable to start the second. Likewise, Colin White and Bobby Butler were also unable to make the second feature event that they had been qualified for putting alternates: Austin Graby, Eric Jennings and Brendan Hires into the starting field.
Rookie driver Austin Graby worked his way solidly into the top ten finishing a respectable eighth place, with fellow rookie Brendan Hires following along and ending up eleventh.
USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CARS PRESENTED BY CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS RACE RESULTS: August 3, 2022 – Action Track USA – Kutztown, Pennsylvania
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 11-Mike Thompson (1), 2. 21-Carmen Perigo (3), 3. 19-Steven Drevicki (4), 4. 20-Alex Bright (6), 5. 17-Christian Bruno (5), 6. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr. (8), 7. 57-Michael Nolf (7), 8. 39-Billy Pauch Jr. (2). NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 5G-Briggs Danner (4), 2. 23m-Kenny Miller III (1), 3. 71-Chris Allen Jr. (8), 4. 23B-Preston Lattomus (3), 5. 75x-Bobby Butler (6), 6. 87-Austin Graby (5), 7. 27x-Brendan Hires (7), 8. 16cw-Eric Jennings (2). NT
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 88J-Joey Amantea (3), 2. 75-Mark Smith (2), 3. 21K-Tommy Kunsman (4), 4. 90-Colin White (7), 5. 62-Brian Spencer (1), 6. 7-Ed Aikin (5), 7. 7B-Aidan Borden (6). NT
SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Billy Pauch Jr. (7), 2. Ed Aikin (3), 3. Michael Nolf (4), 4. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. (1), 5. Aidan Borden (6), 6. Austin Graby (2), 7. Eric Jennings (8), 8. Brendan Hires (5). NT
FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Briggs Danner (8), 2. Alex Bright (9), 3. 21-Carmen Perigo (4), 4. Steven Drevicki (7), 5. Mike Thompson (3), 6. Kenny Miller III (6), 7. Preston Lattomus (10), 8. Austin Graby (18), 9. Ed Aikin (14), 10. Mark Smith (2), 11. Brendan Hires (20), 12. Tommy Kunsman (5), 13. Eric Jennings (19), 14. Chris Allen Jr. (1), 15. Bruce Buckwalter Jr. (16), 16. Brian Spencer (12), 17. Aidan Borden (17), 18. Billy Pauch Jr. (13), 19. Christian Bruno (11), 20. Michael Nolf (15). NT
VAHLCO WHEELS HARD CHARGERS: Austin Graby (18th to 8th)
LAST CAR RUNNING AWARD: Eric Jennings
NEXT USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CARS PRESENTED BY CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS RACE: August 5, 2022 – Bloomsburg Fair Raceway – Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania