Auto Racing: Pauch Jr. has good luck at Big Diamond

Photo by Ken Johnson
Kyle Moody won the 410 sprint car 30-lap race at Lincoln Speedway last weekend.
Photo by Ken Johnson Kyle Moody won the 410 sprint car 30-lap race at Lincoln Speedway last weekend.

Big Diamond

The misfortune of Meme Desantis became the good luck of Billy Pauch Jr. Desantis tangled with a lapped car while leading with two laps to go, handing the lead over to Pauch, who then raced to his third win of the season in the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Modifieds at Big Diamond Speedway.

In the rough-and-tumble, caution-filled USS Achey Sportsman event, Tim Fitzpatrick led the first 11 laps until a huge pile-up at the front of the field took out most of the frontrunners. On the ensuing restart, Doug Hendricks bolted into the lead and never looked back, claiming his first win of the season.

In the non-stop, 20-lap Savage 61 Roadrunner event, Jeremy Becker led wire-to-wire for his third win of the season. In the Powder Puff races (15 laps each), Alex Trexler won the Roadrunner and Kim Glass took the Modified/Sportsman.

Williams Grove

Danny Dietrich pulled out the opening night Pennsylvania Speedweek victory at Williams Grove Speedway on June 27, hodling off the furious charges of Phoenixville’s Brian Montieth to pick up the $5,000 sprint car payday for the 25-lap race.



David Franek rocketed to his first win in the 13th Annnual Middleswarth Potato Chips Firecracker 30 for 358-360 sprint cars on June 28 at Selinsgrove Speedway. The $2,500 United Racing Company (URC) win was Franek’s second of the season at Selinsgrove and third overall this year at the wheel of the Franek Auto Sales No. 28F.

Dave Zona also scored his second win of the season at the track in the 25-lap super late model feature. AJ Stroup drove to his first win of the year in the 15-lap pro stock main event.


Kyle Moody recovered from a rough start to come back and claim his first career 410 sprint car feature win and the $7,000 top prize on June 28 in night #2 of PA Speedweek at Liancoln Speedway. After dropping to fifth palce on the first lap, Moody passed Brady Bacon and Tim Glatfelter on laps eight and nine to climb to his original starting spot.

While running third, Moody saw second-place Glenndon Forsythe bring out the red flag with a 360 aiborner spin in turns three and four of lap 18. During the race stoppage, race-long leader Adam Wilt went to the pit with a flat right rear tire, placing Moody in the lead for the restart.

Brian Montieth’s amazing run from 23rd to fourth put him in the PA Speedweek points lead after two shots with 259 points.


Defending sportsman point champion Jared Umbenhauer picked an appropriate time to win as he claimed the richest sportsman event of the season, the 40-lap Summer Splash NASCAR Sportsman feature, on June 28 at Grandview Speedway, since the entire night of racing was sponsored by Bashore Trucking/BFP Specialty. His car owner, Barry Bashore, owns Bashore Trucking.

The current points leader picked up his sixth win fo the season in the extra distance event for a hefty payday of $1,500, plus $100 from T.P. Trailers, Limerick, and the Dan’s Deli halfway leader mark.

Jeff Strunk won his second 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified feature of the season to increase his point lead in the battle for the lucrative track and NASCAR titles. He also received an additional $250 from T.P. Trailers.

In the 30-lap NASCAR BRC Late Model 25-lap feature, Jason Miller, the defending point champion who sat out a few weeks due to motor issues, finally won his first victory of the season plus first since June 23, 2012, and earned an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers, plus the Dan’s Deli halfway leader award.