Eash Leads Winners As Hidden Valley Speedway Opens Season.
For immediate Release May 1, 2021
CLEARFIELD, PA - Defending Subway Late Model Point Champion Billy Eash of Johnstown picked up the opening night win while defending Hugill Sanitation Small Block Modified Champion Todd English of Clearfield did the same by winning an unusual feature event.
Other opening night winners included Williams Hudson of Clearfield in the TH Port A John Semi Lates, Dale Yaney of Corsica in the Winters Signs Street Stocks and Jeff Huber of Langville in the Littles Auto Sales Four Cylinders.
Billy Eash and birthday boy Denny Fenton brought the Subway Late Models to the start, with Eash taking the lead and holding off Fenton the first nine laps. On a lap 10 restart, John Wayne Weaver moved past Fenton and began to reel in Eash, but then Eash opened a slight lead over Weaver and he was able to maintain it the rest of the way. At the checkered flag it was Eash getting the win over Weaver, Fenton, Del Rougeux and Derek Rodkey, who started last in the feature. Heat wins went to Eash and Fenton split heat wins.
The TH Port A John Semi Lates saw Justin Owens beat Levi Ardery off the line at the start of the feature and set the pace. Owens was leading the event with a two car length lead, when William Hudson took the lead from him on lap 11. On lap 15, Owens looped the #38s in turn four. As he tailed the field, Hudson held off Ardery for the victory. The top five were: Hudson, Ardery, Jim Decker, Eric Lucas and Owens. Owens picked up the heat win. Defending point champion Gary Little had mechanical issues and was unable to take the green.
The Hugill Sanitation Small Block Modifieds was one of the most unusual events ever run, or attempted to be run. Todd English and Trent Ogden led the field to the strat, as a multi-car crash eliminated three cars right away. On the completed restart, with only three cars remaining, in the newly established division, Milton Owens broke and had to be towed in, as he was being removed from the track, one of the two remaining cars, Jordan Luzier, also pitted, leaving English the only car on the track. With just one car on the track, and no one else making an effort to return, flagman Brian Biancuzzio checkered the race, giving the win to the only one remaining, English. The finish would be lined up according to the original starting line up, which was as follows: English, Ogden, Owens, Hayden Holden and Josh Luzier. English was the heat winner.
Chad Rougeux and Dale Yaney led the Winters Signs Street Stocks to the green flag, as Rougeux took the lead, but before the first lap was in the books, Yaney took the top spot and held on to get the opening night win. Rougeux was second and Shannon Casher was third. Rougeux won the heat race.
The Little Auto Sales Four Cylinders saw Cody Baughman and Jeff Huber on the front row, with Jeff Huber taking the lead andfifth place starter Joe Huber quickly moving into second. Jeff led Joe for six laps, then Joe took the lead on lap seven as the caution waved. The field regrouped as Joe Huber continued to set the pace, but Joe was the caution on lap nine, when his car lost power and he came to a stop in turn four. Jeff Huber then regained the lead and went on to get the opening night win over Rob Williams who started from scratch on the field. Austin Fedder was third with Anthony Sones in fourth and Cory Price in fifth. Baughman, Jeff Huber and defending point champion Eric Luzier won the heat races.
PIT NOTES: 48 cars pulled into the pits, including: 10 Super Late Models, 7 Semi Late Models, 6 Small Block Modifieds, 4 Penn Ohio Street Stocks and 21 Four Cylinders...Drivers in the pits without cars kept commenting on how they were not ready to race yet and were awaiting parts, anticipating being at the track within the next week or so...Defending Street Stock point champion Ray Reynolds had the rear end blow apart during the heat race, ending his night...Defending Semi Late Champion Gary Little had mechanical issues prior to the start of the feature, and could not complete the event...Defending Champion Eric Luzier was eliminated in an opening lap crash at the start of the Four Cylinder feature...Coming this Saturday is the Mothers Day special, moms save $2 on general admission. There will be a regular show for all five divisions with gates opening at 4 and racing beginning at 7. Follow the Speedway on Facebook and watch the Website at www.hiddenvalleyspeedway.com for more.
Subway Super Late Models: 1. Billy Eash, Johnstown; 2. John Wayne Weaver, 3. Denny Fenton, 4. Del Rougeux, 5. Derek Rodkey, 6. Luke Hoffner, 7. Dylan Fenton, 8. Jonathan Stockdale, 9. Bill Phillips, Jr., 10. Josh Whetstone.
TH Port A JohnSemi Late Models: 1. William Hidson, Clearfield; 2. Levi Ardery, 3. Jim Decker, 4. Eric Lucas, 5. Justin Owens, 6. Jeremy Lippert, 7. Gary Little.
Hugill Sanitation Small Block Modifieds: 1. Todd English, Clearfield; 2. Trent Ogden, 3. Milton Owens, 4. Hayden Holden, 5. Josh Henry, 6. Jordan Luzier.
Winter Signs Street Stocks: 1. Dale Yaney, Corsica; 2. Chad Rougeux, 3. Shannon Casher.
DNS: Raymond Reynolds.
Littles Auto Sales Four Cylinders: 1. Jeff Huber, Langville; 2. Rob Williams, 3.. Austin Fedder, 4. Anthony Sones, 5. Cory Price, 6. Jake Adams, 7. Ryan Lippert, 8. Jason Elensky, 9. Kyler Henry, 10. Tyler Gill, 11. Kevin Trimpey, 12. Louis Young, 13. Jason Dotts, 14. Jake Pennington, 15. Dustin Miller, 16. Joe Huber, 17. Greg Kiehl, 18. Cody Baughman, 19. Eric Luzier.
DNS: Levi Luzier
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