The first race in the new Keystone Cup for the All Star Slingshots had a thrilling end and for the second year in a row it was Scott Neary with late race heroics.
Kyle Herve led much of the event after wrestling the lead away from defending World Championship Scott Neary at the start.
Yellow flag throughout the event gave Neary chances to take the race lead back, but Herve remained the car the beat. The yellow flags allowed 22nd place starter Dylan Hoch to throw his hat into the ring in the closing laps.
A late race restart put Neary within striking distance. As the white flag fell it looked like Herve, a former Northeast Slingshot series champion, would start this season off at the top of the standings as well. Neary had other plans.
Neary made a bold move driving deep into turn three throwing a slide job on Herve for the top spot. Neary slide fully across the speedway, allowing Herve to turn underneath him in a drag race to the finish line for the win. Neary’s momentum carried him to the checkered flag first.
Neary, Herve, and Hoch were joined in the top five by James Hendricks and Tyler Ulsh.
This event was Hendricks first start as a full time All Star Slingshot competitor. He started 18th before charging to fourth. Ulsh, the 2019 Junior Slingshot World Champion, started 15th.
Defending series champion Brett Bieber finished sixth followed by Amanda Angstadt, James Benz, Jax Yohn, and Sam Neary.
Bieber, Neary, and Aidan Donaldson won heat races for the Slingshots.
Dylan Hoch was the All Star Performance Hard Charger.
The Wilwood “Brake of the race” goes to Dave Carraghan. Unfortunately, Carraghan’s break was a bad one. A car malfunction took him out of a top five run late in the feature event.
The All Star Slingshots return to racing in the Keystone Cup on April 11th at the Grandview Speedway.