Ironically, because of rain outs, the two non Pennsylvania tracks on the Keystone Cup tour (Middleford and Spirit Auto Center Speedways) has hosted the first two races of the 2021 season.
Scott Neary weaved his way through traffic to the front of the field at Spirit Auto Center Speedway on Sunday in the second race of the season for the Keystone Cup. Neary started mid pack and took advantage of restart opportunities to get to the head of the field to remain the only winner in the series in 2021.
Cody Kline guided the field early before spinning on a restart. Dave Carraghan worked to second and also ended up backward on a restart. Kyle Herve was leading the feature with a potential second showdown with Neary following their battle at Middleford Speedway in the series opener. Herve slowed off the track from the top spot on lap 18.
Neary held off challenges from defending series champion Brett Bieber along with 2020 Spirit Speedway champion Amanda Angstadt. Angstadt stayed on Neary’s rear bumper until the checkered flag to record her best Keystone Cup finish of second. Cody Kline recovered to drive from the tail to finish in third.
Jason Kraycirik finished fourth in a team car to Angstadt. Shelby McLaughlin also recovered from an early race incident to race back up to finish fifth.
Charlene Benz, James Benz, Jax Yohn, Tim Franks, and Zach Merola were the top ten finishers.
Tess Horvath, Kyle Herve and Dave Carraghan won the heat races.
Chase Schott jumped into the race lead from his front row starting spot as the Junior Slingshots took their first green flag at the Spirit Auto Center Speedway.
Schott showed the way for much of the event including holding off Chase Zimmer and Ryan Rochelle on restarts. Rochelle had one last shot in the late stages of the feature event, but Schott remained at the front of the field until the checkered flag flew taking his first Keystone Cup win.
Rochelle was second followed by Zimmer, Weston Doklan, and Nick Bilello.
Schott also won the heat race.
Racers will take on Snydersville Raceway in the Junior and All Star Slingshots this Friday, July 2 for the next Keystone Cup event. This is also the first night of the Super National Weekend earning points toward the World Championships. The tour will continue with the All Star Slingshots at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway on Sunday July 4.
Hamlin Speedway will have the Saturday race for the Super National Race, July 3.
Linda’s Speedway will play host to World Championship Weekend again in 2021. The World Championships offer a rare scenario of racing four times in three days. Friday night a single event is held. Saturday the action picks up and racing is held both in the afternoon and the evening. Sunday is the finale with racing in the afternoon before the newly crowned World Champions are introduced.
The active Slingshot car count currently numbers near 400, with weekly racing venues located in Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Slingshots have competed throughout the country; including Delaware, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Maryland, Indiana, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
A new assembled Slingshot rolls out of Speedway Entertainment at a cost of $8,888.
Information about the Slingshots can be found on Speedwayent.com or by calling Speedway Entertainment at 717-866-7450.