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July 13, 2014

Quarrick wins ARCA race at Jennerstown

JENNERSTOWN — The inaugural visit of the ARCA Truck Series to Jennerstown Speedway Saturday night brought out the largest crowd of the season at the Laurel Highlands oval.

The spectators – estimated at close to 3,000 – witnessed the biggest field of trucks in the series with Keystone state driver Cody Quarrick of Uniontown taking the 50-lap win, his first in the series.

“We’ve been really close and we finally got the win,” said Quarrick, who got a shower from his pit crew during the post-race interview. “I can’t thank Dave Miller enough for helping me the last few years with this.

“This is the first time we’ve been out this year, the first laps we’ve turned in this truck.”

The mostly Ohio-based series, making just its second appearance in Pennsylvania, had Stan Maitland on the pole. But Maitland, a relatively new competitor, chose to go to the back of the 12-car field and Billy Strehle took over the front spot.

Brad Yunker, the lone Michigan driver in the field, took the lead on the first lap and held the front spot until Lap 10 when Quarrick moved to the head of the pack.

Levi Maitland moved in behind Quarrick on the next lap and challenged Quarrick the rest of the race.

Maitland was second just ahead of West Newton’s Matt Sever, the field’s other Jennerstown regular.

Danny Jackson, who had won the three previous ARCA series races and is the points leader, was fourth with Yunker, fifth.

Mansfield of Oakwood, Ohio, had the fast time of 19.570 seconds and earned the pole but ended up starting 11th due to the inverted start.

Sever, who did double duty, won his first late-model feature on Saturday, but veteran driver Barry Awtey did not make it easy for the young driver.

“This is incredible,” Sever said. “It’s hard to believe.”

Sever, who was the pole sitter, led all 40 laps with Awtey starting at the rear of the six-car feature.

Jayme Beck’s crash on Lap 5 brought out the race’s only caution and Awtey used it to his advantage.

The Jenners driver, who was fourth before the crash, moved in behind Sever and challenged the West Newton driver the rest of the way.

Sever was the 2008 Jennerstown four-cylinder hobby stock champion and has moved up the ranks while the track was not actively running races.

“We started racing a long time ago back in the four cylinders and I grew up watching Barry and Mark (Smith) duke it out, week in and week out,” Sever said.

“It was an awesome run tonight. I couldn’t be happier.

“It would have been more fun for me if I wasn’t getting such a challenge from Barry. I looked up with about 12 laps to go and I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to hold him off.

“I really want to thank Barry, who raced me clean.”

Awtey finished second while Jayme Beck, Jeremiah Kuntz and Rick Boyer were third through fifth, respectively.

Teddy Gibala drove to his fourth win this season at Jennerstown in the 25-lap street stock feature.

Gibala, who is the points leader, won the pole.

The race was slowed by one caution with debris on the back straight on Lap 13 tightening the field.

But Gibala, who had tangled with fellow competitor Dink Colarusso last week, was able to pull away from his rival on the restart and went on to the victory.

Anthony Aiello passed Colarusso for second while Andrew Kostelnik and Lauren Butler were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Matt Welch became a first-time winner at Jennerstown, holding off Kyle Komarinski in the 20-lap hobby stock feature.

Welch, who credited fellow competitor Paul Koffler Jr. with helping him get his car ready, moved into the lead on Lap 12 and kept Komarinski at bay the rest of the way.

Points leader Steve Settle, who won the heat race, was third followed by Eugene Zerfoss and Christopher Knight.

Rockwood’s Steve Long led all 15 laps of the Charger feature to take the checkered in that division.

The points’ leader, who also won the heat race, started from the pole and held off New York invader Terry Welty, making his first appearance at the speedway, for the win.

The Super Cup Stock Car Series will be at Jennerstown next Saturday.

The series will also be joined on the slate by the track’s regular late models, which will run Twin 30-lap features, along with modifieds, street stocks and hobby stocks.

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