Rick’s Racing Roundup: Hobaugh Clinches Point Championship at Thunder Mountain

SARVER, Pa. (EYT) – The current trend of dry weather continued this past weekend providing another full weekend of racing action in western Pennsylvania.

Matt Lux made the most of his newest opportunity on Friday by winning the late model feature at Lernerville Speedway.

Lux recently took over the wheel of Jim Detman’s late model formally driven by modified champion Brian Swartzlander. Detman and Swartzlander split after they could not produce the results they both had hoped for. This opened the door for Lux who brought lots of late model experience and knowledge to the table.

Improving with each week Lux found victory this past Friday with a win over Mike Pegher Jr and defending track champion Alex Ferree. The win was the first at Lernerville for Lux since 2009 and the first ever for car owner Jim Detman.

Matt Lux taking his new ride to victory lane at Lernerville Speedway. Photo by Rick Rarer.

Matt Lux taking his new ride to victory lane at Lernerville Speedway. Photo by Rick Rarer.

This Friday the points championships will wrap up as the final Fab 4 racing program of 2015 will take place. With the regular season coming to a close stay tuned for some season ending specials at the action track.

This Saturday will find Mercer Raceway Park closing out their regular season with the final points program of 2015 awarding double points for the evening. Adam Kekich was the big winner this past Saturday at Mercer scoring the win on Auto Racers for Kids night presented by Bonnell’s Rod Shop.

Sharon Speedway will also close out their regular season this Saturday with the final regular six division show. The track will take a week off then close out the season on Sept 11th and 12th with the Apple Festival Nationals highlighted by the BRP Modified Tour.

Thunder Mountain Speedway near Brookville completed their final regular show of the summer and wrapped up their point championships this past Friday. Taking the honors were George Hobaugh Jr (305 sprints), Denny Fenton (late models), Johnny Lindenpitz (open stocks), and Doug Zimmerman (pure stocks).

George Hobaugh continued his dream season by clinching the point championship at Thunder Mountain Speedway. Photo by Rick Rarer.

George Hobaugh continued his dream season by clinching the point championship at Thunder Mountain Speedway. Photo by Rick Rarer.

The 11th Annual Stephanie Eckl Memoriol will take place this Sunday at Thunder Mountain. The card will be highlighted by the ULMS late models along with the 305 sprint cars. The late models will be battling for a 3,500 dollar winner’s check.

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About Rick

Rick Rarer, a Franklin resident, is the owner of Racestud.com and SprintCarNews.com. He has been covering racing for 17 years, taking racing photos for 12 years, and has covered races at over 100 tracks in 15 states. Most recently, Rick won the Bill Steinbach Media Award at the Lernerville Speedway Annual Awards Banquet.


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