ASCoC: Starks Scores Breakthrough All Star Sprint Victory At Bedford

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Trey Starks won Sunday night’s Roy Morral Tribute at Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway. (Paul Arch photo)

BEDFORD, Pa. — Trey Starks barnstormed to his first-ever Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory on Sunday night, topping the Roy Morral Tribute at Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway.

Piloting Scott Gobrecht’s Textron Off Road No. 44, Starks took command on lap three and never looked back, crossing under the final checkers 2.2 seconds ahead of the competition.

The $5,000 victory was Starks’ first in Central Pennsylvania.

“I don’t even know what to say right now. This is amazing,” Starks said. “This is such a humbling sport. We finished 18th last night at Lincoln Speedway and now we are in victory lane with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. This is a dream come true.”

Polesitter Lucas Wolfe and Caleb Armstrong led the 26 starters to green on Sunday night, with Wolfe grabbing the early advantage and leading the first two circuits before the main event’s first caution appeared on lap three.

It was on the restart when Starks made his bid for the top spot, driving under Wolfe to officially lead for the first time.

A pair of cautions on lap six, one of which resulted in red flag conditions, halted the field once again, but neither created any distraction for Starks. The Puyallup, Washington native brought the field back to life and returned to a demanding lead, eventually reaching the tail of the field just before the midpoint of the 25-lap program.

While Starks ran away in traffic, a battle for the second position soon commenced between Wolfe and Dale Blaney.

Blaney, who started sixth on the main event grid, chased Wolfe nearly nose-to-tail in traffic for five circuits, eventually taking away the runner-up spot on lap 20.

But despite Blaney’s attempt to chase down the top spot, Starks’ lead had increased to nearly four seconds, only cutting the advantage to just over two seconds by the time the final checkers flew.

Lucas Wolfe held on to finish third aboard the Mike Barshinger-owned No. 24, followed by Tim Shaffer and Dan Shetler.

“When you’re out in front like that, especially ahead of a guy like Dale Blaney, every move in traffic is probably the wrong move,” Starks explained. “I was just trying to get through traffic as quickly as I could. We’ve been having such a tough start to the year. I’m so glad to get one for my team.”

 

RESULTS: Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions; Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway; April 30, 2017

A-Main (25 Laps): 1. 44-Trey Starks [3]; 2. 1Z-Dale Blaney [6]; 3. 24-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5]; 5. 7K-Dan Shetler [4]; 6. 22C-Cole Duncan [7]; 7. 17-Caleb Helms [8]; 8. 17B-Josh Baughman [15]; 9. 8-Billy Dietrich [11]; 10. 27-Greg Hodnett [17]; 11. M1-Mark Smith [23]; 12. 7W-Logan Wagner [10]; 13. 33M-Max Stambaugh [18]; 14. 55-Mike Wagner [22]; 15. 22-Brandon Spithaler [16]; 16. 98-Carl Bowser [21]; 17. 35-Tyler Esh [24]; 18. 10H-Chad Kemenah [14]; 19. 1080-Jordan Mackison [25]; 20. 9C-Roger Campbell [26]; 21. OO-Dane Lorenc [19]; 22. 40-George Hobaugh [20]; 23. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [2]; 24. 48-Danny Dietrich [12]; 25. 11-TJ Stutts [9]; 26. 94-Ryan Smith [13]

Lap Leaders: Wolfe 1-2; Starks 3-25

B-Main (12 laps, top four transfer): 1. 98-Carl Bowser [1]; 2. 55-Mike Wagner [4]; 3. M1-Mark Smith [7]; 4. 35-Tyler Esh [3]; 5. 8M-TJ Michael [6]; 6. 14-Coleman Gulick [10]; 7. 9C-Roger Campbell [11]; 8. 33-Brent Matus [15]; 9. 49H-Bradley Howard [5]; 10. 13-Brandon Matus [8]; 11. 51-John Garvin [13]; 12. 9-Ryan Linder [9]; 13. 1080-Jordan Mackison [14]; 14. 19-Cale Grubb [2]; 15. 95-Hunter Mackison [12]

CREDIT: All Star Communications

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