SUSQUEHANNA - Dan Pompey of Kingsley made his return to racing at Penn Can Speedway in style on Friday night.
Pompey had several different engine issues early in the season and after being absent at the track for several weeks he was able to take the checkered flag first in the 30 lap Modified main event. Pompey was followed at the finish by Nick Petrilak of Greenfield Township; Alan Rudalavage of Newton Lake; Brian Malcolm of Lake Ariel; and Paul Rooney of Thompson. Other winners at the track were Mike Schane (602 Sportsman), Shane Wolf (Street Stock), Tommy Groover (Factory Stocks), Jared Green (600cc Modified), Andy Bolles (Four Cylinder), John Smith (Wingless Sprints), Liam Jackson (Junior) and Bob Boughton (Senior).
Alan Barker and Dan Pompey led the field to the green flag for the headline Modified event. Pompey surged to the lead with Barker working the inside trying to snatch the top spot. The lead duo pulled away with Rudalavage, Jamie Bedford and Petrilak giving chase. Barker kept Pompey in his sights as they raced side by side and nose to tail with Pompey holding a slight lead. On the fifth lap Barker got the better of Pompey and cleared him to take over the top spot. Pompey tried to battle back but Barker was too strong in the Klinger No. 77. Behind the top three there was a pair of tight battles for fourth between Bedford and Petrilak and for sixth between Brian Malcolm and Danny Tyler. Following a yellow flag Barker still lead but Pompey had Rudalavage nipping at his quarter panel. At the halfway mark Barker still lead over Pompey, Rudalavage, Petrilak and Malcolm. Rudalavage kept trying the inside of Pompey but the Monteforte Fireworks No. 11 had too much momentum on the outside. Barker seemed headed to another victory but as the five to go sign was displayed Barker slowed suddenly with a flat tire. On the ensuing restart Pompey got the jump Rudalavage shoved the front end allowing Petrilak to zip by into second. Pompey pulled away from Petrilak in the final laps to take his first won since opening night in 2018. “The car is feeling better but we got a gift tonight we were going to finish second.” said Pompey in victory lane “The way our year has gone I’ll take it. I have to thank all our sponsors and Main Engines for helping us through this year.”
Petrilak finished a solid second place in the Starfursky’s NAPA No. 72. “We are happy with the car tonight we were just lacking a little bit,” said Petrilak “We’ll take a second tonight.”
Rudalavage held on for third in his 2019 debut at Penn Can in his Quinns Supermarkets No.145. “It’s not a bad finish for our first night back at Penn Can,” he said. “On the last restart Pomepy changed his line a little and I missed my entry to the turn and pushed up the track and let Petrilak get by.”
Malcolm and ninth starter Paul Rooney completed the top five the rest of the top ten were Mike Loney, Tyler, Bedford, Chris Hunsinger and Barker. Heat races were won by Barker and Pompey.
Penn Can Speedway is located on Route 171 in Susquehanna.
General admission is $12 per adult. Kids 12 and younger are free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Pit admission is $35. There is no age limit, but a minor release form must be filled out for pit admission.