Saturday’s inaugural Motor Mountain Masters event was a significant first step towards putting Jennerstown Speedway (PA) back on the map.
In front of a packed house and eager fans watching on Speed51’s Summer Thunder broadcast, the 150-lap Late Model race took center stage. At the end of the night, one of the all-time best at the “Big J”, Barry Awtey defended his home turn and took home the $6,000 prize, adding to his already legendary list of accomplishments.
The five-time track champion leads Jennerstown’s weekly Late Models in wins this season, and he added a sixth overall victory to his resume. Ultimately, it was experience and a solid race car that helped Awtey prevail against ARCA/CRA Super Series invader Josh Brock after the two battled in the second of three segments.
Awtey went on to say that while things have changed at Jennerstown over the year, he is still happy to win a race of such caliber.
“Years ago we used to run the Snap-On race, there was about 45 cars in the class. That was pretty tough to beat that, but when I was a kid I remember them calling Bob Wary Sr. Mr. Invitational, and I thought that stuck pretty good. Someday I wished that I could be on the same page as him.”
After topping the field in qualifying, Josh Brock exhibited speed throughout the race, but it was his inexperience with both the track and the tires that ultimately paved the way for a runner-up finish.
“It was very interesting. First time we’ve ever been here. Really enjoyed it, learned a lot of stuff,” Brock said after the race. “The biggest difference for us is the different tires. We’re always running Hoosier’s, these McCreary’s are good tires it’s just a different ballgame, so it took us a little bit. Unfortunately, we found what we needed with ten to go, but we’re glad we ran second and we’ll be back at this place.”
Two-time Jennerstown champion and current Late Model points leader Garry Wiltrout needed most of the race to get on to the podium, but had there been a late yellow flag, he might have been able to go two spots better.
“We were hoping for a caution there with 20 laps to go,” Wiltrout claimed. “I think we had something for those guys. We’ll take third place. The car is in one piece and we’ll be back next week.”
In the $3,000-to-win, 50-lap Modified race Anthony Aiello continued his season of dominance at Jennerstown by picking up the win.
Race fans can watch Saturday’ 150-lap Motor Mountain Masters on-demand now on the Speed51 Network by clicking here.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/MoJo Photos
Motor Mountain Masters 150 Unofficial Results
Jennerstown Speedway (PA) – August 11, 2018
1) 75 – Barry Awtey
2) 17 – Josh Brock
3) 95 – Garry Wiltrout
4) 3 – Teddy Gibala
5) 44 – Mark Smith
6) 14 – Zane Ferrell
7) 66 – Todd Price
8) 7 – Jeremiah Kuntz
9) 76 – Jerick Johnson
10) 24 – Jeremy Hill
11) 33 – John Komarinski
12) 72 – Mike Hemminger
13) 13 – Brandan Marhefka
14) 5 – Rick Boyer
15) 40 – Bryan Shipp
16) 2 – Chola Shay
17) 0 – Gene Steigerwalt
18) 90 – Joe Maruca