TANNER WINS MASS FEATURE AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY AFTER ACTION PACKED TWENTY-FIVE LAP EVENT
By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER
Tim Tanner Jr. took home his first win of the 2018 season on Saturday at Grandview Speedway after a hard-fought late race battle with Ryan Stillwaggon. Tanner took control of the lead on lap eighteen after race-long leader Scott Frack had a right rear tire go down under a red flag delay, but pressure from the second-place car of Stillwaggon kept Tanner on his toes to reach victory lane at the high-banked Bechtelsville 1/3-mile speedway.
“This win at Grandview feels like it took forever for me to get,” Tanner mentioned post-race. “I think one of my crew guys said that I’ve had like seven second place finishes and a whole lot of top three finishes since we’ve started racing 305 Sprint Cars here in 2013. We’re always right there, but tonight we were there. My motor was breaking up in those closing laps, so I didn’t think we were even in the position to win, but we kept at it, and it all worked out”.
The dairy farmer by day from Doylestown, PA drew a fourth place starting spot during the CRC Industries redraw, placing him along-side Tyler Reinhardt at the beginning of the twenty-five-lap event. Scott Frack, who started on the pole alongside Rick Stief held a strong lead all throughout the race, surviving restarts and lapped traffic, until during a red flag delay on lap eighteen brought the attention to his deflated right rear tire, ending his sights of victory lane.
“Under that last red flag, I was behind Scott waiting to get pushed off, and I noticed that his tire was down. He later told me that he thought about going in to get it changed during a yellow, but he just decided to stick it out to try to hold his position,” Tanner said. “I really felt bad for him because no one had anything for him – it was his race – but that’s how it goes sometimes”.
With seven laps remaining and now engine problems possibly ruining his hopes on winning, Tanner noticed that the track had one lane where no one else was running that had potential of being fast.
“By that point in the game, the top had blown off and so had the bottom. I noticed this dark piece of track around the middle that looked un-touched, so I figured that I could try that with trying to keep my car as straight as I could. It seems to work for a few laps, but Ryan had eventually caught up to me. I heard him on the bottom, so I did what I had to do by stealing his line from him – it was my only shot.”
With the checkered flags waving, it would be Tanner taking the win, followed by Stillwaggon, Dave Brown, Rick Stief and Andy Best who rounded out the top five.
“This year is going pretty well I’d have to say,” said Tanner. “Our worst finish was eighth at Bridgeport on the 3/8 mile, and that was only because I was really sick – the car was better than I was. My goal for this year is to keep having these consistent top finishes and to have fun.”
“This series makes it easy to have fun,” Tanner continued. “I love being able to run with my friends, and we race hard. The competition is real with this series, but the atmosphere is laid back and enjoyable, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in all my years of racing. If someone needs a hand with something, there’s always a handful of guys you can look to, to guide you in the right direction.”
“I would like to thank my sponsors for supporting me as well as my crew and family. Tanner Brothers Dairy Store, Champion Tire, Martelli’s Metal Fab, Richboro Beer & Soda, Scarlet Oaks Wholesale Nursery, Custom Care Lawn Maintenance, Gary Dill Trucking Inc., Steve’s Collision, Ryan’s Auto Repair, and Mojave Desert Dry and my crew Scott Knittle, Wayne Coffey, Paul Gold, Bill Borger, Matt Brunes, and Dan Conway, as well as my family – Jody, Allie, DJ, Mom and Dad”.
This upcoming weekend the Delaware Auto Exchange Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series heads back to Bridgeport Speedway for an event sponsored by ERK Steering and Diversified Machine Inc. For more information on MASS and our upcoming events, visit www.masprintseries.comand be sure to follow us on Facebook at Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, and on Instagram and Twitter at @masprints305.
Official FEATURE Results (25 LAPS): Tim Tanner Jr., Ryan Stillwaggon, Dave Brown, Rick Stief, Andy Best, Jon Haegele, Eddie Wagner, Jeff Geiges, Tom Carberry, Zack Burd, Chad Connor, Tim Smolenyak, CJ Faison, DNF: Scott Frack, Bryant Davis, Logan Diehl, Tyler Reinhardt, Brendon Poff, Austin Bishop, Johnny Yanek, Keith Anderson, Dom Melair, Dan Leaper, Larry McVay