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Daily Dirt 02/28/2024 17:21:41

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March 29
Williams Grove Speedway,
Mechanicsburg, PA
Sanction: Zimmer's United Late Model Series - $3,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac (last updated April 3, 10:44 am)
Eckert holds off Covert, wins ULMS's Grove debut
  1. Rick Eckert
  2. Jason Covert
  3. Mason Zeigler
  4. Justin Weaver
  5. Jeff Rine
  6. Max Blair
  7. Kyle Lee
  8. Gary Stuhler
  9. Gene Knaub
  10. Andy Haus
  11. Tyler Horst
  12. Bryan Bernheisel
  13. Matt Sponaugle
  14. Jason Dobson
  15. Dan Stone
  16. John Weaver
  17. Michael Lake
  18. Mike Lupfer
  19. Michael Norris
  20. Dave Brouse Jr.
  21. Matt Cosner
  22. Michael Wonderling Jr.
  23. Mike Pegher Jr.
  24. Dylan Yoder
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Rick Eckert poses in victory lane at Williams Grove Speedway.
What won the race: Turning back a furious rally by Jason Covert, Rick Eckert of York, Pa., scored a $3,000 victory in Friday night’s 30-lap Zimmer’s United Late Model Series feature at Williams Grove Speedway. Eckert passed race-long pacesetter Mason Zeigler for the lead on lap 23 and barely held off Covert, who charged from the rear after spinning on lap three but fell 0.170 of a second short at the finish line.
Quotable: "On the white flag lap into (turn) three I slid myself sideways, and I waited and waited," Eckert said of the feature's conclusion. "And when I was waiting I could hear somebody coming (Covert), and I was like, 'Oh, s---, I’ve got to get going. I had to pedal until I got to the traction to leave (the fourth corner). I was hoping I didn’t give it away on the last couple laps."
Key notes: Eckert's victory came in his third start of '19 in his self-owned car. It was his seventh career win at Williams Grove and his second triumph in ULMS action; his previous tour score came Oct. 12, 2012, at Hesston (Pa.) Speedway. ... Zeigler settled for a third-place finish after leading the race's first 22 laps. ... Justin Weaver outdueled Jeff Rine to finish fourth; Rine completed the top five after starting on the pole and running second until being overtaken by Eckert on a lap-17 restart. ... In addition to Covert's lap-three spin, cautions flew for Bryan Bernheisel's spin (lap two); fifth-place Michael Norris's powerless car (lap 17); Mike Lupfer (lap 18); and Dan Stone (lap 26). ... The event was one of three Super Late Model affairs scheduled for Williams Grove in 2019, preceding the June 7 KRS Graphics Super Late Model Challenge and the Aug. 16 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series stop.
On the move: Gene Knaub of Dover, Pa., advanced from the 21st starting spot to finish ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Eckert’s self-owned Rocket car has a Jay Dickens engine and sponsorship from ppc Lubricants, Drydene Oil, Shenberger Dump Truckk Service, Firehouse Subs, Suburban Bowlerama, M&M Painting & Construction, Eckert Trucking, All-Star Performance, Hoosier Tire and AllAboutWraps.net.
Points chase: After Williams Grove: 1. Rick Eckert (95); 2. Jason Covert (93); 3. Max Blair (86); 4. Jeff Rine (82); 5. Michael Norris (80); 6. Dylan Yoder (68); 7. Mason Zeigler (63); 8. Andy Haus (58); 9. Gene Knaub (57); 10. Mike Maresca (53).
Current weather: Cloudy, 54°F
Car count: 25
Fast qualifier: Jason Covert
Time: 19.147 seconds
Polesitter: Jeff Rine
Heat race winners: Rick Eckert, Jeff Rine, Michael Norris
Next series race: May 24, Freedom Motorsports Park (Delevan, NY) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Rine, Zeigler
Row 2: Covert, Ju. Weaver
Row 3: Norris, Eckert
Row 4: Blair, Stuhler
Row 5: Pegher, Lee
Row 6: Bernheisel, Lupfer
Row 7: Sponaugle, Cosner
Row 8: Yoder, Stone
Row 9: Lake, Jo. Weaver
Row 10: Wonderling Jr., Haus
Row 11: Knaub, Brouse
Row 12: Dobson, Horst
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