Covert takes Winchester's Stultz Memorial
WINCHESTER, Va. (May 7) — Jason Covert of York Haven, Pa., overtook a slowing D.J. Myers of Greencastle, Pa., with five laps remaining Saturday at Winchester Speedway and went on to win the unsanctioned Lee Stultz Memorial.
Covert's victory at the 3/8-mile oval paid $3,100 in a tuneup for the following Saturday's World of Outlaws Late Model Series event. | Weekly results
Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md., finished second followed by Mark Pettyjohn of Millsboro, Del., Jeremy Miller of Gettysburg, Pa., and Frankie Plessinger of Big Cove Tannery, Pa.
Myers and Pettyjohn started on the front row with Myers grabbing the lead at the outset of the 40-lap main event. Pettyjohn stayed with the leader the first few laps, but Lathroum moved into the second spot on the seventh lap.
Covert was up to third by the 11th lap as the frontrunners worked traffic. A lap-14 caution bunched the field. Four laps later, Covert took second from Lathroum and began chasing Myers.
A lap-30 caution set up a 10-lap shootout to the finish, but Myers slowed on the 36th lap as Covert flashed past. Myers brought out a caution and took his No. 70 to the pits with a broken rear end.
Covert controlled the rest of the way for the victory.
Notes: Covert's Hershey-powered, Barry Klinedinst-owned Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Pre-Mach Inc., Red Wing Shoes and Lias Tire. ... Drivers who failed to make the main event: Scott LeBarron, Darryl Hills, Ronnie DeHaven Jr., Kyle Lear, James Harrison and Duane Harbaugh. ... Jonathan DeHaven won the Limited Late Model feature. ... Next up at Winchester is a $10,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model Series event on May 14. The Gunters Honey Spring 50 will provide 100 bonus points for Winchester locals entering the event.
Lee Stultz Memorial: (1) Jason Covert, (2) Jamie Lathroum, (3) Mark Pettyjohn, (4) Jeremy Miller, (5) Frankie Plessinger, (6) Roy Deese Jr., (7) Keith Jackson, (8) J.T. Spence, (9) Tommy Armel, (10) Dale Hollidge, (11) David Watts, 12) Nick Dickson, (13) Gary Stuhler, (14) Jerry Bard, (15) C.S. Fitzgerald, (16) Walter Crouch, (17) Brian Booze, (18) Tim Burkholder, (19) Brian Tavenner, (20) Brad Omps, (21) D.J. Myers, (22) Tony Crim, (23) James Myers, (24) Bubby Dillman.