Photo Gallery | Saturday races at Lebanon Valley Speedway
WEST LEBANON, N.Y. — Tyler Dippel made a rare appearance at Lebanon Valley Speedway on Saturday night, and the Wallkill, N.Y. resident made the most of it by winning the Heavy Hauler Modified feature.
Dippel, who started near the back at the start, made a quick move forward in the early laps, and by lap 10 he was up into second and forcing the issue against pole-sitter Paul Gilardi.
Dippel passed Gilardi around the halfway mark, then held off a late charge from Brett Hearn to win the race.
"It was really good. The car was really working in my favor," Dippel said in a release. "I was able to get through traffic pretty quick. We got lucky with a lot of holes opening up. [The car] got a little loose on me towards the end, but overall, it handled well."
Hearn finished second, and Eddie Marshall finished third. Keith Flach was fourth and Andy Bachetti was fifth. With two races to go in the season, Hearn's points lead is up to 41.
In the Pro Stock class, Rich Crane started in second and finished one better, racing to his first career Pro Stock victory at Lebanon Valley. Kyle Hosier started from the pole.
Chuck Towslee finished second, while Steven LaRochelle finished third. Coming in fourth and fifth was Rob Yetman and Rick Duzlak.
In the Pure Stock races, Ed Hatch, Phil Sherman and Jeff Kreutziger won the regular features. Al Relyea won the Boomer's Performance Purestock Clash by out dueling Gary O'Brien. Finally, Stan Wetmore won the Vintage Modified feature.
Heavy Hauler Modified Feature Results (30 laps): 1) Tyler Dippel, 2) Brett Hearn, 3) Eddie Marshall, 4) Keith Flach, 5) Andy Bachetti, 6) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 7) Paul Gilardi, 8) Steve Hough, 9) Chad Jeseo, 10) J.R. Heffner.
Pro Stock Feature Results (20 laps): 1) Rich Crane, 2) Chuck Towslee, 3) Steven LaRochelle, 4) Rob Yetman, 5) Rick Duzlak, 6) Jay Corbin, 7) Nick Stone, 8) Kyle Hosier, 9) Nick Hilt, 10) Paul LaRochelle.
Pure Stock Feature No. 1 Results (8 laps): 1) Ed Hatch, 2) Dave Stickles, 3) Aaron Fachini, 4) Kevin Paul, 5) Bob Palmer, 6) Shawn Perez, 7) Greg DeCamp, 8) Mark Dwyer, 9) Tim Thompson, 10) Wuggie Burdick.
Pure Stock Feature No. 2 Results (8 laps): 1) Phil Sherman, 2) Bill Deak, Jr., 3) Clifford Booth, 4) Keri VanDenburg, 5) John Devine, 6) Joe Walcott, 7) Dave Fachini, 8) Bill Deak, Sr., 9) Karen Verhagen, 10) Rich Smith.
Pure Stock Feature No. 3 Results (12 laps): 1) Jeff Kreutziger, 2) Jason Meltz, 3) Jay Casey, 4) Gary O'Brien, 5) Jeff Meltz, Jr., 6) Al Relyea, 7) Zach Seyerlein, 8) Jeff Meltz, Sr., 9) Harold Robitaille, 10) Mike Arnold.
Boomer's Performance Pure Stock Clash Results (20 laps): 1) Al Relyea, 2) Gary O'Brien, 3) Jeff Meltz, Jr., 4) Jason Meltz, 5) Bob Palmer, 6) Ray Hall, Sr., 7) Scott Morris, 8) Phil Sherman, 9) Bill Deak, Sr., 10) Ed Hatch.