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Champions Crowned at Bedford Banquet

December 4th, 2012
BEDFORD, Pa- Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway concluded the 2012 racing season Saturday night December 1st, with the Annual Awards Banquet at the Bedford Elks Club Ballroom. The top ten points finishers were recognized in the Super Late Model, Late Model Sportsman, Semi Late, Pure Stock and Four Cylinder divisions.

Track champions receiving their awards at the banquet were Jack Pencil, Michael Altobelli, Jr., Zane Weicht, Terry Norris and Davey Lambert.

This season marked Pencil’s record 7th Bedford Super Late Model track championship which combined with two Semi Late titles from the 90’s marked his 9th overall championship. Making him the most successful racer in speedway history. At the conclusion of the racing season Pencil announced his retirement from the sport after nearly 25 years of racing. Pencil was presented with several special awards celebrating his career. Lias Tire of Indiana Pa, presented Pencil with a special appreciation award. The track also presented Jack with a replica trophy marking his big wins in the 1993 and 1994 Semi Late 100 lapper, replacing a trophy that was destroyed when Pencil’s garage burned down several years ago. Read more »


September 30th, 2012
The 2012 season at Bedford ended in a big way with triple 35 lap events  headed by the Limited Late Models Saturday night.  D J Troutman, who already scored bot a Limited and a Late Model win at the track in 2012,  rallied late to take the big Limited 35 lap season finale.  Jim Sayler, on a rare visit down from Thunder Valley snared the 35 lap Semi Late event, while Charlie Walter took his forst Pure Stock win in quite a while in that 35 lapper.   Mike Lauffer, the track leading winner in 2012, finished the evening by taking the 4 Cylinder finale, his seventh of the year.
       Rob Black was the pole sitter and early leader in the Limited event.  Troutman emerged from early lap action in second place by lap three.   After that it was three more laps until Troutman took over.  Black ended up with his hands full of Mike Altobelli ,  Further back,  JT Spence was marching forward from 13th and Gene Knaub was coming from 15th.  They ran down the top five cars by mid race and  got busy with Rick Singleton and Grant Adams battling to get into the top 5. Read more »


September 30th, 2012
  Matt Sponaugle,   who before August was winless at the Bedford Speedway, grabbed win number two Friday night. Sponaugle’s win came   in the 25 lap Late Model headline event on the first night of the two day Fall Finale at the track.  Tyler Beckett  scored his first career 4 Cylinder win  in the only other feature of the evening.  The Semi Lates, Limiteds and Pure Stocks  all ran their qualifying races for the two day event.
Matt Sponaugle, who had won his first career  Late Model race at the track only two races ago, made a statement with a resounding win.  He was the recipient of a  invert six redraw and began the race from the pole.  He shot into the lead at the start and wired the field.  Steve Campbell maneuvered into second place early and chased Sponaugle for the duration.   But all eyes were on Jack Pencil and Dylan Yoder as they picked their way forward. Read more »


September 1st, 2012
Jason Covert,  who has made a habit of rolling into town and grabbing big money shows, did it again  as he wired the field to take the Bedford Labor day 55 Friday night.   It is the longest and richest event on the annual Bedford schedule,  55 laps with $5055 going into Covert’s pocket for the run. He became the tenth different winner in the 2012 season at the track.  In other action,  Chris Chamberlain came from deep in the field to snag the Semi Late event,  and Bill Replogle won the Pure Stock race .  Mike Lauffer closed out the evening  as the leading 2012 winner at Bedford with his seventh 4 Cylinder win.
    By running second in the dash, Jason Covert started on the outside front row for the 55 lapper.  He jumped into the lead at the start and, although threatened,  was never headed.  Three cautions for minor incidents dotted the first three laps,  and three more followed during the early laps, but Covert zipped away from Scott Haus on every restart. Read more »


August 25th, 2012
  Matt Sponaugle  added his name to  the list of Late Model feature winners Friday night  Bedford Speedway.        With the win Sponaugle became the 125th  different Late Model winner in the long history at the track.  In a Limited event which featured a big crash for the second week in a row, Craig Perigo romped to his first win of the season .  
Bob Jay, who last won on opening day, took the Semi Late win while Terry Norris took his first  of 2012 in the Pure Stock 25 lapper.  Randy Doty scored in the All American event  as that group visited Bedford , before Dave Lambert survived a wild last lap to win the 4 Cylinder finale.
       Matt Sponaugle has been so close so many times but finally sealed the deal with a dominating Late Model performance.  Lincoln Ritchey was the pole sitter and broke off to the initial lead, but Sponaugle busted out from fourth to lead the first lap. DJ Troutman got by Ritchey on lap three and the event’s only caution, for a Chris Harr spin on lap 7, closed him on Sponaugles bumper.   Read more »


August 20th, 2012
  Greg Hodnett rallied late to snag the big Morrall Memorial Sprint car show Sunday night at the Bedford Speedway. The show, a make up event after an early season rainout, was the only sprint car show at Bedford this  year.  In other action,  Rance Garlock enjoyed Christmas in August with the Limited victory and Mike Lauffer took the 4 Cylinder night cap.
    Mike Wagner was the pole sitter and early leader in the sprint car 30 lapper.  He ran off and basically hid  from the field through the first 12 green flag laps.    Greg Hodnett  ran to second  ahead of  Darryn Pittman but that pair never closed on the fleet Wagner.    Read more »


July 28th, 2012
 Racing was  the Friday night main attraction  at the 139th Bedford Fair.  Every  Bedford racer puts forth extra effort to do well at the fair in front of the largest crowd of the year and the Fair atmosphere.  Jeff Rine brought his A game as he guided Bob Elbins to a dominating win in the Late Model event.  It was Rine’s second Bedford win of the season.  In other action,  Robby Black was almost as dominant in winning the Limited event,  and  Chris Chamberlain  emerged from wild three car racing to take the Semi Late win.  Bill Replogle and Mike Lauffer ended the evening  by scoring second consecutive  wins in Pure Stock and 4 Cylinder wins
    Jeff Rine started fourth in the Late Model event but left no doubt as to who was incharge as he was in the lead at the completion of lap one.  Rine continued to lead and ran off from the field after each of several early lap caution events.  Once the field settled down and ran 13 consecutive green flag laps after lap 7,  Rine opened up a commanding lead of over a half lap over Cory Weaver.   Read more »


July 5th, 2012
  On an evening when a passing storm delayed the show ,  track regular Jack Pencil turned back the field, including the UFO regulars, to snag the July 4 celebration at Bedford.  It was point leader Pencil’s third Bedford win of the season, the only repeater so far in that category at the track.   In other action, Zane Weicht snagged the  Semi Late event and Bill Replogle won the Pure Stock race  both joining Pencil as three time winners, before Mike Lauffer broke the mold with his  fourths 4 Cylinder win of the season.  Even after the hour plus rain delay to start the show, the entire holiday event was over at 11:15.
     It took three tries to get the Late Model event underway.  On the third and final try pole sitter Chuck Clise roared away to a healthy lead over the first ten green flag laps  with Scott Haus in tow.  Pencil marched forward  and took the spot from Haus on lap three.  He closed in on Clise but did not make a serious threat for the lead.   Read more »


June 23rd, 2012
DJ Troutman, only a week removed from having let one slip away, returned with a vengeance  by dominating  the Late Model event Friday at  the Bedford Speedway.  It was Troutman’s first Late Model win at the track in 2012 although he had scored a Limited win earlier While Troutman  left no doubt in the Late Model event,  each of the other races featured late race drama and in two cases a surprise winner.  Josh Berrier went from 4th to first on the chaotic last lap of limited action,  Travis Group slid into the Pure Stock win on the white flag and Cale Martin scored his first ever 4 Cylinder win.
     Only a week ago DJ Troutman had a big lead wiped out when he tangled with a lapped car late in the race.  That misfortune  lowered his point average and rewarded him with an up front start this week.    The Late Model race got off to a rocky start as  pole sitter Chris Harr spun in front of the field in turn one.   After the chaos was cleared, Troutman found himself on the pole.  He jumped into the initial lead and ran off from the field.
    Jeff Rine, driving his own #2 for the event arrived in second spot but failed to mount a serious challenge to Troutman, even though three cautions slowed the event.    At the finish it was Troutman by a wide margin over  Rine, followed by Chuck Clise, Greg Fetters and Jack Pencil.   Lincoln Ritchey, Wayne Johnson, Eric Zembower Cory Weaver and Harr trailed.  Point leader Matt Parks, who was in and out of the pits during the  feature and Clise won the heats. Read more »


June 16th, 2012
  Three first time winners graced victory lane Friday night at the Bedford Speedway, two of them the sons of  former big winners at the track.   Andy Haus,  The son of the all time leading Late Model winner at Bedford became the 124th different  Late Model with a thrilling come from behind win in that 25 lapper.  Mike Altobelli Jr, Whose father was a Semi Late legend, scored his first Limited event win.  Tim Brown completed the new winners list with a Pure Stock win.   In between,   Zane Weicht added to his Semi Late total and Dave Lambert took the 4 cylinder event.
     DJ Troutman was the early leader in the Late Model event after he  got by Eric Zembower on lap one.  With only a couple early cautions, Troutman was able to stretch out a decent early lead over first Zembower, then Matt Sponaugle who took over on lap 6.  Andy Haus finally emerged in second on lap 12 and began his charge
Haus closed on Troutman a bit each lap but Jeff Rine was fast closing on both of them after he shook the pack.
    Each lap Haus closed the distance  but that closing rate became unimportant on lap 19 as Troutman impacted the spinning lapped car of Ron Coleman.    The crash was such that it brought out the red flag  with Haus as the leader.    During the red flag delay,  Rine,  the new second place man who had been closing on Haus  retired to the pits,  but Haus had  other problems as the oil light on his panel was aglow.   Read more »