MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (April 22, 2016) – In accordance with the race schedule that Dan Motter and Dave Blaney created at the beginning of the year, the Motter Equipment Mohawk Northeast Beltline Body Shop 71M team hit the dirt at Williams Grove for the first time since their five-day racing stint at Volusia Speedway Park in February.
There were 26 cars in the field for tonight’s Arctic Cat All Stars Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial at the Grove.
Notable was the fact that this was team owner Dan Motter’s first appearance at Williams Grove in a non World of Outlaws event.
In one-lap qualifying, Blaney turned a 17.353-second lap, putting him 13th in the qualifying order.
Blaney pushed off from the fifth position in the first heat. When the green flew, Danny Dietrich led the pack followed by Lance Dewease and Greg Hodnett. Blaney was sixth.
Blaney maintained his position as did the top three through the first seven of eight laps.
With one to go, the caution was displayed. On the restart, Blaney shuffled back one position to finish seventh. The top three remained the same.
With Mother Nature threatening rain, the Arctic Cat All Stars fast tracked to the main event following the heat races.
Blaney took the green flag for the 30-lap A Main from the 12th position. Brian Montieth grabbed the lead. Even as the track slicked off, Blaney was able to gain positions and had worked his way up to eighth place when the yellow came out with 22 laps complete. The Buckeye Bullet was fighting mechanical issues and was hoping to hold on until the checkered flag, but with the caution, Blaney pulled back to the pits. He was scored with a 19th-place finish.
Montieth notched a wire-to-wire victory, Danny Dietrich was second and Greg Hodnett was third.
The All Star strategy to speed up tonight’s program was spot on. The competitors had barely made it back to the pits before the rains came.
The 71M team will be at Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, Pa.) tomorrow.
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