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Kinsman, Huffman Sweep; DeKnight Wins On Dirt




John Huffman and Mike Kinsman, Archbold, swept kart racing classes at Fremont, Sunday, July 20, and 13-yearold Kyle DeKnight, Pettisville, won his box stock class feature on the dirt track at Edon, Saturday, July 19.

Friday

There was racing at Edon on Friday night, July 18, where Danielle Frey, Pettisville, was second in the box stock class. DeKnight was fourth in the class, and Kyle Beck, 13, Pettisville, was fifth.

There also was racing at the paved oval at Jackson, Mich., that night, where Huffman was second fastest qualifier in the stock heavy class.

He finished second in the heat race, and second in the feature.

Class points leader Vance Nofziger, Pandora, was not racing that night. Huffman moved up to second in the season points chase in stock heavy.

Saturday

Several area racers were on the Edon dirt track Saturday night.

Mike Overmier, Archbold, finished 10th in the stock heavy class feature.

DeKnight and Beck ran the junior gold restrictor plate class. DeKnight nabbed a second, while Beck was sixth in the class feature.

In box stock, DeKnight got his win, while Frey was third.

Sunday

On Fremont’s paved oval Sunday, Kinsman and Huffman had sweeps in stock medium and stock 400, respectively. Both won their heat races and features.

Jeremy Mann, 13, Archbold, came close. Running in junior econo, he was second in the first heat, won the second heat, and was first in the class feature.

As if two days of racing wasn’t enough, DeKnight traveled to the Putnam County Fairgrounds dirt track. He was second in two heats and the feature in the junior gold plate class.

Mini Sprints

Graeme Short, 10, Archbold, and Tyler Herschberger, 13, Pettisville, traveled to the Jackson, Mich., dirt track Saturday for mini-sprint car action.

Short ran in the 250 cc restricted class. He qualified second fastest, second in the heat race, and second feature.

The racing was exciting, as the top three were nose-to-tail.

“I love close racing,” Short said.

The previous week, Short was the third-fastest qualifier, was third in his heat, and fourth in the feature. It was his first finish out of the top three.

Herschberger was third fastest in 250 cc unrestricted, was third in the heat, and third in the feature.

For the first time, he stepped into a new 600 cc restricted racer.

He was sixth fastest and fourth in the heat, but an electrical problem prevented them from running the feature event.- information provided by Lavon Herschberger, John Huffman, and Chris Short, written by David Pugh


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