Bill Laughman Collects $1,088 at Dennis Brill Memorial

Bill Laughman Collects $1,088 at Dennis Brill Memorial

YORK HAVEN, Pa.: Bill Laughman had a little more incentive to reach Victory Lane Saturday night at racy BAPS Motor Speedway.

First and foremost, Laughman used to park next to the late Dennis Brill, and the Mason Dixon 270 Micro Series was honoring the driver. It also didn’t hurt that it’s the lone visit to the York Haven, Pa., facility in 2022.

With that much motivation and a fast car under him, Laughman showed the way. Despite being put back for jumping early in the main event, he surged to the front and dominated the 20-Lap feature to earn a $1,088 Payday.

“Just to be able to race at BAPS is really neat,” Laughman said. “I know the Grobrecht family from way back in the day with Scott, Brian, and all of them growing up in the same area and being pretty close to the same age.

“It was really great that they had us and to win there. This race is one I really wanted to win. Dennis was a super-nice guy. He didn’t have the best of everything, but he was just happy and excited to be there and be racing. The track was really nice, and we only get to race here once a year. So, at least we get bragging rights for a year.”

Laughman lined up second on the grid, but the race was delayed on the first lap when Brian Marriott flipped on the frontstretch. The second start was no better for Laughman, who was hit for jumping and put back a row.

Lining up in the second row didn’t help Laughman’s cause and let Brent Bull get the lead over the field. Laughman got up on the wheel and quickly made his way to the front, wrestling the lead away on the fourth circuit.

“I couldn’t hear much on the transponder, but they said they were yelling [about the start], so I guess I just didn’t hear,” Laughman said. “They had a chalk line down in four. In all my years of racing, you start on the chalk line, and I guess I jumped twice and wasn’t hearing what they were saying so they put me back a row.

“I guess they had two orange cones on the track, and I guess that is where we were supposed to go. I didn’t know that, but it just made me hungrier to get the lead.”

Once out front, Laughman wasn’t challenged. He had leads of over two seconds wiped out and had no problem surviving four restarts to take the victory over Bull.

Cory Myers stormed from ninth to finish third. Matt Fernsler and Kyle Hendershot completed the top five in the main event. Mike Rutherford, Myers, and Adrian Shaffer were heat winners for the 31-car field. Jeff Haefke won the consolation.

“They said we pretty much checked out,” Laughman said. “We were pretty quick all night. Swope’s Salvage gave some money away for fast time, and we snagged that. In the heat race, we started eighth and got to third and got to the redraw. The rest was history.”

In the entertaining Gene Latta Ford Central Pa. Legends main event, Travis McClelland ended Jorjie Sweger’s BAPS dominance over the division and earned the victory in the 15-Lap feature event.

Sweger, who won the last five Legends races at the track, started second and led the first 13 circuits. She was involved in an incident with Seth Kearchner and Steve Seibert Jr. in Turn 1 and lost any chance at adding another win to her resumé.

McClelland started ninth and took over. He led the rest of the way and claimed the victory by .555 seconds over Robert Stough. Lincoln Kearchner, Logan Carbaugh, and Shaun Abney completed the top five.

The Superior Homes Extreme Stock feature saw Sam Rial win a fierce early-race battle with Brian Rehbein, which led to the 20-Lap win.

Doug Hoffman led the first circuit, with Ty Huntsberger taking over the lead on Lap 2. Rehbein took his turn at the top of the leaderboard on Lap 7, but Rial was too much on Lap 13 and led the rest of the way.

A.J. Hoffner led 11 of 15 laps to claim the Limited Stock main event. He beat Matt Worley and Brandon Hoffner to the finish. Roy Denike started on the pole and won the Scramble Car feature, with Steve Cantwell Jr. claiming the Classic Car A-Main.


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 2L-Bill Laughman[2]; 2. 1-Brent Bull[5]; 3. 20-Cory Myers[9]; 4. 19F-Matt Fernsler[8]; 5. 5-Kyle Hendershot[4]; 6. 8L-Luke Kroboth[19]; 7. 84-Zachary Glass[11]; 8. 12-Eric Forsythe[14]; 9. 21-Adrian Shaffer[7]; 10. 22B-Devan Blose[16]; 11. 0Z-Austin Bower[1]; 12. 71-Hunter Zimmerman[20]; 13. 88J-Jason Klinger[13]; 14. 67-Stephanie Welk[17]; 15. (DNF) 00H-Jason Houtz[23]; 16. (DNF) 1S-Cory Stabley[6]; 17. (DNF) 19X-Stevie Daron Jr[21]; 18. (DNF) 96W-Chase Walker[10]; 19. (DNF) 37-Tyler Brown[18]; 20. (DNF) 21G-Bob Maxwell[24]; 21. (DNF) 2-Mike Rutherford[3]; 22. (DNF) 76-Billy Logeman[12]; 23. (DNF) 61-Jeff Haefke[22]; 24. (DNF) 1B-Brian Marriott[15].

Lap Leaders: Brent Bull (1-3), Bill Laughman (4-20)

270 Micro Sprint Heat 1 FInish (6 Laps): 1. 2-Mike Rutherford[5]; 2. 0Z-Austin Bower[1]; 3. 1-Brent Bull[7]; 4. 96W-Chase Walker[3]; 5. 88J-Jason Klinger[4]; 6. 22B-Devan Blose[8]; 7. 8L-Luke Kroboth[10]; 8. 00-Dan Jones[9]; 9. 22F-Hunter Forsythe[2]; 10. N8-Ian Anders[6]; 11. (DNS) 19-Quintin Flory.

270 Micro Sprint Heat 2 Finish (6 Laps): 1. 20-Cory Myers[3]; 2. 1S-Cory Stabley[7]; 3. 5-Kyle Hendershot[10]; 4. 84-Zachary Glass[5]; 5. 12-Eric Forsythe[8]; 6. 67-Stephanie Welk[4]; 7. 71-Hunter Zimmerman[9]; 8. 3Y-Zachary Young[2]; 9. 21G-Bob Maxwell[1]; 10. (DNF) 00H-Jason Houtz[6].

270 Micro Sprint Heat 3 Finish (6 Laps): 1. 21-Adrian Shaffer[1]; 2. 19F-Matt Fernsler[3]; 3. 2L-Bill Laughman[8]; 4. 76-Billy Logeman[9]; 5. 1B-Brian Marriott[7]; 6. 37-Tyler Brown[4]; 7. 19X-Stevie Daron Jr[6]; 8. 61-Jeff Haefke[5]; 9. 66-Dakota Yeingst[2]; 10. 52-Makayla Fullerton[10].

270 Micro Sprint Consolation Finish (6 Laps): 1. 61-Jeff Haefke[3]; 2. 00H-Jason Houtz[8]; 3. 21G-Bob Maxwell[5]; 4. 22F-Hunter Forsythe[4]; 5. N8-Ian Anders[7]; 6. 3Y-Zachary Young[2]; 7. 19-Quintin Flory[10]; 8. 52-Makayla Fullerton[9]; 9. (DNF) 00-Dan Jones[1]; 10. (DNF) 66-Dakota Yeingst[6].


Feature (15 Laps): 1. 51-Travis McClelland[9]; 2. 07-Robert Stough[3]; 3. 31-Lincoln Kearchner[6]; 4. 27-Logan Carbaugh[13]; 5. 26-Shaun Abney[7]; 6. 18-Chris Transeau[10]; 7. 53-Bill Diehl[12]; 8. 70-Mike Racine[16]; 9. 56-Zach Baxter[8]; 10. 30-Justin Wagaman[19]; 11. 9D-Brady Dillon[20]; 12. 12-Devin Friese[5]; 13. 17-Cory Phillips[17]; 14. 55X-Richie Dobson Jr[11]; 15. 11R-Scott Musselman[22]; 16. 90-Scott Spidle[21]; 17. 18J-Jorjie Sweger[2]; 18. 25-Eric Hurst[23]; 19. 00-eric McClane[18]; 20. 30K-Seth Kearchner[1]; 21. 7H-Hunter McElroy[24]; 22. 19S-Steve Seibert Jr[14]; 23. (DNF) 30W-Bryan Wagaman[15]; 24. (DNF) 98-Casey Stigler[4].

Lap Leaders: Jorjie Sweger (1-13); Travis McClelland (14-15)

Legend Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps): 1. 51-Travis McClelland[4]; 2. 30K-Seth Kearchner[6]; 3. 31-Lincoln Kearchner[1]; 4. 18-Chris Transeau[7]; 5. 27-Logan Carbaugh[5]; 6. 70-Mike Racine[8]; 7. 16-Tyler Kaylor[2]; 8. 25-Eric Hurst[3]; 9. 24R-Brian Rampmeyer[9]; 10. 25N-Chris Nicoll[10]; 11. 96-John Anderika[11].

Legend Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps): 1. 18J-Jorjie Sweger[7]; 2. 53-Bill Diehl[3]; 3. 12-Devin Friese[6]; 4. 98-Casey Stigler[2]; 5. 19S-Steve Seibert Jr[4]; 6. 17-Cory Phillips[9]; 7. 30-Justin Wagaman[8]; 8. 79S-Michael Stoppard[5]; 9. 13-Caleb Masse[1]; 10. 7H-Hunter McElroy[10].

Legend Heat 3 Finish (8 Laps): 1. 26-Shaun Abney[1]; 2. 55X-Richie Dobson Jr[3]; 3. 07-Robert Stough[2]; 4. 56-Zach Baxter[4]; 5. 30W-Bryan Wagaman[5]; 6. 00-eric McClane[9]; 7. 9D-Brady Dillon[6]; 8. 90-Scott Spidle[8]; 9. 11R-Scott Musselman[7]; 10. 0-Galen Witmer[10].

Legend Consolation Finish (8 Laps): 1. 30-Justin Wagaman[2]; 2. 9D-Brady Dillon[3]; 3. 90-Scott Spidle[6]; 4. 11R-Scott Musselman[9]; 5. 25-Eric Hurst[4]; 6. 7H-Hunter McElroy[11]; 7. 16-Tyler Kaylor[1]; 8. 25N-Chris Nicoll[10]; 9. 13-Caleb Masse[8]; 10. 0-Galen Witmer[12]; 11. 24R-Brian Rampmeyer[7]; 12. 79S-Michael Stoppard[5]; 13. 96-John Anderika[13].


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 11-Sam Rial[8]; 2. 54-Brian Rehbein[5]; 3. 7F-Hunter Fulton[6]; 4. 27-Doug Hoffman[2]; 5. 11D-Patrick McClane[7]; 6. 7JR-Johnny Palm[9]; 7. 97-Donnie Broderick[11]; 8. LAZY8-John Wright[3]; 9. 6G-Gordie Marshall[13]; 10. 7S-Jim Rost[12]; 11. 98-Richard Daughtrey[14]; 12. (DNF) 65H-Ty Huntsberger[4]; 13. (DNF) 7-Jordan Fulton[1]; 14. (DNF) 12-Tyler Frye[10].

Lap Leaders: Doug Hoffman (1), Ty Huntsberger (2-6), Brian Rehbein (7-12; Sam Rial (13-20)

Extreme Stock Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps): 1. 11-Sam Rial[5]; 2. 7F-Hunter Fulton[2]; 3. 65H-Ty Huntsberger[4]; 4. 27-Doug Hoffman[7]; 5. 7JR-Johnny Palm[3]; 6. 97-Donnie Broderick[1]; 7. 6G-Gordie Marshall[6].

Extreme Stock Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps): 1. 11D-Patrick McClane[1]; 2. 54-Brian Rehbein[4]; 3. LAZY8-John Wright[3]; 4. 7-Jordan Fulton[6]; 5. 12-Tyler Frye[2]; 6. 7S-Jim Rost[7]; 7. 98-Richard Daughtrey[5].


Feature (15 Laps): 1. H15-AJ Hoffner[3]; 2. 6W-Matt Worley[7]; 3. H12-Brandon Hoffner[1]; 4. 35-Brian Racine[9]; 5. 81-Matt Chronister[15]; 6. 7R-Rob Rudisill Jr[10]; 7. 777J-Jeff Erb[11]; 8. 40-Noah Swank[13]; 9. 5S-Josh Spangler[18]; 10. 14-Luke Hoffner[12]; 11. 47-Travis Brown[5]; 12. 16-Julio Perez[19]; 13. 64-Ben Stoner[17]; 14. (DNF) 2-Chad Weaver[6]; 15. (DNF) 69-Robbie Carroll[4]; 16. (DNF) 6-Jason Jarvis[14]; 17. (DNF) 32-Jeff Foster[8]; 18. (DNF) 19K-Cameron Kohler[20]; 19. (DNF) 21-Ricky Weaver Jr[2]; 20. (DNS) 21J-Lem Crawford.

Lap Leaders: Ricky Weaver Jr. (1-4), AJ Hoffner (5-15)

Limited Stock Heat 1 FInish (6 Laps): 1. 47-Travis Brown[4]; 2. 6W-Matt Worley[3]; 3. 69-Robbie Carroll[5]; 4. H15-AJ Hoffner[8]; 5. 21-Ricky Weaver Jr[10]; 6. 777J-Jeff Erb[6]; 7. 40-Noah Swank[2]; 8. 81-Matt Chronister[9]; 9. 64-Ben Stoner[1]; 10. 16-Julio Perez[7].

Limited Stock Heat 2 FInish (6 Laps): 1. H12-Brandon Hoffner[1]; 2. 7R-Rob Rudisill Jr[4]; 3. 35-Brian Racine[8]; 4. 2-Chad Weaver[6]; 5. 32-Jeff Foster[10]; 6. 14-Luke Hoffner[3]; 7. 6-Jason Jarvis[9]; 8. 21J-Lem Crawford[2]; 9. 5S-Josh Spangler[5]; 10. 19K-Cameron Kohler[7].


Feature (12 Laps): 1. 19-Roy Denike[1]; 2. 01-Marlyn Runk[4]; 3. 88-Jesse Lloyd[9]; 4. 84-Dillan Lloyd[18]; 5. 16-Julio Perez[15]; 6. 29-Joe Luckenbaugh[17]; 7. 13-John Shorb Jr[14]; 8. 39-Philip Levering[16]; 9. 43-Franklyn Everson[8]; 10. 36-Robert Wellman[6]; 11. 26-Jeff Dillman[12]; 12. 59-Ayana Mintmier[13]; 13. (DNF) 20-Jennifer Lloyd[3]; 14. (DNF) 47-Tyler Santay[2]; 15. (DNF) 4-Carl Davis Jr[7]; 16. (DNF) 69-Robbie Carroll[10]; 17. (DNS) 68-Beckie Carroll; 18. (DNS) 92-Danny Mintmier.

Lap Leaders: Roy Denike (1-12)


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 20-Steven Cantwell Jr.; 2. 89-Joe Brown; 3. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 4. 53-Bill Brown Jr.; 5. 27-Connor Cantwell; 6. 8-Tyler Miller; 7. 87-Dylan Brown; 8. 07-Nate Todt; 9. 09-Ron Grove.

Lap Leaders: Joe Brown (1-8), Steven Cantwell (9), Brown (10-13), Cantwell (14-20)

Classic Cars Heat 1 FInish (8 Laps): 1. 89-Joe Brown; 2. 8-Tyler Miller; 3. 07-Nate Todt; 4. 20-Steven Cantwell Jr.; 5. 09-Ron Grove.

Classic Cars Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps): 1. 54J-Jimmy Combs; 2. 53-Bill Brown Jr.; 3. 27-Connor Cantwell; 4. 87-Dylan Brown; 5. 17-Jim Rost.

Photo: Alissa Miller (WRT Speedwerx)

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