HANOVER – Hanover’s Tim Wagaman is the new Trail-Way Speedway 358 points champion.
Wagaman claimed his first-ever track championship by coming from seventh starting spot to blow away the field in Friday’s 25-lap feature event.
Wagaman entered the final point race 16 points behind season-long points leader Kyle Moody and 13 points behind second-pace Mike Bittinger. The talk among most race fans was which of those two was going to take the track title.
But Bittinger suffered a broken lifter and came to a stop in turn four of lap eight. He went to the pits, ending his night and chance at the title.
Meanwhile, Moody fought an ill-handling car to an eighth-place finish, losing 19 points to winner Wagaman.
“I wasn’t sure I could win this thing myself,” said a jubilant Wagaman upon exiting his Blue Ribbon Exteriors/Ryan’s Landscaping #1* in victory lane, according to the track website. “My goal was to come here and win the race, and this car sure was good tonight.”
In victory lane to join Wagaman’s celebration was his uncle, Jeff Rohrbaugh, a multi-time track champ himself.
Information used in this story was provided by Trail-Way Speedway. Video used in this report is courtesy of www.SportsPlusVideo.com and Lynn Schaeffer Productions.