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Cochran Tops 305 Sprint Special In Hidden Valley

CLEARFIELD, Pa. — Tylor Cochran made his first visit to Hidden Valley Speedway a winning one by copping the Laurel Highlands 305 Sprint feature on Saturday night.

Other new winners included Ayden Cipriano in the Small Block Modifieds, Casey Wolfe won his first Amsoil Pure Stock feature and Luke Hoffner picked up his first Craig’s Welding and Fabrication Four Cylinder feature of the season.

Levi Ardery picked up his fourth feature win of the season in the Scaife’s Racing Supplies Semi Lates.

Marvin “Waco” Williams and George Bailey led the Semi Lates to the green flag, with Bailey shooting into the lead for the first two laps before he spun on lap two. This put Williams in the lead and he led until lap four, when Ardery was able to wrestle the lead away from him.

Williams held off Steve Scaife Jr. the next five laps, before he was able to take over second and set his sights on the leader. As the race wore on, Scaife was reeling in the leader, but he could not find the extra burst of power to take the win.

At the waving of Jon Shipley’s checkered flag, it was Ardery getting his fourth win of the season over Scaife, Bailey, Williams and Jeremy Lippert. 

The Laurel Highlands 305 Sprints saw Cochran and Derek Swartz on the front row following a redraw, with Cochran taking the lead and never looking back. He had Swartz in tow the entire 25-lap distance.

DJ Cassler was a solid third for the first 13 laps, but mechanical problems sent him to the pits and out of contention. Timmy Bittner then moved to third, holding off Roger Irvine the rest of the way. The top five at the conclusion were Cochran, Swartz, Bittner, Irvine and Jeff Weaver. 

Trent Ogden started on the pole of the Small Block Modified feature, flanked on the outside by newcomer Cipriano, who shot into the lead and led the 20-lapper flag-to-flag.

While he led, Hayden Holden moved into second, setting up a battle of the teenagers as Holden tried to chase down Cipriano. Through lap 10, Holden had to try and hold off his dad, Jimmy, who was coming from sixth. Jimmy then moved his son to third, securing second place before the yellow waved on lap 13.

On the restart, Jimmy went high in turn two and Hayden took advantage and took second from his dad, holding his dad at bay. At the checkered flag, it was Cipriano winning over Hayden, Jimmy, Shannon Casher and Jimmy Luzier. 

The Amsoil Pure Stocks had Wolfe and Ryan Jones on the front row, as Wolfe took the lead and set the pace.

Wolfe was leading as Jones sat second for much of the race, with Brad Benton coming from last towards the front. He challenged Jones for second for several laps, before finally taking the runner up spot on lap 11 and running out of time, as Wolfe took his first HVS win of the season.

Benton was second, Jones held on to third, Dennis Hathaway was fourth and Brady Gallaher was fifth. 

The Craig’s Welding and Fabrication Four Cylinders saw Ryan Lippert and Matt Weaver on the front row, with third place Hoffner leading the first lap after getting by Lippert in turn one.

Following a pair of cautions on the first lap, Lippert was able to take the lead back from Hoffner, and the duo ran side-by-side several times before Lippert opened up a nice lead and looked to be headed for his first ever HVS win. However, on lap 11, Lipperts car lost power on the backstretch, relinquishing the lead over to Hoffner.

Hoffner was able to hold off Tanner Ogden the final four laps to get his first A-main win of the season. Earlier in the season, Hoffner picked up a second chance feature win, but this was his first feature win in a couple of years.

At the line, the top five were Hoffner, Ogden, Hunter Flook, Weaver and Lem Crawford.