|Coleby Frye at speed at Bedford, Pa. (Brian
Let's Get Physical:
Fireworks and Frowns in AMS Finale As Frye Gets Biggest Career
BEDFORD, Pa. - June 11. Coleby Frye, of Dover, Pa. captured the final event of the week-long "Appalachian
Mountain Speedweek" Saturday, while fellow Keystone State river Rick Eckert will take home the points championship
for the mini-series after passing on preliminaries for the annual Eldora Speedway "Late Model Dream" in order the
state his claim on the AMS title.
Having enjoyed solid leads throughout Friday's main event from his pole
position start, Frye, with visions of his biggest payday ever beginning to materialize, probably
didn't expect to see many fireworks during the closing laps of the $5,000 to win affair, but that is indeed what
happened when Frye jumped the cushion heading toward the two-to-go signal. That gave Thursday night Port Royal
Speedway winner Jeremy Miller - who had been in close pursuit since the race's single caution and restart with just
over ten laps to go - a brief opening to the lead.
|Bedford runner up Jeremy Miller ponders whether or not to
keep Coleby Frye on his Christmas card list. (Brian McLeod)
As Miller nudged ahead, Frye came roaring back and sliced low in turn one to try to regain the
advantage, resulting in more contact with Miller. The two would scrape and bump together several times during the
final lap, with Frye emerging with just enough of an edge to to see his #F1 finish first and drive on to Victory
Lane - but not without Miller expressing his displeasure after the race.
With Miller having to take second over Vic Coffey and Derek Byler, Eckert's fifth place finish sealed the deal
for the popular veteran on the AMS points title. Eckert finished with a 59-point advantage over Miller.
D.J. Troutman was actually the fast qualifier on the night, but he blew an engine as he crossed the finish line
in his heat race.
Appalachian Speedweeks - Bedford Speedway - June
1) Coleby Frye, 2) Jeremy Miller, 3) Vic Coffey, 4) Derek Byler, 5) Rick
Eckert, 6) D.J. Myers, 7) Darryl Hills, 8) Jack Pencil, 9) Jamie Lathroum, 10) Jeff Rine, 11) Brian
Booze, 12) Nick Dickson, 13) Andy Anderson, 14) Ricky Elliott, 15) Scott Haus, 16) Jim Yoder, 17)
Dylan Yoder, 18) Keith Jackson, 19) Sean Claar, 20) Steve Everhart, 21) Mike Lupfer, 22) Jeff
Miller, 23) Randy Burkholder, 24) Scott Rhoades, 25) D.J. Troutman.
|Brian McLeod photo
Final AMS Points:
1. Rick Eckert, 714 points
2. Jeremy Miller, 655
3. Nick Dickson, 550
4. Coleby Frye, 495
5. Jason Covert, 488
6. D.J. Myers, 460
7. Jamie Lathroum, 434
8. Jeff Rine, 423
9. Vic Coffey, 387
10. Darryl Hills, 348