Speedweek: Matt Parks Stops Hubbard For First AMS Trophy
PORT ROYAL, Pa. - June 9. Matt Parks of Three Springs drove the race of his career to score the
$5,000 victory in Thursday’s 40-lap Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Speedweek Series feature at Port Royal
And all he had to do to pick up the win was hold off current speedweek point leader and two-time
series winner Austin Hubbard of Laurel, Delaware, for the final 34 circuits.
Local driver Matt Parks after his
Appalachian Mt. Speedweek win at Port Royal, Pa. (Gary Shrey)
Parks started the race on the pole and led the first five laps over Dan Stone of Thompson before
fifth starter Hubbard motored into second.
From that point to the finish, Hubbard threw everything he had at Parks’ racer and in fact drew
even on more than one occasion only to see Parks pull away to a slight lead running the outside groove of the
In all, Parks withstood a total of six restarts with the lead, holding off Stone on the first
two and Hubbard for the balance.
Amid lapped traffic with 17 laps to go, Parks began pulling away from Hubbard only to see two of
the aforementioned restarts take place within the last four circuits, taking away the advantage he had built up
within the final 10 laps.
Hubbard, the winner the previous two nights at Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedways
respectively, settled for second.
Stone was third followed by Vic Coffey and Jamie Lathroum, who pitted with a flat tire on the
fifth lap before roaring back through the field.
Heats for the 40-car field went to Lathroum, Coffey, Dylan Yoder and Jeremy Miller. Twin B Mains
went to Terry Naugle and Jerry Bard.
June 9 - AMS at Port Royal
1) Matt Parks, 2) Austin Hubbard,
3) Dan Stone, 4) Vic Coffey, 5) Jamie Lathroum, 6) Scott Haus, 7) Jason Covert, 8) Kenny Pettyjohn, 9)
Derek Byler, 10) Tim Wilson, 11) Mitch Hack, 12) Terry Naugle, 13) Dylan Yoder, 14) D.J. Meyers, 15)
Chris Casner, 16) Jeff Rine, 17) Gary Beward, 18) Kerry King, 19) Jerry Bard, 20) Andy Haus, 21) Mike
Lupfer, 22) Nick Dickson, 23) Bob Dunn, 24) Jeremy Miller.
|Gary Shrey photo