Bittner sprints to Founders Cup, Nittany 40 sweep

Timmy Bittner made two trips to victory lane at Clinton County Speedway over the weekend, sweeping Founders Cup and Nittany 40 events in Laurel Highlands Sprint Series action. (Photo by Barry Lenhart)

Story Courtesy of Clinton County Speedway

MILL HALL, Pa. (June 30-July 1, 2023) – Timmy Bittner had the best weekend of his IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car career over the weekend, capturing two hallmark Laurel Highlands Sprint Series events at Clinton County Speedway.

Bittner won the Founders Cup event Friday and then put his name in the history books by capturing the coveted Nittany 40 Championship on Saturday.

Owen Dimm took command of the field early on Friday in the race honoring speedway founders Del Shank and Tedd Reitz as Zach Rhodes advanced to second and the eighth starting Bittner to third.

Bittner was in second when lap five was scored, caught Dimm for the point on lap eight and then built a respectable lead while navigating lapped traffic.

Dale Schweikart took over second on the 19th circuit and came within striking distance but had to settle for runner-up honors. Dimm, Josh Beamer and Kasey Weaver ran third through fifth, respectively.

Tim Iulg and Ken Duke were on the front row for the start of Saturday’s RaceSaver Nittany 40. Duke led the opening lap with Iulg, Bittner and Jacob Gomola in pursuit.

Bittner had found a way around Duke when lap two was scored; by lap nine, leaders were catching up with the back of the field but that situation was remedied by a lap 16 caution.

Gomola gained third and was chasing Bittner and Duke at halfway. Cautions waved on laps 22 and 27, both times just as the leader was entering lapped traffic.

Flawless again on a lap 32 restart, Bittner held off Duke and led the final eight times around the track to complete the weekend sweep. Gomola, Weaver and Iulg ended 3-4-5.

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