Central PA
 

 

 

 

CODY FLETCHER CLAIMS 3RD CAREER 358 SPRINT CAR WIN

Hanover, PA (4/20/18) - Third generation race car driver, Cody Fletcher, led all 25 laps of the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Sprint Car feature, but his first win of the 2018 season did not come without a few obstacles.  

"Being out front really helped. You just have to run your race and don't worry about anyone else," Fletcher commented in victory lane. "If you start up front, you should stay there." Fletcher was able to stay up front but seemed unbothered by a myriad of cautions that plagued the A-main.

"The track suited me a lot better. It was a pretty nice surface tonight. Dad's got the car set up good," Fletcher said. "It feels good to be back here. It felt easy tonight, which is nice. We need a couple more of them. It's been too long since we've been here."

Opening night race winner and defending track champion, Steve Owings, while challenging Fletcher for the lead, came to a sudden stop in turn two on the fifth lap. Owings immediately exited the car complaining of leg pain after a foreign object came through the side panel of his race car. Owings was later treated at a local hospital and diagnosed with a fractured tibia.

Following the restart, Fletcher was able to pull away from Dylan Norris, who is still in search of his first 358 Sprint Car victory. Norris had his hands full while battling Mike Bittinger and JB Cunningham for second through fourth.

A lap 18 red flag saw Cunningham's rear axel break sending the car tumbling through the air. Cunningham was able to exit the car and walk away under his own power.

Fletcher, again, jumped to a commanding lead on the final restart while Norris and Bittinger battled for the runner-up spot. Bittinger attempted to pass Norris several times but had to settle for a third-place finish. Austen Treuchet and Kenny Kuhn completed the top five.

"I tried everything I could to get under Dylan Norris," Bittinger commented on the frontstretch while accepting the Big Mike's Crabhouse Hard Charger award, "I could get to his left rear once in a while but I wasn't good enough to pass him."

Heat wins for the 358 Sprint Cars went to Fletcher and Owings.

358 SPRINT CARS FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. Cody Fletcher; 2. Dylan Norris; 3. Mike Bittinger; 4. Austen Treuchet; 5. Kenny Kuhn; 6. John Sharpe; 7. (DNF) Jason Cunningham Jr.,; 8. (DNF) Steven Kisamore; 9. (DNF) Steve Owings; 10. (DNF) Brody Treaster; 11. (DNF) David Holbrook; (DNS) -Dave Carlberg. No time.

Lap Leaders: Cody Fletcher (1-25)

-end-

DANNY DIETRICH RETURNS HOME FOR SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON AT THE FABULOUS LINCOLN SPEEDWAY

Dave Brown registers first career 358 sprint win

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 4/21/2018 – “It’s good to be back home here at Lincoln.”

So said Gettysburg’s Danny Dietrich after wiring the field, leading all 25 laps en route to his second win of the season at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

Dietrich started outside the polesitter Glenndon Forsythe for the start of the 25-lap $3,500-to-win 410 Sprint feature, grabbed the lead at the drop of the green, and withstood the challenges of last week’s feature winner Freddie Rahmer for 24 laps to pick up his 40th career win at the Pigeon Hills oval, placing him in a tie with Lance Dewease for eighth all time.

“It feels good to come down here and get a win,” said Dietrich following his traditional wing-dance in victory lane. “We’ve been having trouble with getting to tracks that are (racey) to race on, and Lincoln’s always good…that’s why we decided to come here tonight.”

“It’s close to home,” Dietrich quickly added. “We’re kind of tired of the hour and a half drive in a sense and it’s gets kind of boring and lonely on the way home when you don’t run good.”

A caution on the third lap for a Zach Eucalano spin put third-starting Rahmer and fourth-starting Alan Krimes right behind him.

“The format they got is rewarding, said Dietrich on Lincoln’s qualifying format that places emphasis on the heat races as they line-up the feature field “heads-up from there finish. “I think it’s putting on a hell-of-a show for the fans in the heat races…I talked to Alan last year about doing this format and I think it pays off.”

“I was a little worried the first couple of laps in the heat race,” Dietrich reflected. “I wasn’t sure I could find a hole to get too but once everybody got single file I could pick and choose.”

Dietrich pulled away with a clear track in front of him and entered lapped traffic by the seventh lap.

Seventh-starting Brian Montieth had started to work his way to the front and passed Krimes for third in lapped traffic on the ninth lap.

“You’ve got to race pretty good through the feature to hold off the other guys that are fast up front,” said Dietrich. “I think it puts on a good show for everybody…that’s what is great about this format.”

“You get rewarded. But everybody is getting rewarded.”

At the halfway mark Tyler Ross encountered problems exiting the fourth turn, eventually flipping in the second turn to bring out the red flag with 12 laps officially in the books. Ross was okay.

So with 13 laps to go, Dietrich once again had a clear track ahead of him, with Rahmer, Montieth, and Krimes right behind.

And just as before, Dietrich controlled the restart and put daylight between himself and the field as they entered lapped traffic again with eight laps to go.

Montieth and Rahmer began battling for the runner-up spot with two laps to go, giving Dietrich some breathing room the final laps and took the checkered .93-seconds ahead for his third overall win of 2018.

“I like the time trial shows,” said Dietrich on his plans moving forward in 2018. “I like the shows that are rewarding for the heat races…we’re going to bounce around like today where we changed where we were going, this is going to happen a little more often.

“We’re going to Mansfield (OH) next weekend, but if Friday don’t go well, we’ll probably see you again next Saturday. We hope to be there for the big dance on Saturday (Mansfield Motor Speedway for the $100,000-to-win Sprint Car World Championship).

Rahmer held off Montieth in the battle for second, with Montieth settling for third, Krimes fourth, and ninth-starting Jim Siegel fifth.

Completing the top-10 were Forsythe, Chris Knopp, Tim Glatfelter, Scott Fisher, and 13th-starting Brandon Rahmer.

Heats for the 22 410 Sprinters on hand were won by Forsythe, Dietrich, and Rahmer.

Former Mid-Atlantic 305 Sprint Series standout, Dave Brown of Aston (PA) picked up his first career 358 Sprint Series win at Lincoln.

Brown followed polesitter Dalton Dietrich from his outside front row starting spot at the drop of the green of the 20-lap feature.

Brown slipped by Dietrich for the lead on the seventh lap and then held off Friday night Trail-Way Speedway winner Cody Fletcher in a one-lap dash to the checkered to register his inaugural 358 sprint victory.

Dietrich settled for third, Trey Hivner fourth, and Chase Dietz fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 were Troy Wagaman Jr., Jeff Halligan, Brie Hershey, Kody Hartlaub, and Kenny Kuhn.

Heats for the 22 358 Sprinters on hand were won by Halligan, Dylan Norris, and Brent Shearer.

RACE RESULTS
Saturday, April 21, 2018
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
Abbottstown, PA

410 Sprint Feature Finish (25 Laps) – 1. Danny Dietrich; 2. Freddie Rahmer; 3, Brian Montieth; 4. Alan Krimes; 5. Jim Siegel; 6. Glenndon Forsythe; 7. Chris Knopp; 8. Tim Glatfelter; 9. Scott Fisher; 10. Brandon Rahmer; 11. Dan Shetler; 12. Cory Haas; 13. Landon Myers; 14. Chad Trout; 15. Cole Young; 16. Matt Boland; 17. Brett Michalski; 18. George Hobough; 19. Zach Eucalano; 20. Tyler Ross (DNF); 21. Chris Prior (DNF). No Time.

Lap Leaders – Danny Dietrich (1-25)

358 Sprint Feature Finish (20 Laps) – 1. Dave Brown; 2. Cody Fletcher; 3. Dalton Dietrich; 4. Trey Hivner; 5. Chase Dietz; 6. Troy Wagaman Jr.; 7. Jeff Halligan; 8. Brie Hershey; 9. Kody Hartlaub; 10. Kenny Kuhn; 11. Tyler Walton; 12. Ashley Cappetta; 13. Matt Findley; 14. Dylan Norris; 15. Brent Shearer; 16. Steve Wilbur; 17. Zachary Allman; 18. Greg Plank; 19. Jake Galloway; 20. Dwight Leppo (DNF); 21. Alyson Dietz (DNF); 22. Wyatt Hinkle (DNF). No Time.

Lap Leaders – Dalton Dietrich (1-6), Dave Brown (7-20)

-end-


Port Royal Hosts ULMS Late Model Chiller Thriller April 28
410 sprints, econo lates and xtremes also on Dotterer Equip Race To Cure Cancer Night

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/21/18

PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Port Royal Speedway will present Dotterer Equipment Race To Cure Cancer Night coming up this Saturday, April 28 at 6 pm.

Featured in racing action will be the Weikert's Livestock 410 sprint cars, the River Valley Builders super late models, the Gray's Insurance econo late models and the Juniata Junction xtreme stocks.

The super late models will be competing in the make up ULMS Late Model Chiller Thriller, going 30 laps and paying $3,000 to win and $300 to start.

Originally slated for March 24 but falling victim to weather, the ULMS Late Model Chiller Thriller will feature a host of local stars along with ULMS touring invaders.

An even dozen drivers are signed on to follow the ULMS tour this season including champion Dave Hess of Waterford plus Doug Eck, Max Blair, Greg Oakes and more.

The ULMS stars will battle track powerhouses like Jeff Rine, Andy Haus, Mike Lupfer, Coleby Frye, Nick Dickson and others.

For more information on the ULMS tour, visit www.ulmsracing.com.

The Port Royal portion of the 50/50 on the night will be going to the American Cancer Society.

Members of the upcoming Mifflin/Juniata County Relay For Life will also be in attendance raising funds for the June relay.

Dotterer Equipment Company sponsors the big racing program and has two locations, located in Honey Grove and Mill Hall and has been doing business for 64 years.

Dotterer offers a range of farming and excavation equipment, sales and services for Kubota, Stihl, Land Pride and Steiner brands.

Find them on the web at www.dottererequip.com.

Adult general admission for the April 28 show is $20 with students ages 12 – 18 priced at just $7.

-end-

Williams Grove Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour/URC Sprints To Battle May 4
Oval offers 410 and 358 sprints May 27

4/22/18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mechanicsburg – Just two weeks remain until the big Battle At The Groves event at Williams Grove Speedway, bringing together the best in the 360 c.i. sprint car racing business when the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour and URC Sprints meet on Friday, May 4.

The show will pit the Lucas Oils ASCS National Tour stars agains the URC stars in a battle that will go 25 laps for $4,000 to win and $400 to start.

The 410 sprints will also race for $4,000 to win during the big racing program.

The May 4 show will be the first ever appearance in history by the Lucas Oil ASCS 360 National Tour sprints at Williams Grove Speedway.

Sprint car veteran Sammy Swindell currently leads the national points over two-time and defending national tour champion Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Johnny Herrera.

Meanwhile, coming up Friday night, April 27 at Williams Grove Speedway, the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars and HJ Towing & Recovery 358 sprints will take center stage at 8 pm.

The 410 sprints will compete in a Yellow Breeches 500 event, paying $500 just to take the feature green flag.

Brock Zearfoss and Chase Dietz scored 410 and 358 sprint mains at the track on April 20.

Adult general admission for the April 27 racing program is set at $15 with students ages 13-20 admitted for just $10.

Kids ages 12 and under are always admitted for FREE at Williams Grove Speedway.

-end-

Zearfoss And Dietz Win Williams Grove Sprint Mains

4/20/18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mechanicsburg – Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown pickeup his first win of the season Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, claiming $3,600 in the 410 sprint car feature while Chase Dietz picked up the win in the 358 sprint main event.

Invader Bill Balog of Hartford, Wisconsin, earned the pole for the 25-lap main for the 410 sprints and zoomed into command when action began.

Balog proved untouchable as the early leader, holding off Rick Lafferty and Zearfoss while running the cushion.

Sixth starter Zearfoss would take second from Lafferty on the sixth tour and begin his pursuit of the leader.

While Balog pounded the cushion, Zearfoss experimented with both the low side and the high groove as he ran down the leader.

However Balog was up to the challenge under the long green flag run that lasted until lap 20, keeping Zearfoss at bay and preventing him from getting just close enough to take a jab at the lead while holding an advantage of just over or under a half second, dependent on the lap.

But when the caution flag unfurled with five laps to go, the advantage was gone adn the restart proved to be Balog's undoing.

When action resumed, Zearfoss threw down a deep dive into the first turn as Balog set the car in on the cushion and with that, the race had a new pacesetter.

Zearfoss came up off of the second corner with the lead after the sweeping move before driving to an advantage of 3.690 seconds at the checkers.

"The main this was to go where he wasn't," Zearfoss said of his strategy for the lap 20 restart.

"I didn't know if I was gonna' get him if we didn't have that caution."

"I kinda' searched the bottom there at the beginning and knew I had something," he said.

The win was the fourth of Zearfoss' career at Williams Grove Speedway.

After losing the lead, Balog lost second to Freddie Rahmer on the 22nd lap when Rahmer streaked underneath but Balog returned the favor in the first corner to reclaim the spot for the finish.

Rahmer was third followed by Lafferty and Brian Montieth.

Sixth through 10th went to Lucas Wolfe, Greg Hodnett, Danny Dietrich, TJ Stutts and Troy Fraker.

Twin heats went to Balog and Lafferty.

Dietz led all 20 laps of the 358 sprint main after starting on the pole.

But that's not to say it was an easy win.

After starting fourth in the field, one time winner Kevin Nouse used a restart with two laps to go to blast from third to challenge for the win.

After wafting around Rich Eichelberger for second on the restart he immediately closed on Dietz as the pair shot down the backchute.

Nouse was able to shoot to Dietz's inside as the pair raced through the third corner headed for the white flag but Dietz held firm on the outside and clawed his way back into control at the line.

Nouse set Dietz up for another identical move on the final lap but this time Dietz was ready and instead of entering on the cushion, Dietz set the car into the turn a lane lower, fowling up Nouse's entry and preserving his sixth career win at the oval.

Following Dietz and Nouse across the line was Eichelberger, Jeff Halligan and Matt Findlay.

Sixth rhrough 10th went to Brett Wanner, Glenndon Forsythe, Todd Rittenhouse Jr., Nyle Berkes and Brie Hershey.

Twin heats went to Dietz and Eichelberger.

Feature Finishes
4/20/18

410 sprints: 1. Brock Zearfoss, 2. Bill Balog, 3. Freddie Rahmer, 4. Rick Lafferty, 5. Brian Montieth, 6. Lucas Wolfe, 7. Greg Hodnett, 8. Danny Dietrich, 9. TJ Stutts, 10. Troy Fraker, 11. Adrian Shaffer, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Nicole Bower, 14. Cory Haas, 15. Robbie Kendall, 16. Bradley Howard

358 sprints: 1. Chase Dietz, 2. Kevin Nouse, 3. Rich Eichelberger, 4. Jeff Halligan, 5. Matt Findley, 6. Brett Wanner, 7. Glenndon Forsythe, 8. Todd Rittenhouse Jr., 9. Nyle Berkes, 10. Brie Hershey, 11. Chris Frank, 12. Gregg Foster, 13. Scott Fisher, 14. Hank Donovan, 15. Jake Eldreth, 16. Troy Rhome, 17. Wyatt Hinkle, 18. Troy Wagaman Jr.

Williams Grove Speedway points
As of Aprol 20
410 Sprints
1. Greg Hodnett 1110
2. Brock Zearfoss* 1080
3. Lucas Wolfe* 995
4. Danny Dietrich 970
5. T.J. Stutts 950
6. Freddie Rahmer 885
7. Brian Montieth 845
8. Rick Lafferty 835
9. Cory Haas* 830
10. Anthony Macri 760

358 Sprints
1. Kevin Nouse* 845
2. Jeff Halligan* 810
3. Matt Findley 680
4. Brett Wanner 640
5. Todd Rittenhouse Jr. 620
6. Chris Frank 580
7. Brie Hershey 560
7. Nyle Berkes 560
9. Chase Dietz* 555
10. Gregg Foster 530

* denotes wins

-end-

SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RETURNS SUNDAY, APRIL 22, WITH $4,088-TO-WIN RAY TILLEY CLASSIC FOR 410 SPRINT CARS PLUS PRO STOCKS & ROADRUNNERS

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Coming off the successful April 14 #WideOpen2018 season opener, Selinsgrove Speedway will swing back into action with a rare Sunday night event at 6 p.m. April 22 featuring the 410 sprint cars in the Ray Tilley Classic sponsored by Icon Legacy Custom Modular Homes.  

The 30-lap tribute race honoring the memory of the track’s former four-time sprint car champion will pay $4,088 to win and $400 to start out of a total purse of $18,388. Time trials, heat races, and a B-main will be the qualifying format for the sprint cars.

The pro stocks and roadrunners will round out the special three-division racing card in 15- and 12-lap main events, respectively. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with grandstand gates at 4 p.m. Qualifying will begin at 6 p.m.

The late Ray Tilley of Pine Grove clinched four career sprint car titles (1965-66 and 1968-69) at Selinsgrove Speedway at the wheel of the Bud Grimm Special No. 88 and remains on top of the track’s all-time sprint car win list with 69 career victories. Tilley passed away on Aug. 9, 2011, from complications of a stroke at the age of 77.

The Tilley Classics in 2012 and 2014 were cancelled due to weather. The 2013 race was won by Brent Marks of Myerstown. Greg Hodnett of Thomasville was the 2015 winner and Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg scored the victory in the 2016 race. Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg is the defending winner.

Adult general admission for April 22 is set at just $15 with students (ages 12-17) at $8. Kids ages 11 and under are always admitted free in general admission. The pit pass fee is $30.

There will be no racing at the Snyder County oval Saturday, April 21. The speedway’s Saturday night schedule resumes April 28 with the 360 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks in the A&A Auto Stores Pro Stock 20, and roadrunners.

Purse for 30-Lap 410 Sprint Car Ray Tilley Classic SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018: 1) $4,088 2) $1,600 3) $1,400 4) $1,200 5) $1,000 6) $700 7) $675 8) $650 9) $625 10) $600 11) $500 12) $475 13) $450 14) $425 15-24) $400  TOW: $100
Also Racing: Pro Stocks & Roadrunners
Pit Gates Open: 3pm
Grandstand Gates Open: 4pm
Race Time: 6pm
Admission for Sunday, April 22, 2018: Adults $15; Students (12-17) $8; Kids 11 & Under FREE; Pit Passes $30

-end-

STEVE OWINGS WINS OPENING NIGHT AT TRAIL-WAY SPEEDWAY

Hanover, PA (4/13/18) - On a day that's considered unlucky for most, Westminster's Steve Owings used a bit of luck and skill to take the opening night Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Sprint Car win.

"It's Friday the 13th but it isn't the first time we won on it," Owings exclaimed in victory lane.

Owings, Trail-Way Speedway's 358 Sprint Car defending track champion, started the 25-lap race sixth and paced the field with polesitter, David Holbrook, for the majority of the feature. On lap 17, Owings and Holbrook were side-by-side, approaching lapped traffic. Holbrook was able to maneuver around lapped track in an efficient manner and maintained the lead as a caution came out for Gardner's Jacob Galloway on lap 19.

Owings and Holbrook found themselves side-by-side again on lap 21, but it wasn't until the final lap of the final turn, that Owings was able to make the race-winning move.

"He was doing an awesome job," Owings said, "I think when he protected the bottom it just sort of screwed him up because he didn't have enough motor to pull it off. If he had the same motor I had it would've been a different story."

Owings's #35 Westminster Transmission, Westminster Lawn, Rodney Valentine, B&D Truck Hoist, SCC Trucking, Rucker Racing Engines, Stonesifer Sanitation sponsored sprint car took the checkered flag with Holbrook finishing in the runner-up spot.

"It's good to get a win. I'm 50 years old and it doesn't get old," Owings continued in victory lane. "I was sleeping in the trailer. I didn't really do a whole lot. The most I've done all night was push a micro around." Track announcer, John Krall, joked with Owings that the secret to winning is to take a nap before the races, to which Owings jokingly replied, "at my age, you have to."

Mike Bittinger finished third followed by Cody Fletcher in fourth and tenth starting JB Cunningham Jr. in fifth. Sixth through tenth went to Glenndon Forsythe, Kenny Kuhn, Steven Kisamore, Austen Treuchet and Galloway.

Picking up the first "Big Mike's Crabhouse Hard Charger" award of the 2018 season, was race winner, Owings. "We picked up a good many of them last year," Owings commented on earning the $25 certificate. "We've got this place figured out. Brad [McClelland] has the set up. Tonight was a little difficult with the track being heavy on the corners. The wind's blowing and it's picking the wheels up going down the back straightaway just because of the wind, but I have a lot of laps around here. It helps to have a lot of experience."

Heat wins went to Owings and Forsythe.

358 SPRINT CARS FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. 35-Steve Owings, [6]; 2. 77-David Holbrook, [1]; 3. 12-Mike Bittinger, [3]; 4. 66A-Cody Fletcher, [4]; 5. 39-Jason Cunningham Jr, [10]; 6. 48-Glenndon Forsythe, [5]; 7. 8-Kenny Kuhn, [9]; 8. 77K-Steven Kisamore, [8]; 9. (DNF) 51-Austen Treuchet, [7]; 10. (DNF) 27-Jacob Galloway, [12]; 11. (DNF) 44-Dylan Norris, [2]; 12. (DNF) 511-John Sharpe, [11]. No time.

Lap Leaders: David Holbrook (1-24), Steve Owings (25)

-end-

FREDDIE RAHMER CLASS OF THE FIELD IN WINNING HIS FIRST 410 SPRINT FEATURE OF THE SEASON AT LINCOLN SPEEDWAY

Steve Wilbur tops field in 358 sprint action while Korey Sites rolls to street stock win

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 4/14/2018 – Freddie Rahmer was the class of the field Saturday night as he chased down 2-time 2018 winner Brian Montieth and held off the six-time defending 2017 track champ en route to his first win of 2018 in the 25-lap 410 sprint feature at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

“I’ll tell ya, this here really builds a lot of confidence to get this (win) out of the way,” said Rahmer on his first win of 2018 in victory lane. “I haven’t been doing a good job, and we’ve been sneaking in a few good runs”

“I was really good at the beginning of the race and I was good down here (turns 1 and 2),” said Rahmer on holding off Montieth in the closing laps. “But I knew down here (turns 3 and 4) I wasn’t getting through 3 so good so I knew Brian (Montieth) was going to be there…we still won so it don’t matter!”

Polesitter Dan Shetler grabbed the lead at the drop of the green with outside front row starter Montieth right behind. Then just as they got to lapped traffic on the ninth lap Montieth made his move to get around Shetler for the lead.

But right behind him was seventh-starting Freddie Rahmer who was quickly moving to the front and joined Montieth in getting around Shetler the same lap to move into second.

It was clear Rahmer was not content to follow Montieth. He drove around the Phoenixville racer the very next lap and had the lead with only nine laps in the books.

A new qualifying format this season is in effect that has featuring starting positions determined directly from the finish of their respective heat races. The “heads-up” feature line up put Montieth on the front row (2nd) after winning the second heat while Rahmer was relegated to inside the fourth row (7th) due to his second place finish in the first heat.

“With this new (qualifying) format, one position in a heat race could mean the difference between winning or running fifth,” said Rahmer on having to chase down Montieth in the feature. “With me starting seventh, and (Montieth) starting second I wasn’t going to give up…we had a good race car with a great start and it went nice.”

After a less than stellar start to the 2018 racing season, Rahmer was strong and was in the lead. But he now had to hold off Montieth for 16 laps.

It was quickly apparent that Rahmer had found his stride and was slowly pulling away in lapped traffic. But it wasn’t going to be that easy for Rahmer.

A TJ DeHaven flip in the first and second turns of the 15th lap put Montieth and fifth-starting Cory Haas on Rahmer’s bumper for the restart with a clear track ahead.

Rahmer weathered the initial challenges on the restart, only to have the red flag wave again, this time on the 18th lap for Dwayne Gutshall who flipped in turn 2. Now two-time track champ Alan Krimes joined the battle as he was charging up to the front from his eighth starting position and was in fourth place behind Montieth and Haas.

But Rahmer didn’t miss a beat on the restart and again pulled away. An ensuing battle between Montieth, Haas, and Krimes for 2nd through fourth place over the final five laps allowed Rahmer some breathing room as the laps wound down.

With two laps to go Montieth was clear of that battle and was able to focus on the leader. Montieth closed the gap with two laps to go and on the final lap was close enough heading up the backstretch to make a final dive to the inside of the final turns to the checkered.

But Montieth, the one they call “The Edge”, was a little dull this night as Rahmer calmly drove off the fourth turn strong to take the checkered .84-seconds ahead for his first 2018 Lincoln win of the season.

“He (Freddie) did really good,” said his father Fred in victory lane. “To beat Brian here…he’s a really good racer.

“We’ll just keep plugging away. This is going to be good for Freddy’s confidence. He’s been dragging his butt around a little bit so this will definitely help.”

Montieth settled for second, with Krimes, Haas, and fifth-starting Tyler Ross finishing third through fifth respectively.

“We really appreciate all Lincoln does and we wanted to support them tonight, said the winner. “I really want to thank all those that came out to watch us here and we’re looking forward to the next one (race).”

Completing the top-10 were Jim Siegel (started 10th), Kyle Moody (started 6th), Glenndon Forsythe (started 14th), Chad Trout (started 13th), and Brandon Rahmer (started 15th).

And then later his father added, “I wanted to dedicate this win to “Ozzy”. He was with Manheim Auto Auction for a lot of years and he just passed away. He was a great guy and will definitely be missed.”

Heats for the 24 410 Sprinters on hand were won by Shetler, Montieth, and Cole Young.

Polesitter Steve Wilbur withstood a race-long challenge from Chase Dietz to pick up his first win of the year in the 20-lap 358 sprint feature.

Wilbur grabbed the lead at the outset with third-starting Ashley Cappetta and polesitter Kenny Kuhn in tow.

Seventh-starting Dietz was methodically working his way to the front and passed fifth-starting Trey Hivner for third place on the sixth lap. Dietz finally got by a strong Cappetta car for second place on the eighth lap and set his sights on race-long leader Wilbur.

Four separate cautions over the 2nd half of the race gave Dietz a chance to pass Wilbur for the lead, but, Wilbur maintained his line on each restart and weathered the storm to take the checkered .66-seconds ahead of Dietz for his second career win at Lincoln Speedway.

Cappetta settled for a hard-fought third place finish, with ninth-starting Jeff Halligan fourth, and eighth-starting Steven Drevicki fifth.

Completing the top-10 were  sixth-starting Troy Wagaman, Jr., outside front row starter Kenny Kuhn, fourth-starting Brie Hershey, 10th-starting Steve Owings, and 13th-starting Chris Arnold.

Heats for the 26 358 Sprinters on hand were won by Owings, Chase Dietz, and Tracey, with Alyson Dietz winning the consolation.

Lincoln Speedway is back in action next Saturday night, April 21st at 7 PM, for McSHERRYSTOWN MOOSE LODGE #720 NIGHT on AUTO RACING CLUB OF HAGERSTOWN (ARCH) NIGHT with the 410 Sprint and 358 Sprint regulars being joined by the 358 Late Models. Gates will open at 5 PM, with hot laps getting underway at 6:30 PM, and heats at 7 PM.

RACE RESULTS
Saturday, April 14, 2018
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
Abbottstown, PA

410 Sprint Feature Finish (25 Laps) – 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer ($3,500); 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 39-Cory Haas; 5. 5-Tyler Ross; 6. 59-Jim Siegel; 7. 99M-Kyle Moody; 8. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 9. 1X-Chad Trout; 10. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 11. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 12. 7K-Dan Shetler; 13. 21T-Scott Fisher; 14. 17N-Cole Young; 15. 73B-Brett Michalski; 16. 22T-Matt Boland; 17. 19-Landon Myers; 18. 75-Nicole Bower; 19. 6K-Chris Knopp; 20. 10-Zach Eucalano; 21. 3-Chris Priar (DNF); 22. 74-Dwayne Gutshall (DNF); 23. 74D-TJ DeHaven (DNF); DNS – 55-Gary Kriess. No Time

Lap Leaders – Dan Shetler (1-8), Freddie Rahmer (9-25)

358 Sprint Feature Finish (20 Laps) – 1. 59-Steve Wilbur; 2. 4R-Chase Dietz; 3. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 4. 66-Jeff Halligan; 5. 19S-Steven Drevicki; 6. 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr.; 7. 8-Kenny Kuhn; 8. 97-Brie Hershey; 9. 35-Steve Owings; 10. 23-Chris Arnold; 11. 12-Brent Shearer; 12. 7-Trey Hivner; 13. 4-Dwight Leppo; 14. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 15. 9-Dalton Dietrich; 16. 28-Matt Findley; 17. 44-Dylan Norris; 18. 27-Dave Brown; 19. 11-Greg Plank; 20. 5A-Zachary Allman; 21. 27G-Jake Galloway (DNF); 22. 50-Alyson Dietz (DNF); 23. 14T-Tyler Walton (DNF); 24. 21-C.J. Tracy (DNF).  No Time.

Lap Leaders – Steve Wilbur (1-20)

-end-

Port Royal Hosts Two-Show Weekend April 21 & 22

Open Wheel Madness 410s, 305s & URCs Saturday, Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models Race Sunday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/15/18

PORT ROYAL, Pa. –Port Royal Speedway will be in action twice this weekend, coming up on Saturday, April 21 with Open Wheel Madness $1 Hot Dog Night and again on Sunday, April 22 when the oval welcomes the cars and stars of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Challenge Series sponsored by Moon Shine Camo.

Saturday's show will feature the first of three Open Wheel Madness programs on the season, featuring the Weikert's Livestock 410 sprints in a $4,000 to win main event, the Creasy Signs PASS/IMCA 305 sprints and the popular URC Sprints.

It will be the first of three appearances at the track this season by the 360 c.i. URC Sprints.

And then on Sunday, the track opens its gates to the national stars of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Challenge Series for a $10,000 to win main event.

The Mason Dixon Shootout Series limited late models are also on the special Sunday program with all gates opening at 2 pm.

Gates on Saturday open at 3 pm.

Both racing programs begin at 6 pm.

Adult general admission on Saturday is set at $17 with students ages 12 – 18 admitted for $7.

Sunday adult general admission is $25 with students priced at $10.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia, is the current Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series national points leader as the tour heads into Port Royal Speedway on Sunday.

"Kid Rocket," Josh Richards follows Davenport in the current standings followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Sheppard and Kyle Bronson.

Combined with local stars like Jeff Rine, Coleby Frye, Dylan Yoder and others, one of the stoutest fields of late models anywhere at any time in the country is expected to be in competition at Port Royal Speedway for the show on April 22.

Curt Michael is the current URC Sprint series point leader as the tour hits Port Royal on Saturday night.

The Saturday show at The Port will be just the second overall show of the early season for the URC circuit.

It is expected that at least a few regular Port Royal 410 sprint drivers will compete in both the 410 and URC 360 sprint divisions on Saturday night.

-end-

Two Weeks Of 410s & 358s At Williams Grove Before ASCS/URC Battle At The Grove

Maiden visit of Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour to Williams Grove looms May 4

4/15/18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mechanicsburg – Coming up Friday night, April 20 at Williams Grove Speedway, another big show of Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars and HJ Towing & Recovery 358 sprints is on tap with an 8 pm starting time.

Adult general admission for the racing program is set at $15 with students ages 13-20 admitted for just $10.

Kids ages 12 and under are always admitted for FREE at Williams Grove Speedway.

Both the 410s and the 358s will again return to the track on April 27, this time with a Yellow Breeches 500 event for the 410s, paying $500 just to start the super sprint main event.

And then the big "Battle At The Groves" event for the Lucas Oil ASCS and URC 360 sprint cars will hit Williams Grove Speedway coming upon Friday, May 4.

The 410 sprint cars will also be on the May 4 program, racing for $4,000 to win.

The "Battle At The Groves" Friday night show will find the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour for 360 sprints competing with its national stars at Williams Grove for the very first time in history.

Both the ASCS and URC stars will join forces for the big racing program, competing in a 25-lap, $4,000 to win, $400 to start main event.

Meanwhile, coming in to this Friday's show, Greg Hodnett has set himself up as the early season point leader in the 410 sprint division while a tie currently exists atop the 358 sprint standings between the two winners on the season, Jeff Halligan and Kevin Nouse.

So far this season, 410 sprint winners at Williams Grove have been Lucas Wolfe, Ryan Taylor, Cory Haas and Lance Dewease.

Keep up to all the latest speedway news and information by visiting the oval's official website at www.williamsgrove.com or by following the track on Facebook and Twitter

-end-

FRANEK BEGINS SELINSGROVE SPRINT CAR TITLE DEFENSE WITH OPENING DAY WIN

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Defending 360 sprint car champion Davie Franek, 31, of Wantage, N.J., drove to a convincing victory in Saturday night’s #WideOpen2018 25-lap season opener at Selinsgrove Speedway at the wheel of the family-owned Franek Auto Sales No. 28F.

The $2,000 win was the 15th of Franek’s sprint car racing career at Selinsgrove, where he got his start at the age of 17.

The 360 sprint car main event almost went non-stop on the smooth red-clay surface until a caution flag on the final lap regrouped the field and set up a chase to the checkered flag between Franek and Mark Smith of Sunbury.

In the 20-lap limited late model race, Jeremy Ohl of Mill Hall bested a strong field of 27 entries and steered clear of a multi-car frontstretch melee for his first career win at Selinsgrove worth $1,000.

Tommy Slanker of York also began his title defense by capturing the thrilling 15-lap pro stock opener with a pass by Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove on the final lap.

Fans were treated to another last-lap pass in the 12-lap roadrunner race in which Ryan Zook of Mifflintown slipped by defending champion Keith Bissinger of Orangeville racing off turn four for the checkered flag.

Randy Minich of Newville wrapped up the evening’s racing with a win in the 15-lap Penn Mar Vintage Race Club feature.

A strong field of race cars and large crowd were on hand to kick off the historic 56th consecutive season of auto racing at the Snyder County half-mile oval.  During the off-season, the pit area was relocated from inside the speedway to outside of Turn 4 to give fans an unobstructed, wide open view of the racing action. The four-acre, $100,000-plus renovation project is the speedway’s biggest and most applauded change since opening in 1946.

Selinsgrove Speedway will present the Ray Tilley Classic for 410 sprint cars at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, sponsored by Icon Legacy Custom Modular Homes. The 30-lap tribute race will pay $4,088 to win and $400 to start. The pro stocks and roadrunners will round out the three-division racing card. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with grandstand gates at 4 p.m. There will be no racing Saturday, April 21.

Outside front row starter Davie “No Panic” Franek powered into the lead at the drop of the green flag in the sprint car main event. Franek was trailed by fourth-place starter Kevin Nagy for the first lap until polesitter Ryan Kissinger moved into second.

By lap four, seventh-place starter Mark Smith was challenging eighth-place starter Derek Locke for the fifth position. Five laps later, Smith drove around third-place starter Troy Betts for fourth and the next lap it was Nagy for third.

At the halfway point, Franek stretched his lead to a straightaway and the leaders began to encounter slower traffic. With five laps remaining, Franek held a commanding lead over Kissinger, Smith, Betts, and Nagy.

On the final lap, the caution flag slowed the field for the first and only time when Nagy spun in turns three and four. Smith took a shot at Franek in the chase to the checkered flag but came up just .28 of a second short at the line. Franek was victorious over Smith, Kissinger, Betts, and ninth-place starter Chad Layton.  

At the start of the limited late model feature, a three-wide race for the lead into the first turn unfolded with third-place starter Jeremy Ohl powering into the front spot out of turn two. Ohl was chased by polesitter Jared Fulkroad and fourth-place starter Danny Snyder.

On the second circuit, a car near mid-pack slowed and caused a chain-reaction crash in which Doug Ishler’s car barrel rolled at the end of the frontstretch. A total of 10 cars was involved in the melee and all the drivers escaped injury.

When the green flag unfurled, the rest of the race went without incident. Fulkroad reeled in Ohler in the final laps to no avail. At the checkered flag, Ohler posted a two-second margin of victory over Fulkroad, Travis Mease, Danny Snyder, and Kenny Yoder.

Kyle Bachman drove into the lead from his front row starting spot in the pro stock feature. He was closely followed by third-place starter and defending champion Tommy Slanker while sixth-place starter Brandon Moser settled into third.

Despite some early race cautions, Bachman held off Slanker’s challenges for the front spot until the final five laps when Slanker moved into striking distance. For three full laps, Bachman and Slanker raced side by side in the stock car thriller.

On the final lap, Bachman slipped high in turns one and two and gave Slanker just enough edge to pull ahead in the dash to the finish. Slanker’s margin of victory was just .53 of a second over Bachman, Moser, Shaun Lawton, and AJ Hoffman.

Polesitter Will Brunson and third-place starter Keith Bissinger dueled for the early lead in the roadrunner race. Bissinger ran his trademark high line around the big half-mile while Brunson maintained an edge using the inside line.

On the ninth circuit, eighth-place starter Ryan Zook showed a lot of speed and got by Brunson for the runner up spot. Zook set his sites on Bissinger and racing off the fourth turn for the checkered flag made a dive to the bottom of the race track to pass Bissinger for the win by the slimmest of margins. Bissinger settled for second with Brunson, Jake Jones and Smith Cope rounding out the top five.

Second-place starter Randy Minich took the lead away from polesitter Glenn Roberts on the eighth lap to score the victory in the 15-lap Penn Mar Vintage Race Car Club feature.

SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY - 14 April 2018

360 Sprint Cars –25-Lap A-Main:  1)28F Davie Franek  2) M1 Mark Smith  3) 66 Ryan Kissinger  4) 22 Troy Betts  5) 35L Chad Layton  6) 29 Jason Shultz  7) 33 Michael Walter II  8) 77 Derek Locke  9) 1W Eric Tomecek  10) 49 Mallie Shuster  11) 76 Larry Kelleher  12) 67 Steve Collins  13) 99M Nyle Berkes  14) 11 Jim Shuster  15) 45 Kevin Nagy  16) 6M Hank Donovan  17) 71 Charlie Anderson  18) 88 Chad Miller  19) 9 Ryan Linder  20) 99Y Shane Yost  21) 47C Adam Carberry  22) 99K Cody Keller
Heat Winners:   Steve Collins, Derek Locke, Mark Smith

Limited Late Models 20-Lap A-Main:  1) 5J Jeremy Ohl  2) 12K Jared Fulkroad  3) 116 Travis Mease  4) 44 Danny Snyder  5) 7Y Kenny Yoder  6) 08 Zach Kauffman  7) 118 Shawn Merkel  8) 22H Eric Hohol  9) 42 Jim Yoder  10) 5 Craig Wagaman  11) 50A Andrew Stotler  12) 26 Kyle Merkel  13) 1W Randy Croop  14) 20M John Myers  15) 11T JR Toner  16) 115S Shaun Miller  17) 23 Todd Snook  18) 99W Mike Walls  19) 177 Brian Shuey  20) 07 Tim Krape  21) 34 Bob Dunn  22) Joe Lusk  23) 21 Doug Ishler  24) 21M Matt Murphy

Pro Stocks 15-Lap A-Main:  1) 40 Tommy Slanker  2) 99B Kyle Bachman  3) 8M Brandon Moser  4) 92 Shaun Lawton  5) 6C AJ Hoffman  6) 8S Andrew Shoop  7) 11B Jake Buck  8) 23 Will Brunson  9) 14C Bill Conrad  10) 86 Wayne Shaffer  11) 29 Wayne Shaffer  12) Josh Bender  13) 89 John Schoch  14) 00 Cory Long  15) 55T John Troxell

Roadrunners 12-Lap A-Main:  1) 28 Ryan Zook  2) 11 Keith Bissinger  3) 8B Will Brunson  4) 7 Jake Jones  5) 1 Smith Cope  6) 12 Tom Underwood  7) 7 Butch Shaffer  8) 28 Nick Decker  9) 2B Brian Mabus  10) 15 Hunter Shelley  11) 44C Corey Collier

Penn-Mar Vintage Race Cars – 8 Entries
8-Lap A-Main:  1) 707 Randy Minich  2) U2 Stew Wenrich  3) 7B Paul Bacchus Jr.  4) 0 Glenn Pobletts  5) 17 Curt Neiman  6) 34 John Marks  7) 4 Scott Rickrode  8) 10 Gene Wrightstone

-end-

Baps Motor Speedway (Susquehanna)
Sunday
410 Sprint Cars: 1)Danny Dietrich 2) Lance Dewease 3) Greg Hodnett 4) Parker Price-Miller 5) Anthony Macri 6) Brett Michalski 7) Gerard McIntyre Jr. 8) Landon Myers
9) Lucas Wolfe 10) Tyler Ross 11) Kyle Moody 12) Trey Starks 13) Tyler Esh 14) Bradley Howard 15) Aaron Reutzel 16) Mark Smith 17) Alan Krimes 18) Brian Montieth 19) Cory Haas 20) Brock Zearfoss 21) Chris Priar

Lap Leaders:Reutzel (1-6), Dewease (7-16), Dietrich (17-30)

358 Sprint Cars: 1) Gregg Foster 2) Doug Hammaker 3) Troy Wagaman Jr. 4) Steven Drevicki 5) Chris Frank 6) Troy Rhome 7) Cody Fletcher 8) Dylan Norris 9) Zachary Allman

Lap Leaders: Foster (1-25)

-end-

Blaney Passes Hodnett & Out-Guns Wolfe To Win Port Royal Sprints Thriller

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/7/18

PORT ROYAL, Pa. – It was a great night for the Blaney family in racing "circles" on Saturday as veteran sprint car driver Dave Blaney of Mooresville, NC., took his fourth career victory at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania while his son Ryan Blaney scored the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

To get his fourth career win at Port Royal worth $3,600, "The Buckeye Bullet," Dave Blaney had to drive by Greg Hodnett and then out-gun Lucas Wolfe to the checkers.

In the 22-lap super late model main, Selinsgrove's Dylan Yoder took the $2,000 payday after a battle with Nick Dickson and an attempt at stealing the lead at the hands of Coleby Frye.

The 18-lap 305 sprint main was scored by Jeff Miller of Huntingdon after a crash in the final turn took out the leader.

Hodnett started second in the 25-lap 410 sprint car main with Blaney taking the green from the third position and Wolfe in 10th.

The caution appeared early in the event, with two laps scored when Parker Price-Miller spun high in the fourth turn and collected Jason Shultz and Joe Kata.

Hodnett held command for the restart with Kody Lehman and Blaney following.

Blaney snagged second from Lehman at the new green and then stuck with Hodnett, not allowing him to "check out" as the race entered the rear of the field with eight laps away.

Racing through traffic, Blaney was able to narrow Hodnett's advantage before the second caution flag of the race unfurled with 11 laps to go for a spin by Aaron Reutzel who was up to sixth after starting the race in 14th.

Blaney blasted across the bottom and middle of the first corner on the restart to drive by Hodnett and take command of the event while Lucas Wolfe restarted third.

Wolfe was working well on both sides of the track and overtook Hodnett for second with nine laps to go.

Blaney then raced to stay ahead of Wolfe as he came up on the rear of the field during the final five laps but Wolfe was clearly closing as the two-to-go sign came out.

Wolfe had just one shot to steal the win and it came with a deep, third turn dive and swoop to come up off the bottom in the fourth turn with the lead, just in front of Blaney.

But Blaney turned the car down off of the cushion as the pair raced out of the fourth turn and drew back to Wolfe's inside as they sped toward the checkers, mustering just enough power to retake command as the finish line neared, posting a .312 second margin of victory.

Hodnett rode home third followed by Anthony Macri and Dylan Cisney.

Sixth through 10th went to Brock Zearfoss, Danny Dietrich, Logan Wagner, Steve Buckwalter and Mike Wagner.

Heats went to Rick Lafferty, Jason Shultz and Joe Kata.

Second starter Nick Dickson would lead the first 10 laps of the super late model main before losing the lead to Dylan Yoder.

Yoder and Dickson waged a spirited battle for control for several laps before Yoder was finally able to muscle control away.

In fact, just before Yoder came up with the lead, he was wound up in a three-car battle for control, squeezed in between Dickson and an advancing Coleby Frye in the fourth corner.

And it was out of that squeeze play that Yoder took command, just before the first yellow flag of the race unfurled with 11 laps away.

Dickson failed to challenge on the restart and then ended up withdrawing from the event as Frye assumed second with Andy Haus in third.

Restarts with 14, 17 and 20 laps in the books found Haus challenging Frye for second but to no avail and each time Yoder was able to pull away.

It was the 13th win of Yoder's Port Royal career, coming by 1.073 seconds over Frye, Haus, Andrew Yoder and Mike Lupfer.

Sixth through 10th went to Brett Schadel, Tim Smith Jr., Rance Garlock, Jason Schmidt and Larry Baer.

Heats went to Lupfer and Haus.

Nick Sweigart led all but the final lap of the 305 sprint main, falling victim to an increasingly ragged outside cushion.

Sweigart had Austin Bishop challenging during the first half of the race and then found Jeff Miller in pursuit during the second half.

With a few laps to go Sweigart clouted the outside first turn wall but saved the car and his lead as he appeared headed to a first ever Port Royal win.

But that outside wall bit again, this time as he sailed near it in the third and fourth turns where he ended up riding the wall before losing control and spinning as he headed to the checkers.

This handed the lead to Miller who made good on his fortunes to pick up the win.

Drew Ritchey was second followed by Kyle Smith, Jonathan Jones and Zach Newlin.

Three heats went to Smith, Miller and Dave Grube.

Feature Finishes
4/7/18

410 sprints, 25 laps: 1.Dave Blaney, 2. Lucas Wolfe, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Anthony Macri, 5. Dylan Cisney, 6. Brock Zearfoss, 7. Danny Dietrich, 8. Logan Wagner, 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Mike Wagner, 11. TJ Stutts, 12. Aaron Reutzel, 13. Kody Lehman, 14. Rick Lafferty, 15. Jared Esh, 16. Max McGhee, 17. John Garvin, 18. Vince Snyder, 19. Brent Matus, 20. Brandon Matus, 21. Jason Shultz, 22. Joe Kata III., 23. Parker Price-Miller

Late models, 22 laps: 1. Dylan Yoder, 2. Coleby Frye, 3. Andy Haus, 4. Andrew Yoder, 5. Mike Lupfer, 6. Brett Schadel, 7. Tim Smith Jr., 8. Rance Garlock, 9. Jason Schmidt, 10. Larry Baer, 11. Kirk Baker, 12. Chad Myers, 13. Tim Wilson, 14. Dave Brouse Jr., 15. Nick Dickson, 16. Mike Maresca

305 sprints, 18 laps: 1. Jeff Miller, 2. Drew Ritchey, 3. Kyle Smith, 4. Jonathon Jones, 5. Zach Newlin, 6. Christian Rumsey, 7. Austin Bishop, 8. Ken Duke Jr., 9. John Walp, 10. Dave Grube, 11. Fred Arnold, 12. Erin Statler, 13. Robert Garvey, 14. Dave Graber, 15. Reed Thompson, 16. John Scarbourough, 17. Nick Sweigart, 18. Colton Hoover, 19. Wally Eshenaur, 20. Kyle Ganoe

DNS: Kassidy Kreitz, Jimmy White, Stephanie Dodson

-end-

TYLER ESH SCORES CAREER FIRST 410 SPRINT WIN AT THE FABULOUS LINCOLN SPEEDWAY;

Brent Shearer and Bob Gutshall score wins in 358 sprint and wingless super sportsman action

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 4/7/2018 – 26 year old Tyler Esh of New Providence led all 25 laps from his pole position and held off 2-time 2018 winner Brian Montieth to pick up his first career 410 Sprint win at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Picking up a first-time win anywhere is special. For Esh, to pick up his inaugural win was even more special when considering he had six-time Lincoln Champ, and two-time 2018 winner Brian Montieth chasing him in a three-lap shootout to the checkers.

“With three (laps) to go I never prayed so hard in a race car in all my life,” said Esh following his first-ever wing-dance for winning the feature. “Just three more laps was all I needed…I saw him trying to come underneath me the last three laps and I was just hoping not to make a mistake and pull back around him every time and it worked out.”

And work out it did.

Esh started on the pole and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green with third-starting Glenndon Forsythe and outside frontrow starter Scott Fisher following. Friday night Williams Grove winner Cory Haas came charging from his sixth starting spot to grab third on the second lap and eventually got by Forsythe for the runner-up spot on the 13th lap.

As the non-stop laps wound down in the 25-lap feature ninth-starting Montieth and seventh-starting Freddie Rahmer were methodically working there way to the front as Esh cruised out it front, just out of reach of the back of the field.

Montieth started gaining on the leaders and moved around Forsythe for third on the 18th lap and then by Haas for the runner-up spot with five laps to go.

Just as it looked like Esh had the checkered in sight in the non-stop affair, disaster struck on the 23rd lap as Forsythe and Gerard McIntyre, Jr. tangled in turn two to bring out the caution.

“I really didn’t look at the leader board until the caution came out with three (laps) to go,” said Esh. “I was starting to catch lapped traffic and trying not to make a mistake. When I saw (Montieth) on the board I didn’t know what to do other than to not mess up and hope for the best.”

This set up a dramatic three-lap dash to the checkered with Esh being chased by Montieth (who had won the last two races at Lincoln), Haas, and Rahmer.

“When I seen the No.21 (Montieth) on the board I knew he could run top end on me so I figured as long as I didn’t mess up I was either going to win it or put it into the fence trying.”

Rahmer got by Haas for third on the restart with Esh now staring at Montieth and Rahmer chasing him with a clear track ahead and only two laps to go.

“I know we haven’t went out of here on four wheel too much, but this definitely feels good. I can’t thank my mom, Sue, and dad, Sam, and my brother Travis enough. And my wife Jessica for sticking behind me and letting me come back after getting hurt. My wife just lost her grandmother so I hope she was riding with me and helped us get here.”

Montieth started to show himself on the inside of each turn with Esh holding steady in his high line around each time. In the final turns to the checkered Montieth appeared to pull even on the inside but the Lancaster racer held steady and drove away on the exit of the turn to take the checkered for his first career 410 sprint win.

“I feel like I’m getting more-and-more comfortable (in the car). We had some bugs there the last couple of weeks. We just had to work through it. We’ll just give it all we got and keep going and keep this momentum going.”

Rahmer settled for third, Alan Krimes fourth, and Haas fifth.

“You’ve got to take advantage of your starting position and not make any mistakes. I owe this to everyone who helps me out Kevin Quirk from Racewear, Chad Baker from RRI Designs, Diversified Machine, RAYCO, my mom and dad, my brother.”

Rounding out the top-10 were Kyle Moody, Jim Siegel, Chad Trout, Brandon Rahmer, and Landon Myers.

Heats for the 17 410 Sprinters on hand were won by Esh and Fisher.

Manheim’s Brent Shearer started his No.12 sprinter on the pole and led forth-starting No.12B of Mike Bittinger all 20 laps en route to his first win of 2018, and the third of his career in the 358 sprint feature.

Shearer withstood a pair of cautions, one on the fourth lap for a slowing Greg Plank (who started outside Shearer on the frontrow), and another on the 12th lap for a spinning Cody Fletcher and Kenny Kuhn. Each time Shearer held off Bittinger and Troy Wagaman, Jr. (who started sixth) and raced away to a comfortable 2.53-second victory.

Bittinger and Wagaman settled for second and third respectively with last weeks’ 358 sprint season-opening winner and 13th-starting Jeff Halligan fourth, and 11th-starting Chase Dietz fifth.

Completing the top-10 were 14 year old Dylan Norris, Matt Findley, Dave Brown, Brie Hershey, and Fletcher.

Heats for the 19 358 Sprinters on hand were won by Dietz and Norris.

Bob Gutshall kicked off the super sportsman season with a win in the special 20-lap wingless super sportsman feature. Gutshall took the lead from his pole-starting position and held off veteran racer Billy Brian, Jr. to claim the victory by 1.41-seconds.

Fifth-starting Steve Wilbur, sixth-starting Carmen Perigo, Jr., and eighth-starting Craig Perigo completed the top-five.

Heats for the 15 Wingless Super Sportsman were won by Joey Biassi and Gutshall.

Lincoln Speedway is back in action next Saturday night, April 14th at 7 PM, with the 410 Sprints and 358 Sprints being joined by the street stocks. Gates will open at 5 PM, with hot laps getting underway at 6:30 PM, and heats at 7 PM.

RACE RESULTS
Saturday, April 7, 2018
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
Abbottstown, PA
410 Sprint Feature Finish (25 Laps) – 1. 35-Tyler Esh ($3,500); 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 39-Cory Haas; 6. 99M-Kyle Moody; 7. 59-Jim Siegel; 8. 1X-Chad Trout; 9. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 10. 19-Landon Myers; 11. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 12. 21T-Scott Fisher; 13. 73B-Brett Michalski; 14. 17N-Cole Young; 15. 07-Gerard McIntyre, Jr. (DNF); 16. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); DNS – 7K-Dan Shetler. No Time

Lap Leaders – Tyler Esh (1-25)
 
358 Sprint Feature Finish (20 Laps) – 1. 12-Brent Shearer; 2. 12B-Mike Bittinger; 3. 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr.; 4. 66-Jeff Halligan; 5. 4R-Chase Dietz; 6. 44N-Dylan Norris; 7. 28-Matt Findley; 8. 44B-Dave Brown; 9. 97-Brie Hershey; 10. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 11. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 12. 59-Steve Wilbur; 13. 8-Kenny Kuhn; 14. 5A-Zachary Allman; 15. 14T-Tyler Walton (DNF); 16. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle (DNF); 17. 11-Greg Plank (DNF); 18. 20-Devin Beidel (DNF); 19. 32-Gregg Foster (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Brent Shearer (1-20)

WINGLESS SUPER SPORTSMAN
Wingless Sportsman Feature Finish (20 Laps) – 1. 65-Bob Gutshall; 2. 16-Billy Brian, Jr.; 3. 59-Steve Wilbur; 4. 93-Carmen Perigo, Jr.; 5. 1A-Craig Perigo; 6. 16R-Ryan Rutz; 7. 2-Austin Lorah; 8. 2J-Justin Failor; 9. 63-Kevin Gutshall; 10. 59W-Brian Gonz (DNF); 11. 917-Luke Lenker (DNF); 12. 8M-Chris Meleason (DNF); 13. 4-Derek Scheaffer (DNF); 14. B1-Joey Biassi (DNF); 15. 0Z-Len Ozio (DNF). No Time

-end-

Williams Grove Speedway
410 Sprint Cars
Points as of April 6
1. Greg Hodnett    690
2. Lucas Wolfe*    675
3. TJ Stutts    640
4. Rick Lafferty    545
5. Cory Haas*    540
6. Gerard McIntyre Jr.    530
7. Danny Dietrich 520
8. Brock Zearfoss 510
9. Anthony Macri 490
10. Brian Montieth 490
358 Sprints
1. Jeff Halligan* 570
2. Kevin Nouse*    570
3. Matt Findley    450
4. Todd Rittenhouse Jr.    420
5. Brett Wanner    420
6. Chris Frank    410
7. Brie Hershey    380
8. Nyle Berkes    370
9. Gregg Foster    370
10. Troy Wagaman Jr. 370

* denotes win

-end-

SELINSGROVE POSTPONES #WIDEOPEN2018 OPENER UNTIL APRIL 14

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway officials announced tonight’s 2018 season opener has been postponed until Saturday, April 14, due to unseasonably cold temperatures. The announcement was made Friday evening as a courtesy to race teams and fans.

The highly-anticipated #WideOpen2018 Opener on April 14 will feature the 360 sprint cars, limited late models, pro stocks, roadrunners and a special visit by the Penn Mar Vintage Race Car Club.

Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. and grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.

The 360 sprint cars will compete in a 25-lap main event paying $2,000 to win and the limited late models will make their first of six scheduled appearances this season at the track in a 20-lap feature paying $1,000 to win and $100 to start. The pro stocks and roadrunners will run 15- and 12-lap races, respectively.

The limited late model specs for the April 14 race are 358 cubic inch engine maximum, 2,350 lb. weight rule, and open tire.

Selinsgrove will present the annual Ray Tilley Classic for 410 sprint cars at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22, paying $4,088 to win plus pro stocks and roadrunners sponsored by Icon Legacy Custom Modular Homes.

Selinsgrove Raceway Park will be back in action Friday, April 13, with the second full-points go kart race of the season at 7 p.m. Track gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule, the latest news, results, and race status, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow us Twitter and Facebook. The track office can be reached at 570.374.2266.

-end-

Haas Wins First For Trone At Williams Grove, Nouse Gets Careeer 18th In 358s

4/6/18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mechanicsburg – Cory Haas of York drove the Trone's Special No. 39 sprinter to the victory Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, rocketing from his front row starting spot to pick up the win.

In the 358 sprint main, defending track champion Kevin Nouse took his first victory of the season.

The first start in the 25-lap 410 sprint main was red flagged when Kody Lehman spun in the first turn, collecting Brock Zearfoss and Anthony Macri.

The next attempt at a start saw Freddie Rahmer tangle with Steve Buckwalter in the same turn, forcing a yellow flag to unfurl.

Haas then sped away in the Trone's Special on the third attempted start to lead the first circuit over Brian Montieth.

But the caution quickly unfuled again, with just two laps scored, this time for a slowing Adrian Shaffer in the third corner.

The rest of the distance would go non-stop with Montieth giving chase of Haas the entire distance.

On more than one occasion, Montieth appeared poised to take a stab at the leader only to scrub speed as he attempted to set his mount up for a run on the cushion.

Haas entered the rear of the field on the 13th lap, allowing Montieth to get his closest a few laps later.

As the pair headed to the stripe to record lap 16, Montieth was able to get under Haas for the lead in the third and fourth turns but Haas' momentum kept him in control of the race.

With five laps to go, Haas struggled to get Tyler Eash one lap down and again Montieth had a chance to make the most of his chances but Haas was able to stay just out of striking distance on the cushion to preserve his lead.

Montieth took a final blast for the lead as the front duo shot into the third corner, but came up short at the finish line as Haas was not to be deterred, taking the seventh win of his career at the track by .329 seconds.

It was Haas' first win at the track since September 6, 2015 and his first since taking over the seat of the Trone No. 39.

Rick Lafferty rode home third followed by Lucas Wolfe and Greg Hodnett.

After starting 14th, Parker Price-Miller rode home in sixth followed by Danny Dietrich, Chad Trout, TJ Stutts and Gerard McIntyre Jr.

Heats went to Matt Boland, Haas and Montieth.

Nouse started third in the 20-lap 358 sprint main and followed Hank Donovan Jr. for just the first lap before taking control of the event.

The entire race went non-stop with last week's winner, Jeff Halligan motoring through the field from the seventh starting spot.

Halligan took fifth on the third lap, third on lap nine and drove into second with eight laps to go.

Halligan then cut Nouse's advantage down from nearly half a lap to about a straightaway but ran out of time to gain any more ground.

The victory was the 18th of Nouse's career at Williams Grove Speedway in the 358 division.

Brett Wanner was third followed by Donovan and Scott Fisher.

Sixth through 10th went to Todd Rittenhouse Jr., Troy Wagaman Jr., Matt Findley, Gregg Foster and Chris Frank.

Twin heats went to Nouse and Donovan.

Feature Finishes
4/6/18

410 sprints: 1. Cory Haas, 2. Brian Montieth, 3. Rick Lafferty, 4. Lucas Wolfe, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Parker Price-Miller, 7. Danny Dietrich, 8. Chad Trout, 9. TJ Stutts, 10. Gerard McIntyre Jr., 11. Aaron Ott, 12. Tyler Esh, 13. Matt Boland, 14. Nicole Bower, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Aaron Reutzel, 17. Chris Priar, 18. Kody Lehman, 19. Adrian Shaffer, 20. Steve Buckwalter, 21. Freddie Rahmer, 22. Brock Zearfoss, 23. Anthony Macri

358 sprints: 1. Kevin Nouse, 2. Jeff Halligan, 3. Brett Wanner, 4. Hank Donovan Jr., 5. Scott Fisher, 6. Todd Rittenhouse Jr., 7. Troy Wagaman Jr., 8. Matt Findley, 9. Gregg Foster, 10. Chris Frank, 11. Brie Hershey, 12. Cody Fletcher, 13. Nyle Berkes, 14. Troy Rhome, 15. Rich Eichelberger, 16. Glenndon Forsythe, 17. Chase Dietz

-end-

IMPORTANT TIME CHANGE FOR APRIL 7TH RACING PROGRAM AT LINCON SPEEDWAY (Pa.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 4/2/2018 – Lincoln Speedway has moved up it’s start time for this Saturday’s April 7th racing program from 7 PM to 5 PM. The 410 Sprints and 358 Sprints will be joined by the Wingless Super Sportsman in the first 3 division show of 2018.

Pit gates will open at 2:30 PM, general admission gates open at 3 PM, and racing action getting underway at 5 PM.

-end-

Lincoln Speedway
410 Sprint Points
March 31, 2018
1. Brian Montieth 1325
2. Kyle Moody 1295
3. Lucas Wolfe 1245
4. Jim Siegel 1245
5. Chad Trout 1230
6. Cory Haas 1215
7. Gerard McIntyre Jr.    1215
8. Danny Dietrich 1190
9. Brandon Rahmer 1190
10. Anthony Macri 1170
358 sprint cars
1. Jeff Halligan  350
2. Steve Drevecki 340
3. Chase Dietz      335
4. Kyle Denmyer    330
5. Tyler Walton    325
6. Eric Parker      320
7. Cody Fletcher 315
8. Trey Hivner     310
9. Ashley Cappetta 305
10. Brie Hershey 300

-end-


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Like The Sprint Car Show on Facebook

 
March 31
1. Brian Montieth 1325
2. Kyle Moody 1295
3. Lucas Wolfe 1245
4. Jim Siegel 1245
5. Chad Trout 1230
6. Cory Haas 1215
7. G. McIntyre Jr. 1215
8. Danny Dietrich 1190
9. Brandon Rahmer 1190
10. Anthony Macri 1170
358 sprints
March 30
1. Jeff Halligan  350
2. Steve Drevecki 340
3. Chase Dietz  335
4. Kyle Denmyer  330
5. Tyler Walton  325
6. Eric Parker  320
7. Cody Fletcher 315
8. Trey Hivner 310
9. Ashley Cappetta 305
10. Brie Hershey 300
 

  Williams Grove

410s

April 6

1. Greg Hodnett  690
2. Lucas Wolfe 675
3. T.J. Stutts 640
4. Rick Lafferty 545
5. Cory Haas 540
6. G. McIntyre Jr. 530
7. Danny Dietrich 520
8. Brock Zearfoss 510
9. Anthony Macri 490
10. Brian Montieth 490

358 sprint cars

April 6
1. Jeff Halligan 570
1. Kevin Nouse  570
3. Matt Findley  450
4. T. Rittenhouse Jr. 420
4. Brett Wanner 420
6. Chris Frank  410
7. Brie Hershey 380
8. Nyle Berkes 370
8. Gregg Foster   370
8. Troy Wagaman Jr. 370

 

 Super Sportsman

FINAL
1. Scott Dellinger 2725
2. Russ Mitten 2660
3. Kenny Edkin 2630
4. Mike Enders 2485
5. Jay Fannasy 2225
6. Doug Dodson 2200
7. Paul Miller 2065
8. Gregg Foster 1985
9. Tony Jackson 1895
10. Rich Eichelberger 1715

 

Port Royal

FINAL
1. Brock Zearfoss 6570
2. Dylan Cisney    6565
3. T.J. Stutts    6455
4. Mike Wagner    6410
5. Greg Hodnett    5090
6. Kody Lehman    5035
7. Blane Heimbach 4435
8. Lucas Wolfe    4375
9. Curt Stroup    4300
10. Rick Lafferty 4075  

    
 Selinsgrove
360s

FINAL
1. Davie Franek    4110
2. Jason Shultz    3840
3. Chad Layton    3425
4. Derek Locke    3220
5. Nate Snyder    3170
6. Cody Keller    3100
7. Larry Kelleher 3060
8. Eric Tomecek    2940
9. Mallie Shuster 2785
10. Ryan Kissinger 2735   

 

"The Dirt Track Channel", "Open Wheel Today" and "All Dirt, All the time" are trademarks of Shawn Wood Productions