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Port Royal Open Wheel Madness For 410, URC 360 & 305 Sprints Caps Season Sat.

Oct. 22 show offers big three-division sprint show along with food, craft & flea market!



PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Port Royal Speedway will close its season this Saturday, October 22 at 3 pm when it hosts Open Wheel Madness, featuring 410, URC 360 and 305 sprint cars.

The 410 sprints will compete in a 30-lap main paying $5,000 to win and $400 to start while the URC Sprints race for $2,200 to win and the RaceSaver 305 sprints vie for $1,400 to win in the rescheduled Keystone RaceSaver Challenge.  

The season finale Open Wheel Madness program will be part of Port Royal Foliage Days at the speedway and fairgrounds.

Fans can visit the weekend-long food, craft and flea market held around the speedway on Saturday before taking in the races.

Adult general admission for the big program is $20 with students ages 12 – 18 admitted for $7.

Pit gates will open at Noon with general admission gates opening at 1:30 pm.  

The Foliage Days parade through the center of Port Royal will block Rt. 75 entry into the town of Port Royal briefly between approximately 1 and 1:30 pm.  

Visitors during that time should expect a short delay while the parade proceeds.

The October 22 finale will be the second show of the year at the track for the URC 360 sprint cars.

Mark Smith took the win in the first show held on May 29.

A large field of sprint cars overall is expected as the Port Royal season finale is one of the very last sprint car shows of the season in the region.

The Keystone RaceSaver 305 Sprint Challenge boasts a total purse of some $15,000 for the division.  The event was added to the October 22 race date after falling victim to rain on October 8.

The 305 race will also crown the 2016 Port Royal River Valley Builders 305 Sprint Series champion.

Full complements of heats will be staged for all three sprint car classes before their respective features.  There will be no time trials for any of the divisions.

Greg Hodnett leads all sprint car drivers in the W column at the track this season, having scored seven checkered flags.  Other winners have been: Lance Dewease, 3; Brent Marks, 2; and Dale Blaney, Steve Buckwalter, Bryan Clauson, Danny Dietrich, Doug Esh, Blane Heimbach, Joey Hershey, Aaron Ott, Logan Schuchart, Stevie Smith, Lucas Wolfe and Brock Zearfoss, 1 each.

Esh is the reigning sprint car track champion.  Schuchart is the most recent winner having scored a World of Outlaws victory on October 15.

Stay up to date with all the latest Port Royal news and information by visiting the oval’s official website at www.portroyalspeedway.com or by following the track on Facebook or Twitter.



By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway
YORK HAVEN, PA 10/16/16

It was all Frankie Herr in Saturday night’s Hess Ornamental Iron Fall Classic King of the Hill at Susquehanna Speedway.

Herr’s flag to flag win came in the final appearance of the season by the Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman and was the Carlisle, PA’s drivers third win of the season driving the Devine Racing owned mount.

Herr started on the pole of the 40-lap Fall Classic and dominated the event, leading all 40 non stop laps. The race was slowed two times on the initial green flag.

Fourth starter Kenny Edkin finished in the runner-up spot followed by 2016 Susquehanna track champion Russ Mitten, who started eighth. Fourth went to Rich Eichelberger with Timmie Barrick fifth ahead of Scott Dellinger, Doug Dodson, Rick Barr, Steve Fannasy and Gregg Foster.

Nate Young paced the 23-car field in time trials with a lap of 16.752 seconds with heats going to Mitten, Dellinger and Edkin.

Randy Christine, Jr. put an exclamation on his great 2016 racing season with his fourth 25-lap 358 Late Model win of the season after clinching the 2016 track championship.

Christine started 10th on the grid and made his way to the front by lap 11, taking the lead from Daulton Bigler and drove away from the field to score the win over Shaun Jones, Chase Billet, 22nd starter  Brian Shuey and Sammy Rial.

Sixth through 10th were Jake Jones, Randy Stoudt, George Dixon, Jr., Matt Murphy and Charles Potts.

Jake Jones and Chase Billet were heat race winners for the 22-car field.

Tyler Reeser continued his domination in IMCA PASS 305 Sprint car action, racing to his fourth win of the season after leading the final six laps.

Drew Ritchey finished second after leading through 18 with John Barnett coming home third after starting 12th ahead of Kyle Ganoe and Dave Grube.

Colby Dice, Barnett and Reeser won heats for the 21 Sprints.

Susquehanna Speedway returns to action on Saturday, October 22 with the 12th annual Millers Racing Parts Nationals presented by Insinger Fuels. On the racing card will be the Xtreme Stocks, Street Stocks, Road Warriors, MiniVans, Penmar Vintage Cars and 600 Micro Sprints.  Pits open at 2PM, Grandstands at 3PM with Racing at 5PM.

1. Frankie Herr, 2. Kenny Edkin, 3. Russ Mitten, 4. Rich Eichelberger, 5. Timmie Barrick, 6. Scott Dellinger, 7. Doug Dodson, 8. Rick Barr, 9. Steve Fannasy, 10. Gregg Foster, 11. Nate Young,. 12. Devin Beidel, 13. Mike Enders, 14. Tim Wyckoff, 15. Kevin Gutshall, 16. Paul Miller, 17. John Stoll, Jr., 18. Scott Grace, 19. Garrett Williamson, 20. Austin Lorah, 21. Jay Fannasy, 22. Troy Hockenberry.
Disqualifed: Davey Walsh.

358 LATE MODELS (25 LAPS)-1. Randy Christine, Jr., 2. Shaun Jones, 3. Chase Billet, 4. Brian Shuey, 5. Sammy Rial, 6. Jake Jones, 7. Randy Stoudt, 8. George Dixon, Jr., 9. Matt Murphy, 10. Charles Potts, 11. Matt Nailor, 12. Kyle Moser, 13. Dave Hertz, 14. Daulton Bigler, 15. Jake Moser, 16. Travis Mease, 17. Eric Holtol, 18. Steve Billet, 19. DJ Macri, 20. DJ Groft, 21. John Moser

IMCA/PASS 305 SPRINTS (25 LAPS)-1. Tyler Reeser, 2. Drew Ritchey, 3. John Barnett, 4. Kyle Ganoe, 5. Dave Grube, 6. Billy Ney, 7. Jeremi Hanson, 8. Colby Dice, 9. Greg Dobrosky, 10. Donnie Hendershot, 11. Ian Clemens, 12. Andrew Hake, 13. Jay Krout, 14. Dylan Shatzer, 15. Terry Schaeffer, 16. Randy Kaylor, 17. Zach Newlin, 18. Kirsten Hess, 19. Dustin Burke


Williams Grove Speedway
410 sprint car points
1. Greg Hodnett** 5310
2. Danny Dietrich** 4950
3. Brian Montieth*** 4930
4. Doug Esh** 4750
5. Cory Haas 4440
6. Freddie Rahmer* 4290
7. Alan Krimes 4095
8. Lucas Wolfe** 3970
9. Brock Zearfoss* 3670
10.  Stevie Smith* 3090

* denotes wins


MECHANICSBURG, PA – Danny Dietrich grabbed the lead from Joey Saldana with two laps to go and would go on to win the 54th Annual Williams Grove National Open Friday night.
Dietrich, of Gettysburg, earned $25,000 in the car owned by Gary Kauffman.  It was his first career National Open win.
“This is incredible,” said Dietrich. “That might have been one of the toughest races I’ve run. They were setting one heck of a pace. I kept working the bottom off of four and I thought if we got to traffic, I’d be alright and sure enough we got to it. These are the toughest guys to race against and to be able to win against these guys and race that hard- it was no easy win.”
Saldana started on the pole and grabbed the early race lead over Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz. David Gravel and Dietrich, who started sixth, swapped the fourth spot.
Saldana reached lapped traffic with six laps completed on a very fast racing surface. Saldana struggled to lap some cars allowing Sweet and Schatz to close. Saldana would finally lap Danny Holtgraver leaving the battle for second.
Sweet would close again and grab the lead off turn two with 14 laps completed. Sweet got held up by a lapped car entering turn one and Saldana blasted around the cushion to retake the lead. Schatz drove under Sweet off turn four to take second.
Saldana led by 1.180 seconds at the half-way point of the 40-lap National Open. Dietrich passed Gravel and then Sweet to move into third.
The first caution flag flew with 23 laps completed when Doug Esh stopped at the end of the backstretch. The field was then stopped to allow teams to refuel.
Saldana picked the inside lane on Schatz for the double-file restart
Dietrich threw a big slider at Schatz in turn three to take the second spot. Schatz fought back, but Dietrich drove off the cushion in turn two to secure second.
Shane Stewart stopped on the frontstretch with 24 laps completed. Saldana and Dietrich now shared the front row for the restart.
Saldana would keep Dietrich behind him following the restart as Schatz and Sweet raced hard for third.
Dave Blaney spun in turn two with 26 laps completed.
Dietrich went after Saldana in turn one on the restart and grabbed the lead. Saldana drove back under him to retake the lead as they race down the backstretch. Saldana took the cushion in turn three, but Dietrich drove to the bottom and had the lead coming off turn four, but the caution flew before they completed the lap.
A single-file restart ensued with Saldana leading Dietrich.
Saldana kept Dietrich about a second behind him until they reached lapped traffic. Dietrich tried to take the lead with seven laps to go, but couldn’t make the pass in turn four.
Saldana continued to lead, but Dietrich wasn’t done. Saldana checked up hard entering turn one behind Shane Stewart. Dietrich was there and nearly got into the back of Saldana in turn two.
Both drivers maintained their spots as they straightened out off turn two and raced down the backstretch. Saldana led with two laps to go, but Dietrich drove by him in turns one and two. Dietrich led into turn three and as they took the white flag.
“I lost that ground, but made it right back up,” said Dietrich. “I really thought without the lapped cars I’d be able to pull back to his bumper and it was going to have to be a big slide-job to get by him.”
Dietrich controlled the final lap to score the win by 1.127 over Saldana.
“If you would have told me on lap 10 that I’d be standing here, I would have laughed,” said Dietrich. “But, the track came to us a little bit and 40 laps is a long race. We were set-up for the last 20 and it played out in our favor.”
Saldana was forced to settle for a disappointing runner-up.
“He’s really good,” said Saldana. “These guys out here are very good and to be able to be on the frontstretch with them is a huge accomplishment. But, obviously, you want to win this race and I didn’t get it done. It sucks to be two laps short.”
Sweet, Schatz and Gravel completed the top five. Track champion Greg Hodnett, Daryn Pittman, Logan Schuchart, Lance Dewease and Jason Sides rounded out the top 10.
Tim Wagaman set overall fast time with a lap of 16.314 seconds. Schuchart was just a tick slower with a lap of 16.316 in the second flight of qualifying. A total of 48 cars were in the pits.
Blaney, Sweet, Gravel and Saldana won the eight-lap heat races. Saldana won the dash. Tim Shaffer won the C-main. T.J. Stutts won the B-main.
Champion Racing Oil National Open (40 laps): 1. Danny Dietrich. 2. Joey Saldana. 3. Brad Sweet. 4. Donny Schatz. 5. David Gravel. 6. Greg Hodnett. 7. Daryn Pittman. 8. Logan Schuchart. 9. Lance Dewease. 10. Jason Sides. 11. Dale Blaney. 12. Brian Brown. 13. Freddie Rahmer .14. Stevie Smith. 15. Doug Esh. 16. Jason Johnson. 17. Kerry Madsen. 18. Shane Stewart. 19. Lucas Wolfe. 20. Tim Wagaman. 21. T.J. Stutts. 22. Dave Blaney. 23. Brian Montieth. 24. Danny Holtgraver. 25. Paul McMahan. 26. Cory Haas.
B-main (12 laps – Top 4 to A): 1. T.J. Stutts. 2. Stevie Smith. 3. Doug Esh. 4. Jason Johnson. /5. Steve Buckwalter. 6. Cory Haas. 7. Brent Marks. 8. Brian Montieth. 9. Chase Dietz. 10. Mark Smith. 11. Jacob Allen. 12. Ryan Smith. 13. Bill Balog. 14. Paige Polyak. 15. Aaron Ott. 16. Tim Shaffer.
C-main (10 laps -Top 2 to B) 1. Shaffer 2. R.Smith / 3. Brock Zearfoss. 4. Logan Wagner. 5. Greg Wilson. 6. Chad Trout. 7. R.J. Johnson. 8. Clyde Knipp. 9. Troy Fraker. 10. Craig Dollansky. 11. Tim Glatfelter. 12. Nicole Bower.  DNS – Alan Krimes, Rodney Westhafer.



By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway

YORK HAVEN, PA -- The first season under the Scott Gobrecht/Kolten Gouse promotion team at Susquehanna Speedway will come to close with the Sprint Showdown on Saturday, November 5.

The Sprint Showdown will be the final event of the BAPS Coatings & Supplies 410 Sprint Series at the York Haven oval and will be the final chance for race teams to compete in Central Pennsylvania before winter sets in.

The 410 Sprints will compete in a 30-lap $5,000 to win feature with $400 to take the green. Time trials will set the starting lineups for the 410 Sprints.

The 358 Sprints will also be on the Sprint Showdown, going in a 25-lap event paying $1,000 to win and $150 to start.

“We are keeping the same total purse as last year, regarding the Sprint Showdown,” said General Manager Kolten Gouse. “We just wanted to tweak and spread the money throughout the entire field to benefit all the cars participating in the feature.” There is also no entry fee for teams this year.

Four BAPS 410 Sprint Series event have thrilled race fans this season at Susquehanna where Danny Dietrich has scored the last two wins in exciting fashion. His most recent win came with a final lap pass to score the victory. Other BAPS winners this year were Greg Hodnett and Lance Dewease.

Pit gates will open at 11:30AM with Grandstands opening at Noon. Time trials are set to go green at 2PM.

A Sunday, November 6th raindate will be used if needed.

Sprint Showdown Purse - 410 Sprints (30 laps) 1. $5,000, 2. $2,500, 3. $2,000, 4. $1,500, 5. $1,275, 6. $1,000, 7. $750, 8. $700, 9. $675, 10. $625, 11. $550, 12. $500, 13. $450, 14. $450, 15. $450, 16. $425, 17. $425, 18. $425, 19. $425, 20. $425, 21. $400, 22. $400, 23. $400, 24. $400

Sprint Showdown Purse -- 358 Sprints (25 laps) 1. $1,000, 2. $775, 3. $550, 4. $500, 5. $375, 6. $350, 7. $325, 8. $275, 9. $250, 10. $250, 11. $225, 12. $200, 13. $185, 14. $175, 15. $165, 16. $160, 17. $160, 18. $160, 19. $160, 20. $150, 21. $150, 22. $150, 23. $150, 24. $150.



Brie Hershey only the third repeat winner of the year in 358’s; Fred Cullum stays undefeated in 2016 Lincoln All-American Outlaws

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 10/9/2016 – Brian Montieth took advantage of a front-row starting position to score the 53rd win of his Lincoln career in Sunday night’s Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Appreciation Race sponsored by Pancho’s Racing Products.

“Starting up front and leading helped us out,” said Montieth upon exiting the Jerry Parrish #21 in victory lane, “I’m sure Danny (Dietrich) was better than me, because I saw him come up on the board there pretty quick. I didn’t know what he was going to do. I was trying to use every block I could with the lapped cars. Tonight, it worked out to be the leader.”

Montieth grabbed the lead from polesitter Austin Hogue at the outset and led every lap. Dietrich, who started sixth, was already up to second by the end of the second lap, setting up the anticipated race-long battle between the two dominant racers at the Pigeon Hills oval in 2016.

The only break in action during the 25-lap event was a sixth-lap caution for Bill Jones, Jr., who came to a stop in turn one.

Dietrich chased Montieth the whole way, pulling alongside the leader several times over the second half of the race.

“I could hear him back there the whole time, and I was just basically trying to not mess up,” said Montieth, “The car drag-raced pretty good down the chute, but didn’t get through the corners well, at least to my liking. But we’re sitting here for the last race of the season, and I can’t say much more about these guys. The season’s long, and I’m glad to see it’s over.”

Montieth’s final margin of victory was a carlength, with Alan Krimes making a late-race pass over Lucas Wolfe to finish third. Wolfe and World of Outlaw invader Jacob Allen crossed fourth and fifth. Sixth through tenth were Brent Marks, Jim Siegel, Greg Hodnett, Logan Schuhart, and Hogue.

Heats for the 29 410 sprints on hand were won by Wolfe, Siegel, and Hogue, with Brandon Rahmer winning the consolation.

Lady driver Brie Hershey won a race-long battle with Brent Shearer and survived a last-lap shootout to score her second win of the year in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.

Like Montieth, Hershey started on the outside of the front row alongside Jake Eldreth. But unlike Montieth, she did not lead every lap. She momentarily lost the lead to Shearer, who was scored the leader in heavy lapped traffic on lap 10. But Hershey made the bottom groove work to perfection and got back around Shearer on lap 11.

She joined Doug Hammaker and Jeff Rohrbaugh as the only repeat winners in the 358 division this season.

Shearer settled for second, with 11th-starting Doug Hammaker, 2016 track champ Chandler Leiby, and 12th-starting Tyler Esh rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Eldreth, Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., Ashley Cappetta, 19th-starting Kyle Denmyer, and Cody Fletcher.

Heats for the 28 358 sprints on hand were won by Dwight Leppo (who flipped on lap 19 of the feature), Shearer, and CJ Tracy, with Kyle Denmyer winning the consolation.

The Lincoln Speedway Awards Banquet will close out 2016 speedway activities on Saturday, November 19th (6 PM-12:30 AM).

Promoters Don Leiby and Alan Kreitzer have announced that opening day for the 2017 season will be Saturday, February 25th. Gates will open at noon with 410 sprint car racing to begin at 2:00 p.m.

To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania's "Premier" Saturday night race track - The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway.

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Abbottstown, PA
410 Sprint Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth ($4,000); 2. 48-Danny Dietrich; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen; 6. 19M-Brent Marks; 7. 59-Jim Siegel; 8. 27-Greg Hodnett; 9. 1S-Logan Schuhart; 10. 52-Austin Hogue; 11. 11C-Cory Haas; 12. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 13. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 14. 35-Steve Owings; 15. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 16. 5-Tyler Ross; 17. 5G-Chase Dietz; 18. 15-Adam Wilt; 19. 8-Billy Dietrich; 20. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 21. 39-Anthony Macri; 22. 21T-Scott Fisher; 23. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr. (DNF); 24. 12J-Bill Jones, Jr. (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Brian Montieth (1-25)

358 Sprint Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 97-Brie Hershey; 2. 12-Brent Shearer; 3. 66-Doug Hammaker; 4. 119-Chandler Leiby; 5. 35-Tyler Esh; 6. 23J-Jake Eldreth; 7. 23R-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 8. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 9. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 10. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 11. 28-Matt Findley; 12. 22T-Dave Thrush; 13. 23A-Chris Arnold; 14. 80M-Nyle Berkes; 15. 51N-Nick Palmerino; 16. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 17. 30-Jared Esh; 18. 19S-Steve Drevicki; 19. 13S-Jon Stewart; 20. 4-Dwight Leppo (DNF); 21. 21-CJ Tracy (DNF); 22. 67-Justin Whittall (DNF); 23. 7-Trey Hivner (DNF); 24. 41-Jeff Halligan (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Brie Hershey (1-9), Brent Shearer (10), Brie Hershey (11-20)


Rescheduled World Of Outlaws Champion Racing Oil 54th National Open Closes Williams Grove Speedway Season Friday With $25,000 Payday!

Oval Champion To Be Crowned With Checkered Flag



Mechanicsburg – The rescheduled Williams Grove Speedway Champion Racing Oil 54th annual National Open for sprint cars sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Series will close the oval’s season this Friday night, October 14 at 7:30 pm.   

After being lost to rain two weeks ago, the make-up Champion Racing Oil National Open will be a stand-alone program, paying $25,000 to win and $1,000 to start the 40-lap World of Outlaws main event.

The conclusion of the Open will also crown the 2016 Williams Grove Speedway Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint car champion as the Open pits the Pennsylvania Posse sprint car stars against the World of Outlaws stars.

Greg Hodnett is the current Williams Grove point leader going into the prestigious race.

Adult general admission for Friday’s Champion Racing Oil National Open is $35 with youth ages 13 – 20 admitted for $20 while kids ages 12 and under are always free.  Season reserved seats will be honored for the event.

Advanced tickets for the big event are currently being offered during business hours.

Rainchecks from the original dates of September 29, 30 and October 1 can be used in the speedway office to purchase tickets for October 14.

The Williams Grove Speedway campground will open on Friday, October 14 at noon and remain open until Saturday, October 15 at 5 pm.  

All camping passes and reserved spots purchased for September 27-October 3 will be honored on October 14. New camping passes will be sold in advance or upon arrival for $10.

Throughout history, no other driver has ever won the Williams Grove National Open as many times as outlaws warrior Donny Schatz who put himself on top of the event win list by claiming his fifth Nationals in 2012.

Schatz will enter the Williams Grove Champion Racing Oil National Open weekend leading the outlaws point standings, racing well ahead of Daryn Pittman, while also having accrued the most wins of any circuit driver this season.

Hanover native Stevie Smith scored redemption after a heartbreak a year earlier to record his third career triumph in the Williams Grove marquee event in 2015.

Smith took the lead from Danny Dietrich on the ninth tour last year to lead the final 31 circuits and beat Schatz to the line for victory aboard Fred Rahmer’s No. 51.

The Williams Grove portion of the 50/50 drawing on Friday will be split between the Bethesda Project and the Dillsburg Kiwanis Club.




Persistent showers forced Susquehanna Speedway officials to postpone Saturday’s HessOrnamental.com King of the Hill Fall Classic

The Fall  Classic, featuring a 40-lap feature for the Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman will be made up this Saturday, October 15th.  Racing will begin at 6PM.

Track champion Russ Mitten will lead the contingent of Super Sportsman going after the big $2,000 top prize.

Also on the October 15th Fall Classic program will be the Street Stocks and Xtreme Stocks.

Following the Fall Classic, Susquehanna Speedway returns to action with the Millers Racing Parts Nationals presented by Insinger Racing Fuels. Fans will be treated to action on the track for the Xtreme Stocks, Street Stocks, Road Warriors, Penmar Vintage Cars, Mini Vans and 600 Micro Sprints. Racing will begin at 5PM.


Gentzler Memorial/Manufacturers Appreciation Night postponed to sunday

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 10/8/2016 – Rain showers into the afternoon has forced Lincoln Speedway officials to postpone  the season-ending Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Appreciation Night presented by Panchos Racing Products one day, to tomorrow, Sunday Oct. 9th. Same time. Same place. Same show featuring the 410 and 358 sprint cars, along with the All American Outlaws. Gates will open for Sunday’s at 4:00 p.m. with racing getting underway at 6:00 p.m.


Port Royal Cancels Oct. 8 Races Due To Rain

Keystone RaceSaver 305 Sprint Challenge Added To Oct. 22 Open Wheel Madness

Xtreme Stocks to be run Oct. 15



PORT ROYAL, Pa. – The October 8 Blue Collar Classic race at Port Royal Speedway has been canceled due to rain and varying forecasts that conflict regarding the amount of projected and impacting rainfall throughout Saturday.

With teams and fans traveling from states away for the big 305 sprint show, the decision was made at 9:30 am in order to safeguard the travels and resulting expenses that could be incurred by teams and fans alike.

The October 8 cancellation has set up the following schedule changes for October 15 and October 22 events, finding the xtreme stocks and RaceSaver 305 Challenge rescheduled.

The Keystone RaceSaver 305 Sprint Challenge has now been added to the October 22 Open Wheel Madness program of 410 sprints and URC sprints.

The same program and purse that was slated for the 305 sprints on October 8 will now be run on October 22.  However there will be no time trials for 305 sprints.

Starting time for October 22 has been moved to 3 pm.

The 410 and URC sprints will still compete in their regularly scheduled 30-lap main events on October 22.  The 410 sprints will race for $5,000 to win.

The xtreme stock program slated for October 8 has been added to the October 15 racing program.  It too will be run with the same format and purse in place as was originally slated.   


Keystone RaceSaver 305 Sprint Challenge Saturday At Port Royal Speedway



PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Port Royal Speedway will present the 5th annual Blue Collar Classic featuring the Keystone RaceSaver Interregional Challenge for IMCA 305 sprint cars this Saturday, October 8 at 5 pm.

The race is the biggest event for IMCA 305 sprint cars in the east with this years total 305 sprint posted purse topping $15,000 including $1,400 to win the main event and a payout for a special Founder’s Cup race for all non-qualifiers.

Hosted by the PASS – PA Sprint Series region of RaceSaver 305s, the Keystone RaceSaver Challenge brings together multiple IMCA 305 sprint regions to compete with the PASS drivers including the TSRS – Tri State RaceSaver region, CRSA – Capitol Region Sprint Agency, VSS – Virginia Sprint Series, and the Laurel Highlands region.

Also in action at the Blue Collar Classic will be limited late models (355/358 engines), xtreme stocks and mid-atlantic modifieds.

The limited late models and the xtreme stocks will both race for $1,000 to win their feature events.

Gates for the big show open at 3 pm with adult general admission priced at $15 and students ages 12 –18 priced at $7.

Currently, some 54 sprint teams have pre-registered for the big IMCA 305 sprint car event.  

Tow money of $100 has been posted for the 305 sprint cars.  

Jeff Miller of Huntingdon is the defending Port Royal Keystone RaceSaver Challenge champion having taken the event in 2015.  

Jeff Geiges of Hamilton, NJ., scored in 2014 with Jake Waters winning in 2013 and  Sean Campbell taking the inaugural event in 2012.

Waters will help announce the 305-sprint portion of this Saturday’s program, still recovering from critical burn injuries sustained in a racing accident in July

Special prizes and contingencies will be awarded to all sprint car teams who compete in the event with some special fan prizes up for grabs as well.

Top prize for fans will be a flat screen TV.  

The conclusion of the Keystone RaceSaver Challenge will also crown the 2016 Port Royal River Valley Builders 305 sprint series champion.  

Port Royal Speedway returns to action on October 15 with the World of Outlaws sprint cars at 5 pm followed by the final show of the season on October 22, Open Wheel Madness featuring twin 30-lap features for the 410 sprints and the URC sprints.


Rare “Run What Ya’ Brung” Program For Sprints And Super Late Models Friday At Williams Grove Speedway

Rescheduled 54th Annual Champion Racing Oil World Of Outlaws National Open Is October 14



Mechanicsburg – Williams Grove Speedway will host a rare “Run What Ya’ Brung” racing program of 410 sprints and super late models coming up this Friday night, October 7 at 7:30 pm.

The October 7 racing program will not be a point event for the 410 sprint cars as the rulebook is thrown out the window for the special event.

The 410 sprints will race for $3,800 to win in a 25-lap main event while the super late models compete in a 25 lapper as well, paying $2,000 for the victory.  

The top 12 finishers in the heat races will redraw to start the main events.  

Adult general admission is $15 for the racing program with youth ages 13 – 20 priced at $10.    

Kids ages 12 and under are always admitted for free at Williams Grove Speedway!  

For the sprint cars, any types of spoilers, wings or sideboards may be used in the event and cockpit adjustments are permitted.

In addition the sprint cars will be racing with no weight limit or tire rule however all cars must adhere to current Williams Grove Speedway engine rules.

The super late models likewise may use any typer of spoiler, wing or sideboards and there is no weight limit or tire rule plus there are no engine rules.  

Following this Friday’s racing program at Williams Grove Speedway, the rescheduled 54th annual Champion Racing Oil National Open for sprint cars featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Series sprint cars will close the season on Friday, October 14 at 7:30 pm.

The make-up National Open will be a 40-lap affair paying $25,000 to win and $1,000 to start.  

The race will pay full points toward the 2016 Williams Grove Speedway track title with the season champion being crowned at the conclusion of the event.

Greg Hodnett is the current point leader.


Williams Grove National Open World Of Outlaws Weeekend Sept. 29, 30 & Oct. 1 Cancelled

New One-Day 54th Annual Champion Racing Oil National Open Now Slated For October 14

Race Goes 40 Laps For $25,000 To Win



Mechanicsburg - Williams Grove Speedway has been forced to cancel the entire 54th annual National Open weekend due to persistent rain and forecasted inclement weather.  This includes the Saturday, October 1 finale.   

As a result of the cancellation, a mutually agreed upon date has been reached for the return of the World of Outlaws to Williams Grove Speedwaty for a one-day National Open with the stage set for a make-up on Friday, October 14 at 7:30 pm.  

The one-day format will feature the 40-lap National Open, now paying $25,000 to win and $1,000 to start that will also crown the 2016 Williams Grove Speedway track champion.

All special events slated to be held on speedway grounds on October 1 including auctions and benefits will take place as previously scheduled.  

Fans who hold tickets to the September 29, 30 and October 1 National Open can either exchange them or use them for the new rain date. All tickets will be refunded as per back of ticket, and this week’s camping passes will be honored on the rescheduled National Open date.

Before the October 14 National Open culminates the season, a program of "Run Whatcha' Brung" 410 sprint and super late model racing is slated for next Friday, October 7 at 7:30 pm.  


Williams Grove World Of Outlaws 54th Annual Champion Racing Oil National Open This Week Has Storied & Historic Past

Saturday Open pays $50,000 to win!



Mechanicsburg – Sprint car fans in the East will gather this Saturday night to see the 54th running of the Williams Grove Speedway Champion Racing Oil National Open for sprint cars sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman sprint car series, going 40-laps in distance and paying $50,000 to the winner.

The National Open has a grand history that dates back to its inception and first champion in 1963.

Eventual Indianapolis 500 champion Gordon Johncock of Hastings, Mich., won the 100-lap affair in a contraption that had what looked like a wing atop its roll cage.  

And this too would soon come to pass, as sprint cars would begin taking over dirt tracks in the east, including Williams Grove Speedway.

Ohio USAC standout Larry Dickson scored Open round two in 1964.  Western Pennsylvania invader Henry Jacoby of Franklin took 1965.  

The name of Blaney graced the National Open winner’s circle in 1966 as family patriarch Lou took Open laurels decades before his sons Dave and Dale would compete on the scene.

Bobbie Adamson, becoming a region name, took back-to-back victories in 1967 and 1968 before a virtual unknown named Gene Varner from Selinsgrove drove a back-up Gary Wasson No. 5 to an upset win in 1969 after a distance of 150 laps.

The decade of the 1970’s dawned with Altoona flyer Johnny Grum picking up the Open win.

The first of three consecutive wins by Midwest transplant Kenny Weld took place in 1971.  All three of Weld’s wins came aboard the Bob Weikert No. 29.

Another transplant, The Bandit, Steve Smith Sr., took wins in 1974 and again in a rain-shortened 122-lap race in 1976 while The Original Outlaw, Bobby Allen drove to a win in 1975.

Texas native racing brother Van May took the 1977 version of the National Open before the Pink Panther struck in 1978 with a Kramer Williamson 100-lap win.

Smokey Snellbaker drove to victory for Charlie Lloyd in 1979 before the grandson of a coal miner named Lucas, Allen Klinger of Hegins kicked off the 1980’s with a 40-lap victory.

Steve Smith Sr. returned for a third Open triumph in 1981.

Lynn Paxton went back-to-back in 1982 and 1983 and stunned the racing world after his second 75-lap win by announcing his early retirement from the sport in victory lane.

Three more in a row for owner Bob Weikert came at the hands of South Dakota driver Doug Wolfgang from 1984 – 1986.

Wolfgang got stunned, denied and passed by Joey Allen for the victory in 1987.

The Mouse, Kenny Jacobs of Holmesville, Ohio, took another win for Weikert in 1988.

The year 1989 found the first true World of Outlaws National Open contested as the yearly sanctioning began with Stevie Smith taking a victory to carry on his father’s tradition.

Technically, the 1978 National Open was considered an outlaws race as well although no outlaws drivers competed in the event.

One of if not the greatest sprint car driver(s) of all time, Hoosier Steve Kinser took his first National Open checkers in 1990.

Stevie Smith returned for another Open win, both for car owner Al Hamilton, in 1991, and now at a distance of 50 laps.

Kinser was again the champion in 1992 before daytime specialist Don Kreitz Jr. drove to victory under the Sunday sun in 1993 after 40 laps of action.

Steve Kinser was again the winner in 1994 before outlaw cousin Mark Kinser took 1995.  

The locals went back in front in 1996 with Lance Dewease and No. 461 car owner Walt Dyer.

Sammy Swindell won his first National Open in 1997 on a night that had fans returning to frozen windshields on their cars by the time the race ended.

Persistent rain forced a non-sanctioned event in 1998, won by modified turned sprint star Billy Pauch in a mount owned by John Zemaitis.

Mark Kinser returned for victory in 1999 before one of today’s outlaws stars and champions, Donny Schatz took his first win in 2000 as part of what would become a historic record in National Open competition in another 13 years.  

Dewease returned the laurels to the PA Posse turf with back-to-back wins in 2001 and 2002, for car owners Joe Harz and Al Hamilton, taking $25,000 and $30,000, respectively on both accounts.

Steve Kinser was again the winner in 2003 before Schatz returned for two in a row in 2004 and 2005.

The first $50,000 to win National Open was scored by Lancaster’s Doug Esh in 2006 and as it turned out it was the richest and shortest Open in history when rains hit on lap 26 of 40.  

Schatz was again the winner in 2007.

Thanks to more persistent rain, another unsanctioned event in 2008 saw future outlaws and All Stars star Cody Darrah drive to victory.

Greg Hodnett took a hugely popular National Open victory for the PA Posse in 2009 driving the Jim and Sandy Kline No. 22.

Sammy Swindell got the second Open win of his career in 2010.

West coast flyer Jason Meyers took the 40-lap, $50,000 laurels in 2011.

The 2012 version saw North Dakota’s Schatz surge for an unprecedented fifth career win in the prestigious classic National Open.

With the $50,000, 40-lap victory, Schatz became the winningest driver in National Open history, breaking a four-win tie with Steve Kinser.

In 2013, the grand career of local driver Fred Rahmer of Salfordville was capped off at Williams Grove with his first and only triumph in the lucrative, prestigious National Open as Rahmer led the final 31 laps of the 40-lap feature before the veteran retired from the sport at the close of the season.  

Connecticut driver David Gravel took the $50,000 win in 2014 but not without controversy.

The outlaws flyer was overtaken by local favorite Stevie Smith during the last half of the race before the slightest of contact from a closely following Gravel found Smith spinning in the first turn with six laps to go while Gravel retook command for the victory.

And then Stevie Smith got redemption in what was to be the first three-day National Open in history in 2015.

After three consecutive days of rain stopped the event dead in its tracks, a break with the weather on Sunday allowed a raindated Open to be completed with Smith taking the lead from Danny Dietrich on the ninth tour to lead the final 31 circuits and beat Schatz to the line for victory.

Saturdays National Open action begins at 6:30 pm.  

Admission prices for Saturday’s National Open are $35 for adults and $20 for youth.  

And please remember, kids ages 12 and under are always admitted free at Williams Grove Speedway.


Williams Grove World Of Outlaws Champion Racing Oil 54th National Open This Week

Three-day affair brings spotlight of sprint car world to Williams Grove Speedway



Mechanicsburg – Williams Grove Speedway will present the premier sprint car event of the season in the east this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 29, 30 and October 1, when it hosts the 54th annual Champion Racing Oil World of Outlaws Craftsman sprint car series National Open.  

Expanded to a three-day format in 2015 but falling victim to rain all three nights before being completed on a raindated fourth night, the annual event will again find the best in the sprint car business across the nation gathered at the famed Williams Grove Speedway half-mile for the prestigious affair.  

Each of the first two days of competition will help to set the stage for the big Saturday National Open that pays $50,000 to win.

Thursday and Friday will find the historic oval hosting full programs of World of Outlaws sprint car racing complete with a 25-lap main events paying $10,000 to win each before the field is set for the 54th running of the Open.

Saturday’s 54th annual World of Outlaws Champion Racing Oil National Open will go the customary 40 laps with the winner going home with $50,000 in his coffers.

The Saturday Open finale will also crown the 2016 Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprint Williams Grove Speedway track champion.  Greg Hodnett enters the weekend in the lead of the chase for the title.

Qualifying time trials on Thursday and Friday are set to begin at 7:30 pm with Saturday’s program that features NO time trials getting underway at 6:30 pm.  

Points earned throughout the first two days of the three-day event will set the starting grids for Saturday’s qualifying heat races.  

Throughout history, no other driver has ever won the Williams Grove National Open as many times as outlaws warrior Donny Schatz who put himself on top of the event win list by claiming his fifth Nationals in 2012.

Schatz will enter the Williams Grove Champion Racing Oil National Open weekend leading the outlaws point standings, racing well ahead of Daryn Pittman, while also having accrued the most wins of any circuit driver this season.

Schatz’s season win total stands at 23 to date.  One time National Open winner David Gravel is his closest competitor in the win column, holding at nine checkers to date.

After three consecutive days of rain last year that wiped out all three slated days of Open action, the Sunday raindate found Hanover native Stevie Smith scoring redemption after a heartbreak a year earlier to record his third career triumph in the Williams Grove marquee event.

Smith took the lead from Danny Dietrich on the ninth tour last year to lead the final 31 circuits and beat Schatz to the line for victory aboard Fred Rahmer’s No. 51.

Fireworks displays will be a part of all three 2016 National Open events. .

Saturday’s finale is raindated for Sunday, October 2 at 5:30 pm.  

Adult general admission for Thursday and Friday is $30 with youth ages 13-20 admitted for just $15.

Admission prices for Saturday’s National Open are $35 for adults and $20 for youth.  

And please remember, kids ages 12 and under are always admitted free at Williams Grove Speedway.



By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway
YORK HAVEN, PA 9/24/16

For the second time in a month, veteran racer Frankie Herr raced to the win in Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman competition at Susquehanna Speedway.

The Carlisle, PA drivers win came in Saturday night’s 25-lap feature event, which was the final regular season point race.

While Herr was dominating out front, Newville, PA driver Russ Mitten was carving his way through the field after lining up 16th on the grid. Mitten advanced to the fifth position which coupled with Scott Geesey’s fourth place finish, put him in a tie for the 2016 track championship.

The tiebreaker for the track championship went to the driver with the most wins during the season, in which Mitten visited victory lane three times, which gives him the championship in the first season of the Scott Gobrecht/Kolten Gouse era at Susquehanna.

Both drivers finished with 2,810 total points. Geesey had two wins this season. Sportsman 100 winner Scott Dellinger finished third in points (2,730) followed by Tony Jackson (2,490) and Mike Enders (2,350).

Herr lined up 12th as Chase Gutshall led the first five laps of the Super Sportsman feature before heading to the pit area.

Rich Eichelberger took over but his lead was short-lived as Herr drove into the lead with seven laps complete and never looked back in taking his second win of the season the Bill Devine owned car.

Eichelberger held on for the runner-up spot ahead of ninth-starting Tony Jackson, 11th starting Scott Geesey and 16th starting Russ Mitten.

Completing the top ten finishers were Scott Dellinger, Jay Fannasy, Kenny Edkin, Mike Enders and Timmie Barrick.

Nate Young, Herr and Justin Foster were heat race winners for the 29-car field with Edkin winning the consolation.

SALES SUPER SPORTSMAN (25 LAPS): 1. Frankie Herr, 2. Rich Eichelberger, 3. Tony Jackson, 4. Scott Geesey, 5. Russ Mitten, 6. Scott Dellinger, 7. Jay Fannasy, 8. Kenny Edkin, 9. Mike Enders, 10. Timmie Barrick, 11. Justin Foster, 12. Chad Smith, 13. Devin Beidel, 14. Davey Walsh, 15. Rick Barr, 16. Russ Lebo, 17. Tom Wyckoff, 18. Nate Young, 19. Todd Leonard, 20. Scott Grace, 21. Paul Miller, 22. Troy Hockenberry, 23. Bruce Buckwalter, 24. Chase Gutshall.

Super Sportsman
1. Russ Mitten*** 2810
1. Scott Geesey** 2810
3. Scott Dellinger 2730
4. Tony Jackson* 2490
5. Mike Enders 2350
6. Rich Eichelberger* 2250
7. Kenny Edkin 2170
8. Gregg Foster** 2050
9. Chad Criswell 1860
10. Jay Fannasy 1670

*denotes wins



ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/24/2016 – “I said at the beginning of the night that the only thing better than winning a Lincoln Dirt Classic was winning two of them.”

So said Stevie Smith after claiming his second win in three years in the 40-lap $20,000-to-win “Dirt Classic” in the Pigeon Hills Saturday night.

Smith, who started third after setting third-fast time and gathering the third-most points in time trials and qualifying, followed front row starters Lucas Wolfe and James McFadden the first two laps before catching the Kasey Kahne Racing #4 in turns three and four of lap three.

One lap later saw the “Dirt Classic” lose its front row, with McFadden turning over in turn four to bring out the red, and then Wolfe going to the pits with an oil leak during the red flag. Smith assumed the lead for the restart, with Danny Dietrich, Gerard McIntyre, and Matt Campbell in tow.

But it was only the first time he led the race, as Dietrich closed on the leader in lapped traffic. Smith, who admitted having trouble with the lapped traffic, lost the lead to Dietrich on turn four of lap 30. One lap later, Adam Wilt flipped in turn four, leading to a fuel stop. At the time, 11th-starting and rapidly closing Greg Hodnett was about to make it a three-car battle for the lead.

And that’s exactly what it became on the restart with nine laps to go. Smith and Dietrich both bounced off the walls on subsequent slide jobs, with Smith coming out with the lead on lap 35. A lap later, the final caution of the event came out for Cory Haas, who spun in turn one.

That set up a dramatic three-car battle between Smith, Dietrich, and Hodnett for the win over the final five laps.

“I told Fred (Rahmer) during the red that Danny’s going to go to the top, so we’re going to have to run the bottom,” said Smith in victory lane, “When I saw him peel down to the bottom, I knew that was my chance to go back around him on the top. We finished second last year and we didn’t wait to finish second again this year. We ran our tail off. Danny did a nice job, but when you get out there in the lead, you’re not sure which way to go. He’s been really fast this year. I think being in second may have won us that race.”

“All these guys are tough in my book,” concluded Smith when reflecting on a talent-laden 48-car field, “The older I get the better they look!”

In the end, Smith pulled away to a 1.03-second win over Dietrich, with Hodnett settling for third. Lance Dewease received the $700 bonus ($500 from the Beer Hill Gang and $200 from Winebrenner Harley in Hanover) as hard charger for coming from 14th starting spot to finish fourth, with Brian Montieth coming from 15th starting spot to finish fifth.

Sixth through tenth were McIntyre, Tim Wagaman, Jim Siegel, Campbell, and Ryan Smith.

The final transfer spot of the night went to J.J. Grasso, as he and track champ Alan Krimes got together just before the finish line in the B main, with Krimes crossing sideways at the finish line to cross fifth.

Fast time in time trials over the 48-car field was set by Matt Campbell, running his first-ever Lincoln 410 sprint car race, with a one-lap time of 13.182-seconds (102.412 MPH).

Two rounds of heats were won by James McFadden, Lucas Wolfe, Bill Balog, Danny Dietrich, Ryan Smith, Terry McCarl, JJ Grasso, Greg Hodnett, Brent Marks, and Adam Wilt. Tyler Esh won the C-Main and Freddie Rahmer won the B-Main.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Abbottstown, PA

A-Main (40 laps) – 1. 51S-Stevie Smith ($20,000); 2. 48-Danny Dietrich; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease; 5. 21-Brian Montieth; 6. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 7. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 8. 59-Jim Siegel; 9. 16C-Matt Campbell; 10. 94-Ryan Smith; 11. 5G-Chase Dietz; 12. 3-Tim Kaeding; 13. 11C-Cory Haas; 14. 8-Billy Dietrich; 15. 71M-Dave Blaney; 16. 4-James McFadden; 17. 5-Tyler Ross; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 19. 51-Freddie Rahmer (DNF); 20. 15-Adam Wilt (DNF); 21. 37-JJ Grasso (DNF); 22. 17B-Bill Balog (DNF); 23. 24-Terry McCarl (DNF); 24. 19M-Brent Marks (DNF); 25. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Lucas Wolfe (1-3), Stevie Smith (4-29), Danny Dietrich (30-34), Stevie Smith (35-40)


Williams Grove Speedway
410 sprint cars
Sept. 23
1. Greg Hodnett** 5090
2. Brian Montieth*** 4830
3. Danny Dietrich* 4650
4. Doug Esh** 4615
5. Cory Haas 4340
6. Freddie Rahmer* 4140
7. Alan Krimes 4045
8. Lucas Wolfe** 3855
9. Brock Zearfoss* 3620
10. Austin Hogue 3030
358 Sprints
1. Kevin Nouse** 2090
2. Chandler Leiby 1700
3. Adrian Shaffer** 1680
4. Matt Findley 1455
5. Doug Hammaker* 1435
6. Chris Arnold 1420
7. Nyle Berkes 1400
8. Jordan Givler 1370
9. Brie Hershey* 1300
10.  Rich Eichelberger 1290

* denotes wins



Phil Walter beats track champion Kevin Nouse at the line for 358 sprint win
MECHANICSBURG, PA – Greg Hodnett went into the night as the Williams Grove Speedway point leader, but hadn’t won a 410 sprint car feature at the track since the end of March.
He changed that stat Friday night as he took the lead from Lucas Wolfe in lapped traffic and controlled the final 14 laps to win his first 410 feature at the track since the second race of the season. He did win three features in the 360 sprints over the course of the summer.
Things were going Hodnett’s way, but a header pipe broke off with three laps to go affecting the car’s performance.
“We lost a lot of horsepower, but being out in front we had a huge advantage to dictate when to take off and how hard I could run,” said Hodnett, of Spring Grove.
“We had a lot of things go our way. We were lucky to finish and had a pretty good car. We are pretty happy going into next week.”
Wolfe started on the pole and drove into the lead over Hodnett to start the final 25-lap main event before next weekend’s Champion Racing Oil National Open.
Wolfe led by about a half-straightaway with five laps completed as they raced around a fast cushion.
As Wolfe closed on the back of the field, Hodnett closed on him with 10 laps completed. Hodnett made an inside move off turn four to take the lead the next time around.
“We caught two guys that were running the top in lapped traffic,” said Hodnett. “Lucas had to momentarily check-up getting into turn three. I shot to the bottom and waited to hit the moisture coming down the straightaway and it worked out for us. Sometimes, it’s better to run second in those situations.”
The red flag stopped the race with 14 laps completed for a hard third turn crash by Danny Dietrich, who walked back to the pit area. A major clean-up was needed as Dietrich’s sprinter leaked fuel across the third turn.
Hodnett led the field down for the double-file restart as the Grove used the World of Outlaws format for the race. Lance Dewease pitted from the fifth spot before the restart.
Wolfe tried to take the lead back, but Hodnett slammed the door as they raced into turn three. Stevie Smith and Wolfe raced hard for second as Hodnett pulled away. Cory Haas drove by Aaron Ott and into fifth.
Hodnett streaked away from the field as Wolfe secured second from Smith. The race was slowed with three laps to go for debris on the race track (Hodnett’s header).  It was a single-file restart because it was less than five to go.
Wolfe stayed with Hodnett following the restart, but it was the Williams Grove point leader picking up his first win since the end of March over Wolfe, Smith, Rahmer and Haas. Doug Esh, who helped assist Dietrich from his crashed car, finished sixth.
Alan Krimes, Ott, James McFadden in Kasey Kahne’s sprinter and Brent Marks rounded out the top 10.
Dewease set fast time over the 30-car field with a lap of 16.532 seconds. Smith, Hodnett, Wolfe and Rahmer completed the top five qualifiers.
Dewease, Smith and Hodnett won the heat races. Wolfe won the dash. Bill Balog won the B-main.
In the 358 sprint feature, it was Phil Walter of Beavertown grabbing the race lead from Dave Thrush with nine laps completed.
Walter streaked away from the field and had a 2.5 second lead with two laps remaining when the red flag stopped the race for Eric Parker in turn three. He was okay.
Jordan Givler worked on Walter for the lead as track champion Kevin Nouse made it a three-car race for the win.
Nouse got by Givler in turn one and put a last lap slider on Walter in turns three and four. Walter turned his car back under Nouse and just beat him back to the checkers to get the win for his first ever triumph at the historic oval despite a decades-long career.
Givler, Chandler Leiby and Adrian Shaffer completed the top five. Thrush, Jared Esh, Nyle Berkes, Todd Reed and Brie Hershey rounded out the top 10.
Shaffer, Nouse and Matt Findley won the 358 sprint heat races.
The three-day Champion Racing Oil Williams Grove National Open sanctioned by the World of Outlaws begins Thursday night with a $10,000 to win main event. An identical program will be run Friday night. The 40-lap National Open will pay $50,000 to win on Saturday night.
Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett. 2. Lucas Wolfe. 3. Stevie Smith. 4. Freddie Rahmer. 5. Cory Haas. 6. Doug Esh. 7. Alan Krimes. 8. Aaron Ott. 9. James McFadden. 10. Brent Marks. 11. Ryan Smith. 12. Brian Montieth. 13. Kyle Reinhardt. 14. Matt Campbell. 15. T.J. Stutts. 16. Tim Kaeding. 17. Rodney Westhafer. 18. Tim Wagaman. 19. Bill Balog. 20. Lance Dewease. 21. Chase Dietz. 22. Danny Dietrich. 23. Steve Buckwalter. 24. Dave Blaney.
358 Sprint Feature (20 laps): 1. Phil Walter. 2. Kevin Nouse. 3. Jordan Givler. 4. Chandler Leiby. 5. Adrian Shaffer. 6. Dave Thrush. 7. Jared Esh. 8. Nyle Berkes. 9. Todd Reed. 10. Brie Hershey. 11. Jeff Halligan. 12. Tyler Esh. 13. Rich Eichelberger. 14. Chris Arnold. 15. Kyle Denmyer. 16. Matt Findley. 17. Wyatt Hinkle. 18. Aaron Eichelberger. 19. Jay Tracy. 20. Glenndon Forsythe. 21. Eric Parker.



By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway

YORK HAVEN, PA 9/22/16

Danny Dietrich tweeted “it will be a win it or wear it kind of night”  Thursday afternoon in reference to Thursday night’s BAPS Coatings & Supplies 410 Sprint Series  Justin Snyder “Salute to the Troops”  event at Susquehanna Speedway.

And he wasn’t kidding.

While he nearly “wore it” on several occasions during the 30-lap feature event, the Gettysburg driver remained relentless, pounding the top of the speedway and then “won it” when race-long leader Aaron Ott caught a rut on the final on the final lap exiting the second corner.

Ott’s bobble was just what Dietrich needed to blast into the lead and lead the final half lap to become the first repeat winner in BAPS 410 Sprint Series competition this season. It was his eighth career Susquehanna win.

“I was sitting there catching my breath because my arms are just pumping right now,” Dietrich stated in victory lane following the intense high speed battle on the tricky track. “I had a death grip on the steering wheel. I thought I was gonna crash three or four times down there in one and two and lost  a lot of ground and had to catch back up.”

By virtue of his dash win, Ott grabbed the lead at the start followed by Greg Hodnett and Dietrich.

It didn’t take Ott long to catch the rear of the field and was racing in heavy traffic on lap nine when Trey Starks stopped in turn one to bring out the caution.

The race went red on lap 10 when Davey Sammons flipped hard in turn three as Australia’s  Lynton Jeffrey also turned over. Neither driver was injured.

Ott again stormed into the lead but Hodnett was making some challenges before Ott began to open some distance at the halfway mark of the race.

Hodnett and Dietrich battled hard for the runner-up spot in heavy traffic on lap 18 as Hodnett closed on Ott as they continued to race through traffic as the laps clicked off.

Ott maintained a slight lead with five laps to go as Dietrich used a lapped car to make a move for second spot on Hodnett with three laps remaining.

Dietrich closed on Ott and was right on Ott’s bumper when the East Berlin driver caught the turn two rut, just turning his car enough to allow Dietrich to drive by and score the win.

“I wasn’t following him through one and two and I knew the only way would be around the top,” said Dietrich about his last lap plan to win the race. “I thought maybe he’d baby it but then he hit that rut the wrong way and I knew if I could beat him off the corner, we’d be okay.”

Dietrich’s win was worth $5,000 and was the eighth of the season for the Gary Kauffman Racing owned team. The win came in a race dedicated to the memory of Justin Snyder, a huge race fan and retired combat veteran of the U.S. Army, whose life was cut short earlier this year.

Ott settled for the runner-up spot ahead of Hodnett with California driver Tim Kaeding fourth and North Carolina’s Dave Blaney fifth.

Completing the top 10 finishers were Australian invader James McFadden driving for NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, Lucas Wolfe, Ryan Smith, Brent Marks and Brian Montieth.

Smith earned $500 from the Beer Hill Gang for his fast time in time trials over the 30-car field.

Sprint car heats were won by Kaeding, Wolfe and Hodnett with Starks winning the consolation.

Tyler Esh earned the Hard Charger award after starting 24th and finishing 18th. He took home $500 courtesy of the McSherrystown’s Moose Lodge 720 along with a $400 gift certificate from Brown and Miller Racing Solutions.

Susquehanna Speedway returns to action this Saturday, September 24 with the return of the Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman joined by the 358 Late Models, Street Stocks and Road Warriors. Pits open at 4pm, Grandstands at 5pm with racing at 7pm.

For the latest news and results, fans are reminded to visit www.susquuehannaspeedway.net and follow Susquehanna Speedway on Twitter and Facebook.

(30 LAPS) 1. Danny Dietrich, 2. Aaron Ott, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Tim Kaeding, 5. Dave Blaney, 6. James McFadden, 7. Lucas Wolfe, 8. Ryan Smith, 9. Brent Marks, 10. Brian Montieth, 11. Chad Trout, 12. Austin Hogue, 13. Adam Wilt, 14. Tyler Ross, 15. Kyle Moody, 16. Glenndon Forsythe, 17. Dwayne Gutshall, 18. Tyler Esh, 19. Anthony Macri, 20. Steve Storrie, 21. Kody Lehman, 22. Lynton Jeffrey, 23. Davey Sammons, 24. Trey Starks.


Port Royal Keystone RaceSaver Challenge Adds Jake Waters As Guest Announcer

Event Set For October 8



Port Royal - The fifth annual Keystone RaceSaver Challenge at Port Royal Speedway has added a familiar name to the event. Former KRC champ Jake Waters of Mifflintown will join as guest announcer for the event, offering color commentary during the evening.

Waters has also agreed to serve as Master of Ceremonies and host the PASS series banquet on January 17, 2017.

“Jake is an articulate and energetic personality” stated series director Rod Ort.

“We would love to have a full time announcer traveling with the series and while Jake is physically unable to race we’re excited to have him try out the announcing duties."  

Waters was badly burned in a crash at Selinsgrove Speedway on July 3 and continues a full recovery.

Hosted by the PA Sprint Series (PASS), the Port Royal Keystone RaceSaver Challenge is the series' biggest race and the interregional race invites RaceSaver teams from everywhere to compete for a purse exceeding $10,000 in a fun and friendly environment.

Over its four-year history at Port Royal, the car count has exceeded 50 cars each year.

Waters won the event in 2013, picking up his first ever win in the affair and has been a factor in every race run to date with two other top-five finishes while dropping out while running well in the third annual event.

“Jake knows all of these guys and can do a great job telling fans about the teams and their sponsors” continued Ort.

“This race and our banquet will be a celebration of what Jake has overcome this year and Jake is pumped to help showcase this event at his home track of Port Royal with his fellow racers and fans.”  

Jake’s father Curt is a well-known wrench at the speedway and the Waters family has roots deep in the history of the oval.

The series has presented the father/son team with an affordable way to stay competitive.

 RaceSaver is an affordable sprint car series and has exploded in popularity throughout the country.

This year’s recent RaceSaver®/IMCA nationals in Nebraska had 119 cars in attendance and was the largest car count for one division of sprint cars since the Knoxville nationals in 1979.

PASS is among the largest regions in the country.

Several former drivers have seen success in 410, 358 and 360-sprint action such as previous champions Logan Wagner, Tyler Bear and 2015 Selinsgrove champion Eric Parker but many talented drivers are choosing to stick with the series as it continues to garner national attention.

The 2015 PASS series champ, Zach Newlin finished fourth nationally in 2015 RaceSaver ranking and while locked in a tight race for the 2016 PASS title both Newlin and Ken Duke Jr. are in the top 15 nationally this year along with rookie Scott Lutz.

Several teams that will be at the Port Royal race were among the 119 at the recent nationals, making an impressive debut in their first appearance. Mark Watkins topped the group finishing 12th overall.

 The PA Sprint Series is a RaceSaver ® regional series sanctioned by IMCA.

Teams from TSRS (Tri State RaceSaver Series), LHSS (Laurel Highlands Sprint Series), VSS Virginia Sprint Series) and CRSA (Capitol Region Sprint Association) are among those registered for the Port Royal October 8 race while any RaceSaver® registered team throughout the country is invited to compete.

Visitors picked up victories in the first and third installment with locals winning the other two events run to date.


Williams Grove Speedway Sprints Tune Up For National Open On Friday

358 Sprints Make Final Appearance



Mechanicsburg – Presented by PeopleReady, the Lawrence Chevrolet sprint cars will tune up for the 54th annual Williams Grove Speedway World of Outlaws Champion Racing Oil National Open this Friday night, September 23 at 8 pm.

With the National Open looming September 29, 30 and October 1, this will be the last chance for the Williams Grove regulars known as the Pennylvania Posse to ready themselves for the big three-day event the following week.

The National Open tune up race will crown the 2016 Hoosier Diamond Series champion in the 410 sprint division while the National Open itself will crown the season-long track titlist.  

The sprint car feature will pay $4,000 to win with time trials setting the starting lineups for heat races, followed by a dash and the 25-lap main event.   

The 358 sprints will also be in action for their final show of the season with the champion being crowned in that divison.  

General admission for the show is $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 13 – 20.

Kids ages 12 and under are always admitted free at Williams Grove Speedway!   

The Williams Grove portion of the 50/50 on September 23 will be donated to the Lymphoma Society.

Greg Hodnett currently leads the points in both the 2016 Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint season-long title chase along with the Diamond Series.

If he is able to win the 2016 Diamond Series title, the laurels would be the seventh of his Williams Grove career after also taking crowns in 2003, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 and in 2015.

Hodnett’s Diamond titles to date have come at the wheel of the Bob Stewart No. 12 (2003); Jim and Sandy Kline No. 22 (2007, 2010); John Trone No. 39 (2012); and the Mike Heffner No. 27 (2014, 2015).

Following the 358 portion of the show with the champion decided, Williams Grove officials will bestow the 2016 track title laurels to the titlist along with awards for top the top 10 in 358 points.

Kevin Nouse enters the race with his third career Williams Grove track title already wrapped up for 2016, now out of reach of any challengers during the final race.

Other 358 sprint honors to be handed out include Rookie of the Year honors, Most Improved Driver and the Jerry Reigle Sportsmanship Award.  

The three-day Champion Racing Oil World of Outlaws National Open will take place at the track on September 29, 30 and October 1.

Williams Grove Champion Racing Oil World Of Outlaws National Open Two Weeks Away



Mechanicsburg – The 54th annual Williams Grove Speedway Champion Racing Oil National Open for the World of Outlaws Crafstsman Sprint Car Series is now just two weeks away with action slated for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 29, 30 and October 1.

The three-day affair will showcase the best of the Pennsylvania Posse sprint car stars against the World of Outlaws Craftsman Series sprint car series stars in an epic battle culminating with a $50,000 to win, 40-lap finale on Saturday night.

Thursday and Friday will feature main events paying $10,000 to win.

Adult general admission on Thursday and Friday is set at $30 with youth ages 13 – 20 admitted for $15 and students 12 and under admitted for free.  

Saturday’s adult admission is $35 with youth priced at $20.  

The raindate for Saturday’s Open finale is Sunday, October 2.  

Camping gates will open on Tuesday, September 27 at noon.  Rates for the week are $40.

Last year’s winner of the only open show to be completed due to rain was Stevie Smith, who took the $50,000 finale, run on Sunday after three consecutive days of wet weather.

The National Open will also see the 2016 Williams Grove Speedway Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint car series champion crowned.

In a quest for his fourth career Williams Grove track title and second in a row, Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett currently stands atop the season-long point standings with 4,790 markers to Brian Montieth’s 4,670.

If he is able to hold on, it would be Hodnett’s second Grove track title for car owner Mike Heffner.

Williams Grove will close the 2016 sesaon with a “Run What ‘Ya Brung” show of 410 sprints and super late models on October 7 at 7:30 pm.  












































































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Sept. 3
1. Alan Krimes 6725
2. Brian Montieth 6470
3. Jim Siegel 6390
4. Cory Haas 6260
5. Austin Hogue 6210
5. G. McIntyre Jr. 6210
7. G. Forsythe 5730
8. Robbie Kendall 5580
9. Freddie Rahmer 5555
10. Adam Wilt 5550   
358 sprints
Sept. 3
1. Chandler Leiby 5030
2. Adrian Shaffer 4975
3. Matt Campbell 4975
4. Brent Shearer 4645
5. Jeff Rohrbaugh 4635
6. Tyler Esh 4625
7. Jeff Halligan 4625
8. Doug Hammaker 4350
9. Matt Findley 4340
10. Brie Hershey 4110

  Williams Grove



1. Greg Hodnett 5310
2. Danny Dietrich 4950
3. Brian Montieth 4930
4. Doug Esh 4750
5. Cory Haas 4440
6. Freddie Rahmer 4290
7. Alan Krimes 4095
8. Lucas Wolfe 3970
9. Brock Zearfoss 3670
10.  Stevie Smith 3090

358 sprint cars

1. Kevin Nouse 2090
2. Chandler Leiby 1700
3. Adrian Shaffer 1680
4. Matt Findley 1455
5. Doug Hammaker 1435
6. Chris Arnold 1420
7. Nyle Berkes 1400
8. Jordan Givler 1370
9. Brie Hershey 1300
10.  R. Eichelberger 1290


 Super Sportsman

1. Russ Mitten 2810
1. Scott Geesey 2810
3. Scott Dellinger 2730
4. Tony Jackson 2490
5. Mike Enders 2350
6. R.Eichelberger 2250
7. Kenny Edkin 2170
8. Gregg Foster 2050
9. Chad Criswell 1860
10. Jay Fannasy 1670


Port Royal

Sept. 4

1. Doug Esh 6055
2. Mike Wagner 5815
3. Brock Zearfoss 5810
4. Dylan Cisney  5685
5. Greg Hodnett 5580
6. Ryan Taylor 5065
7. Curt Stroup 4990
8. Lucas Wolfe 4975
9. Kody Lehman  4455
10. Joey Hershey 4245   


1. Mark Smith 3265
2. Jason Shultz 3240
3. Derek Locke  3045
4. R. Kissinger 2980
5. Eric Tomecek 2880
6. Davie Franek  2780
7. M. Walter II 2485
8. T.J. Stutts 2460
9. Cody Keller 2265
10.  L. Kelleher  2200


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