SELINSGROVE & PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAYS ANNOUNCE 2017 EDITION OF ROUTE 35 LATE MODEL CHALLENGE SERIES; MOON SHINE CAMO RETURNS AS TITLE SPONSOR
SELINSGROVE/PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Selinsgrove and Port Royal Speedway officials recently announced the popular Moon Shine Camo Route 35 Late Model Challenge Series will return in 2017. Round Two of the six-race series will again feature three events at each track to determine the overall series champion.
The super late models will be at one track or the other on the selected challenge series dates. Port Royal will kick off the competition April 29 and will also host series races July 8 and September 8. Selinsgrove’s three challenge dates will include May 20, July 22, and Aug. 12.
Moon Shine Camo is returning as the title sponsor of the $3,500 point fund. Moon Shine Camo was founded in 2010 by Beavertown entrepreneur Travis Mattern and is one of the fastest growing Lifestyle Camo™ designers and camouflage clothing distributors in the country for outdoor sporting enthusiasts.
Each of the six races will be 25 laps in distance and will pay $2,000 to win and $200 to start.
In last year’s inaugural series, five of the six races were completed with 61 different late model drivers participating in at least one race. Jeff Rine of Danville, a Selinsgrove regular, was the only repeat feature winner with two victories. Rine clinched the championship with 236 points over Port Royal regular Andy Haus of Hamburg with 219 points. Single wins in the series went to Hayes Mattern of Beavertown and Coleby Frye of Dover.
Port Royal Unveils Aggressive 2017 Schedule
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PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Port Royal Speedway has released an ambitious 31-date slate of racing events for the upcoming 2017 season.
The schedule is filled with some of the biggest shows for stock cars and sprint cars to ever take place at the historic oval since auto racing began there in the late 1930s.
The 2017 season gets underway with the season opener on Saturday, March 11 with a twin bill of Weikert's Livestock 410 sprints and River Valley Builders super late models.
Two more two-division shows round out the month of March while all three shows offer a 5 pm starting time.
In total, 29 of the 31 dates feature 410 sprints cars while 21 events include the super late models.
Also back for regular action in 2017 will be the Gray's Auto and Towing 355 econo late models, the Juniata Junction xtreme stocks and the Creasy Signs 305 sprint series.
News has already been broken regarding the biggest events of the season for the 410 sprints and the super late models.
For the late models, must see events include the first appearance in Central Pennsylvania by the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Challenge Series paying $10,000 to win on Sunday, April 23 followed up by a $10,000 to win World of Outlaws late model program on Saturday, August 19.
Other big late model events include Late Model Speedweek June 3, the Fallen Heroes Championship May 27, the Butch Renninger UFO Late Model Memorial on September 2 to kick off the Juniata County Fair and the first show of the year for the UFO series on March 25.
And back for a second season in 2017 is the Moon Shine Camo Rt. 35 Port Royal/Selinsgrove Speedway Late Model Challenge Series with Port Royal dates paying $2,000 to win slated for April 29, July 8 and September 8 with the September program again crowing the six-date, dual-track series champion.
Sanctioned by Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints, the 50th annual Tuscarora 50 on September 9 will be celebrated in a huge way with a $50,000 to win event offering a total purse of some $100,000 to make it the richest and biggest event of all-time at the Juniata County oval.
The Arctic Cat All Stars will also sanction the Night Before The 50 on September 8 and the second running of the Keith Kauffman Classic on Saturday, April 29.
The USAC 410 sprints will again appear at the track in 2017 this time joined by the regular Port Royal 410 sprints for a fantastic sprint car spectacular on June 17.
The Packer's Concessions Bob Weikert Memorial for 410 sprints weekend is slated for Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28 with the super late models joining the fun on Saturday and the URC 360 sprints on the program for the Sunday finale.
The Weikert Memorial sprints will vie for $5,000 to win on Saturday and $10,000 to win on Sunday night.
Other big sprint car shows of note include two PA Speedweek events at the track again in 2017, coming on Thursday, July 6 and on Saturday, July 8. The Living Legends Dream Race has a new date this season, slated for July 29.
The month of October sees the World of Outlaws sprint cars return for a one-day stand on Saturday, October 14 followed by the season finale Open Wheel Madness program of 410 sprints, URC 360 sprints and 305 sprints on October 21.
Highlights for the 305 sprint series at the track in 2017 include the make-up of the 2016 Keystone RaceSaver Blue Collar Classic on April 22 and the 2017 installment on October 7.
Both the econo late models and the xtreme stocks will compete as usual during the season with a few races for each division carrying increased purses including a $1,200 to win event for econo lates billed as the Dave Kepner Tribute in July.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY SETS APRIL 8 2017 SEASON OPENER
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway’s 2017 season opener is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8, featuring the central Pennsylvania 360 sprint cars and the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) series in the Sprint Car Spring Showdown along with super late models and pro stocks.
Track gates will open at 4 p.m. for the speedway’s 55th consecutive season opener. The rain date for the Sprint Car Spring Showdown, if needed, will be 6 p.m. Saturday, April 15.
In last year’s April 16 opener, Cody Keller of Selinsgrove scored the 360 sprint car victory over the stellar 33-car field, while Jeff Rine of Danville and Andrew Shoop of Mifflintown won the late model and pro stock openers, respectively.
Prior to the official start of the season, two practice sessions will be held Saturday, March 25, and Saturday, April 1, weather permitting. The practice sessions will provide opportunities for teams to dial in their race cars as well as test out the speedway, which was resurfaced with 120 tri-axle dump truck loads of screened clay during the off-season.
Selinsgrove Speedway’s annual Motorsports Show at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, Selinsgrove, will run Sunday, Feb. 26 through Friday, March 3. Race teams can register their cars for the show by emailing email@example.com or by calling 570.523.8420.
Speedway officials expect to release the full 2017 schedule of events shortly after January 1.
For a complete schedule when it becomes available or for the latest news, results, and race status, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow the speedway on Facebook and Twitter. The speedway office can be reached at 570.374.2266.
TOP DRIVERS HONORED AT SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY BANQUET
By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway
YORK HAVEN, PA
Susquehanna Speedway officially closed out the 2016 season Saturday evening, December 17 with its annual awards banquet held at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel. Over 300 guests representing teams, sponsors and fans that were instrumental in the success of the speedway this past season.
Track champions and top point drivers received point fund money and trophies for their accomplishments this season.
Russ Mitten was honored as the 2016 Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman track champion. It was the first ever title for the Newville, PA veteran. Mitten led all drivers in wins in 2016, taking three checkered flags to go along with his 14 top ten finishes, 12 of which were top five runs. Several nights, Mitten made charges through the field after lining up deep in the field.
The balance of the top 10 drivers in Super Sportsman points were Scott Geesey, Scott Dellinger, Tony Jackson, Mike Enders, Rich Eichelberger, Kenny Edkin, Gregg Foster, Chad Criswell and Jay Fannasy.
Manchester, PA driver Randy Christine, Jr. clinched the 358 Late Model track championship after scoring four feature wins during the year. Christine's first title came on the heels of four feature wins and 11 top ten finishes, all inside the top five.
Randy Stoudt, Jake Jones, Steve Billet, Matt Murphy, Shaun Jones, Chase Billet, Travis Mease, Dave Latsha and Charles Potts were honored as top 10 late model drivers in points.
Mike Potts, of York, PA was honored as the Street Stock champion for the first time in his career. Potts scored four feature wins and had 10 top ten finishes, nine of which came in the top five.
Street Stock drivers in the top 10 also honored were Ryan Smith, Craig Morgan, Bob Scott, Jr., Eddie Richards, Scott Thunberg, Jim Palm, Eric Tripp, Josh Bloom and Walt Lemmon.
For the second consecutive season, Newberrytown, PA racer Alex Updegraff clinched the Extreme Stock championship. Updegraff had three wins and 10 top five finishes.
Following Updegraff in Xtreme Stocks points were Jon Frye, Ronnie Buck, Brian Rehbein and Michael Smith.
Daryl Sipe was honored as the Road Warrior champion. The championship was his fourth straight and fifth overall. The balance of the top five in points were honored included Travis Brown, Lee Redman, Robbie Carroll and Brandon Hedstrom.
Steve Gayman, mechanic on the Russ Mitten #77 Super Sportsman was named the 2016 Ree Smith Mechanic of the Year.
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. (Super Sportsman) and Patrick McClane (358 Late Models) were named Rookie of the Year presented by Luckyshot. Both drivers received $200 from Nouse Graphics and K1 Race Gear.
Veteran driver Rich Eichelberger was honored with the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Sport Award.
Jim McGilton was Presented with the Sportsmanship Award while Chad Stine won the Rookie of the Year Award presented by Luckyshot for the Street Stocks.
Susquehanna Speedway will open the 2017 r acing season on Saturday, March 25 with the Super Sportsman, 358 Late Models, Street Stocks and Central PA Legends.. Race time will be 6PM.
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SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY OFFICIALS FINALIZING 2017 SCHEDULE; ALL STAR SPRINT CARS & WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODELS TO RETURN
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway officials are finalizing the 2017 schedule of events and expect to release next season’s full slate shortly after January 1. The 360 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners will return for most of the weekly Saturday night racing programs.
Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will sanction the Jim Nace Memorial 35th Annual National Open for 410 sprint cars Saturday, Sept. 16. The All Star sanction of the track’s National Open will be a first since 1991 when Johnny Mackison Jr. scored the victory over Kenny Jacobs in one of the closest finishes in sprint car racing history at the speedway.
In the 15 All Star-sanctioned sprint car races that have been held at Selinsgrove Speedway, there has never been a repeat winner. Previous All Star winners at the track include Bobbie Adamson (1970), Mike Lloyd (1973), Randy Wolfe (1982), Len Krautheim (1986), Doug Wolfgang (1987), Kenny Jacobs (1990), Frankie Kerr (1991), Cris Eash (1991), Johnny Mackison Jr. (1991), Dale Blaney (1996), Keith Kauffman (1997), Greg Hodnett (1998), Fred Rahmer (1999), Todd Shaffer (2000), and Danny Dietrich (2016).
Other 410 sprint car dates confirmed for 2017 include the Ray Tilley Classic Friday, June 16, and the Opperman/Bogar Memorial PA Speedweek Finale Sunday, July 9.
The super late models will take center stage in several events next season. Selinsgrove and Port Royal Speedway officials are lining up dates for Round 2 of the Moon Shine Camo Route 35 Super Late Model Challenge Series.
The Craftsman World of Outlaws Late Model Series will return Sunday, Sept. 3, for the 19th Annual Late Model National Open. Billy Moyer Jr. scored his first career victory at the Snyder County oval in the 2016 edition of the race. Next season will mark the fifth consecutive year for the World Outlaws sanction of the track’s most prestigious late model event.
Selinsgrove Speedway will host the Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek Series Saturday, June 10. The Saturday night date for the popular late model series will be a first for Selinsgrove Speedway.
For a complete schedule when it becomes available, the latest news, results, and race status, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Williams Grove Speedway Releases 2017 Schedule With 33 Dates For 410 Sprints
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Mechanicsburg – Boasting a total of 33 race dates for the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars, Williams Grove Speedway has released its 2017 schedule of events that offers a great mix of auto racing action.
The season gets underway with a Sunday afternoon opener of super sprints and super late models on March 12 at 2 pm.
Once a staple on the early season schedule, the slated Sunday opener will be the first attempted in several seasons at the track.
The super late models will return to the oval on three more occasions during the season including for the return of Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Speedweek to the Cumberland County oval for the first time in six years.
The late model speedweek show is slated for June 9 along with the 410 sprints.
After a triumphant return to the track in 2016 for the revived Ted Horn/Bill Schindler Memorial, USAC will again return to the track, in an even bigger way in 2017.
The USAC Triple Crown Showdown featuring all three USAC touring divisions, the Silver Crowns, Sprint Cars and Eastern Midgets, will take place at Williams Grove on Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16.
The Triple Crown Showdown will showcase the USAC Sprints Cars and the USAC Eastern Midgets on Thursday, June 15 followed by the USAC Silver Crown Horn/Schindler Memorial 100-lap event on Friday night, also featuring the USAC Eastern Midgets.
The June 15 appearance by the regular USAC Sprints will be the first at the track since Billy Pauch beat the band at the track in 1996.
The World of Outlaws sprint cars again return to the track next season for a total of seven events including the series customary two-day May and July stands along with the three-day, 55th annual National Open on September 28, 29 and 30.
Champion Racing Oil returns to sponsor the National Open in 2017 as well as the Summer Nationals on July 21 and 22.
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions sprints will make two appearances at the track in 2017, an increase over the 2016 season that saw only one program booked.
All Stars action is slated for the Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial on April 28 and the Jack Gunn Memorial on August 18.
The United Racing Club 360 c.i. sprints have three dates inked on the 2017 schedule while the regular Williams Grove HJ Towing & Recovery 358 sprints enjoy an increased presence next season with a total of 14 shows on the agenda.
The HJ Towing & Recovery 358 sprints will compete in their marquee season event paying $2,500 to win and $250 to start on September 15.
Other divisions appearing on the 2017 schedule include the PASS IMCA 305 sprints and the super sportsman along with racing of a two-wheel variety as well when the AMA Pro Flat Track Motorcycle Series stages an event at Williams Grove Speedway.
The September 9 AMA Motorcyle racing program will be an independently operated racing event at Williams Grove and as such, Williams Grove season seats, season admission passes, gift certificates, parking passes, etc., will not be honored.
The regular Lawrence Chevrolet Williams Grove 410 sprints cars, aside from competing in the season-long point title chase, will also be taking part in two other series of races within the overall title chase.
The Hoosier Diamond Series will again be staged with a champion declared based on performances in select increased purse races during the year while the Yellow Breeches 500 races take place as well, dotting the schedule during the season from March through August.
The Yellow Breeches 500 races will be handicapped races paying a healthy increase of $500 to start each feature.
The Diamond Series will be highlighted by the September 1 Van May/Kramer Williamson Tribute Race for the 410 sprints and URC Sprints.
To see the full 2017 Williams Grove Speedway schedule of events, visit the oval's official website, www.williamsgrove.com.
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Cory Haas joins Trone Outdoor Motorsports for 60-65 race schedule in 2017
By Fully Injected Motorsports
YORK, PA (December 2, 2016) - Cory Haas will join John Trone and Trone Outdoor Motorsports in 2017 for an intense Central Pennsylvania schedule consisting of 60-65 events, pushing most of their focus toward competition at Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway. The newly formed combination will also enter select events at Susquehanna Speedway and Port Royal Speedway; decisions to be made as the season progresses.
"I want to thank John Trone for this opportunity. I actually had a lot of people tell me to give John a call during the last few weeks. We spoke a few times and worked out a deal right away," Cory Haas explained. "I'm really excited for this opportunity. We hope to race upwards of 65 times, but we'll take things one week at a time and see what we can do."
Cory Haas will enter the 2017 season with a recent pair of top-five finishes to his credit, each occurring during track championship chases in Central Pennsylvania. The York native, now backed by Eagle Steel, Trone Outdoor Advertising, Eagle Evergreens, Bricker's, DMI, Bulldog Rear Ends, York PB Truss, Maxim Chassis, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, KSE, Wings Unlimited, QA1 Shocks, and Fully Injected Motorsports, finished fifth in the 2016 Williams Grove Speedway track championship hunt, also finishing fourth in the 2016 Lincoln Speedway track championship hunt. Haas earned 11 top-ten feature finishes at Lincoln alone, three of which inside the top-five.
"I think we have the potential to be successful in 2017," Haas said. "It will take us a few weeks to get ourselves on the right track and get acclimated with each other, but I think once we are beyond that, we'll be in great shape. I'm excited for the new year and what it has in store."
Cory Haas and the Trone Outdoor Motorsports/No. 39 team will activate their 2017 season during the Lincoln Speedway Icebreaker 30 on Saturday, February 25. News regarding crew and other team details will be released in the near future.
Chase Dietz and Troy Godfrey will chase Lincoln Speedway championship in 2017
By Fully Injected Motorsports:
YORK, PA. (November 21, 2016) - Despite the initial uncertainty, Chase Dietz's upcoming season is looking brighter than ever, already planning to chase a 2017 Lincoln Speedway track championship with car owner Troy Godfrey aboard the Godfrey Racing Engines/No. 5G.
Although their time together has been short, the duo has shown success over the past two seasons; earning five 358ci sprint car victories in 2015 between two different Central Pennsylvania tracks, also clinching the 2015 Williams Grove Speedway 358 sprint car track championship. Dietz made select 410ci sprint car starts with Godfrey in 2016, but their 2017 plan to track down a championship will be a first-ever in the 410ci division.
"I can't thank Troy Godfrey and the entire team enough for this opportunity. I wasn't really sure what the plan was going to be for next year, but after talking with Troy again, he presented the idea to race the entire Lincoln Speedway schedule, so automatically I agreed," Chase Dietz said. "2016 was kinda up and down for me. I split time between my own car and the Godfrey car, all after kicking off the year in the '44.' Having a solid game plan entering the new year is a big relief. I'm excited to see what we can do. I think we have a ton of potential."
Chase Dietz has earned two 410ci sprint car victories at the "Fabulous" Lincoln Speedway over the course of his young career; his first in 2015 and his second in 2016.
"Lincoln Speedway has always been pretty good to me. I won my first two 410 sprint features at that track, so that's pretty special," Dietz explained. "I think with the experience that we have and the confidence that we have, we have the potential to be in the chase for a lot of wins next year. We have a long off-season ahead, so we'll work as hard as we can to be a weekly threat at Lincoln."
In addition to their plans to race the entire 2017 Lincoln Speedway schedule, Chase Dietz and Troy Godfrey will also make select visits to Williams Grove Speedway. Those select events will be determined during the next few months.
SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY SETS 2017 ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS DATE
By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway
YORK HAVEN, PA 11/21/16
For the first time in history, Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will compete on the red clay at Susquehanna Speedway.
Set for Sunday, August 20, 2017, the first ever All Star Circuit of Champions date at the York Haven facility will be the Justin Snyder Salute to the Troops.
"I am thrilled to have the All Star Circuit of Champions come to Susquehanna Speedway in 2017," stated General Manager Kolten Gouse. "What Tony has done with that series is truly amazing and we are certainly excited to support his series."
Not only is Gouse and company thrilled to have the long time sprint car organization on its schedule, but they wanted to find a great way to help keep the memory of Justin Snyder alive and make his race something special.
"When we started working on our 2017 schedule, one of our main goals was to find a way to make the Justin Snyder Salute to the Troops race extra special, and I believe by adding the All Stars to this event, it will make it extra special for all of us," Gouse added.
Justin Snyder, was a huge race fan and proud retired combat veteran of the U.S. Army, whose life was ultimately cut short in April of 2016.
The family of Justin Snyder is proud to come on board as an associate sponsor in his honor for this special event.
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Justin Snyder Salute to the Troops will pay $5,000 to win out of a standard All Star purse.
For the latest news and results, visit www.susquehannaspeedway.net or follow Susquehanna Speedway on Facebook and Twitter.
50th Annual Port Royal Speedway Tuscarora 50 To Pay $50,000 To Win
Sept. 9, 2017 Race Sanctioned By All Stars Carries $100,000 Purse
World of Outlaws late models also to appear plus other schedule details released
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PORT ROYAL, Pa. – The biggest and richest event in the long and storied history of Port Royal Speedway was announced Saturday night, November 19, 2016 at the annual oval awards banquet.
Celebrating its 50th annual running on September 9, 2017, the 50th annual Tuscarora 50 for sprint cars will pay $50,000 to win out of a nearly $100,000 total purse.
Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars will again sanction the prestigious event.
"We are definitely excited to be part of the 50th annual Tuscarora 50 weekend", said Tony Stewart, owner of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.
"This event is undoubtedly getting bigger and better each year; there will be a stout field of cars and I look forward to seeing some of our All Star cars battle for the $50,000 top prize."
Since the first auto races were held at Port Royal Speedway in 1938, no event at the track has ever been this rich and now the rich-in-history event is set to explode onto the national and world sprint car scene in 2017 as one of the gems of the sport.
The $50,000 to win, 50th annual Port Royal Speedway Tuscarora 50 has attracted a host of prominent sponsors that are throwing their weight behind the oval crown jewel.
The 50th annual, $50,000 to win Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway will be preceded as has become customary with the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints Night Before The 50 on Friday, September 8.
The entire 50th annual Tuscarora 50 weekend is part of the annual Juniata County Fair that encompasses the speedway grounds during the week encompassing the Labor Day holiday.
Other details of the emerging 2017 Port Royal Speedway slate of events were released on Saturday night at the banquet.
The World of Outlaws super late models will invade the Port Royal oval for the first time in years coming up on Saturday, August 19.
This announcement comes on the heels of the previously announced Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Challenge Series date slated for April 23.
The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints will again sanction the Keith Kauffman Classic on April 29 along with both Tuscarora 50 races.
The annual Living Legends Dream Race is slated for Saturday, July 29.
Opening Day 2017 is Saturday, March 11 at 6 pm featuring super sprints and super late models.
KRIMES CLAIMS SECOND TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP IN LINCOLN 410 SPRINTS
Leiby takes 2016 track title in Lincoln 358 sprint division
YORK, PA, 11/19/16 - Lincoln Speedway track champions and special year-end awards were handed out at the Wyndham Garden York Hotel Saturday night, November 19th. The top ten finishers in the season -long point series for both sprint car divisions, and special awards were distributed to rookies’ of-the-year and most improved driver.
KRIMES SCORES SECOND LAWRENCE CHEVROLET TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP IN THREE YEARS
Denver’s Alan Krimes rode the strength of two wins and consistent top finishes to his second track title in three years in the 410 sprint car division. Ironically, Krimes’ second win came in the final points race of the year to clinch the track title. Capping off a strong second half of the season, Krimes dethroned five-time and defending track champ Brian Montieth with 13 top-five and a division-leading 19 top-ten finishes in 23 events. Krimes’ two wins in the Wayne Corini CPA/Abe Service Company/Krimes Racing Engines/Conestoga Valley Garage #87 moved into sole possession of 20th place on the all-time Lincoln win list with 18 career wins. Krimes title also earned his father Larry Lincoln’s mechanic of-the-year award.
Five-time track champ Brian Montieth rode the strength of three wins, 12 top-five finishes and 18 top tens to second in season points. His three wins kept him in sole possession of sixth place on the all-time Lincoln win list with 53, three wins behind Bobby Able.
New Oxford’s Jim Siegel won once and scored four top-five and 15 top-tens to finish third in season points. His win came in August on McSherrystown Moose Lodge #720 Night.
Dallastown’s Cory Haas went winless at Lincoln in 2016, but did register three top-five and 11 top ten finishes to end fourth in season points.
Rounding out the top five in the season point series was Gerard McIntyre, Jr., who finished in the top-five six times and in the top ten 13 times.
Sixth through tenth in season points were Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award winner Austin Hogue, Glenndon Forsythe, Robbie Kendall, Freddie Rahmer, and Adam Wilt.
Kasey Kahne and most improved driver Tyler Ross both scored their first-career Lincoln 410 sprint wins during the season. Kahne’s win came in the March 26th Spring Championship.
There were a host of one-time winners who scored their second career Lincoln win, including Chase Dietz, Hogue, Brandon Rahmer, Freddie Rahmer, Kyle Moody, and Billy Dietrich.
Greg Hodnett, who set a new one-lap track record and set fast time in three of the eight time trial events and won the season-opening “Icebreaker 30,” “Dirt Classic Showcase” in June and the Annual Weldon Sterner Memorial in July, was the leading feature winner on the season with four, followed by Montieth’s three wins.
Other Lincoln wins in 2016 were recorded by Danny Dietrich (two, including the annual Lincoln All-Star show), J.J. Grasso (National Fallen Firefighters Night in August), Lance Dewease (who won the Gobrecht Memorial Lincoln PA Speedweek opener), and Stevie Smith (whose lone victory came in the $20,000-to-win Third Annual “Dirt Classic”).
All told, there were 16 different winners in 23 races at Lincoln in 2016.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (410 Sprints)
Super Sprint Champion – Alan Krimes
Mechanic of the Year – Larry Krimes
Rookie of the Year – Joe Kata III
Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award – Austin Hogue
Most Improved Driver – Tyler Ross
CHANDLER LEIBY CLAIMS FIRST-EVER LINCOLN SPEEDWAY KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Carlisle’s Chandler Leiby scored his first win of the year in the next-to-last points race and went on to claim his first track title in Lincoln’s 358 sprint car division. It was especially gratifying for Chandler to pick up the win and, ultimately, the track championship on the following week in the presence of his late grandfather and Lincoln co-promoter Bob Leiby, who passed away shortly thereafter. All told, Leiby scored eight top-five and a division-leading 14 top-ten finishes in 18 events, which gave him a slim 35-point lead Matt Campbell and 45-point lead over Adrian Shaffer, who were all vying for the track title entering the final points race of the year.
Campbell won the third race of the year and finished second in season points. He challenged Leiby down the stretch with ten top-five and 13 top-ten finishes.
Shaffer finished an impressive third in season points. He claimed his 11th career Lincoln and moved alongside Cris Eash and Doug Esh on the all-time win list with his victory on April 18th, and ended the season with eight top-five and 13 top-ten finishes.
Rookie of-the-year Brent Shearer was fourth in season points. Shearer scored his first career win on September 10th and ended the season with three top-five and nine top-ten finishes.
Former track champ and two-time winner Jeff Rohrbaugh rounded out the top five in season points. Despite an abbreviate schedule, Rohrbaugh scored seven top-five and 12 top-ten finishes.
Sixth through tenth in season points were Central PA point series champ Jeff Halligan, most improved driver Tyler Esh, Matt Findley, and two-time winners Doug Hammaker and Brie Hershey.
Six different drivers picked up their first Lincoln career wins in 2016. In addition to Shearer, the others were C.J. Tracy, Dalton Dietrich, Trey Hivner, Troy Wagaman, Jr., and Wyatt Hinkle.
Other 2016 winners included Chris Arnold, Halligan, and Kevin Nouse.
All told, there were 15 different winners in 18 events. The only repeat winners at Lincoln in ‘16 were Hershey, Rohrbaugh, and Hammaker. Hershey led the most feature laps by a clear margin in ’16, with 51 to Wyatt Hinkle’s 22.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (358 Sprints)
358 Sprint Champion – Chandler Leiby
Rookie of the Year – Brent Shearer
Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award - Cody Fletcher
Most Improved Driver – Tyler Esh
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY AWARDS BANQUET HONORED YEAR’S TOP PERFORMING RACE TEAMS SATURDAY
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway & Raceway Park closed out the 2016 season Saturday evening with the awards banquet at the historic Genetti Hotel in Williamsport for about 230 guests representing the 360 sprint car, super late model, pro stock, roadrunner, and go kart divisions.
This year’s top performing drivers received trophies, jackets, commemorative championship rings sponsored by Foss Jewelers, and shared a $25,000 point fund.
Mark Smith, of Sunbury, who was racing in the Short Track Nationals in Arkansas over the weekend, clinched his second career Newville Family of Companies 360 sprint car track championship with nine top five and nine top 10 finishes, including four feature wins. Smith previously won a track title in 2014.
In the Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center super late models, Jeff Rine of Danville wrapped up his 12th career track title, tenth consecutively, at Selinsgrove. Rine’s 10 top five finishes included six feature wins. Earlier this season he reached his milestone 100th career victory at the Snyder County oval.
Rine also took the title in this year’s inaugural Moon Shine Camo Route 35 Late Model Challenge Series. Rine won two of the five races in the special series between the Selinsgrove and Port Royal weekly late model competitors.
For the second time in his career, Brad Mitch of McClure scored the track title in the A&A Auto Stores pro stock division. Mitch, whose previous title was in 2014, drove to 10 top five finishes that included three feature wins.
Keith Bissinger of Orangeville was recognized for his fourth career track title in the A&A Auto Stores roadrunner class. Bissinger won six out of the nine races for the division this year.
Eric Parker of Lewistown clinched the Newville Family of Companies 358 sprint car challenge series title.
Rookie of the Year awards were presented to Michael Thomas (sprint cars), Austin Berry (late models), Lori Croop (pro stocks), and Cope Smith (roadrunners). Most Improved Driver awards went to Michael Walter II (sprints), Danny Snyder (late models), Brandon Moser (pro stocks), and Dustin Snook (roadrunners). Jim Bernheisel of Lebanon received the Joe Whitcomb Memorial Sportsman of the Year award.
On hand to accept special recognition awards in appreciation for their dedication to the future of auto racing at Selinsgrove Speedway were Dawayne Betzer, President of the Selinsgrove Fair Association, and Scott Harro, Race Director.
The 2016 Selinsgrove Raceway Park go kart champions were Steve Kerstetter (mediums), Charley Paige (rookies I cage), Ashton Gonder (rookies II cage), Kyle Stahl (flat 350s), Aiden Mitch (kid karts), Pat Romig (adult cage animal), Drew Miller (jr. cage), Steve Majestic (clone 375s), Kruz Kepner (jr. restricted), Roger Radle (adult cage flat), Mike Trevitz (extra heavies), and Levi Vial (125 micro sprint cars).
Members of the speedway management team announced all the divisions would be returning for weekly Friday night go kart racing at Selinsgrove Raceway Park and weekly Saturday night sprint car and stock car competition at Selinsgrove Speedway.
The 2017 edition of the motorsports show at the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26 through Friday, March 3.
For a complete schedule, the latest news, results, and race status, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The speedway office can be reached at 570.374.2266.
JACOB ALLEN GETS FIRST CAREER WIN IN SPRINT SHOWDOWN
Kevin Nouse Scores in 358 Sprints
By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway
YORK HAVEN, PA 11/5/16
The Wintermyer Auto Salvage Sprint Showdown presented by Rock-It Pizza brought closed the curtain on the 2016 Susquehanna Speedway.
And it brought a little of everything.
Hanover’s Jacob Allen gave the largest crowd of the season a thrill has he led all 30-laps to capture his first career 410 Sprint car win. Allen’s win came in the final BAPS Coatings & Supplies race of 2016.
After winning the dash, Allen, who recently completed his third full season on the World of Outlaws tour lined up on the pole and would keep Lance Dewease at bay during the entire 30 lap distance as he became the fourth different winner in five BAPS events this season.
With Delaware style restarts the theme for the day, Allen was able to stay out front and was never seriously challenged as he brought home the big $5,000 check for the Shark Racing Team, owned by his father, Bobby Allen.
Allen controlled the event as only one caution slowed the pace during the first 21 laps.
But two straight reds, one for Kyle Reinhardt and then another for Logan Wagner on the restart slowed the pace. The third and final red came out with four laps to go when Tyler Reeser flipped.
Second-starting Dewease finished second with Greg Hodnett winning the torried battle for third over Brent Marks. Fifth went to Ryan Smith, who earned $500 from Emory Transmissions and a $400 gift certificate from Brown & Miller Racing Solutions for setting fast time.
Completing the top ten finishers were Freddie Rahmer, Hard Charger Brandon Rahmer, Glenn Forsythe, Caleb Armstrong and Mike Mahaney. Rahmer earned a $400 gift certificate from Brown & Miller Racing Solutions.
Smith’s fast lap of 14.918 seconds during time trials came over a field of 35 410 Sprints.
Heats were won by Kyle Reinhardt, Allen, Dewease and Wagner with Brandon Rahmer taking the consolation win.
Kevin Nouse started second in the 25-lap 358 Sprint car feature and led flag to flag to score the $1,000 payday.
Numerous yellows slowed Nouse’s pace and a close call when Shane Yost spun directly in front of him with 22 laps complete, but it was all Nouse out front in taking the win over sixth-starting Steve Owings, 14th starter Kyle Denmyer, 10th starting Brie Hershey and 18th starting Cody Flecher.
Rounding out the top ten finishers were Dwight Leppo, Steven Drevicki, Todd Gracey, Jeff Halligan and Jordan Givler.
Heats for the 24 358 Sprints were won by Nouse, Doug Hammaker and Drevecki.
The 2016 awards banquet is up next for Susquehanna Speedway and it will be held on Saturday, December 17th at the Wyndham Gettysburg. The deadline to register is December 2nd. Tickets are $50 per person. Cocktail hour begins at 5pm with the banquet beginning at 6pm. The Colt Wilbur Band will be the featured entertainment.
For the latest news and results, fans are reminded to visit www.susquuehannaspeedway.net and follow Susquehanna Speedway on Twitter and Facebook.
SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS 11/5/16
BAPS COATINGS & SUPPLIES 410 SPRINTS WINTERMYER AUTO SALVAGE SPRINT SHOWNDOWN: (30 LAPS)-1. Jacob Allen, 2. Lance Dewease, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Brent Marks, 5. Ryan Smith, 6. Freddie Rahmer, 7. Brandon Rahmer, 8. Glenndon Forsythe, 9. Caleb Armstrong, 10. Mike Mahaney, 11. Chase Dietz, 12. Chad Trout, 13. Tim Glatfelter, 14. Curt Stroup, 15. Tyler Reeser, 16. Kyle Pruitt, 17. Kody Lehman, 18. Logan Wagner, 19. Tyler Ross, 20. Brian Montieth, 21. Kyle Reinhardt, 22. Wayne Dadetto, 23. Logan Schuchart, 24. Anthony Macri.
Disqualified: Danny Dietrich (Late to feature lineup gird then refused to go to the rear of the the field: Three other cars were also late to the grid and started as the rear.
Did Not Qualify: Brandon Spithaler, Joe Kata, Ryan Linder, Tyler Bear, George Streaker, Jr., Paige Polyak, Dwayne Gutshall, Dustin Baney, Aaron Ott, Steve Buckwalter.
358 SPRINTS (25 LAPS)-1. Kevin Nouse, 2. Steve Owings, 3. Kyle Denmyer, 4. Brie Hershey, 5. Cody Fletcher, 6. Dwight Leppo, 7. Steven Drevecki, 8. Todd Gracey, 9. Jeff Halligan, 10. Jordan Givler, 11. Chris Frank, 12. Phil Walter, 13. Randy Whisler, 14. Trey Hivner, 15. Doug Hammaker, 16. Amy Ott, 17. Nat Tuckey, 18. Nick Palmerino, 19. Shane Yost, 20. Jake Eldreth, 21. Chandler Leiby, 22. Bob Howard, 23. Jon Stewart.
Did Not Start: Brent Shearer, Dan Richcreek.
THE STAGE IS SET FOR SPRINT SHOWDOWN AT SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY
By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway
YORK HAVEN, PA 11/2/16
The stage is set for this Saturday’s Sprint Showdown at Susquehanna Speedway.
With a promising forecast of 60 degrees and sun for York Haven, PA, the Wintermyer’s Auto Salvage Sprint Showdown presented by Rock-It Pizza will officially close the curtain, not only on a successful racing season at Susquehanna but also for the 2016 season in Central Pennsylvania.
The Sprint Showdown will be the final event of the 2016 BAPS Coatings & Supplies 410 Sprint Series. Four BAPS 410 Sprint Series events have been spun off this season with recent Williams Grove National Open winner Danny Dietrich scoring two feature wins with Greg Hodnett and Lance Dewease each picking up one win.
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.
Pit gates will open at 11:30AM with Grandstands opening at Noon. Time trials are set to go green at 2PM with racing at 2:30PM.
Ticket pricing for the Sprint Showdown is as follows: $20 Adults; $15 Students and Seniors; Kids 12 and under are Free. Pit Admission will be $30.
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.
Cory Haas and Mike Barshinger Part Ways
Haas searching for other opportunities
YORK, PA. (October 25, 2016) - Effective immediately, Cory Haas and car owner Mike Barshinger have parted ways, ending a near-ten year relationship on the Central Pennsylvania sprint car circuit. Haas, a former Jack Gunn Memorial, Kevin Gobrecht Memorial and Billy Kimmel Memorial champion with Mike Barshinger’s 11C program, will now search for other opportunities within Central Pennsylvania.
“First of all, I want to thank Mike Barshinger, Jason Barshinger and the entire crew for the opportunity the last several years. We accomplished a lot as a team, and I am very thankful for that, but we’ve decided to go different routes and try new things,” Cory Haas said. “Right now, I am looking for some other options for the upcoming season. I’m open for discussion and anxious to enter 2017 with a fresh start.”
Cory Haas finished inside the top-five in two different track championship chases in 2016; fourth at Lincoln Speedway and fifth at Williams Grove Speedway. Not counting National Open competition against the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Haas ended his weekly campaign at Williams Grove Speedway with six straight top-ten finishes, finishing as high as second in the running order. Haas earned 11 top-ten finishes at Lincoln Speedway, three of which inside the top-five.
Lance Dewease adds Hamilton Motorsports firesuit to Cory Hinkle benefit raffle
GETTYSBURG, PA (October 24, 2016) - In addition to Danny Dietrich’s helmet worn during his 2016 Champion Racing Oil National Open victory at Williams Grove Speedway, fellow Central Pennsylvania open wheel ace Lance Dewease has donated a firesuit, worn during his tenure with Hamilton Motorsports, that will also be raffled to help benefit Cory Hinkle and his fight against cancer.
Those who purchased chances for the Danny Dietrich helmet drawing will also be eligible for the Lance Dewease firesuit. On the day of the drawing, two tickets will be pulled; one for the helmet and one for the firesuit. The lucky winner of Danny Dietrich’s helmet and Lance Dewease’s firesuit will be drawn at Susquehanna Speedway on Saturday, November 5; no need to be present to win.
Fans and supporters can purchase a chance to win the Danny Dietrich helmet and the Lance Dewease/Hamilton Motorsports firesuit for $10 at www.dannydietrich.com. Purchasing up to six chances will result in one for free; six for $50.
In addition, a Go Fund Me page has also been created to help Hinkle’s cause. That information can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-cory-kick-cancer-2v6n7ng
Port Royal Speedway, URC & PASS Cancel Oct. 22 Open Wheel Madness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Port Royal Speedway has canceled its October 22 Open Wheel Madness racing program due to inclement weather for late season racing. With a forecast for lingering rains early on Saturday giving way to an intense, biting wind and temperatures expected to top out around 50, the reluctant decision to cancel was made late Friday afternoon.
Port Royal Speedway officials consulted with the National Weather Service in State College late on Friday afternoon and after receiving information that winds are predicted to be sustained at 20 mph, gusting to as high as 30 and 40 mph, and not expected to subside into Saturday evening, officials with URC and the PASS along with oval officials decided the best decision was to call off the event.
The timely decision to cancel will allow fans and teams traveling from afar to make other plans to attend other races occurring in New York, Ohio and North Carolina while also preventing them from incurring any of the expenses involved with trekking to Port Royal.
The annual Port Royal Foliage Days event, a craft, food and flea market held around the speedway this weekend will go on as slated.
The season is now concluded at Port Royal Speedway with the annual banquet slated for Saturday, November 19 at 5 pm at the Port Royal Community Building.
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!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
FRANKIE HERR’S THIRD WIN COMES IN FALL CLASSIC
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.
SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS 10/15/16
HESSIRON.COM FALL CLASSIC/CREDIT CONNECTION AUTO SALES SUPER SPORTSMAN (40 LAPS)
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
DANNY DIETRICH WINS CHAMPION RACING OIL NATIONAL OPEN AT WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
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.
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Central PA Tracks
410 sprint cars
1. Alan Krimes 6725
2. Brian Montieth 6470
3. Jim Siegel 6390
4. Cory Haas 6260
5. G. McIntyre Jr. 6210
6. Austin Hogue 6210
7. G. Forsythe 5730
8. Robbie Kendall 5580
9. Freddie Rahmer 5555
10. Adam Wilt 5550
1. Chandler Leiby 5340
2. Matt Campbell 5305
3. Adrian Shaffer 5295
4. Brent Shearer 4995
5. Jeff Rohrbaugh 4975
6. Jeff Halligan 4960
7. Tyler Esh 4910
8. Matt Findley 4665
9. Doug Hammaker 4350
10. Brie Hershey 4350
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
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
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