WILLIAMS GROVE ANNOUNCES 2015 SLATE, NATIONAL OPEN EXPANDED TO THREE DAYS WITH TRACK CHAMP CROWNED
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Mechanicsburg – Williams Grove Speedway has announced its 2015 schedule of events with Opening Day races set for Friday, March 27 at 7:30 pm, featuring the 410 sprint cars and the exciting super late models.
The season will be bookended with visits by the super late models as the once-regular Williams Grove division takes part in the opener and than again in the season finale in October.
The 2015 Williams Grove Speedway Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprint Car Champion will be crowned via the annual National Open next season as the conclusion of the newly expanded three-day National Open on October 3 will round out point racing for the year.
A test and tune program will pre-date the season opener in March, taking place at 1 pm on Sunday March 22. The session will be open to 410 and 358 sprints, super sportsman, 358 late models and street stocks.
The Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars will of course be the big ticket to see all season long at Williams Grove Speedway.
The popular 410 sprints are slated to race in 34 programs during the 2015 Williams Grove season with the usual cast of big events dotting the slate.
The 358 sprint cars will launch their 2015 campaign along with the 410 sprints on April 10 before returning 13 more more times during the season including three occasions when they will join forces to compete with the URC 360-powered sprints.
The first big Williams Grove race of the season comes up on April 17 when the Spring Classic Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial is staged as a kickoff to the 2015 Hoosier Diamond Series of races at the track.
The Hoosier Diamond Series will include 11 events with a posted $5,000 going to the series champion at series end.
The Hoosier Diamond Series is run each season comprised of some of the biggest oval races of the year, carrying their own points and payoff.
Other big Williams Grove 410 sprint paydays in 2015 include a pair of Pennsylvania Speedweek shows, kicking off the series Friday, June 26 before returning on July 3 with the highlight of Speedweek, the Mitch Smith Memorial.
Twin 20s for 410 sprints will be spun off on August 21 before the Jack Gunn Memorial “Down Under” honoring the late Hall of Fame promoter, returns on September 4.
The 410 and 358 sprints will make up the Billy Kimmel Memorial on Sunday, September 6.
The STP World of Outlaws 410 sprint cars will be back at Williams Grove Speedway with an expanded schedule in 2015 as the prestigious, heralded National Open gets expanded to a three-day race party.
The 53rd annual Williams Grove Speedway National Open races will take place Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2 with the finale being staged on Saturday, October 3.
Thursday and Friday’s shows will pay $10,000 to win with the Open itself paying $50,000 to the champion on Saturday when the oval champion is crowned.
The May weekend WoO stand spans May 15 and 16.
The Summer Nationals for the World of Outlaws will take place July 24 and 25.
The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints will be hosted at Williams Grove on two occasions during the season, first appearing on April 24 and then again on June 12.
The season will come to a close on Saturday, October 9 with a special “Run What You Brung” program of 410 sprints and super late models.
Starting time for all sprint car events at the track in 2015 aside from the season finale is set for 7:30 pm with warm-ups slated to take place 30 minutes prior.
Also appearing during the year will be the PASS 305 sprints, ARDC Midgets and URC sprints.
The kickoff of the 2015 Saturday Night Series featuring the super sportsman is slated for Saturday, May 2.
View the full schedule for both the sprint cars and the Saturday Night Series at www.williamsgrove.com. Keep up to date on the latest Williams Grove Speedway news by following the oval on Facebook or Twitter.
Williams Grove Speedway Finalizes Their 2015 Saturday Night Series Schedule
Mechanicsburg, PA., December 7, 2014
As winter’s winds roll across the idle Williams Grove Speedway surface, track owner Kathy Hughes is busy planning the 2015 schedule.
Hughes, along with speedway manager Justin Loh, finalized their plans for the popular Saturday Night Series. The series is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the famed half-mile oval. The show, featuring the Super Sportsman, 358 Late Models and Street Stocks will return for a 16-race season.
Racing will begin on May 2. A major change will be the starting time. Races will begin at 7 PM for all 2015 shows. The change will provide competitors with more moisture in the surface and better racing for the fans.
A second change comes with the admission price. Kathy Hughes continues to make the Saturday Night Series an affordable night of entertainment for families. Hughes had a five-dollar admission for adults making her Saturday night racing the family-friendly track in the Harrisburg – York region.
Due to increasing costs in track operations ticket prices will rise by just one dollar for 2015. The new six-dollar admission continues to be the lowest racing ticket in the region. Williams Grove Speedway Saturday Night Series fans do not have to return to receive their discount; each week the fans pay markdown prices.
Speedway management will continue to reward the three divisions. Besides their 16 events, all three classes will be added to Friday night shows.
Kids Night returns on July 18. The racing carnival is wildly popular with children. The 2014 Kids Night set an all-time attendance record. A new event will be School’s Out on June 6. The free candy at intermission will remain along with interviews with drivers.
Williams Grove Speedway continues to be the family-friendly track featuring the best in Super Sportsman, 358 Late Models and Street Stocks.
· Every SNS division will make an appearance on a Friday Night race (Sportsman 4/3, 4/17; Late Models 4/24; Street Stocks 7/3, 8/21)
· Topless 30 for Late Models will be on Friday, September 11 and be a complete SNS show with Super Sportsman and Street Stocks
Total races: Super Sportsman 18; 358 Late Models 17; Street Stocks 18
Get Your 2015 Port Royal Speedway Season Seats & Passes Now
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Port Royal – Season passes and seats for the 2015 Port Royal Speedway racing season are now on sale!
And as usual, they are available just in time for holiday gift giving although time is running out!
A season reserve seat for all oval racing events on the 2015 schedule including the exciting fairweek races in 2015 will again cost just $50.00. This pass reserves seats only and is not good for general admission to any events during the upcoming season.
Once again in 2015, the entire main aluminum grandstand will be designated as a SMOKE FREE environment. The Keith Kauffman Family Seating area of the main grandstand will continue to be provided in Section C, where no alcohol or smoking has been permitted since 2011.
Current season seat ticket holders must submit their payment and request for renewal before February 1, 2015 or surrender their seats to new buyers.
General admission season passes for all speedway oval events are now available, at a cost of just $325.00, which does include admission to all fairweek races in 2015.
Season pit passes are also being offered at a price of $400 each while reserved fan parking spots behind the grandstand are being offered for $50.00. (Please note that the parking passes will not be good for fairweek events.)
Just as the last several seasons, all season admission passes, season seat tickets and season parking passes are only good for circle-track auto racing events again in 2015 at Port Royal Speedway. Any other grandstand events such as tractor pulls and demolition derbies are not included.
Orders may be placed by phone between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays by contacting the speedway office at 717.527.2303.
Orders may also be submitted by mail by sending a check or money order made payable to Port Royal Speedway, to: Port Royal Speedway, 308 W. Eighth Street, Port Royal, PA, 17082.
It was recently announced that the STP World of Outlaws sprint cars will again visit the historic oval during the 2015 season.
Regular weekly fanfare featuring the popular 410 sprints and the super late models will again be the norm next season.
More news and information regarding next season’s slate of events is in the offing as oval officials continue to plan and prep for the new year. .
KRIMES CLAIMS FIRST TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP IN LINCOLN 410 SPRINTS
Sophomore Chase Dietz takes title in Lincoln 358 sprint division
YORK, PA, 11/22/14 - Lincoln Speedway track champions and special year-end awards were handed out at the Holiday Inn in York Saturday night, November 22nd. 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 FIRST LAWRENCE CHEVROLET TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
After several years as a top-five point contender, Denver’s Alan Krimes rode the strength of two wins and consistent top finishes to his first-ever track title. Ironically, Krimes’ wins came back-to-back with an ARCH Night win on April 12th and a 410 Sprint Spring Championship victory on April 19th. Although he didn’t win the rest of the year, he did score ten top-five and 16 top-ten finishes in 23 races to claim the $10,000 championship. Krimes’ two wins in the John Alexander’s Midnight Express/Conestoga Valley Garage #87 moved him alongside Junie Taylor and Bobby Weaver on the all-time Lincoln win list with 15 career wins. Krimes title also earned Dennis Kohler Lincoln’s mechanic of-the-year award.
Four-time track champ Brian Montieth missed one race and suffered a few DNF’s, but still rode the strength of three wins, 12 top-five finishes and 15 top ten to second in season points. His three wins moved him into sole possession of sixth place on the all-time Lincoln win list with 44.
New Oxford’s Jim Siegel won twice and scored five top-five and 15 top ten to finish third in season points. One of his wins was the 11th Annual Weldon Sterner Memorial on May 3rd.
Dallastown’s Cory Haas went winless at Lincoln in 2014, but did register seven top five and 14 top ten finishes to end fourth in season points. Haas was also named the season’s Sportsmanship Award winner for his on-and-off track efforts.
Rounding out the top five in the season point series was Gerard McIntyre, Jr., who picked up his third career Lincoln win on April 26th. He finished in the top five four times and in the top ten 15 times.
Sixth through tenth in season points were Robbie Kendall, Kyle Moody, Billy Dietrich, five-time winner Danny Dietrich, and Freddie Rahmer.
Kendall and Moody both scored their first-career 410 sprint wins during the season. Moody’s win was momentous, holding off national sprint car star Brady Bacon in Lincoln’s PA Speedweek show. Kendall and Moody were joined by other first-time winners Austin Hogue (who was named rookie of-the-year), rookie 410 driver Tim Wagaman, and J.J. Grasso.
Other Lincoln wins in 2014 were recorded by Adam Wilt (opening day for the second time in three years), Lance Dewease, Daryn Pittman (who won the July World of Outlaw show), and Steve Smith (who won both the World of Outlaw Show in May and the Dirt Classic presented by Kasey Kahne in September).
All told, there were 14 different winners in 23 races at Lincoln in 2014.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (410 Sprints)
410 Sprint Champion – Alan Krimes
Mechanic of the Year – Dennis Kohler
Rookie of the Year – Austin Hogue
Sportsmanship Award – Cory Haas
Most Improved Driver – Robbie Kendall
CHASE DIETZ CLAIMS FIRST-EVER LINCOLN SPEEDWAY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Sophomore driver Chase Dietz won three times during the season to edge defending champ Niki Young and claim his first track title in Lincoln’s 358 sprint car division. Back-to-back wins on July 26th (Pepsi Night) and August 2nd (Sprint Car Championship in which he made a last-lap pass for the win) vaulted him into a points lead he would never relinquish. All told, Dietz scored 12 top-five and 15 top-ten finishes in 18 events, which gave him a 95-point over Young at the end.
Young won the season opener and finished second in season points. He challenged Dietz down the stretch with ten top-five and d 13 top-ten finishes.
Carlisle’s Chandler Leiby, another sophomore driver and grandson to Lincoln promoter Bob Leiby, finished an impressive third in season points. He claimed his second career Lincoln win on August 30th, and ended the season tied with Dietz for the most top five (12) and a division-leading 16 top-ten finishes.
Rookie of-the-year Matt Campbell was fourth in season points. Campbell scored wins on May 3rd (Sterner Memorial) and June 21st (BAPS Night) and ended the season with seven top-five and 12 top-ten finishes.
Lady driver Brie Hershey of Dillsburg rounded out the top five in season points with two top-five and seven top-ten finishes.
Sixth through tenth in season points were another female driver Ashley Cappetta, Matt Findley, one-time winner Doug Hammaker (first career Lincoln win), Zach Euculano, and one-time winner Jeff Rohrbaugh.
Four different drivers picked up their first Lincoln career wins in 2014, including Hammaker, Mark Strickler, Phil Walter (who first won at Lincoln in the 410 sprints 22 years ago), and Dwight Leppo in the season finale.
All told, there were 13 different winners in 18 events. The only repeat winners at Lincoln in ‘14 were Dietz and Kevin Nouse (with three wins each), and Campbell with two. There were ten single-time winners, including Mike Bittinger and Brad McClelland, not yet mentioned.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (358 Sprints)
358 Sprint Champion - Chase Dietz
Rookie of the Year - Matt Campbell
Sportsmanship Award - Cody Fletcher
Most Improved Driver - Chase Dietz
Port Royal Bestows Honors At Annual Banquet, World Of Outlaws Return In 2015
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Port Royal – The annual Port Royal Speedway awards banquet was held Saturday night, November 22 at the Port Royal Community Building.
Feted were the track champions in all regular divisions: Aumiller’s Insurance 410 sprints, Jake’s Carts/Enviroman Products late models, Gray’s Auto and Towing econo late models, Len Krautheim Auto Sales xtreme stocks and River Valley Builders 305 sprints.
While opening the awards portion of the banquet, speedway promoter Steve Oneal announced that the STP World of Outlaws sprint cars will return to the Juniata County Oval again in 2015.
After a successful return to the track for the first time in a decade in October of this year, the World of Oultaws are looking forward to a return in 2015 although a concrete date has not yet been confirmed.
Rick Lafferty of Pennington, New Jersey, took home top honors in the 410 sprint portion of the awards ceremony as the 2014 track champion for the first time in his career.
Lafferty and his self-owned No. 0 ended the season with an average feature finish of eighth in his 18 regular season starts while pocketing one victory.
Mike Erdley finished the season second in points, just 10 markers back of Lafferty for the title, also posting an average feature finish of eighth during his 18 regular season starts.
Blane Heimbach, Chad Layton and Greg Hodnett completed the top five in points followed by Doug Esh, Curt Stroup, Dylan Cisney, Mike Wagner and Nate Snyder.
Stroup, of Richfield, took home honors as Most Improved in the division after moving from 14th in the 2013 point standings up to seventh this season.
Rookie of the Year honors went to Harrisonville’s Logan Wagner who put together a 15th in the points and a best feature finish of third on August 16.
Dave Ely earned the 410 sprint Sportsmanship Award in honor of his contributions to the oval’s regularly staged kids activities and other fan oriented promotions.
Shermansdale’s Mike Lupfer scored the super late model track title for a career first while scoring one victory and an average season feature finish of fifth.
Brett Schadel was second in season points for an amazing third season in a row and that fact alone earned him 2014 Sportsmanship honors.
Mitch Hack was third in points followed by Jason Schmidt and Tim Smith Jr.
Schmidt was voted Most Improved in the division in what was a highly competitive race for the award after finishing 11th in points last year.
Smith Jr. was awarded Rookie of the Year laurels.
The balance of the late model top 10 point earners were Trent Brenneman, Tim Wilson, Patrick Bryner, Tim Fedder and Matt Parks.
Jeff Miller of Huntingdon won champion’s laurels in the 305 sprint division by just five markers over Tyler Bear in a race for the title that came down to a pass in the final corner of the last lap of the final race for the division.
Miller had a lone victory on the year and an average feature finish of fifth.
Mike Wagner II., was third in points followed by Eric Parker and Erin Statler.
Wagner announced his plans to compete in 410 sprint competition during the upcoming season.
The 355 econo late model division saw veteran Tim Krape score the maiden title in the new speedway division with an average feature finish of third.
The track crown was Krape’s ninth overall having also taken crowns in oval thundercar, street stock and pro stock action.
Krape had one win during the season and announced he will move up to super late model competition in 2015.
Andrew Yoder was second in points with five victories followed by Devin Hart, Shaun Miller and Danny Sollers.
Sixth through 10th went to Troy Miller, Todd Snook, Jared Fulkroad, Eric Irvin and Chase Bowsman.
Shaun Miller earned the Sportsmanship Award.
Bill Powell walked away with the title in the xtreme stock division after taking a prior title in the enduro dash class in 2002.
Powell posted three victories and an average feature finish of second.
Bob Bussey was second in points and earned Sportsman honors.
The balance of the xtreme stock top 10 was Jason Zook, Deron Henry, Tyler Amtower, Mike Goodwin, Darien Trego, Pete Leister, Karl Miller and Floyd Sheets.
The tentative 2015 Port Royal schedule of events is expected to be released in the early weeks of January, 2015.
Season passes and seats for the new season will go on sale December 1, just in time for holiday gift giving.
Renegade Sprints and Fred Rahmer Team Up for 2015 Event at Path Valley
Cole Duncan on the gas at Path Valley during the 2014 Pa. Speedweek Show
FINDLAY, Ohio (Nov. 10, 2014) - The Renegade Sprints and Pennsylvania kingpin Fred Rahmer have booked at least one race together in 2015.
The event will be one of three shows Fred Rahmer Promotions will put on at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa., next year.
"I'm looking in April for a Sunday race with the Renegades against the Pennsylvania Posse on neutral ground," he said. "I think our guys will come out on top, but there's a great group of Renegades coming in."
Rahmer added that he has heard a lot of positive about the 410ci sprint car series, from the drivers committed to the series to the leadership to the fan interaction.
"I feel really good that the Renegades are going to be a really good group of race cars that should put on a great show at Path Valley," he said. "From what I hear (Renegade Sprints President) Shane Helms is in the direction of the racer and the fans and that's the direction I want to go with. I believe in what the Renegades are doing."
Helms said he is thrilled to work with Rahmer, who was one of the premier sprint car drivers in the country for decades before stepping away from the seat last year.
"Fred has always been a leader whether he was on the track racing or promoting sprint car races," he said. "I think this event will be a marquee matchup of the Renegade Sprints and the Pennsylvania Posse. It will be a show the fans won't want to miss."
Nov. 22 Port Royal Banquet Tickets On Sale, Staple Divisions To Return In 2015
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Port Royal – The annual Port Royal Speedway awards banquet is coming up Saturday, November 22 at 5 PM at the Port Royal Community Building, located just off of the speedway’s backstretch on Fourth Street.
Tickets for the awards ceremony and banquet are on sale at a price of $30 each and can be purchased by calling event coordinator Joanne Heckert at 717.527.4677.
The Deadline for purchasing tickets is November 17.
Honored at the annual awards presentations will be the 2014 track champions: Rick Lafferty, 410 sprints; Mike Lupfer, late models; Tim Krape, 355 econo late models; Bill Powell, xtreme stocks; and Jeff Miller, 305 sprints.
All speedway champions will receive beautiful championship rings courtesy of Foss Jewelers of Mifflintown and Lewistown as well as commemorative jackets.
Attendees of the banquet are encouraged to bring a children’s toy for donation to the 2015 Kids Night program in return for a chance at numerous door prizes.
In other speedway news it has been announced that that track will again return with its five staple divisions in 2015 with weekly racing cards headlined by the 410 sprints and the super late models.
Also appearing as was the case in 2014 will be the 355 econo late models, the xtreme stocks and the PA Sprint Series 305 sprint cars.
Negotiations with various touring circuits and sanctioning bodies are currently underway for inclusion on the 2015 slate of racing.
The tentative 2015 schedule of events is expected to be released in the early weeks of January, 2015.
Season passes and seats will go on sale before December 1, just in time for holiday gift giving.
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Central PA Tracks
410 sprint cars
1. Alan Krimes 6260
2. Brian Montieth 5990
3. Jim Siegel 5985
4. Cory Haas 5960
5. Gerard McIntyre Jr. 5740
6. Robbie Kendall 5415
7. Kyle Moody 5180
8. Billy Dietrich 5075
9. Danny Dietrich 5070
10. Freddie Rahmer 5005
358 sprint cars
1. Chase Dietz 5275
2. Niki Young 5180
3. Chandler Leiby 4835
4. Matt Campbell 4665
5. Brie Hershey 4535
6. Ashley Cappetta 4325
7. Matt Findley 4320
8. Doug Hammaker 4155
9. Zach Euculano 4010
10. Jeff Rohrbaugh 3990
1. Greg Hodnett 5110
2. Don Kreitz Jr 5060
3. Lance Dewease 4710
4. Alan Krimes 4520
5. Brian Montieth 4300
6. Doug Esh 4005
7. Ryan Smith 3885
8. Brent Marks 3755
9. Stevie Smith 3550
10. Danny Dietrich 3385
358 sprint cars
1. Kevin Nouse 3330
2. Adrian Shaffer 2805
3. Kody Lehman 2435
4. Matt Campbell 2400
5. Doug Hammaker 2335
6. Brie Hershey 2090
7. Scott Fisher 2070
8. Chandler Leiby 1995
9. Jay Galloway 1915
10. Chris Arnold 1785
1. Frankie Herr 4950
2. Mike Enders 4820
3. Scott Dellinger 4555
4. Chad Trout 4525
5. Scott Geesey 4450
6. Russ Mitten 4360
7. Steve Fannasy 4280
8. Gregg Foster 4030
9. Steve Wilbur 3925
10. Chad Criswell 3920
1. Rick Lafferty 5380
2. Mike Erdley 5370
3. Blane Heimbach 5325
4. Chad Layton 5310
5. Greg Hodnett 5165
6. Doug Esh 4695
7. Curt Stroup 4670
8. Dylan Cisney 4505
9. Mike Wagner 4445
10. Nate Snyder 4315
360 sprint cars
1. Mark Smith 5085
2. T.J. Stutts 4995
3. Jason Shultz 4185
4. Ryan Kissinger 3805
5. Derek Locke 3640
6. Davie Franek 3415
7. Cody Keller 3290
8. Brock Zearfoss 3195
9. Mike Walter II 3080
10. Colby Womer 3020