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Port Royal Sprints To Race In Tune Up For All Star Weikert Memorial Saturday

Time trials, heats, dash and $3,500 to win main slated

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4/15/15

Port Royal – A change to this Saturday’s Race To Cure Cancer racing program at Port Royal Speedway will find the 410 sprint vying in a Tune Up event for the upcoming April 25 All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints Bob Weikert Memorial.

The sprint cars will run two-lap time trials to start the program followed by heat races and a dash that will determine the front starting rows of the 25-lap feature event.

Saturday’s sprint car main will pay $3,500 to the winner.  

Also on the program at 6 pm will be the super late models and River Valley Builders 305 sprint cars.

Fifty-cents off of every general admission ticket sold will go to the American Cancer Society on Race To Cure Cancer Night.

A special auction will take place in front of the grandstand after time trials with proceeds going to the ACS.

On the block will be a personally autographed fuel jug that carries the names of numerous World of Outlaws drivers as well as members of the Pennsylvania Posse.

Adult general admission for the show is $15 with students ages 12 – 18 admitted for just $7.

Aaron Ott currently leads Lucas Wolfe in the early season 410 sprint point standings.

Coming up April 25 at Port Royal Speedway will be the big All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprints Bob Weikert Memorial with tons of giveaways in line for fans and drivers.

The race will be bigger and better than ever this season with the winner’s share boosted to a cool $15,000 out of a purse that eclipses $43,000 in total for the 40-lap affair.

Contingency cash on the line reaches a total worth of some $5,000 including $100 to lead each lap in the feature, $100 to win heats, $100 to win the dash and a $200 Hard Charger Award plus a special fast time award worth a minimum of $300 in honor of the late Raymond Jacobs.

The first 450 fans entering the main grandstand will receive either a free Weikert’s Livestock hat or a can cooler.

In addition, 20 five-pound boxes of Weikert Beef will be given away to lucky wristband winners and youth ages 12 and under will get a chance to win one of five girls and five boys bicycles.

World-renowned sprint car veteran Jack Hewitt of Troy, Ohio, will be on hand at the track for the event with his “Dewitt With Hewitt” two-seat sprint car driving experience.

A Hall of Fame inductee and USAC Silver Crown Champion, Hewitt will be making a rare appearance in Pennsylvania for the race with his ride-along sprinter and will be offering three chances for fans to take a ride with him around the historic oval.

Port Royal will be just the second track in the Keystone State that Hewitt has appeared at with his two-seater.

Raffle tickets for a chance at one of the rides will be offered for just $1 each or six for $5 with proceeds going to benefit the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Legenday sprint car owner Bob Weikert succumbed to a long battle with Leukemia in 2003.

Adult general admission for the show is set at just $25 with students ages 12 – 18 priced at just $7.  General admission gates will open at 4 pm for the big event.

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4 DIVISION RACING SHOWS ROUND OUT MONTH OF APRIL AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present back-to-back four division racing programs starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18, and Saturday, April 25, featuring 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners to round out the month. Track gates will open at 4 p.m. both nights.

The Mach 1 Chassis 360 sprint cars will compete in a 25-lap feature paying $2,000 to win and $200 to start. The Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center/Bernheisel Race Components super late models will race in a 25-lap main event paying $1,500 to win, while the A&A Auto Stores pro stocks go wheel-to-wheel in a 15-lap feature paying $400 to win. Closing out the four division program will be the roadrunners in a 12-lap race.

Drivers in all four divisions will draw a pill to determine their starting positions in their respective heat races.

Taking feature wins on the April 4 opening night were defending champions Mark Smith of Sunbury and Jeff Rine of Danville in the 360 sprint cars and late models, respectively. The pro stock feature went to Andrew Shoop of Mifflintown, while Brandon Shultz of Milton won his first-ever race at the track in the roadrunner main.

The United Racing Club 360 sprint cars will kick off the month of May in the 35th Annual Jack Gunn Memorial 358-360 Sprint Car Challenge at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Joining the sprints on the racing program will be the super late models and pro stocks.

Race fans can experience a full four division racing card Saturday, May 9, for just $5 general admission for adults and students as part of the Max Media Pack The Track Night!

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LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
410 sprint cars
April 11
1. Brian Montieth 1340
2. Danny Dietrich 1265
3. Cory Haas     1250
4. Freddie Rahmer 1225
5. Alan Krimes     1220
6. Kyle Moody     1215
7. Gerard McIntyre Jr. 1205
8. Robbie Kendall 1190
9. Jim Siegel     1130
10. Brandon Rahmer 1090

SELINSGROVE FAIR ASSOCIATION, Inc.
713 Bridge Street, Suite 13
Selinsgrove, PA 17870

TO: Members of the Media / The Racing Community

FROM: Dawayne Betzer, President
      Selinsgrove Fair Association, Inc.

RE: Statement On the Future of Selinsgrove Speedway

DATE: 12 April 2015

STATEMENT:

“Prior to the start of the 2015 racing season, current Selinsgrove Speedway promoter Charlie Paige informed the Board of Directors of the Selinsgrove Fair Association, Inc., the governing body of the speedway, that he elected not to renew his contract to operate the speedway beyond this year.

We would like to thank Mr. Paige for all of his dedication to Selinsgrove Speedway over the last 15 years as promoter of the track. He was instrumental in restoring the facility and re-establishing the venue as one of the premier dirt tracks in the United States.

We also would like to reassure the racing community the Fair Association is committed to keeping this great racing tradition alive and well for future generations. Members of the Fair Association are working diligently on a succession plan, and our goal is to name a new promoter by this summer. We sincerely thank the race teams, fans, and sponsors for their continued support of the speedway while we work through this management transition.”

--Dawayne Betzer, President, Selinsgrove Fair Association, Inc.

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Tommy Hinnershitz Spring Classic At Williams Grove Friday

Super Sportsman also on the card

4/12/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mechanicsburg – The Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint cars are in action at Williams Grove Speedway this Friday, April 17 at 7:30 pm when the 2015 Hoosier Diamond Series kicks off with the running of the big money Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial Spring Classic.

Racing action will also include the popular super sportsman.

Adult general admission for the Tommy Classic is set at just $18 with youth ages 13 – 20 admitted for just $10 while ages 12 and under are always admitted for free at Williams Grove.

This week, the Williams Grove portion of the 50/50 drawing will be donated to Med Star Dirt Track Rescue.

The prestigious 30-lap Tommy Classic event will pay $6,000 to win out of a total purse of more than $30,000 with time trials setting the heat and feature starting grids.

Formerly known as the Early Bird Championship, The Tommy Spring Classic took its name in 2007, now run in honor of the winner of the first ever motor racing main event at Williams Grove Speedway back in 1939.

An eventual Hall of Fame driver, Hinnershitz of Oley went on to win the track title that year and again in 1949 and 1952.

Doug Esh of Lancaster is the defending Tommy Classic champion.

Other winners of the event since taking the Hinnershitz name have been: Craig Keel, 2007; Brian Leppo, 2008; Lance Dewease, 2009; and Chad Layton, 2010, 2012.

The event was lost to rain in 2011 and in 2013.  

The Tommy Classic is also the first date of the 2015 Diamond Series at Williams Grove.

The 2015 Diamond Series continues one week later on April 24 with the first appearance of the season by the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints at Williams Grove Speedway.

The 358 late models will join the All Stars to close out the month of April.

The kickoff of the 2015 Saturday Night Series featuring the super sportsman, 358 late models and street stocks is slated for Saturday, May 2.

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DEWEASE HOLDS OFF ADAM WILT TO CLAIM 38TH CAREER WIN AT LINCOLN

Steve Fannasy Scores First Lincoln Win in Super Sportsman; Jake Jones Best of 358 Late Models

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/11/2015 – “We were far from the best car. Starting position was everything tonight.”

So said former track champ Lance Dewease after claiming his 38th career win at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

Handicapping placed the C.C. Dietz/Conduit Connections/Hess Ornamental Iron Works #14 on the outside pole for the start, and Dewease followed polesitter Billy Dietrich for the first 17 laps before sliding under Dietrich for the lead in turn two of lap 18.

“Billy was better. I just said ‘the heck with it’ and yanked the wing back right before the (lap 17) caution came out and I felt like I got a little better,” said Dewease, “So when the caution came out I just put it all the way back and said ‘Wherever he goes, I’m going the opposite and see if we can get around him. We were fortunate enough to do it.”

The lone caution of the event came out when Danny Dietrich and Mike Bittinger got together on the backstretch while racing for fourth. Bittinger got backwards and came to a stop at the end of the backstretch.

Although he led the rest of the way, Dewease had to hold off a charging Adam Wilt at the end, crossing just .44 seconds ahead of the Pancho’s Racing Products/North York Auto Menders #15.

“I drove my butt off all night,” said Dewease, “We didn’t have a good race car. We keep trying things and can’t get this deal figured out this year.”

“It feels like we’ve run 20 races and ran bad in all of them,” continued Dewease, “But this is actually only our third race. We took advantage of a good starting spot from our misfortunes all year. We just need to get our race car better. But the team just keeps plugging away. We know we’re not good and we just need to keep going at it.”

Freddie Rahmer caught Danny Dietrich for third on the last turn, followed by 11th starting Dietrich and 12th-starting Brian Montieth. Sixth through tenth were early-race leader Billy Dietrich, Robbie Kendall, defending champ Alan Krimes, Cory Haas, and Kyle Moody.

Heats for the 30 410 Sprinters were won by Alan Krimes, Adam Wilt, and Robbie Kendall, with Glenndon Forsythe winning the consolation.

Steve Fannasy started on the outside pole and led every lap of the 25-lap super sportsman feature, becoming the first member of the Fannasy family to grace victory lane in the Pigeon Hills.

Second through fifth were Scott Geesey, Chad Trout, Chad Criswell, and Steve’s brother Jay Fannasy.

Polesitter Russ Mitten started on the pole and ran fourth from the second lap on until suffering mechanical problems on the backstretch of the final lap.

Heats for the 27 Super Sportsman were won by Jay Fannasy, Frankie Herr, and Kevin Nouse, with Eric Walker winning the consolation.

Shermansdale’s Jake Jones became the third driver in three divisions to start on the outside pole and win a feature event on the night, claiming the 20-lap Precise Racing Products Lincoln/Trail-Way season point series opener for the 358 late models.

His win established a new track record for the 358 late models with a time of 5 minutes, 59.65 seconds.

Crossing second .97 seconds behind was polesitter Sam Gallagher, with defending series champ and all-time Lincoln winner Gene Knaub third, Cam Zeigler fourth, and Alan Sagi fifth.

Heats for the 18 358 Late Models were won by Tyler Horst and Travis Mease.

RACE RESULTS

Sat., April 11, 2015

410 SPRINTS FEATURE (25 laps) – 1. 14-Lance Dewease ($3,200); 2. 15-Adam Wilt; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 21-Brian Montieth; 6. 8-Billy Dietrich; 7. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 8. 87-Alan Krimes; 9. 11C-Cory Haas; 10. 99M-Kyle Moody; 11. 52-Austin Hogue; 12. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 13. 92-Niki Young; 14. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 15. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 16. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 17. 21A-Steve Owings; 18. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 19. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 20. 49-Bradley Howard; 21. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 22. 69H-Shane Hoff (DNF); 23. 95-Hunter Mackison (DNF); 24. 44-Chase Dietz (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Billy Dietrich (1-17), Lance Dewease (18-25)

super sportsman Feature (25 laps) – 1. 11-Steve Fannasy; 2. 41-Scott Geesey; 3. 7C-Chad Trout; 4. 55C-Chad Criswell; 5. 222-Jay Fannasy; 6. 93-Carmen Perigo, Jr.; 7. 1J-Kevin Nouse; 8. 30-Scott Dellinger; 9. 99-Frankie Herr; 10. 17G-Steve Wilbur; 11. 75-Kenny Edkin; 12. 7B-Timmie Barrick; 13. 99C-Chad Smith; 14. 7-Todd Leonard; 15. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 16. 77W-Tom Wyckoff; 17. 77-Russ Mitten; 18. 20W-Davey Walsh; 19. 32-Eric Walker; 20. 91-Lanny Hake; 21. 58-Paul Miller (DNF); 22. 19-Devin Beidel (DNF); 23. 8-Rich Eichelberger. No Time

Lap Leaders – Steve Fannasy (1-25)

358 late models Feature (25 laps) – 1. 43-Jake Jones; 2. 25-Sam Gallagher; 3. 1-Gene Knaub; 4. 21Z-Cam Zeigler; 5. 112-Alan Sagi; 6. NINE-Ron Kline; 7. 14-Tyler Horst; 8. 57-Brad Shank; 9. 116-Travis Mease; 10. 62-Devin Fry; 11. 00-Pat McNeal; 12. 2M-Shaun Jones; 13. 21*-Troy Swindell; 14. 7-Pat Beard; 15. 24-Daulton Bigler; 16. 51-Barry Lear, Sr.; DNS – X-Bernie Beard, 47-Jimmy Jesmer. Time – 5:59.65 (Establishes new 20-lap 358 Late Model Track Record)

Lap Leaders – Jake Jones (1-20)

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Super Sportsman
April 11
1. Frankie Herr 730
2. Kevin Nouse 700
3. Mike Enders 640
3. Chad Criswell 640
5. Scott Dellinger 610
6. Chad Trout 555
7. Scott Geesy 550
8. Jay Fannasy 520
8. Steve Fannasy 520
10. Bobby Hockenberry 510

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Hodnett Puts On Passing Clinic For Port Sprints Win, Lupfer 2 For 2 In Super Lates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4/11/15

Port Royal – Greg Hodnett of Thomasville put on a passing clinic on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway to claim the 25-lap sprint car feature after starting in the 13th spot.

Hodnett became just the second driver in four years to claim posted bonus money for driving to a regular event win from a starting position behind the first five rows.  The victory was his 37th at the oval.

Mike Lupfer of Shermansdale made it back-to-back wins in the super late model division by out-racing Dylan Yoder for the 22-lap victory for the second week in a row as well in what was an exciting stock car main.

In the 18-lap econo late model main Eric Irvin of Petersburg drove to his first victory in the division at the track in its two year history while Kurt Zimmeran of Pasadena, Md., won the all american outlaws feature event.

Lucas Wolfe started on the pole of the 410 sprint featur along side Blane Heimbach.

Wolfe took the lead at the start as fourth starter Aaron Ott zipped by Heimbach for second before an early red flag with just two laps completed for a frontstretch flip by Brock Zearfoss, who escaped injury.

Ott failed to challenge Wolfe on the restart with Heimbach, Mark Smith and Mike Wagner following.

The leader entered the rear of the field on the eighth tour of the event with 13th starter Hodnett now up to sixth.

And while Ott stuck with Wolfe without mounting a challenge Hodnett was just mowing down his adversaries as he marched to the front.

With 15 laps to go he had worked his way into fourth behind Smith and with 12 laps to go he was sitting in third but was still a good half-lap back of the leaders.

But that distance just steadily shrunk as Hodnett’s fleet running No. 27 blistered around the speedway and with sixth to go Hodnett was around Ott and closed in on Wolfe as he worked traffic.

Hodnett was scored the leader with five laps to go but Wolfe and he would exchange the lead in the first corner for split seconds as the pair perfected their slide job and recovery skills to see Hodnett go back out in front on the backstretch.

And then again in turn three Wolfe dove in on Hodnett who this time twitched on the cushion as the pair drove up on a lapped car with Wolfe coming away the leader this time only to see a caution flag before the lap could be scored, putting Hodnett back out in front for a restart.

And that clear track was eaten up by Hodnett when action resumed to become the pilots third overall win of the young 2015 season.

Wolfe was second with 10th starter Brent Marks finishing third followed by Ott and Smith.

Sixth through 10th went to Mike Wagner, Davey Sammons, Dylan Cisney, Heimbach and Doug Esh, who started 21st.

Heats went to Heimbach, TJ Stutts and Mike Wagner.

Lupfer started fourth in the late model main and watched as Dylan Yoder set the pace from the second starting position.

Third starter Matt Parks drove in to second at the start and was followed by Lupfer into third with four away.

And the trio then circled the smooth track with Yoder low, Parks up high and Lupfer on the bottom for virtually the remaining distance, each driver working their favored groove.

Slowly but surely Lupfer honed in on Parks, who kept testing the high side’s durability and with six laps to go as the race waged through traffic, he secured second spot to set his sights on the lead.

It took Lupfer three laps to drive down Yoder and make his race-winning pass using his low groove, locked down mastery to record the checkers.

Yoder was second followed by Parks, Mitch Hack and Coleby Frye.

Sixth through 10th went to Andy Haus, Jeff Miller, Tim Wilson, Jeff Rine and Tim Smith Jr.

Heats went to Yoder, Parks and Lupfer.

Todd Snook led the first nine laps of the 18-lap econo late model main before falling out of the event, handing the lead over to Eric Irvin, who had taken second from Jared Fulkroad on the fifth circuit.

Andrew Yoder rode home second in the event but never challenged Irvin for the win.

Ralph Morgan Jr., Shaun Miller and Fulkroad completed the top five with heats going to Morgan and Yoder.

410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Lucas Wolfe, 3. Brent Marks, 4. Aaron Ott, 5. Mark Smith, 6. Mike Wagner, 7. Davey Sammons, 8. Dylan Cisney, 9. Blane Heimbach, 10. Doug Esh, 11. Ryan Taylor, 12. TJ Stutts, 13. Nate Snyder, 14. Logan Wagner, 15. Dave Ely, 16. Daryl Stimeling, 17. Tyler Bear, 18. Curt Stroup, 19. Dave Hahn, 20. Ryan Wilson, 21. Joey Hershey, 22. Rick Lafferty, 23. Wayne Dadetto, 24. Troy Fraker, 25. Brock Zearfoss

Late models, 22 laps: 1. Mike Lupfer, 2. Dylan Yoder, 3. Matt Parks, 4. Mitch Hack, 5. Coleby Frye, 6. Andy Haus, 7. Jeff Miller, 8. Tim Wilson, 9. Jeff Rine, 10. Tim Smith Jr., 11. Jason Schmidt, 12. Eric Zembower, 13. Trent Brenneman, 14. Hayes Mattern, 15. Andy Fries, 16. Patrick Bryner, 17. Meade Hahn, 18. Austin Berry, 19. Lindsay Barton, 20. Scott Flickinger

355 econo late models, 18 laps,: 1. Eric Irvin, 2. Andrew Yoder, 3. Ralph Morgan Jr., 4. Shaun Miller, 5. Jared Fulkroad, 6. Dillan Stake, 7. Tim Fedder, 8. Jason Nace, 9. Harold Ranck, 10. Garrett Gray, 11. Bobby Ballantine, 12. Rod Stroup, 13. Curt Dunn, 14. Ken Beck, 15. Troy Miller, 16. Todd Snook

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Williams Grove Speedway
410 sprint cars
April 11
1. Danny Dietrich 470
2. Lucas Wolfe 460
3. Greg Hodnett 450
4. Rodney Westhafer 435
5. Brent Marks 420
6. Cory Haas 410
7. Brian Montieth 400
7. Austin Hogue 400
9. Mark Smith 355
10. Aaron Ott 340
358 sprint cars
1. Adrian Shaffer 300
2. Phil Walter 270
3. Kevin Nouse 250
4. Kody Lehman 240
5. Bill Stine 230
6. Doug Hammaker 220
7. Rich Eichelberger 210
8. Scott Fisher 200
9. Brad McClelland 190
10. Chandler Leiby 180

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Westhafer And Shaffer Win In Williams Grove Sprints

4/10/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mechanicsburg – Rodney Westhafer of Mechanicsburg out raced Lucas Wolfe to win Friday night’s 25-lap 410 sprint car feature at Williams Grove Speedway while in the 358 sprint main Adrian Shaffer pulled a last lap pass on Phil Walter to take the victory.

Westhafer started second in the field with Wolfe on the Pole and as it would turn out, Westhafer would lead the entire way for the win, the second of his career at the oval.

The leaders entered the rear of the field with nine laps completed and at that time Wolfe was applying heavy pressure to Westhafer for the lead as Austin Hogue, Glenndon Forsythe and Aaron Ott stayed within striking distance.

But Westhafer, wrenched by Dave Brown Sr. this season and an understudy of Williams Grove veteran Don Kreitz Jr., was fully capable of fending off Wolfe’s tests in traffic.

The pace was hectic on a tacky and tricky surface and Westhafer was relieved to see the races only caution flag unfurl with seven laps to go, clearing his way from traffic.

And when action resumed, Westhafer pulled away on the open track to a convincing win over Wolfe aboard the Allebach No. 5W.

Hogue was third followed by Ott and Cory Haas. Forsythe fell out of the race with six laps to go.

Sixth through 10th went to Greg Hodnett, Brent Marks, Nicole Bower, Daryl Stimeling and Pat Cannon.

Heats went to Don Kreitz Jr. and Wolfe.

Walter and Kody Lehman held the front row for the start of the 358 sprint main and Walter took control at the start as fourth starter Adrian Shaffer zoomed into second.

Walter was up to the challenges of Shaffer on restarts of laps four and eight but when the final 12 laps went non-stop and the leader entered traffic the pressure took on a different tone.

On the fast surface, any cars were hard to pass including those at the rear of the field and when Watler got caught up behind traffic on the final lap, Shaffer capitalized in the second turn to take the victory.

The win was 10th of Shaffer’s career at the oval.

Walter settled for second followed by Kevin Nouse, Kody Lehman and Bill Stine.

Sixth through 10th went to Doug Hammaker, Rich Eichelberger, Scott Fisher, Brad McClelland and Chandler Leiby.

Heats went to Fisher, Lehman and Shaffer.

April 10, 2015 Feature Finishes

410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Rodney Westhafer, 2. Lucas Wolfe, 3. Austin Hogue, 4. Aaron Ott, 5. Cory Haas, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Brent Marks, 8. Nicole Bower, 9. Daryl Stimeling, 10. Pat Cannon, 11. Danny Dietrich, 12. Don Kreitz Jr., 13. Brian Montieth, 14. Rick Lafferty, 15. Glenndon Forsythe, 16. Wayne Dadetto, 17. Troy Fraker, 18. Ryan Wilson, 19. Mark Smith, 20. Alan Krimes

358 sprints, 20 laps: 1. Adrian Shaffer, 2. Phil Walter, 3. Kevin Nouse, 4. Kody Lehman, 5. Bill Stine, 6. Doug Hammaker, 7. Rich Eichelberger, 8. Scott Fisher, 9. Brad McClelland, 10. Chandler Leiby, 11. Matt Campbell, 12. DJ Montgomery, 13. Matt Findley, 14. Todd Reed, 15. CJ Quirk, 16. Ryan Kissinger, 17. Jordan Givler, 18. Leah Starner, 19. John Braim, 20. Amy Ott, 21. Tim Stallings, 22. Brie Hershey, 23. Cody Fairchok, 24. Russell Hammaker

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SNEERINGER CLAIMS TRAIL-WAY SPEEDWAY 358 SPRINT CAR SEASON OPENER

Hanover, PA (04/20/15) – Hanover’s Isaac Sneeringer claimed the season opener for 358 sprint cars at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.  But it wasn’t easy.

“I was working my (butt) off trying to get past Seth (Kearchner),” said Sneeringer upon exiting his DCI Racing/R&R Transportation/Todd Gosnell General Paving #19Z in victory lane, “But it feels real good to win the first night out.”

Kearchner drew the pole for the feature and led the first 19 laps before Sneeringer, who started third, wrestled the lead away from the DS Communications/NAPA Auto Parts #30 exiting turn two of lap 20.

Kearchner, who lost a spark plug wire at about the mid-point of the race, ran on seven cylinders the remainder of the way and held off David Holbrook in a one-lap shootout at the finish.

Former micro-sprint star Holbrook, running his first-ever race in a 358 sprinter, finished third, followed by Cody Fletcher and Randy Whisler.

Whisler was named the event’s hard-charger despite losing a rear end in warm-ups and going back to the shop to get another one in time for the feature.

“I’m working out of town and will do my best to make every race,” said Sneeringer, “I might have to fly home a few times.”

The lone qualifier for the eight “358” sprinters on hand was won by Kearchner.

358 Sprints Feature (20 Laps) 1. 19Z Isaac Sneeringer; 2. 30 Seth Kearchner; 3. 77 David Holbrook; 4. 66A Cody Fletcher; 5. 64 Randy Whisler; 6. 35 Tyler Esh; 7. 19D Wyatt Hinkle (DNF); 8. 10 Zach Euculano (DNF). No Time.

Lap Leaders-Kearchner (1-19); Sneeringer (20-25)

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LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
410 Sprint Cars
April 4
1. Brian Montieth 1015
2. Brent Marks 980
3. Cory Haas 945
4. Danny Dietrich 935
4. Gerard McIntyre Jr. 935
6. Kyle Moody 915
7. Alan Krimes 910
8. Freddie Rahmer 890
9. Jim Siegel 875
9. Robbie Kendall 875
358 SPRINTS
1. Todd Rittenhouse Jr. 350
2. Doug Hammaker 340
3. Jeff Rohrbaugh 335
4. Ashley Cappetta 330
5. Chandler Leiby 325
6. Brad McClelland 320
7. Matt Findley 315
8. Kyle Denmyer 310
9. Cody Fletcher 305
10. C.J. Quirk 300   

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DEFENDING CHAMPIONS SMITH & RINE SCORE 360 SPRINT CAR & LATE MODEL OPENING DAY VICTORIES

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Defending champion Mark Smith of Sunbury drove to a convincing victory in Saturday’s night’s 25-lap 360 sprint car season opener at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Smith, who scored the prestigious “King of the 360s” victory at the East Bay Raceway in Florida earlier this year, was at the wheel of the Mach 1 Chassis No. 1 for his 11th career win in 358-360 sprint car competition at the track.

Former 10-time champion Jeff Rine of Danville wired the field for his 92nd career feature win at Selinsgrove in the 25-lap super late model feature.

Andrew Shoop of Mifflintown made a last-lap pass to score his second career pro stock win in the division’s 15-lap feature, while Brandon Shultz of Milton held off numerous challenges to record his first career win at the track in the 12-lap roadrunner race.

Selinsgrove Speedway will swing back into action at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 11, with the Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Mach 1 Chassis Spring Fling for 358 and 360 sprint cars paying $3,000 to win. Time Trials will be a part of the qualifying format for the 30-lap feature event. The super late models and pro stocks will also be on the racing card. Track gates will open at 4 p.m.

Polesitter Cody Keller drove into the lead at the start of the sprint car feature. Keller was chased by second-place starter Jason Shultz for the first six laps of the race. The red flag stopped the race on lap six when Mallie Shuster slammed the outside guardrail in turn four and flipped over in his sprint car. Shuster escaped injury.

On the restart, Shultz made a dive to the inside of Keller entering turn one and emerged the race’s new leader out of turn two. Meanwhile, a wheel-to-wheel race unfolded for the third position between fourth-place starter Robbie Stillwaggon and eighth-place starter Mark Smith, with Smith taking over the spot at the halfway point.

On the 17th circuit, a flat tire caused Shultz’s car to go into a wild spin in turn three, narrowly escaping serious damage with the outside wall. Keller inherited the lead again for the lap 18 restart in which Smith made the winning pass using the inside lane in turn three. Smith went on to cross the finish line 3.5 seconds ahead of Keller, Stillwaggon, Davie Franek, and Michael Walter.

Polesitter Jim Yoder and second-place starter Jeff Rine dueled for the lead at the start of the late model feature. Rine powered into the front spot and kept his 2J in front of the pack for the duration of the race even while navigating his way through slower traffic.

Yoder kept Rine in his sights for most of the race only to get held up by the same traffic that Rine was working his way through at breakneck speeds. By the halfway point, Rine stretched his lead to a straightaway. On the 19th circuit, the caution flag waved for a three-car tangle involving Jeremy Ohl, Steve Campbell and Chad Hollenbeck in turns three and four.

When the race resumed, Rine kept his distance from Yoder and the rest of the field as seventh-place starter Dave Zona advanced to third in the final laps. At the finish, Rine was victorious by 3.6 seconds over Yoder, Zona, Hayes Mattern, and Jason Smith.

Outside front row starter Nathan Long pulled into the lead at the start of the pro stock feature. Third-place starter Andrew Shoop held onto the second position for the first lap until polesitter Brad Mitch took over the spot. A torrid battle for the lead unfolded between the top three drivers until the first caution flag of the event unfurled on lap nine for Curtis Lawton.

When the race resumed, so did the war of wheels for the lead between Long, Mitch, and Shoop. On several circuits, the leaders were racing full-tilt and almost three-wide around the oval. The caution flag slowed the field again on lap 14, setting up a chase to the checkered flag. Exiting the final turn, Shoop pulled off a thrilling victory over Long and Mitch by just .22 of a second. Adam Campbell and AJ Stroup completed the top five.

In the night-cap roadrunner race, second-place starter Brandon Shultz, fourth-place starter John Fowler Jr. and third-place starter Bob Bussey put on a precision driving show for all 12 laps of the race. While Shultz edged out the field to lead most of the laps, Fowler was scored as the frontrunner for laps three and five.

Racing off turn four for the checkered flag, the leaders formed a three-wide formation as Shultz scored his first-ever win by the slimmest of margins over Bussey and Fowler. Jeremy Kline and Ed Capper completed the top five.

SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 4 April 2015
360 Sprint Cars – 14 Entries
25-Lap A-Main: 1) 1 Mark Smith 2) 99 Cody Keller 3) 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 4) 28F Davie Franek 5) 33W Michael Walter II 6) 77 Derek Locke 7) 76 Larry Kelleher 8) 29 Jason Shultz 9) 1W Eric Tomecek 10) 66 Ryan Kissinger 11) C4 Jim Shuster 12) 23 TJ Stutts 13) 29S Derek Steward 14) 49S Mallie Shuster
Heat Winners: Robbie Stillwaggon, Larry Kelleher

Late Models – 15 Entries
25-Lap A-Main: 1) 2J Jeff Rine 2) 27 Jim Yoder 3) 99Z Dave Zona 4) 9 Hayes Mattern 5) 28 Jason Smith 6) 41 Derrick Casner 7) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 8) 7M Meade Hahn 9) 10 Dave Stamm 10) 33C Chris Casner 11) 4D Chad Hollenbeck 12) 2 Steve Campbell 13) 5J Jeremy Ohl 14) 15 Shaun Miller 15) 115 Troy Miller
Heat Winners: Jeff Rine, Jim Yoder

Pro Stocks – 13 Entries
15-Lap A-Main: 1) 8S Andrew Shoop 2) 63 Nathan Long 3) 10M Brad Mitch 4) 2C Adam Campbell 5) 26 AJ Stroup 6) 40 Tommy Slanker 7) 4 Jim Payne 8) 89 John Schoch 9) 88 Matt Hornberger 10) 99 Kyle Bachman 11) 14C Bill Conrad 12) 33 Curtis Lawton 13) 14 Dave Brouse Jr.
Heat Winners: Brad Mitch, Nathan Long

Roadrunners – 6 Entries
12-Lap A-Main: 1) 31B Brandon Shultz 2) 76 Bob Bussey 3) 02 John Fowler Jr. 4) F14 Ed Capper 5) 8K Jeremy Kline 6) 22 Ricky Buss

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MONTIETH BLOWS AWAY FIELD IN LINCOLN 410 SPRINT SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP

Rittenhouse claims season opener for 358 sprints

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 4/4/2015 –Saturday night’s 410 Sprint Spring Championship was Brian Montieth’s 46th career Lincoln win, but it may have been the most impressive of them all.

Time trials and an inversion of four put Montieth on the pole for the 30-lap, $5,000-to-win championship event. By the time the first caution of the event came out for a spinning Kyle Moody in turn four of lap 18, there were eight lapped cars between Montieth and second-place Adam Wilt, and only 11 of the 24 starters were still on the lead lap.

“I hate starting up front,” said Montieth upon exiting his Jerry Parrish-owned Auto Locator/Premier Auto Works #21 in victory lane, “I’d rather be chasin’ ‘the rabbit than BE the rabbit.”

Wilt actually brought out the only other caution of the race on lap 28 when he hit the outside wall and spun on turn three.

There was plenty of discussion in the stands on whether, had no caution come out, Montieth would have lapped the entire field. His lead was more than six seconds when the 18th-lap caution flag came out.

The other star of the show was Danny Dietrich, who came from tenth starting spot to finish second at the end, 3.56 seconds behind the winner.

“Scott (Zeller) has this thing motivatin’,” said Montieth, “I can basically run this thing wherever we want. It’s easy when that happens.”

He certainly made it look easy in claiming his second Lincoln win in six days.

“I was watching the scoreboard. I didn’t know how far I was ahead,” continued Montieth, “The more sparks that come out of this thing, the harder I was running. It was just the brakes. I’m hard on them. Scott just laughs at me. I’m going to get in the fence at some point.”

Crossing third through fifth behind Dietrich were defending track champ Alan Krimes, seventh-starting Austin Hogue, and 12th-starting Brent Marks. Sixth through tenth were Cory Haas, Freddie Rahmer, Jimmy Siegel, Moody, and Robbie Kendall.

410 Sprint heats were won by Wilt, Hogue, and Moody. Fast time in time trials over the 25-car field was set by Niki Young with a 1-lap time of 13.421-seconds (100.589 MPH).

Young suffered mechanical problems when he came out for his qualifying event, and scratched for the evening.

Norristown’s Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. started on the outside of the front row and led every lap of the 20-lap season opener for 358 sprint cars.

Polesitter Matt Campbell ran second the first 13 laps before spinning in turn two, turning the runner-up spot over to eighth-starting Doug Hammaker.

A last-lap caution for a spinning Tyler Esh in turn four set up a one-lap dash to the finish, with Rittenhouse crossing .59-seconds ahead of Hammaker for his third career Lincoln 358 sprint car win.

Third through fifth were seventh-starting Jeff Rohrbaugh, lady driver Ashley Cappetta (her best career Lincoln finish), and Chandler Leiby. Brad McClelland came back from an opening lap crash to cross sixth.

Heats for the 31 358 Sprints on hand were won by Ryan Wilson (who dropped from the feature field while running third), Cappetta, and Leiby, with Cody Fairchok winning the consolation.

Lincoln Speedway will switch to night racing next Saturday, April 11th, with a triple-header program to include the 410 Sprints, Super Sportsman, and 358 late models. It will be ARCH Night, with card-carrying members of the Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown getting a $2 discount on admission. Race time will be 7 PM, with gates opening at 5 PM.

RACE RESULTS

410 SPRINT SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP (30 laps) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth ($5,000); 2. 48-Danny Dietrich; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 52-Austin Hogue; 5. 19M-Brent Marks; 6. 11C-Cory Haas; 7. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 8. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 9. 99M-Kyle Moody; 10. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 11. 44-Chase Dietz; 12. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 13. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 14. 8-Billy Dietrich; 15. 12-Mike Bittinger; 16. 21T-Scott Fisher; 17. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 18. 21A-Steve Owings; 19. 15-Adam Wilt (DNF); 20. 88-Brandon Rahmer (DNF); 21. 69-Shane Hoff (DNF); 22. 75-Nicole Bower (DNF); 23. 14-Lance Dewease (DNF); 24. 1*-Tim Wagaman (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Brian Montieth (1-30)

358 SPRINTS Feature (20 laps) – 1. Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 2. 66-Doug Hammaker; 3. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 4. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 5. 119-Chandler Leiby; 6. 6R-Brad McClelland; 7. 28-Matt Findley; 8. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 9. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 10. 7-CJ Qurk; 11. 47-Michael Hamer; 12. 83-Cody Fairchok; 13. 10-Zach Euculano; 14. 16-Matt Campbell; 15. 5A-Brian Allman; 16. 35-Tyler Esh; 17. 4R-Ryan Wilson (DNF); 18. 13-Ryan Higgins (DNF); 19. 9H-Ryan Hansen (DNF); 20. 00-Chris Frank (DNF); 21. 17-Cole Young (DNF); 22. 21-CJ Tracy (DNF); 23. 27S-Adrian Shaffer (DNF); 24. 97-Brie Hershey (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. (1-20)

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Ott, Lupfer And Gramley Open Port Royal Season With Wins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4/4/15

Port Royal – Aaron Ott of East Berlin etched his name in the Port Royal Speedway opening day record books as the sprint car winner on Saturday night, staying in front of Nate Snyder and Lucas Wolfe for the $3,600 payday.

In the super late model main it was defending super late model champion Mike Lupfer of Shermansdale taking a $2,500 victory.

And in the 305 sprint main Lewistown’s Nate Gramley won his first career Port Royal feature.

Three attempts at a start of the 410 sprint feature were turned back, first for a tangle between Brad Howard and Blane Heimbach that sent Heimbach backing into the outside second turn wall.

Next it was second starter Dave Ely forcing the start back when as he raced with Ott for the lead in the third corner he lost the handle on the car and spun.

And then Greg Hodnett forced a restart on the next attempt at green when he connected with Mike Wagner as they raced onto the backstretch and careened toward the outside wall.

Ott took control once the race finally got going and entered the rear of the field on the sixth lap with Snyder, Wolfe and Logan Wagner in pursuit.

As the race headed toward the halfway point of the 25 circuit main, the front three cars all drew within striking distance of one another when Wolfe pulled the trigger on Snyder for second deep in the first corner.

In a hair-raising move, Snyder squeezed between the outside turn two wall and the right side of Wolfe’s car in order to slingshot back into second but the fracas between the two allowed Ott to open up a little distance.

Just then, as Snyder and Wolfe began to again reel in Ott, the yellow flag unfurled for a three car incident involving Wayne Dadetto, Curt Stroup and Steve Buckwalter.

On the restart, Ott streaked away from the field and the race that most were expecting for the win disappeared and Ott took the victory by 1.654 seconds.

Snyder finished a career-best second followed by Wolfe, Doug Esh and Mike Wagner.

Sixth through 10th went to Logan Wagner, Ryan Taylor, Davey Sammons, Dylan Cisney and Buckwalter.

Heats went to Wolfe, Ely and Snyder.

Mike Lupfer drew the pole for the start of the 22-lap super late model main and outraced Coleby Frye for the lead as the pair ran down the backstretch to complete the first circuit.

Frye raced Lupfer hard back to the line but Lupfer had the lead and it was a control he would not relinquish for the rest of the distance as he pretty much annihilated the field in the non-stop affair that saw third starter Dylan Yoder finish second as Frye faded late in the event.

In fact, Matt Parks who started eighth got around Frye for third near the finish with Frye ending up fourth and Tim Wilson rounding out the top five.

Sixth through 10th went to Nick Dickson, Andy Haus, Tim Smith Jr., Patrick Bryner and Justin Kann.

Heats went to Yoder and Kann.

A stopped Sean Kirkpatrick stalled the initial start of the 18-lap 305 sprint feature before Gramley could start his run at the front.

On the second circuit Tyler Reaser drove around Gramley in the first corner only to have Gramley wrestle the lead away down the backchute to lead the field back to the stripe.

Shortly after, with four laps recorded, Reaser’s good run came to and end when he stopped on the track, placing Cory Thornton in second.

Gramley would go on to win while defending Port Royal 305 champion Jeff Miller worked the field, taking over second with six laps to go.

A restart with two laps to go bunched the field but Miller was no match for Gramley to the finish.

Third went to Thornton followed by Scott Ellerman and Bill Jones Jr..

Sixth through 10th went to Zach Newlin, Jake Waters, Ken Duke, Cale Reigle and James Pryde.

Heats went to Ellerman and Gramley.

Race Results:
Feature Finishes
4/4/15

410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Aaron Ott, 2. Nate Snyder, 3. Lucas Wolfe, 4. Doug Esh, 5. Mike Wagner, 6. Logan Wagner, 7. Ryan Taylor, 8. Davey Sammons, 9. Dylan Cisney, 10. Steve Buckwalter, 11. Joey Hershey, 12. Wayne Dadetto, 13. Curt Stroup, 14. Dave Hahn, 15. Tyler Bear, 16. Brad Howard, 17. Rick Lafferty, 18. Daryl Stimeling, 19. David Quackenbush, 20. Blane Heimbach, 21. Greg Hodnett, 22. Dave Ely

Late models, 22 laps: 1. Mike Lupfer, 2. Dylan Yoder, 3. Matt Parks, 4. Coleby Frye, 5. Tim Wilson, 6. Nick Dickson, 7. Andy Haus, 8. Tim Smith Jr., 9. Patrick Bryner, 10. Justin Kann, 11. Mitch Hack, 12. Trent Brenneman, 13. Jason Schmidt, 14. Waylon Wagner, 15. Eric Zembower, 16. Scott Flickinger, 17. Cole Amsden, 18. Tony Adams, 19. Mike Mort

305 sprints, 18 laps,: 1. Nathan Gramley, 2. Jeff Miller, 3. Cory Thornton, 4. Scott Ellerman, 5. Bill Jones Jr., 6. Zach Newlin, 7. Jake Waters, 8. Ken Duke, 9. Cale Reigle, 10. James Pryde, 11. Jim Kennedy, 12. Bradley Mellott, 13. Cody Hackenberry, 14. Tyler Reeser, 15. Dave Guss Jr., 16. Sean Kirkpatrick

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Susquehanna Speedway 4/4/2105
1) 99 Frankie Herr 2) 1J Kevin Nouse 3) 32 Gregg Foster 4) 8 Rich Eichelberger 5) 3B Mike Enders 6) 30 Scott Dellinger 7) 58 Paul Miller 8) 25 Bobby Hockenberry 9) 222 Jay Fannasy 10) 7 Todd Leonard 11) 99c Chad Smith 12) 75 Kenny Edkin 13) 7B Timmie Barrick 14) 17j Tony Jackson 15) 7c Chad Trout 16) 14 Nate Young 17) 91 Lanny Hake 18) 11 Steve Fannasy 19) 19 Devin Beidel 20) 20w Davey Walsh 21) 55c Chad Criswell

Super Sportsman
April 4
1. Frankie Herr 550
2. Kevin Nouse 490
3. Mike Enders 440
4. Scott Dellinger 420
5. Chad Criswell 400
5. Paul Miller 400
7. Rich Eichelberger 390
8. Bobby Hockenberry 380
9. Gregg Foster 365
10. Kenny Edkin 320

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Williams Grove cancels

Late day rains have forced Williams Grove Speedway to cancel the April 3 racing program.

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Late Models Race For $2,500 To Win In Saturday’s Port Royal Season Opener

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4/1/15

Port Royal – Thanks to G & R Excavating of Tyrone and S & R Towing and Recovery of Milesburg, the super late model winner in Saturday’s season opener at Port Royal Speedway will walk away with $2,500.

The increased purse was announced Wednesday night as the track spun off a successful practice session with some 30 cars on hand.

The historic oval is now primed for the 2015 season lidlifter this Saturday, April 4 at 5 pm with general admission gates opening at 3 pm.

The racing program includes the 410 sprints, super late models and the River Valley Builders 305 sprints.

The 410 sprint winner’s share for the opener is $3,600 including $100 of which is posted in honor of late speedway champion Richard “Dick” “Pete” Swarmer as posted by his son Steve.

Adult general admission is $15 with students ages 12 – 18 admitted for just $7.

This week’s opener will be Kids Easter Night at the speedway with the first 200 youth entering the main grandstand receiving a free chocolate Easter rabbit.

In addition, a youth egg scramble will be held in the infield just prior to the heat races.  And the Easter Bunny himself will be on hand for the night’s action.  

Also at the opener, the first 600 fans entering the main grandstand will receive a free 2015 schedule magnet courtesy of Juniata Beverage.  

Asher’s Chocolates of Lewistown will present each of the night’s winners with giant, chocolate- packed Easter baskets as part of their earnings as well.

All division’s heats and feature events will find starting grids set by draw.

The same starting time of 5 pm will again be used for the Saturday, April 11 program featuring the 410 sprints, super late models, Gray’s Auto & Towing 355 econo late models and the All American Outlaws.

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ESPN 92.3’S “THE INSIDE LANE” LAUNCHES SEASON 2 THURSDAY AT 5 PM

GUEST LINEUP INCLUDES WEEKEND WINNERS DAVID STREMME, BRIAN MONTIETH & NICK DICKSON

SELINSGROVE, Pa. –  Season Two of “The Inside Lane” on ESPN 92.3 FM presented by Custom Metal Coating with Steve Inch and Todd Steward will get the green flag at 5 p.m. (EST) this Thursday, April 2.

Joining Inch and Steward will be NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and co-host of the new Motor Racing Network radio talk show “Slingin’ Dirt” David Stremme, who won last weekend’s North Carolina Modified Nationals at Friendship Motor Speedway.

Brian “The Edge” Montieth, who scored his first 410 sprint car win of the season Sunday at the Lincoln Speedway and turned in a thrilling performance in Williams Grove Speedway’s season opener Friday coming from his 17th starting position to finish third, will make his first appearance on the show.

Second generation super late model driver Nick Dickson wired the field for his first checkered flag of the 2015 season in Friday’s late model race at Williams Grove and will round out a great lineup of weekend winners!   

“The Inside Lane,” which also streams live on 923ESPN.com, was launched on May 1, 2014, to cover the exciting sport of auto racing on the local and national scenes. The one-hour motorsports talk show has featured interviews with some of the sport’s most recognized names, including Indy 500 and Daytona 500 winner Mario Andretti, World of Outlaws sprint car champion Donny Schatz, the Motor Racing Network’s Steve Post, Hall of Fame sprint car champion Fred Rahmer, and Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood III, to name a few.

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SATURDAY APRIL 4TH RACING PROGRAM START TIME MOVED UP TO 6 PM

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/30/2015 - This Saturday's 410 Sprint Spring Championship racing program has moved up it's starting time from 7 PM to 6 PM! Gates, as always, open 2 hours before race time - 4 PM.

Sat., April 4, 2015 (Time Trials @ 6 PM)
410 SPRINT SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP ($5,000-to-win)
plus 358 Sprints
Gates open at 4 PM

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SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY OPENER SET FOR THIS SATURDAY

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway will present the 2015 season opener featuring 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 6 p.m. this Saturday, April 4, providing Mother Nature releases her grip on the lingering wintry weather that has been plaguing the northeast this spring. Track gates will open at 4 p.m.

Prior to the start of Saturday’s racing program, kids are invited to participate in an Easter Egg candy scramble behind the covered grandstand.

The 2015 season marks the track’s 70th year celebration and 53rd consecutive season opener (the speedway shut down for a brief period from 1960-62).

Last year’s season opened March 23 with a 410 sprint car race that was won by Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove. The first regular show of 2014 was held April 12 in which TJ Stutts of Liverpool (360 sprint cars), Jeff Rine of Danville (late models), Brad Mitch of McClure (pro stocks), and Keith Bissinger of Orangeville (roadrunners) took regular season opening day checkered flags.

For the second year in a row, the Mach 1 Chassis 360 sprint cars will be the headline open wheel division. Weekly 25-lap features will pay $2,000 to win. Mark Smith of Sunbury, a six-time winner last season, is the defending sprint car champion.

Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center returns as the title sponsor of the super late model division along with Bernheisel Race Components. A 25-lap late model main event will pay $1,500 to win again in 2015. Rine won six races and his 10th career track championship last season at the speedway.

A&A Auto Stores will sponsor both the pro stock and roadrunner divisions this year. Mitch won the opening day feature last year and his first career pro stock title. He will look to defend both when the division’s season gets underway this Saturday in the 15-lap feature.

Likewise, Bissinger won the opener and track title in the roadrunner division last season. Bissinger rounded out his third career championship season with eight feature wins. The roadrunner feature will be 12 laps in distance.

Adult general admission for a regular racing program at the track this year is just $12; students ages 12-17 are $9; and children 11 and under are always admitted FREE.

The Empire Super Sprint (ESS) Mach 1 Chassis Sprint Car Spring Fling Challenge will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 11, paying $3,000 to win. The late models and pro stocks will join the 360 sprint cars on the racing card.

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BRIAN MONTIETH BLASTS TO THRILLING SUNDAY NIGHT WIN

Chad Criswell Scores Sportsman Win

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 3/29/2015 - Brian Montieth lived up to his nickname “The Edge” as he blasted around the outside on the high-banks of Lincoln Speedway during the early stages of Sunday’s 25-lap 410 sprint car main and then used a slide job on Greg Hodnett to assume command with 16 laps complete. Montieth then had to fend off challenges from Hodnett following a late race restart before posting his 45th career Lincoln Speedway feature win

It was the second Sunday program of the season after bad weather on Saturday forced track owners to utilize the Sunday raindate.

Montieth lined up fifth following a first lap lineup rework following a red flag for a multi car pileup in turn two after Robbie Kendall spun and collected Mike Bittinger, Glenndon Forsythe, Tyler Ross and Scott Fisher 

Polesitter Austin Hogue led lap one before third-starting Hodnett powered by off the second turn to take control.

Hodnett, who won the Icebreaker 30 season opener two weeks ago, set a torrid pace on the top side of the speedway as Hogue, Brent Marks and Montieth were locked in a tight battle for the runner-up spot.

Montieth rocketed from fourth spot into second during the 12th lap after driving by Marks in turn two and then blasting around Hogue to take second.

“I just got lucky,” said the Phoenixville driver after earning $3,200 for the Jerry Parrish owned team. “I knew Greg was going to be tough because he wasn’t happy about that restart lineup and neither was I.”

“The inside row isn’t where you wanted to be. I knew I had to do something. For what the weather is, Fred (Putney) did a good job with the race track. Those guys are working against the weather. If you work outside, you know what I’m talking about. They are doing their best and trying to give us something to race on.”

Hodnett was working heavy lapped traffic just past the midway point of the event as Montieth chewed into his lead lap after lap.

Montieth put the race winning move on Hodnett with a slide job in turn four and emerged as the race leader with 16 laps complete.

Disaster nearly struck Montieth after he made contact with Aaron Ott in turn three, resulting in a caution for Ott.

Montieth entered turn one on the restart low as Hodnett pounded the outside looking to regain the lead. Hodnett stayed with the leader and attempted to slide in front of Montieth’s Auto Locater No. 21 in turn two on lap 22 but Montieth had the momentum and drove off the corner ahead of Hodnett and held on for the feature win.

“It (the track) started to go away and I knew the rubber was going to go away so I was going to make Greg try and go around the outside of me, as weird as that sounds,” said Montieth about the late race restart. “We’re going to try to be better this year as far as my head wise and see what we can do with it.”

“I can’t say much more about this team. A couple of weeks ago was the first I’ve sat in this thing since we last raced in October and they’ve done their homework. They make my life fun.”

Following the top two finishers were Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Hogue and Marks with Freddie Rahmer, Jim Siegel, Niki Young, Mark Smith and Cory Haas completing the top 10 finishers.

Heats for the 32 410 Sprints were won by Brent Marks, Cory Haas, Austin Hogue and Robbie Kendall. The consolation was won by Shane Hoff.

Chad Criswell started on the pole of the 25-lap Super Sportsman feature and held off a hard charging Carmen Perigo, Jr. to score his first career Super Sportsman opening day win.

Criswell held the point early over Doug Dodson and Frankie Herr and held the point through several early race yellows.

Following a lap eight restart, Herr got into the back of Dodson, sending Dodson towards the back of the field and eventually to the pits.

Perigo started sixth and moved into the runner-up spot following the mid-way portion of the race but was unable make a pass on the Martinsburg, W.V. driver.

Perigo, Herr, Steve Wilbur and Scott Geesey finished in the top five followed by Kevin Nouse, Mike Enders, Scott Dellinger, Paul Miller and Bobby Hockenberry.Mike Enders, Carmen Perigo, Jr. and Scott Geesey were heat race winners for the 27 Super Sportsman pitside. The consolation went to Tom Wyckoff.

Lincoln Speedway returns to action Saturday night, April 4th with the Spring Championship for the 410 Sprints, paying $5,000 to win, $325 to start. Also on the program will be the 358 sprints. Race time will be 6 PM, with gates opening at 4 PM.

March 29, 2015

410 SPRINTS FEATURE (25 laps) 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett; 3. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 4. 52-Austin Hogue; 5. 19M-Brent Marks; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 7. 59-Jim Siegel; 8. 92-Niki Young; 9. M1-Mark Smith; 10. 11C-Cory Haas; 11. 14-Lance Dewease; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich; 13. 2w-Glenndon Forsythe; 14. 1-Tim Wagaman; 15. 25-Aaron Ott (DNF); 16. 99M-Kyle Moody (DNF); 17. 88-Brandon Rahmer (DNF); 18. 69-Shane Hoff (DNF); 19. 87-Alan Krimes (DNF); 20. 22-Cole Duncan (DNF); 21. 21T-Scott Fisher (DNF); 22/ 55K-Robbie Kendall (DNF); 23. 5-Tyler Ross ((DNF); 24. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Austin Hogue (1), Greg Hodnett (2-15), Brian Montieth (16-25)

SUPER SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25 laps) - 1. 55C-Chad Criswell; 2. 93-Carmen Perigo, Jr.; 3. 99-Franke Herr; 4. 17G-Steve Wilbur; 5. 41-Scott Geesey; 6. 1J-Kevin Nouse; 7. 3B-Mike Enders; 8. 30-Scott Dellinger; 9. 58-Paul Miller; 10. 25-Bobby Hockenberry; 11. 7C-Chad Trout; 12. 75-Kenny Edkin; 13. 8-Rich Eichelberger; 14. 77w-Tom Wyckoff; 15. 99C-Chad Smith; 16. 7B-Timmie Barrick; 17. 54-Doug Dodson (DNF); 18. 14-Nate Young (2 laps down); 19. 32-Gregg Foster (DNF); 20. 11-Steve Fantasy (DNF); 21. 77-Russ Mitten (DNF); 22. 19-Devin Beidel (DNF); 23. 222-Jay Fantasy (DNF); 24. 91-Lanny Hake. (DNF) No Time

Lap Leaders - Chad Criswell (1-25)

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Dietrich Wins Second Williams Grove Opening Day Event

3/27/15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mechanicsburg –Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg scored his second career Williams Grove Speedway Opening Day sprint car victory on Friday night, taking a $3,600 victory over Steve Buckwalter.

In the super late model main, Nick Dickson of McVeytown wired the field for a 20-lap victory over Gary Stuhler.

Polesitter Mark Smith took the lead over Aaron Ott at the start of the 25-lap 410 sprint main with Dietrich holding down third spot.

The first 20 laps of the race went non-stop with Ott withdrawing on the 15th circuit amid a hectic race at the front between Smith, Dietrich, Alan Krimes and Buckwalter

Dietrich was able to sneak into the lead at the line over Smith to score the 16th circuit before Smith stuffed his car back out in front in the first corner with Krimes in third.

Dietrich was one of the few cars making the outside groove work to his advantage and he used it to retake control with seven laps to go as Buckwalter got by Krimes for third.

Buckwalter motored by Smith on the 19th tour as 17th starter Brian Montieth entered the fray after catching the fan’s eyes with a ripping run around the topside from the rear.

The races only caution flag unfurled with four laps to go when Krimes fell out of contention, breaking in the second corner. 

The race that many thought may develop between Montieth and the leaders on the restart never materialized over the final two miles as Dietrich drove away at the new green for his second lidlifter win having taken his first in 2012. 

The victory was Dietrich’s 10th at the historic oval. 

Buckwalter rode home second followed by Montieth, Mark Smith and 12th starter Greg Hodnett.

Sixth through 10th went to Lance Dewease, Brent Marks, Freddie Rahmer, Lucas Wolfe and Cory Haas.

Heats for the 23-car field went to Krimes, Dietrich and Wolfe. 

Dickson etched his name in the Williams Grove super late model record books for the first time in his career by holding off Gary Stuhler the entire way in the late model main.

Jeff Rine rode third for the entire distance as did Jerry Bard in fourth.York’s Rick Eckert started 10th in the field and drove up to fifth at the finish.

Sixth through 10th went to Jason Covert, Kyle Hardy, Dylan Yoder, ene Knaub and Ross Robinson.

Heats for 17 cars in action went to Dickson and Eckert.

March 27, 2015 Feature Finishes:

410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Danny Dietrich, 2. Steve Buckwalter, 3. Brian Montieth, 4. Mark Smith, 5. Greg Hodnett, 6. Lance Dewease, 7. Brent Marks, 8. Freddie Rahmer, 9. Lucas Wolfe, 10. Cory Haas, 11. Rick Lafferty, 12. Brock Zearfoss, 13. Austin Hogue, 14. Glenndon Forsythe, 15. Rodney Westhafer, 16. Wayne Dadetto, 17. Alan Krimes, 18. Ryan Smith, 19. Nicole Bower, 20. Aaron Ott, 21. Pat Cannon, 22. Ryan Wilson, 23. Brandon Rahmer.

Late models, 20 laps: 1. Nick Dickson, 2. Gary Stuhler, 3. Jeff Rine, 4. Jerry Bard, 5. Rick Eckert, 6. Jason Covert, 7. Kyle Hardy, 8. Dylan Yoder, 9. Gene Knaub, 10. Ross Robinson, 11. Andy Haus, 12. Coleby Frye, 13. Derrick Casner, 14. Chris Casner, 15. Pancho Lawler, 16. Tim Wilson, 17. Mike Lupfe.

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March 26 And 28 Port Royal Programs Cancelled, New Practice Slated April 1

Starting Times April 4 & 11 Moved To 5 PM 

Port Royal – Impending afternoon rain has forced Port Royal Speedway to cancel the Thursday, March 26 practice session slated for tonight from 6 – 9 pm. 

With afternoon and late day rains and a storm front predicted on a work night when the practice was slated, it seemed the most prudent move was to call off the practice in plenty of time for everyone involved to plan accordingly.

Beyond that, the extreme harsh winter temperatures expected Saturday in the area has also forced officials to again cancel the planned season opener slated for Saturday night, March 28.

Again, with nighttime lows both Friday and Saturday nights slated for around 20 and a high of 36 forecast for Saturday, prudence has dictated the move in an effort to protect the new racing surface, the racers and their equipment and the fans themselves.

Thus, the 2015 Port Royal season opener is now planned for next Saturday, April 4 with a moved up starting time of 5 pm. 

And another attempt at a practice session will be made, next Wednesday night, April 1, from 6 – 9 pm.  The practice will be open to any division slated to appear on the 2015 schedule of events.

On Saturday, April 4, racing action at 5 pm will include 410 sprints, super late models and the first appearance of the year by the River Valley Builders 305 sprints under the PASS banner.

April 4 will be Easter Night at the speedway with the first 200 youth entering the main grandstand receiving a free chocolate Easter rabbit.  In addition, a youth egg scramble will be held in the infield just prior to the heat races.

Also at the opener, the first 600 fans entering the main grandstand will receive a free 2015 schedule magnet courtesy of Juniata Beverage.

The 410 sprint winner’s share for the opener is $3,600 including $100 of which is posted in honor of late speedway champion Richard “Dick” “Pete” Swarmer as posted by his son Steve.

The super late models will compete for $2,000 to win in the opener.

All division’s heats and feature events will find starting grids set by draw.

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Lincoln Speedway
410 sprint cars
April 11
1. Brian Montieth 1340
2. Danny Dietrich 1265
3. Cory Haas  1250
4. Freddie Rahmer 1225
5. Alan Krimes 1220
6. Kyle Moody  1215
7. G. McIntyre Jr. 1205
8. Robbie Kendall 1190
9. Jim Siegel   1130
10. B. Rahmer 1090
 358 sprint cars

1. T. Rittenhouse Jr. 350
2. Doug Hammaker 340
3. Jeff Rohrbaugh 335
4. Ashley Cappetta 330
5. Chandler Leiby 325
6. Brad McClelland 320
7. Matt Findley 315
8. Kyle Denmyer 310
9. Cody Fletcher 305
10. C.J. Quirk 300
 

 Williams Grove

410s

April 10
1. Danny Dietrich 470
2. Lucas Wolfe 460
3. Greg Hodnett 450
4. R. Westhafer 435
5. Brent Marks 420
6. Cory Haas 410
7. Brian Montieth 400
7. Austin Hogue 400
9. Mark Smith 355
10. Aaron Ott 340

358 sprint cars

April 10

1. Adrian Shaffer 300
2. Phil Walter 270
3. Kevin Nouse 250
4. Kody Lehman 240
5. Bill Stine 230
6. Doug Hammaker 220
7. Rich Eichelberger 210
8. Scott Fisher 200
9. Brad McClelland 190
10. Chandler Leiby 180

 

 Super Sportsman

April 12
1. Frankie Herr 730
2. Kevin Nouse 700
3. Mike Enders 640
3. Chad Criswell 640
5. Scott Dellinger 610
6. Chad Trout 555
7. Scott Geesy 550
8. Jay Fannasy 520
8. Steve Fannasy 520
10. B. Hockenberry 510

 

Port Royal

April 4

1. Aaron Ott  350
2. Nate Snyder 335
3. Lucas Wolfe 325
4. Doug Esh 320
5. Mike Wagner 315
6. Logan Wagner 310
7. Ryan Taylor 305
8. Davey Sammons 300
9. Dylan Cisney  295
10. S. Buckwalter 290
 

Selinsgrove
360 sprint cars

April 4

1. Mark Smith 350
2. Cody Keller 320
3. R. Stillwaggon 300
4. Davie Franek  290
5. Michael Walter II 280
6. Derek Locke  270
7. Larry Kelleher 260
8. Jason Shultz 250
9. Eric Tomecek  240
10. Ryan Kissinger 230

 

 

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