Monday, October 05, 2015

Central PA Racing Scene 305 Driver of the Year

Here are the nominees for the 2015 Central PA Racing Scene 305 Driver of the Year.

 Drew Ritchey - 2015 Bedford Track Champion. 2 time winner at Bedford in 2015.
 Jeff Miller Jr. Point leader at Port Royal Speedway. 3 time winner at Port Royal in 2015.
 Zach Newlin - Pa Sprint Series Champion. 1 win at Susquehanna Speedway on April 25th.
 Tyler Reeser - 3rd in PA Sprint Series Points. Swept the Labor Day Weekend. 7 wins in 2015 at Port Royal, Big Diamond, Path Valley, Selinsgrove Speedway, and Williams Grove Speedway.
Ken Duke Jr. - 2nd in PA Sprint Series Points. 2 wins in 2015. Susquehanna Speedway and Racing for Heroes.


Pennsylvania native scores third career triumph in prestigious event, taking $50,000 ahead of outlaw Schatz

MECHANICSBURG, PA – The sun was finally out at Williams Grove Speedway, and after three days of rain, the Champion Racing Oil Williams Grove National Open was completed Sunday night with Stevie Smith earning the $50,000 win.

It was Smith’s third win in the event, but first since 1991.

Smith nearly had his third National Open win last year, but contact from eventual winner David Gravel ended his chances.

Smith, of Broken Arrow, Okla., has been dominate in his appearances at Williams Grove this season and dominated again for his third win in the event and a $50,000 payday.

“It’s amazing,” said Smith. “Twenty-four years later here we are. This all goes to Fred Rahmer and the crew. They have given me a really good racecar. I tried not to make too many mistakes. They’ve done a really good job and they’re the reason we’re standing out here.”

Two years ago, Smith’s car owner Fred Rahmer won the National Open in his final attempt before becoming a car owner.

“I’ve never won a $50,000 to win race,” said Smith. “I wanted to win it since Fred won it and I wanted to win it for Fred and I wanted to win it for me and Nikki, too. It has been a really good year and this just tops it off.”

For Rahmer, it was career win No. 100 at Williams Grove between driving and owning cars.

“It’s absolutely unbelievable,” said Rahmer. “The money’s great, but to win this race and have Donny Schatz second…. what a great job the guys did. When Donny was behind us, I didn’t have to worry like I did last year or we’d probably have three of these in a row.”

Danny Dietrich led the field to the green flag in the 40-lap Champion Racing Oil National Open. Smith fell into second and raced in Dietrich’s shadow over the opening laps.

The leaders reached lapped traffic with eight laps down. Smith was glued to Dietrich’s bumper as they raced down the frontstretch and into turn one. Smith would get by Dietrich for the lead off turn two. They swapped the lead in turns three and four, but Smith secured control off turn four to complete lap nine. Dietrich tried another slider in turns one and two, but wasn’t close enough to make the pass.

They raced in heavy lapped traffic and Smith was able to pull away slightly. Donny Schatz was back up to fifth by lap 15.

Smith made a two-car pass off turn four to get more breathing room between himself and Dietrich. Logan Schuchart was challenging Dietrich for the runner-up spot when Dietrich made contact with the lapped car of Austin Hogue in turn three. Dietrich did a 360-spin and kept going, but lost several spots, and the caution flag didn’t come out.

Schatz was now up to third and drove by Schuchart off turn two and into second. He was 2.88 seconds and three lapped cars behind Smith.

The first caution flag didn’t fly until nine laps to go when Lucas Wolfe slowed on the backstretch with a flat tire. This erased Smith’s 2.11 second lead.

Smith was able to pull away from Schatz over the next two laps, but the caution flew again as Brent Marks and Greg Hodnett slowed after their bumpers got hooked together on the backstretch. They were running eighth and ninth. This turned into an open red flag period.

Smith took the inside lane for the double-file restart giving Schatz the top. Smith went to the middle in turn one and would secure the lead from Schatz.

“I know he’s the best driver in the nation,” said Smith of Schatz. “I just drive my race. I look forward and try not to worry about whose beside me or behind me. I knew Donny was going to be tough. I ran the pace as hard as my car would let me. I eased up a little the last couple of laps knowing I needed to stay down. You don’t want to give them away, but you have to watch that you don’t get running too easy.”

Hogue hit the outside fourth turn fence and then flipped coming down the frontstretch bringing out the red flag again. Under Outlaws rules, the restart was now single-file because one more lap wasn’t completed.

Smith controlled the final laps to secure the win over Schatz, who did close over the final lap, but was 0.513 seconds behind Smith at the finish. Logan Schuchart, Justin Henderson and 12th starter Brian Montieth completed the top five.

“I did everything I could,” said Schatz. “Stevie was really good. He made all the lines on the racetrack work for him. We got ourselves buried at the beginning. We had to pass them back one by one without traffic. We got going there about the lap 20 mark, but it was almost too late. These guys gave me an awesome car.”

Dietrich, Alan Krimes, Daryn Pittman, Lance Dewease and Cory Haas rounded out the top 10.

The 49-car field was split into two groups for qualifying time trials. Stevie Smith set overall fast time with a lap of 18.461 seconds. Brian Montieth had fast time in the second group at 18.490. The one-day purse was over $130,000.

Ryan Taylor, Daryn Pittman, Brent Marks, Donny Schatz, Lance Dewease and Greg Hodnett won the eight-lap heat races. Kerry Madsen won the D-main, Aaron Ott won the C-main, Danny Dietrich the dash and Brian Montieth the B-main.

Joey Saldana and Kerry Madsen used Outlaw provisionals and Aaron Ott and Austin Hogue used track provisionals.

Champion Racing Oil Sprint Car National Open (40 laps): 1. Stevie Smith. 2. Donny Schatz. 3. Logan Schuchart. 4. Justin Henderson. 5. Brian Montieth. 6. Danny Dietrich. 7. Alan Krimes. 8. Daryn Pittman. 9. Lance Dewease. 10. Cory Haas. 11. Ryan Taylor. 12. Shane Stewart. 13. Gerard McIntyre Jr. 14. Cody Darrah. 15. Sammy Swindell. 16. Greg Hodnett. 17. Pat Cannon. 18. Brent Marks. 19. Ryan Smith. 20. Jac Haudenschild. 21. Brad Sweet. 22. Kerry Madsen. 23. Joey Saldana. 24. Aaron Ott. 25. Austin Hogue. 26. Brock Zearfoss. 27. Lucas Wolfe. 28. Doug Esh.

B-main (12 laps): 1. Brian Montieth. 2. Alan Krimes. 3. Jac Haudenschild. 4. Gerald McIntyre Jr. 5. Cody Darrah. 6. Doug Esh. 7. Jacob Allen. 8. Steve Buckwalter. 9. David Gravel. 10. Paul McMahan. 11. Kyle Moody. 12. Nicole Bower. 13. Adam Wilt. 14. Aaron Ott.

C-main (10 laps):1. Aaron Ott. 2. Paul McMahan. 3. Chase Dietz. 4. Joey Saldana. 5. Jason Sides. 6. Austin Hogue. 7. Paige Polyak. 8. Jim Siegel. 9. Kerry Madsen. 10. Rodney Westhafer. 11. J.J. Grasso. 12. Mark Smith.

D-main (8 laps): 1. Kerry Madsen. 2. J.J. Grasso. 3. Jason Johnson. 4. R.J. Johnson. 5. Glendon Forsythe. 6. Tim Shaffer. 7. Wayne Dadetto. 8. Troy Fraker. DNS – Tim Glatfelter

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My thoughts on a racing weekend gone by....

Hello and welcome back to My thoughts on a racing weekend gone by. The racing here in Central PA is winding down folks, but that doesn't mean it's not as hot as the weather in July. Friday night the 410's and 358's were in action at Williams Grove Speedway and Saturday night the mighty 410's were at Lincoln Speedway. Friday night was the last chance for the 410's to get ready for the biggest race of 2015 Champion Racing Oil National Open with the World of Outlaws and $50,000 on the line.

Time Trials would set the feature event and Stevie Smith would find victory lane for the 9th time in 2015. Brent Marks would lead the first half of the feature event but 4th starting Smith would run him down and after making the pass, would walk away with the win, making sure everyone knows the 51 team will be the team to beat this coming weekend. And folks if you got the first pick in your friends race poll, and Smith starts in the front three rows, you better take him.

The 358 division saw the closest point battle in sprint car racing come to a head Friday night. Chase Dietz would go into the final race of 2015 with a 20 point lead over Doug Hammaker who has set records this season with his title wins. Kevin Nouse would be on his way to his first win of the season when once again bad luck would strike the two time defending champion. As Dietz was tracking Nouse over the last five laps they took the white flag, and both headed into turn one when disaster struck Nouse for the 5th week in a row. Nouse shot low to protect the bottom as Dietz shot to the outside running the extreme high side of the track, but while setting up for another last lap last corner pass, Jared Esh, the son of 410 driver Doug Esh making his first ever 358 start, would spin in turn two right in front of Nouse. Nouse would try to make a move to get by Esh but made contact with Esh and ended up with damage to his rear end, ending his night. Dietz would take over the lead for the last lap restart and would run away from Doug Hammaker for his 4th win of the season. With the win Chase would win the battle and the war as he would be crowned the 2015 Williams Grove Speedway 358 track champion. Somehow he was also crowned the 2015 358 rookie of the year (sic). Now I know all about the rules regarding "Rookies" in a division, hell I crowned Niki Young the 2011 Central PA 358 Point Series rookie of the year. It has become the biggest mistake I have made with the 358 division because Austin Hogue should have won the rookie of the year title that year, and Williams Grove should have given the rookie of the year to someone else. Looking at the point standings Russel Hammaker was the top true rookie in the division, so in my opinion he should have been crowned the rookie of the year. That would be like Brian Brown from Knoxville running Williams Grove and winning the rookie of the year. Just doesn't make any sense. But that's just me.

Saturday night Lincoln Speedway would host the $20,000 to win "Dirt Classic". Forty One cars where pit side and fan favorite Brian Montieth would pick up his biggest win of his career. Montieth would chase down Friday night's winner Stevie Smith in lapped traffic on lap 27 of the 40 lap feature event, and would have a great battle with Smith the final thirteen laps before finally getting that big time win. The racing action was top notch Saturday night, and even with all the laps on the track, Fred Putney would give the drivers, and the fans a great racing surface. Last years "Dirt Classic" was a snoozer  of a feature event, but this year they gave the fans one hell of a show. I'm still not a fan of time trials, duel heat race format mostly because because nobody can figure it out, but it seems to be working. The race has become one of the better paying races in Central PA from top to bottom. While it doesn't pay $50,000 to win like this weekends National Open, IMO it pays way better back through the field which makes it a much better paying race for the race teams.

Speaking of race teams, where were all the Port Royal teams on Saturday night? THREE cars, let me repeat that three race teams came down from Port Royal to race for $20,000 to win. Greg Hodnett, Brent Marks, and Lucas Wolfe where the only three teams. I seem to remember a member of the Weikert family running off at the lip two years ago because Brian Montieth didn't make the trip to Port for the Weikert Memorial. Anyone remember the old saying....People in glass houses should be throwing stones.... Well guess what?.......

Don't forget folks this coming Monday, the 2nd annual Central PA Racing Scene Awards will be voted on by you the fans. We here at the site have chosen the top six drivers in eight categories ranging from the 410's to the 305's, to the best race track in Central PA. The members here at the site will cast their vote on who they think should win, and the fans will cast their votes for the driver they think should win. The winner of the fans vote will then be matched up with the six of us here at the website. The driver who gets the most votes will be crowned the winner.  This is not strictly a fan vote like a most popular driver award. Look for all the drivers and categories to be announced later this week.

This weekend is the biggest weekend in Central PA. Everyone who loves sprint car racing will be watching Williams Grove Speedway. The newly expanded three day Williams Grove Champion Racing Oil National Open is finally here. Three nights of TT and double file restarts. 

Don't forget folks there will be more to do over the weekend then just get drunk, sleep in all day, and then watch cars go around in circles while downing ice cold beer until you get dizzy and fall over. Friday marks the 4th annual Williams Grove National Open Kick-It kickball tournament that will be starting at noon right up the road from the race track. Come on out and watch drivers, fans, and even a few media personalities have some fun while raising money for cancer research. Saturday marks the 6th annual National Open Benefit that will be hosted by Kolten Gouse who utilizes the proceeds from an event BBQ as well as a memorabilia auction to help support various charities throughout the racing community. In 2014, the main beneficiaries were the York County Racing, the World of Outlaws Benevolent Fund and the Steve King Foundation. Make sure you stop over and get yourself some great food and help raise some money for some great causes. Just make sure you all save me a 2x t-shirt for my collection.

I am hoping to make all three nights of the National Open, so if anyone has a seat for me on Thursday night, I will gladly use it. Until then everyone who is getting to the track early this week, be safe,and have fun. The rest of us will be up to join you as soon as we can. Go Posse....and Boooo Schatz. The Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway.

Until this Thursday folks, I hope the next 3 days goes quick, the weather stays a little warm, your beverage of choice stays ice cold, and the racing all weekend is red freakin hot, because folks it's time for the best weekend of the year.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Caps off fifth track championship with $20,000 win; Manufacturers Night season finale in two weeks

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/26/2015 –Brian Montieth showed the huge crowd why is the track champ by claiming the $20,000 top prize in the Second Annual “Dirt Classic” at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

After exchanging numerous slide jobs over the final few laps, Montieth held off inaugural “Dirt Classic” winner Stevie Smith to score a milestone 50th career Lincoln win.

And although it got down to Montieth and Smith at the end, it was Montieth’s double-pass of third-place Jac Haudenschild and second-place Brent Marks that was key to the win.

“Stevie was up there just trying not to make a mistake and trying to keep his speed,” said Montieth upon exiting the Jerry Parrish-owned Auto Locator/Premier Auto Works #21 in victory lane, “That restart when I got from fourth to second was the kicker for me. The car started to go and I got off my butt I guess.”

Smith started on the pole as high point man after time trials and two sets of qualifying events, but spotted the lead to outside front row starter Brent Marks for the first 11 laps.

Smith then pulled the slider on Marks to grab the lead in turn four of lap 12, and led through lap 26.

Montieth, who started third, ran fourth behind fourth-starting Haudenschild the first half of the race. It was after a 21st lap restart that Montieth passed both Haudenschild and Marks to move into the runner-up spot. At the time, Smith’s lead was nearly two seconds.

“It was follow the leader and I saw Greg trying to make a move when I was trying to make moves, and this place is tough in lapped traffic…especially when it’s just one lane around the top. The only time the bottom worked was on those restarts when everybody was slowed down.”

Montieth tracked down the leader over the next five laps and caught Smith on the backstretch of lap 27. Although Smith stayed close the rest of the way and actually slid in front of Montieth in heavy lapped traffic late in the race, Montieth was scored the leader of every lap.

“Once I saw Stevie, I got back on the wheel again, said Montieth, “If I made a mistake, it was on me…but I knew Stevie was going to be tough and I just tried to make the track as wide as I could there at the end.”

 “I can’t say enough about this team. We haven’t had a real good run in the last few months, and I’m just happy for this team right now,” said Montieth.

Smith settled for second, with Marks third and Haudenschild fourth. Danny Dietrich, who flipped in his first heat, came from 17th starting spot to cross fifth, with Greg Hodnett running fifth the entire race until Dietrich caught him in the final few laps. Seventh through tenth were Lucas Wolfe, Aaron Ott, Gerard McIntyre, Jr., and B Main winner and 21st starting Dave Blaney.

Fast time in time trials over the 41-car field was set by Jac Haudenschild with a one-lap time of 13.090-seconds (103.132 MPH).

Two rounds of heats were won by Wolfe, Smith, Krimes, Marks, Tim Glatfelter, Billy Dietrich, Cory Haas, JJ Grasso, and Blaney.

Next Saturday night, Lincoln will be dark to allow its drivers to compete in the Williams Grove National Open.

Lincoln returns to action for its season finale on Saturday, October 10th. It will be the annual Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers Appreciation Night featuring the 410 and 358 sprint cars.
Gates for that show open at 4:00 p.m. with the first qualifier scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Abbottstown, PA
A-Main (40 laps) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth ($20,000); 2. 51S-Stevie Smith; 3. 19M-Brent Marks; 4. 13-Jac Haudenschild; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett; 7. 1-Lucas Wolfe; 8. 25-Aaron Ott; 9. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 10. 98H-Dave Blaney; 11. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 12. 37-JJ Grasso; 13. 14-Lance Dewease; 14. 11C-Cory Haas; 15. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 16. 44-Chase Dietz; 17. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 18. 5-Tyler Ross; 19. 8C-Brian Carber (DNF); 20. 39-Tim Glatfelter (DNF); 21. 87-Alan Krimes (DNF); 22. 1-Sammy Swindell (DNF); 23. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 24. 1*-Tim Wagaman (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Brent Marks (1-11), Stevie Smith (12-26), Brian Montieth (27-40)

First Round Heat Race 1 (8 laps) - 1. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe; 2. 13-Jac Haudenschild; 3. 25-Aaron Ott; 4. 14-Lance Dewease; 5. 99M-Kyle Moody; 6. 75-Nicole Bower; 7. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 8. 29-James Pryde; 9. 3B-Randy Baughman (DNF). Time – 1:51.136

First Round Heat Race 2 (8 laps) - 1. 51S-Stevie Smith; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell; 3. 5-Tyler Ross; 4. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 5. 8-Billy Dietrich; 6. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich (DNF); 8. 21T-Scott Fisher (DNF). No Time

First Round Heat Race 3 (8 laps) - 1. 87-Alan Krimes; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett; 3. 8C-Brian Carber; 4. 11C-Cory Haas; 5. 52-Austin Hogue; 6. 45-Kevin Nagy; 7. 91-David Quackenbush; 8. 73-Jevon Ahner. No Time

First Round Heat Race 4 (8 laps) - 1. 19M-Brent Marks; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 3. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 4. 2-AJ Flick; 5. 37-JJ Grasso; 6. 44-Chase Dietz; 7. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 8. 49H-Bradley Howard (DNF). No Time

First Round Heat Race 5 (8 laps) - 1. 59-Jim Siegel; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 4. 12-Mike Bittinger; 5. 10-Carl Bowser; 6. 28F-Davie Franek; 7. 98H-Dave Blaney; 8. 12W-Troy Fraker. Time – 1:52.414

Second Round Heat Race 1 (8 laps) - 1. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 2. 99M-Kyle Moody; 3. 14-Lance Dewease; 4. 3B-Randy Baughman; 5. 13-Jac Haudenschild; 6. 1-Lucas Wolfe; 7. 25-Aaron Ott; 8. 25-Aaron Ott; 9. 29-James Pryde. Time – 1:54.447

Second Round Heat Race 2 (8 laps) - 1. 8-Billy Dietrich; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell; 4. 51S-Stevie Smith; 5. 5-Tyler Ross; 6. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 7. 55K-Robbie Kendall; DNS – 21T-Scott Fisher. Time – 1:54.182

Second Round Heat Race 3 (8 laps) - 1. 11C-Cory Haas; 2. 91-David Quackenbush; 3. 45-Kevin Nagy; 4. 87-Alan Krimes; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett; 6. 52-Austin Hogue; 7. 8C-Brian Carber; 8. 73-Javon Ahner. Time – 1:55.783

Second Round Heat Race 4 (8 laps) - 1. 37-JJ Grasso; 2. 19M-Brent Marks; 3. 2-AJ Flick; 4. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 5. 44-Chase Dietz; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 7. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 8. 49H-Bradley Howard (DNF). No Time

Second Round Heat Race 5 (8 laps) - 1. 98H-Dave Blaney; 2. 28F-Davie Franek; 3. 21-Brian Montieth; 4. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 5. 10-Carl Bowser; 6. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 7. 12-Mike Bittinger; 8. 12W-Troy Fraker (DNF). Time – 1:59.969

B-Main (12-Laps/Top-4 Advance to rear of A-Main) – 1. 98H-Dave Blaney; 2. 5-Tyler Ross; 3. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 4. 12-Mike Bittinger; 5. 99M-Kyle Moody; 6. 2-AJ Flick; 7. 28F-Davey Franek; 8. 75-Nicole Bower; 9. 91-David Quackenbush; 10. 3B-Randy Baughman; 11. 29-James Pryde; 12. 45-Kevin Nagy; 13. 12W-Troy Henderson; 14. 73-Javon Ahner; 15. 8-Billy Dietrich (DNF); 16. 52-Austin Hogue (DNF); 17. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 18. 10-Carl Bowser (DNF); DNS – 55K-Robbie Kendall, 49H-Bradley Howard. No Time

Time Trial Results - 1. 13-Jac Haudenschild, 13.090 seconds (103.132 MPH); 2. 51S-Stevie Smith, 13.121; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.154; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.160; 5. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.164; 6. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe, 13.194; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.215; 8. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.218; 9. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.256; 10. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.264; 11. 14-Lance Dewease, 13.275; 12. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 13.279; 13. 8C-Brian Carber, 13.298; 14. 44-Chase Dietz, 13.343; 15. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 13.360; 16. 25-Aaron Ott, 13.365; 17. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.371; 18. 52-Austin Hogue, 13.414; 19. 1*-Tim Wagaman, 13.426; 20. 12-Mike Bittinger, 13.438; 21. 75-Nicole Bower, 13.454; 22. 5-Tyler Ross, 13.471; 23. 11C-Cory Haas, 13.483; 24. 37-JJ Grasso, 13.511; 25. 10-Carl Bowser, 13.519; 26. 99M-Kyle Moody, 13.520; 27. 8-Billy Dietrich, 13.539; 28. 45-Kevin Nagy, 13.559; 29. 2-AJ Flick, 13.579; 30. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.580; 31. 39-Tim Glatfelter, 13.583; 32. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 13.596; 33. 73-Jevon Ahner, 13.620; 34. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 13.638; 35. 28F-Davie Franek, 13.757; 36. 3B-Randy Baughman, 13.773; 37. 21T-Scott Fisher, 13.927; 38. 91-David Quackenbush, 13.949; 39. 49N-Bradley Howard, 14.016; 40. 12W-Troy Fraker, 14.017; 41. 29-James Pryde, 14.850.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

STEVIE SMITH WINS WILLIAMS GROVE NATIONAL OPEN TUNE-UP College freshman Chase Dietz wins 358 sprint feature and track championship

MECHANICSBURG, PA – Stevie Smith will be looking for a little redemption when the Williams Grove Speedway National Open rolls around next Saturday. Smith was leading late in the race last year when contact from eventual winner David Gravel took him out of contention.

Smith, of Broken Arrow, Okla., tuned up for that race with a win Friday night at the Grove. His fifth Grove win in 11 starts this season was worth $4,000 in a car owned by Hall of Fame driver Fred Rahmer.

In the 20-lap main event for the 358 sprints, Chase Dietz won the feature and clinched the track championship.

The three-day World of Outlaws-sanctioned Champion Racing Oil National Open begins Thursday with a $10,000 to win show. Friday’s race also pays $10,000 to win with the $50,000 to win National Open Saturday night, Oct. 3.

“All the guys behind me are running good and fast,” said Smith. “I run every lap as hard as I can and the best I can and hope at the end of the night this is where we end up, but it doesn’t always work out that way. We really want to win the National Open. It’s one of our goals. It has been my goal for a long time since the last time I did it.”

Brent Marks and Lucas Wolfe shared the front row to start the 25-lap main event. They swapped the top spot in turns one and two before Marks secured the lead.

Danny Dietrich and third starter Smith raced hard for third. Smith would get the spot with six laps down and then take second from Wolfe a few laps later.

The first caution flag flew with nine laps completed when Aaron Ott stopped. Marks picked the low side for the double-file restart.

Marks got the jump on the restart. Smith put a slider on him in turn on and momentarily took the lead, but Marks turned back under him to retake it off the corner. They were close racing into turn three and Smith would secure the lead as they completed lap 10.

“We’re set up for the end of the race,” said Smith. “Actually, it felt pretty good right from the beginning. I figured about half-way, if things go as planned, we’d have a good chance. The last few nights we haven’t been very good so they put a new car together. It feels like the old times.”

Jac Haudenschild and Brian Montieth spun in turn two bringing out the caution with 14 laps completed.

Smith pulled away on the restart as Dietrich would get by Marks for second. Sammy Swindell briefly challenged Marks for third, but couldn’t make the pass.

Smith controlled the final non-stop 11 laps to pick up his fifth Grove win of the season by 0.962 seconds over Dietrich, Marks, Swindell and Wolfe. Lawrence Chevrolet point leader Greg Hodnett, Lance Dewease, Alan Krimes, J.J. Grasso and Austin Hogue rounded out the top 10.

Hodnett set fast time over the 24-car field with a lap of 16.640. Dewease, Haudenschild and Wolfe won the heat races.  Wolfe also won the dash.

Kevin Nouse was holding back Dietz as they raced under the white flag in the 358 sprint feature. Nouse went low into turn one and Dietz went around the cushion. Jared Esh spun in turn two and collected Nouse bringing out the caution.

Dietz controlled the final lap to the get the win in the Godfrey No. 5 over second place point man Doug Hammaker, early leader Chandler Leiby, Adrian Shaffer and Eric Parker.  Dietz was also named the Rookie-of-the-Year and received the Jerry Reigle Sportsmanship Award.

H&J Towing and Recovery will return as the major sponsor for the 358 sprint car division in 2016. This year’s champion earned $1,500 out of a total point fund of over $6,000. The runner-up earned $1,100. The top 10 in final points were paid.

Dietz donated his winnings from the night and the point fund to a friend of the family that’s battling cancer. He donated over $10,000 this season to various charities.

Scott Fisher, Esh and Dietz won the 358 heat races.

Sprint Car Feature (25 laps) 1. Stevie Smith. 2. Danny Dietrich. 3. Brent Marks. 4. Sammy Swindell. 5. Lucas Wolfe. 6. Greg Hodnett. 7. Lance Dewease. 8. Alan Krimes. 9. JJ Grasso. 10. Austin Hogue. 11. Pat Cannon. 12. Dave Blaney. 13. Brian Montieth. 14. Carl Bowser. 15. Rodney Westhafer. 16. Tim Glatfelter. 17. Glendon Forsythe. 18. Wayne Dadetto. 19. Nicole Bower. 20. Troy Fraker. 21. Jac Haudenschild. 22. Aaron Ott. 23. Cory Haas. DNS – Justin Henderson.

358 Sprint Car Feature (20 laps) 1. Chase Dietz. 2. Doug Hammaker. 3. Chandler Leiby. 4. Adrian Shaffer. 5. Eric Parker. 6. Brie Hershey. 7. Russell Hammaker. 8. Matt Findley. 9. Kyle Denmyer. 10. Bill Stine. 11. Nyle Berkes. 12. Rich Eichelberger. 13. Troy Wagaman Jr. 14. Amy Ott. 15. Tyler Esh. 16. Kevin Nouse. 17. Jared Esh. 18. Rick Horn. 19. Phil Walter. 20. Scott Fisher. 21. DJ Montgomery. 22. Brian Garland. DNS – Matt Cambell. Austin Kirby.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Central PA Racing Scene 410 Power Rankings.....

410 Power Rankings....

1. Greg Hodnett - Still the Central PA leader in wins. Won on Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway, 2nd at Selinsgrove, and 4th at Williams Grove. Has 17 wins, 26 top 5's and 14 top 10's.

2. Danny Dietrich - Winner of the Jim Nace Memorial at Selinsgrove Speedway. 3rd at Williams Grove Friday night. 16 wins 26 top 5's and 10 top 10's.

3. Brent Marks - 3 wins in 3 races to start the month of September. Swept the Fair week at Port Royal. 3 wins, 23 top 5's and 17 top 10's.

4. Lucas Wolfe - Port Royal track champion, picked up his 4th win of the season Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. 23 top 5's and 17 top 10's.

5. Brian Montieth -  5th at Williams Grove on Friday night in his only start this weekend. Still looking to get back to victory lane after a fast start to 2015. 8 wins, 22 top 5's and 11 top 10's.

6. Lance Dewease - Continues his streak of top 5's with a 2nd place finish Friday night at Williams Grove. 18 top 5's and 24 top 10's to go with 1 win.

7. Stevie Smith - Not a lot of racing out of the 51/19 camp since the Knoxville Nationals. 8 wins, 4 top 5's and 6 top 10's.

8. Aaron Ott - 4 wins in 2015. Only start of the weekend was at Selinsgrove Speedway where he was 20th.

9. Steve Buckwalter - Still looking to get back to victory lane. Did not race a 410 this weekend but did win the ARDC feature Friday night at Williams Grove.

10. Alan Krimes - Did not race this weekend. Looks to be back this weekend at Lincoln Speedway.


Monday, September 21, 2015

My Thoughts on a racing weekend gone by....

Hello folks welcome to another round of My thoughts on a racing weekend gone by. This weekend saw round two of the Central PA's month of money take place at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night, plus 410 action at both Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night and Susquehanna Speedway on Sunday night for another three race weekend.

Last week, I announced the three awards for Central PA Racing Scene, which were 410 Driver of the Year, 358 Driver of the Year and Track of the Year. I'm proud to announce that we will be giving away EIGHT total awards to the great drivers of Central PA in all the sprint car divisions. We will also be having the fans vote on who they think should win the 305 Driver of the Year, 360 Driver of the Year, Most Improved 410 Driver of the Year, Most Improved 358 Driver of the Year and the Best Looking Sprint Car of 2015 ( Can be any car in any division). The awards will see the fans vote for who they think should win the award and the members of Central PA Racing Scene and  Slicks & Sticks will also cast a vote and debate amongst ourselves to see who should be crowned the winner which will essentially give a total of 7 votes to determine the winners. I will post the drivers for each category every morning, along with why each driver was chosen for the award, then the fans will have 24 hrs to cast their vote on who they think should win. We will be starting the voting the Monday after the National Open at Williams Grove in two weeks.
The Beer Hill Gang announced that at the National Open they will be giving out a $1,000 award to the "National Open Rookie of the Year". That's a damn good chunk of change for a driver and going to be an interesting race within the races to watch that weekend. We contacted The Beer Hill Gang to ask them what the rules are for qualifying for the $1,000 and was told the driver has to be running the National Open for the first time,has to race all three nights or the races that run weather permitting and is the highest finishing car will win the $1,000. Congrats to the Beer Hill Gang for putting up the money for the this and helping make the weekend even bigger. I hate the feeling that some driver with a big team who is making the trek to Central PA will get this instead of some deserving local team who could use that money, but all in all it's a very cool thing they are doing.

Now on to the racing action.....

Friday night set the tone for the weekend and there is only two words that can describe the weekend at a whole....CAR COUNTS.... Friday night twenty-one cars were pit side at Williams Grove Speedway. Twenty-one cars at the premier race track in Central PA shows there is something definitely wrong. To look a little deeper into those twenty-one cars in action that night there were six non-regular teams and I just want you all to think about that stat for a minute. Go ahead I'll wait.....That's not good folks. Now we all know the Grove will pack the pits for the Natty Open in two weeks, but to only have sixteen teams show up on a normal week is scary. At least it is for me. The stands didn't look much better, but most people will blame that on high school football; but I have no real response to that since I don't follow high school football or how many people actually go to the games. The racing on the track was great (which has been the case for most of the second half of the season) as Lucas Wolfe would come from 8th starting spot to take the win over Lance Dewease, Danny Dietrich, Greg Hodnett, and Brian Montieth. Dietrich and Hodnett were racing each other very hard throughout the twenty-five lap feature and we saw many instances where one driver would run the other to the inside going down the backstretch, or they traded some mean slide jobs in the corners making the race very fun to watch.

Saturday night we saw the 44th Annual National Open at Selinsgrove Speedway. A race that payed $10,000 to the winner and once again car counts were a major talking point as only twenty-four cars were pit side. Really, only twenty-four cars for $10,000 to win? The race was a swan song to promoter Charlie Paige who dropped the green flag on the feature event and Danny Dietrich would win the feature event leading every lap over Hodnett, 360 track champion TJ Stutts, Brent Marks, and Lucas Wolfe. I really don't have a clue why race teams don't seem to want to race at the track. Doesn't matter what division the track runs, car counts suffer, but really hope whoever takes over the track in 2016, makes the track successful, the track is too nice to let it close its doors.

Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway, the 410's were in action and nineteen cars showed up to race. Danny Dietrich the big winner at Selinsgrove chose not to race as did Brent Marks and Kyle Moody. Hodnett would pick up the win but like the previous two nights nineteen cars? If 50+ cars do not show up this coming Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, then what does that say about this past weekend?

Lets take a deeper look at car counts here in Central PA IN 2015. After taking some time to go back and look through all the press releases from each track here is what I have found and some of it is very interesting....

Williams Grove Speedway has had a car count of 26.92 all season and that includes the Outlaw and the All Stars. Now that is scary for the most historic race track on the east coast. The 358 division brings the same amount of cars to the track for their races....23.9. So if they should get rid of the 358's because of low car counts what should they do about the 410 division? The lowest car count for the 410's this year was nineteen which happened twice on May 29th and August 7th. The highest car count for the season was forty for the spring outlaw race. They managed thirty-nine for the other two outlaw races in July as well as the All Star race in the spring. The best non sanctioned race the Grove had all season was Speed Week which drew thirty-three and thirty-four respectively.  In contrast the 358 division never dropped below twenty-two the entire season, seeing a high of twenty-eight cars on July 10th and a season low of twenty-two. The best car count of the entire season was the first 360 show which saw forty-two cars pack the pits, but that was for one race. Would that happen every week? I don't think it would, but that's just me.

Looking at the other two regular 410 tracks Lincoln and Port Royal here is what I found...

Lincoln had the most successful season with an average car count of thirty-one. The highest coming in at forty-seven cars and hitting forty one other time in 2015. Lincoln Speedway has never had less then 24 cars for a show in 2015.

Port Royal has had an average of 28.59. Not to far off from Lincoln Speedway, but Port has seen more races with forty plus cars with three races. Their best race was forty-seven while their lowest was twenty. They had five races in 2015 that did not have a full field. So while their average is close to Lincoln's they have struggled to get full fields more then Lincoln Speedway has.

Lincoln was able to counter balance the low car counts in the 410 division by having the 358's on the card most weeks and when they did they came out strong with 29.8 average for the season. Only dropping below a full field one time. That's two sprint car divisions with strong car counts folks.

Trail Way Speedway struggled to get cars all season only averaging 12.5 cars a week. The topped out at eighteen cars twice in 2015 and only dropped down into the single digits twice.

Selinsgrove Speedway which switched to 360's in 2014 saw an average of twenty-three cars show up pit side, but they didn't race as much and had other sanctioning bodies to help bring car counts up. This season, they ran with a season low of fourteen cars and the highest being a thirty-three car field.

So, after looking at all of that what does it tell you? We are hurting big time for cars in every division and at every race track. It's that simple folks. Doesn't matter what division or what track car counts are down most weeks. Lincoln and Port seem to be in the best position right now, but they are the two tracks that seem to have the best reputation of good race surfaces and treating teams well. 

What does Williams Grove need to do to help bring car counts up? The surface has been greatly improved the 2nd half of the season, yet car counts have stayed low. Maybe the Grove is starting to feel the Friday night crunch just like Trail Way Speedway. Maybe it's just not worth it to some race teams to try and hurry home on a Friday afternoon, and try to get to a race track to race. Maybe just maybe, but I'll let smarter people than I try and figure that out.

Well, that's it for this week folks. Lets get ready for the next two weeks in Central PA, which will bring us all the two biggest races in Central PA, where car counts will NOT be an issue. Friday night, Williams Grove will host the 410's in their Outlaw tune-up before the huge three day $50,000 to win National Open along with the final 358 race of the season at the historic half mile. Chase Dietz holds a slim 20 point lead over Doug Hammaker for the 2015 track Championship, and both drivers have been strong all season. Hope we see a safe, clean race between the two and let the chips fall were they may.

Saturday night, everyone will be either racing at or watching Lincoln Speedway for the second annual Dirt Classic. $20,000 to win and a great payout back through the field will bring a lot of teams to the track. I would bet money this race will have the biggest car count for the entire season in Central PA. The thing that worries me, just like it did last year is the format. If you want to run double heat races then they need to figure out a way to make them exciting for the fans. They also need to keep the fans up to date on the whole points system. I should not need to bring a calculator and a trig book to help me figure out who is on the front row. Last year nobody had a clue what was going on including some of the drivers. But I will be there early so swing by and have a cold beer with me, and let me know how much you like or hate the site.

Until then I hope everyone has a great work week. I will see everyone Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Try to stay warm this week, and make sure you have your beverage of choice on ice, because the racing this coming weekend is going to be red hot.

© William McIntyre & Central PA Racing Scene 2015

Hodnett Takes Checkers over Haudenschild at at SSP on Sunday Night

Newberrytown, PA (September 20, 2015) – Greg Hodnett of Thomasville took his second consecutive 410 Sprint Car feature race in the Sunday Night Sprint Car Special at the Susquehanna Speedway Park.  Orwigsburg’s Tyler Reeser collected the IMCA PA Sprint20-lap feature race at the end of the night.

By virtue of a number one pill inversion, the two heat race winners Jac Haudenschild and Lance Dewease brought the field to the green.  Haudenschild grabbed the early lead over Hodnett with Lance Dewease close behind in third.  Almost midway through the non-stop feature, Hodenett drove by Haudenschild on the bottom to take the lead.  Haudenschild tried to regain the lead but was unable to make the winning pass as Hodnett went on to take the victory in 7 minutes and 1.09 seconds.  Haudenschild settled for second followed by Austin Hogue in third.  Chase Dietz finished fourth with Glenndon Forsythe finishing fifth. 

In the 20-lap IMCA PA Sprint Car feature, Tyler Reeser started on the outside of the front row and took the lead and began to set a blistering pace with Darren Miller Jay Krout trying to chase him down.  The only thing that slowed down was two caution flags as he went on to take the win over Miller.  Jaremi Hanson finished third as Tyler Lebo crossed the line in fourth.  Krout rounded out the top five at the end.  Miller and Zach Newlin were the heat race winners.

The Susquehanna Showdown for the Late Models and Sportsman Modifieds scheduled for Saturday, September 26 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

The next Wednesday night Test & Tune will be on Wednesday, September 30.  The gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with practice sessions rotating for each class from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The cost is $14.00 per person for pit passes and a $20.00 fee for each racecar entering the pit area ($34.00 per car & driver combination).  Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with open track time from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. by class.  Each session will be 6 – 8 laps per session.  The grandstands are open and free to the public.  Each class will receive 4 to 5 rounds of 6/8 laps each or more if time permits.   The main concession stand will also be open throughout the night.  

The 410 Super Sprint Cars return to SSP on Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. along with the IMCA PA Sprint Series.  

The 410 Sprint Car feature will pay $3,500-to-win for the 25-lap feature event.  Non-qualifiers for the A-Main feature will receive a complimentary non-transferrable entry fee ($50.00 value) for the Final Showdown to be held at SSP in November.  For the 410 Sprint Cars, mufflers WILL NOT be required and Hoosier Brand Spec Tires will be required on all four corners (same as the 2015 rules at Williams Grove, Lincoln and Port Royal Speedways).  All other rules will follow the generally accepted rules for Sprint Cars at local weekly Central PA Sprint Car tracks (1400 pounds weight rule).  Raceivers will be mandatory for all Sprint Cars. 

On Sunday, the pit gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Warm-ups begin at 5:30 p.m. with qualifying races at 6:00 p.m. followed by consolation races and feature events.

General Admission Grandstand ticket prices for Sunday night are Adults (ages 18-59) $18.00; Young Adults (ages 11-17) & Senior Adults (60 & Older) $15.00; Children (10 & under) are free.  Pit pass prices are $25.00 with a reduced price of $22.00 for all pit competitor license holders.  The minimum age requirement to purchase a pit pass is 12 years of age with a copy of a birth certificate is required for all ages 12 to 14.
The Susquehanna Speedway Park is located off I-83 to exit 32, then 1.4 miles NW on SR382 to York Road, then 1.3 miles south.  For more information, contact the speedway offices at (717) 292-1696 or visit online at  On raceday, use the track phone at (717) 938-9170 for up-to-date information at the “Big Track” and the “Outback Track.”

Susquehanna Speedway Park “Big Track” Race Results from Sunday, October 20, 2015
410 Sprint Cars Feature (25 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett; 2. Jac Haudenschild; 3. Austin Hogue; 4. Chase Dietz; 5. Glenndon Forsythe; 6. Lance Dewease; 7. Steve Owings; 8. Brad Howard; 9. David Quakenbush; 10. Wayne Dadetto; 11. Dan Shetler; 12. Jordan Mackison; 13. Wyatt Hinkle; 14. Kyle Pruitt; 15. Hunter Mackison; 16. Anthony Fiore; DNS – Karl Baker; Anthony Macri; Jimmy Stitzel.
DNS – Karl Baker; Anthony Macri; Jimmy Stitzel.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Haudenschild (1-11); Hodnett (12-25).
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Haudenschild and Dewease.  

IMCA PA Sprint Series Feature (20 laps): 1. Tyler Reeser; 2. Darren Miller; 3. Jaremi Hanson; 4. Tyler Lebo; 5. Jay Krout; 6. Andrew Hake; 7. Ken Duke; 8. Bob Shaffer; 9. John Martin; 10. Ronnie Shelley; 11. Alyson Dietz; 12. Zach Mewlin; 13. John Bordlemay; DNS – Tyler Cochran; Erin Statler.
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Miller and Newlin.

Sunday, October 18, 2015
SSP Big Track Event Time Schedule (Subject to Change)
            1:30 p.m.         Pit Gates Open: Pit Passes: $25.00.
            2:00 p.m.         Grandstands Gates Open: General admission: Adults (18 & older) - $18.00; Seniors (60 &
older) & Young Adults (11-17) - $15.00; Children (10 & under) - Free
3:10 p.m.         Heat in Engines (All Sprint Cars)
3:30 p.m.         Track Prep Laps Begin
            Rotation:        IMCA PA Sprint Series
410 Sprint Cars
4:00 p.m.         Welcome, Invocation and National Anthem
IMCA PA Sprint Series Qualifying Heat Races (8 laps)
410 Sprint Car Qualifying Heat Races (10 laps)
IMCA PA Sprint Series Consolation Race (8/10 laps) – if needed
410 Sprint Car Consolation Race (8/10 laps) – if needed
                                                410 Sprint Car Feature (25 laps)
IMCA PA Sprint Series Feature (20 laps)

- 2015 “Big Track” Schedule of Events at SSP

 (Schedule as of September 15, 2015 - Subject to Change)

CANCELLED - September 26 (Sat.) 10th Annual Susquehanna Showdown - Late Models (50 laps), Sportsman Modifieds.
September 30 (Wed.) Wednesday Night Test & Tune Session at Big Track (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.; Practice 6:00  p.m. - 9:00
October 14 (Wed.) Wed. Night Test & Tune Session at Big Track (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.; Practice 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
October 18 (Sun.)   Sunday Night Sprint Car Special  - 410 Sprint Cars & IMCA PA Sprint Series (4:00 p.m.)
October 21 (Wed.) Wednesday Night Test & Tune Session at Big Track (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.; Practice 6:00  p.m. - 9:00
RESCHEDULED to Saturday, October 31 -  October 24 (Sat.) 12th Annual Miller’s Racing Parts Fall Classic
October 28 (Wed.) Wednesday Night Test & Tune Session at Big Track (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.; Practice 6:00  p.m. - 9:00
October 31 (Sat.)    Candy Bowl XI presented by J&K Salvage & 12th Annual Miller’s Racing Parts Fall Classic - Street
Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars, Road Warriors, Mini Vans, Sportsman Modifieds, ACMS 600cc Micro
Sprints, Sidewinder Sprints, BFTP Vintage Cars & Legends Cars (2:00 p.m.) - Raindate: Sunday, November 1, 2015.
CANCELLED -  November 7 (Sat.)  12th Annual Turkey 2004/6 Cylinder Small Car Enduro (100 laps) plus Classic Cars &
Mini Vans.
November 14 (Sat.)  The Final Showdown (6th Annual) – 410 Sprint Car Finale ($10,000-to-win) & 358 Sprint Cars (2:00
p.m.) – Rain date: Sunday, November 15, 2015.         

The Next Wednesday Night Test & Tune is on September 30

The next Wednesday Night Test & Tune session will be held on Wednesday, September 30 at the Susquehanna Speedway Park.  It is open to any type of racecars capable of competing on the 4/10 mile oval.  The cost is $14.00 per person for pit passes and a $20.00 fee for each racecar entering the pit area ($34.00 per car & driver combination).  Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with open track time from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. by class.  Each session will be 6 – 8 laps per session.  The grandstands are open free to the public.  Each class will receive 4 to 5 rounds of 6/8 laps each or more if time permits.  The fuel pumps from Miller’s Racing Parts will not be open.  Anyone needing fuel should contact Miller’s Racing Parts directly at 717-766-0181.  The main concession stand will be open throughout the night.

- Track Rental for the “Big Track” and the “Outback Track” – The “Big track” and the “Outback track” are available for rent beginning March 1, 2015.  The “Big Track” rental fee is $1,500.00 for 4 hours and may be split between a maximum of five-(5) drivers/teams.  Only one car is permitted on the track at a time.  If an ambulance is requested, it is an additional $75.00 per hour.  For nighttime rentals at the “Big Track”, an additional $100.00 per hour will be charged for lights. 

The rental price for the “Outback Track” is $400.00 for 4 hours during the day /$500.00 at night and may be split between a maximum of five-(5) drivers/teams.  To reserve either track, please call 717-292-1696. 

- Repeat Fan Discount Continues for 2015 – The popular “Repeat Fan Discount” program will continue at SSP in 2015 for the 12th season in a row.  There is a $2.00 repeat fan discount for each person with a ticket stub from races during the previous week’s events completed only.  The Repeat Fan Discount is not valid for pit pass purchases. 

Double D Wires Field For 1st Career Selinsgrove Victory With Jim Nace Memorial National Open Victory

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg wired the field for his first-ever win at Selinsgrove Speedway in Saturday night’s Jim Nace Memorial 33rd Annual National Open for 410 sprint cars sponsored by Paul Stine Chevrolet.

The $10,000 victory at the wheel of the Kauffman Racing/ Sandoe’s Fruit Market No. 48 was Dietrich’s 15th overall win in sprint car racing this season.

Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown was the Fast Tees Fast Qualifier with a lap time of 16.554.

Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove won his first race of the season at Selinsgrove and fourth overall this year in the 25-lap super late model main event.

Saturday night’s race closed out the 2015 racing season at the 70-year-old facility and marked the end of Charlie Paige’s 15-year term as track promoter. The Selinsgrove Fair Association, which governs the speedway, is working on a succession plan for racing to continue in 2016.

Dietrich started on the pole and powered into the lead in the sprint car main event with second-place starter Lucas Wolfe and third-place starter Greg Hodnett in pursuit. On the ninth circuit, Hodnett drove by Wolfe for the runner-up spot racing out of turn four. 
The race’s first caution flag unfurled on lap 12 when Aaron Ott’s car blew a tire on the frontstretch. Ott did a remarkable job keeping the car from making contact with the guardrail and was able to rejoin the race.

On the lap 13 restart, Dietrich continued to set a blistering pace with Hodnett clearing the lapped cars and setting his sights on the leader. On the 16th lap, fourth-place starter TJ Stutts started to show a lot of speed and passed Wolfe for the third position.

Ott, meanwhile, stormed into the ninth position after restarting on the rear of the field. On lap 18, however, misfortune struck the East Berlin driver again when his car slammed the inside wall and was struck by Michael Walter’s car. Both drivers escaped injury.

With 15 laps to race, Stutts started to pressure Hodnett for the second position. In the final five laps, Dietrich encountered and navigated his way around slower traffic. Stutts made a last-ditch effort at Hodnett for second to no avail. At the checkered flag, Dietrich was victorious by 2.7 seconds over Hodnett, Stutts, seventh-place starter Brent Marks, and Wolfe. 
Polesitter Dylan Yoder pulled into the lead at the start of the late model main event while second-place starter Pancho Lawler held down the runner-up position for several laps. With three laps down, fourth-place starter Jim Yoder and fifth-place starter Jeff Rine dueled for the third position.

On the seventh circuit, Rine took the third spot then advanced to second with a pass by Lawler out of turn four. A lap later, J. Yoder secured the third spot. The second half of the race D. Yoder dueled with Rine for the lead. Both drivers streaked around the top of the race track in the first and second spots.
Despite several restarts, D. Yoder maintained an edge over Rine to the finish. At the checkered flag, D. Yoder was victorious by 1.2 seconds over Rine, Andy Haus, J. Yoder, and Chad Hollenbeck.
410 Sprint Cars – 24 Entries
35-Lap A-Main: 1) 48 Danny Dietrich $10,000 2) 27 Greg Hodnett 3) 23 TJ Stutts 4) 19M Brent Marks 5) 1Z Lucas Wolfe 6) 3Z Brock Zearfoss 7) 28F Davie Franek 8) 7 Todd Shaffer 9) 14 Lance Dewease 10) 12 Blane Heimbach 11) 3 Pat Cannon 12) 98H Mike Erdley 13) 33 Curt Stroup 14) 29 Jason Shultz 15) 66 Ryan Kissinger 16) 24B Dustin Baney 17) 71C Charlie Anderson 18) 73 Jevon Ahner 19) 21R Kyle Reinhart 20) 25 Aaron Ott 21) 33W Michael Walter 22) 51B Karl Baker 23) 13 Jac Haudenschild 24) 07 Doug Esh
Heat Winners: Lucas Wolfe, Danny Dietrich, Greg Hodnett
Time Trials: 1) 3Z Brock Zearfoss 16.554 2) 19M Brent Marks 16.563 3) 13 Jac Haudenschild 16.583 4) 3 Pat Cannon 16.639 5) 23 TJ Stutts 16.657 6) 27 Greg Hodnett 16.658 7) 1Z Lucas Wolfe 16.692 8) 48 Danny Deitrich 16.701 9) 07 Doug Esh 16.710 10) 33W Michael Walter 16.765 11)25 Aaron Ott 16.772 12) 21R Kyle Reinhart 16.816 13) 12 Blane Heimbach 16.842 14) 7 Todd Shaffer 16.860 15) 14 Lance Dewease 16.975 16) 98H Mike Erdley 17.061 17) 33 Curt Stroup 17.196 18) 28F Davie Franek 17.262 19) 24B Dustin Baney 17.381 20) 29 Jason Shultz 17.883 21) 66 Ryan Kissinger 17.957 22) 73 Jevon Ahner 18.149 23) 71C Charlie Anderson 18.355 24) 51B Karl Baker 19.044
Late Models – 24 Entries
25-Lap A-main: 1) 24 Dylan Yoder 2) 2J Jeff Rine 3) 33 Andy Haus 4) 27 Jim Yoder 5) 4D Chad Hollenbeck 6) 15F Scott Flickinger 7) 17 Nick Dickson 8) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 9) 10 Dave Stamm 10) 99 Steve Stitt 11) 45 Eric Hons 12) 24J Jon Rohacevich 13) 50R Cody Robbins 14) 88T Ernie Millon 15) 61 Ken Trevitz 16) 93 Pancho Lawler 17) 0F Coleby Frye 18) 26 Jerry Bard 19) 67 Tommy Slanker 20) 90 Kyle Rhoads 21) 0B Larry Baer 22) 41 Chris Casner 23) 99Z Dave Zona 24) 06 Mik