Friday, July 03, 2015

SMITH CLAIMS 4TH WIN IN 5 PA SPEEDWEEK SHOWS THURSDAY NIGHT AT LINCOLN


Zimmerman wins sixth straight at Lincoln in All-American Outlaws



ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/2/2015 – Combined, car driver Stevie Smith and car owner Fred Rahmer have more than 200 career Lincoln wins. But has Stevie Smith ever had a better week?

“Definitely not!” responded Smith after pulling the Fred Rahmer #51s into victory lane for his fourth win in five races as part of the 25th Annual Pennsylvania Speedweek.

“You’re not telling me nothing I didn’t know before the race started,” said Smith when asked about the race-long challenges from Lincoln points leader Brian Montieth, “I knew Brian was going to be racing hard. This is his best kind of track. He can carry a lot of momentum and his car’s real nice. Before the race, I thought to myself, ‘Of course, you have 22 other cars out here in the field you gotta race with, but you’d better be ready for Montieth.’ And sure enough…if I didn’t see that black nose.”

An inversion of eight put Smith on the outside of the front row beside 2014 Lincoln Speedweek winner Kyle Moody for the start. Moody grabbed the lead on turn two of the start and led the first five laps, with Smith and Montieth close behind.

Smith snatched the lead from Moody in turns three and four of lap six, and led the rest of the way, despite pressure from five-time 2015 Lincoln winner Montieth through heavy lapped traffic over the final third of the race.

In fact, it was with ten laps to go that Montieth actually slid in front of Smith exiting turn two, only to have Smith reclaim the lead exiting turn four of lap 20.

“I made my car wider and we just kinda went in between our normal feature set-up and something a little freer because the track was a little wetter. It seemed to work,” added Smith, whose father Steve won the first Speedweek title in 1991, “I figure that Montieth was probably the fastest car, but we were fast enough to stay ahead of him. I figured he was gonna be close, but I didn’t like when I saw him out my right side there and was eating that top up. I thought ‘I’m going to make him go around me.’ I was prepared to cut across if I had to with the lapped car, but I just felt I had a lot better momentum staying the top”.

Montieth took one last shot at Smith as they passed under the white flag waving as the two entered turn one, but Smith held his line to cross .34-seconds in front for the $7,000 payday plus $300 bonus from race night sponsor BAPS Auto Paints and Supply.

Lucas Wolfe started 11th and came on strong over the final laps to pass Danny Dietrich with five laps to go to cross third, with Dietrich settling for fourth and Robbie Kendall fifth. Sixth through tenth were Moody, Adam Wilt, Greg Hodnett, Tim Wagaman, and Gerard McIntyre, Jr.

Jac Haudenschild, who sustained mechanical problems in time trials, came back through the B-Main to start 24th in the feature and finished 14th. BAPS driver Brent Marks started 18th and finished 11th.

Fast time in time trials over the 39-car field was set by Tim Wagaman with a one-lap time of 13.242-seconds (101.948 MPH).

Heats for the 410’s were won by Kendall, Montieth, Smith, and Moody, with the other BAPS driver Austin Hogue winning the B-Main.

Smith’s win padded his already impressive Speedweek points lead (824 points). Second through tenth after five nights of Speedweek competition were Danny Dietrich (731), Lucas Wolfe (664), Greg Hodnett (649), Alan Krimes (515), Brent Marks (479), Aaron Ott (457), Brian Montieth (434), Lance Dewease (353), and Cory Haas (319).

Pasadena, Maryland’s Kurt Zimmerman continued his Lincoln domination in the 20-lap All-American Outlaw feature, scoring his sixth win in-a-row in the Pigeon Hills. Zimmerman started on the outside of the front row and led all 20 laps, with polesitter Hunter Nester, 20th-starting Brad Shank, Dylan Keim, and Justin Cullum completing the top five.

All American Outlaw heats were won by Nester and Zimmerman.

Lincoln swings right back into action this weekend, Saturday, July 4th, with the 358 Sprints, PASS RaceSaver (305) Sprints, and 600 Xcel Modifieds. Gates open at 5:30 PM, with time trials set to get underway at 7:30 PM.

To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania's "Premier" Saturday night race track - The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway.
RACE RESULTS
Thursday., July 2, 2015
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
Abbottstown, PA
PENNSYLVANIA SPEEDWEEK (Race 5 of 9)
16TH ANNUAL KEVIN GOBRECHT MEMORIAL
410 SPRINT FEATURE FINISH (30 Laps) – 1. 51S-Stevie Smith ($7,000); 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 6. 99M-Kyle Moody; 7. 15-Adam Wilt; 8. 27-Greg Hodnett; 9. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 10. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 11. 19M-Brent Marks; 12. 11C-Cory Haas; 13. 35-Steve Owings; 14. M16-Jac Haudenschild; 15. 44-Chase Dietz; 16. 87-Alan Krimes; 17. 52-Austin Hogue; 18. 71-Ryan Wilson; 19. 14-Lance Dewease; 20. 39-Tim Glatfelter (DNF); 21. 07-Doug Esh (DNF); 22. 5-Tyler Ross (DNF); 23. 8C-Brian Carber (DNF); 24. 8-Billy Dietrich (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Kyle Moody (1-5), Stevie Smith (6-30)

410 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 2. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett; 4. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 5. 19M-Brent Marks; 6. 44-Chase Dietz; 7. 74-Dwayne Gutshall; 8. 3B-Randy Baughman; 9. 69-Shane Hoff (DNF); 10. 25-Aaron Ott (DNF). Time – 2:16.904

410 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 8-Billy Dietrich; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 5-Tyler Ross; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 14-Lance Dewease; 7. 12B-Brad Franks; 8. 33-Curt Stroup; 9. 51K-Karl Baker; 10. 20-Ryan Taylor (DNF). No Time

410 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 51S-Stevie Smith; 2. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 3. 1-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 8C-Brian Carber; 5. 35-Steve Owings; 6. M16-Jac Haudenschild; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 8. 52-Austin Hogue; 9. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 10. 24B-Dustin Baney. Time – 2:18.003

410 Sprint Heat Four Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 99M-Kyle Moody; 2. 11C-Cory Haas; 3. 15-Adam Wilt; 4. 07-Doug Esh; 5. 71-Ryan Wilson; 6. 21T-Scott Fisher; 7. 15M-Bobby Mazingo; 8. 23-TJ Stutts (DNF); 9. 747-Davey Sammons (DNF). No Time

410 Sprint B-Main Finish (12 laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 52-Austin Hogue; 2. 14-Lance Dewease; 3. 44-Chase Dietz; 4. M16-Jac Haudenschild; 5. 21T-Scott Fisher; 6. 74-Dwayne Gutshall; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 8. 12B-Brad Franks; 9. 3B-randy Baughman; 10.. 33-Curt Stroup; 11. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 12. 24B-Dustin Baney; 13. 15M-Bobby Mazingo; 14. 51K-Karl Baker; DNS - 23-TJ Stutts, 69-Shane Hoff, 747-Davey Sammons. Time – 2:50.648

TIME TRIAL RESULTS – 1. 1*-Tim Wagaman, 13.242 (101.948 MPH); 2. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.278; 3. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 13.295; 4. 15-Adam Wilt, 13.326; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.333; 6. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.375; 7. 1-Lucas Wolfe, 13.377; 8. 11C-Cory Haas, 13.378; 9. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 13.390; 10. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.393; 11. 51S-Stevie Smith, 13.407; 12. 39-Tim Glatfelter, 13.418; 13. 8-Billy Dietrich, 13.427; 14. 35-Steve Owings, 13.450; 15. 23-TJ Stutts, 13.461; 16. 25-Aaron Ott, 13.482; 17. 20-Ryan Taylor, 13.489; 18. 52-Austin Hogue, 13.521; 19. 99M-Kyle Moody, 13.525; 20. 07-Doug Esh 13.539; 21., 71-Ryan Wilson, 13.563; 22. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.565; 23. 5-Tyler Ross, 13.571; 24. 8C-Brian Carber, 13.634; 25. 44-Chase Dietz, 13.677; 26. 14-Lance Dewease, 13.678; 27. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 13.685; 28. 21T-Scott Fisher, 13.697; 29. 69-Shane Hoff, 13.698; 30. 33-Curt Stroup, 13.734; 31. 3Z-Brock Zarfoss, 13.744; 32. 747-Davey Sammons, 13.761; 33. 3B-Randy Baughman, 13.844; 34. 12B-Brad Franks, 13.984; 35. 24B-Dustin Baney, 14.108; 36. 15M-Bobby Mazingo, 14.124; 37. 74-Dwayne Gutshall, 14.172; 38. 51K-Karl Baker, 14.552; 39. M16-Jac Haudenschild, NT.

ALL AMERICAN OUTLAWS
ALL AMERICAN OUTLAWS Feature finish (20 laps) – 1. 9A-Kurt Zimmerman; 2. 1N-Hunter Nester; 3. 6-Brad Shank; 4. 07-Dylan Keim; 5. 95-Justin Cullum; 6. 99-Bryan Green; 7. 59-Fred Cullum; 8. 1-Jim Minter; 9. 71-Jim Chenowith; 10. 01-Brad Alexander; 11. 55-Danny Holmes; 12. 13M-Gary Moreland; 13. 19R-Roy Deneke; 14. 21-Danny Gladhill; 15. 29-Phil Williams; 16. 40-Rick Hulson (DNF); 17. 89-Carnei Fryfogle (DNF); 18. 53-Tony Jorda (DNF); 19. 6S-Tim Sten (DNF); 20. 66-David Egge (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Kurt Zimmerman (1-20)

All American Outlaw Heat One Finish (8 laps) - 1. 1N-Hunter Nestor; 2. 40-Rick Hulson; 3. 99-Bryan Green; 4. 89-Carnie Fryfogle; 5. 59-Fred Cullum; 6. 71-Jim Chenowith; 7. 29-Phil Williams; 8. 53-Tony Jorda; 9. 21-Danny Gladhill; 10. 13M-Gary Moreland. Time – 2:42.97

All American Outlaw Heat Two Finish (8 laps) - 1. 9A-Kurt Zimmerman; 2. 07-Dylan Keim; 3. 95-Justin Cullum; 4. 6-Brad Shank; 5. 6S-Tim Sten; 6. 1-Jim Minter; 7. 66-David Egge; 8. 19R-Roy Denike; 9. 55-Danny Holmes; 10. 01-Brad Alexander (DNF). Time – 2:38.43

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

DIETRICH SCORES THIRD CAREER PA SPEEDWEEK WIN IN LINCOLN MONDAY-NIGHTER


SPEEDWEEK RETURNS TO PIGEON HILLS FOR BAPS GOBRECHT MEMORIALTHURSDAY


Photo courtesy of Lincoln Speedway

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 6/29/2015 – Danny Dietrich took advantage of a little racing luck to start on the pole and lead every lap of round three of PA Speedweek on Monday night at Lincoln Speedway.

In doing so, Dietrich scored his third career PA Speedweek victory, third Lincoln win of the year, and moved alongside Stevie Smith with his 26th career win in the Pigeon Hills and claimed the $5,000 top prize. But he made it look easier than it was.

“I was glad for lapped traffic and that the last 29 laps went non-stop, said Dietrich upon exiting his Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Hickory Run Orchards/Weikert’s Livestock #48 in victory lane, “We weren’t that good. I don’t think anyone anticipated the track being like this. It got real dirty and you just couldn’t get off the bottom.”

Dietrich timed 11th quick in the 37-car field, but made it into the inversion draw when the second, third, and fourth fastest timers (Robbie Kendall, Freddie Rahmer, and Brandon Rahmer) failed to qualify in their heat. That, combined with Lucas Wolfe winning his own heat and drawing a “6” pill for the restart allowed Dietrich to start on the pole.

Dietrich took the lead at the outside and drove to a comfortable lead before he hit lapped traffic ten laps into to the feature. That’s when Brian Montieth and Alan Krimes joined the chase. Both Krimes and fourth-starting Stevie Smith got by Montieth while the leaders raced through lapped traffic, allowing Dietrich to open a two-second lead with 10 laps to go.

Once Dietrich disposed of pesky lapped traffic that held him up for ten laps, he drove away to a 2.72-second win over Krimes, with Smith crossing third, Montieth settling for fourth, and brother Billy Dietrich holding his own by starting fifth and finishing fifth.

“I ran out of brakes there and missed the bottom a couple of times,” said Dietrich of the closing challengers over the middle stages of the race, “I heard Brian get underneath me, and I had to shut the door. Then I saw Alan get to second, but had a crew member tell me I had a decent lead once I got past a couple of lapped cars. I’m just glad to be standing here…and I appreciate everyone coming out on a Monday night. How often do you get to see racing here on a Monday?”

Although the last 29 laps went non-stop, there were two early red flags. The first came out at the start when Adam Wilt, Jim Siegel, and Steve Buckwalter call got together in turn four at the starting line. Kyle Moody also rode the inside guardrail and went to the pits to repair brakes. Siegel was also able to continue, but Wilt and Buckwalter were done for the night.

Then on lap two, popular invader Brady Bacon got upside down in turns one and two. All drivers were uninjured.

Sixth through tenth in the “A Main” were Lucas Wolfe, Aaron Ott, Brent Marks, Greg Hodnett, and Freddie Rahmer.

Stevie Smith, who won the first two PA Speedweek shows at Williams Grove and Path Valley, left Lincoln with the Speedweek points lead (488), 41 points ahead of Dietrich. Third through fifth in Speedweek points after Night #3 were Wolfe (394), Hodnett (376), and Krimes (355).
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Heats for the 410’s were won by Wolfe, Ott, Danny Dietrich, and Chase Dietz, with Freddie Rahmer winning the B-Main.

Fast time in time trials over the 37-car field was set by Lucas Wolfe with a one-lap time of 13.031-seconds (103.599 MPH).

Lincoln swings right back into PA Speedweek action on Thursday night, July 2nd, with the Round 5 of the scheduled 9-race series featuring the 16th Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial with $7,000-to-win, in conjunction with BAPS Family Night. The All American Outlaws round out the evening’s racing action. Gates open at 5:30 PM, with time trials set to get underway at 7:30 PM.

Then on Saturday night, July 4th, it will be special 3-division show of 358 Sprints, PASS RaceSaver (305) Sprints, and 600 Xcel Modifieds. Again, racing action gets underway at 7:30 PM, with gates opening at 5:30 PM.

To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania's "Premier" Saturday night race track - The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway.
RACE RESULTS
Mon., June 29, 2015
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
Abbottstown, PA
PENNSYLVANIA SPEEDWEEK (Race 3 of 9)
410 SPRINT FEATURE FINISH (30 Laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich ($5,000); 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 51S-Stevie Smith; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 8-Billy Dietrich; 6. 1-Lucas Wolfe; 7. 25-Aaron Ott; 8. 19M-Brent Marks; 9. 27-Greg Hodnett; 10. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 11. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 12. 44-Chase Dietz; 13. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 14. 52-Austin Hogue; 15. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 16. 14-Lance Dewease; 17. 71-Ryan Wilson; 18. 07-Doug Esh; 19. 99M-Kyle Moody; 20. 59-Jim Siegel (DNF); 21. 5-Tyler Ross (DNF); 22. 99-Brady Bacon (DNF); 23. 15-Adam Wilt (DNF); 24. 17B-Steve Buckwalter (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Danny Dietrich (1-30)

410 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 1-Lucas Wolfe; 2. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 3. 99M-Kyle Moody; 4. 8-Billy Dietrich; 5. 07-Doug Esh; 6. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 7. 21T-Scott Fisher; 8. 35-Steve Owings (DNF); 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild (DNF). Time – 2:17.82

410 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 25-Aaron Ott; 2. 51-Stevie Smith; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett; 4. 5-Tyler Ross; 5. 99-Brady Bacon; 6. 11C-Cory Haas; 7. 23-TJ Stutts; 8. 55K-Robbie Kendall (DNF); 9. 33-Curt Stroup (DNF). No Time

410 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 15-Adam Wilt; 3. 21-Brian Montieth; 4. 71-Ryan Wilson; 5. 52-Austin Hogue; 6. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 7. 160Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 8. 3B-Randy Baughman; 9. 15M-Bobby Mazingo. Time – 2:19.03

410 Sprint Heat Four Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) - 1. 44-Chase Dietz; 2. 59-Jim Siegel; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 19M-Brent marks; 5. 14-Lance Dewease; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 7. 17B-Steve Buckwalter; 8. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe. Time – 2:20.69

410 Sprint B-Main Finish (12 laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 2. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 3. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 4. 17B-Steve Buckwalter; 5. 11C-Cory Haas; 6. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 7. 23-TJ Stutts; 8. 21T-Scott Fisher; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 10. 3B-Randy Baughman; 11. 15M-Bobby Mazingo; 12. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF). Time – 2:57.84

TIME TRIAL RESULTS – 1. 1-Lucas Wolfe, 13.031 (103.599 MPH); 2. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 13.205; 3. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 13.229; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.231; 5. 8-Billy Dietrich, 13.250; 6. 51S-Stevie Smith, 13.255; 7. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.265; 8. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.315; 9. 99M-Kyle Moody, 13.338; 10. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.356; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.362; 12. 59-Jim Siegel, 13.369; 13. 1*-Tim Wagaman, 13.380; 14. 25-Aaron Ott, 13.391; 15. 15-Adam Wilt, 13.399; 16. 44-Chase Dietz, 13.400; 17. 39-Tim Gladfelter, 13.423; 18. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.434; 19. 71-Ryan Wilson, 13.509; 20. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.511; 21. 07-Doug Esh, 13.524; 22. 11C-Cory Haas, 13.541; 23. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 13.559; 24. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 13.578; 25. 35-Steve Owings, 13.579; 26. 5-Tyler Ross, 13.613; 27. 52-Austin Hogue, 13.621; 28. 14-Lance Dewease, 13.624; 29. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.632; 30. 23-TJ Stutts, 13.681; 31. 3B-Randy Baughman, 13.743; 32. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 13.752; 33. 21T-Scott Fisher, 13.831; 34. 33-Curt Stroup, 14.001; 35. 15M-Bobby Mazingo, 14.336; 36. 36D-Wayne Dadeto, NT; 37. 69-Shane Hoff, NT.

Monday, June 29, 2015

My Thoughts on a racing weekend gone by.....PLUS mid season report cards

Hello and welcome back to another fun filled edition of My thoughts on a racing weekend gone by. After beautiful weather the past month or so, mother nature has decided to spoil our fun again this weekend. Got hit with another major rain storm on Saturday washing out all the racing we race fans had hoped to watch. But before the rain hit we had the start of the  25th annual Jakes Wayback Burgers/Trone Outdoor PA Speedweek at Williams Grove Speedway as well as the 358's down at Trail Way Speedway for another shot at glory at the bullring.

Up at Williams Grove Speedway Stevie Smith would lead every lap off the front row, Yep another Time Trial Special folks, as he held off the best driver in Central PA Greg Hodnett to pick up his second victory of the season. This one was worth $5,000 to the 51 team, and they made it look pretty easy. The big news for me was only 33 cars where pit side for what some feel is the biggest week in sprint car racing here in Pa. Now I know what some of you are saying, 33 cars is great for Williams Grove Speedway, but go look at the car counts in Ohio for their Speed Week shows and tell me how good it really is? Danny Dietrich, Lucas Wolfe, and Brent Marks would round out the top 5 Friday night but the only thing anyone was talking about was Fred Rahmer doing what he does best.....Talking asses into the seats. Fred was quoted as saying..."Out there, Hodnett was cheating his [butt] off on the starts. That is what his job is, but we want someone to beat his [butt] for the points this week, and Stevie is the one to do it, I think."  "Greg is a great driver, but we want to keep him honest. There are a lot of great drivers, but Stevie is better than all of them and we will see what happens." Now if any of you really think Fred was calling another driver out for cheating your a fool. What Fred was doing was creating drama where he thinks it is needed. Remember folks controversy creates cash, and Fred was stirring up a little for his big race Sunday night at Path Valley. Did it work? I think so. After I got back from Trail Way it was all I saw being talked about on social media. Nothing about how good or bad the race was, or about how good or bad the surface was. All anyone wanted to talk about was Fred calling Greg a cheater. Mission accomplished.

Down at Trail Way Speedway Jeff Halligan picked up his 3rd feature win of the season, and first at the track. Jeff started on the pole and lead every lap, but boy it wasnt easy. Seth Kearchner started right beside him on the front row and pressured Jeff the first half of the race, while Brad McClelland who started 17th, yes folks that was 17th out of 18 cars, pressured him the last 6 laps. Brad would pull up beside him coming to the checker flag, but Jeff would hold him off for the very popular win. That makes the third consecutive 1st time winner at Trail Way Speedway. It was started by David Hollbrook, then Cody Fletcher would win last Friday night, and now Jeff Halligan. So much for easy wins for the 6r and 19z every week. Dwight Leppo would finish 4th in the feature while 410 driver Mike Bittinger would make his return to the track to finish a hard fought 5th. Was a great night of racing. Trail Way tied their highest car count of the year with 18, and they had a real good crowed show up to watch the action. Those are the kind of nights that race track needs.

One other streak was continued this past Friday night. Halligan was the third straight guest of the Slicks N Sticks radio show: Slingin Dirt, to visit victory lane in as many weeks. Matt Campbell and Cody Fletcher won last Friday night after being guest on the show the past 2 weeks, and now Jeff. Looks like Kristina and the crew are bringing some major good luck to all the 358 guest on the show. Wonder how hard it's going to be to book guest on the show now? Oh and 1 last thing about Slicks N Sticks radio show. Congratulations to Kristina and everyone involved with the show. They have now moved to their own station, so look for more shows in the coming months on the network. I can tell you that no lady has worked harder to put that show on the map, and the 3,000,000 listeners she is getting every week to listen to the drivers of the Central PA sprint car circuit. This is a testament to all the hard work and dedication she is bringing to that show. Remember folks that is the show that brings you live interviews with all the divisions of sprint car racing in Central PA. Nowhere else will you hear from 305,358,360, and 410 drivers. So bookmark Slicks N Sticks Radio Show   so you can tune in live every Thursday night, and if you cant tune in live you can go back and listen to any of her past shows right on the site.

We are at the half way point of the racing season so I think it's time to upset a few people and give out my mid season report cards for the 358 and 410 division. Here are my thoughts on how the drivers and race tracks are doing so far in 2015.

A+
410 Greg Hodnett !!! What else needs to be said that hasn't been already? 9 wins at 4 different Central PA race tracks. The man is by far the top driver in our area.
358 Doug Hammaker - 3 wins, 8 other top 5's and points leader at Lincoln Speedway and the Overall Central PA 358 Point Series leader.


A
410 Brian Montieth - 8 total wins for "The Edge". All coming at Lincoln and Williams Grove Speedway's. He has picked up his game during heat races as well, as he has 6 heat wins.
358 Brad McClelland - 3 wins , 5 other top 5's and is closing fast on his 2nd straight Central PA 358 Point Series Crown.
358 Isaac Sneeringer - 3 wins at Trail Way Speedway. Point leader at the track as well on the strength of 7 other top 5 finishes.

B
410 Danny Dietrich - 5 wins so far, 2 of them coming at Susquehanna Speedway. 11 other top 5's and 6 top 10's.
358 Jeff Halligan - 3 wins and sits just outside the top 5 in Central PA 358 Point Series.
358 Matt Campbell - 2 wins 7 other top 5's and sits third in the overall 358 standings. Has been one of if not the fastest 358 at every track he has raced at all season.

B-
410 Lucas Wolfe and Aaron Ott - 2 wins a piece for these two talented drivers. Lucas has 14 other top 5's while Aaron has 11. They both have 6 top 10's. Ott has to be the comeback story of 2015.
410 Steve Buckwalter -  2 win at Port has shown the 17 team is a contender. Almost picked up a win at Williams Grove a few weeks back.
358 Jeff Rohrbaugh - Just 1 win on the season but has 4 top 5's. Is only racing at Lincoln Speedway in 2015.
358 Cody Fletcher - Finally got that breakout win 2 weeks ago. Has been very strong with 7 other top 5's and 5 top 5's.

C+
410 Alan Krimes - Just 1 win so far in 2015 but has 6 other top 5's and 9 top 10's.
358 Adrian Shaffer - 2 wins to kick of 2015, and then the bad luck started to hit. The team can and I'm sure will turn things around.
358 Dwight Leppo - 1 win at Trail Way after getting a late start to the season. Has been strong since he came out, as he sits 7th in the overall 358 standings.

C
410 Brent Marks - Yeah I know let me here ya all say it before I explain why I only gave Brent a C......Come on get it all out.....Ok here's why....15 top 5's and 7 top 10's for Brent. But he gets a C grade for 1 glaring omission...Brent has 0 wins in 2015. He finally gets that 1st win and his grade jumps to a B- real quick. Brent gets on a roll like he did last season,and he could contend for driver of the year in Central PA just off how consistent he has truly been in 2015.
358 Kevin Nouse - 7 top 5's but has yet to find victory lane in the 358 division. That first win is right around the corner for the driver who had 10 of them in 2014.
358 Case Dietz - 1 win 2 top 5's and a top 10 all at Williams Grove Speedway. The kid has been bad fast in the 5 car all season.


D
410 Lance Deweese - 1 win, 4 top 5's and 12 top 10's. The big story for the 14 team has been missing races. Lance did not qualify for a race at Lincoln Speedway. That tells you how bad that team is struggling. But remember folks, he started off last season the same way, and won the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway, so anything is possible.
358 Brie Hershey - 1 win 2 top 5's and 4 top 10's. Has been a tad inconsistent

D-
410 Rodney Westhafer and JJ Grasso - 1 win....that's it. Makes you wonder if it was just luck since neither have been able to find anything since their wins. Both are fast talented drivers, and should bounce back soon.
 358 Todd Rittenhouse - won opening night at Lincoln but has not been a factor since.

F
Even I'm not that big of an asshole to give drivers an F, but there has been a lot of drivers who have underachieved in 2015.

Here is just a small sample of drivers who have visited Victory lane before, and can't seem to find anything the first half of 2015...
410 Gerard McIntyre
410 Pat Cannon
410 Doug Esh
410 Robbie Kendall
410 Bill Dietrich
410 Blane Heimbach
410 Rick Lefferty
410 Dave Ely
410 Jim Seigel

You just expect to see these drivers in victory lane at some point, and whether its from bad luck or just not having a good season in general, these guys have nowhere but up the second half of 2015.


Well that's it for this week folks. Hope everyone has a great week at the race tracks. If you have an opinion on this weeks article you all know how to get in touch with me. You can leave a comment in the comment section of the article, but use your real name or I'll just ignore it since you can't stand by your opinions like I do. You can also email me at boogermac420@inbox.com or hit me up on twitter @BillMcIntyreIII . I want to hear what you all think. Until then I will see everyone Thursday night for my only Speed Week show of 2015. I'll be back at Trail Way on Friday night and Lincoln Speedway Saturday night for 2 nights of 358 racing action. Keep your racing hot, and your beer cold folks, and enjoy this week of racing action.
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Periscoping At Trail Way Speedway

Remember when Central Pa Racing Scene and Slicks n Sticks made the announcement that we would be using Periscope to bring the fans closer to the racing action and behind the scenes moments with drivers and crews? Well, when we invaded Port Royal Speedway and brought you those driver interviews the feedback was great and we decided to team up with Trail Way Speedway to bring the Ultimate Central Pa 358 Points Series Fan Experience.

Trail Way Speedway hosted the only Central Pa 358 Sprints race of the weekend on Friday and we went down to the speedway to show you some of the great action in the 358 division. And you can see all the Periscope Videos that I took Friday night on the Slicks n Sticks You Tube Channel.

We are going to be at several other tracks this year to continue to bring more of a complete and ultimate fan experience!

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HALLIGAN HOLDS OFF McCLELLAND FOR FIRST CAREER TRAIL-WAY SPRINT WIN





Friday June 26, 2015
Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, PA
For Immediate Release

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Fri., July 3, 2015 – 358 Sprints, Limited Stocks, Street Stocks, Mason Dixon 270cc Micro Sprints, Vintage Car Les Coghill Memorial (Gates open at 5:30 p.m., Heats at 7:45 p.m.)
Fri., July 10, 2015 – Limited Late Models, Limited Stocks, Street Stocks, Central PA Legends (A.R.C.H. Night - $2 off with membership card) (Gates open at 5:30 p.m., Heats at 7:45 p.m.)

HALLIGAN HOLDS OFF McCLELLAND FOR FIRST CAREER TRAIL-WAY SPRINT WIN;
Rutherford edges Gower in 270 micros; Furman, Rohrbaugh add to all-time win totals

HANOVER, PA (6/26/2015) – For the third straight week, Trail-Way Speedway saw a first-time winner in the 25-lap “358” sprint car feature Friday night.

Ephrata’s Jeff Halligan started on the pole and led every lap of the main event, but worked hard over the final seven laps to hold off hard-charger Brad McClelland.  Trail-Way’s all-time winner, who started 17th after losing his steering in his qualifying event, drove under Seth Kearchner for the runner-up spot on lap 18. 

“I saw Brad get to second and that’s when I started counting laps,” said the happy winner after climbing from the Halligan’s Auto Repair #45H in victory lane, “He makes passing cars look easy.”

“This is the toughest place to race,” added Halligan, who crossed just 25-hundreths of-a-second in front of McClelland, “But it teaches you how to race.”

Though he already has two Saturday night wins at Lincoln Speedway in 2015, this was Halligan’s first-ever victory at Trail-Way, and it followed first-time wins by David Holbrook and Cody Fletcher in the past two races.

Third through fifth were Kearchner, Dwight Leppo, and Mike Bittinger.

Qualifiers for the 18 sprint cars were won by Hallligan, Kearchner, and Leppo.

Mike Rutherford claimed the 20-lap Mason-Dixon 270cc micro-sprint feature event.  He started third, chased polesitter Joe Long, Jr. for 14 laps, and then caught Long to grab the race lead following a 14th lap restart.  It was Rutherford’s second win of the year and the ninth of his Trail-Way career.

Second through fifth were Nik Gower (who came from the 19th and final starting spot), Cory Myers, Bill Laughman, and 12th-starting Steve Cox.

Heats for the micros were won by Mike Boer and Rutherford.

Dan Furman raced to his 20th career Trail-Way win in the 20-lap street stock feature.  Furman started fourth and raced back and forth with Mike Goodwin for the lead over the middle stages of the race.  Furman was actually scored the leader of lap six, but Goodwin reclaimed the lead until Furman got it for good on lap 18.

Goodwin settled for second .75 seconds behind, with Cory Weishaar, Travis Leh, and Kyle Emig completing the top five.

Heats for the 13 street stocks were won by Jed Latchaw and Craig Wagaman.

All-time winner Kyle Rohrbaugh scored his 29th career win in the 15-lap limited stock feature.  Rohrbaugh started 11th and methodically worked his way through the field to take the lead from Michael Kolodiej, Jr. on lap six.  Kolodiej dropped from the field three laps later.

Despite leading the rest of the way, Rohrbaugh received pressure from seventh-starting Sarah Redmond over the final laps, and he crossed 1.16 seconds in front at the end.  Third through fifth were Jeff Foster, Shane Miller, and Kenny Startzman.

Heats for the 17 limited stocks were won by Rohrbaugh and Robert Nicklow.

Trail-Way swings back into action Friday, July 3rd, with the 358 Sprints, Limited Stocks, Street Stocks, Mason Dixon 270cc Micro Sprints and the Vintage Cars. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with heats beginning at 7:45 p.m.

Friday, July 10th the Precise Racing Limited Late Models return to TW along with the Limited Stocks, Street Stocks and Central PA Legends. It will also be A.R.C.H. (Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown) Night at Trail-Way. All card-holding members will receive $2 off admission.  Gates for that show also open at 5:30, with racing to begin at 7:45 p.m.




Friday June 26, 2015
Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, PA
For Immediate Release

HOOSIER TIRE MID-ATLANTIC 358 SPRINT CARS

FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. 45H-Jeff Halligan; 2. 6R-Brad McClelland (Big Mike’s Crabhouse Hard Charger); 3. 30-Seth Kearchner; 4. 4-Dwight Leppo; 5. 12-Mike Bittinger; 6. 66-Doug Hammaker; 7. 10-Zach Euculano; 8. 77-David Holbrook; 9. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 10. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 11. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 12. 69X-Brandon Ort (DNF); 13. 00X-Chris Frank (DNF); 14. 1-Robert Stough (DNF); 15. 14C-Dave Carlberg (DNF); 16. 2-Dennis Gross (DNF); 17. 22T-Dave Thrush (DNF); 18. 17-George Streaker, Jr. (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders: Jeff Halligan (1-25)


358 Sprint Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 45H-Jeff Halligan; 2. 66-Doug Hammaker; 3. 12-Mike Bittinger; 4. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 5. 00X-Chris Frank; 6. 1-Robert Stough. Time – 2:23.09

358 Sprint Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 30-Seth Kearchner; 2. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 3. 77-David Holbrook; 4. 2-Dennis Gross; 5. 69X-Brandon Ort; 6. 6R-Brad McClelland (DNF). No time.

358 Sprint Heat 3 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 4-Dwight Leppo; 2. 10-Zach Euculano; 3. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 4. 14C-Dave Carlberg; 5. 22T-Dave Thrush (DNF); 6. 17-George Streaker, Jr. (DNF). No time.



LIMITED STOCKS

FEATURE (15 Laps) – 1. 12-Kyle Rohrbaugh; 2. 1-Sarah Redmond; 3. 32-Jeff Foster; 4. 39-Shane Miller; 5. 94-Kenny Startzman; 6. 5-Shannon Weaver; 7. 41-Robert Wellman; 8. 01-Chelsea Weaver; 9. 16-Julio Perez; 10. 61-Johnny Sibirtzeff; 11. 18-Robert Nicklow (DNF); 12. 99-Cody Klinedinst (2 laps down); 13. 81-Matt Chronister (1 lap down); 14. 11-Michael Kolodiej, Jr. (DNF); 15. 38-Jason Chronister (DNF); 16. 2-Chad Weaver (DNF); 17. 29-Mike Wolf (DNS). No time.

Lap Leaders: Michael Kolodiej Jr. (1), Jason Chronister (2-3), Shane Miller (4), Michael Kolodiej Jr. (5), Kyle Rohrbaugh (6-15)


Limited Stock Heat 1 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 12-Kyle Rohrbaugh; 2. 11-Michael Kolodiej, Jr.; 3. 32-Jeff Foster; 4. 1-Sarah Redmond; 5. 16-Julio Perez; 6. 94-Kenny Startzman; 7. 5-Shannon Weaver; 8. 2-Chad Weaver; 9. 01-Chelsea Weaver. Time – 2:05.13

Limited Stock Heat 2 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 18-Robert Nicklow; 2. 81-Matt Chronister; 3. 39-Shane Miller; 4. 38-Jason Chronister; 5. 99-Cody Klinedinst; 6. 41-Robert Wellman; 7. 61-Johnny Sibirtzeff; 8. 29-Mike Wolf (DNF). Time – 2:01.53



STREET STOCKS

FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 5M-Dan Furman; 2. 33-Michael Goodwin; 3. 37-Cory Weishaar; 4. 25-Travis Leh; 5. 10-Kyle Emig; 6. 17-Brian Blank, Jr.; 7. 7M-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 8. 51-Jeremy Stremmel (DNF); 9. 60-Aaron Beard (DNF); 10. 8-Jed Latshaw (DNF); 11. 1J-Eric Johnson (DNF); 12. 94-Dalton Myers (DNF); 13. 40K-David Johnson. No time.

Lap Leaders: Michael Goodwin (1-5), Dan Furman (6), Michael Goodwin (7-17), Dan Furman (18-20)


Street Stocks Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 7M-Craig Wagaman; 2. 1J-Eric Johnson; 3. 94-Dalton Myers; 4. 5M-Dan Furman; 5. 60-Aaron Beard; 6. 10-Kyle Emig; 7. 17-Brian Blank, Jr. Time – 2:42.94

Street Stocks Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 8-Jed Latshaw; 2. 33-Michael Goodwin; 3. 51-Jeremy Stremmel; 4. 37-Cory Weishaar; 5. 25-Travis Leh; 6. 40K-David Johnson (DNF). No time.



MASON DIXON 270 MICRO SPRINTS

FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 9M-Mike Rutherford; 2. 10X-Nik Gower; 3. 20-Cory Myers; 4. 2-Bill Laughman; 5. 58-Steven Cox; 6. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 7. 4T4-Joe Long, Jr.; 8. 8-Jim Still; 9. 29C-Jeff Arigo; 10. 43-Brandon McMillion; 11. 12-Dayne Koontz; 12. 21-Zachary Cool; 13. 09-John Horton (DNF); 14. 44-Richard Crunkilton (DNF); 15. 13-Brad Gossert (DNF); 16. 18-Brian Marriott (DNF); 17. 22-Michael Boer (DNF); 18. 16-Keera Dupler (DNF); 19. 6C-Tim McClelland (DNF). No time.

Lap Leaders:Joe Long Jr. (1-14), Mike Rutherford (15-20)


270 Micro Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 22-Michael Boer; 2. 99-Joe Trone, Jr.; 3. 29C-Jeff Arigo; 4. 44-Richard Crunkilton; 5. 18-Brian Marriott; 6. 09-John Horton; 7. 12-Dayne Koontz; 8. 43-Brandon McMillion; 9. 16-Keera Dupler; 10. 10X-Nik Gower (DNF). Time – 2:12.53

270 Micro Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 9M-Mike Rutherford; 2. 4T4-Joe Long, Jr.; 3. 20-Cory Myers; 4. 8-Jim Still; 5. 2-Bill Laughman; 6. 58-Steven Cox; 7. 6C-Tim McClelland; 8. 21-Zachary Cool; 9. 13-Brad Gossert. Time – 2:11.04

Stevie Smith Kickstarts PA Speedweek With Williams Grove Victory

6/26/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mechanicsburg – Stevie Smith kicked off the 25th annual Jakes Wayback Burgers/Trone Outdoor PA Speedweek series for 410 sprint cars at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, taking a $5,000 flag to flag victory over Greg Hodnett whom he held at bay for the entire 25-lap distance.

In the 20-lap ARDC Midget feature, PJ Gargiulo took his first victory of the season with the club.

Smith started on the pole of the sprint car main and took off ahead of Hodnett and Danny Dietrich.

Three yellow flags and a red flag hampered Smith’s winning pace during the event, the first occurring on the third lap for a stopped Mark Smith.

Four laps later a stopped Cory Haas again regrouped the field with seventh starter Brian Montieth turning heads after blasting into third on the previous restart. 

The field ran the next 13 laps non-stop with Montieth challenging Hodnett early for second and then Hodnett closing on Smith for the lead during the mid stages.

But as the race wore on, Smith got away from Hodnett and was out of reach when Montieth stopped in the second corner with five laps to go. 

Hodnett was unable to challenge when action resumed however only two more laps were recorded when the red flag appeared for a two car connection on the frontchute involving Brock Zearfoss and Lance Dewease. 

Stevie Smith was home free on the restart, clearly powering away from Hodnett during the final three laps for his second victory of the season at Williams Grove Speedway. 

“They (the crew) had the car really good,” Smith said of his Fred Rahmer-owned mount.

“It needs to be driven hard.  The harder I raced it, the better it felt.” 

Danny Dietrich was third followed by Lucas Wolfe and 14th starter Brent Marks.

Sixth through 10th went to Alan Krimes, Aaron Ott, Ryan Taylor, Steve Buckwalter and Montieth, who tagged to the rear of the field after replacing a tire. 

Heats for the 33-car field went to Montieth, Hodnett, Wolfe and TJ Stutts with Dewease taking the consolation race.

Stevie Smith set quick time with a lap of 16.506 seconds.

With the speedweek opener in the books, unofficial speedweek series points show Stevie Smith the leader with 181 markers over Hodnett, 155; Dietrich, 140; Wolfe, 136: and Marks, 124. 

Gargiulo took the lead in the ARDC Midget main from Brett Wanner on the seventh tour of the 20-lapper to record the victory.

With eight laps to go, seventh starter Tim Buckwalter was poised to challenge Gargiulo for the lead when he slipped up over the cushion in the third corner before losing control and flipping violently into the fourth turn.

Also involved were the third and fourth place cars of Ryan Greth and Wanner.

The final eight laps were all Gargiulo to the finish with Brett Arndt, Steve Drevicki, Nick Wean and Jim Radney completing the top five.

Heats went to Tim Buckwalter and Wean.

June 26, 2015 Feature Finishes:

410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Danny Dietrich, 4. Lucas Wolfe, 5. Brent Marks, 6. Alan Krimes, 7. Aaron Ott, 8. Ryan Taylor, 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Brian Montieth, 11. Adam Wilt, 12. Pat Cannon, 13. TJ Stutts, 14. Chase Dietz, 15. Cory Haas, 16. Kyle Reinhardt, 17. Frankie Herr, 18. Brock Zearfoss, 19. Lance Dewease, 20. Glenndon Forsythe, 21. Austin Hogue, 22. Don Kreitz Jr. 23. Mark Smith, 24. Doug Esh
DNQ: Tim Galtfelter, Brady Bacon, Ryan Wilson, Logan Wagner, Wayne Dadetto, Curt Stroup, Brad Franks, Troy Fraker, Jay Galloway

ARDC Midgets, 20 laps: 1. PJ Gargiulo, 2. Brett Arndt, 3. Steve Drevicki, 4. Nick Wean, 5. Jim Radney, 6. Shawn Jackson, 7. Jamie Speers, 8. Brett Wanner, 9. Tim Buckalter, 10. Ryan Greth, 11. Bruce Buckwalter, 12. Trevor Kobylarz
DNS: Jason Rice

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Central Pa 358 Point Series Announcement


The Central Pa 358 Point Series has been hard at work to provide a substantial points fund for the 358 drivers in the area and with the help of all our amazing sponsors we have been doing this successfully and this year, the series enlisted the help of a public relations manager to take the series and sport to the next level. Kristina has been working hard to get more coverage on the 358s, the tracks and much more. We are even on her Slicks n Sticks Radio Network.

As you have heard, Slingin Dirt on Slicks n Sticks has been featuring 1 to 2 of the Central Pa 358 drivers on the show and have been moving the needle with the help of all the fans who do indeed enjoy the 358 races, like us. Kristina and myself have been working hard to make things bigger and better and now we are moving forward with the business. 

If you need to be in contact with Kristina or myself for marketing inquires, driver interviews, information or anything else we have now have new emails for the Points Series. 

Bill McIntyre, The Owner and Operator: centralpa358pointsseries@gmail.com

Kristina Chambers, The Public Relations Manager: centralpa358pointsseriespr@gmail.com 

Thank you all for your continued support to the Central PA 358 Points Series and all the drivers, crews, owners and sponsors. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Slicks and Sticks Radio on to big and better things in 2015 !!!!!!!!!

We have teased the fans on Twitter and Facebook for almost two weeks now that a major change and announcement was coming to Slicks n Sticks. Well today is the day you all find out what we have been working so hard to accomplish and it’s all thanks to everyone who has been a guest or a listener on one of our programs.

So what is the big news? Recently, Slicks n Sticks received a huge honor from BlogTalk Radio with respect to our hit Thursday night show, Slingin Dirt as being the #1 program among the network! Along with this high award the Slingin Dirt fan base has grown to over 3 million listeners world wide throughout the last couple months. And I can not thank you fans enough for your large support and help in the growth of the show!

The guest lists have featured Lance Dewease, Bob Miller, Chase Dietz, Don Kreitz Jr , Alan Krimes, Kolten Gouse, Doug Hammaker, Brad McClelland and many more who have also been on the airwaves with Kristina. We would like to thank all the guests past, present and future for all their support and excitement to be on the shows.

Slicks n Sticks had been featured on Sports Rants Radio but recently due to the growth of the Slingin Dirt , high demand on our end and other circumstances we are now on our own station on BlogTalk Radio and couldn’t be happier! Slicks n Sticks Radio which can be found here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/slicksnsticksradio will have the same shows you have grown to love and will be able to reach bigger and better heights! There is only greatness in the future and we look to continue our growth and progression!

Here is what Kristina had to say:

“ I am forever grateful for my time spent at Sports Rants Radio and the launching of Slicks n Sticks in 2011 and allowing myself and my vision really come to life. I am also extremely excited for this next chapter in the Slicks n Sticks book and I can not thank all the fans, guests, family support and the help of my staff and friends! I know we are working very hard to help pave the way for Sprint Car Racing and much more! Thank you all and I can not forget to thank the Central Pa 358 Points Series for allowing us to be a sponsor for the series as well as work with all the drivers in this division as well as hiring me as the Public Relations Manager. The year has been great and let’s keep rolling 2015 that way! See you all at the tracks.”

Tune in THIS Thursday for the debut of our new network under ourselves! Slicks n Sticks Radio is officially launching and we will have our Hockey and NASCAR coverage back up as well!

Monday, June 22, 2015

My Thoughts on a racing weekend gone by 6/22/15

Well another racing weekend is in the books, and for the first time ever people are yelling DAMN YOU BILL, and not talking to me. Tropical storm Bill hit the area Saturday night and washed out all of the racing action in Central PA, but Friday night both Trail Way and Williams Grove Speedway's got their races in the books.

Friday night at Trail Way Speedway 2nd generation driver and former guest of Slicks and Sticks last week (yeah I know cheap plug), Cody Fletcher scored his first and long over due win. Cody has led a bunch of laps at the bull ring this season only to have misfortune strike as he wrecked out of the lead twice. Well, this week he finally put everything together and put the local favorite red Fletchers Amoco 66a back in Victory lane. He would hold off the defending 358 point series champion Brad McClelland and Trail Way point leader Isaac Sneeringer to collect his first win. And for everyone keeping track at home, those two drivers have 6 total wins between them in the area, 5 at Trail Way Speedway alone.

Also for those keeping track, that makes 6 different winners at Trail Way in 2015. The most of any 358 track in Central PA. So much for that track being dominated by just 1 driver.





At Williams Grove Speedway the 410's and 358's put on one hell of a show again, this week. Lucas Wolfe would pick up his 1st win of the season at the historic half mile and the 2nd of 2015 by catching Kyle Reinhardt on the last lap to steal the win. Lucas was by far the class of the field Friday night, but I'm not sure what has people talking more: his last corner pass for the win, or his headers he had on his car in warm-ups? Now, I don't know if he was trying something new or just trying the old bait and switch move by having everyone worry about that, but whatever he was doing it worked. Congrats to the former outlaw driver on a great win.

Now the feature itself wasn't the best race I've personally seen at Williams Grove this season, because there really wasn't a lot of passing going on. Although, Brian Montieth jumped out at the beginning of the feature and looked to be the man to get to the front first, but something happened to the 21's wing and it slowed his progress around the 5th spot that eventually led to him falling backwards to a 12th place finish in the end. The big surprise for me (and maybe it shouldn't have been to be honest) was Freddie Rahmer, who started 3rd would run a great race and bring the Miller Brothers Chevrolet home in 3rd. Marking his best feature finish at Williams Grove in just his 2nd season behind the wheel of a 410 sprinter. The biggest surprise (yeah I know don't even say it ok) was Greg Hodnett spinning out in turn 4 during the feature event and only finishing 14th. Now that sounds great after spinning, but I don't think he was actually passing any cars, his finish was because all the guys in front of him dropped out. The track was definitely  tricky Friday night so I guess not everything can be blamed on missed setup this week.

In the 358 feature event Matt Campbell picked up his 2nd career feature win at Williams Grove Speedway after leading all 20 laps. The big story was the start of the feature when Bill Stine got turned around and caused a 9 car pileup in turn 1 taking out some good cars. Bill was shaken up after the wreck, and took his time getting out of the car, but walked away (THANK GOD). Chase Dietz chased Campbell the entire 20 laps and looked to be closing with 2 to go; but smacked the wall pretty good coming out of turn 4 and just ran out of time to make up the difference, even with a last lap bonzi move going into turn 3 & 4. It was great watching 2 of the feature stars in our area race each other hard. Remember folks the 358 division is where the future of Central PA sprint car racing starts, and I'm pretty sure the future is looking damn good.

Hope you all took the time to check out Matt Campbell's interview this past Thursday night on Slicks and Sticks. From the numbers I have been seeing from the station I would say a hell of a lot of you are, so THANK YOU for that, but something Matt said during the interview sort of struck me as both funny and made me happy at the same time. Host Kristina Chambers asked Matt about him moving up to the 410 division, and his answer was "I'm not in a big hurry, I'm still young and have plenty of stuff to learn before jumping in a 410." Now I don't know about you but I love that answer. Not just because I want to watch him in the 358 division, but I just don't see why these kids (and yes folks some of these guys and gals are just kids) have to be rushed to the 410 division so damn quickly. When Cole Young won at Lincoln Speedway earlier this season, you started to hear people say they cant wait to see him in a 410. but the kid is just 15 years old. Matt Campbell is just 17 years old. I know we are a 410 sprint car area, and you are not anything unless you are running a 410 (or a 360 depending on the person), but damn folks let these kids grow up and mature as human beings before they make the jump to the 410's. God willing, we will have plenty of years to enjoy watching these two youngsters as well as guys like Leiby,Lehman,Halligan,Quirk and a bunch more. Give them time to grow up and enjoy being a teenager before you push them into the deep end where everyone looks miserable and the stress is 10 fold. In other words, just chill folks if they truly do have the talent then we will see them in a 410 in a few years. Until then, I'm going to enjoy shaking hands with them in victory lane that first time like I always do.

Okay folks it's that time of the year again and Speed Week 2015 is about to begin. Friday night the racing kicks off at Williams Grove Speedway, while Trail Way Speedway will host the 358 sprinters in the only race for the Central PA 358 Point Series presented by Capitol Renegade this week. I'm looking for a good car count this Friday because of that, so if you don't feel like watching another Time Trial race you have another option down in Hanover. Saturday Speed Week jumps to Lincoln Speedway, then it's off to Path Valley, Grandview, Hagerstown, back to Lincoln Thursday, then back to Williams Grove, Port Royal on Saturday, before finishing up at Selinsgrove Speedway on Sunday. Don't forget July 3rd and 4th the 358 sprinters will be in action at Trail Way and Lincoln Speedway's so there is another option besides TT.....just sayin.

My picks for the week will be....

Williams Grove - Brian Montieth
Trail Way Speedway - Seth Kearchner
Lincoln - Brian Montieth
Path Valley - Lucas Wolfe
Grandview - Greg Hodnett
Hagerstown - Stevie Smith
Lincoln - Danny Dietrich
Williams Grove - Greg Hodnett
Trail Way - Brad McClelland
Port Royal - Greg Hodnett
Lincoln - Doug Hammaker
Selinsgrove - Greg Hodnett

Speed Week Champion - Greg Hodnett

With that everyone have a great week. I will see everyone on Friday night at Trail Way Speedway. Keep an eye on Twitter and periscope this weekend as I plan on having some behind the scenes stuff from both Trail Way on Friday night. Going to give everyone who has never seen the track before a glimpse into why it's one of my favorite tracks and the hidden gem in Central PA. Saturday night I will be at Lincoln Speedway so look for the crew in the parking lot early as we will be tailgating and enjoying the day and night at The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway. Until then hope your work week goes fast, the weather stays warm, your beer stays ice cold, and the racing no matter where you see it is red hot.

©Bill McIntyre and Central PA Racing Scene.com 2015