Sunday, September 17, 2017

Brian Brown leads all 30 laps at Selinsgrove Speedway for Jim Nace Memorial/National Open title

Jason McConnell photo
SELINSGROVE, PA (September 16, 2017) - Adding to a rapidly expanding resume, “Blackjack” Brian Brown ruled Central Pennsylvania soil on Saturday evening during his visit to Selinsgrove Speedway, claiming the 35th Annual Jim Nace Memorial/National Open with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. The Grain Valley, Missouri, native led all 30 circuits at the historic venue to score the $8,000 payday, ultimately crossing under the final checkers ahead of a pair of Central Pennsylvania’s finest, Brock Zearfoss and Greg Hodnett.

The Arctic Cat All Star victory was the first of Brown’s career, also becoming the 16th different Arctic Cat All Star winner at the Selinsgrove half-mile in 16 starts.

“My engine builder over here, Charlie Garrett, used to build the engines for Jim Nace’s car, as well as be good really good friends with him. Charlie told me that if I could only win one race in Central Pennsylvania, let it be the Jim Nace Memorial,” Brian Brown explained, driver of the Casey’s General Store/FVP/Impact Signs/No. 21. “This one is for Charlie Garrett. This trophy is going back to his shop. What an awesome job by this whole team. We love coming out here. The fans in this area of the country know how to support sprint car racing. Everyone knows how special this race is. This is definitely a dream come true; unbelievable.”

Despite leading all 30 circuits, Brown’s campaign at the top of the running order did not go completely uninterrupted. A series of cautions, two of which on lap four for back-to-back red flag incidents, were obvious distractions for Brown. Traffic came into the picture for the first time on lap eight which held up Brown just enough to allow James McFadden, Brock Zearfoss and Greg Hodnett to track down the race leader. By lap ten, the top-four were racing nearly nose-to-tail while navigating through slower cars. In Brown's favor, a caution on lap 13 would end any further challenges by those racing behind him.

The main event’s final caution on lap 22 set up a clear track and clean air for Brown, not reaching the tail of the field again until the mid-point of lap 29. The former Knoxville (IA) Raceway track champion was chased to the checkers by recently crowned Port Royal Speedway champion, Brock Zearfoss, and Greg Hodnett.

“I glanced up at the scoreboard a few times and saw [Greg Hodnett] was moving around,” Brown stated. “I knew I had to go out there and lay down some good laps. I got beat last week by trying to save my tires and be smarter than everyone else. It was ‘win it or put it in the fence’ tonight and here we are.”

“Any half-mile really fits my style,” Brown said. “This is just a testament to our whole team. They gave me a phenomenal car here tonight. It’s not easy to just come out here and run in Pennsylvania for a month. It takes a lot of time and preparation. It takes everyone to believe in us and say ‘go out there and have some fun.’”

For the final time this season, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will headline competition in the Keystone State, this time paying a visit to the oldest active dirt track in the state.

Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway in Bedford, Pennsylvania, will host Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Stars on Sunday evening, September 17; the second appearance of the season, as well as the sixth in Series history. Washington native, Trey Starks, is the most recent winner during Arctic Cat All Star competition at the Bedford half-mile, holding off Dale Blaney and Lucas Wolfe for a $5,000 payday on April 30, 2017.

Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway officials will allow pit access beginning at 4:00pm on Sunday, September 17. The mandatory drivers meeting will take shape at 5:30pm, followed by hot laps at 6:00pm. More information can be found on the Web at

Contingency Awards/Results: Selinsgrove Speedway- Saturday, September 16, 2017:
Event: 35th Annual Jim Nace Memorial/National Open
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 40 Entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Brian Brown - 16.086 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Trey Starks - 15.995 seconds
Ford Performance Heat #1: Tim Kaeding
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Blane Heimbach
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Ryan Smith
Daido Engine Bearings Heat #4: Anthony Macri
JE Pistons Dash #1: James McFadden
JE Pistons Dash #2: Brian Brown
Classic Ink USA B-Main: Trey Starks
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Greg Hodnett (3rd)
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Trey Starks (+16)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Trey Starks
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Tony Stewart
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Brandon Matus (16th)
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)


Group (A)
1. 44-Trey Starks, 15.995; 2. 1z-Dale Blaney, 16.333; 3. 17-Caleb Helms, 16.377; 4. 3K-Tim Kaeding, 16.412; 5. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.509; 6. 95-Hunter Mackison, 16.696; 7. 91-Anthony Fiore, 16.767; 8. 13-Brandon Matus, 16.834; 9. C4-Jim Shuster, 17.057; 10. 33-Brent Matus, 18.76

Group (B)
1. 21-Brian Brown, 16.103; 2. 29-Danny Dietrich, 16.44; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.453; 4. 12-Blane Heimbach, 16.505; 5. 14-Tony Stewart, 16.522; 6. 35-Tyler Esh, 16.549; 7. 5-Justin Barger, 16.642; 8. 38-Steve Buckwalter, 16.649; 9. 9C-Roger Campbell, 17.155; 10. 10-Joe Kata, 17.836

Group ( C )
1. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 16.208; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett, 16.263; 3. 11-TJ Stutts, 16.32; 4. 94-Ryan Smith, 16.349; 5. 29S-Jason Shultz, 16.455; 6. 1080-Jordan Mackison, 16.641; 7. 8M-TJ Michael, 16.663; 8. 7-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.668; 9. 33M-Max Stambaugh, 16.801; 10. 49-Mallie Shuster, 17.232

Group (D)
1. 3-James McFadden, 16.459; 2. 0-Rick Lafferty, 16.584; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.586; 4. 41-Ryan Taylor, 16.656; 5. M1-Mark Smith, 16.671; 6. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 16.704; 7. 33W-Michael Walter, 16.788; 8. 51-John Garvin, 17.193; 9. 35S-Daryl Stimeling, 17.298; 10. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 17.476

Heat #1 - Group (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 3K-Tim Kaeding [1]; 2. 24-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 3. 17-Caleb Helms [2]; 4. 13-Brandon Matus [8]; 5. 95-Hunter Mackison [6]; 6. 91-Anthony Fiore [7]; 7. C4-Jim Shuster [9]; 8. 33-Brent Matus [10]; 9. 44-Trey Starks [4]; 10. 1Z-Dale Blaney [3]

Heat #2 - Group (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 12-Blane Heimbach [1]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2]; 3. 29-Danny Dietrich [3]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 5. 14-Tony Stewart [5]; 6. 35-Tyler Esh [6]; 7. 5-Justin Barger [7]; 8. 38-Steve Buckwalter [8]; 9. 9C-Roger Campbell [9]; 10. 10-Joe Kata [10]

Heat #3 - Group ( C ) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 94-Ryan Smith [1]; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [4]; 4. 11-TJ Stutts [2]; 5. 29S-Jason Shultz [5]; 6. 7-Kyle Reinhardt [8]; 7. 33M-Max Stambaugh [9]; 8. 8M-TJ Michael [7]; 9. 1080-Jordan Mackison [6]; 10. 49-Mallie Shuster [10]

Heat #4 - Group (D) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer
1. 39M-Anthony Macri [2]; 2. 3-James McFadden [4]; 3. M1-Mark Smith [5]; 4. 41-Ryan Taylor [1]; 5. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [6]; 6. 0-Rick Lafferty [3]; 7. 51-John Garvin [8]; 8. 22-Brandon Spithaler [10]; 9. 35S-Daryl Stimeling [9]; 10. 33W-Michael Walter [7]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 3-James McFadden [1]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett [4]; 4. 12-Blane Heimbach [3]; 5. 3K-Tim Kaeding [5]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [2]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [4]; 4. 24-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 5. 94-Ryan Smith [5]

B-Main (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 44-Trey Starks [1]; 2. 0-Rick Lafferty [4]; 3. 5-Justin Barger [6]; 4. 38-Steve Buckwalter [7]; 5. 7-Kyle Reinhardt [9]; 6. 91-Anthony Fiore [10]; 7. 1080-Jordan Mackison [5]; 8. 8M-TJ Michael [8]; 9. C4-Jim Shuster [13]; 10. 35-Tyler Esh [3]; 11. 10-Joe Kata [19]; 12. 33W-Michael Walter [11]; 13. 33-Brent Matus [20]; 14. 9C-Roger Campbell [14]; 15. 22-Brandon Spithaler [18]; 16. 33M-Max Stambaugh [12]; 17. 1Z-Dale Blaney [2]; 18. 51-John Garvin [15]; 19. 35S-Daryl Stimeling [17]; 20. 49-Mallie Shuster [16]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett [5]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri [4]; 5. 44-Trey Starks [21]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [8]; 7. 29-Danny Dietrich [12]; 8. 94-Ryan Smith [10]; 9. 29S-Jason Shultz [17]; 10. 14-Tony Stewart [18]; 11. M1-Mark Smith [13]; 12. 38-Steve Buckwalter [24]; 13. 5-Justin Barger [23]; 14. 41-Ryan Taylor [15]; 15. 3K-Tim Kaeding [9]; 16. 13-Brandon Matus [16]; 17. 95-Hunter Mackison [19]; 18. 10H-Chad Kemenah [6]; 19. 51-John Garvin [25]; 20. 0-Rick Lafferty [22]; 21. 3-James McFadden [1]; 22. 12-Blane Heimbach [7]; 23. 11-TJ Stutts [14]; 24. 17-Caleb Helms [11]; 25. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [20] Lap Leaders: Brian Brown [1-30]


Bryan Bernheisel wires the field to win the Precise Racing Products 358 Late Model Feature
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/16/2017 - Ocean View, DE driver Curt Michael showed why he is a nine-time URC champion Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway as he took advantage of a last lap restart to slide under race-leader Doug Hammaker in the final turns to the checkered and hang on to win the special 25-lap MACH 1 Trailer Services URC/358 Sprint Challenge. In the process Michael not only collected the $3,000 winners’ purse, but the bragging rights for winning the URC/358 Sprint Challenge.

“I’m sure glad to win and take home MACH 1 Trailer Services $1,000…I appreciate it!, “said a jubilant Curt Michael in regards to the added race sponsorship money which raised the winner’s purse to $3,000 for the night.

The final lap drama was set up when a caution for debris was thrown as the leaders took the white flag with one lap to go. Sixth-starting Hammaker had taken the lead from polesitter and race-long leader Chris Coyle on the 15th lap and appeared to be on his way to the 25-lap feature win.

Seventh-starting Michael was frantically trying to keep pace with the leaders and got by Coyle for the runner-up spot a lap later on lap 16.

Michael got his first chance to challenge Hammaker for the top spot with a caution restart with three laps to go. But Hammaker got a good restart and easily kept Michael behind him.

Debris in turns one and two brought out the caution just as the leaders got the white flag signaling one lap to go, giving Michael one more shot at the win.

Michael was able to keep pace with Hammaker as they took the green in one-lap shoot-out to the checkers. Heading into the final turns to the checkered Michael dove to the bottom of turns three and four and was able to slide up in front of Hammaker as they exited the turn with the checkered flag waving. Hammaker tried to dive under Michael exiting the final turn and outrace him to the checkered. But he didn’t have enough speed to get it done as Michael edged out Hammaker for the win.

But the excitement didn’t end there.

As Michael and Hammaker took the checkered, Michael took his foot off the throttle and slowed. Hammaker appeared to still be at full throttle as they approached turn one and caught the right-front wheel Michaels. Hammaker then was launched into a series of violent end-over-end flips and came to a rest along the outer concrete wall with Michaels spinning on three wheels also sliding into the wall backwards.

After picking up the pieces of his damaged winning sprint car, Michaels’ Bill Gallagher-owned GEI/Valley Forge, Inc./Kruger Trailers/ Trucking was towed to the post-race scales and then finally to victory lane.

“I got a read on how (Hammaker) was restarting the race on the restart before that last one,” said Michael on his final lap restart strategy. “He got me on that restart before (lap 22), he caught me sleeping. That next one (the final lap) I stayed on him. I wasn’t sure if I could get a good enough run on him to slide him and win the race.”

Meanwhile Hammaker slowly got out of his destroyed car and was eventually transported to a local hospital where it was it later reported he had a fractured right leg, a very bruised left leg, and a sore right hand/wrist.

The enormity of the moment was not lost on Michael in victory lane.

“I can’t thank these guys enough who showed up,” exclaimed Michael when asked about the huge turn-out for the special URC/358 Challenge. “54 cars! URC winning the thing! I couldn’t thank them (racers) enough for showing up…we could have a real nice rivalry between URC and the 358s here. I also want to thank these fans for showing up. I know we’re up against the Selinsgrove National Open tonight but I think we put on a pretty good show for the fans that did show up.”

And the show didn’t stop with just the first and second place cars of Michael and Hammaker. 23rd-starting Tyler Ross advanced 20 positions after 25 laps to finish third. Early-race leader Coyle settled for fourth and 12th-starting Josh Weller fifth.

Completing the top-10 were 21st-starting Todd Gracey, Scott Fisher, 15th-starting Brent Shearer, Bryn Gohn, and 16th-starting Ashley Cappetta.

Heats for the 54 sprinters were won by Chris Allen, Jr., Chandler Leiby, Jeff Halligan, Gohn, and Hammaker. Twin consolation were won by Gracey and Steve Drevicki.

Jonestown’s Bryan Bernheisel was the class of the Precise Racing Products 358 Late Model field as he led all 20 laps from his pole position to pick-up his first career Lincoln Speedway win.

But the win was not easy as he had to hold off Gene Kanub, Bobby Beard, Cam Zeigler, and Robbie Emory over the closing laps for the win.

Completing the top-10 were Ryan Walls, Alan Sagi, Precise Racing Products Series point leader Travis Mease, Sean Merkel, and Bryon Sipe.

Heats for the 24 358 Late Models on hand were won by Bryan Bernheisel, Cam Zeigler and Bobby Beard.

Next Saturday, Saturday, September 23rd, Lincoln will hosts its’ biggest race of the year with the FOURTH ANNUAL “DIRT CLASSIC” for the 410 Sprints ($20,000 to win) PLUS FIREWORKS. Time trials are scheduled for 7:30 PM. Pit gates will open at 3:30 PM, admission for advanced ticket holders 3:45 PM, with race night tickets going on sale at 4 PM.

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, August 16, 2017
Abbottstown, PA
URC/358 Sprint Challenge Feature Finish (25 Laps) – 1. 5G-Curt Michael ($3,000); 2. 66H-Doug Hammaker; 3. 41B-Tyler Ross; 4. 56-Chris Coyle; 5. 63-Josh Weller; 6. 19G-Todd Gracey; 7. 21T-Scott Fisher; 8. 12-Brent Shearer; 9. 22G-Bryn Gohn; 10. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 11. 7-Trey Hivner; 12. 23J-Jake Eldreth; 13. 19S-Steven Drevicki; 14. 66-Ryan Kissinger; 15. 27-Eric Tomecek; 16. 74-T.J. DeHaven; 17. 10-Zach Eucalano; 18. 73B-Brett Michalski; 19. 71-Chris Allen, Jr. (DNF); 20. 9-Dalton Dietrich (DNF); 21. 41-Jeff Halligan (DNF); 22. 119-Chandler Leiby (DNF); 23. 4R-Chase Dietz (DNF); 24. 44-Dave Brown (DNF); 25. 66A-Cody Fletcher (DNF).  DNS:  11-Greg Plank.  No time.

Lap Leaders – Chris Coyle  Laps 1-14, Doug Hammaker – Laps 15-24, Curt Michael – Lap 25.

URC/358 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/4 to qualify) – 1. 71-Chris Allen, Jr., 56-Chris Coyle, 11-Greg Plank, 89-Ashley Cappetta, 23B-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., 44-Dave Brown, 706-Mark Sasso, 7-Trey Hivner, 67-Jason Cherry, DNF:  13S-Jon Stewart, 91-David Quackenbush.  Time:  2:28:35

URC/358 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 119-Chandler Leiby, 4R-Chase Dietz, 63-Josh Weller, 23J-Jake Eldreth, 00-Chris Frank, 59-Steve Wilbur, 21-C.J. Tracy, 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 58-Clay Dow, 5A-Zachary Allman, DNF:  21C-Cody Jourdan.  No Time.

URC/358 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 41-Jeff Halligan, 21T-Scott Fisher, 66A-Cody Fletcher, 66-Ryan Kissinger, 19G-Todd Gracey, 73B-Brett Michalski, 41B-Tyler Ross, 47-Adam Carberry, 8-Kenny Kuhn, 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr., 7K-Kris Lilick.  Time:  2:26:47

URC/358 Sprint Heat Four Finish (10 laps/4 to qualify) - 1. 22G-Bryn Gohn, 5G-Curt Michael, 9-Dalton Dietrich, 27-Eric Tomecek, 19S-Steven Drevicki, 8L-Kyle Lick, 12B-Mike Bittinger, 4-Jimmy Stitzel, 28-Keith Prutzman, 10N-Mike Myers, DNF:  28-Matt Findley  Time:  2:30:40

URC/358 Sprint Heat Five Finish (10 laps/4 to qualify) - 1.   66H-Doug Hammaker, 74-T.J. DeHaven, 12-Brent Shearer, 10-Zach Eucalano, 77K-Steve Kissamore, 17J-Jonathan Swanson, 669-Brandon McGough,  DNF:  67W-Justin Whittall, 97-Brie Hershey, 27S-Adrian Shaffer  No Time.

URC/358 Sprint Consolation One Finish (12 laps/2 to qualify) - 1.   19G-Todd Gracey, 41B-Tyler Ross, 2W-Glenndon Forsythe, 4-Jimmy Stitzel, 23B-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., 8L-Kyle Lick, 77K-Steve Kissamore, 59-Steve Wilbur, 8-Kenny Kuhn, 669-Brandon McGough, 7K-Kris Lilick, 10-Mike Myers, 5A-Zachary Allman, 706-Mark Sasso, 67-Jason Cherry, DNS:  97-Brie Hershey, 91-David Quackenbush.  No Time

URC/358 Sprint Consolation Two Finish (12 laps/2 to qualify) - 1. 19S-Steven Drevicki, 44-Dave Brown, 00-Chris Frank, 21-C.J. Tracy, 19-Troy Wagaman, Jr., 7-Trey Hivner, 67W-Justin Whittall, 47-Adam Carberry, 12B-Mike Bittinger, 58-Clay Dow, DNF:  13S-Jon Stewart, 21C-Cody Jourdain, 17J-Jonathan Swanson, 28-Keith Prutzman, DNS:  73B-Brett Michalski, 27S-Adrian Shaffer, 28F-Matt Findley.  No Time.

358 Late Models Feature Finish (20 Laps) – 1. 119-Bryan Bernheisel; 2. 1-Gene Knaub; 3. 33-Bobby Beard; 4. 21Z-Cam Zeigler; 5. 9E-Robbie Emory; 6. 39-Ryan Walls; 7. 5S-Alan Sagi; 8. 116-Travis Mease; 9.118-Sean Merkel; 10.33S-Bryon Sipe; 11.50-Jason Smith; 12. 16-Kyle Merkel; 13. 5M-Jake Moser; 14. 4-John Moser; 15. 11-Joe Westerman; 16. 4M-Kyle Moser; 17. 83-Matt Wilson; 18. 17-Doug Legum (DNF); 19. 22-Eric Hohol (DNF); 20. 1S-Brandon Seibert (DNF); 21. 19-Drew Weisser (DNF); 22. 121-Larry Neiderer (DNF); 23. DNS: 77-George Dixon, Jr.; DNS:  99-Mike Walls

Lap Leaders – Bryan Bernheisel Laps 1-20

358 Late Model Heat One Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) – 1.  119-Bryan Bernheisel, 39-Ryan Walls, 4M-Kyle Moser, 50-Jason Smith, 5M-Jake Moser, 11-Joe Westerman, 19-Drew Weisser, 17-Doug Legum.   No Time.

358 Late Model Heat Two Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) - 1.  21Z-Cam Zeigler, 9E-Robbie Emory, 5S-Alan Sagi, 118-Sean Merkel, 116-Travis Mease, 121-Larry Neiderer, DNF:  77-George Dixon, Jr., 1S-Brandon Seibert.  No Time.

358 Late Model Heat Three Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 33-Bobby Beard; 1-Gene Knaub, 16-Kyle Merkel, 22-Eric Hohol, 4-John Moser, 33S-Bryon Sipe, 83-Matt Wilson, DNF:  99-Mike Walls. No Time

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Geesaman Takes Street Stocks while Updegraff Gets Extreme Stock Win
By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway

YORK HAVEN, PA…9/16/17
Heading into Saturday night’s 43rd annual Credit Connection Auto Sales Gary Wolford Sportsman 100 at Susquehanna Speedway, Frankie Herr had just four top ten finishes on the season. And none of those finishes were inside the top five.

But when the big money and all the laurels was on the line, it was the Carlisle, PA driver who made a snoozer out of the legendary race putting on a flag to flag dominating performance to capture his eighth career win in the biggest race of the season for the Super Sportsman.

After timing fourth, Herr lined up on the pole for the 100 lap test and would never look back but had plenty of cautions to keep the field on his bumper throughout the feature.

Twelve yellows and two red flags slowed the pace of the 100 lapper.

A three car crash on the start involving Rich Eichelberger, Dave Conrad, Jr. and Mike Enders quickly brought out the first yellow. Various single car incidents slowed action up through lap 73 when a red for a crash involving Justin Williams, Timmie Barrick and Chad Criswell.

Herr enjoyed big leads throughout the event and held a four second advantage when a lap 91 caution flew to close point leader Scott Dellinger on his bumper.

Dellinger, who started 11th didn’t have anything for Herr and then lost the runner-up spot to leading feature winner Kenny Edkin in the late laps but it was all Herr out front in his Devine Motorsports owned, Victory Lane Construction, Dirty Deeds Repair and Fabrication No. 70D.

Herr’s winnings included a $4,000 payday for the 100 lapper and another $3,419 in lap money for a big night of winnings totaling $7,419 for his first win of the season at Susquehanna. He also became the ninth different winner in the Sportsman this year. Edkin, who started fourth finished second with Dellinger, 15th starter Steve Fannasy and 10th starter Jay Fannasy competing the top five finishers.

Crossing sixth was Garrett Williamson trailed by Matt Ondek, Davey Walsh, 22na and Hard Charger Chad Smith and Nate Young.

Edkin paced the 27-car field in time trials with a lap of 17.287 seconds while the two qualifiers were won by Mike Enders and Davey Walsh.

       Jonestown’s Jasen Geesaman raced to his second win of the season in the Morgan Paving/Aqua Fun Pools Street Stock feature.

Bob Scott, Jr. set the pace during the first six laps before giving way to Geesaman who drove off from the field to post the win ahead of Scott, Chris Derr, Jim Palm and Craig Morgan with Jimmy Combs, Mike Potts, Matt Adams,  Steve Dove and Joey Hoffer completing the top ten.

Geesaman and Adams won heats for the 20 street stock field.

Defending champion and current point leader Alex Updegraff continued his winning ways in Superior Homes Extreme Stock action taking his 11th win of the season.

Updegraff took control with eight laps complete and never looked back in the win over Michael Smith, Jeff Gill, Kyle Emig and Donnie Broderick. There were 10 Extreme Stocks pitside.

Susquehanna Speedway returns to action two times this week with the big Thursday night Thunder BAPS Auto Paints and Supplies 410 Sprint Series event Thursday night, September 21. It will be the sixth race in the seven race BAPS series . The ServiceMaster Clean Central PA Legends join the racing card beginning at 7PM.

Susquehanna then returns Saturday night September 23rd on Hanover Auto Team Night featuring the Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman, Bernheisel Race Cars 358 Late Models, Morgan Paving/Aqua Fun Pools Street Stocks and Superior Homes Extreme stocks. Racing begins at 7PM which will be the final race for the month of September.


1. 70D- Frankie Herr, 2, 75-Kenny Edkin, 3. 30-Scott Dellinger, 4. 11-Steve Fannasy, 5. 222-Jay Fannasy, 6. 32W-Garrett Williamson, 7. 2M-Matt Ondek, 8. 20W-Davey Walsh, 9. 99-Chad Smith, 10. 14-Nate Young, 11. 54-Doug Dodson, 12. 84-Chad Criswell, 13. 318-Chris Meleason, 14. 17J-Tony Jackson, 15. 8-Rich Eichelberger, 16. 27-Justin Williams, 17. 7-Timmie Barrick, 18. 1A-Chase Gutshall, 19. 32-Gregg Foster, 20. 77W-Tom Wyckoff, 21. 23-Justin Foster, 22. 77-Russ Mitten, 23. 3B-Mike Enders, 24. 18-Dave Conrad, Jr.
Did Not Qualify: Dave Lightner, John Edkin, Todd Leonard.

1. 81-Jasen Geesaman, 2, 47-Bob Scott, Jr., 3. 18-Chris Derr, 4. 7P-Jim Palm, 5. 11-Craig Morgan, 6. 54-Jimmy Combs, 7. M1-Mike Potts, 8. 9-Matt Adams, 9. 22-Steve Dove, 10. 21-Joey Hoffer, 11. 12-Scott Thunberger, 12. 64-Brandon Wanner, 13. 818-Cory Phillips, 14. 43-Eric Tripp, 15. 13-Travis Beck, 16. 00-Calvin Redding, 17. 2-Randy Zechman.

1.1-Alex Updegraff, 2. 76-Michael Smith, 3. 15-Jeff Gill, 4. 10-Kyle Emig, 5. 97-Donnie Broderick, 6. 3B-Cameron Benyou, 7. 45-Dan Snyder, 8. 77-Jeff Waltz, 9. 55-Patrick McClane, 10. 21H-Travis Horan.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Matt Campbell Gets First Career Grove Sprint Car Win, Hammaker Wins 358s

Mechanicsburg – Matt Campbell of Fawn Grove picked up his first career 410 Sprint car win Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, taking the lead from Tim Wagaman on the 10th tour of the 25-lap feature.
The 19-year-old from Fawn Grove, a co-National 410 Rookie-of-the-Year last year, has been fast at the Grove before, and finally put together a complete performance earning $3,600 for the win.

Wagaman started on the pole and led the opening two circuits of the 25-lap main event while racing fiercely with Jared Esh, who started second.

The pair see-sawed for the lead repeatedly before Esh crossed the line with three laps complete as the leader by just a few feet over Wagaman.

Wagaman then passed Esh back in the first and second turns but Esh battled back to the inside on the backchute and the pair raced wheel to wheel and wing to wing into the third turn with neither pilot giving an inch.

The end result found Esh backing his car up across the racetrack in the third corner before bringing out the red flag after massive contact with the outside rail.

Esh was transported by ambulance complaining of neck and back pain.

Anthony Macri, who was running third at the time, spun to avoid the crash. Under the red flag, Brian Montieth, who would have restarted fourth, was pushed to the pits.
Wagaman controlled the restart with sixth starter Campbell now in second and Wagaman was running the cushion as Campbell made the inside groove work to close in on the leader lap after lap, especially right through the middle of the second corner.

An inside move off the second corner got Campbell by Wagaman for the lead and Campbell completed lap 10 as the leader just before the caution flew for a stopped Steve Buckwalter on the front chute.

Campbell stretched out his lead over Wagaman and Rick Lafferty on the restart as the race raged behind them between Lucas Wolfe, James McFadden, Freddie Rahmer and Brock Zearfoss who were all battling for a top five finish.

Campbell drove around slower cars with ease during the last half of the race, cruising to his first career Grove 410 win after scoring three in the 358 sprint division.

His final margin of victory was 4.578.

Wagaman scored his best career Grove finish in second. Lafferty finished third and Wolfe took fourth back from McFadden on the final lap.

Point leader Freddie Rahmer started 14th and finished sixth. Danny Dietrich, Brock Zearfoss, 17th starter Greg Hodnett and 22nd starter Alan Krimes rounded out the top 10.

Campbell, Wagaman and Lafferty won heat races for the 26-car field.

Doug Hammaker of Grantville took the lead from Jordan Givler following a lap eight restart and drove away top win the 358-sprint feature.

The restart occurred after Brie Hershey flipped in the first corner.

Hammaker earned $1,500 for the fifth victory of his career in the division at the track.

Givler, Kevin Nouse, Chase Dietz and Rich Eichelberger completed the top five.

Kevin Nouse, Cody Keller and Brett Wanner won the 358 sprint heats for the 24-car field.

Sept. 15, 2017
Feature Finishes

Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1. Matt Campbell. 2. Tim Wagaman. 3. Rick Lafferty. 4. Lucas Wolfe. 5. James McFadden. 6. Freddie Rahmer. 7. Danny Dietrich. 8. Brock Zearfoss. 9. Greg Hodnett. 10. Alan Krimes. 11. Nicole Bower. 12. Chad Trout. 13. TJ Stutts. 14. Chris Arnold. 15. Dwayne Gutshall. 16. Troy Fraker. 17. Landon Myers. 18. Jay Reichard. 19. Steve Buckwalter. 20. Scott Fisher. 21. Brian Montieth. 22. Jared Esh. 23. Anthony Macri. 24. Cory Haas.

Did Not Qualify: Zach Eucolono, Kyle Moody.

358 Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1. Doug Hammaker. 2. Jordan Givler. 3. Kevin Nouse. 4. Chase Dietz. 5. Rich Eichelberger. 6. Matt Findley. 7. Troy Wagaman. 8. Jake Eldreth. 9. Nyle Berkes. 10. TJ DeHaven. 11. Dwight Leppo. 12. Chris Frank. 13. Brett Shearer. 14. Cody Fletcher. 15. Hank Donovan Jr. 16. Shai Morris. 17. Dan Richcreek. 18. Brett Wanner. 19. Jake Galloway. 20. Brie Hershey. 21. Chad Trout. 22. Cody Keller. 23. Steve Owings.

DNS: Eric Parker.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

GENE KNAUB DOMINATES AND PICKS UP HUGE PAYDAY AT SUSQUEHANNA Meleason, Dove, Bishop and Updegraff Score Weekend Wins

By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway

Anytime Gene Knaub enters a 358 late model race, it’s a good bet that he will be in the hunt when the checkered flag falls.

Case in point for the 7th annual Creekside Auto Sales Topless 50 presented by Bernheisel Race Cars Saturday night at Susquehanna Speedway where the Dover driver dominated the marquee event, leading all 50 laps to post the huge $5,000 payday.

Other winners during the big two night racing weekend included Austin Bishop in the Freedmont® Mortgage Lending PASS/IMCA Sprints and Alex Updegraff in the Superior Homes Extreme Stock feature on Friday night while Chris Meleason in the Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman and Steve Dove’s Morgan Paving/Aqua Fun Pools Street Stock feature joined Knaub as Saturday night feature winners.

Starting on the outside of row one, Knaub quickly took command of the Topless 50 feature and would never be seriously challenged during the entire 50 lap test despite a late race caution with eight laps to go.

Knuab, who last visited Susquehanna in June and won both the Appalachian Mountain Super Late Model Speedweek feature and the 358 late model main that night took the checkered flag 3.421 seconds ahead of runner-up Brian Shuey, who started 12th. The win was Knaub’s third of the season at the York Haven oval.

Bobby Beard finished in the third spot ahead of 17th starter and Hard Charger Derike Quade with defending track champion and current point leader Randy Christine, Jr. fifth. Completing the top ten finishers were Randy Stoudt, Sean Merkel, Bryan Bernheisel, Chase Billet and Taylor Farlling.

Quade received a $200 gift certificate from Brown and Miller Racing Solutions and a Free Hoosier Racing Tire for his Hard Charger award.

Justin Weaver set fast time on Friday night over the 35-car field with a lap of 18.211 seconds. Weaver was presented with $200 cash from Millers Racing Parts and a $400 gift certificate from Brown and Miller Racing Solutions as well as a free Hoosier Racing Tire. Weaver was running inside the top five when he had to pit for a flat tire during the fuel stop.

Heat races on Friday night were won by Farlling, Weaver, Beard and Knaub. Daulton Bigler won the B-Main Saturday night.

All 358 late model teams in attendance were presented with $200 in free products and $1,500 in discounts and coupons as part of the Bernheisel Race Components Manufacturers Night.

Chris Meleason led flag to flag to capture his first win of the year in the Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman feature.

Aboard the Mike Callahan owned car, the Carlisle driver held back challenges from sixth starting Tony Jackson before becoming the eighth different winner this season. Meleason took the checkered flag .664 seconds ahead of Jackson with Chase Gutshall, 13th starter Kenny Edkin and Garrett Williamson competing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were 14th starter Rich Eichelberger, Todd Leonard, 25th starter and Artwerks/Young Racing Hard Charger Jay Fannasy, 18th starter Scott Dellinger and Mike Enders.

Heats for the 28 cars were won by Frankie Herr, Gutshall and Meleason.

Steve Dove also led flag to flag to post his first win of the season in the Morgan Paving/Aqua Fun Pools Street Stock feature.

Dove, who became the 11th different street stock winner this season held back Scott Thunberg for the win with Jim Palm, 15th starter Matt Adams and 13th starter Craig Morgan completing the top five. Sixth through 10th were Mike Potts,  John Stoll, Jr., 20th starter and Artwerks Hard Charger Jim Jacobs, Richie Dobson,  Brandon Wanner.

The race was red flagged on lap 5 for a seven car crash on the front stretch.

Kory Sites, Ryan Smith and Joey Hoffer won heats for the 23 street stocks.

In Friday night action, Austin Bishop started second and led all 20 laps to post his first win in PASS/IMCA Sprint action. He became the seventh different winner at the track this season as he defeated ninth starter Zach Newlin, Kyle Smith, 13th starter Dave Grube and Dave Brown with Darren Miller, Joe Kay, John Fiore, Billy Ney and Colby Dice rounding out the top ten.

Heats for the 30 PASS/IMCA Sprints were wony by Nick Sweigart, Bishop and Joe Kay.

Current point leader Alex Updegraff ended a several week winless spell as he returned to victory lane for the tenth time this season in Extreme Stock action. Updegraff picked up the win over Kyle Emig, 13th starter Travis Horan, Bill Powell and 16th starter Patrick McClane.

Michael Smith and Bill Powell won heats for the 17 car field.

Susquehanna Speedway returns to action Saturday night September 16th with the  43rd annual Credit Connection Auto Sales Gary Wolford Sportsman 100 for the Super Sportsman. The Street Stocks and Extreme Stocks will also be on the racing card that begins at 7PM.

The BAPS Auto Paints and Supplies 410 Sprint Series returns to Susquehanna on Thursday night, September 21st joined by the Central PA Legends. It will be the sixth race of the seven race BAPS series. Race time will be 7PM.

There will be a Test N’ Tune at the speedway on Wednesday night, September 13 from 6-PM.


1) Gene Knaub, 2) 177 Brian Shuey, 3) 33 Bobby Beard, 4) 74Q Derike Quade, 5) 74 Randy Christine, Jr., 6) NINE Randy Stoudt, 7) 118 Sean Merkel, 8) 119B Bryan Bernheisel, 9) 22 Chase Billet, 10) 8 Taylor Farlling, 11) 5 Charles Potts, 12) 2 Dan Zechman, 13) 2J Justin Weaver, 14) 22B Mark Billet, 15) 97 JR Rodriquez, 16) 55 Sam Rial, 17) 32J Shaun Jones, 18) 62 Devin Frey, 19) 20L Joe Lusk, 20) 21m Matt Murphy, 21) 12 Dave Ogin, 22) 116 Travis Mease, 23) 20 Steve Billet, 24) 24 Daulton Bigler.
Did Not Qualify: 27 Robbie Emory, 121 Larry Neiderer, 5 Jake Moser, 4M Kyle Moser, 54 Terry Gingerich, 000 Matt Nailor, 57D Brad Shank, 57 Mike Smith, 1T Tim Murphy, 22H eric Hohol, 19 Drew Weisser

1) 318M Chris Meleason, 2) 17J Tony Jackson, 3) 1A Chase Gutshall, 4) 75 Kenny Edkin, 5) 32w Garrett Williamson, 6) 8 Rich Eichelberger, 7) 7L Todd Leonard, 8) 222 Jay Fannasy, 9) 30 Scott Dellinger, 10) 3B Mike Enders, 11) 77 Russ Mitten, 12) 7 Timmie Barrick, 13) 58 Paul Miller, 14) 23 Justin Foster, 15) 35 John Edkin, 16) 2 Austin Lorah, 17) 22 Daniel John, 18) 83 Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 19) 77w Tom Wyckoff, 20) 20w Davey Walsh, 21) 2M Matt Ondek, 22) 14 Nate Young, 23) 32 Gregg Foster, 24) 54 Doug Dodson, 25) 70D Frankie Herr,
Did Not Qualify: 5D Luke Deatrick, 27 Justin Williams, 6 Eric Walker

1) 22 Steve Dove, 2) 12 Scott Thunberg, 3) 7P Jim Palm, 4) 9 Matt Adams, 5) 11 Craig Morgan, 6) M1 Mike Potts, 7) 41w John Stoll, Jr., 8) 4J Jim Jacobs, 9) 55x Richie Dobson, 10) 64 Brandon Wanner, 11) 21K Kory Sites, 12) 59 Ryan Smith, 13) 21 Joey Hoffer, 14) 10C Kevin Heckman, 15) 81F Gary Calimer, Jr., 16) 63 Doug Barber, 17) 65 Bill Wentz, 18) 2 Randy Zechman, 19) 94 Mike Buckley,
Disqualified: 91 Dalton Frye
Did Not Start: 26 Shawn Liddick, 37 Jimmy Combs, 47 Bob Scott Jr.

1) 1 Alex Updegraff, 2) 10 Kyle Emig, 3) 21H Travis Horan, 4) 7 Bill Powell, 5) 55 Patrick McClane, 6) F1 John Frye, 7) 97 Donnie Broderick, 8) 1A Scott Arnold, 9) 99K Kirby Sites, 10) 7F Jordan Fulton, 11) 98 Richard Daughtrey, 12) 95 Dan Snyder, 13) 23B Donnie Murphy, 14) 76 Michael Smith, 15) 7JR Johnny Palm, 16) 15 Jeff Gill.
Did Not Start: 77 Jeff Waltz

1) 11 Austin Bishop, 2) 11z Zach Newlin, 3) 17 Kyle Smith, 4) 3D Dave Grube, 5) 44x Dave Brown, 6) 9c Darren Miller, 7) 12 Joe Kay, 8) 91J John Fiore, 9) 83 Billy Ney, 10) 17A Colby Dice, 11) 77 Andrew Hake, 12) 8 Nick Sweigart, 13) 36 Jaremi Hanson, 14) 880 Drew Ritchey, 15) 50 Jay Krout, 16) 19 Tyler Cochran, 17) 1 Eddie Strada, 18) 5z Zach Burd, 19) 86 Teddy Thomas, 20) 8D Scott Ellerman, 21) 93 Steve Kothe, 22) 20 Stephanie Dodson.
Did Not Start: 5T Tyler Reeser, 137 Ian Cumens
Did Not Qualify: 2 Erin Statler, 11Teen Danny Leaper, 88 Fred Arnold, 13 Kurt Knepper, 5 John Walp, 0 Kyle Ganoe

Lance Dewease scores richest payday in Port Royal Speedway history

PORT ROYAL, PA (September 9, 2017) - Ending a perfect weekend for the Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, native, Lance Dewease scored the richest payday in the history of Port Royal Speedway on Saturday evening, dominating 44 of 50 circuits around the Juniata County Fairgrounds “Speed Palace” to claim the 50th running of the Tuscarora 50 worth $50,000.

Dewease, now with an unprecedented six Tuscarora 50 titles, started sixth on the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions main event grid, taking command officially on lap seven over Kunkletown’s Ryan Smith and Central Pennsylvania hotshot, Danny Dietrich. Despite a competition yellow during the midpoint of the 50-lapper, Dewease remained flawless during his campaign at the top of the running order, crossing under the final checkers nearly four seconds ahead of Smith, Brock Zearfoss, a hard-charging Lucas Wolfe, and the “Madman” Kerry Madsen.

“I know how to run this place for 50 laps,” Lance Dewease said on the Port Royal Speedway victory lane stage. “We didn’t push it real hard at the beginning just because I didn’t want to overheat my left rear. I probably could have ran a little faster, but I didn’t want to yet. This is all about this team right now. We have a 16-race-old motor in here. It’s the ‘little engine that can.’ My team works their butts off every time we show up to race. It’s definitely hard work that gets us here.”

The “Kunkletown Kid” Ryan Smith and Western Pennsylvania's own Carl Bowser led the 27 starters to green for the 50th running of the Tuscarora 50. Smith earned the early advantage, racing back to the flagstand for the first time with Danny Dietrich, Lance Dewease and Carl Bowser in tow. Utilizing the very topside of the speedway, Ryan Smith kept command for the first six circuits.

By lap three, Lance Dewease had worked his way underneath Dietrich for second. Four circuits later, Dewease was battling for the top spot, ultimately working underneath Ryan Smith with a textbook slide job at the entrance of turn one. Dietrich followed Dewease’s tracks and also worked by Smith, keeping pace with the familiar No. 69K until traffic spoiled Dietrich’s momentum on lap 10.

Working as an advantage for the race leader, traffic eventually intensified which allowed Dewease to escape from the rest of the field. By the time the race was stopped for a competition yellow on lap 25, Dewease’s command was built to nearly four seconds. During the closing laps before the yellow, Ryan Smith battled back to regain second over Dietrich on lap 17. Brock Zearfoss, who started ninth on the main event grid, also raced around Dietrich to claim third on lap 19.

When green flag conditions resumed on lap 26, Dewease was able to pick up right where he left off and return to the bottom of the speedway. By lap 29, Dewease regrew his lead to 2.5 seconds, still flanked by Ryan Smith and Brock Zearfoss. Even when the trio raced into traffic once again, Dewease maintained all momentum, ultimately crossing under the final checkers 3.948 seconds ahead of Smith and Zearfoss.

“We were fortunate enough to win our heat race which put us in a good starting position,” said Dewease, pilot of the familiar Don Kreitz-owned/Sharman Builders/No. 69K. “We had to free ourselves up a little bit during that break. When I got into lapped cars, I started to get really tight. This car loves the clean air. This win is really special to all of us.”

In total, Lance Dewease earned $56,350 during his weekend visit to the Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace.” The pair of Arctic Cat All Star victories increases his career win total to 35 with “America's Series.”

Returning to Central Pennsylvania for one final time in 2017, the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions will continue the month of September with trips to Selinsgrove Speedway and Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, respectively. The 35th Annual Jim Nace Memorial/National Open at Selinsgrove Speedway will highlight the weekend venture to the Keystone State, awarding an $8,000 top prize; the final event of the 2017 season at the Penn Township half-mile.

Those seeking additional news and notes pertaining to the events at Selinsgrove Speedway and Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway should visit each facility live on the Web at and

Contingency Awards/Results: Port Royal Speedway- Saturday, September 9, 2017:
Event: 50th Annual Tuscarora 50
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 66 entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Lynton Jeffrey - 16.153 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Trey Starks - 16.243 second (3rd quick)
Ford Performance Heat #1: Tony Stewart
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Tim Kaeding
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: Ryan Smith
Daido Engine Bearings Heat #4: Lance Dewease
Kistler Racing Products Heat #5: Danny Dietrich
Ford Performance Heat #6: Carl Bowser
Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts C-Main: Freddie Rahmer
Classic Ink USA B-Main: Greg Hodnett
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: Ryan Smith (2nd)
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Trey Starks (+4)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Danny Dietrich (6th)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Mark Smith (11th)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Chad Kemenah
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)


Group (A)
1. 71-Joey Saldana, 16.199; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 16.279; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 16.324; 4. 17b-Josh Baughman, 16.326; 5. o7-Sammy Swindell, 16.337; 6. 12L-Lynton Jeffrey, 16.374; 7. 48-Tony Stewart, 16.424; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.483; 9. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 16.508; 10. 99-Brady Bacon, 16.51; 11. 3-Tim Kaeding, 16.529; 12. 94-Ryan Smith, 16.575; 13. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.607; 14. 11-TJ Stutts, 16.632; 15. 21M-Brian Montieth, 16.661; 16. 87K-Alan Krimes, 16.702; 17. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 16.731; 18. 16-Matt Campbell, 16.745; 19. 12-Blane Heimbach, 16.755; 20. 17C-Steve Buckwalter, 16.809; 21. 1ZF-Stewart Friesen, 16.827; 22. 51R-Freddie Rahmer, 16.851; 23. OO-Dane Lorenc, 16.875; 24. 5B-Justin Barger, 16.923; 25. 8M-TJ Michael, 16.931; 26. 35-Tyler Esh, 17.025; 27. 33E-Jared Esh, 17.065; 28. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 17.066; 29. 28F-Dave Franek, 17.184; 30. 13-Brandon Matus, 17.199; 31. 39-Cory Haas, 17.259; 32. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer, 17.276; 33. 33W-Michael Walter, 17.337

Group (B)
1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 16.164; 2. 44-Trey Starks, 16.243; 3. 1z-Dale Blaney, 16.282; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett, 16.305; 5. 20-Ryan Taylor, 16.352; 6. 71m-Dave Blaney, 16.428; 7. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.434; 8. 29-Danny Dietrich, 16.442; 9. 49x-Tim Shaffer, 16.471; 10. M1-Mark Smith, 16.504; 11. 17-Caleb Helms, 16.609; 12. 98-Carl Bowser, 16.634; 13. 7W-Logan Wagner, 16.668; 14. 5-Dylan Cisney, 16.674; 15. D4-Danny Holtgraver, 16.7; 16. 1080-Jordan Mackison, 16.737; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.806; 18. 55-Mike Wagner, 16.869; 19. 33M-Max Stambaugh, 16.906; 20. 29S-Jason Shultz, 16.965; 21. 95-Hunter Mackison, 17.01; 22. 2-AJ Flick, 17.061; 23. 47K-Kody Lehman, 17.104; 24. 51-John Garvin, 17.163; 25. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.329; 26. 98T-Joe Trenca, 17.521; 27. 44H-Joey Hershey, 17.558; 28. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 17.876; 29. 9C-Roger Campbell, 18.115; 30. 33-Brent Matus, 18.144; 31. 12w-Troy Fraker, 18.626; 32. 17G-George Streaker Jr., 18.965

Heat #1 - Group (A) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer
1. 48-Tony Stewart [2]; 2. 71-Joey Saldana [4]; 3. 99-Brady Bacon [1]; 4. 24-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 5. 17B-Josh Baughman [3]; 6. 87K-Alan Krimes [6]; 7. 51R-Freddie Rahmer [8]; 8. 12-Blane Heimbach [7]; 9. 39-Cory Haas [11]; 10. 8M-TJ Michael [9]; 11. 55K-Robbie Kendall [10]

Heat #2 - Group (A) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer
1. 3-Tim Kaeding [1]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2]; 3. 11-TJ Stutts [5]; 4. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [6]; 5. 17C-Steve Buckwalter [7]; 6. OO-Dane Lorenc [8]; 7. 35-Tyler Esh [9]; 8. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer [11]; 9. O7-Sammy Swindell [3]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 11. 28F-Dave Franek [10]

Heat #3 - Group (A) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer
1. 94-Ryan Smith [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [2]; 4. 12L-Lynton Jeffrey [3]; 5. 16-Matt Campbell [6]; 6. 21M-Brian Montieth [5]; 7. 5B-Justin Barger [8]; 8. 1ZF-Stewart Friesen [7]; 9. 33E-Jared Esh [9]; 10. 13-Brandon Matus [10]

Heat #4 - Group (B) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer
1. 69K-Lance Dewease [2]; 2. M1-Mark Smith [1]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]; 5. 33M-Max Stambaugh [7]; 6. 7W-Logan Wagner [5]; 7. 1080-Jordan Mackison [6]; 8. 2-AJ Flick [8]; 9. 75-Nicole Bower [9]; 10. 22-Brandon Spithaler [10]; 11. 12W-Troy Fraker [11]

Heat #5 - Group (B) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer
1. 29-Danny Dietrich [2]; 2. 20-Ryan Taylor [3]; 3. 44-Trey Starks [4]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri [6]; 5. 5-Dylan Cisney [5]; 6. 29S-Jason Shultz [7]; 7. 47K-Kody Lehman [8]; 8. 98T-Joe Trenca [9]; 9. 9C-Roger Campbell [10]; 10. 17G-George Streaker Jr. [11]; 11. 17-Caleb Helms [1]

Heat #6 - Group (B) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer
1. 98-Carl Bowser [1]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2]; 3. 71M-Dave Blaney [3]; 4. 55-Mike Wagner [6]; 5. 1Z-Dale Blaney [4]; 6. D4-Danny Holtgraver [5]; 7. 95-Hunter Mackison [7]; 8. 51-John Garvin [8]; 9. 44H-Joey Hershey [9]; 10. 33-Brent Matus [10]

C-Main (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer
1. 51R-Freddie Rahmer [1]; 2. 12-Blane Heimbach [7]; 3. 5B-Justin Barger [5]; 4. o7-Sammy Swindell [15]; 5. 47K-Kody Lehman [4]; 6. 75-Nicole Bower [14]; 7. 2-AJ Flick [8]; 8. 17-Caleb Helms [21]; 9. 8M-TJ Michael [19]; 10. 9C-Roger Campbell [16]; 11. 12w-Troy Fraker [22]; 12. 17G-George Streaker Jr. [20]; 13. 1ZF-Stewart Friesen [11]; 14. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer [9]

B-Main (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 27-Greg Hodnett [2]; 2. 24-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [4]; 4. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [3]; 5. 17B-Josh Baughman [7]; 6. 17C-Steve Buckwalter [9]; 7. 55-Mike Wagner [6]; 8. 87K-Alan Krimes [13]; 9. 12L-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 10. 7W-Logan Wagner [12]; 11. 12-Blane Heimbach [19]; 12. 16-Matt Campbell [11]; 13. 29S-Jason Shultz [14]; 14. 21M-Brian Montieth [17]; 15. OO-Dane Lorenc [15]; 16. 33M-Max Stambaugh [8]; 17. 51R-Freddie Rahmer [18]

A-Main (50 Laps)
1. 69K-Lance Dewease [6]; 2. 94-Ryan Smith [1]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [9]; 4. 24-Lucas Wolfe [22]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14]; 6. 29-Danny Dietrich [4]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [11]; 8. 71-Joey Saldana [7]; 9. 20-Ryan Taylor [10]; 10. 27-Greg Hodnett [21]; 11. M1-Mark Smith [8]; 12. 44-Trey Starks [16]; 13. 48-Tony Stewart [5]; 14. 3-Tim Kaeding [3]; 15. 10H-Chad Kemenah [17]; 16. 98-Carl Bowser [2]; 17. 71M-Dave Blaney [18]; 18. 87-Aaron Reutzel [19]; 19. 1Z-Dale Blaney [20]; 20. 39M-Anthony Macri [23]; 21. 5-Dylan Cisney [26]; 22. 55-Mike Wagner [27]; 23. 99-Brady Bacon [13]; 24. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [24]; 25. 49X-Tim Shaffer [12]; 26. 33M-Max Stambaugh [25]; 27. 11-TJ Stutts [15] Lap Leaders: Ryan Smith [1-6]; Lance Dewease [7-50]

Saturday, September 09, 2017



HANOVER, PA (9/8/2017) – Lincoln University’s Tyler Ross showed them how it’s done at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.

Ross stepped away from the 410 sprint division to pilot the Dick Smith-owned, Tom Rumsey Incorporated #41B to the win in his first Trail-Way appearance of the year.

Hard charger Steve Owings, who started ninth, finished second and claimed his first “358” sprint car track title in the process.

“Steve was definitely better than me,” said Ross after scoring his first Trail-Way win, “Steve got by me square and fair but the caution saved me.  This is the same right rear tire that Jeff Halligan won with last week, and it’s pretty well worn out.”

Owings actually slid under Ross for the race lead in turns one and two of the final lap, but the caution came out for Andrew Frye, who came to a stop after striking the wall just in front of the leaders.  That gave the lead back to Ross for the restart, and he held off Owings by two car lengths at the end.

“I tried, but yellow flag kept coming out,” said Owings when interviewed about his track title, “We were counting cars for a while until they got down to 14.  We didn’t win the fight, but we won the war.  We’ve been racing here a long time…back to motorcycles and micro-sprints…and I’m honored to be track champ.  This is a great track, and it’s fun to race here.”

Third through fifth were Dwight Leppo, Mike Bittinger, and 12th-starting Isaac Sneeringer, who began the night with a shot at the track title.

Qualifiers for the 20 “358” sprinters were won by Bittinger, Owings, and Leppo.

Garrett Bard made a last-lap pass over Zane Rudisill in turns one and two following a restart to claim the win in the 20-lap 600cc micro-sprint feature.  Jim Young also got by Rudisill in the final turns to finish second, with Rudisill settling for third, Kameron Morral fourth, and 12th-starting Bradley Weber fifth.  Weber was the event’s hard charger and also earned the 2017 track title.

Heats for the 15 micros were won by Young and Hannah Riser, who was uninjured in a 19th-lap flip in the feature.

Chris Transeau picked up his third win of the year in the 20-lap Central PA Legends feature, holding off Australian Hayden Pascoe, with Travis Mc Clelland, Chandler Pagnotta, and 11th-starting Rick Hartwig rounding out the top five.

Heats for the 16 Legends were won by Trent Yoder and Scott Smith, who was unable to start the feature.

Brian Walls ended the night as the race winner, hard charger, and track champ in the street stock division.  Walls started eighth in the eight-car field and had the lead by the end of the third lap.  He led the rest of the way, with Travis Leh, Jeremy Stremmel, Gene Miller, and Kenny Startzman completing the top five.

Walls also won the lone qualifier for the eight street stocks on hand.

Next Saturday, September 16, Trail-Way is back in action with the final AMA Motorcycle Short Track event of the 2017 racing season. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. with racing scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m.

The following Saturday, September 23, Trail-Way hosts the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial/National Open featuring the 270 and 600 Micro Sprints. The Central PA Legends are also scheduled to compete. Pre entry forms are available on the Trail-Way Speedway website (

For all the latest news and related information from Trail-Way Speedway, fans are reminded to visit the speedway website at The complete story and agate from each race night is posted shortly after the final checkered flag.


FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. 41B-Tyler Ross, [1]; 2. 35-Steve Owings, [11]; 3. 4-Dwight Leppo, [4]; 4. 12-Mike Bittinger, [5]; 5. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer, [12]; 6. 66A-Cody Fletcher, [2]; 7. 39-Jason Cunningham Jr, [8]; 8. 77K-Steven Kisamore, [13]; 9. 44-Dylan Norris, [16]; 10. 51-Austen Treuchet, [10]; 11. 22T-Hank Donovan Jr, [7]; 12. 27-Jacob Galloway, [17]; 13. 64-Randy Whisler, [15]; 14. (DNF) 1-Andrew Frye, [19]; 15. (DNF) 3-Chris Priar, [9]; 16. (DNF) 19L-Adam Lyman, [14]; 17. (DNF) 10T-Brody Treaster, [18]; 18. (DNF) 45-Colt White, [6]; 19. (DNF) 99-Joe Trone Jr, [3]; (DNS) 10-Zach Euculano. No Time.

Lap Leaders: Tyler Ross (1-25).

358 Sprint Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) –  1. 12-Mike Bittinger, [2]; 2. 99-Joe Trone Jr, [3]; 3. 45-Colt White, [1]; 4. 39-Jason Cunningham Jr, [5]; 5. 77K-Steven Kisamore, [4]; 6. 44-Dylan Norris, [6]; 7. 1-Andrew Frye, [7]. No Time.

358 Sprint Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 35-Steve Owings, [5]; 2. 66A-Cody Fletcher, [6]; 3. 22T-Hank Donovan Jr, [1]; 4. 3-Chris Priar, [2]; 5. 19L-Adam Lyman, [3]; 6. 27-Jacob Galloway, [7]; 7. (DNF) 10-Zach Euculano, [4]. No Time.

358 Sprint Heat 3 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 4-Dwight Leppo, [2]; 2. 41B-Tyler Ross, [3]; 3. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer, [5]; 4. 51-Austen Treuchet, [1]; 5. 64-Randy Whisler, [4]; 6. 10T-Brody Treaster, [6]. Time – 2:26.97.


FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 95-Garrett Bard, [5]; 2. 8-Jim Young, [7]; 3. 4R-Zane Rudisill, [2]; 4. 880-Kameron Morral, [9]; 5. 17-Bradley Weber, [12]; 6. 56-Jake Frye, [1]; 7. 91-Randy Kunkle Jr, [13]; 8. 71-Tyler Leese, [3]; 9. (DNF) 6-Darren Kauffman, [4]; 10. (DNF) 14K-Hannah Riser, [6]; 11. (DNF) 42K-Travis Keiser, [11]; 12. (DNF) 71X-Brian Kramer, [8]; 13. 41L-Andrew Leiphart, [14]; 14. (DNF) 17E-Dylan Norris, [10]; (DNS) 96-Jesse Snyder. No Time.

Lap Leaders: Zane Rudisill (1-19), Garrett Bard (20).

600 Micro Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 8-Jim Young, [1]; 2. 95-Garrett Bard, [4]; 3. 71-Tyler Leese, [2]; 4. 4R-Zane Rudisill, [5]; 5. 42K-Travis Keiser, [7]; 6. 880-Kameron Morral, [6]; 7. 91-Randy Kunkle Jr, [3]; 8. 41L-Andrew Leiphart, [8]. Time – 2:03.84.

600 Micro Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 14K-Hannah Riser, [2]; 2. 6-Darren Kauffman, [6]; 3. 17-Bradley Weber, [7]; 4. 56-Jake Frye, [3]; 5. 71X-Brian Kramer, [1]; 6. 17E-Dylan Norris, [5]; (DNS) 96-Jesse Snyder. Time – 2:08.81.


FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 2W-Brian Walls, [8]; 2. 25-Travis Leh, [3]; 3. 51-Jeremy Stremmel, [4]; 4. 11M-Gene Miller, [1]; 5. 49-Kenny Startzman, [5]; 6. 8-John Wright, [6]; 7. (DNF) 94-Dalton Myers, [2]; 8. (DNF) 60-Aaron Beard, [7]. No Time.

Lap Leaders: Dalton Myers (1-2), Brian Walls (3-20).

Street Stocks Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 2W-Brian Walls, [2]; 2. 11M-Gene Miller, [8]; 3. 94-Dalton Myers, [4]; 4. 25-Travis Leh, [7]; 5. 51-Jeremy Stremmel, [5]; 6. 49-Kenny Startzman, [6]; 7. 8-John Wright, [3]; 8. (DNF) 60-Aaron Beard, [1]. No Time.


FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 18-Chris Transeau, [3]; 2. 3AU-Hayden Pascoe, [4]; 3. 51-Travis Mc Clelland, [5]; 4. 75-Chandler Pagnotta, [8]; 5. 93-Rick Hartwig, [11]; 6. 95-Alex Schmidel, [6]; 7. 519-Tim O Sheehan, [10]; 8. 18J-Jorjie Anna Sweger, [15]; 9. 14W-Stephen Wurtzer, [14]; 10. 8-Robert Shaw, [13]; 11. (DNF) 3M-Chris Mc Kinney, [16]; 12. (DNF) 58Z-Zachary Settle, [12]; 13. (DNF) 66-Trent Yoder, [1]; 14. (DNF) 8CR-Mason Chaney, [7]; (DNS) 2-Scott Smith, ; (DNS) 53-Bill Diehl. No Time.

Lap Leaders: Chris Transeau (1-10, 12-20), Trent Yoder (11).

Legend Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 8CR-Mason Chaney; 2. 18-Chris Transeau; 3. 66-Trent Yoder; 4. 93-Rick Hartwig; 5. 51-Travis Mc Clelland; 6. 18J-Jorjie Anna Sweger; 7. 8-Robert Shaw; 8. 53-Bill Diehl. Time – 2:41.09.

Legend Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) –  1. 2-Scott Smith, [5]; 2. 3AU-Hayden Pascoe, [7]; 3. 95-Alex Schmidel, [6]; 4. 75-Chandler Pagnotta, [3]; 5. 519-Tim O Sheehan, [4]; 6. 58Z-Zachary Settle, [8]; 7. 14W-Stephen Wurtzer, [2]; 8. 3M-Chris Mc Kinney, [1]. Time – 2:44.59.

Lance Dewease edges Brian Brown for Night Before The Tuscarora 50 win at Port Royal Speedway

PORT ROYAL, PA (September 8, 2017) - A name certainly synonymous with victory lane in Central Pennsylvania, Lance Dewease made his return to the Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace” on Friday evening and left as a winner, earning the Night Before The Tuscarora 50 victory over a field of 65 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions entries for a $5,000 top prize.

The victory lane visit, the result of a battle with Midwest invader, Brian Brown, after starting third on the main event grid, bumps Dewease to 34 total wins with the Arctic Cat All Stars throughout the course of his storied career, now with seven at the Juniata County Fairgrounds.

“We were pretty good here tonight for 30 laps, but I think we still need to get a little bit better for the 50-lap race tomorrow,” Lance Dewease explained, pilot of the Don Kreitz-owned/Schannauer Plumbing & Heating/Henry Sharman Builders/No. 69K. “We just had to keep our tires under us. This place was so fast here tonight.”

After withstanding a series of cautions during the first three circuits, once of which resulting in open red flag conditions while track crews cleaned up oil, Fayetteville’s Lance Dewease was able to capitalize on a solid start and maintain third in the running order, eventually taking second from Mike Wagner just as the lead pack was entering traffic for the first time near the completion of lap eight.

Lapped traffic proved to be a benefactor for Dewease during large segments the 30-lap program. By lap nine, Dewease powered his way to second beyond Mike Wagner, now chasing Grain Valley, Missouri’s Brian Brown for the top spot. Despite “Blackjack’s” ability to ring the topside of the speedway through the slower cars, Dewease continued to find ways to keep up with Brown using the very bottom of the half-mile oval, eventually erasing all of Brown’s advantage.

Brown’s lead of nearly two seconds at the midpoint of the main event was cut down to less than a second by lap 23. Dewease ultimately worked his way to the back bumper of the former Knoxville (IA) Raceway track champion on lap 24 which set up his first major bid for the top spot. A successful slide job at the entrance of turn one on the following circuit allowed Dewease to take command of the running order.

On lap 28, Brown set himself up for one last opportunity to regain the top spot back from Dewease, a desperate slide job at the entrance of turn one, but the attempt proved unsuccessful. Dewease kept control to secure his place on top of the Port Royal Speedway victory lane stage. Brian Brown held on to finish second, followed by T.J. Stutts, Greg Hodnett, and the “Madman” Kerry Madsen.

“We knew Brian Brown was going to be fast here tonight,” said Dewease. “He’s got one heck of a motor builder, so we knew he was going to be a rocket ship. This is probably the hardest I’ve had to race this year, but I definitely didn’t keep the tires under me. We are going to have to get better before tomorrow night.”

“To finish second to Lance Dewease while racing against a field of 65 cars is nothing to hang our heads about,” Brian Brown stated. “We have some positive notes to review, so we’ll come back tomorrow and try to get one position better.”

Celebrating its Golden Anniversary in 2017, Tuscarora 50 weekend at the Port Royal Speedway “Speed Palace” will continue on Saturday evening, September 9, with the 50th running of the Tuscarora 50; the biggest sprint car race in the history of Port Royal Speedway. The 50-lap finale will award $50,000 to the main event winner, as well as a minimum of $900 to each starter.

Lance Dewease is the defending Tuscarora 50 champion, claiming the $12,000 payday in 2016 over Stevie Smith, Dale Blaney, Cap Henry, and “Double-D” Danny Dietrich. The 2016 Tuscarora 50 title was the fifth of Dewease’s storied career; the most wins in Tuscarora 50 history.

Those seeking additional news and notes regarding the 50th edition of the Tuscarora 50 should visit Port Royal Speedway live on the Web at

Contingency Awards/Results: Port Royal Speedway- Friday, September 8, 2017:
Event: Night Before The Tuscarora 50
EMi Driver’s Meeting: 65 entries
State Water Heaters Warm-Ups: Greg Hodnett - 15.432 seconds
Lincoln Electric Fast Qualifier: Ryan Smith - 15.571 seconds (8th quick)
Ford Performance Heat #1: Trenton Sheaffer
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2: Brady Bacon
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3: T.J. Stutts
Daido Engine Bearings Heat #4: Greg Hodnett
Kistler Racing Products Heat #5: Brian Brown
Computer Man, Inc D-Main: Caleb Armstrong
Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts C-Main: Brandon Matus
JE Pistons Dash #1: Brian Brown
Kistler Racing Products Dash #2: T.J. Stutts
Classic Ink USA B-Main: Trey Starks
Daido Engine Bearings Main Event Winner: T.J. Stutts (3rd)
MSD Performance Hard Charger Award: Trey Starks (+6)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 5th Place Finisher: Danny Dietrich (6th)
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 10th Place Finisher: Ryan Smith
Outback Steakhouse A-Main 15th Place Finisher: Trey Starks
(Lincoln Electric, Daido Engine Bearings, MSD Performance, Outback Steakhouse: Need decal to qualify for contingency award)


Group (A)
1. 0-Rick Lafferty, 15.508; 2. 29-Danny Dietrich, 15.541; 3. 12L-Lynton Jeffrey, 15.624; 4. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer, 15.687; 5. 71-Joey Saldana, 15.692; 6. 33M-Max Stambaugh, 15.991; 7. 13-Brandon Matus, 16.018; 8. 71m-Dave Blaney, 16.05; 9. 12-Blane Heimbach, 16.075; 10. 3-Tim Kaeding, 16.175; 11. 51-John Garvin, 16.264; 12. 33-Brent Matus, 16.969; 13. 12w-Troy Fraker, 17.028

Group (B)
1. 1z-Dale Blaney, 15.506; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri, 15.675; 3. 20-Ryan Taylor, 15.857; 4. 99-Brady Bacon, 15.917; 5. 17b-Josh Baughman, 15.943; 6. 39-Cory Haas, 16.023; 7. 5b-Justin Barger, 16.099; 8. 87K-Alan Krimes, 16.103; 9. 28F-Dave Franek, 16.121; 10. 2-AJ Flick, 16.148; 11. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 16.194; 12. 1080-Jordan Mackison, 16.293; 13. 8M-TJ Michael, 16.471

Group ( C )
1. 69K-Lance Dewease, 15.461; 2. 94-Ryan Smith, 15.571; 3. 11-TJ Stutts, 15.623; 4. 17-Caleb Helms, 15.631; 5. 51R-Freddie Rahmer, 15.783; 6. 21M-Brian Montieth, 15.815; 7. 75-Nicole Bower, 15.849; 8. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 15.963; 9. 16-Matt Campbell, 15.998; 10. 98T-Joe Trenca, 16.068; 11. 98-Carl Bowser, 16.082; 12. 44H-Joey Hershey, 16.0988; 13. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 16.173

Group (D)
1. 27-Greg Hodnett, 15.52; 2. 44-Trey Starks, 15.613; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 15.686; 4. 48-Tony Stewart, 15.694; 5. M1-Mark Smith, 15.76; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.936; 7. OO-Dane Lorenc, 15.962; 8. D4-Danny Holtgraver, 15.979; 9. 33E-Jared Esh, 16.036; 10. 47K-Kody Lehman, 16.088; 11. 1ZF-Stewart Friesen, 16.294; 12. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 16.329; 13. 9C-Roger Campbell, 16.609

Group (E)
1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.443; 2. 21-Brian Brown, 15.483; 3. 49x-Tim Shaffer, 15.722; 4. 55-Mike Wagner, 15.796; 5. 17C-Steve Buckwalter, 15.813; 6. 29S-Jason Shultz, 15.873; 7. 5-Dylan Cisney, 15.89; 8. o7-Sammy Swindell, 16.016; 9. 7W-Logan Wagner, 16.032; 10. 35-Tyler Esh, 16.132; 11. 35S-Daryl Stimeling, 16.177; 12. 95-Hunter Mackison, 16.245; 13. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 16.356

Heat #1 - Group (A) (8 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer [1]; 2. 29-Danny Dietrich [3]; 3. 12L-Lynton Jeffrey [2]; 4. 12-Blane Heimbach [9]; 5. 0-Rick Lafferty [4]; 6. 33M-Max Stambaugh [6]; 7. 71M-Dave Blaney [8]; 8. 3-Tim Kaeding [10]; 9. 13-Brandon Matus [7]; 10. 51-John Garvin [11]; 11. 33-Brent Matus [12]; 12. 12W-Troy Fraker [13]; 13. 71-Joey Saldana [5]

Heat #2 - Group (B) (8 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 99-Brady Bacon [1]; 2. 1Z-Dale Blaney [4]; 3. 20-Ryan Taylor [2]; 4. 5B-Justin Barger [7]; 5. 17B-Josh Baughman [5]; 6. 87K-Alan Krimes [8]; 7. 39M-Anthony Macri [3]; 8. 2-AJ Flick [10]; 9. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [11]; 10. 28F-Dave Franek [9]; 11. 1080-Jordan Mackison [12]; 12. 8M-TJ Michael [13]; 13. 39-Cory Haas [6]

Heat #3 - Group ( C ) (8 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 11-TJ Stutts [2]; 2. 17-Caleb Helms [1]; 3. 94-Ryan Smith [3]; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease [4]; 5. 21M-Brian Montieth [6]; 6. 51R-Freddie Rahmer [5]; 7. 24-Lucas Wolfe [8]; 8. 16-Matt Campbell [9]; 9. 98T-Joe Trenca [10]; 10. 98-Carl Bowser [11]; 11. 44H-Joey Hershey [12]; 12. 75-Nicole Bower [7]

Heat #4 - Group (D) (8 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 27-Greg Hodnett [4]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2]; 3. 48-Tony Stewart [1]; 4. D4-Danny Holtgraver [8]; 5. 44-Trey Starks [3]; 6. 1ZF-Stewart Friesen [11]; 7. M1-Mark Smith [5]; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6]; 9. 47K-Kody Lehman [10]; 10. OO-Dane Lorenc [7]; 11. 33E-Jared Esh [9]; 12. 22-Brandon Spithaler [12]; 13. 9C-Roger Campbell [13]

Heat #5 - Group (E) (8 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 2. 55-Mike Wagner [1]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2]; 5. 17C-Steve Buckwalter [5]; 6. O7-Sammy Swindell [8]; 7. 5-Dylan Cisney [7]; 8. 29S-Jason Shultz [6]; 9. 7W-Logan Wagner [9]; 10. 95-Hunter Mackison [12]; 11. 35S-Daryl Stimeling [11]; 12. 35-Tyler Esh [10]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease [1]; 3. 1Z-Dale Blaney [4]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3]; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett [5]; 6. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer [6]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 11-TJ Stutts [2]; 2. 55-Mike Wagner [3]; 3. 29-Danny Dietrich [4]; 4. 99-Brady Bacon [1]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6]; 6. 17-Caleb Helms [5]

D-Main (8 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer
1. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [2]; 2. 1ZF-Stewart Friesen [5]; 3. 35S-Daryl Stimeling [1]; 4. 12W-Troy Fraker [9]; 5. 22-Brandon Spithaler [6]

C-Main (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer
1. 13-Brandon Matus [1]; 2. 7W-Logan Wagner [3]; 3. 71M-Dave Blaney [5]; 4. 33E-Jared Esh [4]; 5. 98-Carl Bowser [7]; 6. 7C-Caleb Armstrong [15]; 7. 1ZF-Stewart Friesen [16]; 8. 3-Tim Kaeding [14]; 9. 44H-Joey Hershey [9]; 10. 2-AJ Flick [13]; 11. 28F-Dave Franek [11]; 12. 47K-Kody Lehman [8]; 13. 98T-Joe Trenca [6]

B-Main (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer
1. 44-Trey Starks [2]; 2. 0-Rick Lafferty [1]; 3. 71-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri [3]; 5. 51R-Freddie Rahmer [6]; 6. 17C-Steve Buckwalter [7]; 7. 29S-Jason Shultz [10]; 8. 5-Dylan Cisney [11]; 9. 75-Nicole Bower [9]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [12]; 11. 24-Lucas Wolfe [15]; 12. 21M-Brian Montieth [8]; 13. 17B-Josh Baughman [13]; 14. 7W-Logan Wagner [20]; 15. 16-Matt Campbell [17]; 16. 33M-Max Stambaugh [16]; 17. OO-Dane Lorenc [14]; 18. O7-Sammy Swindell [18]; 19. 13-Brandon Matus [19]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 69K-Lance Dewease [3]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 3. 11-TJ Stutts [2]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett [7]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [10]; 6. 29-Danny Dietrich [6]; 7. 55-Mike Wagner [4]; 8. 1Z-Dale Blaney [5]; 9. D4-Danny Holtgraver [18]; 10. 94-Ryan Smith [13]; 11. 12-Blane Heimbach [19]; 12. 99-Brady Bacon [8]; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri [22]; 14. 8S-Trenton Sheaffer [11]; 15. 44-Trey Starks [21]; 16. 20-Ryan Taylor [14]; 17. 17-Caleb Helms [12]; 18. 49X-Tim Shaffer [17]; 19. 10H-Chad Kemenah [25]; 20. 47K-Kody Lehman [27]; 21. 71-Joey Saldana [23]; 22. 12L-Lynton Jeffrey [16]; 23. 5B-Justin Barger [20]; 24. 0-Rick Lafferty [24]; 25. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [9]; 26. 48-Tony Stewart [15]; 27. 5-Dylan Cisney [26] Lap Leaders: Brian Brown [1-24]; Lance Dewease [25-30

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Central PA Racing Scene Month of Money 410 Power Rankings

As we head into the month of money here in Central PA I thought it would be a good time to drop the new Central PA Racing Scene 410 Power Rankings. We have a new #1 in the rankings as well as a new driver jumping into the top 5 for the 1st time. To make it just a little better for the 1st time in 2017 I have made it a top 10 instead of a top 5. Let me know what you all think.

1. Danny Dietrich - Leads the 410 division with 10 wins in 2017. Was the winner at Port Royal Speedway on Monday. 10 wins / 16 top 5's / 12 top 10's and a division leading 17 heat wins in 2017 so far.

2. Brock Zearfoss - No driver is hotter right now then the 2016 Most Improved 410 Driver. 6 wins in 2017 with 5 of them coming since the July Outlaw swing. Winner Sunday at Williams Grove Speedway and came within .111 seconds of making it 4 in a row at Port Royal on Monday. 6 wins / 12 top 5's / 5 top 10's and 9 heat race wins so far in 2017.

3. Lucas Wolfe - Nobody thought Wolfe would have the year he is having in 2017. Jumped into a new car and is 2nd in wins in 2017 with 8. His 8 wins along with 21 top 5's / 13 top 10's and 9 heat wins are 2nd only to Dietrich in 2017.

4. Lance Dewease - His 8 wins are tied for 2nd most in the 410 division with Wolfe. All the more impressive when considering he runs about 1/3 the races that the rest of the drivers in Central PA do. Considered the favorite to take the most money from the tracks in the next month. Has 8 wins / 11 top 5's / 4 top 10's and 6 heat wins in 2017.

5. Freddie Rahmer - Lil Freddie is having a dream season in only his 4th year in a 410. Points leader at Williams Grove Speedway and looks to about have his 1st Track Championship wrapped up. Has 6 wins / 15 top 5's / 10 top 10's and 9 heat wins in 2017.

6. Greg Hodnett - An off year for the winningest driver in Central PA the past 3 years. 5 wins in 410 competition but has 18 top 5's / 14 top 10's and 14 heat wins in 2017. Won at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, his 1st win at the Grove since opening day, but can he keep that momentum up during the richest month of the season?

7. Brian Montieth - Another driver who is having an "Off Year" in Central PA but was able to win the 2017 Lincoln Speedway Track Championship. 3 wins  (2 at Lincoln and 1 at Trail Way) along with 16 top 5's / 13 top 10's and 9 heat wins for "The Edge" in 2017.

 8. Cory Haas - Switched rides in 2017 joining up with the Trone Outdoor team. Has not found victory lane but has reeled off the most top 5's for any driver without a win with 12 top 5's and 7 top 10's.

9. Dale Blaney - The new driver of the Zemco 1 has yet to find victory lane but has been fast and steady in Central PA. 11 top 5's / 9 top 10's and 8 heat wins for the former King of the All Stars.

10. Dylan Cisney - Port Royal Speedway point leader is having a great year in 2017 even without a win yet. 11 top 5's / 6 top 10's and 5 heat wins in 2017.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017


Gettysburg driver wins third career Classic and second in a row

Stock cars go to Eric Irvin and Eric Boozel

Port Royal – For the third year in a row, the Port Royal Speedway Labor Day Classic for sprint cars was a true classic with multiple leaders and action at the front that kept the fans guessing all the way to the finish.

In the end on Monday afternoon, it was Gettysburg’s Danny Dietrich taking his third career Labor Day checkers and second in a row in a rousing finish that even surprised Brock Zearfoss, who exited turn four thinking he was going to win the race along with the throng of fans in attendance.

The 66th annual running of the prestigious event, sponsored by Foss Jewelers of Lewistown, saw Dietrich take home $4,000 for the payday and primed him with confidence for this weekends two-day, 50th annual Tuscarora 50 races.

In the 355 econo-late model main it was Petersburg’s Eric Irvin taking the victory while Eric Boozel took the four cylinder main.

Dietrich started the 66th annual Port Royal Labor Day Classic from the 10th spot while second starter Dale Blaney took command at the start.

Blaney was leading with five laps down when the caution flag unfurled for a stopped Vince Snyder.

At that time Brock Zearfoss was hounding Blaney for the lead while Dietrich raced sixth.

The last 20 laps went non-stop in what turned into a hair raising affair with Zearfoss ducking under Blaney for control on a few occasions before finally getting the top spot with a low swoop in the first turn with 14 away.

Meanwhile, the cars of Lucas Wolfe, Dylan Cisney and Dietrich were working forward, battling between themselves for position under a blanket while gaining on the leader.

Dietrich made his presence known for sure at the front on the 18th lap when he made a bold two-car pass of both Wolfe and Blaney to blast from fifth into second.

And with that the race was on as Zearfoss worked traffic and Dietrich cut into his advantage.

Still, Zearfoss looked relatively safe at the front as he rode the cushion nearly flawlessly as the race neared its finish.

However Dietrich was like a lion stalking his prey, repeatedly swooping across the third and fourth turns to catch the cushion while trying to cut down the leader’s advantage.

And by the time the white flag unfurled, Dietrich was within striking distance but still in need of a fantastic move in order to steal the win with another final, last turns swoop in the third and fourth corners.

However Zearfoss slammed the door in turn three and thwarted what may have been Dietrich’s swoop.

And with that, Dietrich rode the cushion through the turns as Zearfoss slid up and caught the cushion off of the fourth corner in order to jet toward the finish line.

Zearfoss then shot onto the frontchute headed for the checkers and in fact was seen pumping his fist out of the cockpit as he sped toward the checkers.

And just then, a little slip by Zearfoss and a tremendous bite by Dietrich off of turn four as he turned the car down across the frontstrech stunned the fans and Zearfoss as Dietrich drove by for the payday as the cars got to the edge of the stage, just feet from the finish line.

The margin of victory for Dietrich was a scant .111 seconds.

Dietrich went to victory lane, the fans were left speechless and Zearfoss was relegated to bridesmaid.

Dylan Cisney kept his title hopes alive with just two races to go this weekend by driving his way into third at the finish although his margin in the points is now shrunk to 85 markers over Zearfoss.

Lucas Wolfe was fourth followed by Blaney.

Sixth through 10th went to Mike Wagner, Mike Walter II., Kody Lehman, Greg Hodnett and TJ Stutts.

Heats went to Wolfe, Cisney and Wagner.

Eric Irvin led all 18 laps in the econo late model main to pick up the victory by 2.421 seconds over Ryan Walls.

Irvin started sixth in the field for the victory.

Third was Shaun Miller with Tim Krape in fourth and Tim Fedder finishing fifth.

Heats went to Shaun Miller, Irvin and Tim Krape.

Eric Boozel led all 15 laps of the four cylinder main for the win over Kent Leonard, Travis Brown, Matt Worley and Justin Williamson.

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Feature Finishes


410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Danny Dietrich, 2. Brock Zearfoss, 3. Dylan Cisney, 4. Lucas Wolfe, 5. Dale Blaney, 6. Mike Wagner, 7. Mike Walter II., 8. Kody Lehman, 9. Greg Hodnett, 10. TJ Stutts, 11. Jared Esh, 12. Kevin Nouse, 13. Joey Hershey, 14. Daryl Stimeling, 15. Curt Stroup, 16. Mike Wagner II., 17. Darren Pifer, 18. Troy Fraker, 19. Trenton Sheaffer, 20. AJ Flick, 21. Vince Snyder

Econo late models, 18 laps: 1. Eric Irvin, 2. Ryan Walls, 3. Shaun Miller, 4. Tim Krape, 5. Tim Fedder, 6. Cam Zeigler, 7. Trent Brenneman, 8. Dave Leidy, 9. Alan Sagi, 10. Derrick Garman, 11. Eric Hohol, 12. Andrew Yoder, 13. Andrew Stotler, 14. Doug Ishler, 15. Kenny Yoder, 16. Matt Cochran, 17. Garrett Gray, 18. Troy Miller, 19. Curt Dunn, 20. Rob Harling, 21. Harold Ranck Jr., 22. JR Toner

Four cylinders, 15 laps: 1. Eric Boozel, 2. Kent Leonard, 3. Travis Brown, 4. Matt Worley, 5. Justin Williamson, 6. Noah Swank, 7. Darly Sipe, 8. Tim Raup, 9. Justin Oberlin, 10. Tony Hubler, 11. Travis Semple, 12. Anthony Varner, 13. Robbie Carroll, 14. Pap Moist, 15. Adam Campbell, 16. Matt Chronister, 17. Zach Wright, 18. Zack Moist, 19. Jeff Foster, 20. Kayla Varner, 21. Bruce Beatris, 22. Noah Myers, 23. Ryan Underkhoffer, 24. Jaren Rudy

Additional starters: Adam Bailer, Roy Denike, Tim Campbell, Andrew Moist, Rusty Garlock, Charlie Varner, Kenndey Courter, Lee Zook, Chrales Stallman, Zach Baldwin, Kurtis Hardy, Ricky Weaver

Monday, September 04, 2017


MECHANICSBURG, PA – Brock Zearfoss’ late-summer hot streak continued Sunday night at Williams Grove Speedway as he scored the Billy Kimmel Memorial win for the Sprint cars.

He earned $3,800 for his second Grove win of the season and fifth overall since beating the Outlaws at Williams Grove in July.

Meanwhile, in the K1 Summer Series finale for the 358 Sprints, it was Brie Hershey scoring the win earning $1,500 and Chase Dietz earning the series championship.

It was the second Grove win of the season for “The Jonestown Jet” in the Aaron Long No. 58.

“We had a heck of a car tonight,” said Zearfoss. “Aaron and the boys have been working hard. We’ve been trying some stuff after the Outlaw race. Friday night we weren’t so good. Tonight, we came back with basic stuff and here we stand.”

His first Grove win came in July against the Outlaws.

“My confidence is sky high right now,” said Zearfoss. “Once you beat the best in the world, you feel like you can do anything. My crew gives me great cars week-in and week-out, I just get to drive the thing. It’s a great feeling. A few years ago, I was down in the dumps wondering if I could even do this anymore. This sport will really drag you down and it will really get you high. When you get on them highs, you have to ride them the best you can.”

Chad Trout slowed on the backstretch on the opening lap bringing out the caution flag.

Polesitter Eric Tomecek led the first lap over Matt Campbell as sixth starter Zearfoss blasted into third.

The red flag flew with two laps completed when Chris Arnold and Kody Lehman crashed in turn three. They were okay.

Tomecek controlled the restart as Zearfoss blasted around Campbell for second. Zearfoss couldn’t get to the leader as Brian Montieth passed Brandon Rahmer and then Rodney Westhafer moving into fourth.

The top three were close as they raced down the frontstretch completing lap eight.

Tomecek blew an engine coming off turn two. Zearfoss took evasive active driving inside of him. Campbell also moved to miss Zearfoss and hit the inside fence, but continued. The red flag stopped the race. Tomecek was okay.

“I was lucky enough to get below him and hold on to second at the moment and assume the lead,” said Zearfoss.

Zearfoss led the field down for the restart. Montieth went after Campbell, but couldn’t make the pass.

Zearfoss led by 1.476 seconds at the half-way point. Montieth passed Campbell with eight to go and then Rahmer did as well.

Montieth blew a tire and hit the third turn fence giving up second with six to go. Campbell pitted under caution with a flat tire giving up fourth.

Zearfoss led Rahmer and Rodney Westhafer, who was driving a Billy Kimmel tribute car No.47, for the lap 19 restart.

Rahmer tried a third turn slider on the leader following the restart. He could only get next to Zearfoss, who then pulled away over the final laps winning the Kimmel Memorial by 1.345.

“It’s a great feeling to win a memorial race,” said Zearfoss. “I didn’t get to race with Billy, but I knew of him. He was definitely one of those up and comers It’s a shame his life got cut short, but he was doing what he loved. I can’t thank the family enough for sticking with it in the sport and doing everything that they do. It’s greatly appreciated.”

B. Rahmer’s runner-up was his best-ever Grove finish. Westhafer, 13th starter TJ Stutts and Cory Haas completed the top five. Lucas Wolfe, Danny Dietrich, Alan Krimes, point leader Freddie Rahmer and Greg Hodnett rounded out the top 10 Stutts earned a $500 Hard Charger Award from the Beerhill Gang.

Eight-lap heat races for the 22 cars in the 410 Sprints were won by Westhafer, Dietrich and Hodnett.

Shai Morris started on the pole and grabbed the lead of the 358 feature that was marred by two red flags in the first five laps. A third red flag occurred on the lap five restart in turn one involving Rich Eichelberger and TJ DeHaven. No injuries were reported.

Morris led until lap 20 when Nyle Berkes used an inside move off turn four to take the top spot. The caution flew setting up a five-lap dash to the finish.

Fifth starter Brie Hershey of Dillsburg moved to second on the restart and stalked the leader. With the white flag waving, Hershey raced to the outside of Berkes coming off turn four. She squeezed between him and the wall taking the lead

She controlled the final lap picking up the win over Berkes, 16th starter Chase Dietz, 12th starter Doug Hammaker and 11th starter Kevin Nouse. Morris, Cody Keller, Jared Esh, Chris Frank and Chad Trout rounded out the top 10. Dietz was named the series champion.

“I tried to keep my momentum up,” said Hershey. “I knew everybody was behind me. I thought if I could keep my speed up I’d be okay. That’s the most fun race I’ve run in a while. I’m still processing it.”

Eight-lap heat races for the 28 cars in the 358 Sprints were won by Kody Hartlaub, Rich Eichelberger and Hershey. Matt Findley won the consolation.

Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1. Brock Zearfoss. 2. Brandon Rahmer. 3. Rodney Westhafer. 4. TJ Stutts. 5. Cory Haas. 6. Lucas Wolfe. 7. Danny Dietrich. 8. Alan Krimes. 9. Freddie Rahmer. 10. Greg Hodnett. 11. Trey Starks. 12. Anthony Macri. 13 AJ Flick. 14. Ryan Higgins. 15. Troy Fraker. 16. Matt Campbell. 17. Brian Montieth. 18. Nicole Bower. 19. Eric Tomecek. 20. Kody Lehman. 21. Chris Arnold. 22. Chad Trout.

358 Sprint Feature (25 laps): 1. Brie Hershey. 2. Nyle Berkes. 3. Chase Dietz. 4. Doug Hammaker. 5. Kevin Nouse. 6. Shai Morris. 7. Cody Keller. 8. Jared Esh. 9. Chris Frank. 10. Chad Trout. 11. Kyle Denmyer. 12. Brett Wanner. 13. Jake Eldreth. 14. Steve Drevicki. 15. Cody Fletcher. 16. Brent Shearer. 17. Hank Donovan Jr. 18. Matt Findley. 19. Phil Walter. 20. Rich Eichelberger. 21. TJ Dehaven. 22. Jordan Givler. 23. Dan Richcreek. 24. Kody Hartlaub.

Did Not Qualify: Ashley Cappetta, Wyatt Hinkle, Zachary Allman, Michael Hamer.