Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Thoughts on a Racing MONTH gone by....

Hello folks and welcome back to a special My thoughts on a racing MONTH gone by. Sorry for the lack of articles or updates on the site the past few weeks but work has been brutal the past few weeks. Working a lot of OT and 6 nights a week so not a lot of time to write or even go to the races for that matter. Unfortunately I have had to miss quite a bit, and I'm not real happy about it. Missed a few history making things in our area, but we will cover all of that in a bit.

First up this week I wanted to drop a big special announcement. Last year we here at Central PA Racing Scene did a series of special fan voting to see who the fans thought where the best 410,358,360 and 305 drivers in Central PA. We also saw fans vote on rookie of the year and their favorite event, and even the best track in Central PA. Well this year we are proud to say we are bring this back again starting in a few weeks, but to make it even bigger we will be giving out awards to the to the best 410 and 358 drivers in Central PA, as well as what the fans think is the best track in Central PA. The fans will be able to cast their votes on those 3 awards which will be presented to the winners, but also vote on a slew of other categories like top 305 driver, top 360 driver, the top rookies in 358 and 410 division. Which event the fans think was the best of 2015. The voting for best 410,358 and track will see the fans cast their vote and then a panel of us here at Central PA Racing Scene will have a debate as to who we think should win the award. So be on the lookout for voting to start the week after the National Open at Williams Grove Speedway.

Don't forget race fans this Thursday night Slingin Dirt presented by Slicks & Sticks will be back on the air with another awesome show. You can check it out at Slicks & Sticks every Thursday night at 8 pm.

Now lets get to everything that has happened the past month since the last time we shot the bull folks....

Its been an up and down month for fans here in Central PA. Sadly we lost one of our drivers 3 weeks ago as Jim Campbell lost his life in a tragic accident during warmups at Williams Grove Speedway. I was so proud of the fans here in Central PA as with the help of Kyle Pruitt and Kristina Chambers they where able to collect over $19,000 at Williams Grove Speedway. I'm not going to lie folks, I was worried that some people just didn't seem to care because Jim was not a driver most people had ever invested in, heck it took me a few minutes to remember who he was, and up until Tuesday morning when I started talking about it on social media, I had not seen anything being posted about trying to raise something for Jim's family. But I'll be damned if the fans here in Central PA didn't come through in spades. Just goes to show, it doesn't matter who the driver is,a big name national driver, or part time "I race for the fun of it" hobby driver, fans care.

I have been pushing the youth movement here in Central PA since I re-launched this website in 2013. Well the past month has shown us what I have been saying was true. Look at the 4 young drivers who have won 410 races in the past month or so. Logan Wagner got it started up at Port Royal and since then Chase Dietz has won his 1st career 410 feature at Lincoln, Austin Hogue won his 1st career 410 feature at Williams Grove on Friday night, and then last night at Lincoln Speedway Brandon Rahmer finally found victory lane after coming close twice this season. Wagner was the fans vote for the 2014 410 rookie of the year here at Central PA Racing Scene picked up his 2nd career 410 victory. Logan who had won numerous 305 races at Port and other race tracks, and even has a 358 victory at Path Valley was finally able to stand on the big stage at Port where his father has stood for years. Dietz the 2014 358 champion at Lincoln Speedway jumped into the Scott Gobrecht 44 410 in 2015 and has admittedly struggled at times. Chase who only had 1 top 5 before his big win looked great taking the lead from another young driver Jordan Mackison and holding off 3 of the best drivers at Lincoln to pick up his first career 410 win. Austin Houge started off this weekend of the youngster with a big win at Williams Grove showing that the 2nd year 410 driver and former 358 champion could race with the big boys and not get rattled passing Cory Haas on the last lap to take the popular win. Saturday night Brandon Rahmer would share the front row with his twin brother Freddie and like most people I thought Freddie would be the first brother to sit in victory lane. Like Gomer Pyle would say... SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE. Brandon would hold off Montieth to score the upset win to cap off a great month for the youth movement here in Central pa.

But that's not to say the veterans have not had anything to say around these parts. Greg Hodnett has visited victory lane three times at three different race tracks, Danny Dietrich scored big victories at Lincoln and Williams Grove, and Blane Heimbach finally got back on track after taking a few weeks off to re group and found victory lane at Port Royal. With their wins Greg and Danny now have won 29 features in Central PA, 30 total with Greg's win in Florida back in February. The rest of Central PA have 43 wins total. That's called domination folks.

Can't move on from the 410's until I mention Rico Abreu who came east two weeks ago and looked great in not only his midget winning 2 features but also his 410. Rico would score 3 top 5's in 4 races. Dude can flat out drive a race car, and the fans absolutely love the guy. Don't think I have ever seen 1 driver have so many selfies taken with him as Rico did that weekend. And lastly looked like the fans had a blast this past Wednesday night at Lincoln Speedway watching all of our heroes of our childhood strap back into a race car. This will be the 1 race I missed in 2015 that I will never get over not seeing. Sounded like a SRO crowed who saw some great racing with the legends. Todd Shaffer would win the special feature over Kenny Adams.

Before we look back at the 358's the past month need to give a shout out to TJ Stutts who not only won his 4th 360 feature event in a row at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night, he also claimed the track championship. Congrats from everyone here at Central PA Racing Scene.

The 358 division has been as hot as the 410 division the past month with 6 different drivers visiting victory lane. Doug Hammaker has kept his breakout dream season going by winning his 5th feature event of the season at his 3rd different race track with his win at Susquehanna Speedway. Brad McClelland picked up his 7th win of the season and 6th at Trail Way Speedway which moved him into a tie with Chad Layton for 2nd all time in the 358 division. Bill Stine picked up his first career 358 feature win at Lincoln Speedway last Saturday night, while Phil Walter would come back on Wednesday and win his 1st feature event of 2015 at Lincoln. This past weekend Adrian Shaffer would win his 3rd feature event of the season with another last lap pass for the win. Down at Trail Way Speedway Cody Fletcher would continue to show why he is the most improved  driver in 358 division after picking up his 2nd feature win of the season. 20 different drivers have visited victory lane in the 358 division in 2015 with 6 of them for the 1st time. Even better 3 of those drivers where able to win multiple times (Halligan 3, Fletcher 2, Lehman 2), and the other three wins where by 358 rookies (Young, Holbrook and Stine). So much for that dying division as a 410 driver told me last year.

Want to wish Kody Lehman a speedy recovery as he has two fractures in his spine suffered at Lincoln Speedway as few weeks back. Kody who was a rookie last year in the 358 division had wins at Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedway in 2015. Hope you have a speedy recovery and we see you back in a race car in 2016. Now when can we get that wing changed on the t shirt Lehamn?

Well that's it for this week folks. Look for a big picture drop this week on the site as I have pictures from the 410/358 race 2 weeks ago as well as pictures from Tony DeSeta to share with you all. I'll also be posting the new Central PA Power Rankings for the 410 and 358 division.

Next weekend is Labor Day weekend, a time for all of us hard working folks to kick back, drink our favorite beer of choice and watch us some great dirt racing 3 nights in a row. Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway they will have the Jack Gunn Memorial Down Under 410 Sprints & PASS 305 Sprints. Anyone wishing to try and explain how they are going to figure out the lineup please share it with me, because I didn't take calc in high school. Trail Way Speedway will host their 2nd to last 358 feature event of the season. The race will be race number 1 for the Trail Way/Lincoln Speedway shootout and will be the 358 teams last chance to get ready for the $2,000 to win Trone Outdoor Championship on September 11th. Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway they are hosting a winged triple header as the 410's and 358's will be joined by the Super Sportsman. At Port Royal Speedway will kick off the 161st Juniata County Fair with the 410's and the 12th annual Butch Renninger UFO Late Models Memorial. Sunday night Williams Grove Speedway will be back in action with the Billy Kimmel Memorial for 410 Sprints & 358 Sprints Nouse Signs & Graphics Summer Series Finale. Selinsgrove Speedway will host the World of Outlaw late models for a special $10,000 win show.

I'm hoping to see everyone Friday night at Trail Way Speedway (if work allows me to), Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, and Sunday night at Williams Grove, but like always folks hope your work week stays cool and goes fast, your beverage of choice stays ice cold, and your racing no matter where you go this coming weekend, is red hot. Until then have a safe week folks I will see you all Friday night.

© William McIntyre and Central PA Racing Scene


ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/29/2015 –Another historic night at Lincoln Speedway saw the next generation of Rahmers pull into victory lane, as Brandon Rahmer held off the late-race challenges of Lincoln points leader Brian Montieth to score his first career “410” sprint car win.

“I was trying to run my ass off to keep away from them,” said Rahmer when asked whether he knew if Montieth and 12th-starting Danny Dietrich were running second and third behind him, “I kept my speed up top. I didn’t know if Brian had enough to slide up in front of me going into three. That’s how Danny (Dietrich) got me the other two times I was in the front here. But I finally got to stand up here.”

“I was lucky enough to draw a good pill and start up front for the feature and it finally paid off,” added Rahmer.

Handicapping placed the Rahmer brothers on the outside of the front two rows for the feature. Polesitter Steve Owings took the lead at the outset and led the first two laps, with Freddie dropping back to fifth at outset and Robbie Kendall and Tim Glatfelter moving into third and fourth.

Brandon caught Owings for the lead on lap three and led the rest of the way, with plenty of action in behind. Freddie recovered to advance to second after catching Owings on lap eight.

As the Rahmer brothers led, tenth-starting Brian Montieth and leading Lincoln feature winner and 12th-starting Danny Dietrich were methodically working their way through the field.

Montieth caught Grasso for third on lap 12 and chased down Freddie by the 17th lap. He and Freddie made contact exiting turn four of that lap, pitching Freddie into the outside guardrail on the front stretch and ending Freddie’s night. Also caught up in the crash was fourth-place Grasso and Randy Bachman.

Montieth never stopped and assumed second for the restart, with Owings third and Dietrich fourth. One lap later, Dietrich disposed of Owings and made it a three-car race to the checkered.

Though he pulled alongside several times, Montieth was never able to get by the Miller Brothers Chevrolet/Wege Pretzels/ARAN Trading #88. Rahmer’s final margin of victory was .53 seconds, with Dietrich a close third, Owings fourth, and Friday night Williams Grove winner Austin Hogue fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were 20th-starting Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Kendall, Cory Haas, 19th-starting Alan Krimes, and 22nd-starting Jimmy Siegel.

Heats for the 26 410’s were won by Montieth, Kyle Moody, and Kendall, with Krimes winning the consolation.

Mt. Union’s Ralph Morgan scored his eighth win of the year in the “358” late model feature event, crossing a convincing 3.53 seconds ahead of Shaun Jones. It was the first career Lincoln win for Morgan, who has already won five races at Hesston and a race each at Hagerstown and Path Valley this year.

Gene Knaub was third, with Eric Irvin and Cam Zeigler completing the top five.

The event was marred by a 14-car pile-up which blocked the track in turn three of the first lap.

Heats for the 26 358 Late Models were won by Morgan, Brad Shank, and Shaun Jones, with Dan Zechman winning the consolation.

Kory Sites claimed his first win in five years in the 20-lap street stock feature. Sites, who came out of retirement by running a few events last year, started on the front row and followed polesitter Jason Townsend for the first three laps. He wrestled the lead on lap four and held off Mike Potts over the final 15 laps.

Third through fifth were Doug Bennett, Bob Scott, Jr., and Michelle Walls.

Heats for the 26 Street Stocks were won by Townsend, Sites, and Bennett.

Next Saturday night, September 5th at 7 PM, Lincoln will host the J.L. Howard Memorial featuring the final point race of the season for the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprints. In addition, the 358 Sprints will be competing in another Trail-Way/Lincoln “Shootout” weekend event. Rounding out the evening will be the Super Sportsman and FIREWORKS. Gates will open at 5 PM with racing action getting underway at 7 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 29, 2015
Abbottstown, PA
410 SPRINT FEATURE FINISH (25 laps) – 1. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 35-Steve Owings; 5. 52-Austin Hogue; 6. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 7. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 8. 11C-Cory Haas; 9. 87-Alan Krimes; 10. 59-Jim Siegel; 11. 99M-Kyle Moody; 12. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 13. 21-Scott Fisher; 14. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 15. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 16. 5-Colby Womer; 17. 44-Chase Dietz; 18. 3B-Randy Baughman; 19. 51-Freddie Rahmer (DNF); 20. 37-JJ Grasso (DNF); 21. 1*-Tim Wagaman (DNF); 22. 74-Dwayne Gutshall (DNF); 23. 49H-Bradley Howard (DNF); 24. 45-Kevin Nagy (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Steve Owings (1-2), Brandon Rahmer (3-25)

410 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/6 qualify) - 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 35-Steve Owings; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 21K-Kyle Pruitt; 5. 3B-Randy Baughman; 6. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 7. 87-Alan Krimes; 8. 59-Jim Siegel; 9. 49H-Bradley Howard. Time – 2:21.977

410 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/6 qualify) - 1. 99M-Kyle Moody; 2. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 3. 11C-Cory Haas; 4. 39-Tim Glatfelter; 5. 45-Kevin Nagy; 6. 44-Chase Dietz; 7. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 8. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 9. 10-Zach Eucalano. Time – 2:26.438

410 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/6 qualify) - 1. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 2. 37-JJ Grasso; 3. 52-Austin Hogue; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 5. 74-Dwayne Gutshall; 6. 21T-Scott Fisher; 7. 5-Colby Womer; DNS – 8-Billy Dietrich. Time – 2:29.598

410 Sprint Consolation Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 87-Alan Krimes; 2. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 3. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 4. 59-Jim Siegel; 5. 5-Colby Womer; 6. 49H-Bradley Howard; 7. 10-Zach Eucalano. Time – 2:34.372

358 LATE MODEL FINISH (20 laps) – 1. 44-Ralph Morgan; 2. 2M-Shaun Jones; 3. 1-Gene Knaub; 4. 87-Eric Irvin; 5. 21Z-Cam Zeigler; 6. 57-Brad Shank; 7. 116-Travis Mease; 8. 5J-Chad Julius; 9. 51-Jake Jones; 10. 08-Zach Kauffman; 11. 2Z-Dan Zechman; 12. 121-Larry Neiderer; 13. 7-Pat Beard; 14. 33-Craig Smith; 15. 19L-Dave Latsha; 16. 24-Dalton Bigler; 17. 67-Tommy Slanker (DNF); 18. 25-Sam Gallagher (DNF); 19. 1W-Billy Wampler (DNF); 20. 5-Charles Potts (DNF); 21. NINE-Ron Kline (DNF); 22. 50-Jason Smith (DNF); 23. 14-Tyler Horst (DNF); 24. 98W-Chaz Walls (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Ralph Morgan (1-20)

358 Late Model Heat One Finish (8 laps/6 qualify) - 1. 44-Ralph Morgan; 2. 21Z-Cam Zeigler; 3. 25-Sam Gallagher; 4. 5-Charles Potts; 5. 5J-Chad Julius; 6. 14-Tyler Horst; 7. 98-Chaz Walls; 8. 2Z-Dan Zechman (DNF); 9. 000-Matt Nailor (DNF). No Time

358 Late Model Heat Two Finish (8 laps/6 qualify) - 1. 57-Brad Shank; 2. .87-Eric Irvin; 3. 1W-Billy Wampler; 4. 116-Travis Mease; 5. 50-Jason Smith; 6. 67-Tommy Slanker; 7. 99W-Garrett Walls; 8. 33-Craig Smith; 9. 08-Zach Kauffman. No Time

358 Late Model Heat Three Finish (8 laps/6 qualify) - 1. 2M-Shaun Jones; 2. 1-Gene Knaub; 3. 51-Jake Jones; 4. NINE-Ron Kline; 5. 19-Dave Latcha; 6. 7-Pat Beard; 7. 121-Larry Neiderer (DNF); DNS – 24-Dalton Bigler, 27-Tom Hertz. No Time

358 Late Model Consolation Finish (8 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 2Z-Dan Zechman; 2. 98W-Chaz Walls; 3. 33-Craig Smith; 4. 121-Larry Neiderer; 5. 08-Zach Kauffman; 6. 24-Dalton Bigler; 7. 99W-Garrett Walls; 8. 000-Matt Nailor; 9. 27-Tom Hertz (DNF). No Time

STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH (20 laps) – 1. 21K-Kory Sites; 2. M1-Mike Potts; 3. 77-Doug Bennett; 4. 47-Bob Scott, Jr.; 5. 2W-Michelle Walls; 6. 81-Jason Geesaman; 7. 7S-Kevin Seigler; 8. 59-Ryan Smith; 9. 60-Danny Beard; 10. 16-Walt Lemmon; 11. F5-Dalton Frye; 12. 71-Sean Todd; 13. 99X-Chris Heller; 14. 1J-Eric Johnson; 15. 98X-Ryan Bloom; 16. 83-Mikey Guise; 17. 90-Josh Angle; 18. 39-Wayne Dutterer (DNF); 19. 72-Jason Townsend (DNF); 20. 100X—Matt Wampler (DNF); 21. 17-Jim Rost, Sr. (DNF); 22. 94-Mike Buckley (DNF); 23. 2-Randy Zechman (DNF); 24. 100-Cameron Desimone (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Jason Townsend (1-3), Kory Sites (4-20)

Street Stock Heat One Finish (8 laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 72-Jason Townsend; 2. M1-Mike Potts; 3. 47-Bob Scott, Jr.; 4. 99-Chris Heller; 5. 2-Randy Zechman; 6. 59-Ryan Smith; 7. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 8. 17-Jim Rost, Sr. (DNF); 9. 100X-Cameron Desimone. No Time

Street Stock Heat Two Finish (8 laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 21-Kory Sites; 2. 00-Josh Bloom; 3. 7S-Kevin Seigler; 4. 1J-Eric Johnson; 5. 60-Danny Beard; 6. 71-Sean Todd; 8. 100-Matt Wampler; 9. 11-Jim Rost, Jr. (DNF). Time – 2:33.94

Street Stock Heat Three Finish (8 laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 77-Doug Bennett; 2. 2W-Michelle Walls; 3. 94-Mike Buckley; 4. 81-Jason Geesaman; 5. 16-Walt Lemmon; 6. 83-Mikey Guise; 7. F5-Dalton Frye; 8. 90-Josh Angle. No Time

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Hodnett, Smith Jr. and Trout Score Port Royal Aug. 29 Mains


Port Royal – Greg Hodnett won his sixth sprint car feature of the season on Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway, using a locked-down racecar to blast through the field for the $3,200 victory, the 42nd of his career at the oval.

Tim Smith Jr. of Long Hollow drove to his second win of the year in the super late model main, driving by Matt Parks for the win.

And in the super sportsman main, Chad Trout won his first ever division feature at the track.

Hodnett started seventh in the 25-lap sprint car main while Brock Zearfoss took the green flag and lead from the pole.

Zearfoss would set the early pacer over Rick Lafferty before Lance Dewease motored by for second on the sixth tour.

Hodnett got by Lafferty for third a lap later and was stalking the top two when the leaders entered the backmarkers on the ninth lap.

Dewease fell victim to Hodnett for second with 15 laps to go before the yellow flag came out for a Wayne Dadetto spin a lap later.

Hodnett just simply drove right by Zearfoss on the restart to begin his run to the checkers.

Another yellow, this time for a spinning Blane Heimbach on the 14th lap, was the only thing that hindered Hodnett during the run to the finish.

Dewease stayed close only for a lap after the race restarted before Hodnett pulled out to a 3.899 second win.

Eighth starter Lucas Wolfe drove up to third at the finish followed by Dylan Cisney and Davey Sammons.

Sixth through 10 th went to Zearfoss, Mike Wagner, Lafferty, 21st starter Mike Erdley and Ryan Taylor.

Heats went to Wolfe, Mike Wagner and Hodnett.

The start of the 22-lap late model main saw Scott Flickinger and Devin Friese connect in the third turn, producing a complete restart. 

Flickinger’s crash moved Matt Parks to the pole for the new green and Parks took the lead when action started.

Tim Wilson trailed Parks with Tim Smith Jr. third on the first laps before Smith took second on the second lap.

Parks was using the low side of the speedway with the lead while Smith used the middle and top and it was that lane that he used to drive by Parks for control on the fifth circuit.

Point leader Mike Lupfer, who started seventh, made big advances during the early going to take third on the sixth tour and then second a lap later.

But once in second he couldn’t muster a challenge for the win, instead finishing .695 seconds back as the pair worked traffic during the final half of the race.

Wilson was third followed by Parks and Trent Brenneman.

Sixth through 10th went to Mitch Hack, Jeff Miller, Steve Stitt, Nick Dickson and Travis Dillman.

Heats went to Lupfer and Brenneman.

Bobby Hockenberry led the first four laps of the 20-lap super sportsman main before sixth starter Kevin Nouse blasted into control.

Nouse was pulling away on the seventh lap when he suddenly slowed and gave up the race.

Fourth starter Chad Trout was racing second for the restart with Hockenberry again at the point.

After the yellow flag for Nouse’s stopped car, Trout zipped into the lead when action resumed to speed to the victory of nearly a half lap advantage, some 6.685 seconds ahead.

Gregg Foster was third followed by Scott Dellinger and Russ Mitten.

Sixth through 10th went to Frankie Herr, Tony Jackson, Rich Eichelberger, Mike Enders and Jay Fannasy.

Heats went to Ken Edkin and Rich Eichelberger.
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Race Results:
Feature Finishes

410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Lance Dewease, 3. Lucas Wolfe, 4. Dylan Cisney, 5. Davey Sammons, 6. Brock Zearfoss, 7. Mike Wagner, 8. Rick Lafferty, 9. Mike Erdley, 10. Ryan Taylor, 11. Logan Wagner, 12. Brent Marks, 13. Blane Heimbach, 14. Wayne Dadetto, 15. Trenton Sheaffer, 16. Dustin Baney, 17. Curt Stroup, 18. Joey Hershey, 19. Mike Wagner II., 20. Cory Thornton, 21. Doug Esh, 22. Dave Hahn, 23. Nicole Bower

DNS: Vince Snyder, Steve Buckwalter

Late models, 22 laps: 1. Tim Smith Jr., 2. Mike Lupfer, 3. Tim Wilson, 4. Matt Parks, 5. Trent Brenneman, 6. Mitch Hack, 7. Jeff Miller, 8. Steve Still, 9. Nick Dickson, 10. Travis Dillman, 11. Mike Mort, 12. Steve Bailor, 13. Patrick Bryner, 14. Jason Schmidt, 15. Eric Zembower, 16. Scott Flickinger, 17. Devin  Friese,

DNS: Andrew Yoder, Kody Lyter, Justin Kann

Super sportsman, 20 laps: 1. Chad Trout, 2. Bobby Hockenberry, 3. Gregg Foster, 4. Scott Dellinger, 5. Russ Mitten, 6. Frankie Herr, 7. Tony Jackson, 8. Rich Eichelberger, 9. Mike Ender, 10. Jay Fannasy, 11. Doug Dodson, 12. Chad Smith, 13. Dave Socks, 14. Kenny Edkin, 15. Carmen Perigo Jr., 16. Todd Leonard, 17. John Stoll Jr., 18. Chad Criswell, 19. Kevin Nouse, 20. Lanny Hake

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Hogue And Shaffer Use Last Lap Passes For Williams Grove Sprint Wins


Mechanicsburg – A pair of last lap passes netted sprint car wins at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night for drivers Austin Hogue and Adrian Shaffer.

For Hogue, the victory was a career first at the historic oval in the 410 sprint division while Shaffer notched his second win of the season in the 358 sprint class.

Hogue started second in the 25-lap 410 sprint car feature and led from the beginning with Cory Haas moving into second on the second tour.

The race was slowed moments later for a three-car entanglement in the fourth corner involving Pat Cannon, Jordan Givler and Troy Fraker.

The final 23 laps of the event went non stop with Haas chasing Hogue throughout until the leader by his own admission got sucked into the first turn cushion with nine laps to go, forcing him to swing wide into the corners and also allowing Haas to drive by for the win.

The West York driver had been staying close enough to Hogue to easily capitalize on the miscue however Hogue was not done in his quest for a first career victory.

After a lap or two that allowed him to get his wheels back underneath, Hogue tracked Haas down to also be within striking distance and another miscue on the cushion, this time by Haas as he ran up on Cannon to put him a lap down, set up a wild finish.

When Cannon bobbled on the fourth turn cushion, it forced Haas to backpedal and that allowed Hogue to drop down and run underneath Haas back to the white flag, with Haas scoring the lap by just half of his car’s length with Hogue directly beside him. 

And as the pair raced into the first corner, Haas broke low for a sweep thru the turns while Hogue went to the cushion for a sweep and that move netted him control as the pair raced onto the backchute.

Haas was close enough as the pair entered the third turn to pull a big old slide job in an attempt to again get the lead and win but Hogue anticipated the move perfectly to already be turning his car off of the cushion before Haas even completed his glide up across the track.

And with that turn of the car set up perfectly while Haas was sliding sideways, Hogue drove forward to again take the lead back from Haas off of the fourth corner to pick up the exciting win by .410 seconds.

Sixth starter Steve Buckwalter rode home a stout third followed by 10th starter Greg Hodnett and Danny Dietrich.

Sixth through 10th went to Brian Montieth, Brent Marks, Brock Zearfoss, Frankie Herr and Lance Dewease.

Heats went to Haas, Jay Reichard and Montieth.

Cody Fairchok would lead 16 laps of the 20-lap 358 sprint main before ninth starter Kevin Nouse took over on a restart after getting by a well-running Adrian Shaffer for second on the ninth tour.

Nouse seemed to be in good shape when a final of three yellow flags appeared with just two laps to go. 

Nouse pulled away from Shaffer on the restart and again seemed headed for his first win of the year and then suddenly as he raced toward the white flag his whole night changed thanks to a flipped up front wing.

With his front wing flipped upside down on the hood of the car, unsettling his momentum as he shot down the frontstretch, Shaffer used a full head of steam to blast around Nouse in the first corner to steal the win away on the final circuit.

Nouse limped home second followed by 11th starter Chase Dietz, Matt Campbell and Fairchok.

Sixth through 10th went to Chandler Leiby, Doug Hammaker, Rich Eichelberger, Matt Findley and Nyle Berkes.

Heats went to Todd Reed, Kyle Denmyer and Fairchok.

August 28, 2015 Feature Finishes:

410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Austin Hogue, 2. Cory Haas, 3. Steve Buckwalter, 4. Greg Hodnett, 5. Danny Dietrich, 6. Brian Montieth, 7. Brent Marks, 8. Brock Zearfoss, 9. Frankie Herr, 10. Lance Dewease, 11. Ryan Smith, 12. Wayne Dadetto, 13. Pat Cannon, 14. Rick Lafferty, 15. Glenndon Forsythe, 16. Tim Glatfelter, 17. Jordan Givler, 18. Alan Krimes, 19. Troy Fraker, 20. Lucas Wolfe, 21. Rodney Westhafer

DNS: Jay Reichard

358 sprints, 20 laps: 1. Adrian Shaffer, 2. Kevin Nouse, 3. Chase Dietz, 4. Matt Campbell, 5. Cody Fairchok, 6. Chandler Leiby, 7. Doug Hammaker, 8. Rich Eichelberger, 9. Matt Findley, 10. Nyle Berkes, 11. Bill Stine, 12. Brie Hershey, 13. DJ Montgomery, 14. Kyle Dunmyer, 15. Russell Hammaker, 16. Brian Garland, 17. Ryan Hansen, 18. Phil Walter, 19. Todd Reed, 20. Leah Starner, 21. Amy Ott
DNS: Austin Kirby


HANOVER, PA (8/28/2015) – Two night after his grandfather was recognized at Lincoln Speedway as one of the great mechanics of all-time, Cody Fletcher claimed his second career win in the 25-lap “358” sprint car feature at Trail-Way Speedway. 

And unlike Fletcher’s first career win earlier in the year, Cody’s parents were present to see it.  Also on hand was grandpa Harry Fletcher.

“This feels good!  I’m glad my parents were here tonight,” said Fletcher upon exiting his Fletcher Farms/Rocco’s Pizza & Subs #66A in victory lane, “Dad has been keeping this thing fast and straight.  I knew Zeek (Sneeringer) was back there.  I just had to not goof up.”

Fletcher started beside Sneeringer on the front row and outran the Trail-Way points leader into the first turn.  From there, he led the rest of the way, despite one close call when he made contact with the lapped car of Bob Anderson exiting turn two of lap 12.  A quarter of-a-lap later, Anderson went out of control and rolled into the wall and catch fence on turn three.

“Sorry if I got into Bob,” said Fletcher, “I’ll go talk to him after this.”

Sneeringer ran second the entire way, with hard charger Brad McClelland coming from tenth to finish third, Dwight Leppo coming back from engine problems in his heat to cross fourth, and Chris Frank fifth.

Qualifiers for the ten sprint cars were won by McClelland and Sneeringer.

Hayden Miller ended a two-year win drought and raced to his first career Trail-Way win in the 20-lap  600cc micro-sprint feature.  Like Fletcher in the sprint cars, Miller started on the outside of the front row and led every lap. 

Brad Weber came from sixth starting spot to cross second after catching polesitter Hannah Riser on a lap 12 restart.  Riser settled for third, with 12th starting Travis Scott finishing fourth, and Tyler Walton completing the top five.

Heats for the 15 micros were won by Walton and Weber.

Brian Walls made his first Trail-Way start of the year and scored the win in the 25-lap championship event for street stocks.

Walls started sixth, but a first-lap crash took out points leader Dan Furman, last race winner Michael Goodwin, and Joe Brown.  A restart lineup found Walls in fourth, and he had the lead by the end of the first lap.  His final margin of victory was 2.34 seconds over Matt Wampler, with Jeremy Stremmel, Jim Jacobs, and Zach Myers rounding out the top five.

Although he has several wins in the former thundercar division, it was Walls’ first Trail-Way win in the current street stock division.

Heats for the 14 street stocks were won by Wampler and Goodwin.

Polesitter Steve Clemo started on the pole and held off the repeated challenges of fourth-starting Jim Crocker over the final 16 laps to win the 20-lap feature for Classic Cars.  It was Clemo’s first win of the year and second career win at Trail-Way.

Neal Reamer, Steve Cantwell, and Kurt Welsh crossed third through fifth.

Heats for the 12 Classic Cars were won by Clemo and Reamer.

Tomorrow night, Saturday August 29th, Trail-Way hosts the annual “Junk Car Demolition.” Also on the schedule will be Figure 8, Powder Puff and Limited Stocks in a championship race! Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with heats scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.

The following Friday, September 4th, Trail-Way swings back into action with the 358 Sprints in the first leg of the annual “Trail-Way/Lincoln Shootout.” Also scheduled will be the Limited Stocks, Central PA Legends and the Street Stocks. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with heats beginning at 7:45 p.m.

Friday August 28, 2015
Trail-Way Speedway
Hanover, PA
For Immediate Release


FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 2. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 3. 6R-Brad McClelland; 4. 4-Dwight Leppo; 5. 00X-Chris Frank; 6. 77-David Holbrook; 7. 10-Zach Euculano; 8. 10B-Brandon Noel; 9. 15-Lucas Montgomery (DNF); 10. 81B-Bob Anderson (DNF). No time.

Lap Leaders: Cody Fletcher (1-25)

358 Sprint Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 6R-Brad McClelland; 2. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 3. 00X-Chris Frank; 4. 10B-Brandon Noel; 5. 4-Dwight Leppo (DNF). Time – 2:16.84

358 Sprint Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 2. 10-Zach Euculano; 3. 15-Lucas Montgomery; 4. 77-David Holbrook; 5. 81B-Bob Anderson. Time – 2:22.97


FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 117-Steve Clemo; 2. 12-Jim Crocker; 3. 73-Neal Reamer; 4. 20-Steve Cantwell; 5. 21X-Kurt Welsh; 6. 09-Ron Grove; 7. 29-Shaun Abney; 8. 56-Lance Grove; 9. 89-Joe Brown (DNS). Time – 6:32.88

Lap Leaders: Steve Clemo (1-20)

Classic Car Heat 1 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 117-Steve Clemo; 2. 09-Ron Grove; 3. 21X-Kurt Welsh; 4. 20-Steve Cantwell; 5. 29-Shaun Abney; 6. 07-Charlie Summers (DNS). Time – 2:40.31

Classic Car Heat 2 Finish (6 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 73-Neal Reamer; 2. 12-Jim Crocker; 3. 89-Joe Brown; 4. 56-Lance Grove; 5. 4-Charlie Weaver (DNS); 6. 21-Kevin Marsh (DNS). Time – 2:39.10


FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. 1M-Brian Walls; 2. 100-Matt Wampler; 3. 51-Jeremy Stremmel; 4. 4J-Jim Jacobs; 5. 94M-Zach Myers; 6. 5M-Dan Furman; 7. 60-Aaron Beard; 8. 17-Brian Blank, Jr.; 9. 6M-Cody Souders; 10. 94-Dalton Myers (DNF); 11. 28-Kelly Seal III (DNF); 12. 2-Chad Stine (DNF); 13. 33-Michael Goodwin (DNF); 14. 89-Joe Brown (DNF). No time.

Lap Leaders: Brian Walls (1-25)

Street Stock Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 100-Matt Wampler; 2. 51-Jeremy Stremmel; 3. 1M-Brian Walls; 4. 4J-Jim Jacobs; 5. 60-Aaron Beard; 6. 17-Brian Blank, Jr.; 7. 94-Dalton Myers. Time – 2:42.34

Street Stock Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 33-Michael Goodwin; 2. 89-Joe Brown; 3. 5M-Dan Furman; 4. 2-Chad Stine; 5. 94M-Zach Myers (DNF); 6. 28-Kelly Seal III (DNF); 7. 6M-Cody Souders (1 lap down). Time – 2:43.88


FEATURE (20 Laps) – 1. 11H-Hayden Miller; 2. 17-Brad Weber; 3. 14K-Hannah Riser; 4. 07-Travis Scott; 5. 14T-Tyler Walton; 6. 880-Kameron Morral; 7. 42K-Travis Keiser; 8. 15S-Tanner Gray; 9. 12-Megan Allen; 10. 56-Jake Frye; 11. 4R-Zane Rudisill; 12. 93-Cory Lawler; 13. 13-Bo Gordon, Jr. (DNF); 14. 84-Colton Laughman (DNS); 15. 00-Christian Reed (DNS). No time.

Lap Leaders: Hayden Miller (1-20)

600 Micro Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 14T-Tyler Walton; 2. 12-Megan Allen; 3. 880-Kameron Morral; 4. 11H-Hayden Miller; 5. 42K-Travis Keiser; 6. 56-Jake Frye; 7. 84-Colton Laughman; 8. 93-Cory Lawler. No time.

600 Micro Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 17-Brad Weber; 2. 15S-Tanner Gray; 3. 07-Travis Scott; 4. 14K-Hannah Riser; 5. 4R-Zane Rudisill; 6. 13-Bo Gordon, Jr. (DNF); 7. 00-Christian Reed (DNS). Time – 2:05.68

Thursday, August 27, 2015



New Egypt, NJ August 25, 2015 . . . . . The fifth running of the JERSEY RUSH, on Tuesday night, at the New Egypt Speedway was nothing short of spectacular with Greg Hodnett winning a thriller over JJ Grasso and Duane Howard beating out Billy Pauch Jr. to win the modified feature. Hodnett of Thomasville, PA led all thirty laps of the 410 sprint feature but was pressured throughout the second half of the race, with Grasso in the hunt. Hodnett earned $5,000 for the victory, his first ever 410 sprint car win at New Egypt. The thirty lap modified feature saw Jimmy Horton lead at the outset, with Billy Pauch holding the top spot until Duane Howard took the lead on lap nine. Pauch Jr. moved on top on lap seventeen with Howard leading the final two lap to earn the $3,000 first place prize.

In the 410 Sprint Car feature event, Hodnett launched from the top starting spot with Robbie Stillwaggon right on his tail and Davey Sammons moving into the third position. Kunkletown, PA’s Ryan Smith -- while in the seventh position --- launched over the wheel of another competitor and flipped, spectacularly, over the turn four guardrail landing between the guardrail and the catch fence. Smith walked away uninjured. After a twenty minute delay in the action to remove Smith’s car, Hodnett took control on the restart with Lance Dewease powering into the second position and former two-time Jersey Rush winner, JJ Grasso moving into the third position. Dewease and Grasso battled back and forth swapping the second spot leading just passed the halfway point. Grasso, on a tear, battled in between lapped cars and gained quickly on Hodnett, challenging the leader as the five-to-go signal approached – and pulling alongside Hodnett in the closing laps of the event, but it was Hodnett capturing the checkered flag over Grasso, Davey Sammons in third, Danny Dietrich in fourth and Lance Dewease rounding out the top 5.

Neshanic, NJ’s Jimmy Horton started on the pole for the 30-lap Modified feature event and took the early lead battling with Frenchtown, NJ’s Billy Pauch. Pauch, aboard a potent big-block machine, powered to the top spot at the fourth circuit, as Oley, PA’s Duane Howard moved into the second position with ‘The Ringoes Rocket’ Ryan Godown charging to the third spot – from the nineteenth starting position. A lap nine restart shuffled the top runners with Howard taking over the lead and Billy Pauch Jr. moved into the second position with a hard-charging, Neal Williams challenging for the third spot. A two car battle for the lead ensued with Pauch Jr. and Duane Howard shuffling the top spot back and forth in lapped traffic. Howard, using a lapped car to his advantage, slid underneath Pauch Jr. with two lapped to go and went on to collect the $3,000 top prize. Pauch Jr. settled for second, Neal Williams in third, Billy Pauch in fourth and Danny Bouc in fifth.

A field of twenty-six 410 sprints took time trials with defending winner Ryan Smith earning a $100 bonus for setting fast time with a time of 13.785. Oliver Communications posted $200 to the heat race winners with Danny Dietrich, Greg Hodnett and Steve Buckwalter taking the sprint car heat wins, Modified heats were won by Billy Pauch Jr., Duane Howard and Billy Pauch. Consolations were won by Mike Haggenbottom in the Sprints and Ryan Godown in the Modifieds. The Thayer Performance Hard Charger award was won by Mark Bitner.

JERSEY RUSH V FEATURE FINISH: Greg Hodnett, JJ Grasso, Davey Sammons, Danny Dietrich, Lance Dewease, Steve Buckwalter, Kyle Reinhardt, Mark Bitner, Brian Carber, Robbie Stillwaggon, Davie Franek,Kevin Ngy, Joe Trenca, Rick Lafferty, Ed Aikin, Troy Betts, Anthony Fiore, Mike Haggenbottom, Wayne Dadetto, Brett Michalski, Bradley Howard, Bob Howard, Brad Franks, Ryan Smith. DNQ: Karl Fryer, Bill Unglert

MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: Duane Howard, Billy Pauch Jr. Neal Williams, Billy Pauch, Danny Bouc, Mike Butler, Dominic Buffalino, Jimmy Blewett, Andrew Bohn, Clay Butler, Chris Grbac, Eric Kormann, Shawn Ward, Andrew Krause, Tom Carberry, John Keller, John McClelland, Sammy Piazza, Ryan Godown, Jimmy Horton, Chad Barney, Willie Osmun, Richie Pratt, Jeff Strunk. DNQ P.J. Oliver, Rocco Infante, Patrick Gold, Steve Searock, John Packenham.


Phil Walter holds off Hammaker for 358 sprint car win

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 8/26/2015 – Technically, it was his sixth Lincoln win and the 197th of his storied career. But Lincoln Speedway and Fred Rahmer Promotions will let it to the pundits as to whether it counts.

But for Todd Shaffer, his win in Wednesday night’s “Legends of Central PA Sprint Car Racing” feature event was one that he will cherish for the rest of his days.

Second heat winner Kenny Adams of Malibar, Florida drew a zero pill for the inversion and led the first 10 laps of the feature event, losing a sizeable lead over Shaffer and the rest of the field when the competition yellow came out at the half-way point for what many drivers called an “oxygen break.”

On the 11th-lap restart, Adams bounced off the outside wall and lost the lead to Shaffer, who led the rest of the way. Adams settled for second, with Kenny Jacobs making a late-race pass to catch Cris Eash, who finished fourth. Keith Kauffman rounded out the top five in an event which featured 12 of the winningest drivers in Central PA history and among Fred Rahmer’s idols that he competed against throughout his career.

Qualifiers for the legends were won by the two 88 cars, Shaffer and Adams.

Danny Dietrich continued his hot streak by claiming two of the six match races and taking home the winner-take-all $10,000 among the six drivers elected by the fans through on-line voting.

Other winners of the five-lap match races were Dale Blaney (2) and Montieth (2).

In the end, Dietrich earned 53 points, followed by Lucas Wolfe with 50, Blaney with 48, and Montieth with 44. Greg Hodnett was sidelined in the first set of match races with a broken lifter, and Alan Krimes suffered mechanical problems in the last set of match races, ending both of their nights.

McClure’s Phil Walter, who raced against all but one of the legends on hand, took care of all the 358 sprinters in winning the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.

Polesitter Cody Fletcher, grandson of one of the mechanics recognized as part of the evening’s festivities (Harry Fletcher), started on the pole and led the first five laps before giving way to fourth-starting Walter.

Though he led the rest of the way, he had to hold off the challenges of Central PA point series and Lincoln points leader Doug Hammaker over the second half of the race, taking the checkered .94 seconds in front for the $1,200 win.

Matt Campbell, second in Lincoln points, came on strong at the end to finish third, with Adrian Shaffer and Jeff Halligan completing the top five.

Heats for the 22 358’s on hand were won by Campbell, Shaffer, and Isaac Sneeringer.

This Saturday night, August 29, it will be APPLE CHRYSLER/DODGE/JEEP/RAM OF HANOVER NIGHT featuring the 410 Sprints, 358 Late Models, Street Stocks and York Flooring KIDS BIG WHEEL RACES. Gates open at 5:30 PM with racing action getting underway at 7:30 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.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Abbottstown, PA
358 SPRINT FEATURE FINISH (20 laps) – 1. 5-Phil Walter; 2. 66-Doug Hammaker; 3. 16-Matt Campbell; 4. 27S-Adrian Shaffer; 5. 45H-Jeff Halligan; 6. 119-Chandler Leiby; 7. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 8. 18-Nyle Berkes; 9. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 10. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 11. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 12. 23-Chris Arnold; 13. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 14. 4-Dwight Leppo; 15. 35-Tyler Esh; 16. 5A-Brian Allman; 17. 23J-Jake Eldreth; 18. 10-Brandon Noel (DNF); 19. 17-Cole Young (DNF); 20. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF); 21. 22-Nathan Prezenica (DNF); 22. 30-Seth Kearchner (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Cody Fletcher (1-5), Phil Walter (6-20)

358 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps) - 1. 16-Matt Campbell; 2. 17-Cole Young; 3. 119-Chandler Leiby; 4. 5A-Brian Allman; 5. 10B-Brandon Noel; 6. 22-Nathan Prezenica (DNF); 7. 30-Seth Kearchner (DNF); 8. 35-Tyler Esh (DNF). No Time

358 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps) - 1. 27S-Adrian Shaffer; 2. 66-Doug Hammaker; 3. 5-Phil Walter; 4. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 5. 45-Jeff Rohrbaugh; 6. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 7. 4-Dwight Leppo. Time – 2:26.87

358 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps) - 1. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 2. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 3. 45H-Jeff Halligan; 4. 18-Nyle Berkes; 5. .23-Chris Arnold; 6. 23J-Jake Eldreth; DNS – 12-Mike Bittinger. Time – 2:31.50

Legends Feature Finish (20 Laps) – 1. 88-Todd Shaffer; 2. 88A-Kenny Adams; 3. 29-Kenny Jacobs; 4. 17E-Cris Eash; 5. 77-Keith Kauffman; 6. 2-Steve Siegel; 7. 19-Steve Smith; 8. 12-Steve Stambaugh; 9. 4J-Jeff Shepard (DNF); 10. 1-Billy Pauch (DNF); 11. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 12. 77A-Lynn Paxton (DNF). No Time

Lap Leaders – Kenny Adams (1-10), Todd Shaffer (11-20)

Legends Heat #1 (8 Laps) – 1. 88-Todd Shaffer; 2. 29-Kenny Jacobs; 3. 1Z-Billy Pauch; 4. 12-Steve Stambaugh; 5. 2-Steve Siegel (DNF); DNS – 77A-Lynn Paxton. Time – 1:56.268

Legends Heat #2 (8 Laps) – 1.88-Kenny Adams; 2. 17E-Cris Eash; 3. 77-Keith Kauffman; 4. X-Bobby Weaver; 5. 4J-Jeff Shepard; 6. 19-Steve Smith. Time – 1:57.618

Match Race #1 (5 laps) – 1. 1-Dale Blaney; 2. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett; 6. 87-Alan Krimes. Time – 1:10.210

Match Race #2 (5 laps) – 1.1-Dale Blaney; 2. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett. Time – 1:11.417

Match Race #3 (5 laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe; 3. 1-Dale Blaney; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 87-Alan Krimes. Time – 1:11.047

Match Race #4 (5 laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe; 3. 1-Dale Blaney; 4. 21-Brian Montieth; 5. 87-Alan Krimes. Time – 1:12.682

Match Race #5 (5 laps) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich; 3. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 1-Dale Blaney; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; DNS – 27-Greg Hodnett. Time – 1:14.861

Match Race #6 (5 laps) – 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich; 3. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 1-Dale Blaney; DNS – 87-Alan Krimes, 27-Greg Hodnett. Time – 1:13.077

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hodnett Takes Checkers over Abreu at at SSP on Sunday Night

Newberrytown, PA (August 23, 2015) – Greg Hodnett of Thomasville took the checkers in the 410 Sprint Car 25 lapper in the Sunday Night Sprint Car Special at the Susquehanna Speedway Park.  Grantville’s Doug Hammaker collected the 358 Sprint Car 20-lap feature race.

By virtue of a number one pill inversion, the two heat race winners Danny Dietrich and Greg Hodnett brought the field to the green.  Hodnettt grabbed the early lead over Hodnett with California’s Rico Abreu close behind in third.  Two cautions midway through the race slowed the field, but the running order remained the same on the restarts with Hodnett setting the pace.  With one lap to go, Hodnett encountered lapped traffic, giving Dietrich a shot at the lead.  On the final circuit, Hodnett went low with Dietrich taking the high line.  Dietrich made contact with the outside guardrail, bringing out the caution flag and setting up a one-lap race to the finish between Hodnett, Abreu and Kyle Moody.  On the restart, Hodnett continued to lead and took the checkers over Abreau.  Moddy settled for a third place podium finish at the end.  Austin Hogue came across the finish line in fourth, followed by Brent Marks in fifth.    

In the 20-lap 358 Sprint Car feature, polesitter Doug Hammaker took the lead and began to set a blistering pace with Brad McClelland and Jeff Halligan trying to chase him down.  A caution with four laps remaining brought McClelland to the rear bumper of the leader.  On the restart, Wyatt Hinkle flipped in turn 1 & 2 bringing out the red flag.  Once the race restarted, Hammaker continued to lead to the finish, taking his first SSP win of the season.  McClelland finished second, followed by Halligan in third.  Matt Campbell and Lucas Montgomery finished fourth and fifth places respectively.  Doug Hammaker and Halligan were the heat race winners.

Friday Night, August 28, the ninth round of the Summer Shoot-Out Series will take place at the Outback Track featuring Quarter Midgets, Karts and Adult Speedcars.  The pit gates will open 5:45 p.m. with a driver’s meeting at 7:20 p.m.  Open practice begins at 7:00 p.m. and racing action begins at 7:30 p.m.  The entry fees for each class will be $20.00 per entry for drivers with the seasonal (Spring/Summer) license.  Pit pass fees for the driver are included in the entry fee.  Non-license driver’s entry fees will be $25.00.  Participants may enter more than one class on a raceday ($12.00 for each additional class).  Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each class regardless of class entry count.  No participants will be denied racing as SSP will make every effort to define a class for all drivers who wish to compete.

Pit pass prices for non-drivers at the Outback Track will be $8.00 for everyone ages 18 & older; Teens & Children ages 11 – 17 are $5.00; Children 10 years of age and under are $3.00.  Ages 2 & under are admitted free.   

Racing action returns to the Big Track at SSP on Saturday night, August 29 with the final Double Figure 8 Race of the season.  Racing action will also include the BRC Late Models, Street Stocks, Xtreme Stock Cars, Road Warriors, Mini Vans and the PA Sprint Series.  The EMMR Vintage Cars on the original schedule was an error and they will appear on Saturday night, September 5.   

On Saturday, the pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:00 p.m.  Track Prep laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with qualifying races at 7:00 p.m. followed by consolation races and feature events.   General Admission Grandstand ticket prices for Saturday night are Adults (ages 18-59) $14.00; Young Adults (ages 11-17) & Senior Adults (60 & Older) $12.00; Children (10 & under) are free.  Pit pass prices are $25.00 with a reduced price of $22.00 for all pit competitor license holders.  The minimum age requirement to purchase a pit pass is 12 years of age with a copy of a birth certificate is required for all ages 12 to 14.  

The next Wednesday night Test & Tune will be on Wednesday, September 2.  The gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with practice sessions rotating for each class from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The cost is $14.00 per person for pit passes and a $20.00 fee for each racecar entering the pit area ($34.00 per car & driver combination).  Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. with open track time from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. by class.  Each session will be 6 – 8 laps per session.  The grandstands are open and free to the public.  Each class will receive 4 to 5 rounds of 6/8 laps each or more if time permits.   The main concession stand will also be open throughout the night.  

Also on Wednesday night, September 2, there will an open practice session for quarter midgets, karts and Adult Speedcars at the Outback Track from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. under the lights.  The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with open practice from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The cost will be $20.00 per driver with no charge for anyone else entering the grandstand and “cold pit” areas.  All Outback Track participants should enter the pits from the Kise Mill Road entrance behind turn 2 of the “Big Track.”

The 410 Sprint Cars will return to SSP on Sunday, September 20.  The start time is 7:00 p.m. for the event.      
The Susquehanna Speedway Park is located off I-83 to exit 32, then 1.4 miles NW on SR382 to York Road, then 1.3 miles south.  For more information, contact the speedway offices at (717) 292-1696 or visit online at  On raceday, use the track phone at (717) 938-9170 for up-to-date information at the “Big Track” and the “Outback Track.”

Susquehanna Speedway Park “Big Track” Race Results from Sunday, August 23, 2015
410 Sprint Cars Feature (25 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett; 2. Rico Abreu; 3. Kyle Moody; 4. Austin Hogue; 5. Brent Marks; 6. Lance Dewease; 7. Jordan Givler; 8. Brian Carber; 9. Anthony Macri; 10. Brad Howard; 11. Blane Heimbach; 12. Danny Deitrich; 13. Justin Barger; 14. Chase Dietz; 15. Bob Howard; 16. Mark Smith.      
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Hodnett (1-25).
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Dietrich and Hodnett.  

358 Sprint Cars Feature (20 laps): 1. Doug Hammaker; 2. Brad McClelland; 3. Jeff
Halligan; 4. Matt Campbell; 5. Lucas Montgomery; 6. Todd Reed; 7. Russell Hammaker; 8. Kyle Abrahims; 9. Leah Starner; 10. Wyatt Hinkle; 11. Trey Hivner; 12. Brandin Ort.    
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: D. Hammaker (1-20).
HEAT RACE WINNERS: D. Hammaker and Halligan.