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Monday, September 14, 2015

My Thoughts On A Racing Weekend Gone By...

Hello and welcome to another edition of my thoughts on a racing weekend gone by. First thing, I need to say is thank you to everyone who checked out last weeks article and took the time to respond to me via Facebook, Twitter, or by text because I received a lot of good strong feedback from not only race fans, but drivers, crew members, and family who loved the article, so thank you very much for the kind words.

Please don't forget the week after the National Open we will be starting the voting for the 410 and 358 drivers of the year as well as the best track in Central PA. Those three award winners will be receiving plaques from Central PA Racing Scene but; we will also be having the fans vote on the 360 and 305 drivers of the year, as well as the 358 rookie of the year and many other categories, so make sure you keep checking the site so you don't miss your chance to cast your vote and have your voice be heard.


This weekend we had four tracks in Central PA scheduled to have racing; but only two of them actually saw any racing action. Friday night, Trail Way Speedway and Port Royal Speedway got their races in; but rain hit the area on Saturday in a big way which forced the cancellation of the final 360 race at Selinsgrove Speedway as well as the last points race for the 358 division at Lincoln Speedway. With the cancellation Doug Hammaker is your 2015 Lincoln Speedway 358 Track Champion giving him three titles so far and can wrap up his fourth on September 25th at Williams Grove Speedway just be taking hot laps. Doug has a 119 point lead over Brad McClelland in the Central PA 358 Point Series presented by Capitol Renegade. If Brad doesn't race that night (and we will explain why he might not in a few minutes) then Doug will be crowned the series champion for 2015 just by taking hot laps. He then will make his bid for title #5 in the feature event as Doug is 20 points out of the lead heading into that race at Williams Grove Speedway. Chase Dietz is looking to play spoiler and keep Doug from making history as the 1st driver to win 5 titles in 1 season in the 358 division.


Down at Trail Way Speedway, Brad McClelland would take the lead from Rick Horn on lap three and would go on to wire the field for his 7th win at the bullring and 8th overall in 358 competition. Upon exiting his 6r machine, Brad told the fans in attendance that he was pretty sure that was his last race in the Rucker 6r machine. A machine that saw him win 24 races in three years with the team. Brad a former 410 National Rookie of the Year sits 2nd all time in the 358 division and has well over 100 win at Trail Way in both 358 and 270 micro action to go along with his 410 wins at Lincoln Speedway. So from all of us here at Central PA Racing Scene, Thank you Brad for entertaining us all these years at our local race tracks, now go enjoy your retirement and get that 35 410 sprinter to the front.


Isaac Sneeringer would finish 2nd to McClelland on Friday night and would be crowned the 2015 Trail Way Speedway Track Champion. Sneeringer would win the back to back features to start the year off, and would go wire to wire in his bid for his first track championship.


All eyes were on Port Royal Speedway this weekend for the running of the 2015 Tuscarora 50 and the weekend would be dominated by one driver. Brent Marks would win back to back to back at the big half mile cashing in for a weeks total of $12,625. Not bad for a driver who has been a steady top 5 car all year until crashing victory lane last Monday for the 1st time in 2015. Brent would best the All Star's and 47 cars Friday night (which by the way is the largest car count of any race in Central PA in 2015). The teams headed back to Port on Saturday night even with rain covering most of Central PA, but just as the race teams where ready to push off and get started, the rain would start and force the postponement of the race to Sunday evening.


Not that it would matter much as Brent would take home his first Tuscarora 50 by taking the lead from Sheldon Haudenschild after the red flag to refuel on lap 25 and would walk away with the win. Brent started 13th on the grid and would work his way through the field with a little help along the way. Brent would essentially dub himself the King of the Speed Palace/ Fair Week with the three big wins on the week. The top Central PA winner Greg Hodnett would spin on the start of the feature collecting Ryan Smith and Curt Stroup. Then  Doug Esh and Danny Dietrich would get together racing for the lead, causing both of them to suffer damage and head to the pits. Dietrich would show the Port fans what the fans at Lincoln Speedway see every Saturday night, a passing monster, as he would work his way back to a 5th place finish.


Now I want to go back to Saturday night for a minute if you all don't mind. Anyone who has a smart phone and knows how to work them could check the radar and see rain was forecast for all of Saturday. I wasn't real happy with the forecast because I was hopping to see the final points race at Lincoln Speedway for the 358 division, but I was ready for the inevitable rain that hit early Saturday morning. Now this didn't stop some race fans from running their mouths on social media once again complaining about how Port Royal should have cancelled the race earlier and not made everyone drive up there only to get rained out. Well guess what you dolts? If you had half a brain you could have seen it was going to rain and it was going to be tough to get the race in on Saturday at any race track, let alone Port Royal Speedway. It is Port Royal's biggest race of the season and they did what they could to get the race in as scheduled, only to fall to mother nature. So why do "Fans" go running to social media once again just to piss and moan because the track didn't race? Because they have nothing better to do? I mean come on, they did their best to get it in. If they would have cancelled early and then the rain stopped and it got nice out, then you would have cried that they should have gotten the race in if they tried earlier.


Sad part is just like last week where I saw a 358 driver calling out another driver on social media, this week it was a member of the "Gang" who took to social media to complain about Port Royal. Now how much sense or even better how much help did it do to go and run down a race track that is part of the sport you supposedly do so much for? Why put down a race track just because you don't agree with what they tried to do Saturday? It would make more sense that someone who claims to be a "Promoter" of the sport to get on Facebook and tell the track how much we the race fans appreciate the track trying, instead of you and your fans putting down the track for trying. But hey that's just my opinion, who am I?


Keep checking the site this week as I will be posting an additional article taking a look at some of the things going on locally here in Central PA. Hope to have it posted sometime Wed or Thursday.


Well that's it for this week. The coming weekend will see Williams Grove back in action Friday night with the 410's and ARDC midgets in action. Saturday night Lincoln Speedway will host the Sportsman 100 for the super sportsman and Selinsgrove Speedway will host the 410 sprinters in the Jim Nace Memorial 410 National Open. Hope everyone has a great time this weekend, as I will be down in Baltimore catching the Shindig Festival with Anthrax, Clutch, STP and the mighty Godsmack. Sorry folks but somethings are just better then racing and live music is 1 of them.


But like always I hope your work week goes fast, the weather stays warm, your beverage of choice stays nice and cold, and your racing, no matter where you decide to go, stays red hot. Until next time, have a great week.


© William McIntyre & Central PA Racing Scene 2015

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Williams Grove ran on Friday Night as well. We may only be Sportsman, Limited late Models and Street Stocks but we are part of the central Pa racing scene to. You could of listed us as well.

Anonymous said...

If you thought Big Matt was bashing or complaining about Port Royal. YOUR reading comprehension level must be that of a illiterate 4th grader. Slander is an awfully dangerous avenue.

william a. mcintyre III said...

I'm sorry about not including the SNS on the site but I try and cover 410's, 358's and 360's. That is why I did not include them in my article.

As for the 2nd comment I have no clue what you are talking about. I never mentioned anyone so if you think it was about whomever then maybe you are the illiterate 4th grader. Just saying.

Anonymous said...

You're nothing but a tool dude. Nobody from "the gang" bashed Kevin Nouse, only somebody who thinks he is just because he bought a shirt and liked the page...kind of like you..;-)....not one person bashed Port either..Big Matt simply said he was glad he didn't go Saturday. You have to realize that over 3000 people liked the page, something i disagree with but it is what it is...original REAL Bhg members dont talk like that and try to weed out those types of comments. Bhg has and will continue to do more for this sport then you ever can...for you to talk down is just absurd, but you've always been like that...do us a favor and get lost

Anonymous said...

You do not need to name the person. EVERYONE knows who you're talking about with your little "hints".

If you have an issue with him or the BHG, be a man and say it to Matt or Dave instead of writing it in one of your bullshit "blogs".

We may drink but we aren't stupid.

Get over yourself.

Anonymous said...

For you all that say Bill doesn't do anything for this sport....obviously don't pay any mind to the 358 series. Bill has owned and operated the Central Pa 358 Points Series for 8 or so years now which has given the race teams in that division a lot of money to battle for and has helped a lot of others as well...so yeah, he does to a hell of a lot for the sport.

Plus, for slander to be even an issue the person's name needs to be mentioned in the article and it wasn't and IF you all assumed it was the aforementioned party then thats all on you all. Defamation of Character could be used against you all for your facebook comments n posts about Bill because he chose to write on his website about his thoughts on the racing weekend. Not to mention a lot of us saw the post that no longer exists on facebook and took it in a negative way and either you wanna bitch about being called out on it or not doesn't matter....don't sit there and hate on the price of a race or the fact that they tried to run it on Saturday...everyone has an opinion and some of us will have the unfavored perspective and oh...wait yeah that's what happens when you are in the racing media ...you report on what you see, hear and formulate your opinions and write it.

I've known Bill longer than most of you have even known about this website and I can say that he was part of the original BHG and knows and is personally friends with the gentleman that started the group a long time ago. Plus this isn't even about the BHG ....he called out a lot of fans whom took to social media for bashing a track that tried to run a race in ...cus lets face it you all would have bitched had they canceled at 10am and the rain would have disappeared...either way they did what they could and it's the call of the promoter and the All-Stars. And did I miss where Kevin Nouse got mentioned in this article somewhere? Time to read more than three sentences folks and learn that the unpopular opinion actually may hold more truth than most will ever admit.

And Bill has an editor now for this site and they are indeed a hard working duo. Ever listen to the radio show? They talk to EVERYONE in Central Pa Racing and they even let the drivers, owners, crew guys and such say exactly whats on their minds even if they disagree OR it's an unpopular opinion. I thought the article was a great read and I am looking forward to the other article that is coming out this week.