Thursday, July 30, 2015

PA Posse photos courtesy of Tony De Seta

Brent Marks
Outlaws 4 wide with Sammy Swindell , Aaron Ott , Stevie Smith and Joey Saldana

Aaron Ott

Stevie Smith

Brian Montieth

Wayne Dadetto leads
Shane Stewart and Jason Sides into turn 3.

Rodney Westhafer

Kyle Reinhardt

Greg Hodnett

Brock Zearfoss

World of Outlaw pictures courtesy of Tony De Seta

Sammy Swindell

Joey Saldana

Daryn Pittman

Paul McMahan

Jason Johnson

Brad Sweet

Jacob Allen

Donny Schatz

Logan Schuchart

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Central PA Rcaing Scene Power Rankings 7/29/15

410 Power Rankings....
Danny Dietrich #1 in the Central PA Racing Scene Power Rankings this week

1. Danny Dietrich - (2nd)Won the Friday night Outlaw race for his first Outlaw win of 2015. Backed that up with his 10th win of the season at Grandview on Tuesday night. Worst finish of the week was 11th Saturday night.

2. Stevie Smith -(3rd) Won the Saturday night Outlaw race making it his 8th win of 2015 and 6th win since Speed Week. Finished 7th on Friday night.
3. Greg Hodnett - (1st) Falls from the top spot for the first time in 2015. Has been ranked #1 since opening day. Had finishes of 27th, 9th and 2nd at Grandview.
4. Brian Montieth - (4th) Finished 20th on Friday night, 6th on Saturday. Did not compete Tuesday night. Has 8 win on the season and still leads the point standings at Lincoln Speedway.
5. Lucas Wolfe - (5th) 2 top 10's against the Outlaws this past weekend gives him 18 top 5's and 12 top 10's on the season. Set fast time Tuesday night at Grandview before wrecking during the feature.
6. Sieve Buckwalter -(6th) 13th on Friday night was his best finish of the weekend.

7. Aaron Ott -(9th)  10th on Friday and 3rd on Saturday for the 2015 Most Improved driver in the 410 division. Now has 15 top 5's and 10 top 10's on the season.

8. Lance Dewease - (8th) 9th on Friday night was his best Outlaw finish of the weekend. Finished 4th on Tuesday to push his stats in 2015 to 1 win / 9 top 5 /15 top 10
9. Brent Marks -(10th)  7th on Saturday night was his only top 10 of the weekend. That gives him
18 top 5's / 11 top 10. Still Looking for the breakout win in 2015.
10.Alan Krimes -(7th)  Did not qualify for either of the Outlaw races this weekend but bounced back for a 3rd place finish Tuesday night to give him 2 wins / 9 top 5/ 12 top 10

358 Power Rankings....
Doug Hammker still holds down the top spot in the 358 Power Rankings

1. Doug Hammaker - (1st)  Finished 2nd at Trail Way Speedway Friday night to extend his point lead in the overall 358 point series.
2. Brad McClelland -(2nd) Finished 4th on Friday night. His first finish outside the top 2 in over a month.

3. Isaac Sneeringer -(5th)   Picked up his fourth win of the season Friday night. Ties him for the division lead in wins, and helps extend his point lead at Trail Way Speedway.

4. Matt Campbell -(3rd)  Finished 7th on Friday night. Still sits 2nd in the overall 358 point standings.

5. Jeff Halligan -(4th) Did not race this weekend.
6. Chase Dietz -(6th)  Did not race this weekend.
7. Cody Fletcher -(8th)  Finished 3rd Friday night at Trail Way to give him 1 win / 10 top 5 / 5 top 10 on the season.
8. Jeff Rohrbaugh -(7th)  Did not race this weekend.
9. Adrian Shaffer -(8th)  Did not race this weekend.
10. Seth Kearchner -(10th) Finished 6th on Friday night to give him 1 win/ 6 top 5 / 4 top 10 on the season.

358 Action from Trail Way Speedway

Matt Campbell

Seth Kearchner

Trail Way Winner Isaac Snerringer

Wyatt Hinkle

Cody Fletcher

Sean Kirkpatrich

Zach Euculano

Brad McClelland

Doug Hammaker

Dwight Leppo

David Hollbrock


NAPA Auto Parts Presents A Big Night of Racing At Thunder on the Hill Tuesday Night at Grandview Speedway. . . .
The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series continued Tuesday night at the Grandview Speedway with a 410 sprint car feature event that might very well be the best 410 sprint car racing of year.
With just a handful of starts at the Grandview Speedway, Gettysburg, PA driver Danny “Double D” Dietrich earned his first ever Thunder on the Hill Racing Series feature win, taking the lead from Greg Hodnett with just two laps remaining in the 35 lap Thunder Cup Championship. Hodnett, appeared to be on his way to a fifth consecutive win at Grandview until Danny Dietrich made the winning move to earn the $5,300 first place prize. In the 358 NASCAR Modified feature, Jeff Strunk was the winner of the 30 lap feature earning $3,100 for the victory. The racing program started promptly at 7:30 PM and was complete just minutes before 10:30 PM.
Lucas Wolfe, driving the ZEMCO sprint car set fast time of the night, turning the one-third mile high banked Grandview Speedway in a time of 12:135 seconds. The three 410 sprint car heat race events were won by Lance Dewease, Darren Mollenuyux and Brian Carber. In the 358 Modifieds, Ray Swinehart, Jeff Strunk and Craig VonDohren were the heat race winners as Tim Buckwalter won the consolation.
In the thirty-five lap 410 sprint Thunder Cup, Ryan Smith was the early race leader followed by Danny Dietrich and Greg Hodnett. Smith set an impressive pace until lap five when the caution flag was displayed for Karl Baker who came to a stop on the homestretch. When green flag racing resumed, Ryan Smith continued to set the pace with Dietrich in the hunt.
On lap eleven, Smith was now approaching lapped traffic with Dietrich and Hodnett in striking distance of the lead. On lap thirteen, Hodnett made a run for the lead but Ryan Smith held on to the top spot. Smith and Hodnett thrilled the crowd with their battle for the lead as Hodnett was looking for his fifth win in a row as Ryan Smith was looking for his first Thunder on the Hill victory.
After an intense battle, Hodnett took the lead on lap sixteen followed by Smith, Lucas Wolfe, Lance Dewease and Danny Dietrich. One lap later, Wolfe moved into second and began the task of chasing down Hodnett. As the laps ticked off, Wolfe was cutting into the lead established by Hodnett as all eyes were on the battle for third between Ryan Smith, Danny Dietrich and eleventh place starter Alan Krimes.
Dietrich began another surge to the front, moving into third on lap twenty-two. Wolfe was definitely closing in on Hodnett, but on lap twenty-five, after a homestretch tangle with a slower car, Lucas flipped, displaying the red flag. Wolfe was not injured but the damage to his car kept him for restarting the race.
With ten laps to go, Hodnett was the leader followed by Dietrich, Ryan Smith, Alan Krimes and Lance Dewease. At the drop of the green, Hodnett had the advantage but it was time for Dietrich to take a run for the lead. Dietrich passed Hodnett in turn three but exiting turn four, Hodnett regained the top spot. Alan Krimes was now in third and gaining on the leaders. Dietrich stayed with Hodnett looking for the right opportunity to take another run for the lead. Krimes continued to close in on the leaders.
On lap thirty-two, Hodnett had plenty of company as both Dietrich and Krimes were now challenging in a three car race for the lead. Dietrich made a bold move going into turn three, making a slide across and in front of Hodnett to take the lead. Hodnett made a repeat challenge and at the same time, had to hold off Krimes who was looking to take second.
With the checker flag waiving, the large crowd on hand cheered Dietrich as he crossed the finish line earning his first ever, Thunder on the Hill 410 sprint car feature win. Hodnett earned a well-deserved second place finish as Alan Krimes finished third after starting eleventh. Lance Dewease finished fourth with Freddie Rahmer fifth.
The field of twenty-four 358 NASCAR Modifieds were called to the track with Jeff Strunk and Jimmy Horton bringing the field down for the green flag. Strunk immediately took the lead and quickly established himself as the man to beat. Strunk set a blistering pace with Horton, Ray Swinehart and Billy Pauch Jr in the chase. Danny Erb was on the charge, advancing to the top five by lap six.
At the halfway point of the race, Strunk had a commanding lead over Jimmy Horton, Pauch Jr., Erb and Craig VonDohren. A late race caution brought the field together for one last run to the checker flag. Strunk remained in control of the top spot as Pauch moved closer to challenge Horton for second. Strunk was the dominant star of the night in the 358 NASCAR Modifieds and scored his twelfth Thunder on the Hill victory. Jimmy Horton finished second followed by Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Erb and Craig VonDohren making up the top five.

410 SPRINT THUNDER CUP FINISH: $5,300 To Win Danny Dietrich, Greg Hodnett, Alan Krimes, Lance Dewease, Freddie Rahmer, Ryan Smith, Billy Dietrich, Kyle Reinhart, Brian Carber, Brandon Rahmer, Davey Sammons, Robbie Stillwaggon, Darren Mollenuyux, Justin Barger, Lucas Wolfe, Brad Franks, Kevin Nagy, JJ Grasso, Jimmy Stitzel, Jevon Ahner, Karl Baker.

358 NASCAR MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: $3,100 To Win Jeff Strunk, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Erb, Craig VonDohren, Duane Howard, Doug Manmiller, Frank Cozze, Ray Swinehart, Rick Laubach, Ryan Watt, Ron Kline, Brian Houseknecht, Mike Gular, Don Norris Jr, Jordan Umbenhauer, Ryan Grim, Brett Kressley, Ryan Godown, John Willman, Ryan Krachum, Ron Haring, Jr., MeMe DeSantis, Tim Buckwalter. DNQ – Kenny Gilmore, Ryan Krachum, Kenny Pettyjohn, Dennis Bailey, Mark Kratz, Blane Bracelin, Mike Bailey.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A huge crowd was on hand Saturday evening at Selinsgrove Speedway to watch an exciting four division racing program on Driver & Fan Appreciation Night sponsored by Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center.
Eric Tomecek of Abottstown drove to his second win of the season in the 25-lap 360 sprint car feature at the wheel of the Central Builders Supply Co. No. 1-W. The $2,500 victory was Tomecek’s third career at the track.
Steve Campbell of Danville powered to his third win of the year in the $2,500-to-win, 25-lap super late model main event. The win marked the 48th of Campbell’s career at the track in super late model competition.
AJ Stroup of Evandale wired the field for his first career win in the A&A Auto Stores 14th Annual Pro Stock 20. Stroup collected $1,000 for his 17th overall career victory in the division’s biggest race of the year. Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove was the night’s pro stock fast qualifier with a lap time of 24.323.
Dustin Snook of McClure closed out the night with his second career win in the 12-lap roadrunner race.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present the 2nd Annual Kramer Cup for 360 sprint cars sanctioned by the United Racing Club at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The 25-lap tribute race to honor the memory of the late sprint car champion will pay $2,573 to win and $200 to start. Joining the sprint cars on the racing program will be the super late models and pro stocks. Track gates will open at 5 p.m.
Selinsgrove Ford will hold a race car display on the dealership lot Saturday afternoon prior to the Market Street Race Car Parade through downtown Selinsgrove at 4 p.m.
At the start of the sprint car feature, polesitter Kevin Albert brought out the red flag when his car turned over in turn three. On the restart, original third-place starter Jim Shuster led the first lap of the race. On the second circuit, fifth-place starter Eric Tomecek took command of the field with an outside pass in turn two and never looked back.
Fourth-place starter Eric Parker held down the runner-up position while sixth-place starter Ryan Kissinger worked his way into the third spot. On lap nine, Kissinger drove by Parker for the second position and set his sights on Tomecek. With 10 laps remaining, 10th-place starer Mark Smith advanced to third.
Down to seven laps to race, Kissinger started to reel in Tomecek at the front of the pack. His efforts were aided by a caution flag on lap 19 when Brian Nornhold stopped his car on the track. On the ensuing restart, Tomecek continued to set a torrid pace as Smith began to challenge Kissinger for the runner-up position.
On the final lap, Smith pulled a slider on Kissinger in turn four to take the second position while Tomecek streaked under the checkered flag to take the win by 2.7 seconds. Kissinger settled for third, while TJ Stutts and Colby Womer rounded out the top five.
Polesitter Danny Snyder pulled into the early lead at the start of the late model feature. Snyder was chased by fourth-place starter Donnie Schick. On a lap two restart, fifth-place starter Tony Adams moved into third while 10th-place starter Steve Campbell advanced to fourth. Two laps later Adams drove by Schick for the second spot.
On the eighth circuit, Campbell made the winning pass using the inside lane in turn four. Jeff Rine, who started 12th, followed Campbell into the runner-up position as Adams raced third. In the final laps of the race, Campbell began to stretch his lead over Rine and 11th-place starter Matt Cochran, who took over third on a lap 19 restart.
At the finish, Campbell was victorious by 2.3 seconds over Rine, Cochran, Adams, and second-place starter Hayes Mattern.
In the Pro Stock 20, polesitter AJ Stroup drove into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Stroup was closely chased by second-place starter Nathan Long, fifth-place starter Brad Mitch, and fourth-place starter Andrew Shoop.
By lap six, the top four runners broke away from the field in a close bumper-to-bumper duel for the race lead. Seventh-place starter Dave Brouse Jr. made it a five-car breakaway by the midway point of the race. On lap 11, however, Brouse was caught up in a tangle with Adam Campbell.
When the race resumed, Stroup set the pace in front of Long, Mitch, and Shoop. On the 15th circuit, Long briefly pulled in front of Stroup in turn three only to lose the lead when his car drifted high racing out of turn four. Then, with two laps remaining, Shoop’s chances of a victory went away after getting caught up in a multi-car melee.
Back under the green flag, Long and Mitch raced for the second position, which allowed Stroup to stretch his lead by the slimmest of margins. On the final lap, contact caused Long to brush the frontstretch guardrail and go into a wild spin. Stroup crossed the finish line and posted a one-second margin of victory over Mitch, Jake Buck, Brouse, and Brandon Moser. Long nursed his car across the finish line in the sixth position.
In the roadrunner feature, Snook started in the third position and led flag to flag for the victory. He held off fifth-place starter Bob Bussey for most of the race until sixth-place starter John Fowler Jr. made a late-race charge into the second spot to put in a bid for the lead and win. At the checkered flag, Snook was victorious by just .47 of a second over Fowler, Bussey, Keith Bissinger, and Brandon Shultz.

SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY – 25 July 2015 360 Sprint Cars – 23 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 1W Eric Tomecek 2) 1 Mark Smith 3) Ryan Kissinger 4) 23 TJ Stutts 5) 19 Colby Womer 6) 39 Eric Parker 7) 28F Davie Franek 8) 49 Mike Walter 9) 29 Jason Shultz 10) 77 Derek Locke 11) 33W Michael Walter II 12) 79 Jordan Thomas 13) C4 Jim Shuster 14) 29S Derek Steward 15) 49S Mallie Shuster 16) 67 Jason Cherry 17) 71C Charlie Anderson 18) 5 Brian Nornhold 19) 3 Dave Ely 20) 66K Noah Kissinger 21) 3A Kevin Albert 22) 99K Cody Keller 23) 44 John Braim Heat Winners: TJ Stutts, Jordan Thomas, Jason Shultz

Late Models – 21 Entries 25-Lap A-Main: 1) 2 Steve Campbell 2) 2J Jeff Rine 3) 16 Matt Cochran 4) 88 Tony Adams 5) 9 Hayes Mattern 6) 99Z Dave Zona 7) 27 Jim Yoder 8) 33C Chris Casner 9) 61 Ken Trevitz 10) 4S Danny Snyder 11) 6 Donnie Schick 12) 7M Meade Hahn 13) 99 Steve Stitt 14) Z14 Dave Brouse Sr. 15) 10 Dave Stamm 16) 45 Eric Hons 17) 88T Erinie Millon 18) 98 Randy Croop 19) 15 Shaun Miller 20) 3 Robbie Smith 21) 11 Jason Schmidt Heat Winners: Hayes Mattern, Matt Cochran, Jeff Rine

Pro Stocks – 26 Entries 20-Lap A-Main: 1)26 AJ Stroup ($1,000) 2) 10M Brad Mitch 3) 6C Jake Buck 4) 14 Dave Brouse Jr. 5) 8M Brandon Moser 6) 63 Nathan Long 7) 20 Randy Croop 8) 55 John Troxell 9) 99H Peanut Heintzelman 10) 8S Andrew Shoop 11) 33 Curtis Lawton 12) 14C Bill Conrad 13) 4 Jim Payne 14) 22 Ricky Buss 15) G3 Jim Gearhart 16) 99 Kyle Bachman 17) 28 Dan Condo 18) 2C Adam Campbell 19) 70J John Schreffler 20) 83 Matt Wilson 21) 88 Matt Hornberger 22) 11 Derrick Garman 23) 40 Tommy Slanker 24) 26S Nate Stroup 25) 1 Rick Bixler Heat Winners: AJ Stroup, Nathan Long, Brandon Moser
Time Trials: 1) 99 Kyle Bachman 24.323 2) 14 Dave Brouse Jr. 24.376 3) 2C Adam Capmbell 24.514 4) 8S Andrew Shoop 24.557 5) 10M Brad Mitch 24.715 6) 26 AJ Stroup 24.739 7) 1 Rick Bixler 24.759 8) 83 Matt Wilson 24.791 9) 55 John Troxell 24.816 10) 63 Nathan Long 24.822 11) 6C Jake Buck 24.881 12) 11 Derrick Garman 24.891 13) 33 Curtis Lawton 25.059 14) 70J John Schreffler 25.150 15) 88 Matt Hornberger 25.202 16) 8M Brandon Moser 25.202 17) 26S Nate Stroup 25.250 18) 99H Peanut Heintzelman 25.403 19) 28 Dan Condo 25.406 20) 40 Tommy Slanker 25.428 21) G3 Jim Gearhart 25.568 22) 28J Jeff Ceballo Jr. 25.685 23) 20 Randy Croop 25.742 24) 14C Bill Conrad 26.021 25) 22 Ricky Buss 26.038 26) 4 Jim Payne 26.090 Roadrunners – 12 Entries 12-Lap A-Main: 1) 15 Dustin Snook 2) 02 John Fowler 3) 76 Bob Bussey 4) 11 Keith Bissinger 5) 31B Brandon Shultz 6) 8K Jeremy Kline 7) 7 Butch Shaffer 8) F14 Ed Capper 9) 32 Ken Schreffler 10) 41D Dennis Conrad 11) 12 Tom Underwood 12) 3B Jason Brosius


MECHANICSBURG, PA – The Black Bandit rode again Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
Driving a sprinter with a retro No. 19 paint scheme, Stevie Smith took the lead from Aaron Ott on lap eight and survived two late-race restarts to score the $20,000 win in the World of Outlaws-sanctioned Summer Nationals. Smith’s win also earned him the Morgan Cup and a $5,000 bonus.
“This feels great,” said Smith. “It’s hard to win these Outlaw races. I know we won one last year, but until then it was a difficult task for me to accomplish. I know it gets old, but I’ve got to thank these guys for giving me a really, really good racecar. I’m glad it’s getting old that I can say that. I’m very proud of them. Things went our way tonight and it’s a great feeling to win a World of Outlaws show.”
Smith, of Broken Arrow, Okla., drives for retired Hall of Fame driver Fred Rahmer and Massachusetts businessman Dave Pritchard. His car was painted like his father’s No. 19 was painted years ago.
“I was feeling a little better tonight,” said Smith. “I wasn’t really passing the lapped cars, but that’s getting common these days. When I got to them, I could get by them pretty easily. Last week, we had a more difficult time, but the track was different. We got up to Lance there and he was running a good pace. I thought ‘keep your line and keep the most speed you can keep up and you have a good chance at winning this thing, don’t mess up now, you’re almost to the end.’”
“It feels really good,” said Rahmer. “He did a hell of a job. When you’re at a World of Outlaws race, there’s a lot of great teams and drivers, but I think I’ve got one of the best.”
Second starter Joey Saldana pitted before the feature even lined up. A push truck ran over his left rear tire and Saldana pitted to change it. Since the flat was caused by the truck, he was allowed to retain his starting spot.
Polesitter Sammy Swindell was put back one row for getting on the gas too early on the initial start. This moved Aaron Ott to the pole and he grabbed the lead.
Smith, who started fourth, and Saldana were side-by-side down the frontstretch with Smith securing the runner-up spot with one lap down.
Ott began to pass slower cars on the sixth lap and Smith closed. A slider through the third and fourth turns got Smith the lead as they completed lap eight.
Swindell tried a slider on Saldana and they were close racing off turn two. Swindell would get the spot a few laps later on the backstretch.
Outlaw point leader Donny Schatz started fifth, but fell back early in the event. He made a late run toward the front and a pass of Saldana got him to fourth on lap 18.
Smith held a comfortable lead over Ott as Schatz closed on third place.
Schatz got by Swindell on the frontstretch for third as they completed lap 27. The yellow flag flew for Brock Zearfoss, setting up a single-file restart with three to go. Smith’s lead was 1.624 seconds before the yellow.
One more lap was completed before Jacob Allen flipped over the fourth turn fence bringing out the red flag. He was okay.
Schatz had been challenging Ott for second before the red. Smith led them down the front stretch for the restart with two laps left.
He got a good restart as Schatz got under Ott for second in the second turn. Schatz had a slight bobble on the cushion coming off turn four for the white flag. This gave Smith a clean run to the checkered flag as he’d win by 1.131 seconds. Schatz settled for his seventh runner-up finish in the last 13 races. Ott, Swindell and Saldana completed the top five.
“Running second is hard to swallow especially as many times as we’ve done it here lately,” said Schatz. “That’s racing and it works that way. When you’re good enough to win a race, you win a race and we weren’t good enough. We’ll work on it and try to get ourselves better.”
Brian Montieth, Brent Marks, Lucas Wolfe, Greg Hodnett and Paul McMahan rounded out the top 10.
Swindell set fast time in the first flight of time trials with a lap of 16.742. Smith, Paul McMahan, Kerry Madsen and Pat Cannon were the top five in the first flight including 19 cars.
Saldana set fast time in the second flight with a lap of 16.831. Ott, Hodnett, Montieth and Schatz were the top five in the second flight including 20 cars.
Swindell earned the Fast Tees Fast Time Award worth $300 for being the overall fast timer.
The eight-lap heat races were won by Zearfoss, Wolfe, Schatz and Marks.
Swindell won the six-lap dash over Saldana, Ott and Smith, who nipped Schatz at the line for the spot.
J.J. Grasso won the first B-main over Kyle Reinhardt. Jacob Allen won the second over Doug Esh. 

Summer Nationals Sprint Car Feature (30 laps): 1. Stevie Smith. 2. Donny Schatz. 3. Aaron Ott. 4. Sammy Swindell. 5. Joey Saldana. 6. Brian Montieth. 7. Brent Marks. 8. Lucas Wolfe. 9. Greg Hodnett. 10. Paul McMahan. 11. Danny Dietrich. 12. Kerry Madsen. 13. Kraig Kinser. 14. Daryn Pittman. 15. Logan Schuchart. 16. Shane Stewart. 17. Brad Sweet. 18. Jason Sides. 19. Lance Dewease. 20. Doug Esh. 21. Rodney Westhafer. 22. Jason Johnson. 23. Brock Zearfoss. 24. Jacob Allen. 25. Kyle Reinhardt. 26. J.J. Grasso. 27. Steve Buckwalter. 28. Pat Cannon. 

Did Not Qualify: David Murcott, Darren Mollenoyux, Nicole Bower, Wayne Dadetto, Troy Fraker, Tim Glatfelter, David Gravel, Jim Siegel, Cory Haas, Hunter Mackison, Alan Krimes.


MECHANICSBURG, PA – Add Danny Dietrich’s name to the short list of drivers that have passed Donny Schatz to score a World of Outlaws sprint car win this season. Dietrich, of Gettysburg, Pa., did just that Friday night as he drove by the Outlaws point leader and 20-time winner off turn four to complete lap 18 and would keep him behind on a green-white-checkered finish.
Dietrich earned $8,000 for his first career Williams Grove Outlaw win in a car owned by Gary Kauffman. He does have two Outlaw wins at Lincoln Speedway. Joey Saldana started second and grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Schatz on the initial start, but it was called back when Kerry Madsen spun in turn one.
Saldana would once again get the lead from Schatz with Paul McMahan in third. Greg Hodnett and Lucas Wolfe raced hard for fourth with Hodnett getting the spot in turn one.
As Saldana approached lapped traffic with six laps completed, the yellow flag flew when Daryn Pittman stopped at the end of the frontstretch.
Saldana picked the inside line for the double-file restart. They were close off turn four, but Saldana had just enough room to slide up in front of Schatz and lead into turn one.
The racing between Hodnett and McMahan was close off turn two, resulting in Hodnett flipping several times and bringing out the red flag.
A single-file restart followed the crash and the yellow flag flew when Troy Fraker stopped on the backstretch.
Schatz tried to grab the lead on the next restart, but Saldana’s momentum off the cushion kept him out front. Dietrich, who started ninth, passed Sammy Swindell to take fifth.
Brock Zearfoss did a 360-spin in turn three, but the yellow flag flew with eight completed.
Schatz would easily take the lead from Saldana off turn four on the ensuing restart. Dietrich made a three-car pass in turns one and two to move into third and then blasted by Saldana in turn three to move into second.
“I had a heck of a restart,” said Dietrich. “I passed three cars in one and two and I thought for sure the caution would come out, but it didn’t. That was the difference maker. I knew I had to pounce on Joey and slide him down there.”
With 11 laps completed, Schatz was working the cushion and Dietrich was working down low and gaining on the leader.
Schatz slammed the door on Dietrich entering turn three. Both cars drifted across the track and over the cushion. They regained control off turn four and Dietrich squeezed by Schatz on the frontstretch to complete lap 18 as the leader.
“It was real hard racing with Donny,” said Dietrich. “It was clean racing, but we raced each other tough. That’s what you do when you race with the best in the world. I was worried I showed him my nose a little too soon down in three and four and he moved down. I don’t remember the pass. I think we passed each other a couple of times. We were lucky enough to beat him tonight.”
Dietrich pulled away from Schatz in traffic over the next six laps and was headed for victory.
But, as he raced off the fourth turn, he didn’t see the checkered flag, but instead, the yellow, as Brent Marks had crashed on the frontstretch.
A green-white-checkered finish was ahead.
Dietrich went back to the bottom and Schatz blasted the top and stayed with the leader. They were close under the white flag and into the first turn. Schatz pushed a little off turn two and that was the difference as Dietrich would get the win by 0.289 seconds over Schatz and Swindell. McMahan and Saldana completed the top five. Wolfe, Stevie Smith, Shane Stewart, Lance Dewease and Aaron Ott rounded out the top 10.
“He was better than we were on the bottom and in the middle,” said Schatz. “The only prayer I had was to try and make the top work at the end. I ran it as hard as I could. He was a little better and did a good job.”
Hodnett set fast time in the first flight of time trials with a lap of 16.789. Wolfe set fast time in the second flight with a lap of 16.935. Hodnett earned the Fast Tees Fast Time Award worth $300 for being fastest overall.
Dewease, Swindell, Schatz and Pittman won the eight-lap heat races. Schatz won the six-lap dash. Jim Siegel and King’s Royal winner Stewart won the twin B-mains.
The Summer Nationals concludes Saturday night with $20,000 going to the winner of the 30-lap main event, plus a $5,000 bonus left over from the rained out Morgan Cup in May.
Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1. Danny Dietrich. 2. Donny Schatz. 3. Sammy Swindell. 4. Paul McMahan. 5. Joey Saldana. 6. Lucas Wolfe. 7. Stevie Smith. 8. Shane Stewart. 9. Lance Dewease. 10. Aaron Ott. 11. Daryn Pittman. 12. Brad Sweet. 13. Steve Buckwalter. 14. Jason Sides. 15. David Gravel. 16. Jason Johnson. 17. Doug Esh. 18. Logan Schuchart. 19. Pat Cannon. 20. Brian Montieth. 21. Kraig Kinser. 22. Brock Zearfoss. 23. Kerry Madsen. 24. Brent Marks. 25. Nicole Bower. 26. Jim Siegel. 27. Greg Hodnett. 28. Troy Fraker.
Did Not Qualify: Alan Krimes, Wayne Dadettto, Hunter Mackison, Cory Haas, Jacob Allen, Tim Glatfelter, J.J. Grasso, Rodney Westhafer, David Murcott, Darren Mollenoyux, Kyle Reinhardt.


HANOVER, PA (7/24/2015) – After putting his motor back in the car just last night, points leader Isaac Sneeringer claimed his 4th Trail-Way win of the year in the 25-lap 358 Sprint Car feature on Friday night. Sneeringer said the car was still running hot, but it didn’t seem to affect his ability to maintain the top spot.
Sneeringer started 3rd but followed polesitter Doug Hammaker for 17 laps before diving to the inside to lead exiting turn four. “[Hammaker] was fast,” explained Sneeringer after exiting his DCI Racing #19Z, “but he left me a little bit and I snuck in the bottom.”
“It feels good to get four wins, said Sneeringer, “last year we got three and couldn’t get passed that.”
Hammaker settled for second 1.47 seconds behind Sneeringer with Cody Fletcher, Hard Charger Brad McClelland, and Dwight Leppo completing the top five.
While McClelland was battling for the fourth spot, he scrapped the outside wall entering turn four, but held on to pass Leppo going down the backstretch.
Heats for the 11 358 Sprints were won by Leppo and Sneeringer.
Bill Diehl picked up his 2nd win in a row in the 20 lap Red Lion Chevrolet Central Pa Legends Car feature.
Diehl became the fourth different leader of the event, passing Travis McCelland to lead lap 17. “That was a great race with McCelland,” said Diehl in victory lane, “I got a run off turn four and got underneath of him.”
But that lap 17 pass didn’t come easily, Diehl pressured McClelland since taking the second spot on lap 6. It was a side-by-side battle with lapped traffic bunching the top contenders that finally gave Diehl the chance he needed to win.
Two laps after Diehl took the lead, the caution flew for McCelland who slowed and collected Chad Earnst (who was running 3rd). McCelland took his machine to the pit area, but Earnst rejoined the tail end of the field.
Justin Mitchell crossed the line second with Bob Stough making a late race bid for third, 9th-starting Chris Transeau taking fourth, and Keith Haring finishing 5th.
Heats for the 20 Red Lion Chevrolet Central Pa Legends were won by Mason Chaney and McCelland.
Neal Reamer lead all 20-laps in the Classic Car feature to claim his 3rd Trail-Way win. Reamer was challenged throughout the race by 5th-starting Jim Crocker. Crocker made repeated attempts to pass Reamer on the inside, but after contact with a lapped car on the back stretch, Crocker settled for second.
Third through fifth were 12th-starting Joe Brown, 13th-starting Kurt Welsh, and Charlie Summers.
Heats for the 13 Classic Cars on hand were won by Reamer and Joe Brown.
Jason Chronister dominated the 15-lap Limited Stocks feature enroute to his first win of the season.
Chronister started outside the front row and lead every lap with Jeff Foster close behind. Foster and Chronister were bumper to bumper during the majority of the race, but Foster was never able to make a pass for the lead.
Chronister claimed with win by 2.94 seconds over Foster. Twelfth-starting Matt Chronister crossed in a close third with Shannon Weaver and Cody Klinedenst rounding out the top five.
Heat winners for the 18 Limited Stocks were Foster and Robert Nicklow.
Trail-Way is back in action next Friday July 31st, hosting the 358 Sprints, Street Stocks, 600 Micro Sprints and the Mason-Dixon 270 Micro Sprints in the “Gary Keifert Memorial Twin 15’s.” Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with heats beginning at 7:45 p.m.
The following Friday, August 7th, Trail-Way swings back into action with the 358 Sprints, Street Stocks, Limited Stocks and the 600 Micro Sprints in a “Mid-Summer Shootout.” Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with heats beginning at 7:45 p.m.
Friday July 24, 2015 Trail-Way Speedway Hanover, PA For Immediate Release
FEATURE (25 Laps) – 1. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 2. 66-Doug Hammaker; 3. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 4. 6R-Brad McClelland; 5. 4-Dwight Leppo; 6. 30-Seth Kearchner; 7. 16-Matt Campbell; 8. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 9. 10-Zach Euculano (DNF); 10. 77-David Holbrook (DNF); 11. 26V-Sean Kirkpatrick (DNS). No time.
Lap Leaders: Doug Hammaker (1-17), Isaac Sneeringer (18-25)
358 Sprint Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 4-Dwight Leppo; 2. 66A-Cody Fletcher; 3. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 4. 77-David Holbrook; 5. 10-Zach Euculano; 6. 26V-Sean Kirkpatrick (DNS). Time – 2:23.68.
358 Sprint Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify) – 1. 19Z-Isaac Sneeringer; 2. 66-Doug Hammaker; 3. 16-Matt Campbell; 4. 6R-Brad McClelland; 5. 30-Seth Kearchner. Time – 2:22.10

Thursday, July 23, 2015

410 action from Lincoln Speedway

Austin Hogue

Cory Haas

Brandon Rahmer

Tyler Ross

Randy Bachman

Robbie Kendell

Danny Dietrich

Kyle Moody

Glenndon Forsythe

Darren Mollenoyux

David Quackenbush

Brian Montieth

Chase Dietz

358 action from Lincoln Speedway

Feature winner Jeff Rohrbaugh

Kyle Abrahims

Lucas  Montgomery

Winner at Trail Way Speedway last Friday night Seth Kearchner

Glenndon Forsythe

Jake Eldrith

2015 Central PA 358 Point Series Most Popular Driver Ashley Cappetta

Chris Frank
Adrian Shaffer

Brian Allman