ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/24/2016 – “I said at the beginning of the night that the only thing better than winning a Lincoln Dirt Classic was winning two of them.”
So said Stevie Smith after claiming his second win in three years in the 40-lap $20,000-to-win “Dirt Classic” in the Pigeon Hills Saturday night.
Smith, who started third after setting third-fast time and gathering the third-most points in time trials and qualifying, followed front row starters Lucas Wolfe and James McFadden the first two laps before catching the Kasey Kahne Racing #4 in turns three and four of lap three.
One lap later saw the “Dirt Classic” lose its front row, with McFadden turning over in turn four to bring out the red, and then Wolfe going to the pits with an oil leak during the red flag. Smith assumed the lead for the restart, with Danny Dietrich, Gerard McIntyre, and Matt Campbell in tow.
Schuchart records second consecutive runner-up performance
SARVER, Pa. - Sept. 24, 2016 - Donny Schatz continued his historic season Saturday night, claiming his 23rd World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win at Lernerville Speedway. The series had not competed in the track's Commonwealth Clash presented by Classic Ink since 2014, and thousands of fans rallied behind its drivers as if they never left.
"This was a fun car to drive," Schatz said. "The racetrack changed, and I didn't know whether or not that top groove was going to come in. But it did. It was pretty decent all over. [Turns] One and two stayed really good around the bottom, and in some spots you could run through the middle. It's a great racetrack. We didn't get the win at Silver Cup, and I felt like we had a great chance. But, we got the job done tonight. I wish [my crew] was standing here instead of me."
Randy Stoudt (358 LM), Eddie Richards (Street Stock) and Travis Brown(Road Warriors) also take Wins
By Brad Vores for Susquehanna Speedway
YORK HAVEN, PA 9/24/16
For the second time in a month, veteran racer Frankie Herr raced to the win in Credit Connection Auto Sales Super Sportsman competition at Susquehanna Speedway. The Carlisle, PA drivers win came in Saturday night’s 25-lap feature event, which was the final regular season point race. While Herr was dominating out front, Newville, PA driver Russ Mitten was carving his way through the field after lining up 16th on the grid. Mitten advanced to the fifth position which coupled with Scott Geesey’s fourth place finish, put him in a tie for the 2016 Credit Connection Auto Sales track championship.
The tiebreaker for the track championship went to the driver with the most wins during the season, in which Mitten visited victory lane three times, which gives him the championship in the first season of the Scott Gobrecht/Kolten Gouse era at Susquehanna.
Chad Kemenah reclaims Arctic Cat All Star championship point lead over Dale Blaney
ROSSBURG, Ohio (September 24, 2016) - Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time can make all of the difference. For Ian Madsen, that statement proved to be worth $5,000.
For the first time in his career, Ian Madsen is a main event winner at the world-famous Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio; scoring a victory against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions during the 35th Annual Four Crown Nationals.
Climbing ahead from third on the feature grid, Madsen took command officially on lap 28, utilizing Rico Abreu’s misfortune while racing in the runner-up position. The victory was Madsen’s third against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions during the course of his career, but his first in 2016. Chad Kemenah finished second, followed by Randy Hannagan, Kraig Kinser and Brady Bacon.
ABBOTTSTOWN: Stevie Smith has spent 31 years facing the best Sprint Car drivers in the country.
There have been plenty highs and lows. That's racing. But Smith has stared them all down and put together a Hall of Fame-type career.
Smith is a part-time driver now, but he's still as good as ever. That showed, again, Saturday night when he captured his second Dirt Classic in three years, banking $20,000 for winning the 40-lap extravaganza at Lincoln Speedway. "I don't know if I'm getting better, but everyone is looking faster the older I get," Smith said. "It's been a pleasure the last three years with these guys. They give me a really good racecar, and it's been a lot of fun."
WITH SPRINT CAR FEATURE WIN
Phil Walter beats track champion Kevin Nouse at the line for 358 sprint win
MECHANICSBURG, PA – Greg Hodnett went into the night as the Williams Grove Speedway point leader, but hadn’t won a 410 sprint car feature at the track since the end of March.
He changed that stat Friday night as he took the lead from Lucas Wolfe in lapped traffic and controlled the final 14 laps to win his first 410 feature at the track since the second race of the season. He did win three features in the 360 sprints over the course of the summer.
Things were going Hodnett’s way, but a header pipe broke off with three laps to go affecting the car’s performance.
“We lost a lot of horsepower, but being out in front we had a huge advantage to dictate when to take off and how hard I could run,” said Hodnett, of Spring Grove.
Schuchart slides in for second in the final laps
ROSSBURG, Ohio - Sept. 23, 2016 - Shane Stewart successfully fended off the field Friday night, ultimately winning opening night of Four Crown Nationals Weekend at Eldora Speedway. Though the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series was only scheduled to compete in a one-day, 30-lap feature that paid $10,000, Stewart and company set the tone for the track's 35th-running of the storied event.
The opening day of the two-day blockbuster began with the inaugural "BeFour The Crowns Showdown," featuring the Outlaws and the region's best Sprint car drivers. In a dramatic series of cautions, the 24 determined drivers tested the limits of their winged-sprints in the race's opening laps.
It's Lincoln Speedway's turn to take center stage in the year-end rotation of big races in central Pennsylvania.
The Dirt Classic is growing by the season in both purse and prestige, and the third edition of Saturday's extravaganza is just another building block to making this one of the premier races on the East Coast.
This year's event will have out-of-area flavor, something it's lacked in the past. Midwest competitors Tim Kaeding, Terry McCarl, Lynton Jeffery and Bill Balog are scheduled to attend, as well as former World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney.
TRENTON, NJ September 23, 2016 . . . The 32nd annual Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show dates have been set for Friday, January 20 thru Sunday, January 22nd. Labeled as the mid-winter motorsports happening the show again takes place at the popular Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
The Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2017 Racecar and Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco and Distributed by Insinger Performance is again expected to fill all 250,000 square feet of available show space making it even more important for those planning to participate to reserve their space now.
Bob Stough Wins Legends Feature
YORK HAVEN, PA 9/22/16 - Danny Dietrich tweeted “it will be a win it or wear it kind of night” Thursday afternoon in reference to Thursday night’s BAPS Coatings & Supplies 410 Sprint Series Justin Snyder “Salute to the Troops” event at Susquehanna Speedway. And he wasn’t kidding.
While he nearly “wore it” on several occasions during the 30-lap feature event, the Gettysburg driver remained relentless, pounding the top of the speedway and then “won it” when race-long leader Aaron Ott caught a rut on the final on the final lap exiting the second corner. Ott’s bobble was just what Dietrich needed to blast into the lead and lead the final half lap to become the first repeat winner in BAPS 410 Sprint Series competition this season. It was his eighth career Susquehanna win.