ABBOTTSTOWN: It's not over. Some fans and drivers may disagree. Stevie Smith has owned Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week by winning four out of five events and looks like a slam dunk to win the series title. Smith has a built a 93-point lead in the point standings. But that doesn't mean he has locked up the title; not by a long shot.
Danny Dietrich is still within striking distance. The Gettysburg driver has a win, four additional top-five runs and has out-qualified Smith at times to still have a crack at the Speed Week title with three races left on the slate. One bad finish or problem for Smith, and Dietrich, Lucas Wolfe and Greg Hodnett will be back in the hunt. Especially with points being awarded in time trials, heats and the feature.
Here are the updated PA Speedweek points after Thursday night at Lincoln Speedway.
2015 SPEEDWEEK POINTS
1.+ 51 Stevie Smith 824****
2.+ 48 Danny Dietrich 731*
3.+ 1 Lucas Wolfe 664
4.+ 27 Greg Hodnett 649
5.+ 87 Alan Krimes 515
6.+ 19M Brent Marks 499
7.+ 25 Aaron Ott 457
8. 21 Brian Montieth 434
9.+ 14 Lance Dewease 353
10.+ 11c Cory Haas 319
COCKRUM CLAMPS DOWN FOR "SUMAR CLASSIC" TRIUMPH
Terre Haute, Indiana.......Shane Cockrum survived a late-race challenge and used a little luck to hold on for Thursday night's "Sumar Classic" win at the Terre Haute Action Track. After capturing his first Silver Crown Series win last fall at Du Quoin, Illinois, Cockrum led most of the night's 100-lap feature only to see his lead taken away in the late stages by C.J. Leary, but a timely caution and strong finish propelled the Benton, Illinois driver to a .424-second victory in the Hardy Boys Motorsports - Financial Transportation Services #71 Maxim/Chevy.
ABBOTTSTOWN: A few weeks ago, Stevie Smith mentioned that he didn't feel comfortable in the Fred Rahmer-owned machine. It had nothing to do with the crew or the car itself. Smith just didn't have enough laps this season and felt rusty.
Not only is that rust knocked off, Smith feels good and is confident. Throw in a well-prepared race car, and you have a dangerous combination. Smith has been lethal to the competition during Pennsylvania Speed Week. That showed again Thursday night, when Rahmer's hired gun added another victory to the pile by winning the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial at Lincoln Speedway.
"I feel a lot better," Smith said. "Running once, taking a break, running again and taking a break, I haven't been sharp. Now, I feel like I'm pretty sharp.
Zimmerman wins sixth straight at Lincoln in All-American Outlaws
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 7/2/2015 – Combined, car driver Stevie Smith and car owner Fred Rahmer have more than 200 career Lincoln wins. But has Stevie Smith ever had a better week? “Definitely not!” responded Smith after pulling the Fred Rahmer #51s into victory lane for his fourth win in five races as part of the 25th Annual Pennsylvania Speedweek.
“You’re not telling me nothing I didn’t know before the race started,” said Smith when asked about the race-long challenges from Lincoln points leader Brian Montieth, “I knew Brian was going to be racing hard. This is his best kind of track. He can carry a lot of momentum and his car’s real nice. Before the race, I thought to myself, ‘Of course, you have 22 other cars out here in the field you gotta race with, but you’d better be ready for Montieth.’ And sure enough…if I didn’t see that black nose.”
Inside Line Promotions - SOMERTON, Ariz. (July 2, 2015) - As the midpoint of the 2015 season arrives plans are going into effect for the newest marquee event of the offseason.
The second edition of the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown, which is a prominent 410ci sprint car event that debuted at Cocopah Speedway in 2015, is only six months away. The 3/8-mile oval will host Winter Heat races on Jan. 1-2, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8-9, 2016, and will feature the same purse of approximately $250,000. The four weekend races pay $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start with the midweek race providing $5,000 to the winner.
Back in the Saddle
NEW CASTLE, Ind.—July 2, 2015-- Being out of a race car when fellow competitors are at the track in action is about the toughest scenario a driver can encounter. That's the situation that Tracy Hines has faced the last couple weeks as he has been recovering from a broken collarbone that he sustained on June 13 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, which required surgery. Hines will return to the track this week as he takes part in races for each of the three USAC National series at a trio of tracks as part of the Fourth of July weekend.
Hines will first hit the track on Thursday, July 2 at the Terre Haute Action Track in Indiana with the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series for the running of the Sumar Classic. He will remain on Hoosier soil on the Fourth of July as the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series invades Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville.
Schatz became the first driver to win back-to-back races without participating in the Dash
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - July 1, 2015 - If Donny Schatz has a point to prove, it is that it does not matter where he starts, he will always be a threat to win. He certainly did that Wednesday night at the O'Reilly Auto Parts presents the Outlaws at Lakeside Speedway where, after charging forward from 10th, the six-time and reigning series champion battled past Joey Saldana in the closing laps of the feature to score his 18th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.
It was Schatz's first ever win at Lakeside.
"We've never actually run very good here," Schatz said. "This Bad Boy Buggies race team just worked hard on it trying to figure out what we do at all these places where we haven't been good. We've had a real balanced race car everywhere we've been. Hats off to them."
HAGERSTOWN, MD: Fred Rahmer spent years dominating Pennsylvania Speed Week and even though he isn't a driver anymore, the outcome hasn't changed. Speed Week still belongs to the Sprint Car legend. The difference now, Rahmer is an owner and Stevie Smith is his hired gun.
Smith captured the first two legs of Speed Week in impressive fashion. At Hagerstown Speedway Wednesday night, the Oklahoma driver took it up a notch. Greg Hodnett and Danny Dietrich were putting on a passing clinic in the 30-lap event. But with seven laps to go, Smith came out of nowhere and drove past both drivers to earn his third Speed Week victory in four events.
BRADY BACON, MIKE PAZ & FRANKIE HERR
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – This week’s edition of “The Inside Lane” on ESPN 92.3 FM presented by Custom Metal Coating with Steve Inch and Todd Steward will air at 5 p.m. (EST) Thursday, July 2, featuring interviews with Brady Bacon, Mike Paz, and Frankie Herr.
Bacon, the defending USAC National Sprint Car Series champion, is one of the most versatile open wheel racers competing in the United States with seven victories already this season.
Paz, the long-time track announcer at Watkins Glen International, has called races for just about every major form of auto racing including NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, ARCA, DIRT Motorsports, and many others.
Kentucky’s No. 1 Country Rock Band
Port Royal – Voted Kentucky’s No. 1 country rock band, Artie Dean Harris & Bourbontown will perform at Port Royal Speedway prior to this Saturday’s Pennsylvania Speedweek show at Port Royal Speedway.
Presented by Weikert’s Livestock, Harris has been performing his high-energy, country rock performances for some 15 years and has shared stages with today’s biggest performers including Luke Bryan, Josh Turner, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and many, many others.
Learn more about Harris and Bourbontown at www.artiedeanharris.com.
Records 12th Place Finish During Lincoln’s Monday Night Speedweek Program
York, PA (June 30th, 2015) - Third generation sprint car driver Chase Dietz continues to make huge steps in central Pennsylvania. The ‘410’ sprint car rookie, who graduated from ‘358’ sprint car competition full-time after earning a Lincoln Speedway track championship, has had his share of tough times and bad luck in 2015, but has since proved himself to be a future winning threat with the ‘Pennsylvania Posse.’ Dietz, who pilots the Scott Gobrecht owned, Golf Cart Services, Bad Boy Buggies, ServiceMaster Clean Janitorial Service of York and Lancaster, Gettysburg Rental Company, no. 44 ‘410’ sprint car, has entered two of the three Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek events during the last four days; earning an average finish of 13th during feature competition. The York, Pennsylvania native looks forward to rejoining the Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek trail later this week back at the Lincoln Speedway.
The Fourth of July weekend is certainly one of the highlights on the 2015 schedule for the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC).
On Friday evening, July 3rd, the wingless midgets make their second appearance of the 2015 season at Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, PA. Linda's Speedway hosted the 2015 season opener as well as the first race of the short track series back in April.
This time, ARDC will be competing in a special event - the "No Bull 25" - a race honoring six time ARDC Champion, Ray Bull. Bull reigned as the ARDC Champion for six consecutive seasons from 2000 - 2005 and collected fifty ARDC feature wins during his years of competition. Bull will be on hand Friday night as he is honored by Linda's Speedway and ARDC.
TOP-5 STREAK: Driver Shane Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team have earned six consecutive top-five finishes in World of Outlaws competition, with three of them being runner-up finishes. The team has now earned 23 top-five finishes this season.
FOUR WINS: Stewart has earned four World of Outlaws wins this season, the second most of any World of Outlaws driver. The Larson Marks Racing wins came at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway and Crawford County Speedway in Denison, Iowa.
STANDINGS: Stewart and the Larson Marks Racing team remain second in the World of Outlaws standings. The team has earned four wins, 23 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes.
Three race tour through Kansas kicks off July for World of Outlaws tour
TELFORD, PA. - July 1, 2015 - As June fades into July, Paul McMahan and the CJB Motorsports continue their relentless pursuit of success on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series tour.
"We're defiantly out there trying to find a great balance for our race car," said McMahan, the driver of the Bairs Tree Service, Nyce Crete & Landis Block & Concrete and All Star Performance backed machine. "The competition is so fierce and tough these days that you always have to be looking for the edge. We're really trying some new combinations and new ideas with the hope that we'll get back closer to where we were at the beginning of the year. We feel like we're finally starting to get there."
McMahan and the CJB team had been looking forward to competing at I-96 Speedway near Lake Odessa, Mich. at the end of May before rain delayed the event until June 24th. Regardless of the date, the #51 car arrived ready for battle.
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- Danny Dietrich uses his head instead of his foot to collect Lincoln Speed Week score
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- RAINS GIVE BAPS THE CHANCE TO BE PART OF PA SPRINT CAR SPEEDWEEK
- Sides Sets New Track Record at I-96, Adds Two More Top-10 Finishes
- Hard Work Pays Off For Gravel and Team
- Madsen Has Strong Week With World of Outlaws
- Big Game Motorsports and Lasoski Claim Fifth Win in Last Nine Races
- Danny Dietrich putting himself in early position for Pennsylvania Speed Week title run
- LARSON MARKS RACING KEEPS TOP-FIVE STREAK GOING
- PA Speedweek Points Update
- Stevie Smith Slices-and-Dices to Second-Straight Speed Week Win
- Stevie Smith has his own "Party at the Path"