PAPosseRacing.com l Written By : Mike Baker
April 22nd, 2017 l Opinion Letter
Dear Dirt Track Fans,
Dirt track racing is arguably some of the best racing week to week you can find anywhere in the United States. Thousands of local short tracks every weekend tear apart the previous weeks track and turn a new page for the upcoming week's race. Drivers like Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, the list goes on for days, were born on dirt. However, they grew up on asphalt. Perhaps, it is the constant rule changes that NASCAR goes through season to season. Teams dissect every nanosecond of track time, but the casual fan does not follow the changes, they simply just want to see side by side racing and consistent passing.
"If they saw how much work, [Freddie] puts in to these cars - it is incredible," said Central Pennsylvania Legend Fred Rahmer after watching his son, Freddie, flawlessly drive from the ninth-starting position to win his second career Williams Grove feature.
Cory Haas, Matt Campbell and fifth-starting Lucas Wolfe set a torrid pace from the drop of the green. Haas and Campbell started on the front row that saw Haas get the early jump. Campbell went to work on the cushion and pulled even with Haas on lap three, but couldn't get complete the pass. Not long after, Wolfe reeled in and drove by Campbell for the runner up position.
As Haas worked traffic, Wolfe continued to close the gap. Wolfe took his shot at the lead with a slide job, but Haas willed his #39 car back to the lead under the famous Williams Grove backstretch bridge.
iRacing.com announced today that it plans to add Knoxville Raceway to its catalogue of precisely-modeled race tracks. Known as the “Sprint Car Capital of the World,” the 1/2 mile dirt track hosts the famed Knoxville Nationals as well as weekly races throughout the racing season. Widely considered the premier sprint car event of the year, the four-day Knoxville Nationals features a million dollar purse and attracts nearly 100 of the world’s top sprint car competitors and more than 21,000 fans to Iowa every August.
“The fact that Knoxville Raceway is coming to iRacing is great news; great for iRacing, great for Knoxville and, most of all, great for iRacers around the world,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer for iRacing.com. “Knoxville is synonymous with sprint car racing, and making such a legendary track available to our members is a real feather in our cap.”
Although they now compete for NASCAR championships, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson also enjoy driving iRacing’s dirt tracks and are anticipating the addition of Knoxville Raceway, as well.
“It’s great that Knoxville is being added to iRacing,” said Kahne. “It’s one of the best half-mile dirt tracks in the world, with one of the most prestigious events. It’s going to be fun to be able to run it on the sim whenever I want.”
“It’s pretty awesome that Knoxville Raceway is going to be a new track available on the iRacing game,” said Larson, two-time feature winner at Knoxville Raceway and the 2012 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year. “I love racing at Knoxville and being able to practice on the track from my living room at home is pretty sweet!”
Knoxville Raceway is currently being scanned and will be live on iRacing later this year.
Introduced in March of 2017, iRacing’s dirt racing feature includes some of America’s most famous tracks along with a variety of race cars including winged and non-winged sprint cars and a number of late model classes.
The Champion Racing Oil/BR Motorsports Central PA Sprint Cars were back at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night after a few weeks off due to weather. Lance Dewease in the Kreitz Racing 69k picked up where he left off at and was back in victory lane for the first time this year. The action continued Saturday night April 15th with Brock Zearfoss getting his first series win of the year at Port Royal Speedway. The same night Lucas Wolfe was the winner at Lincoln Speedway for his first 2017 win also. With 12 races run there have been 10 different winners so far in the Champion Racing Oil/BR Motorsports Central PA Sprint Cars.
PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Motor Racing Network’s hit TV show and podcast Winged Nation is headed to historic Port Royal Speedway on May 27 and 28 as part of the Bob Weikert Memorial race weekend.
Co-hosts Steve Post and Ashley Stremme will be on location at
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA 4/15/2017 –Lucas Wolfe grabbed the lead at the outset from polesitter Greg Hodnett and led every lap to claim the $5,000 top prize in Saturday’s Leffler Energy Spring Championship for 410 sprint cars at Lincoln Speedway.
Despite torrid racing in behind, none of the heavy hitters were able to catch the Michael Barshinger-owned Embee & Son #24 as Wolfe claimed his fourth career Lincoln win.
Time trials, qualifying, and an inversion draw put Hodnett and Wolfe on the front row, with last week’s winner Gerard McIntyre, Jr. and Billy Dietrich on row two, and Danny Dietrich and five-time champ Brian Montieth on row three. Row four was just as impressive, with defending champ Alan Krimes and Chad Trout.
Montieth was the hard charger through the mid stages of the race, getting around Danny Dietrich with six laps to go and closing on the winner in lapped traffic at the end.
“It’s certainly important we have a good opportunity to start way up,” said Wolfe in victor
Mechanicsburg – Lance Dewease scored big on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, taking the 25-lap 410 sprint car main in his first appearance of the year at the track to boost his career win total there to 86 which is just four wins shy of the all time win mark at the historic oval.
In the 358 sprint main it was Adrian Shaffer taking the season opener for the division at the track which turned out to be his fourth victory in a row in the Williams Grove lidlifter for the 358s.
Danny Dietrich drew the pole to
PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Port Royal Speedway will close the month of April in a big way on Saturday, April 29 when it hosts Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars in the Keith Kauffman Classic at 6 pm, presented by Locust Grove Retirement Community.
The Kauffman Classic, honoring the oval’s all time winningest driver in both victories and track titles, will go 30 laps in distance, paying $5,000 to win.
Equally as impressive on April 29 will be the kickoff of the 2017 Moon Shine Camo® Rt. 35 Port Royal and Selinsgrove Speedways Dirt Late Model Challenge Series.
The super late models will race in a 25 lap main event paying $2,000 to win and $200 to start.
General admission gates open at 3 pm for the big event with adult general admission set at $22 a
PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Port Royal Speedway will host two huge back-to-back nights of super racing action this Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23 when it hosts the 410 sprints and the make-up 2016 RaceSaver Challenge for IMCA 305 sprints on Saturday and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Sunday.
Sponsored by Dotterer Equipment Company of Honey Grove and Mill Hall, Saturday’s make-up Keystone RaceSaver Challenge for 305 sprints will go 25 laps, paying $1,000 to win and $300 to take the green flag.
The race will be the second in the Port
Royal Speedway 2017 Creasy Signs 305 sprint series.