Chip Ganassi said he would be happy if Kyle Larson, who won his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, decided he no longer wanted to race sprint cars.
The dangers of sprint car racing were further illustrated Saturday when veteran and former NASCAR, ARCA and IndyCar driver Dave Steele died in a crash at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Fla.
"Let's just say this: I do get concerned when he wants to do that," Ganassi told USA TODAY Sports. "I would say I'd be much happier if he said he wanted to go play golf. But also, at the same time, I don't want to slow him down. If he thinks that makes him better, OK, great. If he thinks that's slowing him down, I would think he would stop it. But for now, he thinks it makes him better.
"I don't want to tell him otherwise. I don't know otherwise. It's been so long since I've driven I wouldn't want to impart my own personal history on that. If he thinks it makes him better, I believe him."
PHOTO -Troy Junkins
Danny Dietrich held off Jim Siegel and Lucas Wolfe to score his second win in two Lincoln races in Saturday’s 25-lap “410” sprint car feature.
It was a classic final turn slidefest that saw Siegel reclaim the lead momentarily exiting turn four as his slid in front of Dietrich. But “Double D” drove to the bottom exiting turn four and outraced Siegel to the checkered flag.
“I could hear him. I kinda’ saw him I think off of two there on that last lap, and I didn’t think I could go to the bottom there in turns three and four, so I just went to the top. I figured that he would slide me and I needed to get down in the moisture with him going the wrong way. I got to the moisture off of four just in time,” said Dietrich upon exiting his Gary Kauffman-owned Weikert’s Livestock/Sandoe’s Fruit Market #48 in victory lane, “I don’t want to rough nobody up. I think we raced really hard and really clean. With lapped cars, there just wasn’t anywhere to go, so you make the most of what you can with your race car and that’s all you can do.”
Siegel grabbed the lead from invading polesitter Coleman Gulick of Binghamton, New York at the outset and led the first 11 laps until a caution came out for Shane Hoff, who came to stop in turn four while running fourth.
On the subsequent restart, fifth-starting Dietrich passed Gulick for second on the back stretch and tracked down Siegel over the next ten laps, passed the Mason-Dixon Vault Company #59 in lapped traffic of lap 22. Siegel never went away, and took a last-turn shot for the win, coming up just short.
“I can’t thank this crew enough,” said Dietrich, “We had a bad night last night, and we just want to win all year long. It’s as simple as that. I’ll do whatever it takes to win.”
Quietly, Lucas Wolfe entered the picture with just a few laps to go, and crossed a close third. Crossing fourth and fifth were Gulick and the winner’s brother Billy. Sixth through tenth were defending track champ Alan Krimes, Kyle Moody, 18th-starting Cory Haas, 17th-starting Chase Dietz, and Brian Montieth, who sustained front wing damage in a early-race incident involving invader Billy Bulog.
Heats for the 34 410 Sprints were won by Danny Dietrich, Siegel, Wolfe, and Freddie Rahmer, with Chad Trout winning the consolation.
Mechanicsburg’s Kevin Nouse scored the win in the season opener for “358” sprint cars. He started eighth and took the lead from Doug Hammaker in lapped traffic on lap 13 of 20. He held on for the 1.06-second win, the eighth of his career in the Pigeon Hills.
Hammaker, who took the lead from polesitter Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. on lap seven, led the next six laps before Nouse took the lead for good.
Hammaker settled for second, with Rittenhouse third, Adrian Shaffer fourth, and defending champ Chandler Leiby fifth.
Sixth through tenth were Kyle Denmyer, Matt Findley, Todd Gracey, Ashley Cappetta, and Wyatt Hinkle.
Heats for the 25 358 Sprints were won by Hammaker, Brent Shearer, and Phil Walter.
Next Saturday, April 1st, Lincoln Speedway moves to 6 PM starts and will run off its’ first 3-division racing program of 2017 with the 410 Sprint and 358 Sprints being joined by the All-American Outlaws. Gates open at 4 PM, with hot laps getting underway at 5:30 PM.
To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at http://www.lincolnspeedway.com to stay up-to-date on all the action or pending weather conditions at Central Pennsylvania's "Premier" Saturday night race track - The Fabulous Lincoln Speedway.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
LAWRENCE CHEVROLET 410 SPRINTS
410 Sprint Feature Finish (25 Laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich ($3,200); 2. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 3. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 14-Coleman Gullick; 5. 8-Billy Dietrich; 6. 87-Alan Krimes; 7. 99M-Kyle Moody; 8. 39-Cory Haas; 9. 5G-Chase Dietz; 10. 21-Brian Montieth; 11. 35-Steve Owings; 12. 17B-Bill Balog; 13. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 14. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 15. 5-Tyler Ross; 16. 39M-Anthony Macri; 17. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 18. 6K-Chris Knopp; 19. 1X-Chad Trout (DNF); 20. 69H-Shane Hoff (DNF); 21. 74-Dwayne Gutshall (DNF); 22. 69-Tim Glatfelter (DNF); 23. 51-Freddie Rahmer (DNF); 24. 21T-Scott Fisher (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders – Jim Siegel (1-21), Danny Dietrich (22-25)
410 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 8-Billy Dietrich; 3. 14-Coleman Gulick; 4. 99M-Kyle Moody; 5. 5G-Chase Dietz; 6. 1X-Chad Trout; 7. 74-Dwayne Gutshall; 8. 55-Gary Kreiss; 9. 29-Jame Pryde. Time – 2:16.671
410 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 59-Jim Siegel; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 69-Shane Hoff; 4. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr.; 5. 39-Cory Haas; 6. 39M-Anthony Macri; 7. 88-Brandon Rahmer (DNF); 8. 15M-Bobby Mazingo (DNF); 9. 10-Joe Kata, III (DNF). Time – 2:16.804
410 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 2. 21T-Scott Fisher; 3. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 4. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 5. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 6. 40-George Hobaugh; 7. 16C-Matt Campbell (DMF); DNS – 35-Steve Owings. Time – 2:22.456
410 Sprint Heat Four Finish (10 laps/5 to qualify) – 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 2. 17B-Bill Balog; 3. 87-Alan Krimes; 4. 5-Tyler Ross; 5. 6K-Chris Knopp; 6. 22-Ralph Engel; 7. 35-Tyler Esh (DNF); 8. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF). No Time
410 Sprint Consolation Finish (10 laps/4 to qualify) – 1. 1X-Chad Trout; 2. 39-Anthony Macri; 3. 35-Steve Owings; 4. 74-Dwayne Gutshall; 5. 40-George Hobaugh; 6. 55-Gary Kreiss; 7. 22-Ralph Engel; 8. 29-James Pryde; 9. 88-Brandon Rahmer (DNF); 10. 16C-Matt Campbell (DNF); 11. 35E-Tyler Esh (DNF); 12. 10-Joe Kata, III (DNF); 13. 12-Mike Bittinger (DNF). Time – 2:26.067
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS 358 SPRINTS
358 Sprint Feature Finish (20 Laps) – 1. 1J-Kevin Nouse ($1,000); 2. 66-Doug Hammaker; 3. 23R-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 4. 27S-Adrian Shaffer; 5. 119-Chandler Leiby; 6. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 7. 28-Matt Findley; 8. 19G-Todd Gracey; 9. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 10. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 11. 9-Dalton Dietrich; 12. 7-Trey Hivner; 13. 91-Brie Hershey; 14. 23J-Jake Eldreth; 15. 12-Brent Shearer; 16. 8-Kenny Kuhn; 17. 5A-Zachary Allman; 18. 511-John Sharpe; 19. 3-Chris Priar; 20. 5-Phil Walter (DNF); 21. 41-Jeff Halligan (DNF); 22. 74-T.J. DeHaven (DNF); 23. 59-Steve Wilbur (DNF); DNS: 77-David Holbrook
Lap Leaders – Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. (1-6), Doug Hammaker (7-12), Kevin Nouse (13-20)
358 Sprint Heat One Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 66-Doug Hammaker; 2. 23R-Todd Rittenhouse, Jr.; 3. 38D-Kyle Denmyer; 4. 89-Ashley Cappetta; 5. 77-David Holbrook; 6. 5A-Zachary Allman; 7. 3-Chris Priar; 8. 91-Brie Hershey (DNF); DNS – 8-Kenny Kuhn. No Time
358 Sprint Heat Two Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 12-Brent Shearer; 2. 27S-Adrian Shaffer; 3. 28-Matt Findley; 4. 7-Trey Hivner; 5. 511-John Sharpe; 6. 14C-Dave Carlberg (DNF); 7. 9-Dalton Dietrich; DNS – 59-Steve Wilbur. No Time
358 Sprint Heat Three Finish (10 laps/6 to qualify) – 1. 5-Phil Walter; 2. 19G-Todd Gracey; 3. 1J-Kevin Nouse; 4. 119-Chandler Leiby; 5. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 6. 23-Jake Eldreth; 7. 74-TJ DeHaven; 8. 41-Jeff Halligan (DNF). Time – 2:31.35
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Jeffrey took home $3,500 for the victory after taking the lead early from Rick Lafferty.
In the 35-lap blastoff for super late models, Jason Covert of York pulled off a last lap, last corner stunner to take the $3,000 victory.
And Andrew Yoder of Middleburg scored the $1,000 Mason Dixon Shootout Series event for limited late models to round out the program.
Lafferty and Jeffrey started on the front row of the 410 sprint car main with Lafferty leading the first lap and Jeffrey in his shadow.
Jeffrey pulled the trigger on the second tour to grab command of the field before entering the backmarkers on the ninth lap.
Lafferty chased him into traffic, trying to keep pace before third starter Dale Blaney got around for second on the 17th tour.
Blaney then began slowly reeling in leader Jeffrey and with three to go he took his shot for the win.
He stuffed the Zemco No. 1 sprinter deep into the first corner and briefly took the lead before Jeffrey used the cushion to slingshot back around for the lead as the pair shot onto the backstretch.
And that took the wind out of Blaney’s sails as Jeffrey pulled out to a 1.025 second advantage at the finish to become the 188th different winner of a sprint car main in Port Royal history.
Greg Hodnett got by Lafferty for third with two laps to go, forcing Lafferty to finish fourth with Mike Wagner ending up fifth.
Sixth through 10th went to Doug Esh, Brock Zearfoss, Dylan Cisney, Mark Smith and TJ Stutts.
Heats went to Zearfoss and Stutts.
Polesitter Jason Covert took the lead at the start of the super late model main trailed by fourth starter Dylan Yoder on the first lap after Yoder made a two-car pass to get the spot.
Covert held sway with Yoder trying time after time to get into a position that could net him control but it took a restart on the 13th lap to get him the point.
He used the restart to bolt around Covert and take control before getting away with the lead.
However his mount began puffing smoke of some sort as he held the lead and that smoke turned terminal with nine laps to go when it forced him to roll to a stop on the track, wiping out a 2.119 second lead and handing over the point to third starter Kenny Moreland.
Moreland had wrestled second from Gary Stuhler on the 23rd lap with Covert having fallen back to fourth.
Covert got around Stuhler for second as he began to rebound with eight laps to go but as the race wore on to the finish it seemed that Covert was just too far away to make a serious bid for the win.
With two laps to go it still looked that way but just after taking the white flag Covert found enough muscle to pull alongside Moreland as the pair hit the first corner however Moreland had enough momentum to roll back into weak control in the second corner.
But Covert wasn’t done yet and he used the last two corners to race to Moreland’s inside again and the pair exited the fourth corner in a furious race to the finish with Covert edging ahead to the line, taking the win by an amazing .182 seconds.
Moreleand was second followed by Stuhler, Mike Lupfer and Gregg Satterlee.
Sixth through 10th went to Coleby Frye, Rick Singleton, Nick Dickson, Jeff Rine and Trent Brenneman.
Heats for the 32 late models went to Covert, Stuhler, Moreland in a last to first performance, and Yoder. Tim Wilson scored the consolation race.
Tim Krape led the first 10 laps of the 20-lap limited late model main before Andrew Yoder took over after starting third in the field.
Yoder was never challenged for the win after taking control as he ran to a 1.931 second win.
Rance Garlock took second from Krape with five laps to go.
Robbie Black rode home third followed by Krape and Mike Walls.
Sixth through 10th went to Justin Weaver, Shaun Miller, Jim Yoder, Derrick Quade and Devin Hart.
Heats went to Dillan Stake, JR Toner and Garlock with the consolation going to Todd Snook.
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Sprint Cars, 25 laps: 1. Lynton Jeffrey, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Rick Lafferty, 5. Mike Wagner, 6. Doug Esh, 7. Brock Zearfoss, 8. Dylan Cisney, 9. Mark Smith, 10. TJ Stutts, 11. Logan Wagner, 12. Tyler Bear, 13. AJ Flick, 14. Kody Lehman, 15. Danny Massey, 16. George Streaker Jr.
Late Models, 35 laps: 1. Jason Covert, 2. Kenny Moreland, 3. Gary Stuhler, 4. Mike Lupfer, 5. Gregg Satterlee, 6. Coleby Frye, 7. Rick Singleton, 8. Nick Dickson, 9. Jeff Rine, 10. Trent Brenneman, 11. Matt Cosner, 12. Dan Stone, 13. Andy Haus, 14. Tim Wilson, 15. Tim Smith Jr., 16. Justin Kann, 17. Larry Baer, 18. Chad Myers, 19. Dylan Yoder, 20. Devin Friese, 21. Jeff Miller, 22. Hayes Mattern, 23. Dave Brouse Jr.
DNS: Matt Parks
DNQ: Dave Stamm, Chris Casner, Matt Sponaugle, Jason Schmidt, Tim Gray, Denny Fenton, Patrick Bryner, Scott Flickinger
Limited Late Models, 20 laps: 1. Andrew Yoder, 2. Rance Garlock, 3. Robbie Black, 4. Tim Krape, 5. Mike Walls, 6. Justin Weaver, 7. Shaun Miller, 8. Jim Yoder, 9. Derrick Quade, 10. Devin Hart, 11. Eric Irvin, 12. Tim Fedder, 13. Devin Frey, 14. Ralph Morgan Jr., 15. Todd Snook, 16. JR Toner, 17. Andrew Shoop, 18. Eddie Cornett, 19. Bernie Beard, 20. Donnie Farling, 21. Bryan Benton, 22. Devin Weyandt, 23. Larry Neiderer, 24. Dillan Stake
DNQ: Curt Dunn, Rick Lias, Garrett Gray
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Mechanicsburg – Greg Hodnett of Thomasville opened up the 2017 Williams Grove Speedway sprint car season on Friday night with a flag to flag victory worth $3,800 over Brian Montieth.
Elsewhere, Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills scored the victory in the 25-lap super late model main to record his second career victory at the oval one year after claiming a late model main at the track on the same weekend.
Hodnett drew the second starting spot to begin the 25-lap 410 sprint car feature and outgunned Steve Buckwalter from the pole when the race began.
The first caution flag of the race unfuled with six laps away finding fifth starter Brian Montieth up to third.
Hodnett pulled away on the restart by using the top groove after racing early around the inside lane.
However Hodnett did see his lead shrink with 10 laps to go as Montieth was able to run him down.
Montieth was beginning to take some stabs for the lead on the low side on the 17th tour when another caution flag slowed the pace, this time for a stopped Buckwalter.
The new green allowed Hodnett to pull away once again with Montieth left to try and keep pace.
But while able to keep Hodnett in sight, Montieth was never again able to get close enough to make a bid for the win.
Hodnett instead cruised uncontested to the 67th win of his career at the track with Montieth finishing second followed by Brock Zearfoss, Mark Smith and 15th starter Doug Esh.
Sixth through 10th went to Freddie Rahmer, who earned hard charger laurels; TJ Stutts, Dale Blaney, Lucas Wolfe and Brandon Rahmer.
Heats went to Eric Tomecek, Hodnett and Blaney.
Veteran Gary Stuhler jumped from the pole into the lead at the start of the super late model main over Matt Cosner who pounced from fifth to second.
Cosner was racing with Stuhler on the sixth tour when the second caution flag of the race appeared with Satterlee up to third.
Satterlee blasted by Cosner when action resumed and began his pursuit of the leader.
For several laps prior to a final caution flag with 12 laps to go, Satterlee tried his best to get by Stuhler, using both sides of the track to no avail as Stuhler worked the surface to perfection to hold him back.
But that final restart with 12 to go proved to be his undoing as a slow pace back to the restart by Stuhler allowed Satterlee to power underneath as the pair motored into the first corner.
Satterlee blasted low across the track and bolted into control rather handily and after doing so he began stretching out an advantage that he would hold to the final corner when a wide swing around the cushion allowed Stuhler to close back in just before the checkers.
Satterlee took the $2,000 payday ahead of Stuhler, Cosner, Coleby Frye and Tyler Horst.
Sixth through 10th went to Trent Brenneman, Matt Sponaugle, Bryan Bernheisel, Andy Haus and Jeff Rine.
Heats went to Justin Kann and Satterlee.
March 24, 2017
Sprint cars (25 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Brian Montieth, 3. Brock Zearfoss, 4. Mark Smith, 5. Doug Esh, 6. Freddie Rahmer, 7. TJ Stutts, 8. Dale Blaney, 9. Lucas Wolfe, 10. Brandon Rahmer, 11. Alan Krimes, 12. Rick Lafferty, 13. Nicole Bower, 14. Bill Balog, 15. Anthony Macri, 16. Kody Lehman, 17. Troy Fraker, 18. Steve Buckwalter, 19. Danny Dietrich, 20. Robbie Stillwaggon, 21. Matt Campbell
DNS: Eric Tomecek, Cory Haas
Late models (25 laps): 1. Gregg Satterlee, 2. Gary Stuhler, 3. Matt Cosner, 4. Coleby Frye, 5. Tyler Horst, 6. Trent Brenneman, 7. Matt Sponaugle, 8. Bryan Bernheisel, 9. Andy Haus, 10. Jeff Rine, 11. Larry Baer, 12. Justin Kann, 13. Nick Dickson, 14. Brian Booze, 15. Gene Knaub, 16. Dylan Yoder
DNS: Mike Lupfer, Derick Quade
PAPosseRacing.com l March 22nd, 2017
By: Justin Snyder
In the world of racing, you are often only as good as your last results on the track. For Kevin Thomas Jr., that meant he was feeling quite confident after picking up his first career winged sprint car victory March 13 at Arizona Speedway against the Lucas Oil ASCS Southwest Sprint Car Dirt Series in only his 19th career winged sprint car start.
Only 4 races into a planned 80-plus race schedule consisting of a mixture of 360 and 410 sprint car events with the Blazin’ Racin’ Buffalo Wild Wings #82 owned by Todd and Susan LaHaise and managed by Greg McCormick , it was quite the start for the young gun in his inaugural season running winged sprint cars full-time.
“I’m thrilled to get a win this early in the season,” said Thomas Jr. from victory lane. “It’s a huge confidence booster for me, and I’m going to take that, build on it, and keep learning. I can’t begin to thank Greg (McCormick) and Todd (LaHaise) for taking such a big risk on me.”
However after two nights of competition with the World of Outlaws at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Ca. March 17-18 that resulted in not transferring out of the B-Main, it would seem that the team no longer felt the risk outweighed the reward and released the driver from Cullman, AL from his deal with no explanation.
“I have no ill feelings toward the No. 82 team. Sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise,” said Thomas Jr upon learning of his release.
As the old saying goes, the only thing certain in life is change, and for Thomas Jr., that means he is now in the unfamiliar place of looking for a 2017 ride when the season is just beginning for most race teams across the country.
“I’m just going to go do what I do,” said Thomas Jr. “I’m obviously looking for a new ride. I know something will happen. It always does. I’ve got a few calls out already.”
While the timing is not ideal and the release came as a surprise, one could argue that there are few drivers with better resume’s sitting on the sidelines for 2017 and he has to be considered the top free agent for an owner looking for a driver.
Coming off a 2016 season that saw him claim 13 victories as the most winning non-wing driver in the country, the driver affectionately known as “KTJ” by fans is open to opportunities to once again to get behind the wheel, whether winged and non-winged.
INDIANAPOLIS Ind. - ?With the 2017 season set to open for Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) in Florida Thursday, the team is focused on continuing to set the standard in short track racing with two of the most accomplished drivers in all of motorsports. Behind the wheels of the TSR Sprint cars are eight-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion Donny Schatz and three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, 1997 IndyCar champion and 1995 USAC triple crown winner Tony Stewart.
Recent announcements of partnerships for TSR with Arctic Cat, a world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles and recreational off-highway vehicles (side-by-sides or ROVs), and Rush Enterprises, operator of the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, serving as primary sponsor roles on the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J and TSR No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Arctic Cat/Curb/Ford Performance J&J, are followed by today’s announcement by the team of continued support from Curb/Agajanian’s Mike Curb and partner Cary Agajanian in co-entran
t role and the addition of Ford Performance as a partner on both TSR cars.
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GTTYSBURG, PA (March 6, 2017) – After cold temperatures devastated any chance for a victory at the “Fabulous” Lincoln Speedway on back-to-back weekends, “Double-D” Danny Dietrich will move forward and transfer his attention toward a trio of events in two days, beginning with a Central Pennsylvania doubleheader on Saturday, March 11, comprised of events at Lincoln Speedway and Port Royal Speedway.
The Central Pennsylvania doubleheader, a feat which Dietr
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PORT ROYAL, Pa. - Port Royal Speedway is prepped and ready to begin the 2017 racing season with a pair of upcoming practice sessions on March 4 and 9 before the Season Opener is staged on Saturday, March 11 at 5 pm.
Practice on March 4 runs from 1 - 4 pm while the March 9 session takes place from 6 - 9 pm. Both practices are open to any division on the 2017 schedule of events.
And then the gates will swing open on March 11 for the annual lidlifter with the Weikert's Livestock 410 sprints and River Valley Builders super late models in the spotlight.
However upon seeing the first green lights of the season, fans will also see defending super late model track champion Andy Haus aboard a new ride.
Set to take to the track in the opener in defense of his track title is 31-year old Haus of Hamburg.
And Haus has reason to be excited about his new season as he recently moved into the seat of a new ride for the 2017 Port Royal campaign.
Haus will be piloting for Shamokin-area owner Vern Zerby, who himself spent 2016 getting his feet wet behind the wheel after never racing in circles before.
Zerby is however an accomplished titlist in tractor pulling in the east, having taken several titles with the Interstate pulling circuit in recent years.
"There was discussion last year about me hot lapping the car but I never did," said Haus recently about getting linked up with Zerby.
"About two months ago Vern decided to scale back his driving and reached out."
As it turns out, Zerby's cars were exact twins to the "house" chassis' that Haus already had in his own shop, making the transition into his new Saturday night ride somewhat easier to handle.
"Overall, the equipment is excellent," Haus says.
Haus will campaign Zerby's No. 29Z on Saturday's at Port Royal while running his own familiar No. 76 at Bedford Speedway on Friday nights while keeping his No. 76 as a Saturday backup car as well.
Zerby will also continue to field a car at Port Royal for 2016 Rookie Of The Year Dave Brouse Jr. of Beavertown.
Brouse and Zerby joined up for the driver and team's first year on the track in 2016 with Brouse showing steady improvement as the season wore on.
Stay up to date with all Port Royal news and information by visiting the oval's official website at www.portroyalspeedway.com or by following the track on Facebook or Twitter.
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Abbotstown, PA l Feb 25th, 2017
With heavy rain storms in the forecast for Abbottstown, PA hundreds of fans optimistically piled into Lincoln Speedway for the annual “Icebreaker 30” this past weekend. A central Pennsylvania tradition, the day race serves as the opener for 410 Sprint cars in the area and is highly anticipated by fans and drivers alike.
With temperatures in the mid 60's, it looked as if Mother Nature was a racing fan for the day. However, she would throw the track multiple curve balls before the nights end. A tornado warning and heavy rain storms hit the 3/8 mile, high banked, clay oval just after 2 p.m., followed by various bouts with hail and extreme wind gusts. Temperatures then dropped about 20 degrees as well.
After a four hour delay to get the track back up to standards, fans returned to their rain-soaked seats to watch Danny Dietrich outduel Kyle Moody and park his car in victory lane to claim the $4,000 prize as the winner of the event. “I told these guys all week we were going to race,” said Dietrich now under the lights and nearly 7 hours after the initial start time.
“I expected to be done by 3PM, but we missed that by about a half-hour,” joked the driver of the Gary Kauffman-owned Weikert’s Livestock/Sandoe’s Fruit Market #48. “It was just another day.”
However, weather was not the only obstacle Dietrich faced en-route to victory at the speedway, as he faced motor issues in the closing laps of the feature. “I think it was a valve spring that went,” said Dietrich. “But as Bob Weikert would have said, we have more back in the shop.”
Tim Glatfelter paced the field early before Bradley Howard slowed to a stop on lap #2 for the feature events only caution. Glatfelter once again opened up a lengthy lead and quickly approached lap traffic at lap #5. By lap #11, four-time track champion Brian Montieth, powered his way to lead from his fifth starting position, but three laps later, Montieth pulled into the infield pits with a fuel line issue, handing the lead back to Glatfelter with front row starters Matt Campbell and Moody in tow.
Six laps later, Dietrich, who started sixth in the event, passed Moody for third and set his sights on the leaders. On lap 20, Dietrich passed both Campbell and Moody on the backstretch. From there it was smooth sailing for the Gettysburg native as he opened up a huge lead before limping his red, white, and blue car to victory. The win was his 32nd career at Lincoln Speedway where he collected the track championship back in 2012.
Third through fifth place went to Cory Haas, Gerard McIntyre and Freddie Rahmer Jr.
Heat race wins for the night went to Gerard McIntyre, Kyle Moody, and Chad Trout. All 27 cars qualified for the feature in an attempt to beat impending weather.