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.
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.