Hafertepe, Jr., and Wolfe Claim November Victories
McKENZIE, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2016) – As the days of 2016 continue to wind down, all J&J Auto Racing seems to do is win, win, win. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Lucas Wolfe drove to victories with the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Series and United Racing Club (URC) series, respectively over the weekend while Brian Smith claimed both Sprints on Dirt (SOD) series championship and rookie of the year honors for the McKenzie, Tenn., based chassis manufacturer.
Inside Line Promotions - WINDOM, Minn. (Nov. 8, 2016) - Dale Blaney has perspective following a season filled with the highest of highs and lowest of lows.
Blaney won eight races, including his first of the year, and the Mainstream Holdings, Inc., sponsored CH Motorsports team was in a tight battle for Blaney's seventh Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions title until the final lap of the season finale.
"We started our year really good," he said. "We won our first race of the year in January at Cocopah Speedway (during the Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown). I've had a superstition that if you win the first race of the year the rest of the year doesn't go that well, but we had a really good year. We were really fast all year. We were consistent all year except for a month between the middle of June to the middle of July."
YORK, PA (November 7, 2016) - Third generation racer Chase Dietz concluded his sophomore season behind the wheel of a 410ci sprint car on Saturday afternoon, November 5, during the Sprint Showdown at Susquehanna Speedway near York Haven, Pennsylvania. Dietz finished 11th during his final appearance of the 2016 season, ultimately fighting for a top-ten position after racing through the consolation B-main and starting 22nd on the main event grid.
Unfortunately for Dietz, involvement in an on-track incident with just ten circuits remaining halted any further progress for the Troy Godfrey-owned/Godfrey Racing Engines/No. 5 entry. The team was able to recover quickly and still finish 11th.
GETTYSBURG, PA (November 7, 2016) - Despite a disappointing end to his 2016 campaign, disqualified at Susquehanna Speedway on Saturday, November 5, after a controversial late call to the staging area by speedway officials, “Double-D” Danny Dietrich will enter his “off-season” with a full load of momentum, already beginning preparations for his upcoming campaign.
Dietrich’s momentum boost was made possible by nine separate trips to victory lane in 2016, also earning a first-ever Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek championship.
“We have a lot to be proud of this season. We didn’t match our win total from 2015, but we accomplished more and I’m more excited about that,” Dietrich explained. “Obviously, we are disappointed that our season ended like it did. I didn’t see eye-to-eye with the call that I was late to the staging lane, and I definitely was against starting at the tail of the field as a penalty for being late, so we were disqualified.
MYERSTOWN, PA (November 7, 2016) - Brent Marks ended his 2016 season inside the top-five; finishing fourth during the $5,000-to-win Sprint Showdown at Susquehanna Speedway on Saturday, November 5. The “Myerstown Missile” flirted with a podium finish during the entire main event, sliding back to fourth with a few circuits remaining after missing a last chance effort to take control of the top spot.
“We had a really good run yesterday. I am happy with our performance,” Brent Marks explained. “I raced inside the top-five most of the race and found myself just behind the leaders with less than five laps left. We had a late restart with four to go, so I figured if I was going to win this thing, I would have to go for it now. Unfortunately, it didn’t stick and we ended up drifting back to fourth. Regardless, we had a strong car all day. Daytime conditions can make things difficult. We’re happy.”
Sprint Car driver Lucas Wolfe has spent the last couple of seasons trying to piece together a full-time schedule with two different teams.
Different philosophies. Different equipment. Different crew members. Not exactly ideal for success.
Yet, Wolfe somehow made it work driving the legendary Zemco Speed Equipment machine. He supplemented his schedule by running his familiar orange Jim and Laura Allebach No. 5W.
But Wolfe won't be bouncing back and forth in 2017. He parted ways with John and Pee Wee Zemaitis Monday and took over the reins of the Michael Barshinger entry, which was piloted by Cory Haas the last 10 seasons.
2016 SPEEDWAY MOTORS/CHAMPION RACING OIL CENTRAL PA SPRINT CARS Presented by HOSEHEADS
with associate sponsors; ButlerBuilt Seats, Conroy “Pneu” Control, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Maxim Chassis, RAACE, Eagle Motorsports Inc., Winters Performance Products, Capitol Renegade, Fast Tees and CnB Chubby.
Sunday November 6th- The Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central PA Sprint Cars ran their final race of the 2016 season on Saturday November 5th at Susquehanna Speedway. Jacob Allen came away with his first ever 410 sprint car win and Greg Hodnett won the championship for the seventh time in his career, and the sixth time in the last seven years.
This season it was possible for a driver to compete in 78 local races. There were 88 races held in the series, with Lincoln and Port Royal operating on the same night ten times.
10th ANNUAL DIRT TRACK HEROES CAR SHOW; Phillipsburg Mall To Again Host Popular Event in 2017. . . . .
The dates for the popular tenth edition of the week long Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show have been confirmed for 2017 and the hard-working staff and the many historical groups and speedways are putting all of the necessary pieces in place to produce another great show. The successful event will once again begin its week long run at the Phillipsburg Mall located off Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, New Jersey beginning on Sunday, March 5th and will run through March 11th.
The upcoming show encompasses the majority of the local short track scene and has become a must go to event for the local Tri-State area. Quaker Steak and Lube has taken on the lead sponsor role fir the third consecutive season.
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway & Raceway Park closed out the 2016 season Saturday evening with the awards banquet at the historic Genetti Hotel in Williamsport for about 230 guests representing the 360 sprint car, super late model, pro stock, roadrunner, and go kart divisions.
This year’s top performing drivers received trophies, jackets, commemorative championship rings sponsored by Foss Jewelers, and shared a $25,000 point fund.
Mark Smith, of Sunbury, who was racing in the Short Track Nationals in Arkansas over the weekend, clinched his second career Newville Family of Companies 360 sprint car track championship with nine top five and nine top 10 finishes, including four feature wins. Smith previously won a track title in 2014.
Kevin Nouse Scores in 358 Sprints
YORK HAVEN, PA 11/5/16
The Wintermyer Auto Salvage Sprint Showdown presented by Rock-It Pizza brought closed the curtain on the 2016 Susquehanna Speedway. And it brought a little of everything.
Hanover’s Jacob Allen gave the largest crowd of the season a thrill has he led all 30-laps to capture his first career 410 Sprint car win. Allen’s win came in the final BAPS Coatings & Supplies race of 2016.
After winning the dash, Allen, who recently completed his third full season on the World of Outlaws tour lined up on the pole and would keep Lance Dewease at bay during the entire 30 lap distance as he became the fourth different winner in five BAPS events this season.