Accomplishments: Smith made his mark in central Pennsylvania, but he became a star on the World of Outlaws circuit. He owns 68 World of Outlaws victories and was in the top five in points eight times, including a second-place finish to Steve Kinser in 1992. Regular WoO shows aren't the only time Smith shined. He has a pair of Williams Grove National Open titles, a Silver Cup triumph at Lernerville and was a one-time Gold Cup champ. Smith saved his best for the Knoxville Nationals, as he has been on the podium four times. His last appearance was a third-place finish in the 2009 running of the historical event.
Jessica Zemken scores best ever World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series finish
FULTON, N.Y. - July 23, 2014 - Daryn Pittman charged to his 11th win of the season Wednesday night at Fulton Speedway, as Sprakers, N.Y.-native Jessica Zemken scored her best ever World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series finish. Pittman, who sits just 55 points out of the championship lead, said the win was the most uncomfortable he has had this season.
"I just knew we were going to get smoked," Pittman said in victory lane. "I honestly thought we were going to go from the lead to fourth or fifth in a lap. I just didn't know what to do. I was lost as a driver. The pace of the race just changed dramatically there." "I was good on top in one and two and when I could run the top in one and two that really helped me hit the top in three and four." Pittman said as he approached lapped traffic in his Great Clips #9, he noticed the cars were getting away from him.
John Westbrook stared straight ahead as he exited the courtroom. He kept silent with no comment on a case that had the dirt-track racing world watching. I can't blame him.
Westbrook looked beaten and exhausted. Like a Sprint Car driver that had just competed in a 50-lap feature in 105-degree heat around a tight bullring. No doubt, he was tired from this long process. He just finished an unsuccessful week-long stint in a Cumberland County Court and has been dealing with the fallout of his lawsuit against Williams Grove Speedway.
I can't begin to know what it's like to lose the function in my legs. To lose partial movement in my arms and hands. To be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life and require 24-hour care from loved ones. Most people can't. So for people to be so venomous and cold towards Westbrook as to call him names — whiner, cryer, jerk, etc. — that's uncalled for. Show a little class.
WITH EXPANDED SPACE FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
OAKS, PA July 23, 2014 . . . The Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2015 fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Friday, January 23 thru Sunday, January, 25th.
"It seems just like yesterday when we kicked off this show," said show producer Len Sammons who has confirmed the events traditional date once again at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
"The first Motorsports show took place just up the road in Valley Forge," Sammons recalled. "The 30 years went fast and wow has the show grown. We are planning a big three day celebration, a party for our 2015 event.
McKENZIE, TN - Several J&J Auto Racing teams found victory lane in Sprint car action all across the country over the last week. Donny Schatz, Terry Gray, Tony Stewart, Lee Grosz, Matt Moro, Jared Zimbardi, Jordan Ryan and Tony Grams all picked up Sprint car wins recently driving J&J Sprint cars.
Donny Schatz won his fifth Don Martin Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania last Tuesday. Schatz wheeled the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J to victory in the first 30-lap A-Feature. It was his ninth WoO A-Feature triumph of the season and 155th of his career.
JULY 26 AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY
Davie "No Panic" Franek is hot off a Rislone URC Sprint Series feature win at the Selinsgrove Speedway back on June 28 and he's looking to make it two in a row on Saturday, July 26. This will mark the fourteenth URC event of the season as Franek of Wantage, NJ is also URC's point leader. The Selinsgrove URC victory for Franek was his second career win with URC.
Heading to Selinsgrove on Saturday night, July 26 with Davie Franek will be Randy West of Boyertown, PA, the current runner-up in points. Josh Weller, Robbie Stillwaggon, Troy Betts, Ed Aikin, Will Eggimann, Jimmy Stitzel, Andy Best and Jonathan Swanson just to name a few. On team Selinsgrove will be Mark Smith, Selinsgrove point leader along with Pat Cannon, TJ Stutts, Jason Shultz, Ryan Kissinger, Brock Zearfoss, Derek Locke and Cody Keller.
Accomplishments: Blaney has been a monster on the All Star Circuit of Champions circuit, recording 106 career wins to date with no signs of slowing down this season. He also has five championships with the series and is on his way to six. Want big shows, Blaney's got them. He has a Kings Royal title and Historical Big One tally in his pocket. The Hartford, Ohio, native has nine World of Outlaws scores, including one at Attica Raceway Park earlier this season. Blaney also won four of six shows during Ohio Speed Week to claim the title.
Williams Grove lawsuit and more: Listen to Sprint Car Unlimited
Cody Darrah admits he was a little overconfident when he embarked on his career with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. On the contrary, it's been a grind. Darrah talks about his struggles and tackling the learning curve while running around the country on this week's edition of PennLive's Sprint Car Unlimited podcast.
The Red Lion ace joins PennLive motorsports beat writer Jeremy Elliott and Port Royal pit steward Ray Baim to discuss his progress with Kasey Kahne Racing and the 2014 season, his best effort to date. Central Pennsylvania standout Lance Dewease is also a guest. The Fayetteville driver downed Donny Schatz and the rest of the World of Outlaw regulars to capture Saturday's Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway.
'Super 87' Fifth in Current Central PA Point Standings
Denver, PA (July 23rd, 2014) - After scoring two (2) top-five finishes against the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series during their recent three-race central Pennsylvania swing, Alan Krimes will waste no time celebrating and return to competition in the heart of 'Posse Country' this Friday and Saturday, July 25th & 26th at Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway. Krimes, who pilots the Midnite Antiques, Conestoga Valley Garage, Wayne Corini, Krimes Racing Engines, VRP Shocks, no. 87 '410' sprint car week-in and week-out in central Pennsylvania, finds himself well inside the top-five of the Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway championship chases, and will continue his trek towards overall championships at both facilities this Friday and Saturday.
Paul McMahan and team find speed and consistency in Pennsylvania summer swing
TELFORD, PA. - July 23, 2014 - Fresh off of his win at the annual Brad Doty Classic, Paul McMahan was feeling confident as the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series rolled through Pennsylvania for the second time in 2014.
"A win always helps your confidence," said McMahan, a California native. "As does going to your home area. Our CJB shop is located right in the heart of Pennsylvania so it's nice to be back closer for the families of the crew and our owners, Chad and Jenn. We typically excel at the racetracks close to home "
This Saturday Williams Grove Speedway presents the annual Kids Night. For one night the speedway infield becomes a carnival of fun for all children. Prior to the races all Saturday Night Series race teams bring their cars to the infield. Starting at 4:30 children and their parents can explore the infield region, meeting the drivers and having a close up view of all the racing equipment.
FEATURING: SUMMER NATIONALS SPRINT CAR WINNER LANCE DEWEASE, KNOXVILLE RACEWAY GM & PROMOTER BRIAN STICKEL, PENNLIVE.COM MOTORSPORTS BEAT WRITER JEREMY ELLIOTT
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 24, featuring guest interviews with Williams Grove Speedway Summer Nationals winner Lance Dewease on his 300th career sprint car victory, Knoxville Raceway General Manager & Promoter Brian Stickel on the upcoming Knoxville Nationals events for 360 and 410 sprint cars, and Pennlive.com motorsports beat writer and Sprint Car Unlimited podcast host Jeremy Elliott on the second World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Pennsylvania swing of 2014.
Accomplishments: If you are going to be a master at a particular track, there is no place better than Eldora Speedway. Haudenschild has captured three Kings Royal titles and has a Historical Big One to his credit. But Haudenschild isn't just a one-track phenom, as he has 56 career World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series wins and 28 tallies with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Haudenschild also owns three Gold Cup championships and has been on the podium twice at the Knoxville Nationals, finishing third in 1982 and second in 1998.
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Big win for Dewease.
Those fans who counted Lance Dewease and the Dietz Motorsports team out as contenders in central Pennsylvania might want to hold up. Dewease and Co. showed progress Saturday night/Sunday morning at Williams Grove Speedway. After a three-hour rain delay, Dewease earned his 300th career victory, beating Donny Schatz and the World of Outlaws to land a $20,000 Summer Nationals payday. It was also Dietz Motorsports' first career win at the Grove. Don't read into the team's decision to not go to the Knoxville Nationals. This group is getting faster.
I'm starting to think all the talk of Greg Hodnett struggling in his first season with the Mike Heffner-owned team is a bit overblown. Hodnett outran Brent Marks and Joey Saldana to capture Friday's World of Outlaws event at Williams Grove Speedway. It was Hodnett's fourth win in the last three weeks — he scored a 360 win at Bridgeport last Wednesday — giving him seven on the season. It should be noted that Sean Michael, who has been with Sammy Swindell and Brian Brown this season, was helping on the car this past weekend.
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There is only one way to kick off this week's talking points, and that is to eat a little crow and admit I was wrong when picking a sweep by the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series regulars. It looked good at Lincoln with Daryn Pittman — I had him winning — taking the checker. It all went south at Williams Grove, thanks to Greg Hodnett (he was a former WoO regular) and Lance Dewease completing the Pennsylvania sweep at the historical half mile Friday and Saturday night. Oh, well, we will try again National Open weekend in October.
Tony Stewart is back.
T-Stew returned to Sprint Car racing for the first time since last August, when he suffered broken leg during a 360 Sprint Car race at Southern Iowa Speedway. It was a triumphant return, as Stewart captured the SOD Challenge event at Tri-City Speedway in Auburn, Mich. The NASCAR star came out the next night and finished third at Crystal Lake Speedway, another track located in Michigan, in NRA 360 event. Good to see Stewart back in a Sprint Car, and it would be nice to see him not put under the microscope for it. After all, it's his life.
- Holtgraver Will Visit Port Royal Speedway This Saturday!
- Williams Grove Speedway courtroom win upholds auto racing's waiver-release process
- STEWART POSTS TWO TOP-FIVE AND THREE TOP-10 FINISHES
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- Big Game Motorsports Driver Swindell Sets Quick Time at Knoxville and Huset's
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- No. 9 Danny Lasoski: PennLive's Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country
- Gravel Wins Close To Home
- Madsen Picks Up Pair Of Second Place Finishes With World of Outlaws
- Summer Nationals Triumph Marks Dewease's 300th Career Win
- Shark Racing's Schuchart Finishes Ninth Sunday
- STEVE BUCKWALTER AND JEFF GEIGES WIN OPEN WHEEL SPECTACULAR FEATURES
- With Luck on His Side, David Gravel Gets Win at Lebanon Valley Speedway
- Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central PA 410 Point Series 7-21-14
- Bright Barrel Rolls While Leading ARDC Midgets Main Event at Grandview
- URC 360 SPRINT CARS RETURN TO SELINSGROVE JULY 26
- Whelen Fire & Rescue Night This Week At Port Royal
- Dual Sprint Card At Williams Grove This Week, $4,000 URC Nationals August 1
- No. 10 Tim Shaffer: PennLive's Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country
- Greg Foster takes home checkers at SSP in Super Sportsman Feature event
- LANCE DEWEASE'S 300TH SPRINT WIN COMES AT THE WILLIAMS GROVE SUMMER NATIONALS
- The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Swings through New York State
- PERSISTENT RAIN PUTS A DAMPER ON DRIVER & FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT
- USAC RESULTS 7-19-14
- Lance Dewease Leads a Posse Sweep of Williams Grove
- Lance Dewease outruns Donny Schatz to Williams Grove Summer Nationals victory
- No. 11 Don Kreitz Jr.: PennLive's Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country
- 410 SPRINTS & RACE OF CHAMPIONS MODIFIED TRAFFIC JAM SET FOR TUESDAY, JULY 29
- Hodnett claims first night of Williams Grove Summer Nationals