Jeremy Elliott compiled a list of the top 20 money earner's from the 2015 PA Speedweek series which concluded yesterday at Selinsgrove Speedway. Check it out.
David Gravel and his Destiny Motorsports team were able to pick up a pair of World of Outlaws Top-10’s over the weekend, however Gravel and his team are looking for more. “We put ourselves in great position all week long, but we just were off in the feature event every night,” Gravel said. “We have been battling not getting ourselves in the dash, but now are battling not running well in the feature. My guys have been working hard, and I feel like we will keep working to improve.”
Getting the week kicked off on Wednesday at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS, Gravel got his night off to a very strong start as he timed the MonDak Portables/Ft. Union Supply and Trading/Champion Brand Lubricants No. 7 machine in third fastest. Finishing third in his heat race, Gravel would find himself on the front row of the dash, and would pick up the win and earn the right to lead the field to green for the 30-lap feature event.
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS
SILVER CROWN EYES "RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" JULY 23; COCKRUM GRABS "SUMAR CLASSIC" VICTORY
USAC's 2015 Silver Crown Championship Series reaches mid-point with the July 23 "Rich Vogler Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. Entering the race, defending series champion Kody Swanson enjoys a 38-point lead over A.J. Fike in the new standings following last Thursday night's race at Terre Haute, Ind. READ MORE
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS
INDIANA SPRINT WEEK OPENS AT 3 VENUES; COONS WINS "BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR"
The 28th Annual "Indiana Sprint Week" debuts this week with three races in the Hoosier state. READ MORE
SPEEDWAY MOTORS/CHAMPION RACING OIL CENTRAL PA SPRINT CARS Presented by HOSEHEADS
with associate sponsors; ButlerBuilt Seats, Conroy “Pneu” Control, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Maxim Chassis, RAACE, Eagle Motorsports Inc., and Winters Performance Products.
Stevie Smith Wins PA Speed Week Title
The Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central PA Sprint Cars had a very busy week with the continuation of PA Speed Week for 2015. There were 7 straight nights of racing planned with 6 of them getting run. The only miss was a rain out at Grandview Speedway Tuesday night. The rain delayed show at Lincoln Speedway started the week off with Danny Dietrich getting his 6th series win of the year and 1st Speed Week win for 2015. After one day off for rain, Speed Week moved South of the border to Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland where Stevie Smith took his 3rd Speed Week victory.
SUNDAY AT SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY; CLINCHES FIRST PA SPEEDWEEK TITLE FOR CAR OWNER FRED RAHMER
CRISSWELL & REESER SCORE WINS IN SUPER SPORTSMAN & 305 SPRINTS
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY – Stevie Smith of Broken Arrow, Okla., ended the 25th Anniversary Jake’s Wayback Burgers/Trone Outdoor PA Speedweek series the way he started it—in Victory Lane!—with a convincing win in Sunday night’s Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial for 410 sprint cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.
The $5,000 win marked Smith’s seventh career at Selinsgrove driving Fred Rahmer’s Miller Bros. Chevrolet No. 51-S. Smith’s performance Sunday night also earned him the Fast Tees Fast Time Award (16.562) and his first career PA Speedweek title that paid $10,000 to the champion for the first time. He became the first driver to win five races in a single series.
Chad Criswell of Martinsburg, W.Va., held of Kevin Knouse of Mechanicsburg for his first career win at Selinsgrove Speedway in the 20-lap super sportsman feature, while Tyler Reeser of Orwigsburg also scored his first win at the track in the 20-lap 305 sprint car feature.
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.......It took a final corner slidejob for Rico Abreu to win the "Pepsi Nationals" on Sunday night at the Angell Park Speedway as the reigning Honda National Midget champion added another big midget win to his list, as he edged out teammate Tanner Thorson by just .093 seconds for the tenth win in his National Midget career.
Thorson got the jump from outside the front row and led throughout. Behind him, ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Bryan Clauson quickly moved into second, but he slowed on lap five with a right-rear wheel packed with mud. He visited the work area but was able to restart.
Thorson led Kevin Thomas, Jr. from there, as Abreu slipped to third when Darren Hagen slapped the big cushion in turn-four and darted up the track. After another yellow, Hagen went to the extreme high side in one and two and came with a full head of steam just as Abreu bobbled in the middle of the corner, with the two making contact that slowed Hagen and put him well back in the field before he regained speed.
Here are the full results and points for the 2015 PA Speedweek series.
2015 SPEEDWEEK POINTS
1.+ 51 Stevie Smith 1286*****
2.+ 48 Danny Dietrich 1119*
3.+ 27 Greg Hodnett 1100
4.+ 1 Lucas Wolfe 1020
5.+ 19M Brent Marks 846
5.+ 25 Aaron Ott 846
7.+ 07 Doug Esh 629
8. 87 Alan Krimes 623
9. 21 Brian Montieth 580
10. 14 Lance Dewease 482
10. 3z Brock Zearfoss 482
Completes record breaking Pennsylvania Speed Week run with Selinsgrove victory.
SELINSGROVE: Stevie Smith could have taken it easy around speedy Selinsgrove Speedway Sunday night.
It's been a busy week, and Smith's job was pretty much done after time trials and his heat race. He set quick time for the 32-car field and wrapped up the Pennsylvania Speed Week title with a lot of room to spare.
So there was no pressure entering the 30-lap Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial. No one would blame Smith for coasting and enjoying the moment. But Smith had a goal entering the series. He wanted to make his mark by becoming the first driver in Speed Week history to win five races. Smith was still hungry. And then he took to the half-mile surface and dominated the competition like he did all week and added $5,000 to his series war chest in another romp to Victory Lane.
"This week's been amazing," Smith said. "I've never won Pennsylvania Speed Week, and no one has ever won five [races].
Mechanicsburg – Williams Grove Speedway will offer a full racing program of Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprints and H J Towing & Recovery 358 sprints this Friday, July 10 at 7:30 pm.
The 358 sprints will be competing in the first of two Williams Grove Summer Series Challenge events, run in conjunction with two races at Lincoln Speedway.
The four special races carry a cumulative total point fund worth $3,000 to the drivers who place in the top 10 in the point standings at the end of the fourth race, which takes place at Williams Grove on September 6. The point fund is posted by Nouse Signs & Graphics of Carlisle.
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. & Ryan Greth Are Big Winners on July 4th Weekend
BUCKWALTER PICKS UP THE WIN IN "NO BULL 25"
Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. dominated the 2015 season opener of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) at Linda's Speedway before mechanical failure had him headed to the pits midway through the feature event.
He returned to Linda's on Friday night and earned his first win of the 2015 season as Linda's Speedway and ARDC honored six time ARDC Champion, Ray Bull with the running of the "No Bull 25". Bull and his family were on hand for the event, visiting with many of his former competitors, both in the midget in micro sprint divisions.
The twenty-five lap main event was action packed from the green flag as three different drivers led before Buckwalter took over on lap fifteen. Brett Wanner jumped out in front at the start and led the first six circuits as fourth place starter, Brett Arndt moved up to second. Arndt had to fend off the challenges of Tony DiMattia as Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. and Trevor Kobylarz completed the top five in the running order with five laps scored.
The MACH 1 360/358 Sprint Challenge is set to unfold at the Lincoln Speedway on July 11, joining the weekly Saturday night racing event. This event was postponed on two previous occasions due to rain.
The 360/358 sprints will compete in the make-up "B" Main followed by the $2,500 to win, 25 lap MACH 1 Challenge event. The eighteen cars that qualified through the heat race events will line up in this order. 25 Josh Weller, 22 Troy Betts, 08 Jason Clauss, 4 Jimmy Stitzel, 28F Davie Franek, 25 Aaron Ott, 7 Ed Aikin, 27 Greg Hodnett, 4R Kevin Nouse,, 56 Randy West, 9D Kevin Darling, 88B Andy Best, 2W Glendon Forsythe, 7C Chad Trout, M1 Mark Smith, 5G Curt Michael, 21T Scott Fisher, 8C Brian Carber.
AS 358 MODIFIEDS SHOOT FOR $3,000 TO WIN TUESDAY NIGHT, JULY 28 AT GRANDVIEW, RAIN DATE JULY 30
The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will return to the Grandview Speedway on Tuesday night, July 28 with a doubleheader program of 410 Sprint Cars and 358 NASCAR Modifieds. Gates will open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM. In the event of rain, Thursday night, July 30 will be the rain date and carry a 7:30 PM starting time For the 410 sprints, they will be racing for a $5,000 to win payday in the first annual Thunder Cup Championship, joined by the 358 MASCAR Modifieds in a full program of heat racing qualifying leading up to the $3,000 to win feature event.
2015 SPEEDWEEK POINTS
1.+ 51 Stevie Smith 1107****
2.+ 48 Danny Dietrich 981*
3.+ 27 Greg Hodnett 945
4.+ 1 Lucas Wolfe 900
5.+ 19M Brent Marks 715
6.+ 25 Aaron Ott 707
7. 87 Alan Krimes 623
8. 21 Brian Montieth 580
9.+ 07 Doug Esh 515*
9.+ 14 Lance Dewease 482
This week the Central PA 358 Point Series presented by Capitol Renegade saw the series back in action with two scheduled races on tap at both Trail Way Speedway on Friday night and Lincoln Speedway Saturday. Friday night under the threat of rain Trail Way completed their race which saw the 2014 series and track champion Brad McClelland score his 3rd win of the season at the short track, and 4th overall in Central PA. McClelland would score a perfect night winning the feature with the winning pass coming out of turn for on lap 23, and also picking up his heat win to gain maximum points on the night. McClelland would win over Dwight Leppo, Isaac Sneeringer, Mike Bittinger and Seth Kearchner.
Jason Johnson scores a podium finish just his third race back from an injury
DODGE CITY, Kan. - July 4, 2015 - After coming just short of a win the night before, Donny Schatz dominated night two of the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night and scored his 19th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.
"It feels good to get back to victory lane," Schatz said. "This race track was completely different tonight. I didn't know what was going to happen. It got so fast on the bottom last night and I didn't know if it was going to hold up there or not. But wow, it was lightning fast around the top."
Schatz started on the front row with Jason Sides, the previous night's winner. Schatz had the lead in his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies car by the time the two drivers hit turn one. A caution flag flew early as Joey Saldana was forced up the track. When the race returned to green Schatz maintained his lead.
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