MECHANICSBURG, PA – David Gravel was racing third when leaders Greg Hodnett and Shane Stewart got together and spun in turn three.
Gravel missed the wreck, assumed the lead and controlled the final 15 laps scoring the opening night win for the 55th Annual Williams Grove National Open.
His 15th World of Outlaws win this season was worth $10,000. It was his second Grove win of the season.
“We’ve been fast here all year,” said Gravel, of Watertown, Conn. “Hopefully, we can keep it up all weekend. Obviously, it’s the start that we wanted. We’ll see what we can do. It has been a great year.”
Hodnett and Stewart shared the front row to start the 25-lap main event with Hodnett getting the lead. He led Stewart by 1.220 seconds as Gravel raced third in the early laps. Meanwhile, Donny Schatz and Lance Dewease battled for fourth.
Stewart was slowly closing on the leader. He drove off the bottom of turn four and Hodnett the top. The leaders made contact as they raced toward the flagstand.
Hodnett spun, hit the fence, but kept going as the caution flew. Stewart officially completed the lap as the leader and Hodnett crossed the line second.
The restart saw close racing again between Hodnett and Stewart. Hodnett put a big slider on Stewart in turn one. They both slid to the fence with inches between the two. They made it off the second turn and down the backstretch. They raced into the third turn and made contact again. This time they both spun and slid across the track and into the fence. Stewart continued while Hodnett was towed to the pits.
Gravel just missed the wreck and assumed the lead.
“I don’t know how I didn’t crash there,” said Gravel. “It scared me a little bit. I got really lucky there.”
Gravel led Daryn Pittman and Dewease down for the restart. At the half-way point, Gravel led by 1.403 as Dewease challenged Pittman for second, but couldn’t make the pass.
Gravel controlled the remaining laps, but did have a brief challenge from Pittman on the inside of turn one with a few laps to go.
“I just had to hang on there,” said Gravel. “I knew Daryn was all over me. To get our 15th win and third win in Pa. this year is pretty amazing.”
Gravel won by 0.445 over Pittman. Dewease, Schatz and Cory Haas completed the top five. Sheldon Haudenschild, Kerry Madsen, Grove point leader Freddie Rahmer, Brian Brown and Brad Sweet rounded out the top 10.
The 48-car field was split into two groups for qualifying time trials. Greg Hodnett set fast time in the first group with a lap of 16.702. Shane Stewart set fast time in the second with a lap of 17.055. Hodnett, Pittman, Stewart and Dewease won the eight-lap heat races. Jason Johnson won the C-main, Hodnett won the dash and
Hodnett started on the pole in the postponed Summer Nationals feature and grabbed the race lead over Gravel and Sweet.
Danny Dietrich charged into third and then drove by Gravel off turn two taking second.
Hodnett reached traffic with a 2.285 second lead. The preferred line was the bottom and Hodnett stayed down and couldn’t lap a slower car.
Dietrich got another great run off turn two. Hodnett tried to lap the car on the backstretch with Dietrich coming on the top. Dietrich jammed it into the third turn and they made contact with Dietrich spinning out and collecting Brian Montieth.
Hodnett kept going and controlled the ensuing restart. Eighth starting Lucas Wolfe was up to fourth passing two cars on the restart then taking second as the caution flew again for spinning cars in turn three.
Another caution on the restart as Dietrich crashed in between turn one and two. A single-file restart ensued.
Hodnett kept Wolfe at bay on the lap 15 restart as Schatz passed Gravel through the middle of turn two. Pittman also passed Gravel taking fourth.
Racing moved to the inside groove over the final 10 laps. Hodnett caught traffic with five laps to go. Wolfe closed on Hodnett late but everybody stayed in line.
Hodnett won by .340 over Wolfe with Schatz, Pittman and Gravel completing the top five. Sweet, Stewart, Dewease, Schuchart and Sheldon Haudenschild rounded out the top 10.
Hodnett’s 71st career Grove win -fourth this year – was worth $20,000.
Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1. David Gravel. 2. Daryn Pittman. 3. Lance Dewease. 4. Donny Schatz. 5. Cory Haas. 6. Sheldon Haudenschild. 7. Kerry Madsen. 8. Freddie Rahmer. 9. Brian Brown. 10. Brad Sweet. 11. Brent Marks. 12. Jason Sides. 13. Danny Dietrich. 14. Brian Montieth. 15. James McFadden. 16. Parker Price-Miller. 17. Dale Blaney. 18. Kraig Kinser. 19. Ian Madsen. 20. Lucas Wolfe. 21. Jason Johnson. 22. Shane Stewart. 23. Anthony Macri. 24. Matt Campbell. 25. Brock Zearfoss. 26. Jac Haudenschild. 27. Greg Hodnett.
Did Not Qualify: Ryan Smith, Jason Johnson, Jacob Allen, Alan Krimes, Eric Tomecek, Tony Stewart, Tim Shaffer, Trey Starks, TJ Stutts, Logan Schuchart, Greg Wilson, Chad Trout, Jordan Givler, Justin Barger, Kyle Pruitt, Troy Fraker, George Streaker, Clyde Knipp, Nicole Bower, Steve Buckwalter, Max McGhee, Rodney Westhafer.
Summer Nationals Sprint Car Feature (30 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett; 2. Lucas Wolfe; 3. Donny Schatz; 4. Daryn Pittman; 5. David Gravel; 6. Brad Sweet; 7. Shane Stewart; 8. Lance Dewease; 9. Logan Schuchart; 10. Sheldon Haudenschild; 11. Freddie Rahmer; 12. Jason Sides; 13. Jason Johnson; 14. Trey Starks; 15. James McFadden; 16. Dale Blaney; 17. Matt Campbell; 18. Brent Marks; 19. Parker Price-Miller; 20. Kraig Kinser; 21. Danny Dietrich; 22. Brian Montieth; 23. Anthony Macri; 24. Ryan Smith; 25. Aaron Ott
MECHANICSBURG, PA – Greg Hodnett is ready for the World of Outlaws-sanctioned Williams Grove National Open next weekend after picking up his 70th career Sprint car win at the Grove Friday night.
Hodnett’s third Grove win of the season was worth $4,000 in the Mike Heffner-owned No. 27, but it wasn’t easy as he had constant pressure from Lance Dewease over the final half of the 25-lap main event.
“I could hear him pushing us around,” said Hodnett about Dewease. “I wasn’t very good off of two no matter what I was doing. In three and four, I couldn’t get stuck again to either go across or hit the bottom. He almost drove by me in three and four the one time. I figured I’d better get going and see if I could hold him off for a couple laps.”
Hodnett, of Spring Grove, started on the pole and beat Brian Brown into the first turn on the opening lap to take the lead. Dewease started fourth and passed Brown taking second on the second lap.
As Dewease stalked Hodnett, Brown and James McFadden traded the third spot and eighth starter Lucas Wolfe passed Matt Campbell taking fifth.
Hodnett’s lead was 1.903 when they reached slower traffic at the back of the field with seven laps completed.
The heavy lapped traffic helped Dewease cut Hodnett’s lead in half in only one lap. Dewease ducked low on Hodnett, but Hodnett maintained the lead by about a half-second.
Dewease took another shot at Hodnett, but wasn’t able to seal the deal as the drivers ranked second and third on the all-time Grove win list continued to battle for the win.
“If he could have beat me to the cushion it would have been his easily,” said Hodnett, who starts on the pole of the postponed Summer Nationals feature Thursday night. “Lance is not going to crash himself or me because we know we’ve got to race tomorrow and race next week. This is more of an organized hot lap session than anything for us. Although it’s nice to win and be competitive. We also know there’s bigger fish to fry here in the next couple weeks. He had a huge run coming off four and tried to take that shot. Honestly, if he would have been about two feet in front of us then I would have backed off and let him go, but fortunately we had a lot of momentum coming off the top.”
Hodnett stayed in front of Dewease as they both switched lanes working through lapped traffic. The last five laps saw Dewease challenge Hodnett again on the low side, but Hodnett switched to the bottom groove to take away Dewease’s preferred line.
Hodnett cleared one final lapped car off turn two on the last lap securing the win by 0.803 over Dewease.
“It’s a good thing it wasn’t 30 laps that’s all I can say,” said Hodnett.
Wolfe passed Brown to finish third. Point leader Freddie Rahmer raced from 10th to fifth. McFadden, Campbell, Kerry Madsen, Brian Montieth and 20th starter Danny Dietrich rounded out the top 10. The non-stop time was 8:34.
TJ Stutts set fast time over the 29-car field with a lap of 16.941. Stutts, Hodnett and James McFadden won the eight-lap heat races. Hodnett passed Brown on the final lap to win the dash. Anthony Macri won the B-main.
Scott Fisher led all 20 laps winning the 358-Sprint feature. Track champion Kevin Nouse started 12th and finished a close second. Kyle Denmyer, Chris Frank and Chase Dietz completed the top five. Steve Owings, Brett Wanner, Nyle Berkes, Troy Wagaman Jr. and Steve Drevicki rounded out the top 10.
“The way this year went, we really, really needed this,” said Fisher.
Kyle Denmyer, Brett Wanner and Kevin Nouse won the 358 heats.
Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett. 2. Lance Dewease. 3. Lucas Wolfe. 4. Brian Brown. 5. Freddie Rahmer. 6. James McFadden. 7. Matt Campbell. 8. Kerry Madsen. 9. Brian Montieth. 10. Danny Dietrich. 11. TJ Stutts. 12. Alan Krimes. 13. Dale Blaney. 14. Trey Starks. 15. Cory Haas. 16. Brock Zearfoss. 17. Dave Blaney. 18. Rodney Westhafer. 19. Steve Buckwalter. 20. Anthony Macri. 21. Chad Trout. 22. Chris Arnold. 23. Tim Wagaman. 24. Jordan Givler.
Did Not Qualify: Nicole Bower, Troy Fraker, Jay Galloway, Tim Kaeding, Jay Reichard
358 Sprint Feature (20 laps): 1. Scott Fisher; 2. Kevin Nouse; 3. Kyle Denmyer; 4. Chris Frank; 5. Chase Dietz; 6. Steve Owings; 7. Brett Wanner; 8. Nyle Berkes; 9. Troy Wagaman Jr.; 10. Steven Drevicki; 11. Brent Shearer; 12. J.B. Cunningham; 13. Cody Fletcher; 14. Dwight Leppo; 15. Shai Morris; 16. Jake Eldreth; 17. Rich Eichelberger; 18. Barry Shearer; 19. Michael Hamer; 20. Matt Findley; 21. Hank Donovan Jr.; 22. Brie Hershey; 23. Chad Trout; 24. T.J. DeHaven.
Did Not Qualify: Chris Priar, Kenny Kuhn, Jake Galloway.
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 9/23/2017 – In his victory lane interview, Lance Dewease mentioned he hadn’t been good all night. Turns out he was good enough to win his first Dirt Classic and take home $20,000 on Saturday Night at Lincoln Speedway.
Winner of the 2nd Dirt Classic, Brian Montieth, started on the pole of the main event with Gerard McIntyre Jr. on the outside. Montieth took the lead on the start with McIntyre settled in second.
The leaders hit lapped traffic on lap 7. As Montieth worked his way through lapped traffic he hit the wall on lap 10 opening the door for McIntyre to take the lead.
Montieth caught a break when Tyler Ross spun out in turn 4 on lap 11 bringing out the caution. McIntyre was able to hold off Montieth on the restart and held the lead until Cory Haas got turned around on lap 15 in turn 1 bringing out another caution. McIntyre couldn’t hold off Montieth on the restart and Montieth took the lead back on lap 16.
Anthony Macri flipped in turns 1 and 2 bringing out the red flag on lap 26. As the field was lining up for the restart, the right rear on the leader’s car was going flat. Montieth took the green flag for the restart but his tire did not hold up allowing eighth place starter Lance Dewease to take the lead passing both Montieth and McIntyre.
Montieth pulled off the track on lap 27, ending his night and his attempt at being the second repeat winner of the Dirt Classic.
After some contact with Danny Dietrich on the front stretch, Freddie Rahmer brought out the caution on lap 32 with a flat tire.
Dewease held onto his lead on the restart with McIntyre in second and a charging Dietrich in third. Dietrich got around McIntyre on lap 37 and had his eyes set on Dewease. Three laps were not enough for Dietrich to catch him and Dewease took the checkered flag with a 1.05 second advantage over Dietrich.
Lucas Wolfe crossed the line third, Gerard McIntyre held on to finish fourth and James McFadden completed the top 5.
Hard charger of the night, JJ Grasso finished sixth from his 20th starting spot. Greg Hodnett, Chad Trout, Kerry Madsen and Matt Campbell rounded out the top 10.
The Dirt Classic brings a unique race format to Central Pennsylvania. Points are awarded for time trials and two sets of heat races. The cars run the first set of heat races lined up based on time trial results and the second set is lined up in reverse. The top 20 drivers in points after time trials and heat races were locked into the main event. The remaining cars ran a B-main with the top 4 tagging the rear of the A-main.
Thirty-seven cars were on hand at Lincoln Speedway for the 4th Dirt Classic on Saturday Night. Drivers of the 37-car field represented 11 states and Australia.
TJ Stutts set fast time with a lap of 13.547 seconds averaging 99.653mph around the 3/8-mile oval.
The first set of heat races were won by TJ Stutts, Brian Brown, Lucas Wolfe, Gerard McIntyre and Freddie Rahmer. When the field was set up in reverse the heat winners were Tim Wagaman, Danny Dietrich, Brock Zearfoss, Kerry Madsen and JJ Grasso.
Tyler Ross, Alan Krimes, Brock Zearfoss and Matt Campbell transferred out of the B-main to complete the 24-car field for the main event.
During the driver’s meeting, it was announced that the 2018 Dirt Classic will pay $25,000 to win and $1,500 to start the main event.
Next Saturday, Saturday, September 30th, Lincoln Speedway will be idle to allow drivers and fans to attend other local big season-ending big races.
In two weeks, Saturday, October 7th, at 6 PM, Lincoln Speedway will run its final race of 2017 with the running of the BOB LEIBY MEMORIAL (Rescheduled from Sept. 2nd) along with the HANK GENTZLER MEMORIAL MANUFACTURERS APPRECIATION RACE PRESENTED BY PANCHO’S RACING PRODUCTS featuring the 410 Sprinters, along with the 358 Sprints who will go one last time for points in the season-long battle for the Lincoln Speedway 358 Sprint track championship. The All-American Outlaws will round out the 2017 season finale. Gates will open at 4 PM.
There is a scheduled rain-date for this program the following day, Sunday, October 8th @ 6 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, September 23, 2017
FOURTH ANNUAL “DIRT CLASSIC”
FOURTH ANNUAL “DIRT CLASSIC” Feature Finish (40 Laps) – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease ($20,000); 2. 48-Danny Dietrich; 3. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 4. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr.; 5. 3-James McFadden; 6. 37-JJ Grasso; 7. 27-Greg Hodnett; 8. 1X-Chad Trout; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen; 10. 16C-Matt Campbell; 11. 1Z-Dale Blaney; 12. 21B-Brian Brown; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 14. 39-Cory Haas; 15. 44-Trey Starks; 16. 11-TJ Stutts; 17. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 18. 51-Freddie Rahmer (DNF); 19. 5-Tyler Ross (DNF); 20. 21-Brian Montieth (DNF); 21. 39M-Anthony Macri (DNF); 22. 88-Brandon Rahmer (DNF); 23. 24t-Terry McCarl (DNF); 24. 87-Alan Krimes (DNF)
Lap Leaders – Brian Montieth (1-10), Gerard McIntyre Jr. (11-15), Brian Montieth (16-26), Lance Dewease (27-40)
First Round Heat Race 1 (8 laps) - 1. 11-TJ Stutts; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett; 4. 16C-Matt Campbell; 5. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 6. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 7. 1W-Eric Tomecek (DNF); 8. 55K-Robbie Kendall (DNF) - Time: 1:55:593
First Round Heat Race 2 (8 laps) - 1. 21B-Brian Brown; 2. 1X-Chad Trout; 3. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich; 5. 17A-Austin McCarl; 6. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 7. 19M-Landon Myers; 8. 10k-Joe Kata - Time: 1:56:032
First Round Heat Race 3 (8 laps) - 1. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 4. 24t-Terry McCarl; 5. 5-Tyler Ross; 6. 2w-Glendon Forsythe; 7. 3B-Randy Baughman - No Time
First Round Heat Race 4 (8 laps) - 1. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr.; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen; 3. 3-James McFadden; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri; 5. 3K-Tim Kaeding; 6. 1Z-Dale Blaney; 7. 23-Chris Arnold - Time: 1:57:173
First Round Heat Race 5 (8 laps) - 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 2. 39-Cory Haas; 3. 44-Trey Starks; 4. 37-JJ Grasso; 5. 87-Alan Krimes; 6. 71M-Dave Blaney; 7. 21T-Scott Fisher - Time: 1:54:868
Second Round Heat Race 1 (8 laps) - 1. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett; 3. 16C-Matt Campbell; 4. 88-Brandon Rahmer; 5. 69K-Lance Dewease; 6. 11-TJ Stutts; 7. 55K-Robbie Kendall (DNS); 8. 1W-Eric Tomecek (DNS) - Time: 1:58:536
Second Round Heat Race 2 (8 laps) - 1. 48-Danny Dietrich; 2. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 3. 1X-Chad Trout; 4. 59-Jimmy Siegel; 5. 21B-Brian Brown; 6. 19M-Landon Myers; 7. 10K-Joe Kata; 8. 17A-Austin McCarl (DNS) - Time: 2:00:068
Second Round Heat Race 3 (8 laps) - 1. 21-Brian Montieth; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 3. 5-Tyler Ross; 4. 24t-Terry McCarl; 5. 24-Lucas Wolfe; 6. 3B-Randy Baughman (DNF); 7. 2W-Glendon Forsythe (DNF) – Time: 1:56:925
Second Round Heat Race 4 (8 laps) - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen; 2. 3-James McFadden; 3. 3K-Tim Kaeding; 4. 16-Gerard McIntyre Jr.; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri; 6. 1Z-Dale Blaney; 7. 23-Chris Arnold - Time: 1:57:048
Second Round Heat Race 5 (8 laps) - 1. JJ Grasso; 2. 44-Trey Starks; 3. 71M-Dave Blaney; 4. 39-Cory Haas; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer; 6. 21T-Scott Fisher; 7. 87-Alan Krimes (DNF) - Time: 2:00:921
B-Main (12-Laps/Top-4 Advance to rear of A-Main) – 1. 5-Tyler Ross; 2. 87-Alan Krimes; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 4. 16C-Matt Campbell; 5. 1*-Tim Wagaman; 6. 71M-Dave Blaney; 7. 69-Tim Glatfelter; 8. 3K-Tim Kaeding; 9. 23-Chris Arnold; 10. 19M-Landon Myers; 11. 21T-Scott Fisher (DNF); 12. 2W-Glendon Forsythe (DNF) - Time: 3:01:508
Time Trial Results - 1. 11-TJ Stutts, 13.547-seconds (99.653 MPH); 2. 59-Jimmy Siegel, 13.559; 3. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 13.641; 4. 16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 13.642; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.674; 6. 69K-Lance Dewease, 13.683; 7. 21B-Brian Brown, 13.723; 8. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.747; 9. 1Z-Dale Blaney, 13.754; 10. 39-Cory Haas, 13.809; 11. 1W-Eric Tomecek, 13.840; 12. 17A-Austin McCarl, 13.847; 13. 2W-Glendon Forsythe, 13.853; 14. 39M-Anthony Macri, 13.863; 15. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.886; 16. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 13.895; 17. 1X-Chad Trout, 13.916; 18. 24t-Terry McCarl, 13.924; 19. 3-James McFadden, 13.926; 20. 44-Trey Starks, 13.937; 21. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.959; 22. 48-Danny Dietrich, 14.016; 23. 5-Tyler Ross, 14.018; 24. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.031; 25. 71M-Dave Blaney, 14.098; 26. 1*-Tim Wagaman, 14.109; 27. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 14.116; 28. 3B-Randy Baughman, 14.128; 29. 23-Chris Arnold, 14.129; 30. 37-JJ Grasso, 14.251; 31. 16C-Matt Campbell, 14.277; 32. 19M-Landon Myers, 14.309; 33. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 14.311; 34. 3K-Tim Kaeding, 14.379; 35. 21T-Scott Fisher, 14.499; 36. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 14.650; 37. 10K-Joe Kata, 15.169.
Although Brian Brown of Grain Valley, Mo., had never been to Selinsgrove Speedway before, he had a connection to the speedway and the final race of the season that was run Saturday. The Jim Nace Memorial 35th Annual National Open was special to Brown because his engine builder, Charlie Garrett, had built engines for Nace’s sprint cars as well.
At the start of the 30-lap, $8,000-to-win All Star Circuit of Champions 410 sprint car main event, outside front row start Brown outran polesitter James McFadden into turn one. Brown led the field until a red flag on lap three was displayed for Caleb Armstrong who flipped on the back stretch.
The field restarted, but then TJ Stutts flipped in turn four to bring out the red flag again on lap four. No driver injuries were reported.
Third-place starter Brock Zearfoss was the car on the move when the green flag came back out. Zearfoss was soon third closing in on James McFadden.
McFadden began to close a straight-away down to car lengths as Brown tried to work through the lap traffic. Brown negotiated the lap cars cautiously while McFadden and Zearfoss pushed as hard as they could to close the gap. Zearfoss made the pass of McFadden for second before McFadden slowed.
McFadden’s car stopped on the front stretch with mechanical issues to bring out the caution on lap 12. The opportunity for Brown to have an open race track on lap 12 was just what he needed. Brown pulled away to a large lead over Zearfoss while Zearfoss battled with fifth-place starter Greg Hodnett.
Trey Starks started 21st after breaking in his heat race. By the half way mark, Starks, had driven into the seventh spot.
Brown was just catching the tail of the field again when the yellow flag was presented on lap 21 for the All Star point leader Chad Kemenah when his car came to a stop in turn two.
Zearfoss knew with only ten laps remaining he would need to make his move on the restart. Zearfoss dove to the inside of Brown in turn one, but Brown was too strong off the outside of the speedway taking the race lead back.
Brown did catch lap traffic with two laps to go, but this time Zearfoss gained no ground.
Brown led the remaining laps on his way to his first All Star win in the National Open.
In victory lane Brown credited his crew with their hard work and his sponsors for their support to allow him to come to Pennsylvania to compete.
“I guess a half mile is to my liking. It’s not the same exact layout as Knoxville, but it has its similarities. I never seen the place before tonight and we were quickest in hot laps here tonight,” said Brown in Victory Lane. “Open air was so important, as it is anywhere, and we were able to take advantage of it tonight.”
Brown, Zearfoss, and Hodnett were the podium finishers. Anthony Macri finished fourth ahead of Trey Starks. Starks, the night’s Fast Tees Fast Timer over the 40-car field, was the hard charger gaining 16 spots.
Lucas Wolfe finished in sixth followed Danny Dietrich, Ryan Smith, Jason Schultz, and Tony Stewart.
Heat race wins went to Tim Kaeding, Blane Heimbach, Ryan Smith, Anthony Macri, while Trey Starks won the B-Main.
McFadden and Brown won the Dash’s.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY: 16 September 2017
410 Sprint Cars – 40 Entries
1. 21-Brian Brown ; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss ; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett ; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri ; 5. 44-Trey Starks ; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe ; 7. 29-Danny Dietrich ; 8. 94-Ryan Smith ; 9. 29S-Jason Shultz ; 10. 14-Tony Stewart ; 11. M1-Mark Smith ; 12. 38-Steve Buckwalter ; 13. 5-Justin Barger ; 14. 41-Ryan Taylor ; 15. 3K-Tim Kaeding ; 16. 13-Brandon Matus ; 17. 95-Hunter Mackison ; 18. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 19. 51-John Garvin ; 20. 0-Rick Lafferty ; 21. 3-James McFadden ; 22. 12-Blane Heimbach ; 23. 11-TJ Stutts ; 24. 17-Caleb Helms ; 25. 7C-Caleb Armstrong  Lap Leaders: Brian Brown [1-30]
Heat Winners: Tim Kaeding, Blane Heimbach,
Dash Winners: James McFadden, Brian Brown
B-Main Winner: Trey Starks
Time Trials: 1) 44 Trey Starks 15.995 2) Brian Brown 16.103 3) 10H Chad Kemenah 16.208 4) 27 Greg Hodnett 16.263 5) 11 TJ Stutts 16.320 6) 1Z Dale Blaney 16.333 7) 94 Ryan Smith 16.349 8) 17 Caleb Helms 16.377 9) 3K Tim Kaeding 16.412 10) 29 Danny Dietrich 16.440 11) 3Z Brock Zearfoss 16.453 12) 29S Jason Shultz 16.455 13) 3 James McFadden 16.459 14) 12 Blane Heimbach 16.505 15) 24 Lucas Wolfe 16.509 16) Tony Stewart 16.522 17) 35 Tyler Esh 16.549 18) Rick Lafferty 16.584 19) 39M Anthony Macri 16.586 20) 1080 Jordan Mackinson16.641 21) Justin Barger 16.642 22) Steve Buckwalter 16.649 23) 41 Ryan Taylor 16.656 24) 8M TJ Michael 16.663 25) 7 Kyle Reinhardt 16.668 26) M1 Mark Smith 27) 95 Hunter Mackison 16.696 28) 7C Caleb Armstrong 16.704 29) 91 Anthony Fiore 16.767 30) 33W Michael Walter 16.788 31) 33M Max Stabbaugh 16.801 32) 13 Brent Matus 16.834 33) C4 Jim Shuster 17.057 34) 9C Roger Campbell 17.155 35) 51 John Garvin 17.193 36) 49 Mallie Shuster 17.232 37) 35S Daryl Stimeling 17.298 38) 22 Brandon Spithaler 17.476 39) 10 Joe Kata 17.836 40) 33 Brent Matus 18.760
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – 9/2/2017 – Persistent rain showers through the morning and into the afternoon has forced Lincoln Speedway promoters to cancel tonight’s September 2nd racing program. The Inaugural Bob Leiby Memorial has been rescheduled to now be a part of the October 7th season-ending Manufacturers Appreciation race. Additionally, the fireworks display scheduled for tonight has been moved to the September 16th Dirt Classic.
With the cancelation of tonight’s September 2nd racing, so is the final scheduled point race for the 410 sprinters and thus ends the season-long battle for the coveted track championship. With that said, Phoenixville’s Brian Montieth claims the 2017 Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprint Track Championship by 225 points over the defending track champion Alan Krimes. It is Montieth’s 6th track title at the Pigeon Hills oval over the last 10 years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017).
Lincoln Speedway will be dark next weekend (September 9th), returning to action on Saturday, September 16th with the URC/358 Sprint Challenge and 358 Late Models. With the battle for 358 sprint track championship running through the the October 7th season-finale, all URC/358 sprinters in competition that night will be awarded 100 Lincoln Speedway “show-up” points-only.
In addition to the 360/358 sprint challenge and 358 late models on September 16th, there will be a special appearance of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) and Pen-Mar Vintage Race Car Club. Racing action is scheduled to get underway at 7:30 PM, with general admission gates opening at 5:30 PM for the fans.
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.
REMAINDER OF 2017 RACING SCHEDULE:
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - NO RACING
Saturday, September 16, 2017 (7:30 PM) - URC/358 Sprint Challenge (100 show up points for all URC/358 sprint drivers in competition), 358 Late Models, PLUS the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) & Pen-Mar Vintage Race Car Club
Saturday, September 23, 2017 (Time Trials @ 7:30 PM) - FOURTH ANNUAL “DIRT CLASSIC” - 410 Sprints ($20,000 to win) PLUS FIREWORKS
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - NO RACING
Saturday, October 7, 2017 (6 PM) - FINAL RACE OF 2017/BOB LEIBY MEMORIAL/HANK GENTZLER MEMORIAL MANUFACTURERS APPRECIATION RACE PRESENTED BY PANCHO’S RACING PRODUCTS - 410 Sprints, 358 Sprints & All-American Outlaws (Rain date, Sunday, 10/8 @ 6 PM)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
SEPTEMBER 3, 2017
BROCK ZEARFOSS WINS BILLY KIMMEL MEMORIAL AND BRIE HERSHEY TAKES K1 SUMMER SERIES FINALE FOR 358’S
MECHANICSBURG, PA – Brock Zearfoss’ late-summer hot streak continued Sunday night at Williams Grove Speedway as he scored the Billy Kimmel Memorial win for the Sprint cars.
He earned $3,800 for his second Grove win of the season and fifth overall since beating the Outlaws at Williams Grove in July.
Meanwhile, in the K1 Summer Series finale for the 358 Sprints, it was Brie Hershey scoring the win earning $1,500 and Chase Dietz earning the series championship.
It was the second Grove win of the season for “The Jonestown Jet” in the Aaron Long No. 58.
“We had a heck of a car tonight,” said Zearfoss. “Aaron and the boys have been working hard. We’ve been trying some stuff after the Outlaw race. Friday night we weren’t so good. Tonight, we came back with basic stuff and here we stand.”
His first Grove win came in July against the Outlaws.
“My confidence is sky high right now,” said Zearfoss. “Once you beat the best in the world, you feel like you can do anything. My crew gives me great cars week-in and week-out, I just get to drive the thing. It’s a great feeling. A few years ago, I was down in the dumps wondering if I could even do this anymore. This sport will really drag you down and it will really get you high. When you get on them highs, you have to ride them the best you can.”
Chad Trout slowed on the backstretch on the opening lap bringing out the caution flag.
Polesitter Eric Tomecek led the first lap over Matt Campbell as sixth starter Zearfoss blasted into third.
The red flag flew with two laps completed when Chris Arnold and Kody Lehman crashed in turn three. They were okay.
Tomecek controlled the restart as Zearfoss blasted around Campbell for second. Zearfoss couldn’t get to the leader as Brian Montieth passed Brandon Rahmer and then Rodney Westhafer moving into fourth.
The top three were close as they raced down the frontstretch completing lap eight.
Tomecek blew an engine coming off turn two. Zearfoss took evasive active driving inside of him. Campbell also moved to miss Zearfoss and hit the inside fence, but continued. The red flag stopped the race. Tomecek was okay.
“I was lucky enough to get below him and hold on to second at the moment and assume the lead,” said Zearfoss.
Zearfoss led the field down for the restart. Montieth went after Campbell, but couldn’t make the pass.
Zearfoss led by 1.476 seconds at the half-way point. Montieth passed Campbell with eight to go and then Rahmer did as well.
Montieth blew a tire and hit the third turn fence giving up second with six to go. Campbell pitted under caution with a flat tire giving up fourth.
Zearfoss led Rahmer and Rodney Westhafer, who was driving a Billy Kimmel tribute car No.47, for the lap 19 restart.
Rahmer tried a third turn slider on the leader following the restart. He could only get next to Zearfoss, who then pulled away over the final laps winning the Kimmel Memorial by 1.345.
“It’s a great feeling to win a memorial race,” said Zearfoss. “I didn’t get to race with Billy, but I knew of him. He was definitely one of those up and comers It’s a shame his life got cut short, but he was doing what he loved. I can’t thank the family enough for sticking with it in the sport and doing everything that they do. It’s greatly appreciated.”
B. Rahmer’s runner-up was his best-ever Grove finish. Westhafer, 13th starter TJ Stutts and Cory Haas completed the top five. Lucas Wolfe, Danny Dietrich, Alan Krimes, point leader Freddie Rahmer and Greg Hodnett rounded out the top 10 Stutts earned a $500 Hard Charger Award from the Beerhill Gang.
Eight-lap heat races for the 22 cars in the 410 Sprints were won by Westhafer, Dietrich and Hodnett.
Shai Morris started on the pole and grabbed the lead of the 358 feature that was marred by two red flags in the first five laps. A third red flag occurred on the lap five restart in turn one involving Rich Eichelberger and TJ DeHaven. No injuries were reported.
Morris led until lap 20 when Nyle Berkes used an inside move off turn four to take the top spot. The caution flew setting up a five-lap dash to the finish.
Fifth starter Brie Hershey of Dillsburg moved to second on the restart and stalked the leader. With the white flag waving, Hershey raced to the outside of Berkes coming off turn four. She squeezed between him and the wall taking the lead
She controlled the final lap picking up the win over Berkes, 16th starter Chase Dietz, 12th starter Doug Hammaker and 11th starter Kevin Nouse. Morris, Cody Keller, Jared Esh, Chris Frank and Chad Trout rounded out the top 10. Dietz was named the series champion.
“I tried to keep my momentum up,” said Hershey. “I knew everybody was behind me. I thought if I could keep my speed up I’d be okay. That’s the most fun race I’ve run in a while. I’m still processing it.”
Eight-lap heat races for the 28 cars in the 358 Sprints were won by Kody Hartlaub, Rich Eichelberger and Hershey. Matt Findley won the consolation.
Sprint Car Feature (25 laps): 1. Brock Zearfoss. 2. Brandon Rahmer. 3. Rodney Westhafer. 4. TJ Stutts. 5. Cory Haas. 6. Lucas Wolfe. 7. Danny Dietrich. 8. Alan Krimes. 9. Freddie Rahmer. 10. Greg Hodnett. 11. Trey Starks. 12. Anthony Macri. 13 AJ Flick. 14. Ryan Higgins. 15. Troy Fraker. 16. Matt Campbell. 17. Brian Montieth. 18. Nicole Bower. 19. Eric Tomecek. 20. Kody Lehman. 21. Chris Arnold. 22. Chad Trout.
358 Sprint Feature (25 laps): 1. Brie Hershey. 2. Nyle Berkes. 3. Chase Dietz. 4. Doug Hammaker. 5. Kevin Nouse. 6. Shai Morris. 7. Cody Keller. 8. Jared Esh. 9. Chris Frank. 10. Chad Trout. 11. Kyle Denmyer. 12. Brett Wanner. 13. Jake Eldreth. 14. Steve Drevicki. 15. Cody Fletcher. 16. Brent Shearer. 17. Hank Donovan Jr. 18. Matt Findley. 19. Phil Walter. 20. Rich Eichelberger. 21. TJ Dehaven. 22. Jordan Givler. 23. Dan Richcreek. 24. Kody Hartlaub.
Did Not Qualify: Ashley Cappetta, Wyatt Hinkle, Zachary Allman, Michael Hamer.