By Dottie Bird
For the Mirror
Clearfield - Asphalt racing returned to Clearfield County for the first time in several years as the recently renamed CNB Bank Raceway Park under the direction of NASCAR driver Tim Bainey Jr. opened its season Saturday night with the We Area Central PA.com 100 for the TBRA Late Models.
Colt James made the long tow from North Carolina as profitable one as he took the $5,000 win.
Strongstown - Ron Delano Jr. of Stoystown guided his Moyer Chassis to it's first Townsend Gas & Oil Super Late Model win of the season Friday night at Dog Hollow Speedway.
Andrew Satterlee (Stoystown Auto Wreckers FASTRAK Late Models), Roger Irvine (Precise Racing Products Racesaver 305 Sprints), Ray Hickok (Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Street Stocks), Justin Queen (Lias Tire Pure Stocks), Jack Theys (Myers Tire 4 Cylinder Sidewinders) and Ray Edwards (Myers Tire Modified 4's) were all repeat winners.
Mechanicsburg - Brian Montieth of Phoenixville finally broke through for a win in the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 sprint car division at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night.
It was Montieth's 10th career victory at Williams Grove Speedway and first of the season at the track.
In Tool Shed of America 358 sprint action, Matt Mountz won for the second time this season at the track, although it was his first in the 358 class.
Mountz became the sixth different winner in six events for the 358 sprints at Williams Grove this season.
Selinsgrove - Pat Cannon of Etters was back in winning form Saturday night, taking the checkered flag in convincing style in the 25-lap 358 sprint car feature at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Cannon's win was his third of the season and the 35th of his career at the Snyder County oval driving the Highlands' Tire Service No. 3. With the victory, he strengthens his points lead over Jason Shultz of Carlisle in the chase for the track championship.
Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove held off point leader Jeff Rine of Danville for his third win of the year in the 25-lap model feature. In doing so, Yoder tied Rine in the feature win category and tightened the points battle entering next weekend's action.
In the 15-lap pro stock feature, former champion Jason Smith of Williamsport drove to his first victory of the season. The win in the 12-lap roadrunner race went to Dustin Snook of McClure after Ricky Bender's race car failed a post-race technical inspection.
Abbottstown - Danny Dietrich added another notch to his belt in the 25-lap Kids Night "410" sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
And he did it the way he has several times this season, taking command early. Points handicapping placed Dietrich 11th for the start. He had the lead by the end of lap eight.
In fact, he was in sixth place by the end of the opening lap and fourth by the end of lap two. He caught Jim Siegel for third and lap three, drove by Brad McClelland for second on lap five, and caught polesitter and race-long leader Glenndon Forsythe at the flagstand at the completion of lap eight.
Maytown's Ryan Wilson found himself the leader when polesitter Ted Thomas Jr. pulled up lame and went into the infield on lap nine, and Wilson went on to win the first of his career in 20-lap 358 sprint car feature. In doing so, Wilson became the ninth winner in nine Lincoln 358 sprint races this year.
East Berlin's Wayne Dutterer led 19 1/2 laps the week before. But he didn't lead the that meant the most. This time, Dutterer left no doubt as he took advantage of polesitter and race-long leader Jason Townsend's miscue in the first and second turns of lap 8 to slip under him for the lead and then raced away virtually unchallenged the rest of the way to record his first career thundercar win at Lincoln Speedway.
On Saturday night, Lincoln Speedway hosts the Pennsylvania Speedweek Opener with the 13th annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial for the 410 Sprinters. The Central PA Legends will round out the evening's racing action. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with time trials getting under way at 7:30.
Port Royal SPEEDWAY: Greg Hodnett of Thomasville returned to his winning ways at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, claiming his sixth 410 sprint feature of the season at the track and 30th of his Port Royal career overall.
In the 20-lap late model main, Shermansdale's Mike Lupfer broke through for a victory after running strongly all season in his No. 06. Kody Lehman of Enola claimed the 20-lap 305 sprint series victory.
Hesston SPEEDWAY: The Dirt Doctor and his crew worked their track magic at Hesston Speedway Saturday Night and generated a perfect multi-grove race track. Tim Smith Jr., Bill Henney, Rick Potter, Ryan Laye and Justin Williamson came out winners in feature races highlighted by lead changes and three-car battles throughout the program.
HUMMINGBIRD SPEEDWAY: The BWP Bats Steel Block Late Models saw Denny Fenton took his first win of the season in the always competitive class.
Street stocks were next on the track to do battle for 20 laps of dirt racing action. Fuzzy Fields, racing out of Brockport, held the position through the wave of the checkered flag taking his second win of the season in some very exciting racing
Ben Smith out of Penfield led the pure stock field to the track for the next event in the night's entertainment. Smith's went on to cross the finish line almost exactly one car length ahead of his competition. The front wheel drive four-cylinders lined up for the final event of the evening with Chuck White from DuBois going on to take his fifth win of the season.
PATH VALLEY SPEEDWAY: The All-American Outlaws and the Central PA Legends touring series joined the regular divisions of four-cylinder thunder cars, 270cc micro sprints and 600cc micro sprints on Saturday night at Path Valley Speedway.
Cory and Chad Myers, started first and second in the 270cc micro sprint feature and ran that way with Cory Myers leading the way the first 12 laps. The handling started to go away on his ride, and Chad Myers took over the top spot on lap 13 and stayed in control to the finish, beating Colby Dice and Chad Thomas. Cory Myers faded to a fourth-place finish, with Jason Houtz in fifth. Heat race checkers went to Bob Brubaker, Adam Warner and Levi Peck
It was another family affair front row in the All-American Outlaw feature, with Fred Cullum on the pole and Justin Cullum starting second. They ran the first few laps side-by-side and Justin finally took control using the high groove. The pair ran nearly bumper-to-bumper until lap 10. Fred was able to pull to the inside and make what proved to be the winning pass. Justin recovered in time to hold on to second, holding off Brooks Coleman, Hunter Nester, and Scott Jorda. Randy Doty and Justin Cullum were heat race winners.
The Central PA Legends were at Path Valley Speedway for the second consecutive night. Vernon Houseman set the pace for the first three laps until Rick Miller took control on lap four. Miller led the rest of the way to claim the win. Scott Gobrecht rallied in the closing laps, but came up a few car lengths short at the finish. Third through fifth went to Bill Diehl, Jacob Feltch, and Chris Spidle. Gobrecht and Diehl won the heat races.
In the four-cylinder thunder car feature, Justin Rasp was able to beat Raymond Middaugh to turn one on the start to grab the lead. Rasp used the momentum of the high groove to retain the lead, leading all 20 laps for the win.