Zeigler holds off Covert

HAGERSTOWN – Residing in south western Pennsylvania and already racing in six states besides PA with the NDRL in 2014, Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill made his 12th race at Hagerstown Speedway his first victory of the season and first ever at Hagerstown.

Zeigler, who started on the outside pole of the Late Model feature following a four car inversion, took the lead on the start and led all 25 laps. Following a restart with six laps to go, Zeigler was feeling the pressure from Jason Covert but able to hold him off and get to the finish with two lengths to the good.

For the second straight Saturday evening, it again was the best day of the week for co-promoters Ernie Davis and Rick Jones of Dirt Capitol LLC. Following defending Late Model Sportsman champion, Justin Weaver of nearby Williamsport, scoring that win by just over a second ahead of Scott Palmer, back to back winners included Mike Corbin, of Winchester, in the K.Lynn Management LLC Pure Stocks, Greencastle, PA’s Kenny Thomas in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks and Ft. Loudon, PA’s Ryan Laye in the Cochran Auctioneer’s Four Cylinders. Thomas and Laye are also their division’s defending champions.

Lincoln Speedway

ABBOTTSTOWN – Danny Dietrich turned in a dominant performance at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night, driving away from the field to win the 25-lap “410” sprint car feature and claim his first win in the Pigeon Hills since last July.

In the process, he moved alongside his dad with 19 career Lincoln wins.

“I sure hope to pass him, maybe even next week,” said Dietrich upon exiting the Gary Kauffman-owned Sandoe’s Fruit Market/Weikert’s Livestock No. 48, “But to get to where I’m at, I have to thank him, Gary, and everyone that sponsors this car. Without my dad, my brother, and Gary, I couldn’t do it.”

Defending track champ Niki Young started on the pole led every lap of the 20-lap season opener for 358 sprint cars, holding off heavy pressure from 2013 Williams Grove champ Kevin Nouse for his eighth career Lincoln win.

Saturday, the 410 Sprinters will be joined by the Super Sportsman and Legends. Racing gets under way at 6 p.m.

Selinsgrove Speedway

SELINSGROVE – Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove, a 36-time 358-360 sprint car winner at Selinsgrove Speedway, scored the one victory that has eluded him for nearly a decade: His first career win in a 410 sprint car at Selinsgrove in the track’s 52nd consecutive season opener Sunday afternoon.

Heimbach’s $4,000 victory in the 25-lap feature came from the seventh starting position at the wheel of the Goff Racing/Creasy Signs No. 12.

At the checkered flag, Heimbach scored an impressive victory by two seconds over Layton, eighth-place starter Mike Erdley, third-place starter Lucas Wolfe, and 16th-place starter Steve Buckwalter.

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