17-year old captures first at Dog Hollow
STRONGSTOWN – Seventeen year-old Shane Weaver, of Marion Center, won his career first Lias Tire FASTRAK Crate Late Model feature Friday night at Dog Hollow Speedway. Repeat winners were Mike Blose (Townsend Gas & Oil Super Late Models), Ryan Claycomb (pure stocks), Bob Pease (four-wheel Cylinders) and Nate Smith (street stocks).
On Friday, the Independence Day 50 for the Townsend Gas & Oil Super Late Models will take place. The race will pay $4000 to win and $100 to start. Lias Tire FASTRAK Crate Late Models, street stocks, pure stock and four-wheel 4 Cylinders are on the racing card that night.
Also, Country recording artist Ricky Lee will be performing a concert at 6 p.m. and also at intermission.
MECHANICSBURG – Danny Dietrich pulled out the opening night Pennsylvania Speedweek victory at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, holding off the furious charges of Brian Montieth to pick up the $5,000 sprint car payday.
But just as Dietrich caught the turn four rough to drive off, his car twitched on the edge of the cushion allowing Montieth to drop underneath for a drag race to the checkers.
In the end Dietrich held on for the victory by .190 seconds. “Now that’s exciting,” Dietrich said before exiting his sprinter.
ABBOTTSTOWN – Kyle Moody recovered from a rough start to come back to claim his first career 410 sprint car feature win and the $7,000 top prize in night #2 of PA Speedweek at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
On his tail for the restart were Glatfelter and Brady Bacon. Bacon caught Glatfelter for the runner-up spot with nine laps to go, and closed on the leader. But it was Moody’s night, as the ISSC/Kanson Electronics/Keener Coatings #99M crossed .72 seconds in front at the finish.
“It means everything,” Moody said of his Lincoln win, “This has been my dream since I was eight years old when I started coming here and this is it right here. A big thanks to Cory Laucks, who has made this thing a rocket ship this year. And thanks to my mom and dad and girlfriend for their support, and to a great crew. This is amazing!”
“It was great racing with Brady. He has a lot more seat time than I do. I saw him creep up to third and then second. I was watching for him. I was trying to stay smooth. That curb was crazy tonight. You could overdrive it in a heartbeat. I was watching the guys in front of me. It was slick. I just buckled down and held on.”
After numerous second-place finishes, defending series champ Bob Stough of East Berlin scored his first career Lincoln win in the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature. Stough started third, led the first lap, yielded to fourth-starting Harlon Leppo on laps two and three, reclaimed the lead for good on lap four.
FALLS CREEK – Hummingbird Speedway was back in action Saturday night.
Chris Farrell from Clearfield proved it isn’t over til it’s over by winning the BWP Bats Steel Block Late Model feature event in the last 100 feet of the race. Kyle Shannon from Brockway had smooth sailing in the Street Stock division with his win.
Steve Dunmire from Kittanning made his first appearance at the speedway a successful one by winning the Sunny 106.5 Micro Spring feature race.
In the Pure Stock class Dalton Gustafson from Weedville capitalized on some recent consistent runs winning his first career feature race. Matt Bryant from Weedville was back inaction after a few weeks off but that didn’t deter him from taking the checkered flag in the Front Wheel Drive class.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Jason Covert added another trophy to his collection following his overall fourth triumph of the Red Nininger Memorial Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Late Model event at Hagerstown Speedway/Dirt Capitol on Saturday evening. Covert powered past Nick Dickson on a fifth lap restart and later sped past the checkered flag with a 6.359 second advantage over Dickson for his overall fourth win of the season and career 15th at Hagerstown which was worth $2,700 including $200 additional lap money from the Nininger family.
“This is a fantastic night,” Covert of York Haven, PA said. “Thanks to the crew for helping get the car back together. I was trying to win last night and got into the wall a little bit. Thanks to Glenn (Nininger) and everything the family has done for racing. He means a lot to this sport, especially in this area.”
Hanover’s Bobby Beard posted the triumph in the Malloy Ford Late Model Sportsman feature. Although not a weekly regular, it was his first since July 2005. Darrin Younker, Berkley Springs, WV held off Mike Corbin to add his name to the K.Lynn Management Pure Stock winners list which was his career 16th. Gary Proctor, Big Pool, MD. roared back into victory lane for the sixth time in the Mason Dixon Auto Auction Hobby Stocks while Ryan Laye, Ft. Loudon, PA returned from the mechanical problems the previous week to score his eight win in the Cochran Auctioneers Four Cylinder feature. Jim Crocker, Reisterstown, MD won the Classic Racing Series victory over Matt Wallace.
CLEARFIELD: America’s Motorsports Park saw three new winners in victory Saturday night, with three repeats in the six division show.
Dan Gill of Clearfield picked up his career first Randy Sterling Trucking Late Model feature win, while Jeremy Ohl of Jersey Shore picked up the Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub Semi Late main while Stephanie Lucas of Philipsburg kept the streak alive and became the seventh different winner in as many races in the Clearfield County Metal Four Cylinders.
Repeat winners included: Fuzzy Fields in the Srock Contracting Street Stocks, Justin Queen of Irvona in the WG Satterlee and Son’s Pure Stocks and John Braim of Turbotville in the Point Break and Spring Laurel Highland Sprints.
SELINSGROVE: Davie Franek of Wantage, N.J., rocketed to his first win in the 13th Annual Middleswarth Potato Chips Firecracker 30 for 358-360 sprint cars Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway. The $2,500 United Racing Company (URC) win was Franek’s second of the season at Selinsgrove and third overall this year at the wheel of the Franek Auto Sales No. 28F.
Dave Zona of Montrose also scored his second win of the season at the track in the 25-lap super late model feature, while AJ Stroup of Evendale drove to his first win of the year in the 15-lap pro stock main event.
Selinsgrove Speedway will be in action two times over the Independence Day holiday weekend with a four division show of 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5, and an open wheel tripleheader featuring the 410 sprint cars in the Opperman Memorial/PA Speedweek Finale plus super sportsman and 305 sprint cars at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6.
SUSQUEHANNA: Dover’s Justin Ehrhart picked up his first victory of the season by winning the 25-lap Late Model feature at the Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday Night for the 9th Annual Summer Fun Championship. Manchester’s Eddie Richards held off all challengers to claim the 25-lap Street Stock feature.
Lewistown’s Eric Parker won his first SSP victory of the season in the PA Sprint Series 20 lap feature, while Pottstown’s Davey Nester won his first Xtreme Stock Car feature in the 25 lapper.
The 15-lap Road Warrior feature was won by York’s Ricky Weaver Jr. Zakari Kitner of York Haven claimed his third 12-lap Mini Van feature in a row as Keith Dorsey of Thurmont, MD won the Jr. Road Warrior feature. Roy Denike of New Oxford won the exciting Figure 8 20 lapper.
BEDFORD: Mark Smith made his trip to Bedford rewarding as he swept to the big win in the URC feature Friday night.
After starting deep in the field, Smith wired the field late for the win.
In other action, Troy Swindell outlasted the field to score his second career Limited win at the track. Like Smith, Jim Sayler came from deep in the field to take the Semi Late win, Brandon Lasalle took his first ever Economodified win and Scott Rickrode won his first ever event in the vintage car feature. The Pure Stock finale was mass chaos, even afterward, before Charlie Walter won in the tech line.
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