Marks wins at Selinsgrove
By Dottie Bird
For the Mirror
Selinsgrove – In race No. 8 in the 24th annual PA Speedweek Series, Brent Marks of Myerstown drove to his first 410 sprint-car win of the season in the 30-lap Jan Opperman Memorial Sunday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.
For Marks, the victory at the wheel of the BAPS No. 19M was his second career at Selinsgrove and his first in a sprint car since he won the Ray Tilley Classic at the track in May of 2013.
Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg clinched his second career PA Speedweek title by just six points over Greg Hodnett of Thomasville.
Wolfe, who persevered through a challenging night that included a hard flip in practice laps and a blown engine in his heat race, was the night’s Fast Tees Fast Qualifier over the 26-car field with a lap time of 16.805.
Doug Dodson of Mechanicsburg won his first career super sportsman race in the division’s 20-lap feature and set a new track record for the distance in 7:17.57. Wayne Dadetto of Levittown scored the victory in the 20-lap 305 sprint car race and set a track record for the division in 7:00.944.
Ryan Kissinger of Bloomsburg made a late-race pass by defending champion Jason Shultz of Carlisle for his first win since 2011 in Saturday night’s 25-lap 360 sprint car feature at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Kissinger was at the wheel of the Ford-powered Predator Cams No. 66 for his second career win at the track. He dedicated the win to his friend and fellow competitor Duane Mausteller of Bloomsburg, who was critically injured in a sprint car racing accident at the speedway on May 17 of this year.
Mausteller was released from Geisinger Medical Center on Wednesday and transferred to the MOSS Rehab Center in Philadelphia where he is undergoing therapy and showing signs of improvement, according to his father, Randy Mausteller.
In the 30-lap late model summer championship, the $2,000 win was awarded to Jim Bernheisel of Lebanon when Coleby Frye’s car was disqualified for a racing tire infraction. The win was Bernheisel’s first of the year.
Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove scored his third win of the year in the 15-lap pro stock thriller, while John Fowler Jr. of Montandon won his first race of the season in the 12-lap roadrunner feature.
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Port Royal – Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg drove from sixth starting spot to win Saturday night’s PA Speedweek sprint car feature event at Port Royal Speedway worth $5,000, recording his elusive first every victory at the track as well as in the speedweek series itself anywhere by taking the checkers.
It was also Wolfe’s first win for his car owners, John and Pee Wee Zemaitis, since joining the team this season.
Wolfe started out the night by setting a new one-lap track record in qualifying over the 34-car field in attendance, setting the mark at 15.168 seconds, an average speed of 127.381 mph.
Matt Parks of Three Springs won for the first time this season in super late model action while Bill Powell took his third xtreme stock main of the year to close out the night.
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY: Doug Hammaker took advantage of a lucky break on the final lap to score his first career win in the 25-lap 358 sprint car championship at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.
Harrisonville’s Mike Wagner II won his second career Lincoln race in the 20-lap Pennsylvania Sprint Series RaceSaver 305 sprint car feature. An inversion of three put Wagner on the pole, and, despite late-race pressure from Kody Lehman and another one-lap shootout, Wagner led every lap, crossing 2.81 seconds ahead of Lehman. Marysville’s Chris Spidle started on the pole and led every lap of the 15-lap Central PA Legends feature.
HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY: Scoring the triumph in Tuesday’s 24th annual PA Sprint Car Speedweek event at Grandview, Greg Hodnett headed South of The Border to Hagerstown Speedway on Wednesday for night five of the series and ended the night in victory lane for the second consecutive night.
Bryan Smith put all the pieces together Saturday night as he rode his Villa-Esparza/Crosley Radio Kawasaki to an extraordinary AMA Pro Flat Track Hagerstown half-mile main event victory. Smith brushed off a charging Jared Mees for the majority of the race, as the two duked it out on just about every inch of the track. Smith’s win marked the first time since 1996 that a rider aboard a motorcycle other than a Harley-Davidson finished atop the podium at Hagerstown.
Kyle Johnson needed every moment of the 16-lap Hagerstown half-mile pro singles main event to score his third straight victory and move into sole possession of the lead in the point standings.
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY: Stevie Smith chased Brian Montieth through lapped traffic for the first 26 laps of the Mitch Smith Memorial Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
Smith then drove under Montieth in turn three and emerged the leader on lap 27 and would control the final three laps to take home the $10,000 paycheck in the sixth race of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek.
DOG HOLLOW SPEEDWAY: Rochester Mill’s Gregg Satterlee made a last lap slide job stick to beat Dan Stone Friday night at Dog Hollow Speedway, beating out a stellar 32-car field.
Satterlee made the pass coming out of turn four on the final lap in the $4,000 to win Independence Day Top Dog 50 for the Townsend Gas & Oil Super Late Models. Cousin Andrew Satterlee survived a last-lap charge to win his fourth in the Lias Tire FASTRAK Crate Late Models. Ryan Claycomb scored his third in the pure stocks, while Nate Smith stayed undefeated in the street stocks. John Campisano won for the first time in the FWD four-cylinder sidewinders.
AMERICA’S MOTORSPORTS PARK: Brandon Spithaler of Evans City claimed the first ever BOSS Wingless 410 Sprint show at America’s Motorsports Park in Clearfield on Saturday night.
Justin Williamson of Three Springs became the eighth different winner in as many races in the Clearfield County Metals Four Cylinders, and Ronnie Bottenfield of Saxton copped his first ever feature win Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub Semi Late Main.
Repeat winners include: Duane Stiner of Houtzdale in the Randy Sterling Trucking Late Models, Dan Smeal of Ramey in the Srock Contracting Street Stocks and Justin Queen of Irvona in the WG Satterlee Oil Pure Stocks.
HUMMINGBIRD SPEEDWAY: The U.S. Army invaded Hummingbird Speedway on Saturday night when Staff Sergeant Kevin Dugan brought the Humvee “pace car” to the speedway to celebrate.
The micro-sprints also invaded the speedway for the holiday weekend with extra laps, $1,000 to win and the appearance of the 600 micro sprints. Steve Dunmire from Kittanning took the honors and the cash in the Sunny 106.5 270 Micro Sprint division. Eric Moore from Frenchville was successful in the BWP Bats Steel Block Late Model class. The 600 micro sprints made their first appearance at the track, and leading the charge was A.J. Bast from Houtzdale. Paul Kot from Brockway led the race green flag to checker in the street stock division. The pure stock winner was Dave Kohler of Rockton in another flag to flag effort. Closing out the evening, John Campisano from Punxsutawney continued his success building on a Friday night win elsewhere by winning the front wheel drive class.
PITTSBURGH MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Karlee Kovacs won her first career feature race in the Imperial Heights Young Guns division, while Alex Ferree followed in his father’s footsteps as he took the checkered flag in the Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model feature.
Ben Policz was the winner in the Precise Racing Products Rush Late Models, and Christian Schneider and Joe Podolinsky each claimed victory in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman and Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks divisions.
PATH VALLEY SPEEDWAY: Tony Hampton led from start-to-finish to win the four-cylinder Thunder Car feature. The win gave Hampton a sweep for the weekend as he also won Friday night.
Hampton’s closest challenge came on the final straight. Hampton got slightly sideways exiting the final corner, and Brandon Seibert nudged Hampton in the left rear quarter panel. Both racers had to slow to regain control, but did so quickly enough to finish first and second. Jeremy Moore finished third and Charlie Stallman fourth. Stallman was the heat race winner.
When Korey Washinger won his first mini-stock feature earlier this year, there were only three cars, and none of them were running properly. This time, the field was up to 11, and Washinger left no doubt, leading all 20 laps with an eight car length advantage when the checkered flag waved. Travis Semple held off Josh Group to finish second.
Hannah Riser set the early pace in the 600cc micro sprint feature, leading the first four laps. Garrett Bard found the high groove to his liking, and drove around Riser and into the lead on lap five. Bard was not seriously challenged the rest of the way, winning by two seconds over Cale Reigle.
Josh Stoyer used the outside line to make a three-wide pass for the lead on the first lap of the 270cc micro-sprint feature. That turned out to be the winning pass as Stoyer led all 20 laps to earn his sixth win in 2014 at Path Valley. Brian Heist looked to the inside of Stoyer on most of the many restarts, but could not get past and settled for second.
In the ACMS Stock 600cc micro-sprint feature, Gunnar Layton moved to the top spot on lap five and stayed in control till the end to take the win. Tom Whittall was second. The street stock feature capped off the action for the night.
Greg Moore found speed in the high groove and drove around Ronnie Garlock and into the lead on lap seven. After that the race went non-stop, and Moore cruised to victory, leading by nearly half of a lap at the end. Garlock came home second, just in front of a late-charging Randy Wible.