Troutman starts off with Bedford victory

Regional racing

Bedford — Dave Troutman rose to the occasion and scored the big late model win as Bedford opened the 2018 season Friday night.

For longtime Bedford racer Troutman, it was his third career late model win but the first in more than a decade, the last coming in 2007.

Justin Weaver, Bill Replogle, Mike Altobelli and Garrett Watkins joined Troutman as happy winners in the opening-day festivities.

Jennerstown

Jennerstown — This Saturday, Jennerstown Speedway Complex is set to host the first of three consecutive Saturday practice sessions for competitors.

Admission is free for spectators in the grandstands. “Motor Mountain Mania, Opening Night 2018” is set for May 12.

Williams Grove

Mechanicsburg — Lance Dewease came from the 13th starting spot to win the Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial for the sprint cars Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.

For Dewease, his 88th career Grove win was worth $5,000, and it came against Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions.

In the 20-lap main event for the PASS 305 Sprints, Austin Bishop prevailed.

Port Royal

Port Royal — Lance Dewease of Fayetteville made it back-to-back victories in the Port Royal Speedway Keith Kauffman Classic for the All Stars Sprint Cars on Saturday night, scoring $5,000.

For Dewease, the win marked his fifth in a row in All Star competition at Port Royal, dating back to Sept. 10, 2016.

The win was also the 37th of Dewease’s career while racing with the All Stars as a series, tying him with Steve Kinser, Doug Wolfgang and Danny Lasoski on the All Stars all-time win list.

Also at the track on Saturday night, in the 25-lap 2018 kickoff of the Moon Shine Camo Rt. 35 Dirt Late Model Challenge Series, Jeff Rine of Danville dominated to pick up the $2,200 payday.

Lincoln

Abbottstown — Freddie Rahmer was the class of the field Saturday night as he chased down two-time 2018 winner Brian Montieth and held off the six-time defending 2017 track champ en route to his first win of 2018 in the 25-lap 410 sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway.

Pole-sitter Steve Wilbur withstood a race-long challenge from Chase Dietz to pick up his first win of the year in the 20-lap 358 sprint feature.

Fourth-starting Korey Sites was in a league of his own in the 20-lap street stock feature as he drove from his fourth-starting spot to chase down pole-sitter Brian Walls by the second lap and made his race-winning pass on the fourth lap.

Lincoln Speedway is back in action next Saturday night.

Selinsgrove

Selinsgrove — Defending 360 sprint car champion Davie Franek, 31, of Wantage, N.J., drove to a convincing victory in Saturday night’s 25-lap season opener at Selinsgrove Speedway.

The $2,000 win was the 15th of Franek’s sprint car racing career at Selinsgrove, where he got his start at the age of 17.

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