Coughenour wins opener
Jennerstown — The 2018 racing season commenced Saturday at Jennerstown Speedway Complex, as preliminary heat races were completed for all five divisions of stock cars.
But, after “Opening Day 2018” was postponed twice due to weather, only the J&J Truck Equipment RUSH Street Stocks were able to complete their feature race, which was won by Josh Coughenour.
For the third week in a row, persistent rain showers altered the schedule at the half-mile oval track.
Racing resumes this Saturday with the five division “Motor Mountain Mania” starting at 6 p.m.
Bedford — Jeff Rine rallied late to snag the win as the annual Memorial Day weekend kicked off at Bedford.
The event, a tribute this year to the memories of Johnny Grum and Turk Burket, was 35 laps and worth $3,000 to the Bob Elbin-owned team. Rine’s 24th career win at the track places him solidly fourth on the all-time list.
In other action, Mike Altobelli Jr. completely dominated the Emod 35 lapper, scoring yet another win. Shawn Shoemaker held off most of the Weyandt family to take his first-ever Pure Stock win.
Mechanicsburg — Steve Buckwalter of Royersford wired the field to pick up the Walt Dyer Tribute Race at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, pocketing $4,610 for his ninth career sprint car win at the oval.
Austin Bishop wired the field in the 305 sprint main to pick up his second 305 win of the season at Williams Grove.
Prior to the races, Dyer drivers Dewease, Steve Siegel, Mike Wagner, Don Hill, Joey Allen, Paul Lotier, Jimmy Sheaffer, Van May, Tommy Beavers, Cliff Brian, Tom Stimely and Len Thompson all joined Dyer for a reunion and autograph session.
Port Royal — Lucas Wolfe made it back-to-back triumphs in the Port Royal Speedway Bob Weikert Memorial for 410 sprint cars on Sunday night, scoring his second win in a row in the prestigious race, earning $10,000.
In the Northeast Ultimate Super Late Model Series feature, York’s Rick Eckert completed a clean sweep of weekend late model action at the track, scoring a convincing win in the 35-lap main that paid $5,000.
Lance Dewease of Fayetteville picked up his 109th career Port Royal Speedway 410 sprint car win on Saturday night in the Bob Weikert Memorial weekend Fallen Heroes Championship.
Dewease’s 30-lap win was worth $5,000, and it came aboard a Walt Dyer Masonry No. 461 throw-back car painted to mirror the mount he drove for Dyer decades ago.
Eckert took the win in the Fallen Heroes Championship for the Northeast Ultimate Super Late Model Series, pocketing $3,000 for his fifth career win at the oval.
Reynoldsville — Mike Anderson of DuBois cruised his his way to victory lane in the Sunny 106.5 Pure Stocks in the evening’s first feature event at Hummingbird Speedway.
Zach Myers of Knox picked up his second win of the season in the Swanson Heavy Truck Repair Semi-Late division.
The remaining events of the evening were postponed due to rain.
Selinsgrove — Davie Franek of Wantage, N.J., inherited the lead on lap nine in the 30-lap Jack Gunn Memorial for 360 sprint cars Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway when race leader Mark Smith of Sunbury made contact with a disabled lapped car in turn four.
Franek then held off Chad Layton of Harrisburg and Jason Shultz of Carlisle late in the race to score his second straight Insinger Performance/Sunoco Race Fuels Gunn Memorial worth $2,500. The victory was Franek’s second of the season and 16th career at Selinsgrove.
Bryan Bernheisel of Lebanon and Gene Knaub of York raced side-by-side during the final five laps of the 25-lap super late model race with Bernheisel edging out Knaub.
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