Dietrich has strong history at Port Royal Speedway

By Dottie Bird

For the Mirror

PORT ROYAL — Danny Dietrich was the big winner this past weekend at the Port Royal Speedway, his fourth win at the track in his career.

In the 22-lap super late-model main, Dylan Yoder overtook Tim Smith Jr. for his second victory of the season at the track, this one worth $2,000.

The 305 sprint main was underway with six laps completed when a persistent light rain got heavy enough to knock out the rest of the night’s action. With Zach Newlin leading, the balance of the 305 sprint main will be completed when the circuit returns to the track on June 30.

The econo late model main that was stymied by the rains will be run this Saturday when the econos return for another full program of action.


Selinsgrove Speedway: Blane Heimbach returned to the track where he got his sprint-car racing career started as a teenager and scored a popular victory in the inaugural Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series Eleven Oaks Farm/Mach 1 Chassis Battle of the Groves Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway. The win in the 25-lap 360 sprint car feature was worth $5,500 for Heimbach, including $1,500 in bonus money, while at the wheel of the Creasy Signs/Goff Racing No. 12. It was the former three-time champion’s 37th career win in 358-360 sprint car competition at the track. A stellar field of 41 360 sprint car drivers representing various parts of the United States and Canada as part of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour — and in conjunction with the United Racing Club — was on hand and completed the open wheel portion of the show in just two hours with impending inclement weather. The race was Night 2 of the Battle of the Groves weekend with Greg Hodnett of York taking the win in Friday’s race at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg. The 20-lap limited late model and 15-lap pro stock features were postponed due to rain that hit the speedway about 9:30 p.m.

Williams Grove Speedway: Aaron Ott held off a hard-charging Danny Dietrich to score the 410 Sprint car win Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Meanwhile, in the first ASCS race ever held at the speedway, it was five-time Grove track champion Greg Hodnett starting on the pole and leading all 25 laps at number one in the “Battle of the Groves.”

Hummingbird Speedway: On opening night this past weekend at the Hummingbird Speedway, racing fans saw several familiar faces return to the track as well as many new ones mixed in. The night began with five-time track champion Bob Connor as the flagman. Feature winner’s on opening night included Zach Myers in the Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair Semi-Late Models, Bruce Hartzfeld in the Cypress Clock & Gift Shop Street Stocks, Chris Farrell in the BWP Bats Late Models, Raven Fuller in the Sunny 106.5 FM Pure Stocks, and Zach Lennox in the Aaron’s of DuBois Front-Wheel Drive Four-Cylinders.

Jennerstown Speedway: Opening night of racing action at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex is this Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. Numerous rookie drivers, and a few veterans ending lengthy absences from the sport, will make the first event of 2018 noteworthy. Five different divisions of stock cars will compete every Saturday night, accumulating points each week toward the season championships. Following three pre-season practice days at the speedway, race teams will begin the challenge of door-to-door competition to earn valuable points and weekly prize money. Gates open at 4 p.m. with on-track practice sessions starting at 4:30 pm.

Clinton County Raceway: For the second week in a row, rain spoiled opening night at the Clinton County Motor speedway. However, this time the track was able to get the gates open and have some cars on the racetrack before the rains came in to stop the action. Close to 75 race teams were on hand for the event. In the limited late model class, defending champion Mike Smith, along with runnerup J.R. Toner, were pit side along with all three of the Yoder nation drivers, father and son Jim and Dylan Yoder, and cousin Andrew. Defending 305-sprint track champ Kyle Ganoe was on hand along with Ken Duke who has been runner-up the last two season. New this season, the track will be running under the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series 305 series, after two seasons under the Pass series. Other champions on hand back to defend their track titles where A.Y. Schilling in pro stocks, Jeff Weaver in 27-micros, who is also doing some 305 sprints racing this year. Ryan Miller was on hand with his FWD four-cylinder, the 2017 champ in that division.

Lincoln Speedway: Once again, Mother Nature messed with the Weldon Sterner Memorial at the Lincoln Speedway. For the third year in-a-row, and now most recently the second week in-a-row, a persistent drizzle, mixed with occasional rain showers, forced Lincoln Speedway promotors to postpone its main event. The race will now take place this Saturday. Rain checks for the May 5 program will be good for face value through the May 26 show.

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