Wolfe takes Speedweek title away from Dietrich
By Dottie Bird
For the Mirror
SELINSGROVE — It was a war on wheels this past Sunday night at the Selinsgrove Speedway to decide the 29th annual PA Speedweek title for 410 sprint cars.
Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg needed to win the 30-lap Opperman/Bogar Memorial in order to clinch the title, but with two laps to race, Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg got the win and championship away after a thrilling wheel-to-wheel battle. The $5,000 victory was Wolfe’s fourth career at Selinsgrove and second of the 10-race PA Speedweek series.
Greg Hodnett of Spring Grove scored the PA Speedweek title by only two points over Dietrich. Freddie Rahmer of Salfordville was the night’s Fast Tees fast qualifier with a lap time of 16.509. Johnny Scarborough of Bomoseen, Vermont, won the 20-lap PASS 305 sprint car feature.
Mark Smith of Sunbury turned in a flag-to-flag victory in the Firecracker 30 for 360 sprint cars. The $3,000 win was Smith’s second of the season at Selinsgrove behind the wheel of the Mach 1 Chassis No. M1.
Bryan Bernheisel of Lebanon inherited the lead in the 30-lap super late model race and held off a late-race challenge for his third win of the year at the track, also worth $3,000 over a stellar field of 30 entries. Shaun Lawton of Bloomsburg drove to an exciting win in the 15-lap C.W. Smith Memorial pro stock race. Lawton collected $1,028 for his third win of the season.
PORT ROYAL — Danny Dietrich won a thrilling Pennsylvania Speedweek feature at the Port Royal Speedway this past Saturday night, becoming the third and final leader in the 30-lap non-stop affair that saw the top five cars racing within a straightaway of one another for the second half of the rousing event.
In the 25-lap Moon Shine Camo Rt. 35 Dirt Late Model Challenge Series event, Ralph Morgan Jr. of Hill Valley scored the victory worth $2,200 and was also the third and final leader of a crowd-pleasing event.
Mechanicsburg — Even with a top wing problem over the final two laps, Lance Dewease couldn’t be beat in the Mitch Smith Memorial this past Friday night at the Williams Grove Speedway.
Dewease’s third Grove win of the season was the 90th of his career and tied him with Fred Rahmer for most wins all-time at the track. His victory was worth $12,000 in a car owned by Donnie Kreitz.
The Smith Memorial winner’s share was upped this year after the Smith family posted an extra thousand and the speedway in turn matched their efforts.
In the 20-lap Mason Dixon Shootout Series event for the 358 late models, Shaun Jones started on the pole and drove into the lead. Justin Weaver raced from fifth to second.
Jones would go unchallenged to the win over Weaver and ninth-starting Brad McGinnis. James Lichliter and Alan Sagi completed the top five. Dillan Stake, Craig Wagaman, Bryan Bernheisel, Randy Christine Jr. and Cam Ziegler rounded out the top 10.
BEDFORD — Jeff Rine scored another big win as he took the Milt Miller Classic race recently at the Bedford Speedway.
The win was Rine’s third of the season and added to his already healthy point lead. In other action, Drake Troutman, Bill Replogle and Todd Price won support events.
STRONGSTOWN — Marion Center’s Dave Blazavich led all 40 laps to win the fourth annual Sam Barley Memorial for the Townsend Gas & Oil Super Late Models.
David Airgood Jr., of West Middlesex, won his first DHS checker in the RUSH Crate Late Models while Mahaffey’s Jon Lee won his third 358 semi-late feature. Mike Spinneweber won the Super 6 late models. Taking repeat wins were John Costa (DM Craig Fabrication & Welding four-cylinders) and Duke Davidson (AMSOIL Pure Stocks).
In the enduro race, Paul Crynock III beat Jeremy Claar and James Gottschalk Jr. for the win.
In other action, Dan Davies scored the $1,000 victory in the first-ever appearance of the UEMS Modifieds. The new U4CS mini-stock series held their first race and Salix driver Brady Miller won the $500 paycheck. George Dixon, Jr. won for the first time at DHS in the steel block late models. Ryan Newman (street stocks) and A.J. Bast (600cc micros) were both first-time winners at the speedway. Repeat winners were Chase Metheney (270cc micros) and Amber Mills (AMSOIL pure stocks).
REYNOLDSVILLE — The Mid-Season Championships were held recently at the Hummingbird Speedway where plenty of drivers left town with a trophy.
The night saw three drivers add to their 2018 win totals including Josh Fields from Brockport winning his third Sunny 106.5 FM Pure Stock feature, Doug Surra from Kersey winning his third Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair Semi-Late Model feature, and Rich Howell from Clearfield winning his third Cypress Clock & Gift Shop Street Stock feature on the year.
Two drivers made it to victory lane for the first time this season, including Derek Rodkey from Osceola Mills in the BWP Bats Late Models and John Campisano from Punxsutawney in the Aaron’s Four-cylinders battle.
ABBOTSTOWN — Troy Wagaman Jr. took advantage of a penalty to race-leader Chase Dietz with five laps to go to inherit the lead, and then held off Dietz the remaining laps to pick up the win in the special 25-lap $1,500-to-win K1 Race Gear 358 Sprint Summer Series feature at Lincoln Speedway this past Saturday night.
The win, Wagaman’s second career Lincoln win, was over a year in the making since his inaugural win back on Aug. 13, 2016.
In other action, CJ Tracy capped off his fourth-place run in the first feature of the night by leading every lap of the Fallen Firefighters Night race. Like Wagaman, Tracy’s win was the second of his career, backing up his first career win from May 28, 2016.
LOCK HAVEN — Johnny Bouse dominated the 20-lap Phil Miller Racing Engines/Campbell Race Technology pro stock championship this past Friday night.
The Laurel Highlands 305 Sprint Series visited the oval with 20 cars pit side. Scott Lutz chased a determined Nathan Gramley the first 13 laps before finally passing Gramley for the lead. Once in front, Lutz opened a comfortable lead, which he held until the finish.
In limited late-model action Andrew Yoder scored a win. The 270 micro-sprints endured a caution-filled event. Jeff Weaver was the winner over Ben Stolz. Josh Beamer won the 600 micro-sprint feature.
JENNERSTOWN — The Super Cup Stock Car Series joined the five division racing of Jennerstown Speedway Complex’s Motor Mountain Mania, giving race fans seven different events in one big night of action.
Barry Awtey, of Jennerstown, continued on a dominant pace, winning for the fourth time this year, in the Martella’s Pharmacies RUSH late-model division. Adam Kostelnik won for the first time this year in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers RUSH modified division, while rookie Jeremy Shaffer won for the first time in his brief asphalt racing career, in the J&J Truck Equipment RUSH Street Stock division.
Point standings leader Dale Kimberly won his fifth race in the Farmers Union Co-Op Charger division, while Evan Nibert became a two-time winner in the Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious four-cylinders race.