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Rine garners first Bedford win of year

Area Auto Racing

BEDFORD — Jeff Rine started 2019 the way he ended 2018 at Bedford as he cruised to the big win in the first late model event of the season. It was his 27th career win at the track — tying him with Gary Stuhler for third on the all-time wins list.

Joining Rine in victory circle was David Stremme, who came from North Carolina and devastated the talent loaded Renegades modified field

In other action, Bob Jay led the distance for the semi-late victory and Ryan Peer rallied late to claim the four-cylinder finale.

Lincoln

ABBOTTSTOWN — Lance Dewease outdueled the stars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series for his 16th career Series victory – moving past Jason Sides to sit 31st on the all-time wins list.

Dewease’s win marked the first-round win for the PA Posse in the Series’ Pennsylvania swing this month.

Elsewhere:

WILLIAMS GROVE: David Gravel powered under Daryn Pittman in the first and second turns to score the World of Outlaws sprint car win at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night.

The win was worth $8,000 for Gravel aboard the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 machine. It was the fifth victory of the Connecticut driver’s career at the oval.

Gravel and his new Jason Johnson Racing team have found the level of consistency they were hoping to find at the start of the year. He’s finished in the top-five in the last four races — three of those finishes being on the podium. And with three wins now, Gravel is the winningest driver, so far, this season.

The battle for the Morgan Cup on Saturday night turned into the title match of the century between the World of Outlaws and PA Posse.

On the front row of the 30-lap World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature, representing the World of Outlaws was 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and next to him, on the pole, representing the PA Posse was Dewease – whose won more races than anyone at Williams Grove.

Dewease added another win to that list by defeating Schatz to claim the Morgan Cup and his 17th career World of Outlaws victory. It was his second win in four days, after winning Wednesday’s night race at Lincoln.

HUMMINGBIRD SPEEDWAY: Drivers and fans from all over the area, even New York, flocked back to Hummingbird Speedway on Saturday night for the third night of racing.

The night saw three drivers go to victory lane for the second time this season as Michael Lake of Uniontown won the BWP Bats super late models, Bruce Hartzfeld of Rockton in the Cypress Clock & Gift Shop street stocks, and Nick Erskine of Bells Landing in the Swanson Heavy Truck Repair & Service semi-late models.

Two drivers went to victory for the first time this year as Jeff Huber captured the Lockwood Processing four-cylinders and Tim Steis of St. Mary’s in the Sunny 106.5 FM pure stocks.

BAPS: Mike Enders has always shown speed at the old Susquehanna Speedway, regardless of the division he was running.

When Enders was in a 358 Sprint Car, he won in 1997. Throughout the years, he was also good in the super sportsman class, ripping off numerous second-place finishes.

However, wins have eluded Enders in the competitive division — that is until Saturday night at Susquehanna, which is now BAPS Motor Speedway.

Enders surged past a pair of fellow competitors early in the 25-lap affair. From there, he held off a late challenge and scored the victory in the BAPS Paint Super sportsman division.

John Walp started on the pole and wired the field to capture the 20-lap PASS/IMCA main event.

Jason Townsend took the lead on the second circuit and led the rest of the way to earn the win in the Morgan Paving/Aqua Fun Pools, MJR Equipment.com street stock 30, while Alex Upegraff topped the field in the Superior Homes extreme stock main event after taking the lead from Matt Adams on Lap 13 and never looking back.

SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY: Mason Ziegler of Chalk Hill looked like he was going to make his four-hour tow payoff in a big way Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway but it was Rick Eckert of York who made a late-race pass on the 49th of 52 laps to take the win and $11,000 that was posted for the Ron Keister Memorial for super late models.

Keister, a rookie driver who was killed in April of 1976, was honored by the speedway and his family.

The victory was Eckert’s seventh career at the famed Snyder County half-mile oval.

Michael Walter of Selinsgrove scored his first career 360 sprint car win in the 25-lap feature that was worth $2,000.

Kyle Bachman of Selinsgrove capped off the night with his second win of the season in the 15-lap pro stock.

DOG HOLLOW SPEEDWAY: The Renegades of Dirt Modified Series made their first-ever appearance at Dog Hollow Speedway on Saturday.

Cody Hardesty made his first DHS appearance a memorable one taking the Townsend Gas & Oil super late model feature, while Bryan Benton of Duncansville won his first Rush Crate late model feature.

Jon Lee won the Iron Horse Salvage 358 semi-late, while The DM Craig Fabrication & Welding four-cylinders went to Chuck Dizzle with Kayla Bookwalter taking the Rookie 4’s.

JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY: The 2019 racing season kicked off at Jennerstown Speedway Complex on Saturday with the annual Armed Forces Appreciation Night, and thrilling action in all five divisions of competition.

Celebrating in Stoney’s Beer victory lane were: Teddy Gibala (Martella’s Pharmacies late models), Pete Rech (Stoystown Auto Wreckers modifieds), Casey Fleegle (Tunstall Auto & Truck Repair street stocks), Kelly Shaulis (Farmers Union co-op chargers), and Evan Nibert (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n’ Furious four-cylinders).

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