Covert dominates in rare late model visit to Bedford oval
BEDFORD — Jason Covert made one of his infrequent Bedford visits pay off big as he pocketed the $3,000 late model win Friday night.
It was Covert’s first Bedford win in several seasons, and he did it in dominating style. In other action, Greg Hainsey survived a last lap rush to take the semi late win, and Beau Aikey survived a chaotic E-Mod even to score that win. Brett Perigo won the special vintage event and Kyle Beckett was the crate Mod winner.
PORT ROYAL — Lucas Wolfe outlasted the rain and a field of hungry drivers in search of victory on an emotional night that saw the Port Royal Speedway close out a grueling nine-race stretch for PA Speedweek and honor the legacy of Greg Hodnett to pick up the $7,027 Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Car win and the Greg Hodnett Classic.
The win was Wolfe’s second of the season at ‘The Speed Palace’ and helped the Mechanicsburg native claim his fourth career PA Speedweek title, which was worth an additional $5,000. Wolfe also set fast-time earlier in the night and picked up the Packers Concessions fast time award worth $100.
The feature event kicked off with a bit of nostalgia, as five race cars representing Hodnett’s career in Pennsylvania paced the field while the rest of the field performed a missing man formation in honor of the late-great driver and 2018 PA Speedweek champion. Freddie Rahmer (Al Hamilton No. 77) and Anthony Macri (Jim and Sandy Kline No. 22) drove throwback paint scheme’s honoring Hodnett along with Cory Haas piloting the Trone Outdoor 39 in normal fashion. Injured driver Ryan Smith piloted a Hodnett No. 27 for the opening ceremonies while Daryl Stimeling piloted a replica of the Apple No. 12.
On a night where his dad was announced as an honoree for this season Living Legends Race at Port Royal Speedway, Nick Dickson picked up his first River Valley Builders Super Late Model victory of the season during the Grit House Route 35 Challenge Series Late Models feature.
In other action, Lance Dewease charged from the eighth starting position to pass Logan Wagner with two laps to go to pick up the $7,000 Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Car victory in front of a packed house of fans for his second win of the week.
Kyle Reinhardt backed up a top-five feature finish in the Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Car feature with a win in the United Racing Club 360 Sprint Car portion of the event at Port Royal Speedway. The win was worth $2,000 and was the young driver’s first at the ‘Speed Palace.’
CLEARFIELD — The Luzier Family at Hidden Valley Speedway challenged Mother Nature Saturday night, and in a weird kind of way, beat the weather for the Chester D. Bailey Memorial Trophy Night. A thunder storm passed over the track as the gates were opening, but radar showed it was clear behind the storm, so track officials chose to roll the dice and came away with the win.
Feature winners included Sean McAndrew of Avonmore in the 270 micro sprint special, Billy Eash of Johnstown in the super late models, Jeremy Ohl of Jersey Shore in the semi lates, Rich Howell of Clearfield in the street stocks, Brad Benton of Duncansville in the pure stocks and Keegan Bell of New Bethlehem in the four cylinders.
Sean McAndrew and Steve Dunmire led the micro sprint feature to Allen Luzier’s green flag, with McAndrew taking the lead and holding on for the $500 victory. Dunmire held on for second with Jeff Weaver, Todd Russer and Ryan McAndrew rounding out the top five. Dunmire and Brian Borawick won the heats while Borawick also copped the Dash for Cash.
SELINSGROVE — Selinsgrove Speedway celebrated the Fourth of July Thursday with a four division racing card sponsored by Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center.
Kyle Reinhardt of Neptune City, N.J., wired the field in the 30-lap Firecracker 360 sprint car race and collected the $3,000 prize at the wheel of the Central Builders No. 1 entry.
The $3,000 victory was Reinhardt’s third of the season at Selinsgrove and second straight night in a row as he took the win Wednesday night in the United Racing Club feature at Port Royal.
Gene Knaub of York also took home $3,000 with his win in the Grit House Route 35 Super Late Model Challenge Series race.
Shaun Lawton of Bloomsburg scored his fourth straight win in the 15-lap pro stock race, while Jake Jones of Cogan Station won his third race of the year in the 12-lap roadrunner feature.
ABBOTTSTOWN — Darren Mollenoyux started on the pole with Cory Eliason on the outside of row 1. Lincoln regulars, Brian Montieth and Chase Dietz shared the second row. Montieth closed in on the leaders and made the pass for second at the line on lap 10. Montieth and Mollenoyux were wheel to wheel at the line on lap 12. Montieth got under Mollenoyux in turns 1 and 2 for the lead.
Montieth led the field to another restart with two laps to go. Kyle Larson got by Cory Eliason for second in turns 3 and 4. Montieth bounced back from his unfortunate finish on Saturday night to win Monday night’s race over Larson by 1.2 seconds. Eliason held onto third. Dietz crossed the line fourth and Aaron Reutzel finished fifth.