Eckert back on top at Bedford oval
BEDFORD — For the first time in more than 25 years, Rick Eckert scored the win in late model action Friday night at Bedford, a track he once dominated.
Eckert’s win came in the annual Labor Day 55 at the track and was worth a whopping $7,055.
In other action, Jonathan Taylor completely dominated the Emod 20-lapper while the Pure Stock event fell to the curfew.
On Sunday Bedford completed its second show of the Labor Day weekend and four of the seven victors scored their first ever wins at the track. First timers Larry McVey and Garrett Bard scored the wins in 305 action while Tyler Ritchey and Bruce Broadwater scored first time wins in limited and pure stock races. Comparative old hands Donnie Farlling (late model sportsman),Travis Calhoun (semi late) and Ryan Peer (four-cylinders) took the remaining wins.
Gibala wins again
JENNERSTOWN — Teddy Gibala continued his storybook season, winning the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model event on “Stoney’s Beer Night at the Races” at Jennerstown Speedway Complex on Saturday night.
Also celebrating in Stoney’s Victory Lane were Anthony Aiello (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Casey Fleegle (Tunstall Auto & Truck Repair Street Stocks), Dale Kimberly (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers) and Andrew Pluta (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders). In the final round of the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series for 2019, Josh Dunmyer started in the 22nd position, and won the One Stop Auto Sales and Service 75-lap race.
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY: Danny Dietrich led flag to flag to pick up the Keith Kauffman Tribute race for sprint cars at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night. Dietrich’s fifth win of the season at the track, as the point leader, was worth $4,777.
In the URC Sprint feature, Royersford driver Steve Buckwalter drove to his first 360 sprint car win ever at the oval.
PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY: The highlight of the night was the ULMS Renninger Memorial race for the super late model series. With the Tilton Hilton Hard Charger award in honor of Glenn Winnick sitting at $3,333 heading into the A-Main, track promoter offered all eight drivers at the re-draw the opportunity to go to the rear and if they were able to claim the award, they would receive $4,000 plus their finishing position pay.
Only Rick Eckert and Greg Satterlee, both veterans of many years, took the bait and both drivers gave up their starting spots for a chance at the money.
Bryan Bernheisel and Max Blair led the field to the green flag with Blair jumping out to the early lead.
Ultimately, Blair would lead every lap and take home $5,442 upon taking the checkered flag.
In Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Car action, Anthony Macri picked up his first career Port Royal Speedway victory and he earned $3,600 for his efforts and continued to build confidence heading into the $52,000 to win Tuscarora 50 weekend coming up next week.
Andrew Yoder won in Selinsgrove Ford Limited Late Model action, and Brad Mitch picked up the win in Juniata Junction Xtreme Stock action in an event that was shorted to eight laps after a vicous crash involving multiple cars littered the front stretch with debris late in the night.
HIDDEN VALLEY SPEEDWAY: Hidden Valley Speedway presented three specials Saturday night, as the inaugural return season winds down, with 879 Auto Inc. presenting the trophies as Rich Howell and Adam Campbell won the four-cylinder special.
Repeat winners included Billy Eash in the super late models and Tom Decker Jr. in the semi lates.
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY: There was a three-way battle for the 410 Sprint 2019 track championship going into the final point race Saturday night.
Brian Montieth had an 80-point advantage over Chad Trout who was in third place and 30 points over Alan Krimes who was sitting in second place.
Montieth could solidify his eighth track championship with a win. But with two heavy hitters also in play there were scenarios in which all three could pull off the championship.
After running wheel to wheel down the back stretch Freddie Rahmer got the lead at the flag stand with three laps to go by a nose. Krimes and Rahmer continued to battle for the lead with Rahmer taking the checkered flag .190 seconds ahead of Krimes. Montieth solidified his eighth track championship with a third-place finish.
In the 358 sprint series Doug Hammaker took the checkered flag for his fourth win at the track in 2019 and 13th overall. Hammaker was coming off a Summer Series win at Port Royal last week.
In the XTreme Stock race, Travis Horan held onto the lead for his second win at the track in 2019. After early race mishaps Michael Smith drove through the field to take second out of turn 2 on the last lap. After leading a majority of the race Bill Powell finished third. Tim Berkheimer crossed the line fourth and Donnie Broderick rounded out the top five.
After a week off, Lincoln Speedway is back in action on Saturday with 358 sprints, super late models and extreme stocks. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. with pit gates opening at 5 and grandstand gates opening at 5:30.