Area racing roundup
By Dottie Bird
For the Mirror
In a race that was 50 years in the making, Justin Grant of Ione, Calif., wheeled the NOS Energy Drink No. 4 wingless sprint car to a thrilling victory in Thursday night’s first AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series race at the track since 1971.
Grant earned $6,000 for the win in the 30-lap main event that was race three of five in the 2021 Eastern Storm Tour. Grant also won Tuesday night’s series race at Grandview Speedway.
The only other USAC National Sprint Car Series race held at Selinsgrove was on July 17, 1971, in which central Pennsylvania star Mitch Smith of Linglestown scored the upset victory over the national series drivers.
Chris Windom of Canton, Ill., set a new one-lap track record for wingless 410 sprint cars with a lap time of 19.506, eclipsing Smith’s 50-year mark of 23.420.
Briggs Danner of Allentown held off Alex Bright of Collegeville for his first career win at the track in the 20-lap USAC East Coast wingless 360 sprint car feature. It was Danner’s fourth win overall in the series this season. Bright was the winner of the May 22 race at Selinsgrove.
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY
Lance Dewease scored sprint car win number 101 at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, taking the lead from Robbie Kendall on the third lap to handily drive to the victory.
The $5,500 win for the driver of the No. 69K was his second of the year at the track and by taking the checkers Dewease became the first repeat winner of the season at Williams Grove after eight events.
In the 100-lap USAC Silver Crown main event, Shane Cockrum of Benton, Illinois, scored the $8,000 win after taking control on the 73rd lap.
Robbie Kendall was back in action on Saturday night after taking some time away from racing. The time away paid off as Kendall parked his #55K in victory lane to take home $4,000. The win was Kendall’s third at the track and first since May 2019. With Speedweek right around the corner Kendall’s win came at a great point in the season.
Russ Mitten started on the pole of the 25-lap Super Sportsman Tour Series feature with Chase Gutshall lined up to his outside. Gutshall led the field into turn 1 with Mitten and Dellinger battling for second behind him. Dellinger looked under Mitten in turn 2 but could not make the pass. Dellinger got by Mitten for second on lap 3. Mitten was closing in on Dellinger with five laps to go. Lapped traffic loomed ahead of the leaders and Mitten was searching the track for a way around Dellinger. Fannasy got turned around in turn 2 with one lap to go bringing out the caution. Mitten was not able to avoid Fannasy and his night ended early while he was running second. The field lined up behind Dellinger for a green, white, checkered finish. Kenny Edkin got under Gutshall coming out of turn 2 for second.
Dellinger beat Gutshall to the line by 1.301 for his sixth career win at Lincoln. Luke Deatrick crossed the line third and Frankie Herr finished fourth. John Edkin completed the top five with Kenny Edkin slowing on the final lap, finishing sixth.
CLINTON COUNTY SPEEDWAY
Jeffrey Weaver and Robert Tressler, both from Lock Haven were victorious at the Clinton County Speedway on Friday night in the 270 and Pro Stock divisions, respectively.
Mother Nature then claimed the remaining three feature events of the night for the 600 Micro Sprints, RaceSaver Sprints, and the four-cylinder divisions. Due to the time of the shower, it was deemed that the track could not be run before the speedway’s curfew so the remainder of the event was cancelled. 600 Micro Sprint Qualifiers were won by Timmy Bittner and Jeffrey Weaver. Sprint Car Heats were won by Daven Brenam, Scott Lutz and Garrett Bard. 4 Cylinder Heats were won by Sam Creveling, Blake Snyder, and John Bower.