SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY WILL USHER IN NEW ERA WITH ACTION-PACKED 2018 SCHEDULE
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Selinsgrove Speedway officials released an action-packed 25-race schedule today that is highlighted by a number of high-profile motorsports events during the 2018 racing season.
All the excitement and anticipation surrounding the upcoming season is being amplified by the speedway’s biggest change in its 72-year history with the pit area being moved outside the half-mile oval to provide fans with a wide-open view of the wheel-to-wheel racing action on the track!
For most Saturday night shows, the Mach 1 Chassis 360 sprint cars, Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center super late models, A&A Auto Stores pro stocks and Collier Paving/A&A Auto Stores roadrunners will make up the weekly fanfare.
Throughout the season, the speedway’s regular divisions, visiting divisions, and sanctioning groups will be showcased in special events as part of the track’s 56th consecutive season of auto racing.
The green flag will wave on the season opener at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7, for the 360 sprint cars, super late models, and pro stocks. Grandstand gates on Opening Day will open at 4 p.m. with pit gates at 3 p.m. Race time will be 6 p.m.
Officials scheduled a pre-season practice day for any division of race car that will be competing at the track in 2018 Saturday, March 31, from 1-4 p.m.
One of the many highlights this season will be the much-anticipated May 5 visit by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series in a two-race Battle of the Groves weekend with Williams Grove Speedway (May 4).
The United Racing Club (URC) and Patriot Sprint Tour (PST) will either sanction or co-sanction several 360 sprint car events again this year. These races include the May 26 Jack Gunn Memorial (URC), June 2 Kramer Kup (URC), June 16 Joe Whitcomb Memorial (PST), Aug. 4 Mach 1 Chassis National Open (URC), and Sept. 2 Summer Spectacular (URC/PST).
Fans should also mark their calendars for a rare mid-week show featuring Firecracker 30 main events for both the 360 sprint cars and super late models Tuesday, July 3. Pro stocks and a professional fireworks display will also be a part of the holiday celebration.
Selinsgrove and Port Royal Speedways will host the Moon Shine Camo Route 35 Dirt Late Model Series for the third consecutive season. Each track will run three races as part of this year’s enhanced series, with Selinsgrove’s dates slated for May 19, July 21, and Aug. 11.
The Northeast Ultimate Super Late Model Series will make its first-ever appearance at the track June 9 for the Showdown on Sand Hill. On the same night, the Mason Dixon limited late models will also make their first stop at the track.
The Craftsman World of Outlaws Late Model Series will be back with a new date for the $10,000-to-win 20th Anniversary Jeff’s Auto Body & Recycling Center Late Model National Open Sept. 22.
The popular and competitive pro stocks will have the most events at the track this year with 23 dates including the A&A Auto Stores Pro Stock 20 April 28. The Collier Paving Roadrunner 20 will be run June 23.
The 410 sprint cars will take the spotlight several times this season in the Ray Tilley Classic April 22, PA Speedweek Finale July 8, and in the $10,000-to-win Jim Nace Memorial/36th Annual National Open Sept. 15 sanctioned by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.
Limited late models will take to the sweeping half-mile track on at least six race dates this season. The PASS/IMCA 305 sprint cars, Mid-Atlantic modifieds, Penn Mar Vintage Race Car Club, and Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will also have track time in 2018.
The season will conclude with the mega motorsports event The World Series of Dirt Racing featuring no less than 10 different divisions of racing under the promotional reigns of Richie Tobias and Doug Rose Oct. 11-14.
Selinsgrove Raceway Park, the one-fifth mile track located inside of Selinsgrove’s half-mile oval, will feature weekly Friday night go kart competition for the 18th consecutive season. The go kart opener is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25.
Various classes of karts will be featured in special Pro Series races during the season and the Burris Money Series (BMS) events have been scheduled for April 8, May 20, and July 15. The annual Middleswarth Potato Chips Firecracker Special for go karts will be held June 29.
The annual Motorsports Show at the Susquehanna Valley Mall is slated for Sunday, Feb. 25 through Friday, March 2. Teams can register their race cars for the show now by emailing email@example.com or calling 570.523.8420.
For the latest news and the full 2018 schedule of events, visit selinsgrovespeedway.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The speedway office can also be reached at 570.374.2266.
SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY SETS APRIL 7 2018 SEASON OPENER;PIT AREA RELOCATION PROJECT CONTINUES THROUGH WINTER MONTHS
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – A new era in the 72-year history of Selinsgrove Speedway will begin Saturday, April 7, when the season opener featuring 360 sprint cars, super late models, and pro stocks will be showcased with an unobstructed, wide-open view of the racing action following the off-season relocation of the pit area to the outside of the famed half-mile oval.
The pit relocation project is the one of the biggest and most eagerly-awaited changes to the speedway ever. Several crews continue to work through the winter months installing guardrail, fencing, bleachers, lighting, public address system and infrastructure additions along with renovating buildings, parking lots, and access roads.
“The request we heard most from fans in recent years was to move the haulers outside of the race track to improve visibility,” said speedway general manager Steve Inch. “This is a historic change that will greatly improve the fan experience at Selinsgrove Speedway. We would like to thank all of the contractors and volunteers who have been working through the winter months to complete this exciting project for 2018.”
Grandstand gates on Opening Day will open at 4 p.m. with pit gates at 3 p.m. Race time will be 6 p.m.
Officials scheduled a pre-season practice day for any division of race car that will be competing at the track in 2018 Saturday, March 31, from 1-4 p.m.
The annual Motorsports Show at the Susquehanna Valley Mall is slated for Sunday, Feb. 25 through Friday, March 2. Teams can register their race cars for the show starting after Jan. 1 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 570.523.8420.
Season reserved seat and VIP booth renewal letters will be mailed out shortly after Jan. 1.
Selinsgrove Raceway Park will open its 18th season of go kart racing at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25.
The full 2018 schedules for Selinsgrove Speedway and Raceway Park will be released by mid-January.
World Series of Dirt Racing Slated For October 11-14
One of the East Coast's Biggest Events - Ever - Coming to Selinsgrove Speedway
Myerstown, PA - The month of October is typically stocked with big, end of the season races. In 2018, there will be a new addition to the list of big money events...and this one will knock your socks off!
Action Track USA's Rich Tobias and Doug Rose are teaming up with Selinsgrove Speedway's Mike Heffner to present the first World Series of Dirt Track Racing from October 11 - 14, and it will be contested on the big, fast Selinsgrove half-mile as well as the smaller Selinsgrove Raceway Park.
This monster event will be a dirt racing fan's dream, as practically every division that competes on clay will be part of the World Series of Dirt Track Racing. Three different classes of Sprint Cars - 410's, 360's, and the 305's - will be on the docket along with the USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs, the 602 Modifieds, the Super Late Models, and Street Stocks. And, in an unprecedented venture, Tobias, Rose, and Heffner are also adding the AMA Flat Track Motorcycles to the mega-card of motorsports merriment.
While the big cars and bikes will do battle on the ultra fast half mile oval, the immensely popular small car divisions have not been forgotten by the organizers of the WSoDR. Friday and Saturday night, October 12 & 13, will see the Action Track USA Hyper Racing 600 Sprints, All Star Slingshots, and Junior Slingshots competing on the racey bullring known as Selinsgrove Raceway Park on the inside of the big track.
Tobias and Rose envision more than 300 cars in the pits and on the speedway's during the course of the weekend. The total purse will be well over $100,000, with big dollars on the line for each division. "With the money that will be up for grabs and all the different classes in action during the weekend, fans can expect to see many of the top names in local and national motorsports," said Rose. "And we're certain that several drivers will take advantage of this unique opportunity to enter multiple classes."
Enhancements to the facility are already underway, with many of the projects geared toward next October's World Series of Dirt Racing. For example, the infield will not only be ready to accept fans for the first time, but camping will also be permitted in the spacious infield during the weekend extravaganza.
The tentative schedule for the WSoDR will have various activities occurring day and night for fans' enjoyment. Thursday, October 11 is move-in day for campers and competitors. On Friday the 12th, the Super Late Models, 360 Sprints, and SpeedSTRs will qualify, as will the AMA Motorcycles. Those divisions will race on Saturday afternoon, as all of the weekend's activity on the half-mile oval will take place from noon to 5 p.m. One of Saturday's highlights will be the World Series 100 for the SpeedSTRs, featuring live pit stops and a $9,000 paycheck going to the winner.
Following Saturday afternoon's competition, the 602 Modifieds, Street Stocks, and 305 Sprint Cars will qualify. They will race, along with the 410 Sprint Cars, on Sunday afternoon.
As mentioned, the wingless 600 Sprints, All Star Slingshots, and Junior Slingshots will spray the clay on Friday and Saturday evening on the competitive Selinsgrove Raceway Park bullring. These events will permit fans and other racers to sit back and enjoy some intense wheel-to-wheel action presented by the stars of tomorrow and the very best throttle-jockeys in their respective divisions.
Additional information regarding this colossal event will be released in the coming weeks and months as details are finalized. Stay tuned to the Selinsgrove Speedway website and the World Series of Dirt Facebook page.
NORTHEAST ULTIMATE SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES TO SANCTION SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY “SHOWDOWN ON SAND HILL” JUNE 9; LIMITED LATE MODEL MASON DIXON SHOOTOUT SERIES WILL JOIN STOCK CAR RACING SHOWCASE!
SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Northeast Ultimate Super Late Model Series will sanction the “Showdown on Sand Hill” at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday, June 9. Joining the super late models will be the Mason Dixon Shootout Series for limited late models plus pro stocks and roadrunners for the stock car racing showcase.
The super late models will compete in a 30-lap A-Main paying $3,000 to win and $400 to start out of the $15,000-plus purse. Time trials, heat races, and a B-Main will be the tentative qualifying format. The limited late models will race in a 20-lap feature paying $1,000 to win.
The pro stocks and roadrunners will be featured in 15- and 12-lap main events, respectively.
A past late model event at the track, the “Showdown on Sand Hill” is being brought back for 2018 in place of the disbanded Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek Series race. Previous “Showdown on Sand Hill” winners include Tim McCreadie (2014) and Gregg Satterlee (2013). The race’s name came about from the speedway’s physical address of 47 Sand Hill Road.
The June 9 race date will mark the first-ever sanctioned events at Selinsgrove by both the Northeast Ultimate Super Late Model Series and the Mason Dixon Shootout Series.
Port Royal 2018 Schedule Dotted With Huge Events
Speedweek Featured On July 4 & 7, 358 Sprints Return To Oval, NUSLMS On Weikert Weekend
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PORT ROYAL, Pa. – The 2018 Port Royal Speedway schedule of events is taking shape with numerous high-profile events dotting the slate of events.
Opening day is slated for Saturday, March 10 at 5 pm featuring the 410 sprints and the super late models.
The All Stars Circuit of Champions Keith Kauffman Classic will pump up the month of April on Saturday the 14th followed by the second appearance in as many years by the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model stars on Sunday, April 22.
And then summer kicks off in a massive way when for the first time in history, a super late model back-to-back, doubleheader is coming to Port Royal Speedway in 2018 as part of the prestigious Bob Weikert Memorial holiday weekend program on May 26 and 27.
Sanctioned by the Northeast Ultimate Super Late Model Series, the mighty stock cars will race in $3,000 to win and $5,000 to win events respectively, both paying $400 just to start.
The Saturday May 26 NUSLMS show will be part of the Weikert Memorial weekend Fallen Heroes Championships at Port Royal when the Weikert Memorial 410 sprints compete for $5,000 to win
Sunday's NUSLMS event will be spun off as a companion to the big $10,000 to win 410 sprint Weikert Memorial main.
Early June will find the track hosting a $3,000 to win super late model main on the 2nd as part of the 2018 KRS Graphics Tri-Track Late Model Challenge Series.
As part of the annual Eastern Storm tour, the USAC Sprints will join the 410 sprints on Saturday, June 16.
For the first time in many seasons, 358 sprint racing will return to Port Royal on Saturday, June 30 when the K1 RaceGear Summer Series for 358s visits the oval.
A pair of Pennsylvania Speedweek events for 410 sprints will take place at the oval in 2018 with the first on Independence Day Wednesday, July 4 and another on Saturday, July 7.
The Living Legends Dream Race, again featuring the 410 sprints and super late models is planned for July 28.
The World of Outlaws Late Models will race for $10,000 to win at the track on Saturday, August 18, in action along with the Port Royal 410 sprint cars.
And then the annual Juniata County Fair will host the 410 sprints and super late model Butch Renninger Memorial paying $4,000 to win on Saturday, September 1.
Racing returns to the track with the annual sprint Labor Day Classic on September 3 followed by the granddaddy of them all at Port Royal, the two-day Tuscarora 50 for the All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprints on Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8 with the Saturday finale paying $51,000 to win and being aired on MAVTV.
October finds a special Friday night program being billed as the Speed Showcase taking place on the 12th featuring the 410 sprints and the Short Track Super Series big block and small block modifieds.
The month of October also features the very popular Open Wheel Madness program on October 20 offering action for the 410, URC and 305 sprints before the entire season closes on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27 with the two-day Nittany Showdown for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.
FORMER LATE MODEL CHAMPION STEVE CAMPBELL NAMED SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAY LEAD TECHNICAL INSPECTOR FOR 2018 SEASON
By Steve Inch
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Former late model champion Steve Campbell of Danville has been named Selinsgrove Speedway’s lead technical inspector, effective immediately, for the upcoming 2018 season.
“While we’re going to miss seeing Steve in weekly super late model competition we’re excited to have him and his wife Denise continue to be a part of the Selinsgrove Speedway family in this new capacity,” said track general manager Steve Inch. “Steve is one of the most knowledgeable people in the racing industry and he will do a great job as the track’s head tech inspector.”
For the past two seasons, Campbell has been the tech inspector at Clinton County Motor Speedway in Lock Haven.
The 2018 rules for the speedway’s weekly divisions—360 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners—have been posted to selinsgrovespeedway.com. To reach Campbell with questions, please email email@example.com.
Campbell announced his semi-retirement from competition driving at the end of the 2017 season. He plans to compete periodically in limited late models next year.
One of the most accomplished stock car drivers in central Pennsylvania, Campbell’s racing career at Selinsgrove includes two super late model track championships in 1995 and 1999 plus a 1983 championship in limited late model racing. He’s ranked fourth on the speedway’s all-time super late model win list with 49 career victories and remains on top of the limited late model chart with 36 wins.
Selinsgrove Speedway is tentatively scheduled to open the 2018 season in early April.
Gary Kauffman Racing unveils 2018 ride; Port Royal highlighted more than usual
GETTYSBURG, PA (December 9, 2017) - Celebrating an owner/driver relationship that will reach nine years in 2018, Danny Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing will tackle an intense schedule during the upcoming year, splitting their focus nearly 50/50 between competition in Central Pennsylvania and on the road. Unofficially, Dietrich's plan is to join the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions for a combined 40 events during the new year, with the rest of his schedule molded around competition in the Keystone State. Tentatively, Dietrich will join the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 26 times in 2018.
Unlike prior seasons, Dietrich's Central Pennsylvania schedule will mold around action at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday evenings rather than Lincoln Speedway. In addition, Dietrich plans to miss action at Williams Grove Speedway on several occasions in 2018, making time to travel elsewhere if the opportunity fits.
"I'm pretty excited for 2018. We have a lot of work to do during the next few months, but we'll be ready to go," Danny Dietrich said. "We decided to change things up a little bit this year and race at Port Royal Speedway more often when we are home. I'm not avoiding Lincoln Speedway, but the majority of our Saturday nights will be at Port Royal when not on the road. A few Friday nights left open are also in the plan. We raced a lot in 2017. A few relaxing Friday nights at home won't do us any harm."
Despite the new look, Dietrich and Gary Kauffman Racing are pleased to announce that all major partners affiliated with the GKR program will return in 2018 including Weikert's Livestock, Pace Performance, Sandoe's Fruit Market, Gsell's Whitetails, Hickory Run Orchards, and Self Made Motorsports.
"I'm fortunate enough to be surrounded by a great group of people who believe in me and my race team," Danny Dietrich continued. "Gary Kauffman has been behind me from the beginning, as well as a long list of others who continue to push me and allow me to race at the level that I am at. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make a race team competitive and I appreciate everyone's efforts."
WILLIAMS GROVE & SELINSGROVE SPEEDWAYS INK LUCAS OIL AMERICAN SPRINT CAR SERIES “BATTLE OF THE GROVES” MAY 4 & 5!
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by MAVTV Motorsports Network will make first-ever appearances in 2018 at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway Friday, May 4, and Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday, May 5, in the “Battle of the Groves” sponsored by Eleven Oaks Farm.
ASCS officials made the hugely-anticipated announcement today at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) tradeshow in Indianapolis.
“Every year, we get more requests from fans to go to tracks in two states. Pennsylvania and California. Getting to finally get races at Williams Grove and Selinsgrove, we are really excited and hope it’s something we can build on to bring more to the fans in the future,” commented ASCS National Director, Matt Ward.
Williams Grove Speedway, located in Mechanicsburg, Pa. will host its maiden ASCS National Tour event in conjunction with the United Racing Club (URC) plus a complete program of 410 Sprint Car racing on Friday, May 4.
The ASCS National Tour will then head 60 miles north to Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pa., for another full-points show with the URC on Saturday, May 5.
“This will be a great opportunity for our fans to see one of the nation’s top touring Sprint Car groups at Williams Grove and Selinsgrove,” said Williams Grove general manager Justin Loh. “This will be one of the must-see weekends of racing with URC’s participation and several of our weekly 410 sprint drivers expected to compete in both divisions.”
“We’re excited to bring the ASCS to two historic tracks for one blockbuster weekend of Sprint Car racing,” said Selinsgrove Speedway general manager Steve Inch. “Selinsgrove is the only track in Pennsylvania that features weekly 360 Sprint Car racing and hosting the ASCS National Tour will be one of the highlights of the 2018 season.”
Sam Hafertepe Jr., of Sunnyvale, Texas, is the two-time defending Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour champion. He scored 15 A-main feature wins this year and collected $60,000 for his second career title. Hafertepe is expected to return to the series next year and chase the three-peat.
The last time the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network stopped in Pennsylvania was on May 24, 2007, with Jason Johnson topping competition at Susquehanna Speedway.
Port Royal Hands Out Honors At Annual Awards Banquet November 18
Over One Million Dollars In Total Purse Money Disbursed During 2017 Season
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PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Racers, fans and officials gathered Saturday, November 18 at the Port Royal Community Building to fete the 2017 Port Royal Speedway track champions and top point earners.
Taking top honors as champions were titlists Brock Zearfoss, Weikert's Livestock 410 sprints; Mike Lupfer, River Valley Builders Super Late Models; Tim Fedder, Gray's Auto & Towing Econo Late Models; Bill Powell, Juniata Junction Xtreme Stocks; and Tyler Reeser, Creasy Signs 305 Sprints.
Speedway officials announced during the ceremony that an unprecedented oval amount of more than one million dollars had been paid out by the track to competitors during the 2017 campaign.
On his way to the 2017 track title, Zearfoss of Jonestown competed in every show staged for the 410 sprints at the track during the season for a total of 24 races.
The last time that more races were completed for the winged machines at the track was some 30 years ago, in 1987 when 28 shows were completed.
Zearfoss took home top honors in the division after scoring a five-point margin in the point standings over Dylan Cisney. Along the way Zearfoss took five wins and earned an average finish of seventh.
Finishing second in the class, Cisney had an average finish of eighth.
Drivers also honored in the point standings including TJ Stutts, third; Mike Wagner, fourth; Greg Hodnett, fifth; Kody Lehman, sixth; Blane Heimbach, seventh; Lucas Wolfe, eighth; Curt Stroup, ninth; and Rick Lafferty, 10th.
Drivers Zearfoss, Cisney, Stutts and Wagner scored perfect attendance honors for the year while Wagner earned the Sportsmanship Award.
Lehman was voted Most Improved driver and AJ Flick took home Rookie of the Year laurels with a best finish of seventh on August 26. .
Lupfer of Shermansdale took home honors as super late titlist, adding a third track crown to his career with an average feature finish of eighth. He scored one win on the season.
Andy Haus was second in points with an average feature run of ninth while third place in points Tim Smith Jr. earned an average of 13th.
Coleby Frye was honored as the reigning 2017 Moon Shine Camo Rt. 35 Late Model Challenge Series champion while he finished fourth in oval points for the year.
Also honored was fifth in points Trent Brenneman followed by Rick Singleton, Dave Brouse Jr., Tim Wilson, Nick Dickson and Jason Schmidt.
Lupfer, Haus, Smith Jr. and Scott Flickinger all were recognized for perfect attendance on the year.
Brouse was voted Most Improved while Brenneman was voted Sportsman and Chad Myers earned Rookie of the Year laurels.
Tim Fedder of Newport earned his first ever Port Royal track title in any division by claiming the 355 Econo Late Model crown with an average feature finish of fifth.
Derrick Garman was honored as runner-up in points followed by Shaun Miller, JR Toner, Eric Irvin, Curt Dunn, Ryan Walls, Tim Krape, Harold Ranck Jr., and Garett Gray.
Toner received the Sportsmanship Award.
Bill Powell of Millerstown scored his second career Xtreme Stock title to go along with three previous pro stock crowns and an enduro dash title to give himself an even half-dozen Port Royal crowns.
Powell took three wins on the season, three second-place finishes and one fifth place finish in all seven oval events contested, earning himself an average feature finish of second.
Herm Renninger took three wins on his was to second in the points followed by Kevin Imes, Walt Peters, Pete Leister, Josh Bender, Tyler Amtower, Ryan Zook, Mike Goodwin and Will Brunson.
Imes was voted Sportsman while co-Rookies of the Year went to Chase Kepner and Josh Bender.
Orwigsburg's Tyler Reeser claimed the 2017 305 sprint series title with one win and an average feature finish of fifth.
Jeff Miller was second in points followed by Zach Newlin, Cale Reigle, Drew Ritchey, Dave Grube, Kassidy Kreitz, Kyle Ganoe, Scott Ellerman and Ken Duke Jr.
Newlin was voted Sportsman.
The inaugural bestowment of the Patrick Bryner Heart and Strength Awards, honoring young adults ages 25 and under who have displayed commitment to the speedway either as employees, volunteers or competitors, saw Dustin Burd, JP Towsey, Trent Brenneman and Devin Hart named as honorees.
All five track champions received beautiful championship rings courtesy of Foss Jewelers of Lewistown.
Hoosier supplied four of five champions with personally embroidered jackets while WRT Speedwerx gave each champion and beautiful 10 x 18 photographic blend of their 2017 winning efforts.
All division sponsors were honored with appreciation plaques including Moon Shine Camo.
The 2018 season opener at Port Royal Speedway will be Saturday, March 10, 2018.
MONTIETH CLAIMS SIXTH TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP IN LINCOLN 410 SPRINTS
Adrian Shaffer earns first Lincoln title in 358 sprint division
YORK, PA, 11/18/17 - Lincoln Speedway track champions were recognized and special year-end awards were handed out at the Wyndham Garden York Hotel Saturday night, November 18th. The top ten finishers in the season-long point series for both sprint car divisions were recognized and special awards were distributed in the annual awards banquet, which officially closed the 2017 racing season.
MONTIETH WINS TWICE TO CLAIM SIXTH LAWRENCE CHEVROLET TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Phoenixville’s Brian Montieth rode the strength of two wins and 15 top-ten finishes in 21 races to claim his sixth Lincoln track title. His second win of the season came on July 29th, continuing his climb to legendary status, when he came from 12th starting spot to win the non-stop feature. In true Montieth fashion, it included a thrilling three-car pass from fourth to first in one lap.
When reminded that it was his 55th career Lincoln win, pulling him to within one of the great Bobby Abel for fifth on the all-time win list, Montieth said, “That something that 30 years ago, I would never even have thought of. Thirty-five years ago, I didn’t even know this place existed!”
Thirteen of those 15 top-ten finishes were actually top fives. Montieth is currently the winningest active driver at Lincoln. His sixth title is third to only Fred Rahmer (11) and Steve Smith (9). Montieth’s title also earned Scott Zellers Lincoln’s mechanic of-the-year award.
2014 and 2016 track champ Alan Krimes scored five top-five finishes and 12 top-ten finishes to stay close enough in points to take the season championship down to the final week and secure a runner-up finish.
Montieth and Krimes have traded track titles the past five years, and Krimes has finished second in season points several times.
It was quite a year for Dover’s Chad Trout, who was extremely consistent to finish third in season points. Despite losing popular car owner Jimmy Walker, who passed away during mid-season, Trout scored two top-five and 13 top-ten finishes to edge out Jim Siegel by a mere 20 points and Freddie Rahmer by 25 points at season’s end.
Though Trout and Siegel both went winless on the season, 2017 Williams Grove champ Freddie Rahmer won twice.
Sixth through tenth in season points were Cory Haas, Tim Glatfelter, Gerard McIntyre, Jr. (whose lone win came on April 8th), Glenndon Forsythe (who won on John Gleim Excavating Night July 15th and scored his first career All-Star win on August 19th), and Brandon Rahmer.
Lincoln’s winningest driver in 2017 was Danny Dietrich, who crossed under the checkers seven times, including the first two shows of the year, Weldon Sterner Memorial April 29th, National Fallen Firefighters Night June 10th, and Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Pennsylvania Speedweek show on July 1st.
Despite missing a few shows to do some traveling, Dietrich still finished 11th in season points.
First-time Lincoln winners during the 2017 season included David Gravel (World of Outlaw win on May 17th), Anthony Macri (June 3rd), and Kyle Larson (Pennsylvania Speedweek winner on July 3rd), who competed at Lincoln while leading the Monster Energy NASCAR point series at the time.
Other Lincoln wins in 2017 were recorded by Lucas Wolfe (two wins) and single-race winners Lance Dewease (who claimed the $20,000 top prize in the “Dirt Classic”) and J.J. Grasso (who won the season finale).
Anthony Macri was voted by track officials as the most improved driver for 2017, with Glenndon Forsythe awarded the annual Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award. Cole Young, who moved up to the 410 sprints from the 358s after a year off, received the rookie of-the-year award.
All told, there were 11 different winners in 21 races at Lincoln in 2017.
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (410 Sprints)
Super Sprint Champion – Brian Montieth
Mechanic of the Year – Scott Zellers
Rookie of the Year – Cole Young
Most Improved Driver – Glenndon Forsythe
Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award – Anthony Macri
ADRIAN SHAFFER CLAIMS FIRST-EVER LINCOLN SPEEDWAY KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Despite not winning a race, Hallam’s Adrian Shaffer claimed his first track title in Lincoln’s 358 sprint car division. Shaffer was consistent throughout the year, leading the division with 14 top-ten finishes and eight top-fives in 17 races.
An exciting season-long points chase would likely have gone down to the final week had Doug Hammaker not been injured in a post-race crash on the next-to-last event of the year, dropping him from a close second to sixth in the final points tally.
Single race winner Brent Shearer finished second in season points, with five top-five and nine top-ten finishes.
Third through fifth in season points were separated by only 30 points, with two of the drivers tied for fourth.
Finished third was Todd Rittenhouse, Jr., with Matt Findley and Cody Fletcher tied in fourth. None of the three won a race in 2017.
Doug Hammaker settled for sixth in season points. He was one of four drivers to win twice during the season.
He was followed by Dalton Dietrich, Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award winner Phil Walter (a one time winner), and lady drivers Brie Hershey (a one-time winner) and Ashley Cappetta (voted the 358 sprint most improved driver of the year).
Defending track champ Chandler Leiby missed a few weeks due to vacation and injury, did score one win during the year, and finished 11th in season points.
Drivers who picked up their first Lincoln career wins in 2017 were Jordan Givler and Lincoln rookie of-the-year Steve Wilbur.
Two-time winners included Chris Arnold (back-to-back wins in June), Jeff Halligan, and Todd Gracey. Other ’17 winners were Dwight Leppo, Kevin Nouse, and Chase Dietz (season finale).
All told, there were 13 different winners in 17 events. It took 11 shows for Lincoln to see its first repeat winner in 2017
SPECIAL AWARDS WINNERS (358 Sprints)
358 Sprint Champion – Adrian Shaffer
Rookie of the Year – Steve Wilbur
Most Improved Driver – Ashley Cappetta
Harry Fletcher Sportsmanship Award – Phil Walter
Zearfoss, Hodnett And Bishop Close Port Royal Season With Wins
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PORT ROYAL, Pa. – With over 80 sprint cars in the pit area, Port Royal Speedway capped off the highly successful 2017 season on Saturday night with Brock Zearfoss, Greg Hodnett and Austin Bishop claiming the 410 sprint, URC sprint and 305 sprint mains, respectively.
In the 25-lap 410 sprint main, polesitter Dylan Cisney beat Brock Zearfoss into the first turn only to see Zearfoss take the lead as the pair shot onto the backchute.
The reigning 2017 track champion, Zearfoss of Jonestown set a blistering pace around the oval during the early going, entering the backmarkers on the seventh tour with Cisney and fourth starter Danny Dietrich in tow.
At the halfway point, Zearfoss had a 1.1 second lead over Cisney as the race for second heated up between Cisney and Dietrich.
After repeated attempts, Dietrich was able to secure second spot and complete lap 18 just before the only caution flag of the race unfurled for a stopped Kody Lehman.
Dietrich followed Zearfoss high into the first corner when action resumed and then made his swooping attempt for the lead as the pair shot into the third turn.
However the Gettysburg driver came up short of completing his slide job attempt in the fourth turn and instead settled into second, where he would finish.
The $4,000 victory was the fifth of the season at the Port Royal oval for Zearfoss who took the checkers by a 1.926 second advantage.
Anthony Macri of Dillsburg rode home a fine third followed by Cisney and Jason Shultz.
Sixth through 10th went to 18th starter Greg Hodnett, Lucas Wolfe, Steve Buckwalter, Davey Sammons and Cory Haas.
Heats went to Macri, Zearfoss, Justin Barger and Shultz in what was two rounds of heats for each of two heat groups.
Lucas Wolfe led the first lap of the 25-lap URC sprint main before fourth starter Chad Layton took over and entered lapped traffic on the sixth tour.
Greg Hodnett started seventh in the field and bolted to the front of the race with lightning speed during the early going, up to third with five laps recorded.
As Layton worked through traffic, Hodnett rapidly closed the gap on the two leaders before pulling off a high-flying two-car pass of both Wolfe and Layton for position plus at least one backmarker in the third and fourth turns of the ninth lap.
And once at the front, Hodnett drove off from the field only to be slowed by the caution flag with nine laps to go.
Wolfe got a clean shot on the restart only to see Hodnett drive off before another yellow with six laps to go again bunched the field.
Another restart produced the same result with Hodnett staying out front only this time 10th starter Brock Zearfoss motored by Wolfe into second before trying to run down the pacesetter.
Zearfoss did his best to close the gap but came up short at the finish by .537 seconds.
Wolfe was third followed by Curt Michael and Mark Smith.
Sixth through 10th went to Jason Shultz, Justin Barger, 21st starter Chuck Hebing, Layton and Josh Weller.
Heats went to Wolfe, Hodnett, Chris Coyle and Barger with Hebing scoring the consolation race.
With the win, Hodnett scored $2,000 and also swept both URC events held at Port Royal in 2017.
Austin Bishop of Elverson wired the 20-lap 305 sprint main with a flag to flag performance.
The only caution of the race took place with just one lap to go and it produced a wild final lap and a four-car race for the win back to the line.
Jeff Miller restarted second with Nate Gramley and 12th starter Kyle Smith following and Miller went for the lead when action resumed.
But Bishop moved down to block his advance on the backstretch and Miller climbed his tail tank before jerking sideways toward the inside fence and then somehow saving the car.
This bottled up Gramley and allowed Smith to motor by both he and Miller during the final half lap.
Miller crossed the line in third followed by Gramley and Cale Riegle.
Sixth through 10th went to Dylan Shatzer, Nick Sweigart, Kassidy Kreitz, Scott Lutz and Drew Ritchey.
Heats went to Miller, Shatzer and Smith with the consolation race going to Brad Mellott.
October 21, 2017
410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Brock Zearfoss, 2. Danny Dietrich, 3. Anthony Macri, 4. Dylan Cisney, 5. Jason Shultz, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Lucas Wolfe, 8. Steve Buckwalter, 9. Davey Sammons, 10. Cory Haas, 11. TJ Stutts, 12. Tyler Reeser, 13. Mike Wagner, 14. Brett Michalski, 15. Joey Hershey, 16. Troy Fraker, 17. Kody Lehman, 18. Justin Barger
URC sprints, 25 laps: 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Brock Zearfoss, 3. Lucas Wolfe, 4. Curt Michael, 5. Mark Smith, 6. Jason Shultz, 7. Justin Barger, 8. Chuck Hebing, 9. Chad Layton, 10. Josh Weller, 11. Brett Wanner, 12. Chase Dietz, 13. Jason Cluass, 14. Derek Locke, 15. Robbie Stillwaggon, 16. Bill Unglert, 17. Matt Tanner, 18. Steve Drevicki, 19. Brent Shearer, 20. Chris Coyle, 21. Jim Shuster, 22. Chris Allen Jr., 23. Adam Carberry, 24. Bryn Gohn, 25. Jimmy Stitzel
DNQ: Kevin Nagy, Clay Dow, Will Hull, Troy Betts, Kris Lillick, Brandon McGough, Mark Sasso, Chris Priar, Mallie Shuster, Justin Whittall
305 sprints, 20 laps: 1. Austin Bishop, 2. Kyle Smith, 3. Jeff Miller, 4. Nate Gramley, 5. Cale Riegle, 6. Dylan Shatzer, 7. Nick Sweigart, 8. Kassidy Kreitz, 9. Scott Lutz, 10. Drew Ritchey, 11. Zach Newlin, 12. Kyle Cracker, 13. Dale Schweikart, 14. Brad Mellott, 15. Kurt Knepper, 16. Reed Thompson, 17. Fred Arnold, 18. Colton Hoover, 19. John Fiore, 20. Wallie Eshenaur, 21. Erin Statler, 22. Dave Guss Jr., 23. Josh Guiher, 24. Tylor Cochran
DNQ: Andrew Hake, Brian Sweitzer, Ken Duke Jr., Kirsten Hess
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2. Alan Krimes 4925
3. Jim Siegel 4885
4. Gerard McIntyre Jr.
5. Chad Trout 4735
6. Freddie Rahmer 4620
7. Tim Glatfelter 4580
8. Cory Haas 4580
9. Brandon Rahmer 4500
10. G. Forsythe 4445
1. Adrian Shaffer 4675
2. Matt Findley 4455
3. Doug Hammaker 4390
4. T. Rittenhouse Jr. 4380
5. Brent Shearer 4375
6. Phil Walter 4230
7. Cody Fletcher 4210
8. Ashley Cappetta 4125
9. Dalton Dietrich 4115
10. Brie Hershey 3795
1. Freddie Rahmer 4665
2. Greg Hodnett 4450
3. Lucas Wolfe 4330
4. Danny Dietrich 4050
5. Brian Montieth 3925
6. T.J. Stutts 3560
7. Brock Zearfoss 3420
8. Lance Dewease 3370
9. Cory Haas 3025
10. Alan Krimes 2825
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1. Kevin Nouse 1030
2. Adrian Shaffer 880
3. Troy Wagaman Jr. 860
4. Phil Walter 815
5. Brie Hershey 790
6. Jared Esh 770
7. Chris Frank 740
8. Matt Findley 730
9. Brett Wanner 705
10. Eric Parker 690
1. Scott Dellinger 2195
2. Russ Mitten 2170
3. Kenny Edkin 2120
4. Paul Miller 1985
5. Mike Enders 1915
6. Doug Dodson 1795
7. Jay Fannasy 1675
8. Gregg Foster 1545
9. Tony Jackson 1420
10. Davey Walsh 1245
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2. T.J. Stutts 5020
3. Brock Zearfoss 4990
4. Mike Wagner 4955
5. Greg Hodnett 4085
6. Kody Lehman 3840
7. Rick Lafferty 3575
8. Curt Stroup 3500
8. Logan Wagner 3500
10. B. Heimbach 3410
1. Davie Franek 3600
2. Jason Shultz 3250
3. Nate Snyder 3020
4. Chad Layton 2915
5. Derek Locke 2710
6. Mark Smith 2655
7. Larry Kelleher 2590
8. Cody Keller 2460
9. Mallie Shuster 2395
10. Ryan Kissinger 2335