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Hamburg's Scott Haus injured in Port Royal Speedway crash


Monday, April 8, 2013

After a violent early feature late model crash at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, the tracks all-time win leader Scott Haus of Hamburg is currently hospitalized at Hershey Medical Center.
At noon Sunday, Haus’ son Andy said from his dad’s hospital room that Haus had been taken for another CAT Scan earlier that morning but that his father was doing well although suffering from a severe concussion and dramatic general soreness.
Andy Haus did say that there has been discussion about possible release from the hospital however no time table had been established, pending further testing, review and oversight.
The Haus family wishes to extend their thanks to race teams and fans for tremendous concern expressed during the last 16 hours and they point fans to their website, www.scotthaus.com and the twitter feed embedded, for updates on the elder Haus’ condition.
As of 1:00pm Sunday afternoon, Scott Haus was released from the hospital and is at home recuperating. Scott suffered broken ribs and is sore.
Rick Lafferty scored the ninth 410 sprint car win of his career at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night, taking the lead from Steve Buckwalter just shy of the halfway point for the victory.
Blane Heimbach finished second ahead of Mike Wagner, Doug Esh and Lance Dewease.
Sixth through 10th went to Dylan Cisney, Cliff Brian, Nate Snyder, Keith Kauffman and Mike Ruttkamp.
WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY Danny Dietrich took the lead just shy of the halfway point and held of Lance Dewease to record the 25-lap sprint car win Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway, worth $4,300.
Seventh starter Don Kreitz Jr. rode home third followed by Tony Stewart and Logan Schuchart.
Sixth through 10th went to Fred Rahmer, Ryan Taylor, Pat Cannon, Jason Leffler and Rick Lafferty.
Jason Covert won the Super Late Model feature Gene Knaub took second followed by Jerry Bard, Dan Stone and 14th starter Tyler Hershey.
Sixth through 10th went to Brian Booze, Scott Lebaron, Mike Lupfer, Jim Yoder and Berks-Mont News car Sam Schaeffer.
SELINGSGROVE SPEEDWAY - Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart of Rushville, Ind., flew into Selinsgrove Saturday evening from the Martinsville (Virginia) Speedway, where the elite Sprint Cup series is competing this weekend, to race in Selinsgrove Speedway’s Empire Super Sprint/Mach 1 Chassis 358-360 sprint car challenge race.
In Stewart’s first-ever race at the historic half-mile clay oval, he made the winning pass by Pat Cannon of Etters on the 15th circuit in the 30-lap feature for the $3,000 victory..
“It’s an honor to run here,” Stewart said in Victory Lane. “
In qualifying, Stewart set a new one-lap track record for 360 sprint cars at Selinsgrove in 17.168 seconds (111.053 average miles per hour) and also won his eight-lap heat race.
Stewart qualified 26th on Friday for this Sunday’s STP Gas Boosters 500 NASCAR Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.
LINCOLN SPEEDWAY
For a driver who once won a dozen races in a row in the Pigeon Hills, the past three years has no doubt seemed like an eternity to Fred Rahmer. But Lincoln’s ten-time track champ and all-time winner got the monkey off his back in claiming Saturday night’s “410” sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway. Among those in attendance was famous motorsports journalist Dick Berggren, who was in town for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing’s spring open house, where he was to deliver the keynote address for the dedication of the museum’s library in the name of Chris Economaki.
Alan Krimes ran second followed by Adam Wilt, eighth-starting Jim Siegel, and ninth-starting Brian Montieth completeing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Brent Marks, Logan Schuchart, Billy Dietrich, Jason Leffler, and Robie Kendall.
GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY - Veteran dirt track Modified racer Meme DeSantis charged to victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series 30 lap Modified main event at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night holding off the late race challenge of defending track champion Duane Howard. In the 25-lapper for NASCAR Late Models Mike Kellner took home the top prize and it was defending champion Jared Umbenhauer taking the win in the 25-lap Sportsman feature race.
Don Norris Jr. set the early pace in the Modified feature race but was quickly challenged by DeSantis. A three car battle for the win had fans on the edge of their seat as Howard joined the action. At the 18 lap marker Howard took control but just five laps later DeSantis went to the front after some rubbing with Howard in the second turn. DeSantis held the top spot for the balance of the race with Howard grabbing second followed by Norris, Jeff Strunk and Ryan Grim.
A multi-car accident got the Late Model feature going with Mike Kellner getting top spot when the race really got going. Kellner and Wayne Pfeil put on quite a battle for the top spot. At the 18 lap marker Pfeil challenged Kellner and ended up get sideways and losing a couple of spots. Kellner went on to claim the win followed by Sean Merkel, Pfeil, Jason Miller and Bill Henning.
Jared Umbenhauer set the pace for all but two of the 25 laps in the Sportsman feature and was able to hold off Brad Brightbill to claim the opening night Sportsman feature win. Second went to Brightbill followed by Kevin Beach, Craig Whitmoyer and Kyle Borror.
BIG DIAMOND
In front of a huge crowd on a chilly April evening, Jeff Strunk continued the hot start to his season, besting a talent laden 36 car field to win the first
ever 40 lap Money in the Mountains event a Big Diamond Speedway. Strunk earned $7,500 for his efforts.
Former track regular Neal Williams jumped into the lead from his pole starting position and led the first 20 laps of the event. Invader Stewart Friesen took over the lead from Williams at the halfway mark after starting fourth on the grid.
While all this was going on in front of the pack, Jeff Strunk and 2012 track champion Craig Von Dohren were charging to the front from their 11th and 16th
starting positions respectively. On a 31st lap restart, following the first caution of the race for a stopped Bobby Varin car, Strunk showed his cards to
Friesen. After a failed attempt on lap 33 to pass for the lead on the inside,
Strunk went to the outside groove in the same turn on lap 34 and rocketed into the lead. From there Strunk was not to be denied, as he went on to capture his
47th career checkered at the Forestville, PA oval in the Vinnie Salerno #4* car.
Von Dohren was able to wrestle the bridesmaid spot away from Frieisen on the final lap. Friesen ended up third, followed by Duane Howard in the Glenn Hyneman #126 car and Billy Decker in the Gypsum Express #91. Sixth thru tenth were Billy Pauch, Ryan Godown, Frank Cozze, Pat Ward, and early race leader Neal Williams.
In victory lane, Strunk was sure to thank the fans for coming out in large numbers on such a cold night. He was also sure to thank the track crew for another tabletop smooth, multi-groove track surface which made for some great racing.
Heat races for the 36 cars on hand were won by Billy Pauch, Duane Howard, Neal Williams, and Rick Laubach. Twin consolation races were captured by Mike Gular
and Bobby Varin.
The “Friends of Big Diamond/Dog Pound Hard Luck Award” was won by Meme Desantis. This award was worth $700 to a non-qualifier picked by the Big Diamond staff.
Desantis saw his night end in the 1st consolation race after contact from another driver broke his steering and sent him careening into the turn three
wall, ending his night.
In the 20 lap USS Achey Sportsman feature, Jared Umbenhauer continued his early season success, driving from his ninth place starting position to take his second win of the young season. This victory came in the Eastern Rigging #11 car, unlike opening day which was in the car #16d. Kevin Beach followed up last
week’s victory with a solid second place effort, followed by Ray Woodall Jr. who charged from the 15th starting spot, pole sitter Mike Lisowski, and Billy Moyer Jr. With the victory, Umbenhauer took over the early season points lead in the Sportsman division.
Money in the Mountains Big Block/Small Block Modifieds (40 Laps): Jeff Strunk ($7,500), Craig Von Dohren, Stewart Friesen, Duane Howard, Billy Decker, Billy Pauch, Ryan Godown, Frank Cozze, Pat Ward, Neal Williams, Kevin Albert Jr., Rick Laubach, Ryan Watt, Mike Gular, Jimmy Horton, Gary Wagner, Dale Hartz, Billy Pauch Jr., Doug Manmiller, Sammy Piazza, Justin Grim, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Bobby Varin, Tommy Sheetz Jr., Grant Hilfiger, Mike Mamanna.
DNQ – Kevin Hirthler, Ray Swinehart, Danny Nicholas, Brad Arnold, Tommy Sheetz Sr., Ron Haring Jr., Kevin Smith, Meme Desantis, Jim Bobbitt Jr., Chris Esposito
USS Achey Sportsman (20 Laps): Jared Umbenhauer, Kevin Beach Jr., Ray Woodall Jr., Mike Lisowski, Billy Moyer
Jr., Tim Fitzpatrick, Wayne Witmer, Mike Glass, Andrew Cozze, AJ Gerhart, Jason James, Daryl Dissinger, Charles Fayash, Shawn Light, Doug Hendricks, Rob Martin, Joe Mooney, Jeff Hertzog, Josh Hertzog.
DNS – Corey Renninger.