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Area racing wrap-up

By Ken Johnson

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas, scored his first ever PA Sprint Speed Week victory and first ever Big Diamond Speedway win in the 30 lap main event for the Sprinters during stop #3 of the PA Sprint Speedweek series.
Starting from the pole position, Hafertepe bolted into the lead at the drop of the green and immediately opened up a large lead over second place running Stevie Smith. The first 13 laps of the feature event went caution free before yellow had to be displayed for Jimmy Reppert, who came to a stop on the backstretch. The caution was out once again on lap #14 for a spinning Ryan Wilson. On the restart, Hafertepe again sprinted out to a large lead, with Smith still holding down second spot and Brent Marks in third.
These three drivers remained in this order when the final caution flag of the event flew on lap #28 for Brain Montieth, who stopped on the front stretch with a right rear flat. Montieth refused the two lap courtesy extended to drivers with flat tires and retired for the evening.
On the restart, Smith made a daring move into turn #2 to try and wrestle the lead from Hafertepe, but to no avail, and the Sunnyvale, TX driver was able to cruise to the $5,000 victory. Smith held on for second, followed by Marks, Lance Dewease, and Friday nights winner Greg Hodnett. Sixth thru tenth were Danny Lasoski, Brady Bacon, Fred Rahmer, Darren Mollenoyux, and Mark Smith.
Rained Out
Wheeling a heavy stock car around an asphalt speedway every week, NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Dave Blaney flew from Charlotte, NC to race at Hagerstown Speedway Wednesday evening for the 23rd Annual Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek event. He showed little signs of any rust with his performance and ended by taking the $5,000 victory away from the Pennsylvania sprint drivers.
Deciding to have some fun and go back to his roots, Blaney, who was the 1995 World of Outlaw Sprint champion, had just beat the best sprint drivers around on night five of the Speedweek series. He became the 30th different winner in Speedweek history. Blaney wasn’t shaking Danny Lasoski over the final laps as he stormed off the final turn just a length ahead of Lasoski and Lance Dewease while Greg Hodnett and Fred Rahmer who had closed from 11th in the waning laps were next. Sixth through tenth were Logan Schuchart, MikeWagner, Blane Heimbach, T.J.Stutts (from 18th) and Sam Hafertepe Jr. rounded the top ten.
LINCOLN (Thursday)
Stevie Smith grabbed the lead from Brett Marks as the three leaders drove nearly side-by-side under the white flag. Smith was scored the leader of the lap,and held off both Marks and Alan Krimes in another three-wide run under the checkered flag. Smith’s win was the 24th in his Lincoln career, and he became the 10th different winner in 19 races at Lincoln this year. Crossing fourth was Sam Hafertepe, who maintained his Speedweek points lead, with Danny Dietrich spinning backwards across the line in fifth. Sixth through tenth were Brian Montieth, Fred Rahmer, Jim Siegel, Glenndon Forsythe, and Lance Dewease.
Danny Dietrich got some redemption at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night in the Mitch Smith Memorial. Dietrich, of Gettysburg, was leading last week at the Grove, but got passed on the final lap. There was no passing him on the final lap this week. He grabbed the lead from Donnie Kreitz on lap 18 and went on to score the Smith Memorial win and $10,000. It was his third Grove win of 2013. Donnie Kreitz would hold off Grg Hodnett for second.
Brent Marks, who was as high as second before getting into lapped cars, settled for fourth. Logan Schuchart passed Fred Rahmer for fifth. Rahmer, Stevie Smith, who started 16th, Speedweek point leader Sam Hafertepe Jr., Chad Layton and Adam Wilt completed the top 10.
PORT ROYAL (Saturday)
Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove made it two sprint car wins in a row Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway when he made a pass with just over a lap to go to score the Pennsylvania Speedweek feature event worth $5,000.
But it took until just before the white flag for Heimbach to regain control after the leaders again entered the rear of the field with seven laps to go. With Doug Esh circling the high outside of the speedway, Heimbach put a drive on low into the third turn as they headed for the white flag that saw him drive up in front of Esh in the middle of the corners only to see Esh turn the car and try to rally back running low off of the fourth turn. But it was not to be for Esh as instead Heimbach went back to back in the 410-sprint division at Port Royal, scoring his third of the season at the track and second in a row after also winning on June 22 at the oval.
Esh crossed the finish line .847 seconds behind the winner followed by Stevie Smith, Mike Erdley and Greg Hodnett.Sixth through 10th went to Danny Lasoski, Fred Rahmer, Lance Dewease, Steve Buckwalter and Dylan Cisney.
Nick Dickson took the win in the Super Late Model feature, Mike Lupfer crossed the line second at the finish 1.033 seconds behind him. Point leader Terry Naugle got by both Andy Haus and Derek Byler during the closing laps to finish a strong run in third. Byler was fourth and Haus ended up fifth.Sixth through 10th went to AJ Hoffman, Brett Schadel, Eric Zembower, Patrick Bryner and Tim Wilson.
After Selinsgrove Speedway cancelled on Sunday evening because of rain, Greg Hodnett was declared the series Champion.
The top four in series points were Greg Hodnett, Fred Rahmer, Stevie Smith and Sam Hafertepe Jr. They were separated by just 27 points in their quest for the title.
BIG DIAMOND (Friday Modifieds)
Add Georgie Stevenson Memorial winner to the list of accomplishments in the storied career of Meme Desantis. Desantis took the lead from Doug Manmiller on lap #14 and never faltered,claiming his first ever Georgie Stevenson Memorial victory in front of a near capacity crowd Friday evening.
Desantis crossed the stripe first for his first win of the season at Big Diamond and 26th of his career. Craig Von Dohren continued his incredibly consistent season coming home in second. To date Von Dohren has finished in the top three in every feature event but one.
Jeff Strunk held on for third,followed by Dog Manmiller and Ray Swinehart. Ricky Yetter, Tim Buckwalter, Kevin Smith, Dale Hartz, and Andy Burkhart rounded out the top ten.
In the 20 lap Sportsman feature, defending point champion Doug Hendricks took the lead from his pole starting position and was never really challenged, leading all 20 laps to score his first win of the season. BillyMoyer Jr. was able to nip Shawn Light at the line for second, with Light finishing a season best third. Kevin Beach Jr. was forth followed by Mike Lisowski. Joe Mooney, Ray Woodall Jr., Corey Renninger, Robin Shultz, and Tim Fitzpatrick rounded out the top ten
Jeremy Becker scored his second win of the season in the Roadrunners.
GRANDVIEW (Saturday Modifieds)
Danny Snyder wheeled his own No. 4s Late Model to victory in the Firecracker 40 Late Model race at Grandview Speedway earning $2,100 for his winning efforts. It was his second win in as many years in the biggest event of the season for the Late Models.
Craig VonDohren won the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature race as part of the Saturday night action that also included a Fireworks display, bicycle giveaway and NASCAR Lionel train giveaway.
Snyder followed Lou Egrie on the first lap of the 40-lapper and then quickly charged to the front on the second circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay track. At 10 laps it was Snyder holding on to the top spot over hard charging Sam Schlosberg.
Snyder was able to hold off the challenge of Schlosberg for the remainder of the race to pick up the win, his second of the season. Schlosberg finished second followed by Jason Miller, point leader and champion Chuck Schutz and Sean Merkel.
Bobby Gunther Walsh was in front of the 28 car starting field for the 30-lap Modified feature. Mike Laise took the lead with Addison Meitzler followed by his father Terry Meitzler in third. With 15 laps in the record book Terry Meitzler took the lead with Jon Kellner Sr. pressuring.
On the 21st circuit Kellner took the top spot with Craig VonDohren, who had started in 20th, close behind. Just three laps later VonDohren put the Kauffman’s BBQ Chicken No. 1c in front and held the top spot until the finish picking up $2750 in cash plus a VP Race Fuels certificate for $150 in racing gasoline.
Second spot went to Jon Kellner,Sr. followed closely by Terry Meitzler, John Willman and Ryan Grim.