Area racing round-up

Photo by Rich Kepner
Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, #46 goes under Meme Desantis on his way to victory Friday evening at Big Diamond Speedway
Photo by Rich Kepner Doug Manmiller, Shoemakersville, #46 goes under Meme Desantis on his way to victory Friday evening at Big Diamond Speedway


Sunoco USAC Championship SpeedSTR’s, 30 laps: 1.Billy Pauch Jr., 2.Jeff Strunk, 3.Freddie Rahmer Jr., 4.Billy Pauch Sr., 5.Kenny Brightbill, 6.Brad Brightbill, 7.Brian Montieth, 8.Matt Janisch, 9.Chuck Schutz, 10.Dale Planck, 11.Craig Von Dohren, 12.Brandon Rahmer, 13.Paul Lotier Jr., 14.Wayne Weaver, 15.Brittany Wixon, 16.Joey Allen, 17.Gary Huber, 18.Richard Janney, 19.Rick Eckert, 20.Joey Sanfilippo. DNS: Al Arrisher..

Isamoyer Towing/ K&A Automotive Hard Charger: Billy Pauch Sr. (16th to 4th).

Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Micro-Sprints, 20 laps: 1.Brett Peters, 2.Jay Hartman, 3.Rick Perone, 4.Alex Bright, 5.Billy Ney, 6.Jeff Hartman, 7.Tim Buckwalter, 8.Brett Schoenly, 9.Zack Fisher, 10.Kyle Lick, 11.Molly Chambers, 12.Brandon Azzalina, 13.Tony DiMattia, 14.Robert Hocker, 15.Mick D’Agostino, 16.Billy Pauch Jr., 17.Simon Egan, 18.Ryan Morris, 19.Austin Bishop, 20.Heidi Hedin, 21.Dan Souder, 22.Clayton Glassman, 23.Donny Smith, 24.Peter Michael, 25.Blaine Emery..

Isamoyer Towing/ K&A Automotive Hard Charger: Molly Chambers (20th to 11th).


Kutztown Komet 100 for NAPA All Star Slingshots, 100 laps: 1.Mark Sensenig, 2.Larry Raifsnider, 3.Brett Bieber, 4.Cody Kline, 5.Travis Bieber, 6.Kyle Gruber, 7.Matt Massone, 8.Danny Buccafusca, 9.Matt Miller, 10.William Mohring, 11.Erik Jones, 12.Donny Hockman, 13.Travis Gruber, 14.Joe Nemeth, 15.Tayllor Schoenly, 16.Simon Whitnel, 17.Kalli Hartman, 18.Dave Kreis, 19.Dave Carraghan, 20.Chris Kurtz, 21.Alex Schoffstall, 22.Dylan Hoch, 23.John Rooks, 24.Ed Shaub, 25.Jordan Knepp, 26.Ray Nemeth, 27.Anthony Schlosser-White. DQ: Louden Reimert.

Isamoyer Towing/ K&A Automotive Hard Charger: Simon Whitnel (28th to 16th).

Winged 270cc Micro-Sprints, 20 laps: 1.Bobby Butler, 2.Austin Bishop, 3.Ross Perchak, 4.Mike Miller, 5.Tommy Kunsman Jr., 6.Harlee Schaffer, 7.Jarid Kunkle, 8.Cheyanne Schaffer, 9.Hayden Miller, 10.Robbie Watson, 11.Andrew Dietrich, 12.Steve Walters, 13.Jeff Carman, 14.Ronald Helmick.


Greg Hodnett won his second Lincoln win of the year in the 30-lap Premier AutoWorks/Auto Locator Night feature at Lincoln Speedway Thursday night. Hodnett’s biggest lead was at the end, crossing .56 seconds ahead of Alan Krimes, with Fred Rahmer settling for third (his 40th straight top ten finish in the Northeast in 2013), Jim Siegel coming from tenth starting spot to finish fourth, and ninth-starting Logan Schuchart fifth.

Rounding out the top ten were Brent Marks (who came from the rear after suffering motor problems and failing to take time trial laps), Adam Wilt, Brian Montieth, Kyle Moody, and Cory Haas. Fast time in time trial was set by Krimes with a one-lap time of 13.465-seconds (100.260 MPH). Heats for the “410” Sprinters were won by Tim Glatfelter, Ryan Smith, and Schuchart.

Former two-time track champ Jeff Rohrbaugh scored his second win of the year and the ninth Lincoln win of his career in the 20-lap “358” sprint car feature.



North Dakota’s Donny Schatz became the third and final leader of the World of Outlaws Summer Nationals for sprint cars at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday night, taking home a total of $15,000 for an exciting victory including laurels as the 2013 Morgan Cup Champion. The win was the second in a row this season for Schatz at the track after also taking a victory at the oval in May.It was a Pennsylvania Posse frenzy for most of the event as polesitter Lance Dewease took the lead over Schatz at the start. The entire 30-lap event went non-stop with heavy and competitive lapped traffic coming into play in the event.

It was in the midst of hectic traffic on the 12th tour that Dewease was first passed for control by second starter Schatz however the Fayetteville flyer was able to muscle back into the lead before the tour could be completed.

Fourth starter Greg Hodnett drove into third on the third lap and when Dewease and Schatz spent time battling for the lead Hodnett put himself directly in the middle of the battle and took second from Schatz at the halfway mark.

And on the next circuit, he motored by Dewease for the lead and tried to begin stretching out an advantage. Schatz had other ideas however and after finally getting by Dewease for second with eight laps to go, he set his sights on leader Hodnett.

It took him five laps to erase the margin that Hodnett had built up and on the 26th tour, Hodnett thwarted a Schatz attack in the first corner when he motored the low line through the corners.

But on the next lap he drove in high and that proved to be his undoing as Schatz drove handily underneath and up off of the bottom in the second turn to take final command.

He crossed the finish line .849 seconds ahead of Hodnett for his 18th carrer victory at Williams Grove.

At one point when Greg got the lead I thought the sting of going from $20,000 to $10,000 (because the Friday show was rained out and the purse turned into a one-day structure) wasnt going to be as bad, Schatz said.

“I didnt think we could win it.”Dewease finished in third. Fred Rahmer rode home fourth followed by Craig Dollansky.

Sixth through 10th went to Jason Sides, Danny Dietrich, Brent Marks, Logan Schuchart and Chad Kemenah.

Fast time for the 44-car field was set by Schatz with a lap of 17.927 seconds.

Heats went to Schuchart, Tony Stewart, Kemenah and Marks.

Dewease took the dash while Jacob Allen won the C Main and TJ Stutts took the B Main.

Outlaw Feature Finish10 sprint cars, 30 laps: 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Lance Dewease, 4. Fred Rahmer, 5. Craig Dollansky, 6. Jason Sides, 7. Danny Dietrich, 8. Brent Marks, 9. Logan Schuchart, 10. Chad Kemenah, 11. Don Kreitz Jr., 12. Doug Esh, 13. Alan Krimes, 14. Tony Stewart, 15. Kraig Kinser, 16. TJ Stutts, 17. Daryn Pittman, 18. Joey Saldana, 19. Sam Hafertepe Jr., 20. Cody Darrah, 21. Gerard McIntyre Jr., 22. Dave Blaney, 23. Paul McMahan, 24. Brian Montieth, 25. David Gravel, 26. Sammy Swindell, 27. James McFadden, 28. Chad Layton

DNQ: Stevie Smith, Steve Buckwalter, Davey Sammons, Adam Wilt, Ryan Smith, Ryan Taylor, Troy Fraker, Kerry Madsen, Brian Leppo, Cory Haas, Jim Siegel, Tim Kaeding, Lucas Wolfe, Steve Kinser, Nicole

Lincoln and Port Royal Speedways did not race this weekend due to the World of Outlaws race at Williams Grove


Its good that Doug Manmiller dosent attend Tilden Elementary School because if he did, Principle Dr Shawn Fitzpatrick would have him in detention for the entire school year after he made a last lap pass to beat Fitzpatrick in Friday nights Modified feature race at Big Diamond Speedway

A packed house witnessed the victory as track owners Jake and Jasmine Smulley presented FANdemonium, which offered free grandstand admission to everyone in attendance. There were tons of giveaways to the fans, almost two dozen cars on display, and many other activities that kept the large crowd buzzing all night long.

With five to go, Manmiller disposed of second place running Kevin Albert and set his sights on leader Fitzpatrick. Lap after lap, Manmiller continued to

gain ground on Fitzpatrick, and with one two go he was right on his tail.

Fitzpatrick went into turn one a little too hot and hopped the cushion, leaving

just enough room for Manmiller to squeeze by and go on to win by a little over a

car length. The win was the tenth of Manmiller’s career at Big Diamond, moving

him into a tie with Dave Schoffstall on the all time win list. A disappointed

Fitzpatrick finished a season best second, followed by point leader Craig Von

Dohren, Jeff Strunk, and Albert. Frank Cozze, Meme Desantis, Andy Burkhart, Tim

Buckwalter, and Rick Laubach, making his first start of the year in the Eastern

Rigging #11 car, rounded out the top ten. Heat races were won by Albert Jr,

Fitzpatrick, and Kevin Smith.

Driving with a heavy heart, Jared Umbenhauer of Richland drove Robert Derfler’s

No. 16D to victory in the 20-lap sportsman main event. Umbenhauer lost his

grandfather earlier in the the week.

Marc Berzowski scored his seventh win of the season in the Roadrunner division, followed closely by Jeremy Becker. Shon Elk was third, followed by Kyle Killian, and Tim Fitzpatrick Jr. Heat races were won by TJ Fitzpatrick and Glenn Rowan.


For the first time since July, 2008 past champion Terry Meitzler was able to wheel the Dennis Bailey owned Berks Products No. 81 to victory in the 30-lap Hatfield Quality Meats NASCAR 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway. Craig Whitmoyer grabbed his first win of the season in the 25-lap Sportsman feature race while Danny Snyder and Sam Schlosberger each won their second Late Model features of the season.

In the 30-lap Modified feature Terry Meitzler grabbed the lead late in the race after fan pleasing battle with Don Norris Jr. Once in front Meitzler set the pace for the final laps to pick up the $2750 win. Second went to Don Norris Jr. followed by Doug Manmiller, Craig VonDohren and Jeff Strunk.

The Sportsman feature had Craig Whitmoyer leading Ron Krex to the checkered flag followed by Kenny Gilmore, Tom Miller and Jared Umbenhauer.

A crash marred 25-lap feature for the Late Models saw Danny Snyder get the lead late in the race when Mike Kellner spun while leading in the second turn. Once in front Snyder held off Steve Nederostek to get the win. Third spot went to Rick Todorow followed Kory Fleming and Bill Henning.

In the second 25-lap main event for Late Models, an event that was rained out the previous week, the win was taken by Sam Schlosberg who led every lap. Second went to Sean Merkel followed by Mike Kellner, Rick Todorow and Jason Miller.


Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown made the ultimate comeback from an early-season racing injury when he won his first career 358 sprint car feature Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway in the division’s 25-lap main event. Zearfoss, driving the Mach 1 Chassis No. 1W, collected $2,000 for the victory and became the eighth different winner in 358-360 sprint car competition at the track this year.

Teenager Hayes Mattern of Beavertown wired the field for his first career late model win worth $2,000 in the division’s 25-lap feature. Mattern, a rookie this year, became the seventh different late model winner this year.

Brad Mitch of McClure made a late-race pass by Nathan Long of Selinsgrove to score his third win of the year in the 15-lap pro stock feature.

Brian Johnson of Ashland won his fourth race of the season in the 12-lap roadrunner feature. Johnson is now tied with Bob Bussey of Northumberland and John Fowler Jr. of Montandon for the most wins in the division this season.