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Area racing round-up

By Ken Johnson

Sunday, August 25, 2013

World of Outlaws Late Model standout Rick Eckert made a 14-hour drive worth his while on Sunday, picking up a $3,500 pay envelope for winning the Dick Tobias Classic at the Action Track USA at the Kutztown Fairgrounds.
It was Championship Night at the Action Track USA, and Eckert’s trip from a WoO Late Model race in Michigan to Kutztown resulted in his fourth victory of the season in the Sunoco USAC Championship SpeedSTR division at the Berks County oval.
Eckert, who hails from York, may have won the 45-lap battle on Sunday, but another dirt track veteran, Kenny Brightbill, claimed victory in the season-long war. Brightbill, from Sinking Spring, captured the 2013 SpeedSTR point title with a fourth-place finish.
The season finale` at the track nestled across the street from Kutztown University also produced Kyle Lick’s third triumph of the year in the Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Micro-Sprint division. While Lick of Catasauqua recorded an exciting win over Brett Michalski and Jeff Hartman, it was Jay Hartman who emerged with the Wingless 600cc point championship. The Flagtown, NJ driver kept the Kutztown track title within the Hartman family, as brother Jeff had won the past three point crowns at the fairgrounds.
New Tripoli’s Joe Nemeth raced to victory in the NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshots main event on Sunday. In the winner’s circle, Nemeth admitted that he’d almost quit racing during the summer due to a rash of bad luck that left him frustrated and ready to throw in the towel. Sunday’s win, his first at the Action Track USA, made up for a season’s worth of disappointment.
Sunoco/ USAC Championship SpeedSTR’s - Dick Tobias Classic, 45 laps: 1.Rick Eckert, 2.Billy Pauch Jr., 3.Jeff Strunk, 4.Kenny Brightbill, 5.Brian Montieth, 6.Freddie Rahmer Jr., 7.Matt Janisch, 8.Joey Allen, 9.Gary Huber, 10.Brittany Wixon, 11.Chuck Schutz, 12.Brandon Rahmer, 13.Mike Vermeulen, 14.Al Arrisher, 15.Billy Pauch Sr., 16.Ryan Godown, 17.Steve Yankowski, 18.Brad Brightbill, 19.John Kovatch, 20.Wayne Weaver, 21.Mike Bednar.
Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 20 laps: 1.Kyle Lick, 2.Brett Michalski, 3.Jeff Hartman, 4.James Morris, 5.Jay Hartman,
NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshots Feature, 20 laps: 1.Joe Nemeth, 2.Travis Bieber, 3.Matt Miller, 4.Danny Buccafusca, 5.Louden Reimert,
Winged 270cc Micro-Sprint Feature, 20 laps: 1.Jarid Kunkle, 2.Ross Perchak, 3.Bobby Butler, 4.Ronald Helmick, 5.Jeff Carman,
Tim Buckwalter surprised the field Friday evening as he took home the $4,000 first place prize in the Big Diamond Prelude to the Coal Cracker 358 Modified feature. Duane Howard finished second with Shoemakersville’s Doug Manmiller coming home third. Rick Laubach was fourth and ageless Billy Pauch was fifth.
Modifieds (30 Laps)
1) Tim Buckwalter ($4,000) 2) Duane Howard 3) Doug Manmiller 4) Rick Laubach 5)
Billy Pauch Sr. 6) Meme Desantis 7) Craig Von Dohren 8 ) Richie Pratt Jr. 9)
Kevin Smith 10) Frank Cozze 11) Kyle Borror 12) Kevin Albert Jr. 13) Ricky
Yetter 14) Jared Umbenhauer 15) Kyle Weiss 16) Andy Burkhart 17) Dale Hartz 18)
Nick Desantis 19) Justin Grim 20) Jeff Strunk 21) John Willman 22) Terry
Meitzler 23) Mike Nicholas 24) Dan Hineline 25) Danny Nicholas 26) Billy Pauch
Roadrunners (20 Laps)
1) Marc Berzowski 2) Kyle Killian 3) Terry Kramer Jr. 4) Devin Trexler 5) Jim
Lucas Wolfe wired the field from the pole to claim the 25-lap 410 sprint car feature on Friday night at Wiliams Grove Speedway. By leading each lap, the Mechanicsburg native garnered $250 in lap money to go on top of his $3,600 paycheck for getting to the checkered flag first.
In the 25-lap URC Sprint main, Mark Smith took his second Williams Grove URC victory of the month. Cory Haas finished second followed by Ryan Taylor, Logan Schuchart and Jim Siegel. Sixth through 10th went to Danny Dietrich, Brent Marks, Alan Krimes, Greg Hodnett and Fred Rahmer.
410 sprint cars, 25 laps: 1. Lucas Wolfe, 2. Cory Haas, 3. Ryan Taylor, 4. Logan Schuchart, 5. Jim Siegel, 6. Danny Dietrich, 7. Brent Marks, 8. Alan Krimes, 9. Greg Hodnett, 10. Fred Rahmer, 11. Lance Dewease, 12. Don Kreitz Jr., 13. Tim Glatfelter, 14. Nicole Bower, 15. Troy Fraker, 16. Brian Montieth, 17. Gerard McIntyre Jr., 18. Ryan Smith, 19. Glenndon Forsythe, 20. Steve Buckwalter, 21. Jay Reichard
URC sprints, 25 laps: 1. Mark Smith, 2. JJ Grasso, 3. Pat Cannon, 4. Josh Weller, 5. Randy West, 6. Aaron Ott, 7. Andy Best, 8. Ryan Bohlke, 9. Brian Carber, 10. Davie Franek, 11. Glenndon Forsythe, 12. Ryan Wilson, 13. Chad Trout, 14. Curt Michael, 15. Brock Zearfoss, 16. Chris Arnold, 17. Jay Galloway, 18. Dan Mazy, 19. Jon Swanson, 20. Scott Lutz, 21. Troy Betts, 22. Ed Aiken, 23. Tim Berkheimer, 24. Robbie Stillwaggon, 25. JR Berry
Fred Rahmer says he’s old and tired, but he had no trouble driving to his third win of the year and 169th Lincoln win of his career in the 25-lap Fisher Auto Parts Night “410” sprint car feature Saturday night.
“I wasn’t hitting the lapped cars very good, be quite honest.I’m a watered-down version of a driver that I once was,” said Rahmer upon exiting the Rob Sell-owned JM #20S in victory lane, “It’s pretty incredible to think that this possibly.I hope it isn’t, but could be the last win I ever get here. It’s pretty cool.”
In a classic Rahmer move, Fast Freddie drove under both Robbie Kendall andTim Glatfelter in turn two to grab the lead on lap 16. Despite a rapidly-closingBrian Montieth, who caught Glatfelter for second on lap 21, Rahmer all but lockedup his 11th point title with the win. Rahmer only needs to take a green flag mto claim his 11th track title in his final year of sprint car racing.
“I saw the opportunity coming off of two,” said Rahmer, “I figured ‘that’s gonna’ be tight,’ but I had to jam it between the lapped cars and those guys, and I was able to get it done. I appreciate all the fans coming up to me. All I wanted to do this year.I wanted to do it with no big fanfare.I just wanted to finish and go away. But I do appreciate everybody coming up. We’ll still be around. Hopefully, next year we’ll be here with my boys, but we’ll see what happens.”
Danny Dietrich came from 10th starting spot to finish third, with 12th-starting Greg Hodnett fourth and 11th-starting Brent Marks fifth. Sixth through tenth were Glatfelter, Kendall, Alan Krimes, Logan Schuchart, and Jim Siegel.
“Unless you’re involved in racing, I don’t think you can understand how much sacrifice you make,” continued Rahmer.“Obviously, it’s a great way to earn a living, but so many people give up so much so you can do this, andI’m just tired. I don’t have anything left.”
Feature (25-Laps) - 1. 20S-Fred Rahmer ($3,200); 2. 21-Brian Montieth; 3.
48-Danny Dietrich; 4. 39-Greg Hodnett; 5. 19M-Brent Marks; 6. 69-Tim
Glatfelter; 7. 55K-Robbie Kendall; 8. 87-Alan Krimes; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart;
10. 59-Jim Siegel; 11. 92-Ryan Smith; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen; 13. 8-Billy
Dietrich; 14. 2W-Glenndon Forsythe; 15. 92T-Tyler Ross; 16. 29-Ryan Wilson;
17. 21T-Scott Fisher; 18. 4-John Rudisill; 19. 1080-Jordon Mackison; 20.
2A-Todd Allen; 21. 31-Michael Markey (DNF); 22. 11C-Cory Haas (DNF); 23.
16-Gerard McIntyre, Jr. (DNF); 24. 0-Steve Storrie (DNF). No Time
Some 78 sprint cars filled the Port Royal Speedway pits on Saturday night for Open Wheel Madness where Chad Layton, Randy West and Eric Parker came away winners of the 410 sprint, URC sprint and 305 sprint features, respectively.
Layton got his fourth of the year by 1.266 seconds. Dylan Cisney finished second
as point leader and 14th starter Blain Heimbach really chewed away at the front-runners before finishing third. Eighth starter Lance Dewease rode home fourth with Mike Erdley in fifth. Sixth through 10th went to Keith Kauffman, Brock Zearfoss, Brian Leppo, Joey Hershey and Cliff Brian.
The 25-lap URC sprint feature went to Randy West with a 4.649 second victory Josh Wellerr. Aaron Ott was third followed by Chad Trout and URC point leader J J Grasso in fifth. Sixth through 10th went to Mark Smith, Dave Ely, Robbie Stillwaggon, Curt Michael and Davie Franek.Hamburgs Keith Prutzman was 15th.
410 sprints, 25 laps, 28 entires: 1. Chad Layton, 2. Dylan Cisney, 3. Blane Heimbach, 4. Lance Dewease, 5. Mike Erdley, 6. Keith Kauffman, 7. Brock Zearfoss, 8. Brian Leppo, 9. Joey Hershey, 10. Cliff Brian, 11. Mike Wagner, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Jimmy Seger, 14. Bob Bennett, 15. Kyle Reinhardt, 16. Curt Stroup, 17. Nate Snyder, 18. Rodney Westhafer, 19. Daryl Stimeling, 20. Trenton Scheaffer, 21. Dave Hahn, 22. Vince Snyder, 23. Tyler Bear, 24. Dustin Baney.
URC Sprints, 25 laps, 25 entries: 1. Randy West, 2. Josh Weller, 3. Aaron Ott, 4. Chad Trout, 5. JJ Grasso, 6. Mark Smith, 7. Dave Ely, 8. Robbie Stillwaggon, 9. Curt Michael, 10. Davie Franek, 11. JR Berry, 12. Dan Mazy, 13. Bill Pauch Jr., 14. Brock Zeafoss, 15. Keith Prutzman, 16. Scott Lutz, 17. Jimmy Stitzel, 18. Jay Galloway, 19. Troy Betts, 20. Jonathan Swanson, 21. Ed Aiken, 22. Brian Carber, 23. Andy Best, 24. Danny Massey ,
305 sprints, 20 laps, 25 entries: 1. Eric Parker, 2. Kody Lehman, 3. Mike Wagner II., 4. Jason Bergstresser, 5. Logan Wagner,
Jason Shultz of Carlisle drove from his 11th starting position to win his fourth race of the season in Saturday night’s non-stop 25-lap 358 sprint car feature at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove scored a flag-to-flag victory in the 30-lap late model tune-up race for the upcoming World of Outlaws showdown. Yoder collected $2,000 for his third win of the year. Matt Cochran of Williamsport was the night’s fast qualifier with lap time of 19.027. Hamburgs Scott Haus was 10th.
Selinsgrove Speedway will present the World of Outlaws Late Model Series 15th annual National Open Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Saturday night’s preliminary will feature the late models in a 40-lap main event paying $8,000 to win plus pro stocks. The series returns Sunday night for the 50-lap National Open finale paying $10,000 to win plus limited late models (steel block bandit rules). Track gates will open at 4 p.m. and qualifying will start at 7 p.m. both nights.
358 Sprint Cars – 21 Entries25-Lap A-Main: 1) 2 Jason Shultz 2) 3 Pat Cannon 3) 23 TJ Stutts 4) 100 Mike Walter 5) 29 Matt Horst 6) 5 Phil Walter 7) 19 Colby Womer 8) 38 Scott Wilson 9) 66 Ryan Kissinger 10) 21 Duane Mausteller 30-Lap Late Model A-Main: 1) 24 Dylan Yoder ($2,000) 2) 119 Jim Bernheisel 3) 119B Bryan Bernheisel 4) 32 Coleby Frye 5) 4D Chad Hollenbeck 6) 3W Tim Wilson 7) 88 Tony Adams 8) 06 Mike Lupfer 9) 55 Chris Shuey 10) 21 Scott Haus
Charging from 15th starting spot to take the lead with just six laps to go defending champion Duane Howard was able to hold off current point leader Craig VonDohren to win his ninth 30-lap NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified stock car feature race of the season at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night. Steve Nederostek took the honors in the 25-lap Late Model feature and Kenny Gilmore won the 25-lap feature for Sportsman stock cars.
Jon Kellner Jr. held the top spot for 24 laps of the 30-lap 358 Modified feature race before Duane Howard was able to charge to the front and lead the final six laps to pick up $2750 ($250 coming from a TP Trailer bonus award). Finishing a very close second was Craig VonDohren followed by Nate Christman, Ryan Grim and Kyle Weiss.
The 25-lap main event for Late Models had Steve Nederostek getting the lead from early leader Wayne Pfeil on the 13th circuit and then holding off the challenges from Pfeil to grab the win, his first of the season, Pfeil finished second followed by Sam Schlosberg, Danny Snyder and Sean Merkel.
A multi-car wreck that included 11 cars got things started on the first lap of the 25-lap Sportsman feature race. Once racing was underway Jamie Undercoffler set the early pace Mike Lisowski taking the top spot through the third lap. Kenny Gilmore went to the front on the fourth circuit and that is where he stayed until the checkered flag fell. Craig Whitmoyer got second followed by current point leader Jared Umbenhauer, Joe Funk and Brad Brightbill.
The point battles are down to just two point events left. This Saturday, August 31ST the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman are in action starting at 7:30 p.m.