Area racing round-up

Photo by Rich Kepner Wayne Witner celebrates his win in the sportsman race at Big Diamond Speedway.
Photo by Rich Kepner Tim Buckwalter wins his first ever 358 Modified feature at Grandview Speedway July 19.

Lincoln Speedway (Outlaws) Daryn Pittman led all 35 laps, but it was Brian Montieth who was the show July 17 at the Lincoln Speedway. Pittman started on the pole and bested Outlaw “King” Steve Kinser into turn one as the field trailed with Brian Montieth way back in 15th lap after lap Montieth picked off the Outlaws before passing Joey Saldana for second on lap 23, and then set his sites on Pittman. On lap 26 Montieth got under Pittman to take a brief lead,however Pittman was able to hold him off for the $10,000 dollar win.

Montieth held for second with Alan Krimes, Joey Saldana and Danny Dietrich completing the top fie. Williams Grove (Outlaws) Greg Hodnett drove the Michael Heffner #27 to victory Friday evening at Williams Grove Speedway. Hodnett from Memphis, Tennessee, picked up $10,000 dollars for the 25-lap win, his second win of the week (Hodnett won Wednesday evening at Bridgeport, New Jersey). Brett Marks, of Myerstown, was second, followed by Joey Saldana, Shane Srewart and Daryn Pittman.

Wiliams Grove (Outlaws Summer Nationals) Early Sunday morning, Lance Dewease, of Fayetteville, would hold off Donny Schatz to win $20,000 in the World of Outlaws sanctioned Summer Nationals A-main for his first Grove win of the season and the 300th of his sprint car career. Donny Schatz, Lucus Wolfe, Cody Darrah and Alan Krimes completed the top five. Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, Shane Stewart, Danny Dietrich, from last, and Kerry Madsen rounded out the top 10.

A rain shower hit the speedway just as the B-main was lining up on the track. It delayed the show for over two hours. The B-main restarted at around 12:20 a.m. and the A-main took the green just before 1 a.m.

Donnie Kreitz set fast time over the 44-car field with a lap of 16.757 seconds. Joey Saldana, Rodney Westhafer, Lucas Wolfe and Donny Schatz were the top five qualifiers.Lance Dewease, Alan Krimes, Cody Darrah and Shane Stewart won the eight-lap heat races. Ryan Taylor won the C-main. Dewease won the dash. Dave Blaney won the B-main. Big Diamond Ray Swinehart beat Rick Laubach to the line Friday evening in the 358 Modified feature. Frank Cozze finished third with Duane Howard fourth and Kyle Follweiler fifth.

Wayne Witmer took the 25-lap Sportsman feature over Doug Hendricks, Jr. Fulper and Craig Whitmoyer. Chris Holland won the Roadrunner Feature.

Grandview Tim Buckwalter, an ARDC midget racing standout has won several midget features at Grandview Speedway, but he had never won a 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358 Modified feature until Saturday night. Point leader Randy Stoudt topped the field in the 25-lap BRC Late Model feature race while Jared Umbenhauer continued his record setting pace winning the 25-lap Sportsman feature race for his ninth win of the season. Buckwalter, the 2013 Modified rookie, teamed up with Jerry and Linda Rogue for the season to drive their No. 22. Several weeks ago after the car was destroyed when Duane Howard landed on top of his car in the homestretch melee, the team took some time off, got a new frame and returned to action. They struggled a while, but had the car in top notch running order on Saturday night and his “dream finally came true” – he got to victory lane in the division. He thanked all his sponsors for sticking with them and making everything possible. He now has three more wins to go to tie his father Rick in the career win list. The Royersford racer collected a $2,900 payday which included $250 from T.P. Trailers and a $150 product award from VP Racing Fuels. Selinsgrove Despite several attempts to get Saturday started at Selinsgrove Speedway, persistent rain held the upper hand and eventually forced track officials to cancel the show at 9:45 p.m. Action Track USA Kutztown USAC Championship SpeedSTR Feature, 30 laps: 1.Billy Pauch Jr., 2.Brad Brightbill, 3.Billy Pauch Sr., 4.Mike Bednar, 5.Wayne Weaver, 6.Kyle Lick, 7.Kenny Brightbill, 8.Nick Baer, 9.Brittany Wixon, 10.Larry Solomon, 11.Earl Paules, 12.Ryan Krachun, 13.Steve Yankowski, 14.Jeff Strunk, 15.Kyle Weiss, 16.Jason Miller, 17.Frank Cozze, 18.Pancho Lawler, 19.Brandon Grosso. Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Sprint Feature, 25 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Eddie Strada, 3.Brandon Azzalina, 4.Alex Bright, 5.Jay Hartman, 6.Billy Pauch Jr., 7.Robbie Hocker, 8.Tim Buckwalter, 9.Peter Michael, 10.Kyle Lick, 11.Shelby Harper, 12.Jarid Kunkle, 13.Tommy Kunsman Jr., 14.Joe Kay, 15.Bobby Scherff, 16.Rhett Long, 17.James Morris, 18.Jeff Hartman, 19.Donny Smith, 20.Simon Egan, 21.Frank Cozze, 22.Kameron Morral, 23.Mackenzie Harper, 24.Jacob Severn, 25.Ryan Neil, 26.Blaine Emery. Kutztown Komet 100 for All Star Slingshots, 100 laps: 1.Brett Bieber, 2.Pete Knappenberger, 3.Danny Buccafusca, 4.Larry Raifsnider, 5.Kurt Bettler, 6.Joe Nemeth, 7.Ray Nemeth, 8.Cody Kline, 9.Jay Hartman, 10.Matt Miller, 11.Erik Jones, 12.William Mohring, 13.Donny Hockman, 14.Scott Heilman, 15.Tess Horvath, 16.Tayllor Schoenly, 17.Kim Glass, 18.Damian Nemeth, 19.Dylan Hoch, 20.Justin Thompson, 21.John Bockhorn, 22.Carl Bittenbender, 23.Jordan Knepp, 24.Matt Massone, 25.Matt Stangle, 26.Mark Sensenig, 27.Jackson Ring, 28.Simon Whitnell, 29.Austin Stufflet, 30.Louden Reimert, 31.Kassidy Kreitz, 32.Dave Carraghan, 33.Travis Bieber, 34.Mark Hartman. DNS: Steve Svanda. NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshot Feature (Postponed from July 9), 20 laps: 1.Pete Knappenberger, 2.Brett Bieber, 3.Larry Raifsnider, 4.Kassidy Kreitz, 5.Dylan Hoch, 6.Louden Reimert, 7.Matt Massone, 8.Matt Miller, 9.Danny Buccafusca, 10.Jordan Knepp, 11.Joe Nemeth, 12.Mark Sensenig, 13.John Bockhorn, 14.Travis Bieber, 15.Cody Kline, 16.Ray Nemeth, 17.Mark Hartman, 18.Matt Stangle, 19.Jackson Ring, 20.Austin Stufflet, 21.Dave Carraghan, 22.Tayllor Schoenly, 23.David Morell, 24.Damian Nemeth, 25.Erik Jones, 26.Arnold Messmahl. DNS: Joe Bodenshatz, Dakota Kohler, Billy Osmun, Blaire Schoenly, Jeff Kemp.