When Aaron Ott won Friday's sprint-car feature at Williams Grove Speedway, it marked his first win of the season.
That's remarkable, because for a while it looked like Ott might not race at all this season, or maybe ever again.
Late last season, Ott suffered a broken neck for the second time in his career. His father, noted engine builder Don Ott, sold all the team's equipment and decided to step away from the car-owner ranks.
The Otts were not in action at the beginning of the season, but by midseason, the urge to race again was overpowering.
They returned to the tracks and suffered through some tough times, as well as a few good runs.
Friday night, the good times got better, and Ott drove to the victory. The win was Ott's first at Williams Grove since 2010.
Strong year for Knaub: When Dover's Gene Knaub won Saturday's limited-late-model feature at Lincoln, he equaled his career-best season. The win was Knaub's 19th of the year, which matches his best year ever. With more than a month of racing left this year, odds are good Knaub will best that record.
The difference this season is that Knaub is not just racing at a couple of local tracks. He has been a frequent competitor with the "Steel Block Bandits Series," and has won at several new tracks. The majority of his wins have still come at Williams Grove, Susquehanna, Lincoln and Trailway, but he has also won in western Pennsylvania, at Selinsgrove and Hagerstown.
Big win for Herr: Frankie Herr probably hasn't had the season he expected in super-sportsman competition, but Saturday's win in the Sportsman 100 at Lincoln has made his season much better. Still, many drivers would love to have a season such as Herr has had.
His win Saturday was only his second of the season, the other coming back in April at Susquehanna. Still, he was consistent enough to wrap up his 11th super-sportsman point title and scored 12 top-five finishes in the 24 races the sportsman racers have run this season.
The Sportsman 100 win was his sixth in that event, going back to 1996 when he won his first at Silver Spring. Herr's Sportsman 100 wins are equally divided between Silver Spring and Lincoln. No other driver has won the 100 more than four times, a feat accomplished by super-sportsman legends Larry Jackson and Dwight Leib.
Cannon shines at Se linsgrove, again: Fairview Township's Pat Cannon won Saturday's Jimmy Nace Memorial Selinsgrove National Open. It marked the third consecutive year that Cannon has won the 410 sprint event.
That's remarkable, because Cannon doesn't compete regularly with the 410 sprints. He has done more 410 racing this season than in the recent past, but still not on a regular basis.
However, Cannon does race regularly at Selinsgrove. The win was his second with the 410 sprints this season and his 10th overall. His other 410 win came in the Twin 20s program at Williams Grove. All eight of his 358-sprint wins have come at Selinsgrove.
YCRC MEETING: The York County Racing Club will host a general membership meeting this Wednesday evening at the club hall in Zions View.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.
The guest speaker for the meeting will be limited-late-model driver Randy Christine Jr. Manchester's Christine is a big winner this season at Susquehanna Speedway Park.
WEEKEND EVENTS: Williams Grove is back in action on Friday with the sprint cars and 358 sprints on the slate, while Trailway offers the 358 sprints in a championship event.
The Trone Outdoor-sponsored event pays $2,000 to the winner. Sidewinder micro sprints, limited stocks and classic cars join the program.
On Saturday, Lincoln offers the Kenny Weld Memorial for the sprint cars. The 40-lap feature pays $5,000 to win, with a purse equal to the Speedweek purses. There will also be lap money and bonuses. The thundercars are part of the program as well.
Susquehanna Speedway Park hosts the Susquehanna Showdown for the limited-late models Saturday. An inter-regional 305 sprint-series race makes up the rest of the program.
Selinsgrove's Saturday show includes the 358 sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
1968: This weekend in 1968 featured no Friday racing, but plenty of action.
Wrightsville's Bobby Abel had yet another big weekend. He drove his orange-and-blue No. 2 to his ninth win of the season Saturday at Lincoln, and backed it up with win No. 10 on Sunday at Hagerstown.
Mitch Smith drove Gary Wasson's No. 5 to victory in the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal on Saturday evening. The win was Smith's 17th of the season.
With Selinsgrove's season ended, Bobbie Adamson went west to win at Jennerstown. Adamson's win in Wilbur Hawthorn's No. 35 was his ninth of the season.
The USAC sprinters visited Reading on Saturday evening, and Gary Bettenhausen drove away with the win.
At Williams Grove on Sunday afternoon, Lynn Paxton drove the Emrich Chevy No. 1 to his 16th win of the season.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdis patch.com.
CHAMPION RACING OIL
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(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Fred Rahmer (6) 1,456
2. Greg Hodnett (8) 1,192
3. Lance Dewease (1) 1,108
4. Brent Marks (5) 1,064
5. Alan Krimes (5) 951
6. Danny Dietrich (6) 887
7. Brian Montieth (6) 858
8. Blane Heimbach (5) 703
9. Logan Schuchart (3) 692
10. Chad Layton (5) 690
11. Cory Haas (1) 489
12. Jim Siegel (2) 463
13. Donnie Kreitz Jr. (3) 460
14. Mike Wagner (2) 427
15. Adam Wilt (1) 418
16. Rick Lafferty (3) 387
17. Doug Esh (2) 385
18. Stevie Smith (1) 374
19. Dylan Cisney (1) 341
20. Ryan Smith 255
21. Pat Cannon (2) 247
22. Mike Erdley 236
23. Billy Dietrich (1) 235
24. Danny Lasoski (1) 213
25. Brian Leppo 207
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