Danny Dietrich scored a last-lap $5,000 victory in the 30-lap, sprint-car show at western Pennsylvania's Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Sunday.
With the win, Dietrich earned a starting spot in September's Kasey Kahne Dirt Classic at Lincoln Speedway.
Dietrich started fifth in the non-stop event, and worked steadily forward, as first Cole Duncan and then Danny Holtgraver held the lead. Ohio driver Duncan outgunned pole-sitter Jac Haudenschild at the start, and led for 12 laps before Holtgraver, a western Pennsylvania driver who races with the All-Stars, took over the top spot. Dietrich stalked Holtgraver the rest of the distance and made the winning pass in the first turn of the final lap.
Holtgraver had to settle for second, with Duncan, Haudenschild and Thomasville's Greg Hodnett in the top five. Veteran Indiana driver Danny Smith came from the 12th starting spot to finish sixth, with Jack Sodeman Jr., Brandon Matus, Lucas Wolfe and Mike Wagner in the top 10.
Eastern Storm coming: The wingless sprint cars of the United States Auto Club will be in the area the rest of this week for the Eastern Storm.
USAC visits Grandview Tuesday for a double-card program with the ARDC midgets.
On Wednesday evening, USAC comes to Lincoln. The wingless USAC sprints will share the bill with the URC 358/360 Sprint Challenge. This race will mark the first time that the nation's two oldest sprint-car clubs share the same program.
Thursday, USAC moves to New Egypt, N.J. After taking Friday off, USAC moves to Port Royal on Saturday, where the ARDC is again part of the program. The Eastern Storm wraps up Sunday at Susquehanna Speedway Park, where the ARDC again joins USAC.
Other weekend action: Williams Grove will host the sprint cars and an URC 358/360 Challenge race on Friday evening, and then the Saturday Night series on Saturday evening. This week's Saturday program at the Grove includes the super sportsmen, limited-late models and Twin 15s for the street stocks.
Trailway is in action on Friday as well, with the 358 sprints headlining the show. The 270cc micro sprints, limited stocks and street stocks are also on the card.
On Saturday evening, Lincoln will host the Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr. Memorial Race for the sprint cars. Extra money and plenty of prizes will be on the line. The 358 sprints are also on the program, and they will make up their feature from May 24, along with a full program. The All-American Outlaws round out the program.
URC returns to Selinsgrove on Saturday for the make-up of the Jack Gunn Memorial Race. The late models, pro stocks and roadrunners also compete on York County Racing Club Night.
Hagerstown has the late models, late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks on its Saturday slate.
On Sunday evening, the sprint cars will venture out to the Bedford Fairgrounds for the second qualifying race for Lincoln's Kasey Kahne Dirt Classic. The race pays $5,000 to the winner.
First wins: Three of last weekend's sprint-car winners got their first wins of the season. One was the very first of his career.
Steve Buckwalter won Friday at Williams Grove, and it was his first of the season. Buckwalter has now won six races at the Grove.
On Friday at the Grove, Brian Montieth was chasing Buckwalter for the lead when he suffered mechanical problems. On Saturday in Lincoln's make-up of the Hilly Rife Memorial, Montieth got his first win of the season. That win was his 42nd career win at Lincoln.
In the regularly scheduled race at Lincoln, Manchester's Austin Hogue got his first career win in the 410 sprints. Last year's Central Pennsylvania 358 Sprint Series champion is the first in a talented crop of rookies to score a 410 sprint win this season in the area.
1980: This weekend was a wet one in 1980, with only one local race making it into the record books.
Steve Smith scored his first win of the season in an All-Star race at the Pittsburgh (Pa.) Motor Speedway on Wednesday evening before Friday racing locally was washed out at Williams Grove and Selinsgrove. Rain also knocked out Saturday racing at Lincoln and Port Royal.
On Sunday at Susquehanna, George Ferguson Jr. won the only local race of the weekend in his father's yellow No. 2. The win was Ferguson's third of the season overall.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.