The World of Outlaws' sprint cars return to Williams Grove Speedway this weekend for the Summer Nationals.
There's two big days of Outlaw racing at the Grove. There will be a full program on Friday and another on Saturday. Both Lincoln and Port Royal speedways take this weekend off so all the sprint car teams can compete at the Grove, if they wish.
Friday's preliminary-day feature will pay $8,000 to the winner, while on Saturday the winner's share is $20,000. Actually, Saturday will also be the running of the Morgan Cup, so an additional $5,000 is added to the winner's purse, making it $25,000 to win.
Williams Grove also announced last week that Champion Racing Oil will sponsor the upcoming National Open, which offers $50,000 to the winner. That race is the first weekend in October.
The late models also have a big show this weekend at Hagerstown. Saturday evening, Hagerstown will run the Speedy Hayes Memorial Conococheague Classic. Also on the program are the late model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks.
Trailway is in action on Friday with the 358 sprints, Legends, Classic Cars and limited stocks.
The super sportsman tour ventures to Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday to join the limited late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, Road Warriors and minivans.
Selinsgrove offers 360 sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners on Saturday.
Injured list: York's Jordan Mackison suffered a concussion in a crash at Williams Grove during the running of last Friday's sprint car feature. Mackison is expected to sit out a few weeks.
Meanwhile, Mackison's older brother, Hunter, has picked up a ride with Clair Wintermyer's team. Last Sunday, Hunter finished fifth at Susquehanna in that car.
Two weeks ago, the last time the Saturday Night Series raced at Williams Grove, Wellsville's Scott Geesey suffered a broken arm in a super sportsman crash. Geesey is also expected to sit out a few weeks. On a side note, while Geesey was at the hospital having his arm treated, his wife was also there, giving birth to the couple's second child — a son named Owen.
Spring Grove's Greg Hodnett sat out Sunday's race at Susquehanna after suffering from dehydration after winning Saturday's sprint car event at Port Royal. I spoke with Hodnett Monday evening and he reported that he's doing fine and expects to race in Tuesday's World of Outlaws race at Lernerville in western Pennsylvania. Hodnett told me that he lost 10 pounds during the race at the Port on Saturday because of the heat.
Two for one: Last Sunday was a good one for the Dietrich family. Younger son Danny pulled out a last-lap victory over Brian Montieth in the sprint car feature at Susquehanna. At the same time, older brother Billy was racing to the sprint car victory at western Pennsylvania's Dog Hollow Speedway.
Danny's win was his second of the weekend. He had also won the previous night at Lincoln. Danny has also won all three winged sprint car features at Susky this year and his season win total now stands at eight. Billy's win at Dog Hollow was his first of the season. Ironically, he has won three of the four sprint car races ever held at the track.
1970: This weekend in 1970 actually started with a special program at the Bedford Fairgrounds on Wednesday. Ronnie Rough won that one with the Kuhn Brothers No. 8 sprinter for his first win of the season.
On Friday at Williams Grove, Mitch Smith was back in victory lane with Gary Wasson's No. 5. That win was Smith's 11th of the season.
Saturday at Lincoln saw Bobby Allen park the Emrich Chevy No. 3 in victory lane for his fourth win of the season. At Port Royal, it was Johnny Grum in victory lane with Harry Fletcher's No. 66. That was Grum's 13th win of the season. Selinsgrove also raced on Saturday, with Wrightsville's Bobbie Adamson scoring the win in Al Hamilton's No. 77. That was Adamson's sixth win of the season.
The weekend wrapped up on Sunday at Hagerstown, where Kenny Weld parked Bud Grimm's No. 88 in victory lane for his 15th win of the season.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sprint car standings
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1. Greg Hodnett (10) 1,200
2. Danny Dietrich (8) 1,038
3. Brian Montieth (8) 916
4 Lucas Wolfe (3) 833
5. Brent Marks 632
6. Stevie Smith (7) 553
7. Alan Krimes (2) 502
8. Aaron Ott (1) 496
9. Lance Dewease (1) 458
10. Steve Buckwalter (3) 434
11. Cory Haas 344
12. Austin Hogue 257
13. Jim Siegel (1) 202
14. Doug Esh (1) 194
15. Freddie Rahmer 174
16. Tim Glatfelter 173
17. Kyle Moody 165
18. Donnie Kreitz Jr. (1) 163
19. Mike Wagner 156
20. Robbie Kendall 149
21. Dylan Cisney 145
22. Ryan Smith 145
23. Brock Zearfoss 141
24. Kevin Nouse (1) 136
25. Logan Wagner 131
CAPITAL RENEGADE 358 SPRINT SERIES
1. Doug Hammaker (3) 625
2. Matt Campbell (2) 570
3. Brad McClelland (4) 552
4. Issac Sneeringer (3) 437
5. Cody Fletcher (1) 415
6. Jeff Halligan (3) 399
7. Dwight Leppo (1) 350
8. Adrian Shaffer (2) 340
9. Jeff Rohrbaugh (2) 330
10. David Holbrook (1) 313