The World of Outlaws came to Williams Grove Speedway last weekend for the Summer Nationals, but they probably went home shaking their heads.
Actually they headed north for races in New York and Canada, so they didn't have time to worry too much.
Drivers from the local circuit won both nights of the Summer Nationals program. Friday night, Danny Dietrich came up from the ninth starting spot to pass Outlaw kingpin Donny Schatz for the $8,000 preliminary night win. Saturday, Stevie Smith started fourth, had the lead on the eighth lap and bested Schatz for the win. By the way, Schatz has won 20 of the Outlaws' 50 races thus far this season.
Smith's win was worth $20,000, plus an additional $5,000 as the winner of the Morgan Cup. The Morgan Cup event was rained out when the Outlaws were here in May, and added to the prize for the winner of the Summer Nationals. It honors the memory of longtime Williams Grove Speedway owner Morgan Hughes.
The Cup itself resides with the winning group for one year. I think it's been five years since the event was started, and this will mark the first time the Cup remains with the Pennsylvania Posse for the year.
Smith was driving a car with a retro paint scheme that looked like the famed No. 19 his father drove in the early 1990s. In fact, it was the very same car Steve Smith will drive when Fred Rahmer presents his legends race at Lincoln on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
That race will feature a dozen former racing stars in 410 sprint cars for heats and a 20-lap feature. All will be driving cars with a retro look. Rahmer's son, Brandon, is doing the graphics at his Chop Designs.
Other drivers confirmed for the legends race include: Lynn Paxton, Keith Kauffman, Billy Pauch, Bobby Weaver, Steve Siegel, Cris Eash, Steve Stambaugh, Todd Shaffer, Kenny Adams and Doug Wolfgang. One driver is yet to be named.
That evening of racing will also include a full program of 358 sprint racing, and a series of match races for six local sprint stars with a $10,000 winner-take-all payout.
Schedule: Thunder on the Hill returns to Grandview Speedway Tuesday night. The sprint cars will race 35 laps with $5,000 for the winner. The 358 modifieds that race weekly at Grandview will also be on the program with $3,000 for the winner of that event.
Sprint cars and URC 360 sprint cars are on the slate at Williams Grove this Friday evening, while the Saturday Night Series returns on Saturday. The super sportsmen, limited late models and street stocks race Saturday.
Friday racing at Trailway will include 358 sprints, street stocks and both the 600cc and 270cc micro sprints.
The wingless super sportsmen race at Path Valley Friday.
Saturday evening, Lincoln hosts the sprints, 358 sprints and legends, while Port Royal has the sprints, late models, 305 sprints and Xtreme stocks.
At Selinsgrove on Saturday, the URC sprints join the action for the Kramer Cup in honor of champion sprint car driver Kramer Williamson. Late models and pro stocks are also on the program. As has become a tradition for this event, Selinsgrove Ford has again gained permission for the race cars to parade through downtown Selinsgrove on Saturday afternoon.
Susquehanna Speedway Park will host the limited late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, road warriors, minivans, figure eights and All American Outlaws on Saturday.
Hagerstown offers the late models, late model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and sidewinder micro sprints on Saturday.
1970: This weekend in 1970 started with an All Star event at Williams Grove on Thursday evening. That race saw Wrightsville's Bobbie Adamson score his seventh win of the season in Al Hamilton's No. 77. Then, for the regular program at the Grove on Friday, it was Jan Opperman claiming his seventh win of the season at the wheel of Harold Hank's No. 4.
Saturday at Lincoln, Manchester's Eddie Zirkle raced to his first win of the season in the Gurtizen Brothers No. 50. Elmer Ruby scored his fifth win of the season on Saturday at Port Royal with the family-owned No. 711, while at Selinsgrove, it was Mitch Smith getting his 12th season win in Gary Wasson's No. 5.
The USAC sprints visited Reading that Saturday night, with Larry "Boom Boom" Cannon scoring the win.
The weekend wrapped up Sunday at Hagerstown where Lynn Paxton notched his seventh win of the season in Laroy Emrich's No. 1.
— Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sprint car point standings
Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central Pennsylvania Sprint Cars
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1. Greg Hodnett (10) 1,212
2. Danny Dietrich (9) 1,088
3. Brian Montieth (8) 934
4. Lucas Wolfe (3) 865
5. Brent Marks 648
6. Stevie Smith (8) 619
7. Aaron Ott (1) 536
8. Alan Krimes (2) 502
9. Lance Dewease (1) 470
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. Donny Schatz (1) 155
21. Robbie Kendall 149
22. Dylan Cisney 145
23. Ryan Smith 145
24. Brock Zearfoss 141
25. Kevin Nouse (1) 136
CAPITAL RENEGADE 358 SPRINT SERIES
1. Doug Hammaker (3) 665
2. Matt Campbell (2) 586
3. Brad McClelland (4) 577
4. Issac Sneeringer (4) 497
5. Cody Fletcher (1) 450
6. Jeff Halligan (3) 399
7. Dwight Leppo (1) 370
8. Adrian Shaffer (2) 340
9. Jeff Rohrbaugh (2) 330
10. David Holbrook (1) 323