HOUSEHOLDER: Dietrich closes in on Hodnett in overall sprint standings
Danny Dietrich has been on fire of late.
In the past three weeks, Dietrich has won six sprint car features, including a preliminary night World of Outlaws win at Williams Grove. Over the past week, Dietrich won at Grandview on Tuesday, at Williams Grove on Friday and at Lincoln on Saturday.
Since July 17, Dietrich has knocked 167 points off Greg Hodnett's lead in the Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Series standings.
Considering that the most points a driver can score on one night is 50, that's a considerable gain. Dietrich now trails Hodnett by just 45 points.
Both Hodnett and Dietrich plan to attend the Knoxville Nationals in a few weeks.
Wagner breaks through at Port Royal: Logan Wagner got his first local sprint car win on Saturday evening at Port Royal.
Wagner is a second-generation driver who started with the 305 sprints and moved into the 410 ranks last season.
Last season, Wagner won a sprint car event at Lernerville in western Pennsylvania, but didn't grab a local victory.
That changed on Saturday night, when he topped Lucas Wolfe to win at the Port.
Wagner is the son of two-time Port Royal champion Mike Wagner, who finished fourth on Saturday. Ironically, Logan Wagner's win on Saturday moved him into a tie for 18th in the Speedway Motors standings. The driver he is tied with is his father, Mike Wagner.
Weekend slate: Williams Grove has another double-race weekend on tap for this week.
Friday, the sprints and 358 sprints compete, while the Saturday Night Series features the super sportsmen, limited late models and street stocks.
Trailway races Friday, with the 358 sprints, limited stocks, street stocks and 600cc micro sprints.
Port Royal takes top billing on Saturday with the Living Legends Dream Race. The sprint cars will go 35 laps for $10,000 to win. The late models will also compete.
Honored as living legends this year will be retired driver Scott Haus, who is best known for his late model accomplishments, but has also won in sprints and modifieds. Car owner Ed Powell is the other honoree. Powell once owned Haus' late model and sprint rides.
Lincoln gives the sprints the night off to compete at Port Royal, but the 358 sprints take top billing with the third leg of the Nouse Signs and Graphics Summer Series. That one offers the winner $2,700. The Legends and mini-stocks also compete.
Selinsgrove hosts the 360 sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners on its Saturday slate, while Hagerstown has the topless late models, late model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and classic cars.
Susquehanna's Saturday show features the limited late models, 305 sprints, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, road warriors and minivans.
Lincoln midweek shows: At the end of this month, Lincoln will have two straight Wednesday evening shows.
The first is on Aug. 19. That race will feature the USAC Midgets competing against the locally based ARDC Midgets. The last time the USAC Midgets competed at Lincoln, was in 1964, and 1963 Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones was the winner.
USAC will bring a number of its stars east for this week-long series of events, including 2015 Chili Bowl winner Rico Abreu, and recent NASCAR Truck Series Mud Summer Classic winner Christopher Bell.
The second midweek show at Lincoln is on Aug. 26, and is being presented by Fred Rahmer Promotions. The Legends of Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Racing show will feature a number of local racing stars competing in 410 sprint cars one more time. The cars will be done up in graphics that the drivers used during their careers. Right now, the list of competitors for the heats and 20-lap feature includes Steve Smith, Lynn Paxton, Keith Kauffman, Doug Wolfgang, Kenny Adams, Steve Siegel, Steve Stambuagh, Todd Shaffer, Cris Eash, Billy Pauch, Bobby Weaver and probably Jeff Shepard.
In addition to the Legends race, the program will feature a series of six five-lap match races for six current stars, with each driver starting in each of the six positions. Points will be awarded for each event and the overall winner will take home $10,000. The 358 sprints will also have a full program that night.
1970: It was a busy week for local racers in 1970, and it started with a Tuesday evening All Star show at Williams Grove. Wrightsville's Bobbie Adamson won that one in Al Hamilton's No. 77. The win was Adamson's eighth of the season.
The next night, some local racers ventured to Jennerstown for a 100-lap event, while others followed the All Stars to the State Line Speedway. At Jennerstown, Lynn Paxton drove "Shorty" Emrich's No. 1 to his eighth win of the season, while at State Line, it was Lee Osborne scoring the win in the Tobias No. 17.
Back to Williams Grove on Friday night, where Manchester's Ed Zirkle raced to his first career Grove win in the Gurtizen Brothers No. 50. The win was Zirkle's second of the season and second in two weeks.
The Saturday slate found Kenny Weld winning at Lincoln in Bud Grimm's No. 88. The win was Weld's 16th of the season. At Port Royal, Johnny Grum parked Harry Fletcher's No. 66 in victory lane for the 14th time that season, while at Selinsgrove, it was Gene Kohr picking up his second win of the season in the Boldosser No. 00.
The weekend concluded on Sunday at Hagerstown, where Elmer Ruby steered the family-owned No. 711 to his sixth 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
Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Point Standings
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1. Greg Hodnett (10) 1,283
2. Danny Dietrich (12) 1,238
3. Brian Montieth (8) 959
4 Lucas Wolfe (3) 910
5. Brent Marks 697
6. Stevie Smith (8) 619
7. Alan Krimes (2) 552
8. Aaron Ott (1) 550
9. Lance Dewease (1) 527
10. Steve Buckwalter (3) 434
11. Cory Haas 374
12. Austin Hogue 269
13. Jim Siegel (1) 218
14. Doug Esh (1) 204
15. Freddie Rahmer 194
16. Tim Glatfelter 187
17. Robbie Kendall 184
18. Logan Wagner (1) 181
18. Mike Wagner 181
20. Kyle Moody 177
21. Donnie Kreitz Jr. (1) 163
22. Ryan Smith 163
23. Donny Schatz (1) 155
24. Kevin Nouse (1) 152
25. Dylan Cisney 145