DIRT TRACK RACING: Marks races to $4,000 triumph in Labor Day Classic at Port Royal


Brent Marks earned a last-lap victory in the 64th annual Labor Day Classic at Port Royal Speedway on Monday.

Marks' $4,000 victory was his first this season at any track.

York's Chase Dietz shot into the lead at the start of the event from the fourth position. Dietz led until the 15th lap, when Dylan Cisney moved by for the lead. Cisney appeared headed for the victory when the leaders entered lapped traffic with just a few laps remaining.

Entering the first turn of the final lap, Aaron Ott passed Cisney for the lead, but Marks passed both drivers before entering the back straightaway. At the finish, it was Marks over Ott, Cisney, Danny Dietrich and Spring Grove's Greg Hodnett in the top five.

Rounding out the top 10 were Dietz, Lucas Wolfe, Dave Ely, Lance Dewease and Curt Stroup.

In the econo late model feature, Eric Irvin picked up the win over Andrew Yoder. Rounding out the top five were Tim Fedder, Tim Gray and Todd Snook.

In the legends feature, Travis McClelland scored the win after swapping the lead numerous times with good buddy Joe Ehrisman, who finished second. Spring Grove's Harlon Leppo was third, followed Craley's Bill Diehl and Chad Earnst.

On Saturday at Port Royal, Ely picked up his first win of the season in the 25-lap sprint car feature. Ely's $3,200 win was his third career win at the Port.

Ely topped Ryan Taylor for the win, with Hodnett in third. Ott and Marks completed the first five. Rounding out the top 10 were Cisney, Dewease, Doug Esh, Wolfe and Wagner.

Ian Yoder won the Butch Renninger Memorial late model race over Nick Dickson, Dan Stone, Tim Wilson and Jeff Miller.


York's Haas takes Kimmel Memorial at Grove: York's Cory Haas won Sunday's Billy Kimmel Memorial Race at Williams Grove. Haas collected $3,820 for his first win of the season.

Haas started fourth and caught a faltering Rodney Westhafer for the lead on the 24th of 25 laps. From there, Haas motored to the victory over Lance Dewease. Hodnett was third, with Brian Montieth and Westhafer in the top five. Rounding out the first 10 were Freddie Rahmer, Fairview Township's Pat Cannon, Spring Grove's Tim Glatfelter, Marks and Doug Esh.

In the 358 sprint feature, Dietz followed his uncle's lead and scored the victory. Dietz's mother is Haas' sister. Dietz had started 11th and scored the win over Doug Hammaker. Hellam's Adrian Shaffer finished third, with Matt Findley and Eric Parker in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Dillsburg's Brie Hershey, Chandler Leiby, Fawn Grove's Matt Campbell, Nyle Berkes, and Amy Ott.

On Friday at the Grove, Aaron Ott won the Jack Gunn Memorial, pocketing $6,200. Ott led all 30 laps to best Dewease in the crash-filled event. Wolfe finished third, with Esh, Marks, Haas, Dietz, Westhafer, York's Glenndon Forsythe and Troy Fraker in the top 10.

Tyler Reeser won the 305 sprint feature over Scott Ellerman, Stephanie Dodson, Nathan Gramley and Colby Dice.

Freddie Rahmer breaks through at Lincoln: One week after his brother had scored his first career sprint car win, Freddie Rahmer did likewise in Saturday's event at Lincoln Speedway. Rahmer collected $3,500 for his win in the J.L. Howard Memorial.

Billy Dietrich grabbed the lead from the onset from his outside front row starting spot. Freddie Rahmer quickly moved to second from the fourth starting slot. Those two drivers raced in those positions for much of the 25-lap distance, with Rahmer offering occasional challenges for the lead. Meanwhile, track champion Montieth and win leader Danny Dietrich were working their way forward from mid-pack starting spots.

As the leaders raced off the fourth turn for the one-to-go sign, Rahmer was directly behind Billy Dietrich, with Montieth and Danny Dietrich making a move on either side of Rahmer. As they crossed under the white flag, Rahmer was actually scored fourth. Entering the first turn, Montieth slid up in front of Danny Dietrich and the two briefly touched. Rahmer, meanwhile, cut to the bottom of the track, passed both Montieth and Danny Dietrich and challenged Billy Dietrich again. Off the final turn, Rahmer had the lead, and won by little more than a tenth of a second over Billy Dietrich, with Montieth little more than three-tenths of a second behind the winner. Danny Dietrich was just nine-tenths of a second back in fourth. J.J. Grasso was fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Jim Siegel, Dover's Austin Hogue, Robbie Kendall, Alan Krimes and Dietz.

Campbell won the 358 sprint feature, leading all 20 laps. Kevin Nouse finished second, with Dale Hammaker in third. Hammaker enters the final points race next Saturday with a point lead over Campbell. Rounding out the top 10 were Jeff Halligan, Shaffer, Leiby, York's Jeff Rohrbaugh, Ashley Cappetta, Findley, and Windsor's Ryan Higgins.

Lewisberry's Scott Dellinger won the 25-lap super sportsman feature. Dellinger took the lead from Kenny Edkin on the sixth lap. Russ Mitten finished second, with Edkin, Carmen Perigo Jr. and Frankie Herr in the top five. Completing the top 10 were Mike Enders, Bobby Hockenberry, Dave Socks, Gregg Foster and Eric Walker.

York's Billet victorious at Susquehanna: York's Chase Billet won Saturday's York County National limited late model race at Susquehanna Speedway Park. New Cumberland's Cameron Benyou was second, followed by Dover's Gene Knaub, Grant Adams and Randy Stoudt.

McClelland triumphs at Trailway: Brad McClelland won Friday's 358 sprint feature at Trailway over Spring Grove's Dwight Leppo. Rounding out the top 10 were Rohrbaugh, Mike Bittinger, Doug Hammaker, Bill Stine, Halligan, David Holbrook, Higgins and Hanover's Issac Sneeringer.

Diehl won the legends feature.

Lannigan first at Selinsgrove: Darrell Lannigan won the World of Outlaws late model feature at Selinsgrove Sunday. It was his third consecutive win in the event.

In the limited late model feature, Knaub scored the win over Kyle Lee, Shaun Jones, Manchester's Randy Christine Jr. and Grant Adams.

Red Lion's Darrah wins in Ohio: Red Lion's Cody Darrah won the All Star sprint feature at Attica, Ohio, while his uncle, York's Rick Eckert, won Saturday's World of Outlaws late model event at eastern Pennsylvania's Lernerville Speedway. Sheldon Haudenschild won both other All Star sprint races over the weekend.

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