Brian Montieth put on a masterful display of driving to win the Armin Hostetter/Bob Weikert Memorial sprint-car feature at Trailway Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 27.
Montieth collected $3,500 for his win in the non-stop, 29-lap event, and then added a $1,000 bonus as the champion of the three-race Lincoln/Susquehanna/Trailway Shootout. He also came from the sixth starting spot and earned the hard-charger bonus of $350, bring his evening's total earnings to $4,850.
York's Landon Myers, a rookie who took his first ride in a 410 sprint car the night before at Lincoln Speedway, started from the pole position and led the first eight laps of the race before Danny Dietrich slipped by, with Montieth hot on his heels. Dietrich was only able to keep Montieth at bay until the 13th lap. Then Montieth began his march through lapped traffic. In the end, only five cars remained on the lead lap, meaning that during the course of the 29-lap race, Montieth had passed every car on the track.
Dietrich finished second, with Lucas Wolfe in third. Myers finished fourth with Dwayne Gutshall rounding out the top five. Completing the top 10 were York’s Cory Haas, Spring Grove’s Zach Eucalano, Gerard McIntyre Jr., Spring Grove’s Dwight Leppo and York’s Glenndon Forsythe.
Bradley Weber won the 600cc micro-sprint feature over Tyler Walton, Garrett Bard, Kameron Morral and Zane Rudisill
Busy Labor Day weekend of racing: Williams Grove, Port Royal and Selinsgrove speedways will each race twice this weekend.
The Grove kicks things off Friday, Sept. 1, when the sprint cars race in the Van May Tribute race. The Grove has been honoring someone with this race for several years now, and this year it’s the always-popular Van May. It’s been many years since May last sat behind the wheel of a sprint car, but he’s still a regular fixture at the races.
A winner and a champion during his career, the Texas transplant still lives in Hanover. May will be on hand to greet the winner. The URC 360 sprints are also a part of the Grove program that night, along with fireworks.
Sunday evening, Sept. 3, the Grove offers up the Billy Kimmel Memorial race with the sprints and 358 sprints in action.
At Port Royal, this weekend marks the start of the 163rd annual Juniata County Fair. Racing is planned for Saturday, Sept. 2, and Monday, Sept. 4. Saturday is opening day at the fair and the sprint cars are joined by the UFO late models, which will run in the 14th annual Butch Renninger Memorial event. Renninger was a top late-model driver around the area, who later served on the fair board. The econo late models also compete.
Monday afternoon is the 66th annual Labor Day Classic at the Port. The sprints are joined by the econo late models and mini stocks.
Selinsgrove offers up the 360 sprints, which will be co-sanctioned by the ESS and Patriot groups on Saturday. The pro stocks and roadrunners also race. Then on Sunday, the World of Outlaws late models visit the track for the late-model National Open. The limited late models are also a part of the program.
Friday, Trailway has the second leg of the Lincoln/Trailway Shootout for the 358 sprints. The 270cc micro sprints, street stocks and limited stocks also compete.
Lincoln will offer up the Bob Leiby Memorial Race for the sprint cars on Saturday. Leiby, one of the co-promoters at Lincoln, died last fall. The 358 sprints and legends will also be on the slate. There will also be fireworks.
Susquehanna will host the super sportsmen, 305 sprints, limited-late models and street stocks Saturday, while Hagerstown has the final point races of the season for the late models, late-model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks.
Last week: If you didn’t catch the results from last Wednesday at New Egypt, New Jersey, J.J. Grasso picked up his first win of the season over Kyle Reinhardt. Lucas Wolfe, Davey Sammons and Ryan Smith completed the top five. Danny Dietrich was 10th Thus began a weekend of lead swapping on the overall Champion Racing Oil/BR Motorsports Central Pennsylvania Point Series.
Wolfe and Dietrich have been very close at the top of the series and they have been swapping the lead between them.
Friday at Williams Grove, Dietrich suffered mechanical problems and dropped from the race, while Wolfe finished fourth.
Saturday, Dietrich won at Lincoln, while Wolfe finished sixth at Port Royal. Sunday at Trailway, Dietrich was second, while Wolfe was third.
When the week started, Wolfe was two points ahead, and at the close of the weekend, he held a 10-point lead.
The K1 Racegear Summer Series for the 358 sprints had two races over the weekend, which brings the total to four of five races completed. Thus far, four different drivers have won. Todd Gracey won the opener at Lincoln, with Chase Dietz winning at Susquehanna. Cody Keller won at Williams Grove Friday and Doug Hammaker won at Lincoln Saturday.
1972: Labor Day weekend in 1972 was a busy one, with four days of racing. It started with just Williams Grove running Friday. There, Steve Smith raced to his 13th overall win of the season in the O.J. Myers No. 19.
Saturday at Lincoln, Kenny Weld put Bob Weikert’s No. 29 in victory lane for his 26th overall win of the season. On the same night at Port Royal, it was Manchester’s Eddie Zirkle picking up the win in his own No. 33. The win was Zirkle’s sixth of the season overall. At Selinsgrove that night, Jan Opperman won for the 29th time that season in the Bogar No. 99.
On to Sunday night at Susquehanna, where a sprint-car rookie scored his first career win. Hellam’s Bobby Weaver was an accomplished super-sportsman driver by that time, but his win in John Uhler’s No. 11 was his first in a sprint car.
At Hagerstown, the Hub City 100 fell to Dover’s Smokey Snellbaker in the Roy Morral No. 880.
That moves us to Labor Day Monday, when Port Royal offered its traditional Labor Day Classic in the afternoon, and then Selinsgrove raced in the evening. In the end, the results were the same. Opperman won both races to bring his season total to 31.
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2017 CHAMPION RACING OIL
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT SERIES
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1. 24/5w Lucas Wolfe 1122 8
2. 48/13 Danny Dietrich 1112 9
3. 51 Freddie Rahmer 844 6
4. 27 Greg Hodnett 833 4
5. 69K Lance Dewease 771 8
5. 3z/58 Brock Zearfoss 771 4
7. 21 Brian Montieth 757 3
8. 1 Dale Blaney 441
9. 11 T J Stutts 415
10. 87 Alan Krimes 401
11. 39 Cory Haas 388
12. 5 Dylan Cisney 341
13. 25 Aaron Ott 338
14. 44 Trey Starks 301 2
15. 07 Doug Esh 285 2
16. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 277 1
17. 12 Blane Heimbach 264 1
18. 16 Matt Campbell 231
19. 55 Mike Wagner 221
20. 0 Rick Lafferty 212 1
21. 5 David Gravel 199 3
21. 17B Steve Buckwalter 199 1
23. 1x Chad Trout 182
24. 59 Jim Siegel 180
25. M1 Mark Smith 171 1
25. 88 Brandon Rahmer 171