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Danny Dietrich is the new Champion Racing Oil/ BR Motorsports Central Pennsylvania Sprint Series champion by a single point.

Despite an early crash at Susquehanna Speedway on Saturday, Dietrich was able to hold on to his lead, edging Lucas Wolfe by just one point for the $6,000 crown.

Dietrich entered the race leading by 31 points. Wolfe needed to finish in the top two to stand a chance at wresting the series lead from Dietrich. Wolfe finished third, which awards 30 points. With Dietrich out of the top-10 finishers, he didn’t get any points, so the final margin of victory was just that one marker.

For the season, the series ran 86 races, with 107 drivers earning top-10 finishes to gain points toward the title. There were 28 different winners.

Dietrich notched 51 finishes in the top 10 during the season, while Wolfe actually placed in the top 10 six more times. However, it was in the top finishing positions where Dietrich outshined Wolfe. Dietrich won 12 series races to eight for Wolfe. Dietrich finished second 10 times to four for Wolfe.

In all Dietrich had 31 top fives and 20 more finishes from six thru 10. He also scored a non-points win against the All Stars in New York state. Wolfe had 39 finishes in the top five and 18 more in spots six thru 10. Wolfe won three non-series 360 sprint races in New York state.

After three consecutive titles, Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett ended the season third in points. Hodnett won seven times, with a total of 49 top-10 finishes, with 31 of those in the top five. Hodnett also has five 360 sprint wins thus far this year.

Part-time racer Lance Dewease ended the season fourth on the strength of 12 wins in 30 top-10 finishes, and 25 of those runs were in the top five.

Port Royal champion Brock Zearfoss rounded out the top five. Zearfoss won seven races with 41 finishes in the top 10. Two dozen of his finishes were in the top five.

Williams Grove champ Freddie Rahmer was sixth with six wins, while Lincoln champ Brian Montieth got seventh with three wins. Dale Blaney, whose only win this season came outside the series in Ohio, was eighth, followed by T.J. Stutts and York’s Cory Haas in the top 10.

PIT STOPS

Susky notes: Susquehanna drew 30 410 sprint cars and 31 358 sprints for this year’s Final Showdown on Saturday.

A nice-size crowd was on hand as well.

The race was moved two weeks earlier this season. It had been held in November in recent years. Next week I'll take a look at November racing in the area.

Logan Schuchart set fast time for the sprint cars and also won the dash to earn the pole position for the race. The tangle between Schuchart and Lance Dewease three quarters of a lap after Dewease had passed Schuchart for the lead left Schuchart needing minor repairs, while Dewease continued on despite the fact that the front wing on his car was bent down in front of the front bumper.

Dewease held off Joey Saldana for the win, while Schuchart came from the back to take 10th spot on the final lap.

Schuchart passed Gerard McIntyre Jr. for that spot. McIntyre was driving his family-owned car, but with a lot of extra support. McIntyre teamed with car owner Mark Coldren for the race, and perhaps for next season. The plan was to use Coldren’s car, but there wasn’t time to make the changes needed to install McIntyre’s seat, since the teams use different chassis. The team arrived in Coldren’s hauler, with Coldren on hand for support.

York’s Chase Dietz won the 358 sprint feature. Dietz has spent the second half of the season driving the Roger McKeon No. 4R 358 sprinters. He explained in victory lane that the team had built a new racer for this event to get a head start on next season. Seems to me the test of the new machine went well.

I have been very impressed with 358 sprint rookie Brett Wanner this season. Wanner moved to the 358 sprints from the ARDC Midget series. He finished fifth at Susky, which was his second fifth-place finish there this season. He also had a third-place run at the Grove this season. Wanner limited most of his season to the Grove and Susky.

The impressive thing about Wanner’s season is that he and his entire pit crew are hearing Impaired. They all communicate with sign language. None can hear or speak.

Wanner does own one ARDC Midget win.

This weekend: The only racing this weekend in the area is a special show at Trailway Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

The event will feature a pair of figure-eight races, a pair of demolition derby events, a powder-puff race and the four-cylinder stock cars.

This is the weekend of the World Finals on the Dirt Track at Charlotte. The World of Outlaws sprint cars, World of Outlaws late models and the DIRT modifieds all compete. Time trials are set for Thursday evening, with full programs on both Friday and Saturday.

To find sprint cars a little closer to home this weekend, the URC 360 sprints race Friday and Saturday at the big five-eighth-mile Bridgeport, New Jersey, Speedway.

Reach Bryan Householder at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

FINAL 2017 CHAMPION RACING OIL

BR MOTORSPORTS

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT SERIES

RESENTED BY HOSEHEADS.COM

1. 48/29 Danny Dietrich 1495 12
2. 24/5w Lucas Wolfe  1494 8
3. 27 Greg Hodnett  1234 7
4. 69K Lance Dewease 1085 12
5. 3z/58 Brock Zearfoss 1082 7
6. 51 Freddie Rahmer 977 6
7. 21 Brian Montieth 890 3
8. 1/55 Dale Blaney  507
9. 11 T J Stutts  500
10. 39 Cory Haas  476
11. 87 Alan Krimes  455
12. 5 Dylan Cisney  396
13. 16 Matt Campbell 347 1
14. 44 Trey Starks  339 2
15. 5 David Gravel  339 4
16. 25 Aaron Ott  338
17. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 314 1
18. 3 James McFadden 303 1
19. 15 Donny Schatz  295 1
20. 07 Doug Esh  285 2
21. 12 Blane Heimbach 264 1
22. 55 Mike Wagner  255
23. 39 Anthony Macri 254 1
24. 0 Rick Lafferty  242 1
25. 9 Daryn Pittman 236
26. 88 Brandon Rahmer 228
26. 94 Ryan Smith  228
28. 17B Steve Buckwalter 227   1
29. 1x Chad Trout  224
30. M1 Mark Smith  199   1
31. 21 Brian Brown  188   2
32. 49 Brad Sweet  184
33. 59 Jim Siegel  180
34. 20 Ryan Taylor  176
35. 2W Glenndon Forsythe 168 2
36. 8 Billy Dietrich  153
37. 37 J J Grasso  152    2
38. 57 Kyle Larson  150 3
39. 49x Tim Shaffer  149
40. 24 Rico Abreu  145 1
41. 5 Chase Dietz  142
42. 99M Kyle Moody  139
43. 7W Logan Wagner 126 1
44. 2 Shane Stewart  111   1
45. 2M Kerry Madsen  110
45. 10H Chad Kemenah 110
47. 55K Robbie Kendall 96
48. 41 Jason Johnson 88
49. 5 Tyler Ross  86
50. 47K Kody Lehman  84
51. 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 82
52. 91/7 Kyle Reinhardt 79
53. 69 Tim Glatfelter  76
54. 19 Brent Marks  70 1
55. 1s Logan Schuchart 67
56. 8s Trenton Sheaffer 65
57. 35 Daryl Stimeling 60
58. 17 Caleb Helms  51
59. 4K Lynton Jeffery 50  1
60. 71 Joey Saldana  49
61 44 Rodney Westhafer 46
61. 33 Jared Esh  46
61. 98 Carl Bowser  46
64. 1* Tim Wagaman 45
65. 29 Jason Shultz  42
66. 3K Tim Kaeding  40
67. 35 Tyler Walker  38
67. 2 A J Flick  38
67. 10 Tyler Bear  38
70. 747 Davey Sammons 37
71. 07 Sammy Swindell 35
71. 35 Steve Owings  35
73. 71M Dave Blaney  34
73. 22 Cole Duncan  34
75. 44 Joey Hershey  32
76. 21T Scott Fisher  30
76. 74 Dwayne Gutshall 30
76. 26 Curt Stroup  30
79. 19M  Landon Myers 25
79. 14 Coleman Gulick 25
79. 75 Nicole Bower  25
82. 14 Tony Stewart  20
82. 7K Dan Shetler  20
84. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 18
84. 5 Adrian Shaffer 18
86. 91 Tony Fiore  16
86. 27G Jay Galloway  16
86. 33 Michael Walter II 16
86. 18 Ian Madsen  16
86. 10 Zach Eucalano 16
86. 5 Justin Barger  16
92. 1w Eric Tomecek  14
92. 4 Paul McMahan 14
92. 17 Josh Baughman 14
95. 75 Frankie Herr  12
95. 69 Shane Hoff  12
95. 4 Kasey Kahne  12
95. 7c Caleb Armstrong 12
95. 4 Dwight Leppo 12
95. 10 Joe Kata III  12
95. 17 Jac Haudenschild 12
102. 17B Bill Balog  10
102. 3 Kevin Nouse  10
102. 47 Eric Riggins Jr 10
102. 33 Max Stambaugh 10
102. D4 Danny Holtgraver 10
102. 7s Jason Sides  10

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