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The local outdoor dirt-track racing season drew to a close on Saturday afternoon at Susquehanna Speedway.

Hanover’s Jacob Allen drove to a flag-to-flag victory in the 30-lap Final Showdown.

For Allen, it marked his first career 410 sprint-car win.

Allen is the son of racing legend Bobby Allen and has spent the past several seasons on the World of Outlaws circuit with his father’s two-car team. Jacob Allen’s older nephew, Logan Schuchart, has garnered most of the attention during that time. Earlier in the season, Schuchart scored a pair of Outlaw wins, to go along with the seven local wins he had scored before the team hit the road.

Car owner Bobby Allen won at least 276 sprint-car features during his Hall of Fame career.

Like Schuchart, Jacob Allen started his big-car career in the local 358 sprint ranks. In those cars, Jacob Allen had won four times in the 358s, while Schuchart had won 10 times.

Unlike Schuchart, Jacob Allen had not yet won in a 410 sprinter when the team went on the road. The Allen team is perhaps the lowest-budget team on the full-time Outlaw tour. During the second half of this season, the team was also one of the best-performing teams on the circuit.

Jacob Allen actually had a pretty good season on the road this year, but that elusive first win just didn’t come — until Saturday, in front of his hometown fans at Susky.

PIT STOPS

Hodnett wraps up title: The race at Susky also closed the season for the overall local sprint-car tour and the Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Series presented by Hoseheads.com.

Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett made a dominant run en route to the series title. Hodnett scored the title for the seventh time in his career and the sixth time in the last seven years.

This season, it was possible for a driver to compete in 78 local races. There were 88 races held in the series, with Lincoln and Port Royal operating on the same night 10 times.

In all, 93 drivers were able to score Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Series points. Since points are only awarded for top-10 finishes, that means 93 drivers scored top-10 finishes in local 410 sprint-car races this year.

In those 88 races, 33 different drivers scored feature wins.

Hodnett was at the top of that list with 19 wins. Hodnett also scored 12 seconds, 16 thirds, six fourths, three fifths and six other top-10 runs for 62 races in the top 10.

He also won the Williams Grove point title.

Second-place Danny Dietrich won nine times, with 11 seconds and 16 other top fives, plus 23 other top 10s, for a total of 59 top-10 runs. Dietrich was the 2016 Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek champion. Lucas Wolfe ended the season third with four wins, 26 other top fives and 18 more top 10s, for 48 total top 10s.

Brian Montieth won six times, had 19 other top fives and 13 more top 10s for a total of 38 top-10 runs. Brent Marks rounded out the top five with four wins, 21 other top fives and 16 more top 10s, for a total of 41 top-10 runs.

Rounding out the top 10 in points were Lincoln champ Alan Krimes with two wins and 39 top 10s; Lance Dewease, who won 10 times and scored 23 top 10s in just 26 total starts; Port Royal champ Doug Esh with three wins and 38 top 10s; Stevie Smith, another part-time racer, who won three times and scored 27 top 10s in just more than 30 races; and Ryan Smith, who won once and notched 31 top 10s.

Monte Carlo Night: The York Conty Racing Club will host its annual Monte Carlo Night this Saturday evening. The event will be held at the club hall in Zions View.

Participants will spend the first part of the evening gambling with “play money.” When the gambling ends, they will then be able to use their “winnings” to bid on items at an auction of donated items.

Donations range from racing-related memorabilia to kitchen and home items to automotive-related items.

Other YCRC news: The YCRC also released some other news recently. Former YCRC Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Sanders will be the guest speaker for the annual Hall of Fame banquet in early January.

Sanders is a Hanover native, who began his career as a youngster with the Ken Appler racing team, for which the late Paul Miller drove. Miller was the longtime YCRC president. Sanders went on to a career as a mechanic, with many nationally-active sprint-car teams, and eventually ran the Gambler Chassis company for many years.

The YCRC also announced that the guest speaker for its Nov. 16 membership meeting will be World of Outlaws late-model driver Rick Eckert of York. It was recently announced that Eckert will be inducted into the National Late Model Hall of Fame in 2017.

Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

2016 SPEEDWAY MOTORS/CHAMPION RACING OIL
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT CAR SERIES
PRESENTED BY HOSEHEADS.COM

FINAL

1. 27 Greg Hodnett  2154 19
2. 48 Danny Dietrich 1570 8
3. 1 Lucas Wolfe  1218 4
4. 21 Brian Montieth 1048 6
5. 19M Brent Marks  1015 4
6. 87 Alan Krimes  890 2
7. 69K Lance Dewease 835 10
8. 07 Doug Esh  799 3
9. 51s Stevie Smith  784 4
10. 94 Ryan Smith  653 1
11. 51 Freddie Rahmer 618 2
12. 25 Aaron Ott  603 2
13. 3z Brock Zearfoss 545 2
14. 11c Cory Haas  513
15 52 Austin Hogue  395 1
16. 12 Blane Heimbach 297 1
17. 17B Steve Buckwalter 294 2
18. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 291
19. 59 Jim Siegel  288 1
20. 1 Dale Blaney  253 2
21. 20 Ryan Taylor  248
22. 5 Dylan Cisney  243
23. 55 Mike Wagner  227
24. 55K Robbie Kendall 225
25. 15 Adam Wilt  216
26. 8 Billy Dietrich  213 1
27. M1 Mark Smith  212
28. 9 Daryn Pittman 200 2
29. 15 Donny Schatz  185 1
30. 88 T J Stutts  182
31. 5 Tyler Ross  170 1
32. 88 Brandon Rahmer 163 1
33. 71m Dave Blaney  158
34. 5 David Gravel  155
35. 99M Kyle Moody  148 1
36. 5/2D Chase Dietz  144 1

37. 2w Glenndon Forsythe 128
38. 33 Curt Stroup  118
39. 10H Chad Kemenah 111  1
40. 13 Tim Shaffer  107
41. 0 Rick Lafferty  106 1
41. 4 James McFadden 106
43. 3 Pat Cannon  104 1
44. 37 J J Grasso  99 1
44. 49 Brad Sweet  99
46. 1s Logan Schuchart 96 1
47. 7w Logan Wagner 91
48. 16 Matt Campbell 84
49. 69 Tim Glatfelter  80
50. 747 Davey Sammons 79
51. 44 Rodney Westhafer 78
52. 1* Tim Wagaman 77
52. 83 Joey Saldana  77
54. 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 74
55. 1a Jacob Allen  70 1
55. 44 Joey Hershey  70 1
57. 21 Cap Henry  55
58. 36D Wayne Dadetto 52
59 4 Kasey Kahne  50 1
60. 69 Shane Hoff  45
61. 98 Mike Erdley  44
61. 21 Kyle Reinhardt 44
63. 22 Cole Duncan  41
64. 17W Bryan Clauson 35
64. 1 Sammy Swindell 35
66. 21T Scott Fisher  34
66. 47K Kody Lehman  34
68. 5 Justin Barger  30
68. 2 Shane Stewart  30
68. 1x Chad Trout  28
71. 29 Kerry Madsen  26
72. 3 Tim Kaeding  25
73. 35 Daryl Stimeling 22
73. 35 Steve Owings  22
75. 21 Brian Brown  18
75. 11K Kraig Kinser  18
77. 28F Davie Franek  16
77. 39 J B Cunningham 16
79. 5T Tyler Reeser  14
79. 10 Joe Kata III  14
79. 25 Tyler Bear  14

82. 29 Jason Shultz  12
82. 41 Jason Johnson 12
82. 89 Robbie Stillwaggon 12
82. 8M T J Michael  12
82. 12 Mike Bittinger 12
82. 2 Art Leidl  12
82. 7c Caleb Armstrong 12
89. 7s Jason Sides  10
89. 2 A J Flick  10
89. 75 Frankie Herr  10
89. 73B Brett Michalski 10
89. 33 Mike Mahoney 10

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