HOUSEHOLDER: Rine does it again at Selinsgrove
- Jeff Rine recently captured his 12th super late model title at Selinsgrove Speedway.
- Rine has now won 10 championships in a row at Selinsgrove.
- Rine won six races at Selinsgrove this year, which pushed his career-leading total there to 102.
Jeff Rine is no stranger to winning championships.
In fact, he's getting downright used to it.
The 2016 season added another championship award to Rine's bulging trophy case.
Rine won his 12th super late model track crown at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Even more impressive, it marked the 10th consecutive year that Rine has won the Selinsgrove title. This year he won six races at Selinsgrove, which pushed his career-leading all-time win mark there to 102.
Rine's latest title highlighted an entertaining season of stock-car action on the local dirt-track racing circuit.
Here's a look at some of the other stock-car champions, which included several drivers from York County:
At Port Royal Speedway, it was Andy Haus who won the late model point title. For Haus, it marked his first title at the Port and it came on the strength of two wins there. Of course, the Haus name is not unfamiliar at the Port. Andy’s father, Scott Haus, is the track’s all-time win leader in the late model class. Scott Haus has also won more late model titles there than anyone else.
At Hagerstown Speedway, late model rookie Scott Palmer won the point title. Palmer was last year’s late model sportsman champ and this year stepped it up a notch.
On the limited late model side of things, Manchester’s Randy Christine Jr. won his first Susquehanna Speedway point crown. Christine scored four of his five wins this season at Susky.
Kyle Lee was Hagerstown’s late model sportsman champion this year. Lee’s first Hagerstown crown came on the strength of five wins there.
Devin Hart won Port Royal’s econo late model title, while last year’s Port champ, Andrew Yoder, was Clinton County’s limited late model champ this year.
In the street stocks, Manchester’s Mike Potts got his first career Susuqehanna title. Potts claimed four of his five wins this season at Susky.
Brad Mitch was Selinsgrove’s pro stock champion for the third year in a row, while Craig Parrill was Hagerstown’s pure stock champ.
Newberrytown’s Alex Updegraff won Susky’s extreme stock title, while Wellsville’s Mike Goodwin was the champ in Trailway’s similar street stock class. Pete Leister won the extreme stock title at Port Royal.
Justin Wagaman won the limited stock title at Trailway,and York Haven’s Daryl Sipe was Susky’s champion in the similar road warrior class.
Indoor racing: The Battle of Trenton will take place this weekend.
Len Sammons Promotions will kick off the winter indoor racing series with a three-day show in Trenton’s Sun Center.
Friday will feature triple 20-lap qualifying features for the three-quarter midgets, plus a full program of champ karts. On Saturday, it’s the main event, with a full program of three-quarter midget racing ending in a 40-lap feature. The slingshots also compete.
Sunday is for the youngsters, with the quarter midgets and micro stocks competing.
Hagerstown news: It was recently reported that recent Hagerstown promoter Ernie Davis will not renew his lease for the 2017 racing season. Davis has leased the plant from the Plessinger family for several years now.
The Plessinger family has kept its hand in things at Hagerstown, promoting several of the special events at the speedway, including the Pennsylvania Speedweek sprint show. It will be interesting to see what happens for next year at the Hub City oval. It’s rumored that there are several interested parties. The Plessingers could also resume promotion.
Hagerstown opened for racing in the late 1940s and had some up-and-down times during the 1950s. The track closed for a few years after the 1958 racing season. It reopened in 1963 and has been in continuous operation since then.
When Hagerstown first opened, it held special races for the AAA sprint cars, but quickly moved to weekly stock car racing. The jalopies of the 1950s were a regular attraction.
When it reopened in 1963, Hagerstown featured the “bugs” as its main class, with a new class known as semi late models as a second class. Like Lincoln, Port Royal and Susquehanna, Hagerstown didn’t immediately move to sprint car racing in 1967, when Jack Gunn brought those cars to Williams Grove and Selinsgrove.
In 1968, all the other tracks, including Hagerstown, opened up to sprint cars. The sprints and late models raced together at Hagerstown through the 1973 season. In 1974, the Stouffer family that promoted Hagerstown switched to just late models and other types of stock cars. A few years later they leased the track to Jack Gunn, who brought the sprints back on an occasional basis, but kept Hagerstown a “late model” track.
When Gunn died following the 1980 racing season, Frank Plessinger bought the speedway and it has been in his family ever since.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.