The World of Outlaws got the best of the Pennsylvania Posse in the latest round of their ongoing battle.
Outlaw drivers won all three races on local soil this time, with David Gravel picking up two of the wins and Shane Stewart getting the other. Local racers had some good runs over the weekend, but didn’t make it to victory lane.
A while back I mentioned that the line between Outlaws and Posse had become blurred. That was never more apparent than this past weekend. At Lincoln, the official score shows six Outlaws and four Posse members in the top 10. However, seven of those drivers have at some point been regulars on the local circuit. Friday’s Williams Grove score was the same, with six Outlaws and four Posse drivers in the top 10, but again there were seven drivers in the top 10 with local experience. Saturday at the Grove was much the same, except this time it was six Outlaws, three Posse members and one traveler. Still, seven had weekly local track time at some point.
Want to take that a step further? The top two teams on the Outlaw tour have chief mechanics who cut their eyeteeth on the local circuit. Ricky Warner, with eight-time Outlaw champion Donny Schatz, and Barry Jackson, with eight-time season winner Gravel, are both from the Carlisle area. In addition, Chad Clemens, who owns Gravel’s team, is from eastern Pennsylvania and spent time on the local circuit with Michael Carber, Fred Rahmer and Stevie Smith.
How tough is it to make an Outlaw feature in this area? Here’s an example. Friday at Williams Grove, point leader Freddie Rahmer had a strong third-place finish, closing on the leaders at the end. Saturday, Rahmer was the first alternate for the feature. He came from 11th to fifth in the B-Main, but fell one spot short of making the show.
On the other side of that coin, former Knoxville Nationals winner Tim Shaffer charged through the field in Friday’s B-Main but fell one spot short of making the race. Saturday, it was Shaffer who finished third in the feature.
This weekend: Friday at Williams Grove, the sprint cars and PASS 305 sprints compete. At Trailway Friday, it’s the 358 sprints, 600cc and 270cc micro sprints, limited stocks and street stocks. Trailway’s show is Armed Forces Appreciation Day, with free admission with a military identification card.
Port Royal has the Bob Weikert Memorial weekend planned with Saturday and Sunday racing. Saturday, the sprints and late models are on the card, with $5,000 to win for the sprints and $3,000 for the late models. Then on Sunday, the URC 360 sprints join the sprints. Sunday’s Weikert Memorial pays the sprint cars $10,000 to win, while URC races for $2,000 to win. Sunday is also York County Racing Club Night at the Port.
Lincoln’s Saturday show will include the sprints, 358 sprints and Legends cars, while Susuqehanna has super sportsmen, limited-late models, street stocks and Xtreme stocks. Susky’s show honors track founder Bud Bricker.
The URC 360 sprints headline at Selinsgrove on Saturday, along with the late models, pro stocks and roadrunners. Hagerstown has the late models, Mason-Dixon Shootout Series late-model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks Saturday.
1972: A full Memorial Day weekend of racing greeted local race fans back in 1972. In fact, for some local racers, the weekend started early out in Ohio.
Kenny Weld, who was operating Bob Weikert’s No. 29 team out of his shop in Loganville, ventured west for races at Wayne County, Ohio, on Wednesday, and Millstream, Ohio, on Thursday and won both of them to claim his ninth and 10th wins of the season.
Weld’s arch rival at the time, Jan Opperman, drove the Bogar No. 99 to a Friday win at Fremont, Ohio, and then a Sunday win at Tri City, Pennsylvania, to produce his 10th and 11th wins of the season. Other wins in that weekend series fell to Tommy Dickson at Skyline, Ohio, on Saturday, and Wrightsville’s Bobbie Adamson, who won at Jennerstown on Memorial Day Monday, in Al Hamilton’s No. 77
Adamson also scored wins at Williams Grove on Friday and Selinsgrove on Saturday. When the weekend ended, his season win total stood at eight.
Gus Linder, in Mickey Banas’ No. 69 scored his first win of the season on Friday at Bedford, and then came back at Lincoln on Saturday to share the win with Weld. The finish was so close at Lincoln that officials declared a tie. Weld’s Lincoln win was his 11th of the season, so he and Opperman ended the weekend tied for the area win lead.
Dover’s Smokey Snellbaker upped his season win total to four with a Saturday win at Port Royal in Roy Morral’s No. 880.
At Susuqehanna on Sunday, second-year, sprint-car racer Kramer Williamson put his “Pink Panther” No. 73 in victory lane for his first win of the season, while at Hagerstown, Lynn Paxton parked the Emrich Chevy No. 1 in victory lane for his fifth win of the season.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 CHAMPION RACING OIL
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT SERIES
PRESENTED BY HOSEHEADS.COM
1. 48 Danny Dietrich 338 3
2. 27 Greg Hodnett 299 1
3. 24 Lucas Wolfe 264 1
4. 21 Brian Montieth 261 1
5. 69K Lance Dewease 259 4
6. 07 Doug Esh 231 2
7. 51 Freddie Rahmer 215 1
8. 3z Brock Zearfoss 213 1
9. 1 Dale Blaney 196
10. 87 Alan Krimes 150
10. 25 Aaron Ott 150
12. 11 T J Stutts 146
13. 0 Rick Lafferty 140
14. 5 David Gravel 114
15. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 113
16. 17B Steve Buckwalter 109
17. M1 Mark Smith 105 1
18. 39 Cory Haas 95
19. 9 Daryn Pittman 88
20. 7W Logan Wagner 86 1
21. 49X Tim Shaffer 85
22. 55 Mike Wagner 81
22. 59 Jim Siegel 81
22. 5 Dylan Cisney 81
25. 20 Ryan Taylor 79