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The 2017 edition just may have been the most successful Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek ever.

Set to run 10 races in 10 days, the series only lost one event to rain, on Thursday at Port Royal Speedway. The other nine events produced large crowds and plenty of racing excitement.

In all, 94 different drivers from 11 states plus Australia competed over the nine-race test. Only nine of those drivers attended every event. Of course, Pennsylvania produced the most drivers with 67, while Austrailia and Maryland produced five drivers each. There were three drivers each from California, New Jersey and New York, while Ohio and Washington state had two drivers each. Single drivers were on hand from Delaware, Tennessee, Arizona and North Carolina. Of course some of those drivers no longer live in their native states, so a point could be made for five drivers from North Carolina.

NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne were on hand for four races each, while former NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, the father of recent NASCAR winner Ryan Blaney, made two races. Dale Blaney, Ryan’s uncle, made all nine races.

There were four new Speedweek winners this year. Larson won three for his first three central Pennsylvania sprint-car wins. Trey Starks of Washington state got his first local win, as did California’s ever-popular Rico Abreu.

Then there was the first race of the series when “Little Freddie” Rahmer got his first Speedweek win. Fred Rahmer has 30 Speedweek wins to his credit and is the series win leader.

Lance Dewease won two races during Speedweek to bring his series score up to 24, which is third on the list behind Rahmer and Greg Hodnett.

Defending series champion Danny Dietrich was the other winner.

Lucas Wolfe didn’t win a race during Speedweek, but he and the York-based Michael Barshinger team were so consistent that Wolfe earned his third Speedweek title. For Barshinger it was the first.

A quick look at the top five in points, shows Wolfe with finishes of 4-8-3-4-11-8-5-2-7. Dietrich in second had runs of 10-1-6-6-3-5-9-14-2. Rahmer was third with scores of 1-5-8-7-2-2-19-7-12.

Brock Zearfoss got fourth with runs of 11-13-2-11-9-14-2-8-6. Australian James McFadden completed the top five with runs of 3-4-12-13-6-18-7-12-9.

PIT STOPS

This week: Williams Grove Speedway runs an Outlaw Tune-Up for the sprint cars Friday evening, along with the make-up of the recently-rained-out  Williams Grove first leg of the K1RaceGearSummer Series for the 358 sprints.

Trailway Speedway has the limited-late models, street stocks and limited stocks on Friday.

Saturday at Lincoln Speedway, it’s the sprints, super sportsmen and legends on tap, while Port Royal Speedway has sprints, late models, econo late models and Xtreme stocks.

At Selinsgrove Speedway,  the 360 sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners compete, while Hagerstown has the late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks.

Susquehanna Speedway takes Saturday off to race on Sunday with the sprints and super sportsmen on the card.

The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing has a third Sunday round table session on Sunday afternoon.

1972: Rain again played havoc with the 1972 racing season on this weekend. Friday racing made it into the books, while all of Saturday’s racing was hampered and only one track completed its Sunday show.

At Williams Grove that Friday, Kenny Weld drove to victory in Bob Weikert’s No. 29. The win was Weld’s 15th of the season. Out at Bedford, “The Ohio Traveler,” Rick Ferkel, got his second local win of the season in his famed No. 0.

Saturday, Lincoln got to the feature before rain hit, while Selinsgrove and Port Royal were both washed out completely.

Sunday wasn’t much different. Lynn Paxton drove the Emrich No. 1 to his sixth win of the season in Hagerstown’s race, while Susquehanna was rained out at feature time.

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

2017 CHAMPION RACING OIL

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CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT SERIES

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POINTS AFTER 7/8/17

1. 48 Danny Dietrich 875 7
2. 24 Lucas Wolfe 798 7
3. 51 Freddie Rahmer 637 4
4. 69K Lance Dewease 631 7
5. 27 Greg Hodnett 593 3
6. 21 Brian Montieth 464 1
7. 3z Brock Zearfoss 449 1
8. 1 Dale Blaney 365
9. 25 Aaron Ott 322
10. 11 T J Stutts 315
11. 87 Alan Krimes 298
12. 44 Trey Starks 291 2
13. 07 Doug Esh 285 2
14. 5 Dylan Cisney 264
15. 39 Cory Haas 249
16. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 194 1
17. 55 Mike Wagner 181
18. 5 David Gravel 164 3
18. 20 Ryan Taylor 164
20. 12 Blaney Heimbach 154 1
21. 8 Billy Dietrich 153
22. 0 Rick Lafferty 152
23. 16 Matt Campbell 151
24. 57 Kyle Larson 150 3
25. 1x Chad Trout 145

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PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT CAR

SPEEDWEEK POINT STANDING

1. 24 Lucas Wolfe 1142*
2. 48 Danny Dietrich 1113*
3. 51 Freddie Rahmer 1022*
4. 3z/58 Brock Zearfoss 972*
5. 3 James McFadden 905*
6. 44 Trey Starks 890
7. 27 Greg Hodnett 855*
8. 1 Dale Blaney 853*
9. 24 Rico Abreu 781
10. 11 T J Stutts 760*
11. 69K Lance Dewease 691
12 57 Kyle Larson 579
13. 87 Alan Krimes 535
14. 07/94 Ryan Smith 486
15. 25 Aaron Ott 465
16. 21 Brian Montieth 441
17. 39 Anthony Macri 406
18. 88 Brandon Rahmer 349
19. 35 Tyler Walker 347
20. 16 Matt Campbell 342
21. 55 Mike Wagner 336
22. 4 Kasey Kahne 298
23. 12 Blane Heimbach 239
24. 0 Rick Lafferty 237
25. 92A Sammy Walsh 227
26. 33 Jared Esh 223
27. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 203
28. 20 Ryan Taylor 174
29. 71M Dave Blaney 163
30. 39 Cory Haas 156
31. 99M Kyle Moody 154
32. 1x Chad Trout 151
33. 69 Tim Glatfelter 147
34. 59 Jim Siegel 138
35. 97 Mitchell Wormall 134
36. 5 Chase Dietz 105
37. 37 J J Grosso 101
38. 5 Dylan Cisney 91
39. 29 Jason Shultz 86
40. 1w Eric Tomecek 85
41. 44 Joey Hershey 67
42. 44 Rodney Westhafer 62
43. 21AU Jordyn Brazier 61
44. 07 Jordan Givler 55
44. 75 Nicole Bower 55
46. 55K Robbie Kendall 50
47. 27z Sean Zemunik 49
48. 747 Davey Sammons 48
48. 17 George Streaker Jr 48*
50 2w Glenndon Forsythe 46
51. 35 Steve Owings 44
52. 8s Trenton Sheaffer 41
53. 7w Logan Wagner 40
53. 49 Mallie Shuster 40
55. 5 Justin Barger 38
56. 75 Frankie Herr 34
57. 7 Kyle Reinhardt 32
57. 2 A J Flick 32
59. 91 Anthony Fiore 29
60. 35 Daryl Stimeling 28
60. 7K Dan Shetler 28
62. 47K Kody Lehman 26
62. 33 Michael Walter II 26
64. 27G Jay Galloway 19
65. 17B Steve Buckwalter 17
65. 66 Ryan Kissinger 17
67. M1 Mark Smith 15
67. 8 Billy Dietrich 15
69. 5 Tyler Ross 14
69. C4 Jim Shuster 14
71. 59 Colby Womer 11
72. 26 Curt Stroup 9
73. 5T Tyler Reeser 8
73. 12W Troy Fraker 8
75. 33x Mike Walter 6
76. 19 Ryan Linder 5
76. 19 Cale Grubb 5
76. 10 Tyler Bear 5
76. 47 Eric Riggins Jr 5
80. 45 Kyle Pruitt 4
81. 21T Scott Fisher 2
81. 10 Joe Kata III 2
81. 86 George Streaker Sr 2
84. 98 Joe Trenca 1
84. 29 James Pryde 1
84. 35 Tyler Esh 1
84. 74 Dwayne Gutshall 1
84. 23 Darren Pifer 1
84. 44 Dave Brown 1
84. 19D Wyatt Hinkle 1
84. 2c Cory Thornton 1
84. 1 Ryan Fredricks 1
84. 119 Chandler Leiby 1
84. 8 Kyle Lick 1

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