HOUSEHOLDER Knoxville Speedway regular Brian Brown excels during his stay in Pennsylvania
- Knoxville Speedway regular Brian Brown has excelled recently on Pennsylvania dirt tracks.
- Brown won the Jim Nace Memorial Open at Selinsgrove on Saturday.
- Brown followed that up by winning Sunday at Bedford Speedway.
Knoxville Speedway regular Brian Brown came east for the month to race.
A week ago at Port Royal Speedway, he led much of the Night Before the Tuscarora 50 before finishing second to Lance Dewease.
Saturday, Sept. 16, “BlackJack” won the Jim Nace Memorial National Open at Selinsgrove Speedway for his first local win.
In victory lane, Brown explained that Hanover’s Charlie Garrett is his engine builder. Garrett also built motors for Nace during his heyday. Brown said that Garrett had told him if he can just win one race while he is here, make it the Nace Memorial. Brown did just that.
Then on Sunday, Sept. 17, Brown won again, this time at Bedford Speedway. Again, he led every lap. For the record, Brown has completed 135 feature laps in Pennsylvania this year and has led 80 of them.
In Sunday’s All Star sprint race at Bedford, Brown collected $5,000 for his flag-to-flag victory in the 30-lap feature.
Brown started from the pole position and fended off a determined Caleb Helms to score the victory. James McFadden finished third, with Chad Kemenah and Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett in the top five. Dale Blaney, Lucas Wolfe, Caleb Armstrong, Ryan Smith and Tim Kaeding completed the top five.
Herr gets behind wheel and gets win: Frankie Herr has spent much of this year working as the crew chief for Nicole Bower’s sprint-car team.
On several occasions, Herr has driven the sprint car when Bower was away at bowling tournaments, and every so often he takes a ride in the Devine Motorsports No. 70D super sportsman. Until Saturday, what he hadn’t done this year was win a race.
That changed in Saturday’s running of the Gary Wolford Memorial Sportsman 100 at Susquehanna Speedway. Herr led every lap to score his eighth win in the biggest race of the year on the super-sportsman tour. That win was Herr’s 78th career win in the sportsman cars, which ranks fifth all-time for those racers.
Australian excels locally: James McFadden came back stateside from his native Australia this week to race on the local circuit.
McFadden had top-five runs at both Williams Grove and Bedford speedways, and was running in the top five when sidelined by mechanical troubles at Selinsgrove.
McFadden will stick around for the big area races the next two weeks with his ride in the locally-based Highlands Tire No. 3. Plans call for Susquehanna, Willaims Grove and Lincoln speedways this weekend, and then the Williams Grove National Open weekend the following week.
Tough weekend for racers: Several drivers suffered injuries over the weekend.
Jared Esh’s crash while leading at Williams Grove Friday left the young driver with a concussion and bruised lungs.
The post-race crash between winner Curt Michael and second-place Doug Hammaker at Lincoln in Saturday’s URC race left Hammaker with a fractured leg.
Perhaps most disturbing was the tragic death of NASCAR Modified racer Ted Christopher in an airplane crash while on his way to a race Saturday afternoon. Christopher, who was 59, has been a big star in Northeast asphalt racing for decades.
He was also one of the stars of the indoor winter Three-Quarter Midget Racing Series. It was during those races that I got a chance to know the veteran superstar racer. He will certainly be missed.
Month of Money continues: Central Pennsylvania's “Month of Money” continues for the sprint cars this weekend with three big events on tap.
It starts Thursday evening at Susquehanna, where the sprints race for $4,000 to win, with the legends cars also on the program. Susky will also race Saturday with its normal program of super sportsmen, limited-late models, street stocks and Xtreme stocks.
The sprint cars move on to Williams Grove on Friday evening for an Outlaw Tune-Up event. Run under the World of Outlaws format, Friday’s 25-lap feature is the last tune-up before the following weekend’s three-day National Open. Friday’s program pays $4,000 to win. The 358 sprints are also on hand for their final point race of the season.
Saturday is the big one of the weekend for the sprint cars. The Dirt Classic at Lincoln will offer $20,000 to the winner. The sprints will each compete in time trials and a pair of heat races to earn points toward their starting spots in the feature
Other events this weekend include the wingless super sportsmen at Path Valley Speedway on Friday night, and the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial for the 600cc and 270cc micro sprints at Trailway Speedway late Saturday afternoon. The legends also compete at the farm.
1972: Things were winding down in the area by this time in 1972. Just three sprint-car races were on the calendar.
Friday, Susquehanna was in action, with Bobby Allen scoring his sixth win of the season in the Emrich Chevy No. 1a.
Saturday’s slate found Jan Opperman scoring his 35th win of the season in Lincoln’s event. Opperman drove the Bogar No. 99 to the win.
At Port Royal, it was Dover’s Smokey Snellbaker taking his 11th win of the season in the Roy Morral No. 880.
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. 24 Lucas Wolfe 1274 8
2. 48/13 Danny Dietrich 1264 10
3. 27 Greg Hodnett 1002 5
4. 3z/58 Brock Zearfoss 935 6
5. 51 Freddie Rahmer 909 6
6. 69k Lance Dewease 871 10
7. 21 Brian Montieth 787 3
8. 11 T J Stutts 500
9. 1 Dale Blaney 475
10. 87 Alan Krimes 441
11. 39 Cory Haas 420
12. 5 Dylan Cisney 371
13. 25 Aaron Ott 338
14. 44 Trey Starks 321 2
15. 16 Matt Campbell 291 1
16. 07 Doug Esh 285 2
17. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 277 1
18. 12 Blane Heimbach 264 1
19. 55 Mike Wagner 255
20. 0 Rick Lafferty 242 1
21. 94 Ryan Smith 228
22. 17B Steve Buckwalter 213 1
23. 88 Brandon Rahmer 206
24. 5 David Gravel 199 3
25. 1x Chad Trout 182