Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett might not be having a season that meets his high expectations.
By the standards of most, however, he’s off to a good start in 2018.
Hodnett has yet to win a 410 sprint-car race this season, but since the local campaign started, Hodnett hasn’t finished out of the top 10 in any race. For the record, Hodnett has finished second twice, third three times, fourth twice, fifth three times, seventh twice and ninth twice.
He is, of course, the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all of the local races this season.
Hodnett is also leading the Champion Racing Oil/Stirling Lubricants Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Point Series with 327 points, giving him a 47-point lead over Brian Montieth.
Brock Zearfoss, meanwhile, hadn’t won a race this season until last weekend. Now he has two wins. Zearfoss won Friday at Williams Grove Speedway and Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. He dropped from Selinsgrove Speedway’s Sunday race after being involved in a midrace tangle.
Freddie Rahmer won two weeks ago at Lincoln Speedway, and then backed it up with a very solid weekend last week. The 22-year-old mechanical engineering college student finished third at the Grove and then second at both Lincoln and Selinsgrove.
Mark Smith’s win at Selinsgrove on Sunday was his first in a 410 sprint this season, but not his first overall. Smith won three 360 sprint races in Florida back in February.
Smith is the only driver to win in four different open-wheel classes at Selinsgrove. The 410 sprint win was his second there in that division. He has also won twice at Selinsgrove in the super sportsmen. His 358 sprint record at Selinsgrove shows five wins, while in 360 sprint competition there he’s won 19 times.
Danny Dietrich’s sprint win at Lincoln was his 40th at the track. That moved him into a tie for eighth on the all-time Lincoln list. He is tied with Lance Dewease, and just two wins behind seventh-place Cris Eash. After that, it’s a ways to go to catch Bobby Abel, who is sixth with 56.
Lucas Wolfe won the URC 360 race at Port Royal on Saturday. His win came by a scant .004 seconds over Smith. In fact, there was some question about the finish, since the Port’s electronic scoring loop is planted in the track just before the starter’s stand.
Trey Starks, Hodnett and Zearfoss made it an all 410-driver top five.
In case you missed it, Scott Bloomquist scored the $10,000 Lucas Oil late-model win at Port Royal on Sunday.
Bloomquist scored the win over Josh Richards, with Earl Pearson Jr., Tim McCreadie and Darrell Lanigan in the top five. Hagerstown winner Jonathan Davenport was sixth.
Jeremy Ohl won the limited-late-model feature over Jim Yoder, Brian Shuey, Dillan Stake and Justin Weaver. Lincoln winner Shaun Jones was sixth.
This weekend: Williams Grove opens the weekend on Friday with the sprint cars in a Yellow Breaches 500 race, along with the 358 sprints.
The 358 sprints headline at Trailway Speedway Friday, along with the 600cc micro sprints, Legends and limited stocks.
The wingless super sportsmen compete at Path Valley Friday.
Saturday, Lincoln hosts the Weldon Sterner Memorial Race for the sprint cars, with $6,900 for the winner. The 358 sprints and street stocks are also on hand.
Port Royal host the sprints, late models, econo late models and Xtreme stocks on Saturday.
At BAPS Motor Speedway on Saturday, the super sportsmen are joined by the 305 sprints and Xtreme stock cars, while Selinsgrove hosts the 360 sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Hagerstown Speedway has the Mid-Atlantic modifieds, pure stocks, hobby stocks, U-cars and the Penn-Mar vintage cars on Saturday.
Several area sprint racers will venture to Ohio this weekend. The Mansfield Speedway is offering a big weekend of racing, with $100,000 to win Saturday’s race. Friday’s action will break the field into two groups, with each group racing in a separate $5,000-to-win feature. Confirmed drivers from the area heading to Mansfield are Dewease, Zearfoss and Dietrich. Some others may head out as well.
1984: It was another rainy weekend in 1984.
Williams Grove did race on Friday, with Keith Kauffman scoring his 10th win of the season in Al Hamilton’s No. 77.
Saturday, Lincoln was completely rained out, while Selinsgrove and Port Royal both got rain at feature time.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Greg Hodnett 327
2. Brian Montieth (2) 280
3. Danny Dietrich (3) 277
4. Lucas Wolfe (1) 268
5. Freddie Rahmer (1) 263
6. Brock Zearfoss (2) 201
7. Lance Dewease (3) 185
8. Anthony Macri 162
9. Alan Krimes 149
10. Cory Haas (1) 143