Something unusual caught my eye when I was updating my win lists over the weekend.
Saturday’s wins by Danny Dietrich and Brian Montieth at Port Royal and Lincoln speedways, respectively, kept the two drivers equal in career super-sprint wins.
By my records, Saturday’s wins by both drivers were their 91st career wins in the 410 sprint cars. It's unusual that two of the area’s top active drivers should have the same number of career wins, and also win on the same weekend to remain tied.
It also means that both are approaching the 100-win milestone. Dietrich, of course, raced for several years in the 358 sprints before moving to the 410s. He won six times with those cars, so he’s actually got 97 total wins in all forms of sprint cars.
While neither Montieth nor Dietrich is close to the top of the all-time career win list, among active drivers they rank in a tie for second. Lance Dewease is the only active driver with more wins. He has 344.
Eckert's totals: York’s Rick Eckert is fast approaching an even higher career milestone. Eckert won Sunday’s late-model feature at the Port. By my records, that win for Eckert was his 195th career late-model win. He’s also got a good handful of wins in the street-stock cars from very early in his career.
Eckert is fourth all-time in career wins among local late-model racers, and the two drivers just ahead of him are not too far out of reach. Denny Bonebrake has 212 wins, while Buddy Armel has 202. Gary Stuhler is far out front with 354 career wins.
Herr moves up: When Frankie Herr won the Bud Bricker Nationals at BAPS Motor Speedway on Saturday, it marked his 84th career super-sportsman win. That moved him into third place on the all-time win list for those cars and out of a tie. Rich Eichelberger is just ahead with 88 wins, while Gary Wolford is far out front with 145.
Like Eichelberger, Herr also has wins in other classes. Herr has eight wins in the 358 sprints, while Eichelberger has four wins in those cars, and another four in the limited-late models. Both drivers have also raced 410 sprints with some success, but no wins.
Rain still a problem: Rain is still a factor in local auto racing this year.
Saturday, most every track had a rain delay or postponed some of their features because of rain, and Sunday was much the same.
It’s not just here, either. The All Star series has had just an awful time with rain. After losing 10 consecutive races, the All Stars raced Friday. Then they were rained out again on Saturday, before getting Sunday’s show in after a three-hour, mid-program rain delay.
This weekend: Williams Grove Speedway will offer a Yellow Breaches 500 race for the sprint cars Friday.
That means it pays $500 just to start the feature. The 358 sprints are also on the program.
Trailway Speedway’s Friday program includes 358 sprints, 270cc micro sprints, street stocks and limited stocks.
Saturday, Lincoln will offer the sprints, 358 sprints and wingless super sportsmen. The 358 sprints will make up the feature from several weeks ago. Last week’s rained-out 358 sprint feature will be made up on June 15.
Port Royal has the Tri-Track Challenge for the late models to headline its Saturday program. Also in action are the limited-late models, 305 sprints and Xtreme stocks.
BAPS Motor Speedway will offer the super sportsmen, limited-late models, street stocks and Xtreme stocks on Saturday.
At Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday, the 360 sprints headline, along with late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Hagerstown Speedway has the late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and U-Cars Saturday.
1991: The World of Outlaws were still in the area on this weekend in 1991. Sammy Swindell won Friday’s race at Williams Grove, while local racer Todd Shaffer scored his only career Outlaw win on Saturday at Selinsgrove.
In other area action that weekend, Alan Cole, driving his own No. 17, scored his second win of the season on Friday at Clinton County.
Saturday, Steve Smith, in his own Leiby’s Mobile Homes No. 19, got his eighth win of the season at Lincoln, while Billy Crawford, in his family-owned No. 1c, won his second of the season at Port Royal.
Sunday, it was Randy Wolfe getting the win at Susquehanna. Wolfe’s win in Ted Gano’s No. 57 was his second of the season.
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. Danny Deitrich (6) 668
2. Lucas Wolfe (2) 411
3. Ryan Smith 365
4. Freddie Rahmer (3) 337
5. Lance Dewease (5) 323
6. Brian Montieth (2) 308
7. Anthony Macri 277
8. Alan Krimes (2) 240
9. Logan Wagner (2) 233
10. Adam Wilt 194