HOUSEHOLDER: Donny Schatz, York's Rick Eckert close in on driving milestones
- Donny Schatz won a World of Outlaws race at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday.
- Schatz now has 290 career wins on the World of Outlaws sprint circuit.
- York's Rick Eckert won Saturday's late-model race at BAPS Motor Speedway Saturday.
- Eckert now has 197 career late-model triumphs.
When Donny Schatz won Saturday’s World of Outlaws feature at Williams Grove Speedway, it marked the seventh win of the season for the 10-time Outlaw champion.
Not his best season, but still a very good one.
It also marked his 20th career Williams Grove win, but his first there since 2015.
In the World of Outlaws' news release for the event, it noted that Schatz is quickly closing in on 300 career Outlaw wins. If my records are correct, that win on Saturday was Schatz’s 290th career Outlaw sprint win. That is third all-time, behind Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell.
On a more local note, York’s Rick Eckert is nearing a milestone victory as well. On Saturday, Eckert, a former Outlaw late-model champion, won the late-model feature at BAPS Motor Speedway. Believe it or not, that win was Eckert’s first at the track once known as Susquehanna Speedway.
However, again if my records are correct, the win was Eckert’s 197th career win in a late-model racer, or just three shy of a milestone 200 triumphs. Eckert ranks fourth in career late-model wins among local drivers, which is quite a feat, since many of Eckert’s wins came on the road with touring organizations.
Eckert is just five wins behind third-place Buddy Armel and 15 behind second-place Denny Bonebrake. Gary Stuhler is well out in front with 354 career late-model wins.
Busy week ahead: The national United States Auto Club Midget Tour will be in the area this week for its Eastern Swing.
The midget tour kicks off Tuesday at Grandview Speedway, followed by Kutztown Speedway on Wednesday, Path Valley Speedway on Thursday, Linda’s Speedway on Friday and Lanco Speedway on Saturday.
Expect NASCAR stars Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell to return to their roots for some of those midweek shows.
Port Royal Speedway will play host to its Living Legends Dream Race on Saturday, with $10,000 on the line for the winner of the 410 sprint feature and $2,500 for the late-model winner.
This year’s Living Legends honorees are former sprint racer Joey Gravino and late-model racer Ken Dickson.
Ten of Gravino’s 17 career sprint wins came at the Port. Dickson scored 54 of his 60 late-model race wins at the Port.
Williams Grove races Friday with the Billy Kimmel Memorial Race for the 410 sprints. A part of the Yellow Breeches 500 Series of events, this one pays $500 just to take the green. The Summer Series for the 358 sprints will also be a part of the program.
The 358 sprints also race at Trailway Speedway Friday, along with the 600cc and 270cc micro sprints and the street stocks.
Lincoln Speedway plays host to the 410 sprints, 358 sprints and the Classic Cars Saturday, along with Big Wheel races for the children.
It will be York County Racing Club Night at BAPS Motor Speedway Saturday. On the racing slate are the super sportsmen, limited-late models, PASS 305 sprints, street stocks and Xtreme stocks.
The late models race at Hagerstown Speedway Saturday with $5,000 to the winner. The pure stocks are also on the program.
Selinsgrove Speedway plays host to the 360 sprints, late models, pure stocks and roadrunners on Saturday.
1991: This weekend, or should we say week, was a busy one on the local racing scene back in 1991.
It started at Grandview on Tuesday night with a Thunder-on-the-Hill program that included a make-up feature from a previous rainout. Steve Smith drove his own Leiby’s Mobile Homes No. 19 to the victory in the make-up event, which marked his 17th win of the season. In the regularly-scheduled event that night it was Fred Rahmer returning to the scene of his greatest triumphs to that point for his 13th win of the season in Bud Lawrence’s No. 99.
The World of Outlaws were at Williams Grove on Thursday and Friday of that weekend, with Mark Kinser taking the Thursday event and his cousin, Steve Kinser, winning on Friday. The Outlaws then went to Hagerstown on Saturday, where Dave Blaney scored the win.
Back to other local tracks, Chuck Roan Jr. drove his own No. 22 to victory at Clinton County Speedway on Friday. Around the Saturday slate, Rahmer got his 14th of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway, while Steve Stambaugh parked the Bob Stewart Apple No. 12 in Lincoln’s victory lane for his second of the season. At Port Royal, Kenny Adams scored his first win of the season in the Stallings No. 28.
At Susquehanna Speedway on Sunday, Johnny Mackison Jr. was the winner in the Michael Barshinger No. 65.
On the road, former local ace Frankie Kerr knocked off a pair of All Star wins with victories in Indiana and Ohio on Friday and Saturday with Stan Shoff’s No. 23s.
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 (10) 1223
2. Lucas Wolfe (5) 821
3. Freddie Rahmer (7) 808
4. Brian Montieth (2) 616
5. Lance Dewease (7) 597
6. Anthony Macri (1) 590
7. Logan Wagner (4) 516
8. Ryan Smith 466
9. Dylan Cisney (3) 408
10. T.J. Stutts 365