Aaron Reutzel showed last weekend that he is indeed one of the top 410 sprint racers in the nation right now.
After a win in Port Royal’s Tuscarora 50 earlier in the month, Reutzel followed the All Stars back to Pennsylvania last weekend to score flag-to-flag wins at both Williams Grove and Hagerstown.
In the process, Reutzel pretty much assured himself of a second consecutive All Star point title. He just needs to take the green flag on a time-trial lap at Eldora Speedway in Ohio on Saturday to clinch the title.
Reutzel’s only loss of the weekend came in Lincoln’s Dirt Classic Saturday evening. Although he led the most laps, Reutzel was passed on the 25th of 40 laps by eventual winner Brian Montieth. Danny Dietrich would get by Reutzel on the final lap for second.
NASCAR Grand National standout Christopher Bell became a 410 sprint owner last weekend.
Actually his sprint team was a work in progress for several months, but he debuted in the car Saturday with a win at Fremont in Ohio. Then on Sunday, he came to Hagerstown for the All Star show. While running well early in the event, trading slide jobs with Freddie Rahmer for fifth, Bell eventually slipped back through the field to finish 15th. Still not a bad debut weekend for a brand new team.
Reutzel's win at Hagerstown was his first career victory at the Maryland track. Reutzel collected $5,000 for his win.
Dietrich finished second after chasing Reutzel for much of the distance, with Freddie Rahmer came in third after starting seventh. Dale Blaney and Brian Brown completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Giovanni Scelzi, Mike Wagner, Dillsburg's Anthony Macri, Cory Eliason and Dylan Cisney.
Drew Ritchey led all but one lap of the 25-lap 305 sprint feature. The win was Ritchey's first at a speedway where his grandfather scored seven career sprint wins in the 1960s. Ryan Lynn finished second, with Scott Lutz, York Haven's Dave Grub and Jaremi Hanson in the top five.
Weekend schedule: There's no doubt that the local racing season is winding down.
Still, there's plenty of racing action looming, with events planned through the third weekend in November.
Hagerstown and Selinsgrove speedways have concluded their racing seasons, and Lincoln Speedway will do so this weekend. Williams Grove Speedway has one more weekend left on its schedule after this week.
The Grove kicks off this weekend’s racing on Friday night with an Outlaw Tune-Up to get ready for the upcoming Williams Grove National Open. Friday’s show will use the World of Outlaws format as far as lining up the cars for racing events. The 410 sprint winner at the Grove this Friday will take home $8,000. The 358 sprints conclude their season at the Grove on Friday’s show as well.
Saturday, Lincoln wraps up its season with the Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturers' Appreciation Night. In addition to the purse for the evening, all racers in the feature will take home what usually amounts to more than $1,000 in racing products and certificates. Pancho’s Racing Products is gathering the manufacturers' awards. The 358 sprints are also on the program at Lincoln.
BAPS Motor Speedway will also be in action on Saturday with the “Dirty 30" for the super sportsmen, with the winner taking home $3,000. The limited-late models, street stocks and Xtreme stocks are also on the program.
For racing later in the season, BAPS has a number of shows left, and so does Port Royal Speedway, which took off most of this month but will return for most weekends in October.
Ray Evernham to be YCRC speaker: It’s been known for a couple of weeks now that the York County Racing Club has secured a top-notch guest speaker for its hall-of-fame banquet in early January.
NASCAR Hall of Fame owner/mechanic Ray Evernham will join the folks in York that night.
Last year, Evernham’s wife, Erin, was the speaker, and she must have gone home with good things to say. Ray Evernham will be there this year and is bringing the family along.
Ray Evernham is a New Jersey native who raced asphalt modifieds in that state for a number of years, while also preparing cars for the old International Race of Champions series. From there, he moved into the crew-chief role in NASCAR, landing with Jeff Gordon, and leading the Rainbow Warriors through many years of wins and championships. Ray Evernham then formed his own team with connections to Dodge. Kasey Kahne was one of the drivers who took Ray Evernham’s team to much success.
EMMR holiday open house: The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing’s Holiday Open House on the first weekend in December will wrap up with a round-table discussion with the Blaney family. Second-generation drivers Dave and Dale Blaney will be on hand, along with their mother, Kate.
Dave Blaney was a World of Outlaws and All Star champion in sprint cars before moving on to some success in NASCAR. His son Ryan is now one of NASCAR’s rising stars.
Dale Blaney took a different route to sprint fame. He was a college basketball star who was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers before being sidelined with an injury. That’s when he joined the rest of the family on the track. Eventually he became the All Stars' leading winner and a multi-time champion.
1991: This was actually a busy weekend in 1991, with action starting on Friday at Williams Grove. Donnie Kreitz Jr., in his own No. 69k, would win that night at the Grove for his 13th win of the season. Kreitz would also score win No. 14 on the season in Sunday’s Octoberfest at Hagerstown.
Saturday at Lincoln, Dan Dietrich scored his third win of the season in Ken Cooper’s No. 25 Ford, while at Selinsgrove, it was Billy Crawford getting his third win of the season in the family No. 1C.
The Sunday evening show at Susquehanna Speedway found Steve Smith garnering his 22nd win of the season at the wheel of his own Leiby’s Mobile Homes No. 19.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHAMPION RACING OIL/RM LUBRICANTS
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT CAR SERIES
(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Danny Dietrich (12) 1,671
2. Freddie Rahmer (9) 1,135
3. Brian Montieth (5) 978
4. Lucas Wolfe (5) 845
5. Lance Dewease (8) 827
6. Anthony Macri (2) 815
7. Ryan Smith 785
8. Logan Wagner (6) 748
9. Kyle Moody (2) 545
10. Alan Krimes (2) 509