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DIRT TRACK RACING: Hodnett excels in Weikert Memorial

  • Spring Grove's Greg Hodnett earned $15,000 with two Port Royal wins this weekend.
  • Hodnett now has five Port Royal wins this season and nine overall wins in the area.
  • Monday's scheduled program at Port Royal was rained out.

Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett continued his dominance of the Bob Weikert Memorial weekend at Port Royal Speedway with a $10,000 win on Sunday evening.

Hodnett’s win was his fifth at the Port this season and ninth in the area.

Greg Hodnett

Steve Buckwalter jumped into the early race lead and held the top spot until Lucas Wolfe moved by with 16 of the 35 laps in the record books. Wolfe appeared headed to the win until a caution for Lance Dewease’s mechanical woes on the 28th lap closed the field. Hodnett, who had started fifth, vaulted from third to first on the lap after the caution and went on to score the win. Danny Dietrich, who had started 10th, came on with a late charge for second, with Wolfe in third. Outlaw invader David Gravel and 20th starter Brent Marks completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Dale Blaney, Ryan Smith, Buckwalter, Doug Esh and Stevie Smith.

In the URC 360 sprint feature, Mark Smith scored his second win in as many days. Smith got the lead on the fifth lap and bested Eric Tomecek for the win, with Fawn Grove’s Matt Campbell in third. Adam Carberry and Buckwalter completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Davie Franek, Curt Michael, T.J. Stutts, Robbie Stillwaggon and Wolfe. Hodnett was the first car to drop from the race when he suffered a flat tire.

On Saturday at Port Royal, Hodnett won the opening night of the Weikert Memorial weekend, collecting $5,000 for his victory in the 30-lap event.

Hodnett took the lead from Wolfe on the 18th lap and went on to score the win over David Gravel. Dewease finished third, with Wolfe and Doug Esh in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Brock Zearfoss, Danny Dietrich, Ryan Smith, Aaron Ott and Pat Cannon.

Dylan Yoder was the $2,000 winner in the late model feature, besting Mike Lupfer for the victory. Gary Stuhler, Scott Flickinger and Patrick Bryner completed the top five.

Monday's scheduled program at Port Royal, including a $5,000-to-win sprint race, was rained out.

Montieth pulls out thrilling win at Lincoln: Defending track champion Brian Montieth pulled out thrilling last-lap victory in Saturday’s 30-lap Hilly Rife Memorial Race at Lincoln Speedway.

Montieth’s 52nd career Lincoln win was worth $5,000.

Dover’s Chad Trout got the jump at the start of the non-stop event and led 18 laps before York’s Glenndon Forsythe was able to get by for the lead. Forsythe held the lead over a torrid battle between several drivers. Montieth, meanwhile, had advanced slowly from his 12th starting spot and was riding a distant fifth with five laps remaining. Using the extreme outside of the speedway, Montieth made up all that ground, taking the lead from Forsythe on the backstretch of the final lap. Forsythe had to settle for second, with York’s Cory Haas in third. Billy Dietrich and Jim Siegel completed the top five.  Rounding out the top 10 were Robbie Kendall, Alan Krimes, Trout, Dover’s Austin Hogue and Frankie Herr.

York’s C.J. Tracy led all 20 laps of the 358 sprint car feature for his first career win. Mike Bittinger finished second, with Chandler Leiby, York’s Jeff Rohrbaugh and Jeff Halligan in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Hellam’s Adrian Shaffer, Matt Campbell, Tyler Esh, Brent Shearer and Todd Rittenhouse Jr.

York’s Lucas Montgomery won the 20-lap Legends feature, which saw the lead change hands five times between laps 12 and 16. Four different drivers led the race. Seven Valleys’ Harlon Leppo finished second, with Craley’s Bill Diehl in third. Travis Perry and Justice Forbes completed the top five.

Mark Smith triumphs at Selinsgrove: Mark Smith collected $2,573 for his win in Saturday’s Kramer Cup at Selinsgrove.

Smith’s win in the URC-sanctioned 360 sprint car event was his second of the season at Selinsgrove.

Tomecek led the first 28 laps of the 30-lap event before crashing, and turning the lead over to Smith, who had just wrested second from Stutts. Stutts finished second, with Jason Shultz, Josh Weller and Curt Michael in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Franek, Troy Betts, Stillwaggon, Ed Aikin and Carberry.

Dover’s Gene Knaub nursed a sickening engine long enough to pull out the victory in a make-up, 20-lap late model feature. Knaub’s win came over Steve Campbell, Dover’s Coleby Frye, Jeff Rine and Chad Hollenbeck.

In the regularly scheduled event, Rine picked up his 98th career Selinsgrove late model win, with Campbell finishing second again for the third time in three races at Selinsgrove this year. Chris Casner, Tony Adams and Bryan Bernheisel completed the top five.

A.J. Hoffman won the pro stock event.

Jackson victorious at Susquehanna: Tony Jackson picked up the $2,000 winner’s share of the Bud Bricker Nationals for the super sportsman cars at Susquehanna on Saturday.

Jackson took the lead from Wellsville’s Scott Geesey on the 19th of 30 laps. Kevin Nouse finished second, with Lewisberry’s Scott Dellinger, who led the first three laps, in third. Geesey and Chad Criswell completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Mike Enders, Kenny Edkin, Dillsburg’s Rich Eichelberger, Doug Dodson and Fawn Grove’s Paul Miller.

Alex Bright won the 20-lap ARDC Midget feature. Bright inherited the lead on the ninth lap when lead Ryan Greth suffered mechanical failure. Bright’s win was his first at Susky this year, but keeps the Bright family as the only midget winners there this year. Brendon Bright has won the other two ARDC events at Susky this year. Following Alex Bright Saturday were Jim Radney, Brent Arndt, Danny Stratton and Justin Gross.

York’s Jason Townsend won the street stock feature over Jim Palm, Randy Zechman, Felton’s Bob Scott Jr. and Chris Derr.

Wolfe finishes first at Williams Grove: Wolfe got his first win of the season in Friday’s 25-lap sprint car feature at Williams Grove.

Wolfe collected $4,000 for the victory, which came over Montieth, Ryan Smith, Hodnett, Stevie Smith, Cannon, Esh, Danny Dietrich, Hogue and Zearfoss.

Tyler Reeser wont the PASS 305 sprint feature over Colby Dice, Jaremi Hanson, Ken Duke and John Martin.

Trailway rained out: Trailway was rained out Friday.

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