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DIRT TRACK RACING: Stevie Smith captures Dirt Classic

BRYAN HOUSEHOLDER
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  • Stevie Smith won his second Dirt Classic in three years at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday.
  • Smith’s win in the 40-lap sprint-car feature was worth $20,000.
  • Danny Dietrich finished second, followed by Spring Grove's Greg Hodnett.

Stevie Smith won his second Dirt Classic in three years at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday evening.

Smith’s sprint-car win was worth $20,000.

Stevie Smith has retired from the local racing circuit, winning 222 sprint car races in his storied career.

Smith started third and watched as pole-sitter Lucas Wolfe led the first three laps of the event. Then, during a red flag for a flip by Australian James McFadden, Wolfe discovered terminal engine problems on his mount, and pitted, turning the lead over to Smith.

Smith held sway at the front of the field until the middle stages of the 40-lap event, when fourth-place-starter Danny Dietrich and 11th-starter Greg Hodnett, of Spring Grove, closed in on the leader, making for a thrilling three-car race at the front.

Dietrich took the lead on the 30th lap, with Smith and Hodnett close behind. Smith was able to regain the lead on the 35th lap and held on for the win over Dietrich and Hodnett.

Lance Dewease came from 14th for fourth and Brian Montieth got fifth from 15th.

Rounding out the top 10 were Gerard McIntyre Jr., Hanover’s Tim Wagaman, Jim Siegel, event fast-timer Matt Campbell, of Fawn Grove, and Ryan Smith.

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Hodnett takes Outlaw Tune-up at Grove: Hodnett scored the win in the 25-lap Outlaw Tune-up at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday.

Hodnett’s 22nd overall win of the season was worth $4,000.

Hodnett took the lead from Wolfe on the 11th lap and led Wolfe to the finish, with Stevie Smith, Freddie Rahmer and York’s Cory Haas in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Doug Esh, Alan Krimes, Aaron Ott, McFadden and Brent Marks.

Veteran racer Phil Walter got his first-ever Williams Grove win in the 20-lap 358 sprint feature. Walter got the lead from Dave Thrush on the ninth lap and held off a late-race surge by track champion Kevin Nouse for the win.

Nouse finished second, with Lewisberry’s Jordan Givler, Chandler Leiby and Hellam’s Adrian Shaffer in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Thrush, Jared Esh, Nyle Berkes, Todd Reed and Dillsburg’s Brie Hershey.

Herr triumphs at Susquehanna: In a battle of series veterans, Frankie Herr drove to victory in Susquehanna Speedway’s 25-lap super-sportsman feature Saturday.

Herr scored his 77th career sportsman victory, taking the lead from 88-time winner Rich Eichelberger, of Dillsburg, on the seventh lap.  Eichelberger finished second, with Tony Jackson in third. Wellsville’s Scott Geesey and Russ Mitten rounded out the top five.

Mitten and Geesey eneded the season tied for the point lead, with the championship going to Mitten on the virtue of more feature wins. Mitten won three times at Susky this season, while Geesey won twice.

Completing the top 10 were Lewisberry’s Scott Dellinger, Jay Fannasy, Kenny Edkin, Mike Enders and Timmie Barrick.

Randy Stoudt outdueled Manchester’s Randy Christine Jr. for the limited-late-model win. The two drivers swapped the lead several times over the final five laps of the 25-lap event. Daulton Bigler, Stoverstown’s Cam Zeigler and Dover’s Charles Potts rounded out the top five

Strinestown’s Eddie Richards won the street-stock feature over Manchester’s Mike Potts. Ryan Smith, Craig Morgan and Felton’s Bob Scott Jr. completed the top five.

Travis Brown was the road-warrior winner.

Reigle first at Clinton County: Cale Reigle won the 305 sprint feature over track champion Scott Lutz Friday at Clinton County Speedway.

Kyle Ganoe, Nathan Gramley and Ryan Lynn completed the top five.

Andrew Yoder was the limited-late-model winner over Luke Hoffner.

Reach Bryan Householder at sports@yorkdispatch.com.