Brian Montieth’s victory at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night was his 54th career win there.
That leaves him just two wins out of fifth place on the track’s all-time career win list for sprint cars. Bobby Abel currently holds down fifth place on that list with 56 wins there. Of course, Montieth will have a long way to go if he wants to climb higher than fifth. Fred Rahmer has 169 wins at Lincoln, Steve Smith has 150, Bobby Allen has 75 and Kenny Weld has 73.
Montieth has now won 79 sprint-car features in his career.
By contrast, Doug Esh’s win at Port Royal Saturday was his eighth there. Of course Esh raced at Lincoln for many years. Esh’s win was his 59th in a 410 sprint car. He also has 17 wins in 358 sprint competition.
On the other end of the spectrum, Jeff Rine’s late-model win at the Port was his 14th there. Rine is a Selinsgrove regular on Saturdays and is that track’s all-time, late-model win leader with 102 wins there. His career win total is now 138, which is just three shy of 10th spot on the overall late-model win list for the area.
Visitors: Bill Balog ended his early-season visit to Pennsylvania with a 10th-place finish at Lincoln Saturday. Balog will now head back to Wisconsin for his regular season. An interesting fact I didn’t know is that Balog is a native of Alaska.
Washington state driver Trey Starks was back in the area last weekend. Starks plans to race about 50 times in Scott Gobrecht’s No. 44 sprint-car this season. Starks chased Balog to the line at Lincoln on Saturday.
Second-generation Ohio driver Cole Duncan raced at Port Royal Saturday and came away with a seventh-place finish.
Another driver who got his season underway last Saturday at Lincoln was New Jersey’s Kyle Reinhardt. Reinhardt was driving the Quackenbush No. 91, which by the way, is out of the Virginia area around Washington D.C.
By the way, the car counts for sprint cars at the Saturday tracks evened out last weekend, as I knew they would. The week before Lincoln had 34 sprint cars and Port Royal had 16. Last weekend Lincoln had 26 and the Port had 25.
Schuchart: Hanover’s Logan Schuchart’s World of Outlaws win in California last weekend must have been quite a show.
Schuchart came from the 19th starting spot to take the lead on the last lap.
Schuchart’s grandfather, Bobby Allen, has several California Outlaw wins to his credit, but I don’t believe any of them came at King’s Speedway.
Busy weekend: Should the weather decide to cooperate, it will be a busy weekend on the local racing circuit.
Things will kick off Friday evening with racing at Williams Grove, Trailway and Path Valley speedways.
At Williams Grove, the sprint cars will be joined by the super sportsman racers for the first time this year. Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett won the only sprint-car race at the Grove this season.
Trailway will kick off its Friday night racing this week with the 358 sprints, 600cc micro sprints, street stocks and limited stocks.
At Path Valley, the wingless super sportsmen will headline. Todd Leonard is the only wingless super sportsman winner there this season.
Saturday, Lincoln will offer up the sprint cars, 358 sprint cars and street stocks. The sprints also race at Port Royal on Saturday. They are joined by the late models, econo late models and Xtreme stocks.
Selinsgrove starts its season on Saturday with the ESS sprints from New York state on hand to challenge the Selinsgrove regulars in the 360 sprint race. The late models and pro stocks also race.
Hagerstown has the late models, late model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks on its Saturday slate.
Susquehanna has its first two-race weekend of the season set for this week. Saturday, the 305 sprints join the limited late models, Xtreme stocks and Legends on the racing card. Then on Sunday, the 410 sprints return to Susky in a program that will also include the 358 sprints.
1972: It was still just Sunday racing at Susquehanna and Hagerstown on the local slate on this weekend in 1972.
This time, Susquehanna was rained out before they even got started, but Hagerstown somehow managed to complete its program.
Lynn Paxton, in the Emrich Chevy No. 1, scored his second win of the season in that one. Dover’s Smokey Snellbaker finished second, with Milt Miller, Wrightsville’s Bobbie Adamson and Paxton’s teammate, Hanover’s Bobby Allen, in the top five. With Susky rained out, several of its regulars ventured to Hagerstown that week. Manchester’s Eddie Zirkle, who had won all three Susky races to date that year, finished seventh, and Rick Schmelyun finished 10th.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 CHAMPION RACING OIL
CENTRAL PA SPRINT SERIES
PRESENTED BY HOSEHEADS.COM
(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Danny Dietrich (2) 116
2. Greg Hodnett (1) 115
3. Brian Montieth (1) 95
4. Doug Esh (1) 88
5. Lucas Wolfe 67
6. Chase Dietz 63
7. Brock Zearfoss 60
8. Rick Lafferty 55
9. Kyle Moody 51
10. Lynton Jeffrey (1) 50
11. Jim Siegel 49
11. Dale Blaney 49
13. Cory Haas 44
14. Billy Dietrich 42
15. Freddie Rahmer 38
16. Mark Smith 37
17. Alan Krimes 36
18. Robbie Kendall 30
19. T.J. Stutts 26
20. Aaron Ott 25
20. Gerard McIntyre Jr. 25
20. Coleman Gulick 25
23. Dylan Cisney 24
24. Tim Glatfelter 20
24. Steve Buckwalter 20
24. Mike Wagner 20.