Logan Wagner’s win in Sunday’s sprint-car race at Susquehanna Speedway may have surprised quite a few folks.
The second-generation driver hasn’t had a lot of luck at Susky recently. In fact, both times he raced there last year he crashed.
However, Wagner does have a pretty good history at the track. Before moving into the sprint cars, Wagner raced with the 305 sprint cars. He is Susky’s all-time win leader in those cars with eight victories.
What surprised even me was Wagner’s move for the lead. He had started second, but fell back to fourth in the early going. Halfway through the race he was running third.
Then came the restart when Wagner took the lead. This year, Susky is using double-file restarts. The top two drivers in the race started in the row ahead of Wagner. They were leader Doug Esh and second-place Greg Hodnett. Those two veteran drivers have finished first and second the past two weeks at Port Royal Speedway.
On that restart, Wagner drove by both Esh and Hodnett to take the lead.
Speaking of Esh, he’s been on a roll of late, winning the past two weeks at Port Royal and finishing second at Susky on Sunday. He did ruffle a few feathers on Sunday though. On a restart early in the race, Esh made a move on leader Kyle Reinhardt in the first and second turns. However, Esh didn’t clear Reinhardt and sent him flipping.
Reinhardt, by the way, was looking fast in his ride with the Quackenbush family team.
This weekend: Thers' plenty of racing action this weekend, and a few Easter egg hunts as well.
Williams Grove Speedway will try again this Friday evening. The sprint cars are set to go in one of the Yellow Breeches 500 Series races. Normally those races are normal handicapping, but since the Grove has only raced once this year, the event will feature a re-draw for the feature. Last place pays $500. The 358 sprints are also scheduled.
Trailway Speedway also tries to race on Friday. The Trailway schedule includes the 358 sprints, Legends, 270cc micro sprints and limited stocks.
Lincoln Speedway offers up the first championship race of the season for the sprint cars Saturday. The Spring Championship is sponsored by Leffler Energy this year and will pay $5,000 to win. With it being Easter weekend, you never know who might show up for this race. Last year, NASCAR star Kasey Kahne was the winner. The 358 sprints are also on hand, and there will be a pre-race Easter egg hunt.
Port Royal Speedway also has an Easter egg hunt on its show, which features racing action with sprints, late models and econo late models.
Selinsgrove Speedway hosts the 360 sprints, late models and pro stocks on Saturday, while Susquehanna has the Legends of Susquehanna program with the super sportsmen, limited-late models, street stocks and Xtreme stocks on the racing slate. It’s also York County Racing Club Night.
The Lucas Oil late models make their first local visit of the season Saturday at Hagerstown. Also on hand will be the late model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks.
1972: The 1972 racing season had an early season much like this year, with lots of rain and postponements. This weekend was particularly bad.
Friday night, Bedford Speedway opened under the promotion of Lincoln’s Hilly Rife. Jan Opperman drove to the victory in the Bogar No. 99. On the same night, the USAC sprints visited the Reading Fairgrounds, and Lee Kunzman drove to the victory.
Saturday was set for opening night at both Lincoln and Selinsgrove. Lincoln was rained out, but Selinsgrove did get its show in the books, with Opperman scoring his second win of the weekend and his fourth overall that season.
Sunday, Williams Grove was set to join Susquehanna and Hagerstown, with all three tracks racing on the same day. Mother Nature had other ideas, and all three shows were washed out.
Missed this one: Last week I mentioned a few drivers' win records after that weekend’s racing action. At the time, I didn’t have the results from Hagerstown. That would have been the best record of all for the drivers I was mentioning.
Gary Stuhler won that week at Hagerstown. For the veteran driver, it marked his 135th career Hagerstown win. It also marked his 348th career late-model win. That’s by far tops in this area.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
2017 CHAMPION RACING OIL
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT SERIES
PRESENTED BY HOSEHEADS.COM
1. 07 Doug Esh 173 2
2. 27 Greg Hodnett 150 1
3. 48 Danny Dietrich 141 2
4. 21 Brian Montieth 129 1
5. 24 Lucas Wolfe 93
6. 3z Brock Zearfoss 85
7. 1 Dale Blaney 84
8. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 75 1
9. 59 Jim Siegel 63
9. 5 Chase Dietz 63
11. 7w Logan Wagner 62 1
12. 87 Alan Krimes 60
13. 51 Freddie Rahmer 58
14. 25 Aaron Ott 57
15. 0 Rick Lafferty 55
16. 99M Kyle Moody 51
17. 4K Lynton Jeffrey 50 1
18. 16 Matt Campbell 48
19. 88 Brandon Rahmer 45
20. 5 Dylan Cisney 44
21. 11 T J Stutts 44
21. 39 Cory Haas 44
23. 20 Ryan Taylor 43
24. 8 Billy Dietrich 42
25. M1 Mark Smith 37