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Defending Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek champion Lucas Wolfe scored his first win of the 2018 series on Wednesday evening at Port Royal Speedway.

Wolfe earned $7,000 for his victory in the 30-lap race in Juniata County.

Wolfe started third and took the lead from Danny Dietrich on the 21st lap. Prior to that, Dietrich had led the first 15 laps and laps 18 through 20. Spring Grove's Greg Hodnett led the 16th and 17th laps before dropping from competition with mechanical problems.

Dietrich finished second, with Trey Starks in third. Spencer Bayston, making his first local sprint-car start, was fourth, and former NASCAR standout Tony Stewart completed the top five.

Rounding out the top 10 were Blane Heimbach, Lance Dewease, James McFadden, Freddie Rahmer and Jared Esh.

Heats went to Bayston, Wolfe, Dietrich and Stewart, with the consolation going to Jared Esh.

Fast time was set by Hodnett with a lap of 15.352 seconds.

A 90-minute rain shower delayed the start of the program by approximately one hour while also producing lightning-quick speeds on the half-mile.

Steve Buckwalter's sprint car didn't start when he was lining up for the feature, but he didn't have that problem in the URC 360 sprint-car race. Buckwalter came from the sixth starting spot to win that race, with Chad Layton in second. Eddie Strada, Curt Michael and Josh Weller completed the top five.

Rounding out the top 10 were Jason Shultz, Kyle Reinhardt, Eric Parker, Derek Locke and Kevin Nagy.

Reach Bryan Householder at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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