Last weekend’s racing action was a little different than the previous weeks.
Almost every driver who picked up a feature win got his first victory of the season over the weekend.
At Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, Lance Dewease got his first win of the season in the Donnie Kreitz Jr.-owned No. 69k. Friday was only the second time this season that Kreitz had raced.
Hallam’s Adrian Shaffer won the 358 sprint feature at the Grove for his first win of the season. It was the first race at the Grove for the 358s this year. For Shaffer, the win marked the fourth consecutive year he had won the Grove’s opener for the 358s.
Steve Owings, who divides his time between the 358s and the sprint cars, got his first win of the season at Trailway Speedway on Friday evening.
Lucas Wolfe’s win in Lincoln Speedway's Spring Championship for the sprints on Saturday was not only his first win of the season, but his first with his new team, the York-based Michael Barshinger team. The 358 sprint winner, Jeff Halligan, also got his first win of the year. Halligan drives for another York-based team, this one owned by Tom Rumsey.
At Port Royal Speedway, sprint winner Brock Zearfoss was in victory lane for the first time this season, while late-model winner Trent Brenneman scored his first-ever victory. Brenneman, by the way, is the grandson of late local late-model star Butch Renninger. Shaun Miller’s econo late-model win was his first of the season as well.
Susquehanna Speedway's super-sportsman winner Kenny Edkin got his first career win in that division Saturday, while Charles Potts in the limited late models, and his uncle Mike Potts, in the street stocks, were also in victory lane for the first time this year.
Selinsgrove Speedway kept the string alive as well. Davie Franek’s first 360 sprint win of the year and Donnie Schick’s first late-model win of the year happened there. For Schick, it marked his first win since 2011. Brad Mitch got his first win of the season in the pro-stock class.
Actually, the only driver who didn’t get his first win of the season was Susquehanna Speedway’s Xtreme stock winner Alex Updegraff, who scored his second.
This weekend: There is plenty of racing action around the area this weekend, starting with Friday evening races at Williams Grove and Trailway speedways.
At the Grove, the sprints and 358 sprints are in action. At Trailway, the 358 sprints are joined by the 600cc micro sprints, street stocks and limited stocks.
Saturday, Lincoln plays host to the sprints, 358 sprints and Legends. At Susquehanna, the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks are joined by the vintage cars from the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.
The URC 360 sprints race at Selinsgrove on Saturday, along with the late models and pro stocks.
The Lucas Oil late models visit Hagerstown on Saturday for the Stanley Schetrompf Memorial Race. The pure stocks are also in action at the Hub City oval.
The Lucas Oil late models are in the area for the weekend with a show at Port Royal Sunday evening. The Mason-Dixon limited late models are also a part of that show.
Before the big Sunday show, the Port also races on Saturday with the sprint cars and 305 sprints on the schedule.
1972: Rain was still a major factor on the local racing circuit on this weekend in 1972. The Friday program at Bedford was halted at feature time by rain, and then promoter Hilly Rife also lost his Saturday show at Lincoln to rain.
Selinsgrove somehow managed to get its Saturday show in the books, with Lincoln star Kenny Weld, of Loganville, taking the victory in Bob Weikert’s famed No. 29. The win was Weld’s third of the season.
Sunday was a big day for race fans, with three different tracks in action. Susquehanna beat the rain for the first time since its features were rained out on April 2. In the make-up of that feature, Manchester’s Eddie Zirkle drove to his fourth consecutive Susky win in his own No. 33. In the regular event, Zirkle got beat for the first time that season at Susky. Loganville’s Paul Pitzer, who eventually earned the affectionate nickname of “Capt’n Crunch,” drove to his first career sprint-car win. Ironically, Pitzer’s ride for the season was the Gurtizen Brothers No. 50 that Zirkle had driven the year before.
Williams Grove opened its season that Sunday afternoon going head to head with Susquehanna. Emigsville’s Smokey Snellbaker drove Roy Morrall’s No. 880 to his first win of the season there. At the same time, Hagerstown was racing as well, and Hanover’s Bobby Allen drove the Emrich Chevrolet No. 1a to his first win of the season.
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2017 CHAMPION RACING OIL
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT SERIES
PRESENTED BY HOSEHEADS.COM
1. 48 Danny Dietrich 206 2
2. 07 Doug Esh 203 2
3. 27 Greg Hodnett 185 1
4. 21 Brian Montieth 164 1
5. 24 Lucas Wolfe 155 1
6. 3z Brock Zearfoss 135 1
7. 87 Alan Krimes 105
8. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 93 1
9. 51 Freddie Rahmer 88
10. 0 Rick Lafferty 85
11. 1 Dale Blaney 84
12. 69K Lance Dewease 80 1
13. 11 T J Stutts 79
14. 25 Aaron Ott 77
15. 7w Logan Wagner 74 1
16. 59 Jim Siegel 63
17. 5 Chase Dietz 63
18. 99M Kyle Moody 61
19. 55 Mike Wagner 57
20. 17B Steve Buckwalter 56
21. M1 Mark Smith 55
22. 1x Chad Trout 52
23. 4K Lynton Jeffrey 50 1
24. 16 Matt Campbell 48
25. 88 Brandon Rahmer 45