Many of the top names in Pennsylvania sprint car racing have never won the Williams Grove National Open. And that didn't change this year.
Eighteen-year-old Cody Darrah showed those drivers and many more how to get around Williams Grove Speedway Saturday night, leading all 40 laps to claim his career first win at the Grove in the biggest race of the season.
Darrah, who has four wins at other area speedways this season claimed the big $12,000 payday in Saturday night's National Open at the Grove. The event was a makeup for the original Open, which was rained out two weeks ago. It was not sanctioned by the World of Outlaws.
Darrah started on the front row alongside Mark Smith and beat Smith off the second corner and never looked back.
Eight-time track champion Fred Rahmer moved into the runner-up spot early in the event and chased Darrah to the checkered. Even a few yellows and a late-race fuel stop weren't enough to keep Darrah out of victory lane.
Darrah had no reason to get nervous as Rahmer never really closed on the J & K Salvage No. 89 sprinter as he added his name to the list of prestigious names to win the event.
The 2008 is Darrah's first full season as a 410 Sprint car driver.
Rahmer finished bridesmaid for the third time in his career with Brian Montieth once again stealing the show with a 21st to third-place effort. Fourth went to Jim Siegel over Greg Hodnett, Doug Esh, Mark Smith, Alan Krimes, Todd Shaffer and Brian Leppo.
Tyler Armstrong ended a two month dryspell by winning Friday night's 358 Late Model feature at Trail-Way Speedway. Armstrong of St. Thomas took the top spot on lap nine and drove to the win, his fourth overall this season over Robbie Garlock, Grant Adams, Bernie Beard and Mike Walls.
Curt Michael used a last-lap, lastturn pass to win Saturday night's URC Sprint series event at Rolling Wheels Raceway in New York. Michael drove under race leader Trevor Lewis in turn four on lap 25 to win his fourth event of the season and put an exclamation point on his URC record-setting sixth championship season. Michael led Lewis, Bryan Howland, Doug Emery and Ed Aiken across the checkered flag.
Path Valley Speedway was in action Friday and Saturday. See results elsewhere in the News.
That's a wrap on another weekend as we continue to get excited about Penn State's success this season. Michigan is up next at the Beav this weekend and no doubt it's gonna be a crazy one as the 7-0 Lions return back home! So until next time, e-mail reaches me at Bvores@aol.com.