2009-03-19 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

The racing season is in full swing as several more tracks opened up over the weekend.

With another large crowd filling the stands, Brian Montieth made it two out of three in Lincoln Speedway 410 Sprint car action on Saturday.

Montieth destroyed the field for the win, which backed up his opening day win. We wonder if Montieth could be three for three had he not been spun on while in the qualifying spot for the feature re-draw last week on the final lap of his heat race.

Montieth took Saturday's win by five seconds over Jeff Busby, Brian Leppo, Lance Dewease and Steve Buckwalter with Keith Kauffman, Fred Rahmer, Cody Darrah, Chad Layton and Cory Haas the top 10 finishers.

Jeff Rohrbaugh started defense of his 2008 358 Sprint car championship in fine fashion as he picked up the season opener for that division. He won over Bill Dietrich, Tim Berkheimer, Nicole Bower and Dale Hammaker.

Hagerstown Speedway was back in action Saturday as defending champion Roy Deese, Jr. visited victory lane in the 30 lap late model feature and Matt Sheppard scored the small block modified win.

Deese took the lead on lap 20 of the feature and cruised to the win over Jared Miley, Dylan Yoder, Frankie Plessinger and Alan Sagi with Jim Bernheisel, Jamie Lathroum, DJ Myers, JT Spence and Jim Yoder the top 10. Tim Fedder finished 18th in the Cisney family late model.

Sheppard led all but one lap in the modified main winning over Shawn Merkel, Jimmy Horton, Doug Manmiller and Ray Swinehart.

Port Royal Speedway opened its 2009 racing season with a rare Sunday afternoon day and was greeted by great weather and a huge crowd.

Chad Layton scored his first career 410 Sprint win at the Port after passing his former car driven by Daryn Pittman with two laps remaining. Harrisonville's Mike Wagner made his season debut with a fine third place run followed by Mike Erdley, Cody Darrah, Sean Michael, Mark Smith, Fred Rahmer, Brooke Tatnell and Cliff Brian.

Joey Saldana and Jason Meyers were winners on the World of Outlaws Sprint tour at Silver Dollar Speedway while Steve Francis won Friday night's WoO Late Model feature at Deep South Speedway in Alabama. Saturday's WoO late model program was rained out.

That's it for another week as Williams Grove Speedway enters the mix this weekend with a Friday night opener. It will be the 70th season for the Grove with lots of incentives for the racers in 2009. Friday night will feature Fireworks throughout the program. And we'd like to send our sympathy to the family of Jean Mellott on her passing last week. Until next time, email reaches me at Bvores@aol.com.

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