2009-07-30 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

Despite a gallant effort by Williams Grove Speedway management, Mother Nature got the upper hand just before midnight Saturday forcing the Grove and World of Outlaws officials to postpone the Dash and the 30-lap Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals at the track.

The track waited out two long rain delays during the evening but another line of storms hit the track after the completion of the B-main and the show was canceled.

This sets up a big Williams Grove National Open preliminary night as the Dash and the Summer Nationals finale will be completed along with a complete program of World of Outlaws action on Friday night, October 2.

The Dash lineup that night will see Joey Saldana and Cody Darrah on the front row followed by Keith Kauffman, Lance Dewease, Steve Kinser, Fred Rahmer, Craig Dollansky, Aaron Ott, Chad Kemenah and Brian Leppo. The balance of the 24-car starting lineup will be Lucas Wolfe, Danny Lasoski, Jason Meyers, Jason Sides, Greg Hodnett, Doug Esh, Todd Shaffer, Jac Haudenschild, Stevie Smith, Chad Layton, Kraig Kinser, Brian Montieth, Sammy Swindell and Donny Schatz. There were 41- cars in competition Saturday night.

In Friday night's Summer Nationals preliminary 25-lap feature, Greg Hodnett made it two-fortwo against the Outlaws this season at Williams Grove with the big $8,000 win. Hodnett led all 25 laps but was challenged by both Brian Leppo and Stevie Smith before taking his sixth overall win of the season. Smith, Jason Meyers, Cody Darrah, Lance Dewease, Brian Leppo, Pat Cannon, Donny Schatz, Mark Smith and Brian Montieth were the top 10 finishers.

Matt Boland kept the streak alive Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway after driving to his first career win in 358 sprint car competition.

Boland's first-ever win made him the ninth different winner in as many 358 sprint car features this season at the Pigeon Hills, as he turned in an impressive run to victory over Jeff Rohrbaugh, Doug Hammaker, Keith Prutzman and Kevin Nagy.

Hanover's Bobby Beard scored his first Lincoln 358 late model win of the season in that division's 20-lap feature over Mike Walls, DJ Mease, Shaun Jones and Bernie Beard. Mc- Connellsburg's Cory Houck finished eighth.

Brad McClelland drove to his fourth 358 sprint car win of the season Friday at Trail-Way Speedway. Despite running low on fuel over the final two laps, he took the win over Jeff Rohrbaugh, Dale Hammaker, Mike Bittinger and Bill Dietrich.

Ed Hollenbach was the 4- cylinder winner at Trail-Way over Gary Newell, Eric Hollenbach, Troy Hostetter and Dale Kreiser.

Davey Sammons and Trevor Lewis were double winners Saturday in URC Sprint action at Grandview Speedway. Sammons won the makeup feature from earlier this season over JJ Grasso, Kyle Purks, Chuck Palmucci and Chris Coyle.

In the regular feature, Lewis drove to his fourth URC win of the season over Justin Collett, Grasso, Nick Schlauch, Jr. and Tim Hogue.

Saturday night racing was rained out at Port Royal, Selinsgrove, Trail-Way and Susquehanna speedways.

That will do it for this weekend as we head into August with the third annual Dream Extreme at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday night. This year's edition will pay $15,000 to win with $1,000 to start the 40-lap 410 sprint car feature. So until next time, email reaches me at Bvores@aol.com.

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