It hasn't been the season Jeremy Miller had hoped for, but there have been a few highlights, including Saturday night's $2,500 payday after taking the win in the 29th annual Bull Durham/ Shorty Bowers Championship at Hagerstown Speedway.
The Gettysburg driver said his team found a birdcage issue with the car and perhaps wasted an entire season for a 99-cent part. Miller was back in his winning form Saturday, coming from his ninth starting spot into the lead on lap seven and dominating for his third overall win this season in the USA Spares No. 24 machine.
Big Cove Tannery's Frankie Plessinger finished in the runnerup spot over Brian Booze, Gary Stuhler and Devin Friese. Marvin Winters was 11th, Tyler Hershey 17th, while Cory Houck did not qualify.
Points leader Kyle Lear drove to his second win of the year in the Late Model Sportsman feature over Pete Weaver, Andy Fries, Scott Palmer and Jerry Bard.
Dave Stouffer, Jr. won for the first time in Pure Stock action over Kenny Dillon, Wayne Hawbaker, Darrin Younker and Mike Warrenfeltz.
It was a long night at Lincoln Speedway after rain hit the track before warm-ups, causing a delay then nearly an hour to regroom the track and another hour to complete the first of two 20-lap 410 Sprint car features. But when it was all said and done, Gerard McIntyre Jr. captured his first-ever 410 Sprint car win, while Brian Montieth won his seventh feature of the year.
McIntyre won the first feature over Alan Krimes, Mark Smith, Cody Darrah and Daryn Pittman, while Montieth's win came over Fred Rahmer, Darrah, Johnny Mackison and Krimes. During the first feature, Doug Esh nearly cleared the secondturn catch fence that separates the track from the Thundercar pits. He was transported to the hospital, where he was being treated for a compound fracture to his L5 vertebrae.
The Pat Cannon show continued Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway. For the seventh time this season, the Etters driver dominated 358 Sprint car action at the track, this time winning the 25-lap Joe Whitcomb Memorial worth $1,771.
After setting fifth quick time during time trials, Cannon started on the front row and never looked back as he destroyed the field, taking the checkered flag 11-seconds ahead of runner-up Matt Boland, track points leader Nate Snyder, Matt Heimbach and Colby Womer.
For the second week in a row, Tony Adams came out on top of the 25-lap Late Model feature, winning over Brett Schadel, points leader Jeff Rine, Donnie Schick and Jeff Smith.
Todd Shaffer captured his 94th career 410 Sprint car win Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway.
After clinching his fifth career track championship last week, the Millerstown driver put an exclamation point on his championship season with his fifth win of the season. Greg Hodnett, Mike Erdley, Dave Ely and Harrisonville's Mike Wagner were the top-five finishers.
Tim Wilson led the final two laps of the Butch Renninger Memorial for Late Models to capture his first win of the season. After taking a hard flip just two weeks ago, the Lewistown driver came back strong for the win over 2009 track champion Scott Haus, Todd Snook, Tim Fedder and Jason Miller.
Rick Barr became the eighth different winner in as many races this season after his Saturday Night Series win at Williams Grove. He took the 20-lap Super Sportsman win over points leader Carmen Perigo Jr., Lanny Hake, Grant Adams and Paul Miller.
Gene Wrightstone drove to his first win of the year in the 20- lap 358 Late Model feature over Gene Knaub, Bernie Beard, Wes Alleman and Tyler Armstrong.
Carl Billet became the first repeat winner in Susquehanna Speedway Park 358 Late Model action with his second win of the season Saturday night. Billet defeated Gary Potts, Randy Christine Jr., Kyle Saylor and Jake Jones.
Rain forced Williams Grove, Bedford, Trail-Way and Path Valley Speedway's to cancel Friday night racing programs. Path Valley rescheduled for Sunday afternoon.
That's it for this week as we are upon the Labor Day holiday weekend with lots of racing on the schedule, the start of the Penn State football season and the first birthday for my nephew, Jackson! It will be a busy weekend and we only hope Mother Nature cooperates with race tracks this weekend! Until next time, e-mail reaches me at Bvores@aol.com.