2009-09-10 / Sports

Wagner Wins Labor Day Classic

By Brad Vores

Ellen and Mike Wagner Ellen and Mike Wagner Harrisonville's Mike Wagner captured his first career Labor Day Classic feature win Monday at Port Royal Speedway.

Wagner lined up alongside Fred Rahmer for the start of the event, and he was able to keep Rahmer from cutting him off on the start to jump into the lead. He opened up big leads during the event, only to have cautions close the field and give Rahmer a chance. But Wagner was up to the challenge on every restart to take his eighth career Port Royal win in exciting fashion. The win came aboard his Ott Brothers Furniture and Appliance, Clugston Lumber, Hershey's Racing Engines, Shipley Energy, Pine Tree Whitetails No. 55. He defeated Rahmer, Todd Shaffer, Daryn Pittman and Keith Kauffman.

Young Dylan Yoder won the 20-lap Late Model main at the Port for his first career Late Model win. He took the checkered flag over Scott Haus, Devin Friese, Tim Fedder and Tim Wilson.

There were all kinds of battles going on in Saturday night's 29th annual McBee/Hays Championship for Late Models at Hagerstown Speedway.

While Jamie Lathroum and JT Spence were battling for the top spot, Roy Deese Jr. and Frankie Plessinger had their own battle going for the 2009 Hagerstown Late Model track championship.

When the checkered flag fell after 44 laps, Lathroum came out on top of the feature for his first-ever win in that race, and it was an exciting final lap for the title as Deese faded and Plessinger came forward that decided the track championship by one point. It was Deese's seventh career Hub City title.

Lathroum led laps one through 39 before JT Spence took the top spot on lap 40. Lathroum battled back to take the lead on lap 41 and held on for the win over Spence, Ronnie De- Haven Jr., Al Shawver Jr. and Gary Stuhler with Andy Anderson, Rusty Sites, Roy Deese Jr., Frankie Plessinger and Marvin Winters the top 10. Tyler Hershey was 11th.

Glenn Elliott won the timeshortened Late Model Sportsman feature over Pete Weaver, Terry Flaherty, 2009 track champion Kyle Lear and Steve Bailor, while Mike Warrenfeltz won the Pure Stock main over Danny Beavers, Dave Stouffer Jr., Kenny Dillon and Wayne Hawbaker.

It was a big night for Daryn Pittman Friday at Williams Grove Speedway.

After putting together a new Maxim chassis, Pittman won two of the Jack Gunn Memorial Triple 20 features, while Greg Hodnett won the other feature.

Hodnett won the first feature over Don Kreitz, Brian Leppo, Todd Shaffer and Mark Smith, while Pittman came back to win the second feature over Brian Montieth, Lance Dewease, Smith and Aaron Ott. With $5,000 on the line for the third and final feature, Pittman stormed to the win over Smith, Montieth, Hodnett and Fred Rahmer.

Shawn Weaver captured a career first 410 Sprint car win Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, while Brian Montieth was driving to his second straight 410 Sprint car championship.

Weaver led all 25 laps of the nonstop event over Adam Wilt, Danny Dietrich, Randy Baughman and Chad Trout. Montieth finished sixth, which was good enough to win the track title by 25 points over Alan Krimes, who finished ninth.

Paul Miller won the Sportsman Tour feature over Carmen Perigo Jr., Bobby Hockenberry, Gregg Foster and Rich Eichelberger.

Craig Wagaman topped the 358 Late Model feature at Lincoln over Gene Knaub, Jake Lettich, Bobby Beard and Bernie Beard.

TJ Stutts captured his first win of the season in 358 Sprint car action Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway over Pat Cannon, Davie Franek, Phil Walter and Blane Heimbach.

Jeff Rine continued his season long domination in Selinsgrove Late Model action as he won the 30-lap Late Model Open worth $3,000. Rine, the 2009 champion, won over Gary Beward, Tim Wilson, Dylan Yoder and Tony Adams.

For the fourth time this season, Mike Bittinger came out on top of the 358 Sprint car feature at Trail-Way Speedway. Bittinger's win on Friday night came over Jeff Rohrbaugh, while Bill Dietrich and Brad McClelland were declared both third in a tie, with fifth going to Austin Reed.

Justin Ehrhart led all 32 laps to come out on top of Saturday's York County Nationals for 358 Late Models at Susquehanna Speedway Park. He won over Jake Jones, Richard Walls, Carl Billet and Chase Billet.

Fred Rahmer ended his season-long drought at Williams Grove Speedway with a Sunday night win in the Billy Kimmel Memorial for 410 Sprints. The win marked the 20th straight season Rahmer has won a feature at Williams Grove. He took the win over Alan Krimes, Mike Erldey, Greg Hodnett and Adam Wilt. Mark Smith's eighth-place finish moved him to within 40 points of Todd Shaffer for the WG point title.

Rick Barr became the first repeat winner in Super Sportsman action as he led all 20 laps for the win over Scott Dellinger, Frankie Herr, Dylan Cisney and David Socks.

Cory Haas came out on top of the 358 Sprint car feature at the Grove over Blane Heimbach, Mark Freeland, Chad Criswell and Billy Johns.

For the sixth time this season, JJ Grasso roared to the win on the URC Sprint tour Saturday night with a win at Delaware International Speedway over Davey Sammons, Kramer Williamson Chris Coyle and Josh Weller.

URC was in action Sunday night at Georgetown Speedway, where is was Curt Michael returning to victory lane for the third time this season with his win over Nick Schlauch Jr., Grasso, Kevin Nouse and Chris Coyle.

That's a wrap on a busy Labor Day weekend of racing and a victory by the Nittany Lions in the opener! E-mail reaches me at Bvores@aol.com.

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