Finally! It was a perfect weekend for racing and several area tracks were able to kick off the 2010 racing season and what a weekend it was.
Unbelievable crowds packed both Williams Grove and Lincoln for the 410 Sprint car openers as Fred Rahmer won Friday night at Williams Grove and Mark Smith captured the win Saturday at Lincoln.
It appeared Doug Esh would win Friday night until his car ran low on the fuel on the final lap, allowing Rahmer to drive by for the win. Rahmer defeated 13th starting Greg Hodnett, Esh, Brian Leppo and Todd Shaffer, with Chad Layton, Danny Dietrich, Dave Ely, Mark Smith and Rick Lafferty the top-10 finishers.
Blane Heimbach won the 358 Sprint car feature at the Grove over Matt Boland, TJ Stutts, Nate Snyder and Pat Cannon.
Mark Smith led all 30 laps to win his first-ever feature at Lincoln on Saturday in impressive fashion over Esh, who came from 16th, Cory Haas, Alan Krimes, Johnny Mackison, Brian Leppo, Fred Rahmer, Brian Montieth, Justin Henderson and Brent Marks.
Cam Ziegler scored the 358 Late Model win at Lincoln over Gene Knaub, Ashley Barrett, Mikey Guise and Bob Stough.
Pat Ward won Friday night’s Race of Champions Modified feature at Selinsgrove Speedway over Doug Manmiller, Ronnie Johnson, Danny Johnson and Ryan Godown.
Saturday night at Selinsgrove, Matt Sheppard picked up the big payday in his win in the Race of Champions big block event over Duane Howard, Pat Ward, Brett Hearn and Danny Johnson.
Young Austin Hubbard picked up a career-first World of Outlaws Late Model win Saturday night at the Screven Motor Speedway in Georgia piloting the Dale Beitler-owned car. After winning, Hubbard removed his shoes, uniform and fireproof top and ran down the homestretch wearing only a helmet and long underwear a la Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights. He even added new wrinkles to his performance, rolling several times in the mud and high fiving fans who stuck their hands through the fence. Talk about a new fan favorite on the Outlaw tour!
Joey Saldana and Jason Meyers were World of Outlaws winners at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn., over the weekend. Lance Dewease finished second in Saturday’s event.
That’s a wrap on the first week of local racing. Hagerstown and Port Royal both hope to kick off their season this weekend with Saturday night racing. Email me at Bvores@comcast.net.