Big Cove Tannery’s Frankie Plessinger won his biggest career race Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway as he came home the winner of the 45th annual Johnny Roberts Memorial for Late Models.
Plessinger, whose last win came in April 2009, started ninth and took the lead on lap 41 and drove off for his ninth career track win. Plessinger, who also leads the Late Model points at the track defeated Al Shawver Jr., Gary Stuhler, Jamie Lathroum and JT Spence. Tyler Hershey finished 17th and Marvin Winters 24th after receiving a hand injury during the race.
Kyle Lear won his first Late Model Sportsman feature over Pete Weaver, Barry Miller, Andy Fries and Ashley Barrett, while Mike Warrenfeltz won another Pure Stock feature over Steve Lowery and Hans Stamberg.
The 20th annual Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek is now history as Greg Hodnett and the J & S Fabrication team captured their second straight Speedweek championship after a consistent week that included a win and all top-10 finishes. Hodnett ended the week with 1122 points compared to Daryn Pittman’s 1,087. Lance Dewease (951), Mark Smith (908) and Alan Krimes (887) were the top five Speedweek point finishers.
Speedweek kicked off Saturday June 26 at Lincoln Speedway, where Mark Smith took the win and then Sunday night, Ed Lynch, Jr. won at Bedford. Those results appeared last week.
Last Tuesday night, Grandview Speedway hosted Speedweek where Tyler Walker took the win and then tore his ACL doing his backflip after his win. Walker won over Lance Dewease, Alan Krimes, Danny Dietrich and Chad Layton.
Speedweek continued to Hagerstown Speedway last Wednesday, where Alan Krimes scored his first win over Greg Hodnett, Mark Smith, Daryn Pittman and Danny Dietrich.
Lance Dewease won Thursday’s Speedweek show at Lincoln Speedway over Brian Montieth, Greg Hodnett, Daryn Pittman and Alan Krimes.
Daryn Pittman won the biggest race of the week taking the $10,000 prize in the Mitch Smith Memorial at Williams Grove Speedway Friday night over Greg Hodnett, Don Kreitz, Alan Krimes and Lance Dewease. Mike Wagner made his first Grove start in a few seasons and finished 10th.
Speedweek continued to Port Royal Speedway Saturday, where Greg Hodnett got his first win of the week over Lance Dewease, Daryn Pittman, Rick Lafferty and Fred Rahmer. Mike Wagner finished 15th.
Speedweek came to an end Sunday night at Selinsgrove Speedway, where Pittman became the only repeat winner during the eight races as he came out just ahead of Lance Dewease in a thriller with Fred Rahmer, Hodnett and Todd Shaffer the top five.
The PA 305 Sprints were at Port Royal Saturday night. Ryan Lynn took the win over Michael Wagner, Dave Youtzy, Logan Wagner and Jake Waters. Marks Watkins was 11th.
Nate Snyder used a final lap, final turn pass on Pat Cannon to win Saturday’s Firecracker 30 for 358 Sprints at Selinsgrove Speedway. Cannon, Davie Franek, Blane Heimbach and TJ Stutts were the top five.
Dylan Yoder made it three straight wins in Selinsgrove Late Model action as he drove to another impressive win this time over Jeff Rine, Kyle Rhoads, Jim Yoder and Brett Schadel.
Scott Geesey won Saturday’s 358 Sprint car main at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night over Chad Trout, Tim Wagaman, Keith Prutzman and Logan Schuchart.
Ryan Rupp won the Lincoln Super Sportsman feature over Chad Criswell, Duaine Smith, Jason Fry and Steve Wilbur while DJ Mease was the 358 Late Model winner over Gene Knaub, Grant Adams, John Ebersole and Shaun Jones.
Jason Covert was the Three State Flyers Late Model winner Friday at Bedford Speedway over Jeff Rine, Jeremy Miller, Nick Dickson and Bryan Bernheisel.
Mike Bittinger won Friday’s 358 Sprint car feature at Trail-Way Speedway over Logan Schuchart, Mike Duncan, Dale Hammaker and Kyle Moody.
Larry Baer picked up his second 358 Late Model win Saturday at Susquehanna Speedway over Justin Ehrhart, Jake Jones, Charles Potts and John Moser Jr.
Mark Watkins picked up a 305 Sprint car win last Thursday at Susquehanna Speedway, then was fifth Friday at Clinton County Speedway.
Looking forward to this week in the Big Apple and some downtime from all of the normal hussle and bussle. So until next time, e-mail Bvores@comcast.net.