Before I get to the racing results for this week, I would like to dedicate this column in the memory of my Grandpap Rudy, who is now at peace. Pap was a big part of my life as a kid and growing up through the years, he was always so supportive. It was so nice to see everyone that came out to remember him at the services on Saturday even more proof of what a great man Pap really was. Rest in peace, Pap, I love you so much.
Mother Nature wasn’t kind to local racing again this weekend with all Friday night tracks canceling due to rain. Williams Grove lost its fourth show of the year in just six attempts, while Bedford, Trailway and Path Valley were also rained out.
It was the Three State Flyers Late Model series opener on Saturday at Hagerstown Speedway, and it was defending World of Outlaw Late Model series champion Josh Richard taking the $3,000 win in the Stanley Schetrompf Memorial.
Richards led every lap aboard an Ernie Davisowned machine to score the win over Kyle Lear, Austin Hubbard, Jason Covert and Dylan Yoder. Marvin Winters finished 12th, Brent Smith 13th and Frankie Plessinger 15th.
Steve Lowery won a second Pure Stock main over Drew Fitzsimmons, Bill Ecton, Charlie Pensinger and Wayne Hawbaker.
Brian Leppo took the lead on Lap 17 and was way out front when rain hit Lincoln Speedway on Saturday as Leppo was declared the winner of the Spring Classic and earned the $4,000 payday. He won over Daryn Pittman, Greg Hodnett, Fred Rahmer and Brian Montieth. The race was checkered on Lap 23.
The 358 Sprint car event at Lincoln was rained out and rescheduled for next weekend.
Jason Shultz won his first 25-lap 358 sprint car feature of the season Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway over TJ Stutts, Blane Heimbach, Matt Horst and Larry Kelleher.
Tony Adams took the lead on the final lap of the Late Model feature when race leader Jeff Rine blew a motor. Adams won over Jim Yoder, Steve Campbell, Donnie Schick and Matt Cochran.
Gene Knaub scored the 358 Late Model win at Susquehanna Speedway on Saturday night over Jason Rochelle, Randy Christine Jr., Justin Ehrhart and Carl Billet.
Saturday night racing programs at Port Royal and Williams Grove were canceled due to the forecast of more showers and thunderstorms.
This Saturday night will be a big night at Port Royal Speedway as the All-Stars invade the area for the Bob Weikert Memorial, honoring one of the best-known car owners in the history of sprint car racing. One driver can win $10,000 should he lead all 30 laps of the A-Main event on Saturday. The All- Stars are also at Williams Grove on Friday night.
That’s a wrap on another week as we say goodbye to a rainy April and hope for a nice spring-like May. Until next time, email reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.