Austin Hubbard is living the dream. At the young age of 19, the Seaford, Del., native is a regular on the World of Outlaws Late Model tour. But with some time off, the young driver for car owner Dale Beitler competed in the third annual Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek last week, and on the heals of two feature wins during the week, Hubbard also captured the $4,000 Speedweek championship.
Hubbard ended the week with 1,007 total points to secure the championship trophy over Vic Coffey (866 points). Jason Covert was third with 793 points, Dan Stone fourth with 740 points and Jamie Lathroum fifth in final points with 716. Completing the top-10 point finishers were Jeremy Miller, Rick Eckert, Gary Stuhler, Nick Dickson and DJ Myers. One hundred twelve different drivers competed in at least one Speedweek race.
Speedweek kicked off last Saturday at Hagerstown where Jimmy Mars scored the win, and then the series headed to Winchester Speedway Sunday night, where it was Josh Richards taking the win.
Action continued Monday at Roaring Knob Motorsports complex, where Richards won for a second straight night over Jason Covert, Vic Coffey, Jamie Lathroum and Rick Eckert.
Hubbard’s first of his two Speedweek wins came on Tuesday at Williams Grove Speedway, where he beat Eckert, Dylan Yoder, Gary Stuhler and Covert.
Hubbard then headed to Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, leading all 40 laps to score the win in the Charlie Grinestaff Memorial over Dan Stone, Jimmy Mars, Devin Friese and Jeremy Miller.
Three Springs driver Matt Parks ran the race of his life to win Thursday night’s Port Royal Speedway Speedweek show as he held Hubbard at bay for the 40- lap distance. Hubbard, Dan Stone, Vic Coffey and Jamie Lathroum were the top five.
The series came to an end Friday night at Bedford Speedway, where it was Dan Stone scoring the 40-lap feature win over Jason Covert, Dylan Yoder, Vic Coffey and Ricky Elliott.
Lance Dewease kept the Pennsylvania Posse winning streak alive over the All-Star Sprints with a win Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Dewease’s win makes it 24 straight wins at the Grove over the All-Star series.
He scored the win over Chad Layton, Don Kreitz, Dale Blaney and Daryn Pittman.
Tyler Bear won the PA 305 Sprint car feature at Williams Grove, with Harrisonville’s Michael Wagner coming from 19th to finish second over George Riden, Matt Mountz and Logan Wagner, who came from the rear twice.
Danny Dietrich captured his biggest career win Saturday night in the All-Star Sprint feature as he showed the fast way around in the $5,000 win over Greg Hodnett, Tyler Walker, Stevie Smith and Tim Shaffer.
Keith Kauffman led all 25 laps to capture his first 410 sprint car win of the season Saturday at Port Royal Speedway, Kauffman’s win was also the first ever for his new car owners, Gary and Linda Heckman of Chambersburg. He took the win over Justin Henderson, Mike Erdley, Ryan Taylor and Chad Layton, with Mike Wagner finishing sixth.
Billy Dietrich won Port’s 358 Sprint car feature over Pat Cannon, TJ Stutts, Nate Snyder and Blane Heimbach.
For the sixth time this season, Logan Wagner came out on top of a PA 305 Sprint car feature after his second win at Port Royal on Saturday. Wagner took the lead with four laps to go and won over Randy Kaylor, Matt Mountz, Tyler Bear and Brian Walker. Michael Wagner was 16th after a hard crash.
In just his fifth career start, Austin Hogue captured his first career 358 Sprint car feature win Friday at Trail-Way Speedway over Keith Prutzman, Cris Eash, Joe Trone Jr. and Logan Schuchart.
Pat Cannon won last Tuesday’s 358 Sprint car feature at Williams Grove Speedway over Chad Trout, Brian Garland, Glenndon Forsythe and Scott Geesey. They ran with the Late Model Speedweek show.
The 358 Late Models were in action along with the Speedweek show at Lincoln last week, where Gene Knaub took the win over Bobby Beard, Travis Mease, Charlie Schaffer and Randy Christine Jr.
Robbie Black won Friday’s Limited Late Model feature at Bedford Speedway over Jake Jones, Tim Smith Jr., Rick Singleton and Matt Sponaugle.
Don O’Neal came away with the big $10,000 payday after winning the Dream Late Model race Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. He scored the win over Billy Moyer, Darrell Lanigan, Will Vaught and Eddie Carrier Jr. WoO points leader Josh Richards was ninth.
Logan Schuchart won Sunday night’s 358 Sprint car feature at Susquehanna Speedway Park over Pat Cannon, Billy Dietrich, Tim Wagaman and Cris Eash.
Saturday night racing at Hagerstown, Selinsgrove and Susquehanna speedways was all rained out.
That’s a wrap for this week as we are quickly approaching the Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek that begins on June 25th. E-mail me at Bvores@comcast.net.