2011-06-30 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

The 21st annual Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speedweek kicked off Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway, where Cory Haas came away with his first-ever Speedweek win in impressive fashion.

Haas drove by both Fred Rahmer and Brian Leppo in one turn to take the lead on the 11th lap and then drove off from the field to win the event run in memory of Kevin Gobrecht.

Haas defeated Daryn Pittman, Brian Montieth, Tyler Walker and Steve Buckwalter.

PA Speedweek continued Sunday night at Bedford Speedway, where it was Daryn Pittman taking the 30- lap feature win. Pittman flipped during time trials after a mechanical failure but came back strong to lead the entire feature. Greg Hodnett was second, with 16th starting Brian Leppo coming home third over Fred Rahmer and Justin Henderson.

Speedweek continued Tuesday night at Grandview then hits Hagerstown Speedway followed by races at Port Royal, Williams Grove, back to the Port and ending Sunday at Selinsgrove.

In regular Friday night 410 Sprint action at Williams Grove Speedway, Doug Esh became the 10th different winner in as many races after taking the win over Brian Montieth, Aaron Ott, Alan Krimes and Fred Rahmer.

Logan Schuchart was his second 358 Sprint car main at the Grove over Rodney Westhafer, Rich Eichelberger, Pat Cannon and Kevin Nouse.

It was a big weekend on the Three State Flyers Late Model tour with action at Hagerstown and Winchester speedways and it was Jason Covert coming away with wins in both events run in memory of Red Nininger.

Friday night at Hagerstown Speedway, Covert took the lead from Alan Sagi on the 15th lap and became the first repeat Late Model winner this season at the track. He defeated JT Spence, Sagi, Jeremy Miller and Jim Bernheisel. Marvin Winters finished ninth, Brent Smith 24th, while Frankie Plessinger and Tyler Hershey did not qualify.

Steve Lowery was the Hagerstown Pure Stock winner over Eddie McClellan, Wayne Hawbaker, Kenny Dillon and Drew Fitzsimmons.

Winchester Speedway played host to the TSF on Saturday as Covert won the big $4,000 payday over DJ Myers, Jeremy Miller, Gary Stuhler and Bo Feathers. Plessinger was 11th and Hershey 21st.

Rich Eichelberger won for the third time this season in Super Sportsman action as he won Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway over Chris Meleason, Stan Wanner, Dave Socks and Rick Barr.

Gene Knaub captured his 11th overall 358 Late Model win of the year with another Grove win over Gene Wrightstone, Roy Miller, Bobby Beard and Bernie Beard.

Nate Snyder captured his first 358 Sprint car win of the season Saturday at Selinsgrove Speedway, taking the win over Bane Heimbach, Colby Womer, TJ Stutts and Josh Beard.

Dylan Yoder picked up his first late model win of the year in the Late Model Championship worth $2,000 at Selinsgrove as he beat his father, Jim Yoder, to the line with Steve Campbell, Matt Cochran and Dave Zona the top five finishers.

Scott Fisher captured hi s first career 358 Sprint car win Friday at Trail-Way Speedway over Austin Hogue, Dale Hammaker, Jeff Rohrbaugh and Cris Eash.

Randy Christine Jr. won for the second time Saturday night at Susquehanna Speedway in the 358 Late Model main event over Justin Ehrhart, Carl Billet, Alex Updegraff and Larry Baer.

Jimmy Mars became the first repeat winner in the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway with a big $30,000 win Saturday night in World of Outlaws-sanctioned action. Mars scored the win over Scott Bloomquist, Rick Eckert, Josh Richards and Steve Shaver. Preliminary night wins went to Richards and Bloomquist.

In a week filled with rain, Tim Shaffer came away with the All-Star-sanctioned Ohio Speedweek championship after a big win in the finale on Saturday night at Fremont Speedway. Shaffer never finished out of the top three during the five nights that were completed during the week. The week also saw four rainouts.

That’s a wrap on the final week of action from June. Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Independence Day holiday weekend.

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