2011-07-21 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

It took defending Late Model track champion Frankie Plessinger awhile to find victory lane at Hagerstown Speedway, but he was able to find his way back for the first time in the 25-lap Late Model main Saturday night.

Plessinger, of Big Cove Tannery, defeated Tyler Hershey, Marvin Winters, Bo Feathers and Kyle Lear. Brent Smith was 10th. He took the lead from Feathers on the 17th lap.

Andy Fries won the makeup Late Model Sportsman feature that was rained out on July 2. Fries beat Wayne Walls Jr., Pete Weaver, Cody Lear and Justin Weaver.

Justin Weaver came back to win the regular Late Model sportsman main over Glenn Elliott, Cody Lear, Terry Flaherty and Pete Weaver.

Tony Catlett and Wayne Hawbaker split double Pure Stock feature events.

Lance Dewease scored his 77th career 410 sprint car win at Williams Grove Speedway with a win on Friday night over Danny Dietrich, Doug Esh, Don Kreitz and Aaron Ott.

Todd Reed won the Grove 358 Sprint car main over Nate Hammaker, Ted Thomas, Scott Geesey and Pat Cannon.

Mike Erdley raced to his first win of the season Saturday at Port Royal Speedway.

In front of a large crowd on Fan Appreciation Night, Erdley took the 25-lap 410 Sprint car win over Ryan Taylor, Lance Dewease, Justin Henderson and Rick Lafferty. Mike Wagner recovered from a heat race flip to finish sixth in the feature.

Tim Wilson scored the Late Model feature win over Mitch Hack, Chris Shuey, Scott Haus and Andy Haus, while Tyler Bear was the PA 305 Sprint car winner over Billy Ney, Jason Bergstresser, Tom Worrick Jr. and Nathan Gramley. Michael Wagner was 14th.

Despite doing a complete 360-degree spin during the 13th lap of Saturday night’s 25-lap 410 Sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway, rebounded to pick up his first win of the season. He took the lead on the final lap to defeat Kevin Nouse, Danny Dietrich, Alan Krimes and Brent Marks.

Curt Michael picked up his first win of the season in the URC Sprint event at Lincoln as he led all 25 laps to score the win over Rory Janney, Dave Ely, Kevin Nagy and Ed Aiken.

For the second time in three weeks, teenager Logan Schuchart raced to the win in Saturday night 358 Sprint car action at Selinsgrove Speedway. The grandson of Bobby Allen defeated Blane Heimbach, Pat Cannon, Mark Smith and TJ Stutts for the win.

On a night sponsored by his car owner, Jeff Rine became Selinsgrove Speedway’s all-time winningest Late Model driver as he captured his 70th career track win with a 25-lap victory. Rine came from his eighth starting spot to take control of the event on the 14th lap and drove off from the field for the win over Kenny Trevitz, points leader Jim Yoder, Steve Campbell and Tony Adams.

Eric Walker drove to his first win of the season in Saturday Night Series Super Sportsman action at Williams Grove Speedway over Rich Eichelberger, Paul Miller, Rick Barr and Frankie Herr.

Gene Knaub was back in victory lane in the 358 Late Model division as he took this 12th overall season win over Derrike Zirkle, Matt Nailor, Grant Adams and Wes Alleman.

Seventeen-year-old Jacob Allen led all 25 laps of Friday’s 358 Sprint car feature at Trial-Way Speedway to capture his first career win. The son of Bobby Allen won over Wes Irwin, JB Cunningham, Austin Hogue and Randy Whisler.

Donnie Farlling came out on top of Friday night’s Limited Late Model feature at Bedford Speedway, taking his first-ever win at the track over Grant Adams, Matt Sponaugle, Robbie Black and Tim Smith Jr. Scott Daniels was 10th.

Tyler Walker took advantage of Sammy Swindell’s bad luck on the final lap of Saturday’s King Royal at Eldora Speedway to take the $50,000 payday for the Pennsylvania based Keen Motorsports team. Walker was running a distant second on the final lap when Swindell’s right rear tire blew coming off the fourth turn on the final lap. Walker drove by for the win over Swindell, Paul McMahan, Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet. Other PA cars were Greg Hodnett (12th), Stevie Smith (19th) and Daryn Pittman (23rd).

That’s a wrap on another week of racing as we head into a heat wave in central Pa. as the World of Outlaws are back in town this weekend for the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove. E-mail reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.

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