2011-08-04 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

John Blankenship turned in an impressive effort Saturday night to win the 50-lap Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Concocheague Late Model event at Hagerstown Speedway.

The West Virginia driver didn’t get to complete a time trial due to mechanical woes, then had to come through the B-Main into the feature. He then started 17th in the A-Main and blasted his way to the front on Lap 29 and drove off from the field to post the big $10,000 victory.

Jimmy Owens finished second ahead of Austin Hubbard, Earl Pearson Jr. and Jamie Lathroum. Frankie Plessinger, Brent Smith and Marvin Winters did not qualify.

Eddie McClellan won the Pure Stock feature over Kevin Koontz and Wayne Hawbaker.

Chad Layton captured his first win of the year Saturday night in 410 Sprint car action at Port Royal Speedway after leading flag to flag over Mark Smith, Lance Dewease, Greg Hodnett and Daryn Pittman. Mike Wagner suffered mechanical woes and was credited with 19th.

Dylan Yoder won the Late Model Championship at the Port as he dominated the event over Scott Haus, Chris Shuey, Bob Dunn and Tim Wilson.

Bill Stine scored a win for the little guys Saturday night in Lincoln Speedway 410 Sprint car action. The low budget driver led all 25 laps to defeat Derek Sell, Jim Siegel, Alan Krimes and Brian Leppo.

Kevin Nagy became the 13th different winner in 13 races as he won the 358 Sprint car feature over Chris Arnold, Tim Berkheimer, Brie Hershey and Jeff Rohrbaugh. Logan Wagner finished 18th.

Scott Geesey came from his eighth starting spot to score his first career 22-lap Super Sportsman feature win Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Geesey lapped all but the top 10 cars en route to the win over Chris Meleason, Rich Eichelberger, Scott Dellinger and Paul Miller.

Steve Clabaugh raced to his second win of the year in the 20-lap 358 Late Model main, defeating Gene Knaub, Jake Jones, Bobby Beard and Ralph Morgan Jr.

Randy Whisler used a 1996 Gambler chassis to score his first win of the season in Friday 358 Sprint car action at Trail-Way Speedway. He took the win over Jeff Rohrbaugh, Mike Bittinger, Cris Eash and Tim Wagaman.

Current track points leader Justin Ehrhart recorded his fourth win of the season Saturday night at Susquehanna Speedway Park. He won the 25-lap 358 Late Model Main over Alex Updegraff, Coleby Frye, Carlisle’s Carl Billet and Gary Potts.

Friday night racing at Williams Grove and Bedford speedways was rained out.

This Saturday night will be a special night at Port Royal Speedway for many reasons. First off, the Dream Race 5 is on tap for the 410 Sprints, paying $12,000 to win. It will also be Living Legends Night as the track honors two of the most iconic men to ever step foot onto the grounds at the Juniata County fairgrounds.

Track all-time-leading winner Keith Kauffman and longtime car owner Walt Dyer, from southern Fulton County, will be the guests of honor Saturday night. Lance Dewease will field a replica Dyer Masonry #461 Brickmobile Saturday night in honor of his longtime car owner, who raced to many feature wins at the track. Many of Dyer’s past drivers will also be on hand to help with the honors. Many of past car owners for Kauffman will also be on hand, as will several of the cars that Kauffman has raced over the years. Both Dyer and Kauffman will be signing autographs as well. All of the action begins at 5 p.m.

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