2011-09-01 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

Brent Marks came out on top of a thrilling 25-lap 410 Sprint car feature Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.

The young driver wasn’t intimidated by slide job after slide job from the track points leader as he kept Dewease at bay each time and then held off Brian Montieth at the checkered flag for his second career Williams Grove win. His margin of victory was .067 seconds.

Montieth got by Dewease on the final lap for second with Dewease, 12th starter Greg Hodnett and Chad Layton.

Daryn Pittman led all 25 laps to win the URC Challenge race over Chad Layton, Pat Cannon, Dave Ely and Lance Dewease.

Jeff Rohrbaugh has led the Trail-Way Speedway 358 Sprints for the majority of the 2011 racing season but was unable to get that first feature win until Friday night.

Rohrbaugh came from his 12th starting spot to take the win and pad his points lead. He defeated Cris Eash, who came from 16th, Scott Fisher, Steve Owings and Keith Prutzman.

Hurricane Irene entered the area a little early on Saturday, forcing a complete slate of racing programs to be canceled all across central Pennsylvania.

Lincoln, Port Royal, Selinsgrove, Hagerstown, Trail-Way, Path Valley and Susquehanna speedways all canceled Saturday night action either for rain or out of safety.

Several central PA teams headed to Mercer Raceway Park for Saturday night’s All- Star Sprint car event but it was defending All- Star champion and current points leader Tim Shaffer showing the fast way around the track for his seventh win of the season. Daryn Pittman started on the front row and led some laps but finished third. Fred Rahmer was ninth and Aaron Ott tenth.

Former Red Lion resident Cody Darrah captured Saturday night’s World of Outlaws Sprint car win at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was Darrah’s second career WoO win but first for his current Kasey Kahne Racing-owned team.

That’s a wrap on the final weekend of racing for August as we look forward to PSU football kickoff this weekend in Beaver Stadium! It’s also a big weekend of racing that includes the start of the Juniata County Fair and the traditional Labor Day Classic at Port Royal Speedway. Other events this weekend include Triple 20s for 410 Sprints Friday at Williams Grove, the Billy Kimmel Memorial Sunday at Williams Grove, the McBee/Hayes Memorial for Late Models Saturday at Hagerstown and the York Co. Nationals at Susquehanna. Until next time, e-mail reaches me at Bvores@comcaast.net

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