2011-10-06 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

The World of Outlaws invaded Williams Grove Speedway over the weekend for the 49th annual Williams Grove National Open.

Friday night preliminary action saw Jason Meyers scoring the 25-lap feature win for his sixth WoO win of the year as he heads closer to clinching a second straight WoO championship.

Greg Hodnett raced home in the runner-up spot over Fred Rahmer, Joey Saldana, Jason Sides, Kerry Madsen, Sammy Swindell, Brian Montieth, Steve Kinser and Daryn Pittman.

Williams Grove Speedway officials were forced to postpone Saturday night’s World of Outlaws National Open until Friday night, October 7. Heavy showers and rain during the evening gave the track no other option to postpone the 49th annual event.

The World of Outlaws will return for the Open Friday night with the event still paying $50,000 to the feature winner. The 358 Sprints have been removed from Friday’s race program.

Steve Owings ended the Trail-Way Speedway racing season with a big win in the Trone Outdoor Advertising 358 Sprint car championship Friday night. Owings also won the season opener back in April at Trail-Way. He earned $2,000 for the win.

Dale Hammaker finished in the runner-up spot over Nate Snyder, Mike Bittinger and Kyle Moody. Logan Wagner made his first-ever start at Trail-Way, winning his heat race and finishing 11th in the feature.

With his sixth-place finish, York’s Jeff Rohrbaugh captured his fourth TW championship in the last five seasons and his second overall title this season. He also won the Lincoln Speedway track championship this year in the Dave and Lori Runkle owned sprinter.

Ricky Elliott won Friday’s nights preliminary Waikiki Wave 31 feature for the Big Kahuna XII at The Rock, Allegany County Speedway.

Elliott scored the win over Jeff Rine, Dylan Yoder, Chuck Clise and Keith Barbara.

The Big Kahuna finale was rained out Saturday and the Sunday raindate was also canceled. The event will not be rescheduled.

Don O’Neal won the eighth annual Lucas Oil Late Models Nationals at Knoxville Raceway Saturday night.

O’Neal, who hadn’t raced at Knoxville since the 2004 season earned $40,000 for the big win over Steve Francis, Brian Birkhofer, Tyler Reddick and Jimmy Owens.

Hancock's Wayne Johnson recorded a career first win on Friday, Sept 16 at the Thunder Valley Raceway Valley Finale Fallfest for late models. Johnson took the $1,500 payday in the super late model main over Chuck Clise and Chad McClellan. Rance Garlock won the limited late model Kevin Lynch Tribute on Sept. 17th at the track while Rick Singleton also recorded a limited late model win that weekend at the track.

That will be a wrap on another rainy weekend in central PA. Hopefully the boys in Happy Valley will show some life this weekend or else the rest of the season could be a long and dismal one for us blue and white faithful! We’ll be racing this weekend at the Grove and Lincoln for the Gentzler Memorial and as always email reache me at Bvores@comcast.net.

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