The final racing weekend of the 2011 season is history and now many will begin the countdown until the start of the next racing season.
Susquehanna Speedway saw Don Kreitz Jr. score the $5,000 win in the 30-lap 410 sprint car feature on Saturday over Fred Rahmer, Cody Darrah, Danny Dietrich and Greg Hodnett.
Pat Cannon picked his 12th win of the season in the 358 sprint car feature as he won over Dale Hammaker, Logan Schuchart, Mark Smith and Kyle Moody.
Hagerstown Speedway held the snowed-out Octoberfest over the weekend as the 24-year-old event went from 350 laps to 180 after the track cut all four feature races on Sunday and also proposed a cut purse for each division. Late Model car owner Ernie Davis came up with the difference in money so the payoffs could remain the same as prior years.
Daryn Pittman led all 30 laps of the 410 Sprint car feature winning over Fred Rahmer, Cody Darrah, Danny Dietrich and Mark Smith. It was Pittman’s first-ever win in the event.
Josh Richards came from ninth starting spot to dominate the 50-lap late model feature in a car owned by Ernie Davis. Richards’ firstever Octoberfest win came over Ronnie Dehaven, Jamie Lathroum, Booper Bare, Dylan Yoder, Dan Stone, Gary Stuhler, Kenny Pettyjohn, Rick Eckert and Alan Sagi. Marvin Winters was 19th.
Brett Hearn captured both small block and big block modified events to give him a record 10 total wins in Octoberfest competition.
He beat Larry Wight, Rick Laubach, Matt Sheppard and JR Heffner in the small blocks while Ryan Godown, Sheppard, Jamie Mills and Jimmy Horton followed in the big blocks.
Greg Hodnett is the 2011 Speedway Motors Central PA 410 Sprint car series champion for a third straight season. Hodnett will receive the $4,000 first place prize at the York County Racing Club banquet in January. Lance Dewease, Fred Rahmer, Brian Montieth and Danny Dietrich were the top five in the final points.
That will be a wrap on this week with one final thought- Penn State Proud always and forever. PSU will bounce back from this! But very saddened on the treatment of Joe Paterno. He did not deserve this. Email reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.