What a difference a day makes!
Williams Grove Speedway hit a major homerun with its Friday night season opener greeted by 80-degree temperatures, a great car count and a crowd that rivaled any World of Outlaw event crowd. And when the night came to an end, fans were treated to some fantastic Sprint car racing.
Danny Dietrich blew by Fred Rahmer on the ninth lap of the 25-lap 410 Sprint car event then held off a final lap final turn slide job from Brian Montieth to score the season-opening win. Montieth has caught Dietrich, who was having issues with lapped traffic, and Montieth certainly made it exciting on the final lap when he bounced off the front stretch wall after his slide-job attempt.
Dietrich won over Montieth, with Rahmer holding off his teammate, Stevie Smith, for third, with Lance Dewease fifth over Logan Schuchart, Brian Leppo, Rick Lafferty, Danny Holtgraver and Chad Layton.
Pat Cannon captured his second-straight 20-lap 358 Sprint car season opener after taking the lead on lap five from Mark Smith. Cannon rolled to his 68th career 358 sprint car win over Smith, with Harrisonville’s Logan Wagner turning in a great run with a third-place finish in what was his first- ever start in a 358 Sprint car at Williams Grove. Fourth went to Davie Franek over Josh Beard.
The Super Late Models will make their only appearance of the season this Friday night at Williams Grove joined by the 410 Sprints.
As nice as Friday was, Saturday was just as bad with cooler temperatures and rain all day, forcing all local tracks to cancel racing action. Lincoln, Port Royal, Selinsgrove, Trail-Way and Hagerstown all had to cancel. Hagerstown’s show was its season opener so they will try again this Saturday night with the same show on Family Night and $5 admission. It will also be Favorite Driver night.
That will wrap it up for the month of March and its hard to believe we are a quarter of the way through 2012 already! Most tracks will be opening up in the next few weeks and racing will be in full swing. Until next time, email reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.