For the first time in a good while, Mother Nature got the upper hand on local dirt track racing over the weekend.
But before the nice soaking rains came in on Saturday, two area speedways were able to get in Friday night action.
Steve Buckwalter came out on top of what was probably the best 410 Sprint car feature of the season at Williams Grove Speedway after exchanging the lead with Brian Montieth three times during the 25-lap event. In the end, it was Buckwalter getting his first win of the year over Montieth, with Greg Hodnett coming home third and closing to within 105 points of Fred Rahmer’s point lead with four races remaining. Fourth went to Adam Wilt and fifth to Danny Dietrich.
Brock Zearfoss won a career first 358 Sprint car feature at Williams Grove over Matt Mountz, Jay Galloway, Adrian Shaffer and Mark Smith.
Longtime sprint car driver Cris Eash went out a winner Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway as he scored the 358 Sprint car championship in what was his final race. Eash announced that 2013 will be his final season of racing as he joins 410 drivers Keith Kauffman and Fred Rahmer to hang it up after this season. Eash’s first win of the season came over Brad McClelland, Tim Wagaman, Shane Hoff and Cody Fletcher, while Jeff Rohrbaugh’s sixth-place finish was good enough to clinch his third career Trail-Way track title by six points.
Rain on Saturday forced Lincoln Speedway to postpone the Kenny Weld Memorial for 410 Sprints until October 12, and Selinsgrove Speedway canceled its final regular show of the season. Therefore, Jason Shultz is the 2013 358 Sprint car track champion, and Jeff Rine won an unprecedented ninth career Late Model track title.
Kenny Moreland won Friday night’s Late Model featture at Winchester Speedway, while JT Spence won the Sunday night Winchester 200.
Sam Gallagher was the Sunday night winner of the 358 Late Model Susquehanna Speedway Park Showdown as Harrisonville’s Logan Wagner captured his 11th win in the PA 305 sprint car main. Logan started ninth and went to the front like usual. No other results were available.
Don’t forget the Brawl in the Fall at Hagerstown Speedway is slated for this Sunday. It seems like forever ago (well, it was nearly a year ago) when this race originally was scheduled to run, but weather last fall and then two straight rainouts to start the current season has pushed this event back to this week. Last chance qualifiers for the 358 Sprints and Big Block Modifieds are up first, followed by features for the Late Models, 410 Sprints, Big Blocks and 358 Sprints. Gary Stuhler, Kenny Moreland, Kyle Hardy, Tim McCreadie, Scott Lebarron, Gregg Satterlee, Vic Coffey, Greg Robinson, Jason Covert and Rusty Sites are the top-10 starters for the Late Model feature. Frankie Plessinger lines up 12th and Marvin Winters starts 14th.
Blane Heimbach and Logan Schuchart lead the 410 Sprint cars to the green flag, followed by Lance Dewease, Don Kreitz Jr., Cody Darrah, Brent Marks, Daryn Pittman, Glenndon Forsythe, Greg Hodnett and Mark Smith, while Mike Bittinger and Ryan Wilson are on the front row of the 358 Sprints, followed by Ted Thomas, Adrian Shaffer, Stan Campbell, Doug Hammaker, Jacob Allen, Tim Wagaman, Mark Smith and Dale Hammaker.