There are still many great races left in the local season
As the local racing season has begun to wind down, there is still plenty of racing in the area. It will once again be a busy weekend.
Port Royal has a big three day show which will feature the modified versions of the Short Track Super Series. The show begins Thursday night with a modified feature that will last 40 rounds and offer $5,500 to the winner.
Then on Friday, the Mods hold a series of 20-lap qualifying races for the big show on Saturday. The modified 602 crates also hold a series of 15 qualifying rounds on Friday. And the 410 sprints join the fun with a 25-lap feature that pays $5,000 to win.
The big event for STSS Mods is Saturday. This one does 75 laps and pays $50,000 to win. The modified 602 crate and prostocks also run to port on Saturday.
Lincoln Speedway offers its last racing program of the season on Saturday. The 410 sprints and 358 sprints will run their final points races of the season at Lincoln. Although Freddie Rahmer clinched the 410-point title for the third straight year and Steve Owings won the 358-point title for the second straight year, many positions remain undetermined.
BAPS Motor Speedway is hosting a big two-day event for many of the area’s support racing classes this weekend. Friday night will see qualifying for Limited Stocks, Extreme Stock Cars and Modified 602s. Legends cars and street stocks also have full programs on Fridays.
Saturday is a special day for Limited Stock, Extreme Stock and Modified 602s, as well as full programs for Limited Late Models, Legends, Street Stock, Classic Cars and Scrambler Cars.
Bedford will race Saturday with super late models and USAC East Coast fenderless 360 sprint cars headlining. For the latest models, this is a final tune-up for the following weekend’s Keystone Cup action.
Sunday is the third Sunday Roundtable at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.
When Giovanni Scelzi won the Brian Montieth Tribute race on Thursday at Lincoln, the young driver showed spirit in victory lane. It’s no secret that the early ’20s driver struggled in his previous Lincoln appearances. When he got out of the car, his first words on a chilly night in Lincoln were, “Won a race at Lincoln, guess hell froze over.”
He then joked, “I always said I’d retire if I ever won a race at Lincoln, so I guess you won’t see me again.”
Of course, Scelzi was back in action the rest of the weekend at Port Royal.
When Dillsburg’s Anthony Macri won Friday’s World of Outlaws preliminary night at Port Royal, it was his 22nd win of the season, but more importantly, it was his first career World of Outlaws win. Outlaws. Macri backed up that win with another on Saturday night.
This means that in that season alone, Macri won two World of Outlaws Feature Films and eight Feature Film All-Stars. Seven of Macri’s 10 wins at Port Royal this season have come against those two sanctioning groups.
On another interesting note, the Port has hosted six All-Star events and three Outlaw events this season. It took until Saturday night for a regular in either series to score a podium finish in one of their series-sanctioned races at the Port this season. And even then, it was a third-place finish led by David Gravel.
Macri won five of six All-Star races, with Lance Dewease winning the other. Macri won two of the three Outlaw shows, with NASCAR champion Kyle Larson winning the other.
Local drivers scored every podium except for the night Dewease won the All-Star race. That night, Knoxville champion Brian Brown finished second and Scelzi third.
Cameron Smith, a 17-year-old from Spring Grove, had a terrific season with the 358 sprints. Saturday’s win at Lincoln was his fourth there, with two at Path Valley.
But before last Saturday’s victory, Smith tried something more. When car owner John Trone, of Hanover, and driver Chase Dietz, of York, parted ways, Trone appointed Smith to take the driver’s seat in his powerful No. 39 race car. Smith drove the car both at Lincoln and at the Friday Outlaw show in Port Royal. Smith had raced his own car once with the 410 sprints, so his third 410 race was against the Outlaws.
Smith’s uncle and mentor is 410 sprint car racer Tim Glatfelter.
As has been the case many times before, a first-time winner at Lincoln wasn’t really a first-time winner there. When Stephen Wurtzer won Saturday’s Legends Car feature, it was his first win in a race car, but he had already won two Kid’s Big Wheel races. Still, it was a dream come true for the youngster, who saw his first race at Lincoln aged 4.
And I bet you’re one of those fans who complains when kids get a chance to race on their big wheels. But with talents like Wurtzer, Dwight Leppo and Cameron Smith finding such success after getting their start on the big wheels, I’d say keeping the kids happy a few times a year has proven to help the future of the sport.
CHAMPION RACING OIL CENTRAL PA SPRINT CAR SERIES brought to you by Hoseheads.com
List: position, car number, driver, points, series wins
1. 39m/11 Anthony Macri 1918 22
2. 48 Danny Dietrich 1642 11
3. 19 Brands Brent 1347 10
4. 8/51 Freddie Rahmer 1187 6
5. 69K Lance Dewease 986 8
6. 13 Justin Peck 852 4
7.5w Lucas Wolfe 673
8. 23 Devon Borden 654 2
9. 39 Chase Dietz 634 3
10.1 Logan Wagner 616 5
11. 44 Dylan Norris 597 2
12. 45 Jeff Halligan 474 2
13. 5 Dylan Cisney 456 1
14. 67 Justin Whittal 441
15. 55 Mike Wagner 400
16. 12 Blane Heimbach 355 2
17. 11 TJ Stutts 353
18. 18 Giovanni Scelzi 324 2
19. 19 Troy Wagaman Jr 316 1
20.6 Ryan Smith 313
21. 33W Michael Walter II 300
22. 75/5 Tyler Ross 280
23. 99M Kyle Moody 278
24. 87/27s Alan Krimes 267
25. 7BC Tyler Courtney 258