Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2002-06-17

Hodnett completes third two-win weekend at Lincoln Speedway Saturday. Proud Pennsylvania Posse racer Greg Hodnett completed his third two-win weekend of the season in impressive style Saturday night in winning the 25-lap super sprint feature at...

Hodnett completes third two-win weekend at Lincoln Speedway Saturday.

Proud Pennsylvania Posse racer Greg Hodnett completed his third two-win weekend of the season in impressive style Saturday night in winning the 25-lap super sprint feature at Lincoln Speedway.

Hodnett, who started seventh, passed a determined Bobby Weaver on the 18th lap and then drove away from the best Central Pennsylvania has to offer for a second night in-a-row to earn his third win of the season at the Pigeon Hill's oval.

"Bobby (Weaver) has been running good," said Hodnett on his battle for the lead with the former Lincoln champ, "He did a great job, we just happen to get by him there right before the yellow came out...I could still hear him there towards the end. I was just trying to be careful and not do anything stupid."

"The Apple Chevrolet/Cars by Dealers Team has been working hard all week. We were struggling there a little bit about a month ago, and kind of came onto some things with the VRP Shocks, Hoosier Tires, Don Ott Engines, and Maxim Chassis, a good combination that's worked out really well for us lately."

Weaver, who started fifth, passed rookie polesitter and race-long leader Chappy Knaack for the lead in the third and forth turns following a ninth lap caution restart, and looked good enough to pick up his first Lincoln win since 1996.

Weaver was able to use his many years of Lincoln experience to hold off Hodnett, the former Outlaw regular, through the middle stages of the race, which saw several cautions and red flags slow the racing action.

Hodnett was able to finally mount his charge two laps after a 16th-lap restart to pass Weaver for the lead on the backstretch of the 18th lap. After that, he ran away from the field, as Weaver held off both Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease for second over the closing laps. Johnny Mackison, Jr. completed the top five, with Glenndon Forsythe, Niki Young, Steve Siegel, Chris Knopp, and Brook Weibley rounding out the top ten.

The 2.9-second win was Hodnett's career fourth at Lincoln, and his eighth overall win of 2002.

"These guys here can win anywhere in the country," said Hodnett referring to the competition here in Central Pennsylvania.

"We made a lot of changes," said Hodnett on the team's success this season from last. "The guys have just worked really hard...it starts from the top and Bob (Stewart) our car owner wanted results and he made some changes in the program that's kind of trickled down. So we've just been very fortunate to be on a pretty decent roll here and have a good combination and hopefully we can keep it up throughout the summer."

Doug Esh was uninjured in a scary crash on turn three of the ninth lap when Cris Eash lost a rear end while running fifth and Esh hit the pieces and flipped entering the turn. Both drivers were done for the night.

Heats for the 24 super sprints were won by Forsythe, Eash, and Hodnett.

Wilmington, Delaware's Chris Coyle started on the pole and led every lap to claim his first win of the year in the 25-lap URC sprint car feature. Two-time 410 Lincoln winner Dave Ely came from 11th starting spot to edge defending champ Mike Haggenbottom for second at the end, with Dave McGough and Steve Siegel completing the top five. URC points leader and former Lincoln champ Billy Brian, Jr. came from his 21st starting spot to cross sixth at the finish.

Mike Walls grabbed the lead from Doug Devilbiss on lap four and led the rest of the way to score his second win of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature. Walls was running away from the field when a caution flag with two laps to go bunched up the field. He then survived heavy pressure and some contact with last week's feature winner Neil Smith on the backstretch of the final lap to pull out the win, with Craig Wagaman crossing second and Smith rebounding to finish third. Completing the top five were Steve Clabaugh and Duane Watson.

Clabaugh's fourth place finish, combined with Bernie Beard's 22nd place finish, catapulted Clabaugh into the points lead for the first time this year, erasing a 90-point deficit and emerging with a 50-point advantage.

OTHER WEEKEND RACING ACTION

Hodnett wins Grove for first of two weekend wins.

Greg Hodnett was spectacular in winning the 25-lap sprint car feature Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Pete Green won the 25-lap URC main event.

Doug Esh took the lead at the start of the sprint feature and set the pace as Hodnett, who started 12th, was moving through the field.

With a heavy mist falling through much of the program the racing surface was extremely sticky and Hodnett made the most of it. He chose to race above the wide cushion where his Apple Dealerships entry appeared to be running on rails.

Hodnett cracked the top five by lap six, was up to third with ten laps left and drove by Keith Kauffman for the runner-up spot with twenty down. The next time around he blew past Esh on the inside through turns three and four to take the lead. Once in front he opened a considerable advantage over the rest of the field.

The victory, worth $3000, was the third of the season for the Memphis resident and the tenth of his career at Williams Grove. Kauffman settled for second and Esh finished third, a career best for the former limited sprint champion.

Todd Shaffer continued his consistent performances with a fourth place effort and Brook Weibley completed the top five in his best showing of the season.

Pete Green took the lead from his front row starting spot and led every lap to win the URC feature. Both runner-up Dave Ely and third place finisher Danny Massey applied pressure at different points in the race, but Green never faltered and scored his first Williams Grove win. Lance Dewease and Fred Rahmer came from the tenth row to finish fourth and fifth respectively.

SHUTTLESWORTH COMES FROM 21ST TO WIN AT SILVER SPRING

After being forced to qualify through his consolation race, Jim Stuttlesworth came roaring through the field from his 21st starting positon to take the lead from Charlie Sorokach mid-way through the 25-lap super sportsman feature and went on to record his second win of the season, and 10th of his career, at Silver Spring Speedway Satrday night.

Dover's Bud Witmer picked up his second win of the season in limited late model action while Rodney Clouser picked up his first in street stocks.

TODD SHAFFER REPEATS IN PORT ROYAL SPRINT CAR ACTION

Millerstown's Todd Shaffer inherited the lead from veteran racer Keith Kauffman with two laps remaining after the Mifflintown racer suffered a flat right rear tire and went on to score his second win in as many weeks in the 25 lap super sprint feature at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night. Shaffer picked-up $2,500 win over Mark Smith and Rick Lafferty to raise his overall win count in 2002.

In other Port Royal action Saturday night Bill Powell won the 12 pro stock feature and Scott Hopple won the 30 lap Enduro Dash.

BUCKWALTER WIRES FIELD FOR SELINSGROVE 358 SPRINT WIN

Royersford's Brian Buckwalter's picked up his first win of the year in 358 sprint action at Selingsgrove Speedway action Saturday night over Justin Zimmerman and Rick Hench.

Hamburg's Scott Haus picked up his third win of the season in late models while Troxelville's Peanut Heintzelman won the pro stacks.

Matt Drum wired the field to win the 10-lap roadrunner feature.

STUHLER WINS HAGERSTOWN BOWERS/DURHAM MEMORIAL

Greencastle's Gary Stuhler worked his way through the field to win the 35-lap Shorty Bowers/Bull Durham Memorial at the Hagerstown Speedway Saturday for his third win of the year.

"We did pretty good. I didn't think we had much of a shot at winning tonight starting back where we did" said Stuhler. "We got a good start there in the beginning and things went our way tonight."

Stuhler collected $2,000 for his fifth Bowers/Durham win.

Greencastle's Dave Rice Jr. made a thrilling pass of Terry Lescalleet on the outside with two laps remaining to win the Hoosier Daddy 25-lap late model sportsman feature for his second win of the year and Hanover's Eugene Conlee scored his second win of the year in the 15-lap pure stock main event.

STIMELING IS VICTORIOUS IN CLINTON COUNTY SPRINTS

Daryl Stimeling of Lewistown recorded his ninth career victory in super sprint competition Friday night at the Clinton County Speedway. Other winners included Dale Schweikart of Linden in the Super Stock, Robert Tressler of Lock Haven in the Four-Cylinder division and Dave Riddell of Montomgery in the Daredevil class.

THURSDAY NIGHT PORT ROYAL SPECIAL RAINED-OUT

Inclement weather postponed Thursday night's special mid-week race at Port Royal Speedway. Speedway officials postponed the sprint car and pro stock show late Thursday afternoon due to steady afternoon showers.

FRIDAY NIGHT RAIN-OUTS

Both Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover and Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown were forced to cancel there Friday evening racing programs due to rain which soaked most of the Central Pennsylvania area during the day - and into the night.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Chappy Knaack , Neil Smith
Teams Williams