Weekend racing summary 2003-07-28

SCHATZ BEST IN GROVE SUMMER NATIONALS FINALE World of Outlaw drivers Donny Schatz and Danny Lasoski battled in a wild duel through lapped traffic Saturday night with Schatz coming out on top in the 30-lap $20,000-to-win Summer National finale at...

SCHATZ BEST IN GROVE SUMMER NATIONALS FINALE

World of Outlaw drivers Donny Schatz and Danny Lasoski battled in a wild duel through lapped traffic Saturday night with Schatz coming out on top in the 30-lap $20,000-to-win Summer National finale at Williams Grove Speedway.

The Fargo, ND racer returned to his winning form of two years ago by running around the top of the historic Mechanicsburg half-mile. Schatz and current World of Outlaw point leader Lasoski exchanged the lead several times throughout the event while negotiating heavy lapped traffic.

"I knew I didn't have a chance to get by Danny (Lasoski) on the bottom, so I had to put the car up on the cushion," said a $20,000 richer Schatz afterwards. "I made a few mistakes up there, but it worked out for us."

"When I first came here, it seemed like all I could do was hit the fence here, but I guess I had to be a little out of control then to learn where the fast way around here is. The cushion here is so tough to run...it's a long way around up there, and it piles up pretty high, especially getting off of turn two and four, and it if you hit it wrong it just wants to suck the car into the wall. I didn't think Danny would want to run up there on the wall. He's a great race car driver, and his car usually works really good on the bottom.

Schatz led the first thirteen laps from the pole position with WoO point leader Danny Lasoski chasing him. Lasoski drove by with an inside move off turn four on the 14th tour. The next time around Schatz attacked the outside cushion and drove around the Dude to lead at the half-way point of the 30-lap event.

Lasoski drove back in front to lead the 17th tour, but a tenacious Schatz refused to concede. With Lasoski back to his more comfortable low line, Schatz went to the top teasing the outside guard rail at every corner. He took over for the final time with five laps remaining.

"I guess I just wanted it a little more, and I had to be more aggressive, even though I was a little squirly up there as well," Schatz added. "Dave Yingst has been working with us the past couple of weeks, and he and Tyler (Swank) and Chad (Lambert) worked their butts off to give me a great racecar tonight."

"Lance (Dewease) has been pretty tough here the last couple of years at the National open...all these guys out here are really tough. This is the toughest competition we face all year long."

Lasoski maintained his point lead and earned $11,000 for his runner-up effort. Keith Kauffman collected $5500 for third and was the first local driver across the line. Track regulars Fred Rahmer, Lance Dewease and Greg Hodnett filled the next three spots.

Steve Kinser was seventh, Todd Hestor eighth, Paul McMahan ninth and Joey Saldana completed the top ten.

DONNIE KREITZ JR. AND DONNY SCHATZ SPLIT PRELIMINARY NIGHT RUNS

Donnie Kreitz Jr. led the charge of the Pennsylvania Posse in Thursday night's Summer Nationals opener by leading all 25 laps to score the $5,000 win. Keith Kauffman followed with defending World of Outlaw champion Steve Kinser third, Lasoski fourth and Fred Rahmer fifth.

In all the Posse filled three of the top-five spots and five of the top-10 finishing to give the Pennsylvania fans a lot to cheer about.

On Friday night Shatz passed fellow Outlaw racer Jason Sides with five laps to go and went on to post his first of two win in Summer National action. Mike Erdley was the surprise driver of the night as he recorded his most memorable finish ever by challenging Schatz for the win during the final laps but had to settle for a crowd-pleasing second place finish

Greg Hodnett recorded a come-back third place finish after crashing on the 14th lap of Thursday night's opener. Todd Hestor completed the string Pennsylvania Posse finishers with a fourth place finish, just ahead of early race leader Sides.

OTHER WEEKEND RACING ACTION

BLOOMQUIST DOMINATES HAGERSTOWN MARYLAND SILVER CUP NATIONALS

Four-time series champion and current point leader Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN scored his eighth series win of the season Saturday night in the 8th Annual Silver Cup Nationals for the Xtreme DirtCar Series at Hagerstown Speedway. Bloomquist led all 50 laps for his third Silver Cup victory (1995, 1996, 2003). It was also his 97th career series win. Bloomquist was only challenged once in the race on a restart, but was able to quickly pull away to a full straightaway advantage during a couple of points in the race.

"The car was super, we ran exceptionally well," said Bloomquist after scoring his eighth Xtreme Dirtcar Racing Series race of the season. "We got out a little late for the dash and was suppose to start in the front row of that, but we still finished second to sit on the outside pole and that was a good starting point."

"The track was in great shape tonight and we were able to find the right set-up. We set our sights on the championship this year and hopefully it will work out. This is one of the best starts I have ever had"

Defending Xtreme Shootout champion Chub Frank of Sugar Grove finished second, Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA third, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY fourth and Jeremy Miller of Charlotte Hall, MD.

Defending and two-time series champion Rick Eckert of York salvaged a rough night to finish seventh in the Raye Vest/Petroff Towing Rocket/Cornett Taurus.

Eckert started the first heat race from the outside front row, but broke an axle at the start of the race. He failed to transfer to the main event in the first 10-lap consolation race. Eckert had to take a provisional and start 23rd. His charge to finish seventh earned him the Advance Auto Parts Hard Charger of the Race Award.

In other action, Tim Fedder of Newport, PA won the 20-lap Late Model Sportsman Summer Championship feature for his second win of the season.

BRIAN BIRKHOFER WINS FRIDAY HAGERSTOWN SCHETROMPF MEMORIAL

Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA Won the Renegade Dirtcar Racing Series 65th Anniversary/Stanley Schetrompf Memorial Friday night at Hagerstown Speedway. Birkhofer started fourth and took the lead on the 16th lap from Florida's Earl Pearson and led the rest of the way to pocket $10,000.

Pearson settled for second, Jimmy Mars third, York's Rick Eckert fourth and Steve Francis fifth.

In other action, Dean Holmes of Cross Junction, VA was declared the winner in the 15-lap pure stock summer championship when Alan Stone refused tech inspection at the end of the race for the second time this season.

HEIMBACH SCORES BACK TO BACK SELINSGROVE 358 SPRINT WINS

Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove romped to his second 358 sprint win in-a-row and third overall in 2003 at Selinsgrove Speedway in Saturday night.

For Heimbach, who won his seventh race of the season at Clinton County Speedway on Friday night, took the win over Chad Layton and Jason Schultz for his fourth overall win of his career at the Snyder County track.

Scott Haus of Hamburg won his second race of the season at Selinsgrove and sixth overall in the 20-lap late model feature over Dave Shulski and Dale Kerstetter.

Nate Kerstetter of Millerstown won his third event of the season in the 15-lap pro stock feature, while Matt Drum of Port Trevorton was the winner of the 12-lap roadrunner feature.

Fred Thompson and Larry Felty won the Sportsman and Modified vintage race club races, respectively.

BLANE HEIMBACH SCORES SEVENTH CLINTON COUNTY SPRINT CAR VICTORY

Selinsgrove's Blane Heimbach was victorious once again on Friday night at the Clinton County Speedway, scoring his seventh win of the season in the 20 lap sprint car feature.

Other winners were Jeremy Ohl of Jersey Shore in the Super Stocks, Lou Parson of McClure in the Pro Stocks, Kevin VanAmburg of Lock Haven in the daredevils and Ray Chambers of Moshannon in the Enduro feature.

HOWIE LOCKE SCORES 38TH CAREER SUPER SPORTSMAN WIN

Six-time track champ Howie Locke of Mechanicsburg avoided a 15-car pile-up at the start and then seven minutes 18.88 seconds later, picked up his first win of the year in the non-stop 25 lap super sportsman feature at Silver Spring Speedway Saturday night.

The win was Locke's 38th career victory at the Cumberland County oval.

The 15-car crash occurred at the drop of the green for the original start when contact was made between eighth place starter Rick Barr and another competitor causing the front end on Barr's car to break. His car slowed drastically and bunch up the cars behind him.

This triggered a massive wreck entering turn one with Barr and Dave Neuman flipping. Point leader Frankie Herr was involved, along with anniversary race winner Danny Hager. Second place point man Pat Cannon was involved, but was able to rejoin.

Several of the cars at the end of the field, including Locke, stopped to avoid the wreck and didn't receive any damage in the accident. A total of 20 of the 26 cars were able to restart and there were no injuries.

Joe Krick picked up his second win of the year in street stock action while Arlin Brougher picked up the win in four-cylinder pure stock action.

THUNDERCAR ACE STEVE CLABAUGH WINS CAREER FIRST IN 358 SPRINTS

The season of new faces in victory lane continued Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway as Bonneville's Steve Clabaugh picked up his first career 358 sprint win.

Weekly thunder racer Clabaugh, in only his fourth start in the 358 sprints, made his transition complete from stock cars to open wheeled cars by leading all 25 laps for his inaugural win in the 25 lap Coors Light sponsored-series.

Gettysburg's Craig Wagaman picked up his second win of the season in thundercar and Emmitsburg, Maryland's Randy May picked up his second street stock win in-a-row.

MIKE BOYER & TIM R. DIETZ VICTORIOUS IN SATURDAY TRAIL-WAY 250CC/600CC MICRO-SPRINT ACTION

Jonestown's Mike Boyer continued his winning ways by winning his third 250cc micro-sprint feature in the month of July for his third overall win of 2003 at Trail-Way Speedway Saturday night. Boyer picked up the win over Keith Woodson and Craig Myers. Heats were won by Woodson, Alex Cunningham and Boyer, with Timmy Shipp winning the consolation.

Hanover's Tim R. Dietz picked up his third win of the year in 600cc micro-sprint action over Ryan Greth and Ken Aiosa. Heats were won by Tim A. Dietz and Bill Gawler.

Manchester Maryland's Brian Wentzel picked up his first win of the year in four-cylinder scramble car action while Asper's Shawn Crunkilton picked up his second win in six-cylinder scramble car action.

Hampstead Maryland's Allen Cullum picked up his first win of the year in the classic car feature as did York Spring's Jeffrey Emlet in figure 8s.

Hanover's Justin Mong picked up his third win in-a-row in four-cylinder scramble oval car action.

NATE HAMMAKER WIS CAREER FIRST IN BIG DIAMOND KARS 358 SPRINT ACTION

Nate Hammaker, son of 358-sprint standout Dale Hammaker, picked up his first career win in Friday night KARS 358 Sprint action at Big Diamond Raceway.

The 17 year old driver beat Kevin Nagy, Nate Snyder, father Dale Hammaker and Keith Prutzman to the checkered after 25 laps.

RINEHIMER WINS SECOND IN SELINSGROVE MICRO SPRINTS

Denny Rinehimer wired the field for his second micro sprint win of the season at Selinsgrove Raceway Park on Friday in the division's 25-lap main event over Colby Womer and Brian Kishbaugh.

DEAN JACOBS & TIM MONTGOMERY VICTORIOUS IN NCRA VERSES ALL STAR ACTION

Dean Jacobs of Wooster, Ohio sped to a straightaway victory in the NCRA verses All Stars 30 lap feature Friday night at Capital Speedway in Holts Summit, MO, over Jarrod Hull and Brain Brown to give the All Stars the opening night win.

Then Tim Montgomery of Fredricktown, MO evened the score for the NCRA regulars with the win in Saturday night's 40-lap NCRA verses All Stars event at St. Francois County Raceway in Farmington, MO, over Jerrod Hull and Tom Worley Jr..

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Scott Bloomquist , Rick Eckert , Jimmy Mars , Brian Birkhofer , Ken Aiosa , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Dean Jacobs , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Steve Francis
Teams Williams