Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2002-07-08

DALLASTOWN'S CORY HAAS FINALLY FINDS VICTORY LANE AT LINCOLN Dallastown's Cory Haas padded his points lead by becoming the seventh winner in as many races in the "358" sprint division at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night. Haas, who scored his ...


Dallastown's Cory Haas padded his points lead by becoming the seventh winner in as many races in the "358" sprint division at Lincoln Speedway Saturday night.

Haas, who scored his first heat win of the year earlier in the evening, came from 12th starting spot to slide under race-long leader Bob Gutshall exiting turn four of lap nine, and stormed to a 3.5-second win, the second of his career in the Pigeon Hills.

Haas steered his York P.B. Truss, Inc./Barb's Kitchen/Myers Tree Farm No.11C clear of a red flag at the start and three cautions before grabbing the lead just before a red flag for a flipping Joe Ilg on the backstretch of lap ten.

"We've been coming from the back a lot this year, but we've been fortunate enough to get to the front quite a few times," said a jubilant Haas in victory lane. "Tonight we started 12th, but that was about our best starting position all year."

"We had to take advantage of it. The guys were a little aggressive and I kinda got mixed up there at the beginning, but I knew I had a real good car, and just bided my time. I figured I'd let them string out and then go race."

Mike Creaghan brought out the first red flag when he rolled over a spinning Will Urkuski on the first turn of the original start. Eric Stambaugh then brought out a caution with a spin on turn two of the restart. By the time the next caution flag flew on lap five, Haas was running sixth. He passed both Greg Leiby and Mike Miller on the restart, and was scored fourth by the end of the sixth lap. Both Haas and Miller got by Jim Siegel on lap seven. Haas then used identical moves on the low side of turns three and four to grab second from Dan Dietrich on lap eight and polesitter Gutshall on lap nine.

"Those guys (the leaders) were running the middle to the top," said Haas. "I like the bottom of the track, and my car was running so good that I didn' t have to run the car that hard or take any chances. "My guys told me during the red to just hit my marks and I'd be fine. I was just letting the car hook up and wasn't really on the pedal. If I'd have seen someone, I'd have stepped it up a notch."

Miller, who was running fourth when the red came out for Ilg, put away both Dietrich and Gutshall to move into second on lap 11, but had to settle for second. Siegel, Dan Dietrich, and Gutshall swapped positions several times over the last few laps before finishing in that order third through fifth.

Royersford's Steve Buckwalter established a new track record in dominating the 25-lap ARDC midget feature. The former quarter-midget driver, who has only run a handful of ARDC races, took the lead from his third starting spot exiting the second turn of the first lap. From there Buckwalter never looked back in scoring the impressive 7.64-second inaugural win over two-time defending ARDC champ and three-time 2002 winner Ray Bull.

New Oxford's Bobby Rudisill took advantage of a David Prunkl bobble in the third and fourth turns of lap 14 to grab the lead and went on to score his second win of the year in the 20-lap thundercar feature. After taking the lead, Rudisill had to hold off a charging Bernie Beard (who started 14th) over the final four laps to claim his fourth Lincoln career win by 1.67 seconds over the points leader. Nat Tuckey got by Prunkl with three to go to finish third, with Prunkl and Butch Harvey completing the top five.



Greg Hodnett narrowly escaped a ten-car wreck and went on to win the CARQUEST Auto Parts Mitch Smith Memorial for sprint cars Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.

Hodnett increased his Speed Week point lead with his third series victory and his fourth of the season at Williams Grove.

Keith Kauffman led the first lap before a massive backstretch pileup halted the action. Sean Michael, Fred Rahmer and Lance Dewease were racing three-abreast when contact occurred. Rahmer and Dewease flipped while Michael drove away. Eight other drivers were involved but Hodnett, who was right behind Rahmer, Dewease and Michael, managed to drive by unscathed.

Hodnett, who started seventh, took the runner-up spot from Mike Erdley on the fourth lap and began to chase Kauffman. With Kauffman teasing the outside guard rail, Hodnett drove around the bottom of turns one and two and took the lead on lap twelve.

Once in front Hodnett went back to the fast outer groove and got away from Kauffman. The Memphis driver, who is currently ranked sixth in the latest National Sprint Car Poll, rolled to his eleventh career win at Williams Grove.

Kauffman settled for second and a $4000 payday. Michael was third. Todd Shaffer and Lance Dewease were involved in the backstretch crash and were forced to restart at the rear of the field, but charged through the pack to finish fourth and fifth respectively.


Mifflintown's Keith Kauffman led every lap en route to the win in race seven of eight in Pennsylvania Speedweek action Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway.

Kauffman grabbed the lead from his outside frontrow starting position at the drop of the green and then survived a late-race charge by Speedweek point leader Greg Hodnett to record his third win in-a-row at the Juniata County racing facility. The win, worth $5,000 to Kauffman, was his first Speedweek win this year, but his fourth overall in the 12 year history of Pennsylvania Speedweek. Kauffman's eighth overall win of the season came over Donnie Kreitz Jr. whom set fast time for the third night in a row in Speedweek action.

Todd Snook got by race-long leader Matt Parks coming off then final turn to the checkered to pick up his first win of the year in pro stock competition.


Brett Mann of Elkhart, Indiana led wire-to-wire to score the upset win in Pennsylvania Speedweek action at Susquehanna Speedway Thursday night. Keith Kauffman drew close to Mann on several occasions but was forced to settle for second, with Wednesday night Silver Spring winner Sean Michael finishing third.

The win was Mann's first-ever win in Pennsylvania Speedweek action, and his first win ever on the tough Central Pennsylvania sprint car circuit.


Wellsville's Jim Shuttlesworth took the lead from rookie Scott Dellinger on the 18th lap and went on to record his third win of the season in super sportsman action at Silver Spring Speedway Saturday night. Tom Haxall got by Dellinger with two laps remaining to finish second as Shuttlesworth drove off to his 103rd career racing victory.

Mechanicsburg's Dallas Wenrich led all 20 laps of a wild limited late model feature for his first ever win.

Joe Whiteley scored his second win of the season in the first of two 20-lap features for the street stocks.. Then last year's rookie of the year Randy Christine Jr. of Manchester took the lead at the drop of the green in the second 20 lap feature and withstood all challenges from George Eash to record his first ever street stock win.


Liverpool's Dale Kerstetter wired the field for his first ever victory in the Fourth Annual Late Model Open at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night. The win was Kerstetter's second of the season and the 28th of his career at the Snyder County oval.

York's Adrian Shaffer of York picked up the win in 358 sprint action over Chad Layton and T.J. Stutts.

Troy Miller of Millerstown won his first pro stock race at Selinsgrove in the division's 12-lap main event, while Dave Riddell of Montgomery started last and finished first for his first career win in the Roadrunner feature.


Mercersburg's Marvin Winters was just looking for a top ten finish when he took the green in the 20th starting spot, but he surprised himself and came from the back of the field to win the 25-lap ITSI late model feature at the Hagerstown Speedway Saturday night.

"Starting 20th I would have been happy to crack the top ten normally here," said Winters in Victory Lane for the third time this year. "It seemed like a lot of drivers had problems with one another and it worked to my advantage, then the track just seemed to come to the car I guess. The car just got better towards the end."

After weeks of mechanical problems, Richard Walls of St. Thomas led every lap to win the 20-lap late model sportsman feature and Hans Stamberg of Barnesville, MD, nipped Ronnie Dennis by inches at the finish line in a photo finish to win the 15-lap pure stock main event. Kenny Thomas of Falling Waters, WV led all but the first lap to win the 30-lap enduro dash.


Steve Owings captured his fourth win of the season in 600cc micro-sprint action Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway over Joseph Bertsche and Jimmy Brookens

Current point leader Richard Wolfe drove to his third. win of the season in the Figure 8 112" feature race. In Figure 8, 111" action, Chris Holston, Randy Shiflett, and Gerald Barnes swapped the lead back and forth several times before Holston picked up his second. win in a row.

In Scramble Car action, Brad Kress and Dennis Harrison were victorious in four-cylinder and six cylinder action respectively.

Margaret Nelka won the Powder Puff race, and Jimmy Tyson capped off the evening by winning the Junk Car Demolition Race.


Twenty-year old Blane Heimbach of Selinsgrove came out on top in the 358 sprint feature Friday night at Clinton County Speedway for his first win at the Lock Haven one-third mile oval over Mark Whitebread, Vince Snyder, Darryl Stimeling and Chuck Roan

Other winners included Greg Malek of Antis Fort in the Super Stocks, Doug Updyke of Linden in the Four Cylinders and Art Stephens of McElhatten in the Daredevil Pure Stocks.


Neither a long rain delay, nor the five drivers starting in front of him, could keep Joey Saldana from winning the Preliminary Feature on Independence Day when the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened the Fifth Annual Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND. The $5,000 victory, completed just after 2 a.m. Friday, was Saldana's second straight Preliminary Feature victory.


York's Rick Eckert nursed his car to his fourth United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series win of the season Friday night in front of a packed house at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, OH in the Ohio Nationals 50.

The $10,000 victory also put the defending UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series Champion back on top of the point lead, and took him over the $100,000 mark in season earnings at the halfway point of the 2002 season.

The engine in Eckert's car began to falter early in the race, but held together, and stayed strong enough for him to post a 3.5 second win over 1999 UDTRA Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA.

"On about lap 16, the engine just started dropping off, and started sputtering and backfiring," Eckert said. "It wasn't that bad as long as I running by myself, it just hurt me getting through lapped traffic. I hope we can find out what is wrong with this engine and fix it because this is the motor I wanted to use tomorrow in West Virginia."

After the race, Eckert and his crew removed a valve cover to find a broken rocker arm the culprit of the sour engine. Eckert moved around McDowell to take the point lead again, and goes into Saturday night's Pro DirtCar Series event at West Virginia Motor Speedway in Parkersburg, WV with a slim two point advantage.

McDowell's second-place finish put him over the $1-Million mark in UDTRA career earnings.


Randy Korte of Highland, IL scored his first career United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series victory Saturday night in the Charter Communications Family 50 at West Virginia Motor Speedway in Parkersburg, WV. Korte led all 50 laps and held off a late-race by Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA. McDowell closed to within a car-length on the final lap, but Korte was able to use a lapped car to slow McDowell's momentum and secure the $10,000 win.

McDowell settled for second and the 1999 UDTRA Champion took over the point lead from Eckert by one point. The defending UDTRA Champion Eckert finished third. Eckert picked up two bonus points by turning a lap around the 5/8-mile clay oval in 21.095 seconds for an average speed of 106.660 miles per hour.

-bill meyer-

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Series Midget , Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Mark White , Rick Eckert , Mike Miller , Joey Saldana , Ray Bull , Joe White
Teams Williams