Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2002-07-28

Hodnett defeats Outlaws for Williams Grove Summer National win. Greg Hodnett became the Pennsylvania Posse's new hero Saturday night as he shook-off the bad luck of the two previous nights to score the wildly popular win against the best...

Hodnett defeats Outlaws for Williams Grove Summer National win.

Greg Hodnett became the Pennsylvania Posse's new hero Saturday night as he shook-off the bad luck of the two previous nights to score the wildly popular win against the best sprinters in the country - the World of Outlaws.

Expectations weighed heavily upon former World of Outlaw racer heading into this past weekend's 3-day World of Outlaw Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway.

And after two night's of suffering mechanical problems, the Apple Dealerships No.12 Team put it all together when it counted by winning the 30 lap Summer National finale in exciting fashion and pocketed his second $20,000 victory of the season.

"The crew of the Apple Chevrolet Car by Dealers Team did a great job for me tonight," said Hodnett upon exiting his car in front of the cheering partisan Pennsylvania Posse grandstand crowd . "We were not good in the dash, but, came back with a nice car for the feature."

"I'm proud to be up here victory lane against the World of Outlaws for the Pennsylvania Posse."

Hodnett's week was a struggle from the start. Brake problems cost him a good qualifying time on Thursday and motor problems cost him a victory on Friday, but he still managed to score enough points to put himself in a position to win on Saturday.

Tim Shaffer grabbed the early lead, before Joey Saldana took over on lap four. Meanwhile Hodnett, who started sixth, passed Donnie Kreitz Jr. and Steve Kinser on the first lap and began to chase Stevie Smith. He slid under Smith between turns three and four, then set his sights on Shaffer. Hodnett claimed the runner-up spot on the ninth tour and began to cut into Saldana's lead.

"Most of the cars were on the top of the track at the start and only a few were down on the bottom, so I went down there,' said Hodnett on his early race strategy to work his way forward from his sixth starting position.

When Saldana got to traffic Hodnett, Shaffer, Smith, Kinser and Donny Schatz were running nose to tail with Hodnett making his winning with an inside move exiting the second corner.

"Joey (Saldana) was definitely better on the open track," said Hodnett of his winning pass in lapped traffic. "We caught him in traffic...he's going to catch us in traffic sometime, so we'll take this one."

"He just bottled-up behind those two guys (lapped cars), and he just got out of his rhythm."

Once in front Hodnett just kept pulling away and was never challenged the rest of the distance as he cruised to his third win against the World of Outlaws this season and the fifth at Williams Grove.

Saldana settled for second with Tim Shaffer third. Donny Schatz, who started 12th, passed Stevie Smith and Steve Kinser on the last lap to finish fourth. Mark Kinser, Kreitz, Sammy Swindell and Daryn Pittman completed the top ten. Heats were won by Stevie Smith, Hodnett and Mark Kinser. Todd Shaffer won the B-main and Tim Shaffer won the dash.

LASOSKI SCORES CAREER FIRST GROVE WIN IN SUMMER NATIONAL OPENER ON THURSDAY

After trying for more than a decade, Danny Lasoski finally conquered Williams Grove Speedway Thursday night as he wired the field to win Thursday's 25-lap feature on opening night of the Summer Nationals over Sean Michael and Tim Shaffer.

SALDANA ALSO SCORES WILLIAMS GROVE FIRST IN FRIDAY SUMMER NATIONAL PRELIM

Joey Saldana made a dramatic fourth turn pass of Tim Shaffer with only one lap remaining to earn his first career Williams Grove victory in the second night of preliminary Summer National action at Williams grove Speedway. Saldana earned$5000 victory in the 25-lap event which saw him beat Tim Shaffer and Steve Kinser to the checkered.

LASOSKI INJURED FOLLOWING PRACTICE CRASH IN FRIDAY GROVE ACTION

Pennzoil World of Outlaws point leader Danny Lasoski was injured Friday night following a crash during hot-laps in preparation for the second night of Summer National action at Williams Grove Speedway.

Lasoski was immediately transferred to Hershey Medical Center for observation. Lasoski suffered a concussion, a bruised lung and a sore shoulder and was complaining of pain in his ankle. All X-Rays came back negative. Lasoski was hospitalized through Saturday and was replaced by Johnny Herrera in his NASCAR driver-owned Tony Stewart No.20 sprinter for Saturday night's Summer National finale.

"You know him, he really wants to get out of there," said Lasoski's father, George. "They took the neck collar off of him this morning (Saturday). He will be out of the hospital today or tomorrow. They are still looking at the bruised lung and making sure nothing is more serious there. He is going to be ok. It was just one of those bad deals. His right rear tire blew, we 're not sure why, and he went straight into the fence."

Lasoski was unconscious for about 12 minutes following the accident. It is unclear at this time when he will return to the race car. Team owner Tony Stewart flew down from Pocono Raceway to Williams Grove Speedway Saturday night and helped wrench Lasoski's sprinter which was driver by Johnny Herrera that night.

STEHMAN WINS FIRST SPORTSMAN FEATURE IN TWO YEARS

Halifax's John Stehman ended a two year win drought by wiring the field Saturday night to win his third career super sportsman victory at Silver Spring Speedway over Scott Snyder, Smokey Snellbaker, Joe Reneker and Jerry Wolfe. Stehman started on the pole and led all 25 laps to become the 14th different sportsman winner this season.

Dover's Charles Potts led his father Gary Potts the entire 20 lap distance to pick up his first career limited late model win and became the 10th different winner in 10 races in late model action at Silver Spring. Todd Bowersox took the lead from polesitter Nick Loranzo on the first lap of the street stock feature and led the entire distance for his first win of the season to become the 12th different winner in 16 races of the season.

LAYTON SWEEPS SELINSGROVE 358 SPRINT TWIN 20'S

Harrisburg's Chad Layton picked up his sixth and seventh Selinsgrove Speedway wins Saturday night was in winning both ends of the special twin 20-lap feature for the 358 sprints. The victories were his firsts at the track since June 1, when his streak of five wins in-a-row ended.

Jeff Rine of Danville won his third event of the season in the 25-lap late model feature, while Gary Kerstetter of Beavertown recorded his first career win in the 12-lap pro stock main event. Cory Long of Selinsgrove made it back-to-back wins in the 10-lap roadrunner feature.

LAUGHMAN TRAIL-WAY MICRO-SPRINT WINNER

New Oxford's Bill Laughman won the 250cc micro-sprint feature over Brad McClelland and Keith Woodson. McSherrystown's Bobby Beard and Abbottstown's Bryan Wagaman picked up wins in the regularly scheduled and make-up thundercar features respectively.

Spring Grove's Mike Herman win the street stock feature.

JAMIE MILLS FIRST REPEAT WINNER AT SUSQUEHANNA SPEEDWAY

Jamie Mills of Milford, Delaware became the first repeat winner in modified action at Susquehanna Speedway Friday night.

Tom Myers became the fifth different winner in five races for the late models while Rodney Kistler was the winner in legends action. John Stoll won the 4-cylinder pure stock event and Karl Windish picked up his second in enduro action.

JEFF SHEPARD WIRES THE FIELD FOR 1200 POUND CHAMPIONSHIP

Upperco, Maryland's Jeff Shepard grabbed the lead at the drop of the green and led all 30 laps to pick up the win in the Second Annual 1200 Pound Nationals at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IO, Saturday night. Shepard pocketed $12,000 for the win which came over Dean Jacobs and Kerry Masden.

Calvin Landis and Jeff Mitrisin picked up the wins in the two preliminary features on Saturday night which were originally scheduled for Friday night. Rain washed out the two preliminary features on Friday night and were run at the beginning of Saturday night's 1200 pound championship racing program.

CURT MICHAEL REBOUNDS AFTER INJURY TO WIN $2,290 FOR GRANBY URC VICTORY

Curt Michael signaled he is back and stronger than ever as he made his return to racing a victorious one as returned to action Friday night in the first of two in the annual URC Canada Racing Series. After being sidelined several weeks due to injuries he received at Delaware International Raceway earlier in the year, Michael picked up $2,290 winners purse at Autodrome Granby in Granby, Quebec which included the Hard Charger Award.

Kevin Welsh of Far Hills, NJ scored his first international URC victory in winning the 25 lap URC Sprint Series feature event Saturday night at the Drummondville Speedway in Canada. For Welsh, it was his second career URC victory.

LAYTON WINS BIG DIAMOND 358 ACTION

Chad Layton made a late-race pass of Keith Prutzman to win the 25 lap KARS 358 Sprint feature at Big Diamond Raceway Friday night.

STIMELING FIRST REPEAT CLINTON COUNTY SUPER SPRINT WINNER

Lewistown's Darryl Stimeling became the first repeat winner in super sprint competition at Clinton County Speedway in claiming the 25 lap win Friday night.

Beech Creek's Jamin Chapman scored his first super stock win while Gus Chapman of Lock Haven won in four cylinder action and Dave Riddell of Montgomery won in Daredevils.

TYLER WALKER VICTORIOUS IN FRIDAY NIGHT GUMOUT ACTION

Tyler Walker picked up his fifth Gumout Series victory of the season Friday night at Hartford Speedway Park in Ohio by leading all 30 laps from his front row starting position. Shane Stewart was moving in on Walker at one time as they raced through lapped traffic, but a caution on lap eleven gave Walker a clear track as the race went non stop the rest of the way with Walker scoring the win.

MARS WINS; ECKERT EXTENDS POINT LEAD IN KENTUCKY UDTRA ACTION

Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI held off a hard charging Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL in a hotly contested battle for the lead to win the 50-lap United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series main event Saturday night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert City, KY. Mars drove to his second win of the season worth $10,000, and jumped from fourth to second in the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series point standings.

UDTRA point leader and defending series champion Rick Eckert of York came back from a cut tire on lap 31 to finish eighth and now holds a 138 point lead over Mars in the UDTRA championship hunt.

1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA, whom was trailing Eckert in the season-long points chase going into Saturday night's action, dropped out on lap 18 and returned to the race later for a couple of laps before retiring for good from the race. The DNF for McDowell was his third in the last four races, and dropped him to fourth in the points chase.

JOHNSON BREAKS FIVE-YEAR UDTRA DRY SPELL; ECKERT THIRD IN GEORGIA

Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN won his first United Dirt Track Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series event in over five years on Friday night in the Coca-Cola 50 at Rome Speedway IN Rome, GA. Johnson led from wire-to-wire to post the $10,000 victory, his fifth UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series win at Rome Speedway.

Before Friday night, Johnson's last Pro DirtCar Series win came on March 29, 1997 in Chatham, LA. Friday night's win was Johnson's 19th of his career, tying him with 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN for fifth on the all-time list.

Defending UDTRA Champion Rick Eckert of York finished third.

RAIN CANCELS TRIPLE-HEADER PROGRAM AT HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

Rain moved into the Western Maryland area Saturday afternoon forcing Hagerstown Speedway to cancel it's Saturday night triple header program of ITSI late models, late model sportsman and Pure Stocks.

Hagerstown will return to action on Wednesday night with a special 55th Anniversary "Topless 55" for the late models. The 55-lap feature will pay $4,000 to the winner with an increased purse from top to bottom. All late models must run without the roofs. Also on the special program will be the Pure Stock Invitational with the 20-lap feature paying $300. Race time is 8 P.M. with gates opening at 6 P.M.

SATURDAY TRAIL-WAY ACTION CANCELED

Heavy rains struck the Hanover area early Saturday evening forcing Trail-Way Speedway officials to cancel Saturday evening's racing program.

-bill meyer-

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Series Sprint , Stock car , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Mark Kinser , Freddy Smith , Rick Eckert , Jimmy Mars , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Tyler Walker , Jeff Mitrisin , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Shane Stewart , Johnny Herrera
Teams Williams