Central Pennsylvania weekend summary 2004-05-23

Memphis-racer Greg Hodnett has been winning just about everywhere he goes over the past few years while competing on the prestigious Central Pennsylvania sprint car circuit. But the wins have come few and far between at Lincoln...

Memphis-racer Greg Hodnett has been winning just about everywhere he goes over the past few years while competing on the prestigious Central Pennsylvania sprint car circuit. But the wins have come few and far between at Lincoln Speedway.

Saturday night Hodnett took a step towards ending his frustrations at the Pigeon Hills oval by claiming his first win of 2004 - raising his overall win mark to eight.

Hodnett came from his distant 14th starting spot, passed Kevin Drury for the lead on the 12th lap and raced away to his 10th career win at Lincoln in the 25 lap 410 sprint feature.

"We're just not very good here," said a victorious Hodnett, "Our car just not suit this race track at all...I'm really fortunate to be standing up here."

Slated for a 14th starting spot, the Apple Dealerships/Cars By Dealers Magazine/Maxim team was still perplexed as they prepared for the feature.

"We just threw a last- chance, desperation set-up on the car because we were starting so far back. We figured to pass Fred, Cris, Lance and them guys we would need something pretty miraculous. It just worked out for us. We might have made a bad choice on the left rear tire, because there at the end I was just hanging on. But it was loose enough to get through traffic and that's what it took."

Polesitter Glenndon Forsythe led at the outset before fourth-starting Drury took over the top spot on the third lap.

Cris Eash, who started 11th, dodged several bullets in the crash-marred feature to advance to second place by the 15th lap, but could's track down Hodnett over the final 10 laps and had to settled for runner-up honors.

Doug Esh came from the back to finish third, Drury fourth, and Jim Siegel fifth.

Completing the top ten were Niki Young, Brian Leppo, Eric Stambaugh, Forsythe, and Jeff Shepard.

Dillsburg's Aaron Long started on the pole and raced to his first career win in the 20-lap "358" sprint feature. Drury held off a late-charging Billy Dietrich for his inaugural win by a mere .41 seconds, with Chad Trout finishing third.

Gettysburg's Mike Walls became the first three-time winner in thundercar competition in 2004 by picking up the win in the 20 lap feature. Walls held off Mike Zeigler Jr. in a final one lap dash to the checkered for his 11th career thundercar win in the Pigeon Hills.

Zeigler Jr., with his second place finish, passed his father Zeigler Sr. for the point lead in the season long battle for the coveted track championship.

Mike Ciezobka finished third.

OTHER REGIONAL RACING ACTION

KEITH KAUFFMAN BEATS COMPETITION AND RAIN FOR GROVE WIN

Mifflintown's Keith Kauffman beat the rain, and the competition, to win Friday night's 410 sprint feature at Williams Grove Speedway.

Kauffman took the lead at the start and remained in control throughout despite the best efforts of Lance Dewease to run him down. Kauffman was flawless and rolled to his 48th career victory at Williams Grove Speedway.

Kauffman, 53, who will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in a few weeks, earned $3000 for his performance. Dewease settled for second and Fred Rahmer third. Greg Hodnett maintained his lead in the point standings with a fourth place finish and was followed by Todd Shaffer in fifth.

The358 sprint feature was rained out and will be made up on June 4th.

TODD SHAFFER WINS 1ST OF SEASON AT PORT ROYAL

Millerstown Todd Shaffer ended Mark Smith's three-race win streak and in the process ended his 2004 winless streak by winning the 25 lap 410 sprint feature at Port Royal Speedway Saturday night. Chad Layton and Craig Keel finished second and third respectively. Steve Campbell of Sunbury won the 20 lap Late Model feature event over Nick Dickson and Jim Yoder. Bill Powell edged out Scott Bargo at the checkered flag in a photo finish to win the Pro Stock feature. The Ladies Powder Puff event was won by Kelly Warnagiris.

RICH EICHELBERGER WINS SILVER SPRING SPORTSMAN FEATURE

Rich Eichelberger drove from his 14th starting spot to record his first win of the season and 36th of his career in the 25 lap super sportsman feature at Silver Spring Speedway Saturday night. Eichelberger's win, his first since the season opener in 2002 came over Pat Cannon and Craig Morrow.

Steve Wilbur won $1,000 in the first-ever Clean Technologies Sportsman Feature Winners Shootout. Defending track champion Carl Billet recorded his second win of the season and 53rd of his career at the Cumberland County oval over Scott McCann and early-race leader Chuck Yingling in the limited late model feature. Tim Iulg started on the pole and led all 20 laps of the 600cc micro-sprint feature to pick up the win.

TOM MYERS AND ROY DEESE JR. SPLIT HAGERSTOWN SHORTY BOWERS/BULL DURHAM MEMORIAL

Tom Myers and Roy Deese Jr. were both winners Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway when they split the twin 20-lap late model features of the 24th Annual Shorty Bowers/Bull Durham Memorial event. It was Myers' first win of the season and a second for Deese.

Other winners included Pete Weaver who became the first driver to repeat wins in late model sportsman action while Mike Warrenfeltz drove to his fourth in pure stocks.

NATE SNYDER GETS INAUGURAL WIN IN SELINSGROVE 358 SPRINT ACTION

Nate Snyder of Halifax picked up his first career feature win in the 25-lap 358 sprint feature at Selinsgrove Saturday night over Larry Kelleher and Davie Franek.

Gary Beward picked up a cool $1,000 in the special Pro Stock Championship over a strong field of pro stocks. Chris Wilkinson recorded his first win of the season in the 20-lap late model feature event and Brad Mitch won in roadrunner action.

MARK SMITH GETS FIRST SUSKY 410 SPRINT WIN

Mark Smith raced to his first career Susquehanna Speedway Park win in Thursday evening's 25-lap 410 sprint car feature over Greg Hodnett and Fred Rahmer.

Tom Johns became the season's first repeat Xtreme Enduro winner, while PennMar Vintage Stock events went to Larry Felty and Willie Brymesser.

NEAL AMSPACHER GETS 1ST SPRINT WIN AT TRAIL-WAY

Neal Amspacher picked up his first career sprint win in Friday night's 358 sprint feature at Trail-Way Speedway. Amspacher dedicated his first victory to his late uncle who was fatally injured while working on a sprint car. Jon Keller finished second and Billy Dietrich third.

Mark Shorb picked up his first win of the 2004 season in thundercar action while Robert Stough also picked up his first win in street stock action.

-bill meyer-

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