SELINSGROVE, PA -- High drama was the theme in the conclusion of Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek Sunday night at Selinsgrove Speedway when Greg Hodnett of Memphis, Tenn., drove to his third consecutive speedweek win at the track. And with a fifth ...
SELINSGROVE, PA -- High drama was the theme in the conclusion of Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek Sunday night at Selinsgrove Speedway when Greg Hodnett of Memphis, Tenn., drove to his third consecutive speedweek win at the track. And with a fifth place finish, Fred Rahmer of Salfordville claimed his 8th career speedweek championship title. But there is much more to the story.
Polesitter Brook Weibley of York Springs looked tough at the front of the pack leading over Chad Layton and Rahmer. Weibley had a nice lead when misfortune struck him on the eighth circuit however, bringing out the red flag.
TJ Stutts spun his machine in the third corner collecting four other machines including the leader and Rahmer who was battling for the championship title. The crash handed the lead over to Layton of Harrisburg who had stretched out an advantage over Hodnett prior to the stoppage.
Meanwhile, under the red, Rahmer was able to replace a front axle in his machine, allowing him to restart at the rear of the field. At the time, Rahmer knew he had to finish 12th or better if either Hodnett or Lance Dewease won the 30-lap feature event.
Layton held off Hodnett and pulled out to a half straightaway lead during the next seven laps and entered lapped traffic on lap 14 before another upset occurred, taking Layton out of the race at the halfway point.
After committing to the high side in traffic and besting Hodnett, Layton was pushed up the track and into the fourth turn wall by a slower car, forcing him to flip his U1. This handed the lead to Hodnett who was side by side with Dewease for second at the halfway point.
On the restart, Hodnett got away from Dewease but in traffic under a long run, Dewease caught the leader in his No. 77. Dewease had just ducked under Hodnett for the top spot in turns one and two when Niki Young slowed, bringing out a final caution with seven laps left.
On open track, Hodnett was able to again pull away from Dewease to secure the $4,000 win, his third of the nine-day series. His others occurred at Big Diamond Speedway on Tuesday and at Susquehanna Speedway on Thursday.
Dewease of Fayetteville settled for second followed by Mark Smith, Newville and Todd Shaffer, Millerstown.
During all the action at the front of the pack, Rahmer was rocketing through the field and eventually ended up an impressive fifth, taking the speedweek series title by 38 points over Hodnett. Dewease finished third in the chase ahead of Lucas Wolfe and Keith Kauffman.
"The cars been running good all week, we just had some misfortune," said Hodnett of his No. 12 and its performance in speedweek.
"They were just victims of circumstance, both of them," said Hodnett of the two ill fated leaders before him. "A lapped car got out of the gas and pushed Chad to the top and he was committed and had no where to go."
Sprint heats for the 26 - car field went to Craig Keel, Ron Kramer and Todd Shaffer. Lucas Wolfe set fast time with a quick lap of 16.792 seconds.
Meade Hahn of Millerstown won the 15-lap pro stock feature event. Hahn wired the field from the pole for his first career win.
Hahn and Rob Baker won pro stock heats.
The Susquehanna Valley 410 Sprint Series returns to Selinsgrove Speedway on August 1 along with the super sportsman. The series concludes on September 18 with the 22nd annual National Open.
7/4 RACE SUMMARY
Sprint Cars -- 26 Entries
Feature finish (30 Laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Lance Dewease, 3. Mark Smith, 4. Todd Shaffer, 5. Fred Rahmer, 6. Keith Kauffman, 7. Mike Erdley, 8. Doug Esh, 9. Lucas Wolfe, 10. Craig Keel, 11. Kenny Jacobs, 12. Rick Lafferty, 13. Blane Heimbach, 14. Ron Kramer, 15. Mark Coldren, 16. Dustin Hoffman, 17. Niki Young, 18. Peter Attard, 19. Chad Layton, 20. Justin Seigler, 21. Randy Baughman, 22. TJ Stutts, 23. Brook Weibley, 24. Richie Hartman, 25. Charlie Anderson
Heat winners (10 Laps): Craig Keel, Ron Kramer, Todd Shaffer
Qualifications: 1. Lucas Wolfe, 16.792, 2. Greg Hodnett 16.860, 3. Fred Rahmer, 17.027, 4. Keith Kauffman, 17.073, 5. Chad Layton, 17.086, 6. Brook Weibley, 17.113, 7. Mark Smith, 17.117, 8. Lance Dewease, 17.122, 9. Mark Coldren, 17.126, 10. Kenny Jacobs, 17.133, 11. Mike Erdley, 17.158, 12. Rick Lafferty, 17.171, 13. Doug Esh, 17.198, 14. Ron Kramer, 17.257, 15. Todd Shaffer, 17.371, 16. Craig Keel, 17.464, 17. Peter Attard, 17.479, 18. Richie Hartman, 17.501, 19. Randy Baughman, 17.540, 20. Blane Heimbach, 17.549, 21. Dustin Hoffman, 17.577, 22. Niki Young, 17.652, 23. Justin Seigler, 17.767, 24. Charlie Anderson, 19.074, 25. TJ Stutts, 19.242, 26. Alan Cole, no time.
Pro Stocks -- 21 Entries
Heat winners (5 laps): Meade Hahn, Rob Baker Feature finish (15 laps): 1. Meade Hahn, 2. Nate Kerstetter, 3. Tim Krape, 4. Troy Miller, 5. Gary Beward, 6. Jake Buck, 7. Bill Powell, 8. Peanut Heintzelman, 9. Brad Trump, 10. Gerald Kratzer, 11. Dan Jenson, 12. Don Scheib, 13. Sammy Troup, 14. Bill Conrad, 15. Roger Stoneroad, 16. Dave Newcomer, 17. Rob Baker, 18. Harry Peffer, 19. AJ Stroup, 20. AJ Hoffman