Local Auto Racing
By JAMIE BIRD
For the Express
Williams Grove finally got a race in on Friday night, it was the first race at the track since late March thanks to continuous rainouts. Lance Dewease had 4,180 reasons to be happy to get the Outlaw tune up race in. The Speedway will host the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on two nights, coming up this Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18 at 7:30 pm, presented by H&N Landscaping. Friday’s racing will feature the World of Outlaws Sprint Car stars in a full program including a 25-lap main paying $8,000 to win.
Saturday’s program that includes the Morgan Cup will include a 30-lap main that pays $12,000 to win to go along with another $5,000 for Morgan Cup bragging rights. Fireworks will be part of both shows.
The 358 sprints made their season debut at the track on Friday night and Glenndon Forsythe picked up the victory worth $1,500. A rain delay of more than an hour hampered the event but it also made for scorching speeds as the night wore on.
On Saturday night, Port Royal also suffered a small rain shower, which allowed Jeff Miller to defeat a hard-charging Lucas Wolfe and Mother Nature to pick up his first career Weikert’s Livestock 410 Sprint Car victory in his rookie season Saturday night at ‘The Speed Palace.’
With rains in the forecast, Speedway officials had moved up the start time an hour early for Bobby Rahal Toyota of Lewistown Ladies Night. The rain would spit from the sky, threatening to cancel the final track time for the cars prior to the Weikert Memorial in two-weeks.
Gene Knaub, of Dover, Pa, picked up his second career Super Late Model victory at Port Royal Speedway over Dylan Yoder. Ken Duke picked up his second Penns Valley Meat Market PASS IMCA 305 Sprint Car victory of the season over Jonathon Jones in the 20-lap feature event.
At Lincoln Speedway it was another battle to beat the rain and for the second week in a row officials made the decision to push the start time up two hours in the hopes of completing four features.
Brian Montieth earned his first victory of 2019 on Saturday night during the $4,000 to win World of Outlaws tune-up.
With 18 racers signed into the pits at the start of the night the decision was made to run a feature only program. The field was timed during warm-ups with the top six inverted for the feature line-up. Steve Buckwalter held onto the lead by a car length for the win.
Tyler Ross didn’t have an easy path to victory on Saturday night in the 358 Feature, starting eighth in the 20-lap main event. Robbie Kendall pulled his car into victory lane for the makeup Sprint feature with the rain beginning to fall. This Wednesday, May 15, Lincoln Speedway is back in action with the World of Outlaws Gettysburg Clash for the 410 Sprints. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
Down at Selinsgrove Speedway Jason Shultz of Carlisle won the 25-lap 360 sprint car feature from the 16th starting spot at on Saturday night. The victory was Shultz’s second of the season and 20th career at the Snyder County half-mile oval.
Brett Schadel of Herndon was victorious in the 25-lap late model race. It was Schadel’s third career win in a super late model at the speedway. Both Shultz and Schadel received the top prize of $2,000 for their victories.
Brandon Moser of Middleburg won the 15-lap pro stock race, while Jake Jones of Hunlock Creek took the 12-lap roadrunner nightcap.
Although it rained for the eighth consecutive Friday in Bedford, this time it cleared off in time for the Bedford Speedway to get the first Friday program of the 2019 season completed.
Chad Layton and Josh Weller were the big winners in the double URC events, one which was itself a rain makeup event from 2018.
Matt Parks went pole to pole to score his first Bedford Limited win in several years while Nick Bechtel took the Pure Stock event, and Jonathan Taylor rallied late to capture the Emod 20 lapper.