Local Auto Racing
By JAMIE BIRD
For The Express
“The Pilot” was flying on the low on Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway when he wired the field for the $20,000 victory in the Jim Nace Memorial/37th Annual National Open for 410 sprint cars presented by Red Robin. He became the 19th different driver to win the speedway’s crown jewel sprint car race. For the past 10 years, the race honored the memory of former five-time sprint car champion Jim Nace of Thompsontown.
Garrett Bard of Wells Tannery took the lead on the second lap of the 20-lap 305 sprint car feature and took the win in only his second visit to the track. The Speedway will finish the 2019 season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, with the Morton Buildings World of Outlaws Late Model Series-sanctioned 21st Annual Late Model Open paying $10,000 to win. The limited late models will join the super lates on the racing card. Gates will open at 4 p.m.
Meanwhile down at Williams Grove Speedway Brian Montieth fought a battle with Freddie Rahmer and won the war on Friday night, by taking the win in the 25-lap Dirt Classic Qualifier for 410 sprint cars. For Montieth, the victory broke a 17-month win drought at the oval after last scoring a win in April 2018.
The win means that the Phoenixville flyer has earned a guaranteed starting spot in next Saturday’s prestigious Dirt Classic at nearby Lincoln Speedway.
In the 305 sprint main on Friday night, Dave Grube picked up the win from the second starting spot.
Over at BAPS Speedway Scott Dellinger was the man to beat, and he held off a charging Garrett Williamson over an entertaining final two laps to score the win in the 45th annual Gary Wolford Super Sportsman 100.
Brian Walls continued his dominance over the Morgan Paving/Aqua Fun Pools Street Stock field by winning the 20-lap main event.
At Lincoln Speedway; the Super Late Models made their first return to the Speedway since 2013 on Saturday night. Rick “Scrub” Eckert won the last Super Late Model race held at the track, and after six years, he found victory lane once again taking home $6,000 in the inaugural Billy Vacek Memorial.
Matt Findley established a 25-lap Lincoln track record of 7 minutes 2.436 seconds with his 358 Summer Series win on Saturday night. Findley also secured his second-place finish in the season long point standings with his non-stop feature win.
After leading the beginning of the xTreme Stocks’ last appearance at Lincoln Speedway, Billy Powell was leading when it counted on Saturday night to win the 15-lap feature.
Lincoln Speedway is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 21 with the Dirt Classic 6. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m with pit gates opening at 3:30 p.m., advanced ticket gates opening at 3:45 p.m. and grandstand gates opening at 4:00 p.m.
And if you didn’t get to Jennerstown on Saturday night you missed a good one; where one of the most successful race car drivers of the last 20 years, Bobby Santos, III, from Franklin, Massachusetts, etched his name into the record books of the Jennerstown Speedway Compex, by winning the “Must See Sprint Car Series” event. Also celebrating in Stoney’s Beer Victory Lane were J.J. Pack and Kevin Kromer (Super Cup Stock Car Series), Garry Wiltrout (Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models), “Racin’ Jason” Busch (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Casey Fleegle (Tunstall Auto & Truck Repair Street Stocks) Dale Kimberly (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers), and Evan Nibert (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders).
Saturday night, Sept. 21, the 2019 season comes to a close, with the final presentation of “Five Division Racing” at 6pm. The highlight of the night will be an increased purse event for the Late Models, as the annual “Bill Awtey Tribute Race” serves as the grand finale for the year. All five division Champions will be crowned, as well.
See you at the Races!
410 Sprint Cars – 29 Entries- 40-Lap A-Main: 1) 1 Logan Wagner ($20,000) 2) 51 Freddie Rahmer 3) 21 Brian Brown 4) 2 Kerry Madsen 5) 11 TJ Stutts
305 Sprint Cars – 30 Entries – 20-Lap A-Main: 1) 95 Garrett Bard 2) 11Z Zach Newlin 3) 28 Keith Prutzman 4) 99 Devin Adams 5) 79 Ian Cumens
410 sprints, 25 laps: 1. Brian Montieth, 2. Ryan Smith, 3. Kerry Madsen, 4. Brian Brown, 5. Danny Dietrich
305 sprints, 20 laps: 1. Dave Grube, 2. Dylan Proctor, 3. Ken Duke Jr., 4. Zach Newlin, 5. Devin Adams
SPORTSMAN 100 Feature (100 Laps) – 1. 30-Scott Dellinger, ; 2. 32-Garrett Williamson, ; 3. 75-Kenny Edkin, ; 4. 5D-Luke Deatrick, ; 5. 70D-Frankie Herr, ;
MORGAN PAVING/AQUAFUN POOLS STREET STOCKS Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 2W-Brian Walls, ; 2. 99-Chad Smith, ; 3. 14W-Will Walls, ; 4. 41W-Bud Witmer, ; 5. 14-Kyle Saylor, 
Super Late Models (40 Laps) – 1. 0-Rick Eckert ($6,000); 2. 22-Gregg Satterlee; 3. 119-Bryan Bernheisel; 4. 7-Ross Robinson; 5. 44-Gary Stuhler
Hanover Auto Team 358 Sprint Cars Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 28-Matt Findley; 2. 4R-Doug Hammaker; 3. 19D-Wyatt Hinkle; 4. 45-Jeff Halligan; 5. 21-CJ Tracy
xTreme Stock Feature Finish (15 laps) – 1. 7-Bill Powell; 2. 25-Andrew Hogue; 3. 76-Michael Smith; 4. 50-Tim Berkheimer; 5. 10-Jed Latshaw