Kyle Larson scores 2 big wins on track this past weekend in auto racing
It was a big weekend for racing fans and racing drivers alike, and the happiest person had to be Kyle Larson. He has to be the most talented driver with the happiest kids getting to go to Victory Lane to pose with their dad and all the trophies he’s been collecting.
The weekend started Friday night where he raced with the All-Stars Circuit of Champions in the Tommy Hinnershitz Classic taking a $5,000 payday at Williams Grove. Then it was a short trip to Port Royal Speedway for the two-day Bob Weikert Memorial paying $10,000 to win Saturday and Sunday with a $5,000 bonus if you could win both nights.
They don’t call him “Young Money” for nothing.
“Port Royal is starting to become one of my favorite tracks,” Larson said. “And the atmosphere here is right up there with the Knoxville Nationals.”
The Outlaws are coming to town this week, making a stop at Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday night and then Lincoln on Thursday night before the two-day show on Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove.
In the big super-late model ranks, it was BAPS Motor Speedway to the rescue when Gregg Satterlee rolled in Saturday night with a little bit of extra motivation. Satterlee and his team were on point all night and wired the field to capture the 30-lap super-late model portion of the York County Nationals.
In the Gene Latta Ford Central Pa. Legends main event, Travis McClelland led every circuit in the 20-lap affair.
Adam Campbell started seventh on the grid and rocketed to the front to take the win in the limited-stock main event. Sunday it was a case of some races being won with setup and some won with motor. The fifth Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series was won by Billy Pauch Jr.
After a phenomenal battle with Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen, Pauch Jr. grabbed the $5,050 payday and his second consecutive STSS Velocita-USA South Region victory. He also took home a pair of Oakley sunglasses.
A busy weekend for the Gene Latte Ford Central PA Legends wrapped up Sunday night at BAPS Motor Speedway with Bill Diehl taking the coveted win.
Down at Lincoln Speedway, World of Outlaws regular Carson Macedo invaded the pigeon hills Saturday and led all 35-laps of the Outlaw tune-up to win $10,000. The Gettysburg Clash on Thursday has Macedo poised to be a threat to score a win for the Outlaws as they take on the PA Posse.
The winged super sportsman last raced at Lincoln in 2017. Saturday night they were back in action as part of their Touring Series. Russ Mitten beat Kenny Edkin to the checkered flag by 0.413 seconds. John Edkin crossed the line third. Frankie Herr, the all-time leader in sportsman wins at the track, finished fourth and Scott Dellinger took fifth.
Steve Drevicki added his name to the prestigious list of midget winners at Lincoln with his win Saturday. The list includes Parnelli Jones, Van May, Rico Abreu and Jimmy Maguire to name a few.
In other local action after three consecutive weeks without racing, it was finally time to get back to the track for the third night of racing Saturday at Hummingbird Speedway.
It was a special night at the track as they honored the late Tommy Scott with the running of the 2nd annual Gateway Special Memorial. Scott was a long-time friend and supporter of the speedway, as well as a former driver, car owner and mentor to many local drivers throughout the years.
As a part of the 2nd annual Gateway Special, the Homak Penn-Ohio pro stock championship series made its first-ever visit to the track running a 25-lap, $1,200 win race. Also, Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair semi-late model division ran a 25-lap, $1,000 win race.
Those two specials were run alongside our other three regular divisions. Feature winners on the night included: David Scott in the BWP Bats super-late models, Tim Bish in the Homak Penn-Ohio pro stocks, Nathan Smith in the Swanson Heavy Duty Truck Repair semi-late models, Tim Steis in the Sunny 106.5 FM pure stocks and Blake Joiner in the Lockwood Processing four-cylinders.
Joiner’s win was his first career win.
Jon Lee of Mahaffey parked it at Hidden Valley Speedway Saturday to claim the TH Port-a-John semi-late model special. The midseason champions were also decided on Hidden Valley Speedway/TH Port-a-John night as Billy Eash won the super-late model feature, Todd English won the small-block modified main and Rich Howell took the street stock feature. Brad Benton took a pure stock win and Eric Luzier returned to his winning ways in the Little’s Drive-In four-cylinders.
At Clinton County Speedway, Andrew Yoder held off his uncle Jim Yoder in lapped traffic to win his second limited-late model event Friday night. It was the second consecutive win of the season for Yoder at the 3/8th mile oval, while Brad Benton claimed his second consecutive win the pro stock division.
Lock Haven’s Jeffrey Weaver had a triumphant night winning the 270- and 600-micro sprint feature events and Luke Hoffner was victorious in the four-cylinder division.
Jim McBee shocked the crowd as he scored a big win in limited competition at Bedford on Friday. The win came in the make-up feature for the class after rain washed out the original July 10 event. For McBee, a three-time late-model winner at the track, it was his first Bedford win since this 1982, and his first win anywhere in over 25 years.
Ryan Sager grabbed the regular limited event, Mike Altobelli Jr turned last lap luck into a EMod win, Brandon Hawkins took a first-ever 305 win and Kyle Weyandt was the semi-late winner as the track honored former competitor John Howsare.
410 sprints (30 laps): 1. Kyle Larson ; 2. Anthony Macri ; 3. Kerry Madsen ; 4. David Gravel ; 5. Daryn Pittman . … 358 sprints (20 laps): 1. Kevin Nouse; 2. Doug Hammaker; 3. Chris Frank; 4. Derek Locke; 5. Tyler Breahm.
Super-late models: 1. Billy Eash, Johnstown; 2. Ryan Scott, 3. John Wayne Weaver, 4. Luke Hoffner, 5. Denny Fenton. … TH Port-a-John semi-late models: 1. Jon Lee, Mahaffey; 2. Caleb Whiteford, 3. Josh Jscoby, 4. Ryan Jacoby, 5. Gary Little. … Small-block modifieds: 1. Todd English, Clearfield; 2. Josh Deems, 3. Josh Henry, 4. Erik Bowser, 5. Clayton Deems, 6. Trent Ogden. … Street stocks: 1. Rich Howell, Clearfield; 2. Duke Davidson, 3. Bill Phillips, Jr., 4. Chad Rougeux, 5. Kevin VanAmburg. … Pure stocks: Brad Benton, Duncansville; 2.Rich Anderson, 3. Andrew Wallace, 4. Justin Centra, 5. Derek Lippert. … Little’s Drive-In four-cylinders: 1. Eric Luzier, Clearfield; 2. Kolton Wagner, 3. Larry Conklin Jr., 4. Cody Stover, 5. Casey Burch.
Sprint car A-Main (30 Laps): 1. Kyle Larson ; 2. Brent Marks ; 3. Anthony Macri ; 4. Logan Wagner ; 5. Lance Dewease ; 6. Brock Zearfoss.
Super-late models (30 laps): 1. Gregg Satterlee; 2. Dan Stone; 3. Coleby Frye; 4. Kyle Lee; 5. Andy Haus. … Gene Latta Ford Central PA Legends presented by Baker Door Company (20 laps): 1. Travis McClelland; 2. Scott Houdeshell; 3. Alex Schmiedel; 4. Bill Diehl; 5. Seth Kearchner. … Elite Racing Imagery limited stock 20 (20 laps): 1. Adam Campbell; 2. Tim Campbell; 3. Travis Brown; 4. Nick McDaniel; 5. Robbie Carroll.
Short-track super-series modifieds (50 laps): 1. Billy Pauch Jr; 2. Stewart Friesen; 3. Matt Sheppard; 4. Craig Von Dohren; 5. Larry Wight. … Gene Latta Ford Central PA Legends presented by Baker Door Company (20 laps): 1. Bill Diehl; 2. Scott Houdeshell; 3. Jorjie Sweger; 4. Chris Transeau; 5. Greg Burd. … Short-track super-series modifieds (50 laps): 1. Billy Pauch Jr; 2. Stewart Friesen; 3. Matt Sheppard; 4. Craig Von Dohren; 5. Larry Wight. … Gene Latta Ford Central PA Legends presented by Baker Door Company (20 laps): 1. Bill Diehl; 2. Scott Houdeshell; 3. Jorjie Sweger; 4. Chris Transeau; 5. Greg Burd.
Limited make-up 20: 1. Jim McBee; 2. Ryan Sager; 3. Tyler Ritchey; 4. Donnie Farlling; 5. Greg Moore. … Limited (20 laps): 1. Ryan Sagar; 2. Brad McGinnis; 3. Spike Moore; 4. Dan Zechman; 5. Matt Parks. … Semi-late (30 laps): 1. Kyle Weyandt; 2. Mike Desch; 3. Greg Hainsey; 4. Erik Weyandt; 5. Travis Calhoun. … 305 (20 laps): 1. Brandon Hawkins; 2. Brad Mellott; 3. Ryan Lynn; 4. Dylan Shatzer; 5. Ray Sheetz; 5. Darryl Stimeling; 6. Scott Lutz; 7. Kyle Colwell; 8. Reed Thompson; 9. Matt Kline; 10. Josh Spicer. … E-Mod (20 laps): 1. Mike Altobelli; 2. J. Dan Cornman; 3. Mitch Thomas; 4. Amber Mills; 5. Josh Cramer.
Limited-late models: 1. Andrew Yoder; 2. Jim Yoder; 3. Kevin Probst; 4. Joe Lusk; 5. Mike Smith. … Pro stocks: 1. Bradley Benton; 2. Noah Jensen; 3. Tommy Dawson; 4. Rich Fye; 5. AY Schilling. …
600 micros: 1. Jeffrey Weaver; 2. Trevor Teats; 3. Tyson Mowery; 4. Josh Beamer; 5. Cody Hauck. … 270 micros: 1. Jeffrey Weaver; 2. Sean McAndrew; 3. Denny Rinehimer; 4. Ethan Spotts; 5. Bobby Sanso. … Four-cylinder: 1. Luke Hoffner; 2. Michael Luther; 3. Skyler Witchley; 4. Jimmy Deiozier; 5. Chelsie Harris.