Auto Racing roundup: Haus wins at Georgetown

GEORGETOWN (Delaware)

Andy Haus finally made his four-hour tow from Hamburg payoff as he claimed his first Georgetown Speedway feature win in the Aug. 16 Super Late Model action.

Haus has pretty much been a regular in the Super Late Models since the re-opening of the speedway in 2012. After several top five finishes along the way,Haus was finally able to pull the victory by putting everything together and place his Buck Rubs, CKC Trucking, Penske Racing Shocks, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Mastersbilt by Huey No. 76 into victory lane.

Haus got a quick jump on pole sitter Amanda Whaley from his third starting position at the start of the 20-lap feature event and would quickly grab the top spot as the two raced their way into turn one. Second starter Donald Lingo Jr. would follow along, dropping Whaley back to third at the completion of lap one. The only caution of the event came on lap two for Brandon Dennis, who spun in turn three.

On the restart, Haus showed the way with Whaley jumping back by Lingo Jr. for second with her sights set on Haus.Haus settled into a nice rhythm as he paced the field with Whaley in second.Andrew Mullins made a move as he got by Lingo Jr. for third. At the halfway point,the top five were Haus, Whaley, Mullins, Donald Lingo Jr. and Dale Lingo.

With Haus in full command, the race for second between Whaley and Mullins heated up with Mullins finally claiming the spot on lap 17. There would be no catching Haus however as he would cruise to his first win of the season over Mullins, Whaley completed the top three.

It feels great to finally get a win here at Georgetown, said a jubilant Haus in victory lane. Ive had a fast car here and tonight it was just our night.

BIG DIAMOND

Only one word can describe the performance of Craig VonDohren on Aug. 16 - Domination!

VonDohren took the lead from Duane Howard on lap No. 4 and drove away from the field to record his fifth victory of the season at Big Diamond Speedway. The win was the 79th of his career at Big Diamond, and it allowed Von Dohren to extend his point lead with only six point races remaining.

Duane Howard was able to fend off numerous challenges from Jeff Strunk to take the runner-up spot, with Strunk taking third. Doug Manmiller came from 10th to fourth, and Tim Buckwalter rounded out the top five with his second top-five finish of the season.Sixth thru 10th were MemeDesantis, Rick Laubach, Ricky Yetter, last weeks winner, Ray Swinehart; and Frank Cozze. Heat races were won by Howard, Buckwalter and Brad Arnold.

In the one-on-one Coke Challenge races for modifieds, Doug Manmiller was the last man picked, and ended up being the last man standing. He was able to power to the inside ofCozze in turns one and two and collect the $500 payday for the overall winner of the event.

Modifieds (25 Laps)

1) Craig VonDohren 2) Duane Howard 3) Jeff Strunk 4) Doug Manmiller 5) Tim Buckwalter 6) Meme Desantis 7) Rick Laubach 8) Ricky Yetter 9) Ray Swinehart 10) Frank Cozze 11) Kevin Albert Jr. 12) Kevin Smith 13) Andy Burkhart 14) Brad Arnold 15) Steve Young 16) Nathan Klinger 17) Bobby Gunther Walsh 18) Dale Hartz 19) Kyle Borror 20) Ron Haring Jr. 21) Dan Hineline 22) Donny Hartz 23) Blaine Bracelin 24) Bill Gensler DNS) Shawn Fitzpatrick

Sportsman (20 Laps)

1) Kevin Beach Jr. 2) Mike Glass 3) Jared Umbenhauer 4) Doug Hendricks 5) Tim Fitzpatrick 6) Joe Mooney 7) Andrew Cozze 8) AJ Gerhart 9) Robin Schultz 10) Wayne Witmer 11) Billy Moyer Jr. 12) Shawn Light 13) Glenn Reinhart 14) Heath Metzger 15) Corey Renninger 16) Mike Lisowski 17) Harry Landis 18) Ray Woodall Jr. 19) Charles Fayash 20) Kevin Brady 21) Josh Hertzog DNS) Rob Light

Roadrunners (20 Laps)

1)Shon Elk 2) Jeremy Becker 3) Mark Berzowski 4) Chris Holland 5) Joe Kavanaugh

WILLIAMS GROVE

Pat Cannon of Etters and Logan Schuchart of Hanover split twin 20-lap features for the 410 sprints at Williams Grove Speedway on Aug. 16.

Cannons win was his second in full-blown sprint car competition at the track while Schucharts was his third.

At the finish, Connon was a full straightaway ahead of Donnie Kreitz for the checkers.

Lance Dewease rode home third followed by Logan Schuchart and Brian Leppo.

In the second 20-lap feature, Logan Schuchart passed Brian Leppo on the last lap to gain his third Williams Grove win. Brian Leppo was second, followed by Greg Hodnett, Lance Dewease and Donnie Kreitz.

Each victory was worth $2,500 to the feature winners while Schuchart garnered another $250 from for a last-lap pass for the win.

Fast time over the 28-car field was set by Donnie Kreitz with a lap of 16.927 seconds.

Aug. 16 Feature Finishes:

410 sprint cars, first feature, 20 laps: 1. Pat Cannon, 2. Don Kreitz Jr., 3. Lance Dewease, 4. Logan Schuchart, 5. Brian Leppo, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Alan Krimes, 8. Steve Buckwalter, 9. Cory Haas, 10. Chad Layton, 11. Danny Dietrich, 12. Brian Montieth, 13. Adam Wilt, 14. Jim Siegel, 15. Brent Marks, 16. Gerard McIntyre Jr., 17. Ryan Smith, 18. Ryan Taylor, 19. Rick Lafferty, 20. TJ Stutts, 21. Nicole Bower, 22. Ryan Wilson, 23. Glenndon Forsythe, 24. Fred Rahmer

410 sprint cars, second feature, 20 laps: 1. Schuchart, 2. Leppo, 3. Hodnett, 4. Dewease, 5. Kreitz, 6. Cannon, 7. Krimes, 8. Wilt, 9. Layton, 10. Marks, 11. Montieth, 12. Lafferty, 13. Rahmer, 14. Dietrich, 15. Siegel, 16. Stutts, 17. McIntyre, 18. Smith, 19. Wilson, 20. Taylor, 21. Bower, 22. Forsythe, 23. Buckwalter, 24. Haas

PORT ROYAL

It was one for the ages on Aug. 17 at Port Royal Speedway as a huge crowd gathered to honor ageless sprint car veteran Keith Kauffman at his Farewell Tribute Race and they were not disappointed.

The 33-lap Farewell Tribute 410 sprint car feature saw Chad Layton and Logan Schuchart trade the lead back and forth before Schuchart finally got it for good to drive to his first ever win at the historic oval worth $5,000.

The 21-lap Farewell Tribute for the late models was dominated by point leader Terry Naugle for his first ever late model win at the track.

410 sprints, 25 laps, 23 entires: 1. Logan Schuchart, 2. Chad Layton, 3. Brent Marks, 4. Lance Dewease, 5. Blane Heimbach, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Mike Erdley, 8. Rick Lafferty, 9. Doug Esh, 10. Brian Leppo,

Late Models, 21 laps, 31 entries: 1. Terry Naugle, 2. Mike Lupfer, 3. Coleby Frye, 4. Lindsay Barton, 5. Matt Parks, 6. Glenn Elliott, 7. Chad Hollenbeck, 8. Brett Schadel, 9. Gary Stuhler, 10. Mitch Hack

Enduro Dash, 20 laps, 1. Jason Zook,

GRANDVIEW

It was a three-way battle for the victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen 358 Modified feature race at Grandview Speedway on Aug. 17 with veteran racer Jon Kellner Sr. topping Duane Howard and Craig VonDohren to gain the $2,750 win with the No.41.

Joe Funk came home first in the 25-lap feature for the Sportsman wheeling the No. 14J to the win. In the third feature of the night Sean Merkel brought the No. 118 home first for his third win of the season.

For much of the 30-lap feature for Modifieds, it looked like a member of the Kellner family was going to win but it was not certain which one. Young Brian Houseknecht led the first 14 laps with Jon Kellner Jr. grabbing the top spot on the 15thcircuit, the halfway mark, and worked at holding off his dad, Jon Sr. At the 20th lap, Jon Sr. went to the front and led the rest of the way to grab his first win of the season.

The Lansdale racer was challenged right to the checkered flag by second-place finisher Howard, who came from the 15th starting spot; and VonDohren, who started 16th. Fourth place was earned by Jeff Strunk, followed by early leader Jon Kellner Sr.

The first two laps of the 25-lap Sportsman feature had Jamie Undercoffler in front with Joe Funk getting the lead on the third circuit of the one-third-mile, banked clay oval. Once in front, Funk never looked back and led current point leader Jared Umbenhauer across the finish line, followed by Brett Kressley, Brad Brightbill and Ronnie Krex.

Sean Merkel was in the lead on the first lap of the 25-lap feature for Late Models and stayed in front for almost the entire race. Second spot went to Steve Nederostek, who challenged a few times in the closing laps. Jason Miller was third, followed by Sam Schlosberg and Rick Todorow.

The point battles are down to just three point events left. It is a two-day race weekend at Grandview. On Aug. 24, the NASCAR 358 Modifieds, Late Models and Sportsman are in action starting at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. are the TSRS 305 Sprints and Sportsman stock cars.

SELINSGROVE

Pat Cannon of Etters made a late-race pass by Scott Wilson of Scranton for his eighth win of the season at Selinsgrove Speedway in the Aug. 17 25-lap 358 sprint car feature.

The victory marked Cannons 49th career at Selinsgrove in 358-360 sprint car racing driving the Highlands Tire & Service Center No. 3.

Jeff Rine of Danville drove to his fifth win of the year in the 25-lap super late model feature. The victory was the 84th of Rines career at the track.

LINCOLN

Former national sprint car Rookie ofthe Year Adam Wilt ended a long dry spell by picking up his third career win in the Aug. 17 race, a 25-lap 410 sprint car feature at Lincoln Speedway.

He crossed 2.34 seconds ahead of Cory Haas for his first sprintcar win anywhere since last years Icebreaker opener on Feb. 25.

Danny Dietrich, who started 11th; points leader Fred RahmerandBrian Montieth, who started 12th, completed the top five. Sixth through 10th were Jim Siegel, Alan Krimes, Ryan Wilson, Glendon Forsythe and Billy Dietrich.

Central PA 358 point series leader Austin Hogue started on the pole and led every lap of the 20-lap 358 sprint car feature, claiming the weekend Trail-Way/Lincoln Shootout title in the process.

Hogues third-place finish at Trail-Way Aug. 16 combined with theLincoln win tied Rohrbaughs Aug. 16 Trail-Way win and third-placeLincoln finish for the best two-night combined finish. But the tiebreaker was the best Lincoln finish, with Hogue picking up the $500 Shootout bonus.