Auto Racing Roundup

Artie Cook, Summit, NJ., takes the old ìWhite Phantomî out for a few fast laps. The car is an Essez with a Model A power plant and was driven by such stars as Buster Warke and Frank Bailey.
Sach Suhr, Harrisburg takes an old Roaster race car for a few laps. This tyle car race at the old Hilltop and Zellers Grove Speedways in Myerstown back in the 50ís.

WILLIAMS GROVE

SPEEDWAY

Greg Hodnett wrestled the lead away from invader Shane Stewart to win Friday night’s 410 sprint car feature at Williams Grove Speedway, worth $4,000 to the winner of the tune up race meant to prepare the Williams Grove regulars for next week’s World of Outlaws invasion.

In the 358 sprint car feature, for the second week in a row Phil Walter led over half of the race and also just like last week, it was Kevin Nouse who ended up winning the race.

The victory was the first of the year for Hodnett at Williams Grove and the 54th of his oval career. Hodnetts car is owned by Fleetwoods, Mike Heffner Esh was second at the finish followed by Donnie Kreitz, Ryan Smith and Lance Dewease.

Sixth through 10th went to Danny Dietrich, Shane Stewart, Mark Smith, Adam Wilt and Lucas Wolfe.

In the 358 Sprint race Phil Walter rode home second followed by Matt Campbell, Adrian Shaffer and Kody Lehman.

Sixth through 10th went to Tyler Esh, Jay Galloway, Brie Hershey, Scott Fisher and DJ Montgomery.

BIG DIAMOND

RACEWAY

Starting the season with two feature DNF’s, Ray Swinehart quickly turned his season around by leading the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic 358 Modified feature wire to wire Friday night at Big Diamond Speedway. The win was the 1st of the season and 21st of his storied career at the Schuylkill County oval. Jeff Strunk took over the runner up spot on lap #4 but was never able to mount a serious challenge to Swinehart. Even though the race went 23 laps caution free thru pockets of lapped traffic, Strunk could never get close enough to challenge Swinehart for the lead. Billy Pauch Jr. was the biggest mover of the race from 12th to third, and at times seriously challenged Strunk for the runner up position. At the checkered though Pauch Jr. settled for third, followed by Duane Howard and Stewart Friesen. Kevin Smith had a great ride to come home sixth, followed by new point leader Meme Desantis, Jared Umbenhauer, Andy Burkhart, and Frank Cozze, giving Norm Hansell two cars in the top ten. Thirty-two DIRTcar 358 modifieds came out to race, with heat wins going to Rick Laubach, Kevin Smith, and Frank Cozze. Kevin Albert Jr. won the consolation event.

Tim Fitzpatrick won Sportsman Feature. The win by Fitzpatrick set the stage for a father/son sweep of the support divisions on this evening. Tim Fitzpatrick Jr won the Roadrunner feature Chad Trout was the winner of the 25 lap Super Sportsman feature.

CIRCLE M RANCH

SPEEDWAY

Over 400 fans were treated to a vintage display of race cars on Saturday, May 10 at the Circle M Ranch Speedway in Auburn. The track hasn’t raced since 1958 but fumes and dust filled the air as over 35 cars toured the ¼ mile raceway. Local drivers like Russ Smith, Whitey Kerschner, Leroy Leibensperger, Lee Fessler and Ed Renniger were all drivers who raced Circle M , shared stories of their younger days of racing. The very first feature winning car of Paul Blatt was on hand as well as a Jerry Katz creation that Russ Smith drove. Also that familiar Blue and Yellow #11 of Russ Smith took a few laps in a cloud of dust.

Southern York Counties Gary Wolford, the winningest Super Sportsman driver in the nation, took a few laps in an old 33 ford flathead. Wolford hadn’t driven a race car since 1993.

One highlight of the day was Craig Whitmoyers display of driving when he gave a reporter from the Pottsville Herald a ride in Dave Dissingers 2 seat Modified. This was the fifth year for the Circle M Reunion and plans will soon be unfolded for 2015’s version that will be held on May 9.