LOCAL AUTO RACING: Cochran wins Selinsgrove late model finale
Williamsport's Matt Cochran capped off the season at Selinsgrove Speedway with a big win in the 30-lap Late Model Fall Classic Saturday night.
The 20-year-old's second win of the year and fourth of his career at Selinsgrove was worth $5,000.
Scott Haus of Hamburg started on the pole and grabbed the early race lead. The caution flew on lap four and Haus pitted at this time with a smoking race car. Danville's Jeff Rine also pitted, but rejoined the field at the back.
Jason Covert inherited the lead for the restart. Cochran started seventh and was up to fifth. By lap 17, Cochran was up to second and trailed Covert.
Cochran made the winning pass using the inside groove through turns one and two of lap 27 of the 30 lap main event. Rine came from the rear to finish second. Covert, Dan Stone and Dylan Yoder were in the top five. Jerry Bard, Ross Robinson, Tim Wilson, Nick Dickson and Mike Lupfer were in the top 10.
Rine set fast time over the 28-car field with a lap of 19.029 seconds. Stone, Covert, Cochran and Yoder were the top five qualifiers.
Bob Bussey of Northumberland scored his sixth win of the season in the 12-lap roadrunner/street stock challenge race. He beat Kevin Holland, Jeremy Kline, Brandon Shultz and Toby Chase.
At Port Royal Speedway Saturday night, it was Jake Waters winning the Blue Collar Classic for the 305 sprint cars. It was his first career win at a track where he grew up watching the races. He beat early race leader Nathan Gramley, Ryan Stillwaggon, Tim Tanner and Rick Stief.
Scott Geesey led all 20 laps to win the super sportsman feature at Port Royal over Rick Barr, Rich Eichelberger, Russ Mitten and Chad Criswell.
Williams Grove Speedway rained out Friday night, setting up a showdown between Fred Rahmer and Greg Hodnett for the track championship Friday night.
Rahmer, who won the National Open two weeks ago, leads Hodnett by 35 points heading into the finale this week.
Rahmer is seeking his record ninth track championship. Hodnett is looking for his third overall and second straight.
Brent Marks, Donnie Kreitz and Lance Dewease are top five in points.
and other positions could change depending on the results. Marks is the only driver in the top five in points that doesn't have at least two Grove championships.
Kevin Nouse has a comfortable lead in the 358 sprint car points at the Grove and appears headed to his first career track championship in that division.
Lincoln Speedway hosts a "Last Call" tribute race for Rahmer on Saturday night as he will retire at the end of this season.
Donny Schatz won his 22nd World of Outlaws sprint car feature of the season on Saturday night at Rolling Wheels Speedway in New York. Schatz is 52 points behind Daryn Pittman heading into the series finale at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, N.C., during the World Finals on Nov. 7-9.