LOCAL AUTO RACING: Smith, Schadel score big victories
Sunbury's Mark Smith and Herndon's Brett Schadel scored big wins in Saturday night racing action in central Pennsylvania.
Smith's win came in the United Racing Company 360 sprint car feature at Selinsgrove Speedway, while Schadel won the super late model feature at Port Royal Speedway.
Smith started on the pole of the first URC feature of the season and led all 25 laps for the $2,500 win. It was Smith's sixth career win at the track in 360 sprint car racing.
Robbie Stillwaggon, Ryan Kissinger, Davie Franek and Larry Kelleher followed Smith.
Steve Campbell of Danville inherited the lead on lap seven from Danville's Jeff Rine and drove to his first late model win of the season, the 45th of his career, at the Snyder County track.
Ken Trevitz, Bryan Bernheisel, Jim Yoder and Hayes Mattern completed the top five.
Brad Mitch of McClure and Keith Bissinger of Orangeville repeated wins in the 15-lap pro stock and 12-lap roadrunner features respectively.
Selinsgrove presents a regular show of 360/358 sprint cars, super late models, pro stocks and roadrunners this Saturday starting at 7 p.m. It will be family night featuring $20 general admission for immediate families.
Schadel started on the pole and grabbed the lead from Matt Parks on lap two and held off Mike Lupfer in lapped traffic over the final laps to score his first late model win at Port Royal since 2012.
"That's a Lupfer track right there," said Schadel in victory lane, referring to the runner-up. "I seen six on the board and I knew there was no way he was going to the top. It was very slick. When we hit lapped traffic, I got nervous, because I knew Lupfer would stay on the bottom, but the lappers wanted the bottom, too. I was comfortable on the top and I tried it. It worked well up there too. The guys did a heck of a job putting this car together for me tonight. I like the top, it's my comfort zone. The bottom, tonight, seemed to be where it's at. The last time I went a little high and (Tim) Wilson got me on the bottom and I thought that's not going to happen twice. I'd really like to get the championship here. That's my goal."
In the sprint car feature at Port Royal, it was Dale Blaney starting on the pole and leading 24 of the 25
laps to score an impressive $3,000 win. Blaney was racing at Port Royal to prepare for this Saturday's $10,000-to-win Bob Weikert Memorial. Greg Hodnett finished a distant second to Blaney with Justin Barger, Lucas Wolfe and Mike Wagner completing the top five.
At Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, Doug Esh won the Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial Spring Classic for the sprint cars and earned $7,500. Esh led all 30 laps of the first special race of the season and won by more than six seconds. It was his first win at the Grove since 2011 and first for his new car owners, Gary and Michael Heckman.
Pat Cannon, Stevie Smith, fast qualifier Greg Hodnett and Dave Blaney - who had a week off from NASCAR racing for Easter - were in the top five.
Frankie Herr won the 20-lap super sportsman feature at the Grove with a last-lap pass of Duaine Smith.
Alan Krimes scored his second straight sprint car win at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night.
Ryan Watt won the 358 modified feature at Big Diamond Speedway on Friday night and earned $3,000. He beat Meme Desantis, Rick Laubach, Jeff Strunk and Franke Cozze.
Billy Wampler won the late model feature at Big D. over Scott Haus and Chase Billet, while Tom Hablett won the roadrunner feature over Chris Holland and Jim Kost.