Pa. Speedweek in full swing, heading to Grandview
Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, Texas, started on the pole and led all 30 laps of the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek race at Big Diamond Speedway on Sunday night. His first career victory at the speedway was worth $5,000 and gave him the Speedweek point lead.
Stevie Smith chased Hafertepe Jr. for most of the race and took a shot at the lead on a restart with two laps to go, but settled for second. Brent Marks, Lance Dewease and Greg Hodnett completed the top five.
Danny Lasoski, Brady Bacon, Fred Rahmer, Darren Mollenoyux and Mark Smith completed the top 10. Dewease set fast time over the 24-car field with a lap of 13.501. Marks, Bacon and Chad Layton won the 10-lap heat races.
Alan Krimes of Denver started on the pole, grabbed the lead from Fred Rahmer at the start and led all 30 laps of the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek race at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night.
The win was the third of Krimes' career in Speedweek competition and was his fourth overall in 2013 in a sprinter owned by his father, Larry.
Krimes earned $5,000 for the win, his third this year at Lincoln and second in the past three races.
Rahmer fell into second place at the start and was able to close on Krimes early in the race in lapped traffic, but settled for second. It was Rahmer's 33rd straight top 10 finish this season in Rob Sell's sprinter.
Stevie Smith finished third ahead of Brian Montieth and Lance Dewease. Adam Wilt, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brent Marks, Cory Haas and Jimmy Siegel completed the top 10.
A field of 36 sprinters were on hand for the second round of Speedweek, which continues Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway, near Pottstown.
The series moves to Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway on Wednesday night before returning to Lincoln on July 4 for the 14th annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial paying $7,000 to win. Williams Grove hosts its second round of Speedweek on Friday night with the Mitch Smith Memorial paying $10,000 to the winner. Port Royal Speedway hosts its Speedweek race on July 6 and Selinsgrove Speedway wraps up the series with the Jan Opperman Memorial on Sunday, July 7.
Speedweek began Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg. Greg Hodnett passed Danny Dietrich on the final lap to get the $5,000 win. It was Hodnett's fourth win of the season and first of the season at the Grove.
Dietrich settled for second ahead of Danny Lasoski, Brent Marks and Sam Hafertepe Jr. Chad Layton, Lance Dewease, Fred Rahmer, Alan Krimes and Brian Montieth completed the top 10. A field of 34 cars were on hand.
Hafertepe Jr. leads the points headed into Grandview on Tuesday night with 436. Hodnett is second with 394 and Rahmer is third with 390. Marks and Dewease are top five in points with 384 and 379 respectively.
Smith (377), Lasoski (349), Krimes (311), Dietrich (295) and Montieth (264) are top 10 in points after three races with six remaining.
The racing programs at Selinsgrove, Port Royal and Big Diamond Speedways were rained out on both Saturday and Friday night.