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No. 7 Dale Blaney: PennLive’s Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Accomplishments: Blaney has been a monster on the All Star Circuit of Champions circuit, recording 106 career wins to date with no signs of slowing down this season. He also has five championships with the series and is on his way to six. Want big shows, Blaney’s got them. He has a Kings Royal title and Historical Big One tally in his pocket. The Hartford, Ohio, native has nine World of Outlaws scores, including one at Attica Raceway Park earlier this season. Blaney also won four of six shows during Ohio Speed Week to claim the…More

No. 8 Jac Haudenschild: PennLive’s Top 25 Sprint Car Drivers in the Country

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Accomplishments: If you are going to be a master at a particular track, there is no place better than Eldora Speedway. Haudenschild has captured three Kings Royal titles and has a Historical Big One to his credit. But Haudenschild isn’t just a one-track phenom, as he has 56 career World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series wins and 28 tallies with the All Star Circuit of Champions. Haudenschild also owns three Gold Cup championships and has been on the podium twice at the Knoxville Nationals, finishing third in 1982 and second in 1998. Did you know: It’s…More

Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series 7/22

TULSA, Okla. (July 21, 2014) – North and back as the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real wrapped up their trek through Montana and South Dakota this past weekend as the Regions of the American Sprint Car Series raced though Oklahoma and Missouri while other battled with the unstoppable fury of Mother Nature. Working closer to the 24th running of the Arnold Motor Supply 360 Knoxville Nationals, the season has seen 101 race nights completed for 115 ASCS sanctioned events. Early in the second half of the season for the ASCS Nation, 87 nights of…More

Watt Wins Wednesday Special, Horton on Fire at Bridgeport – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Ryan Watt won Wednesday night’s King of Wings III feature for the small-block modifieds at the Bridgeport Speedway. The Boyertown, Pa., driver bested Wade Hendrickson in the closing stages of the race to walk away with the $3,000 payday. The win for Watt was special as his son also captured his quarter-midget feature earlier in the night at the Phoenixville Raceway. “Definitely a big thing,” stated Watt of the win. “I haven’t won since April so this is a big win for me too. I won tonight and my son won with his quarter-midget at Phoenixville tonight,…More

Sheppard’s late pass lands him in Utica-Rome victory lane; Hutchings Jr. takes home RoC Sportsman trophy – DTD Exclusive

By JOHN DOUGLAS JR. After a week off due to Mother Nature, racers and fans alike were ready to get back to racing at Utica Rome Speedway. The NASCAR Whelen All -American Series Modifieds began their thirty lap feature with Tye-Scott Rood leading the field to the green flag. Quickly though, his teammate and family member, Jason Rood grabbed the top spot away. The first three circuits of the speedway resembled a NASCAR restrictor plate race in some ways, as on the third circuit, fans saw a third leader in the form of Willy Decker’s 1X machine. Further back in…More

The Finish Line Chaplain 7/22/14 – DTD Exclusive

By KEVIN WESTCOTT A wet week helped the track crew at Utica Rome Speedway provide a ton of bite for the invaders of the Race of Champions Sportsman Tour that came to town July 21st. The 30 lap main event began with Claude Hutchings Jr. and Randy Shantell leading the field to the green flag. One lap in the pace was halted while the safety crews pulled the Richmond 22x car up over the banking of turn three. Upon further examination as they towed his car back to the pits it appeared as if he went further off the track…More

No. 300 for Lance Dewease, Ryan Taylor’s memorable moment, more Central Pa. notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) Big win for Dewease. Those fans who counted Lance Dewease and the Dietz Motorsports team out as contenders in central Pennsylvania might want to hold up. Dewease and Co. showed progress Saturday night/Sunday morning at Williams Grove Speedway. After a three-hour rain delay, Dewease earned his 300th career victory, beating Donny Schatz and the World of Outlaws to land a $20,000 Summer Nationals payday. It was also Dietz Motorsports’ first career win at the Grove. Don’t read into the team’s decision to not go to the Knoxville Nationals. This group is getting faster. Struggles overblown. I’m…More

Tony Stewart’s triumphant return, Donny Schatz shut out, more national Sprint Car notes

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) I was wrong. There is only one way to kick off this week’s talking points, and that is to eat a little crow and admit I was wrong when picking a sweep by the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series regulars. It looked good at Lincoln with Daryn Pittman — I had him winning — taking the checker. It all went south at Williams Grove, thanks to Greg Hodnett (he was a former WoO regular) and Lance Dewease completing the Pennsylvania sweep at the historical half mile Friday and Saturday night. Oh, well, we…More

Zimbardi Bests ESS Field, Hodnett Takes Bridgeport – DTD Exclusive

By MIKE MALLETT Things keep on rolling for Bradford, Pa., sprint car driver Jared Zimbardi. The former Patriot Sprint Tour champion and current point leader of both the American and Canadian tour points accomplished something on Friday night at the Yates County Speedway that he had never done. He won an Empire Super Sprint main-event. Zimbardi has been racing sprint cars since 1997 and Friday night he finally put his J & J Chassis, Jereco powered No. 35 in Victory Lane with the traveling stars of the Empire Super Sprints organization. The win gives him six on the season, one…More

Williams Grove Speedway courtroom win upholds auto racing’s waiver-release process

By JEREMY ELLIOTT (Patriot News) CARLISLE, PA: A jury’s decision in a lawsuit against Williams Grove Speedway led to a sigh of relief from racetrack officials across the country. Former Sprint Car driver John Westbrook sued Williams Grove Speedway for negligence in a 2008 accident that left him a quadriplegic. Westbrook flipped over the Turn 1 guardrail and went down a steep dropoff leading to an access road. In his suit, he and attorney David Inscho, claimed that if a catch fence was in place, the driver would not have suffered his injuries. Inscho argued that because the date line and…More