It was a challenging weekend for the race cars last weekend. Williams Grove lost its Friday night show due to weather, and Selinsgrove opened its 75th anniversary season in true icebreaker fashion Saturday afternoon. After a one-hour delay due to morning icy track conditions from the overnight freezing temperatures, the modifieds hit the half-mile speedway in full force with 107 combined entries.
The last time Sheffield, Massachusett’s driver Andy Bachetti visited Victory Lane with the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series was July 9, 2019. Saturday afternoon at Selinsgrove Speedway, that drought came to an end in the return of the “Icebreaker” to the Snyder County oval.
Bachetti won the first-ever trip for the STSS to the Central Pennsylvania half-mile. It was also Bachetti’s first ever win on the Velocita-USA South Region.
For the second consecutive week, the STSS drew a stellar field of modifieds, with 50 cars signing into the pit area. The STSS Belmont’s Garage South Region Round No. 2 was won by Canadensis, Pennsylvania’s Grant Hilfiger. It was Hilfiger’s second career STSS win, his first since the Sunshine Swing in 2020 at Florida’s All-Tech Raceway. Hilfiger started on the pole of the 25-lap main event and led every lap of race that featured only one yellow, to collect the $1,600 payday.
Down at Lincoln Speedway, Alan Krimes lined up sixth for the start of the 30-lap feature Saturday. Krimes rolled around the bottom of the track to work his way to the front of the field. With five laps to go, Krimes got by defending track champion Freddie Rahmer for the lead and never looked back, claiming the $4,000 prize and his 22nd career win at the track.
Defending track champion Cody Fletcher received his 2020 championship trophy and recognition in front of the crowd Saturday afternoon before strapping in for the 20-lap feature. Fletcher found himself back in victory lane for his second career win at the track later in the afternoon.
Next Saturday, Lincoln Speedway is back in action with 410 sprint cars and 305 PASS/IMCA sprint cars. Racing starts at 6 p.m. with pit gates opening at 3:30 p.m. and grandstand gates opening at 4 p.m.
Port Royal had a two-day show. Justin Peck capitalized on a front row starting spot to lead all 25 laps and picked up his first career 410 sprint car victory over a hard charging Anthony Macri on Saturday.
The Indiana native will be a regular on the FloRacing All-Star Circuit of Champions tour this season behind the wheel of the Tom Buch No. 13. Originally the team planned to follow the World of Outlaws tour to start the season, but looking to capitalize on an opportunity to gain more laps in the Central Pennsylvania area, Peck is making the best of the opportunity.
The win was worth $4,000 and was Peck’s first since stepping behind the wheel of the Tom Buch machine.
Gregg Satterlee picked right up where he left off last season by picking up the $3,000 win during the ULMS Racing Series feature event. The win moved Satterlee into a tie for 26th all-time at Port Royal Speedway and was his tenth career triumph at the Juniata County oval.
The last time Mat Williams visited Port Royal Speedway, he left $53,000 richer after capturing the inaugural Speed Showcase 200 with the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series. I think you could say Williamson wishes the series visited “The Speed Palace” more often. Williamson capitalized on Stewart Friesen’s slip up in lapped traffic to score the Spring Speed Showcase victory worth $5,000.
Gregg Satterlee continued his recent domination of the Port Royal Speedway as he picked up the $4,000 to win the ULMS Racing Series late model feature win over Jeff Rine. The win made for a clean sweep of the weekend for Satterlee and was his 11th career triumph at “The Speed Palace.”
At BAPS Motor Speedway, Frankie Herr wasn’t about to take it slow or ease into the Super Sportsman opener. Instead Herr was going after the win, and by the time the checkered flag fell on the 25-lap season opener at the speedway, he looked in mid-season form.
In the 20-lap late-model main, Chase Billet started sixth and made his way to second in short order to put himself in position for the win.
Billet got his chance when early leader Bobby Beard –who started on the pole — slowed on lap 8. That put Billet out front and in a good spot for another triumph.
See you at the races.
Weikert’s Livestock 410 sprint car results: 1. Justin Peck ($4,000); 2. Anthony Macri ($2,000); 3. Logan Wagner ($1,603); 4. Dylan Cisney ($1,100); 5. Mike Wagner ($1,000).
ULMS late-models results: 1. Gregg Satterlee; 2. Michael Norris; 3. Max Blair;, 4. Rick Eckert; 5. Tyler Bare.
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco Modified Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision & Sunglass Central Round No. 3 feature finish (40 laps): 1. Mat Williamson; 2. Mike Mahaney; 3. Stewart Friesen; 4. Jessica Friesen; 5. Larry Wight
ULMS late-model results: 1. Gregg Satterlee; 2. Jeff Rine; 3. Michael Norris; 4. Dylan Yoder; 5. Donald Lingo Jr.
410 sprint feature (30 laps): 1. Alan Krimes ($4,000); 2. Chase Dietz; 3. Freddie Rahmer; 4. Danny Dietrich; 5. Brandon Rahmer.
358 sprint feature finish (20 laps): 1. Cody Fletcher ($1,100); 2. Mason Chaney; 3. Brett Wanner; 4. Zane Rudisill; 5. Zachary Allman.
BAPS Super Sportsman feature (25 laps): 1. Frankie Herr ; 2. Kenny Edkin ; 3. Russ Mitten ; 4. Scott Dellinger ; 5. Chase Gutshall .
Creekside Auto Sales late models feature (20 laps): 1. Chase Billet ; 2. Troy Miller ; 3. Sean Merkel ; 4. Randy Stoudt ; 5. Ben Whitaker .
Gene Latta Ford Central PA Legends presented by Baker Door Company feature (20 laps): 1. Billy Workman Jr ; 2. Jeremy Ott ; 3. Stephen Wurtzer ; 4. Scott Houdeshell ; 5. Landen Lewis .
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled by Sunoco Modified Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision & Sunglass Central Round No. 2 Feature Finish (40 laps): Andy Bachetti; Anthony Perrego; matt Sheppard; Mat Williamson; Kyle Cofey.
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series fueled By Sunoco Crate 602 Sportsman Belmont’s Garage South Region Round No. 2 feature finish (25 laps): Grant Hilfiger, John Stevenson, Jared LaBagh, Matt Janczuk, Joe Toth.
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