The season is almost over — time for a look back.
It was the season Goodyear tires became mandated for 410 sprints. In the end, many drivers faulted them, but some had praise and the outcome in general was better racing for the fans.
Greg Hodnett claimed the overall Central PA 410 sprint title while Pat Cannon clinched the title for 358s.
Chad Layton took the Port Royal title for 410s while Brian Montieth scored at Lincoln and Hodnett is headed for his first ever at Williams Grove. In 358s, Cannon copped Selinsgrove and Williams Grove. Teenager Logan Schuchart gave a glimpse of what’s to come and took Lincoln. Brad McClelland took Trail Way. Alan Cole is the champ at Clinton County.
The PA Posse continued its unprecedented win streak over the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway, running it to nine in a row until Sammy Swindell broke the nearly two-and-a-half-year run on Saturday by claiming the National Open.
Daryn Pittman and the Michael Heffner No. 27 team cemented themselves as one of the best in the 410 ranks, dominating many big races in the area and claiming more wins than any others. Lance Dewease, Greg Hodnett and Brian Montieth got to the top of the 2010 list too.
Rick Lafferty, Danny Dietrich, Chad Layton and Tyler Walker did well. Doug Esh got called up to be a winner with the World of Outlaws. Steve Buckwalter finally broke through. Fred Rahmer and Stevie Smith struggled. Mike Erdley proved racing less can make you better.
On the 358 side of things, Pat Cannon came out way on top, at 17 W’s and counting, showing it’s time to move up and proving it with impressive 410 runs at Selinsgrove. Colby Womer and Matt Heimbach finally broke through.
The sport lost 30-year car owners Gary and Patty Beam, who will be sorely missed. But they went out in style with the reincarnation of the Camel Express No. 26 for driver Todd Shaffer in the highly successful Jim Nace Memorial National Open at Selinsgrove.
Williams Grove, Lincoln and Selinsgrove turned in good seasons, while Port Royal saw what dawned as promising prospects end as more of the track’s unfortunate but usual struggles. Selinsgrove pulled off a promotional coup with the Nace Memorial Open format.
All the tracks had blockbuster weather for their marquee, season-ending events, which relayed into fan turnout.
And so, bring on 2011.
Will Shaffer keep racing? Will Cannon move up? Will the Posse stay as strong as it has been? Will ex-outlaw Pittman stick around? Where will Esh land? Can Layton and Walker get consistently fast?
How will Nicole Bower do in 410s at Port Royal? Is Brent Marks due for a breakout season? Can Cory Haas make it in full-time 410s? Does Keith Kauffman bring the Trone Special to Port every week? Will Justin Henderson stay in the area? Will TJ Stutts turn the Wise 358 into a weekly force?
— Shawn Brouse covers motorsports for The Daily Item. E-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The season is almost over — time for a look back.
- Shawn Brouse on Motorsports
Boland driving where he can
Matt Boland of Dover, he's a travelin' man. Boland has spent the last decade competing in 358 sprints, traveling up and down the road to midstate ovals with limited success at best.
2010 season in review
The season is almost over — time for a look back. It was the season Goodyear tires became mandated for 410 sprints. In the end, many drivers faulted them, but some had praise and the outcome in general was better racing for the fans.
Tires suit Dewease
With the season now nearly over, don’t try to tell veteran 410-sprint-driver Lance Dewease that the change from mandated Hoosier tires to Goodyears in the area hasn’t been for the better in some ways.
Jim Nace would be proud of this Speedway event
Selinsgrove Speedway revived its National Open for 410 sprint cars Saturday night with the 28th annual running of the event in honor of late champion Jim Nace. Nace’s wife Chrystal called the turnout of 39 cars and legions of fans “incredible.”
Layton hopes for happy return to Selinsgrove
The 28th annual Jim Nace Memorial National Open for 410 sprints slated for Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway is going to be special, in many ways.
Racers remember Jim Nace
The style and flair that the 28th annual National Open will sport this year in honor of the late Jim Nace is reminiscent of the late Central Pennsylvania powerhouse racer himself. And that fact is not lost on those who will compete in his memory this weekend.
Open a tribute to Nace
One of the most innovative and interesting races to hit the area in quite a while is set for Selinsgrove Speedway this Saturday, as the 28th annual Jim Nace Memorial National Open for 410 sprints is spun off.
Open a big hit for fans
The Selinsgrove Speedway 358/360 National Open for sprint cars was a hit for the fans Saturday night as a stellar field of 48 cars signed in, providing exciting action in the heats as well as throughout the feature.
A September to remember
An upcoming threeweekend stretch spanning the majority of September offers up a battery of can’t miss races that all should have on their schedule as the season heads toward its conclusion.
Point races remain tight
Points races are heating up in the sprint car divisions at both Selinsgrove and Port Royal speedways and the opportunities to claim the title are getting fewer and fewer.
- Boland driving where he can