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Lincoln Speedway PASS checkers fly again for Bard

By Frank Buhrman  ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. (Sept. 25) – Garrett Bard made it two-for-two at Lincoln Speedway Friday with a convincing Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature win.  Bard brushed aside a bad heat race starting draw and won that event, then moved from his fourth starting position to second on the opening lap and passed early leader Ken Duke Jr. following a lap four restart to take control of the feature.  He held off a charging Devin Adams at the end of a race that highlighted several of the IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car series “young lions.” Bard had led all 20 laps for a July 4 win at Lincoln, countering Doug Dodson’s bid for the lead. This time, while Adams closed the gap on the leader in the final couple of laps, Bard’s mastery of traffic kept his lead safe. Duke ended up third, ahead of recent high school graduate Justin Mills and Derek Hauck. Feature results – 1. Garrett Bard; 2. Devin Adams; 3. Ken Duke Jr.; 4. Justin Mills; 5. Derek Hauck; 6. Dave Grube II; 7. [Read More]

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PASS ends season at Lincoln Speedway, Selinsgrove

By Frank Buhrman ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Sprint Series will run its final two-race weekend of the season this Friday and Saturday, at Lincoln Speedway and Selinsgrove Speedway. This also is the final weekend for 2020 points.  On Friday night, the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car series will be part of the program at Lincoln. Early registration has indicated a likely field of well over 30 RaceSaver teams. Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. General admission for the evening is $10 for adults and pit passes are $30.  On Saturday, PASS is at Selinsgrove, where division sponsor Apache Tree Service has put up $200 for the hard charger award. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with racing getting underway at p.m. Adult general admission is $30 and $15 for youth ages 12-17. Reserved seats cost an additional $2. Pit gate admission is $40.  For more schedule information and the latest news, visit www.pasprintseries.com or the Pennsylva­nia Sprint Series Facebook page. 

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PASS win at Williams Grove puts Hanson, team ‘in happy land’

By Frank Buhrman  MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 18) – Sometimes a win is more than just a win.  Like when the driver wins for the first time in more than five years and has only recently became a new father.  Like when it all happens at Williams Grove Speedway, a track where that driver has finished every position second through sixth but never won.  And like when the owner wins for the first time in 44 years at the track and is in the pits on his step­son’s wedding weekend. Jaremi Hanson’s win on Friday night met all those criteria, leading to an outpouring of congratulations for him and car owner Rod Ort, also director of the Pennsylvania Sprint Series. Hanson led all the way in the 20-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature, fending off early chal­lenges from fellow front-row starter John Walp and a late charge from defending series and na­tional champion Ken Duke Jr.  Hanson said in victory lane that he wasn’t nervous “at the beginning” about his prospects for the win (because he [Read More]

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Sweigart rides high for Port Royal PASS win

By Frank Buhrman  PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Aug. 22) – “Nitro” Nick Sweigart has made some heroic charges from the back of the field to good finishes this season, but he got a good starting position Saturday and made the most of it, wiring the field for his second Pennsylvana Sprint Series feature win of the season at Port Royal Speedway. Sweigart drew the pole for the 20-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature, outdueled outside front row starter Kirsten Hess for the lead and then held off charges from Doug Dodson and Gar­rett Bard. Dodson made his most determined challenge in the race’s only restart, on lap four. Dodson went for an inside pass but couldn’t pull it off. Sweigart, Dodson and Bard then pulled away from the field, with all three cars running an extreme high line.  With the race remaining green the rest of the way, that battle continued in traffic, but Sweigart handled the lapped cars and never allowed another serious challenge. On lap 14, Bard slipped past Dodson for second, and three [Read More]

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Price ends PASS slump with Path Valley feature win

By Frank Buhrman  SPRING RUN, Pa. (Aug. 14) – Fleetwood teenager Landon Price found the antidote for a brief racing slump Friday night, capturing the 25-lap Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature at Path Valley Speedway. After an early-race battle for third with Garrett Bard, Price caught up with and passed leader John Walp and was untouchable from that point on in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main event.  Price would have come into the night’s racing as a long shot. This was only his fourth Path Valley start, with a previous best of ninth, and ninth also was his best finish in his last six PASS events. A two-time winner last year in his first full season steering a RaceSaver car, the young chauffeur seemed headed in the wrong direction before Friday corrected that impression. His margin of victory was 2.571 seconds. “I was so nervous the whole race,” Price said in victory lane. “Those cautions just killed me. I kept get­ting tight getting into three and four. I was running in too hard, but there [Read More]

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Hershey tribute this Saturday at Port Royal

By Frank Buhrman PORT ROYAL, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Sprint Series will make its fourth 2020 visit to Port Royal Speedway Saturday night, taking part in a program honoring the memory of a widely respected member of the Central Pennsylvania racing community. The Tribute to Curt Hershey honors one of the area’s leading engine builders, who passed away earlier this year. More than a few Hershey motors will be racing this weekend at Port Royal.  For PASS teams, the tribute also means a purse increase and special awards. CG Racing En­gines has added to the race purse to make the winner’s share $444 (Hershey’s son Joey ran car no. 44 with PASS), with comparable increases throughout the field; last place will pay $222.  Additionally, CG Racing Engines has matched the $100 awarded by Penns Valley Meat Market for the Hard Charger Award, making that $200 total. Newlin Bar Service also has joined the trib­ute and will award a torsion bar cleaning tool to the highest finishing PASS car racing a Hershey engine. If that car wins, Newlin [Read More]

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Weaver prevails for first PASS win at Path Valley

By Frank Buhrman SPRING RUN, Pa. (July 25) – Jeffrey Weaver brought a modest Pennsylvania Sprint Series re­sume into Saturday’s racing at Path Valley Speedway Park, but his track record took a huge leap when the former micro sprint racer earned his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win in one of the most hotly contested feature races of 2020.  Weaver, who had a pair of fourths as his best previous PASS finishes, started the feature on the outside pole and stood up this season’s hottest PASS driver, Garrett Bard, and 2020 winners John Walp and Christian Rumsey on a night when there wasn’t a lap without a two-, three-, or even four-car battle for the lead. On every lap, Weaver looked fully at home among the giants. With Walp, who led 20 laps, and Bard fighting furiously for the lead, running lap after lap side-by-side in the middle grooves, Weaver hung onto third, maintaining a consistent ultra-low line. Just before a lap 17 caution, Weaver slipped past Bard, who was running high, and on lap [Read More]

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Port Royal checkers are PASS fourth of season for Bard

By Frank Buhrman  PORT ROYAL, Pa. (July 18) – Garrett Bard notched Pennsylvania Sprint Series win number four of the season at Port Royal Speedway Saturday, coming from seventh starting spot – the biggest advance to a win since the season opener May 30 – and holding off a determined veteran Nathan Gramley at the end.  With defending IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national and PASS champion Ken Duke Jr. and Gram­ley, both former Port Royal champions, on the front row, it might have seemed that things would be settled there, but Bard and several other challengers had other ideas.  Gramley built a nice little lead in the early laps, but a caution bunched the field again, looking to improve on three straight runner-up finishes. Of the group behind the pair, it was Bard who made the move, passing both Duke and Gramley over the next five laps. The veteran Gramley kept Bard in his sights, though, and when a close brush with the outside wall caused the leader to drop to a lower line, Gramley [Read More]

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Frye scores PASS first feature win at Trail-Way

By Frank Buhrman & Stephanie Dodson  HANOVER, Pa. (July 17) – Jake Frye might wish the Pennsylvania Sprint Series ran at Trail-Way Speedway more often. A year ago to the weekend, the Lewisberry racer, still one of PASS’ young­est, equaled his best career finish – second place – when the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car series stopped at the Hanover oval.  Friday night, he topped that. Frye scored win number one in the 25-lap feature, in his 42nd career PASS start. He’d taken the top spot when early race-leader Larry McVay and third-place Johnny Scarborough were penalized for clipping the restart cone following a lap eight caution, putting Frye in the lead over Doug Dodson. That’s how they stayed, as Frye handled lapped traffic with ease, while Dodson blew a brake line on lap 13, handicapping his effort. He was still able to hang on for his third straight runner-up fin­ish.  Scarborough came home in third, with front-row starters Jaremi Hanson and McVay taking fourth and fifth. Feature results – 1. Jake Frye; 2. Doug Dodson; 3. [Read More]

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Duke is PASS king at Selinsgrove

By Frank Buhrman SELINSGROVE, Pa. (July 11) – This time a year ago, Ken Duke already had five Pennsylvania Sprint Series wins and 10 top-five finishes, on his way to becoming the PASS and IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car national champion. On Saturday night, the effort to make 2020 memorable for the right reasons took a big step for­ward when the hometown racer took the 20-lap PASS feature at Selinsgrove Speedway. Duke took advantage of starting on the pole and wired the field for his first win of the year, cap­ping his comeback from a slow start – and two months with COVID-19 restrictions putting a stop to racing.  “We blew up an engine the first week (of the season) and took a few weeks to get things sorted out,” Duke explained of his start, adding praise for his hard-working crew. “But two weeks ago we ran at BAPS and here and finished in the top three in both races and finally got things going in the right direction.”  As for Saturday’s win, Duke kept it [Read More]