Wolfe finds way to win at Grove
MECHANICSBURG – Over the past five seasons, Lucas Wolfe hasn’t spent much time racing sprint cars at his home track of Williams Grove Speedway because he’s been racing around the country with the World of Outlaws.
The Mechanicsburg native wasn’t on the road with the Outlaws this season and lost his early season ride in June. He’s been back at the Grove a few times since then and on Friday night found himself back in victory lane in Mike Heffner’s sprinter.
Wolfe earned $3,600, plus $250 in lap money, in his fifth ride in Heffner’s back-up car.
“It’s super,” Wolfe said. “We were here a couple of weeks ago and struggled at the back and kept working on the car. I’m not 100 percent sure we’re where we need to be yet. It’s a great feeling to win here. It’s very gratifying.”
Wolfe, who turns 27 in October, started on the pole with Ryan Taylor starting second. Wolfe got the jump when the green flag flew, but Taylor threw a big slider at Wolfe in turns three and four. They were side-by-side off the fourth turn with Wolfe narrowly leading the first lap. Wolfe began to increase his lead.
The first caution flag of the event flew on lap six when Troy Fraker stopped. The caution flag flew again four laps later when Steve Buckwalter stopped on the backstretch.
Cory Haas drove by Jim Siegel and into third on the restart. Logan Schuchart drove by Danny Dietrich and into fifth as points leader Fred Rahmer moved up into the top 10 by passing three cars coming off turn two.
With 10 laps to go, Brian Montieth spun coming off turn four and collected Lance Dewease, who pitted with a flat right rear tire and returned. Montieth was done for the night.
Haas shot under Taylor on the restart in turns one and two to take over the runner-up spot. Schuchart was up to fourth with a pass of Siegel.
Wolfe pulled away from Haas as Schuchart closed on Taylor for the third spot. But, with five laps to go, Haas began to catch the leader.
Haas was a few car lengths back with two laps to go and went to the bottom in turns one and two, but Wolfe pulled away down the backstretch.
“I knew he had passed some cars judging by the scoreboard,” Wolfe said of Haas. “The top was so good all night. Until somebody was going to pass you, you weren’t going to change. It got a little hairy off turn four with the cushion that high. You had to be careful and not give up too much time. I knew the start was going to be important beating Taylor. I was in the right spot and able to come away with the victory.”
Wolfe recorded his ninth career Grove feature and first since 2010 over Haas, Taylor, Schuchart and Siegel. Dietrich, Brent Marks, Alan Krimes, Greg Hodnett and Rahmer completed the top 10.
Hodnett, Rahmer and Wolfe won the 10-lap heat races.
Sunbury’s Mark Smith took the lead from J.J. Grasso on a lap 13 restart and led the final 12 laps to win the United Racing Company 360-sprint car feature. Grasso, Pat Cannon, Josh Weller and early leader Randy West completed the top five.
Jonathan Swanson, Randy West and Andy Best won the eight-lap heat races. Curt Michael won the consolation.