Wolfe off to good start in fourth round of Speedweek
ABBOTTSTOWN — The fourth round of the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek was underway, but not complete at Lincoln Speedway due to the time of press Monday night.
Two-time Speedweek champion Lucas Wolfe was scheduled to start on the pole of the 30-lap, $5,000 win main event with former Ohio Speedweek champion Dale Blaney starting second.
TJ Stutts set the fast time over the 42-car field with a lap of 13.684 seconds. Ryan Smith, Alan Krimes, Dale Blaney and Trey Starks followed Stutts in qualifying.
Starks, Wolfe, Brian Montieth and Tim Glatfelter won the 10-lap heat races. Ryan Smith won the consolation.
Wolfe won the second heat race over NASCAR cup series point leader Kyle Larson, who won the Speedweek feature Sunday night at Path Valley. Larson timed 22nd, started sixth in the heat race and finished second challenging Wolfe following a restart with one lap to go.
Montieth’s third heat race win came over NASCAR driver and World of Outlaws Sprint car team owner Kasey Kahne.
Larson was scheduled to start ninth and Kahne 10th in the main event. Speedweek point leader Freddie Rahmer was scheduled to start 17th.
Speedweek continues tonight at Grandview Speedway, near Pottstown, and then moves to Hagerstown, Md., Speedway Wednesday night. The first Port Royal Speedway race of the Speedweek series is set for Thursday night.
SPRING RUN — Kyle Larson, the current NASCAR cup series point leader, earned his first central Pennsylvania sprint car win with a victory during round three of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek Sunday night at Path Valley Speedway.
Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif., took the lead in lapped traffic from Brock Zearfoss early in the 40-lap feature and controlled the remaining laps in front of a standing room only crowd at the tiny quarter-mile track about 40 miles southwest of Port Royal.
He earned $5,000 becoming the 38th different driver to win a Speedweek race.
“It feels really good,” said Larson, who started his racing career racing sprint cars in California. “I struggled in Pa. the couple times I came here before. I got it done finally. The fans put a lot of pressure on me and I put a lot of pressure on myself. It’s really cool to knock one out of the way early in Speedweek.”
Larson started fourth and was quickly into second. Zearfoss was leading when he caught slower traffic. This allowed Larson to make a move for the lead with an inside pass in turn two.
“The track was good for us California guys being really rough and technical,” said Larson of the tricky track conditions. “I was surprised how slicked-off it got there in the feature. I think all of us had to change our game plan up a little bit and start sliding ourselves. The entry speed was so slow to kind of run above it that you couldn’t do that. I started sliding myself and it was pretty good.”
As Larson led, Rico Abreu pressured Zearfoss for second and eventually made the pass. A few yellows slowed the pace, but Larson controlled every restart.
Abreu got a flat tire and pitted on lap 26 as Larson split two lapped cars off turn two to maintain his lead.
Larson scored the win over Zearfosss, Lucas Wolfe, eighth starter Kyle Moody and Greg Hodnett. Zearfoss, Tyler Walker, Anthony Macri and Kyle Moody won the heat races.
Abreu set fast time over the 44-car field with a track record lap of 9.693. Mike Wagner and Mitch Wormall won the twin B-mains.
The program was delayed for about two hours following a violent crash during the first heat race of the 600cc micro sprint portion of the show. Guy Griffin was eventually air lifted to Altoona and then on to Pittsburgh where he was listed in critical condition on Monday morning.
Speedweek continues Tuesday night at the Grandview Speedway, near Pottstown, before heading south to Hagerstown (Md) Speedway Wednesday night.
Rahmer led the points after Sunday with 410, followed by Wolfe, Dietrich, Australian James McFadden and Zearfoss.