Hodnett, Dewease are Open favorites

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The final night of the three-day National Open racing program is set for tonight at Williams Grove Speedway. The World of Outlaws sanction the event, which concludes with a 40-lap A-main worth $50,000 to the winner. The night wraps up the season-long points battle. The action begins at 6:30 p.m.

Who is the PA Posse driver favored to win the prestigious event? Greg Hodnett won last Friday night’s Outlaw tuneup event at the Grove. The hottest driver in the midstate currently is Lance Dewease, who won the Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway two weeks ago. Dewease also swept Friday night preliminary action, pushing his two-day earnings above $56,000.

Dewease continued his winning ways last Saturday at Lincoln Speedway where he added another $20,000 dollars to his earnings in the Dirt Classic program. Dewease was followed to the checkered flag by defending National Open champion Danny Dietrich, who closed in over the final three laps. Any one of these three drivers along with Lucas Wolfe and others are capable of scoring the National Open win.

The Outlaws are led by Donny Schatz. Other challengers include Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman, Shane Stewart, Jason Johnson and Logan Schuchart.

Bedford Speedway is in the middle of a two-day late model program which closes out its 2017 racing season. Tonight’s finale includes super late models, modifieds, pure stocks and four-cylinder stock cars. Action is set to start at 6.

Port Royal Speedway has three remaining shows scheduled. Next up is the Blue Collar Classic for 305 sprint cars headlining a three-division racing program.

The $15,000 purse for the 305 cars is the largest paying event in the east this season. There are 66 sprint cars from eight states pre-registered for the race. The Mason Dixon Shootout for 358 late models is on the card along with four-cylinder pure stocks and the Butch Renninger Memorial event for xtreme stocks.

Advance reserved seats for Port Royal Speedway’s World of Outlaws invasion are on sale at the Outlaws’ website.

Port Royal track crews continue work on new front stretch lighting this week. Electrical conduit is in place and lower pieces of poles are installed. Remaining poles were being assembled before being lifted into place.

I’ll return next week with more news and information.

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Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.

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