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Pa. Sprint Speedweek central: News, results, analysis, and more

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson is making the trip to Pennsylvania Speedweek to face the Pa. Posse, a rivalry that carries extra flare this year. Photo by Kyle McFadden/TRE.

Your one-stop shop for this year’s Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek.

Schedule

DateTrack (size)LapsPurseWinner
Friday, June 28Williams Grove (1/2 mile)25$5,000Lance Dewease
Saturday, June 29Lincoln (3/8 mile)30$7,000
Sunday, June 30Selinsgrove (1/2 mile)30$5,000
Monday, July 1Lincoln (3/8 mile)30$7,000
Tuesday, July 2Grandview (1/3 mile)35$10,000
Wednesday, July 3Port Royal (1/2 mile)30$7,000
Thursday, July 4Hagerstown (1/2 mile)30$5,000
Friday, July 5Williams Grove (1/2 mile)30$12,000
Saturday, July 6Port Royal (1/2 mile)30$7,000

Format

Preview

Posse drivers to watch

No. 48 Danny Dietrich — Double D is, without a doubt, the odds-on favorite for the Speedweek title. Behind improved health and a new, custom-built chassis, Dietrich is performing better than ever. He currently leads the country in wins (10) and has finished on the podium a whopping 20 times in 29 Central Pa. features.

No. 51 Freddie Rahmer — Nobody has more combined wins at Williams Grove and Lincoln this year than “Fast Freddie,” whose six victories have come at the two historic tracks. Like Dietrich, the 23-year-old son of 13-time Speedweek champion Fred Rahmer is performing better than ever. If Rahmer can put forth strong efforts at Selinsgrove, Grandview, Port Royal, and Hagerstown, he may very well bag his first Speedweek title.

No. 24 Lucas Wolfe — The three-time Speedweek champ hasn’t produced the gaudy win total like Dietrich (10) and Rahmer (six) to date, but he’s been consistently in the top five and is starting to turn the corner. After a three-month winless spell, Wolfe has three top-four finishes and a win his last four starts. He also has three wins and 11 podiums in 27 Central Pa. features this year.

No. 72 Ryan Smith — A lot rides on Smith’s shoulders this week. Though he’s power-ranked fifth (see below), he’s winless in the Heffner Racing 410 machine this year and he’s in the car the late Greg Hodnett wheeled to his fifth Speedweek title last year. He does have two 360 wins in 2019, but a 410 win needs to come soon. All frustration to this point would certainly be overpowered by the feat of a Speedweek title.

No. 69K Lance Dewease — LD isn’t going to run all nine Speedweek races, but when the 69K rolls into town, things get that much tougher for everyone else. Dewease is the all-time wins leader at Williams Grove, won the past three Speedweek races at Hagerstown, and has a World of Outlaws win at Lincoln this year.

Outsiders to watch

No. 57 Kyle Larson — “Yung Money” is, arguably, the most talented open-wheel dirt racer on the planet. He has two World of Outlaws wins in 2019 and came one-lap shy of winning the Chili Bowl. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver has three Speedweek wins in his last five starts and is set to run Lincoln on Monday and Grandview on Tuesday, adding fire to an already heated rivalry since he used the hashtag “#PorchSitters” to describe the Posse in a tweet this year.

No. 14 Tony Stewart — “Smoke” is set to run the first eight Speedweek races and while he hasn’t particularly run well at Pennsylvania tracks recently, this year figures to be different. The three-time NASCAR Cup Series champ has seven wins in a 410 sprint car this season and could be in the mix for the title by the end of the week.

No. 39 Christopher Bell — The back-to-back Chili Bowl Nationals champ and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver has accomplished a lot in his dirt career, but one thing he hasn’t checked off is a Speedweek win. Bell struggled at Lincoln last year, but always performs well at the high-banked, 1/3rd-mile Grandview. It’s unsure how many Speedweek races Bell win run.

No. 24 Rico Abreu — The former NASCAR driver returns for another crack at the Speedweek title. He has one career Speedweek victory (2017 Selinsgrove) and in 2019 he has one win, five podiums, and eight top sixes in 21 events entered.

No. 68 Dave Blaney — The former World of Outlaws champion and NASCAR driver is making another trip to Speedweek. He has one career Speedweek win (2013 Hagerstown) and in 2019, he has one podium and two top sixes in nine races.

Lance Dewease wins night one at Williams Grove

Lance Dewease cruised to a seven-second victory Friday night in the 2019 Pa. Speedweek opener at Williams Grove Speedway. Photo courtesy of Williams Grove Speedway.

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