By Mike Leone


(Markleysburg, PA)…Last year, Lance Dewease stole a win away from Tim Shaffer on the final lap in a thrilling first ever Sprint Car event at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex; two weeks, ago Sprint Car legends Dave Blaney and Jac Haudenschild battled down to the finish swapping the lead with Blaney emerging victorious; and now the stage is set for the richest Sprint Car event ever to take place at the Knob. The “410” Sprint Cars will return this Sunday (June 1) to the scenic Markleysburg, Pa. facility in the first “Dirt Classic” Qualifier presented by J&K Salvage.

Sunday’s event will boast a feature purse of $23,550 with $5,000 going to the victor, $1,000 for 10th, and $400 to take the green! The event has attracted an impressive line-up of talent that could quite possibly make this the most talented field of racers assembled together in western Pa. for a non-sanctioned event in the modern era!

The “PA Posse” will be represented by Greg Hodnett, Danny Dietrich and his brother Billy, Lucas Wolfe, Alan Krimes, Ryan Smith, and Mike Wagner and his son Logan, along with Bob Howard and his son Bradley.

The best from the All Star Circuit of Champions are expected like Dale Blaney, Jac Haudenschild, Tim Shaffer, Chad Kemenah, and Danny Holtgraver. They will be joined Ohio top talent like Danny Smith and Cole Duncan along with southern Ohio racers Wes McGlumphy and Randy Fink.

While western Pa. certainly has strong ties to Shaffer and Holtgraver, local racers Jack Sodeman, Jr., Carl Bowser, Eric Williams, Mike Lutz, Dan Shetler, the father-son duo of Brent and Brandon Matus, A.J. Flick, and Bob McMillin hope to have a say in the final outcome to protect their home turf.

Who else may show for this true “outlaw”-type event? Who will emerge victorious in this true battle of the regions event? Will this third ever Sprint Car show at Roaring Knob, a track that has been said by many to be a perfect Sprint Car track, top the two previous thrillers? You’ll have to be there to find out!

A second “Dirt Classic” qualifying event presented by J&K Salvage will take place on Sunday, June 8 at Bedford Speedway for $5,000 to-win as well. Both “qualifier” winners will receive guaranteed starting spots in the “Dirt Classic” presented by Kasey Kahne at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, September 27. That event will be the highest paying race in the history of the Abbottstown, Pa. oval with $20,000 going to the winner.

June 1 Payoff ($23,550): 1. $5,000 2. $2,000 3. $1,500 4. $1,400 5. $1,300 6. $1,250 7. $1,200 8. $1,100 9. $1,050 10. $1,000 11. $750 12. $650 13. $550 14. $525 15. $500 16. $475 17. $450 18. $425 19. $425 20. $400 21. $400 22. $400 23. $400 24. $400.

There will be no entry or registration fee for the event. The national “410” Hoosier Tire rule will be in effect. There will be no muffler or weight rule. RACEceivers are required. The PA Sprint Speedweek format will be used with the fast qualifier receiving a $100 gift card for Precise Racing Products. At the last event, Mike Wagner won the honors before finishing second in the feature.

The RUSH Late Models and STARS Mod Lite Series will also be on the card. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with warm-ups at 5:45 followed by time trials at 6:15, and racing at 7. Go to for more information.