Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Readers Choice 358 Driver of the Year

Here are the nominations for the Central Racing Scene 2014 Readers Choice 358 driver of the Year.

Matthew Campbell - 3 feature wins for the youngster in 2014. 2 wins at Lincoln Speedway and 1 at Williams Grove. Matt is curently 3rd in the Central PA 358 Point Series presented by Capitol Renegade. Finished 4th in points at both Lincoln and Williams Grove Speedway.

Robbie Kendall -3 wins for the young driver this year at Trail Way Speedway. Is still ranked in the top 10 in Central PA 358 Point Series presented by Capitol Renegade point standings .

  Kevin Nouse - Williams Grove Speedway track Champion. Won 6 features at the Historic Half Mile in 2014. Won 3 features at Lincoln Speedway and is the only driver to have wins at 3 different race tracks in 2014 with a single win at Susquehanna Speedway. Led most of the season in the Central PA 358 Point Series presented by Capitol Renegade and is 2nd heading into the final showdown at Susquehanna Speedway.

Brad McClelland - 2014 Trail Way Speedway Track Champion. 9 wins at the Hanover area short Track. Picked up a win at Lincoln Speedway. Is the point Leader of the Central PA 358 Point Series presented by Capitol Renegade heading into the final showdown at Susquehanna Speedway.

Chase Dietz - 2014 Lincoln Speedway track Champion. Has 4 wins in 2014 with 3 at Lincoln and 1 at Trail Way Speedway. Was the 2013 Central PA 358 Point Series and Lincoln Speedway Rookie of the Year. Was voted the 2013 Central PA 358 Point Series Most Popular Driver.

Ok folks here are the 5 drivers  who where the top drivers in the 358 division in 2014. Its now up to you to vote for who you think was the best of the best in the division this year. The poll is on the top right of the site. If you are voting from a moil device you will have to go to the full site to vote.

Good luck to these 5 drivers and happy voting to you the fans.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The 2014 Readers Choice 410 Rookie of the Year is.....

Congratulations to Logan Wagner on being voted the 2014 410 Rookie of the Year.

Friday, October 17, 2014

2014 Readers Choice 410 Rookie of the Year.

The 2014 Central PA R acing Scene 401 Rookie of the Year is up next. This year we saw a banner crop of young rookies jump up to the 401 division. 3 rookies where able to find victory lane this season with 2 of them at Lincoln and 1 going to Lernerville to claim his first 410 vctory. With that said here are your nominees for the 2014 Rookie of the Year.

Freddie Rahmer - 2 top 5's this season for the 2nd generation driver. Freddie was the highest finnishing Rookie in points at Lincoln Speedway.

 Austin Hogue - 1 win for the 2013 Central PA 358 Point Series Champion. He backed that win up with a 2nd place finish in the last race of the season at Lincoln as well with a 2nd place finish at Williams Grove Speedway.
Tim Wagaman - Tim would win the 3rd annual Brandon Little Memorial for his 1st career 410 feature win. Tim would have 1 other top 5. Finished 10 at the Kasey Kahne Race and finished 15th in points this season at Lincoln Speedway.
Logan Wagner- This 2nd generation driver would move up from the 305 division and win his 1st career 410 feature event at Lernerville Speedway. Logan almost had a feature win as well at Port Royal. He would finish 15th in the 410 points at the race track.

Brandon Rahmer- Brandon would complete his 1st season in the 410 division 18th in the final point standings with 1 top 10 to his credit.

 There you go fans. Your top 5 410 rookies for the 2014 racing season. As always the poll is on the top right hand side of the web site. If you are voting on your smart phone you will have to go to the full site to vote as the mobil site does not show the entire web site.

Good luck to all these young men, and happy voting fans.

The 2014 Readers Choice 358 Rookie of the Year is....

Congratulations to Tyler Esh the 2014 Readers Choice for the 358 division Rookie of the Year.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 Readers Choice 358 Rookie of the Year.

Its time to see who  the race fans of Central PA think was the 2014 358 Rookie of the Year. This year saw 13 new drivers try their hands in the 358 division. Ive posted the top 5 in the Central PA 358 Point Series Rookie of the Year point standings. Here are your choices....

Wyatt Hinkle - 2014 Central PA 358 Point Series Rookie of the Year. The only Rookie to win a race this season when he won the season ending race at Trail Way Speedway.

Tyler Esh - Tyler was on his way to dominating the 2014 Rookie class when he was hurt in a wreck at Lincoln Speedway.

Tyler Buchenauer - Youngester finished a strong 9th in the season point standings at Trail Way Speedway.

Kody Lehman - Kody split his time between 358 at Williams Grove Speedway where he finished a very respectable 3rd in points, and the 305 division. Kody ran most of the year at Williams Grove Speedway only in his 47K 358 sprinter.

CJ Tracy - CJ would finish his rookie season in 358s at Lincoln Speedway in 19th posistion with 1 top 5 and 5 top 10 finishes.

There you go fans. Your top 5 358 rookies for the 2014 racing season. As always the poll is on the top right hand side of the web site. If you are voting on your smart phone you will have to go to the full site to vote as the mobil site does not show the entire web site.

Good luck to all these young men, and happy voting fans.

305 Driver of the year.

The fans have spoken and the 305 driver of the year is Anthony Fiore. Congratulations to Anthony and the whole 91 team.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Readers Choice 2014 305 Driver of the Year

Ok folks its voting time. Starting off the 2014 Readers Choice Awards voting will be the 305 division. Here are your choices for the 305 Driver of the year..

        Mike Wagner II 3RD In Port Royal Point Standings

           Eric Parker 4th in Port Royal Point Standings

                                             Anthony Fiore 12 in Port Royal Standings

               Erin Statler 5th in Port Royal Standings
                 Tyler Bear 2nd in Port Royal Standings
               Jeff Miller Port Royal 305 Track Champion

Fans now have till 7 AM tomorrow to vot for who they think was the 2014 305 Driver of the Year at Port Royal Speedway. You can vote by clicking on the driver you think deserves to win at the top right corner of the web site.

Good luck to all the drivers and Happy Voting.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Introducing the 2014 Readers Choice Awards.

Hello and welcome to the newly updated Central PA Racing Scene. New and exciting things are going to start popping up here on the site as we end the 2014 racing season and move on to 2015. With only 3 local races left for this year I thought now would be a good time to start looking back and not only giving my opinions on the racing season that was, but also let you the fans of Central PA Sprint Car Racing share your thoughts and opinions on different subjects. I'm hoping to make this a yearly event on the site and maybe if I can find a willing person or business to help out give awards to the winners of the awards. Hopefully in 2015 I can make that a reality.

As for 2014 here are the different categories I want you the fans to vote on and tell me what you thought where....

The 2014 Central PA 410 Sprint Car Rookie of the Year.
The 2014 Central PA 358 Sprint Car Rookie of the Year.
The 2014 Central PA 410  Driver of the Year.
The 2014 Central PA 358 Driver of the Year.
The 2014 Central PA 360 Driver of the Year.
The Best racing facility in Central PA.
The Best racing Event in Central PA for 2014.

There you go folks the categories for the 2014 Central PA Racing Scene Readers Choice Awards. I wll be posting 1 poll every day the site and will let you, the Fans, choose who you think was the best of this racing season. I will post each poll in the morning and will let them open for 24 hrs, so make sure you come back each and every day to see which poll is posted and vote for who you think deserves to be recognized.

I will be posting the 1st poll tomorrow so make sure you check back and vote.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Nothing is perfect in this world....

Hello once again to another Central PA Racing Scene. This time I want to take a look at our local racing through the eyes of a promoter. Why you ask? Well because for one it gives me a reason to talk, and two I think I may have come up with a way to improve on something I always thought was perfect.

Now first things first we need to figure out what is perfect. After spending 8 long hrs tonight at work thinking of things that are perfect in every way I was only able to come up with two shining examples.

                               1. The Wheel!!!! Has any invention ever been as perfect as this?

                                              2nd thing that to me is damn near flawless is...
Now the 2nd one might be up for debate since most people have different taste in woman, but other then my lovely wife this incredible beauty is damn near perfect in every way.

Wait what was I talking about again? Oh that's right racing....

So here it is folks, how can we improve our weekly racing and the way we line up said races? Now this has been a debate that has raged for years, and just because I write my thoughts down I doubt its ever going to change. But first lets think of all the different ways we have decided to line up our features in the past few years.

Handicapping (which I thought was damn near perfect just like the wheel and Mrs. Goodwin here)
Time Trials
Passing Points
some combination of the two....

You get the idea, we have tried to reinvent the wheel for years, yet as a fan the only way that guaranteed great racing was handicapping. Now over the past few years race teams have complained about handicapping because they don't feel its fair that they should start mid pack because they are good. Fair point, and if I was a driver I would probably feel the same way. The drivers ask why they should be penalized not once but twice a night and have to pass some drivers twice just to win a feature event? More valid points. Its not fair to them in any way, but as a fan its what brings me to the race track every week. Close, hard racing action. I cant find anything more exciting then watching the top guys at each race track fighting it out through the pack in a dog fight to the front in 25 laps for the win. That's what I a fan have lived for for the past 35 years.

Now can it be improved? I think so and I think Lincoln has done a great job in doing it. They started a few years ago drawing for starting spots in heat races. Now each driver has a fair shot of starting up closer to the front of the heat races and making that all important top 4 invert for the feature. I can understand the race teams point of having to start in the rear of a 10 lap race on a track that is hard to pass. Go watch any 410 heat race and see how much passing actually happens. Its not a lot, so why not let every driver have a fair shot at making their night just a tad bit easier? I'm all for it. Seems like a win win for everyone.

So is that the wheel we have been looking for?

Not so fast...

Lets look at Time Trials.

Each driver gets two laps on the clock to go as fast as they can. Those two laps will make or break you for the entire night. I detest TT shows the way we do them now because the only thing that matters is the first 2 laps a driver runs. After that heats and consi's are meaningless. How can we improve TT shows?

After TT have the fast timer draw the invert pill for the night, but damn it get rid of that 0 and 2 pill and keep the 4,6,8 and add a 10. I can hear the drivers complaining already. 10 That's not fair!!!! Well suck it up buttercup. Remember were trying to have a good show for the fans, not just increase your win totals here. Now say the invert is 6. The fastest guys would start 6th in their respective heat races and actually have to pass a few cars to make the feature invert. Each heat race is run like a handicapped show, you must finish in the top 4 to get your spot in the feature. That used to be the way it was done, but somewhere along the line we got lazy and said just finish in the top 6 and you get your spot. Now lets make it just a little more interesting shall we? Say the fast timer of the night does not make the top 4, then the driver who timed 7th and makes the top 4 in his heat gets moved into the invert. That makes the meaningless heat races we see at TT shows mean something. And guess what? We used to do that? And wanna know something else? It was way more exciting then the TT shows we have been seeing the past few years.

Are you all still with me? If your a driver reading this your probably ready to strangle me, and if your not you will be soon.

Lets look at Passing Points. Passing points are way to confusing for the average fan to keep track of. Hell the guys in charge of keeping track have screwed it up, just ask Mark Smith. But if your dead set on using passing points, why not use the ASCS passing point system. Whats the difference between the two you ask? Well our system uses the same old top 4 make the invert (once again being lazy), while ASCS uses a system where no matter where you finish in your heats the top point getter move on to the redraw or dash. That's right, it doesn't matter if you finish 3rd or 6th in your heat, if you have the most points you make the feature. Now is that not the fairest way to lineup a feature? Why should a guy who starts 10th in his heat and passes 5 cars in 10 laps not make the feature invert because he didn't finish 1 more spot ahead? How is it fair that the guy who starts first, finishes first, makes it just because he made that so special invert? Seem fair to me and once again it does two things, makes heat races once again mean something, and puts a show on for the fans. Wow imagine that.....

Now I saved my least favorite format for last....Draw show.
Now I will admit I detest Draw shows. I have watched them all season at Trail Way and have not been impressed with them one bit. I can understand using them the first few weeks of the season to help a track set their handicapping for the season, if the still use that format, but other then that or special one off shows like Susquehanna Speedway has drop it. I have watched the same driver start up front every other week and walk away with the win and its just not fun to watch. Why every other week? Because the week after he wins he has to start 10th or farther back depending on the number of entries that week. Its stupid. Why would I as a fan want to go every week knowing a driver has a great chance of starting up front and winning every other week? Now Port Royal has draw shows as well and they have changed it up a little bit this season, but instead of one driver winning every week, they have had the winner come off the front row almost every week. Hell I'm not even there and can check twitter and damn near pick the winner every week. How is that even remotely fun for the fans? From a drivers perspective I can understand it, they want to win as many races as they can every year, and this gives them the best shot at it, but as a loud mouth fan sitting on his rear end in the stands its the drizzling shits.

In closing I understand no format will ever be as perfect as the wheel, but there has to be a way to improve on what we have tried to do here in Central PA and make it a win/ win for both the fans and the race teams. Each format will have great races, good races, and bad races, that's just the nature of the sport. I just laid out my ideas to try and help  a sport that is starting to look like this...
                                                                  Look like this...
With that I thank you once again for taking the time to read my thoughts on the racing here in Central PA. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Leave a comment in the comment section here (just don't be a wimp and let me know who you are), hit me up on twitter @BillMcIntyreIII or send me an email at

Have a great week and I hope to see you all at the track this weekend.