Last week, two announcements were made that will impact local racing in 2014.

For sprint-car fans, it was announced that Thomasville's Greg Hodnett will join the Michael Heffner No. 27 team for next season. Hodnett will replace Lance Dewease at the wheel of the Heffner sprinter.

Saturday's Fall Fest at Williams Grove found Hodnett at the wheel of a second Heffner sprinter. Dewease started ninth and finished 10th, while Hodnett started 12th and finished 11th.

It was announced several weeks ago that Dewease would not return to the seat of the Heffner sprinter next year. He is still putting things together for a ride for next season.

Hodnett became available about a month ago when it was learned that his current team owner, John Trone, was suffering some serious health issues and wouldn't return as an owner next season.

The other announcement concerned a new promotional team at Hagerstown Speedway. Hagerstown has been promoted by the Plessinger family since 1981, when Frank Plessinger purchased the speedway after the death of promoter Jack Gunn. In recent years, Plessinger's daughter, Lisa, has been the promoter.

For next season, a team consisting of former drivers Ernie Jones and Earnie Davis will promote the speedway. Jones has been promoting at several speedways in Maryland and western Pennsylvania for several years now, while Davis has offered major sponsorship aid to several speedways over the years.



KREITZ: When veteran driver Donnie Kreitz Jr. won Saturday's Fall Fest sprint-car feature at Williams Grove, it marked his seventh win of the season on the local circuit.

It also marked his 58th career Williams Grove win. Only three drivers have won more often at the Grove. Fred Rahmer has 91 total victories at the Grove, Lance Dewease has 80 and Ray Tilley has 59.

Kreitz has enjoyed a major resurgence this season. Consider that his seven victories this year add up to one less win than he has scored in the last eight years combined.

EICHELBERGER: Dillsburg's Rich Eichelberger has been racing for even longer than Kreitz.

In fact he's been racing since the 1970 season. Eichelberger's win in the super-sportsman feature at the Fall Fest marked his 83rd career win in the super-sportsman ranks.

That number equals Johnny Murphy for second place on the all-time, super-sportsman career win list. Brogue's Gary Wolford leads that list with a likely unbeatable record of 145 super-sportsman wins.

Did you note that in his victory-lane interview, Eichelberger mentioned that Fred Rahmer came out during a red-flag period and offered some advice.

Saturday was the first time Rahmer sat on the sidelines since his retirement.

That red flag during the super-sportsman feature was a very weird happening. It started with a health issue in the super-sportsman pits, followed by a health issue in the back-stretch grandstand, and then came a separate health issue, again in the super-sportsman pits.

Williams Grove always has two ambulances on hand during its races, and on Saturday in a span of 15-20 minutes, needed three ambulances for issues that had nothing to do with on-track action.

KNAUB: Dover's Gene Knaub reached a personal milestone with his win on Saturday at the Grove.

His win in the limited-late-model feature marked his 20th of the season. That's a career high for Knaub. Since moving into the limited-late models in 2007, Knaub has won 92 features, but this is the first time he's won 20 in a season.

ROSS: Tyler Ross' win in the 358 sprint event was also a milestone of sorts.

It marked the first time he won at a track where his father had also won. The teenager is the son of former 358 sprint competitor Sam Ross.

Earlier this year, Ross won a 358 sprint race at Lincoln. But Lincoln is a track where his father seldom raced and never won.

Williams Grove is another story. Sam Ross has six wins there, and now Tyler also has a win there. Dad's also ahead in career win stats with seven career 358 sprint wins to his son's two.

THIS WEEKEND: The only local racing this weekend is the Turkey 200 at Susquehanna Speedway Park.

The program consists of a 100-lap enduro for eight-cylinder cars, another 100-lap enduro for six- and four-cylinder cars, plus races for the classic cars and minivans.

Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdis