2011 was a great year for the Central PA 358 Point Series presented by HTMA and the 358 sprint car division. The series saw HTMA back as their primary sponsor for the 2nd consecutive season, and with it the $27,000 point fund that was handed out to the top 12 in series points.
Logan Schuchart was crowned the series Champion after an incredible season which saw him pick up 7 wins at 4 different race tracks. Logan also became just the 2nd driver in the divisions history to win a race at all 4 of the main tracks for the division (Selinsgrove, Trail Way, Williams Grove ,& Lincoln Speedways) along with a win at Susquehanna Speedway.
Pat Cannon started off the season with back to back wins to start the season at Williams Grove and Port Royal Speedways. Pat would go on to win races at Selinsgrove, Lincoln, and Susquehanna Speedways in a season which the Highlands Tire 3 team would pick up 11 358 sprint car wins.
Bill Dietrich would start the season strong picking up his first win of the season at Lincoln Speedway in April. Dietrich would go on to pick up wins at Trail Way, and back to back wins at Port Royal Speedway to end up the season with 5 wins.
Jeff Rohrbaugh would make his return to the division after taking most of the 2010 racing season off and would have the most constant season in the division. While Jeff would only pick up 2 wins in 2011, he would win the track Championships at both Trail Way Speedway and Lincoln Speedway for the 2nd time in his career.
Former 410 Champion Chris Eash ran in the 358 division full time in 2011, and would end up with a division leading 3 wins at Trail Way Speedway.
The division saw 36 different winners at the 6 tracks in 2011. Pat Cannon lead the division with 11 wins, Logan Schuchart had 7 , Bill Dietrich had 5 , Blane Heimbach , Chris Eash , and Steve Owings would all have 3 wins. Jeff Rohrbaugh , Aaron Spahr , TJ Stutts , Niki Young , Scott Fisher would end the season with 2 wins. Trevor Little, Jan Luckenbaugh, Ryan Kissinger, Kevin Nagy, Joey Allen, Zach Euculano, Jacob Allen, Brook Weibley, Jay Galloway, Kevin Nouse, Davie Frenek, Jason Shultz, Derek Locke, Glenndon Forsythe, Mike Bittinger, Randy Whisler, Mike Duncan Jr., Joe Trone Jr., Keith Prutzman, Adrian Shaffer, Austin Hogue, Nate Snyder, and Dale Hammaker all recorded 1 win in 2011.
The 2011 Central PA 358 Point Series Hosheads.com rookie of the year award was given to Niki Young . Niki would lead the standings all season after winning the 1st race of the year at Lincoln Speedway, but youngster Austin Hogue would make things interesting for the former 410 driver. Austin would close within 10 pts of Young, but could not wrestle the top spot from Niki. Young would go on to receive the $500 top prize for being named the rookie of the year in the division.
I need to thank each and every person who was involved in the 2011 Central PA 358 Point Series presented by HTMA. First and foremost I need to thank Bob Wirts and everybody at Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic for coming on board for the 2nd straight year and being the title sponsor for the series. Along with HTMA Smiley's Racing Products , and Millers Racing Parts have given the division a lot to race for the past 2 seasons.
Thank you to Al Holland at Hoseheads.com for coming on board again in 2011 and being the main sponsor for the ROY Award.
Thanks you to Keith Prutzman and Buck Rubs Gentelmans Club for sponsoring the $250 Hard Luck Award in 2011.
Thank you to Gus Radel for once again sponsoring the Most Popular Driver award in 2011.
Thank you to everyone at CFI for once again giving out a gift certificate for 1 free hood, 1 free Noose, and 1 free set of shock covers.
Thank you to Loren Carmen , Len Cobosco , Anthony De Seta for all the Victory Lane shots through out the season.
Thank you to Delco Signs , PaPosseracing.com, Ben Turner , Bill Burkholder for sponsoring the trophies in 2011.
Thank you to all the race tracks for helping spread the word about the Series.
Most of all I need to send out a huge THANK YOU to each and every 358 team that races in the division. Without the dedication and sacrifices that you and your families make each and every week to put that race car on the track, we the fans would have nothing to come to the race track and watch.