Danny Sidelined for Six Weeks
The Aftermath of Danny's Wild Ride-Stivason Photos

". . . But big trouble was looming on lap 13 when Danny Holtgraver, who led laps 10 & 11, took a nasty ride over turn three.  Holtgraver was bad fast tonight and easily looked as good as he’s ever run at the Action Track.  Danny got out of the car under his own power and had only some neck discomfort to show for his wild ride! "
Lernerville Web Site 5.9.08

According to Dan Holtgraver Senior, Danny has a "crack" in vertebrae #4 and is wearing a neck brace.
He is doing well considering the circumstances.

The Family appreciates everyone's prayers and support.

Danny Wins Again!

By Mike Leone 
May 5, 2007
Mercer, PAMercer

           On opening night 17-year-old Danny Holtgraver held off last week’s winner and western Pa. great Rod George for his first career Sprint Car win.  Last week saw Holtgraver take a nasty series of flips in turn three getting upside down for the first time in Sprint Car.  Fast forward to Saturday night and it was Holtgraver once again holding off a hard-charging Rod George without power steering for the victory in the 20-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling feature.

“Wow I’m surprised,” expressed Holtgraver.  “The power steering went out on lap five.  My arms are about to fall off.  I was almost stopping in the corners just to get through.  That was my first flip (last week) and I was a little nervous about coming back, but I just tried to hold on and race the same away I always have.”  

With teenage rookie Cole Duncan choosing to start on the tail, Holtgraver moved to the outside pole for the start and was able to have just enough momentum off the topside of the speedway to take the lead from Brent Matus.  George, who started seventh, made his way to fourth on the opening lap.  The laps ticked off caution-free as Holtgraver maintained a comfortable lead over Matus. 

At the halfway point, Bryan Grove and George closed on Matus making it a three-car race for runner-up.  One lap later, Arnie Kent entered the fray as the foursome put on a good race for second.  Duncan spun and brought out the event’s only caution with 14 laps completed.  George finally was able to work his way under and past Grove for third on lap 16, while Kent followed one lap later taking fourth.  George then caught and quickly disposed of Matus for second with a slider in turn four.

George stormed around the 3/8-mile oval on the final lap quickly cutting Holtgraver’s lead from more than a one-half straightaway as he was right on the youngster at the finish, but ran out of time for the second time this year.  Holtgraver’s third career Mercer win came in his West View Motors/Martin Auto/Kargo Sales & Storage-sponsored, Blackshear-powered #D4. | Photo 1| Photo 2 |


Third Carrer Victory, First at Sharon for Danny

     The regularly scheduled Warren Harley-Davidson 410 Sprint Car feature event saw Australian Steven Lines and Danny Holtgraver bring the field to the start-finish line.  Holtgraver, in just his third night back in action after an earlier season neck injury at the Lernerville Speedway, jumped into the lead and was able to hold off the challenges of Lines.  A red flag for Kyle Moffit’s flip closed up the field on lap 12.  When the green flag was again unfurled Holtgraver continued to lead the determined Australian driver.  Despite Lines’ attempts to close the gap a determined Holtgraver held on to capture his career first Sharon Speedway victory.  First time visitor Lines claimed the runner-up spot with Scott Bonnell, Jody Keegan and Jack Sodeman Jr. rounding out the top five.

     Bill Jones Jr., C.W. Harshman and Jody Keegan were victorious in the Sprint heat events.    


Danny Recieves "Rookie of the Year" Honors for 2006

Lernerville's 39th Annual Awards Banquet A Success
Sarver, PA/By: Eric J. Westendorf)

The 39th Annual Lernerville Speedway Awards Banquet returned to the beautifully renovated Days Inn on Rt. 8 south of Butler Saturday Night, March 3. The evening began with an introduction to 2006 Co-General Managers Gary Risch Jr & Sr, Emcees Dow Carnahan and Ed Schaefer, and 2006 Track Champions Kevin Schaeffer (Sprints), Lynn Geiser (Late Models), Kevin Bolland (Modifieds), and Butch Lambert (Pure Stocks).


Danny's First 410 Win-Congratulations, Dany!

Sat, Apr 21, 2007 -- "Saturday Night Live!"
Written by: Mike Leone
     Mercer Raceway Park kicked off the five-division “Saturday Night Live” program on a picture-perfect Saturday night after the past two cold, wet weekends. Celebrating in the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic victory lane were Danny Holtgraver-Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars, Jeff Schaffer-American Racer/Lias Tire Modifieds, Matt Hay-Star’s Championship Tour Big Daddy’s Speed Center Mod Lites, Brian Booher-Tire Express Stock Cars, and Lucas Sprouse-M&D Paving Mini Stocks. Armstrong presented the first $10 family night as a large amount of families enjoyed the beautiful night.

     Seventeen-year-old Danny Holtgraver became the latest teenager to collect his first career Sprint Car feature win at Mercer by wiring the 20-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling feature from green to checkered holding off the veteran Rod George.

“Wow,” exclaimed the Pittsburgh, Pa. racer following his impressive run. “I saw him (George) a couple times inside of me and I was trying not to mess up and just hold on. I’m a little tired. I had no idea we’d be this good. I’m happier than I could ever be right now.”

     Holtgraver won the drag race over George into turn one using the outside to take the advantage on the start. Mike Dehner slowed the event when he looped his mount with one lap completed. Under yellow, Michigan invader Ryan Grubaugh exited the event in fourth. When racing resumed, Rob Eyler moved around New Yorker Chris Shuttleworth for fourth.

     The event’s second and final caution was for a spin by Jim Chappel, who made his return to racing after a long absence. The caution benefited Eyler, who then raced past Arnie Kent for third when green replaced yellow. Up front, Holtgraver ran a great line around the outside of the track while George kept the youngster in site. The laps ticked off with George looking low on different occasions, but Holtgraver did a great job in lapped traffic.

     Holtgraver’s only slip came on lap 18 when he bobbled off turn two allowing George and Eyler to close in. George was right on the leader on lap 19 and 20 as he drove hard to the bottom of turns one and two, but Holtgraver had enough momentum off the top side of the track to hold on.

     Holtgraver took the checkered by two car lengths over George and Eyler, who was two car lengths behind George in third in his West View Motors/Martin Auto/Kargo Sales & Storage-sponsored #D4. For Holtgraver it was his second career Mercer win as he won in the Micro Sprints on June 11, 2005 as a 15-year-old. Kent was fourth over Shuttleworth. Sixth through tenth were Brent Matus, Dehner, Chappel, Joe Butera, and Grubaugh. Heat winners were Grubaugh and Dehner. | Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 |