Last weekend's Dirt Trackin' Show at the York Fairgrounds was a big success in many ways.
The highlight of the show was the benefit auction for former driver Scott Ausherman.
Ausherman, from Dover, raced on the local circuit from 1974 until 2005, winning in the sprints, super sportsmen and 358 sprints. About the time he stopped driving he was stricken with Frontal Lobe Dementia. In recent times, Ausherman's family has fallen on hard times financially.
A group consisting of a few drivers, former drivers, car owners, a mechanic and a couple of track officials worked over the last month or so, putting together a benefit auction for Ausherman. The auction was held Saturday evening at the Dirt Trackin' Show, and along with donations, more than $10,000 was raised for Ausherman.
It's been said many times, but again it's been proven true -- racers may be very competitive on the track, but they also take care of one another off the track.
As I noted, the Dirt Trackin' Show was also an overall success.
Despite Friday's snow, a good crowd visited the program on each of its three days, and new promoter Larry Miller was very happy with the event.
Miller, a former Silver Spring street-stock champion and racing parts distributor, took over the promotion of the show from Kirk Wise. Walt Kline was the original promoter of the Dirt Trackin' Show, which celebrated its 30th year last weekend. A number of new cars for the upcoming season were on display over the weekend, and of course there were a number of special awards made.
Each year, fans vote with their money to choose their favorite cars at the show. The cash collected from the votes goes into the York County Racing Club's Injured Drivers Fund. This year, $830.48 was collected, which means between the Ausherman benefit and the YCRC's Injured Drivers Fund, more than $11,000 was collected for good causes over the weekend.
Winners in the "People's Choice Awards" included: first place to Spring Grove's Zach Eucalano's 358 sprint car; second place to Ashley Rumsey's quarter midget; third place to the restored vintage racer No. 133 that was driven by the late Paul Miller; fourth place to the micro sprint of Misti Kopp; and fifth place to the pulling truck called One Bad Bowtie owned by Chris Eutzy.
Judges also went around during the weekend to determine the "Best In Show Awards" in seven different groups. For the open-wheel cars, the sprint car of Spring Grove's Tim Glatfelter was the winner. Travis McClelland's limited-late model won in the late-model class, while the All-American Outlaws car of Dover's Randy Doty won in the stock-body class. Ryan Greth's new hyper midget won the small-car class, while the quarter midget of Hunter Banonis won in the "really" small-car class. The former Barry Klinedinst late model driven by Bobby Goodling and restored by York's Scott White was the winner in the vintage class, and the One Bad Bowtie truck won the miscellaneous class.
INDOOR RACING: The third race of the FatHeadz Winter Indoor Series of Races will be held this weekend in Atlantic City.
Racing takes place inside the historic Boardwalk Hall in the seaside town. Already this winter, races have been held in Baltimore, where Mike Lichty was the winner, and Providence, R.I., where Ted Christopher was the winner.
The Atlantic City event is a two-day show, with racing on Friday and Saturday evenings. Atlantic City also features four classes of racing. The main class is the three-quarter midgets, while the 600cc micro sprints, slingshots and champ karts also compete.
The other two programs just included the three-quarter midgets and the champ karts.
LESS THAN A MONTH: It's less than a month until the local outdoor racing season is scheduled to begin.
Lincoln Speedway's "Ice Breaker 30" sprint-car event is set for Saturday afternoon, Feb. 23. Just for the record, that is one day before the Daytona 500 will go to the post.
Before Lincoln's opener, many local sprint-car and late-model teams will head south to Georgia and Florida for racing action at a host of southern tracks.
-- Bryan Householder covers dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdis patch.com.