What a difference a day can make.
Saturday, while not a summer day, was sunny and mild. Sunday was overcast, cold and windy.
Lincoln's Saturday evening show drew 30 sprint cars and another full house of fans. Selinsgrove's Sunday afternoon show was another matter. While the crowd wasn't awful, it wasn't good either. The sprint-car count was also off. Only 16 cars were on hand.
What is interesting about the 16 cars at Selinsgrove is that 10 of them hadn't raced at Lincoln either week. Add in the fact that Lincoln had two different cars this week from last, and that means that 42 drivers have raced in the three races held locally this season.
During the first week at Lincoln, Ohio driver Cole Duncan came east to race. This week, another Ohio driver, Chad Kemenah made the tow for both days.
Selinsgrove also drew Pittsburgh driver Danny Holtgraver and New Yorker Justin Barger. Lucas Wolfe also made his local debut in the Zemco machine Sunday. Barger plans to race most of the season in the area. Wolfe will divide his time between the Zemco car and the Holbrook car on the road.
Lincoln's feature Saturday had just one caution flag. That was on the fourth lap, when Billy Dietrich suffered mechanical problems. Dietrich was the only car to drop out of the race. So at the finish, with Billy's younger brother Danny winning the race, the field was bookended by Dietrichs.
Danny Dietrich's win was his 19th career 410 sprint win at Lincoln. Family patriarch Dan Dietrich also owns 19 career sprint-car wins at Lincoln. Dan has four 358 sprint wins at Lincoln, while Danny has two. Billy Dietrich has one sprint-car win there, but leads the family in 358 sprint wins with nine.
Last year, Fred Rahmer went to mid-summer before he finished out of the top 10 in any race. After three races this year no one has had all top-10 finishes. Six drivers who raced at Lincoln Saturday were at Selinsgrove Sunday, but only two had a chance of keeping a top-10 streak going. Thomasville's Greg Hodnett and J.J. Grasso each had runs of third and sixth at Lincoln over the first two weeks.
Hodnett ran first or second all day at Selinsgrove until suffering mechanical problems on the 17th lap. Grasso ran in the top six all day until he had mechanical problems on the 22nd lap.
Grasso holds the honor of winning a heat race at all three races run this year.
Only one driver has two top-five finishes on the local circuit this season. That would be Lewisberry's Kyle Moody, who finished fourth both weeks at Lincoln.
This weekend: Williams Grove opens its season this Friday evening.
The Grove will open its 75th anniversary season with sprint cars and 358 sprints.
Saturday's slate shows Lincoln back in action with an evening show. The sprint cars headline, with the super sportsmen on hand for their first race of the season. The Legends round out the card.
Port Royal will try again to open its season this week. Each of the past two weeks the Port has postponed its show because of wet grounds. This week the sprints, late models and the new econo late models are on the schedule.
Hagerstown is back in action on Saturday evening with the late-model sportsmen in the headlines with the "Topless" Hoosier Daddy race. The late models, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini-stocks are also on the card.
Selinsgrove doesn't race this week, but opens its regular season the following week.
1980: This weekend wasn't a good one on the local circuit back in 1980.
Friday racing was rained out at Selinsgrove, as was Saturday racing at Lincoln and Port Royal. Williams Grove did open its season on Sunday afternoon.
In that race, Lynn Paxton scored his second win of the local season in the Boop's No. 1. Paxton's win came over Ohio Traveler Rick Ferkel. Smokey Snellbaker, Lee James and Barry Camp completed the top five.
Kyle Larson: Last year, California's Kyle Larson stabled his East Coast sprint car here in York.
This year he's racing on NASCAR's top two circuits. Last weekend he won the Grand National Race and finished second in the Cup Series event.
Open houses: Two local organizations have open houses coming up soon.
The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing has its season-opening open house on April 5-6. Saturday, the drag racers take center stage, but on Sunday the organization will pay tribute to legendary local racer Keith Kauffman. A week later, the York County Racing Club will have an open house at its club hall in Zions View.
— Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.