After Saturday's complete washout of local racing, dirt-track fans will get a full slate of racing this coming weekend.
Nearly all of the local tracks will be in action this weekend, some for the first time this season.
Williams Grove and Trailway are both set for action on Friday evening. At the Grove, the super late models join the sprint cars for their only appearance this season at the 75-year-old oval.
Trailway starts its Friday night schedule with the 358 sprints as the headline division. The legends cars, limited stocks and street stocks join the action.
Lincoln Speedway will be back in action on Saturday evening with sprint cars headlining the show. The 358 sprints and the All American Outlaws will also be on the racing agenda.
Port Royal will try again to get its season started on Saturday. Weather has put a crimp on the first three attempts for racing at the Port this season. This Saturday's schedule calls for the sprint cars, late models and 305 sprints.
Selinsgrove offers up its first regular show of the season on Saturday evening. The show will mark the debut of Selinsgrove's combined 358/360 sprint-car class. Also on the racing slate are the late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Hagerstown will be back in action on Saturday night with the late models headlining the show, which also features late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks.
Finally, Susquehanna Speedway Park will open its season Saturday evening. The regular Saturday classes of limited-late models and street stocks will be on hand, along with the legends cars. The super sportsman tour will also kick off its season on Saturday at Susky. The planned opener for the sportsman racers was washed out at Lincoln last Saturday.
EMMR: The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will play host to an open house this weekend.
The event runs on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's activities will center around drag racing. On Sunday at 1 p.m., the EMMR will host another of the popular "roundtable" gatherings. This time the group will honor the career of local legend Keith Kauffman.
According to EMMR kingpin Lynn Paxton, the group planned another "roast," but couldn't find anything bad to say about Kauffman.
The group at the EMMR is also busy planning for yet another Gary Wolford Fish Fry. The Fish Fry at the group's Latimore Valley Fairgrounds is set for Sunday May 4.
The focal point of the fish fry is the annual blindfold race. Three of the four teams for the blindfold race have been announced, with a fourth in the wings.
One group will include modified racer Doug Manmiller, with late-model racer Andy Haus as co-pilot. I understand Andy's father, Scott Haus, will be a backseat driver in this group.
The second group will feature co-pilots Johnny Murphy and Ken Riland of Silver Spring super-sportsman and limited-late-model fame.
The third team consists of sprint-car star Lance Dewease and modified racing legend Gerald Chamberlain.
Ball game: Mark your calendars for Wednesday evening, April 30.
That's when Pocono Raceway and Dover Downs Speedway will visit the York Revolution. NASCAR racing stars Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray will be on hand and play in a special pregame softball game that evening.
The softball match-up will feature Team Pocono and Team Dover, with Kahne heading up one team and McMurray the other. Local community leaders and press types will make up the teams under the direction of the NASCAR stars. And yes, you will all get to see if I can make a big fool of myself that night. The softball game starts at 4:30 p.m.
The York County Racing Club is selling discount tickets for this game.
McIntyre wins at Grove: Gerard McIntyre Jr. scored a big win in the 75th season opener at Williams Grove Friday evening.
McIntyre's second career Williams Grove win was worth $3,600.
McIntyre started second and trailed pole-sitter Cory Haas of York for the first 12 laps. Then Haas suffered mechanical problems, turning the lead over to McIntyre. McIntyre led the remaining 13 laps, although it got close at the end. The top four cars crossed the finish line with less than a second between them.
Stevie Smith finished second, with Brian Montieth up from the 14th starting position for third. Ryan Smith and Rick Lafferty completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Trey Starks, Robbie Stillwaggon, Kyle Reinhardt, Chad Layton and Donnie Kreitz Jr.
In the 358 sprint feature, Hellam's Adrian Shaffer led all 20 laps to score the win. Shaffer topped Chandler Leiby for the win, with defending track champion Kevin Nouse in third. Brad McClelland and Jay Galloway completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Kody Lehman, Brock Zearfoss, Dillsburg's Brie Hershey, Hanover's Duane Watson and Fawn Grove's Matt Campbell.
1980: The local racing scene finally got most of a weekend of racing in the books on this weekend back in 1980. Friday and Saturday racing made it into the books, and Sunday at Susquehanna was a week away from opening day.
Friday night marked the first head-to-head contest between Jack Gunn's Williams Grove and Tom Livelsberger's Selinsgrove. At the Grove, second-generation racing ace Scott Tobias powered his Tobias Speed Equipment No. 17 to his first victory of the season. Tobias' win came over Dover's Smokey Snellbaker, George Ferguson Jr., Charlie Svetic and Maynard Yingst.
At Selinsgrove that same night, Randy Wolfe was in victory lane with the Weikert Livestock No. 29. Wolfe's first win of the season came over Keith Kauffman, Barry Camp, Les Walters and York's Gary Krout.
On Saturday night, Lincoln and Port Royal each got their shows in the books. At Lincoln, Jay Myers was the winner in Ted Brewer's No. 35. Opening-day winner Jimmy Edwards finished second, followed by Steve Smith, Billy Steif and George Harbour.
At Port Royal it was Kauffman who visited victory lane. If memory serves me correctly, Kauffman started that season in the Lebanon Pattern Shop No. K33 after closing down his own team at the end of the previous season. That night at the Port, Lynn Paxton, Jimmy Sheaffer, Snellbaker and Walters made up the top five.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.