The All-Star Circuit of Champion sprint cars will visit the area this coming weekend.

The All-Stars will race at Williams Grove on Friday and at Port Royal on Saturday.

Last weekend, defending All-Star champion Dale Blaney won the sprint-car feature at Port Royal.

On Friday at the Grove, it will be a regular All-Star event, with the wingless ARDC midgets also on the program.

Saturday at Port Royal, the All-Stars will race in the Bob Weikert Memorial Race with $10,000 for the winner. The Port's econo late models will also be on the program.

Weikert was the very popular car owner who fielded the No. 29 racers that saw so many drivers enjoy great success.

Friday will also be a big night for local late-model fans. The Lucas Oil Late Model Series will visit Hagerstown for the 50-lap Stanley Schetropmft Memorial Race. Schetropmft is the man who built the Hagerstown oval in the mid 1940s. The pure stocks also race on the program.

Trailway will be in action on Friday evening, with the 358 sprints headlining. The 600cc micro sprints, limited stocks and street stocks also race there that night.

Lincoln will host the sprint cars, 358 sprint cars and Legends racers on Saturday, while Williams Grove kicks off its Saturday Night Series with the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks.

Selinsgrove will host the 358/360 sprints Saturday, along with the late models, pro stocks and roadrunners. It's ARCH Night Saturday at Susquehanna, where the limited-late models will headline. Also on the program are the 305 sprints, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, road warriors and minivans.

PIT STOPS

Odd turn of events: Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

At least that could apply to Alan Krimes' victory at Lincoln on Saturday. Krimes missed the invert cut in his heat race, and started 13th in the feature. He was still running 11th on the sixth lap when odd things began happening. First several cars in front of Krimes crashed. Then on the restart several more cars crashed.

Just before the next attempt to start the race, the second-place car dropped out of line with mechanical problems. When the sixth lap started, Krimes was running 11th. When the sixth lap restarted, he was second, and before the lap was completed he was in the lead.

In victory lane, Krimes noted: "I don't think I won this race, I just didn't lose it."

By the way, although all of those cars had problems, only four were unable to restart, so there were still 20 cars running when the race restarted.

Young Freddie Rahmer added his name to the list of rookies with a top-10 finish this season. Rahmer started 20th, avoided all the carnage, and passed a number of cars to finish seventh in that feature.

Hinnershitz Memorial: Last Friday's Tommy Hinnershitz Memorial Race was run in honor of this area's first true national hero.

Hinnershitz won more than 100 sprint-car features in the era when there were no roll cages, and sometimes no seat belts.

Among those wins was the first-ever feature race held at Williams Grove back in 1939. Since this year marks the Grove's 75th anniversary season, Ben Turner, from the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, added $1,500 to the posted $6,000 winner's share, giving winner Doug Esh a $7,500 payday.

One of the neater things on display last Friday was the Gerber sprint car from 1939 that was displayed on a trailer in back of Tommy Hinnershitz's own pickup truck. The blue sprinter on display was actually a "sister" car to the machine Hinnershitz drove to victory at the Grove's first race. The actual car was later destroyed in a racing crash, but this car was built around the same time in the same shop.

1980: Rain still hampered local racing on this weekend in 1980.

Friday night racing went into the books, with Steve Siegel racing to his first win of the year at Williams Grove. Siegel drove his own No. 2 to the win. On the same night at Selinsgrove, Randy Wolfe scored his second win of the season at the wheel of the Weikert Livestock No. 29.

On Saturday night, the races were rained out at Lincoln, but Port Royal managed to get its program into the record books. Richard Lupo scored his second win of the season in the Hull Trucking No. 2.

Susquehanna was rained out on Sunday.

— Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdispatch.com.