The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing's 40th annual convention was very successful last weekend.
In addition to having plenty of restored vintage racers at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds and plenty of activities there as well, the group was well represented in its appearances at Williams Grove and Lincoln during those track's racing programs.
At Williams Grove, the EMMR really outdid itself with two of the cars on hand. This year's convention celebrated the 75th anniversaries of both Williams Grove Speedway and the ARDC Midget group.
The EMMR displayed the "twin" of the car in which Tommy Hinnershitz drove to victory in the Grove's very first feature 75 years ago. They also had a midget on display that raced in the very first ARDC Midget feature 75 years ago.
Wrightsville's Brett Adamson unveiled his restoration project — the Trevis Craft sprint car that his father Bobbie Adamson drove for Al Hamilton in 1970. It was a beautiful restoration job on the actual car for sure.
Bobbie Adamson came up from his retirement home in Florida to be a part of the weekend. Adamson recalled that the car on display won in its very first race, which, by the way, was at Williams Grove.
Another car that made its debut over the weekend was a re-creation of the Bobby Hersh-driven Trone No. 39 "bug" that was one of the first really "cut-down" racers in the area. The car was built off the blueprints of the original car, which was destroyed in a crash many years ago.
Wagner Weekend: The racing Wagner family had a quite a night on Saturday.
Mike Wagner, the current point leader at Port Royal, drove to his first win of the season there. For much of the race he had to fend off challenges from his younger son, Logan Wagner. Eventually Greg Hodnett moved to second, but the Wagners finished first and third at the Port.
Meanwhile, down the road at Susquehanna, older son Mike II was racing to a second-place finish in the 305 sprint feature at Susquehanna.
Stellar front row: The front row for the second Twin 20 race at Williams Grove on Friday represented 141 feature wins and 10 track championships at the historic oval.
Between them, Donnie Kreitz Jr. and Lance Dewease have racked up those impressive numbers. The weird part is that neither driver won the feature. Greg Hodnett, 58 wins and two track titles, passed both of them.
Midgets: The ARDC Midget racers gave a great accounting of themselves over their 75th anniversary weekend at the Grove and Lincoln.
After an opening-lap crash, the ARDC feature at the Grove went non-stop for its entire 20-lap distance in a time of 7 minutes, 16.240 seconds. Driver Alex Bright outgunned the field to win by more than 11 seconds.
Saturday at Lincoln, there was just one yellow flag in ARDC's 25-lap feature, but that caution flag made quite a difference in the outcome. Bright used a three-wide move entering the turn on the restart of the 20th lap to move from third to first and score the win over ARDC standout Steve Buckwalter.
Freddie's close: After 27 years of reporting on Fred Rahmer's wins, it seems strange not to report a Rahmer win this season.
It almost happened on Saturday night. Fred Rahmer retired at the end of last season, but his two teenaged sons started racing 410 sprint cars this year.
Both Freddie and Brandon Rahmer have recorded top-10 finishes this season. On Saturday, Freddie led much of the feature, only to lose the lead near the end while in lapped traffic. Danny Dietrich won the race. The lapped car that slowed Freddie's pace was driven by Brandon.
Four generations of winners: Friday evening at Susquehanna's "Outback Track," Jude Siegel raced to his first career win in the Quarter Midget feature. Jude is the young son of sprint-car racer Jim Siegel and he marks the fourth generation of the Siegel family to score a feature win.
Of course his father, Jimmy, is a two-time winner this season at Lincoln and has won 15 sprint-car features in his career.
Grandfather Steve Siegel won 50 times in sprint-car competition and has track titles at Lincoln and Susquehanna.
What many folks don't know, or perhaps forget, is that Steve's father Jim was a state champion sprint-car driver in their native Texas. The first Jim Siegel only ventured to this area once very late in his career. He drove a few local races for another transplanted Texan named Van May, who claimed that Jim Siegel was his idol as a child.
Racing action: The Jersey Rush is lined up for Tuesday at the New Egypt Speedway.
Sprint cars and modifieds are on the slate, with $5,000 to win for the sprints.
Williams Grove hosts Kids' Night Friday when the sprint cars are joined by the make-up of the Rislone Nationals for the URC 360 sprints. The Saturday Night Series of super sportsmen, limited-late models and street-stock racing has its last regular show of the season Saturday at the Grove.
Trailway starts the Lincoln/Trailway Shootout for the 358 sprints on Friday evening. The limited-late models, limited stocks and 600cc micro sprints are also on the program.
The two-race series wraps up Saturday at Lincoln, where the 358 sprints join the sprints and All-American Outlaws.
Port Royal's Night of Wings on Saturday has a slightly altered format. The 410 sprints will race in Twin 25 lap features, with the 305 sprints also on the program. The URC sprint portion of the program has been dropped.
Selinsgrove has the 358/360 sprints, pro stocks and roadrunners on Saturday, plus the World of Outlaws tune-up for the late models. The WoO late models will be at Selinsgrove over Labor Day weekend.
Hagerstown has the late models on Saturday, plus Small Car Nationals qualifiers for the late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks.
1980: This weekend in 1980 kicked off with Kramer Williamson driving the Harry Kuhn No. 21 to the feature win on Friday at Williams Grove.
It was Williamson's fourth win of the season.
On Saturday, Hanover's Van May drove Weldon Sterner's No. 69 to his ninth win of the season in action at Lincoln, while Dover's Smokey Snellbaker parked the Lloyd No. 56 in victory lane at Port Royal for his 10th win of the season.
At Susquehanna on Sunday, it was Manchester's Ed Zirkle in victory lane at Susquehanna. The win was EZ's third of the season.
Hanover's Bobby Allen scored an All-Star win Saturday night for his fourth win of the season.
— Reach Bryan Householder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPEEDWAY MOTORS/CHAMPION RACING OIL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT CAR SERIES
Presented by Hoseheads.com
(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Greg Hodnett (8) 1,110
2. Danny Dietrich (5) 675
3. Brian Montieth (3) 659
4. Lance Dewease (4) 645
5. Alan Krimes (2) 619
6. Brent Marks (5) 562
7. Donnie Kreitz Jr. (3) 515
8. Lucas Wolfe (1) 459
9. Doug Esh (2) 472
10. Blane Heimbach (2) 426
11. Stevie Smith (4) 424
12. Gerard McIntyre Jr. (2) 392
13. Rick Lafferty (1) 373
14. Cory Haas 332
15. Jim Siegel (2) 308
16. Chad Layton (1) 298
17. Mike Wagner (1) 296
18. Ryan Smith 270
19. Mike Erdley (1) 268
20. Daryn Pittman (3) 250
21. Robbie Kendall (1) 241
22. Austin Hogue (1) 209
23. Adam Wilt (1) 208
24. Kyle Moody (1) 187
25. Steve Buckwalter (1) 178
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Capital Renegade 358 Sprint series
1. Brad McClelland (7) 777
2. Kevin Nouse (7) 730
3. Chase Dietz (4) 535
4. Chandler Leiby 453
5. Matt Campbell (2) 451
6. Robbie Kendall (3) 421
7. Issac Sneeringer (3) 412
8. Dwight Leppo (1) 407
9. Niki Young (1) 391
10. Jeff Rohrbaugh (2) 383