There will be plenty of local auto racing action over the Labor Day weekend.
Most every local division will have a special race over the course of the four-day weekend.
Williams Grove, Port Royal, Hagerstown and Selinsgrove each have two-day weekends planned.
At Williams Grove, action starts Friday evening with the Jack Gunn Memorial Race for the sprint cars. Named in honor of the legendary former promoter, this race will have a new twist this year. Williams Grove has adopted a format similar to that used by the Australian World Series of Sprint Cars.
Each driver will run time trials and a pair of heat races, gaining points in all three events. Following the heat races, the top 20 drivers in points will be locked into the feature, with the top eight in points running a dash to determine the top eight starting spots in the feature. The rest of the cars will run in B or C mains.
The Jack Gunn Memorial pays $6,000 to the winner. The street stocks from the Saturday Night Series will also be a part of the program and fireworks will also be on the agenda.
The Grove returns to action Sunday evening with the Billy Kimmel Memorial Race. Kimmel lost his life in a Williams Grove sprint-car accident several years ago. The sprint cars and super-sportsman cars will be on the agenda and fireworks will also be a part of this show.
Port Royal will swing into action Saturday night with the 160th annual Juniata County Fair as a backdrop. The headliner on Saturday night will be the Butch Renninger Memorial Race for the late models. Renninger was a top local late-model talent for many years. He suffered a heart attack after an enduro race at the Port several years ago. The sprint cars and Xtreme stocks are also on Saturday's program at the Port.
The fair will still be in full swing on Monday afternoon when the Port presents the 63rd annual Labor Day Classic for the sprint cars. The econo late models and mini stocks will also be a part of this program. To make the day special for race fans, admission to the fair is free that day and general admission to the races is just $10.
Selinsgrove's two-day show will be run on Saturday and Sunday evenings and will feature the World of Outlaws late models. Saturday's preliminary event pays $8,000 to the winner, while on Sunday the winner takes home $10,000. The pro stocks race on Saturday, while the limited-late models will also be a part of Sunday's show.
Hagerstown races Saturday with the late models, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks and returns on Sunday with the same divisions, plus the late-model sportsmen.
Trailway hosts the 358 sprints, street stocks, classic cars and the ACMS 600cc micro sprints on Friday evening. Trailway has a junk-car demolition derby on Saturday.
Lincoln will offer up three of the area's top open-wheel classes on Saturday. The sprint cars enter their final point race of the season with Alan Krimes in the driver's seat for his first-ever track title. The 358 sprints and super sportsmen will also compete and fireworks will wrap up the show.
Susquehanna Speedway Park hosts the York County Nationals on Saturday evening. Added-distance and added-purse events for the limited-late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks and classic cars are on the slate.
First win: Second-generation, sprint-car driver Logan Wagner scored his first 410 sprint car win on Friday at Lernerville.
Wagner is up from the 305 sprint ranks this season. His father, Mike Wagner, is the current point leader at Port Royal and his brother, Mike Wagner II, is still a top runner in the 305 sprint class.
50 years: It's been 50 years since local racing star Gene Goodling was seriously injured in a racing accident at Susquehanna Speedway.
Stoverstown's Goodling, a multi-time champion at Williams Grove, Lincoln and Susquehanna, suffered career-ending injuries on Sunday evening, Aug. 30, at Susquehanna. He spent nearly 10 weeks in the hospital and never raced again after the accident.
While unable to race following his accident, Goodling still frequents the local racing scene and is a strong supporter of the York County Racing Club. He is a member of that club's hall of fame.
1980: Labor Day weekend in 1980 was also a four-day racing weekend.
Lynn Paxton with the Boop's Aluminum No. 1 bookended the weekend, with wins on Friday at Williams Grove and Labor Day Monday at Port Royal. Those wins pushed Paxton's season win total to 17.
On Saturday at Lincoln, Manchester's Eddie Zirkle drove Harold Chubb's Paveway sprinter to his fourth win of the season in racing action at Lincoln.
Keith Kauffman put Bob Weikert's No. 29 in victory lane at Port Royal on Saturday for his 14th win of the season, while Selinsgrove's feature was rained out on that night.
Sunday at Susquehanna, Van May drove to victory in Weldon Sterner's No. 69 sprinter. The win was May's 11th of the season.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track action for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPEEDWAY MOTORS/CHAMPION RACING OIL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT CAR SERIES
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(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Greg Hodnett (8) 1,128
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. Lucas Wolfe (1) 519
8. Donnie Kreitz Jr. (3) 515
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. Ryan Smith (1) 320
16. Jim Siegel (2) 308
17. Chad Layton (1) 298
19. Mike Wagner (1) 296
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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