The end of the Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek, and visits by both the USAC wingless sprint cars and the All Star Circuit of Champion sprint cars make this a very busy week on the local ovals.
The Late Model Speedweek moves to the Dog Hollow Speedway Tuesday night and wraps up on Wednesday evening at Lincoln Speedway. The Lincoln event is the "Chargin' Charlie" Grinestaff Memorial race, and offers $7,000 to win the 40-lap feature. The limited-late models also compete.
The USAC wingless sprint cars start their "Eastern Storm" Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway. The ARDC midgets join USAC at Grandview. USAC moves to the New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway on Thursday evening, where they are joined by the big-block modifieds. Friday, USAC is at Big Diamond, where the 358 modifieds join in the action. USAC and ARDC are back together again on Saturday at Port Royal. The pro stocks also compete.
The All Stars make their second eastern swing of the season starting on Friday evening at Williams Grove. ARDC will also be a part of this program. The All Stars move to Lincoln on Saturday, where the 358 sprints are also part of the action. Then on Sunday, they move up to the Utica Rome (N.Y) Speedway.
If all these special events aren't quite enough action, there is racing at other area speedways, as well. Williams Grove makes it a two-day weekend, with the super sportsmen, limited-late models and Twin 15s for the street stocks on Saturday.
Trailway also has a two-day weekend. The 358 sprints, legends and limited-stocks compete on Friday, while the micro sprints and legends headline on Saturday.
Selinsgrove's late models take center stage Saturday for the Paul Stien Chevrolet Championship. The 358 sprints, pro stocks and roadrunners also compete.
Susquehanna Speedway Park offers the limited-late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, minivans and Road Warriors on Saturday. Hagerstown's Saturday show includes the Hoosier Daddy Championship for the late-model sportsmen, plus the pure stocks and hobby stocks.
50 YEARS AGO: There was plenty of local racing 50 years ago this weekend in 1962, as well.
Five races dotted the local calendar that weekend, and there were five different winners.
Williams Grove kicked off the weekend on Friday evening, with Johnny Mackison Sr. picking up his eighth overall win of the season at the wheel of the Yorkshire Garage/Emrich Chevy No. 1. Leroy Felty trailed Mackison that night, with Ralph Smith, Warren Mutter and Charlie Bailey completing the top five.
Saturday at Lincoln, Bobby Hersh drove the Trone No. 39 to his fourth overall win of the season. Hersh's win came over Gene Goodling, Pee Wee Pobletts and Bobby Abel.
Port Royal also raced on Saturday night, and Frankie Thompson drove to his first win of the season in Al McClure's No. 15. Roger Sowers finished second, with Joe Lingle, Johnny Dubendorff and Al Fisher in the top five.
Sunday afternoon, Williams Grove was back in action with a 50-lap Spring Championship. Pobletts drove his No. 46 to victory in that one, his second overall win of the season. Mackison and Hersh were next in line.
Later that evening, action moved to Susquehanna, where Neil Haight drove Bud Grimm's No. 88 to his second overall win of the season. Goodling was second, with Mackison, Willie Musselman and Abel completing the top five.
RIDE CHANGES: A few ride changes happened last weekend, and a few more will show up in coming weeks.
Brian Leppo, who lost his ride with the death of car owner Jesse Keen, took over the seat in the York-based Dietz Motorsports No. 14. Kevin Nouse moved into the John Pitner No. 92 when Leppo took over his ride.
Justin Henderson has returned home to South Dakota, which has left the seat of the Sorokach No. 35 open. Word is that Tyler Walker will return from California to wheel that car as his schedule permits. When Walker isn't in the area, Curt Stroup will wheel the No. 35.
It also appears that Sam Hafertepe Jr. and the Zemco team have parted ways. At last word, no new driver had been named for the famed No. 1.
-- Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.