It will be a very busy week for racers and fans in this area.
There will be the conclusion of the Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek, the USAC wingless sprints Eastern Storm and plenty of other action as well.
The Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek still has a few dates remaining. Tuesday, the series moves to Port Royal for a $5,000-to-win event. The limited-late models are also part of the program.
The series concludes on Wednesday at Lincoln for the "Chargin' Charlie" Grinestaff Memorial event. This one offers $7,000 to win and the series champion will be crowned. The limited-late models are also part of the Lincoln show.
On the same night, USAC's Eastern Storm begins at Grandview. The wingless sprints from the Midwest will invade local turf, and a few locals should compete as well. The wingless ARDC midgets are also on the Grandview card.
USAC moves to Path Valley on Thursday evening, takes Friday off, and then goes to Port Royal on Saturday. ARDC will also be at the Port, along with the pro stocks and a display from the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.
The USAC Eastern Storm concludes on Sunday evening at Susquehanna Speedway Park, and again the ARDC Midgets will be on hand.
As if all that isn't enough, there is plenty of action at the other local ovals as well.
Williams Grove has racing on both Friday and Saturday. Friday, the sprint cars are joined by the URC sprints for an open-wheel doubleheader. The Grove's 358 sprints are welcome to compete with URC's 360 sprints in that portion of the program. Saturday, the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks compete. The street stocks have a Twin 15s program.
Trailway is also in action on Friday, with the 358 sprints, limited stocks, street stocks and the sidewinder micro sprints.
Saturday at Lincoln, it's the Glenn Gohn Sr./Daryl Gohn Memorial Race for the sprint cars. The Gohn family always gathers lots of extras for both the racers and the fans at this one. The 358 sprints and thundercars are also on the slate.
Selinsgrove has a big event for the late models on Saturday, with the running of the Paul Stine Chevrolet Championship event that offers $2,500 to win. The 358 sprints, pro stocks and roadrunners are also on the program.
While Susquehanna is in action Sunday with USAC, they also race Saturday with the limited-late models, 305 sprints, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, Road Warriors and minivans.
Hagerstown has the late-model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks Saturday.
To cap off the whole weekend, the local sprint cars can also travel out to Bedford Sunday evening for the Roy Morral Tribute Race. This one offers $3,500 to the winner.
RAHMER: It's now 25 consecutive races and counting for Fred Rahmer.
"Fast Freddie" has finished in the top 10 in all 25 local races he has run this season. In 19 of those races, Rahmer has been in the top five.
While Rahmer has the most consistent record on the local circuit this season, he doesn't have the most wins. Rahmer has won three times this year. Three drivers -- Danny Dietrich, Brent Marks and Brian Montieth -- have each won four times this year. Marks has 21 top-10 finishes this season.
TRIBUTE CARS: Strinestown driver Tommy Slanker has two race cars this season, and they both are painted in honor of former racers who have died.
The pro-stock racer that Slanker races at Selinsgrove is a former Larry Hare car, and is painted in Hare's familiar gold and white colors with the No. 19. Hare, who lived in Zions View, died last summer.
Slanker's other car is a limited-late model that he races at various local tracks as time permits. That car carries the colors of the limited-late models his late grandfather, Sam Lauer, fielded in years past -- the white No. 40. Lauer lived in Strinestown as well.
1968: This was a busy weekend in 1968 as well, although rain hampered the Sunday action.
Friday at Williams Grove, Lynn Paxton powered the Emrich Chevy No. 1 to his first Grove win of the season. For Paxton, it was his second win of the season, and second in a row. He had won the previous Sunday at Susquehanna.
Saturday at Lincoln, Gus Linder drove the Mickey Banas No. 69 to his third win of the season, while at Selinsgrove, Ray Tilley was busy collecting his 11th win of the season in Bud Grimm's No. 88.
Over at Port Royal, Johnny Grum drove Harry Fletcher's No. 66 to his first win of the season, and at Winchester, Va., it was Don Davis picking up his fourth win of the season in the No. 21.
On Sunday, Susquehanna made it to feature time before the rains hit. With rain again the following weekend, it would be June 23 before this one was completed. Hagerstown was a complete washout on Sunday.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dis patch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdis patch.com.