The folks at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing are getting geared up for the 29th annual revival of the Latimore Valley Fair.
The EMMR sits on the restored fairgrounds at Latimore Valley, and as they have for the past 28 years, the organization will host an old-time country fair this weekend.
The Latimore Valley Fairgrounds actually hosted racing before Williams Grove Speedway was constructed, and also held an annual fair for many years. Sometime in the late 1950s the fairgrounds was abandoned, and it wasn't until about 30 years ago that the folks from the EMMR, then known as the Williams Grove Old-Timers, bought and restored the fairgrounds. They later built the museum.
But they also began to again host the fair. It's hard to believe it's been 29 years. Arts and crafts, music, good food and nightly entertainment are all part of the fair. But since this is a racing group, there are many mechanical things too, such as antique cars and gas and steam engine displays.
For the racers, there are the restored vintage race cars on display, and on Saturday afternoon, they play. The vintage race cars will be on the restored fairgrounds track on Saturday afternoon. The fair runs Friday through Sunday.
RACING SCHEDULE: Williams Grove has a two-race weekend planned.
Friday, the sprint cars and 358 sprints are in action. On Saturday, the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks will compete.
Trailway is also in action on Friday evening. The 358 sprints headline, along with the 270cc micro sprints, limited stocks and street stocks.
The Saturday slate finds the sprints, 358 sprints and thundercars at Lincoln, while Port Royal hosts the sprints, late models and Twin 12s for the pro stocks.
At Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday, the limited-late models headline along with the street stocks, Xtreme stocks, road warriors, minivans, sidewinder micro sprints and figure-eight racing.
STILL GOING: Fred Rahmer's string of consecutive top-10 finishes is still intact.
After last weekend's racing action, Rahmer has finished in the top 10 in all 29 races he has run on the local circuit this year -- with 21 of those finishes in the top five.
Rahmer turned 55 earlier this year, but is still going very strong.
Of course Rahmer isn't the only older driver still doing well on the circuit. Dillsburg's Rich Eichelberger has a win with the super-sportsman racers this season, and Eichelberger is past his 60th birthday.
Another over-60 driver is Keith Kauffman. Kauffman says this is his final year of driving, and is concentrating mainly on his home track at Port Royal. While he hasn't won yet this season, Kauffman does have six top-10 finishes at the Port this year. And, last weekend on the URC 360 sprint tour, yet another over-60 driver had a good run. Kramer Williamson finished fourth in the URC race at Grandview last Saturday.
SPEEDWEEK: The Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek is just around the corner.
Speedweek starts Friday, June 28, and will feature nine races in 10 days. This year, for the first time, Speedweek will kick off on Friday evening at Williams Grove, which only makes sense, because the Grove always raced on that date anyway. Like the majority of the shows, that race at the Grove pays $5,000 to win.
From the Grove it's on to Lincoln on Saturday, June 29, and Big Diamond on Sunday, June 30. Monday is an off day, and then it's six consecutive days of racing -- Grandview on Tuesday, July 2; Hagerstown on Wednesday July 3; the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial at Lincoln on Thursday, July 4, (paying $7,000 to win); the Mitch Smith Memorial at Williams Groves on Friday, July 5, (offering $10,000 to the winner); Port Royal on Saturday, July 6; and Selinsgrove on Sunday, July 7, to end the big week.
The back part of the Speedweek purses have been increased this year.
1968: On this weekend in 1968 there were some odd happenings.
It started with Milt Miller putting his Plymouth Hemi powered No. 49 racer in Williams Grove's victory lane on Friday night. The win was Miller's third overall that season, but would mark his only career win at the Grove.
On Saturday, Lincoln was again plagued by rain. The feature events were washed out, while all the other area tracks except Jennerstown got their shows in the books.
Selinsgrove had one of the sport's rarest occurrences when the feature ended in a tie, and what a tie it was. Lynn Paxton in the Emrich Chevy No. 1 led most of the event, but on the final lap Ray Tilley pulled alongside in his Bud Grimm Ford No. 88. They finished in a tie. Paxton's win was his third of the season, while Tilley's was his 14th that year.
At Port Royal Saturday, Leroy Felty got his third win of the season in the Hackenberg Chevy No. 7, while at Winchester, Va., Ray Dovel drove the Lee Stulz Chevy No. S-3 to his seventh overall win of the season.
On Sunday at Susquehanna there were two feature events, a make-up of a previous rain out, and the regular show. Future Emrich Chevy teammates Lynn Paxton and Bobby Allen each got wins. Paxton's win in the make-up was his fourth overall that season, while Allen drove Charlie Hill's No. 456 to his third overall win of the season in the nightcap. Allen and Paxton would be Emrich Chevy teammates in less than a year.
Dovel capped off his weekend with the win at Hagerstown to bring his season total to eight.
-- Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHAMPION RACING OIL
SPRINT CAR STANDINGS
Presented by Hoseheads
(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Fred Rahmer (4) 802
2. Brent Marks (4) 579
3. Brian Montieth (4) 505
4. Danny Dietrich (5) 497
5. Lance Dewease 494
6. Alan Krimes (3) 471
7. Greg Hodnett (2) 423
8. Chad Layton (2) 378
9. Blane Heimbach (1) 356
10. Rick Lafferty (2) 313
11. Logan Schuchart (1) 287
12. Cory Haas (1) 263
13. Jim Siegel (1) 261
14. Doug Esh (2) 255
15. Mike Wagner (1) 227
16. Adam Wilt 195
17. Donnie Kreitz Jr. (1) 194
18. Dylan Cisney (1) 184
19. Mike Erdley 149
20. Billy Dietrich 135
21. Tim Shaffer 113
22. Danny Lasoski (1) 112
23. Pat Cannon 109
24. Steve Buckwalter 106
25. Donny Schatz (1) 105
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