The World of Outlaws' sprint cars will return to the area this weekend for the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway.
The Outlaws will have two full nights of racing at the Grove, with action on Friday and Saturday. Saturday's feature offers $20,000 to the winner.
When the Outlaws were here in May, Donny Schatz stole a late-race victory from Thomasville's Greg Hodnett in the Friday night show, while Saturday's racing was rained out. Danny Dietrich topped the Outlaws at Lincoln on Thursday night.
With the Outlaws at the Grove on Saturday, Lincoln will race on Thursday night this week. Lincoln's event will feature the sprint cars in a $4,000-to-win championship test, along with the 358 sprints.
Trailway will be in action Friday with the 358 sprints, 600cc micro sprints, street stocks and limited stocks.
Both Selinsgrove and Susquehanna return to action this week with Saturday programs. At Susquehanna, it will be the Silver Spring Racers' Reunion. The super-sportsman tour joins in the action with the limited-late models, street stocks and Penn Mar vintage stocks. The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will also be on hand with vintage race cars. Selinsgrove offers up the 358 sprints, late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners.
UPCOMING SPECIALS: The sprint cars will make their only visit of the season to the Path Valley Speedway on Sunday, July 28.
Last year, Ohio invader Cole Duncan won this show.
The rained-out Speedweek show at Grandview has been rescheduled. Although it won't be a Speedweek event, the sprint cars will join the Race of Champions Modifieds at Grandview on Tuesday, July 30. The 35-lap event will pay $5,000 to win.
YCRC: The York County Racing Club will have a general membership meeting this Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.
As always, the event will be held at the YCRC's club building in Zions View.
If Mother Nature co-operates, World of Outlaws' point leader Daryn Pittman will be the guest speaker. The Outlaws race Tuesday at Lernerville, near Pittsburgh. That show carries a Wednesday rain date. As long as the rain date isn't needed, Pittman will be the guest speaker.
Of course, Pittman spent the past couple of seasons racing locally before taking a ride with Kasey Kahne's team this year on the Outlaw tour. He's won six times with the Outlaws this season, and leads the point chase.
Should Lernerville rain out, Pittman will, of course, stay there and race. If that happens, Lincoln announcer Wayne Harper, a YCRC Hall of Famer, has agreed to be the alternate guest speaker.
PARITY: Things are close at the top of the winners' list in local sprint-car competition this year.
Danny Dietrich is the leading winner with six victories, while Brent Marks is second with five. Fred Rahmer, Greg Hodnett, Alan Krimes, Brian Montieth and Chad Layton each have won four times this season.
In all, 23 drivers have won winged 410 sprint features this year in the area, and one other driver, Lance Dewease, has won just outside the area. There have already been 76 different drivers who have scored top-10 finishes this year.
Rahmer has still not finished out of the top 10 in races he's run in the Northeast this season. It's actually been possible to race 40 times this year, but Rahmer didn't venture out to Bedford for that show. He's run 39 times in the area this year and has 39 top-10 finishes -- 25 of them in the top five and only three out of the top eight.
Last Saturday at Lincoln it appeared as if the streak might come to an end. Rahmer was involved in a heat-race accident that saw his racer flip several times. Repairs were made and he charged from the 20th starting spot to finish fifth.
LEPPO: Brian Leppo had been rideless all season long until last Saturday evening.
Leppo has replaced former World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski in the famed Zemco No. 1 sprinter. Last Saturday at Port Royal was his first ride in the car, and Leppo charged from the 17th starting spot to finish seventh in the feature.
1968: This weekend was a busy one in the area in 1968.
Williams Grove raced Friday, while Lincoln, Selinsgrove, Jennerstown, Winchester and Port Royal each raced Saturday. The Port had twin features that night. On Sunday, Susquehanna and Hagerstown each raced.
At Williams Grove, Mitch Smith piloted the Regester Chevy No. 6 to his eighth overall victory of the season. Gus Linder and the Mickey Banas No. 69 team decided to forego Lincoln in favor of the twin events at Port Royal and walked away with victories in both features -- his eighth and ninth victories of the season. Meanwhile at Lincoln, Bobby Abel drove his orange-and-blue No. 2 to his fourth overall win of the season.
At Selinsgrove, it was Ray Tilley scoring his 19th win of the season in Bud Grimm's No. 88 Ford. Kenny Weld was another driver who ventured away from Lincoln that night, and he drove the Don Rice Ford sidewinder No. 31 to the victory at Jennerstown. The win was Weld's eighth of the season.
At Winchester that Saturday night, it was Ray Dovel scoring the win in the Lee Stultz No. S-3 machine. Dovel was right back the next night to win at Hagerstown and bring his season win total to 11.
The Sunday night show at Susquehanna saw Bobby Gerhart Sr. take a ride in Al Hamilton's No. 77 and drive it right to victory lane for his second win of the season.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.