The upcoming Memorial Day weekend is dotted with big races, and a number of Memorial events as well.
Three tracks will host double-program weekends.
Williams Grove is one of the tracks that will be in action twice this weekend. On Friday night the sprint cars will go in a special event that offers $4,000 to the winner. The 305 sprints are also on the program, and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will have a display of vintage race cars.
The Williams Grove Saturday Night Series will be back in action this week, with the Bill Heckert Memorial Race for the super-sportsman racers. Also on the card are the limited-late models and the street stocks.
Hagerstown is another track with a double-program weekend on its slate. Hagerstown kicks off its weekend on Friday evening with the Three States Flyer Series late models headlining. Joining the late models on this program will be the super-sportsman racers in a rare Hagerstown appearance.
Saturday, the late-model sportsman racers headline at Hagerstown, along with the pure stocks, a pair of features for the hobby stocks and the All-American Outlaw Classic Cars, which will honor the memory of Smokey Snellbaker.
Trailway is the third track to host a Friday program this weekend. At Trailway, the 358 sprints go in the Spring Championship test, with $1,200 to the winner. Also on the card are the 600cc micro sprints, limited stocks and street stocks.
Both regular Saturday night sprint-car tracks have big Memorial events on their slates this weekend. At Lincoln, the sprint cars will go in the Hilly Rife Memorial. The race offers $5,000 to the winner. Rife was one of the original partners in the building of Lincoln, took over complete ownership in 1959 and operated the track through the 1974 season. Also on the Saturday slate at Lincoln are the 358 sprints and the Legends racers.
At Port Royal Saturday it will be Fallen Heroes Night. The track will honor drivers who were fatally injured racing there. The sprints will race for $5,000 to win. The late models and 305 sprints are also on the slate.
Susquehanna Speedway Park offers the 21a Memorial race in honor of former racer Mike Zeigler. All the main events will go for 21 laps. The limited-late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, Road Warriors and minivans will compete.
The third track with a two-program weekend is Selinsgrove. Saturday, Selinsgrove offers up its regular program of 358 sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners. Then on Sunday, the sprint cars return to Selinsgrove for the Ray Tilley Memorial Race. Tilley still leads the sprint-car win list at Selinsgrove, although he last raced in 1971.
The sprint cars will race for $5,000 to win. Also on the program are the super sportsmen and the 305 sprints. For both the sportsman racers and the 305 sprints, this will complete a rare three-race weekend.
OUTLAWS: The local Outlaw invasion last weekend started out wet and ended wet, but in between there was some good racing.
Lincoln's show was postponed on Wednesday and held on Thursday, while Williams Grove completed Friday's show but was rained out on Saturday.
At Lincoln, defending track champion Danny Dietrich beat the Outlaws for the second year in a row despite constant pressure from defending Outlaw champion Donny Schatz.
At the Grove on Friday, the final outcome was in doubt right to the checkered flag, and Schatz was a surprise victor. Not that Schatz isn't expected to win, just that he came out of nowhere in this one.
Schatz started 12th, and wasn't in the picture until right at the end. Paul McMahan ran away at the start until Greg Hodnett tracked him down on the 11th lap. Then Hodnett was pressured by Outlaw point leader Daryn Pittman until Fred Rahmer entered the picture. All of a sudden in the closing laps, Schatz was there too. Schatz took the lead off the final turn.
RAHMER'S STREAK: Fred Rahmer's amazing streak of consistency held up to the Outlaw challenge.
Rahmer finished eighth at Lincoln and third at Williams Grove. Those finishes give Rahmer 21 consecutive top-10 finishes on the local circuit. It has been possible to race 21 times locally this year. All but four of those runs are in the top five. Rahmer has won three times locally since the season started.
YCRC: The York County Racing Club will host a general membership meeting on Wednesday evening at the club hall in Zions View.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Thundercar racer Duane Watson will be the guest speaker. Rumor has it that Watson is considering a move to open-wheel racing, so there could be a number of questions answered this night.
1968: This was a busy weekend locally in 1968, but it didn't start out too well.
Friday night programs at both Williams Grove and Hagerstown were rained out.
On the Saturday slate, four tacks were in action. At Lincoln, it was Bobby Gerhart who drove to victory. Since Gerhart raced the modifieds at Reading on a regular basis that year, and picked up several different Saturday rides, I'm not sure which car he drove to the Lincoln win. It could have been his own No. 5, Al Hamilton's No. 77 or even the Ort Brothers' No. 36.
At Port Royal, Leroy Felty drove the Hackenberg Chevy No. 7 to his second win of the season that Saturday night, while at Winchester, Va., Don Davis scored his second win of the season in the No. 21.
At Selinsgrove, Ray Tilley drove the Bud Grimm No. 88 to his ninth overall win of the season. Tilley came right back the next night at Susquehanna for his 10th win of the season.
At Hagerstown on Sunday night, it was Ray Dovel driving the Lee Stultz No. S-3 to his fourth overall win of the season.
-- Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.