The All Star Circuit of Champion sprint cars will return to the area this weekend with shows at Williams Grove and Lincoln speedways.
On Friday evening, the All Stars are joined by the ARDC midgets at the Grove. In 27 previous appearances at the Grove, an All Star regular has never defeated the local racers.
Saturday, the All Stars join the 358 sprints and Kid's Big Wheel Races at Lincoln. The All Stars have raced at Lincoln 29 times, and only once has an All Star regular won there. And that driver was Kenny Jacobs, who had spent a number of years racing on the local circuit.
Before the All Stars get to town, the local sprint cars will venture to the big five-eighth-mile Bridgeport, N.J., Speedway on Wednesday evening. Car owner Michael Heffner is again promoting this show. The 305 sprints are also on the card.
In other weekend action, Trailway will host the 358 sprints, limited-late models, 600cc micro sprints and street stocks on Friday.
At Port Royal on Saturday, the sprint cars are joined by the late models and 305 sprints, while Selinsgrove hosts the Joe Whitcomb Memorial Race for the 358 sprints. Late models, pro stocks and road runners are also on the Selinsgrove slate.
Williams Grove's Saturday Night Series will be in action with the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks.
At Hagerstown Saturday, the late-model sportsmen will go "topless." Also on the card are the pure stocks and hobby stocks.
Susquehanna Speedway Park will be in action on Sunday this week with the sprint cars and 358 sprints on the agenda.
USAC: The wingless sprint cars of USAC were in the area last week for the Eastern Storm.
Three of the four races were completed. Daron Clayton won at Grandview last Wednesday, with the Thursday show at Pat Valley getting rained out. On Saturday at Port Royal, veteran racer Dave Darland was the winner.
The series wrapped up on Sunday at Susquehanna with Shane Cottle getting the big win. Bryan Clauson won the Eastern Storm point title.
ROSS: Second-generation driver Tyler Ross won Saturday's 358 sprint race at Lincoln.
It was the first 358 sprint win for the youngster, who is in his second year with the cars. Ross' father, Sam Ross, was one of the early competitors in the 358 sprint ranks, and owns seven career wins in the division.
BEDFORD: A number of local racers did venture out to Bedford on Sunday evening, but there were some who passed on the trip. Thomasville's Greg Hodnett won that race.
One interesting aspect of the Bedford race was that a number of the top western Pennsylvania drivers did make the tow east for the show. Two, Jack Sodeman Jr. in eighth and Brandon Spithaler in 10th, cracked the top 10.
The top three drives in the local Speedway Motors point chase passed on the Bedford race. Point leader, Fred Rahmer, who is on a string of 26 consecutive top-10 finishes, was seen walking the pits at Susky's USAC show. Second-place man Brent Marks took the wing off his sprinter and drove to an eighth-place finish against USAC at Susky.
1968: This weekend in 1968 was little weird for local fans.
While most of the Saturday slate got into the record books, Lincoln was rained out. Then to add insult to injury, while Hagerstown raced on Sunday, Susquehanna was rained out.
Friday at Williams Grove, Ray Tilley drove Bud Grimm's No. 88 to his 12th win of the season. Tilley backed that one up on Saturday at Selinsgrove with his 13th win of the season.
At Port Royal on Saturday, Mitch Smith drove the Regester Chevrolet No. 6 to his fifth win of the season, while down in Winchester, Va., it was Ray Dovel in victory lane with the Lee Stultz No. S-3.
Jennerstown joined the Saturday slate on this weekend in 1968, and Milt Miller scored his second area win of the season in the Plymouth-powered No. 49.
Sunday at Hagerstown, Kenny Weld drove to his seventh victory of the season, but this time it was in his new Don Rice Ford No. 31 roadster-styled sprint car.
-- Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.