The Trone Outdoor Advertising Keystone Cup Sprint-Car Series has been completed.
Next up is the Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek.
The Keystone Cup was scheduled to be a five-race series, but the first race at Grandview and the final race at Selinsgrove were rained out. Lincoln also suffered through a rain delay, but did complete its show.
Thomasville's Greg Hodnett claimed the Keystone Cup point title this season. Hodnett won the series opener at Port Royal, and then had a pair of eighth-place finishes at Williams Grove and Lincoln.
Danny Dietrich had a great series as well and finished second in points. Dietrich was third at the Port, second at the Grove and 10th at Lincoln.
Fred Rahmer at Williams Grove and Brian Montieth at Lincoln were the other series winners.
All three races during Keystone Cup had passes for the lead, and after the rain delay, Lincoln's sprint-car races all went non-stop. The only caution flag for the sprint cars at Lincoln came before a lap could be completed in the feature, when the last row made contact in the third and fourth turns.
In fact, Lincoln's show had no caution flags up until that first-lap feature tangle. There were a handful of yellows in the Legends and thundercar features.
APPALACHIAN MOUN TAIN: The Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek begins this weekend.
It's a series of six races in six days
The series has moved a little out of the area, although it still touches on the local tracks. Friday, the series kicks off at Big Diamond, then moves to Hagerstown on Saturday. Sunday the event hits Winchester, Va., before moving to Roaring Knob on Monday, Dog Hollow on Tuesday and wrapping up on Wednesday at Lincoln.
The Lincoln event will again be the "Chargin' Charlie" Grinestaff Memorial, and will offer the $7,000 winner's payout.
WEEKEND SCHEDULE: In addition to the Late Model Speedweek races, this weekend is full of racing action locally.
Friday, Williams Grove will offer the sprint cars and the first visit of the season by the URC 360 sprints. Saturday at the Grove it's the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks for York County Racing Club Night.
Trailway also has a two-race weekend. Friday, the 358 sprints are joined by the sidewinder micro sprints, the limited stocks and the Xtreme stocks. Saturday, the micro sprints take center stage.
At Lincoln on Saturday, the sprint cars are joined by the 358 sprints and the thundercars. Port Royal's Saturday show includes the sprints, late models, pro stocks and an enduro dash.
At Selinsgrove on Saturday, the 358 sprints are joined by the late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Susquehanna Speedway Park hosts the limited-late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, minivans, Road Warriors and the PennMar Vintage stocks on Saturday.
The sprint cars will make their annual visit at Bedford on Sunday evening.
50 YEARS AGO: Rain caused Williams Grove to cancel its Friday show 50 years ago this week in 1962, but racing did take place Saturday at Lincoln and Port Royal and Sunday at Susquehanna.
At Lincoln on Saturday, Bobby Hersh scored his third overall win of the season in the Trone No. 39. Gene Goodling finished second, with his teammate, Willie Musselman, in third. Bud Folkenroth and Jackie Faulk completed the top five. Faulk's No. 222 was the old Johnny Mackison No. 1080.
Port Royal's Saturday show found Dick Tobias getting his seventh overall win of the season in the Regester No. 6. "Toby" bested Lorenze Alwine for the win, with Frankie Thompson, Leroy Felty and Johnny Crawford Sr. in the top five.
On Sunday at Susquehanna, Crawford scored his first win of the season. Crawford's win came over Ray Tilley, with Alwine and Folkenroth next in line. Hersh and Mackison crashed together on lap 12.
RAHMER FAMILY: Fred Rahmer scored his second win of the season in Friday's Keystone Cup event at Williams Grove.
That was the same night his 16-year-old son Freddy made his sprint-car debut in the 305 sprint event. Freddy did a fine job for his first time in a sprint car and finished 13th in the 23-car field.
Then on Sunday, Freddy's fellow triplet, Brandon Rahmer, won his first SpeedSTR feature at Path Valley. All in all, a great weekend for the Rahmer family.
KELLER'S RECOVERY COMPLETE: A few years ago, teenager Cody Keller suffered serious life-threatening injuries in a 358 sprint-car crash at Selinsgrove.
He's been back racing for a year or two now, and Saturday night the 21-year-old scored his first career 358 sprint-car victory at Selinsgrove.
Keller popped a 410 in the car and was also on hand Sunday for the rained-out Keystone Cup event.
-- Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.