After three years with Goodyear tires on the local sprint-car circuit, local track promoters have signed a five-year deal with Hoosier Tire beginning in 2013.
After a series of tests at Williams Grove and Lincoln, those two tracks, plus Port Royal, have signed on with Hoosier as the area's tire supplier for the next five seasons. Goodyear has dropped from the sprint-car market, and the tests were between Hoosier and American Racer.
Unlike the recent Goodyear deal, the Hoosier tires will be mandatory for both the 410 and 358 sprints in the area. Before the recent Goodyear deal, many 358 teams relied on used tires from the 410 teams. With the new contract in place, that will again be possible.
The move to Hoosier follows similar moves by the Knoxville Speedway in Iowa, and several tracks in Ohio. The World of Outlaws and All Stars had previously announced that they planned to go with American Racer tires next season. However, word is that with so many tracks opting for Hoosier, the large touring organizations may also change their minds and go with Hoosier as well.
In fact, the World of Outlaws announced in Charlotte last weekend that they will indeed be using Hoosier tires next season.
The Hoosier tires will be slightly less expensive than the Goodyear tires had been, and the recent tests seemed to show a better quality tire.
It's expected that the new Hoosier tires will not be the same tires Hoosier produced for the area before the Goodyear contract. A tire with similar construction to the Goodyear is anticipated. Those tires were constructed with stiffer sidewalls and other factors to reduce the amount of "hookup" so that more costly engines weren't needed.
MANCHESTER DRIVER WINS AT SUSQUEHANNA: Manchester's Pat McClane won the 100-lap big-car enduro at Susquehanna Speedway Park Saturday afternoon.
McClane's win came over Chuck Eckert and Dover's Mike Goodwin.
In the small-car, 100-lap enduro, Dave Shank was the overall winner. Shank, who was driving a four-cylinder car, was the winner of that class. York Haven's Daryl Sipe finished second overall and took the honors as the six-cylinder-class winner.
In other action Steve Canwell won the Classic Car feature and Al Keysoch was the minivan winner.
SWINDELL TAKES OUTLAW WIN AT CHAR LOTTE: In the World Finals for the World of Outlaw sprint cars at Charlotte, Sammy Swindell won Friday's feature, while Dale Blaney took the win on Saturday.
On Friday, Swindell was the winner over Brian Brown, Kraig Kinser, Paul McMahon and Jason Johnson. Brian Sebeto, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Jac Haudenschild, Daryn Pittman and Lucas Wolfe completed the top 10.
On Saturday, Blaney bested McMahon for the win, with Johnson, Kraig Kinser and Thomasville's Greg Hodnett in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Brown, Jason Sides, Wolfe, Lance Dewease and David Gravel.
OUTDOOR SEASON CLOSING: The local outdoor racing season will come to a close this Saturday afternoon at Susquehanna Speedway Park.
The Newberrytown oval will present the "Final Showdown," with the sprints and the 358 sprints on the racing agenda. The sprint cars will race for $6,000 to win, while the 358 sprints will chase a $2,000 winner's prize.
Hagerstown was to present the features from the recently rained-out Brawl in the Fall on Sunday afternoon, but that program has been postponed until sometime in the spring of 2013.
The Hagerstown oval was flooded by Hurricane Sandy, with the Conococheague Creek, which is just outside the backstretch, backing up into the infield of the speedway. The storm damage to the track, and also to the shops of some of the racers who were qualified to compete, was listed as the reason for the postponement.
RACING CLUB BUSY: The York County Racing Club will be busy this month, starting Saturday evening.
The annual Monte Carlo Night will be on Saturday evening at the club hall in Zions View.
For those who haven't attended a Monte Carlo Night in the past, the evening consists of gambling with "play money" for several hours, then using your "winnings" to bid for the many donated items in an auction. Most of the local racers donate items such as T-shirts, hats and even pieces off their race cars. Also, many local businesses, both racing-oriented and community-minded, donate items for the auction.
The YCRC will also host a general membership meeting later this month. Members who plan to attend should take note that the meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, Nov. 28, this month. That is one week later than normal, since Thanksgiving is early this year.
Sprint-car driver Brent Marks will be the guest speaker for the meeting, which will also be held at the club hall in Zions View and starts at 7:30 p.m.
Also the YCRC announced recently that MRN radio personality Steve Post will be the guest speaker for the Hall of Fame banquet, which will be held on Jan. 5, 2013. Post is a Pennsylvania native, who does pit reporting on all the MRN broadcasts of NASCAR Sprint Cup races. He also co-hosts the MRN broadcasts of "Winged Nation" with Kendra Jacobs.
In addition to his duties with MRN, Post, nicknamed "The Postman," is a big sprint-car fan, and made several visits to the local tracks this season.
FLEA MARKET: Lincoln Speedway will host its annual car and parts flea market this Saturday morning.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdis patch.com.