There's still plenty of racing action remaining in the area this season.
This week is another busy time for local racers.
Tuesday night, the local sprint cars will venture to new Egypt, N.J., to join the modifieds for the Jersey Rush program. The sprints will race for $5,000 to win.
Williams Grove has another two-race weekend. On Friday night, the sprint cars are joined by the URC 360 sprints. There will also be a silent auction held for the family of Kramer Williamson. Recently, a number of area tracks accepted donations for the Williamson family, with nearly $10,000 being raised. Williamson died recently after a sprint-car crash at Lincoln Speedway.
On Saturday at the Grove, the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks will be in action.
Trailway is in action again this Friday evening. On the racing slate are the 358 sprints, limited-late models, 270cc micro sprints and the limited stocks.
The sprint cars will headline at Lincoln on Saturday, with the Legends racers and the All-American Outlaws also on the slate. It should be noted that this is a change from the original schedule. The Legends have been added to the program in place of the thundercars. That's because the thundercars replaced the Legends a few weeks ago when the Brandon Little Memorial Race had to be rescheduled because of rain.
Port Royal has three classes of sprint cars on its slate for Saturday. As always, the 410 sprints will headline, with the URC 360 sprints and the 305 sprints also on the card.
The late models take top billing this week at Selinsgrove in a tune-up for the following weekend's World of Outlaws late-model programs. The 358 sprints, pro stocks and roadrunners also compete.
Hagerstown plays host to the late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks this week.
Susquehanna Speedway Park will take this Saturday off to prepare for a big show on Sunday evening. The sprint cars return to Susky that night in a program with the limited-late models. This show will also mark the return of the once-popular "Great American School Bus Races."
EMMR: I had a really great time last Friday at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing's convention and the tribute to Paul Miller, which of course also turned into a bit of a roast.
Not just of Miller, but also for a pair of Miller's former teammates, Bobby Brymesser and Ed Zirkle, who were in attendance. If you see Brymesser, ask him about the letter to the editor from a racing trade paper from 1966.
I also finally learned exactly how the handicapping worked at some area tracks in the mid 1960s while the local cars were going through the transformation from the stock cars to the sprint cars.
Lincoln was the actual track mentioned. At that time, Lincoln ran three heat races. The first was for the full-sized coupes and coaches, and the top six finishers from that heat started in the top six spots in the feature. The second heat was for the cut-down "bugs" that raced with carburation. The top six from that heat started in spots 7-12 in the feature. The third heat was for the "bugs" with fuel injection, and the top six from that heat started 13-18 in the feature. The remaining cars all ran the consy for the final six starting spots in the feature.
One other note on the EMMR convention, their special exhibition sessions at Williams Grove on Friday and Lincoln on Saturday each produced about 70 cars. It was great to see the vintage race cars on the track again.
1968: It was a really busy time in local auto racing back in 1968.
Things started with a pair of mid-week races at Hagerstown and Winchester. Ray Dovel drove to victory in both of those races, with the Lee Stultz Chevy No. S-3. The veteran racer also came back to win at Winchester on Saturday, upping his season win total to 18.
In Friday action at Williams Grove, it was Mitch Smith piloting the Regester Chevy No. 6 to his 12th win of the season. At Lincoln on Saturday, Rick Schmelyun Sr. drove Al Hamilton's famed No. 77 to his fifth overall win of the season, while at Selinsgrove, western Pennsylvania invader Frank Gorichky drove to the win in the Koiser Brothers No. 7.
At Port Royal, Lynn Paxton scored the win in the Emrich Chevy No. 1. That win was Paxton's 11th of the season. Milt Miller drove the Hemi Hummer No. 49 to his ninth win of the season in Jennerstown's Saturday show.
On Sunday evening at Susquehanna, Smokey Snellbaker drove the York Cash Register No. 43 to his very first career win. At Hagerstown, Kenny Weld put the Don Rice Ford No. 31 into victory lane. That car was a roadster-type sprint car that Weld built himself.
The weekend racing wasn't quite over. On Monday evening the local teams ventured to Hershey for a special race on the paved quarter-mile oval at Hershey Stadium. Lynn Paxton won that one in his Emrich Chevy No. 1 for his 12th win of the season, and then backed it up with a win that Wednesday at the Bedford Fairgrounds.
-- Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.