The local racing season is quickly winding down.
Selinsgrove ended its season last Saturday, while Lincoln and Port Royal wrap up things this weekend.
Saturday's show at Lincoln includes the sprints, 358 sprints and thundercars, while the Port offers sprints and super sportsmen.
Williams Grove has just two programs remaining. This Friday, the sprints and 358 sprints end their point seasons. Then on Saturday, Oct. 20, it's the Fall Fest. That features-only program includes the sprints, 358 sprints, super sportsmen and limited-late models.
Trailway has just the Oct. 20 Kart Klassic remaining.
Hagerstown has taken more than a month off, but will return on the final weekend of the month with the newly-named Brawl in the Fall. The program this year will consist of 30-lap features for the sprints and 358 sprints, plus 50-lap features for the late models and modifieds.
Susquehanna Speedway Park has the most races remaining. The track returns to action Oct. 19 and 20 with the Miller's Racing Parts Fall Classic for the street stocks, Xtreme stocks and mini-stocks.
Susquehanna will host the Candy Bowl on Oct. 27, with the ARDC Midgets, 600cc micro sprints, Legends, sportsman modifieds, thundercars and minivans. Susquehanna hosts the Turkey 200 enduro races on Nov. 3, and the track concludes the local season on Nov. 10 with the Final Showdown for the sprints and 358 sprints.
INDOOR RACING: Len Sammons Promotions will bump up its winter indoor schedule of racing to three events this year, and the new event is close to home.
Sammons revived the indoor TQ Midget races in Atlantic City a number of years ago, and then added Providence, R.I., a few years ago.
This year he's added a new event at Baltimore's First Mariner Center. The race will be held on Dec. 8, and will feature the TQ Midgets and the Champ Karts. As always, a number of the Northeast's top racers will strap into the TQ Midgets for this event, with Ted Christopher, Billy Pauch, Lou Cicconi Jr. and Joey Payne already committed. Sammons is working a deal to bring a local sprint-car racer to the program, probably in one of Cicconi's machines. He promises the driver he's working with will bring fans to the edge of their seats.
This year's Providence race will be held on New Year's Eve as part of that city's New Year's celebration. The Atlantic City races are set for Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.
50 YEARS AGO: The season was close to its end 50 years ago in 1962 as well.
On this weekend, many top racers ventured to Langhorne for the big race there, but Port Royal did have a local race on Saturday, and the USAC sprint cars visited Williams Grove on Sunday.
At Port Royal, Bryan Osgood drove the Osgood Brothers No. 09 to his fourth local win of the season. Don Kimberling finished second, with Johnny Grum, Lauden Potts and Johnny Dubendorf in the top five.
On Sunday at the Grove, it was Cotten Farmer who won the 50-lap Ted Horn/Bill Schindler Memorial USAC sprint-car event. Jiggs Peters finished second, with Parnelli Jones, Hal Rettberg and Red Riegel in the top five.
POINT TITLES: Thomasville's Greg Hodnett has clinched the Williams Grove sprint-car point title, even though there is still one point race remaining. In fact he had the title clinched entering last Friday's program.
Hanover's Tim Wagaman wrapped up Lincoln's 358 sprint title Saturday evening. Wagaman also won this year's title at Trailway. They are Wagaman's first track championships, and only one other person has won both the Lincoln and Trailway titles in the same year. Ironically, that was Wagaman's uncle, Jeff Rohrbaugh.
Fairview Township's Pat Cannon has wrapped up the Hoosier Tire 358 sprint overall season title with two races remaining in that series.
LONG TIME COMING: When Glenndon Forsythe won last Friday's 358 sprint feature at Williams Grove, he gave his car owners something they've long waited for. Forsythe was driving the Emigsville-based No. 91 owned by brothers Jeff Boll and Mike Miller.
Boll and Miller have fielded cars on the local circuit for 35 years, but Friday's win was their first ever at Williams Grove.
-- Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.