This Sunday features one of the area's favorite racing activities.
It's time for the annual Gary Wolford Fish Fry at the restored Latimore Valley Fairgrounds, which is also the location of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.
The event has it all.
There's lots of racers, past and present, telling great racing stories from over the years. There's a museum to check out, featuring all of sport's past glories. There's racing, of a sort. And there's food.
It all started years ago at Gary Wolford's shop in Brogue, but has moved on to the Latimore site.
This year's event holds added meaning because Wolford, the area's all-time win leader in super sportsman competition, is battling a serious illness. Despite his problems, Wolford is working hard to make this fish fry another great event.
The whole purpose behind the event is to raise funds for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. Everyone who attends is asked to make a donation to the museum in lieu of paying for the fish and fries that are the staples of the event.
The highlight of the fry is the "blindfold" race on the track of the restored fairgrounds. Drivers participate in cars donated by J and K Salvage of York, and yes, the driver is blindfolded, while the co-pilot is not.
This year's teams include sprint racers Alan Krimes and Jim Siegel (Siegel replaces announced driver Brent Marks, who will not be able to attend), super sportsman racers Howie Locke and Steve Wilbur (Wilbur plans to compete despite a recent injury), modified racers Dave Dissinger and Craig Whitmoyer and a special entry. That special entry will be piloted by racers' wives/mothers, Debbie Rahmer (wife of Fred and mother of Freddie and Brandon), Kathy Kauffman (wife of Keith) and Vickie Leppo (mother of Brian).
Get there as early as you can on Sunday. Literally hundreds of pounds of fish go very fast. The blindfold race in at 1 p.m. or so.
York County Racing Club Hall of Famer dies: Jerry Clark died Thursday at 93.
Clark was a driving force at the Port Royal Speedway for many years. He started as a fair board member in 1952, and when the fair board took over operation of the races in 1962, he was a guiding force. Clark was the president of the fair board in the 1970s and 1980s and was the director of racing during that time.
His son Don is now the fair board president, and Jerry could still be seen at the races on occasion. He was a member of the York County Racing Club's Hall of Fame. Jerry Clark was a friend to all in racing, and I fondly remember many conversations with him. Perhaps the best memories are of Jerry sitting on the front porch of his home on the road to the track. He always waved to me as I went by on my way to the races.
This weekend: Plenty of racing action on the local circuit again this weekend.
Friday, Williams Grove presents the sprints and 358 sprints, while Trailway hosts the limited late models, Legends, limited stocks and sidewinder micro sprints.
Lincoln is in the spotlight Saturday with the Weldon Sterner Memorial Race for sprint cars. Sterner was a former promoter at Lincoln and before that sponsored Van May's efforts on the local ovals. The race pays $6,900 to win, in honor of Sterner's No. 69 sprinters driven by May. The 358 sprints and All-American Outlaws also compete.
Selinsgrove will grab a share of the spotlight with the Jack Gunn Memorial Race for the URC 360 sprints. The race in honor of the late promoter pays $3,500 to win. Late models and pro stocks are also on the card.
Port Royal hosts the sprints, late models and 305 sprints Saturday, while Hagerstown has the late models, late model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks.
Susquehanna Speedway Park takes Saturday off, but is in action on Sunday with the sprint cars and a 358/360 sprint challenge race.
1970: Weather hampered this weekend in 1970.
Williams Grove's first Friday race of the season went off on schedule, with "The West Virginia Wild Thing," Billy Cassella, scoring his first win of the season in Wilbur Hawthorne's No. 35. The whole Saturday slate was rained out, but Hagerstown raced on Sunday. That show went to Elmer Ruby in the family-owned No. 711. It was Ruby's third win of the year.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sprint car standings
Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Standings
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1. Greg Hodnett (3) 329
2. Danny Dietrich (2) 251
3. Brian Montieth (2) 247
4. Brent Marks 225
5. Lucas Wolfe (1) 198
6. Aaron Ott (1) 192
7. Cory Haas 180
8. Lance Dewease (1) 157
9. Alan Krimes 127
10. Austin Hogue 125
11. Freddie Rahmer 96
12. Steve Buckwalter 87
13. Kyle Moody 79
14. Ryan Smith 75
15. Jim Siegel 74
16. Mark Smith 71
17. Stevie Smith (1) 66
18. Adam Wilt 65
19. Davey Sammons 62
20. Robbie Kendall 56
21. Dale Blaney 55
21. Dave Blaney 55
23. Glenndon Forsythe (1) 50
23. Rodney Westhafer (1) 50
23. Cody Darrah (1) 50
23. J.J. Grasso (1) 50
23. Chad Kemenah (1) 50
Capital Renegade 358 Sprint Series Standings
1. Doug Hammaker (1) 186
2. Issac Sneeringer (2) 140
3. Adrian Shaffer (2) 128
4. Cody Fletcher 120
5. Brad McClelland (1) 107
6. Kevin Nouse 100
7. Chandler Leiby 99
8. J.B. Cunningham (1) 95
9. Jeff Rohrbaugh 91
10. Todd Rittenhouse Jr. (1) 87