HOUSEHOLDER: Wolford's presence is best part of Fish Fry
The annual Gary Wolford Fish Fry at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds went off very well on Sunday.
A very large crowd was on hand, and all kinds of racing stories were swapped, both past and present.
The blindfold race was a good one, although perhaps less adventuresome than past events. The sprint car team of Alan Krimes and Jim Siegel scored the win. The "ladies team" of Debbie Rahmer, Kathy Kauffman and Vickie Leppo took the first half of the event.
I thought it very nice that several of Saturday's winners were on hand, even though they weren't involved in the blindfold race. Gary Stuhler, who scored his 346th career late model win Saturday at Hagerstown, was there. So was Williams Grove super sportsman winner Scott Geesey.
Selinsgrove late model winner Steve Campbell wasn't there, but two of his brothers, who are team owners, were. Campbell set a new 20-lap late model record at Selinsgrove on Saturday.
The best part of the weekend was the fact that Wolford himself was able to attend and greet all his friends, despite battling serious health issues.
Perfect weekend: Brian Montieth doesn't race in every local race, but he won every feature he entered over the weekend.
Montieth won at Williams Grove on Friday and then again at Lincoln on Saturday. On those two days, Montieth earned $10,660.
Danny Dietrich chased Montieth to the line on Saturday and then won on Sunday at Susquehanna. Dietrich has become the man to beat at Susky. He's won both races there this season.
Spring Grove's Greg Hodnett didn't win over the weekend, but he was very consistent. Hodnett finished fourth in all three races last weekend.
This weekend: Williams Grove has another double weekend this week.
Friday, the sprint cars race in an "Outlaw tune-up." The 358 sprints are also on hand. The Saturday series at the Grove will feature the super sportsmen, limited late models and street stocks.
Trailway brings back the 358 sprints on Friday after a week off. The limited stocks, street stocks and 600cc micro sprints also compete. The wingless super sportsmen compete at Path Valley on Friday.
Lincoln hosts the sprints, 358 sprints and Legends on Saturday, while Port Royal has sprints, late models, econo late models and Xtreme stocks on Saturday.
At Selinsgrove on Saturday, the 358/360 sprints headline, along with late models, pro stocks and roadrunners. Hagerstown takes the weekend off for late model racing at Cumberland, Maryland.
Susquehanna Speedway Park hosts the limited late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, road warriors, minivans and the 305 sprints on Saturday.
1970: It was a big weekend on the local circuit back in 1970.
Friday racing at Williams Grove saw Jimmy Sheaffer score his first sprint car win of the season in the Joe Killinger No. 111. By the way, it was great to see Sheaffer on hand at the Fish Fry last weekend.
On Saturday at Lincoln, Kenny Weld drove the Bud Grimm No. 88 to his second win of the season. Weld then backed up that win with a Sunday victory at Hagerstown.
Lynn Paxton drove the Emrich Chevrolet No. 1 to his second win of the season on Saturday at Port Royal. Of course, Paxton is still very active at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and spearheaded the Fish Fry last Sunday.
Saturday racing at Selinsgrove in 1970 saw Billy Cassella pick up his second win of the season in Wilbur Hawthorne's No. 35.
Outlaws coming: The World of Outlaws sprint cars will be in the area very soon. They race at Lincoln on Wednesday, May 13, and then at Williams Grove on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Standings
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1. Greg Hodnett (3) 404
2. Brian Montieth (4) 347
3. Danny Dietrich (3) 336
4. Brent Marks 298
5. Lucas Wolfe (1) 249
6. Aaron Ott (1) 206
7. Lance Dewease (1) 195
8. Cory Haas 180
9. Alan Krimes 178
10. Austin Hogue 141
11. Steve Buckwalter (1) 137
12. Freddie Rahmer 106
13. Mark Smith 101
14. Kyle Moody 91
15. J.J. Grasso (1) 80
16. Robbie Kendall 76
17. Ryan Smith 75
18. Jim Siegel 74
18. Davey Sammons 74
20. Stevie Smith (1) 66
21. Adam Wilt 65
22. Donnie Kreitz Jr. 60
23. Dale Blaney 55
23. Dave Blaney 55
25. Doug Esh 53