The World of Outlaws sprint cars return to the area for their first Eastern Swing of the season this week.
Action starts at Lincoln on Wednesday evening and moves to Williams Grove on Friday and Saturday. The Outlaws then head to Weedsport, New York, on Sunday, and New Egypt, New Jersey, on Tuesday of next week.
The Lincoln show on Wednesday evening offers $10,000 to win. Over the years, the Outlaws have competed at Lincoln 43 times, starting with the series' first season in 1978.
As I've mentioned in the past, the line between Outlaw winners and Pennsylvania Posse winners has become blurred over the years. I tried to do some quick figuring about the ratio of Outlaw wins vs. Posse wins, and here's what I found.
At Lincoln, the Posse has 12 outright wins in those 43 races. In another eight races, Outlaw regulars who had once been local regulars won the races.
At Williams Grove, the numbers are much higher. The Outlaws have raced at the Grove 191 times. Outright local wins stand at 65 races, while another 13 went to Outlaws regulars with considerable time as local regulars.
The two-day show at the Grove will feature full shows both days, with $8,000 to win Friday and $20,000 to win Saturday.
On the entire Outlaw tour this season, defending champion Donny Schatz is the big winner, with eight wins, including two last weekend at Eldora, Ohio. Six races have fallen to local talent in other areas this year.
Rest of the schedule: Trailway races Friday, with a championship event for the 358 sprints headlining the program. Limited stocks, 270cc micro sprints and classic cars round out the slate.
Both Lincoln and Port Royal take Saturday off for the Outlaw show at the Grove. Selinsgrove welcomes the Empire Super Sprints to join its regular 360 sprints in Saturday's show. The late models and pro stocks also compete.
Susquehanna Speedway Park plays host to the "Silver Spring Speedway Racers Reunion" Saturday. The super sportsman racers will join the action, with the limited late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, road warriors and minivans.
Saturday action at Hagerstown finds the late models, late model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and Mid Atlantic modifieds in competition.
Open house: Got a note last week that SightScapes on W. Mason Ave. in West York will have an open house on Saturday. Last year's National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, Dover's Austin Hogue, will be on hand signing autographs. Hogue's sprint car will also be on display.
SightScapes is a sponsor on Hogue's car, but also has long-standing ties to local auto racing. Kyle Zirkle is the owner of SightScapes. Kyle's grandfather is Manchester's Ed Zirkle, a popular former sprint car racer on the local circuit.
1970: Not a good weekend for racing on the local circuit in 1970. While Williams Grove raced Friday and Hagerstown raced on Sunday, the Saturday slate got wet. Port Royal got rained out entirely, while both Lincoln and Selinsgrove got rain at feature time.
On Friday at the Grove, Johnny Grum drove Harry Fletcher's No. 66 to his third overall win of the season. The win was his first ever at the Grove.
At Hagerstown on Sunday, Bill Bannick in the No. 40 got his second win of the season. Grum finished second, and the above mentioned Ed Zirkle was third.
Quick races: The local sprint car circuit has been blessed with some good quick, clean races in recent weeks. Between them, Williams Grove and Lincoln have had a total of three feature caution flags over the past two weeks.
The Grove had one caution flag with two laps remaining two weeks ago, and went non-stop this week. At Lincoln, there was one caution with two laps in a week ago, and one with two laps to go this week. Add in Trailway's non-stop, record-setting 358 sprint feature on Friday night and it's been some great racing.
While two of the sprint car events were time-trial races, the other two were regular handicapped shows. In fact, on Saturday at Lincoln, Danny Dietrich drove from 12th to the lead without the benefit of a caution flag.
Brian Montieth won three of those four races and Dietrich won the other.
— 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 (4) 472
2. Brian Montieth (5) 432
3. Danny Dietrich (4) 411
4. Brent Marks 358
5. Lucas Wolfe (1) 274
6. Lance Dewease (1) 215
7. Aaron Ott (1) 206
8. Alan Krimes 194
9. Cory Haas 192
10. Steve Buckwalter (1) 155
11. Austin Hogue 153
12. Freddie Rahmer 106
13. Mark Smith 101
14. Donnie Kreitz Jr. 95
15. Jim Siegel 94
15. Robbie Kendall 94
17. Kyle Moody 91
18. J.J. Grasso (1) 80
19. Adam Wilt 75
19. Ryan Smith 75
21. Davey Sammons 74
22. Mike Wagner 73
23. Stevie Smith (1) 66
24. Blane Heimbach 56
25. Dale Blaney 55
25. Dave Blaney 55
Capitol Renegades 358 Sprint Series
1. Doug Hammaker (2) 277
2. Adrain Shaffer (2) 178
3. Issac Sneeringer (2) 170
4. Cody Fletcher 160
5. Kevin Nouse 153
6. Chandler Leiby 143
7. Jeff Rohrbaugh (1) 141
8. Brad McClelland (1) 137
9. Matt Campbell 136
10. Todd Rittenhouse Jr. (1) 129