HOUSEHOLDER: Pennsylvania Speedweek moves to Grandview on Tuesday for Thunder on Hill


Pennsylvania Speedweek moves on to Grandview Speedway Tuesday night, when the sprint cars will race 35 laps for $5,000 to win.

The Thunder on the Hill program will also include the NASCAR 358 modifieds.

Wednesday evening, Speedweek moves to Hagerstown for a 30-lap feature that again offers $5,000 to win. The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will also have a vintage race car exhibition.

Speedweek is back at Lincoln on Thursday for the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Race for the sprint cars. This one is 30 laps and offers $7,000 to the winner. The All American Outlaws will also be on the program.

Friday night it's the "Crown Jewel of Speedweek," the Mitch Smith Memorial Race at Williams Grove. Here the sprint cars race 30 laps for $10,000 to win. The street stocks will also be on the program.

Port Royal will host Speedweek on Saturday, with a 30-lap feature that pays $5,000 to the winner. The late models and Xtreme stocks also compete.

Speedweek wraps up on Sunday evening at Selinsgrove for the running of the Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial Race. It's 30 laps with another $5,000 to the winner. The super sportsmen and 305 sprints are also on the slate.


Other holiday events: While Speedweek gets top billing this week, there is other racing action around the area as well.

Susquehanna Speedway Park is in action on Thursday evening with a big show that includes the 305 sprints, sportsman modifieds, 600cc micro sprints, sidewinder micro sprints, legends and classic cars.

Trailway joins in the Friday slate, with 358 sprints, 270cc micro sprints, limited stocks and street stocks.

The wingless super sportsman racers compete at Path Valley on Friday evening as well.

Lincoln will be in action on Saturday with the 358 sprints headlining. The 305 sprints and the Xcel 600cc modifieds will also be in action.

Williams Grove's Saturday Night Series finds the super sportsmen headlining with the Firecracker 30. Also in competition are the limited late models and street stocks.

Selinsgrove offers its own version of the Firecracker 30 on Saturday with the 360 sprints headlining. Also on the slate are the late models, pro stocks, and roadrunners.

At Hagerstown Saturday evening, the late models compete in the Firecracker 40. Also in action are the late model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks.

Schedule changes: A few notes for fans of the 360 sprint cars.

Lincoln has added the twice-rained-out 358/360 sprint car event from the USAC show to its Saturday, July 11 show, and Selinsgrove has pushed its rained-out 360 Sprint National Open to Saturday July 18. That one pays $10,000 to win.

1970: This was a busy holiday week of racing in 1970 as well.

It started with Wrightsville's Bobbie Adamson winning an All Star feature at western Pennsylvania's Tri City Speedway on Wednesday evening. Adamson's win in Al Hamilton's No. 77 was his fourth of the season.

Williams Grove hosted twin 20s on Friday evening with event wins going to Lynn Paxton in the Shorty Emrich No. 1, his fifth of the season, and Gene Kohr in the Boldosser No. 00 for his first of the season. As was often the case in those days, the results of both races were combined to find an overall winner, and Adamson collected those honors.

Promoter Jack Gunn took the twin 20s events to Selinsgrove on Saturday. Mitch Smith got his seventh win of the season in the Gary Wasson No. 5, while Jimmy Sheaffer won the second event in the Joe Killinger No. 111. In the end, Smith and Sheaffer ended up tied for the overall honors.

Paxton was back in victory lane at Port Royal, his sixth win of the season, in the Emrich car.

At Lincoln on Saturday, Irvin King got his third win of the season in his own No. 86.

Saturday's local slate also included the USAC sprints at the Reading Fairgrounds, and Lee Kunzman scored that win.

The weekend wrapped up on Sunday at Hagerstown, where Kenny Weld drove the Bud Grim No. 88 to his 12th overall victory of the season.

— Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at