It will be another busy week for local racers and fans.
Events begin Tuesday with the fifth "Jersey Rush." The local sprint cars will venture to New Egypt, N.J., for Tuesday's show, which will also feature the modifieds. The sprint cars will race for $5,000 to win.
Then on Wednesday evening, a very special show will be reeled off at Lincoln Speedway. The event is being presented by Fred Rahmer Promotions and is known as the Legends of Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Racing.
An even dozen past greats from the local circuit will be back in 410 sprint cars for this racing program. Rahmer is providing a number of the cars and several other local car owners will provide the rest. Rahmer's son, Brandon, has produced graphics so that the cars will closely resemble cars the drivers raced to past glories.
The 12 drivers who will compete are some of the top names in local racing: Keith Kauffman, Steve Smith, Lynn Paxton, Todd Shaffer, Cris Eash, Jeff Shepard, Billy Pauch, Steve Siegel, Bobby Weaver, Kenny Adams and Steve Stambaugh. They are winners and champions all.
One driver who was scheduled to compete won't be able to make it because of family matters. Doug Wolfgang is not going to make it. Ironically, the driver who took over Wolfgang's seat in the famed Weikert Livestock No. 29 when he left the area, will do so again for this race.
Kenny Jacobs will fill Wolfgang's slot in the Legends of Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Racing event.
The past racers will compete in heats and a 20-lap feature.
In addition to the racing heroes event, Rahmer is going to present a series of six match races for current sprint car stars. Six drivers will compete in the six five-lap events. Each driver will start in each of the six starting positions at some time during the match races. Drivers will be awarded points for finishing positions in each match race, and the overall champion will go home with $10,000 — winner take all.
The six drivers are Williams Grove and Central Pennsylvania points leader Greg Hodnett, area win leader Danny Dietrich, Lincoln points leader Brian Montieth, Port Royal point leader Lucas Wolfe, defending Lincoln champion Alan Krimes and invader Dale Blaney, who leads the All Star series points.
In addition, there will be a full program of 358 sprint racing with added purse and heat money.
Rest of weekend: Williams Grove offers sprints and 358 sprints on its Friday slate, while Trailway hosts the 358 sprints, 600cc micro sprints, classic cars and a championship race for the street stocks on Friday.
Lincoln plays host to the sprints, limited late models and street stocks Saturday, while at Port Royal, the sprints, late models and super sportsmen compete Saturday.
At Selinsgrove on Saturday, the late models take the spotlight with a tune-up for the following week's World of Outlaws late model show. Also on the card are the 360 sprints and pro stocks.
Hagerstown offers the late models, late model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks on Saturday, while at Susquehanna, the limited late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, road warriors and minivans are joined by the 305 sprints.
Tribute: While I didn't know about it last week when I wrote this column, former driving star Leroy Felty still has the Campbell No. 31 sprint car that was his last ride. Felty brought the car to Williams Grove Friday evening to pay a special tribute to Jimmy Campbell, who lost his life at the Grove the previous week.
Felty drove the car to pace the field for the first of the twin 20-lap features Friday night. Also, I have to correct myself. Felty actually drove for Jimmy's father, Jim Campbell Sr., and not Jimmy's grandfather.
Fans around the area donated more than $20,000 to the Campbell family last weekend.
Rico Abreu: Rico Abreu came east for the USAC midget races in the middle of last week, and then stayed on to race his sprint car on the local circuit over the weekend. He had a very good week.
Abreu won both midget races that were held — Tuesday at Path Valley and Wednesday at Lincoln. Then he notched finishes of eighth and fifth in the twin 20s sprint car program at Williams Grove on Friday. Saturday, he was fourth at Port Royal and on Sunday he finished second at Susquehanna.
1970: The weekend started in 1970 with the Friday night show at Williams Grove. In that one, Johnny Grum put Harry Fletcher's No. 66 in victory lane for the 15th time that season.
On Saturday at Lincoln, Kenny Weld notched his 18th win of the season in Bud Grimm's No. 88. At Selinsgrove, Mitch Smith kept Weld in sight with his 16th win of the season aboard Gary Wasson's No. 5. Billy Cassella ventured to Port Royal that week and parked Wilbur Hawthorne's No. 35 in the winner's circle for the fourth time that season.
On Sunday night, Susquehanna presented the Keystone 50 and it became the first big win for what would be a stellar career. Smokey Snellbaker drove the Ken Beck No. 14 to the win, which was his third of the year.
Meanwhile, at Hagerstown, Milt Miller was parking the Mopar-powered "Hummer" No. 49 in victory lane for the second week in a row.
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 (13) 1,503
2. Danny Dietrich (14) 1,379
3. Brian Montieth (8) 1,066
4 Lucas Wolfe (3) 970
5. Brent Marks 767
6. Lance Dewease (1) 665
7. Aaron Ott (1) 629
8. Alan Krimes (2) 624
9. Stevie Smith (8) 619
10. Steve Buckwalter (3) 492
11. Cory Haas 427
12. Austin Hogue 350
13. Doug Esh (2) 254
14. Jim Siegel (1) 236
15. Tim Glatfelter 228
16. Kyle Moody 217
17. Mike Wagner 207
18. Logan Wagner (1) 197
19. Freddie Rahmer 194
20. Brock Zearfoss 193
21. Robbie Kendall 184
22. Ryan Taylor 180
23. Adam Wilt 177
24. Donnie Kreitz Jr. (1) 163
24. Ryan Smith 163