Another Racing Xtravaganza has been put in the books at the York Expos Center.
Last weekend’s show drew 116 race cars to the Utz Arena, with thousands of racing fans touring the show on Saturday and Sunday.
This year’s Racing Xtravaganza was very successful, and brought to mind shows from that past, with plenty of drivers on hand over the weekend to greet fans.
As always, a number of special best-appearing car awards were presented. The People's Choice Award is voted on by all the fans who pass through the show. Service Master Clean presented a $1,000 prize to the winner. It went to the No. 7s street stock of York County driver Kevin Seigler. Seigler was also awarded the best stock car award by the show judges.
Other best-appearing car awards voted on by the show judges included: Ryan Taylor’s No. 20 sprint car, Ashley Cappetta’s No. 89 358 sprint car, Gregg Foster’s No. 32 super sportsman, Randy Christine Jr.’s No. 74 late model, Corry Roth’s No. 7 micro sprint, Todd Rahley’s No. 6 legends car, Haydin Ort’s No. 69H quarter-midget, Alyssa Rowe’s No. 55 e-mod, the No. 100 roadster that was part of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing vintage race car display and Michelle Devilbiss’ Devil’s Revenge Mustang drag racer.
Kalie Glatfelter won the Ms. Racing Xtravaganza Contest.
Surprise renovations: One of the best-kept secrets this winter has been the renovation of the main grandstand at Lincoln Speedway.
Last weekend, many folks discovered for the first time that Lincoln has been making major improvements to the main grandstand.
Lincoln’s main grandstand was converted to an all-concrete structure back in the very early 1990s. Although the structure has withstood the test of time very well, Lincoln promoters Alan Kreitzer and Don Leiby felt it was time for some changes.
Over the winter months, the entire grandstand was covered with aluminum flooring. The top two rows will remain for lawn chair seating. The next several rows, which are not quite completed yet, will have plastic chair-back individual seats, while the rest of the grandstand, which is completed, will have aluminum bench seating with backrests.
To meet current codes, additional walkways have been constructed on the grandstand, and all will have hand railings. Word is that if the weather permits, all the work will be completed this week. For sure the stands will be completed in time for the Ice Breaker 30 on Feb. 25.
Like many tracks around the country, Lincoln was able to purchase the aluminum part of the structure after changes were made at several of the country’s super speedways. The plastic chair-back seats will be brand new.
Susky gets electronic scoring: While Susquehanna is again getting a lot of improvements over the winter months, perhaps the most notable is that the track will have electronic scoring when the new season begins.
Some other electrical work, a widening of the pit road around turns one and two and new catch fencing will be some of the other improvements.
Hagerstown's Speedweek race: Got a brief chance to talk with both Lisa Plessinger and Doug Timmons from the Hagerstown promotional team over the weekend.
Plessinger was happy to tell me that the Pennsylvania Speedweek race at Hagerstown will be run in tribute to late sprint car driver Johnny Grum.
While driving Harry Fletcher’s No. 66, Grum was one of the top drivers in the area, and especially at Hagerstown, where he won point titles in 1966 and 1969. Twenty-four of Grum’s 81 sprint car wins came at Hagerstown. Another 47 came at Port Royal, where Grum was also a two-time champion. Grum’s biggest win came in the 1970 Williams Grove National Open.
1972: The 1972 Florida Winternationals wrapped up on this coming weekend at the Tampa Fairgrounds.
It was a very good weekend for one local team. West Virginia transplant Billy Cassella drove Al Hamilton’s No. 78 to wins on both nights of racing. In Sunday Night’s final feature, Jan Opperman followed Cassella to the finish line.
For the record, Cassella ended the five-race series with two wins, two thirds and a fifth. Midwestern driver Jerry Blundy had a very good record as well, with two wins, a third and two fourths. Opperman had a win to go with his second-place run in the last race.
The 1972 local racing season in the area wouldn't begin until Sunday, March 12, when both Susquehanna and Hagerstown would present sprint car races.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.