The World of Outlaws have left town, but that doesn’t mean there won't be plenty of racing for this weekend.
In fact, it looks to be a very busy week.
Things start on Tuesday with the “Jersey Rush” at the New Egypt Speedway. The sprint cars race there for $5,000 to win in a program that also includes the modifieds. Word is that there is a good chance that one of NASCAR’s top stars will join the fun.
The 360 sprint cars will have a big weekend in the area.
Friday, the 360 Sprint Car Nationals, which are co-sanctioned by URC, begin as part of a double-sprint-car program at Williams Grove Speedway. The Grove’s regular sprint cars will compete in a normal program, while the 360 sprint cars have a big event that pays $3,000 to win.
The 360 Nationals then move to Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday. They'll race for $3,000 to win there on a program that also includes late models and pro stocks. Then on Sunday at Selinsgrove, the 360s race for $6,000 to win. The 305 sprints and econo late models join Sunday action at Selinsgrove.
The 410 sprint cars have the Living Legends Dream Race at Port Royal Speedway Saturday. That one pays $10,000 to win. Time trials and two $2,000-to-win qualifying races will set the field. The late models are also a part of the show. Two-time track champion Mike Wagner will be honored as this year’s “Living Legend.”
Lincoln also hosts sprint cars in a regular show on Saturday, along with the 358 sprints and limited late models.
Trailway Speedway races Friday with the 358 sprints, 600cc micro sprints, limited stocks, street stocks and classic cars.
Susquehanna Speedway has a big two-show weekend scheduled. Saturday, the ARDC midgets join the super sportsmen, street stocks and Xtreme stocks. Sunday, the modifieds of the Short Track Super Series invade York County for a $10,000-to-win event. The legends join in that program.
Zearfoss beats Outlaws: The recent World of Outlaws visit showed again just how tough it is when the best racers in the country meet the best weekly racers in the country.
The Outlaws-vs.-Pennsylvania Posse match-ups have long been storied racing events, and even though Saturday’s feature was rained out this time around, the action was intense.
Local racer Brock Zearfoss won Friday’s feature at Williams Grove with some luck on his side. Zearfoss has been racing the Aaron Long-owned No. 58 at Williams Grove since the first Outlaw visit back in May. Long is a former 358 sprint racer who now operates A.L. Drivelines.
The first time the Outlaws were here in May, Zearfoss didn’t qualify for the feature. This time he won on Friday, but didn’t qualify for Saturday’s race. Things were just as tough for some others.
Lance Dewease looked headed for Friday’s win, but a rare bobble on the cushion sent Dewease on an easy tip over. Brian Montieth struggled to qualify on Friday, but then rode from 20th to sixth to pick up the “Hard Charger Award." Track point leader Freddie Rahmer also struggled to qualify Friday, and then charged from 23rd to ninth. Both drivers passed 14 cars in the feature.
Rahmer failed to make Saturday’s feature, but will start 26th using a provisional. The Outlaw Kraig Kinser used the other provisional Saturday.
Greg Hodnett finished 10th on Friday, but will start from the pole when Saturday’s feature is made up in September.
1972: This was a busy week in 1972 as well. Jack Gunn hosted a Summer National week at his two tracks that weekend. It started Wednesday at Williams Grove with Jan Opperman driving the Bogar No. 99 to his 23rd win of the season. Thursday evening, the series moved to Selinsgrove, where Opperman’s arch-rival Kenny Weld, who was living in Loganville, parked Bob Weikert’s No. 29 in victory lane for his 19th win of the season.
It was back to the Grove on Friday, with Wrightsville’s Bobbie Adamson picking up his 14th win of the season in Al Hamilton’s No. 77. The mini series wrapped up at Selinsgrove on Saturday, with Opperman getting his second win of the weekend, to push his season win total to 24.
At Lincoln that Saturday, Steve Smith scored his fifth win of the season in the O.J. Myers No. 19, while at Port Royal it was Elmer Ruby getting his second win of the season in the family-owned No. 711.
The weekend wrapped up Sunday at Susquehanna, where Weld scored his second win of the weekend. His win count for the season stood at 20.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 CHAMPION RACING OIL
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT SERIES
PRESENTED BY HOSEHEADS.COM
1. 48 Danny Dietrich 935 7
2. 24 Lucas Wolfe 894 8
3. 27 Greg Hodnett 693 3
4. 69K Lance Dewease 681 8
5. 51 Freddie Rahmer 667 4
6. 3z/58 Brock Zearfoss 561 2
7. 21 Brian Montieth 537 1
8. 1 Dale Blaney 365
9. 11 T J Stutts 353
10. 25 Aaron Ott 338
11. 87 Alan Krimes 298
12. 44 Trey Starks 291 2
13. 5 Dylan Cisney 289
14. 07 Doug Esh 285 2
15. 39 Cory Haas 269
16. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 206 1
17. 5 David Gravel 199 3
17. 12 Blaney Heimbach 199 1
19. 55 Mike Wagner 181
19. 20 Ryan Taylor 164
21. 8 Billy Dietrich 153
22. 0 Rick Lafferty 152
23. 16 Matt Campbell 151
24. 57 Kyle Larson 150 3
25. 59 Jim Siegel 146