Build it and they will come.
Or maybe, schedule it and they will come would be more appropriate.
Last weekend’s 50th anniversary Tuscarora 50 offered the largest purse in the history of the fairgrounds oval that was built in 1887. The $50,000-to-win feature on Saturday, Sept.. 9, was the highest since auto racing first started at the speedway in 1938.
The All Stars sanctioned the two-day event and racers from across the country supported the program. Friday’s race drew 65 sprint cars, and on Saturday that number was 66. Friday's crowd was a big one, but Saturday’s crowd may just have been the largest ever at the speedway. It was certainly the largest ever for a Tuscarora 50 event.
In fact, the crowd was so good, and the support from the racers so great, that speedway management has already announced that the 51st running of the Tuscarora 50 will pay $51,000 to win.
Lance Dewease had a great weekend, taking home $56,350 for two nights of work. Brock Zearfoss placed well enough both nights to slip past Dylan Cisney for the track championship.
Danny Dietrich drove the Weikert Livestock version of Gary Kauffman’s sprint car, complete with the famed No. 29 on the red-white-and-blue paint scheme. But Dietrich also had a rather famous teammate in Gary Kauffman’s familiar No. 48. Tony Stewart, the former NASCAR and IndyCar champion, and the All Star series owner, left his own No. 14 at home and drove as Dietrich’s teammate over the weekend.
Invaders included Knoxville regulars Brian Brown, who almost stole Friday’s show, and Kerry Madsen, who set fast time both nights and finished fifth in both features. Also racing were: California’s Tim Kaeding, who was a Saturday heat winner; Texan Arron Reuntzel; former NASCAR racer Dave Blaney; multi-time All Star champion and Outlaw contender Joey Saldana; and many others.
Many of the racers are expected to stick around for much of central Pennsylvania's “Month of Money.”
This weekend: Williams Grove Speedway kicks off this weekend’s sprint-car racing on Friday evening with H.J. Towing Night, featuring the sprints and 358 sprints.
Then the All Stars return to local action with Saturday’s 35th annual Jim Nace Memorial National Open. This one offers $8,000 to win. The pro stocks are also on the program.
The All Stars then race at Bedford Speedway on Sunday in a $5,000-to-win show.
Other racing action around the area this weekend includes Susquehanna Speedway’s biggest super-sportsman race of the year on Saturday. It’s the annual Gary Wolford Memorial Sportsman 100. Street Stocks and Xtreme stocks are also on that program.
Lincoln Speedway will host the URC 360 sprints in a 358/360 sprint challenge, plus limited-late models and Legends on Saturday. There will also be track time for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing’s vintage cars.
Hagerstown Speedway has the Small Car Nationals on Friday and Saturday, with the late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks in action.
Trailway Speedway has motorcycle racing Saturday.
Third Sunday Round Table: The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will conduct its monthly Third Sunday Round Table this week.
Longtime racing photographer and writer Ken Johnson will present a slide show featuring the Reading Fairgrounds and other tracks.
"Month of Money" continues: After this weekend, the Pennsylvania “Month of Money” will continue.
The weekend of Sept. 21-24 has three races. Susquehanna races sprint cars on Thursday, Sept. 21. While Williams Grove has a $4,000-to-win Outlaw Tune-Up on Friday, Sept. 22.
Saturday, Sept. 23, is Lincoln’s Dirt Classic, which offers $20,000 to win.
A week later, it’s Williams Grove’s National Open. The National Open is a three-day World of Outlaws event. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28-29, each offer $8,000-to-win features, and Saturday, Sept. 30, the feature will be worth $50,000. Thursday’s event will also include the $20,000-to-win feature from July’s rained-out Summer Nationals.
1972: Racing continued around the area on this weekend in 1972.
Things started on Friday evening at Susquehanna, where Lynn Paxton scored his ninth overall win of the season in the Emrich Chevy No. 1.
Kenny Weld, in Bob Weikert’s No. 29, added two wins to his season count over the weekend with wins at Lincoln on Saturday and Hagerstown on Sunday. After the weekend, Weld had 28 wins on the season.
Jan Opperman, in the Bogar No. 99, held on to the season win lead with a Saturday win at Port Royal, which pushed his total count up to 34 that year.
Wrightsville’s Bobbie Adamson traveled out to Jennerstown on Saturday, where he parked Al Hamilton’s No. 77 in victory lane for the 17th time that season. Jenerstown’s race was the famed Laurel Highlands 101, a 101-lap feature.
Steve Smith won Sunday afternoon’s feature at Williams Grove for his 14th win of the season in the O.J. Myers No. 19.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
2017 CHAMPION RACING OIL
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT SERIES
PRESENTED BY HOSEHEADS.COM
POINTS AFTER 9/9/17
1. 48/13 Danny Dietrich 1232 10
2. 24/5w Lucas Wolfe 1215 8
3. 27 Greg Hodnett 940 5
4. 51 Freddie Rahmer 891 6
5. 3z/58 Brock Zearfoss 886 6
6. 69k Lance Dewease 871 10
7. 21 Brian Montieth 787 3
8. 11 T J Stutts 500
9. 1 Dale Blaney 475
10. 87 Alan Krimes 431
11. 39 Cory Haas 420
12. 5 Dylan Cisney 371
13. 25 Aaron Ott 338
14. 44 Trey Starks 301 2
15. 07 Doug Esh 285 2
16. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 277 1
17. 12 Blane Heimbach 264 1
18. 55 Mike Wagner 255
19. 16 Matt Campbell 241
20. 17B Steve Buckwalter 213 1
21. 0 Rick Lafferty 212 1
22. 88 Brandon Rahmer 206
23. 94 Ryan Smith 202
24. 5 David Gravel 199 3
25. 1x Chad Trout 182