The Racing Xtravaganza held last weekend at the York Expo Center was again a success.
Nearly 120 race cars were on display, and despite Sunday’s bad weather, the crowd was large. While Sunday’s crowd was off because of the weather, Saturday’s turnout was much larger than usual.
C.J. Hendrickson was named Ms. Racing Xtravaganza, while Courtney Wolfe was named Junior Ms. Racing Xtravaganza.
Best-appearing cars were awarded in 11 categories.
In the 410 sprints, defending Port Royal champion Brock Zearfoss claimed the honors. Ashley Cappetta’s 358 sprint won in that class, while Chase Gutshall’s super sportsman won that category. BAPS Motor Speedway defending champion Randy Christine Jr. of Manchester topped the late models and Strinestown’s Eddie Richards topped the stock-bodied class.
The Legends car winner was Stephen Wurtzer, while Mike Boyer topped the micro sprints. The quarter-midget award went to Chase Schott, while Allysa Rowe topped the miscellaneous category with her modified. The drag racer class went to the Corvette that belonged to late South Mountain Dragway owner Ron Wallace.
The winning car in the vintage class was the Kramer Williamson Pink Panther.
There was also a People’s Choice Award sponsored by Service Master Cleaning that was voted on by all the fans who passed through the show. That one awarded $1,000 to the winner.
Eddie Richards' street stock also won that award. Richards’ car this year is a tribute car to his uncle, Al Richards, who died early last year. The car is painted like the car Al Richards drove to the 1994 Hagerstown track title, and features actual photos of the cars Al drove over the years.
Williamson’s car that won the vintage car award is one that Williamson raced part of the time in the year he had his fatal accident. His widow, Sharon, and daughter, Felicia, were on hand with the car most of the weekend.
The Weikert family also had two of the famous Weikert Livestock cars on hand. One was the famed “Old Blue,” a 1971 Trevis Craft car that won literally hundreds of races with Kenny Weld and Paul Pitzer at the wheel. “Old Blue” was restored a number of years ago, but hasn’t been seen much lately.
The other Weikert car was just finished in time for the show. It's the big-block Gambler chassis that Bobby Davis Jr. drove to so many wins during his short stay with the Weikert team.
Selinsgrove Speedway had large photos showing the major work going on at that speedway this winter. Selinsgrove has moved the pit area from the infield of the speedway and relocated it outside the fourth turn.
The relocation of the pits will change how fans and racers enter the speedway grounds. Now everyone will have to go a little farther up Sand Hill Road to enter the speedway grounds.
The entrance gate that has been in use for years will remain, but will only be used to allow race teams to leave the pits after the racing events.
Florida racing: The All Star sprint-car series kicked off its racing season at Bubba’s Raceway park in Ocala, Florida, over the weekend.
There were three different winners in three nights of racing. Although there were a number of local racers in the field, none scored wins.
In Thursday’s opener, defending All Star champion Chad Kemenah came from deep in the starting field to score the $5,000 victory. Series owner Tony Stewart finished second, with Dave Blaney, Parker Price-Miller and Carson Short in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Wayne Johnson, Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett, York’s Hunter Mackison, Sheldon Haudenschild and Caleb Helms. Other local drivers in the feature included Mark Smith in 11th, Trey Starks in 15th, Danny Dietrich in 16th and York’s Jordan Mackison in 22nd.
On Friday evening, Tim Shaffer led all 30 laps for the $5,000 victory. Kerry Madsen finished second, followed by Mark Smith, Coleman Gullick and Paul McMahan in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were Kemenah, Hodnett, Dietrich, Stewart and Price-Miller.
Other local drivers in the feature were Lucas Wolfe in 13th, Steve Buckwalter in 14th, Anthony Fiore in 16th and Starks in 20th.
Sheldon Haudenschild led all 30 laps for Saturday’s $5,000 win. Madsen, Kemenah, Shaffer and Price-Miller completed the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were McMahan, Tyler Clem, Hodnett, Smith and Dietrich. Wolfe was 13th and Buckwalter was 16th.
Sprint-car racing in Florida continues this week. The All Stars head to the Volusia Speedway near Daytona for racing on Wednesday and Thursday, before turning things over to the World of Outlaws for the rest of the week.
Indoor racing: The final race of this year’s indoor racing series is on tap this weekend.
The three-quarter midgets will make their first visit to Albany, New York, for this weekend’s races.
Justin Bonsignore, who won the first race of the series at Allentown in January, leads the series points heading into the weekend.
Outdoor openers: I was able to get all my schedules together over the weekend at Racing Xtravaganza, so I can make a good stab at listing the local outdoor season openers now.
Of course, Lincoln’s Icebreaker is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Feb. 24. Port Royal is next to open with a Saturday, March 10 show, with Williams Grove opening the following afternoon.
BAPS (Susquehanna) opens March 24, while Hagerstown opens March 31. Trailway and Selinsgrove open April 7.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.