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Wider Trailway to bring back 410s

BRYAN HOUSEHOLDER
505-5403/@ydsports

Trailway Speedway has been busy this winter widening its racing surface.

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The quarter-mile oval has been presenting 358 sprint racing on Fridays for a number of years now. As one of the smallest tracks on the local circuit that plays host to full-sized cars, Trailway has, at times, had trouble getting full fields of cars. Now the track will be wider, and hopefully present a better opportunity for passing.

Trailway has also inked in a 410 sprint race for this season. When the sprint cars return to Trailway on July 10, it will have been nearly a decade since their last appearance there on July 16, 2006. Fred Rahmer won that race. In fact, Rahmer won four of the last five sprint car races held at Trailway.  Michael Carber, now a crew member for Kasey Kahne’s sprint car team, won an earlier race in 2006.

All of the drivers who have won sprint car races at Trailway have retired, so expect a new winner when this show takes place.

To add some interest in the race, Trailway is working with some other local tracks to make it part of a mini series of local races. Lincoln Speedway will open the mini series on Saturday, July 9, with Trailway on Sunday, July 10, and then Susquehanna on Sunday, July 17.

With the event at Trailway, the Sunday slate around the area is looking better this season than it has in several years. Susquehanna has seven dates slated for the sprint cars, although they have indicated they will try a few Thursday shows, and of course the Final Showdown is held on a Saturday.

Fred Rahmer will promote three Sunday shows at Path Valley. The dates are May 1, June 26 and Aug. 28.  Selinsgrove also has a few Sunday shows for the sprint cars.

Susquehanna has also booked a Sunday modified show this season.

Racing Xtravaganza: We are just one week away from the rebirth of York’s winter racing show.

Now known as the "Racing Ztravaganza, Your RX for Racing Entertainment," the show will be held Feb. 6 and 7 in the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center. Scott Gobrecht is the new promoter of the event.

While the show will feature many new items, it will also bring back some of the more popular things from the past. At the top of the list are driver meet and greets. More than 50 drivers have committed to making an appearance at a scheduled time during the weekend to meet fans and sign autographs.

Gobrecht was the recent guest speaker at the York County Racing Club’s general membership meeting and assured the crowd that he will have plenty of things to do at the Racing Xtravaganza. More than 125 race cars have committed to being there for display and vendor space has been sold out.

A Ms. Racing Xtravaganza contest will be held Saturday at 5 p.m., and a Little Ms. Racing Xtravaganza contest will be held Sunday.

The Racing Xtravaganza has also signed a presenting sponsor. BAPS, a York-based automotive paint and supplies business with branches around the Northeast, will take that role. Other event sponsors include J and K Salvage, Tom Rumsey Contracting and Wee Bee Audio.

Gambler's Classic: The Gambler’s Classic returns to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall this weekend.

The Three-Quarter Midgets (TQs) headline the two-day show, with slingshots and champ karts also on the slate.

Racing in Boardwalk Hall, then known as Convention Hall, began in Atlantic City in the late 1930s and continued until the early 1980s, when the building underwent major renovations. Len Sammons Promotions brought racing back to the Hall early this century and it has continued ever since.

The indoor series of racing has regained its popularity, and a recent event in Allentown was sold out. Erik Rudolph won that event and is set for a $10,000 bonus if he can also win the Saturday features in Atlantic City and then at Trenton in late February.

A new format will be in place for Friday night in Atlantic City. With close to 100 TQs entered each year at the Atlantic City event, many racers didn’t get a shot at Friday competition. This year Friday’s program will consist of four 20-lap features for the TQs. Each feature will have a different field of drivers. There will also be qualifying events for the slingshots and champ karts on Friday.

Saturday’s program will consist of additional qualifying events for the TQs, plus the main events for all three divisions.

Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdispatch.com.