Rain hampered all of last weekend’s racing events.
Friday was a complete washout at Wiilaims Grove and Trailway, as was the Sunday show at Path Valley. The Fish Fry at Latimore Valley was held Sunday, but the Blindfold Race had to be canceled.
Saturday, all the local tracks tried to race, and one did get its whole show in the record books, although rain interfered briefly.
Susquehanna did complete its whole program Saturday, but with about a 15-minute rain delay between the super sportsman and extreme stock features.
Port Royal managed to get its sprint car feature into the record books, but had to call the late model feature two laps shy of the scheduled distance because of rain. For the second time this season, the PASS 305 sprints saw their Port Royal feature pushed back by rain.
Selinsgrove only managed to get in 18 of the scheduled 30 laps of the URC Jack Gunn Memorial Race before the rains hit. Since the race was past the halfway point it was declared official. The late model and roadrunner features were postponed. The late model make-up race will be added to this week's program.
Lincoln was the only track not to get a feature completed. Rain hit there with six laps completed in the sprint car consolation race. In a bold move, Lincoln announced on Saturday that it would complete the remainder of the program on Tuesday night, May 10.
On Monday, however, after calls from numerous racers, Lincoln announced that the program would be considered a rainout and that the Weldon Sterner Memorial Race will be held on Saturday, July 9, on a night when the same divisions were scheduled.
One thing about the wet conditions in the area is that they produced some very fast race tracks. Saturday at Lincoln, three drivers lowered the old one-lap track record. Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett ended up with the new record. Lincoln’s old record was 12.719 seconds held by Lucas Wolfe. Hodnett’s new record time was 12.577 seconds.
In all, 20 of Lincoln’s 29 sprint cars timed in under the 13-second mark. That is very fast. In addition, 24 of the cars were within a half second of fast time.
This week: Williams Grove will kick off the weekend on Friday evening with the third Yellow Breeches 500 event of the season for the sprint cars.
These are regular handicapped events for the sprints with $500 to start the race. The 358 sprints are also on hand.
Trailway is in action Friday with Student Night. There's free admission for students for a show of 358 sprints, legends, 270cc micro sprints and limited stocks.
Saturday, Lincoln hosts the sprints, 358 sprints and street stocks, while at Port Royal it’s the sprints, late models, econo late models and extreme stocks.
Selinsgrove has “Pack the Track Night" on Saturday, with $5 admission for the 360 sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Susquehanna Speedway has a double weekend planned. Saturday, the PASS 305 sprints join the limited late models, road warriors and PennMar vintage stocks.
On Sunday, track owner Scott Gobrecht will honor his late brother with the Kevin Gobrecht Classic for the sprint cars. Since it’s Mother’s Day, this event is also being held to honor Gobrecht’s hard-working mother, Donna. The 358 sprints are also on the program.
1966: It was a busy weekend on the local circuit 50 years ago. All but one of nine scheduled events made it into the record books. Only the Sunday show at Susquehanna was rained out.
Friday saw Ray Tilley drive Bud Grimm’s No. 88 to his second win of the season at Williams Grove, while Ray Dovel drove the Lee Stultz No. S3 to his first win of the season at Winchester. At Bedford, Johnny Grum got his first win of the season in Harry Fletcher’s sidewinder No. 66.
Wrightsville’s Bobby Abel opened the weekend and Dorsey Speedway with a win there on Friday, and then came right back on Saturday to win at Lincoln in his orange and blue No. 2. Those wins pushed Abel’s season total to five wins.
At Selinsgrove on Saturday, Bobby Brymesser drove to his first win of the season in Ken Appler’s No. 77, while at Port Royal, Pete Swarmer got his third win of the season in his own No. 1.
While Susky was rained out on Sunday, at Hagerstown Jack Denniston raced to his first win of the season in the $.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.