The World of Outlaws sprint cars will come to the area this week for a busy weekend on the racing calendar.
Racing-related activities actually start Tuesday night with a general membership meeting at the York County Racing Club.
The YCRC usually holds its general membership meetings on the third Wednesday of every other month, but since the Outlaws will be racing Wednesday, the meeting has been moved to Tuesday.
Outlaws competitor Jason Johnson will be the guest speaker at the YCRC meeting, which is set to start at 7:30 p.m.
Then it’s on to Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday evening for the Gettysburg Clash. The Outlaws will tackle the Pennsylvania Posse for $10,000 to win. Over the years, the Outlaws hold a distinct advantage over the Posse at Lincoln. In 44 events, the local heroes have won 15 times against the Outlaws at Lincoln. However, in recent years the tide has turned. Posse drivers have won five of the last six races at Lincoln.
The other race was won by Daryn Pittman not long after he returned to the Outlaw tour after four years racing in the area. Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett won last year’s race, as well as last Saturday’s race at Lincoln.
Thursday is a rain date for the Lincoln race before the Outlaws move on to Williams Grove for the Morgan Cup. The Grove’s show is a two-day affair, with full programs on both Friday and Saturday. Friday’s race pays $8,000 to the winner, while Saturday’s Morgan Cup offers up $17,000 for the winner.
The Posse has won 69 of 198 Outlaw features held at the Grove over the years, including the last three.
After Williams Grove, the Outlaws head to Weedsport, New York, on Sunday and New Egypt, New Jersey, on Tuesday.
Other racing: On Friday evening, Trailway offers up a championship event for the 358 sprints, along with 270cc micro sprints, limited stocks and street stocks, while the 305 sprints visit Path Valley.
Saturday action finds the New York-based ESS group at Selinsgrove for 360 sprint competition. The late models and pro stocks are also on the program.
Susuqehanna will offer up the street stocks, extreme stocks, Legends, road warriors and classic cars on Saturday.
At Hagerstown on Saturday, the late models have a time-trial show that pays $3,000 to the winner. Also on the agenda are the late model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks.
Both Lincoln and Port Royal take Saturday off for the Outlaws show at Williams Grove.
1966: Fifty years ago it was another busy weekend on the local circuit, with some rain in the middle.
Four tracks raced on Friday, while only one of three scheduled shows made it into the record books on Saturday. One of the rained-out shows joined the Sunday slate to put three tracks in action that night.
Bobby Gerhart was the only driver to have a two-win weekend. Gerhart powered his own Davey Brown-prepared No. 5 to wins at Williams Grove on Friday and Susquehanna on Sunday to push his season win total to three.
In other Friday action, Wrightsville’s Bobby Abel won at Dorsey in his own orange and blue No. 2. The win was Abel's sixth of the season. At Bedford on Friday, Mitch Smith raced to victory in the Flock Brothers “Flying Tiger” No. 2, which marked his sixth win of the season. At Winchester, Ray Dovel scored his fourth win of the season in the Lee Stultz No. S-3.
The only track to get its show in the books on Saturday was Lincoln, where Lynn Paxton scored his first win of the season in the Ree Smith No. 1. Port Royal and Selinsgrove were rained out.
Selinsgrove rebounded with a Sunday show that saw Bobby Brymesser score his second win of the season in the Ken Appler No. 77. At Hagerstown, Jack Denniston drove the “$” to his second win of the season.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 SPEEDWAY MOTORS/CHAMPION RACING OIL
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT CAR SERIES
PRESENTED BY HOSEHEADS.COM
1. 27 Greg Hodnett 638 7
2. 48 Danny Dietrich 356 2
3. 21 Brian Montieth 314 2
4. 07 Doug Esh 260 1
5 19M Brent Marks 244 1
6. 1/5W Lucas Wolfe 229
7. 51 Freddie Rahmer 218 1
8. 87 Alan Krimes 215
9. 25 Aaron Ott 203 1
10. M1 Mark Smith 172
11. 17B Steve Buckwalter 160 1
11. 52 Austin Hogue 160
13. 11c Cory Haas 155
14. 69k Lance Dewease 153 2
15. 3z Brock Zearfoss 150
16. 12 Blane Heimbach 140 1
17. 15 Adam Wilt 137
18. 55 Mike Wagner 133
19. 94 Ryan Smith 126
20. 55K Robbie Kendall 122
21. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr. 121
22. 8 Billy Dietrich 119 1
23. 59 Jim Siegel 114
24. 20 Ryan Taylor 113
25. 5 Dylan Cisney 111
358 SPRINT SERIES POINTS
1. 27s Adrian Shaffer 169 2
2. 45 Jeff Rohrbaugh 155 2
3. 16 Matt Campbell 154 1
4. 66 Doug Hammaker 150 2
5. 41 Jeff Halligan 140
6. 23 Chris Arnold 124 1
7. 119 Chandler Leiby 100
8. 28 Matt Findley 76
9. 66a Cody Fletcher 73