The 26th annual Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek, presented by www.alwaysracing.com, will highlight a stretch of 11 sprint car races in 12 days.
Things actually kick off Wednesday evening with a Williams Grove Speedway visit by the big block modifieds of the DIRT circuit. The big race for the modifieds will also include a program for the URC 360 sprint cars.
On Thursday evening, Susquehanna Speedway will present a program of 410 sprint car and 305 sprint car racing on the eve of the start of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek.
Then Speedweek begins. This year’s Speedweek offers up more than $250,000 in prize money over its nine-race span. In addition to race purses, a point fund of $16,000 is offered. Speedweek itself starts on Friday evening at Williams Grove. The sprint cars will race in a 25-lap feature that offers $5,000 to the winner. The 358 sprints are also on the program.
Saturday, it’s on to Lincoln Speedway for the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial race. It's a 30-lap feature for the sprint cars, with $7,000 on the line for the winner. The Legends cars will also compete at Lincoln.
Sunday, it's on to Path Valley, where Fred Rahmer promotions presents the Harry Fletcher Tribute for the sprint cars during Speedweek. The Path Valley event pays $6,600 to the winner of the 40-lap feature. The 600cc micro sprints also race.
After taking Monday off, Speedweek moves to Grandview next Tuesday June 28. Grandview offers up a 35-lap feature with $5,000 to the winner. Grandview’s 358 modifieds are also on the program.
Next Wednesday, June 29, Speedweek moves south of the border to Hagerstown, where the 30-lap sprint car feature pays $5,000 to the winner. The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will also present track time for the vintage racers.
The first of Port Royal’s two Speedweek races is next Thursday, June 30. This one is 30 laps and offers $7,000 to the winner. The econo late models are also on the program.
The Mitch Smith Memorial is at Williams Grove next Friday, July 1, with the 30-lap feature offering $10,000 to the winner. The PASS 305 sprints join in the action.
Saturday, July 2, it’s back to Port Royal, where the 30-lap feature offers $5,000 to win. Late models and Xtreme stocks also race.
Speedweek wraps up Sunday, July 3, at Selinsgrove for the Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial race. That one also pays $5,000 to win the 30-lap feature. Super sportsmen and PASS 305 sprints are also on the program.
Last year, Stevie Smith set a Speedweek record with five victories. Of course, Smith’s car owner, Fred Rahmer, is the “King of Speedweek” with 13 championships as a driver and now one as a car owner.
Other racing: While Speedweek takes center stage this weekend, there's plenty of other racing as well. On Friday night, Trailway offers up the 358 sprint cars, 270cc micro sprints, limited stocks, street stocks and classic cars.
Port Royal takes Saturday off, but at Susquehanna, the super sportsmen, limited late models and Xtreme stocks compete.
Selinsgrove hosts the Firecracker 30 for the 360 sprints on Saturday, plus late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Hagerstown has the Red Ninninger Memorial for the late models, with $2,500 going to the winner of the “topless” event. Late model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and e-mods also compete.
1966: It was a busy weekend 50 years ago as well. Ray Tilley pushed his season win total to 13 when he drove Bud Grimm’s No. 88 to wins at Selinsgrove on Saturday and Susquehanna on Sunday.
Mitch Smith, with the Flock Brothers Flying Tiger No. 2, almost kept pace with two weekend victories, pushing his season total to 12. Smith won at Bedford Friday and Port Royal Saturday.
Wrightsville’s Bobby Abel, in his own orange and blue Gohn Jewelers No. 2, upped his season total to 11 with a Friday win at Dorsey, Maryland.
Close behind was southern gentleman Ray Dovel, who put the Lee Stultz No. S-3 in Winchester, Virginia’s victory lane Friday for his 10th overall win of the season.
Lynn Paxton, driving the Ree Smith No. 1, got his fifth win of the season in Saturday’s program at Lincoln.
Joe Lingle, in the Killinger No. 111, got his first win of the season in Friday’s program at Williams Grove, while Milt Miller, in the No. 5x, won at South Penn in Everett on Saturday for his first win of the season.
Hagerstown was rained out on Sunday.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.