HOUSEHOLDER: Big week of racing looming in region
- The USAC Midgets are scheduled to visit Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday.
- Tony Stewart's All Star Circuit of Champions are at Williams Grove on Friday.
- Susquehanna Speedway will hold a special sprint car program on Sunday.
With a little bit of luck with the weather, this could be a very busy week for regional race fans.
Starting with last weekend’s races, there was a chance for 10 races in 10 days at regional tracks.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn't cooperate Sunday night when the United States Auto Club Pennsylvania Midget Week opener got rained out at Susquehanna Speedway.
The rains hit again Monday night at Path Valley Speedway, wiping out that program, too.
Tuesday, the tour is set to move to the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Lancaster County. Long the home of the LANCO micro sprints, this track should be great for the midgets.
The USAC tour concludes Wednesday evening at Lincoln Speedway, where the midgets will be joined by an exhibition of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing vintage cars.
As quickly as the midgets move out of the area, Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars will move in. The All Stars start their swing on Thursday for Thunder on the Hill at Grandview Speedway. The 305 sprints will also be part of the program.
Friday, the All Stars move to Williams Grove Speedway, where they will again be joined by the 305 sprints. On Saturday the tour swings to Lincoln where the Legends will join the fun.
After that the All Stars move on to Lebanon Valley, New York, for a Sunday show.
Racing legends Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell and Kenny Jacobs are scheduled to race at Grandview and probably elsewhere during this tour.
Of course, there's plenty of other racing action around the area this weekend as well.
Trailway Speedway hosts the Trone Outdoor 358 sprint championship race on Friday. The 600cc and 270cc micro sprints will also be on hand, along with the limited stocks.
Port Royal Speedway hosts the sprints on Saturday, along with the late models, econo late models and All American Outlaws.
Selinsgrove Speedway has rescheduled its 360 sprint car National Open for Saturday evening. The race pays $4,000 to win and a double purse the whole way back through the field. Also on Selinsgrove’s program are the late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Hagerstown Speedway has the second leg of the Winchester/Hagerstown Shoot Out for the late models on Saturday. Also on the slate are the late model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and e-mods.
Susquehanna has a two-race weekend planned. On Saturday, the Nouse Signs and Graphics Summer Series for the 358 sprints will join the super sportsmen racers as headliners. The extreme stocks and classic cars also race.
Then on Sunday, the sprint cars return to Susky. The 305 sprints are also a part of this program.
50 years ago: It was business as usual for Ray Tilley and the Bud Grimm No. 88 team on this weekend. The only thing that kept Tilley from another four-win weekend was the fact that Sunday’s shows at both Susquehanna and Hagerstown were rained out. Tilley won at Williams Grove on both Wednesday and Friday, and then added Selinsgrove on Saturday to bring his season total up to 34.
No one else won more than one that weekend. Rick Schmelyun, in his own No. 9, won his first of the season in Friday’s show at Dorsey, Maryland, while Ray Dovel got his 15th overall win of the season with the Lee Stultz No. S-3 in Friday’s show at Winchester, Virginia. A new name to the local win list that weekend was Gus Linder, who parked Mickey Banas’ No. 69 in Bedford’s victory lane on Friday evening.
In Saturday action at Lincoln, York’s Paul Miller, who would go on to fame as the longtime president of the York County Racing Club, scored his first win of the season with the Ken Appler No. 76. Mitch Smith parked the Flock Brothers Flying Tiger No. 2 in Port Royal’s winner’s circle Saturday for his 18th win of the season, and at South Penn, in Everett, Boyd Arnold got his first win of the season in the No. 49.
EMMR round table: The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing’s third Sunday round table is set for this week. This month’s topic is the history of Lincoln Speedway. Expect several past Lincoln favorites to join in the discussion.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
2016 SPEEDWAY MOTORS/CHAMPION RACING OIL
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT CAR SERIES
PRESENTED BY HOSEHEADS.COM
1. 27 Greg Hodnett 1576 15
2. 48 Danny Dietrich 1081 5
3. 1 Lucas Wolfe 811 3
4. 21 Brian Montieth 753 4
5. 19M Brent Marks 705 2
6. 87 Alan Krimes 646 1
7. 69k Lance Dewease 619 9
8. 07 Doug Esh 562 2
9. 51s Stevie Smith 469 1
10. 51 Freddie Rahmer 458 2
11. 25 Aaron Ott 430 1
12. 94 Ryan Smith 413
13. 3z Brock Zearfoss 380 1
14. 11c Cory Haas 352
15 52 Austin Hogue 326 1
16. 17B Steve Buckwalter 266 2
17. 12 Blane Heimbach 230 1
18. 15 Adam Wilt 216
19. M1 Mark Smith 212
20. 55k Robbie Kendall 211
21. 20 Ryan Taylor 208
22. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 201
23. 8 Billy Dietrich 197 1
24. 59 Jim Siegel 190
25. 55 Mike Wagner 189