HOUSEHOLDER: Tuscarora 50 looming at Port Royal

  • The Tuscarora 50 is a two-day sprint-car show at Port Royal Speedway.
  • The Sportsman 100 will be held Saturday night at Susquehanna Speedway.
  • The Sportsman 100 is now known as the Gary Wolford Sportsman 100.

Port Royal’s Tuscarora 50 for the sprint cars and Susuqehanna’s Sportsman 100 will highlight this weekend’s racing action.

It's the start to a big-money month on the local dirt-track circuit.

Greg Hodnett

The Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal dates back to 1968, and in more recent times has become a two-day event. The All Star Circuit of Champions sanctions the two-day sprint car program, which kicks off on Friday evening.

With the backdrop of the 162nd Juniata County Fair, the Tuscarora 50 is a big event on the local circuit. Friday’s “Day Before the 50" will include a full program of sprint-car racing, plus late models. The late models will race in a leg of the Moonshine Camo Route 35 Challenge Series. The sprint cars race for $5,000 to win, while the late-model winner gets $3,000.

Saturday, the econo late models have a championship race on the program, along with with the Tuscarora 50. Legendary Mitch Smith won the very first Tuscarora 50 back in 1968, and in fact won the first three Tusky events. Last year, Brent Marks was the winner. The Tuscarora 50 pays $12,000 to the winner.

On the same night, the Sportsman 100 moves to the new home of the super-sportsman racers, Susquehanna Speedway. The Sportsman 100 started in 1975 at Silver Spring and moved to Lincoln Speedway after Silver Spring closed. This year, since Susquehanna is racing the sportsman cars on a regular basis, Lincoln has turned over the event to Susky, but will present a 50-lap super-sportsman race a week later.

Credit Connection is sponsoring this year’s Sportsman 100, which has been renamed in honor of sportsman kingpin Gary Wolford, who died a few weeks ago.

On the program with the Gary Wolford Sportsman 100 will be the road warriors, extreme stocks and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. The winner of the Sportsman 100 will take home $4,000.

Williams Grove and Selinsgrove will take this weekend off, but there is other racing around the area.

The sportsman racers have a wingless show Friday at Path Valley, while Trailway hosts the 358 sprints, 270cc micro sprints, street stocks and limited stocks on Friday.

Lincoln will host the 358 sprints in their final point race of the season Saturday. Also on the program are the limited late models and the 305 sprints.

Hagerstown hosts the late models, late-model sportsmen, crate late models, pure stocks, hobby stocks and Mid-Atlantic Modifieds on Saturday.


Busy racers: There were four sprint-car drivers who scored top-10 finishes on all four nights of racing last weekend.

Ironically, all the drivers who recorded all top 10s raced Friday and Sunday at Williams Grove and Saturday and Monday at Port Royal.

Greg Hodnett had finishes of third, first, third and second. Danny Dietrich finished ninth, second, eighth and first. Doug Esh took first, eighth, fifth and third. And Lucas Wolfe finished eighth, fourth, sixth and sixth.

Former star and current car owner Fred Rahmer fielded two cars for races during the first three nights of the weekend, and came away with a worst finish of 11th. Friday at Williams Grove, Stevie Smith was second and Freddie Rahmer 11th. Saturday at Lincoln, Brandon Rahmer was second and Freddie Rahmer ninth. Sunday at Williams Grove, Smith got the win and Freddie Rahmer was again ninth.

50 years ago: On this weekend 50 years ago in 1966, Ray Tilley scored three more wins to push his season total up to 42. For Tilley and the Bud Grimm No. 88 team, that would be their season high mark. Tilley won the Saturday show at Selinsgrove and then won two features at Hagerstown on Sunday.

Wrightsville’s Bobby Abel was the other multi-time winner that weekend. Abel drove his own Gohn Jeweler’s No. 2 to wins at Dorsey, Maryland, on Friday and Cumberland, Maryland, on Sunday. Those wins pushed Abel’s win total to 19 for the season.

Other Friday night wins went to Ray Dovel, at Winchester, Virginia, which gave Dovel and the Lee Stultz No. S-3 team 18 wins on the season, and Gerald Chamberlain, whose win at Hesston in the Don Rice Ford No. 31 was his sixth of the season.

Saturday at Lincoln, York’s Paul Miller was riding a hot streak of his own, scoring his third win there in four weeks with Ken Appler’s No. 76. At Port Royal on Saturday, Dick Tobias claimed his third local win of the season in the Regester Chevy No. 6, while out at South Penn in Everett, Jimmy Burns scored his first win of the season.

Sunday’s race at Williams Grove found Gus Linder picking up his third local win of the season in the Mickey Banas No. 69.

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1. 27 Greg Hodnett  1827 17
2. 48 Danny Dietrich 1313 7
3. 1 Lucas Wolfe  983 3
4. 21 Brian Montieth 952 5
5. 19M Brent Marks  861 4
6. 87 Alan Krimes  809 2
7. 07 Doug Esh  743 3
8. 69k Lance Dewease 679 9
9. 51s Stevie Smith  619 2
10. 3z Brock Zearfoss 529 2
10. 94 Ryan Smith  529
12. 51 Freddie Rahmer 526 2
12. 25 Aaron Ott  526 2
14. 11c Cory Haas  447
15 52 Austin Hogue  375 1
16. 17B Steve Buckwalter 294 2
17. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 273
18. 12 Blane Heimbach 265 1
19. 59 Jim Siegel  258 1
20. 20 Ryan Taylor  248
21. 5 Dylan Cisney  243
22. 55 Mike Wagner  227
23. 55K Robbie Kendall 225
24. 15 Adam Wilt  216
25. 8 Billy Dietrich  213 1