HOUSEHOLDER: Dirt Classic winner will earn $20,000
- The third annual Dirt Classic is set for Saturday evening at Lincoln Speedway.
- The winner of the sprint-car race will earn $20,000.
- Stevie Smith and Brian Montieth won the first two Dirt Classic races.
It will be a very big weekend for the local sprint-car racers, capped off by Saturday’s third annual Dirt Classic at Lincoln Speedway.
Presented by the Kasey Kahne Foundation, the Dirt Classic offers $20,000 to the winner of the 40-lap feature.
Time trials, and a pair of heats for each racer, will award points to set the lineup for the feature. For the third time in as many years, the purse for this race has been increased, and this year, last place will pay $1,000.
Stevie Smith and Brian Montieth are past winners of the race. A series of qualifying races were held around the country this year. It’s certain that midwestern driver Terry McCarl is one qualifier who will be on hand. Back in the 1990s, McCarl won at Lincoln while driving for Bob Weikert.
The other qualifier, who is certain to be on hand is Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett, who won Lincoln’s own qualifier. Other outsiders expected include Australian James McFadden, who spent part of the summer racing for the local Highlands team. McFadden will drive Kasey Kahne’s personal sprint-car ride, the No. 4, at Lincoln.
Former NASCAR racer Dave Blaney has indicated he will be on hand, as will Interstate Racing Association ace Billy Balog and Californian Tim Kaeding.
While Lincoln’s race is the biggest of the weekend, things actually start on Thursday at Susquehanna Speedway. The Justin Snyder Tribute to the Troops sprint-car race at Susky will offer $5,000 to win, with $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third. The legends cars will also compete at Susquehanna.
Williams Grove Speedway gets in on the act on Friday with the “Tune Up” for next week’s National Open. The Grove will use an Outlaw format to set the field for Friday’s $4,000-to-win event. The 358 sprints will also compete at the Grove.
Wingless super sportsmen compete at Path Valley Speedway on Friday, while Susquehanna is back in action on Saturday with the super sportsmen, limited-late models, street stocks and road warriors.
Trailway Speedway plays host to the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial event for the micro sprints on Saturday. The 600cc and 270cc micros will compete, along with the legends.
Sunday’s Fred Rahmer-promoted show at Path Valley Speedway will be for only the 600cc micro sprints. Rahmer rightly feels the sprint cars will have plenty of action this weekend and next.
National Open: As mentioned above, next week is the National Open at Williams Grove. The World of Outlaws will be in town for this one, which offers $50,000 for Saturday’s winner.
The National Open will be a three-day show this year, with full Outlaw programs on both Thursday and Friday evenings. Points will be awarded both nights to set the lineups for Saturday’s qualifying events.
Last year, the National Open was set to be a three-day show, but rain moved into the area and only the main night was held, and that was a day late. So this will mark the first time the National Open at the Grove will be a three-day show.
50 years ago: The only double winner on this weekend 50 years ago in 1966 was Johnny Grum. Grum powered Harry Fletcher’s sidewinder No. 66 to wins on Saturday at Port Royal and Sunday at Hagerstown. Those wins brought Grum’s season win total to seven.
Friday action at Winchester, Virginia, saw Gerald Chamberlain put the Don Rice Ford No. 31 into victory lane for his sixth win of the season. Reading hosted the USAC sprints on Friday that week, with Bruce Walkup scoring the win.
Saturday at Lincoln, Bobby Abel put his own Gohn Jeweler’s No. 2 in victory lane for his 20th overall win of the season.
A Sunday show at South Penn in Everett was rained out.
YCRC meeting: The York County Racing Club will have a general membership meeting on Wednesday evening at the club hall in Zions View.
The guest speaker for the 7:30 p.m. meeting is 358 sprint-car ace Adrian Shaffer.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. 27 Greg Hodnett 1897 17
2. 48 Danny Dietrich 1375 7
3. 1 Lucas Wolfe 1099 4
4. 21 Brian Montieth 952 5
5. 19M Brent Marks 930 4
6. 87 Alan Krimes 844 2
7. 07 Doug Esh 781 3
8. 69k Lance Dewease 729 10
9. 51s Stevie Smith 704 3
10. 94 Ryan Smith 609 1
11. 25 Aaron Ott 554 2
12. 3z Brock Zearfoss 545 2
12. 51 Freddie Rahmer 540 2
14. 11c Cory Haas 463
15 52 Austin Hogue 395 1
16. 12 Blane Heimbach 297 1
17. 17B Steve Buckwalter 294 2
18. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 273
19. 59 Jim Siegel 258 1
20. 1 Dale Blaney 253 2
21. 20 Ryan Taylor 248
22. 5 Dylan Cisney 243
23. 55 Mike Wagner 227
24. 55K Robbie Kendall 225
25. 15 Adam Wilt 216