Local auto racing lost a true friend last week.
Lincoln Speedway co-owner Clarence “Bob” Leiby died last Monday at age 74.
Leiby and his brother Don were both lifelong race fans. In the early 1980s they began sponsoring race cars with drivers such as Maynard Yingst, Steve Smith and Stevie Smith.
In the early 1990s they joined Nick Turo as promotors at Williams Grove Speedway for two years, before purchasing Lincoln Speedway with Alan Kreitzer during the winter between the 1992 and 1993 racing seasons.
They have owned and promoted the speedway ever since. However, Bob Leiby was also involved in several other racing ventures. He and Tim Hughes promoted Selinsgrove for two years around the turn of the century.
In recent years, Bob Leiby has owned the car his grandson, Chandler Leiby, has raced, first with the micro sprints, and then in the 358 sprint class. Bob was on hand at Lincoln on Sept. 3, when Chandler won his first race of the season, and again a week later when Chandler clinched the Lincoln Speedway 358 sprint-car point title.
Bob Leiby will surely be missed.
Outlaws return this weekend: The World of Outlaws sprint cars return to the area this weekend.
What was to be a one-day appearance at Port Royal Speedway has now become two local races.
With the rainout of the Williams Grove National Open two weeks ago, the Outlaws now return for that race on Friday, followed by a race at Port Royal on Saturday.
The National Open at Williams Grove will now be a 40-lap event with $25,000 to the winner on Friday evening.
Then the Outlaws have a one-day show at the Port the following evening.
With two big races on the line, it’s probable that a number of outside racers will still be in the area for two big shows. The Grove event is a stand-alone race, while the Port has added the big championship event for the extreme stocks that was rained out last Saturday to its Outlaw show.
Other races: Susuqehanna Speedway has also added to its Saturday racing program following Saturday’s rainout.
The 40-lap $2,000-to-win super-sportsman event has been added to a big show that already includes the 305 sprints, limited-late models, street stocks, extreme stocks and road warriors.
Hagerstown Speedway has the two-day Ernie’s Fall Bash planned for this weekend. The Friday/Saturday show includes the late models, late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks, e-mods and crate late models.
Trailway Speedway plays host to the Kart Klassic this weekend for the go-karts.
Third Sunday round-table discussion at EMMR: The third-Sunday round-table discussion at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing is set to continue this week.
The guests this week are two of this area’s most exciting drivers of all time, Van May and Paul Pitzer.
May moved to Hanover from his native El Paso, Texas, in 1971 to join the local sprint-car circuit. Pitzer, from Loganville, started as a crew member for Kenny Weld before starting his own career about the same time May moved to the area.
Both are also great story tellers, so it should be a great time on Sunday.
50 years ago: Two Sunday afternoon races made up the local racing slate on this weekend in 1966.
At Winchester, Virginia, Gerald Chamberlain drove the Don Rice Ford No. 31 to his 10th win of the season in the Winchester 200.
Up the road at Lincoln, Weld drove to victory in his family-owned-and-built No. 94. The win at Lincoln was Weld’s sixth on the local circuit that year. The Lincoln race produced an interesting top five. Weld won in his own midwestern-built “bug” with a Chevy engine.
Second that day was veteran driver Johnny Crawford Sr., who was operating the Ford-powered Kuhn Brothers Ford “bug” No. 8. Willie Musselman finished third in another Ford-powered “bug,” this one owned by Ken Appler and No. 76. Fourth that day was the Chevy-powered coupe No. 8 owned by Reds Kagle and driven by Bobby Ballentine. Rounding out the top five was a newcomer, who scored the first top-five finish of his career. Driving a Chevy-powered “bug” that had been purchased from the Gurtizen Brothers, and was now owned by the York Cash Register Company, was Emigsville’s Smokey Snellbaker. Of course that car was a bright yellow No. 43.
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2016 SPEEDWAY MOTORS/CHAMPION RACING OIL
CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT CAR SERIES
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1. 27 Greg Hodnett 2071 19
2. 48 Danny Dietrich 1520 8
3. 1 Lucas Wolfe 1193 4
4. 21 Brian Montieth 1048 6
5. 19M Brent Marks 990 4
6. 87 Alan Krimes 890 2
7. 07 Doug Esh 799 3
8. 51s Stevie Smith 784 4
9. 69k Lance Dewease 768 10
10. 94 Ryan Smith 633 1
11. 25 Aaron Ott 603 2
12. 51 Freddie Rahmer 600 2
13. 3z Brock Zearfoss 545 2
14. 11c Cory Haas 513
15 52 Austin Hogue 395 1
16. 12 Blane Heimbach 297 1
17. 17B Steve Buckwalter 294 2
18. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 291
19. 59 Jim Siegel 288 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