The World of Outlaws' sprint cars were in the area last weekend for the Williams Grove Speedway National Open and a show at Port Royal Speedway.
In the end, the perceived battle between the Pennsylvania Posse and the Outlaws ended in a draw.
Posse driver Danny Dietrich used a late-race move to pass Outlaw Joey Saldana to win the National Open. That gave the Posse a 3-1 edge at the Grove this season. Lance Dewease had won twice in Grove Outlaw shows this season and Daryn Pittman had won once.
At Port Royal Saturday, Hanover Outlaw Logan Schuchart scored the win. While it goes down as a win for the Outlaws, Schuchart is a local driver who began his career here. It was also great to see racing legend Bobby Allen celebrate the victory with his grandson, Schuchart.
The win was Schuchart’s second Outlaw win of the season. The other came in July at Cedar Lake, Wisconsin.
Since Pittman also spent several seasons on the local circuit over the years, perhaps the only true Outlaw victory of the season in the area could be claimed by Donny Schatz, who won at Lincoln back in May.
Williams Grove drew 48 cars and a good crowd for the rescheduled National Open. It certainly was not the crowd we’ve come to expect at the National Open, but a good one, nonetheless.
Port Royal had 46 cars and a good crowd for its Outlaw show, too.
Non-Outlaw invaders for the weekend included former NASCAR racer Dave Blaney, Knoxville star Brian Brown, seven-time IRA champion Bill Balog, Australian Kerry Madsen, All Stars Dale Blaney and Danny Holtgraver, former Outlaw Craig Dollansky, Midwest female driver Paige Polyak, past Knoxville winner Tim Shaffer and Knoxville racer R.J. Johnson, who hails from Florida.
Brown’s sixth-place run at Port Royal was the best for those drivers.
Jake Waters update: Many will remember that 305 sprint-car driver Jake Waters suffered serious burns during the 305 sprint feature at Selinsgrove Speedway on the night of the Pennsylvania Speedweek show.
Waters was in attendance at Port Royal on Saturday night, and I had a chance to speak with him. He says he is doing as well as can be expected at this point, and actually he looked very good. Waters was active all evening, venturing around the pits before the races and walking around the infield during the racing events.
Waters’ father, Curt, was a longtime mechanic for Keith Kauffman when Kauffman fielded his own No. K33 racers.
EMMR: Sunday afternoon, the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing drew a good crowd for its “Third Sunday Round Table Discussion.” The featured guests at the round table were Loganville’s Paul Pitzer and Hanover’s Van May.
Anyone who knows those guys knows just how much fun it was to listen to stories from their driving careers.
The next “Third Sunday” is Nov. 20. The guests that day will be Davey Brown, Don Kreitz Sr. and Donnie Kreitz Jr.
This weekend: Two Saturday events are on this weekend’s racing calendar.
Port Royal hosts Open Wheel Madness starting at 3 p.m. Saturday. The sprints, URC 360 sprints and the Blue Collar Classic for the 305 sprints are all on the program. The sprint feature pays $5,000 to win, the URC race pays $2,200, and the 305 sprint race pays $1,500.
Susquehanna has the Millers Racing Parts Nationals for several stock-car classes. The street stocks, extreme stocks, road warriors, minivans and PennMar vintage stocks compete.
50 years ago: There was only one racing program on the local slate back in 1966.
Lincoln Speedway hosted its next-to-last race of the season on Sunday afternoon. For the third week in a row, Kansas City, Missouri, invader Kenny Weld picked up the Lincoln win. Weld drove his own family-built No. 94 to the victory. It marked his seventh in the area that year. Weld had also won in the Midwest before venturing East. He had two wins at Olympic Stadium, one at Amerillia and one at Topeka in Kansas, and one at Knoxville, Iowa.
In the Lincoln show, Weld was the winner over Gerald Chamberlain, Johnny Crawford, Bobby Gerhart and Jack Denniston.
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 2124 19
2. 48 Danny Dietrich 1570 8
3. 1 Lucas Wolfe 1218 4
4. 21 Brian Montieth 1048 6
5. 19M Brent Marks 990 4
6. 87 Alan Krimes 890 2
7. 69K Lance Dewease 800 10
8. 07 Doug Esh 799 3
9. 51s Stevie Smith 784 4
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