The local racing season is winding down.
Only two races remain this season on the local outdoor dirt-track calendar. Both are at Susquehanna Speedway. This Saturday is the Candy Bowl, while the “Final Showdown” for the sprints and 358 sprints is the following Saturday.
This weekend’s Candy Bowl is a favorite with the youngsters, since the racers all line up on the front stretch before the features and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters.
The slate for the Candy Bowl includes the street stocks, extreme stocks, Legends, road warriors, minivans and stock micro sprints.
The “Final Showdown” on Nov. 5, will have a revised payoff for the sprint cars. While the total payout will remain the same, money has been redistributed throughout the field. The race will pay $5,000 to win, instead of the $10,000 from the past several seasons, but that money will be added to other spots throughout the field.
The “Final Showdown” carries a rain date of Sunday Nov. 6.
This weekend is also the “World Finals” at the Dirt Track in Charlotte. A number of local teams will make the haul to North Carolina for the Thursday-through-Saturday event, which includes the World of Outlaws sprints, World of Outlaw late models and the DIRT modifieds.
Port Royal’s cancellation last Saturday has ended its season. The program for sprints, URC 360 sprints and 305 sprints will not be made up this season.
50 years ago: The final race of the local racing season for 1966 was on the local calendar 50 years ago this weekend. Lincoln Speedway ended the season with a Sunday afternoon show that produced a few surprises.
Johnny Crawford drove to the victory that day in the Kuhn Brothers No. 8. The win was Crawford’s third of the season, but his first since the first weekend in August. Both other wins that season were at Susquehanna. In fact, that win would be Crawford’s only career win at Lincoln.
Willie Musselman finished second that day, with a relative newcomer to the local circuit picking up third. Bobby Allen would go on to a Hall of Fame sprint-car career, but that third-place finish would mark his best local finish to date. Allen moved here from Miami, and I believe he took over the driving chores in Charlie Hill’s No. 456 late that season.
Sam Yoder and Jimmy Sheaffer completed the top five. For Sheaffer, it marked his best run since moving from the super-sportsman class earlier in the season.
Indoor racing: The schedule is set for the winter indoor racing season. Len Sammons Promotions again has three race weekends set for indoor racing for the three-quarter midgets, slingshots and champ karts.
Racing will be held at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey, the PPL Center in Allentown and the famed Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The Trenton weekend is first, with racing on Friday Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10.
Last year’s one-day event at Allentown was a sellout, so this year the racing has been expanded to two days. The first night of competition will be Friday, Dec. 30, with the main event going off on New Year’s Eve.
The Gambler’s Classic in Atlantic City is set for Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.
Susky last Saturday: Last Saturday’s racing action at Susquehanna featured many of the same classes that will compete in this week’s Candy Bowl.
The street-stock portion of the Miller’s Racing Parts Classic has become one of the area’s biggest events for those cars with a $1,000-to-win purse.
Track champion Mike Potts of Manchester won the event last Saturday. Potts started seventh and tracked down pole-sitter Paul Morgan about the mid-point of the race. He went on to score his first win in the event and fourth at Susky this season. Potts also won a street-stock race at Williams Grove this year.
Potts is the youngest brother in a racing family. Doug Potts raced super sportsmen and sprint cars, with wins in both classes. Gary Potts has wins and titles in numerous stock-car classes, including limited-late models, street stocks and thundercars.
Paul Morgan, who finished second in the race, just recently returned to racing after a four-year layoff. Morgan was in just his third race of the season. It also marked the third time he has been runner-up in the race, which he has never won.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.