The long-running Motorsports show in Oaks, Montgomery County, will be presented this weekend by Len Sammons Productions at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.
Motorsports runs Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Numerous race cars and racing products will be on display, along with all kinds of racing novelties. The Motorsports show is best known for two things: The Ms. Motorsports Contest and famous racers signing autographs.
This year, perhaps the most famous of all racers will be on hand. NASCAR’s “King” Richard Petty is scheduled to sign autographs on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Several of Petty’s vintage race cars will be on display. Petty will celebrate his 80th birthday in July.
Former NASCAR mechanic and current TV commentator Jeff Hammond will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday as well.
The Ms. Motorsports pageant will be held at 7:30 Saturday evening.
A few other autograph sessions that are sure to be well attended are the ones with the Rahmers — Fred, Freddie and Brandon — from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, and the one with both Billy Pauch Sr. and Billy Pauch Jr., from 4 p.m. until 5 p..m. Saturday.
Season openers: News is starting to filter out about the upcoming racing season, and a number of tracks have announced their opening dates.
Of course, Lincoln Speedway is set for the first race of the season in the Northeast. Lincoln’s scheduled opener is set for Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, with the Ice Breaker 30 for the sprint cars.
Port Royal has set Saturday, March 11, for its opener. The sprints and late models will compete that day.
Williams Grove will revert to its traditional Sunday afternoon opening dates this season. For a number of years, “The Grove” opened its season on Sunday afternoons before switching to its Friday night schedule a few weeks later. A few years ago, Grove officials decided to just start the season on Friday nights.
For 2017, the historic oval will go back to the Sunday afternoon opener. The Grove is set to open on Sunday, March 12, with the sprint cars and late models competing.
Susquehanna will open its second season under the direction of Scott Gobrecht and Kolten Gouse on Saturday, March 25, with the super sportsmen, limited late models, street stocks and Legends in action.
Selinsgrove’s opener is set for Saturday, April, 8 with the 360 sprints, late models and pro stocks racing that evening.
Other track news: Frank Plessinger’s Hagerstown Speedway will be back under the direction of Lisa Plessinger for 2017.
Joining Plessinger in the operation of the speedway will be Hagerstown native Doug Timmons. Timmons promoted the Winchester (Virginia) Speedway for a number of years, and also was instrumental in the operation of the Three State Flyers late model series.
Speaking of late models, the 2017 Late Model Speedweek will have a more local flavor this year. The event runs in early June with the super late models returning to Susquehanna for the first time in many years to open the series on June 1. That’s a Thursday, with Bedford on Friday, Port Royal on Saturday and Path Valley on Sunday for the first weekend. The series comes back to Williams Grove the following Friday and wraps up at Selinsgrove that Saturday.
Other dates to remember: Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek will run the week of July 4 this year, opening at Williams Grove on June 30.
Look for Lincoln to race on July 1 and July 3 during Speedweek.
The USAC Eastern Storm should be interesting this year. It starts June 13 at Grandview, followed by dates at Lincoln, Williams Grove, Port Royal and Susquehanna. The USAC sprints and midgets are at the Grove on June 15 and then USAC’s Silver Crown cars and midgets are at the Grove on June 16.
Florida: A few dates for local fans to remember for Florida Speedweeks.
The All Star sprints race at Bubba’s in Ocala from Feb. 9-11, and at Volusia near Daytona on Feb 15-16. The World of Outlaw sprints are at Volusia from Feb. 17-19. The USAC sprints are at Bubba’s from Feb. 23-25.
The late models compete somewhere in Florida most of the month, but the big dates are the Lucas Oil Series at East Bay near Tampa from Feb. 13-18 and the World of Outlaws late models at Volusia from Feb. 23- 25.
The DIRT Modifieds are at Volusia from Feb. 22-25.
ARCH banquet: The Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown will hold its annual banquet on Saturday evening in Hagerstown.
ARCH, each year, honors sportsmanship drivers from the various tracks it attends. There are also a number of special awards and two Hall of Fame inductions.
YCRC meeting: The York County Racing Club will host a general membership meeting on Wednesday evening at the club hall in Zions View.
The meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. Sprint car racer Cory Haas, from York, is scheduled to be the guest speaker.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.