The wingless racers of the United States Auto Club will venture into the area this week for the Eastern Storm.
The USAC 410 sprint cars will get the majority of the races, but the Silver Crown and ARDC/USAC midgets will race as well. The USAC sprints race for $6,000 to win.
Action starts Tuesday when USAC visits Grandview for Thunder on the Hill. The Grandview modifieds will also be a part of that program.
Wednesday, action moves west to Lincoln, where the USAC sprints will be joined by the Lincoln 358 sprints.
Then it’s on to Williams Grove for the two-day USAC Triple Crown Showdown. Thursday evening, the USAC sprints and the ARDC/USAC midgets compete. Friday’s show is the 100-lap Ted Horn/Bill Schindler Memorial Race for the Silver Crown of Dirt Champ Cars. ARDC/USAC midgets are also on that program.
Saturday, action moves to Port Royal, where the USAC sprints compete in a program that also includes the regular Port Royal 410 sprints.
The Eastern Storm concludes Sunday evening at Susquehanna where the USAC sprints are joined by the Xtreme stocks and stock 600cc micro sprints.
Last week, several drivers made it known that they plan to try their luck with the USAC sprints. Current Champion Oil/BR Motorsports Central Pennsylvania point leader Danny Dietrich will make his first stab at wingless racing. Dietrich will drive for car owner Tom Buch, who has fielded cars in both winged and wingless competition for years. Dietrich took some laps in the car last Friday at Williams Grove.
Top area 360 racer Mark Smith will compete in some of the USAC sprint races, and also in the Silver Crown event, as will Steve Buckwalter.
Sprint racer Gerard McIntyre Jr. did some wingless testing last Saturday at Lincoln, as did 358 sprint racer Brent Shearer. Of course,. a few local racers have done some wingless racing with the URC 360 club this season in special events, and should give USAC a try as well.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but the Silver Crown of Dirt Champ cars that will race at the Grove on Friday are a continuation of the cars that raced in the Indy 500 in the 1940s and 1950s. They stayed a part of the National Indy Car Championship into the 1970s.
One thing about these cars at Williams Grove is that the very first race for the Indy-type cars on a half-mile track came at the Grove in 1949. That race was won by Johnny Mantz, who a year later would win NASCAR’s first Southern 500 at Darlington, South Carolina.
On a special note, the car Mantz drove to the Indy Car win at the Grove is actually now on display at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in Latimore Valley.
Other races: Of course, USAC won’t be the only game in town over the weekend.
Other area tracks will be in action as well.
Selinsgrove will offer up a two-day weekend, with the 410 sprints racing there in the Ray Tilley Classic on Friday evening. The econo late models will be a part of that program as well.
Saturday, Selinsgrove offers up the Patriot Tour 360 sprints in the Joe Whitcomb Memorial Race. The late models, pro stocks and roadrunners also compete.
Lincoln’s second show of the week will be Saturday for BAPS Night, with the sprints and 358 sprints on hand. The York County Racing Club Night and the Kids Big Wheel races that were rained out earlier this season have been added to this program as well
Trailway has a Friday program of 358 sprints, Legends, limited stocks and street stocks. while Susquehanna actually precedes its USAC show with a Saturday program of 305 sprints, limited-late models, street stocks and Legends.
Hagerstown has a Saturday show of late models, late-model sportsmen, crate late models, pure stocks and hobby stocks.
EMMR: This week is the third Sunday round-table discussion at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.
This month’s topic is the ARDC Midget Club. Former driver and former club president Ron Lauer will preside. ARDC is one of the country’s oldest sanctioning bodies.
1972: The start of two very wet weeks that ended in the flood of 1972 were a part of this weekend. Hurricane Agnes was still a week away, but wet weather really put a hurt on local racing this weekend too.
Only the Saturday races at Lincoln, Selinsgrove and Jennerstown made it into the record books, and the following weekend would be worse.
At Lincoln that Saturday, Steve Smith drove the O.J. Myers No. 19 to his first Lincoln win of the season, and his second overall that season.
At Selinsgrove, things didn’t change much. Wrightsville’s Bobbie Adamson drove Al Hamilton’s No. 77 to the win. It marked his 11th win overall that season. The win was also Adamson’s sixth in a row at the Snyder County oval.
Western Pennsylvania driver Ted Wise won his third of the season at Jennerstown that week.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1. 48 Danny Dietrich 619 5
2. 27 Greg Hodnett 486 3
3. 24 Lucas Wolfe 485 4
4. 69K Lance Dewease 452 5
5. 21 Brian Montieth 398 1
6. 51 Freddie Rahmer 396 3
7. 07 Doug Esh 285 2
8. 3z Brock Zearfoss 284 1
9. 1 Dale Blaney 263
10. 25 Aaron Ott 250
11. 11 T J Stutts 229
12. 87 Alan Krimes 225
13. 39 Cory Haas 199
14. 5 Dylan Cisney 194
15. 5 David Gravel 164 3
16. 0 Rick Lafferty 152
17. 16 Gerard McIntyre Jr 133 1
18. 59 Jim Siegel 130
19. M1 Mark Smith 129 1
20. 44 Trey Starks 128 1
21. 1x Chad Trout 119
22. 55 Mike Wagner 115
23. 17B Steve Buckwalter 109
24. 8 Billy Dietrich 106
25. 88 Brandon Rahmer 105