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Lots of race cars and racing-related activities will be featured at the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center this coming weekend.

It’s again time for the Racing Xtravaganza show.

As always, the main focus of the show will be local race cars. Usually, more than 100 race cars are on display at the show, with cars from all the local racing classes on hand.

Of course, there is much more to the show than just race cars, but they are the main focus of the weekend.

Racing vendors from around the area will also be on hand, with race car parts and racing memorabilia for everyone to check out.

Most of the local speedways will be on hand with schedules for their upcoming seasons, as well as personnel to answer any questions.

There will be a Ms. Racing Xtrvaganza contest as well. A special “Kid’s Zone” will be a part of the weekend as well.

In recent years, racing-related seminars have become a big part of the show. I know that show promoter Scott Gobrecht will have a seminar presented by Kolton Gouse on the upcoming season at their BAPS Motor Speedway (still known to many of us as Susquehanna). Word leaked out last weekend that BAPS Motor Speedway will be starting its own Hall of Fame, with it’s first inductees to be announced over the weekend.

The York County Racing Club will present a seminar on club history and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will also have a seminar. I know about those two seminars, because I’ve been asked to sit on both panels.

The Racing Xtravaganza will run Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday is "Kid’s Day," with free admission for those under 17.

PIT STOPS

New sponsor for overall series: The overall series for local sprint-car racers will have one new major series sponsor this season.

Champion Racing Oil will return for its role as a title sponsor, but joining in the role as title sponsor will be Stirling Lubricants. The series will now be known as the Champion Racing Oil/Stirling Lubricants Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Series presented by Hoseheads.com.

Last year Danny Dietrich took home $6,000 for his first series title.

Indoor racing at Atlantic City: Another Gambler’s Classic has been reeled off at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

During the course of the weekend I got a chance to talk with veteran announcer Bob Marlowe. Marlowe has worked at all the Gambler’s Classics since Sammons Promotions brought the race back to Boardwalk Hall in 2003.

However, Marlowe also worked earlier racing events at what once was known as Convention Hall in Atlantic City. Races were held in the Hall every winter from the mid-1960s thru 1981. Marlowe also worked many of those shows. He related that the first race held in the Hall was in 1938.

Of course, between the 1981 race and the 2003 race, the Hall underwent a major renovation project. In the “old days” the track inside Boardwalk Hall was larger than it is now, but the cars actually raced under the seating area on the straightaways, making viewing much harder.

Boardwalk Hall is the same venue, which for many years, hosted the Miss America Pageant.

History for 2018: As has become a tradition of mine, each year I select a year where the dates match the current year, and then present each weekend’s area sprint-car winners from that season.

People have been asking what year I have decided to use this year.

I thought I’d move forward a little bit this year and go with 1984. Hard to believe that’s 34 years ago already.

The 1984 season was one that should be very interesting. It was a year that saw some major changes on the local circuit. The first race that year was held on the last weekend in February. I’ll try to give an overview of the season sometime before then.

Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

 

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