The winter storm that blew through the area on the first day of spring wiped out local racing action last weekend.
In fact, it even impacted the off-track action during the week as well.
So, things will kick off this week with the York County Racing Club’s general membership meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, March 28, at the club hall in Zions View. The meeting had been scheduled for last Wednesday, March 21.
Defending Legends series driver Mason Chaney will be the guest speaker. As I mentioned last week, this is also an opportunity for members to nominate folks for the YCRC’s Hall of Fame.
Moving on to racing action for the weekend, Williams Grove Speedway will try again on Friday evening, March 30, to complete its second show of the season. The sprint cars will compete in a Yellow Breeches 500 event. These races offer a normal purse at the front, but pay $500 for last place. The 358 sprints are set to kick off their season at the Grove on Friday.
Also on Friday, the wingless super sportsmen compete at Path Valley.
Lincoln Speedway, which has held three races thus far this season, is set for its first championship run of the season on Saturday evening, March 31. The Spring Championship for the sprint cars will offer $5,000 to the winner. In the past, this race has often attracted drivers from other series who have the weekend off. Kasey Kahne won the race two years ago. The 358 sprints are also set to kick off their Lincoln season Saturday.
Port Royal Speedway is 0 for 3 thus far this season, but will try again on Saturday evening. At the Port, the sprint cars will race for $4,000 to win. The late models, Mason-Dixon limited-late models and Xtreme stocks also compete.
BAPS Motor Speedway (formerly Susquehanna) lost its opener last week, but will try again this Saturday evening. On the slate at BAPS are the super sportsmen, limited-late models, street stocks and Xtreme stocks.
Trailway Speedway will open its season on Saturday evening with AMA flat-track motorcycle racing.
Hagerstown Speedway is also set to open its season on Saturday. The UMLS late models headline with a feature that offers $3,000 to win. The pure stocks and U-Cars also compete.
Selinsgrove Speedway is set to unveil its new outside pit area with a practice day on Saturday afternoon.
Weather woes: It’s a well-known fact by now that the weather has greatly impacted the opening of the local racing season.
Lincoln has raced three times in five tries, while Williams Grove has presented one of three programs. Port Royal has lost all three of its planned races and BAPS lost its opener last week.
The thing is, central Pennsylvania isn’t the only place where weather has played havoc with the racing schedule. The World of Outlaws' western swing has been hammered during the past several weeks. Sunny California has been anything but that over the past couple of weeks.
The WoO started its season with three races in Florida during Speedweeks. Since the western swing began, however, the Outlaws have lost six races while completing five. Texas was wet at the end of February, with races being rained out in Paige and Kilgore.
The WoO then raced at Las Vegas during the NASCAR week there before losing a race at Perris, California, that weekend. The following weekend the Outlaws got in the first race at Tulara but lost the second.
Two weeks ago they lost the first race at Stockton, but ran the second. This past weekend, the Friday show at Ocean’s Speedway was rained out, but the Outlaws did get back on track Saturday at Bakersfield.
Sheldon Haudenschild won at Bakersfield over Shane Stewart, Jason Johnson, Joey Saldana and Ian Madsen. Hanover’s Logan Schuchart was ninth, Brent Marks was 14th and Hanover’s Jacob Allen was 23rd.
Haudenschild joins Donny Schatz with three wins each this year with the Outlaws. Other wins have gone to Aaron Reutzel and Cory Eliason.
1984: The local season started almost as badly in 1984 as it has this year.
Going into this coming weekend, five races had been completed, with Keith Kauffman winning four of them in Al Hamilton’s No. 77. Dave Blaney won the other in his family-owned No. 10.
This coming weekend wasn’t too good either. Lincoln, Selinsgrove and Port Royal all threw in the towel on Saturday when snow still blanketed their tracks.
However, by Sunday afternoon, Williams Grove was ready to go. The only race of this weekend in 1984 was reeled off that Sunday afternoon, with Randy Wolfe, Lucas’ father, scoring his first win of the season in the Keen No. 5W. Wolfe’s win that afternoon came over Kauffman. Maynard Yingst finished third, followed by Jimmy Nace and Bobby Allen.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.