Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions will return to the area this weekend for a three-race swing.
All Star action will be at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, Port Royal Speedway on Saturday and Bedford Speedway on Sunday.
The All Stars have never fared well at Williams Grove. In fact, a driver who was a regular with the All Stars that season has never won an All Star race at the Grove. In two appearances last year, Lance Dewease and Danny Dietrich were Grove All Star winners.
This year’s race is the Tommy Hinnershitz Classic. Also on the program are the PASS 305 sprints.
At Port Royal, things are a little different. The All Stars have won there. The most recent All Star to win at the Port was Dale Blaney in 2016. Since Blaney’s win, Dewease has won three consecutive All Star shows at the Port. Dave Blaney, who won last week at the Port, will be an All Star regular this season.
The race at the Port is the Keith Kauffman Classic, and the Route 35 Moonshine Camo late-model series will also compete.
Bedford’s race on Sunday is the Roy Morrall Classic.
There's plenty of other racing scheduled in the area this weekend. The Friday slate also finds the 358 sprints opening their Trailway Speedway season, with the 600cc and 270cc micro sprints, along with the street stocks. The wingless super sportsmen are scheduled for Path Valley Speedway on Friday.
Lincoln Speedway hosts the sprints, 358 sprints and street stocks on Saturday, while the 360 sprints, limited-late models, pro stocks and roadrunners are joined by the Penn Mar Vintage cars at Selinsgrove Speedway.
BAPS Motor Speedway hosts the super sportsmen, along with the PASS 305 sprints and Xtreme stocks on Saturday, and Hagerstown Speedway has the late models, late-model sportsmen, pure stocks and hobby stocks on Saturday.
Wins that were long-time coming: When York’s Cory Haas pulled into victory lane at Williams Grove on Friday evening, it marked the end of a long dry spell.
Haas hadn’t won at the Grove since the fall of 2015. It also marked the first victory in a while for car owner John Trone.
Trone and Haas teamed up over the winter of 2016-2017 after Haas and longtime car owner Michael Barshinger parted ways. Last season was a good one for the new team, but one thing was missing. A feature win. Now that part is out of the way.
For Trone, whose family has been involved in local racing since the 1950s, it was a bittersweet victory. His 90-something mother Martha died recently. Martha Trone never lost her love of local racing and usually could be seen at the races cheering on the Trone Special No. 39.
Another driver who waited a long time for victory was Tyler Esh, who won Saturday’s feature at Lincoln.
Esh raced 358 sprints for several seasons with good finishes, but no wins. In 2017, he went 410 sprint racing, but decided to race with the All Stars for the season. A late-season crash at Eldora left him with serious injuries.
Now fully recovered, and awaiting the start of the All Star season, Esh finally picked up that first win.
Dave Blaney’s win at Port Royal certainly wasn’t his first, but it was his first in a while, and it came on the same day his son Ryan won a NASCAR Xfinity race.
Gregg Foster moved from the super-sportsman cars to the 358 sprints this season. Sunday, at BAPS, in his fourth race with the 358s, “The Gas Man” won the feature.
1984: The theme on this weekend in 1984 matched the rest of the early season action that year — Keith Kauffman and rain.
Kauffman drove Al Hamilton’s famed No. 77 to wins at Williams Grove on Friday and Hagerstown on Sunday, while the Saturday slate at Lincoln, Port Royal and Selinsgrove was rained out. Kauffman’s weekend wins put his season total at eight.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Greg Hodnett 215
2. Lucas Wolfe (1) 200
3. Brian Montieth (2) 195
4. Danny Dietrich (2) 183
5. Cory Haas (1) 118
6. Kyle Moody 105
7. Freddie Rahmer 103
8. Alan Krimes 94
9. Chad Trout (1) 88
10. Anthony Macri 86