It's become an annual rite of spring in the local dirt-track community.
The 18th annual Gary Wolford Fish Fry will be held this Sunday at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Wolford, the legendary local racer who died in 2016, started the event at his racing shop as a gathering of drivers from the Silver Spring Speedway. From the start, the event grew into something amazing, and before long it outgrew Wolford’s shop.
That's when Wolford decided it could be a great fundraiser for the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing that is located at the fairgrounds. While still very active, Wolford turned the reins over to the fine folks from the EMMR, and it has continued to grow each year.
The neat thing about the fish fry is that the food provided is on a donation basis, with all the proceeds going to the EMMR.
The event is still a reunion of the racing folks from the now long-gone Silver Spring Speedway, but you're sure to find many other racers there as well.
After several years of wet weather hampering the on-track attraction of a blindfold race, this year’s event will be different. Instead of a blindfold race, weather permitting, there will be track time for all the vintage cars that are in attendance, with, of course, special attention given to those cars that actually raced at Silver Spring.
Event organizers also promise some surprises during the day.
Weekend racing: Some big events will dot this weekend’s racing action.
The touring Lucas Oil ASCS 360 sprint cars visit the area for the first time. They will join the 410 sprint cars in Friday’s program at Williams Grove Speedway.
Then on Saturday, the ASCS series headlines at Selinsgrove Speedway, with the limited-late models as the support class.
The sprint cars headline at both Lincoln and Port Royal speedways on Saturday. After last weekend’s rainout, the sprints at Lincoln will go in the 33-lap Weldon Sterner Memorial Race, with $6,900 for the winner. The 358 sprints and Legends are also a part of the Lincoln program. It will also be York County Racing Club Night.
At Port Royal, the sprints are joined by the late models, 305 sprints and econo late models.
The sprint-car weekend wraps up Sunday evening at BAPS Speedway, with the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial. The 358 sprints join the action.
BAPS is also in action on Saturday with the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks for the rescheduled Hall of Fame Night.
The 358 sprints also race Friday at Trailway Speedway with the 600cc and 270cc micro sprints on hand, as well as the street stocks. It’s York County Racing Club Night at Trailway on Friday as well.
Trailway is also in action on Saturday evening with a Junk Car Demolition Race, limited stocks, a figure-eight race and a powder-puff race.
After being rained out last Friday, the wingless super sportsmen have been added to this Friday’s program at Path Valley Speedway.
At Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday, it’s the Frank Sagi Tribute Race. The late models, pure stocks, hobby stocks and Mid-Atlantic modifieds compete.
Frank Sagi served as the voice of Hagerstown Speedway for nearly 40 years, and was well respected around racing circles in the Northeast. His son, Alan Sagi, a noted driver himself, has again worked to organize the event, and a number of past Hagerstown favorites will be on hand for the evening.
1984: Finally, there was almost a full weekend of racing in 1984.
Keith Kauffman in Al Hamilton’s No. 77 won Friday’s race at Williams Grove for his 11th win of the season, and then backed it up with win No. 12 on Saturday at Port Royal.
At Lincoln Saturday, Van May raced to the victory in Weldon Sterner’s No. 69. The win was May’s first of the season.
Selinsgrove had a full slate on Saturday, with a make-up race for the sprint cars, plus the regular event. The URC was on hand as well. Kenny Jacobs in the Reno No. 4J won both of the sprint-car features that night to push his local win total for the season to three. In the URC feature, Dave Kelly scored the win in the No. 17.
Trailway was slated to host a special Sunday sprint-car show, but was rained out, with the event reset for the following week.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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