The national ASCS touring series for the 360 sprint cars visited the area last weekend for the “Battle of the Groves.”
The Lucas Oil-sponsored series raced at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday and Selinsgrove Speedway on Saturday.
As is the case when so many touring groups visit the area, the ASCS racers went home without a victory.
Greg Hodnett led every lap Friday at Williams Grove, while Blane Heimbach did likewise at Selinsgrove on Saturday.
One thing about the ASCS is that the series did bring a large number of race cars to the area tracks. There were 46 cars at Williams Grove and 41 at Selinsgrove, and they came from all over the place. By a quick count, I think the field at the Grove represented 14 different states and three countries.
If you add in that the “Posse’s Aussie,” James McFadden, made his first Grove 410 start Friday, that means four different countries were represented at the Grove.
Starting in a little more than a week, things might be a little different, however, when the World of Outlaws sprint cars will be in the area with races at Lincoln on Wednesday, May 16, and the Grove on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19. The Outlaws still hold a slight edge over the Posse in the win department.
Weekend schedule: Williams Grove opens this coming weekend with an “Outlaw Tune-Up” for the sprint cars.
The tune-up will allow local racers a chance to familiarize themselves with the Outlaws racing format. The 358 sprints are also on the Grove’s program.
Trailway Speedway also races Friday with the 358 sprints, 270cc micro sprints, street stocks and limited stocks.
Saturday, Lincoln will try for the third straight week to present the Weldon Sterner Memorial Race for the sprint cars. The winner takes home $6,900. The 358 sprints and vintage stock cars are also on the program.
Port Royal hosts the sprint cars, late models, econo late models and Xtreme stocks on Saturday, while Selinsgrove has the 360 sprints, 305 sprints, late models and pro stocks on Saturday.
BAPS Motor Speedway in northern York County will host the super sportsmen, limited-late models, street stocks and Legends on Saturday. Then on Sunday, the track returns with the make-up of last Sunday’s rained-out Kevin Gobrecht Memorial for sprint cars. The race will pay $4,900 to win and $490 to start. This would've been the year Kevin would've celebrated his 49th birthday. The 358 sprints are also on the program.
Heads up: With the World of Outlaws racing next Wednesday evening (May 16) at Lincoln Speedway, the York County Racing Club will move its scheduled general membership meeting a day earlier to Tuesday, May 15.
The special guest speaker for the meeting is Outlaws driver Shane Stewart. The Oklahoma native drives for NASCAR star Kyle Larson on the Outlaw tour. His chief wrench is York’s Lee Stauffer.
1984: Finally, there was a complete weekend of racing in Pennsylvania on this week in 1984.
Friday night at Williams Grove, Jimmy Nace raced to his first win of the season. If my memory serves correctly, Nace was driving the LPS No. 5 at that time.
Saturday at Lincoln, modified-ace-turned-sprint-car-racer Meme DeSantis raced to his first win of the season in a No. 88 car fielded by another guy who moved from the modified ranks, Joe Harz.
Port Royal had two features on Saturday, one a make-up from a previous rain out. The results were the same both times. Keith Kauffman drove to his 13th and 14th wins of the season in Al Hamilton’s No. 77.
At Selinsgrove on Saturday, Maynard Yingst raced to his first win of the season in the No. 88 car fielded by Gary and Pattie Beam.
Trailway rounded out the weekend with a special Sunday evening show for the sprint cars. The event had been rained out the week before. When all was said and done, it was “Wild Child” Jac Haudenschild parking Bob Weikert’s famous No. 29 in the Trailway victory lane.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS
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(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Greg Hodnett (1) 425
2. Danny Dietrich (4) 362
3. Brian Montieth (3) 340
4. Lucas Wolfe (1) 312
5. Freddie Rahmer (1) 302
6. Brock Zearfoss (2) 217
7. T.J. Stutts 199
8. Lance Dewease (3) 185
9. Alan Krimes 179
10. Anthony Macri 178