Rain seems to be a constant this season on the local racing circuit.
Even when races aren’t rained out, delays are commonplace.
No track has been hit as hard this season as Lincoln Speedway, which has now lost complete shows in each of the last five weeks. Saturday, Lincoln tried to wait it out and started warm-ups at about 9:30 p.m. after getting the track back in shape. Then before warm-ups could be completed, it rained again.
Hagerstown has been hit nearly as often with its Saturday programs, while other tracks a little farther north have been able to race, but even that hasn’t always been a good thing. BAPS Motor Speedway in northern York County has lost a few shows and run late several other times after delays. Saturday, the limited-late-model feature had to be postponed because of the track’s curfew.
Port Royal and Selinsgrove speedways have been more fortunate. They have completed their programs, but in talking with some folks at the Port on Sunday (while waiting out a rain delay), they said that while they were able to race, the crowds were smaller than anticipated because of the unsettled weather.
Williams Grove lost both of its World of Outlaws shows to rain, and this week has a make-up of a feature for the 358 sprints that was rained on after four laps.
Unfortunately, the forecasters are calling for more unsettled weather over the next week.
Tribute cars, familiar faces: Tribute cars and familiar faces were a big part of last weekend’s racing that did take place.
The Donnie Kreitz team and driver Lance Dewease raced last weekend with the familiar blue No. 69K done up in white with bricks as a tribute to former car owner Walter Dyer, who was honored at Williams Grove Friday. The team didn’t tell Dyer ahead of time and he was quite surprised.
At the Bob Weikert Memorial at Port Royal, Danny Dietrich’s sprint car and Jeff Rine’s late model carried the once-familiar red-white-and-blue Weikert colors and the No. 29.
A number of Dyer’s past drivers were on hand at the Grove Friday. In addition to those mentioned last week, Jimmy Sheaffer and Paul Lotier were also on hand.
At the Port, past Weikert drivers Paul Pitzer, Kenny Jacobs, Keith Kauffman and Bobby Davis Jr. were on hand. Pitzer, Jacobs and Davis all got a chance to take to the track in restored cars from their time with Weikert.
For Davis, it was one of his few times back at any track since his retirement years ago. It’s been a long time since local fans got a chance to see the guy who came here from Memphis as a teenager and set the area on its ear in 1983.
Personally, it was great to again see a close friend from that era.
This weekend: Friday, Williams Grove has a Yellow Breeches 500 race for the sprint cars, plus the 358 sprints and the completion of the 358 sprint feature that was rained out a few weeks ago.
Friday at Trailway, the wingless super sportsmen take to the track, along with the 600cc and 270cc micro sprints, limited stocks and street stocks.
Saturday, Lincoln will try again with the $6,900-to-win Weldon Sterner Memorial for the sprint cars. Also on the program are 358 sprints and the wingless super sportsmen.
Port Royal has the sprints, a Tri Track Late Model Challenge Series race and the Xtreme stocks on Saturday.
BAPS Motor Speedway hosts the Carl Billet Memorial on Saturday. The super sportsmen, limited-late models and Xtreme stocks also compete.
Hagerstown will host the late models, late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks Saturday.
The All Star Series will be back in Pennsylvania this weekend for make-up events at Lernerville Friday and Bedford Sunday.
1984: It was a complete weekend of racing around the area in 1984.
Keith Kauffman got his 16th win of the season at Williams Grove on Friday. Kauffman was wheeling the Al Hamilton No. 77.
Saturday action saw Steve Kinser win at Lincoln, while another guy with an Outlaw background, Jac Haudenschild, won at Port Royal. Kinser was wheeling cousin Karl’s No. 11, while Haudenschild was in Bob Weikert’s No. 29.
Selinsgrove had a two-race weekend that week. Saturday, Maynard Yingst won in Gary and Pattie Beam’s No. 88. The win was Yingst’s second of the season. Sunday it was Frankie Kerr who got his second win of the season in Bud Lawrence’s No. K54.
URC raced at Winchester, Virginia, on Saturday, and local ace Kramer Williamson won.
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 (1) 515
2. Lucas Wolfe (2) 433
3. Danny Dietrich (4) 415
4. Brian Montieth (3) 350
5. Lance Dewease (5) 345
6. Freddie Rahmer (1) 312
7. Brock Zearfoss (2) 280
8. T.J. Stutts 265
9. Anthony Macri 214
10. Steve Buckwalter (1) 210