Racing season is now in high gear, and there will again be plenty of racing action this weekend.
Add in the Latimore Valley Fair on the fairgrounds that also holds the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and things really heat up.
Of course, that’s just a prelude to next week, when the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek will begin.
This week, the Latimore Valley Fair will showcase racing’s past, while a slew of local tracks will highlight its present.
The 34th annual revival of the Latimore Valley Fair will bring antique race cars, a thrill show, a car show, a tractor pull and live entertainment to what has become an old-time country festival.
The Williams Grove Old Timers, now known as EMMR, purchased the long-dormant Latimore Valley Fairgrounds and restored it. The revival of the Latimore Valley Fair was one of the first things to happen on the restored fairgrounds. It was used to develop community interest and also as a fundraiser. The fair has grown considerably since then.
The fair will run Friday from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The vintage race cars have track time Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tractor pulls run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Lucky Devil Hell Drivers Thrill Show is a don’t-miss event. It starts at 3 p.m. Saturday. The thing about this thrill show is that the daring drivers do all their stunts with antique cars and motorcycles. It’s billed as “A troop of daredevils with nerves of steel, and not much sense.”
Sunday includes a cruise-in for classic cars, an antique tractor parade and a Cackle Fest for vintage drag-racing cars.
Racing action: Williams Grove Speedway will host the sprint cars and the first leg of the K1 Race Gear Summer Series for the 358 sprints on York County Racing Club Night on Friday.
The Friday show at Trailway Speedway includes the 358 sprints, 600cc and 270cc micro sprints, limited stocks and vintage cars for Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown Night, while the wingless super sportsmen race at Path Valley Speedway on Friday.
Lincoln Speedway hosts the Brandon Little Memorial National Fallen Firefighters Night Saturday, with the sprint cars racing for $5,000 to win. The 358 sprints and limited-late models are also on the program.
Port Royal Speedway’s Saturday show is the Fire and Rescue Night for the sprints, late models, econo late models and Xtreme stock cars.
At BAPS Motor Speedway on Saturday, the super sportsmen, 305 sprints and street stocks race, while Selinsgrove hosts the 360 sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Hagerstown Speedway’s Saturday show will host the ULMS late models for $5,000 to win, plus the pure stocks.
Finally good weather: With all the poor weather early in the season, some folks were wondering if interest in local racing was declining.
Crowds were poor at many of the early-season shows.
If last weekend’s crowds were any indication, the local sport is still very healthy. Large crowds were the norm for all of the local tracks last weekend.
A Kable back at Lincoln: The Mid-Atlantic Modifieds made their first-ever stop at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday.
The cars are about the same as the IMCA-style modifieds that race across the country, but haven’t been seen much in this area. The group is based in Virginia and has raced a few times at places such as Port Royal and Selinsgrove speedways, but mostly are more well known in this region at Hagerstown and Bedford speedways.
One thing I noticed at Lincoln is that there were a number of drivers with past Lincoln experience. There were 25 cars on hand, and at least five had raced at Lincoln with other classes,
The winner, however, had never raced at Lincoln before, but has a long family history there. Ray Kable III, a 17-year-old, became the third Ray Kable to race at the track.
His grandfather, Ray Kable Sr., won there in the early 1960s with the stock cars that preceded the sprint cars, and then went on to a number of late-model wins at the track.
Ray Kable Jr. also raced at Lincoln in the late models, although I haven’t found a win for him there. Another Kable son, Butch, did win at Lincoln in the late models.
Then there is grandma “Snooky.” She was the chief scorer at Lincoln for many years under Hilly Rife’s promotions.
1984: On this weekend in 1984, Maynard Yingst scored his fourth and fifth wins of the season.
Yingst drove Gary and Pattie Beam's No. 88 to wins at Williams Grove on Friday and Selinsgrove on Saturday. Selinsgrove suffered another Sunday rainout.
Steve Smith scored his first win of the season on Saturday at Lincoln. Smith was wheeling his own No. 119 sponsored by Swope’s Salvage. Keith Kauffman’s 19th win of the season came on Saturday at Port Royal in Al Hamilton’s No. 77.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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