HOUSEHOLDER: Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek features number of interesting story lines
- Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek has completed three events through Sunday.
- Trey Starks, Danny Dietrich and Cole Duncan have grabbed the first three wins.
- A number of prominent visitors have already competed in Speedweek, and more are expected.
Three races, three different winners.
That's just one of several interesting story lines after three events during the 2018 edition of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek, which is scheduled to include 10 races overall and a total purse in excess of $300,000.
As expected, the action has been hot and heavy.
Washington state driver Trey Starks, who drives for local car owner Scott Gobrecht, opened the series with a flag-to-flag victory at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday.
Saturday, Danny Dietrich held off a late-race charge from Lance Dewease to score the Lincoln Speedway triumph.
Sunday at Path Valley Speedway Park, Ohio state driver Cole Duncan scored the win, passing Freddie Rahmer late in the race.
It’s interesting to note that Fred Rahmer promoted the Path Valley race. His longtime friendship with Rodney Duncan probably had a lot to do with Cole Duncan racing there.
That Fred Rahmer and Rodney Duncan would watch their sons duke it out for the victory had to be special for both families.
In the early going, this year’s Speedweek has had a host of prominent visitors in the area. During the first few races, three Australians have competed: multi-time Australian World Series champion James McFadden in the Highlands No. 3 racer; Mitchell Wormall in his family’s No. 97; and Jessie Attard.
The 18-year-old Attard has been in the area for several weeks now. Another interesting note is that the Attard family is staying with the Rahmer family while in the area.
Starks, of course, is from Washington state, and spends his time at Scott Gobrecht’s home while in the area driving the Gobrecht car.
Popular driver Rico Abreu is also in the area, driving the car owned by his family’s California vineyards.
A host of Midwestern teams joined the series at Path Valley after completing their home area activities in the early part of the weekend. NASCAR racer Christopher Bell came to the area Sunday, driving for the Kevin Swindell team at Path Valley. Bell will be in the area for a few days before heading back to NASCAR land. When he does, he'll turn his ride back over to its regular driver, Spencer Bayston, of United States Auto Club midget fame.
All Star and Outlaw racer Parker Price Miller also joined the fold at Path Valley and plans to stick around for much of the week.
NASCAR star Kyle Larson was expected to join Speedweek Monday at Lincoln Speedway for several days before heading to Daytona. Monday's 30-lap Lincoln race offers $7,000 to win.
Schedule: Speedweek heads to Grandview Speedway Tuesday for a $7,000-to-win show, with the Grandview modifieds also on hand.
Wednesday, it’s off to Port Royal Speedway for another $7,000-to-win event, with the United Racing Club 360 sprints also on hand.
Thursday's action moves to Hagerstown Speedway, where it’s $5,000 to win. The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing vintage racers will have exhibition time.
The Mitch Smith Memorial at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday offers $10,000 to win, with the Mason-Dixon limited-late models also on the card.
Port Royal offers up another $7,000-to-win event Saturday, when the Moonshine Camo late-model series is also on hand.
Speedweek wraps up Sunday at Selinsgrove for the Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial, which pays $5,000 to win and crowns the Speedweek champ. The 305 sprints also compete.
Other races: Selinsgrove also races Tuesday with the Firecracker 30 for the 360 sprint cars. The late models and pro stocks also compete.
Trailway Speedway races Friday with the 358 sprints, 270cc micro sprints, street stocks and limited stocks.
Lincoln gives the sprints Saturday off for the Speedweek show at Port Royal, but the 358 sprints will headline. In addition to the full show, there is also a make-up 358 sprint feature. The street stocks and 600cc modifieds also compete.
BAPS Motor Speedway will race Saturday with the super sportsmen, 305 sprints, Legends and Xtreme stocks.
Hagerstown hosts the Mason-Dixon limited-late-model series Saturday.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.