The sprint cars from the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions visited the area over this past weekend for five races in four nights.
In the end, the final score showed the All Star regulars with three wins, the Pennsylvania Posse with two victories and some talented invaders with none.
All Star point leader Aaron Reutzel won the opener at Grandview Speedway over hard-charging Freddie Rahmer and NASCAR Cup driver Kyle Larson on Thursday evening.
They moved on to Williams Grove Speedway on Friday for twin 20s, with local drivers Freddie Rahmer and Jim Siegel scoring the wins. Larson had another second and a sixth.
Saturday at Lincoln Speedway, it looked as if Rahmer would claim another win, but engine troubles with a little more than two laps to go turned the lead over to All Star Carson Macedo, who picked up the win over Larson.
That led to Sunday’s race at BAPS Motor Speedway with the score tied at two wins each. That left it up to the All Star "Boss" to break the tie. Former NASCAR Cup champion Tony Stewart now owns the All Star series and has been a regular at the tour's races all year. But he hadn’t been to victory lane.
Stewart, also an IndyCar champion in his Hall of Fame career, changed that Sunday at BAPS, which was also his first win against the Pennsylvania Posse in a 410 sprint car. Larson led early in that race but suffered mechanical woes.
This weekend: A busy holiday weekend is ahead for the local racing circuit, with a number of special events.
Things kick off Friday at Williams Grove, where the sprint cars will race in a special tribute event for retired car owner Al Hamilton. Over the years, some of the very best drivers in sprint car racing have driven for Hamilton and many of them will be on hand for the tribute race. Joining the sprint cars on the slate will be the 360 sprints from the United Racing Club and Patriot tours.
Williams Grove will also be in action on Sunday evening this weekend with the Billy Kimmel Memorial Race. The sprints and super sportsmen compete on the program.
Other Friday action includes Trailway Speedway, where the 358 sprints, 270cc micro sprints and street stocks compete, and Path Valley, where the Mason Dixon limited late models will be in action.
Lincoln honors the memory of former co-promoter Bob Leiby with its Saturday program. The sprint cars, 358 sprints and limited late models will all compete for added purse money. The limited late models also have a make-up feature from an earlier rain out.
The 164th annual Juniata County Fair kicks off this weekend at Port Royal Speedway. Saturday’s fair kick-off event features the Butch Renninger Memorial Race for the late models, plus sprints, econo late models and Xtreme stocks.
Monday afternoon at the Port, it’s the 67th annual running of the Labor Day Classic. On the racing slate are the sprint cars and the econo late models.
BAPS offers up the super sportsmen, 360 sprints, 305 sprints and street stocks for its Saturday event.
Selinsgrove Speedway won’t be racing on Saturday this weekend, but instead will offer a special Sunday program featuring the 360 sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
1984: It was a busy holiday weekend back in 1984 as well.
Things kicked off Friday at Williams Grove, where Van May drove his Sterner Cement No. 69 to his eighth win of the season. Williams Grove also raced Sunday that weekend, with Keith Kauffman driving Al Hamilton’s No. 77 to his 28th win of the racing season.
The local Saturday slate found Richard Lupo winning at Lincoln for the fifth time that season in the Bobby Allen No. 2a, while out in Sharon, Ohio, his car owner was driving his own No. 1a to the victory in an All Star event. That win was Allen’s fourth of the season.
Port Royal and Selinsgrove both had two-race weekends that year, with Joey Gravino winning at the Port on Saturday night for his seventh win of the season in his own No. 9. At Selinsgrove that Saturday, Brian Seidel drove his father’s No. 98 to his third win of the season.
In Monday’s Labor Day Classic at Port Royal, New York state driver Dave Wickham scored an upset in his own No. 80. It should be noted that Wickham now lives in Hanover and is still racing, now with the PASS 305 sprint series.
From Port Royal, it was a quick drive down Route 35 to Selinsgrove for an evening program that saw Doug Wolfgang park Bob Weikert’s No. 29 in victory lane. Coupled with an All Star win the night before at Sharon, Ohio, it marked Wolfgang’s fifth win since joining Weikert’s team at midseason.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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