The "Month of Money" is about to start on the local dirt-track circuit.
It kicks off with the All Star-sanctioned Tuscarora 50 weekend at Port Royal Speedway.
Friday, the All Stars take on the Pennsylvania Posse in the “Night Before the 50." Saturday night, it’s the big race itself. Friday’s preliminary event will be a regular All Star show with $5,000 awaiting the winner. The super late models will also compete on Friday.
Saturday, it’s the 51st annual Tuscarora 50. As would seem fitting, the race will pay $51,000 to win. The econo late models will also be on the program. Last year, Lance Dewease took home the $50,000 winner’s share at the Tusky.
The month of money continues the following week with Selinsgrove Speedway’s 36th annual Jim Nace Memorial National Open. This one is also sanctioned by the All Stars, with $10,000 on the line for the winner. Invader Brian Brown won last year’s Selinsgrove event.
Lincoln Speedway’s turn comes on Saturday, Sept. 22, with the Kasey Kahne Dirt Classic. This event is unsanctioned and pays the winner $25,000. Dewease also won this one last year.
The month wraps up with the granddaddy of them all, the Williams Grove Speedway National Open. The Grove’s National Open is World of Outlaws sanctioned and, for the 56th running of the event, will offer up $56,000 to the winner. David Gravel was last year’s winner.
Other weekend racing: Williams Grove, Selinsgrove and Lincoln all take this weekend off from regular racing for the Tuscarora 50.
The Grove will host AMA Motorcycle Racing Saturday.
The 358 sprints, 600cc micro sprints, Legends and limited stocks race at Trailway Speedway Friday, while the wingless super sportsmen race at Path Valley Speedway.
BAPS Motor Speedway is in action Saturday with the super sportsmen, limited late models, street stocks and Xtreme stocks.
A week early: The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing’s Third Sunday Round Table will be a week early this month, which means it will be held this coming Sunday afternoon.
Because some key players have commitments the following week, things will happen this week. Local historian Steve Bubb will host and the discussion will be about local racing history and lost tracks.
Montieth a Lincoln champion: Brian Montieth’s win in the rain-shortened feature at Lincoln Saturday helped him to clinch his seventh track title there.
Actually, all Montieth had to do was take a green flag in any event Saturday to clinch the title.
Spring Grove’s Greg Hodnett is leading the point chases at both Williams Grove and Port Royal, as well as on the Champion Oil overall series. Hodnett already owns five Grove titles, but has never won a championship at the Port.
Stutts back: T.J. Stutts returned to racing action last weekend.
Stutts suffered back injuries a few months ago, but was released to return to action this past weekend. He started out with top-10 runs at Port Royal Saturday and Williams Grove Sunday. A storybook ending to the weekend fell short, however, when Stutts suffered a flat tire Monday afternoon at Port Royal just a few laps after surrendering the lead.
Flick has career weekend: Western Pennsylvania racer A.J. Flick had a weekend he will probably never forget.
Flick won his sixth race of the season Friday at Lernerville, clinching his third track title there. Then he won his first-ever central Pennsylvania race on Saturday at Port Royal.
Flick continued on to Williams Grove on Sunday and just missed a top-10 finish in his first start there of the season. Back at the Port Monday, Flick got another top-10 run.
1984: The Tuscarora 50 was still a one-day event on this weekend in 1984 and it was held on Friday evening. Doug Wolfgang, in the Weikert No. 29, picked up his first Tusky win, which was his sixth win since joining Weikert at midseason.
Lincoln hosted the Pennsylvania State Championship Race on Saturday evening, with Keith Kauffman driving to his 29th win of the season in Al Hamilton’s No. 77.
Selinsgrove also raced on Saturday, with Brian Seidel scoring the win in his father’s No. 98 racer. The win was Seidel’s fourth of the season at Selinsgrove, with all of them coming since the last weekend in July.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Greg Hodnett (4) 1,247
2. Lucas Wolfe (6) 1,105
3. Freddie Rahmer (5) 1,026
4. Danny Dietrich (9) 978
5. Brian Montieth (8) 903
6. Lance Dewease (10) 766
7. Anthony Macri (1) 557
8. Brock Zearfoss (2) 553
9. Cory Haas (2) 481
10. Alan Krimes 374