As has been the case for much of the 2018 racing season, the area's “Month of Money” got off to a soggy start over this past weekend.
Port Royal Speedway held out against the rain to complete the “Night Before The 50" event, but wasn’t able to run the main event on Saturday or Sunday. Track officials are looking for a date to run the $51,000-to-win feature event.
Freddie Rahmer got his first career Port Royal win in Friday’s race, which was delayed by an early evening shower. The race did get completed before rain moved back into the area. Saturday, the Port was able to complete warm-ups and a few laps of the first heat race before it started raining again.
The big races continue this weekend.
Hamilton Tribute Race on Friday: First up is Friday’s racing program at Williams Grove Speedway. Originally planned as a qualifier for the Dirt Classic at Lincoln Speedway next weekend, this race is now also the Al Hamilton Tribute Race. That event was rained out over the Labor Day weekend and has been added as part of the Dirt Classic Qualifier. The 410 sprint race will now pay $5,077 to win. The Summer Series for the 358 sprints will also be a part of the program.
Hamilton was a longtime area car owner who is a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
Many don’t realize that before owning race cars, Hamilton was a fine driver in his own right, winning numerous races in the western part of the state. He won a late model race at Selinsgrove in the early 1960s, which led him to purchasing a sprint car. After a fifth-place finish in his maiden run with the car, Hamilton began putting other drivers in his cars.
He was a big winner with many drivers. Among his most successful racers were Fred Rahmer, Stevie Smith, Keith Kauffman and Bobbie Adamson. Many of the area’s top drivers have won races for Hamilton and quite a few are expected to be on hand for the tribute race.
Trailway Speedway will also race Friday with the 358 sprints, 270cc micro sprints, street stocks and limited stocks.
Hagerstown Speedway kicks off its Small Car Nationals with qualifying Friday and features on Saturday. Racing on the program will be the late model sportsmen, crate late models, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks.
Nace Memorial, Sportsman 100 on Saturday: Two of the area’s big races will reel off Saturday. The Pennsylvania Posse sprints are joined by the All Stars for the Jim Nace Memorial Selinsgrove Speedway National Open. Last year, Knoxville kingpin Brian Brown won the race.
Selinsgrove started its National Open in 1983 and Maynard Yingst won the first three events. Since 2010, the event has honored the memory of Nace, a multi-time track champion. From 2010-2012, the feature was run as twin events. Fred Rahmer, with five wins, leads all drivers in Selinsgrove National Open victories.
The pro stocks will also race.
BAPS Motor Speedway will play host to the Gary Wolford Memorial Sportsman 100 for the super sportsman racers on Saturday. The Sportsman 100 was first held in 1975 at Silver Spring Speedway, with Fred Putney Sr. taking the win.
Lincoln Speedway took over the Sportsman 100 in 2006 after Silver Spring closed. J.R. Fry won Lincoln’s first Sportsman 100.
The event moved to BAPS in 2016 when the sportsmen began racing there on a regular basis. Lewisberry’s Scott Dellinger won the first 100 at BAPS.
Last year, Frankie Herr made history with his win in the first race named in honor of the division’s all-time win leader. Herr’s win last year at BAPS was his eighth in the 100 and made him the only driver to win the race at all three venues where it has been held. Herr won three 100s at Silver Spring, four at Lincoln and now one at BAPS.
Ironically, Brogue’s Wolford, the class’ biggest winner, never won the 100. He finished second twice, third twice, fourth twice and fifth once. Hellam’s Bobby Weaver did win the race in a car owned by Wolford.
The street stocks also race at BAPS Saturday.
While Lincoln allows the sprint cars a night off to race at Selinsgrove Saturday, the track will be in action. The 358 sprints and 305 sprints will be in action, along with vintage cars from the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and PennMar.
The 358 sprints will have a full show as part of the Summer Series, but also will complete the feature that was rained out after seven laps in late August.
1984: The local season was beginning to wind down by this time in 1984.
Still, this weekend was a three-night racing weekend.
Friday at Williams Grove, Van May raced to his ninth win of the season in his Sterner Cement No. 69.
Saturday saw racing action at both Lincoln and Selinsgrove. At Lincoln, Steve Smith drove his own Swope’s Salvage No. 119 to his fourth win of the season, while at Selinsgrove, it was Brian Seidel, who put his father’s No. 98 into victory lane for the fifth time since the last week in July.
The sprints were at Susquehanna on Sunday, where Keith Kauffman scored his 30th win of the season in Al Hamilton’s No. 77.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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1. Greg Hodnett (4) 1,247
2. Lucas Wolfe (6) 1,123
3. Freddie Rahmer (6) 1,076
4. Danny Dietrich (9) 978
5. Brian Montieth (8) 903
6. Lance Dewease (10) 786
7. Brock Zearfoss (2) 578
8. Anthony Macri (1) 557
9. Cory Haas (2) 481
10. Alan Krimes 374