Another big weekend of special races looms on the area dirt-track circuit.
The Jim Nace Memorial Sprint Car National Open at Selinsgrove Speedway, the Gary Wolford Memorial Super Sportsman 100 at BAPS Motor Speedway and the return of the super late models in a high-paying race at Lincoln Speedway are all set for Saturday.
The weekend actually kicks off on Friday with Williams Grove Speedway playing host to the Dirt Classic Qualifier for the 410 sprint cars. The $5,000 winner of the Grove’s Friday feature will also be guaranteed a starting spot in next week’s Dirt Classic at Lincoln. Also on the Grove’s slate Friday are the PASS 305 sprint cars.
Trailway Speedway offers up its final point races of the season on Friday. The 358 sprints, 270cc micro sprints, street stocks and limited stocks all compete.
Hagerstown has a two-day weekend planned for what are considered support divisions around the area. Called the Small Car Nationals, the late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and u-cars will all have qualifying on Friday and features on Saturday. The Mid Atlantic Modifieds join in Saturday’s program.
Nace, Wolford events: Selinsgrove, as mentioned, will go with the $20,000-to-win Nace 410 sprint event. As fans may have noticed, a number of invading drivers have come to the area for this month’s big-money races and many are expected at Selinsgrove Saturday.
Last year, Ryan Smith edged Freddie Rahmer in an exciting finish. The year before, Brian Brown was the winner. Brown, the 2019 Knoxville, Iowa, track champ, has been in the area for two weeks now.
Maynard Yingst won the first Selinsgrove Open in 1983, and then won the next two as well. Fred Rahmer leads all drivers with five wins in the event. Todd Shaffer has four, while Lance Dewease, Greg Hodnett and Pat Cannon join Yingst with three.
The PASS 305 sprints also compete.
BAPS continues the tradition of the Sportsman 100 that started at Silver Spring and continued on at Lincoln for several years. Named in honor of the division’s biggest winner, this event was first held in 1975. Frankie Herr is the event’s leading winner and has won at all three venues.
Eckert may reach milestone at Lincoln: Lincoln’s Saturday show will be the fourth leg of the Summer Series for the 358 sprint cars.
The Xtreme stocks will also be on hand. But the big news out of Lincoln for this show is that the super late models will return for the first time in a number of years. A host of sponsors have come on board for this event and at last count the winner’s share of the purse is just more than $6,000. More than 30 late-model drivers have confirmed that they will be at Lincoln Saturday.
One driver who will be on a special mission on Saturday is York’s Rick Eckert. Eckert owns 24 late-model wins at Lincoln from the time when the class raced there on a weekly basis. He also won several track titles at Lincoln.
Last Friday night, Eckert drove to the win at Port Royal in its late-model feature. According to my stats, that win for Eckert was his 199th in a super late model. That's quite a feat when you consider that for much of his career Eckert raced on the road with some of the country’s leading late-model sanctioning groups.
His wins have come at a number of different race tracks all over the country, but in all that time, those 24 wins at Lincoln make it his most successful track. All eyes will be on him Saturday when he tries to reach that milestone 200th career late-model win. There would be no better place for him to do it than at the track that was once his home track.
1991: Things were winding down by this weekend in 1991, but there was still plenty of sprint racing. On Friday night at Williams Grove, Donnie Kreitz Jr. raced to his 12th win of the season in his own No. 69k. Kreitz backed up that win with another on Saturday at Lincoln.
Former late-model star Bobby Croop drove his own No. 98 to the sprint win at Clinton County that Friday night. It was his fourth of the season.
Selinsgrove was the other track to race on Saturday night and it was Fred Rahmer who won there. His win in Bud Lawrence’s No. 99 was his 17th of the season.
The weekend wrapped up on Sunday evening at Susquehanna, where second-generation driver Dave Haight drove to his first win of the season in the No. 41 sprint car.
Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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1. Danny Dietrich (12) 1,555
2. Freddie Rahmer (9) 1,045
3. Brian Montieth (3) 832
4. Lucas Wolfe (5) 831
5. Lance Dewease (8) 780
6. Anthony Macri (2) 773
7. Ryan Smith 725
8. Logan Wagner (5) 698
9. Kyle Moody (2) 531
10. Chad Trout (1) 499