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Four drag-racing legends will be honored by the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing near York Springs on Saturday, April 7.

Joe Jacono, Larry Lombardo, George Weiler and Frank LeSueur will be recognized with individual displays at EMMR during the museum's Spring Open House. Each display will recognize each man's contributions to the sport.

Drag racing was an integral part of the York County auto racing scene from 1955 until 1979, when the York US 30 Dragway operated weekly events at the York Airport. The track attracted some of the biggest names in the sport.

Jacono competed with nationally recognized top-fuel dragsters and nitro funny cars, with names such as “Brief Encounter” and “Rollin’ Stoned."

Lombardo was also a top engine builder and the former driver on the Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins Chevrolets out of Malvern, Pennsylvania. Lombardo amassed a large string of national event wins, as well as an NHRA Pro Stock World Championship. 

Weiler, from Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, competed regularly at York US30, his home track Maple Grove in Berks County and many of the NHRA national events. He became the head crewman for Bud Faubel out of Chambersburg and his “Honker” car earned renown.

LeSueur was founder of World Wide Racing Fuels, which became the primary distributor of nitromethane. He also created the booking agency World Wide Agency in 1970, which helped promotional events for drag strip operators on the Eastern seaboard. He was also known for his operation of Suffolk (Virginia) Raceway. He also operated circuits for the Northeast Division of NHRA, with the NHRA All-Star Super Stock circuit and with the NHRA Pro Stock circuit.

A formal dedication of the individual displays will be held at EMMR at 11 a.m. Saturday. EMMR is located at 100 Baltimore Road, York, Springs, Pa., 17372. There is no admission and the public is invited. Donations will be accepted.

 

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