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Local racing on tap

May 24, 2008
By CRAIG RUTHERFORD, Sentinel correspondent, sports@lewistownsentinel.com
There’s plenty of racing this weekend in Central Pennsylvania. The weather forecast looks good for a change.

The first part of the season has been plagued by rain and last week was no exception. Port Royal Speedway canceled early and that proved to be a smart decision. Lincoln Speedway called the sprint car feature after six laps. There were 18 cars.

Williams Grove Speedway was in a tough spot. After raining out Friday night, management had two choices: Use Saturday night as a rain date or pay higher purses and sanction fees to the World of Outlaws, who were in town. The grove decided to try and race.

Rain washed out Williams Grove again Saturday so it really didn’t matter. The drivers had to decide where they were going to race. The heavy hitters went to the Grove. The tracks tried to manage their own business the best they could. Hopefully the situation won’t come up again soon. You can’t fault or get mad at any one over the deal. Every one was trying to take care of their own business.

The Keystone Cup sprint car series is under way this week end. Lincoln Speedway hosts 410 sprint cars tonight. Selinsgrove has action Sunday and Port Royal closes out the series Monday at 5 p.m. The pro stocks also are part of the show. Steve Smith Jr. won last year’s Memorial Day race. Fred Rahmer won the Keystone Cup title last year despite not winning a feature race during the series.

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The world of Outlaws invade Virginia Motor Speedway tonight. The All Star Circuit of Champions are at Freemont, Ohio.

I was privileged to help broadcast the All Star Circuit of Champions race on radio two weeks ago from Port Royal. The All Stars have their own broadcast radio network and Internet capabilities at www.dirtvision.com. That site also carries World of Outlaws Late Model broadcasts and the June 17 Port Royal show will be carried live. Rick Eshelman, myself and others will broadcast that event.

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The Indy 500 is Sunday. ABC has coverage starting at 1 p.m. Dario Franchitti is the defending race champion. Franchitti gambled on fuel and inherited the lead before rain shortened the race to 415 miles last year.

The Sprint Cup cars are at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the Coca Cola 600. Casey Mears won last year’s race. Fox has TV coverage Sunday starting at 7 p.m. You may remember Mears gambled and just made it to the checkered flag before running out of fuel.

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Late model fans should keep in mind that Bedford Speedway hosts the MACS late model series Sunday night. Action gets under way at 5. Look for the heavy hitters of late model racing to be on hand. Last month when the Lucas Oil series visited Bedford, 62 late models were pit side.

Hope for good weather and visit a speedway this week end. Fuel prices are high but we have plenty of tracks near us and they don’t require major gallons of fuel to get there. Keep safe and enjoy the holiday. I'll be back next week with more news and opinions. Until then, please drive safely!

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Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.
 
 

 

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