Hello again race fans. Racing action continues this evening at area speedways.
Port Royal Speedway hosts the ARDC midgets tonight for the first time in 10 years. Also in action are the 410 sprint cars, late models and powder puff racers. It's ladies night at the track and all women purchasing a general admission ticket save $2. The Easter activities that were washed out two weeks ago are being made up tonight. The first 150 children in the grandstand receive a chocolate Easter rabbit. A candy scramble is planned as well. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.
Tonight's Port Royal program will showcase the ARDC midgets and should be an opportunity for Steve Buckwalter to shine. Buckwalter already has won in a sprint car at Port Royal and Williams Grove this season. In fact, Buckwalter won the ARDC and 410 feature the same night at the Grove. He could well do the same thing again at Port Royal.
Elsewhere in the region:
At Selinsgrove Speedway, the 358 sprint cars are joined by late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Lincoln Speedway hosts 410 and 358 sprint cars along with thundercars.
Williams Grove Speedway has another $5 general admission program of super sportsman cars, limited late models and street stocks.
Susquehanna Speedway hosts Stock Car Saturday this evening.
Susky starts at 6. Williams Grove begins at 6:30. All other shows start at 7.
Next week Port Royal will be dark for the evening as the World of Outlaws visit Williams Grove Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday, Lincoln Speedway hosts a benefit race for the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. Cody Darrah and Lucas Wolfe have been given permission by the Outlaws to enter this event.
Last week's Weikert Memorial race was won by Greg Hodnett. The victory was Hodnett's first with car owner John Trone. Todd Weikert announced that next years race will pay the winner $10,000 plus contingency money. This year the race was worth $7,100 to win. Hodnett pushed the total to $9,000 with other lap and prize money.
The season's best crowd was on hand last week at the Juniata County oval. Despite wet conditions, which made some parking unusable, most fans seemed to have a good time.
It's nice to see National Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver Kramer Williamson won a URC sprint car feature last week at Delaware International Speedway. The win was worth $2,550.
Next Friday, Bedford Speedway will pay the limited late model winner $1,000. The super late models, street stocks, hobby stocks and four-cylinder cars also are part of the program.
In the world of NASCAR, Darlington, S.C., hosts action tonight for the Sprint Cup cars. Fox has TV coverage starting at 7. Denny Hamlin is the defending race champion. Kyle Busch won last week's race at Richmond. Carl Edwards is the current point leader.
Let's hope for good weather as news is a little slow right now. I'll be back next week with more information. Until then, please drive safely.
Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.