Tonight is a race fan's dream in central Pa. Port Royal Speedway hosts fan appreciation night with free general admission and seven feature events. Two feature events will be run for the 305, 410 sprint cars and the late models. Extreme Stocks fill out the show.
Lincoln Speedway presents the All Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars led by Dale Blaney, Jac Haudenschild, Tim Scheaffer, and Danny Holtzgraver. The All Stars have never won at Lincoln or Williams Grove Speedway. In fact, the touring group are 0-28 entering Friday's action at the grove. J.J. Grasso edged out Danny Dietrich and Alan Krimes in 410 Lincoln action last week.
Selinsgrove Speedway features the Joe Whitcomb Memorial 360 sprint car race presented by the Patriot Sprint Car group from Sodus, N.Y. Pat Cannon is the defending race champion. Whitcomb was fatally injured at the Snyder County oval June 21, 2003. Late models and pro stocks complete the lineup. Last week Aaron Ott won the Jack Gunn Memorial at Selinsgrove. Ott was also the winner at Williams Grove Speedway. Both were URC sanctioned racing programs.
If you are a late model fan, Hagerstown Speedways late model sportsman cars remove the roof, which allows great visibility of the drivers. That program is tonight. Super late models are in action also.
Sunday, the Susquehanna Speedway presents a Fathers Day Sprint Car Special. Both 410 and 358 sprint cars are featured. Those who attended last weeks rained out USAC Eastern Storm program may use their rain check from that event and get the difference returned in cash at the gate.
The USAC Eastern Storm is over and Brady Bacon left the area as the title winner. Bacon won at Port Royal and had top five finishes at Grandview and New Egypt, N.J. Speedway. Lincoln and Susquehanna lost their events due to rain.
Donnie Kreitz has been fast at Williams Grove Speedway. Kreitz caught Brian Montieth last week on the final lap to score a 0.01-second victory at the finish line.
During last week's Williams Grove program, Jimmy Seger of Morrisdale, Pa. was injured during the first hot lap session. The accident began when Ryan Slothower's steering wheel came off at speed turning his car hard left. Slothower's car became airborne while spinning. Seger couldn't avoid contact and hit Slothower at full speed. The impact damaged Seger's helmet and bent the top of his car's roll cage and wing. Seger was air lifted and listed in critical condition. Seger was upgraded earlier this week to serious condition and that is the final report I've seen. Ironically, the race was Slothower's first since breaking his back in a crash last year at Lincoln Speedway.
Who will be the All Star Sprint Car series driver that has the best chance this weekend to break the wingless streak at Williams Grove and Lincoln? In my opinion, it would be Dale Blaney who has been one of the hottest drivers in the country. Blaney recently defeated the World of Outlaws at Attica Speedway in Ohio.
Enjoy the week end. Happy Fathers Day to all. Take Dad to a race this week end.
Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel