The key word in Central Pennsylvania racing today is kids.
Port Royal and Lincoln speedways each host Kids Night activities along with great racing. At Port Royal, fun starts when the gates open at 4:30 this afternoon. Parents should arrive early as possible to register children for prizes, which will be handed out in the fair grounds' commercial building. Registration takes place under the main grandstand.
Racing gets underway at 7:30 with a 25-lap late model championship, sprint cars and a 355 econo late model event. During intermission bicycle and power wheel racing for ages 12 and under will be run on the tracks' front stretch. A helmet is required.
Lincoln Speedway has similar kids activities and a World of Outlaws tune up night for sprint cars. Time trials and a full Outlaw format will be utilized. The Outlaws invade the Adams County oval next Thursday evening for the second time this season. After Lincoln the Outlaws move on to Williams Grove.
If the aforementioned kids activities are not enough there's another event in Millerstown this morning. Race Day is presented by the Millerstown Moose Lodge and features kids big wheel racing, current and restored race cars and some of the area's best drivers.
Doug Esh and Curt Stroup headline the current list of 410 sprint car drivers. 305 sprint drivers Tyler Bear, Lance and Zach Newlin, Eric Parker, Ronnie Aurand, Curt Waters and others are invited. Local late model driver Tim Wilson, Trent Brenneman and several other Juniata and Perry county drivers are expected to attend. A restored Leroy Felty racer will be on display with Felty expected to make an appearance.
An item of interest is adult tricycle racing, which Esh has agreed to participate in. Doors open for breakfast at 8 a.m. with racing activities running from 10 until 2. Jed Donahue from the PA Sports Network will emcee activities, which benefit Moose and other local charities.
The Selinsgrove Speedway's half-mile oval is dark this evening. Racing resumes next Saturday night. The smaller Raceway Park oval inside the big track is operating and in the middle of a $10,000-to-win go kart event.
The Month of Money officially started this past Wednesday at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio. The month is a highlight of 410 sprint car racing and covers several states including the Keystone State. Paul McMahan won the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland during World of Outlaws competition. Donny Schatz tore through the field from 25th starting spot to finish fifth.
Action in Ohio continues tonight at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway, where the Kings Royal $50,000 sprint car race will be run. The Outlaws move into western Pa. Tuesday before arriving at Lincoln Speedway next Thursday night.
Congratulations to Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg on winning his first ever PA Speedweek sprint car title. I spoke with Wolfe earlier this week and he indicated the week included a variety of emotions. They included the birth of his first child, a daughter, and missing a race because of her birth. A first victory aboard the John and Pee Wee Zemaitis-owned sprint car at Port Royal Speedway. And finally, arriving at Selinsgrove Speedway, where he broke a front axle in warm ups, suffered engine problems during the night forcing an engine change and finally edging out Greg Hodnett in the feature to the win the title by just six points.
It's a "Rocky Balboa" type story of adversityand fighting on to achieve success. I'm happy for Wolfe and the entire team. In my opinion Lucas Wolfe has come of age this season after spending several years traveling with the World of Outlaws. I hope he stays put in Central Pa. for awhile.
Finally, a post came late Friday evening on Duane Mausteller's Facebook page, updating the condition of the driver, critically injured earlier this season in a race at Selinsgrove. He has been transferred to a brain rehabilitation center in Philadelphia. His condition continues to improve, including being able to communicate with his family. Cards may be sent to Duane Mausteller, 331 Scott Ave., Bloomsburg PA 17815.
Have a great week end. I'll be back next week with more.
Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.