Winter may delay race season start

PORT ROYAL – The harsh winter continues to delay sprint car openers in Central Pennsylvania as Lincoln Speedway postponed its Icebreaker for the second straight week. Promoters said they will try again on Saturday, but once again, the weather forecast is not in their favor.

Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway canceled the 410 sprint car /late model double-header scheduled for March 9.

Port Royal Speedway canceled its open practice session scheduled for this Saturday as well. Promoter Steve O’Neal said the remaining March schedule at the track will be dictated by the weather and a decision will be made week-to-week.

The opener for sprint and super late models remains scheduled for March 15 at 6 p.m.

“We will look at it every week from here on out, but honestly, we need the weather to change,” O’Neal said. “We’re a couple of weeks away I would think. We have a lot of snow here. On the front straightaway, I can’t even tell you how much snow is there; it’s blown-in against the wall. I’m hoping by the weekend of the 22nd. You never know, things could change around.”

The problem for everybody isn’t just the snow cover, but the fact that the ground is frozen, too.

“We’ve got to get the snow off so the frost can start getting out of the ground,” he said. “I’ve had different people tell me that the frost is in the ground 20 inches. We had all that cold weather without any snow on the ground and the frost really got down there. The snow is like an insulator over the frost.”

Plenty of snow and ice remains at Selinsgrove Speedway as well and it is scheduled for a 410 sprint car race on March 23. However, Selinsgrove’s Icebreaker weekend for modifieds is scheduled for March 14-15.