Busy days ahead for local racing

The racing season continues this weekend in Central Pa. Lincoln Speedway presents the Weldon Sterner Memorial race with added purse for sprint car racers. Port Royal Speedway hosts a regular show, and students ages 12-17 are admitted free along with baseball and softball uniform night. Those kids receive a free pass. It should be a full night.

Selinsgrove Speedway hosts the Three States Flyers late model division along with 360 sprint cars and support classes. That group has been busy and was scheduled to race last night at Bedford Speedway.

Tomorrow Susquehanna Speedway operates with 410 sprint cars as the headline class. Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7.

And Williams Grove Speedway has another Saturday night program tonight with a $5 general admission charge. Rich Eichellberger won last week’s super sportsman program.

Greg Hodnett found a way to get things done again. Hodnett scored a $13,400 victory during last week’s Bob Weikert Memorial race at Port Royal. Hodnett had a tough start to the season and still managed to shine when the money was on the line. The Thomasville racer is back on track and looking forward to the World of Outlaws invasion to our area.

I can not allow the week to pass with out mentioning an important event in our area. I wish it was one that makes me happy but that is not the case. On May 1, 2004, Butch Renninger left this world too soon for me and a bunch of other folks. Renninger accomplished a lot in the world of motorsports and life. An accomplished thrill show performer, great race car driver, friend and other wise good guy, Renninger was able to make you understand life in simple terms and laugh at it at the same time. He could take you under his arm and tell you why you shouldn’t perform an act and correct you after you did that same thing. To me he wasn’t judgmental. He only tried to bring out the best in you while reminding you life was to be lived with fun, keeping in mind the best life has to offer. Maybe some would not acknowledge it but Renninger was a man of faith who had his ways of showing that fact and sharing with us all. Christmas and Easter were solemn times. Butch Renniger had fun, taught us well and left us better for knowing him. Many of us will miss him always. His family continues to carry on his legacy. Two grandchildren are currently racing. They both perform well.

In other racing news, the Roth Motorsports No. 83 car has a new driver by the name of David Gravel. The Connecticut driver replaces Tim Kaeding of California who returned home for personal reasons.

Look for Brian Leppo to campaign the Jerry Parrish-owned sprint car tonight at Lincoln Speedway in place of Brian Montieth, who has a family function to fulfill. Montieth will be back in the car next week.

The All Star Circuit of Champions and World of Outlaws will be in our area the next several weeks. On May 10 the All Stars visit Mercer Speedway. On May 14 the World of Outlaws visit Lincoln Speedway for a midweek show. On May 16 and 17 the Outlaws move to Williams Grove Speedway. Then it’s om to Orange County, N.Y., Speedway May 18 and New Egypt, N.J., Speedway May 20. During that whole run, the All Stars slip back into Pennsylvania on May 18 at Allegheny Speedway in Frankin. The 410 sprint cars return to Selinsgrove May 25.

Hats off to Gerald McIntyre for scoring his second win of the season at Lincoln Speedway. McIntyre came from seventh starting spot to the winners circle. McIntyre has one win each at Lincoln and Williams Grove.

While I’m thinking about good finishes at Lincoln Speedway, how about Freddie Rahmer? Rahmer came home a career-best sixth last week at the Pigeon Hills.

Another kudos goes out to Todd Weikert and the whole Danny Dietrich race team. The group will fly the Weikert colors when Dietrich travels to Knoxville, Iowa, for the Nationals later this summer. They will also keep a backup car in Pennsylvania with the Weikert colors for other special events.

Now that we are up to date I will close for another week. Until next week, please drive safely!

Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.