Local speedway fixes view for fans, teams

SELINSGROVE — When the green flag drops on the 2018 racing season at Selinsgrove Speedway, fans and race teams will have a whole new view of the historic half-mile speedway.

Over the winter, a new pit area was constructed outside the fourth turn area, meaning for the first time in its history, no race car trailers will be parked inside — giving fans and teams an unobstructed view of the racing.

The open infield will provide clear views of the corners for the fans and unobstructed sight lines for the drivers as they race into the corners.

The former exit and entrance at the bottom of Sand Hill Road will be an exit-only now for the pit area. Fans and rigs will enter at the entrance further up Sand Hill Road or use the entrance off state Route 35.

A set of stands was erected for the pit area, along with a concession stand. Crews continue to work on installing lights this month.

Selinsgrove’s 73rd season begins Saturday night, April 7, with the 360 sprints cars headlining the program with the late models and pro stocks.

The Ray Tilley Classic for the 410 sprints will be held Sunday night, April 22. The American Sprint Car Series makes its debut at Selinsgrove on May 5. The Kramer Cup for the sprint cars is June 2. A special Tuesday night race featuring the 360s in the Firecracker 30 will be held July 3. The 18th Annual National Open for the 360 sprints is Aug. 4.

The Jim Nace Memorial National Open for the 410 sprints is Sept. 15 and the Late Model National Open is Sept. 22 featuring the World of Outlaws Late Models.

The Route 35 series for the late models will continue this season with three races at Selinsgrove along with three at Port Royal with a combined point fund and overall champion named.

The World Series of Dirt Track racing will be held Thursday thru Sunday Oct. 11-14 featuring racing on the big half-mile and Selinsgrove Raceway Park.

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Williams Grove Speedway is set to kick off its 2018 season on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Grove goes to its normal Friday night racing on March 16.

The highlight of the season will be the annual National Open paying $56,000 to win this season at the end of September.

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Lincoln Speedway kicked off the season with Chad Trout winning the Icebreaker 30 for the sprint cars last Saturday. Lincoln’s season is highlighted by the annual Dirt Classic paying $25,000 to win the week before the Williams Grove National Open.

BAPS Motor Speedway, formally Susquehanna Speedway, will feature Saturday night racing once again featuring super sportsman, limited late models and street stocks along with seven races throughout the season for the 410 sprints. The first 410 race is Sunday, April 8.

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Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek begins Friday night, June 29, at Williams Grove Speedway. The series moves to Lincoln Speedway on June 30 and Path Valley Speedway, July 1. Lincoln’s second race of the series in Monday, July 2, and the series heads to Grandview on July 3. A change in the schedule this year sees Port Royal host the series on July 4, and then Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway on Thursday, July 5. The series concludes with races at Williams Grove, July 6, Port Royal, July 7, and Selinsgrove, July 8.

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