Sports Columns

Tracks getting ready for season

Area speedways and race teams are gearing up for the 2017 season. Selinsgrove Speedway will open the race season April 8 with 360 sprint cars, including the Empire Super Sprint  group, super late models and pro stocks to kick off the year. Two practice sessions are planned on March 25 and ...

Travel series set final season schedules

The Performance Racing Industry trade show concludes today in Indianapolis. The annual event draws racing people from all over the country. A great deal of racing news is shared during the event. This year is no exception. Final schedules were released by most national race series. ...

Racing’s offseason changes continues at all levels

The offseason doesn’t seem to exist in racing anymore. Dale Blaney will pilot the the John and Pee Wee Zemaitis-owned Zemco No. 1 in 2017. The 52-year-old Ohio native is a six-time All Star Circuit of Champions title holder. Blaney scored seven All Star wins last season en route to a ...

Tracks to honor winners tonight

Port Royal and Lincoln speedways hold their award banquets tonight. Champions will be crowned and hopefully there will be some new information about the 2017 season. Lincoln announced the Icebreaker 30 for 410 sprint cars will open the northeast racing season Feb. 25. Offseason work continues ...

With season complete, sprint car driver shuffle begins

It’s officially the offseason for local racers. The silly season has begun. A number of top sprint car drivers are in search of  a ride for 2017, including Dale Blaney, Danny Lasoski and Joey Saldana on the national tours. Area teams have started making changes as well. Lucas Wolfe and ...

Preseason polls prove nothing

The most incredible thing I saw all weekend was someone who pointed this out on Twitter: Penn State (7-2) has more wins than Notre Dame (3-6) and Michigan State (2-7) have combined. The Fighting Irish started at No. 10, while the Spartans were No. 12 in the preseason AP poll. The Nittany ...

Local racing season comes to an end with Susquehanna’s Sprint Showdown

The 2016 racing season comes to a close in Central Pennsylvania this weekend. Susquehanna Speedway presents the Sprint Showdown race this afternoon. Gates open at noon. Time trials are set for 2 p.m. with heat races to follow; 410 and 358 sprint cars are on the card. Current weather ...

Moorhead’s hiring is Franklin’s best move so far

How many of you Penn State fans feel that what you’re watching with the offense these days is like some sort of dream? Something you’ve been waiting to see for a long time? Aggressive. Taking a bunch of shots down the field. Quick-strike ability. Scoring 62 points, for crying out ...

Racing lost a friend in Dave Kepner

The racing world lost a goodwill ambassador this week. Dave Kepner passed away Tuesday. Kepner’s influence on area racing was diverse. Kepner spent much of his driving career piloting racers he maintained himself. Kepner excelled in a variety of stock car classes, winning track titles and ...

Weather washes out final event of Port Royal season

Port Royal Speedway’s season came to a close prematurely on Friday afternoon. The track’s Open Wheel Madness show planned for today was called off, and will not be made up. Track officials made the call after looking at today’s weather forecast, which called for lingering rain and a low ...