Check forecast before races

I would like to start with something new and original. That’s not going to happen. Once again tonight’s key word is weather. Check the local forecast before you head out. The entire state’s racing programs are under scrutiny as this column was prepared.

Assuming action does take place, Port Royal Speedway follows suit with last week’s show at Selinsgrove and features a special race for the pro stocks. The winner of tonight’s race pockets $600 at the Juniata County oval. The sprint cars and late models also compete in regular shows.

One thing that is different is that Mother’s Day is tomorrow. Port Royal Speedway is celebrating mom at the track. All mothers receive a general admission ticket tonight for just $10.

The track is dark next week as the World of Outlaws invade Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedways.

Speaking of Lincoln, the pigeon hills oval has a World of Outlaws tune up night scheduled for 7:30 tonight. Time trials are part of the format. The 358 sprint cars and thunder cars fill out the field.

Selinsgrove Speedway holds the 33rd annual Jack Gunn Memorial race for 358/360 sprint cars in conjunction with the URC group, which also was scheduled to compete last night at Bedford Speedway. Late models and pro stocks also race. The York County Racing Club has its fan night visit also planned.

Williams Grove called off Friday’s scheduled race when storms hit the area.

With weather one of the most talked about items this week end let’s look at what else is going on in the region.

Port Royal Speedway has decided to rejoin Appalachian Late Model Speedweek after previously dropping out. A cancellation by Dog Hollow Speedway left the date open. June 4 is the date and the winner of the event will earn $5,000. It’s good Port Royal is back on the Speedweek schedule.

In the world of NASCAR Sprint Cup action, Darlington (S.C.) Speedway is set to run the Southern 500. Tonight’s action is televised by Fox with coverage getting under way at 6:30 p.m. Green flag is set for 6:45. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race champion over Denny Hamlin.

Coincidentally, Hamlin is starting his comeback tonight after breaking a vertebra. Hamlin has sat out the last four races. David Pearson is the all time leading winner at the track with 10 victories. Dale Earnhardt Sr. scored nine victories. Jimmie Johnson is the current point leader, 43 ahead of Carl Edwards.

Stevie Smith was scheduled to debut the second Chad Clemens-owned car at Williams Grove before the program was called off. Paul McMahon is driving Clemons’ other car with the World of Outlaws.

Aaron Ott’s hiatus from local sprint car racing was short lived. Ott is back on track despite last year’s injuries and short season. His father originally felt his race driving career should end after injuries took their toll.

That will do it for another week. Please get out and support your favorite track. I’ll be back next week with more news and opinions. Until then please drive safely!


Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.