Port Royal takes a night off with Outlaws nearby

Hello again race fans. Two area race tracks are dark this evening as the World of Outlaws stage the second night of racing at Williams Grove Speedway. Port Royal and Lincoln speedways are closed.

Williams Grove action gets under way at 7:30 p.m. and includes fireworks for the fans. The Grove also hosted the Outlaws last night.

Thursday evening Lincoln Speedway operated with Outlaw racing, giving the invaders a three-race weekend. The Outlaws were defeated there by Danny Dietrich, who was in a great battle with Donny Schatz. Sammy Swindell finished third followed by Tim Kaeding and Brad Sweet. Rounding out the top 10 were Brent Marks, Daryn Pittman, Fred Rahmer, Sam Hafertepe Jr., and Brian Montieth.

Selinsgrove Speedway is on tonight, hosting the Empire Super Sprints for a 358/360 challenge night. The late models and pro stocks are also on the card, which gets under way at 7.

We are close to several more major events here in Central Pennsylvania. Port Royal Speedway will host the Appalachian Late Model Speedweek racers on June 4. Right after that the USAC non-winged sprint cars visit Juniata County on June 8. That is also the night of the Eastern Museum of Racing/Penn Central Racing Association reunion night. Penn Central brought weekly racing to Port Royal in the early 1950s.

Congratulations go out to a pair of Mifflin County drivers on their recent feature wins. Tim Wilson of McClure hit the late model winners circle last Saturday night at Port Royal. Young Colton Wagner won his first ever four-cylinder stock car race two weeks ago at Hesston Speedway. Wagner ended up in the middle of a three car battle down the front straightaway to record the win. Not bad for the 16-year-old racer. Colton is the son of late model driver Waylon Wagner of Lewistown. The senior racer has his engines being freshened up by ace Phil Miller of Montoursville and should also be tough when they come back.

Nationally there’s plenty going on this weekend as well. The Sprint Cup racers compete at Charlotte, N.C., in their non-points All-Star race. Jimmie Johnson is the defending race champion. Speed Network has TV coverage. Green flag is set for 9 tonight.

The five segment race has an interesting twist this year as after the fourth segment the cars will be relined for the final segment based on their average finish for the first four segments, which are 20 laps each. It should be interesting. A million dollars is on the line for the winner. The Cup cars are back at Charlotte for next week’s 600-mile event.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway holds pole qualifying today for the Indy 500. TV coverage gets under way at 11 this morning on NBC. The USAC Silver Crown cars will race on the pavement tonight at Indianapolis Raceway Park, which is a half-mile asphalt track.

Despite the economy it appears area dirt track racing is doing well so far this season. Port Royal and Lincoln Speedways hosted record crowds for their All Star Circuit and Outlaw shows. Bedford Speedway promoter Joe Padula Jr. informs me his track is off to a good start.

That’s great for everyone. If the weather cooperates it could be the best season in recent memory.

With Port Royal and Lincoln Speedways being dark this column will be a bit short today. I’m sure we’ll have plenty to discuss next week as Memorial Day is full of racing. Get out and attend a show at your favorite track. I’ll be back next week with more news ad opinions. Until then please drive safely!


Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.