Weekend offers even more great racing in a big week for area tracks
We are in the middle of a great racing week. Special shows for the sprint cars and late models are taking place all over the region, which will continue this weekend.
Port Royal Speedway hosts the USAC wingless sprint cars along with ARDC midgets and pro stocks tonight. Race time is 7. The track also hosts the Penn Central Racing Association reunion and the Eastern Museum of Racing/Williams Grove Old Timers for their annual event at the Juniata County oval. Management will hand out Founders Awards to Joe Lingle, who co-founded the Penn Central Reunion, and Elmer Gray, who won the first weekly race at the track. It should be an exciting night.
USAC and ARDC move on to Susquehanna Speedway tomorrow night with qualifying starting at 6. The York County track is just off the Newberrytown exit off I-83.
Looking at the rest of tonight’s schedule, Selinsgrove Speedway’s 35-lap late model championship pays the winner $2,500. 358 sprint cars, pro stocks and roadrunners complete the show. Race time is 7.
The Lincoln Speedway is back in action after hosting late models Wednesday. This evening’s program is the Daryl Gohn/Glen Gohn Memorial race, which is always special. 410 and 358 sprint cars plus thundercars make up the show. Race time at 7:30.
Williams Grove Speedway is racing tonight with another Saturday Night Special event featuring super sportsman cars, 358 late models, and twin 15s for the street stock cars. Fireworks are on the program and admission is just $5.
Sunday, Bedford Speedway is in racing with 410 winged sprint cars honoring the late Roy Morral, longtime car owner and promoter from Breezewood. The winner’s share is $3,500. Race time is 6. Bedford Speedway is located just off I-99 or can be accessed via the turnpike.
Next Sunday night Hesston Speedway is running a 35-lap super late model feature plus support classes and the Penn Mar vintage stock cars.
Pocono International Raceway is the scene for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup event. TNT has TV coverage starting at noon. The green flag waves at 1 p.m. Joey Logano won last year’s race.
Tony Stewart snapped a 30-race winless streak at Dover last weekend. Some folks felt Stewart needed to make crew changes but Stewart has resisted because he didn’t feel his crew and chief were the problem. Stewart’s confidence paid off with the win.
Jimmie Johnson leads the points standing by 30 over Carl Edwards. Brad Keselowski’s team was penalized for the second time this season when their car failed post-race inspection over a broken part that caused the car to sit too low. Penske and Keselowski were docked six points each and crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined $25,000.
Pocono will host the Indy Cars on July 7. That should be a great race.
In other news it appears the new Hoosier Tire deal is working out well for area race teams and speedways. Good tire wear is being reported and tires are being passed down to other race teams for use.
Rick Eckert of York closed out the Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek in fine fashion. Eckert won a four-wide battle Tuesday night to earn $5,000 at Port Royal. Fans saw the best late model race of their life in many cases. Eckert backed it up Wednesday at Lincoln Speedway where he picked up $7,000. Not a bad pay day for sure.
Look for Jason Page and Waylon Wagner to be back racing again. Page has played a limited role the last couple seasons and informed me they will run a limited schedule the remainder of the year. Don’t take that to mean the whole Wagner Racing team is not serious about winning and they have the horsepower to do it. Their 434 cubic inch engine that creates over 800 horsepower is back from the shop fresh and ready to run. They will race some Port Royal shows along with Clinton County and other select events. Look for the team to be tough.
Daron Clayton was the winner of the Grandview Speedway USAC sprint car race Wednesday night. Look for Bryan Clauson and Levi Jones to top cars to beat tonight at Port Royal.
Hopefully we will have good weather as Ye Olde Hotel in Milroy will host a car show that should have a variety of cars. Jed Donahue will broadcast his PA Sports Saturday from the event and interview race car drivers. Lewistown drivers Daryl Stimeling and Eric Parker along with Tim Wilson are featured guests. The fun starts at 9 a.m. and includes a free pig roast for folks coming out.
That’s going to do it for this week. I’ll be back next time with more news and opinions. Please drive safely
Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.