Despite weather, Central Pa. racing is likely on for weekend

It appears racing is going to happen tonight in Central Pennsylvania.

Port Royal Speedway will attempt to open with a three-division program of 410 and 305 sprint cars plus late models. There will also be a practice session for the new econo late model class. Race time is 5 p.m. and gates open at 3 p.m.. If racing isn’t enough to entice you to the Juniata County oval there are two more reasons to consider attending: First, it is camera and autograph night and admission to the pit area is welcome if you arrive early. Second, it’s dollar hot dog night. Add to that free admission for kids under 12 years old and students get in the gate for $5. I think those are good reasons to visit the track.

Selinsgrove Speedway kicks off its regular season with a 360 sprint car show. There are also late models, pro stocks and roadrunner cars. Race time is 6.

Lincoln Speedway presents 410 and 358 sprint cars plus American outlaw racers. Racing gets under way at 6.

Hagerstown Speedway gets underway this evening at 6:30 on autograph night with super late models. Susquehanna Speedway put out the April Fools joke of the new year by announcing it would be paving the racetrack – which is not the case. The Newberrytown oval kicks off tonight at 6 with super sportsman cars, late models, street stocks and legends.

Other regional raceways are in operation this week end. Winchester, Va., has a late model program that includes racing lawn tractors tonight. Bedford Speedway runs a practice session tomorrow starting at 3. Racing gets underway next Sunday featuring late models. America’s Raceway Park in Clearfield begins the first of several practice sessions today before opening on April 26 for racing.

CNB Bank Raceway in Clearfield, which is an asphalt track, runs a 100-lap enduro race next Saturday.

In other track news Williams Grove Speedway placed tickets and camping permits for the World of Outlaw races at the track this season on sale. Call 697-5000 for more details.

Young Trey Starks invaded from the state of Washington last week and finished seventh at Williams Grove Speedway. Starks is a senior in high school and is flying back and forth to attend school. Starks plans to race tonight at Port Royal and will be in the area for at least a month.

Opening day is approaching quickly for Jennerstown Speedway May 10. The track has been busy at mall and car shows recently. The ARCA racing trucks will compete there two times this season.

Sunday drag racing is set to begin at Beaver Springs tomorrow.

The Trackside Restaurant in Mifflin announced it will present a kickoff event for the annual Bob Weikert Memorial race at Port Royal Speedway later this month. Jed Donahue will broadcast live from the event. PA Posse and All Star Sprint Car drivers will be present to sign autographs. The fun takes place April 26.

Look for David Stremme and Dave Blaney to attempt to qualify for tomorrow’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Fox TV has race coverage. The green flag is set for 3 p.m. The points battle is close – 18 points separate the top five cars.

Just when it seems NASCAR is doing something right they find a way to mess it up. With their best start in recent memory, the sanctioning body is again talking about reducing horsepower in engines next year. Let it alone guys. They have started off well. No need to mess it up.

I’m a bit concerned by the low car counts in the 358 sprint car class recently at Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedways. Selinsgrove Speedway is transitioning to 360 cubic inch sprint cars and I’m wondering if that has any factor in the car counts. Fewer than 20 cars at each track is not good and it bears watching.

Congratulations to Gerald Mcintyre of new Oxford on scoring his second career 410 sprint car win at Williams Grove Speedway. It’s good there are young drivers stepping up to replace the retiring stars.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. ranks seventh on the top sports celebrity list of wealth according to Yahoo Sports. Earnhardt and A-Rod are tied at $300 million net worth. Who’s on top? Vince McMahon of wrestling fame at $1.2 billion.

The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing opens for the year this weekend. Today features drag racing. Keith Kauffman will be honored tomorrow starting at 1 p.m. The museum is located in Dillsburg.


Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.