Busy schedule ahead at Port Royal

Port Royal Speedway is busy the next two weeks. Tonight the track honors current and past military members with free general admission. On-track action is provided by sprint cars, econo late models, xtreme stocks and All-American Outlaw series. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.

Monday night the Appalachian Late Model Speedweek racers invade Port Royal for the finale of their series. The program honors former driver Charlie Grinestaff, who competed in Pennsylvania from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The program was originally presented at Lincoln Speedway. A scheduling conflict made it impossible for Lincoln to run the race this season. A large field is expected. The winner earns $4,000 and starting is worth $400. The points title will be decided after this program.

Next Saturday the United States Auto Club visits Port Royal as part of the Eastern Storm wingless sprint car series. USAC will compete at five area speedways. John and Jarett Andretti will sign autographs prior to the show. It is also old timers night with restored race cars.

Port Royal has not completed a race program the entire month of May due to weather.

The latest information I received concerning injured drivers Duane Maustellar and Jamie Collard was posted midweek on Selinsgrove Speedway’s website. Maustellar remains in critical condition with head and other injuries. Media reports indicate a procedure was performed last Sunday in an attempt to help his condition. Collard returned to Canada and is recovering. Cards reach the pair at the following addresses:

Duane Maustellar, c/o Geisinger Medical Center, 100 Academy Ave, Danville, PA 17821; and

Jamie Collard, 484 Middle Townline Road, Burford, Ontario, Canada NDE1AO. Note, extra postage is required to mail to Canada.

Lincoln Speedway makes up last week’s rained out Hilly Rife Memorial event tonight. The winner gets $5,000. A regular program of 410 and 358 sprint cars also will be run so winning both 410 races is worth more than $8,000.

Stevie Smith and Fred Rahmer are making headlines in area sprint car racing. The pair won two features the last two weeks despite their limited schedule. Rahmer indicates he will take Smith to the Knoxville, Iowa, Nationals this summer to compete. Rahmer is also promoting the Path Valley Sprint Car Speedweek program June 29. The 40-lap feature pays $5,000 to win, $500 for heat races and $1,000 for fast time trial. This show is becoming the most talked about program of the series.

Silly season is starting again in local racing. Last week Doug Esh was at Williams Grove Speedway with Dave Yingst turning the wrenches on the Heckman Racing No. 8. Rob Peters left the team as crew chief. No word yet if Yingst will be the permanent crew chief on the car. Yingst is the brother of the late Maynard Yingst, who drove sprint cars in the region.

Brent Marks has split time on Saturday night between Port Royal and Lincoln speedways this season. Marks will head to Lincoln for the next few weeks. The Myerstown driver ventured to Charlotte, N.C., last week to compete with the World of Outlaws Friday night where he finished 12th in the A-main. His team drove all night to race at Port Royal last Saturday where action was rained out.

Selinsgrove Speedway presents a $1,000 to win pro stock feature tonight along with 360 sprint cars, late models and roadrunners. Race time is 7 p.m.

The late model Speedweek cars race at Hagerstown Speedway tonight and Bedford Speedway tomorrow.

Until next week remember speed is for the speedway, not the highway.


Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.