Local track honoring mom with discount

Mothers Day weekend is upon us and Port Royal Speedway is admitting mothers for $10. Some tracks are giving away candy or flowers. No matter what, don’t forget to remember your mom this weekend.

Port Royal’s racing schedule includes sprint cars, two late model features and the econo late model class. Race time is 7 p.m. The Juniata County oval was washed out last Saturday night just as the sprint cars were lining up for their feature event.

Selinsgrove Speedway hosts the United Racing Co. sprints for the Jack Gunn Memorial race, which pays the winner $3,500. Also on the program are late models and pro stocks. Action starts at 7.

Dan Stone visited the winner’s circle last week during Three States Flyers late model action at the track. Mark Smith claimed the 360 sprint car feature.

At Lincoln Speedway, the 410 sprint cars are joined by the 358 sprints and Central PA Legend cars. The program will serve as a final tune up for next Wednesday night’s World of Outlaws invasion at the Adams County track. Alan Krimes is the current 410 sprint car points leader. The Outlaws also compete next Friday and Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Port Royal and Lincoln will go dark next Saturday.

If demolition derbies interest you, Susquehanna Speedway is your place tonight. The 305 sprint cars, 358 late models and support classes complete the show. Race time is 7 p.m.

Bedford Speedway is in the middle of a two-day show. Tonight’s race highlights the 358 late models and is another Mothers Day tribute. Bedford will host the Three States Flyers Late Models for the Johnny Grum Memorial race May 23. The event pays the winner $4,000.

While on the subject of special payouts for late models, Winchester (Va.) Speedway has one tonight. The track is taking advantage of Hagerstown Speedway going dark this weekend for a major fundraising event for firemen at the track. Winchester’s late model feature is worth $3,000 tonight.

Path Valley Speedway holds a regular event this evening featuring 270 and 600 sprints.

Williams Grove Speedway has been especially hard hit with weather-related cancellations. Entering this weekend only three Friday night programs have run. Tonight the track hosts its successful Saturday night series featuring super sportsman cars, 358 late models and street stocks. General admission is $5.

Several area drivers suffered through a tough April racing month. Danny Dietrich was one sprint car driver in that group. Hopefully his luck changed last Friday night when he won at Williams Grove. McClure late model driver Tim Wilson is another guy who has fallen on tough luck. After scoring a win opening night at Port Royal, the late model driver’s luck left. Last week engine problems forced Wilson from competition at Selinsgrove Speedway.

On the positive side, Lance Dewease enjoyed his best week end since joining Dietz Motorsports last week. Dewease finished fourth at Williams Grove Friday, 10th at Lincoln Speedway Saturday and won at Susquehanna Speedway last Sunday night. Other drivers impressing fans are Brandon and Freddie Rahmer who will visit the winners circle soon. The pair have improved every week under their father’s watchful eye. Stevie Smith was scheduled to drive a Rahmer car last night for the Outlaw tune up at Williams Grove.

Shane Stewart hit the winner’s circle in his second drive aboard the Kyle Larson and Justin Marks sprint car. Stewart hit paydirt last week at Eldora Speedway in Ohio.

Tim Kaeding and David Gravel essentially ended up swapping rides on the World of Outlaws circuit. Kaeding will debut in the Phoenix Racing Team car shortly after leaving Roth Motorsports. Not sure why.

Now for a story I wish I could ignore. Michael Heffner, owner of Greg Hodnett’s racer, told Patriot-News racing writer Jeremy Elliott this week that he is in a dispute over point fund money with All Star Circuit of Champions owner Guy Webb. The situation started at the end of the 2012 racing season when Daryn Pittman drove Heffner’s car and won the Eastern Region All Star title, which was advertised to pay $20,000.

Heffner supposedly received that money in October 2013. But Lance Dewease won the same title that year driving Heffner’s car and the team is waiting to receive payment. Heffner’s claims he is owed $18,000 at this point. Apparently both feel they had an agreement on the way payment would be made but don’t seem to be on the same page.

Heffner alleges other teams are also owed point fund money. I haven’t spoken directly to either party at this point and will attempt to do so. Hopefully things will be resolved amicably.

Until next week, please drive safely.


Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.