MC racers done at Appalachian Mountains
The Appalachian Mountains late model speed week series is history. Several Mifflin County racers competed in events. Tim Wilson raced at Hagerstown, Bedford and Port Royal Speedways. Wilson finished ninth, 15th and 17th, respectively. Lewistown’s Nick Dickson finished 25th, 12th and did not qualify at Port Royal. Mitch Hack finished 14th at Port Royal with Lewistown driver Jason Schmidt at 15th. Waylon Wagner and Mike Mort failed to qualify at Port Royal. Speedweek winners were Tim McCreadie at Roaring Knob and Port Royal, while Austin Hubbard and Greg Saterlee claimed wins at Bedford and Hagerstown.
Wagner is on a roll at Racing for Heros Speedway, or as its also known, the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Wagner finished second the first two weeks the track operated. Wagner could have won opening night until contact with another competitor moved him backwards.
I spoke with new Clinton County promoter Mike Evock and learned Evock is a retired member of the military who spent much of his career at Fort Bragg, N.C. Evock organized the racetrack as a non-profit operation with proceeds benefiting disabled veterans. I commend him for his efforts.
Port Royal Speedway runs a special show this evening featuring USAC sprint cars, ARDC midgets and 355 econo late models. USAC and ARDC compete without wings. Jarett and John Andretti sign autographs starting at 5 p.m. Lynn Paxton of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will have the EMMR exhibit on display along with restored race cars from yesteryear. The Penn Central Racing Association have its annual reunion on the grounds during the day.
Fans raved about the USAC shows held earlier this week at Grandview and Lincoln Speedways. Unfortunately, Lincoln was rained out before the feature was completed. The race will be made up in 2015.
Young 358 winged PA sprint car racer Chandler Leiby took off his wing and raced against USAC where he won a heat race. Leiby told me the racing was as different as night and day compared to normal winged racing.
The USAC Eastern Storm finishes Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway.
On Sunday, Bedford Speedway presents the second Kasey Kahne/Lincoln Speedway qualifying event, which pays the winner $5,000. Last week Roaring Knob Speedway hosted the first qualifying race with Danny Dietrich earning the win. Both winners are guaranteed starters in the Kasey Kahne Classic in September. That race will pay the winner more than $20,000.
This evening at Selinsgrove Speedway, the Jack Gunn Memorial race for 360 sprint cars will be run. The 30 lap feature pays the winner $3,500. The United Racing Company sanctions the show.
In other Selinsgrove Speedway news, McClure driver Brad Mitch continues to impress, winning last Saturday night’s 20-lap, $1,000 to win pro stock race. Mitch is the leading pro stock winner this year at the track. One driver who only won twice at Selinsgrove this season is Danville’s Jeff Rine. Rine has dominated the late model class in recent years.
Lincoln Speedway presents the Gohn Memorial race this evening with increased purse for the sprint cars. Race time is 7:30 p.m.
NASCAR is at Pocono this week and I must commend the Pa. racetrack for attempting to address the attendance problems that are plaguing NASCAR Sprint Cup racing.
Pocono has done the following: Instituted halftime and kids clubs, half price general admission on race day for kids and free admission Friday and Saturday, a hot dog eating championship held July 4 at Coney Island and a four pack best seat in the house admission with four sandwiches and drinks for less than $100.
That’s a good start in my mind. The halftime idea intrigues me the most. Pocono has put in a hospitality area where for a $20 ticket you can get out of the sun for a while, still watch the race on TV and eat and drink unlimited for no additional charge during the day. I almost forgot the track started a fan council board with fans helping improve the race day experience. I wish them well.
Have a great racing weekend at your favorite track.