Travel series set final season schedules

COMMENTARY

The Performance Racing Industry trade show concludes today in Indianapolis. The annual event draws racing people from all over the country. A great deal of racing news is shared during the event. This year is no exception.

Final schedules were released by most national race series. Here’s a list of those pertaining to Central Pennsylvania:

The World of Outlaws sprint cars visit Lincoln Speedway May 17. Williams Grove hosts Outlaw action May 19-20, July 21-22 and Sept. 28-30.

Port Royal Speedway’s race date will now be known as the Nittany Showdown, on Oct. 14.

The World of Outlaws late model series returns to Port Royal Speedway Aug. 19. Selinsgrove Speedway hosts the travelers Sept. 3.

The United States Auto Club visits the midstate with confirmed stops at Williams Grove June 15 followed by Port Royal June 17 and Selinsgrove June 18.

Williams Grove Speedway hosts the USAC Silver Crown Dirt Championship car division June 16.

USAC also announced that the Silver Crown cars will return to the Phoenix International Speedway after a seven-year absence. The division will be the support class for the Indy Car series.

Here’s a reminder for anyone seeking TV dirt track action. CBS Sports Network is continuing to broadcast replays of World of Outlaw sprint car, late model and big block modified racing. Air dates include December 18, 24 and 25.

The biggest news out of the PRI Trade Show is the World of Outlaws announced ut will introduce random drug testing in 2017. Testing will be conducted in both the sprint car and late model divisions. The sanctioning body will partner with the National Center for Drug Free Sports, which has relationships with the NFL, MLB, NCAA, NBA, WNBA, PGA, LPGA, Big 10 and others. A punishment schedule with suspensions also has been established.

Port Royal Speedway season passes are on sale by contacting the speedway office Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A season general admission pass is $375 and includes all fair races. Season pit passes are $475.

Port Royal Speedway is slated to open March 11 with 410 sprint cars and super late models.

Dodge is showing interest in returning to NASCAR’s top series. Dodge executives met with NASCAR this past week and discussed the situation. Dodge left NASCAR in 2012.

Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon are part of a Disney cartoon about racing. The show premiers Jan. 15 on Disney Channel.

Until next time, please drive safely!

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Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.

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