Lincoln’s Dirt Classic wraps up season

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Season-ending racing continues tonight at the Lincoln Speedway. Kasey Kahne and the Pigeon Hills oval present the fourth annual Dirt Classic for 410 sprint cars. A quality group of invaders will battle the PA Posse in a 40-lap feature event which pays the winner $20,000. Starting the feature is worth $1,000. The qualifying program is unique in that starting spots will be determined after two rounds of heat races.

Who are the invaders? Brian Brown, a two-time winner in Pennsylvania is fresh of victories last weekend at Selinsgrove and Bedford speedways. Brown will be joined by Kerry Madsen, Terry McCarl, Tim Kaeding and Dave Blaney. Lincoln regulars Freddie Rahmer, 2017 track champion Brian Montieth, Alan Krimes plus Greg Hodnett, Lance Dewease, Lucas Wolfe and the rest of the PA Posse are expected to attend. The All American Outlaws and 358 sprints also are in action.

Lincoln Speedway has one remaining event after tonight. The Hank Gentzler Memorial race will also honor the late speedway promoter Bob Leiby Oct. 7. It’s also manufacturers’ appreciation night.

Selinsgrove Speedway concluded its season last Saturday night with the Jim Nace Memorial National Open sanctioned by the All Star Circuit of Champions. Tony Stewart appeared at Selinsgrove last week and finished 10th in the A-Main.

Hesston Speedway has concluded its 2017 season.

Bedford Speedway will conclude next weekend with a two-day show. Friday night the late models will be joined by the modifieds, limited late models and semi-lates. Saturday night the late models compete along with the modiifieds, pure stocks and four-cylinder stock cars.

Port Royal Speedway workers are busy installing the new Musco lights on the front stretch of the track before the final three events of the season. The Juniata County oval returns to action Oct. 7 with the Blue Collar Classic headlined by the 305 sprint cars. The World of Outlaws visit Oct. 14.

Congratulations to Freddie Rahmer on being selected by California legend Brent Kaeding to pilot his 360 sprint car in the invitation-only 24th annual Trophy Cup at Thunder Bowl Speedway in Tulare, California, Oct. 19-21, with 100 entries accepted. A driver must compete in this year’s program to receive an invitation to compete in next year’s event. Rahmer has enjoyed a breakout season. The 21-year-old driver has won six times this year. Three wins were at Williams Grove. Two came at Lincoln. A single victory was achieved at Grandview Speedway.

The weather is expected to be beautiful this weekend. Get out and enjoy racing. I’ll be back next week with more news and opinions.

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Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.

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