Renninger Memorial takes on weather forecast at Port Royal


Weather could impact holiday weekend racing in Central Pennsylvania. In the event racing does take place, here’s a guide to local action.

The 14th annual Butch Renninger Memorial race is slated for tonight at Port Royal Speedway. The traveling UFO Late Model Series visits the track. Gregg Satterlee is the defending race champion. Satterlee also won the program in 2012.

The winners list is full of talent including two Mifflin County drivers. Tim Wilson of McClure won the 2009 program. A year later Lewistown’s Waylon Wagner hit paydirt. One Juniata County driver, Mitch Hack, claimed the 2007 title. Hack has since retired from active competition and serves as a track official. Other past winners include Steve Campbell, Scotty Haus, Jere Wierman, Jeff Rine, Jason Covert, Justin Kann and Dylan Yoder.

The 33-lap super late model feature pays the winner $3,300. Starting the main event is worth $300. Heat race winners and lap leaders in the A-Main receive $33 each. Tow money for the late models is being paid at $150 per car for non-qualifiers. This is an excellent payoff for a program, which opens the Juniata County Fair racing program. Xtreme stocks and econo lates will also see increased purse money. The 410 sprint cars also are part of the program.

The Renninger Memorial is a fitting tribute to a man who loved stock car racing and Port Royal Speedway. More importantly Butch Renninger loved his family, friends and life. He had a big heart — one that finally gave out after an exciting third-place enduro finish back in 2005, just as many of us were set to celebrate his birthday. Our post race party turned to consoling each other in disbelief our friend was gone. Knowing Butch Renninger made a lot of us better people. Tonight the Port Royal family remembers this amazing man.

The 66th Labor Day Classic is set for Monday afternoon. The program is the only daylight race of the season at Port Royal. The race kind of lost some of its luster as most sprint car drivers no longer wish to compete on a daylight surface. However, the last couple of seasons, the day racing has been sensational. Chalk it up to track preparation and the additional selection of race tires legal for use. It’s made it a good show. It’s also a good bargain for those traditionalists and budget-minded fans. Bring your lawnchair and set it up in the infield for just $5. That price also includes the demo derby that follows racing. That’s a lot of entertainment for the money.

Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg is the Labor Day Classic defending sprint car champion. Joining the sprint cars are the econo lates and 4-cylinder pure stocks. Race time is 1 p.m.

Selinsgrove Speedway races twice this holiday weekend. The final points race and appearance of the 360 sprint cars is this evening. The URC and Patriot 360 sprint car travelers join the Selinsgrove regulars for a 30-lap finale, which pays the winner $3,000.

Tomorrow night the World of Outlaws late model series competes at Selinsgrove in the National Open for Late Models. The winner earns $8,000. Gates open at 4 p.m.

Billy Moyer of Batesville, Arkansas, won last year’s Selinsgrove late model National Open. Moyer is expected to return to Snyder County for the program≥

Lincoln Speedway honors former Co-promoter Bob Leiby with a memorial 410 sprint car program tonight. The event is the final points race of the season at the Adams County oval.

Lewistown driver Daryl Stimeling enjoyed his second successful weekend of 410 sprint car racing at Port Royal Speedway. Stimeling recorded a fourth place finish in the feature event. One week prior Stimeling finished second in his Harry Earnest owned race car.

Mcclure’s Tim Wilson is now campaigning his new Rocket chassis. Wilson finished third in last weeks super late model program at Port Royal Speedway. Previously Wilson was campaigning a Capital Racing chassis. That car is up for sale.

Beaver Bob McCardle has a fine holiday program planned for Beaver Springs Dragway.

Let’s hope for good weather. Happy Labor Day weekend.


Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.