Selinsgrove closes out with 35th National Open

Selinsgrove Speedway takes center stage tonight as late season racing continues. The Snyder County oval closes the 2017 season with the 35th annual Jim Nace Memorial National Open. Lucas Wolfe is the defending race champion. The 30-lap feature pays the winner $8,000. Starting the event is worth $500.

The All Star Circuit of Champions sanctions the program for the first time since 1991. Picking a favorite for tonight may be difficult as most All Star regulars are not familiar with the track. That should give the advantage to the PA Posse.

Retired driver Fred Rahmer is the only five-time winner of the program. Todd Shaffer (also retired) and Greg Hodnett have won four Opens each. Lance Dewease is a three-time winner. Hodnett is expected to compete. Dewease is not.

The program honors the late Jim Nace who passed away in 2009 after a seven-year battle with cancer. Nace enjoyed success through out Central Pennsylvania. Nace was most successful at Selinsgrove, where he enjoyed many battles with Barry Camp and others. Nace was a sportsman and gentleman whom was liked and respected by fellow competitors and fans. One would be hard pressed to find anyone in the racing world who has a negative comment about Jim Nace.

Port Royal Speedway produced the most successful racing program in its long history last weekend with the two-day Tuscarora 50 program. The largest crowd of the modern era was on hand Saturday for the $50,000 to win program. Estimates placed the attendance in the 10,000 range. The event will be expanded next year by paying the winning driver $51,000. Starting the A-Main will be worth $1,000.

Three programs remain at Port Royal Speedway this season. The track is dark until Oct. 7 when the Blue Collar Classic for 305 sprint cars will be featured. Also on the card are the Mason/Dixon 358 late models and xtreme stocks. Both full-body classes will pay the feature event winner $1,000. On Oct. 14 the World of Outlaws sprints cars and Mid Atlantic Modifieds visit for their only appearance of the season. The season finale is Oct. 21, Open Wheel Madness, with 410 sprint cars and URC sprints on hand. The Oct. 21 program is part of Port Royal’s Fall Foliage festival weekend.

Next Saturday Lincoln Speedway hosts the third running of the Dirt Classic sprint car show presented by Kasey Kahne. $20,000 awaits the A-Main winner.

Have a great racing weekend!