Port Royal to wind up season

The 2017 racing season comes to a close today at Port Royal Speedway with Open Wheel Madness, three divisions of sprint cars (410, 360 and 305 racers) battling for bragging rights.

The 360 portion of the show is sanctioned by the United Racing Club. The PASS/IMCA organization is in charge of 305 sprint car rules. Winning pay for the 410 sprint car winner is $4,000. The URC winner earns $2,000. The top 305 sprint car prize is $500. Engine starts are scheduled for 4 p.m. with racing to follow.

After today one 410 sprint car program remains in Central Pennsylvania. Susquehanna Speedway in York County will be in action Oct. 28 with its Final Showdown program.

Pocono released its 2018 race dates and tickets are on sale for those events. The NASCAR Cup racers will compete there June 2-3 and July 28-29. ARCA stock cars are in action during both NASCAR weekends. The Xfinity cars are in action June 2. Truck racing is set for July 28. Indy Car visits Aug. 18-19.

The World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway are scheduled for Nov. 2-4 in Concord, N.C. World of Outlaws sprint cars and late models are joined by Dirt Car big block modifieds. Look for a number of Pennsylvania teams to travel south to compete.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will open the 2018 season at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia, Feb. 9-10 before moveing to Volusia County Speedway for the Winter Nationals Feb. 14-18.

The Performance Racing Industry Trade Show will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dec. 7-9. Several area promoters head to this show annually to stay abreast of current trends in the motorsports world.

Congratulations to Amy and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the announcement of the upcoming birth of their baby girl in May. Social media is on fire with suggestions for the child’s name. There have been some crazy name suggestions including Dale Earnhardt III. Really?

Outlaw sprint car star David Gravel will compete in the Chili Bowl next January in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gravel will team with Brady Bacon in a Toyota Research and Development midget car.

Finally Charlotte Motor Speedway has built a new chicane and runoff area in the turn four exit area using the same synthetic turf as athletic fields. The artificial surface is designed to slow down spinning race cars more quickly and more efficiently than natural grass.

Consider attending tonight’s racing action at Port Royal Speedway as they close out the 2017 racing season. Please drive safely!