Susquehanna’s Final Showdown wraps up the local racing season

Susquehanna Speedway closes the Central Pennsylvania racing season today with the Final Showdown racing program. The Newberrytown speedway features 410 and 358 sprint cars. The 410 sprint car feature winner receives $5,000. Racing is set to begin at 4 p.m.

With the local season ending, the racing banquet circuit will soon be underway. Port Royal, Selinsgrove and Lincoln speedways host their awards banquets on Nov. 18. Tickets are available by contacting each speedway.

Port Royal’s event will be held at the Port Royal Community Building on 4th Street. Space is limited, as the event sells out fast. Cost of tickets is $30. Contact the speedway office in person Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or order by mail to 308 W. 8th St., Port Royal, PA 17082. Enclose a stamped, self addressed envelope and correct remittance with your order.

Selinsgrove Speedway banquet ticket cost $35 each; that event will be held at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.

The Lincoln Speedway banquet will be held at Wyndham Garden Hotel in York. Ticket cost is also $35. Bedford Speedway will hold its banquet Jan. 27 at the Bedford Elks Club.

The Selinsgrove Fair Association is hosting a racer’s flea market today starting at 7 a.m. at the speedway. Sellers are charged $15.

A new two-year lease extension is in place for Selinsgrove Speedway after the municipality in which it is located considered a tax increase that would have affected the track. PennTownship supervisors considered increasing the amusement tax levied on the Snyder County oval. After a meeting that drew a strong show of support for the race track, Ssupervisors nixed the tax increase. The township also is reviewing plans to permit moving the track’s pit area outside the oval, possibly as early as next year.

Williams Grove Speedway is offering special incentives for purchase of 2018 pit passes or tickets prior to Black Friday or Christmas. Check the track website for details.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Series and Port Royal Speedway have reached agreement to present the series at the Juniata County oval April 22, 2018. The main event will be 50 laps in distance and pay the winner $10,000.

Tony Stewart was scheduled to be in Federal Court in Elmira, N.Y.. this week regarding the Kevin Ward estate lawsuit. Stewart sought dismissal of all but one charge, which must be determined by a judge. Stewart’s attorneys claim the pit release form signed at all area speedways releases competitors from liability in track-related deaths.

The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will host retiring Beaver Springs Dragway owner Bob McCardle and new owner Mike McCracken Dec. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Dillsburg facility. The pair will host a roundtable session on Beaver Springs Dragway and reminisce about McCardle’s successful run as track promoter. McCardle was inducted into the Drag Racing Hall of Fame in North Carolina earlier this month.

Finally it’s with much sadness I reflect on the passing of the Elmer Ruby last Sunday. The Bedford County driver was 78 years old. Ruby was exciting to watch during his career, which ended when narrowly escaped death during a violent crash at Port Royal Speedway in the mid ’70s. Ruby won the Port Royal sprint car championship in 1970 and 1971. Ruby worked for a Cumberland, Maryland, brewery, on the gas wells and finally Henkels-McCoy before his retirement. Ruby received the Port Royal Speedway Founders Award in 2015. During his racing career Ruby amassed 17 Port Royal feature wins, placing him tied for 16th position on the all time winners list with Fred Rahmer and Randy Wolfe.

I’ll return next time with more news and opinions.

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