Regional racers set to participate in World Finals

The World Finals conclude today at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The three-day program got underway Thursday night with qualifying for the World of Outlaws sprint cars and late models plus Dirtcar modifieds.

Several area sprint car and late model competitors were expected to compete.

Competitors will find a newly resurfaced speedway featuring red North Carolina clay taken from a nearby farm. Drivers can expect the 4/10 mile oval to be lighting fast after tire tests recently held at the track.

Trailway Speedway in Hanover presents a demolition derby, figure eight, powder puff and four-cylinder stock car racing today starting at 1 p.m.

There is one more chance to view URC sprint car racing in New Jersey today. Bridgeport Speedway completes a two-day show tonight. This event closes the URC racing schedule for the year.

A final outdoor racing program remains in New Jersey Thanksgiving weekend. The annual Turkey Derby is a three-day event that includes asphalt and dirt modified stock cars and support classes on the Wall Township Speedway’s high-banked 1/3 asphalt oval.

Promoter Alan Kreitzer presents a race car flea market next Saturday at the state Farm Show Complex’s Elmerton Avenue parking lot beginning at 7 a.m. Contact Kreitzer at (717) 766-7215 or www.silverspringsspeedway.com for more information.

The Motorsports Trade Show is slated for the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks Jan. 19-21. More than 250 race cars are expected to be on display along with parts vendors, speedways and more. Call (609)-888-3618 for show information.

Area raceways are wasting no time in announcing their 2018 opening dates. Lincoln Speedway will lead with the Icebreaker program Feb. 24. Port Royal Speedway plans to open March 10. Williams Grove Speedway has not yet set a date but will return to their former tradition of opening on a Sunday afternoon in March.

Jake Waters warmed up a 305 sprint car for racer Kirsten Hess during the final event last week at Port Royal Speedway. It was the first time behind the wheel since Waters was seriously burned at Selinsgrove Speedway during the summer of 2016. Waters did not compete in the program as he has been announcing the races for the 305 group.

Author Chad Culver has released his latest book, “Kramer Williamson Sprint Car Legend.” Details on the book and ordering information can be found at www.culverautoracingmuseum.com. Culver previously penned books on Dover Downs Speedway and Delaware auto racing.

The Juniata County Agricultural Society will hold its annual membership meeting which includes election of board members Nov. 9 at the Commercial Building on the fairgrounds. The board will meet several days later to reorganize. The fair board oversees operations of Port Royal Speedway.

Last week’s Susquehanna Speedway sprint car finale and the NASCAR Cup race were full of hard racing, frayed nerves and tempers flaring. For the most part, sanity prevailed. The one exception was at the NASCAR race where a race fan offered to fight Denny Hamlin after Hamlin’s move that took out driver Chase Elliott from the race while leading.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. correctly stated, (in my opinion) that more short-track racing with the emotions shown and fan interaction is exactly what NASCAR needs to sell tickets and return fans to the track. Earnhardt noted the fans booing and cheering drivers following interviews 20 minutes after the race as a good way to gain and keep fan interest.

Until next time, please drive safely!

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