Local speedway stays quiet with regulars in Iowa
The Knoxville, Iowa Sprint Car Nationals conclude this evening, and because of such, Port Royal Speedway will remain dark tonight. Several speedway regulars are at the Nationals attempting to make the finals. Greg Hodnett finished third during opening night feature racing. NASCAR star Kyle Larson won the opener and may run in tonights A-Main. More on that in a minute.
Locally, Selinsgrove Speedway is in action this evening featuring URC 360 sprint cars. Selinsgrove Ford is sponsoring a race car parade down the main street from their dealership to the track. The parade starts at 4 p.m. The RT. 35 late model challenge series is also part of the program. Pro stocks and roadrunnners fill out the card.
Lincoln Speedway hosts the area’s only 410 sprint car racing tonight. 358 sprint cars and All American Outlaw racers will also compete.
Next weekend, regional racing includes two high dollar programs for the super late Models. Bedford Speedway presents their 81st anniversary race which pays the winner $8,100 on Friday night. Port Royal Speedway hosts the World of Outlaws late model racers in a $ 10,000 win 50-lap feature event. Both tracks should attract outstanding fields.
A special congratulations to Brock Zearfoss who won his second Port Royal sprint car feature win last Saturday night. Jeff Rine secured late model win No. 4 of the year at the Juniata County oval. Mifflin County racer Tim Wilson led part of the race. Wilson was campaigning his new Rocket Chassis race car.
In the world of NASCAR, Chevrolet debuted their new 2018 Camaro this week. This model will be used in Cup racing starting next season.
The Cup racers compete at Michigan International Speedway tomorrow. NBCSN will have tv coverage of the race beginning at 3 p.m.
There were plenty of shake ups in NASCAR this past week. Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne will not return to their current race teams next year. Danica Patrick will not return to Stewart Haas Racing unless sponsorship is found to fund her race team.
Car owner Rick Hendrick is attempting to secure a ride for Kahne with one of the support teams that work with Hendrick Motorsports.
Why is this happening? Money, plain and simple. The sponsor dollars are drying up. Kahne, Busch and Patrick are in the upper scale pay range, and they’re being replaced by younger and cheaper talent. Hardly fair, but it’s going to become the norm.
Earlier I mentioned Kyle Larson being eligible to compete in tonights Knoxville Sprint Car Nationals A-Main. Larson won the opening night feature. Never has there been a CO winner at Knoxville and in NASCAR Cup race in the same year. Normally Larson’s Cup owner Chip Ganassi, would not permit his driver to race sprint cars the night before a Cup race. This is a special circumstance. Larson told fans he was going to have the conversation with his boss and see if he would allow him to compete. I hope he does. The Knoxville fans feel the same way.
Have a great racing weekend. I’ll be back next week with more news. Until then, let’s hope for good racing weather.