The weather in this area this year still hasn't allowed the local racing circuit to get in a full weekend of events.

This coming weekend is scheduled to be the first three-day racing weekend of the local season.

The long-range forecast finally looks promising, so let's keep our fingers crossed.

Friday action includes Williams Grove, where the sprint cars and 358 sprints are on the racing slate, and Trailway, where the 358 sprints are joined by the 600cc micro sprints, classic cars and limited stocks.

Saturday will feature a full slate of local racing action. Lincoln offers up the sprint cars, plus the super sportsmen and the limited-late models. Saturday racing at Port Royal includes the sprints, late models and the new econo late models.

Saturday at Selinsgrove, the New York state-based ESS 360 sprints sanction the sprint-car event. Late models, pro stocks and roadrunners are also on the program. Hagerstown plays host to the three State Flyers late-model series, plus late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks.

Susquehanna Speedway Park will bring two nights of racing to York County this week. Saturday, the limited-late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, road warriors and minivans are joined by the 305 sprints for York County Racing Club Night.

Then on Sunday evening, the sprint cars and 358 sprint cars make their first visit of the season to Susky.


With two events at Susquehanna this weekend, including a "Club Night," the York County Racing Club thought this would be a good weekend to showcase the club hall in Zions View.

Sunday afternoon, the YCRC will hold an open house. Folks are invited to stop by and check out all the many photos and other memorabilia on display. There will be refreshments and a trivia contest as well.


EMMR: Last weekend the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing hosted its Spring Open House.

On Sunday, local racing legend Keith Kauffman was honored for his recently completed racing career. And yes, there were those who found some things to "roast" Kauffman about. A great crowd was on hand for this event.

Last week I mentioned a few of the teams for the early May Gary Wolford Fish Fry Blindfold Race. I noted that there was still one team to be named. The EMMR staff still has only one certain commitment for that team, but it should be interesting. Retired sprint-car driver Barry Camp will be half of that team.

Sad news: On a sad note, last weekend's event also brought news that former racer Ed Spencer died last week. Spencer was a top stock-car driver in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He won numerous races in the local late-model class and also had a good handful of wins in the bugs that preceded the local sprint cars.

Of course, Spencer is also now known as the father of former NASCAR star Jimmy Spencer.

1980: Rain hampered this weekend back in 1980.

Friday action made it into the record books, but the rest of the weekend was in trouble. Lincoln and Port Royal were washed out on Saturday, and Susquehanna's opener on Sunday was rained out at feature time.

In Friday action, Lynn Paxton got his third win of the season in the Williams Grove event. Paxton was driving the Boop's Aluminum No. 1 that season. In Selinsgrove's race on Friday, it was Allen Klinger who drove to victory in his grandfather's Lucas Mining No. 98. The win was the first of the season for the young coal miner.

Remember, this was the season when Lincoln promoter Tom Livelsberger took over the promotion at Selinsgrove, and moved the action to Friday nights against Williams Grove.

Bryan Householder writes about dirt-track racing for The York Dispatch. He can be reached at