It will be a busy week for local auto racing fans.

In addition to a full slate of weekend racing there are two special events on the racing calendar.

The first is NASCAR Night at the York Revolution. On Wednesday evening, NASCAR stars Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray will visit York. Before the Revs' game that night, the NASCAR stars will lead some local sports media types in a softball game.

The pre-game events begin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Kahne will head up one team, and McMurray will lead the other. And yes, they have asked me to play.

The other big event on the week is the annual Gary Wolford Fish Fry at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds. This event will be held Sunday, with plenty of free fish and fries for all who attend. I think I heard that they have 600 pounds of fish to fry up for this one.

Of course there is a lot more than just food at this event on the restored fairgrounds that is the sight of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. It's also billed as the Silver Spring Speedway Reunion, and there are always plenty of racers, both past and present, on hand to swap stories (or is that lies) about racing.

The most famous part of the Fish Fry has become the annual Blindfold Race. That's where a group of well-known racers battle it out around the fairgrounds oval while blindfolded. They even switch off drivers at mid-race.

One driver is blindfolded, and the second is his eyes. They have again lined up quite a group of drivers. One team will find modified ace Doug Manmiller, a multi-time winner already this year, teamed up with late-model racer Andy Haus. Just for fun, Andy's father Scott Haus, a winner in late models, sprints and modifieds, will ride along as a "backseat driver."


A second team finds former super-sportsman ace Johnny Murphy teaming with former limited-late-model star Kenny Riland. Until last weekend, Murphy was tied for second on the all-time super-sportsman win list. Wolford, of course, is the all-time sportsman win leader, and on Saturday night, Rich Eichelberger, whose Lobar firm built the EMMR, moved past Murphy for second.

The third team is thought to have close to 1,000 feature wins between them. Current sprint-car star Lance Dewease will team up with retired modified racing legend Gerald Chamberlain. What some folks don't remember is that before he moved to the full-bodied modifieds, Chamberlain was a big winner in the bugs around this area.

The final team will consist of two sprint-car champions, one retired and one current. Former sprint-car racer Barry Camp will team with current sprint-car racer Chad Layton.

It should be a lot of fun.


Weekend schedule: On Friday evening, Williams Grove will try to beat the weatherman with a show of sprints and 358 sprints.

Trailway, which has also been hampered by weather this season, will offer 358 sprints, Legends, 270 micro sprints and limited stocks on Friday, which is also York County Racing Club Night.

Saturday Lincoln will play host to the Weldon Sterner Memorial for the sprint cars. This race, honoring one of Lincoln's past promoters, who at one time was also a car owner, will be Lincoln's first time-trial show of the season. It will also be the first time an area track has worked a format similar to the World of Outlaws' new format.

The 358 sprints and the All-American Outlaws will also be on the racing card for York County Racing Club Night.

Port Royal hosts the sprints, late models and 305 sprints Saturday, while Selinsgrove will welcome the Three States Flyer late-model series for the first time. The 358/360 sprints, pro stocks and roadrunners will also be on Selinsgrove's slate.

Williams Grove is back in action with the Saturday night series of super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks. Hagerstown's Saturday show includes late models, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini-stocks.

Susquehanna Speedway Park takes Saturday off to set the stage for Sunday's program there. The Sunday evening show at Susky will feature the sprint cars, along with the limited-late models and sidewinder micro sprints.

1980: Rain was still plaguing the local circuit on this weekend in 1980.

Friday racing at Williams Grove was washed out, while Selinsgrove lost its features to the wet stuff. The rest of the weekend made it into the record books.

At Lincoln on Saturday, George Ferguson Jr. drove his father's yellow No. 2 to his first win of the season, while at Port Royal, Keith Kauffman was in for his third win of the season in the No. K33.

Ferguson came back to score a weekend sweep with his victory on Sunday at Susquehanna.

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