Port Royal's Living Legends Dream Race highlights this weekend's racing action.
The Saturday evening event for the sprint cars carries a purse in excess of $55,000. Time trials and a pair of semifinal features will set the lineup for the main event. With payouts for all the action, the winner of this event usually goes home with between $10,000 and $13,000.
Living Legends to be honored at this year's race are driver Lance Dewease and former car owner Maynard Boop. Dewease's past car owners have been invited to help pay tribute to the driver, while Boop's former drivers have also been invited to attend.
The econo late models will also be on the racing slate.
Looking at the rest of the weekend schedule, Williams Grove will be in action twice over the weekend. Friday, the sprint cars will be joined by a challenge race between the URC 360 sprints and the Grove's own 358 sprint class. The Saturday Night Series will feature the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks.
Trailway is also in action on Friday night, with the 358 sprints, Legends, limited stocks and street stocks.
Lincoln will give the sprint cars a night off on Saturday so they can compete at the Port. On Lincoln's Saturday agenda is a championship race for the 358 sprints, plus legends, 600cc micro sprints and the All-American Outlaws.
Selinsgrove hosts a regular Saturday show of 358/360 sprints, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Susquehanna Speedway Park has the limited-late models, 305 sprints, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, road warriors and minivans on Saturday.
Hagerstown's Saturday slate features a championship race for the late-model sportsmen, plus late models, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks.
Lincoln's purse: When the sprint cars return to Lincoln on Aug. 9, they will race for an increased purse.
That particular night is the tribute night to fallen firefighters, which is run in memory of Brandon Little, who was fatally injured while answering a fire call several years ago.
That race has always carried an added purse, and will again, but every race in the month of August will also have other added money, thanks to a retired race fan.
David Long has added several thousand dollars to the purse for each race at Lincoln during the month of August. Long's only request for the added money is that it be added to the back positions of the payoff. So for the month of August, positions 8-24 will pay added money, with $450 just to start the race. Lincoln's regular payoff is $300 for last place.
Marks on the mark: This season didn't start all that well for Brent Marks.
He struggled through the beginning of the season, just as he had at the end of last season. In fact, when Marks won at Selinsgrove during Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek, it marked his first win since the Ray Tilley Memorial at the same speedway in May of 2013.
Since that race, Marks has been doing much better, and last weekend he won in both nights of competition. Marks won Friday at Williams Grove and then again on Saturday at Port Royal.
Mr. Second Place wins: Over the past month or so, driver Brian Montieth has sort of earned the nickname of Mr. Second Place.
Since June 6 at Williams Grove, Montieth has finished second at the Grove four times and at Lincoln three times. Saturday night at Lincoln, Montieth finally got back in Victory Lane.
The thing about all those second-place finishes, and even last Saturday's win, is that Montieth has been coming from mid-pack or farther back to secure them. In Lincoln's Outlaw show, Montieth came from 15th to finish second. His run from 10th to first Saturday might may have been considered easy after that.
Hodnett on roll: Last season, now-retired driver Fred Rahmer outdistanced his rivals to win the overall Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Point Series.
Thomasville's Greg Hodnett is on a similar roll right now.
Hodnett's lead of 271 points is equal to a lead of five feature wins plus a fifth-place finish
YCRC picnic: The York County Racing Club will host its annual summer picnic on Sunday at the club hall in Zion's View.
Lunch starts at noon. The club provides hot dogs, barbecue, corn on the cob and drinks. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish and place settings. The club will have tables and chairs, but it wouldn't hurt to bring along lawn chairs as well.
1980: This weekend started in 1980 with Kramer Williamson parking Harry Kuhn's No. 21 in Victory Lane at Williams Grove for his third overall win of the season.
In Saturday action, Van May got his seventh overall win of the season at Lincoln with the Weldon Sterner No. 69, while Keith Kauffman scored his 12th win of the season at Port Royal in Bob Weikert's famed No. 29.
Susquehanna wrapped up the weekend on Sunday, with Steve Siegel getting his second win of the season in his No. 2 racer.
— Reach Bryan Householder at email@example.com.
Sprint-car point standings
SPEEDWAY MOTORS/CHAMPION RACING OIL PENNSYLVANIA SPRINT CAR SERIES
Presented by Hoseheads.com
(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Greg Hodnett (6) 910
2. Brian Montieth (3) 639
3. Danny Dietrich (4) 625
4. Alan Krimes (2) 528
5. Lance Dewease (3) 522
6. Brent Marks (3) 462
7. Lucas Wolfe (1) 459
8. Donnie Kreitz Jr. (2) 412
9. Blane Heimbach (2) 385
10. Stevie Smith (4) 380
11. Doug Esh (2) 376
12. Rick Lafferty (1) 328
13. Gerard McIntyre Jr. (2) 325
14. Cory Haas 302
15. Jim Siegel (2) 272
16. Chad Layton (1) 256
17. Daryn Pittman (3) 250
18. Mike Erdley (1) 236
19. Mike Wagner 228
20. Ryan Smith 205
21. Robbie Kendall (1) 202
22. Austin Hogue (1) 174
23. Justin Barger (1) 170
24. Steve Buckwalter (1) 168
25. Adam Wilt (1) 164
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CAPITAL RENEGADE 358 SPRINT SERIES
(Wins in parenthesis)
1. Brad McClelland (5) 644
2. Kevin Nouse (6) 640
3. Chase Dietz (3) 450
4. Chandler Leiby 423
5. Matt Campbell (2) 387
6. Robbie Kendall (3) 376
7. Niki Young (1) 353
8. Dwight Leppo (1) 333
9. Jeff Rohrbaugh (2) 308
10. Issac Sneeringer (2) 302