The annual Gary Wolford Fish Fry is planned for Sunday at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds.

The event, to benefit the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, has become an annual "must see."

It began a number of years ago at Wolford's Brogue home. Wolford, the area's all-time career win leader in super-sportsman competition, invited a few of his friends to stop by for some fish and some racing chat.

For those who know Wolford well, that would mean some good food and a bunch of lies about past races. They would also tell you that Wolford had to invite his enemies because he has no friends.

Just joking, Gary.

Actually, the event eventually became so big that Wolford's place of business was no longer large enough to handle all the past racers and fans who attended. That's when Wolford decided to move the event to Latimore Valley, and make it into a fundraiser for the museum.

As always the fish, french fries and other food available is all free, with donation jars set up around the area.

An auction of racing memorabilia is the event's main fundraiser, but aside from the food, the event's main draw is the annual blindfold race. Each year several well-known local racers take part in a race around the restored fairgrounds' race track, while blindfolded.

The track at Latimore Valley actually predates Williams Grove, and has been restored to that time frame. Drivers race junk cars, often painted to resemble their current rides, around the track blindfolded with just a navigator to get them around.

This year's race takes the novel approach of father-and-son teams. Teams for this year's race include:

---Late-model star Scott Haus and his son, Andy, who also races late models. Scott has won in sprint cars, modifieds and most often in late models, where he has at least 177 wins. Andy has raced sprints, 305 sprints and now late models, where he is also a winner.

---Sprint-car star Fred Rahmer and his son, Freddie. Rahmer of course is the area's all-time win leader in sprint-car competition with 414 sprint-car wins to go with the 99 races he won in modifieds early in his career. Freddie is just starting his career, racing SpedSTRs and 305 sprints.

---Modified star Billy Pauch Sr. and his son, Billy Jr. Pauch Sr. has won in modifieds, asphalt modifieds and sprint cars, and has more than 600 career feature wins. Billy Jr. has won in modifieds and is making his mark in sprint-cars, racing with URC in the 360s and also in some super-sprint races.

---Sprint-car driver Johnny Mackison Jr. and one of his sons, either Hunter or Jordan. Johnny Jr. followed in the footsteps of his father, legendary local racer Johnny Mackison Sr. Hunter and Jordan are both just starting sprint-car careers.

They start serving the fish at Latimore Valley around 10 a.m.


WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Williams Grove offers a regular Friday show of sprints and 358 sprints this week.

The Saturday Night Series at the Grove is also in action with the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks.

Trailway also races Friday with the 358 sprints, limited-late models, Legends and limited stocks.

Lincoln offers up a big program Saturday with the running of the 10th annual Weldon Sterner Memorial Race. This race will offer $6,900 to the winner. Sterner's Van May-driven cars carried the No. 69. The distance will be 33 laps in honor of Sterner's favorite NASCAR, driver, Dale Earnhardt, whose number was, of course, 3. The 358 sprints and thundercars will also race. It will also be York County Racing Club Night at Lincoln with $2 off grandstand admission for card-carrying members.

Port Royal offers up the sprints, late models and ARDC midgets on Saturday, while Selinsgrove has the 358 sprints, late models, a pro-stock championship and roadrunners.

Hagerstown has the late-model sportsmen, pure stocks, hobby stocks and mini stocks on Saturday.

On Sunday evening, several local teams will make the long trip west for the first-ever sprint-car race at the Roaring Knob Speedway in Markleysburg. That one pays $4,000 to win.

1968: Rain hampered this weekend in 1968.

The Friday races at Susquehanna were rained out, and then the feature was rained out on Sunday at Williams Grove.

Saturday racing did, however, make it into the record books. Hagerstown was south of the rain and did race on both Friday and Sunday.

At Hagerstown, Rick Schmelyun won his second of the season Friday in his own No. 9, while on Sunday, Ray Dovel got his third of the season in the Lee Stultz No. S-3.

At Lincoln, Kenny Weld drove his own No. 91 to his third consecutive win. The win was Weld's sixth overall that season.

At Selinsgrove, Ray Tilley matched Weld's numbers for the year when he drove Bud Grimm's No. 88 Ford to his sixth overall win of the season.

Over at Port Royal, Leroy Felty drove the Hackenburg Chevy No. 7 to his first win of the season.

The Winchester, Va., oval was also a part of the local circuit that season, and its opener on that night fell to Don Davis in his No. 21 racer. It was Davis' first win of the season.

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