Appalachian Mountain Late Model Speedweek kicks off this weekend, and makes several stops in the area.

The Speedweek for the super-late models will offer $5,000 to win at each stop except for the last, which is $7000 to win.

The series kicks off Friday in southern Maryland at Potomac Speedway, and then moves on to Hagerstown on Saturday evening. Hagerstown's pure stocks will join in that program.

Sunday the series moves to Winchester, Va., with the track's mini-stock division also on hand. From Winchester, Speedweek moves west to Roaring Knob Speedway.

On Tuesday of next week (June 4), things get closer to home, with action at Port Royal. The limited-late models join the fun there.

Speedweek wraps up next Wednesday (June 5) at Lincoln for the running of the "Chargin' Charlie" Grinestaff Memorial race, which pays $7000 to win. The limited-late models are also a part of that show.

Rest of weekend schedule: Williams Grove has rescheduled last Friday's charity race for this Friday evening.

The sprint cars will race for $4,000 to win, and the track will then donate another $4,000 to the winner's favorite charity.

The 358 sprints are also on the slate, and it will be York County Racing Club Night.

Saturday at the Grove, the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks are in action, and again it will be YCRC Night.

Trailway's Friday show will include the 358 sprints, Legends, limited stocks and street stocks.

At Lincoln Saturday, the sprint cars headline, along with the 358 sprints and the All-American Outlaws Classic Cars. Port Royal hosts the sprints, late models, pro stocks and an enduro dash on Saturday.

Selinsgrove's Saturday slate includes the 358 sprints, late models, pro stocks and a championship test for the road runners.

Susquehanna Speedway Park offers the limited-late models, street stocks, Xtreme stocks, minivans, road warriors and the Penn Mar vintage racers on Saturday.


MARKS: When Brent Marks won Sunday evening's Ray Tilley Classic at Selinsgrove it was a big win for the young driver.

First off, it marked his first sprint-car win at a track where he doesn't compete on a weekly basis. Then there is the fact that he's had flat tires rob him of two previous apparent victories at the big half mile.

But perhaps most important was the fact that, although Ray Tilley's career ended long before Marks was born, his team has a connection to the Tilley family. Ray Tilley's widow, Ruth Tilley, has family members who own the Fredricksburg Eagle Hotel, which is one of the Marks' team sponsors.

TROUT: Dover's Chad Trout was a surprise winner of Selinsgrove's super-sportsman feature.

It's not surprising that Trout won a race. He's done that quite often. It's more surprising that he won in the super-sportsman class.

Trout has for years been a top contender in the 358 sprint ranks. Last year he ventured out into the URC sprint ranks. Last weekend, Trout took his first ride in a super-sportsman car.

A few weeks ago, York's Kenny Keyton suffered some injuries at Williams Grove during a super-sportsman race. Keyton elected to take a few weeks off from driving, and with URC having last weekend off, he asked Trout to drive the car in the three sportsman events. Trout drove his first super-sportsman race Friday at Hagerstown, then raced Saturday at Williams Grove. Sunday at Selinsgrove was his third time ever in the car. He led every lap of the feature.

RAHMER: Fred Rahmer had finishes of second and seventh last weekend to keep his incredible consistency streak going.

Rahmer has now finished in the top 10 in all 23 races he has run on the local circuit this season, including 18 in the top five.

Rahmer's sons, Freddie and Brandon, both raced in the 305 sprint feature at Selinsgrove Sunday. Freddie finished third, while Brandon dropped from competition.

WAGNERS: The Wagner brothers dominated last weekend's 305 sprint action.

Logan Wagner won Saturday at Selinsgrove, while older brother Mike II finished second. Sunday at Selinsgrove, it was Mike II who won over Logan.

The "old man" didn't do too bad either. Former Port Royal champion Mike Wagner finished fourth in the sprint feature there.

LEIBY: Chandler Leiby lowered the youngest winner's age considerably on Saturday at Lincoln.

Leiby, won't celebrate his 16th birthday until this fall, but he won the 358 sprint feature at Lincoln. Just two weeks ago, Chase Dietz won the 358 sprint feature at Lincoln when he was about a week shy of his 16th birthday.

Chandler Leiby is the son of former Lincoln 358 champion Greg Leiby, and the grandson of Lincoln co-owner Bob Leiby.

1968: On this weekend in 1968 there were three days of racing, but of the four Saturday tracks, one, Selinsgrove, was rained out.

At Williams Grove on Friday, legendary Mitch Smith drove the Regester Chevy No. 6 to his fourth overall victory of the season.

At Lincoln on Saturday, it was Gud Linder driving to his second win of the season in the Mickey Banas No. 69. At Port Royal, long-time racing veteran Pete Swarmer drove his own No. 1 to the victory. Ray Dovel drove the Lee Stultz Chevy No. S-3 to his fifth overall win of the season at Winchester.

On Sunday, Lynn Paxton drove the Emrich Chevy No. 1 to his first victory of the season at Susquehanna. At Hagerstown, Don Davis drove to his third overall win of the season in his No. 21.

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