Area tracks hoping for rain-free summer racing
After battling relentless nights of rain-outs, the official 2013 calendar states today is the official first day of summer. Cold weather, drizzling or heavy rains, damp conditions and a rather gloomy spring forced many local tracks into re-organizational mode. Hopefully Mother Nature will turn her kind side towards the local racing scene as we rapidly approach July.
Big Diamond Speedway's four-division card kicks off this weekend's racing action. The 358 modifieds, sportsman, roadrunners and street stocks are all on the card. The modified feature will be 30-laps and pay $3,000 to the winner of the extra-distance event. This will be the fourth special feature program of the season at the Minersville-area track. 2012 track champion Craig Von Dohren is undefeated in the previous three 30-lap races.
Looking ahead to special shows, Sunday, June 30 is a big day for Big Diamond. The track hosts the 410 sprint cars as a part of Pa, Sprint Car Speedweek and the Annual Georgie Stevenson Memorial on tap for July 5.
Williams Grove Speedway will once again offer two days of racing action at its half-mile oval, with the 358 sprint cars and 410 sprint cars in action tonight, while the popular Saturday Night Series hosts the winged super sportsman, limited late models and street stocks.
Although a rare "off night" is part of Selinsgrove Speedway's schedule Saturday night, fans are encouraged to take part in the "Motorsports Madness" night at Quaker Steak and Lube in Buckhorn, Wednesday June 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. Plenty of race cars including those driven by Phil Walter, Jeff Rine and Bob Bussey, as well as the Mausteller Motorsports teams have confirmed their plans to attend along with others.
Plenty of door prizes, Speedway tickets, giveaways, autograph sessions and photo opportunities with the drivers are scheduled throughout the night, allowing fans to mingle with their favorites.
The Speedway returns to action on Saturday, June 29 with the Middleswarth Potato Chips Firecracker 30 for the 358 sprint cars, along with the late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
In Saturday night racing action around the area, Lincoln Speedway hosts the 358 sprint cars, 410 sprint cars and thundercars; Port Royal Speedway welcomes fans for camera and autograph night with the 410 sprint cars, late models and pro stocks; Grandview Speedway's three-division show features 358 modifieds, limited late models and the sportsman.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads into its second of four consecutive race weekends, as the tour heads to New England Dragway for the inaugural running of the Auto Plus New England Nationals.
The track formally opened in 1966 and ran under varying sanctioning bodies throughout the years, but this is the first NHRA national event at the Epping, N.H. quarter-mile facility.
ESPN2 will provide two hours of qualifying beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, and three hours of eliminations on Sunday evening, starting at 7.
After the 11th of 24 events on the 2013 schedule, Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (P/S Bike) lead their respective classes.
Steve Torrence took the Top Fuel win last weekend at the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., while 15-time World Champion, John Force snapped a 31 race winless streak in Funny Car and Roger Brogdon won his first Pro Stock crown.