With the approaching Labor Day weekend only a few days away, many area tracks are looking toward their respective season-ending point races, while presenting some big dollar events over the three-day holiday weekend.

Locally, Big Diamond and Selinsgrove have some spectacular shows slated for next week. Big Diamond will present its staple event, The Jack Rich Coalcracker 72 for the modifieds Sept. 1, while Selinsgrove hosts a two-day World of Outlaws late model special on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31.

Tonight, Big Diamond hosts a special Prelude to the Coalcracker for the modifieds, paying $4,000 to the winner of the 30-lap feature event.

Also joining the racing card at the Minersville oval will be the Hilborn Tri-State Race Saver Series 305 sprint cars and the roadrunners. Racing begins at 8:15.

Looking toward Saturday's show at Selinsgrove Speedway, Charlie Paige and company will present a final tuneup for the WoO late model visit. The $2,000 to win feature for the late models will set the field by time trials and qualifying events.

An Outlaw late model event was a casualty of the weather last season.

Also on the schedule Saturday at the Snyder County oval are the 358 sprint cars, a pro stock championship and roadrunners. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30.

In other area racing tonight, Williams Grove Speedway hosts an open wheel doubleheader. The URC Sprint Car Series invades with a 358/360 challenge event, and the 410 sprint cars are also in action at the Mechanicsburg half mile.

The final Saturday Night Series event is slated for Saturday evening at Williams Grove, featuring the winged super sportsman, limited late models and street stocks. Management keeps the weekly general admission prices to a reasonable $5, and if more than 3,000 fans/racers enter the speedway Saturday night, the management will add $500 to the winner's checks.

Going in circles

Lincoln Speedway is in action Saturday night with the 410 sprint cars, PA Legends and All American Outlaws. ... Port Royal Speedway hosts a three-division Open Wheel Madness night, with the URC sprint cars, 305 sprint cars and the weekly 410 sprint cars. ... Grandview Speedway presents a two-race weekend. The weekly NASCAR 358 modifieds, sportsman and limited late models are in action Saturday night and a rare Sunday night show will feature the Hilborn Tri-State Race Saver Series 305 sprint cars and sportsman in action.

Straight line

Area racers continue to find the success at Numidia Dragway, as Jesse Abdo of Aristes was the Street Automatic winner, and Paul Shingara of Paxinos was runner-up in the Outlaw class on Friday night. In Sunday Summit Points Series racing, Elysburg's Tom Harhart collected the street win, and Jeff Krushinskie of Shamokin was victorious in the pro class.

In last week's 32nd annual Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway, Spencer Massey defeated Clay Millican for the Top Fuel crown, Ron Capps defeated Matt Hagan for the Funny Car title and Mike Edwards was victorious over V. Gaines in the Pro Stock final.

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is off this weekend before heading to the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis. Heading into the final race before the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoff, Shawn Langdon is the T/F points leader, while Hagan and Edwards sit atop their F/C and P/S point standings, respectively. Area fans are reminded that it is never too early to think about getting your tickets for the 29th annual Auto Plus Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, Oct. 3-6. For more information contact the track office at (610) 856-9200 and tell them you read it here!

(Kaminski covers auto racing

for The News-Item)