Big Diamond Speedway is throwing a party and inviting everyone to come tonight, as it presents its first-ever FANdemonium event, featuring the 358 modifieds, sportsman and roadrunners.

FANdemonium offers free general admission to all fans on the spectator side of the track. So grab a few friends, whether they like racing or not. The price is right to come and check out some great wheel-to-wheel action. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 8:15. Fans are encouraged to get to the track early. Many door prizes will be offered, driver autograph sessions will be held and plenty of nostalgia and current race cars will be on display.

Arguably, the master of turning back the clocks to when drag racing was simpler and more fun, Bob McCardle, is ready to host this weekend's York Nostalgia Nationals in conjunction with the 12th annual Musclecar Madness/York Reunion at the York Fairgrounds today and Saturday.

Street legal drags are on the schedule for tonight at Beaver Springs Dragway, while Saturday and Sunday feature Hemi super stockers, supercharged gassers, front-engined dragsters, nostalgia super stocks and Jr. stocks, East Coast Gassers and the MANDRA (Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Drag Racing Series).

Many of the legends of the past are expected, including Bud Faubel, Linda "Miss Hurst" Vaughn, Bob Harrop, "Akron Arlen" Vanke, Darwin Doll, Jim and Allison Lee, Wally Bell and many others.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday with time trials at 10. Gates open at 7 a.m. for the big show.

This weekend marks the 30th annual King's Royal race at the Eldora (Ohio) Speedway, featuring the 410 sprint cars along with the NRA 360 Invaders. The dual show program begins tonight, with the final Saturday night, highlighted by the $50,000-to-win, 40-lap feature for the 410 sprint cars.

Eldora Speedway is owned by Tony Stewart and holds a rich history of racing at the Buckeye State oval. The first King's Royal was held in 1984 and won by the King of the Outlaws, Steve Kinser. Heading into the 30th edition this weekend, the 59-year-old Kinser is the only driver to start all 29 King's Royals. Second is fellow World of Outlaws star, Sammy Swindell with 23 starts. Fifteen different drivers have won the title at Eldora. Kinser leads all drivers with seven victories, while Swindell is the defending event winner.

Saturday marks my first visit to the Eldora high banks thanks to good friend and former driver Lenny Krautheim. We'll fly out to see fellow Selinsgrove Speedway star Phil Walter take on the Ohio dirt.

NOTE: Williams Grove Speedway offers a two-race weekend The 358 and 410 sprint cars are in action tonight at the Mechanicsburg oval, and the Saturday Night Series of winged super sportsman, limited late models and street stocks are on tap Saturday night for a $5 general admission. ... In other racing around the area, two tracks host Kid's Night Saturday. Lincoln and Port Royal Speedways have plenty of fun and prizes planned. Lincoln will present the 410 sprint cars, 358 sprint cars and thundercars, while Port's tripleheader card includes the 410 sprinters, late models and pro stocks. ... Grandview Speedway offers a show of 358 modifieds, sportsman and limited late models at their Bechtelsville oval Saturday night, while Selinsgrove Speedway is off this weekend, returning with the popular Jeff's Auto Body and Recycling Center Driver and Fan Appreciation Night next Saturday night. The fans are treated to many great gifts and prizes, as the event is one of the most favorite races on the schedule. ... The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is off this weekend following last week's Summit Nationals at Norwalk. The tour returns to action next weekend at Bandimere Speedway in Colorado for the 34th annual MOPAR Mile-High Nationals.

(Kaminski covers auto racing

for The News-Item)