Race season nears an end
With a few area tracks already closed for the 2012 season, Grandview, Lincoln and Port Royal Speedways will be finishing their seasons this weekend.
Kicking off the weekend's action, Williams Grove Speedway hosts its final points race of the season for the 358 and 410 sprint cars. Although Greg Hodnett has already secured the track's 410 sprint car title, the 358 series chase comes down to the wire tonight. Eric Tomecek holds a 50-point lead over four-time titlist Pat Cannon entering tonight. Racing begins at 7:30 for the open wheel doubleheader.
Heading north on Interstate 81 to the Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna the promotional team of Al Wilcox, Reed Miller and Brett Deyo present the 13th "King of the Can" special for the small and big block modifieds. The 50-lap event will pay $5,000 along with contingencies to the winner and will feature some of the best modified drivers in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Stewart Friesen is the defending winner. The crate sportsman and street stocks join the program, which starts at 7 p.m.
Lincoln Speedway hosts a three-division program Saturday night for its final show of the year, with the 410 sprint cars, 358 sprint cars and thundercars; Port Royal Speedway will present its rained-out Labor Day Classic for the 410 sprint cars, a 30-lap feature paying $4,500 to the winner. The super sportsman and a huge demo derby will close out the season at the Juniata County oval; action begins at 6 p.m.
Grandview Speedway hosts its popular Thunder on the Hill Series 5-25s features-only special. The racing at the Bechtelsville oval will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. The event includes the 358 modifieds, URC sprint cars, ARDC midgets, sportsman and Legends Series racers competing in 25-lap feature events. Also on the schedule are the vintage dirt race cars and a special owner's race.
Following last weekend's rained-delayed eliminations at Maple Grove Raceway, the NHRA Full Throttle Series has a few weekends off before returning to action at the Strip in Las Vegas October 25-28, the second to the last event of the 2012 Countdown to the Championship.
Mother Nature was not friendly at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse last weekend for the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLI.
In Saturday's Gander Mountain 150 for the 358 modifieds, second generation star Tim McCreadie scored the popular win after race leader Brett Hearn ran out of fuel with two laps remaining. Billy Dunn, Tim Fuller, Ronnie Johnson and Mat Williamson completed the top five.
Sunday's headline VP Fuels SEF 200 for the big block modifieds faced weather issues throughout the day. Rain finally halted the race on lap 113. Hearn picked up the $50,000 paycheck for his sixth career win in the 200. His last win at Syracuse came in 1995.
Matt Sheppard, Jimmy Phelps, Justin Haers, Pat Ward, Danny Johnson, Timmy McCreadie, Pa. standout Jeff Strunk, Alan Johnson and Billy Dunn completed the top 10 in the rain-shortened event.
(Kaminski covers auto
racing for The News-Item)