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Big races, big money to be won at local tracks

June 14, 2008
By Craig Rutherford
The word for the week is money — sprint car drivers have several chances to pick up extra cash.

The All Star Circuit of Champions raced at Williams Grove Speedway Friday. The 30-lap race paid $5,000 to win. The All Stars also visit Lincoln Speedway tonight and Central PA (Clearfield) Speedway Sunday.

Port Royal Speedway has its own night of money as another Challenge at the Port night will be held. Organizers joined forces with Scotty Best, area merchants and race fans to bump up tonight’s sprint car purse. The feature pays $5,000 to win. $500 extra will be added to second place. The remainder of the top five also will see more money. Heat race winners will earn an extra $100. Fans can register for the fair week ticket package and drivers have a chance to win a new chassis, which will be given away on Tuscarora 50 night.

All Star Circuit of Champions President Guy Webb and staff members arrived in the area Wednesday night. I came home around 1:30 a.m. Thursday to find my son and Webb on my door step. Webb doesn’t get much sleep when he’s on the road. He needed to be at WTPA radio in Harrisburg for a radio interview at 7 a.m. Thursday and I think he just stayed up all night. Anyway, Webb saw scenic Burnham, which is sure different than the greater Chicago area, where he has worked over the years. I was glad for the visit. I have to thank him for his help because he’s been good to me.

The late models race on Tuesday night when the World of Outlaws late models visit Port Royal. The 40-lap feature pays $7,000 to win and the top drivers in the business will be on hand. Discount admission coupons are available at the speedway office for the Tuesday night show. The 358 late models also compete for $1,000. Action starts at 7.

Lucas Wolfe was injured last Sunday while racing with the World of Outlaws sprint cars at Tri City Speedway in Illinois. Wolfe fractured his T-4 vertebrae and didn’t realize it at first. Wolfe did a slow rollover during a heat race. He qualified a back up car through the consolation and started the feature before realizing something was very wrong. Wolfe dropped out of the feature and went to the hospital where an MRI was performed. Wolfe is home in Mechanicsburg and will not race again until he is completely healed. Right now there is no definite timetable as to when that will be.

Kenny Adams won last Friday night’s 360 sprint car race at Williams Grove Speedway and backed it up with another win Saturday night at Fayetteville, N.C.

Scotty Haus put on a driving clinic during last week’s Port Royal late model feature. Haus was scheduled to start 24th in the feature. He actually ended up starting 20th. It didn’t matter — Haus drove from the back to the front. I have to go back a long way to remember another drive as impressive as Haus. Ed Spencer is the only one that compares. Spencer unlapped himself during a 100-lap late model feature at Port Royal and went on to win the race. Haus’s performance last week reminded me of Spencer nearly 30 years ago.

Selinsgrove, Hagerstown, Susquehanna and Williams Grove speedways have regular shows tonight at their normal starting times. Susquehanna also has a race Sunday night starting at 6. The ARDC midgets, 358 sprint cars and legend cars compete.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup cars are at Michigan International Speedway this week end for the Lifelock 400. TNT has TV coverage tomorrow starting at 12:30 p.m. Carl Edwards is the defending race champion.

Kasey Kahne is on a roll right now. Kahne enters Michigan after his second victory in the last three Cup events. If you count the All Star race, which Kahne, won, he has been to victory lane three times in the last four events.

When is Dale Jr. going to win a race? Little E looked good at Pocono and ended up with a top five finish. His fans are chomping at the bit for a “W”.

Have a great week end. Enjoy a race at a local track. I’ll be back next week with more news and opinions. Until then, please drive safely. As always, speed is for the speedway, not the highway!


Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.


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