Hello race fans.
Port Royal Speedway hosts EMS Night at the track this evening and rescue and emergency equipment will be on display. Also making an appearance is a Life Flight helicopter which will be in the speedway infield until 6:30 p.m. Fans will be admitted to the infield to view equipment but will have to leave all coolers, lawn chairs, blankets, etc. outside until after the helicopter takes off.
Race time is 7:30 p.m. 410 sprint cars, late models, 305 sprint cars and enduro cars makes up the card.
Selinsgrove Speedway will attempt to bounce back tonight after a disaster with adding clay to the track caused a major problem. Before you get down on the track, keep in mind they could have accomplished this during the year, but all the rain hit and the track got soft and spongy. It can happen to any one. I have participated in midseason clay additions that have worked. Unfortunately due to weather, Selinsgrove's did not. It will take about three weeks to get the track back to where it should be. Tonight's show at the Snyder County oval includes 358 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks and roadrunner cars.
Lincoln Speedway runs a three-division show of 410 and 358 sprint cars and thunder cars.
For all you late model fans, the Lucas Oil Series visits Hagerstown Speedway this evening. By far the Lucas late models are the best in the business and their shows are well run. Race time at the Hub City oval is 7 p.m.
Susquehanna Speedway is in action tonight featuring 358 late models as the headline class. Williams Grove Speedway hosts super sportsman, 358 late models and street stock cars tonight. Williams Grove also has added a Saturday night show on Sept. 8.
There is good racing in our area tomorrow. Path Valley Speedway hosts the 410 sprint cars and support classes. Racing gets under way at 5, which is early enough to get home and go to work Monday morning.
The All Star Circuit of Champions race at Red River Valley, S.D. The Outlaws are in Canada.
The sixth annual Living Legends Dream Race will be spun off next weekend at Port Royal Speedway. Counting purse and lap money plus contingency and fast time awards, the total payout likely will exceed $60,000 - a pretty good night for area racers. The program honors retired driver Lynn Paxton and car owner Al Hamilton. Numerous cars of Hamilltons and Paxtons will be on display.
Pocono Speedway also will be racing next weekend and it will be interesting to see if any Cup drivers stop by to check out the action at Port Royal.
This week the Sprint Cup machines are at Indy for the Brickyard 400. Race time Sunday is 1 p.m. ESPN has TV coverage starting at noon. Paul Menard is the defending race champion. Kasey Kahne enters the event fresh off a win at New Hampshire. Jeff Gordon holds the most Cup wins at Indy. He has four. Matt Kenseth holds a 16-point advantage over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
A.J. Allmendinger is in NASCAR's dog house and is indefinitely suspended after testing positive for a banned stimulant. Allmendinger maintains he did not knowingly take any substance with a banned ingredient in it. Sam Hornish will drive the Penske car at Indy.
That's going to do it for another week. Get out to your favorite race track and enjoy the show. I'll be back next week with more news and opinions.
Craig Rutherford writes about motorsports for The Sentinel.