Pennsylvania Speedweek in full swing
The Red Robin sponsored PA Sprint Car Speedweek is in full swing and will continue through the end of the week.
The action moves to Grandview Speedway in Berks County on Tuesday, where the Thunder on the Hill Series features the Greg Hodnett Cup event. A $10,000 prize will await the winner of the 35-lap event to be held within the narrow confines of the 1/4 mile Grandview oval. Defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson has won three of Grandview Speedweek’s last four races. The other went to Cup Series rival Christopher Bell. Grandview’s NASCAR modifications will also be part of the show.
From Grandview, Speedweek is moving Wednesday to Port Royal Speedway in Juniata County. Last year, this $7,000 event was won by Kyle Larson. The Port show also includes the URC 360 sprint cars.
Speedweek makes its annual trip south of the border Thursday night to race at Hagerstown Speedway. Hagerstown joined Speedweek in his second year, then was dropped from the program after 1996. He returned in 2006 and has been with Speedweek ever since. Last year’s event was over. This year, the Hagerstown show is paying $8,000 to win. Vintage cars from the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will also have track time at this show.
Friday night is reserved for the Mitch Smith Memorial Race at Williams Grove. This one is known as the crown jewel of Speedweek, with $15,000 awaiting the winner. The Smith Memorial was won last year by Lance Dewease. The Autonomous Race Car Show features fireworks.
On Saturday it’s back to Port Royal for the Greg Hodnett Tribute race, with $10,000 awaiting the winner. Last year’s event was over. Super late models will join the program.
Speedweek ends Sunday at Selinsgrove for the Jan Opperman/Luke Bogar/Ralph Hentzilman Sr. Memorial Race. The big news for this race is that last week the Hentzilman family added to the winner’s share of the purse in honor of Ralph Sr.’s recent induction into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. He is now paying $10,099 to win. The three winners of this race formed one of the most prolific teams in sprint car racing in the early 1970s, with Opperman driving Bogar’s No. 99 as Hentzilman twisted the keys. The PASS 305 sprints are also on the program on Sunday.
PA Speedweek started Friday at Williams Grove. A field of 29 sprint cars was on site. Dillsburg’s Anthony Macri clocked a quick time and led every lap in the final that night.
The following night at Lincoln, 47 sprint cars were within reach, with Macri again setting a fast time and leading every lap of the feature. Macri had a great season, and those two wins took his total for the season to 14. He was lucky on his side in the first two races, as he took pole in both reshuffles. ‘alignment.
Friday’s race saw Brent Marks and Justin Peck in the top three, while Saturday saw those same two drivers reverse the order, with Peck second and Marks third.
With rain at BAPS on Sunday, Speedweek was expected to return to Lincoln on Monday evening.
Eddie Lumbar made his first United States start on Friday at The Grove. Lumbar is a 63-year-old sprint rider from New South Wales, Australia. Looks like he plans to do all the Speedweek shows.
California native Paul McMahan, now living in Tennesee, plans to race several of the Speedweek shows in the No. 21 sprint car owned by Jerry Parrish. Navada native Tannor Thorson does some of the shows with Aaron Long’s York-based crew.
Several NASCAR Cup stars are expected to join the midweek shows for Speedweek, and it’s possible that several teams that raced elsewhere last weekend will venture into the area before the week is out.
OTHER RACES THIS WEEKEND
Super Late Models have the $4,000 Milt Miller Tribute race up for grabs at Bedford Speedway on Friday night.
On Saturday, BAPS Motor Speedway will offer the Firecracker 40 for super sports cars. Also on the program are limited late models, limited stocks and extreme stocks.
Lincoln Speedway in Adams County will host the monster trucks on Saturday with races for Legends cars as well.