The Juniata County Fairgrounds, home of the Port Royal Speedway, will conclude the weeklong 164th annual Juniata County Fair with the running of the 51st annual Tuscarora 50, this weekend.

The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series, owned by Tony Stewart, will do battle with the PA Posse in the two day program, kicking off tonight with the $5,000-to-win, “Night before the 50,” while tomorrow night’s show finds a whopping $51,000 paycheck awaiting the 50-lap feature winner.

The late models join tonight’s program, which is the final 2018 points race for the sprinters and late models and tomorrow night finds the econo late models joining the sprint cars for the final 2018 points night.

Plenty of the top stars are expected to be in action, as Lance Dewease will look to repeat his 2017 Tuscarora victory. Ticket purchasers will get free admission to the fair each day and racing gets the green flag each night at 7 p.m. Tomorrow’s show carries a Sunday rain date if needed.

Around the area

Other action tonight finds Big Diamond Speedway hosting last week’s rained-out Coalcracker 40 for the sportsman. The roadrunners, street stocks, vintage stock cars and enduro racing will put a close to the 2018 racing season at the Schuylkill County oval.

Williams Grove Speedway will not have any sprint car racing tonight, but the Mechanicsburg oval hosts the American Flat Track Association/AMA Pro Racing Motorcycle Series tomorrow night. Gates open at 5 p.m., with opening ceremonies set to begin at 7 p.m. Lincoln, Selinsgrove and Five Mille Point (NY) Speedways are not in action this weekend.

Baps Motor Speedway hosts Ladies’ Night with $5 general admission for the winged super sportsman, limited late models, street stocks, extreme stock cars and Central PA Legends Series.

Mahoning Valley Speedway hosts a six division card tomorrow night featuring the modifieds, late models, street stocks, sport mods, dirt mods and hobby stocks.

Grandview Speedway wraps up its 2018 points chase tomorrow night for the NASCAR Modifieds, sportsman and limited late models, as many of the modified teams have their eyes on next Saturday’s Freedom 76, $25,000-to win event.

Woodhull Raceway wrapped up its points season last Saturday night, as Billy Van Pelt collected his unprecedented 20th career Woodhull modified track title. The Bullring hosts the Lyle Sherwood Memorial for the modifieds tomorrow night, along with the crate sportsman, crate late models, street stocks, hobby stocks, mini stocks, front wheel drives and warriors.

Drag racing

The 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Raceway Park in Indianapolis wrapped up the 2018 regular points season for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Terry McMillen scored the Top Fuel win, JR Todd won Funny Car, Tanner Gray was the Pro Stock winner and LE Tonglet took the P/S Bike crown.

Heading into the “Countdown to the Championship,” Reading’s Maple Grove Raceway will host the Dodge Nationals next weekend, September 13-16, for the first of six events on the countdown schedule.

In the chase for the Championships, Steve Torrence will lead the charge as the number one seed in Top Fuel; Courtney Force in Funny Car; Tanner Gray sits atop the Pro Stock ladder and Harley Davidson’s Eddie Krawiec is the P/S Bike points leader.

Brittney Force (T/F), Ron Capps (F/C), Bo Butner (P/S) and Krawiec (P/S Bike) are the defending event champions at the Reading drag strip.

Tickets are still available by contacting the track office at 610-856-9200.

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