In the Pits
While celebrating its 40th anniversary season, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its respective mid-summer “Month of Money” march.
Following Tuesday night’s Brad Doty Classic at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park, the WoO continues its trek Eastward, stopping at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway for the three-day, 35th annual King’s Royal with a $50,000 paycheck awaiting the victor in tomorrow night’s finale.
WoO points leader, Donny Schatz, claimed the Doty Classic checkers, earning his 13th Outlaw win of the 2018 season in the TSR No. 15. NASCAR star Kyle Larson, Joey Saldana, Rico Abreu and Carson Macedo completed the top five.
Many of those drivers are expected for next week’s visit to the Keystone State, as well as Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Shane Stewart, Daryn Pittman and other drivers in the season-long points chase.
Following the King’s Royal, the Series will stop at the famed Lernerville Speedway for the Don Martin Silver Cup on Tuesday night; Lincoln Speedway hosts the Gettysburg Clash on Thursday and the Champion Motor Oils Summer Nationals will be next Friday and Saturday nights at Williams Grove Speedway.
Along with the PA Posse and WoO regulars, it will be interesting if any other outsiders invade for the Lincoln or Williams Grove shows. Not sure of the NASCAR commitments, but Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne and Christopher Bell had some strong runs during PA Speedweeks recently, and one never knows when or where Tony Stewart may show up.
Williams Grove will present tonight’s 410 program as a tune-up for next week’s Outlaw invasion, and the 358 sprint cars will also be in action at the Mechanicsburg half-mile.
Big Diamond Speedway is also in action tonight with a four division program of 358 Modifieds, sportsman, roadrunners and street stocks. Gates open at 5:30 and racing action is to begin at 7:30. A 50-lap endure will conclude the night’s racing action.
Around the area
A full docket of racing action awaits the racing fan tomorrow, with Lincoln Speedway hosting an open wheel madness night featuring the 410 sprint cars, 358 sprint cars and winged super sportsman. The rained-out 410 sprint feature of June 23 is also on the card.
Port Royal Speedway will host Kid’s and Pepsi Night with a four division show of 410 sprint cars, late models, extreme stock cars and econo late models. Plenty of Pepsi prizes, kid’s bicycle and big wheel races and other activities are being offered tomorrow at the Juniata County oval.
Selinsgrove Speedway offers Fan Appreciation Night for a four-division program of 360 sprint cars, late models, pro stocks and roadrunners.
Mahoning Valley Speedway spotlights the late models with a 50-lap special event. The modifieds, street stocks, sportsman modifieds, dirt modifieds and hobby stocks are in action, starting at 6 p.m.
Grandview Speedway offers a three division show at 7:30 p.m. of NASCAR Modifieds, sportsman and limited late models.
Baps Motor Speedway is off tomorrow night but will host a special Sunday doubleheader show of 410 sprint cars and winged super sportsman at 7 p.m.
Also off tomorrow night is New York’s Southern Tier, Five Mile Point Speedway, but will also offer a special Sunday night event. The third “Summer Slam” series event will get the green flag at 6 p.m. The modifieds, wingless sprints, sportsman, street stocks, 600cc mods and four cylinders will be in action at the Binghamton area track.
Woodhull Raceway will host the Patriots Sprint Tour, joining the weekly classes of modifieds, crate sportsman, crate late models, street stocks, mini stocks and front wheel drives. Action begins at 6 p.m.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is off this weekend, following the New England Nationals in Epping, New Hampshire last weekend. Steve Torrence took the Top Fuel crown, while Matt Hagan scored the Funny Car title and Chris McGaha was the Pro Stock winner. The tour heads to Denver next weekend for the Dodge Mile High Nationals, July 20-22.