Well here we are already more than a week into the new year as the big countdown till the 2011 racing season kicks off. But I’m not counting just quite yet, at least not while it’s so cold! I trust each and everyone had a great holiday season.
While we were off for a few weeks, several items from the 410 Sprint car world broke, the first being the retirement of Sprint car owners Jim and Sandy Kline. The owners of the J & S Fabrications #22 sprinter announced their departure on December 27. The Klines were around for about 10 years, with Greg Hodnett as their most recent driver.
Hodnett wasn’t planning on returning to the Kline team in 2011 and has joined car owner John Trone, who will field his #39 cars for Hodnett and longtime crew chief Lee Stauffer.
The transition to the Trone team should be an easy one as the same crew and same sponsors and product sponsors are headed to the Trone Outdoor team. The team will compete for the new All-Star East Region championship as well as race locally at Williams Grove and Lincoln, other big-paying races in the area and road trips to Knoxville and Eldora several times.
Port Royal Speedway held its banquet last Saturday night honoring track champs Chad Layton, Scott Haus and John Heane. Special awards in the 410 Sprints went to Nicole Bower (Rookie) and Craig Robinson (Most Improved), while Late Model awards went to Andy Haus (Rookie) and Waylon Wagner (Most Improved).
Port Royal will open under a new promotional team on Saturday night, March 19; with 410 Sprints and 358 Sprints. The 410 Sprints have 25 dates at the Port this season, the Late Models have 19 and the Pro Stocks have 13 shows. The track will be dark on May 14 and July 23. For more information and the complete schedule, visit www.portroyalspeedway.com.
Dirt Trackin’ Car show at the York Expo Center takes place this weekend, while the Motorsports 2011 Trade Show is next weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.
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