2011-01-27 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

Well as people continue to count down the days until the February 26 Lincoln Speedway opener, I continue to look at the thermometer and this weekend it told me it was darn cold and way too cold to go racing! We are going to need some serious warm-up time if we are going to start on time this season because it’s been cold for several months now! Maybe a late March opener is on tap? We shall see.

Some news over the past week is that the Speed Dawg Central PA points is no longer, as Speed Dawg is going a different direction, but Speedway Motors, based in Lincoln, Neb., has come on board as the new series sponsor, so it will now be the Speedway Motors Central PA Sprint Car Point Series presented by Hoseheads. Several associate sponsors will also come on board – Butlerbuilt Seats, Maxim Chassis, Winters Performance, along with new ones this year – Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Ben Cook Racing, Eagle Motorsports, RAACE Foundation and Saldana Racing Products.

The point fund will also grow this year, the first in its five-year existence. The new point fund will be $14,000 that will be divided among the top-10 finishers this season. First place gets $4,000, $3,000 for second and down to $500 for the seventh- to 10th-place finishers.

Fred Rahmer won the first three Speed Dawg titles, while Greg Hodnett has won the last two.

Former 410 Sprint driver Todd Hestor has been hired as the tech/safety inspector for Port Royal Speedway this season.

The new promotion team, along with much volunteer help, has been giving the Port a complete makeover, including making the pit area much safer and more attractive, and fans will no longer have to look around the scoring tower in the infield as a new flagstand is on the grandstand side of the front stretch, and all scoring will be done from the tower above the stands. That’s a big improvement that’s been much needed.

That’s a wrap on another week. E-mail reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.

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