2011-11-03 / Sports

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

Mother Nature threw a major curveball to central PA over the weekend with the first winter snowstorm of the season.

Hagerstown Speedway postponed the Octoberfest 350 that was scheduled for this past weekend until November 12-13. Hagerstown made the announcement on Thursday to prevent teams from having to travel to the track for no reason.

With the new date, several changes will be in effect for the Octoberfest.

Late Model, Big Block and Small Block Modifieds will all compete on November 12 in their qualifying heats and consolations to form the feature lineups for the following day. The Small Block Modified feature will only be 75 laps as well.

The 410 Sprints will only have to compete on Sunday, November 13, and will run their heats and consolation, then a feature later in the day. This is due to Susquehanna Speedway’s already scheduled 410 Sprint car event on November 12.

This weekend will be the World Finals for the Outlaw Sprints and Late Models at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Many central PA teams will be headed south to compete in the season ending event for both series.

Jason Meyers just needs to show up for the races this weekend and will clinch his second- straight WoO Sprint car title, but Rick Eckert and Josh Richards will settle the battle for the WoO Late Model championship in the double feature weekend. Eckert leads Richards by a mere 14 points so as has the case with the late model series the past several seasons, the championship will not likely decided until the final lap on Saturday night. Both events will be on www.dirt-vision.com.

With the cancellation of this week’s All-Star Sprint car event at Georgia’s Screvens Motor Speedway, Fayetteville’s Lance Dewease is the 2011 All-Star Circuit of Champions East Region champion. Dewease and the Donny Owens-owned team will be awarded with a $20,000 payday for the firstever East Region championship. The Screvens race was a makeup from a rainedout show back in February, but the promoter canceled the event due to the fact that his track could not support a midweek race.

That wraps up the news for this week as we continue to thaw out from the blizzard in Beaver Stadium on Saturday! Still cannot believe PSU pulled out the win, and it’s pretty exciting that they control their own destiny to the Big Ten championship! But there are three huge games remaining on the card! Let’s go State! E-mail reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.

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