2018-06-28 / Racing Roundup

Racing Roundup

By Brad Vores

Mother Nature was back at it over the weekend as rain and forecasted storms forced most area speedways to cancel racing programs.

Lincoln Speedway appeared to have beaten the elements, but a heavy shower just at the 410 Sprint car feature was too much for the track to handle with the high humidity and the track had to postpone features. The Fallen Firefighters Brandon Little Memorial for 410 Sprints will be made up July 14, while the 358 Sprint car feature will run July 7. A makeup date for the 358 Late Models is still to be determined.

Friday night racing at Williams Grove and TrailWay speedways were canceled, while Saturday shows at Hagerstown, Port Royal, BAPS and Selinsgrove were all rained out. Hagerstown Speedway has rescheduled its Ultimate Northeast Late Model Series event for July 21, so make plans for a big night of racing that also includes a big night for the Late Model Sportsman.

PA 410 Sprint Speedweek is set to begin this Friday at Williams Grove and will run for 10 straight nights, ending on Sunday, July 8. This Saturday will see the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial at Lincoln followed by the always thrilling 410 Sprint show Sunday at Path Valley Speedway. Speedweek goes back to Lincoln on Monday night, with Grandview taking over Tuesday night. A change in the normal Speedweek schedule this year finds Port Royal in action on Wednesday, July 4, while the annual Speedweek appearance at Hagerstown Speedway will take place next Thursday, July 5. Williams Grove has its $10,000-to-win Mitch Smith Memorial next Friday, with Port Royal and Selinsgrove Speedway closing out the series next weekend.

As we close this week, we are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of World of Outlaws 410 Sprint car driver Jason Johnson. Johnson succumbed to injuries sustained in a racing crash Saturday night in Wisconsin. Johnson, just 41 years old, raced across the country for most of his life, but he did showcase his talents here in central PA as the driver for Jim and Sandy Kline. Johnson leaves behind his wife, Bobbi, and their 5-year-old son, Jaxx, as well as his parents. The Ragin Cajun will certainly be missed.

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