Shawn Wood's Inside Track column March 4, 2014
The winter of 2013-2014 has been highlighted by a Polar Vortex, sub-zero temperatures and one snowstorm after another in Central Pennsylvania.
You might as well call us the Frozen Commonwealth (cue the voice-over from John Facenda) as Lincoln Speedway is 0-for-2 in getting its annual Icebreaker 30 for the 410 sprint cars in due to snow still on the track.
The race is slated for this Saturday, March 8, but that’s looking very iffy with the area having been hit with more snow this past weekend.
Port Royal Speedway canceled its bug day for the 8th while Hagerstown Speedway also canceled its 410 and late model race on Sunday.
That’s four dates already lost to weather and we haven’t hit the ‘April Showers brings May flowers’ season yet!
If Lincoln does lose its Icebreaker again this week, then the March 15 is shaping up to be a very interesting day for race fans. Lincoln is racing at 2 that day with the 410s and an open practice. Port has its season opener slated for 6 that night with the 410s and late models and Selinsgrove Speedway is opening with the RoC big block modifieds at 4.
The latest long-range forecast is for below normal temperatures next week. If that is the case, it’s hard to see any racing here in Central Pa. in the near future.
The American Sprint Car Series began is 23rd season of sanctioning 360 sprint car sanctioning on Friday and Saturday as the tour opened at Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Arizona.
Californoia hot-shoe Rico Abreu won back-to-back features, including Saturday’s $10,000 to win A-Main.
The car count for the two nights was 39 and 42 respectively.
Weather delayed Saturday’s race by a few hours as it rained in the desert, a rare thing in the southwest these days.
Kerry Madsen ended his Australia tour on Saturday night by winning the 17th edition of the Krikke Boys Shootout at Bunbury Car Club in Western Australia.
The 35-lap A-Main was worth $20,000.
In victory lane, Madsen and the Keneric Racing Team announced they were donating the winnings to the Royal Children’s Hospital Cancer Research on behalf of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation Kick-It initiative.
With all of the turmoil going on around the world, it’s nice to see a gesture from a racer and a race team like this. It’s too bad that the main-stream media didn’t pick up on a story like this.
Gater Racing News is holding its annual Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairground in Syracuse, N.Y. this weekend. The event starts Saturday and runs until Sunday at 4.
Among the drivers on hand for autographs is female racer Jessica Zemken, a Rookie of the Year candidate in the supermodified division at Oswego Speedway (N.Y.).
Zemken, who has won in winged sprint car racing and dirt modifieds at the famed Fonda Speedway (N.Y),became the first woman in 57 years to qualify for the International Classic at Oswego last season.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Zemken back in 2000 when I was the assistant announcer to Jim King at Fonda. Zemken was racing in the sportsman modified division that year and you could tell the kid had talent back then. We wish her all the best at the Steel Palace this year.
The World of Outlaws return to action starting on Wednesday at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas. They have eight races in 25 days in March in three states.
Kurt Busch will attempt to become the fourth driver to compete in both the Indy 500 and Coke 600 on the same day as he announced today. He’ll be driving an entry for Andretti Autosport for the 98th running of the event.
Let’s hope open-wheel guys like Kasey Kahane and Kyle Larson get a shot one day and it would be nice to see Tony Stewart back for the 500 as well!
That’s all for this week’s edition of Inside Track. Here’s hoping the sounds of racing engines fill the air soon!
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