Grassroots 2019

Discussion in 'Short Track Racing' started by kkfan91, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    I always feel weird posting about non-WoO stuff in that thread and sometimes we just want to talk about something cool at our local tracks.

    So last night I was at Grandview Speedway for Pa Speedweek for 410 sprint cars, Christopher Bell won. The undercard was a modified race that featured a great battle including a 3 wide pass that ended up being the winning move. During the heats a bit of a scary moment as a car hooked and flew into the catch fence but the driver was alright and hopped right out. By far the largest car I've seen take flight in person.
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  2. gone

    gone Team Owner

    Grandview was one of those tracks that I'd wanted to visit back when I was living in Middletown, PA. But I never traveled that far since at the time I was a typically broke college student. They would sometimes show highlights of races at that track on the local TV station sports reports.

    I did get to see some sprint car races at Williams Grove (it was much closer). Also at Silver Spring (which closed in 2005 - I was there in the early 1980s).
    The first race I attended at Williams Grove turned out to be a WoO race - and back then the Pennsylvania Posse (the nickname of the local racers) could give the WoO teams all they could handle. In the feature, for several laps, Keith Kaufman (driving the Weikert #29) led - followed closely by Steve Kinser, then Lynn Paxton, and Doug Wolfgang. (Paxton was a several time track champion at Williams Grove.) They all kept trying to slide job each other, but none of it worked. Then suddenly Kaufman hooked a rut going into the third turn and flipped off the track - landing on his wheels on the elevated thin grass strip between the track wall and the catch fence / advertising billboards. They had to use a crane to get his car out of there, and of course he was done for the night. Kinser won, followed by Paxton and then Wolfgang. After the races it was cool going into the pits and watching Karl Kinser lifting kids in and out of Steve's cockpit, and getting to talk to all of the drivers.

    Another interesting thing about that night was how I found the track. I'd left home with a general idea of where it was, but wasn't sure... then at a big intersection in Mechanicsburg I saw a truck pulling an open trailer with a beat-up sprint car on it (#99), so I followed it to the track. Since it was going to the pit entrance I ended up seated on the back side of the track - and in perfect view of Kaufman's flip off the track. I was never ever to verify it, but that #99 might have been a Jan Opperman ride and he might have been driving... but it didn't fare very well, which might be expected if Opperman was still driving because this would have been after his bad wreck in the Hoosier 100 that he never really recovered from.
  3. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    If you ever get the chance to get to Grandview for anything I recommend it. Igs such a fun little high banked 1/3rd mile.
  4. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    Greg Hodnett Memorial last night at Port Royal they had these 5 tribute schemes that he ran. They ran them 5 wide followed by a missing man formation.
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  5. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    Crazy finish last night at Port Royal between Dylan Cisney and Anthony Macri
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  6. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    There is some very bad news from Williams Grove tonight in the 410 race there. Robbie Kendall flipped and landed in the pits. Drivers are apparently ok, but if rumors and unconfirmed reports are true, there was a death in the pits. The Speedway has apparently confirmed the coroner has been called to the scene.

  7. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    Story seems to be the car killed a push truck driver or some other person in the infield, such a tragedy.
  8. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

  9. AuzGrams

    AuzGrams Team Owner

    Man. I love sprint car racing, but safety is lacking at a lot of facilties and what not compared to other forms of racing. Maybe just me though.
  10. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    In race track owners behaving stupidly news, one of our local tracks here, Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, OR, has been shut down by the county due to multiple code violations. Essentially it seems as if they have built several unpermitted structures and made unapproved upgrades in the site. It is a shame, because many of the additions have improved the facilities, and this track has in my opinion the best weekly show in Oregon or SW Washington, possibly outside of Cottage Grove Speedway. They were due to host WoO in September. I hope they can cooperate with the county and get reopened by then.

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