By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
Williams Grove will try again to open the 2013 season tonight.
The oval cancelled its March 22 lid-lifter due to cold weather. Joining the 410s tonight will be the Super Sportsman. Tonight’s opener will be the first time the sportsman division, traditionally the Saturday Night Series marquee division, have competed in a doubleheader with the sprints in recent memory at Williams Grove.
The 2013 Williams Grove Saturday Series season is April 20. Last year, Danny Dietrich took the 410 opener.
HANIDCAPPING: For the 2013 season Selinsgrove Speedway has eliminated the handicapping penalties if a driver misses a race in any division. Previously, the rule mandated drivers who missed a race at the track to start at the rear of a qualifying event and fill the back positions in a feature for the next two events upon his or her return to the track.
PRACTICE TIME: Selinsgrove Speedway will hold its first open practice of the year on Wednesday from 6:30-9. The track is open to any full-size race car for a fee of $100 per entry.
A FIRST: Saturday’s season opener for the late models at Port Royal will mark the debut of the of the double-file, “Delaware” style restarts. The leader of the race will realign and take the green in a row and line of his own. The second place driver will then choose whether he wants the inside or outside of the second row for the restart. The rest of the field will fall into line accordingly. Double-file restarts will be conducted throughout the race until there are four or less laps to go after which point all restarts will be single-file.
WELCOME BACK: For the first time since 1996, the street stocks will be in action at the Big Diamond Speedway tonight as part of an eight-race series during the 2013 season. The street stocks with join the traditional Friday night three-division card of 358 modifieds, sportsman modifieds and roadrunners.