The calendar says it's October, the leaves are changing, several board of governors want fighting out of the National Hockey League and there's no rain in sight for Saturday's 51st annual National Open at Williams Grove Speedway.
All is right with the world.
Temperatures this week have made it feel more like the first weekend of June rather than October.
But the good news is that finally, after several years of having to dodge rain drops, the weather will cooperate with the World of Outlaws and Williams Grove Speedway for the National Open which has been won the last three year by WoO regulars.
Greg Hodnett, the new points leader at the Grove in the 410 sprint car division, was the last Pennsylvania Posse drive to win the race back in 2009.
Hodnett could be on the road next year if plans for a new ride were to work out and that would be another blow to the racing in central Pa. after losing Fred Rahmer and Keith Kauffman to retirement this year, although Rahmer is still racing.
This past Sunday, the twice-postponed "Brawl in the Fall" took place at the Hagerstown Speedway (Md.). It was a Chamber-of-Commerce-like day with blue skies and highs in the lower 80s. The fans filled up the place pretty good, but the car count was not that great.
The late models had the most drivers return, minus Tim McCreadie who was racing at Knoxville (Iowa) and Steve Axtell.
Gregg Satterlee, of Rochester Mills, won the race in dominating fashion. He almost put a lap on Gary Stuhler, Hagerstown's all-time winingest driver with 130 wins. Stuhler was running fourth at the time.
Selinsgrove's Dylan Yoder turned in a stellar performance after coming from the rear of the filed as an alternate on Sunday in the 50-lap feature. He finished ninth.
Two open-wheel veterans came home winners as Donnie Kreitz Jr. won the 410 sprint car feature while Brett Hearn won the big block modified feature. For Kreitz, it was his 13th career win at the track, tying him with Doug Wolfgang for 10th on the all-time list. Hearn, the track's all-time winningest modified driver, pulled into victory lane for the 30th time. .
There were only 13 358 sprint cars on hand with the win going to Adrian Shaffer.
This was once a must-see two day weekend at the track and one of the big attractions of the fall. But, thanks to some bad weather and the economy, the Octoberfest 350 run lasted 24 years and there is no word right now if the "Brawl in the Fall" will be back.
The folks at Hagerstown are great to work with. Now if we can get the drivers to cooperate and the fans to send a nice email to email@example.com, maybe we can get the two-day event back in the future. I for one would love to see it happen!
With more and more talk of 358 sprint car drivers looking at running more 410 events in 2014, one has to wonder how much longer the division will be around. There was a 358 race at Lincoln Speedway last Saturday in which they gave the drivers an option to use the 5X5 top wing, same as the 360s and 410s, instead of the standard 358 wing. I don't know what the count was for teams that used the larger wing, but it may be one way to save the division.
Speaking of fighting, now that the NHL has dropped the puck to open its season, how many remember the Rusty Wallace-Dale Earnhardt Sr. brush up at Bristol Motor Speedway years ago when Rusty threw a water bottle at Dale?
It might have been one of the more comical moments when NASCAR was in its glory days. It is tough to say if NASCAR will recover from the Richmond race incident.
Pocono has announced its dates for 2014 with the Indy Car series returning July 5-6. The Indy Cars will also race twice in Indianapolis next May with a road course race May 10 and the 500 on May 25, just 232 days from today.
Some traditions are best left alone.