---- — By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
PORT ROYAL -- Since 1998, the pro stocks have been a regular support class at Port Royal Speedway.
Starting next year, they'll give way to a new 355 c.i. econo late model division.
"Anytime when you decide to make a change or try starting any new division there is always a risk factor to it," said Port Royal promoter Steve O'Neal. "But over the past several years, there has been a steady decline in the pro stock numbers competing not only at Port but at all the area tracks."
The new class, designed to be an economical choice for stock car drivers, will utilize more easily acquired late model chassis as it replaces the pro stocks. However limitations regarding engines and shocks among other specifications are intended to keep operating costs more budgetary.
"Since we are the only track around that runs 410 sprints and super late models weekly it just make sense to try to build feeder classes for both divisions," O'Neal added.
A minimum of 15 shows are tentatively slated on the 2014 Port Royal schedule of events.
FESTIVAL TIME: On Saturday, the Selinsgrove Speedway will be present at the 35th annual Market Street Festival in downtown Selinsgrove.
Teams are invited to put their race cars on display prior to the evening's National Open.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact a speedway official if your race team is interested in participating.
BLUE COLLAR CLASSIC: Nearly 40 teams and drivers have pre-registered for the Oct. 11-12 Keystone RaceSaver 305 Sprint Challenge Blue Collar Classic at Port Royal Speedway. Teams representing the states of New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina are already on the registration list.
Last year's one-day event drew a stellar field of 51 cars and this year's field is expected to be even bigger for the two-day show. Port Royal Speedway will close the season on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. with the final show of the season for the 410 sprints along with super sportsman and a demolition derby.
FINAL RACE: The 2013 season comes to a close at Big Diamond Speedway on Sunday with a three-division card of 358 modifieds, sportsman modifieds and roadrunners. The race will also bring to a close the point battle.
BRAWL IN THE FALL: The twice-postponed "Brawl in the Fall" race at Hagerstown Speedway (Md.) takes place on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the 410 sprint cars, 358 sprint cars, super late models and big block modifieds with B-mains for the modifieds and 358 sprint cars.
The features will be 30 laps each for the 410s and 358s while the late models and big blocks will each run 50-lap features.