By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
MECHANICSBURG -- With a week to go until the 23rd annual Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week begins, 410 teams in Central Pennsylvania have one final night to dial in their cars tonight at Williams Grove Speedway.
The track, which hosts two Speed Week dates, will have an open-wheel doubleheader tonight with the 410s and 358s. There are no time trials tonight.
Female racer Brie Hershey scored the win the last time the 358s were in action at the track on May 31. The 358s will race 25 laps for $1,200.
NICE JOB: Port Royal Speedway fans, teams, drivers and employees combined to raise $4,000 during last week's Fan Appreciation Night for 5-year old Charlie Dean Leffler, son of the late Jason Leffler, who lost his life in a sprint car race last week at the Bridgeport (N.J) Speedway. The money is going to the United States Auto Club Benevolent Foundation Fund set up for Charlie.
SAY CHEESE: Race fans at Port Royal Speedway will have the opportunity to meet their favorite drivers and take pictures with them in the pits on Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. This applies to general admission ticket holders. The track is also hosting a 12-and-under kids' money scramble. The 410 sprint cars and super late models will be on the racing card along with twin 12-lap features for the pro stocks. Port Royal resident Dylan Cisney was last week's 410 sprint car feature.
NOW HEAR THIS: The season-ending Coal Cracker 72, 358 modified race at the Big Diamond Speedway, will pay $10,000 to win the 72-lap feature on Sunday, Sept. 1. This year, the money to take the green has been increased to $500. Heat races will be lined up by the luck of the draw. All drivers who finish in a handicap spot in their heat will draw for their starting spot in the feature. All 72 laps will be run under green flag conditions. Big Diamond is in action tonight with a three-division show with the 358 modified racing 30 laps for $3,000.
COOL HAND LUKE: Luke Hoffner of Turbotville added to his all-time win list total at Clinton County Raceway last Friday when he scored the 20-lap late model feature win. The veteran late-model driver is among the track's all time winningest drivers. Mason Peters of Shickshinny topped a field of 40 micro sprints to win the 270 Roadshow feature. The 305 sprint cars headline a four-division show tonight.