By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- The United Racing Company will return to Selinsgrove Speedway this Saturday open-wheel doubleheader with the track's weekly 358 sprint cars. This is a separate points race for URC and not a challenge race.
Joining the racing card will be the late models and pro stocks.
Both sprint car divisions will run a series of heat races and 25-lap features.
Speedway and URC officials are coordinating a tribute to honor the memory of popular sprint car driver Kramer Williamson, 63, of Palmyra, who on Sunday succumbed to injuries he sustained in a URC-sanctioned racing accident at Lincoln Speedway last Saturday.
Williamson, who was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2008, raced his trademark "Pink Panther" No. 73 on the Pennsylvania circuit for the better part of his more than four decades.
Fans, team members and drivers are invited to support a "Pink Out" at the track by wearing pink apparel as a salute to Williamson's life and storied career.
For more than a decade, Selinsgrove Speedway was Williamson's home on Saturday nights.
He won 25 super sprint car races, tying him with Barry Camp, of Beavertown, for ninth on the track's all-time win list. One of those wins was a prestigious victory against the World of Outlaws in 1980.
His lone track title came in 1978.
He also won two track titles at Williams Grove in 1976 and 1978 and a super sportsman title at Silver Spring Speedway in 1969 at the age of 19.
In recent years, Williamson toured on the URC circuit. He scored a single URC win at Selinsgrove in 1995, which was the last time he won a feature race at the track.
He went on to score 67 wins and three championships with URC. In all, he is credited with more than 150 career open-wheel victories.
This Saturday will mark the second appearance of the season by the URC sprint cars at Selinsgrove. On May 10, Williamson qualified second fastest out of a field of 40 cars for the Jack Gunn Memorial Challenge Race but was sidelined for the night by mechanical problems during his heat race.
JJ Grasso of Pedricktown, N.J., was the winner of this year's Gunn Memorial. Grasso currently leads the URC standings by 43 points over Josh Weller, of Mertztown, entering this weekend's racing action.
In the 358 sprint car standings, three-time winner Jason Shultz, of Carlisle, holds a 35-point lead over defending champion and six-time winner Pat Cannon, of Etters.
NICE RIDE: Jude Smerlick, of Sunbury, finished 18th overall in the 4-6 age group at the 32nd annual AMA Amateur National Motocross championships at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Tennessee last weekend. He finished 18th overall in a field of 41.
HOW SWEET: 'Sugar' Ray Swinehart scored the 25-lap 358 modified feature win last week at Big Diamond Speedway.
It was his first win at the track since Aug. 5, 2011, and his 20th career win at the speedway. The win moves him into a ninth-place tie on the track's all-time win list. With eight races remaining in the 358 points battle, Meme DeSantis trails Craig VonDohren by 80 markers.
DOUBLEHEADER: The 410 sprint cars and 358 sprint cars will have a regular show tonight at Williams Grove. Fred Rahmer, of Salfordville, leads Brent Marks, of Myerstown, by 370 points. Each driver has one win at the track this season.
BIG SMILES: Port Royal Speedway will host a camera and autograph night on Saturday along with a candy scramble for children ages 12 and under. In the 410 sprint car standings, Chad Layton, of Harrisburg, trails Selinsgrove's Blane Heimbach by 85 points with six races left.
HANGING ON: Turbotville's Luke Hoffner has a 50-point lead over defending Clinton County Raceway late model track champion Waylon Wagner with three point races left. The late models highlight tonight's racing card.
It is fair week at Clinton County and it will cost race fans $6 ($4 to get in, $2 to park) before you get your race ticket.