The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Sports

August 9, 2013

Area motorsports notebook

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.

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