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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Off Season 2017 thoughts......

Happy new year race fans. In case you don't know it (and I'm sure most of you do) racing season is right around the corner. Only 49 short COLD days till the Ice Breaker 30 kicks off the racing season at Lincoln Speedway. With the racing season fast approaching I wanted to take a few minutes and share my thoughts on some of the news that has happened during the offseason and take a quick look at the schedules that Lincoln and Williams Grove Speedway's have released so far.

First off the off season happenings....

Brent Marks is leaving the porch...

Brent Marks and his family owned 19m are leaving Central PA to pursue a full time run with the Craftsman World of Outlaws in 2017. Good for him. I wish Brent and his entire team the best of luck. It is not easy to run full time with the best sprint car drivers in the country on a nightly basis, but I tend to think Brent has all the talent to make a strong showing for himself and all his fans back home on the porch. And for the record I DETEST the term porch. Brent has stated his goal is to finish around 8th in points and that is where another of our local guys Logan Schuchart finished in 2016. Now looking at the points from last season everyone in the top 8 had at least 2 wins (Schuchart being the driver with the lowest amount of wins with 2) If Brent can pull off a win or two he has the consistency to finish 8th in points. It is going to be a tough challenge for the young driver, but I tend to think he will pull it off.

Dale Blaney becomes Posse......

Yes you read that right, Dale Blaney the perennial All Star Champion is running a P/T schedule in Posse Land in 2017 for the Zemco racing team. That car automatically  becomes one of the favorites to win every night the 1z pulls into the pits. In my not so humble opinion, Blaney is the best driver to sit in the beautiful Zemco can since Stevie Smith sat in the car. Look for Blaney/Zemco combination to rack up double digit wins in 2017.

Lucas Wolfe to the Brashinger car in 2017....

Lucas Wolfe left the Zemco can and found a home in the ride vacated by Cory Haas. The Barshinger 24 car will be tearing up Williams Grove Speedway weekly in 2017 as well as picking and choosing his Saturday night races. Lucas had 4 wins last year running for 2 different car owners, After a short adjustment period for the team to click, look for him to sit on the front stretch a lot more now that he can be more comfortable running the same stuff every time out.

Cory Haas to the Trone 39...

Cory left his long time home in the Barshinger car to see if he can revive his career in the Trone 39 for 2017. It will not be easy for him. The Trone car has not been a consistent visitor to victory lane the past few years even with drivers like TJ Stutts, Doug Esh, and  Tim Glatfelter in the seat. The only driver who sat on the front stretch regularly was a guy named Greg Hodnett but he does that in every car. Cory has shown to be a consistent top 5/10 driver but can he find the good luck to start visiting victory lane more often?

Tyler Bear lands a ride with a Knoxville car owner...

Former 305 Champion Tyler Bear has seemed to land a ride with car owner Mike Vanerecken for the 2017 racing season at Port Royal Speedway along with other special shows in Central PA. Not much else has been said about the new team and the news was not even broke by the race team but by the Beer Hill Gang on their facebook page as they shared the car owners post. Is it true? We can only hope so. Tyler is an up and coming 410 driver who if he can find the right situation to showcase his talent better could be a name we all talk about a threat to win on a nightly basis in a few years.

Former 358 driver Seth Kearchner to run P/T 410 schedule in 2017...

Former 358 driver at Trail Way Speedway Seth Kearchner has posted on twitter that he is changing it up for 2017 and will be running select shows in the 410 division at Lincoln Speedway in 2017. For those that don't know much about Seth, the best dressed sprint car driver pitside every week is a former Sidewinder micro sprint champion and a 2 time 358 feature winner at Trail Way Speedway. He finished 3rd in points last season. He will be 1 to watch when the 30 hits the track. Much like another former 358 driver who now runs 410's at Lincoln Speedway Steve Owings, Kearchner is known for his balls to wall, crowd pleasing, put it up against the fence style of driving.

Jeremy Elliot launches Sprint Car Unlimited...

Jeremy Elliot has launched a new racing website Sprint Car Unlimited . The site will cost race fans $50 a year to subscribe, but with that money you will receive exclusive content you will not find anywhere else. Elliot will also host his Month of Money contest (which will be free to members of the site) as well as monthly ticket giveaways to the areas biggest races. Do yourself a favor and subscribe the only guy who knows his way around sprint car racing on the web....besides me of course.

A quick look at Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedway's 2017 racing schedules...

Williams Grove Speedway was the 1st local track to release they 2017 racing schedule and I must say the hit a home run with it. I had a friend comment to me 2 years ago that their schedule was boring. The same shit just a different year. Well race fans it is not anymore. Their schedule is so attractive to me, I have a feeling the will become my Friday night home most weeks in 2017 when I choose to see a race. 410's, 358's, 360's, 305's, Super Sportsman (all covered on this site BTW) as well as Super Late Models, USAC wingless 410, midgets, AND Silver Crown Cars as well as AMA Flat track motorcycles. That's not even counting the 7 World of Outlaw races. Now that is how you put a winning schedule together folks.

Lincoln Speedway has also released their schedule for 2017 and nothing major has changed. The have sprint car double headers just about every week with the 410's and 358's along with a few other support divisions thrown in for fun. Not a big fan of all the 358 races as I think it will hurt the car counts and fan enjoyment. Most of the 358 teams cant afford to race that many times so some will pick and choose which races to run. Look for a very fluctuating car count as the season moves on. UASC will back again in 2017 for an always entertaining show but no midgets ? A few other bigger paying races thrown in but all in all another quality season for the fans at Lincoln Speedway.

And finally for your viewing and listening enjoyment....


With that I will say see ya. Next stop for me is the couch for some NFL Playoff action. #HereWeGoSteelers

I will see everyone in a few weeks in York for the 2nd annual Racing Extravaganza show. Until then stay warm and keep your beverage of choice ice cold.

©Bill McIntyre Central Pa Racing Scene 2017

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