- This weekend I got 3 new tracks: Selingsrove Raceway Park (the 1/5 mile inner-oval at Selingsgrove Speedway, Schenley Park (Pittsburgh Vintage GP), and Marion Center Speedway. All three races were enjoyable.
The weekend started with a trip to Selingsrove Raceway Park (Track #258). This wasn't the original plan as I really wanted to get to Motordrome but I couldn't get out of work in time. There was a number of different kart classes as well as two microsprint classes. The first race started at 8:00. Which would be right on time if they didn't advertise that they start at 7pm. Since I didn't show up until 7:45 I wasn't to upset about it but I don't understand why tracks can't figure out how to advertise their actually starting time. The first micro race didn't start until 8:45. There was only 2 125's. Up next was 2 heat races for the 270's. 6 cars in heat 1. 5 cars in heat 2. The 25 lap feature for 270's, which was the last event, started at 21:55, finished at 22:15. That isn't too late but still I wish they advertised the actually starting time.
On Saturday afternoon I finally went to the Pittsburgh Vintage GP at Schenley Park (Track #259). If you ever want to see old road race cars, go here. Admission was free and although there was some paid parking, I found free parking on the street. The events were fun although you could only see small parts of the track. Some people were really racing hard and some where putting around. It was definitely worth the trip and I'll probably go back again sometime.
On Saturday evening I headed to Marion Center Speedway (Track #260). There was a 50% chance of rain and I was afraid they were holding off the show in case storms were coming when they didn't start warmups. However, what I found out at the 7:30 starting time is that they don't do warmups. They went straight to heat races on the racy 1/4 dirt track. The racing was pretty good but they had a long break for the intermission (an hour?) for "fan appreciation night." All the cars lined up on the track and people could go down and meet the drivers. They had 3 classes of late models with the Super Late Models being the headliner. They ran the second feature which ended at 11:15 pm. That was followed by the two other late model classes (steel blocks and crates). The last of the three late model races ended at midnight and I took off with two more features to go (microsprints and some form of pro stock). Not too bad of a show but too late for me.