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Saturday, May 28 - Lincoln would be only the second night of racing in the Keystone Cup series as Thursday and Friday night’s racing at Port Royal and Williams Grove were washed out by powerful storms rolling through the Central Pennsylvania area. The stormy weather rolled through the Pigeon Hills earlier in the day and by the time we arrived at 3:30 it was sunny and hot. As the starting time drew close a large crowd was on hand to watch the three division program of 410 sprints (35), legend cars (24) and thunder cars (18). Brian Leppo set fast time with a surprise in Bill Stine second and Brian Montieth third. Leppo’s night ended prematurely while leading the first heat when he rolled to a stop and his evening was over with engine problems. The heat races started straight up from the time trials with the top two finishers in the heats drawing for the top eight starting spots in the main event. All qualifying was completed by 9:00 and the next item on the schedule was fireworks. We all agreed that they were pretty bad fireworks and the crowd began to get restless and cheered when the last barrage went off at 9:45.
It was 9:50 when the green flag flew on the 30 lap Keystone Cup 410 sprint feature with Brian Montieth jumping from the outside of the front row into the lead which he would never relinquish. Nothing really happened in this race and we agreed that it was the worst sprint car race we have seen all year. With the top guns starting up front there was little passing and the top five all started in the top five. Montieth won over Aaron Ott, Fred Rahmer, Mark Smith and Daryn Pittman. The checker waved at 10:03 and with the thunder cars running next instead of the legend cars which we wanted to see we decided to cut our losses and make the 2 1/2 hour trek back to eastern Pennsylvania as tomorrow would be an early wakeup call.
Sunday, May 29 - After attending early church the plan was to head north and travel into the Wyoming County area of northern Pennsylvania west of Clarks Summit. The plan was to attend the enduro racing for four cylinders and six cylinders at the Wyoming County Fairgrounds near Meshoppen. We traveled Route 6 through Factoryville, the childhood home of major league baseball’s great pitcher Christy Mathewson who won 373 games and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 as one of the first five members elected to the Hall of Fame. We arrived at 12:30 for the scheduled 1 PM start which was delayed until 1:47 due to the ambulance having to leave on a call. What we didn’t know was that they also had tuff truck timed runs and mud bogs scheduled. The fairgrounds itself is nice with many buildings, a horse arena and an area for racing. Two big sections of bleacher seating was available along with some other smaller stands and plenty of hillside for your blankets and lawn chairs. The first round of mud bogs and tuff truck runs got underway and were entertaining but by the time the second round came around the mystic was gone. At this point sitting out in the hot sun we wondered if they were ever going to run the oval racing. Finally at 6:10 the first of two 4 cylinder enduro heats came trackside with ten total cars in the two events. They also ran one heat for the five six cylinder on hand with the heat races being 5 laps in distance. It was only 6:33 when the two classes ran a combo feature race starting 11 of the 15 vehicles on hand. It was an entertaining race with plenty of beating and banging for 20 laps ending at 6:47. The whole part of the program we came to see lasted all of 37 minutes and we had to sit through another 4 1/2 hours of other racing we would have passed on after round one.
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