On the show today we're talking Outlaws in Pennsylvania and just how much these new sprint car tires might change things. We've also got an update on what's going on with the new promoters at Selinsgrove Speedway and more. Let's go!
It's Friday, March 17th, I'm Justin Fiedler. This is DIRTRACKR Daily.
The first meeting of the season between the World of Outlaws and Pennsylvania Posse happens tonight, with the opener at Williams Grove. After tonight, the teams will move over to Lincoln on Saturday. Because last weekend at Port Royal ended up being lost to weather, these two shows will be the debut of the new sprint car rear tires from Hoosier. With five Outlaw races complete so far, David Gravel currently holds a 20 point lead over Logan Schuchart, with Carson Macedo, Buddy Kofoid, and James McFadden completing the top five. It's going to be a chilly weekend at the track, so if you're going, make sure you're bundled up. There is also a possiblity for some rain drops tonight, so be prepared for that. But the tracks should be fast because of it. Besides the usual Outlaws vs. Posse storylines, including if the Central PA guys can continue their recent run of success against the Outlaws, these tires will be something everyone is paying attention to. There have been quiet rumors of double secret tire tests, and it sounds like people were curious what was going on with Kasey Kahne showing up at Golden Isles earlier this week. I have no idea if any of that is true, but it should add a little something to the proceedings this weekend. As for how the tires will affect the racing, I don't think anyone really knows. It could turn out that the racing looks like what we've come to expect and all this chatter is for nothing. Carson Macedo told Speed Sport this week that he thinks it will change everyone's packages quite a bit. Besides the Outlaw and Posse regulars, I think we'll see a few other outsiders come through this weekend, just to get some laps on the new Hoosiers. We know Kofoid is coming, as is Ryan Timms, and we'll probably see a few others. As for race winners tonight, I'd keep an eye on Lance Dewease, Brent Marks, Carson Macedo and David Gravel. Macedo is bringing in the current longest active top ten streak with the Outlaws at 11 straight races. I did a quick peak at Macedo's last 25 Outlaw races, and over that span, only David Gravel has a better average finish. I continue to think he's a serious contender for the Outlaw title. At Lincoln, I'd keep all those guys in the mix and add in Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, and Sheldon Haudenschild. Drop me a comment, let me know who you've got this weekend. If you can't make it out to either place, DIRTVision has live coverage of both nights.
While we continue to wait for the re-premiere for the Kyle Larson docuseries on FloRacing called DIRT, they are giving us a new Jonathan Davenport show. They dropped the trailer about ten days ago, and according to Flo, it will drop at some point today. Unlike DIRT, I believe this is just a single show, and not a series. If you missed the trailer, it looks like we'll get to visit Davenport's Dirty Dollar Ranch and dive into his two million dollar dirt late model season. So keep an eye on Flo today for that. We won't get the DIRT series until sometime in April according to Flo's Michael Rigsby.
It's been a tough start to the year for the Short Track Super Series with just one race night complete so far. Their races in South Carolina in February were lost, as were all but one of the Florida swing shows. And the opening round for the south region a week ago at Hagerstown was also washed out. This weekend, they are headed to Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania to try again. I've had quite a few messages and questions about what's going on at Selinsgrove right now, but as far as I know things are all systems go. This is always the problem when tracks change hands with new owners or new promoters, I don't understand why everyone can't just play nice and pass off the full deal. The reason I've gotten questions is because of social media channels and websites that don't work anymore. The Selinsgrove Twitter and Facebook accounts that everyone had been following are now showing as quote "Archive" pages. And selinsgrovespeedway.com is now a broken website. We can't just hand over passwords and account access? As someone who has worked professionally in web development and social media, this is all actually possible. The old operators don't need this stuff anymore, so give the new group a leg up and hand it all over. Stephanie Baker and the new group running the track do have a Facebook page going, which you can find at facebook.com/selinsgrovespeedway. They are racing tomorrow, with practice tonight, and work has been ongoing at the track. As for the Short Track Super Series, tomorrow's race will kick off their 2023 points season. A year ago, it was all Matt Sheppard, as he ticked off all three series championships on his long list of 2022 accolades. This will be just the second ever race for this series at Selinsgrove, with Andy Bachetti winning the first, back in 2021. In just the handful of big block races we've had this year, we've seen David Schilling, Max McLaughlin, and Mat Williamson pick up victories between All-Tech and Volusia. Tomorrow's show will feature all the big guns, including Sheppard, Ryan Godown, Mike Mahaney, Billy Pauch Jr., and on and on. It is an early show Saturday, with grandstands opening at 11AM, hot laps at 1:15, and racing at 2. If you can't get out to Selinsgrove, the Short Track Super Series streams live on FloRacing. If you need a Flo subscription for this year, and you want to also support what I'm doing, click the link below in the description to sign up, or the FloRacing links at dirtrackr.com. That gets you a ton of racing, and helps me out in the process.
Before I shut it down for the week, quick shoutout to Chuck and Best Engines in Texas for their support of this show. Chuck builds circle track power, and his pieces have already been to victory lane multiple times this season. You can find them online at bestenginestexas.com and @bestenginestexas on social media.
It looks like right now as I work on the show that we have nine shows on the streaming schedule for today, with more to come on Saturday. As we've been talking about all week though, weather is a factor in a lot of places, so keep an eye on things. To see the fully daily streaming schedule with links to watch, visit dirtrackr.com/watchtonight.
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Have a good weekend out there, we'll see you guys right back here on Monday.