By Frank Buhrman
SPRING RUN, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Sprint Series will open its 21st season of competition on Saturday, March 23, at Path Valley Speedway, the first of more than 40 dates on the 2019 schedule.
Pre-registrations indicate a strong field for that event, including at least half of the 2018 Top 10 in points and several drivers with past wins at the fast 1/4-mile track in northern Franklin County.
The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars will run qualifying events and a 20-lap feature. General admission is $10 and $3 for children ages 10 and under.
Other upcoming dates include Saturday, April 6 at Port Royal Speedway; Sunday, April 7 at BAPS Motor Speedway; Friday, April 12 at Williams Grove Speedway; and Saturday, April 13 at Path Valley.
Also on the season’s schedule are dates at Clinton County Motor Speedway, Hagerstown Speedway, Selinsgrove Speedway, Trail-Way Speedway and Bedford Speedway.
New to the schedule is a two-day East Coast Nationals interregional event Memorial Day Weekend May 24-25 at Hagerstown. The Keystone RaceSaver Challenge interregional event returns to Port Royal on Oct. 12.
Zach Newlin became PASS-IMCA’s first repeat champion when he won that title last year. Newlin has announced his intent to return for 2019. A strong core of competitors returns and at least eight rookies have made plans to join the series this season.
Founded to provide lower-cost sprint car racing for competitors and fans in Central Pennsylvania, the series is now part of IMCA, the oldest active auto racing sanctioning body in the U.S.
PASS-IMCA is among regional groups throughout the country competing under RaceSaver rules, developed in 1997 by Virginia racer and racing innovator French Grimes. PASS-IMCA was one of the first groups to adopt those rules, following Grimes’ own Virginia Sprint Series.
Intended as a way to give the “working man or woman” a place to race without needing sizable sponsorships or backing, PASS-IMCA and other RaceSaver groups have clearly succeeded.
While car counts in other divisions continue to decrease at many tracks, PASS-IMCA enjoyed turnouts of more than 40 cars at several shows last year. Key to that success has been a focus on rule enforcement and rules that discourage extravagant spending, especially on engines.
For more information about the series, visit www.pasprintseries.com or visit PASS-IMCA’s Facebook or Twitter pages.