KEYSTONE CUP OFFERS SIX RACES AT SIX DIFFERENT SPEEDWAYS, OPENER SET FOR GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

Date: 5/16/2010 10:22:02 PM


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KEYSTONE CUP OFFERS SIX RACES  AT SIX DIFFERENT SPEEDWAYS, OPENER SET FOR GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

York Haven, Pa.....After successfully defending their home turf against both the World of Outlaws and the All Star Circuit of Champions, the Sprint Car racers of central Pennsylvania are set to start a little tour of their own.  The Memorial Day week Keystone Cup series is about to begin.

The Keystone Cup series will consist of six races, in six days, at six different Speedways.  Keystone Cup begins Wednesday evening May 26 at the Grandview Speedway near Bechtelsville.  The racing program on Grandview's highbanked bullring will climax with a 35 lap feature offering the Keystone Cup standard $5000 to the winner.  The Sportsman racers of the Modified circuit will join in the program.

From Grandview it's off to the wide sweeping turns of the half mile Hagerstown, MD, Speedway on Thursday May 27.  Hagerstown's program will feature only the Sprint Cars with a 30 lap feature offering $5000 to win.

On Friday May 28, Keystone Cup moves to the historic Williams Grove Speedway near Mechanicsburg, PA.  The 30 lap feature on the Grove's paperclip shaped half mile will again offer $5000 to the winner.

Saturday May 29, the Keystone Cup series moves to the 3/8ths mile Lincoln Speedway near Hanover, PA.  At Lincoln a 30 lap feature will again offer $5000 to the winner.  Lincoln's show will include the Thundercars and the 1000cc Sidewinder Micro Sprints.

On Sunday May 30 it's off to Selinsgrove PA, for a 30 lap feature on the gigantic oval there.  Again it's 30 laps with $5000 to win in the Sprint Car feature.  The popular Super Sportsman racers will join in Selinsgrove's show.

Keystone Cup winds up on Memorial Day Monday,  May 31 at Port Royal's historic Fairgrounds half mile oval.  The Port also offers $5000 to win a 30 lap Sprint Car feature, with the Prostocks also on the card.

Fred Rahmer who beat both the Outlaws and the All Stars in recent action, along with Outlaw winner Chad Layton, and All Star winner Lance Dewease, will find themselves facing a different qualifying format for this year's Keystone cup series.

While time trials will still be used to set the starting line ups for heat races, those heat races will have a set field before time trials begin.  In an effort to equalize changing track conditions. Heat race competitors will be set by the blind draw for time trial order.

If the car count calls for ten car heat races, the first ten drivers who compete in time trials will also be the drivers for the first heat race.  The next ten would be in the second heat and so on.

Each heat race will feature a four car inversion, with the top two finishers and the fastest time trial driver who qualifies in the heat race,  advancing to the "Feature Zone".  Children from the crowd will then draw pills for the starting position for each of the "Feature Zone" drivers.  Should the fastest time trial driver in the heat race make it to the top two finishing positions in that heat, the number of drivers in the "Feature Zone" draw will lessen.  Based on the number of heat races, and the number of "Fast Time" drivers who make the top two spots, the "Feature Zone" draw could feature as many as 12 drivers or as few as six drivers.

The remainder of the feature field, and the consolation race line up will be based on heat race finish.

While drivers will be timing against the drivers in their heat race, there will still be an award for the fastest overall time, and that driver will also earn bonus points toward the Keystone Cup point title.  Jake's Karts has once again offered a $100 fast time award for each event, and several tracks have additional fast time money available.

Last year Stevie Smith won the Keystone Cup point title, while in each of the first two years Rahmer was the champion.  Smith was a two time winner last year, while Daryn Pittman, Cody Darrah, and Greg Hodnett each won once.

 



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