Tonight's Beltsville Speedway feature race, the 200-lap, 100-mile King of Kings, has attracted entries from every notable Eastern late model sportsman stock car driver and two top Grand National stars as well.
Time trials to set the 28-car starting field begin for a 7 p.m. with the 100-mile chase for a $10,000 purse beginning at 8. Three events for street stock sedans are also scheduled.
From the Grand National circuit come Darrell Waltrip and Lennie Pond, both prepping for Sunday's Dover (Del.) Downs 500-miles. Ray Hendrick, winner of almost every major late model sportsman race contested, Bill Dennis, three-times. Dayton champion in this class, and Sonny Hutchins, all from Richmond and all Beltsville winners, are signed.
A trio of North Carolina pilots, Harry Gant, Butch Lindley and Tommy Houston, who ranked second, third and fifth nationally among late model sportsman drivers last season, will be on hand.
Dave Dion of Hudson, N.H., the only Yankee to crack the top 10 in the 1976 late model standings, placing eight, and Jack Bland, the Riverdale, Md., star, who was 10th, also are among the entries. None of the local favorites, Reds Kagle, Bobby Ballentine, Wes Troup and others, have been scared off and they too will attempt to make the field.
Saturday night, Old Dominion Speedway in Manassa will have a 35-lap late model sportsman sedan features and a 20-lap final for street stock cars starting at 8 p.m. No nw date has been set for the $10,000 Old Dominion 200 rained out last week.
On the dirt, Dorsey (Md.) Speedway has added three races for mini-stock cars to its regular 10 events for late model sedan and Figure Eight cars beginning at 7:45 p.m. Potomac Speedway in Budds Creek, Md., offers three classes of stockcars at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Maryland International drag strip, adjoining Potomac, has Super Pro show Saturday night at 8 p.m. Sunday brings the winged midget racers to Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway for a t [WORD ILLEGIBLE] light program also featuring stock cars at 6 p.m.