Sounds of snowmobiles will be heard in Marilla on Sunday when the 21st New York State Snowmobile Grass Drag Championships are held at the Marilla Firemen's Field on Two Rod Road.
About 186 pro teams and 51 trail stock teams will be competing. Riders from across the U.S., Canada and Sweden are expected.
The top class of snowmobiles should travel around 110 mph down the 500-foot strip. Last year's event drew around 2,200 spectators. Sunday's program will begin at 11 a.m., rain or shine.
A dealer display midway will also be on the grounds. Refreshments will be served by the Marilla Fire Company and a breakfast will be available from the Ladies Auxiliary. Admission is $10, with those under 10 admitted free. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to charity. For information, call Ray Eigenbrod at 941-5192.
Treichler's friends hold benefit
Roger Treichler is a retired Modified driver who entertained fans across the northeast for many years. Known as the "Flying Florist," Treichler was a popular driver as well as a multi-champion at Lancaster and a winner of the 1971 Race of Champions.
Treichler, a Sanborn native, was paralyzed in an accident at his home earlier this year. A benefit on his behalf will be held Oct. 4 at the Pendleton House, 6856 Transit Road in Lockport.
A car show and dinner dance will highlight the day's activity. Proceeds will be used to help purchase a handicap-equipped van.
Treichler is a florist by trade and thus far 32 organizations from within the floral trade and racing communities have become involved. Tickets are $35 per person. The car show will run from noon to 4 p.m. with dinner at 4:30. Legacy will provide after-dinner dancing music.
Organizers have secured sponsorship from the Friends of Roger Treichler, the FTD Floral Association and the Cambria Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. The FOAR Score Fan Club is also helping out. A goal of $50,000 is set. For tickets, call Gary Ashe at 433-7775.
Gernatt returns as sponsor
Holland Speedway has apparently secured a major returning sponsor for next July's NASCAR Featherlite Modified Series race there. Next week, Gernatt Asphalt Products is expected to be announced as the title sponsor. They sponsored last July's race, which attracted 9,000 fans, the largest crowd in Holland history.
Hunt Racing of Buffalo has hired Keith Scharf of St. Louis, Mo., to drive its SCCA Pro Racing SRF car. Scharf is a past national SCCA champion and won the Valvoline Runoffs at Road Atlanta in 1993. . . . The Tonawanda Lions Club is selling raffle tickets for next February's Daytona 500. The trip includes air transportation, accommodations for seven days, a rental car and $500. Money raised from the sale of the tickets ($10 each) will benefit the sight and hearing impaired.
Tickets are available at Lub N'Go, 27 E. Oliver St., North Tonawanda; Wagenschuetz Hardware, 230 Oliver St., North Tonawanda; Shanor Electric, 2915 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, and Mike Rexford's Tire and Service, 992 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda. . . . DIRT Modified standout "Barefoot" Bob McCreadie has been voted by the DIRT circuit fans as the Sunoco A-Plus Most Popular Driver of 1998. . . . Watkins Glen International will host next year's NASCAR Winston Cup Series "The Bud At The Glen Weekend" on Aug. 12-15. . . . Genesee DIRT Sportsman champion Brian Sage is considering a move to the 358 Modifieds at Ransomville for 1999.
S. Christian-J. Lilienthan 105
Glenn Hughes 86
Ralph Galuzzi-Ed Sattler 84
Mike Owczarczak 84
Joe Pryzpasniak 82
Sharon Hughes 74
Ken Staschak 74
Thurnherr II-Thurnherr III 73
Geo. Pease-John Flanigan 72
Jim Fix-Rich Yacos 71