The Valley Sports Page is fairly bursting these days.
Luis Castro of the JetHawks is the leading candidate at the midseason recess for the California League’s most valuable player award.
Palmdale’s favorite son, Paul George, will be a finalist for MVP and Defensive Player of the Year at the NBA’s awards program in Santa Monica next Monday.
Highland’s Rachel Garcia is dominating NCAA softball the way she did the Golden League, leading UCLA to its 12th national championship and becoming just the fourth player ever to win the national title and Player of the Year honors in the same season.
Preseason college football magazines contain plenty of pictures of Joshua Kelley, the former walk-on from Eastside who put together the eighth greatest rushing season in UCLA history in 2018.
A former Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix winner, Colton Herta of Valencia, made the move from the BLVD to the Brickyard, starting fifth in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
The Valley’s greatest $10 entertainment value will be available again Saturday night when Speedway Willow Springs conducts its full schedule of racing. The Southwest Tour Trucks are a bonus attraction.
We always have room for more attractions to confirm our Valley’s reputation as a destination for motorsports.
And Saturday, we will add another.
The Great Race is the nation’s longest-running and largest vintage car race.
This year, it stretches from Riverside to Tacoma, Washington, over nine days.
The first stopover will be in Lancaster.
From 4:15-8 p.m. the public is invited to come meet the drivers and look over the 130 vintage cars, all of which were built before 1974.
Some drivers even let children sit in their vintage race cars to take pictures.
There’ll be live music and all sorts of family activities going around one of the coolest car shows the BLVD has ever hosted.
Tom McRae and Norman Miller founded The Great Race in 1983.
It has has crisscrossed the nation in the 36 years since, and this year, chooses Lancaster for its first night’s stay,
There’ll be all kinds of racing history to see up close.
The site is symbolic, too.
When Willow Springs hosted the first Grand National road race west of the Mississippi in what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Nov. 20, 1955, most of the race teams stayed in Lancaster.
Ken Clapp, a West Coast Stock Car Hall of Famer, remembers that his team was headquartered in Bill Huth’s muffler shop one block off the BLVD.
“We would hang the bodies and work on the chassis in Bill’s shop,” Clapp recalled of the late legendary Willow Springs owner. “Then we would take the car out on Lancaster BLVD to test.
“I think the L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputies made their month’s quota of speeding tickets just in that weekend alone!”
No tickets needed this weekend. Just come on out.
The echoes of history will fill the air.