Showers in the area forces Big Diamond Speedway to cancel. Next race is this Sunday at the Five Mile Point Speedway
The 9a Racing Team will be in competition on Friday night at the Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville PA. Followed by anther trip North to the Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood N.Y. The X-cel 600 Dirt Modified Tour will be gearing up for the first double header weekend. Abbey and Chip will be on hand with the potent Dirt Racer and expect to improve the finishing positions at both tracks.
The David Ragan Ford, Corner by Corner Landscaping, Hunterdon Fuels sponsored car is all ready for the long weekend. Please support our Sponsors as they help keep Abbey on track. More Details to follow in the next two days.
Big Diamond contact information and address GPS Address: 392 Forest Lane Pottsville, PA (570) 544-5200 or visit: bigdspeedway.com Friday 4-11-14 – DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman, Roadrunners, 600 Modifieds.
Five Mile Point Information: Visit www.fivemilepointspeedway.net
or call phone: 607-775-5555
Sun. 4/13* RoC Dirt Modified Tour 100 – $5,555 to win (2013 RoC Mod title on the line!) – 4:00 p.m.Crate Sportsman Open – $1,000 to win plus 600 c.c. Mod Tour, IMCA Empire State Race.
Physical Address For Shipping and Mapquest Directions: 100 Francis Street – Kirkwood, NY 13795 COMING 81 N FROM SCRANTON:
EXIT 2W (INDUSTRIAL PARK EXIT) MAKE FIRST
LEFT HAND TURN ONTO FRANCIS STREET
Abbbey Price and the 9a Race team towed to the Five Mile Point Speedway to compete this past Saturday night April 6 with the X-cel 600 Dirt Modified Tour. Saturday was a practice session on the 1/4 Mile Clay oval. Early Spring weather created a Heavy Track. After Practice on Saturday the team headed to the car wash Sunday Morning. The car was cleaned and ready for Sunday Night Action. A total of 42 cars where on hand. Abbey would start in the Feature event and finish in 11th place out of 20 cars.
Richie Hitzler starts the year off with the win and is the current points leader. Congradulations go out to his team.
EXCEL 600 C.C. MODIFIEDS OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (20): RICHIE HITZLER, Andy Bowes, Korey Inglin, Jon Pepe, Michael Burrows, Will Eastman, Kailee Dimorier, Brian Brinker, Ryan Mohr, Josh Pepe, Abbey Price, Steven Sherwood, Tim VanHorn Jr., Joesph McCabe, Zach Truesdail, Kamdin Maby, Ronnie Molnar, Phil Frantz, Jason Mills, Jordan Mohr, Nick Cinquanti, Skylar Sheriff, Tim Frantz, Kyle Fallis. Video from the Media @ Five Mile Point Speedway
Xcel 600 Modified tour remaing April Schedule 2014
11 BIG DIAMOND
13 FIVE MILE POINT
25 LINDAS In Other news from Roc Media
“NEW JERSEY DRIVER CLAY BUTLER RECORDS FIRST EVER FIVE MILE POINT SPEEDWAY VICTORY IN RACE OF CHAMPIONS SPORTSMAN TOUR 30 ON SUNDAY.
KIRKWOOD, NY…On Sunday Five Mile Point Speedway swung open the gates for the 64th consecutive year of racing. New Jersey driver Clay Butler drove to his first ever victory at the speedway by claiming the Race of Champions Sportsman Tour 30 event. The race netted him $1,500 for the victory.
The scheduled Race of Champions Dirt Street Stock feature, Factory Stock feature and two Four Cylinder features were postponed until this Saturday, April 12th. As nighttime temperatures began to drop the new clay surface on the quarter mile began to draw an impossible amount of moisture to safely complete the program. All pit wrist bands and grandstand ticket stubs will be honored for free admission for the remainder of this program to be held this Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Prior to the racing program this Saturday the open paid practice will still take place beginning at 2 p.m. Pit gates will open at 1 p.m. Pit admission is $20 for the practice only. Anyone coming just to race in the remainder of the racing program at 6:30 p.m. will be admitted free of charge.
For Clay Butler, the RoC Sportsman winner it was his first ever victory at Five Mile Point Speedway. He was in the right place at the right time on the final lap as race leader Butch Green clipped the implement tire exiting turn four while leading and dropped to the infield. Butler raced past as he just missed clipping the back end of the slowing Green as the duo exited turn four on the final circuit. The crowd was on their feet for the shocking ending to the 30 lap feature.
RACE OF CHAMPIONS DIRT SPORTSMAN OFFICIAL FEATURE FINISH (30): CLAY BUTLER, Brandon Walters, Brian White, Jim LaRock, Johnny Cornell, Mike Butler, Ryan Olsommer, Jerry Tonti, Randy Green, Randy Shantel, Butch Green, Rusty Smith, Ken Hammond, Ken Titus, Claude Hutchings Jr., Kyle Cicio, P.J. Goodwin, Doug Snyder, Josh Bierle, Rich Talada, Billy Moyer Jr. DQ – Charlie Hendrickson (carburetor), DNS – Chad Miller, Ray Bliss ”
From Grandview Speedway ( Way to go Geezer !! 3rd in Heat !! )
“OPENING NIGHT FEATURE RACES WON BY CANADIAN STEWART FRIESEN, BRETT KESSLEY AND SEAN MERKEL AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY
BECHTELSVILLE, PA April 6, 2014 Canadian invader Stewart Friesen clicked off his first career 30-lap regular season NASCAR 358 Modified victory at Grandview Speedway on a brutally cold Saturday night, while young Brett Kressley of Orefield, PA picked up where he left off last season, claiming another win in the 25-lap NASCAR Sportsman main event, and Sean Merkel of Boyertown, PA was the winner in a wild 25-lap NASCAR Late Model feature on the 52nd consecutive Opening Night at the Bechtelsville, PA based dirt raceway.
In spite of the very chilly weather, a good crowd was on hand to watch some fan-pleasing competition, with more than 80 race cars taking part in qualifying sessions. Since it was the first race of the year, all feature events started heads-up, as they qualified in their earlier qualifying heat races.
The opening night race served as a tune-up for the NASCAR 358 Modifieds as they race in twin 20-lap feature races on Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. Late Models and Sportsman will also be in action. Adult admission is $20 while youngsters 12 and under pay just $5.
In the NASCAR 358 Modified main, Stewart Friesen took the green from the pole after winning his heat race steering a No. 357 mount owned by Norm Hansell and the popular driver immediately pulled away. A quick caution on lap three closed the field up again.
Friesen immediately reclaimed the top spot with the new green on lap four over Justin Grim, who started from fourth-place in the 28-car starting field. Meme DeSantis started sixth and was already up to third at this point, with third-place starter Craig VonDohren running in fourth. A caution on lap six closed up the field again and another yellow on lap 10 tightened the field up as well.
A new green saw Friesen back out in front for lap 11 over DeSantis and the No. 1C driven by VonDohren. At halfway VonDohren slipped by DeSantis to steal the runner-up spot, dropping DeSantis to third with 15 in the record books. A caution again appeared after lap 15 when nine-time division champion Jeff Strunk headed to the pit area with his second left front flat of the event.
Again it was Friesen, VonDohren and, now, Duane Howard, the fifth-place starter with the Petruska No. 66 machine, vaulting into third, as DeSantis dropped to fourth for lap 16. With nine tours remaining Jon Kellner Sr. spun it around exiting turn four all alone and, once again, brought out the yellow flag.
Track Starter Ray Kemp waved the green again and Friesen retook the number one position over VonDohren and Howard, with DeSantis running fourth in front of Mike Gular, who was in fifth-place after taking the original green from second spot. Racing through some heavy lapped traffic on lap 26 through turns three and four, VonDohren got collected in a crash with a slower lapped car and the caution brought the field together again. VonDohren continued on, but had any chance at getting a win torpedoed after that unfortunate tangle with a lapped car.
With a single file restart, Friesen powered out in front with the green waving over Howard, DeSantis, Gular and Kyle Weiss in that order. On the final circuit Howard pulled up next to Friesen down the back part of the raceway, but Friesen held on and pulled off the popular win.
Howard finished a strong second at the checkered, followed by DeSantis, Gular and Weiss rounding out the top five finishers.
“The key was getting a good draw and getting the heat win to give us the pole to start the feature,” revealed Friesen afterwards. “This Norm Hansell car is a beautiful piece and this place is a cool joint to race at. It feels good to get this win and a lot of it is the preparation this team does in the shop. I was fortunate to hang on, honestly. The choppy track conditions tonight made it tough racing for everyone and all the cautions kept it clean in front of me as the leader. I am glad to win one for this team and I know the fans had to really enjoy it being out here tonight. It’s freezing for everyone tonight whether you’re watching or racing.”
Feature winner Stewart Friesen was handed an additional #250 bonus courtesy of T.P. Trailers of Limerick, PA.
In the Late Model feature Sean Merkel started from the pole and was the early rabbit, with defending division champion Jason Miller, who started third, and former division champion and fourth-place starter Randy Stoudt chasing Merkel early on. Yellow lights came out on the original start and once again on the following restart, plus on lap three, lap seven and lap ten, as Merkel pulled away to a big advantage each time. Another caution appeared prior to lap 11, as Merkel continued to show his muscle aboard the Kochel Equipment self-owned No. 118 Late Model.
Sammy Schlosberg, who started from fifth-place wheeling his unsponsored No. 70 car with the number taped on the doors and roof, moved into third-place on lap 11 and a lap later Schlosberg went to the outside exiting turn four to drive past Miller and suddenly find himself running in second-place.
By lap 17 Schlosberg began to pressure Merkel and on lap 20 Schlosberg drove into turn three underneath Merkel to become the new leader. On lap 21, again, Merkel repassed Schlosberg racing underneath Schlosberg through turns three and four. Schlosberg continued to pressure Merkel until a slower lapped car got in the way with a circuit remaining to give Merkel that break he needed. Merkel crossed under the checkered first to give him his seventh career win and earn his first win ever on Opening Night at the track.
Schlosberg settled for the runner-up position at the line in front of Miller, Wayne Pfeil and former track champion Lou Egrie Sr. finished out the top five.
In Victory Lane Merkel mentioned, “Sammy caught me sleeping, there. I got help from a lapped car to get back around him, but that’s what happens when you fall asleep. Some nights things just go your way. The car was real good tonight, but we finished the race with the motor running hot. We hope to get that fixed by next week, but we took full advantage of the starting spot and pulled it off, tonight.”
Merkel got an additional $100 bonus from T.P. Trailers of Limerick, PA.
In the Sportsman feature Jordan Henn started from the pole and immediately put the HigFab chassied family-owned No. 77H machine out in front with a wave of the green over fourth-place starter Brad Brightbill and outside front row starter Joe Funk. On lap three Craig Whitmoyer hopped a wheel battling as the fifth-place car and drove his self-owned No. 99 hot rod hard into the outside boilerplate wall in turn four to bring out a red flag.
It was Henn again out in front with the green over the high-flying No. 19K of Brett Kressley, who started from eleventh-place and raced past the competition running the high outside lane, after four rounds. Henn held on as the leader and Kressley was running second with ten in the books, as the race leaders got into lapped traffic. On lap 12 exiting turn four and racing down the front straight, Kressley used a lapped car to drive past Henn, who got caught behind a lapped car running the inside, with Kressley grabbing first as they crossed at the starters stand.
Kressley pulled away as the leader, but a caution on lap 16 brought the field together again. With the restart Kressley assumed the top spot over Henn, with the two-time defending division champion and eighth-place starter Jared Umbenhauer moving up to third. Brightbill fell back to fourth and Dean Bachman, who started from third-place with his self-owned No. 65 mount, now was running fifth. The top five remained that way as the checkered waved, as Kressley turned in a strong Opening Night performance to claim his sixth career feature win at the track to tie Umbenhauer at the top of the all-time career winners list.
Brett Kressley was awarded an additional $100 from T.P. Trailers for his win.
In qualifying events Late Model heat winners were Sean Merkel and former division champ Ron Kline. Sportsman heat race victors were Jordan Henn, Joe Funk and Dean Bachman. In the 358 Modified division qualifying event winners were Stewart Friesen, Mike Gular, seven-time point champion and the defending track champ Craig VonDohren, plus Justin Grim, with consolation triumphs going to Nate Christman and Don Norris Jr. There were no consolation races in Late Model and Sportsman divisions.
Coming up next Saturday night, April 12 at the Berks County track the NASCAR 358 Modified cars run a Twin-20’s program, with the NASCAR Late Models and NASCAR Sportsman running regular races. Racing gets the green flag by 7 P.M. throughout the month of April. Information on racing at Grandview Speedway can be found at www.grandviewspeedway.com or check Facebook or Twitter. Track info number is 610.754.7688.
NASCAR Late Models 1) Sean Merkel 2) Sam Schlosberg 3) Jason Miller 4) Wayne Pfeil 5) Lou Egrie Sr. 6) Dan Green 7) Lou Egrie Jr. 8) Chuck Schutz 9) Bryan Sipe 10) Dirk Rimrott 11) Bill Henning 12) Dave Ogin 13) Buddy Mertz 14) Randy Stoudt 15) George Irwin 16) Kory Fleming 17) John Giesler 18) Ron Kline 19) Rick Todorow 20) Steve Butler 21) Cory Merkel
NASCAR 358 Modifieds 1) Stewart Friesen 2) Duane Howard 3) Meme DeSantis 4) Mike Gular 5) Kyle Weiss 6) Ryan Grim 7) Tim Buckwalter 8) Justin Grim 9) Mike Kellner 10) Nate Christman 11) Brad Arnold 12) Terry Meitzler 13) Don Norris Jr. 14) Andy Ressler 15) Frank Cozze 16) Brian Houseknecht 17) Craig VonDohren 18) Chris Esposito 19) Bobby Gunther Walsh 20) Jeff Strunk 21) Chris Gambler 22) Jordan Umbenhauer 23) Jon Kellner Sr. 24) Ron Seltman 25) John Willman 26) Ryan Watt 27) Doug Manmiller 28) Ray Swinehart
NASCAR Sportsman 1) Brett Kressley 2) Jordan Henn 3) Jared Umbenhauer 4) Brad Brightbill 5) Dean Bachman 6) Tom Miller 7) Kenny Gilmore 8) Guy Germano 9) Kaitie McCardle 10) Ron Krex 11) Jim Housworth 12) Joe Fanelli 13) Mike Stringer 14) Ryan Lilick 15) Erik Renninger 16) Ken Eckert 17) Joe Funk 18) Dave Bartram 19) Craig Whitmoyer 20) Brian Hirthler 21) Jamie Undercoffler 22) Jason Neidlinger DNS) Mike Lisowski DNS) Ryan Beltz DNS) Lex Shire “
Abbey Price Racing will be competing in the X-cel 600 Tour Dirt Modified Series at the Five Mile Point Speedway. The racing is this Sunday Afternoon on the 1/4 Mile Clay Oval. Located just off Interstate 81 in Binghampaton N.Y. The Track’s phone number is (607) 775-5555.
This will be Abbey’s first race of the Season and a full field is expected to be ready to compete in the X-cel 600′s also on tap will be a practice session this Saturday. All cars and fans are welcome to come out and particpate. Speaking to Chip the other day he is ready to go racing with Abbey and the 9a Race Team. Abbey and Chip both Thank the sponsors for making this season possiable ! This is the 64th Opening Day for the historic Speedway.
Here is a run down of events and time, subject to change.
Order of Events For Sunday, April 6th – Season Opener
1:00 p.m. Pit Gates Open
2:00 p.m. Grandstand Gates Open
3:00 p.m. Warmups in the following order: Sportsman, Street Stocks, 600 c.c. Modifieds, Factory Stocks, 4 Cylinders.
3:55 p.m. Sportsman Heats (8)
4 Cylinder Heats (4)
Street Stock Heats (6)
600 c.c. Modified Heats (tba)
Factory Stock Heats (6)
Sportsman Consolation(s) as needed (tba)
Street Stock Consolation(s) as needed (tba)
600 c.c. Modified Consolation(s) as needed (tba)
4 Cylinder Feature (15)
Track Prep – Sportsman on wall – RoC Points Introductions for Sportsman and Street Stocks.
• RoC Sportsman Tour Feature (40)
• 600 c.c. Excel Modified Tour Feature (tba)
• RoC Street Stock Tour Feature (25)
• Tommy Boy 20 For Factory Stocks.
With Wet Weather in the Area and more rain predicted in the Forecast their is no racing this weekend.
The modified tour division will officially open the 2014 season April 6th at Five Mile Point Speedway located in Kirkwood NY. Check for more details later this Week.
The X-Cel 600 Dirt Modified Race Car is all set to go and the 9a team will be back in Action. It is time to forget about this past Winter and get to the point ! Other Dirt racing news below
JOE ‘’GEEZER’’ FANELLI will be strapping into a Late Model at Grandview Speedway for the opener. Geezer has secured a regular Saturday night ride at the Nascar sanction track. The famous driver will be part of a 3 car team and hopes to get his first win in the full fender division in 2014. Other Geezer News “The Strapped In TV Show on BCTV wants to thank Geezer Fanelli for a highly entertaining and informative show. Everything was discussed from his early years as a crew member on the Steve Gross # 62 to his selection as the driver of the 22 late model at Grandview this year and his plans on where to run his Sportsman
Show can be watched on www.bctv.org in Archive status later today.
News from Bridgeport Speedway ”
Bridgeport’s RoC Doug Hoffman Memorial Rescheduled for EasterSunday-April 20
Bridgeport, NJ (March 29, 2014) – With steady rain already postponing Saturday’s original date of Bridgeport Speedway’s 2014 lid lifter, a 90% chance of wet weather predicted for Sunday’s rain date has forced a second postponement of this much anticipated event. With weekly race tracks opening up next weekend and the next two Sundays already holding marquee modified events, it was all but impossible to find a non-conflicting date with surrounding area speedways. After long talks between Bridgeport Speedway and the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour the only date that remained was Sunday, April 20. ”
Motor Sports Show News ”
DATES SET FOR 30TH MOTORSPORTS SHOW, EXHIBITORS ALREADY SIGNING UP
TRENTON, NJ March 27, 2014 . . . Dates for the 30th annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show presented by Sunoco and fueled by Insinger Performance have been set for Friday, January 23 thru Sunday, January 25th. The mid-winter Len Sammons Motorsports Productions happening will again take place at the huge Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
“With this being the 30th edition of the show we will be making plans to have some special events as part of the celebration,” said show promotion Len Sammons who is happy to announce that title sponsorship is already in place. “After the great success of the recent shows interest is running high for the 30th anniversary event.”
Diversified Machine, Inc. (DMI) of Lancaster, PA was so happy with the results of their participation in this year’s show they were first to make sure they had their same location booked for the 2015 show.
Exhibitors from the 2014 show will receive their renewal information in the coming weeks so that they can secure the space they had in that show or make arrangements to move to a different or larger location.
In early April space will be released to exhibitors-at-large and it is expected that the 250,000 square feet of show space will go quickly seeing that it will be the 30th annual show.
“We moved the show back two weeks for 2015,” said Sammons. “These dates seem to be perfect avoiding conflict with NFL playoff football and hopefully Daytona pre-season testing,” commented Sammons. “Now we are going to get busy and work at making the 2015 show the most exciting of all that we have presented. It is going to be a great 30th anniversary celebration with some big surprises to be announced in the coming months.”
Sammons has also announced that Indoor Auto Racing will return to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall the weekend after the Motorsports show with the TQ Midgets as the headliner on Friday, January 30th and 31st 2015.
The official show hotel will be the Crowne Plaza located in nearby King of Prussia, PA. Special show room rates will be announced shortly on the show website.
Information on exhibiting at the 2015 Motorsports Show is available by telephoning Tim Hogue at 609.888.3618 or from our event web-site, aarn.com, when it becomes available.
Those wishing to benefit from marketing through the Motorsports 2015 show can obtain complete details by contacting Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 215.752.7797 or email Esaxton144@aol.com. ”
This Months sponsor Huntington Fuel oil has provided help at the IROC Show in Phillispburg N.J. Please support Huntington Fuel Oil for all your needs !
Abbeys motor is currently getting the Valves adjusted by Doug Borger’s people. While the motor is out of the car everything else is race ready. Once the motor is ready it will go back into the Car. Speaking to Chip they will not be running a practice this weekend. Shippensburg’s practice is in doubt with all the snow and cold so the 9a race team is off till the weather breaks.
Check out the online version of AARN to see a picture of Abbey at the mall show. Abbey Price would also like to than the Pado’s Brothers and Greg Collins of IRCO for the Mall show. Abbey will be back next year with the 2015 version race car. Also expect other news about the Mall show in the next several Months. More Mall Information below. (Thank You)
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The Seventh Annual IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Show Presented By Enterprise Car Sales Concludes With Heartwarming Tribute To Ken Brenn
The IRCO Community Federal Credit Union Seventh Annual Dirt Track Heroes Show presented by Enterprise Car Sales successfully completed it’s week long journey for the racing community yesterday with a heartwarming tribute for Hall of Fame car owner Ken Brenn and the Brenn Family through the efforts of the Flemington Speedway Historical Society. The Saturday event highlighted a tremendous week long show that proved one again the fans come out to see the legendary people that forged the foundation for what racing is all about. The seventh annual edition of the show would not be a successful venture without the sponsorship efforts of IRCO, Smith Fabrications and the Stage One Modifieds, Martocci’s Automotive, Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedways, Kim’s Kreations, R&F International Muffler and Brake, Persa Auto Repair, Murante Auto Repair, Penn Jersey Super Markets and Auto and Enterprise Car Sales. Nightly shows with interviews and 83 race cars provided the race fan a full appetite of racing fun before the regular seasons begins. The Phillipsburg Mall, located on Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, NJ, has proven to be a popular setting for this special event and offered to the fans a multitude of race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the course of the show. The show has continued to be free of charge to the mall traffic since the show’s inception and the 2014 edition of the show is the trend setter of the many shows that are scheduled during the year. Kim’s Kreations Lettering and Apparel was the presenting sponsor for the final day of the show.
Emcees Ed and Steve Pados were spot-on as they opened the final day of the show to a standing room only crowd that even filled the corridors of the extensive mall. They introduced IRCO Vice President Greg Collins to the crowd and Collins once again thanked the local racing community for their solid support and talked of the various offerings from the IRCO group. Collins added the week long show is living the dream for him and for many of the people he spoke to throughout the week. Collins then paid tribute to veteran announcer Bobby Stull, who has been an integral component of the show since the show began in 2008, with a plaque in recognition for his dedication and support of racing and the Dirt Track Heroes Show.
Ed and Steve Pados along with Bobby Stull were honored once again to interview a great panel of driving legends from the local area who came to pay tribute to Ken Brenn. Flemington Speedway Historical Society President Mark Harrington was introduced first as he was instrumental in putting the tribute to Mr.Brenn in motion. The legendary Modified star Stan “The Man” Ploski followed and praised Brenn for the great cars he fielded and the true professional and friend he is. Dennis Tretter, the gentleman who has meticulously restored the Brenn number 35, also spoke of the fact he was happy to restore the race car but for him the bigger thrill was to meet and share lasting memories with Mr. Brenn. Others on hand to pay tribute and have fun in the close to three hour show included Bobby Rossell, Leigh Earnshaw, Dirk Adriannse, Bill Brown, John Bate, Don Kreitz Sr, John Peters, Dennis Smith, Bing Metz, Manny Zilli, Johnny and Thomas Strupp, Tom Ervin, Wyatt Jacobus and Jimmy Maguire. Once completed, Jimmy and Ken Brenn Jr were brought to the stage area and they talked of shared life stories and racing with their father. Ed and Steve Pados added their thoughts on the true mark of the man Mr. Brenn personifies. The man of the hour, Ken Brenn Sr was then introduced to a standing ovation from the crowd and Ken talked about how thankful he was for the tribute and added many more stories about his time in racing and the many friends he has met through his life’s work. The show was fabulous and the Friday and Staruday shows have already been recognized as two of the bets shows witnessed at any shows of this type.
The show has once again been a success and for those who have helped make the show a success, the IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Show staff thanks each and eveyone of you. This has been a year in which many of the local racing community have left us and their passing leaves us with a heavy heart. Some of the drivers that were slated to appear and ran into problems we can only hope to see them next year when the show rolls around. Show Promoter Bob Miller also had to bow out of the weekend when he became ill and we wish him a speedy recovery.
The great fan base of racing came out to this grand Mall event and with a full itinerary of interviews and race cars were transported back to a time when they could hop into their family jitney and travel less than a half hour to witness the excitement of a night at the races. All historical racing groups including Reading, Flemington, Harmony through Greg Collins, Tri State, Friends of Nazareth and Bob Snyder Photos and Snyder Video showed their vast collections of photos and memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks were open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits. More information is available by calling: 443-513-4456.
On display at the Mall included big and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, Micro-Sprints, ARDC Midgets, URC Sprints, TSRS Sprints, Late Models, go-karts, quarter midgets and a broad variety of vintage and restored race cars. New Egypt, Bridgeport, Hamlin, Action Track USA, Borger’s, Oreville, Mahoning, Dorney Park and Snydersville were among the speedways involved with the 2014 show.
The IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Car Show has a must have event T-shirt done exclusively for the show, highlighting many of our racing heroes who have passed away in the past year. The great keepsake event souvenir program book has many great articles regarding our racing heroes. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM and from Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. The event offered to race teams a great opportunity to promote their sponsors and announce their racing plans for the 2014 racing season.
News for the 2015 show will be delivered in a timely manner. Thank you once again to eveyone who came out to play a role in the success of the show and to the fans, “You are the greatest”!
After a great week at the Phillipsburg Mall Show. The 9a racing team, is putting the finishing touches on the X-cel 600 Dirt Modified Racer. If the ground thaws out early expect to see Abbey Price and her Dad tow to practice at Shippensburg Speedway.
Talking to Chip the other day he had a great time at the Mall Show talking to friends, fans and racers that attend the show. His comments when I asked about the give away he said “The Frisbee give away was a success” ! Next year the 9a will be back at the show. With another give away being planned.
The next few weeks the race car is going to have a few minor tweaks before hitting the local Dirt Tracks. Check your calenders and plan to attend the opening of the 2014 Xcel 600 Modified Tour Races. Opening night is April 6,2014 at the Five Mile Point Speedway located in New York State.
The 1/4 Mile Dirt Track always presents a challenge to all X-cel Race Teams. The Five Mile Point Speedway changes constantly because of the multiple divisions or racing. When the weather breaks in early spring the track is different than when teams visit latter in the summer. Because of the moisture and cold that beats up all North East racing tracks in the Winter. Snow has hit in April so their is always a chance of the opener being canceled. Please keep watching for further updates.
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“The Legends Of Racing Rock The Seventh Annual IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Show Presented By Enterprise Car Sales
The IRCO Community Federal Credit Union Seventh Annual Dirt Track Heroes Show presented by Enterprise Car Sales completed the sixth day of the week long journey for the racing community and head into the finale on Saturday with a tribute slated for Ken Brenn Sr and the Brenn Family through the efforts of the Flemington Speedway Racing Historical Society. The Friday event highlighted a tremendous two event day that lasted right up until the Mall closed for the evening. The seventh annual edition of the show will continue through March 8th with sponsorship through IRCO, Smith Fabrications and the Stage One Modifieds, Martocci’s Automotive, Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedways, Kim’s Kreations, R&F International Muffler and Brake, Persa Auto Repair, Murante Auto Repair, Penn Jersey Super Markets and Auto and Enterprise Car Sales. Nightly interviews and 83 race cars provide the race fan a full appetite of racing fun before the regular seasons begins. The Phillipsburg Mall, located on Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, NJ, has proven to be a popular setting for this special event and offers a multitude of race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the course of the show. The show continues to be free of charge to the mall traffic and the 2014 edition of the show is the trend setter of the many shows that are scheduled during the year. Kim’s Kreations Lettering and Apparel will be the presenting sponsor for the final day of the show.
Emcees Ed and Steve Pados opened the show and introduced IRCO Vice President Greg Collins to the crowd. Collins once thanked the local racing community for their support and talked of the various offerings from the IRCO group and once again thanked everyone for their continuous support of the annual event. Penn Jersey Supermarkets and Auto sponsored yesterday’s events and have been a loyal supporter of the event for the past two years.
Ed and Steve Pados along with Bobby Stull were honored to interview a great panel of driving legends from the local area and beyond during the first show. The show played to a full house and in roundtable fashion to allow the fans to connect with the drivers they cheered for when they dominated the local speedway scene. Camping World driving star Sean Corr was on board for both shows as he re-groups for some additional racing this summer on the circuit. The legendary Modified star Bill Wimble also did both shows and sold out the limited number of books he brought in no time flat. Gary Gollub, Dick Quallio, Earl Derr, Red Coffin, Alan Carter, Bruce Young, Sammy Beavers, Ken Brenn Sr, Jimmy Maguire, Glen Ehrhardt, Ward Crozier, and Sonny, Johnny and Thomas Strupp were onboard for one of the best shows ever in the history of the seven year old show. The event marked the first ever appearance for Sonny Strupp and he was well received by the crowd and it was fitting the three generations of the Racing Strupps were in place for the event. The questions and answer period brought many great responses from the drivers and is a lasting memory to their exploits on the speedway. Photographers were also announced to the crowd as Bob Snyder, Ace Lane, Mel Stettler and Mike O’Brien were on hand for the event. Gerald Chamberlain was on his way to the show when his wife Joanne became ill and he returned home. Ronnie Dunstan hit an ice storm in North Carolina and also returned home.
The first show ran into the second show and another talented group of drivers interviewed throughout the duration of the evening. On hand were Carl’ Fuzzy” Van Horn, Bill Wimble, Sean Corr, Gary Gollub, Dick Quallio, Wyatt Jacobus, Jimmy Magurie, Hank Rogers Jr, Lou Zrinski, Ron Lauer, Stephanie Stevens, Bridgeport drivers Mike Barone, Brett Ballard, Matt Budd and Brad Roberts, while PR man Mike Wizniewski represented his drivers and his new firm. ARDC President Sean Burke chatted about his role with the ARDC adn explained the new rules that will govern the 75 year old club in 2014. Gary Mondschein from the Vintage TQ’s talked about his club and the rules governing it and had his two drivers Maguire and Rogers working the room when they were in front of the crowd. Steve Pados also introduced car owner and fabricator George Stevens to the crowd as George continues his recovery from injuries suffered a couple of seasons ago.
A quick reminder to all racing fans there will be a blood drive from Miller-Keystone Blood Center which will take place on Saturday from Noon until 3 PM at the Mall. To make an appointment call: 1-800-223-6667 or to to their website at: www.GIVEaPINT.org
The great fan base of racing can come out to this grand Mall event and be transported back to a time when they could hop into their family jitney and travel less than a half hour to witness the excitement of a night at the races. All historical racing groups including Reading, Flemington, Harmony through Greg Collins, Tri State, Friends of Nazareth and Bob Snyder Photos and Snyder Video will have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits. More information is available by calling: 443-513-4456.
On display at the Mall include big and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, Micro-Sprints, ARDC Midgets, URC Sprints, TSRS Sprints, Late Models, go-karts, quarter midgets and a broad variety of vintage and restored race cars. New Egypt, Grandview, Big Diamond, Bridgeport, Hamlin, Accord, Action Track USA, Borger’s and Snydersville will again be among the many speedways involved with the 2014 show.
The IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Car Show has a must have event T-shirt done exclusively for the show, highlighting many of our racing heroes who have passed away in the past year. The great keepsake event souvenir program book has many great articles regarding our racing heroes. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM and from Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. The event offers race teams a great opportunity to promote their sponsors and announce their racing plans for the 2014 racing season.
March 2,2013 is the opening day for the IROCO Phillisbug Mall Show. Abbey Price Racing will be on hand with Chip, Abbey Price and supporters of the 9a X-cel 600 Chassis Dirt Modified team. They will be passing out free Frisbee’s to people who show up at the Mall Show tomorrow. The supply is limited so stop by and say Hello. It is a good way to beat the Winter blues with a Snow storm approaching later in the day ! Spring is around the corner and the 9a is just about ready to hit the clay in a few weeks. More information below from Steve Pados.
The March 2nd opening of the show will feature tributes to two of the grittiest but always
entertaining dirt tracks, the Nazareth National Speedway and the Nazareth Speedway. The often
referred to “Big Track” at Nazareth enjoyed a few lives, first as a dirt facility and then the move to
a pavement surface when the speedway was purchased by Roger Penske. Although the the now
dormant facility remains visible, the years of inactivity have taken their toll on the speedway but
for the fans that witnessed the great racing there, they can more than likely remember each pass
and each winner of the events they saw while it was active. Much the same can be said for the
half mile speedway as many of us racing fans lived for Sunday nights and a quick ride in the
family truckster to take in a show at Jerry Fried’s race track. The speedway closed in 1988 and
left the landscape shortly thereafter for a super market and strip mall that was built over-top the
old raceway. Even though the years have rolled by us in swift fashion, those of us who remember
the racing action and the excitement caused by the great driving stars who competed there, the
opening of the IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Show allows each one of us to chat and listen to many of
our racing heroes as the opening day takes us back to a time when life was far more carefree,
the racing was far more affordable and the world in general was in a far better state of affairs
than it is in present day form.
With a great group of stars contacted for the event, it is with great anticipation the show will kick
off and headlining the opening day will be five time Whelen Modified Tour Champion Tony
Hirschman. Tony began his successful racing career at the Dorney Park Speedway in Allentown,
Pennsylvania and quickly moved through the ranks of the racing world by capturing two
championships at the Mahoning Valley Speedway in back to back seasons 1977-1978 and two
titles at the Mountain Speedway in 1978-1980. Tony followed up by moving into the Whelen
Modified Tour ranks as he raced alongside the best of the best the pavement Modified world
had to offer. Tony earned his first series title in 1995 and captured additional series titles in
1996, 1999, 2004 and 2005. Tony captured ROC titles in 1989 and 1997 and has won numerous
awards for his great performances on the race track. While only competing in occasional races
currently, Tony still shows the moxie and the necessary talent to get the job done on the race
track as evidenced by his second place run in 2011 at the Race of Champions event at Oswego
Speedway. In 2003 Tony was named as one of the top NASCAR Modified drivers of all-time
earning the number six slot on the list of driving greats. Tony earned Rookie of the Year honors in
the Busch East Series in 1992 and captured the Richie Evans Performance Award in 1996.
Proving the apple does not fall far from the tree, Matt Hirschman followed in his Dad’s footsteps
in racing and quickly earned high marks for his prowess on the race track and just as his father
did, Matt has driven with the same extreme patience and style as his Dad and never the abuses
the racing equipment he goes to the speedway with. In 2013 Matt captured the ROC Pavement
Title for the sixth time in his young career and Matt enjoyed his best season behind the wheel as
he captured 20 feature wins, most of them big dollar payout events. Matt captured the Turkey
Derby at Wall Stadium, won a 10G event at Seekonk, pocketed six G’s from a Star Speedway
triumph, has captured the North-South Shoot-Out event five times, captured King of the Mountain
at Mountain Speedway for three straight years and earned eight wins in ten events to dominate
the ROC Series. Matt already has some races under his belt in 2014 having recently returned
from Florida where he finished in the top five in points. Matt will be returning to the NASCAR
Whelan Modified Tour with the 2014 season.
Along with the Hirschman Family a strong list of racing legends has been contacted for the event
and heading up the stellar list is Carl “Fuzzy” Van Horn, Richard “The King” Marinelli, Leroy
Amey, Carl Collis, Bob Rossell, Sammy Beavers, Randy Bok, Bill Wilson, Dan Huston, Del
Buss, Joe Poliacik, Johnny Strupp,Butch Tittle, George Wambold, Russ Meyer, Whitey
Kerschner, Ward Crozier, Richie Smith, Jack Zeiner, Tommy Vroom and many more who
worked their magic on the speedway.
The longtime broadcasting team of Ed and Steve Pados from Gasoline Alley fame, veteran
announcer Bobby Stull and former Lake Mocatek co-announcer Justin Beltrame will once again
head up the nightly interview sessions. Collins, who serves as the noted historian of the
Harmony Speedway, is expected to have much of his memorabilia from the Harmony Speedway
for the event and Beltrame will once again spearhead and show the vast collection of Lake
Mocatek material he has collected over the years.
Additional highlights and services for this year’s edition of the show will include a visit from Ms. Motorsports Cassi Pinder and Little Ms. Motorsports Ava Horvath on Tuesday night March 4th.
Miller-Keystone Blood Center has partnered with IRCO to institute a blood drive at the Phillipsburg Mall on Saturday, March 8th, from 12 Noon until 3 PM.
The “Golden Era” of auto racing from the late fifties through the early eighties was an era that saw many changes take place in the way the race cars were constructed. The word “stock” gave way to ingenuity at first and followed closely by technology as the race cars became less stock appearing and relied more heavily on the latest speed part that would make the race car go faster. While the years have changed the look and the cost of racing, the spirit of the competition remains much as it was when racing in the local area was launched. The great fan base of racing can come out to this grand Mall event and be transported back to a time when they could hop into their family jitney and travel less than a half hour to witness the excitement of a night at the races. All historical racing groups including Reading, Flemington, Harmony, Dorney Park and Nazareth will have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits.
In the previous events, cars that were on display included big and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, Micro-Sprints, ARDC Midgets, URC Sprints, TSRS Sprints, Late Models, go-karts, quarter midgets and a wide range of vintage and restored race cars. New Egypt, Grandview, Big Diamond, Bridgeport, Hamlin, Accord, Action Track USA, Borger’s and Snydersville will again be among the many speedways involved with the 2014 show. The week-long event will set aside one evening to salute the “Stars of Tomorrow” with a special night set aside for the budding young racing talents competing with the many quarter midget clubs in the area and this night has proven to be one of the highlights of the week as many will be giving their first ever interviews to a sizable crowd.
IRCO Community Federal Credit Union remains the show sponsor and has supported the event since the it first opened in 2008. More information on IRCO is available at the company’s web site at: www.ircocu.com or please contact Greg Collins via e-mail at: email@example.com
The IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will again offer a great keepsake event souvenir program book and shirt. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM and from Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. The event offers race teams a great opportunity to promote their sponsors and announce their racing plans for the 2014 racing season.
Seventh Annual IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Car Show
Abbey Price Racing will be attending this event
2014 Schedule of Events
Sunday- March2 – (Starting at 1:00) – Dirt Track Heroes Car Show Opening Ceremony with Driver Interviews and Autograph Session: Highlighting Nazareth And Nazareth National Speedways with Reading, Harmony, Orange County, Hatfield, Dorney Park, Flemington, East Windsor, Moc-A-Tek and Hinchliffe Stadium
Monday- March 3 (4:30) Racing Fans Memories/Open Forum
(6:30 PM) Saluting Action Track USA, SpeedSTRS, Mountain Speedway, ATQMRA, Borgers Speedway, Shellhamers Speedway, Snydersville Raceway, X-Cel 600 Modifieds, Oreville Karts
Tuesday- March 4 (4:30) Racing Fans Memories/Open Forum
(6:30 PM)- Saluting the Stars of Tomorrow featuring all Quarter Midget Clubs: Oaklane, Blue Mountain, Lehigh Valley, West End Raceway, Keystone, Phoenixville, South Jersey and Garden State Quarter Midget Clubs
Wednesday- March 5 (4:30) Racing Fans Memories/Open Forum
(6:30 PM) -Saluting Hamlin Speedway Open Wheel Divisions, New Egypt and Wall Stadium and the Legends of the East Windsor Speedway – Invitation to the Garden State Vintage Racing Club
Thursday- March 6- (4:30) Racing Fans Memories/Open Forum
(6:30 PM) Saluting Hamlin Speedway Slingshot Divisions and Stage One Modifieds, Bridgeport Speedway, Mahoning Speedway, Accord Speedway and Orange County Fair Speedway
Friday – March 7 (Tentative) 1st Show (4 p.m.) Special Edition The Legends of Racing with many Legendary stars from Nazareth, Reading and Flemington expected to participate
2nd Show (6:30 PM) Salute to Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, Grandview Speedway, Big Diamond Speedway, ARDC Midgets, URC, TSRS and CRSA Sprint Cars
Saturday – March 8- (1 PM) - Tribute to the racing Brenn Family-Flemington Speedway & Flemington Speedway Historical Society. Harmony Speedway and Nazareth Speedways
Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. –
*Schedule subject to change