Phillipsburg Mall show March 1-7,2015



Local racing fans in the Tri-State area will once again have the capacity to take a short ride and take in the sights of the new race cars being prepared for the 2015 racing season. The Phillipsburg Mall is prepped and polished to welcome in the 2015 edition of the popular eighth edition of the IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Show. The Phillipsburg Mall is located off Route 22 in Phillipsburg, New Jersey and opening day is set for Sunday, March 1st with a salute to all of the racetracks with a special emphasis on the great racing that took place at the speedways located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, including the half mile, and both the paved and dirt versions of the larger National speedway which closed after the 2004 racing season. The show will end on March 7th.

The past, present and the future of auto racing is visited and well represented throughout the show and has always encompassed the majority of the local short track scene. The show will be open to all ages whether they are racers or fans and are more than welcome to come every day of the show as each day of the show will feature auotgraph and interview sessions with the some of the great legends of racing as well as the budding new talent which will keep racing flourishing for many years to come.

Event organizer Bob Miller remarked, “It is with great pleasure we will return once again to the Phillipsburg Mall and we are proud to host the IRCO Dirt Track Heroes Show for all of our great racing fans in the Tri-State area. It is hard to believe this is the eighth year for us doing the show but from day one we have enjoyed putting the event together and still witnessing the solid support from the drivers, owners, fans and all of the historical racing groups and current day speedways.” Miller further added, “Our staff is busy working on the schedule and and very shortly will have it posted for everyone to make plans to attend.”

The Phillipsburg, New Jersey based IRCO Community Federal Credit Union will once again add their solid support to the event. IRCO has been on board since the inception of the show and the IRCO staff will be handing out information regarding their services throughout the event. Greg Collins, the vice president at IRCO as well as the noted historian of the Harmony Speedway remarked, “I always look forward to this great event as being a boy sitting in the stands at the Harmony Speedway, I cheered for many of the driving legends who come out and support the show. For me it is like life coming full circle and adds the ultimate fond memories we will hold on to for the rest of our lives. I can’t wait for the show to begin.”

The Phillipsburg Mall will see a full display of race cars from all divisions of racing including both dirt and pavement cars as well as go karts and quarter midgets and everything in between. As racing fans we will preserve all of the memories from seeing the legends race and gaining far more knowledge when the fans have the opportunity to chat with many of the legendary drivers who will be making special appearances at the Mall during the week long event. All historical racing groups including Reading, Flemington, Harmony 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.

The fans can visit the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show and on any given night, meet the guys and gal drivers who pilot these four-wheel high-powered race cars. Many race tracks participate in this event as a way to distribute their yearly racing schedules for the upcoming season and to meet and greet their loyal fans and hopefully win over some new fans to attend racing events at their respective facilities. The show remains free to the public as it has been since first landing at the Phillipsburg Mall eight years ago.

In previous events, cars on display included big block and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, all divisions of Micro-Sprints, ARDC Midgets, all divisions of Sprint Cars, Slingshots, Stage One Modifieds, X-Cel Modifieds, Late Models, SpeedSTRS, Go-Karts and a broad variety of vintage and restored race cars. New Egypt, Bridgeport, Hamlin, Accord, Action Track USA, Borger’s and Snydersville will again be among the many speedways involved with the 2015 edition of the show. The week-long event will set aside one evening to salute the “Stars of Tomorrow” with a special night 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 of the youngsters will be giving their first ever interviews to a large crowd.

For the eighth consecutive year, former Gasoline Alley show hosts Ed and Steve Pados will host the nightly events and interviews along with longtime racing personality Bobby Stull and former Lake Mocatek Speedway co-announcer Justin Beltrame.

The 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; Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. For Dirt Track Heroes information, contact show organizers Bob and Donna Miller by phone at: 443 513 4456, via e-mail at: or at their website:

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2014 End of Racing Season – November racing news

The 2014 racing season has concluded for the Abbey Price Racing Team. The 9a X-cel 600 Dirt Modified Racing team is done for the Season after a visit to North Carolina last weekend.

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The team was able to run a race in the #24 midget pictured above. The weekend was a great learning experience for the team as they get ready for 2015. Two new cars will be in the stable. The Midget once it is completed and a 2015 X-cel 600 Dirt Modified racer. The next few weeks the team will be buys with the Holidays around the corner. This Thanksgiving don’t forget to take time with your friends and family. Other news below.

This weekend at Wall NJ is the Turkey Derby a fun weekend of Pavement Modifieds at the High Bank Pave 1/3 Mile track. Than indoor racing takes place with the Battle of Trenton in December featuring TQ’s and Slingshots. In 2015 is the 30th Anniversary Motorsports show. Abbey and Chip will be in attendance for the show.

DICK BERGGREN TO BE PART OF PPB MOTORSPORTS 2015 RACE CAR AND TRADE SHOW AT GREATER PHILADELPHIA EXPO CENTER, JAN. 23-25 . . . Dr. Dick Berggren has so much knowledge of motorsports, so many experiences and the ability to share all that with fans of the sport. He will be doing just that when he appears at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2015 fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show set for January 23-25th at the spacious Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

The former FOX Network NASCAR pit reporter (2001-2012) will be doing an on-stage discussion and taking questions from what is expected to be a large turnout of race fans. In addition the former publisher of the well-respected Speedway Illustrated magazine will sign autographs.

Berggren will be able to talk about his 26 feature wins as a racer (1967-1981), his work as a writer for local newspapers, his time with Stock Car Racing magazine while he was teaching at Emmanuel College and his time with FOX.

Also he will share with everyone the plans for the North East Motor Sports Museum which will be built on property leased from New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Berggren is the president of the Racing History Preservation Group and a driving force behind the planned 10,000 square foot museum.

“The goal of the museum is to cover all aspects of motorsports from this area, not just NASCAR or drag racing but any and all racing that has taken place in the New England area,” said Berggren. More details can be found at

As part of an effort to raise funds for the museum Berggren will also spend time in the Coastal 181 display area and will be happy to sign copies of a new book “A History of Auto Racing in New England.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the show. Part of the proceeds from the book will go to the museum.

The book, including more than 400 photos, is available for just $34.95 plus $6 S&H from or telephone 877.907.8181. A great Christmas gift idea.

Berggren will be one of many well-known personalities involved with motorsports along with popular competitors that will be part of the three day show that offers just about everything imaginable in motorsports in 250,000 square feet of well-planned show space. More than 200 motorsports vehicles will be on display including a large selection of historic, collectible, classic, vintage and current unique race cars.

Complete details on the show, celebrating its 30th anniversary, can be found at

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Asphalt Midget Racing this Weekend

Midgets on Pavement  Abbey Price and the 9a Race Team will be towing South to race in the USAC Ford Focus series. This is Abbey’s first attempt to compete in the type of race car. Speaking to Chip Price “the midget they were going to run has been delayed” till 2015. Instead another car is available for use.

Coming Soon Abbey's new ride

Coming Soon
Abbey’s new ride

The X-cel racer was dropped off at Doug Borger’s shop and Chip was heading up to Sussex County to pick up the Ford Focus powered racer. Chip is eager to see how Abbey handles the car this coming weekend. This weekend will be a learning experience for next season.
The races are a championship race for the USAC Series on the largest track they compete on. Abbey will run the race starting off as a Rookie again. The 9a team wants to Thank their sponsors and the car owner for a ride this weekend. Visit Southern National Speedway in North Carolina for more details

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Race Results from Nov 8,2014

The 9a Race team towed to the Five Mile Point Speedway to race the feature in the the X-cel 600 Modifieds. This was a non tour race, that team decided to compete in the last few days.
Speaking to Chip Price earlier in the week Abbey would run the car in the feature as another driver would try the car out in the heats. A future – 6oo team moving up from another class.

Abbey’s car was not race ready earlier in the week since the regular season had ended a few weeks earlier. A new race car is on order for the 2015 Season. Chip had to put a bent racer together between a very busy work schedule.

It all paid off as Abbey finished the race in 4th place at Five Mile Point Speedway last night. Abbey finished the 2014 Season in the top 10 in X-cel points. Abbey’s Xcel 600 Season is now complete because no other tracks have the X-cels on there Schedule. Look forward to a Season ending recap in the next few weeks. – Race results below –

Will Eastman, Mike Burrows, Joe McCable, Abby Price, Jamie Frantz, Matt Colwell, Jim Ayre, Mark Howanitz, Billy Koch, Aj Miller, Drew Fallis, Grant Schibilia, Cj Jochum, Barry Lee, John Ayre, Steve Sherwood, Joey Josko, Tom Shiner, Shawn Horning, Doug Windhausen, Kyle Fallis, Dana Davis, Brian Brinker, Andy Bowes

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Racing Schedule October 2014

Just 3 races in October for the Tour races and announcement. This Friday & Saturday coming up the X-cel 600 chassis dirt modified tour will head to Five Mile Point Speedway to race on the fast 1/4 mile Dirt Track. Abbey Price and her dad Chip will tow the potent 9a racer up North for the weekend race. Other tour racers will be on hand including Bowes, Hitzler, Eastman, and more for the Final weekend at Five Mile Point. Then the x-cel series will head to Penn Can later in the Month for King of the Can where Abbey will defend her title. This will be the last tour race of the season. Abbey hopes to finish in the top 10 in the 2014 final points run down.

Now for two announcements. First is Abbey is celebrating a Birthday today “Happy Birthday” ! The second announcement is the Ford Focus Midget, will make its debut at the Nationals in North Carolina on November 7,2014 this will be her race in the Series. That will also conclude her 2014 racing season.

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Points update & more

With the Sumer racing season complete and the Fall big events left on the Schedule. It is time to see the official top 10 in points OFFICIAL TOUR POINTS AS OF SEPTEMBER 27TH
1 AARON BOWES 64 NAZARETH 2519 Leader 2 RICHIE HITZLER 9 2293 -226 3 MICHAEL BURROWS 55 ANNVILLE PA 2252 -267 4 JONATHAN PEPE 17,08V OREFIELD PA 2055 -464 5 JOSH PEPE 27 NAZARETH PA 2031 -488 6 IAN WILLIAMSON 10 1820 -699 7 JONATHAN JOSKO (R) 08 TELFORD 1790 -729 8 KAMDIN MABY 56K LANESBORO 1771 -748 9 ABBEY PRICE 9A 1723 -796 10 NATHAN BRINKER 14N NAZARETH 1676 -843

Abbey Price sits in the 9th Position. The Season had been good so far for the young driver in the X-cel 600 Modified Tour Series on the tough North East Dirt Circuit. A few mechanical problems led to DNF”s that caused Abbey to drop back in the points chase a few times this season. Abbey was not able to attend a tour race two weeks ago due to a Family Function. With the Five Mile Point tour race the 9a team will be looking to move up in points.

Most teams will be glad when the Season is over but not Abbey and the 9a team. The Talented racer will be in the hunt for more top finishes before the 2014 season draws to an End. Don’t Forget some of our sponsors that keep Abbey Price on the dirt tracks.

• Hat Creek Retrievers • N&P-P Co. • Huntington Oil Company • Joel Renner Power Washing • Signature Structures LLC
• D C Helms Inc • Dr. Kathleen Fallon-Kline

Five Mile Point Speedway info.
American Racer Cup Weekend Schedule of Events & Pricing Friday, October 10
4 p.m. – Pit gates open
4:45 p.m. – Grandstand gates open 4:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Open practice for Saturday teams
7:00 p.m. – RoC Sportsman, XCel 600 Modified & IMCA Modified Tour hot laps
7:30 p.m. – RoC Sportsman Guaranteed Starters Race (all Grandview Sportsman non/qualifiers top 2 transfer) followed by – Qualifying begins for RoC Sportsman, XCel 600 Modifieds, Factory Stocks & IMCA Modified Tour – $1,000 to win American Racer Cup Sportsman Champions Dash (practice sessions for Modifieds will be worked into the program as time permits). Features for RoC Sportsman, Factory Stocks, XCel 600 Modifieds & IMCA Modified Tour to follow
Friday Grandstand Admission: Adults – $12; Seniors (ages 65 and over): $10 – Students (ages 13-17): ONLY $5; Kids 12 and under are FREE The Amazing Family Five Pack Deal – two Adult tickets, three Senior/Student tickets, five hot dogs and five sodas – $30
Friday Pit Admission: $30 (backstretch pit for Sportsman, Factory Stocks, XCel 600 Modifieds & IMCA- Modified Tour Race.

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Linda Speedway Results Sept 28,2014

Abbey 2014 Wow what a night that night at the Leon Grubber memorial race at Linda’s Speedway.

Abbey was surprised by a whole trailer load of friends and family including her mom. This had Abbey all amped up and driving hard.

Time trials did not go as well as planned. 34 cars and we timed 24. Last race at Linda’s we discovered the perfect setup for the feature. Now my note book will also read to loose for time trials.

Starting 7 of 10 in heat. 9a drove to staging area but would not fire for heat race. No start for us, fuel relay bad. Now Abbey really has pressure with showing her family and friends what she does.

Rich hitzler along with half the pits worked to get that problem solved. Thank you

Abbey rolls out in last chance consi 18th of 18. 12 laps top 8 move on. She had a provisional in her back pocket to move on. I told her her options, take green and pull off, run some laps and pull off or get better than 8 to improve her starting position as you are points racing sitting in the top 10 overall.

Abbey ran hard in consi Abbey was in 6th passing for 5th when she got her car I. The marbles on the last lap and lost just enough positions and needed to use her provisional anyway.

Started the feature in 26th. Ran a great race. Abbey was in 10th with under 5 to go. Multiple restarts shuffled her to a respectable 12th place finish. She was exhausted after the race and left everything on the track. 62 laps at Linda’s in a short period of time takes heart. Good job Abbey you made everyone proud!! Post provided by Abbey Price racing.

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Thunder Mountain Speeway results

Abbey and the 9a race team headed to the Thunder Mountain Speedway on Sunday night. A great run in the heat race set Abbey up for the feature event. The track did not change in the direction Chip wanted. Setting up the car for dry slick conditions never happened. Instead a tacky smooth track presented Abbey with a challenge. In the feature at the drop of the green there was a tangle. Abbey had to start in the back. Once the green came out Abbey charged her way to the front. Late in the feature Abbey spun and went to the rear again. This time Abbey charged her way towards the front again but ran out of time.  She was passing 1-2 cars a lap as the checkered waived. The results do not show it was a fun productive night. Abbey wants to Thank all  her fans , sponsors and family for the support this season. Next up for the X-cel 600 modifieds are races at Path Valley  this Saturday Sept 2 , 2014 and the following week at Linda’s Speedway… Official  Points and race run  down below….

XCel 600 Modified Feature (20 laps): RICHIE HITZLER, Kamdin Maby, Aaron Bowes, Will Eastman, Ian Williamson, Michael Burrows, Doug Windhausen, Jamie Frantz, Abbey Price, A.J. Miller, Bud Leizaer, Matt Colwell, Jon Josko, Shawn Schibilia, Damon Decker.

Press release 600 story from Brett Deyo Promotions ” Richie Hitzler of Lebanon, Pa., annexed the 20-lap XCel 600 Modified event. Hitzler, the leader of a four-car tussle in the final laps, bested Kamdin Maby, Aaron Bowes, Will Eastman and Ian Williamson to the line. XCel 600 Modified heat winners were Eastman and Bowes. ”

1 AARON BOWES 64 NAZARETH 2219 Leader 2 MICHAEL BURROWS 55 ANNVILLE PA 2090 -129 3 RICHIE HITZLER 9 2088 -131 4 JONATHAN PEPE 17,08V OREFIELD PA 1935 -284 5 JOSH PEPE 27 NAZARETH PA 1781 -438 6 IAN WILLIAMSON 10 1635 -584 – WILL EASTMAN 120 UNADILLA NY 1635 -584 8 JONATHAN JOSKO (R) 08 TELFORD 1630 -589 9 ABBEY PRICE 9A 1625 -594 10 KAMDIN MABY
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I-88 results & Racing at Thunder Mnt.

The 9a race team of Abbey and Chip Price towed up to the 1-88 Speedway Friday night for the X-cel 600 Modified tour race. The car went out in the heat race will a gearing package, Chip wanted to try out on  the Dirt oval. The car handle great on the dirt track but the experiment lead to interesting results.  So some new notes to were added  as, the potent 600 modified racer, never got the chance to move forward in the heat race.

Come feature time the NJ based race team would start the feature in 15th place. Changes had been made to make the 9a competitive in the main event.. Abbey started in the 15th position and was eager for the race to begin. The green flag was dropped and Abbey was on the move, passing one car by another Abbey moved into 6th position and was on the hunt for a top 5 finish.

Suddenly a car in front spun out, and Abbey was collected in the skirmish. The yellow drop and the 9a racer had a chain issue causing the night to come to an  end.  The 9a was inspected in the pits and needs roof and bumper repairs. The weekend is not lost ! Chip was going to fix the body and bumpers today!

The 9a will be staying in New York to run the Thunder Mountain Speedway this Sunday night ! Congratulations to Aaron Bowes on your Win last night at the I-88 Speedway.

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Don’t forget Racing tonight

I-88 is still on tonight for the X-cel 600 Modifieds the Gates are open !!

Admission info – Gate and concessions open at 4:00, hot laps at 6:15, racing at 7:00 pm. Admission: Adult (age 15 and older) $10.00, Youth (age 9 to 14) $5, Children 8 and under free. Family Fun 5 Pack: 2 Adult and 3 Youth (under 14) admission, 5 hot dogs and 5 sodas for $35. Directions below

Directions – From I-88

The I-88 Speedway is located just off of I-88, Exit 7, in Afton, NY. At the end of the off ramp take a left on NY Rte 41 South. The entrance is on the left.

The physical address of the Afton Fairgrounds and I-88 Speedway is 46 East Main Street, Afton, NY 13730

From State Route 7

If traveling in on Route 7 you need to watch for the sign for Route 41 South. The intersection is right in town. If coming from Nineveh, Harpursville and points west of Afton this will be a right hand turn. If coming from Bainbridge, Sidney and points east of Afton this will be a left hand turn. Once turning onto Rt 41 South you will go under a railroad bridge, and then over the bridge spanning the Susquehanna River. Continue following signs for Rt 41 South. It is only about 100 yards after the bridge that you follow 41 south to the right. The entrance is on the left.

From Route 41
If traveling in from the north (Oxford, Norwich) on Route 41 you just need to stay on Route 41 through town. You will cross over Rt 7 in town and then go under the railroad bridge, over the Susquehanna and then take a right turn to stay on Rt 41, a couple hundred yards and the entrance is on the left.

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