March Racing Roundtable This Sunday
York Springs, Pa. – This Saturday, March 19, the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will host the March racing roundtable. This month the roundtable discussion will cover racing in Pennsylvania's coal region.
John Marks will host the roundtable. The coal region, stretching from Hamburg northwards to Pottsville and Hazleton, was home to a variety of former racing operations. Tracks such as Circle M Ranch, Mahanoy City, Anthracite, Gold Mine, Fort Lebanon, Mt. Carbon, and Brandonville were part of an active racing scene in the coal region. The roundtable will commence at 1 p.m. and will end at 3 p.m. The event will be held on the museum's second floor.
The new Eastern Museum of Motor Racing research room is near completion. Due to the diligent help of volunteers, the moving of racing material into the new room is near completion. The room will also contain displays of racing machinery.
The dedication of the new research facility will occur on Sunday, April 2. The dedication will begin at 1 p.m.
EMMR is currently on a winter schedule, with the facility open to the public on Fridays only. The museum will switch to the summer schedule on Saturday, April 1. At that time the museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
10TH ANNUAL QUAKER STEAK & LUBE DIRT TRACK HEROES EVENT OPENS MARCH 5TH, HONORING TIGH SCOTT & LEW BOYD
The countdown has begun for the popular tenth edition of the week long Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show for 2017 and the hard-working staff has been burning the midnight oil to put all of the necessary pieces in place to produce another great show. The successful event will begin its week long run at the Phillipsburg Mall, located off Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, beginning on Sunday, March 5th and will run through Saturday, March 11th. The upcoming show encompasses the majority of the local short track scene and has become a must go to event in the local Tri-State area. Quaker Steak & Lube, located a mile East of the Phillipsburg Mall on Route 22, is the lead sponsor for the event and along with IRCO and a host of great associate sponsors, are showcasing the exciting week of activities at the Mall. The event hits a milestone in 2017 with the tenth edition of the show having a very special meaning to the hard working staff, who for the most part, have been on board since the initial phone conversations and meetings put the pulse and excitement into the show. The show continues to be FREE to the public.
Before or after the show throughout the week, Quaker Steak & Lube encourages the Mall goers to stop in before or after the show to enjoy a tremendous diverse variety of entrees and their famous wings and sauces to get re-charged and re-charged for the week long of events scheduled at the Mall.
The headline show of the opening day will be the gathering of racing legends at approximately 1 PM to talk about their racing days at the Nazareth 1/2 mile and Nazareth National Speedways and Dorney Park to honor Modified/NASCAR legend, "The Pride of Pen Argyl" Tighe Scott and well noted author/publisher/racer Lew Boyd, who wrote "Paved Track/Dirt Track" and the Bill Wimble book, "I'll Never Be Last Again."
Scott came up through the Sportsman ranks, quickly moved into the Modifieds and jumped into the limelight by scoring eleven wins at Nazareth in 1975-76. Wanting to do more in racing, Scott punched a ticket for a ride in one of Walter Ballard's race cars to go and compete in the NASCAR elite division. Scott found success in the series and earned a sixth place finish in the 1979 Daytona 500. Scott also found good success on the Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car circuit and came back to the Modified wars to finish his career in racing. Scott went on to become a very successful businessman and entrepreneur in his hometown of Pen Argyl where he still has residence to this day.
Lew Boyd is a New Englander who raced with success throughout the Northeast steering Modifieds and cut downs as they called the cars in the New England area. Lew, Dick Berggren and Bruce Cohen formed the "Jewish Lightning Team" for racing and would later promote the very first "Spring Sizzler" at the Stafford Springs Speedway in 1972. While still competing, Lew began to get the urge to write about his racing exploits as he raced against some of the very best in the Modified world. His first book, "They Called Me The Shoe" was highly regarded and would be the basis for many great books that came out of his Coastal 181 publishing house and "Paved Track/Dirt Track" is a great book about two competing Sunday night venues one in Old Bridge, New Jersey and the other in Nazareth, Pennsylvania brought Lew and the Pados Brothers together and Lew paid a couple of visits to their Gasoline Alley TV/Internet program.
Lew along with the late Bill Wimble, brought Bill's story to life with "I'll Never Be Last Again" and the book is a great tribute to the poor dairy farmer who not only became a champion racer but a successful businessman and great gentleman. Lew and his wife Cary head up Coastal 181 and offer the very best regarding stories for racers. the website is: www.coastal181.com
For the tenth consecutive year, IRCO Community Federal Credit Union will once again lend their solid support to the popular show. IRCO was formed in 1966 and has grown in leaps and bounds to it's present state today. The Saint John's Angels Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society group and will be selling backed goods and their purple ribbon-branded merchandise throughout the duration of the show.
The Phillipsburg Mall has proven to be a popular setting for this special event and will once again offer many varieties of new and vintage race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the Mall for the duration of the show's run. The nine previous shows have brought out race cars from all divisions of motorsports filling the Mall space as the past, present and future of racing have been highlighted in a week long show celebrating the love each of us has found in attending races and meeting so many wonderful people associated with the sport. With an exciting and diverse schedule of events to whet the appetite of any true race fan, large crowds are expected to flock to the show to fill the wide walkways of the Phillipsburg Mall for the upcoming ninth edition of the show. This event is truly a Mall favorite and one of the leading attractions, continuously drawing outstanding crowds and successful events promoter Bob Miller and his wife Donna spearhead the hard working staff of individuals responsible for the continued success of the show.
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 Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes information, contact show organizers Bob and Donna Miller by phone at: 443-513-4456, via e-mail at: TOTHILL98@aol.com or at their website: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com. You may also contact Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tenth Annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Car Show
2017 Schedule of Events
Sunday- March 5 - (Starting at 1:00) – Enterprise Car Sales, Jeff’s Automotive and Huston’s Automotive presents Dirt Track Heroes Car Show Opening Ceremony honoring racing legend Tighe Scott and author Lew Boyd (Paved Track/Dirt Track) with Driver Interviews and Autograph Session: Saluting Nazareth Speedways and Dorney Park Speedway
Monday- March 6 – (6:30 PM) – Alex’s Tire/Breidinger’s Speed Shop and Murante’s Auto Repair presents Straight Line Fever Drag Racing Night featuring Island Dragway, Harmony, Old Bridge and Mountain View Dragway
Tuesday- March 7 – (6:30 PM) Adam’s Brothers Used Auto Parts and Persa’s Auto Repair presents the “Stars of Tomorrow” featuring all Quarter Midget Clubs: Blue Mountain, Lehigh Valley, West End Raceway, Keystone, Oaklane, Phoenixville, South Jersey and Garden State
Wednesday- March 8 – (6:30 PM) – Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedways and Smith Fabrication/Stage One Modifieds presents Hamlin Speedway all divisions, Snydersville Raceway, Mahoning Speedway, Accord Speedway, and Orange County Fair Speedway
Thursday- March 9- (6:30)- Searock Fabrication & Speed Supplies and Ralph’s Radiator presents New Egypt, Bridgeport, Grandview, Big Diamond Raceway and X-Cel Modifieds
Friday - March 10 – (1st Show (4 p.m.) – Premio Foods & RF International Muffler presents Special Edition “The Legends of Racing” honoring Grand Marshal Sammy Beavers with many legendary stars from Reading, Nazareth, Harmony and Flemington expected to participate.
Second Show- (6:30 PM)- Martocci Automotive, Dean’s Auto Sports and Carl’s Auto Repair & Chrin’s Automotive presents Salute to Open Wheel Racing Divisions-Thunder on the Hill, ATQMRA, ARDC Midgets, Action Track USA, Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Sprint Cars, 358 and 360 Sprint Car Divisions
Saturday - March 11 - (1:00) –-Premio Foods and Enterprise Car Sales presents Special Tribute to Open Wheel Racing Legends from 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
Open Cockpit Cars and Drivers Highlight Flemington Speedway Historical Society Display at Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show
Phillipsburg, NJ -- Flemington Speedway Historical Society (FSHS) will once again provide an anchor display at Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Car Show. For the tenth consecutive year, Phillipsburg Mall, Route 22 East, Phillipsburg, NJ is the venue for the week long extravaganza. It opens Sunday, March 5 and closes Saturday, March 11.
More than 18 race cars will be part of the FSHS exhibit, which highlights open cockpit sprint cars and midgets. Among the sprint cars will be the Weikert/Doug Wolfgang #29, Smokey Snellbaker #56, Billy Pauch #1, Dave Kelly #17, the White Phantom #63, and others. The midget display will include the Paul Kuhl #8, the Ken Brenn #35 and several TQ midgets, just to name a few. In addition, the Richie Evans #61, the Paul Deasey #707, the Dick Havens #93, and the Ken Brenn #24 stock cars will be on display, and many more.
The FSHS exhibit will feature vintage racing movies, along with the tables and walls filled with photos, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia. Flemington Speedway personalities will be visiting the FSHS display all week.
Friday. March 10th, two "Legends of Racing" shows will be presented 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm, honoring former Flemington competitor and Grand Marshall Sammy Beavers, and featuring many dirt modified stars who competed at Flemington and other dirt tracks.
Saturday, March 11th, a "Special Tribute to Open Wheel Racing Legends" from Flemington Speedway will start at 1:00 pm. Drivers attending include Bob Cicconi, Lou Cicconi, Ronnie Dunstan, Drew Fornoro, Bing Metz, Garry Gollub, and Stan Lobitz, just to name a few. This is sure to be a lively reminiscing session.
Flemington Speedway Historical Society, Inc. is a public charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. FSHS's mission is to preserve, protect, and document the history of the Flemington Fairgrounds and Speedway. Please visit the Flemington Speedway Historical Society Facebook page or the website at www.flemingtonspeedwayhistoricalsociety.com.
DCRP & Longdale Speedway Working Together to Better Racing in the Region
Lonnie Wheatley, DODGE CITY, Kan. (February 16, 2017) – In an era in which some racetracks seem to come and go on a frequent basis, the two most well-established tracks in the Northwest Oklahoma-Southwest Kansas region continue to work together to establish the stability and strength of racing in the area.
Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, KS, and Oklahoma's Longdale Speedway both rank as the premier dirt track racing facilities within their respective states.
Individually, both tracks have worked successfully to build solid regular programs along with special events.
Collectively, DCRP track promoter Tommie Estes, Jr., and Longdale Speedway promoter Greg Burgess have worked actively to negate any significant scheduling conflicts among the premier tracks in the region.
"We only have one or two dates that overlap, but we've made sure not to schedule on any of each other's major dates," Estes, Jr., of DCRP commented.
Both tracks feature a guaranteed, regular payout that is unrivaled in the region with DCRP presenting an overall points fund for its regular divisions at year's end and Longdale introducing a point fund for its seven-race "Top Gun Series" of events in 2017.
The result is a solid, reliable schedule of events for the IMCA Modified, Sport Modified and Stock Car competitors in the area with DCRP hosting 14 nights of competition in 2017 and Longdale Speedway boasting a schedule that includes 23 nights of competition.
"Tommie & I have worked together to build some pretty special events in the past, now I look forward to working with him and building our track programs to benefit the racers and the fans in the region," Longdale's Burgess commented.
Longdale Speedway's weekly card includes IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and Pure Stocks while the championship card for Dodge City Raceway Park includes DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.
Longdale Speedway kicks off the 2017 season on March 11 while Dodge City Raceway Park fires into action on April 15.
Longdale Speedway is located one-half mile south of Longdale, OK, on Highway 58. For more information, contact the track at 580-886-5375 or check www.longdalespeedway.net.
Dodge City Raceway Park is located on the south edge of Dodge City, KS, on US 283, then 0.9 miles west on US 56, then 0.1 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 620-225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.
Dirt Oval 66 Presents Wide Open Motorsports Entertainment with Exciting 2017 Schedule!
(JOLIET, ILLINOIS) For the first time in nearly twenty years, Dirt Oval 66 will thrill fans throughout the 2017 season with exciting wheel-to-wheel RACING action at the pristine facility, which is located at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. Construction is currently underway to shorten the large 1/2-mile oval that had previously hosted several high-profile dirt events in the late 1990s - including several visits by the now defunct Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series - to a more racer-friendly 3/8-mile layout. Dirt Oval 66 President Sherri Heckenast is elated with how the new racing surface is coming along and looks forward to greeting fans and competitors to the new-look speedplant for the season opener on Thursday, April 27.
"The racetrack is coming along very nicely and I can't wait to see a wide variety of classes competing this year at Dirt Oval 66," exclaimed Heckenast recently. "We worked with the previous dirt to remove any rocks and brought in nearly 1,000 loads of premium dirt to resurface the track. Along with shortening it to a 3/8-mile track, it should lend itself to some great racing action for the fans and drivers. We are running a special event schedule in 2017 with support classes and fans will have the luxury of watching all different forms of Motorsports throughout the year!"
After a couple of open practice sessions to get the track ready for the opener, a special Throwback Thursday Open Wheel program is planned to kick off the season on Thursday, April 27. The parking lots will open at 11:00am, while General Admission gates will swing open at 4:00pm. Showtime will be promptly at 7:00pm. General Admission tickets are currently available for purchase for the April 27 lid lifter and all shows - along with camping - by calling the track office at 815-740-8000 or toll-free at 844-866-DIRT and by visiting www.dirtoval66.com.
An action-packed schedule featuring 14 special events has been released for 2017 with the ultra-popular Team Demo Association (TDA) presenting five demolition derby's on May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, and September 23. Also on the schedule is a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series doubleheader on June 27-28. Dirt Oval 66 is proud to host the ONLY World of Outlaws Sprint Car race in the state of Illinois in 2017!
The 4th Annual 'Monster Truck Mayhem' will bring the ground-pounding Monster Trucks to the facility on August 5, while the big 'Chicagoland's Dirty 30' program on September 13 will lead into NASCAR week at the nearby Chicagoland Speedway. Things will then wrap up at Dirt Oval 66 on October 13-14 with the two-day 'Chi-Town Showdown' for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series competitors. You can view the full racing schedule by pointing your web browser to www.dirtoval66.com.
"I come from a long family line that has been involved in motorsports for years and I believe in mixing up the schedule to provide a unique show for the fans to hopefully keep them coming back and spending their hard earned money with us," said Heckenast, who is operating Dirt Oval 66 independent from Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. "I have promoted Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway and Kankakee Motor Speedway in the past, along with owning the Team Demo Association promotion since 2008. My dad raced demos and stock cars for years, my brother currently races on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour, and I drove a Late Model myself up until 2010. The staff here has been around the sport and everyone is excited to showcase Dirt Oval 66 as a premier dirt racing facility that provides quality entertainment for the entire family!"
You can learn more about Dirt Oval 66 or order tickets and camping for any 2017 event by logging onto www.dirtoval66.com. Dirt Oval 66 is also on all social media platforms including Facebook (facebook.com/dirtoval66), Twitter (twitter.com/dirtoval66), and Instagram (instagram.com/dirtoval66).
PHILLIPSBURG MALL, MARCH 5-11, 2017. . . .
SCHEDULE CONFIRMED FOR 10TH ANNUAL QUAKER STEAK & LUBE DIRT TRACK HEROES CAR SHOW , A BIG WEEK PLANNED
The tentative schedule for the popular tenth edition of the week long Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show is now confirmed for 2017. The successful event will once again begin its week long run at the Phillipsburg Mall located off Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Opening day is set or Sunday, March 5th with a salute to all of the racetracks and 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 and the Dorney Park Speedway. Highlighting opening day will be special tributes to Modifed and
NASCAR star Tighe Scott and Author/Publisher Lew Boyd who has written many books including the "Paved Track/Dirt Track" publication. Both will be signing autographs and Lew will also be selling his book that day.
The upcoming show encompasses the majority of the local short track scene and will continue through Saturday night, March 11th. In announcing the tentative schedule organizer Bob Miller stated, "We have enjoyed a great run with this show and the schedule will pretty much be in sync with what we have done in the past but with special emphasis on cetain drivers who built the foundation of the sport as we know it today. We have worked out an exciting and diverse schedule aimed at being fan, driver, sponsor and
organization friendly and once again look forward to a great show in Phillipsburg." Miller further added, "With this being the tenth year of doing this show, the solid support from the sponsors, fans, all of the historical racing groups and current day speedways has made the event a special occasion for all of us involved with the production of this great show."
Quaker Steak & Lube, or The Lube(r) to loyalists, the award-winning casual dining concept known for its Best Wings USA and over 25 signature sauces, is fully prepped and geared as the lead sponsor for the annual event. The original restaurant was built in 1974 in an abandoned gas station, decorated with license plates and old muscle cars. Originally a"cook-your-own-steak"establishment, The Lube's signature dish is now its fabulous chicken wings and the wide variety of sauces used to season them. The Pohatcong Township
(Phillipsburg, NJ) Quaker Steak & Lube is located at 1304 US Route 22, Phillipsburg, NJ, and welcomes all race fans and families to stop by their location when visiting the New Jersey area to be re-charged and re-fueled before or after the show.
The excitement for the upcoming show is at a fever pitch as Bryan Youngans, Marketing Manager of Quaker Steak & Lube stated, "We are once again excited to sponsor and be part of the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show. The event is extremely popular and even though the event is still five weeks from now we feel the excitement building from within as there is a constant buzz about the event at Quaker Steak & Lube." Youngans further added, "Our involvement with a show of this magnitude is a natural fit for us as our restaurants
recognize and salute the racing heroes of the past, present and future. We look forward to showcasing our Quaker Steak & LubeRestaurant at the 2017 event and becoming more involved with the show and local racing action in the future."
The Phillipsburg Mall has proven to be a popular setting for this special event and will once again offer many varieties of new and vintage race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the Mall for the duration of the show's run. The nine previous shows have brought race cars from all divisions of motorsports filling the Mall space and highlighted in a week long show celebrating the love each of us has found in attending races and meeting so many wonderful people associated with the
sport. With an exciting and diverse schedule of events to whet the appetite of any true race fan, large crowds are expected to flock to the show to fill the wide walkways of the Phillipsburg Mall for the upcoming tenth edition ofthe show.
All historical racing groups including Flemington, Tri State, Nazareth, Reading and Harmony 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 show has remained FREE to the public as it has been since first landing at the Phillipsburg Mall ten years ago.
Cars on display will include 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, Drag Racing Cars, Go-Karts and a broad variety of vintage and restored race cars. New Egypt, Bridgeport, Hamlin, Accord and Snydersville will again be among the many speedways involved with the 2017 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.
Tenth Annual Quaker Steak & Lube
Dirt Track Heroes Car Show
2017 Schedule of Events
Sunday- March 5 - (Starting at 1:00) - Enterprise Car Sales, Jeff's Automotive and Huston's Automotive presents Dirt Track Heroes Car Show Opening Ceremony honoring racing legend Tighe Scott and author Lew Boyd (Paved Track/Dirt Track) with Driver Interviews and Autograph Session: Saluting Nazareth Speedways and Dorney Park Speedway
Monday- March 6 - (6:30 PM) - Alex's Tire/Breidinger's Speed Shop and Murante's Auto Repair presents Straight Line Fever Drag Racing Night
featuring Island Dragway, Harmony, Old Bridge and Mountain View Dragway
Tuesday- March 7 - (6:30 PM) Adam's Brothers Used Auto Parts and Persa's Auto Repair presents the "Stars of Tomorrow" featuring all Quarter Midget Clubs: Blue Mountain, Lehigh Valley, West End Raceway, Keystone, Oaklane, Phoenixville, South Jersey and Garden State
Wednesday- March 8 - (6:30 PM) - Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedways and Smith Fabrication/Stage One Modifieds presents Hamlin Speedway all divisions, Snydersville Raceway, Mahoning Speedway, Accord Speedway, and Orange County Fair Speedway
Thursday- March 9- (6:30)- Searock Fabrication & Speed Supplies and Ralph's Radiator presents New Egypt, Bridgeport, Grandview, Big Diamond Raceway and
Friday - March 10 - (1st Show (4 p.m.) - Premio Foods & RF International Muffler presents Special Edition "The Legends of Racing" honoring Grand
Marshal Sammy Beavers with many legendary stars from Reading, Nazareth, Harmony and Flemington expected to participate.
Second Show- (6:30 PM)- Martocci Automotive, Dean's Auto Sports and Carl's Auto Repair & Chrin's Automotive presents Salute to Open Wheel Racing
Divisions-Thunder on the Hill, ATQMRA, ARDC Midgets, Action Track USA, Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Sprint Cars, 358 and 360 Sprint Car Divisions
Saturday - March 11 - (1:00) --Premio Foods and Enterprise Car Sales presents Special Tribute to Open Wheel Racing Legends from 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