OAKS, PA December 30, 2021 . . . A roundtable discussion and several key seminars are in place for the 36th edition of Pioneer Pole Building Motorsports Trade and Race Car show taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA January 21 and 22.
Richard Tobias, Jr., founder of Speedway Entertainment, will help define the difference between a “Racer or just a Driver?” along with a veteran roundtable discussion panel. The group, which will go on stage in D-Hall at 4:30 for one hour, will include Hall of Fame racers Billy “The Kid” Pauch and Fred Rahmer. They’ll be joined by two of the best today, Billy Pauch, Jr. and Mike Mahaney.
Tobias, who has designed and built Slingshots and SpeedSTRs after his own successful driving career, has helped through his affordable divisions to grow the careers of many young drivers. He’s also worked to showcase these upcoming racers in their starts weekly at the Kutztown, PA Action Track he co-promotes.
Each panelist will share their views on differences between those who merely drive race cars and those who are becoming racers, and what it has taken for them to transition to a consistent up-front runner and race winner.
Is it just consistency – or are there other intangibles? It’s a discussion that promises to be time well spent for aspiring young drivers trying to make their ways in the sport, and for their parents who seek to find the most productive path for their children in the sport!
Free seminars have always been an important part of the PPB Motorsports Show. Hot topics at this year’s show will be Dirt Modified Four-Coil suspension, Dirt Sportsman A To Z, and Engine Maintenance and Tuning for carburetor and fuel injected race cars.
Chuck Schmick of Mooresville, NC, a Technical Sales Advisor for Behrent’s Performance Warehouse and a renowned suspension expert with Eibach Springs, will present an informative one hour presentation.
Beginning at 12:30 in the seminar room, Schmick will present an information seminar on the advantage of using coil springs; stacking coils; loads vs. rates; linear, progressive, digressive rates; tunning with spring rubbers; tender spring vs. helper spring; compressed vs extended load numbers and coil spring maintenance.
Schmick’s the expert and he’s will to share his knowledge and answer questions so come with your pad and pencil and have questions ready. A free drawing will also be held with the winner receiving two Eibach Springs.
Dirt Sportsman racing will be the topic in the seminar room for one hour beginning at 2:00 PM on Saturday. Matt Janczuk, the 2021 DIRTcar Sportsman champion from Oneida, NY will be the key note speaker.
Janczuk, a respected veteran of the dirt Sportsman ranks, will cover all the basics he used to win 19 features and five championships in 2021 from the work at the race shop to race day changes.
Janczuk, a nine-time champion at Utica-Rome Speedway, will cover what he feels is needed for a new race team moving up to get started. He’ll go over his weekly maintenance check-list, touch on motor maintenance, valve springs and oil. He’ll spend time on chassis set-up, shocks and springs.
As a successful driver, he’ll be able to answer questions on following an ever-changing track surface and what tire prep is needed to be successful and save money. Drivers making the move up from small cars or current Sportsman drivers wanting to up their game need to attend with questions in hand for a driver known for helping his fellow competitors!
Racing Engine, Carb & Injector Maintenance and Trouble Shooting will be the one hour topic in the seminar room on Saturday beginning at 3:30. Mark Bitner, a veteran Modified and Sprint Car racer as well as a successful engine builder at Bitner Automotive in Trenton, NJ, will offer his insight and help to race teams.
Bitner will outline the proper engine care program for race cars fueled both by carburetors or injectors a team should follow. He’ll also help prepare team members on how to trouble shoot when problems develop.
Racers often lose valuable laps and thousands of dollars trying to solve a nagging, missing engine. What Bitner has to say could come in handy on race night.
Asphalt Modified and Budget Race cars be the subject of two uniquely different seminars on Friday.
At 4:30 Asphalt Modifieds By The Book will be presented by Matt Hirschman, a 22-time 2021 winner during another Driver Of The Year season. Hirschman is also a car owner and a speed shop operater so he can cover all the bases.
Hirschman will present the proper methods of maintaining, setting up and documenting the work to help advance a team into a winner in asphalt Modified or Sportsman competition. He’ll be available to answer questions and offer driving advice, race strategy and planning that can especially benefit the young racer trying to advance in the sport.
Also on Friday night, at 6:00 PM, Roy Anderson will return for another information seminar. The owner of Anderson Race Cars will focus one hour on set-up, tire and general maintenance on Street, Pure, Factory Stock and Front Wheel Drive (asphalt and dirt) “U-Car” divisions.
Area Auto Racing News photographer Bob Yurko will take the the seminar roon on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 to offer help in taking racing photos.
The award winning racing photographer has helped others step up their game before and he’s back to do it again this year. His seminar will focus on the “amateur” photographer and the person looking to enter the business. His seminar will provide “the basics” of racing photography.
A Race Track/ Tour & Series Media Workshop will be hosted by Wayne Harper, the Lincoln, Pa., Speedway press director. This Open discussion between racing writers/ photographers and track/ series Promoters/ Managers and Press Directors is set for 2:30 on Saturday.
Planned discussion includes professionalism, credential usage and pre and post-event coverage.
A featured topic will be “Today’s Racing Social Media”, with emphasis on how tracks and organizations are using Facebook, Twitter, and related social media in publicizing their events, and “credential approval by tracks in the new era of social media.”
The show itself will include nearly 200 race cars of all kinds on display. Many speedways and organizations will use the show to announce their plans for the new season.
A special Penn National Speedway reunion will be held with cars that raced there over the years on display and winning drivers signing autographs.
Aqua-Duck Water Transport is returning as sponsor of the always popular Ms. Motorsports Pageant which will be held on Friday evening this year in the larger D-Hall. Cash prizes will again go to the top three with the winner receiving $1,500 and a poster deal. Applications are currently available on-line at the event web-site.
Show hours will run 2-9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
A limited amount of exhibit space remains. This information is available on line at motorsportstradeshow.com, by sending an email to Danny Sammons at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the show office at 609-888-3618.
OAKS, PA DECEMBER 23, 2021 . . . When the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports presented by Sunoco and fueled by Insinger Performance will returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on January 21 and 22nd in will truly have something for everyone. New, old, present and vintage cars will be among the over 200 racecars on display at the 37th annual edition of the popular show.
Showcasing this trend will be a display featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck of Danny Bohn, a former resident of Freehold, NJ. Bohn, who now lives in North Carolina, will be on hand at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center to pose for photos next to the North American Motor Car NASCAR Camping World Series Truck he drove during his rookie season in 2021.
Bohn will be on hand both days of the show, Friday January 20th and Saturday, January 21st to sign autographs and meet fans. Team apparel will be available for sale along with other team merchandise.
Adding even more interest and excitement to the PPB Motorsports Show will be a Garden State Vintage Stock Club display that will feature Bohn’s grandfather Parker and his legendary car owner Tom Skinner.
Skinner and Parker Bohn, both deceased, will have their outstanding careers and impact on the sport recalled at the event. In the GSVSCC booth will be the original No. 659 GMC six-cylinder powered coupe and later version No. 659 Chevy Vega that were designed, built and owned by Skinner and driven to victory at Wall Stadium by Bohn in the era of the 1960s and 70s. The coupe and Vega are now owned by GSVSCC member Doug Megill.
A third car in the GSVSCC booth will be the North American Motorcar No. 65 Modified driven at one time by Parker, his son Eddie Bohn and most recently by his son Danny. That No. 65, built by Eddie and his friend Bill Megill in the early-1990s with input from Tom Skinner and Parker Bohn, is still competitive today. It was most-recently raced to a fifth place finish by Danny Bohn in the November 2021 Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium, and has been driven to victories at the storied NC’s Bowman Gray Stadium.
The GSVSCC display will also have historic videos and photos depicting the careers of Skinner and the Bohn family; and artwork by New Jersey racing artist Bill Force.
Many speedways and organizations will continue to use the show to announce their plans for the new season. The United Racing Club Sprint Car Series is planning a special large display showcasing cars from the series’ over 70 years and present day stars. A special Penn National Speedway Reunion will also be a big part of the two day event. Racers will find many displays showcasing the most up to date racing equipment as well as show specials on many parts and safety equipment.
Show hours will run 2-9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
All the information that exhibitors need is available on line at motorsportstradeshow.com, by sending an email to Danny Sammons at email@example.com or by calling the show office at 609-888-3618.
Show information can be had at the show website www.motorsportstradeshow.com.
OAKS, PA DECEMBER 22, 2021 . . . Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports presented by Sunoco and fueled by Insinger Performance returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on January 21 and 22nd. The 37th annual edition of the popular show dedicated to all forms of motorsports will be filled with what is new, what is old and what is happening in the business of motorsports. Many popular figures in the sport can often be found visiting the show, greeting fans and signing autographs.
One of the must see attractions will be one of the new SRX (Superstar Racing Experience) race cars that will be featured in a second year of competition at a variety of tracks around the nation during 2022.
The series is the brainchild of Tony Stewart, NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief and car owner Ray Evernham, former NASCAR executive George Pyne and sports agent Sandy Montag. The series enjoyied a successful first season on dirt and asphalt short trracks across the country with Stewart winning the first championship.
Some of the well-known drivers that competed in the inaugural season included Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Bill Elliott, Willy T. Ribbs, Doug Coby, Tony Kanaan, Hallie Deegan and others. Some are expected to be back for season two with some new names being added.
Races at six different half-mile dirt and asphalt short tracks were 90 minutes long with a “halftime” break so adjustments could be made. It is possible that additional tracks will be included for the new season. Details on tracks, drivers and more will be announced shortly.
Founder Stewart compares SRX to the famous IROC Series of the past which featured identical cars being raced by an all-star cast of drivers. Early in Evernham’s career he was a key member of the IROC staff making him a key part of SRX’s first season.
The SRX car will be one of nearly 200 race cars of all kinds on display at the two day show. Many speedways and organizations will use the show to announce their plans for the new season in Pocono Raceway, New Egypt Speedway, Bridgeport Motorsports Park, Delaware Int’l and many more. A special Penn National Speedway reunion will be held with cars that raced there over the years on display and winning drivers signing autographs.
Aqua-Duck Water Transport is returning as sponsor of the always popular Ms. Motorsports Pageant which will be held on Friday evening this year in the larger D-Hall. Cash prizes will again go to the top three with the winner receiving $1500 and a poster deal. Applications are currently available on-line at the event web-site.
Show hours will run 2-9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
A limited amount of exhibit space remains. This information is available on line at motorsportstradeshow.com, by sending an email to Danny Sammons at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the show office at 609-888-3618.
After the show the fun will continue, as it has in the past, at the nearby Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia. A special room rate of $98 is available and reservations can be made by phoning 610.265.7500 and asking for the special rate or using the web-link at motorsportstradeshow.com. A special post-event party will be held on Friday night with a popular DJ and beer specials being offered.
“The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks continues to be a great location in the center of the northeast motorsports world right in the suburbs of Philadelphia,” said Sammons. “It’s easy in and easy out with plenty of Free parking surrounding the Expo Center.
In respect of the current Covid-19 situation there will be no Little Miss, Big Wheel competition or autograph alley at this years show. Drivers and special guests will instead be signing autographs at booths throughout the show. Several fun activities for children will also be found throughout the show.
Show information can be had at the show website www.motorsportstradeshow.com.
– Motorsports Canceled Shirt Available! –
Bob Hilbert Sportswear Keeping The Tradition Alive!
Even though we can’t be together at the 2021 Motorsports show, Bob Hilbert Sportswear has kept the tradition alive and produced a 2021 tee shirt and hoodie. These items will be available to order from our webpage at bobhilbertshop.com. These items can be shipped to you at your home for an additional cost or you can select pick up. We will have a safe pick up location at the Bob Hilbert Sportswear office Located in Boyertown, PA. Ordering deadline will be midnight January 25th.
Our online store is a great opportunity for companies or organizations big and small to sell their merchandise. Not only will it give your group a bigger following but it could raise the much needed funds for your group or organization. First responders Such as Fire, Police and Ems would be a great fit for this program as well as schools, organizations and even businesses. In these days a little support and money could go a long way to help your company or organization.
Bob Hilbert Sportswear is proud to be going into their 49th race season offering the finest in screen printed sportswear along with quality embroidery and promotional products. Racing is where it all began for our company and we continue to stay committed to this sport. You can find us at bobhilbert.com or give us a call at 610.367.6186
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– Fastener Specialties Offering Show Discounts All Week –
Carlisle, PA – Fastener Specialties, provider of high performance racing products to the racing industry for 25 years. serves the needs of car builders, fabricators, and racers, shipping from a fully stocked warehouse via UPS daily. The company laments missing the PPB Motorsports Show for the first time since the inception of their business.
“The show has endured moving locations several times and even getting through a blizzard, but unfortunately the show could not withstand the current restrictions. “We look forward to this show every year to showcase our products to our customers. At the show, customers often refer to us as “the ‘store of racing”, as we have all of the small goods to help them during rebuilding season,” Fastener Specialities’ Gary Koenig said.
To make up some of the difference, Fastener Specialties is offering “Virtual Motorsports Specials” on its website. These specials cover products ranging from Quarter Midgets to Micros to Sprint Cars. Customers can take advantage of these savings by visiting www.fastfasteners.com. Specials will be listed along with a new order form, which makes submitting orders a more streamlined process.. “We appreciate the Sammons family putting on the show every year and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the show in 2022,” Gary Koenig praised.
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– Coastal 181 Launches Two New Books –
Newburyport. MA – “We sure are missing the 2021 Motorsports Show!” Coastal 181 speaks for hundreds of exhibitors in expressing this sentiment. The book seller is an internet-based business but has often remarked that the Motorsports show “is our favorite of the year, where we catch up with friends and colleagues and learn what’s new in Northeast racing.”
Coastal 181 had planned to use the PPB Motorsports 2021 Show as a launch for its latest book “500 on (the INDY) 500.” Written by veteran journalist and Indy 500 aficionado Rich Schaffer, it is very different from any Indy book ever published. It is the race enthusiast’s ultimate chronology, matching insightful, little-known facts with hundreds of rare B&W and color photographs in 280 pages in a hardcover coffee-table format. Check it out coastal181.com.
Coastal was also planning to promote two of its recently released, most popular titles. “The Soul of a Modified,” which captures the incredible tale of the 65 years of the Len Boehler Ole Blue Modifieds, and “RACER,” and the touching biography of one of Pennsylvania’s most beloved racing sons, the late John Andretti.
Also in demand were “Modifieds of The Valley,” about the great New York race track; “Life With Luke” on Jimmy Sills; and “An American Racer: Bobby Marshman and the Indy 500.” These are among over 1,000 titles available through Coastal 181. DVDs are also a big part of Coastal 181’s offerings. Coastal 181’s best-selling DVD was “Blink of An Eye,” a sobering look at the death of Dale Earnhardt through the eyes of Darrell Waltrip, followed by a number of hard-to find movies like “Two-Lane Blacktop” and “Fever Heat,” as well as many of Dale Snyder’s action-packed racing compilations like “The History of Flemington Speedway.”
“We hope the friends we missed seeing this year will stay in touch with us through www.coastal181.com,” expressed Lew Boyd. As well as carrying all of our books and DVDs, the www.coastal181.com website offers all kinds of racing stories and nearly 3,000 “Photos of the Day,” which have been posted since 2007. “We’ll be looking forward to seeing you next January—and you can take that to the bank,” summed Coastal’s Boyd.
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34 Motorsports Planning Open House With Motorsports Show Specials In February
Carlisle, PA - With 20 years’ experience in the racing industry, 34 Motorsports is a racing safety gear specialist. The firm’s specialty in racing safety equipment is spread across the spectrum of the motorsports realm. Quarter Midgets, Karts, Micros, Modifieds, Late Models, Sprint Cars and Drift cars on both dirt and asphalt are served effectively by 34 Motorsports.
34 Motorsports is conveniently located at 3677 Spring Road in Carlisle, PA. Through an on-line store by design, 34 Motorsports offers track side delivery and support. Every weekend of the racing season ’34’ is at a track assisting customers with their safety equipment needs.
The company is the sole authorized dealer for Arai helmets in central Pennsylvania and an authorized dealer for Simpson, Alpinestars, Molecule, PXP, Racing Optics, and Fuze headphones among its many name brand product lines.
In response to the unfortunate cancellation of area shows, 34 Motorsports will be holding an open house on February 5-6, 2021 with many of the ‘Show Specials’ that would have been available at Motorsports 2021 being offered.
For more information. visit www.34motorsports.com and the company Facebook page. 34 Motorsports is a family-owned business, born from a love of racing. That love started when family members began racing Motocross, then Go-Karts. The firm increased is scope, moving from a strictly Kart-oriented business to a racing safety equipment firm. Growth is continuing for the central Pennsylvania based company.
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– Tricky Track Pack’ Is Back –
Pocono Raceway Readies For Second NASCAR Doubleheader
Long Pond, PA – Pocono Raceway will host the 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader Week from Thursday, June 24 – Sunday, June 27. It will feature five NASCAR and ARCA races in three days, including the only NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader scheduled this season and over 1,000 miles of racing action.
While Pocono Raceway misses seeing everyone at the Motorsports Show this year, they still have a way for you to enjoy the 2021 NASCAR events at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ thanks to its annual Motorsports Show Special. The Motorsports Show Special consists of the purchase of an Infield Reserved Camping Site. Purchasers will then receive an additional two free pit passes, an additional two free guest passes and have all fees waived.
Also, kids, ages 12 and under, camp for free. The special includes the following. The Motorsports Show Special provides four free guest passes, four free pit passes, a five day, four night camping stay, complimentary access to infield amenities and entertainment and free grandstand and fan fair access on Friday. A 50.50 payment option is also available.
To learn more about this special offer, visit www.poconoraceway.com/motorsports. In addition to the show special, check out Pocono Raceway’s virtual Motorsports Show with exclusive ticket offers, the chance to enter to win free tickets, deals from several Pocono Mountains properties, 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader Week information and more.
The Motorsports Show Special only available for a limited time. Certain terms, conditions and fees may apply. This exclusive offer is available for a limited time and will not be offered again this year. Aside from its generous limnited time only Motorsports Special, Pocono’s Tricky Track Pack is back for 2021 with a new option. You now have the choice to purchase the Tricky Track Pack and the Tricky Track Pack XL. The Tricky Track Pack: Receive (4) 100-Level Grandstand Tickets, (4) Hot Dogs, (4) Coca-Cola Products and (1) Full Day of Fun all for $125. The All New Tricky Track Pack XL: Receive (6) 100-Level Grandstand Tickets, (6) Hot Dogs, (6) Coca-Cola Products and (1) Full Day of Fun all for $196.
A Tricky Track Pack is available to purchase for both Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 event days of the 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader Week. Each day consists of two (2) NASCAR races. All events, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Children must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder for gate admission and at all times while on Pocono Raceway property. Certain terms, conditions and fees may apply for ticket purchases. Pocono Raceway reserves the right to determine changes in seat/camping locations or to make changes to seating/camping assignments. Pocono Raceway hopes to see you at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ this summer.
For more information, contact www.poconoraceway.com. NASCAR Doubleheader Schedule June 24, June 27, 2021 Thursday, June 24: Camping Areas Open starting at 12:00 p.m. ET Friday, June 25: General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 ARCA Menards Series Race at 6:00 p.m. ET Saturday, June 26: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at 12:00 p.m. ET and NASCAR Cup Series Race #1 at 3:00 p.m. ET Sunday, June 27: Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons NASCAR Xfinity Race at 12:00 p.m. ET & NASCAR Cup Series Race #2 at 3:30 p.m. ET
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The 78 Series Kit Now Available From Kirkey Racing Fabrication
The 78 Series Kit is an SFI 39.2 certified Late Model deluxe seat from Kirkey Racing Fabrication Inc. Constructed from TIG welded .100” 5052 grade aluminum and features additional MIG welding that provides strength to the over integrity of seat.
The 78 Series Kit is available in six (6) sizes: 14”, 15”, 15-1/2”, 16”, 17”, 18-1/2” and can be used in Northeast DIRT Modifieds.
The 78 Series kit is designed to accommodate all head and neck restraints. Kirkey’s unique billet aluminum connector brackets allow for easy adjustment. The head can rotate downward for additional peripheral vision and the left side of the restraint is angled and shortened to allow efficient entry and exit.
Using progressive high density energy absorbing impact padding, the driver can adjust the head restraint both vertically and laterally. Featuring an 18 degree layback, the 78 Series’ rib and reinforced shoulder supports have extra 1/2” energy absorbing padding directly on seat and the easily removable cover has additional 1/2” energy absorbing padding for extra comfort and protection. The distinctive shoulder support cover design allows an extra 1” shoulder width adjustment. Designed to accommodate all seat belt systems, the lap and sub belt openings have molded rubber grommets to eliminate belt wear. The seat’s contoured elongated bottom adds thigh and hip support.
The 78 Series Kit includes a black cloth cover and rear seat mount (part No. 99210). Optional leg restraints are available on request. (part Nos. 02100, 02200). For more information, contact Kirkey Fabrication, Inc. at email@example.com, call at 1-800-363-4885, or contact your local Kirkey dealer for more information.
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– Since March All Events Postponed –
Stars & Stripes Tools Anxious To Return To Events On The Road
The current Coronavirus Pandemic has hit small business owners, like Tim and Nicole Schnobrich of Stars and Stripes Tool Inc., hard. The Pandemic has all but shut down the events and trade shows that they attend since March of 2020.
“We were sitting in the hotel room in Syracuse, NY waiting to set up for the Motorsports Expo when we got the news that the NY State Fairgrounds were being shutdown.” says owner Tim Schnobrich. “We packed our suitcases and started driving home to Minnesota, not knowing how bad the Coronavirus would hit, or how long it would be until things would get back to some kind of normal.” Since then they have seen most, if not all of their scheduled events cancel or try to reschedule.
“It was frustrating not knowing what was going to happen, but we tried to find the positive in this. We were able to spend more time at home and do some projects that we have wanted to for the last few years” stated Nicole Schnobrich.
Their sales at events for the year were greatly affected but they didn’t worry about it. “We know that when things get back going it will be a strong year. People are anxious to get out and return to some sort of normalcy” states Tim.
Their online sales did increase during this time, but this is just a small portion of their business. “We’ve seen an increase in online orders, so that has kept us a little busy during the down time. One positive thing is, we’ve heard from a lot of customers and friends that we normally see out on the road. Some have called and ordered something and some have just contacted us to check in and see how we were doing” says Tim.
“All in all it has been a slow year. We’ve found some new events to do but they were smaller events or limited crowds. We’re looking forward to getting this behind us and back out on the road to see our customers and friends at the events.
It has been a challenging year for everyone. We are healthy and happy, so we have nothing to complain about.“ Until then, if anybody needs any products from Stars and Stripes Tool, Inc. you can visit their website, www.sastool.com, or call Tim at 612-867-9407 with any questions or orders.
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York County Racing Club Gearing Up For Another Season Of Racing In 2021
The York County Racing Club is gearing up for another great season of racing in Central Pennsylvania. Although we are missing seeing our members at the shows this winter, we can’t wait to see all of you at the track. We know many YCRC members use the indoor shows to renew their annual membership. Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2021. You can find the membership application online at ycrc.org or at the bottom of this article. Make sure you have your membership renewed as we have club nights lined up across Central Pennsylvania.
2021 York County Racing Club Nights: April 24 @ Lincoln Speedway May 8 @ Port Royal Speedway May 21 @ Trail-Way Speedway July 10 @ BAPS Motor Speedway July 30 @ Williams Grove Speedway August 7 @ Lincoln Speedway
YCRC Photo Fundraiser
Loren Carman, has been diligently working on a digital backup of the YCRC photo library. This library represents photos from many photographers who have donated their work to the York County Racing Club. These photos span every decade of dirt track racing in Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding area. The photos have been scanned from slides and prints in their original condition. Carman has the photos available on his website for purchase with all of the profits benefiting the Club. Please go to ycrc.org and check out the link under the YCRC NEWS tab to view the photos.
2021 YCRC Calendars are now available! Calendars are $5.00 each and ship for $2.50. If Interested please message the YCRC Facebook page. 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees Despite not having a banquet in 2021, we are pleased to announce our
2021 YCRC Hall of Fame Inductees. This amazing group will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2022 along with the 2022 Hall of Fame class. Past Driver: Gary Gollub Past Owner/Mechanic: Dick Workman Past Miscellaneous: Tedd Reitz Present Driver: Brian Montieth Present Owner/Mechanic: John Trone Present Miscellaneous: Peggy Baker Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Special Achievement: Promoters of Central PA Speedways Ed Stauffer Memorial Mechanic: Bobby Allen
Founded in 1979, the YCRC has grown to over 3,000 active members, becoming one of the largest of its kind in the country. The club works to support and promote the sport of racing and also runs the Injured Drivers Fund which was created to financially help any YCRC Member Driver, should they suffer an injury and loss of income while racing. YCRC also recognizes the importance of preserving the rich history of the sport. For more information on YCRC please visit ycrc.org.
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Wiz Motorsports Communications Specializes In On-Track Marketing Solutions
Wiz Motorsports Communications specializes in on-track marketing solutions including team portfolios, sponsorship acquisition, weekly press and social media relations for teams, tracks, and race series. Our affordable services can be tailored to your needs
RACERS: Sponsorship, Public Relations, Social Media, Event Scheduling
TRACKS AND SERIES: Sponsorship, Public Relations, Social Media – Audience Development
TEAM PORTFOLIOS: Wiz Motorsports Communications offers a complete marketing partner portfolio package that is custom to your team. Your statistics, national/local racing statistics and your goals for the racing season are itemized out in a sleek portfolio that is sure to get you the support you need. Give your potential marketing partner the best information available for why their business decision is the right one to make in partnering with your team.
SPONSORSHIP ACQUISITIONS Did you know that Sponsorship is the fastest growing form of marketing in the U.S? Whether you are racer, track or series, we can help you find prospective companies looking to differentiate themselves from their competition. Besides our portfolios, we can offer various services for your needs including consultations and direct sponsorship acquisition. Some of these services include mailing portfolios to prospective marketing partners, fielding phone calls and emails, and attending meetings with potential marketing partners on your behalf.
PUBLIC RELATIONS Looking to keep your team, track or series in the public eye? We can write and distribute the news in a professional manner. Also, we can create and manage your social media outlets.
For more information, contact Mike Wisniewski at MikeWiz1962@yahoo.com or 856-982-5137.
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Lias Tire Looking Forward To A Normal 2021 Season
After suffering an off year in 2020, much like everybody else in the Motorsports industry, American Racer/Lias Tire is hoping to rebound.
In addition to many tracks taking months off due to the ongoing pandemic, American Racer was hit with another obstacle that they were forced to overcome in June when the plant that manufacturers the tires suffered a fire. While no one was injured in the fire. It altered tire production at the plant temporarily.
American Racer/Lias Tire is gearing up for Florida where they will be providing the Short Track Super Series Sunshine Swing field with fresh rubber at the Bubba Raceway Park when practice kicks off on Tuesday night January 26th and runs through Saturday night January 30th.
New for 2021 will be the Short Track Super Series Cajun Region which will see action in Texas and Louisiana. Lias will not be servicing those racers as Texas American Racer distributor Day Motorsports will handle that.
The American Racer Cup will return this season, in 2020 Stewart Friesen earned the Modified title netting him a cool $5,000 for his efforts at the Fonda Speedway while Brian Hirthler, a regular at the Grandview Speedway was the Sportsman champion worth $750. Despite the shortened 2020 season an overall $21,406 was paid out in 2020 for the American Racer Cup in addition to 170 tire certificates. Registration is open now for the 2021 season, the first tire giveaways were held on January 16th. The cost remains at $50 per Modified track and $40 per Sportsman track.
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– DMI & Bulldog Quick Change Rears Going Strong –
Record Business from 2020 Carries Over To 2021
For DMI There’s no slowing down in sight for DMI and Bulldog Quick Change Rears. Just over halfway through January 2021 and the torrid pace continues at Diversified Machine Inc.
This year’s Chili Bowl rush was unlike any other year. The week’s leading up to the event required a lot of overtime and overcoming obstacles to ensure all the great DMI customers had their parts. DMI’s Dave Ely offered, “I do believe a lot of the teams pushed off Chili Bowl preparations until the last possible moment with the uncertainty brought on by COVID. We didn’t think we were in bad shape and next thing we knew we were in the weeds pretty bad. But our guys really stepped up and we got everything done and in people’s hands for Tulsa.”
The reward was another sweep of the A-Main victories for the week capped off by Kyle Larson’s second consecutive Chili Bowl victory. While not sure at the time of press the exact breakdown of Saturday’s main event starting lineup, best indications show it to be very comparable to the last few years where the Baby Bulldog Quick Change Rears had 100% of the field. In addition every main event win over the last many Chili Bowls have come from cars equipped with Baby Bulldogs.
In addition to the flurry of activity surrounding the Chili Bowl, both the dirt Late Model and Modified markets had early January deadlines this year. Teams traveled west to Arizona and New Mexico as well as the World of Outlaws Late Models opening their season this past weekend at Volusia. The early season races contributed to the brisk sales and demand for product.
The WoO Late model season opener concluded with long time Bulldog customer and PA’s own, Kyle Strickler in victory lane. Debuting in 2019, many of the teams in both disciplines are gravitating to the EZ series of Closed Tube Quick Change Rears. Ely stated, “This build season probably better than 80-85% of the closed tube rears we’re building are EZ. When they were released the Northeast DIRT modified market jumped on them but it’s just in the last year or so that the other classes are leaning that direction.”
With this week’s upcoming Sprint Car races and next week’s northeast Dirt Modified races the season will officially be in full swing for everyone. With that, as crazy as it sounds, Diversified will turn some of their attention towards new product development for 2022.
Ely had a lot to say about the time and energy it takes to stay ahead of the competition with the constant development of new products while trying to serve customers during the season. “It’s always a struggle to develop new products while conducting normal business at the level we feel our customers deserve. R&D takes a lot of time from beginning discussion, to the computer screen, breaking into production runs of other components to machine the new parts and ultimately to get them in the hands of a racer to test. But new product development is so important to us and I believe one of the things that sets us apart from our competitors.
We have an aggressive 2021 planned for new products. 2020 and this 2021 build season have been unique. The record months have been great but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a void from not seeing our friends and customers at trade shows. I knew the fall trade shows were a long shot but I held out a lot of hope that Lenny’s Motorsports Show could happen. It just isn’t going to feel right not being there this week, but it’s driving our desire to have an aggressive number of new components for 2022.
We want to go to the trade shows after all this COVID craziness is over and wow everyone with our new items. I can’t wait to show people what we got!”
ARDC Midgets To Make Return After Three Year Absense in 2021
After three years away the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) Midget series is making a return for the 2021 season. Spearheaded by president Shannon Mausteller, ARDC has an eight race calendar planned for this season before the addition of PA Midget Week which has annually brought in the USAC National Midget series in to take on the local driving talent.
ARDC will push off for the 2021 season on Friday night May 14th at the Big Diamond Speedway, ARDC will make an additional two stops at the Minersville, PA oval on Friday night June 25th and on July 30th.
The Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Speedway which last saw a race held there in 1987 is being rejuvenated for the 2021 season and will host ARDC on Saturday night May 29th and close their season on Saturday October 2nd. Lincoln Speedway which saw the Midgets race in a one-off in July of 2020 will host ARDC on June 5th and July 17th, that one off which was won by Steven Drevicki had a field of 14 cars.
ARDC will also take to the high banks of the Grandview Speedway on Saturday night September 4th. This is all in before the USAC National Midget Tour invades the east coast during the first week of August. Stops for that will include the Grandview Speedway on August 3rd, Action Track USA at Kutztown on the 4th, Bridgeport Motorsports Park the following night on August 5th, the Bloomsburg Fair on August 6th and concludes at the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway at Lanco on Saturday night August 7th. ARDC had planned for a four race season in 2020 which saw three of them get ousted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The last time that ARDC ran a schedule was in 2017 when they were sanctioned by USAC and were known as the USAC Eastern Midgets. ARDC has been organizing races since the 1940’s. The ARDC Midget website is live at www.ardcmidget.com.
TRENTON, NJ – Dates for the 37th annual Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show and five Indoor Auto Racing Series events have been secured at four different venues for the 2020-2021 off-season. Specfic event information, however, remains on pause by Len Sammons Productions until ever changing COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions become more clear for the three different states that these indoor events are held annually.
“Our hopes is that we can promote all five events, but at this point there is no way of knowing,” said Len Sammons.
The Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2021 Presented by Sunoco Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show will return to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA for a 13th consecutive year on Friday January 22nd thru Sunday January 24th.
Organizers await possible social distancing requirement changes to the Motorsports show floor plan for the 220,000 square feet show before being able to commit to sales and location assigments.
The 2020 Indoor Auto Racing Series fueled by VP Racing Fuels season finale was postponed by the COVID-19 virus a day before it was scheduled to begin in March in Syracuse, N.Y. That second annual event has now been tenative rescheduled and will kick-off the 2021 Indoor Season at the New York State Fairgrounds Exposition Center on Friday and Saturday nights November 20th and 21st.
“Much like other sports held indoors, COVID-19 restrictions remain unclear and ever changing at this point,” said Sammons.
“Obviously the most tenative event would be the first in late November in Syracuse, but we would love to host that event for all the fans and racers so earger to attend earlier this year before it was cancelled at the last minute.”
The Indoor ‘Concrete” Series featuring the TQ Midgets, Champ Karts and Slingshot is scheduled to continue at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. on Friday and Saturday, January 8th and 9th for the sixth consecutive year.
The weekend after the Motorsports show the 19th annual Indoor Auto Racing Series events inside N.J.’s historical Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall are on the calendar. The NAPA Know How weekend in AC will be held January 29 and 30 in 2021.
The only LSP Indoor Series event held on a clay racing surface comes up next on the schedule. The fourth annual East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals featuring the 600 Micro Sprints is set to return to Trenton, N.J.’s CURE Insurance Arena on February 19 & 20.
The 2021 season finale would then follow back in Syracuse, N.Y. on March 12 – 13.
“The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center opened last week to several small shows, but it had been closed as all the arena’s our Indoor Auto Racing Series events are held, in since late March,” said Sammons.
“Our dates are secured with each venue and host hotel. Our commitment is to hold each event but at this point we cannot make any firm plans. With our first event still four months away, we feel we have plenty of time to wait during these very tormoil times.”
Further Indoor Auto Racing Series information, including advance ticket sales, for each event remains on hold until COVID-19 restrictions become more clear. Check IndoorAutoRacing.com for updates as they become available. All Indoor Series entries from the March 2020 event will role over to the 2021 season.
Those interested in receiving one of the new colorful show brochures when they are printed can drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with name, address and phone number or call Danny Sammons at 609-888-3618. Information will also be posted at the show web-site, www.motorsportstradeshow.com when available.
OAKS, PA January 20, 2019 . . . The third and last day of the 2019 PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show ended with the naming of 2019 Little Ms. Motorsports and Tiny Ms. Motorsports, the crowning of several winners in various age groups of Kids Big Wheel races, and the awarding of Best In Show Booth awards to deserving show exhibitors.
Crowned Little Ms. Motorsports 2019 was Courtney Wolf, 11 of East Berlin, PA. The new Tiny Ms. Motorsports is Evelina McIlroy, 6, of Boyertown, PA.
Kids Big Wheels races Sunday afternoon were won by Jayde Pratt (age bracket 7-9), Ian John (ages 5-6) and Joel Milocsar (age bracket 3-4).
Best In Show laurels were earned by Norm Hansell’s No. 357 driven by Duane Howard (Dirt Modified, Georgetown Speedway Booth), Tyler Brehm’s No. 21R Steve Riccione-owned Sprint (Best Open Cockpit Car), Reading Speedway Historical Society (Best Non-Commercial Booth), Troyer Race Cars (Best Commercial Booth), Blackbird Speedway (Best Club Display), Harry Gerb (Best Drag Car, Pontiac Firebird In Sunoco Race Fuels Booth), ATQMRA (Best Racing Organization Display) Lynn Paxton’s Miracle Power No. 2 built in 1953 and driven by Tommy Hinnershitz (Best Vintage Open Cockpit Car) and Mike Grim’s mid-fifties Flathead Ford No. 101 raced at Reading Fairgrounds by Red Lesher (Best Vintage Stock Car Display).
Len Sammons Motorsports Productions has announced show dates of January 17, 18, 19, 2020 for Motorsports 2020 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
OAKS, PA January 19, 2019 . . . Taylor Fullin, 21, of Danielsville, PA, was crowned Ms. Motorsports Saturday night. She earned her crown in the Aqua-Duck Water Transport-sponsored competition Saturday night on Day Two of the three-day PPB Motorsports 2019 Race Car & Trade Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.
“I’m very happy and look forward to representing the Show,” said Taylor, a college student whose step brother Corey Edelman races weekly at Mahoning Valley Speedway.
“Taylor will be an outstanding Ms. Motorsports who I’m sure will represent the Show proudly and professionally,” said Len Sammons, originator of the Motorsports Show.
The winner earned $1,500 cash in addition to future poster sales earnings.
Amanda Arms, 25, of Douglassville, PA, was first runner-up, earning $500. Andrea Cap, 28, of York, PA was named second runner-up, taking $250.
Earlier on Saturday afternoon, NASCAR Hall Of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham signed autographs and interacted with Motorsports Show attendees as did Ryan Preece, past NASCAR Modified Touring Series champion who is a 2019 candidate for NASCAR Monster Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors.
“I had a great time,” Waltrip said. “I really enjoyed being here and would recommend this show to anyone who asks.”
“It’s always fun for Erin and me to come back to the northeast,” Evernham said upon departing the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Saturday early afternoon. “We have a lot of friends here and it was good to see so many people. Great way to spend a weekend.”
Preece, who has been a previous Motorsports Show honoree as an AARN Winningest Asphalt Modified winner, tipped that he still intends to race Modifieds, but only as his Rookie season on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series allows.
“Cup racing is my priority now,” Preece told Motorsports Show fans. “But my Modified car owner (Ed Partridge) will have a car ready any time I’m able to race it.”
Asphalt Touring Modified driver Matt Hirschman, New England asphalt Late Model racer Tom Fearn and Pennsylvania Micro Sprint ace Garrett Bard signed commemorative posters Saturday afternoon as three of Area Auto Racing News’ Winningest Drivers of 2018.
Prior to the Ms. Motorsports pageant, PPB Motorsports Show promoter Len Sammons presented its Joe Pratt Award of Excellence Award to Earl and Pam Krause. The husband-and-wife team are long time Motorsports staffers with Earl performing show announcing duties and ‘Press Room Pam’ running the Motorsports Show media center jointly with Earl. Earl is also a full- time editor at Area Auto Racing News.
The salutation honors the memory of the late Motorsports Show employee Joe Pratt, whose years of work greatly elevated the standard of the show.
The 34th annual PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show concludes its run tomorrow, Sunday, January 20 from 11 AM through 4 PM. Featured events include the Little Ms. Motorsports competition, Kids Big Wheel races and an auction to benefit the family of the late Greg Hodnett.
Len Sammons Motorsports Productions announced dates for the 2010 Motorsports Show in the Oaks, PA Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 17, 18, 19, 2020.
PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS MOTORSPORTS 2019 SHOW BOMBSHELLS: NEW LINCOLN SPEEDWAY PARTNERS GOBRECHT, PARRISH AND HEFFNER JOIN KREITZER AS LEIBY STEPS DOWN; TEO SHOW UNVEILING REVEALS NEW GRAHAM-JOHNSON-PERREGO SDS TEAM; BRIGHTBILL REMINISCES ABOUT READING FAIRGROUNS SPEEDWAY, NASCAR HALL OF FAMER RAY EVERNHAM AND ERIN DELIGHT DAY ONE CROWDS; WALTRIP AND PREECE AND MS MOTORSPORTS PAGEANT HEADLINE SATURDAY SKED
OAKS, PA January 18, 2019 . . . The 34th PPB Motorsports Show at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA opened to a large and enthusiastic crowd on Friday, the first day of the three-day event.
In a press conference called by Lincoln Speedway officials and conducted at 3:00 PM, Motorsports attendees learned at the same time the racing media did that Scott Gobrecht, Jerry Parrish and Mike Heffner had become involved as track investors. Don Leiby, who had been an owner of the track for 26 years, has stepped back from his involvement while Alan Kreitzer has reduced his stake.
One hour later on the Motorsport 2019 Show floor, Matt Hearn of TEO Race Cars unwrapped a new car in his booth owned by Ray Graham and dedicated for the 2019 Super DIRTcar Series. Driver Danny Johnson assisted with the unveiling, which revealed driver Anthony Perrego in the sitting in the cockpit. The two drivers will race TEO Pro Cars owned by Graham as teammates in 2019.
“Having the Motorsports Show chosen as the occasion to make such important industry announcements is a great honor,” said PPB Motorsports Show Organizer Len Sammons.
Ten drivers and car owners who were part of the history of the Reading Fairgrounds were on stage Friday night exchanging reminiscences, notably drivers Kenny Brightbill, Gary Gollub, Glenn Fitzcharles and Jimmy Horton and car owners Ronnie Kehl and Ronnie Leinbach.
NASCAR Hall Of Famer Ray Evernham and wife Erin Crocker Evernham closed out the Day One formal activities at Motorsports with a wide-ranging, humorous and thoroughly enjoyable one-on-one stage show with Motorsports moderator Paul Szmal.
The PPB Motorsports Show resumes Saturday from 11 AM through 9 PM with guest appearances by Ryan Preece at 1 PM and Darrell Waltrip at 2:30 PM. The Aqua Duck Water Transport Ms. Motorsports Contest, which will crown Ms. Motorsports 2019, starts at 7:30 PM.
Saturday and Sunday Show attendees are reminded that free courtesy parking lot shuttles run continuously during show hours, minimizing weather inconvenience.
PPB Motorsports Show Day Three on Sunday, opens at 11 AM and runs through 4 PM.
OAKS, PA – The vast majority of the hundreds of commercial exhibitors, race cars, and speedway and sanctioning organization displays were moved into the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center throughout the day and into the evening on Thursday, in anticipation of the grand opening of the 34th annual PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show.
The well-orchestrated move went off without a hitch despite some challenges moving Darrell Waltrip’s ’69 Mercury Terminal Transport Grand National car into place. The car is the first one Waltrip ever drive in NASCAR Cup competition.
Five men jostled the massive ‘Merc out of its trailer, pushed it across a parking lot, onto the Expo Center show floor and into its booth space. The process was difficult because the cars of that era had no power steering and were considerably heavier than today’s Cup machines.
Waltrip will be at the Motorsports Show on Saturday, Jan. 19 to meet race fans, sign autographs, and pose for pictures alongside the first Cup car he ever drove.
Key events of Day One at the PPB Motorsports Race Car Trade Show include a press conference convened by Lincoln Speedway to release bombshell announcement about its 2019 plans, opportunities to interact with NASCAR Hall Of Fame crew chief and team Evernham and his wife Erin, and Day One of the celebration and remembrance of the Reading Fairgrounds, which last raced in 1979 but remains much beloved four decades after its last race.
Friday hours for the PPB Motorsports Show are from 2pm through 9pm. Saturday hours are from 11am through 9pm and Sunday show times are a 11am start and a 4pm finish.
Saturday night’s activities include the 34th annual PPB Motorsports Ms. Motorsports contest at which time reigning Ms. Motorsports Leslie Donegan will crown her successor at center stage.
For more information, including a minute-by-minute schedule of show events for all three days, visit www.motorsportstradeshow.com.
OAKS, PA - After the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Racecar & Trade Show closes for the night on Saturday, race fans will be able to watch the Chili Bowl Midget car race live from Tulsa, OK with friends at Valley Forge Casino Resort, our host hotel.
The PPB Motorsports show at the nearby Greater Philadelphia Expo Center closes on Saturday after the annual crowning of Ms. Motorsports at 9 p.m.
The Chili Bowl race telecast on MAV-TV, which will begin at 8:30 p.m., will be shown on several screens at both the Valley Tavern located in the lobby of the Radisson and at the Center Bar located in the heart of the gambling area.
Food and beverage will be available in both areas until 2 a.m.
There will also be music for dancing in the casino. There will be no sound to the racing coverage at the Center Bar because a DJ will be will be starting at 9 PM.
On Saturday night Dueling Pianos will be featured at The Vault with no cover charge for standing room, tables can be reserved for $5. Doors open and drink specials begin at 8pm and the music starts at 8:30pm.
On Saturday night only a few tickets remain available for a Beatlemania Now show to be held in The Venue starting at 8 pm.
PPB Motorsports 2019 opens on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. On Sunday, all children 12 and under are admitted FREE with a parent.
Headlining the show will be NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Ray Evernham along with Ryan Preece who will be looking to capture NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors.
One of the most popular events during the three day show has been, and will again be, the Ms. Motorsports Pageant sponsored by Aqua Duck Water Transport. One woman will walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal. Women interested may still enter. Information is available on the show website.
Tickets are available daily at the door one hour before the show opens. To stay informed on the latest show news, check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618.