FRIDAY, JANUARY 18th – SHOW HOURS 2 TO 9 PM
1:00 PM: Box Office Opens at A-Hall Entrance only.
1:00 PM: PRE-SHOW EXHIBITS & INFORMATION (A-Hall Entrance Only) – The public is invited to enter the D-Hall Stage Area starting one-hour before the rest of the show opens. You must have a ticket for the show which opens at 2 PM. This will allow you easy entrance to the show when it is officially opened.
2:00 PM: Show Opens to the public
2:00 – 3:00 PM: AUTOGRAPHS: RAY AND ERIN EVERNHAM (D Hall Evernham Car Display) NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham and his wife Erin will be greeting fans and signing autographs. Evernham raced in asphalt Modified competition in the northeast before embarking on a career in NASCAR. His ulimate achievements came as a crew for Jeff Gordon on Rick Hendrick’s No. 24 championship team. Erin Crocker Evernham was a successful female Sprint Car driver in the northeast. Erin is the only female winner of a World of Outlaw 410 Sprint car race and the only lady to ever qualify for the Knoxville Nationals (she did that twice). She currently works as an announcer for MRN’s Winged Nation.
3:00 – 5:00 PM: MUD BOSS RACING OPEN PRACTICE (C-Hall R/C Raceway) – Dirt Modified style radio controlled race cars will be practicing for racing later in the day on a speedway set-up at the show.
4:30 – 5:30 PM: READING HIGHLIGHTS (E-Hall Stage) – Video presentation of past racing action at Pa.’s Reading Fairgrounds Speedway which closed 40 years ago.
5:30 – 6:30 PM: READING MEMORIES (E-Hall Stage) – Meet some of the superstars, hear the stories and watch video of the great days of racing at the former Reading, Pa. Fairgrounds on the 40th anniversary of the closing of the speedway. Special guests will include drivers such as Kenny Brightbill, Jimmy Horton, Garry Gollub and more.
6:00 – 9:00 PM: MUD BOSS RACING (C-Hall R/C Raceway) – Dirt Modified style radio controlled race cars will be in action on a speedway set-up at the show. Stop by and watch qualifying races leading up to feature events. Stop by their pit area and watch them work on their cars and prepare their tires as they search for the winning set-up. The scaled down dirt Modifieds will be competing in a national event at the show in Mudboss Sportsman, Mudboss 13.5, Open Modified and 17.5 Sprints. The event is being presented by Rushland R/C Speedway by Torodyne.
7:15 – 8:15 PM: ONE-ON-ONE WITH RAY AND ERIN EVERNHAM (E Hall Stage) – NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham and his wife Erin will come to the stage to share great moments from their racing career. Evernham raced in asphalt Modified competition in the northeast before embarking on a career in NASCAR. His ulimate achievements came as a crew for Jeff Gordon on Rick Hendrick’s No. 24 championship team. Evernham then brought Dodge back to NASCAR racing after forming his own team with drivers Bill Elliott and Kasey Kahne. Before marrying Ray, Erin Crocker was a successful female Sprint Car driver in the northeast. Erin went full-time with the World of Outlaws where she remains today the only female winner in WoO 410 Sprint car competition and the only lady to ever qualify for the Knoxville Nationals (she did that twice). She currently works as an announcer for MRN’s Winged Nation.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th – SHOW HOURS 11 AM – 9 PM
10:00 AM: BOX OFFICE OPENS, PRE-SHOW EXHIBITS & INFORMATION (A-Hall Entrance Only) – The public is invited to enter the D-Hall Stage Area starting one-hour before the rest of the show opens. You must have a ticket for the show which opens at 11 AM. This will allow you easy entrance to the show when it is officially opened.
11:00 AM: Show opens to the public.
11:00 – 1:00 PM: AUTOGRAPHS: RAY AND ERIN EVERNHAM (E Hall Stage) – NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham and his wife Erin will be greeting fans and signging autographs. Evernham raced in asphalt Modified competition in the northeast before embarking on a career in NASCAR. His ulimate achievements came as a crew for Jeff Gordon on Rick Hendrick’s No. 24 championship team. Erin Crocker Evernham was a successful female Sprint Car driver in the northeast. Erin is the only female winner of a World of Outlaw 410 Sprint car race and the only lady to ever qualify for the Knoxville Nationals (she did that twice). She currently works as an announcer for MRN’s Winged Nation.
11:30 – 12:30 PM: MUD BOSS RACING OPEN PRACTICE (C-Hall R/C Raceway) – Dirt Modified styled radio controlled race cars will be practicing for racing later in the day on a speedway set-up at the show. Racing to begin at 1 PM.
12:30 – 2:30 PM: MAGIC ACT (Pioneer Pole Buildings Display – 104) – Magician Kevin Shelly will entertain and amaze.
1:00 – 3:00 PM: AUTOGRAPHS: RYAN PREECE (TBA) – NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Rooke of the Year candidate Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn. will be signing autographs. Preece, the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion, tested the waters in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series two years ago and took impressive victories in Iowa and Kentucky. His financial gamble paid off when Joe Gibbs offered him to drive his Toyota’s more often. This past year he added a third victory on the high banks of Bristol, Tenn. Properly showcasing his talents, Preece has signed to drive the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for JTG Daugherty Racing in 2019 full-time on the Cup series.
1:00 – 4:00 PM: MUD BOSS RACING (C-Hall R/C Raceway) – Dirt Modified styled radio controlled race cars will be in action on a speedway set-up at the show. Stop by and watch qualifying races leading up to feature events. Stop by their pit area and watch them work on their cars and prepare their tires as they search for the winning set-up. The scaled down dirt Modifieds will be competing in a national event at the show in Mudboss Sportsman, Mudboss 13.5, Open Modified and 17.5 Sprints. The event is being presented by Rushland R/C Speedway by Torodyne.
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – AUTOGRAPHS (Coastal 181 Booth No. 816): KEN TREMONT SR. & JR. will be signing copies of the brand-new book “Modifieds Of the Valley” on racing over the years at N.Y.’s Lebanon Valley Speedway. The Tremonts, of Averill Park, NY, have campaigned Modifieds for decades and are unquestionably one of the most successful father/son teams in American racing history. Together they have an astounding 324 victories, and a slew of track and series championships. The Tremonts will be bringing the beautiful No. 115 Tremont driven Olsen built Modified that will be on display during the entire show.
2:30 – 4:30 PM: AUTOGRAPHS: DARRELL WALTRIP (E Hall Stage) – Darrell Waltrip is a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and a three-time NASCAR Cup Series runner-up. Waltrip won 84 NASCAR Cup Series races, including the 1989 Daytona 500, a record five in the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C. and a track and Series record for any driver at Bristol Motor Speedway with 12 (seven consecutive from 1981 to 1984).The man known as “Jaws” took his talents to television broadcasting when he retired and he’s become a favorite on the Fox broadcasts of NASCAR events since his retirement as a driver.
2:00 – 2:45 PM: READING SPEEDWAY REUNION (C-Hall Reunion Area) – Special Autographs of top drivers who competed at the speedway will be broken up in two sessions. The groups will be announced prior to the show. They will be autographing a collectible poster to be given away free.
3:30 – 4:30 PM: AUTOGRAPHS (Pioneer Pole Buildings Display – 104) – Drivers present will be dirt Modified standouts Craig Von Dohren, Billy Pauch Jr. & Sr., Kevin Hirthler, Brian Hirthler and Davey Sammons. Sprint cars will be represented by Freddie Rahmer Jr. & Sr. and Brandon Rahmer. Quarter Midget driver Jesse Hirthler and Slingshot ace Brett Bieber will all be a part of this group.
4:00 – 5:00 PM: MAGIC ACT (Pioneer Pole Buildings Display – 104) – Magician Kevin Shelly will entertain and amaze.
4:00 – 4:45 PM: READING SPEEDWAY REUNION (E-Hall Reunion Area) – Special Autographs of top drivers who competed at the speedway will be broken up in two sessions. The groups will be announced prior to the show. They will be autographing a collectible poster to be given away free.
4:30 – 5:15 PM: AUTOGRAPH SESSION (Area Auto Racing News booth No. 224) – Top 2018 northeast race winner MATT SHEPPARD will be joined by divisional winners in other divisions signing a special color poster given away free.
5:00 – 9:00 PM: MUD BOSS RACING (C-Hall R/C Raceway) – Dirt Modified styled radio controlled race cars will be in action on a speedway set-up at the show. Stop by and watch qualifying races leading up to feature events. Stop by their pit area and watch them work on their cars and prepare their tires as they search for the winning set-up. The scaled down dirt Modifieds will be competing in a national event at the show in Mudboss Sportsman, Mudboss 13.5, Open Modified and 17.5 Sprints. The event is being presented by Rushland R/C Speedway by Torodyne.
5:30 – 6:00 PM: CELEBRITY MUD BOSS RACE (C-Hall R/C Raceway) – Top drivers from big-car racing will be matched up in celebrity Mudd Boss R/C car races. Drivers to compete will be named prior to the show.
7:00 PM: SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS (E Hall Stage) – Several important announcements will be made and awards presented. Among those in the spotlight on stage at this time will be the 2018 Area Auto Racing News Northeast Top Feature Winners.
7:30 PM: MS. MOTORSPORTS COMPETITION sponsored by Aqua-Duck Water Transport (E Hall Stage)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20th – SHOW HOURS 11 AM – 4 PM
FAMILY DAY AT THE SHOW – CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE
to enter the D-Hall starting one-hour before the rest of the show opens.10:15 AM: VICTORY LANE CHAPEL – The Racer’s Church, presented by Racing with Jesus Ministries.12:30 – 1:30 PM: HODNETT FAMILY BENEFIT AUCTION (E- Hall Stage Area) – Over 40 racing items from national and local Sprint car racers will go up for auction to benefit the family of driving great Greg Hodnett who was killed in a crash in September.
Top items included so far are a signed door panel from Kyle Larosn’s NASCAR car, signed piece of Jimmie Johnson’s NASCAR car, a Kasey Kahne Sprint car wing panel, Greg Hodnett race-worn helmet and suit, Hodnett No. 27 wing panel. Auction items will be on display during the show at a D-Hall (front entrance) display. Several items will be available during the show at a silent auction. One of the No. 27 Sprint Cars that Hodnett drove will be on display at the show. A complete listing of items will be available at auctionzip.com after the 1st of the year. Greg’s wife Sherry will be attending the event.12:30 – 1:30 PM: KIDS’ BIG WHEEL RACES sponsored by RAACE Foundation (C- Hall) – Children in three age groups (3-4, 5-6, 7-9) race for prizes and large trophies! Big Wheels are supplied (no one can use their own); and there is no entry fee, or need to pre-enter. Just sign up at the show before 1 PM on Sunday.2:00 – 3:00 PM: LITTLE MISS MOTORSPORTS (E- Hall Stage Area) – Girls in two age groups (“Tiny” 4-7 and “Little Miss” 8 -11) will compete for two crowns! There is no entry fee. Parents can sign up their daughter up until 11:30 a.m. at the stage area.2:30 – 4:00 PM: MUD BOSS RACING (C-Hall R/C Raceway) – Run What Ya Brung Dirt Modified styled radio controlled race cars will be in action on a speedway set-up at the show. The event is being presented by Rushland R/C Speedway by Torodyne.
OAKS, PA January 2, 2019 . . . The legacy of one of the all-time great Sprint Car racers, Greg Hodnett, will be remembered at the annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Show Presented by Sunoco Race Fuels Distributed by Insinger. One of the Mike Heffner-owned No. 27 Sprint Cars that was driven by Spring Grove, Pa.’s Hodnett will be on display and a special benefit auction for his family will be held.
Hodnett was fatally injured in a Sprint Car accident on September 20.
His Sprint Car and auction items will be on display near the front entrance of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. during the show which runs from Friday, January 18 through Sunday, January 20.
Greg’s wife of 15 years, Sherry, is planning to be at the event to thank fans for their out pouring of support during her difficult time since his passing.
Sherry Hodnett has agreed to do hold a one hour discussion in a seminar room at the show on Saturday starting at 1 pm. to share what she has struggled through since Greg’s death in hopes of helping others be better prepared.
Tribute T-shirts and stickers will be on sale during the show and several collectable items will be selected for silent auctions.
On Sunday, January 20, the auction will take place in the E-Hall Stage area from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. More than 40 racing items from national and local Sprint Car racers will go up for auction, with funds raised benefitting Sherry and the Hodnett family.
The 49-year-old Hodnett, originally from Memphis, Tenn., won more than 250 features covering the World of Outlaws, All Star Circuit of Champions, Pennsylvania Posse and other events. He was also a multi-time champion at a number of tracks.
Several of his own personal items will be part of the auction, including a Hodnett race-worn helmet and driving suit. There will also be a No. 27 wing panel and other items from the race cars he had driven.
Other items already received for the auction include a signed door panel from Kyle Larson’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race car, a signed piece of Jimmie Johnson’s Lowe’s NASCAR Cup entry and a Kasey Kahne Sprint Car wing panel. Many more items are expected before the benefit date.
A full list of items will be available at auctionzip.com, and will be on display during the three day show.
More than 200 racecars, representing a variety of divisions in the sport, will be on view during the Motorsports show which has more than 200,000 square feet of display space. And, many top racers and motorsports personalities will be appearing. As usual, all autographs will be free during the three day event.
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.
There will be a large number of displays with speedways offering information on their 2019 seasons. Hardcore racing vendors will be a big part of the show and fans will have the opportunity to gain some bargains from vendors offering collectible items.
A number of free industry seminars will be offered.
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 that will see one woman walk off with a $1,500 cash prize along with a poster deal.
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 FREE with a parent.
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.
A few display spaces and room for race car display remain as the show is on its way to becoming another sold out success.
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By HERB ANASTOR
It has taken several years to get this done, but NASCAR Hall of Famer and Fox TV personality Darrell Waltrip will appear at the 34th Annual Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Race Car and Trade Show (Jan. 18-20) here at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.
Scheduled for an on-stage interview and two-hour autograph session on Saturday afternoon Jan. 19, Waltrip has long-been one of the racing stars that everyone has wanted to see at the show. And with that now being realized, his presence should be one that is long-remembered.
An interesting thing about Waltrip, though, is that some racing fans only know him as a very popular NASCAR TV broadcaster and analyst. But the 71-year-old native of Owensboro, Kentucky, is a lot more than that.
Like a lot of kids growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, a Go-Kart was a fun way to spend some time and as a 12-year-old in 1959 Waltrip began his racing career doing just that.
Then he and his father Leroy built a 1936 Chevrolet coupe and took it to the old quarter-mile-dirt Ellis Speedway in nearby Reed where the 17-year-old rookie spun his No. 6 into the third turn’s outside concrete wall on his first lap of practice. And the result was a banged-up radiator, damaged right-front suspension and disheartened young driver.
Waltrip, though, was determined to do a lot better and soon found his winning ways at Ellis on Friday nights. But it was on Saturday nights at the 3/8-mile-asphalt Kentucky Motor Speedway in Whitesville where he really shined as after he changed his car’s setup for that surface he was a regular winner there with the skills and smoothness that he developed racing Go-Karts.
As a result of his good showings, Waltrip got the seat in Harry Pedley’s “Big 100” in KMS Late Model events and in the late 1960s driver/car owner P.B. Crowell encouraged him to move to Franklin, Tennessee, and drive his and Charles Reed’s red and white No. 48 Chevelle Late Model Sportsman at the high-banked 5/8-mile Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville.
Now the competition was tougher and purses were bigger but Waltrip quickly adjusted to the tasks at hand and won a record 67 feature races. Plus, he was a two-time (1970 and 1973) Fairgrounds Speedway Champion in his No. 17 Terminal Transport Chevrolet Chevelle; a car numbered in honor of his favorite driver, fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson.
However, another thing happened at Nashville, which boasts of producing more NASCAR National Series drivers than any other track in America. Waltrip was not shy about publicity so that factor became a big help to the track in promoting its events.
At this time, the personable and well-spoken barnstorming short-tracker was earning his living wherever the money and competition was the best. And his first NASCAR Cup Series start was on May 7, 1972, in the Winston 500 at the 2.66-mile Talladega (Alabama) Superspeedway in his two-tone brown No. 95 Terminal Transport 1971 Mercury Cyclone whose chassis had been under the No. 11 Holman-Moody Ford that Mario Andretti used to win the 1967 Daytona 500.
In 1975, though, Waltrip began to run in NASCAR’s Cup Series as a full-time driver and when all was said and done he won 84 races, tied for fourth on the all-time list with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison. And that total includes 43 wins (1981-1986) and three (1981-1982 and 1985) championships driving the various cutting-edge No. 11 Chevrolets and Buicks fielded by NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and car owner Junior Johnson.
But winning series races was not all Waltrip did with the cars Johnson built in the small rural Wilkes County community of Ingle Hollow, North Carolina, for in 1995 he used the white and red No. 11 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo at the 1.5-mile Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway to win “The Winston” – the inaugural NASCAR All-Star Race.
After his tenure with Johnson, Waltrip went on to drive the orange, yellow and white No. 17 Hendrick Motorsports/Tide Chevrolet to nine wins (1987-1989), including his only Daytona 500 victory in 1989 after which he celebrated in Victory Lane by doing “The Ickey Shuffle.”
He then became a car owner and won five Cup races in his No. 17 Western Auto Chevrolet (1990-1998) before finishing out his career in: the No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet of NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Sr. (March-July 1998); Tim Beverly’s No. 35 Tabasco Pontiac (August-November 1998); and; the No. 66 “Big-K” Ford Taurus owned by Travis Carter (1999-2000).
Waltrip also competed in nine NASCAR Truck Series events (2002-2005) then he retired from racing after competing on July 22, 2006, in the Goody’s 250 NASCAR Busch Grand National Series race at the half-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway where he started 41st and finished 28th on the lead lap in the No. 99 Dodge Charger owned by his younger brother Michael.
Among Darrell’s notable NASCAR Cup Series victories are his record five in the Coca-Cola 500 at Charlotte and his 12 at the high-banked half-mile Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway where he won seven straight times between 1981 and 1984. While his last triumph in NASCAR’s premier series took place in the 1992 Southern 500 at the 1.366-mile Darlington (S.C.) Raceway; his only victory in NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway race at “The Track Too Tough To Tame.”
It is also fair to say that “D.W.” usually knew the quick way around any track where he raced as in 809 Cup Series races (1972-2000) he claimed the pole position 59 times, a mark only bettered by four other drivers – NASCAR Hall of Fame members Richard Petty (123), David Pearson (113), Jeff Gordon (810 and Cale Yarborough (69).
He also raced in what was then NASCAR’s Busch Grand National Series where he won 13 times in 95 starts, a record that includes five victories in the season-opening 300-mile race at Daytona International Speedway with the No. 88 DiGard Chevrolet (1978-1979) and with his own No. 17 DarWal, Inc. Pontiac (1983-1984) and Chevrolet (1989).
He was also the first driver to earn over $10 million in prize money and banked nearly $20 million in his racing career. And he won at least one NASCAR Cup Series race every year between 1975 and 1989.
Named in 1998 as one of NASCAR’s Top 50 Drivers Of All-Time, Darrell also brought a new kind of personality to what had been a mostly-regional Southern sport. Surely, NASCAR had seen its share of interesting racers and down-right characters, but he was brash and frank and not what everyone easily accepted.
On the other hand, he was also identified as NASCAR’s first “total package driver;” a skilled professional Stock Car racer who had his eye on all aspects of the sport, including the usage of the very cooperative media that was always on the lookout for something new and different even if those in power in NASCAR and in the Garage Area were not ready for that arrival.
As a result of Darrell’s outspoken attitude, though, he earned the nickname “Jaws” from Yarborough. But it was also Yarborough who saw something special in the candid racer and later on when the fellow three-time (1976-1978) NASCAR Cup Series Champion and 2012 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee was about to cut back on his own racing schedule with Junior Johnson, he privately advised his former nemesis to look into getting that ride.
Others also were paying attention to the kind of racer that Darrel was as he was smooth and fast and always running at the head of the pack and that kind of performance – as well as winning lots of races – easily made him a popular figure with the fans and the array of new sponsors that had become attracted to NASCAR Stock Car Racing.
Darrell also grew with the sport that he was helping to make grow and his talents on the race track helped him to gain further acceptance among his older rivals who were not used to such a different approach to many things. And as time passed by he became among the most-respected in his craft and fittingly – along with Petty and Earnhardt Sr. – was often consulted by fellow racers and the sanctioning body, itself, on matters affecting the sport and NASCAR.
What came next for Darrell when he retired from racing? Well, he easily transitioned into a TV broadcaster; something he had some previous experience doing even while he was an active racer. This time, though, he would be in the Fox TV booth and the first race that the network would ever telecast was the 2001 Daytona 500.
Ideally, this was a great place for Darrell to start his new career as he knew the track very well and won NASCAR’s biggest race there. But as everyone who saw the broadcast knows, he and the rest of those covering the race – including race announcer Mike Joy and fellow analyst Larry McReynolds – unexpectedly had to deal with the unimaginable.
In the fourth turn on the last lap of the race, an otherwise ordinary three-car tangle ended the life of the much-beloved Dale Earnhardt Sr. And what made this situation even more unbelievable is that the two Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolets that “The Intimidator” had entered in the event – the No. 15 of Michael Waltip and the No. 8 of Dale Earnhardt Jr. – were heading for a 1-2 finish while the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion was holding down the third position in his iconic black and silver No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.
It was evident that what was playing out on screen was something that tugged both ways at Darrell for while he showed genuine excitement as his younger brother took the 500’s checkered flag, he also expressed considerable concern as he looked from his broadcast location into the fourth turn where the unthinkable had happened to his friend.
In retrospect, broadcaster and world-class racer Darrell Waltrip was one who helped all get through a tragic situation that in many respects caused a major transformation in the sport itself. And his popular efforts TV efforts continue to be part of the NASCAR Racing Scene today.
There are also some other things of note about NASCAR’s 1989-1990 Most Popular Driver.
Darrell’s Christian faith is very important to him and his wife Stevie who have been long-time supporters of Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) which provides spiritual support to racers and their families and they will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary this coming August 15.
In addition, the father of two daughters – Jessica and Sarah Kaitlyn – has always been an advocate for driver safety and that includes the use of SAFER Barriers [steel and foam energy reduction walls], full-face helmets and head/neck restraining devices.
The former professional short-track racer has also never forgotten those roots; something he proved in 1987 when he returned as a top NASCAR Cup Series racer to what was then-known as the Motor City Complex in Nashville and won the American Speed Association’s prestigious All American 400 in his own No. 17 Tide Chevrolet Camaro.
While on the business side of things he owns Honda, Volvo, Subaru and Buick/GMC automobile dealerships in Franklin, Tennessee.
As far as Darrell’s 2012 entry into the NASCAR Hall of Fame goes, 82 percent of the votes cast were in his favor. And part of what he had to say at his induction says a great deal about him.
“I’ve had a marvelous career . . . [but] this is not about me. It’s not about what I’ve done. It’s not about wins, statistics or anything else.
“Tonight it’s about family; thank the good Lord that they’re all here. It’s about all my friends who came from miles away to be here, and it’s about all the fans that are back there that have supported me all through the years, and it’s about NASCAR and what they’ve been able to do with it sport, and I’m just glad I was able to be a part of it.”
Then, sometime after his induction, Darrell explained a little more about this honor.
“You never know when you retire from one career what the future holds,” he began. “I was known for putting on a helmet and driving a racer car and now I am known for putting on a tie and holding a microphone. I’ve been blessed.
“What make the NASCAR Hall of Fame special is that you are voted into it by your peers. Fifty men go into a room and discuss the work you have done and what you have contributed – what kind of results you have gotten – and they look at a lot of different criteria.
“There are people in that room that you have driven against that don’t necessarily like you, there are media people that didn’t agree with you and there are NASCAR officials that you’ve had disagreements with. But at the end of the day when they say you are Hall-of-Fame material, it’s like icing on a cake.
“You invest; you invest; you invest,” he added. “That’s what a career is; investment. You put in the time; you put in the work; you put in the investment.
“You get the results and hopefully those numbers all add up and people agree you deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. It’s as good as it gets.”
OAKS, PA October 9, 2018 . . . NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham will be a big part of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Trade and Race Car show, the 34th annual edition, taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA January 18-20, 2019.
Evernham is best known for his work with Hendrick Motorsports and as crew chief for Jeff Gordon which led the team to three NASCAR Cup Series championships and 47 wins during their time together. However Evernham has also been a NASCAR Cup car owner, a race car driver, author, car builder, father, husband, TV and radio personality and an automotive genius.
During his participation in the show Evernham will take center stage on Friday night to talk about his career in the sport and answer questions from the audience. And there will be a special video that will honor Ray for his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this year.
A fact often overlooked is that the media named Ray the greatest crew chief of all time.
Since age 15 Evernham has worked on race cars. He has designed, built and driven some of the most advance cars known to man.
Filling up a large display area of the show will be race cars that have had Ray’s handiwork during his career.
Jeff Gordon’s Dupont No. 24 rookie season car on which Evernham was the crew chief
Bill Elliott’s No. 9 which won the Brickyard 400 with Ray as the crew chief and owner.
Jim Bauma’s No. 19 asphalt Modified which Ray raced at Wall Stadium, New Egypt Speedway and a few other tracks during his race driving days.
And the Tom Park No. 2p dirt Modified which he won his last pavement race at Flemington Speedway with.
At present Ray is able to share his passion for auto racing and reveal the untold stories of the sport through his TV show titled Glory Road on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
The Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Race Car & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco and Distributed by Insinger Performance, which fills 250,000 square feet of show space with just about everything imaginable in motorsports, includes free seminars, autograph opportunities, a large number of speedway and sanctioning organization displays plus the famous Ms. Motorsports Pageant.
For more information check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com. And for those looking to be a part of the displays quickly filling the show contact Danny@aarn.com or call the show office at 609-888-3618.
OAKS, PA January 28, 2018 . . . One of the best-known names in motorsports, Darrell Waltrip, a three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame plus a Fox TV personality will be a headliner at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Race Car & Trade Show presented by Sunoco and distributed by Insinger Performance. The three-day show, now in its 34th consecutive year, will take place January 18-20, 2019 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
This will be Waltrip’s first appearance at the PPB Motorsports show.
During his NASCAR Cup Series career that started back in 1972 at Talladega Superspeedway Waltrip was able to tally 84 victories of which 37 happened on Superspeedways. He earned 59 Cup poles. He is the only driver to win $500,000 in a season 18 times. And in 1990 he became the first Cup driver to win $10 million.
The 71-year-old was not only a big winner in Cup Series racing but also won in the NASCAR Busch Series, ASA, IROC, ARCA, NASCAR All-American Challenge Series, All-Pro, USAC and ARTGO Challenge Series. He was also a top competitor on short tracks in the Tennessee area when first starting his career.
The popular FOXSports TV personality, an analyst during the FOX coverage of NASCAR events, will be on center stage at the show on Saturday afternoon for two hours to talk about his racing career, TV work, books, movies, and so much more that has been part of his colorful career. Attendees will be free to ask the man named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers questions. And, of course, there will be autographs.
Fans might even want to ask him about a good deal on a new or used car at his Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group located in Franklin, TN, near Nashville. The huge dealership offers Honda, Volvo, Subaru, Buick, GMC and over 5000 certified pre-owned cars.
The Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2019 Race Car & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco and Distributed by Insinger Performance, which fills 250,000 square feet of show space with just about everything imaginable in motorsports, includes free seminars, autograph opportunities, a large number of speedway and sanctioning organization displays plus the famous Ms. Motorsports Pageant.
Many organizations and speedways use the show to announce their schedules for the next racing season.
Many well-known racers and personalities will be a part of the three day show.
Additional news about show attractions will be announced in coming weeks.
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center proves to be a popular location for the show because it is easy to get to and offers free parking.
For more information check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com. And for those looking to be a part of the displays quickly filling the show contact Danny@aarn.com.
OAKS, PA January 2, 2017 . . . When legendary Sprint car racer Steve Kinser announced his retirement last season after racing in an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions event at Lebanon Valley, New York Speedway it caught most by surprise. Kinser, winner of 876 Sprint car feature races during this career, will be talking about his retirement and more when he appears at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2018 Racecar and Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco and Distributed by Insinger Performance at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on Saturday, January 20. The popular show runs January 19 through 21st.
The 20-time World of Outlaws champion will do a one hour one-on-one interview, take questions from the audience and sign autographs at the stage area starting at 3 p.m.
Kinser, 63 years old, will talk about life on the road, his big wins, the hardest challenges and his 577 WoO victories earned during his five decades of racing.
The most successful Sprint car driver in the history of the sport earned victories in the Knoxville Nationals (twelve times) and had seven Kings Royal victories.
In addition to success in Sprint cars he also was a winner at Talladega Superspeedway in a 1994 International Race of Champions along with finishing 40th in the 1995 Daytona 500 and 14th in the 1997 Indianapolis 500.
Much like Richard Petty has been named the “King” in NASCAR, Kinser has been labeled the “King” in Sprint cars.
Kinser will be joining three time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart at the Motorsports show along with former NASCAR Cup crew chief and FOX TV personality Larry MacReynolds, World of Outlaw standout David Gravel and a number of local and regional racing talents.
The three day show offering just about everything imaginable in motorsports is set for January 19-21 and will offer more than 250 racing vehicles and displays filling the 250,000 square feet of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
The 33rd annual show opens on Friday, January 19th at 2 p.m. and closes at 9. Doors open on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. The box office and D-Hall exhibit area opens one hour earlier each day.
Check out www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618 for further information
OAKS, PA OCTOBER 18, 2017 . . . Continuing with their efforts to keep everyone informed as to the latest news pertaining to the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2018 presented by Sunoco and fueled by Insinger Performance show a new website, www.motorsportstradeshow.com, is now up and operating.
With the 33rd edition of the popular race car and trade show set to take place January 19-21, 2018, just three months away, there will be much happening in regards to show activities and the new website, designed for easy use will be jam-packed with the latest information as the show dates come closer.
“Those interested in having the latest show information, show hours, ticket info, announcements of added personalities will only have to go to www.motorsportstradeshow.com for updates,” said show promoter Len Sammons. “We are always looking to make it easier for people to stay up-to-date and informed on the show. You’ll also find everything you need to know to exhibit at the event.”
The show is presented at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA and all 250,000 square feet show display space will be filled with just about everything imaginable in motorsports including over 200 race cars of all kinds.
“Exhibitors are encouraged to share their show plans, specials, and announcements with us beforehand so we can build some buzz leading into the event,” said Sammons.
With the Tony Stewart announcement that the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion will be meeting with fans and signing autographs on January 20th (12 noon to 2 p.m.) interest is running high and will continue to grow during the weeks leading up to the show.
“The new website is the first step in introducing a more interactive show where fans and exhibitors have the opportunity to engage outside of the aisle ways,” said website creator Jay Dugan of the Radical Design Group.
Exhibitors and those planning to be exhibitors have all the information they need on the new website to plan their participation.
“The show floor is nearly 75% full,” said Sammons. “Companies looking to exhibit are encouraged to contact show manager Danny Sammons at 609-888-3618 for available show space before it’s too late.”
Exhibitors can register for space here
Information is also available by emailing email@example.com. “Like” Motorsports Race Car and Trade Show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MotorsportsTradeShow.
OAKS, PA January 20, 2017 . . . With a large and enthusiastic crowd in attendance, the 2017 Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show opened at 2:00 p.m., for the first day of a three-day run in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.
“Our Short Track Super Series and Georgetown Speedway booths were very busy all day,” said Heather Deyo, wife of STSS and Georgetown promoter Brett Deyo. “They were still three deep at our booths when the announcement was made that the show was closing for the day.”
Elsewhere, Hoffman Speed & Performance owner Keith Hoffman, who also is involved in the operation of Bridgeport Speedway, was extremely pleased with the turnout at the show and the business Hoffman Speed did.
“This was one of the best Fridays we have had since we started coming to show many years ago,” Hoffman said. Hoffman further noted that Bridgeport Speedway’s staff was doing a brisk trade in pit licenses, pit parking space sales and even 2016 souvenir merchandise liquidation.
Kevin Olson’s two hour autograph signing of his new book, ‘Cages Are For Monkeys’ kept the USAC star busy signing copies of books being purchased.
“The book is doing well, in its second printing, and I’m happy with the sales at the show so far,” Olson said.
Max McLaughlin was the winner of the Celebrity Go Kart Challenge, conducted at the Motorsports Show Indoor Electric Kart Oval Track. McLaughlin outran Anthony Perrego, Eric Kormann, Ryan Grim, Ryan Godown and DJ Hunt. The six were the qualifiers from a twelve driver celebrity field that ran two heat races.
A rear engine Midget that was designed, built and driven by Jerry Wall, now 82 years of age, was unveiled by Gary Mondschein, the architect of the restoration project while George VanVarick, owner of the car, looked on with pride. The car was campaigned by Wall in the early seventies, won eight times, then was effectively banned by rule changes that specified the route through the chassis the driveshaft was required to take.
“I thought about building the car after driving several Midgets including a mid-engine one,” Wall said. “I spent a year building it and wasn’t sure it would work. But did, too well,” Wall laughed.
The festivities of Day One served as a prelude to Day Two which will feature guest appearances by NASCAR Superstar Richard Petty and second generation NASCAR racer Jeffrey Earnhardt and the day will conclude Saturday night with the annual Ms. Motorsports Pageant.
Ms. Motorsports 2016, Arynne Moody will crown her successor.
The PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show and Len Sammons Motorsports Productions advises those planning on traveling to the Show from New Jersey that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Delaware River Bridge has been closed indefinitely. Attendees should seek alternate Delaware River crossings north or south of the PA Turnpike Bridge.
The vast majority of the hundreds of race cars and exhibitors are in place on the floor of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center as of Thursday night at 8:00 p.m., seventeen hours before tickets go on sale for Day One of the PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show in Oaks, Pa.
The Show runs from Friday, January 20 through Sunday, January 23.
Kevin Olson, noted for his USAC Sprint and Midget race car driver prowess and his outspoken nature, arrived at Philadelphia International Airport at 2:54 p.m., where he was met by Motorsports staffers Phil and Mary Good, who transported Olson back to his hotel room in King Of Prussia, Pa.
Olson will sign copies of his new tell-all book beginning Friday afternoon at the Coastal 181 Publishing Booth.
Second year exhibitor Jerry Higbie, Jr., owner of Hig Fab Chassis in Goshen, N.Y., shared the enthusiasm of most every exhibitor on Thursday set-up day, commenting, “No show in the forecast, you gotta love that.”
Higbie was referring to the 2016 Show which was weather affected. Nevertheless, Higbie was among a huge number of returnees for the 2017 Show. Numerous first time exhibitors including Extreme Energy Solutions of Sparta, N.J. are awaiting public scrutiny over the next three days,
Doors to the Show officially open at 2:00 p.m. Friday with pre-show viewing in the C-Hall section of the Expo Center starting at 1:00 p.m. On Saturday, Show hours are 11:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday will feature guest appearances by NASCAR Stock Car racing legend Richard Petty and aspiring talent Jeffrey Earnhardt. Saturday night will see the staging of the annual Ms. Motorsports
Pageant that will culminate with the crowning of Ms. Motorsports 2017 by her predecessor, Arynne Moody.
Visit www.aarn.com for a comprehensive schedule of events, exhibitors and days and times of guest appearances. Attendees are reminded that many drivers who are not scheduled for specific appearances are annual visitors to the Motorsports Show.
OAKS, PA January 17, 2017 . . . Racers coming out to the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2017 Fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels and Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show taking place this weekend, January 20th thru January 22nd, will be able to see, touch and purchase just about everything imaginable in motorsports. And there will be several opportunities to improve their knowledge with a variety of FREE seminars.
The Hard-Core racing section is located in B-Hall with several race car chassis builders showing their wares including Bernheisel, Bicknell, Hyper, Xcel, Hig-Fab, Speedway Entertainment, Teo, Troyer and West Fabrications.
Then there are the part manufacturers such as DMI, Winters, Wilwood, Art’s Radiator, Jones Racing Products, Calaman Radiators, Keizer Wheels, Beyea Headers, Henry Stainless Steel Exhaust, ERK Steering and Fastners Specialty.
Bilstein, Eibach, Fox and VRP will be showing off shocks and springs.
Great deals on safety equipment is being offered with all noted brands including Simpson, Bell, Impact, Design 500, Velocita, K-1 Race Gear, Highside, Schroth, Stilo and Hinchman at the show.
Containment racing seats will be available to see and sit in with Butler, Kirkey and LaJoie.
Need to see what is available in tires you can check in with American Racer and Hoosier.
Sunoco and VP will have representatives there to talk about fuel.
Cargo Trailer Sales, Pit Pal Products and Capital Renegade will show what is new for race car trailers and haulers.
A number of speed shops that offer a large variety of products along with special manufacturer dealers will be display at the show.
Bring your note pads, pencils and recorders so you can keep track of what you will be learning at the FREE seminar sessions that include sponsorship, legal issues, the basics of racing, what you need to know about racing shocks, safety at the track and more.
Sure to gain a lot of attention is the Dorney Park and the New York State Fairgrounds Moody Mile Reunions.
Of course “King” Richard Petty, Jeff Earnhardt, Hall of Fame Midget racer Kevin Olson, Gary Balough, Jeff Hammond, Bobby Dillner and a host of other well-known names in the sport will be on hand to meet with fans and sign autographs. And there will be more than 250 vehicles on display representing just about all areas of the sport. Definitely do not forget the camera.
The popular Oliver Construction Enterprises sponsored MS Motorsports Pageant takes place Saturday evening. Youngsters get their day on Sunday, Family Day, with Little Miss Tiny Miss Motorsports along with Big Wheel Racing. Anyone interested in entering any of the different competitions can do so by arriving early at the show the day of the event and checking in at the stage area.
And for the young and old the go-kart raceway will be open each day starting 15 minutes after the show officially opens.
Check in at www.aarn.com to get full details on the show along with admission prices, show hours and much more.
For more info telephone 609.888.3618