Opening Day Of 2024 PPB Motorsports Show Draws Big Crowd; Megan Williams Crowned Ms. Motorsports 2024
Oaks, PA (Jan. 19) – Thousands of enthused racers and fans interacted with hundreds of exhibitors from across the spectrum of motorsports on Friday, opening day of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Race Car & Trade Show inside the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
Megan Williams, 25, of New Tripoli, PA was crowned Aqua Duck Water Transport Ms. Motorsports 2024, winning the prestigious crown over 15 other contestants. Lindsay Garl, Ms. Motorsports 2023, crowned her successor. Alex Brown was named first runner-up, and Haylie Hammond was second runner-up. Ms. Hammond (Swimwear), Becky York (Sportswear), Mallory Kutz (Ms. Congeniality), and Christina Contento (Interview) were also special award recipients.
NASCAR Legend Ken Schrader was “in the house” Friday to sign autographs, meet and greet fans, and sign copies of his new book ‘Still Racing’, his second autobiography which relates Schrader’s life and times from his last 20 years in the sport.
“Joyce Standridge, who wrote the first book, reminded me that I had raced for close to 20 years since the first one came out. So we did another one, kind of like just picking up where we had left off,” Schrader said. Books were selling well Friday at the Show.
The ‘Remembering Bob Weikert Tribute’ proved to be a popular attraction for the region’s 410 Sprint Car fans. Three of Weikert’s vintage No. 29 Sprint cars were on display and several prominent Weikert drivers were on hand during the day. Among them were Randy Wolfe and Von McGee, as well as Todd and Ike Weikert, Bob Weikert’s two sons and Steve O’Neal, Port Royal Speedway promoter. Paul Szmal and Eric Zembower emceed a lively Roundtable event.
“Remembering Dad today at the Motorsports Show was quite a moving experience,” Todd Weikert shared. “He was a good man, a passionate race car owner, and a good father and we are proud to continue to honor his legacy in racing.”
Dale and Brandon Planck conducted a well-attended seminar in which the merits of their DIG Shocks was discussed and questions answered.
The Haas Formula 1 car drew great attention from show attendees Friday. It was just the second time a Formula 1 car, which is a surprising 18 feet in length, has been displayed at a Motorsports Show.
Day Two of the 2024 PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show begins at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. NASCAR Cup great Schrader will return and will be joined by fellow NASCAR legend Jimmy Spencer to meet and greet fans. In addition, the Pioneer Pole Buildings ‘family of drivers’, headed by Craig VonDohren, Freddie Rahmer, and Billy Pauch, Jr., will congregate in the PPB Booth to sign autographs.
At 2:45 p.m., Freddie Rahmer, Matt Hirschman, and Steven Snyder, Jr., the winningest Sprint, Asphalt Modified, and Micro Sprint drivers will sign autographs for fans and pose for pictures on the D-Hall Stage.
The PPB Motorsports Race Car concludes on Saturday, January 19 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. For more information visit www.motorsportstradeshow.com
Pioneer Pole Buildings’ Motorsports Influence To Be On Display At Front Of This Weekend’s Show At Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Pioneer Pole Buildings’ Motorsports Influence To Be On Display At Front Of This Weekend’s Show At Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
OAKS, PA – When the doors open at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2024 show this Friday and Saturday, January 19th and 20th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, the involvement of the title sponsor for the last ten events will be showcased at the front entrance.
Pioneer Pole Buildings (PPB) has been the title sponsor of the Motorsports show since 2014. Their support and sponsorship of local short-track racing on many different levels will become obvious when walking around their spacious display at the show when it opens at 2 PM on Friday and 10 AM on Saturday.
PPB, headquarter in Schuylkill Haven, PA, will be promoting their product line while showcasing a Modified, Sprint Car, Late Model, Micro Sprint and Slingshot they will sponsor this season.
That will include the unveiling of a brand-new No. 1 dirt Modified owned and to be driven by Billy Pauch Jr. this season. Pauch’s famous father, now retired from Modified competition, has anchored the front of the display annually for many years, now it’s his son’s car.
The winningest open cockpit driver in the northeast in 2023, Freddie Rahmer will have his No. 51 410 Sprint Car, a number made famous by his father as well, on display.
Craig Von Dohren’s new No. 30 and Kevin Hirthler’s No. 117 Modifieds will also be a part of the display as well as Jonathan Swanson’s USAC East non-wing Sprint Car,
Showing the range of PPB’s support in racing, Jim Bernheisel’s No. 31 Super Late Model will be on display as well as Brett Bieber’s Slingshot and Micro Sprints to be driven by Matthew and Trent Warner. Davey Sammons’ PPB sponsored No. 79 Modified and Logan Watt’s No. 4w will be located just across the aisle way in the Bob Hilbert Sportswear booth.
Team PPB drivers will also be signing special autograph cards as part of three different groups on Saturday afternoon. Stop by and get an autograph and photo with your favorite driver!
Sprint Car drivers will kick off the autographs on Saturday from 12 noon to 1 AM with the Rahmers: Fred, Freddie and Brandon joined by brothers Jonathan and David Swanson along with Trevor Kobylarz.
The legend Billy “The Kid” Pauch Sr, his son Billy Jr. and grandson Billy III will anchor the 1 to 2 PM group along with Mason Peters, Steve Sterner, Christian Bruno, Jared Umbenhauer, Matthew Warner, Trent Warner, Christian Donati and Logan Watt.
Von Dohren, the winningest driver in the history of the Grandview Speedway and Super Late Model veteran Jim Bernheisel and son Bryan headline the 2:00-3:00 PM group along with Davey Sammons.
The Hirthler family will also be a part of this group. That includes Modified and Sportsman racers Kevin Hirthler and brother Brian. Kevin’s son Jesse (Sportsman) and daughter Kayla (Quarter Midgets) will join them as well.
Pioneer Pole Buildings, Inc. takes great pride in constructing the highest quality, most structurally sound buildings in the industry. All buildings are designed for a 90 MPH minimum wind load. Every Pioneer building is individually designed by their expert engineering department and is built on site. Company representatives will be on hand during the two-day show to answer any questions regarding their services.
The Pioneer sponsored cars will be part of 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 continuous offering of informative racer seminars will make Motorsports extra important day for racers. Check out the recently released schedule on the show web-site.
Former NASCAR Cup series driver Ken Schrader and Jimmy Spencer will be talk racing on stage during the show and signing autographs. A special tribute to long-time successful Sprint Car owner Bob Weikert will be held during the entire show.
On Friday at 8 PM the Aqua-Duck Water Transport sponsored Ms. Motorsports pageant will be held. Thanks to Aqua-Duck, this year’s winner will again receive $2,500 and the swim suit winner $500.
After the show closes on Friday at 9 PM a post-show party, hosted by Old Milwaukee Beer, will follow to 12 midnight in D-Hall. Bucket of beer specials, a full bar and a range of different food items will be available. A live band and a DJ will offer non-stop music.
The RAACE Foundation sponsored Big Wheel races will be held on Saturday at 3 PM in three ages groups from 3 to 9. No pre-entry is needed, children with their parents must check in at the stage area prior to 1 PM. Big Wheels are supplied.
The show is open on Friday from 2 to 9PM. Saturday hours are 10 to 7 PM. The show box office opens daily one hour prior before the show. A special show area that includes the Bob Weikert Tribute is open for pre-show viewing. A complete schedule is available on-line at motorsportstradeshow.com.
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. It’s easy in and easy out with plenty of Free parking surrounding the Expo Center.
Oaks, PA – Legendary car owner Bob Weikert will be remembered in a special tribute to be held at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2023 Show. The two-day show will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, its home since 2010, on Friday, January 19th from 2-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
After a highly successful Billy Pauch Tribute during the entire January 2023 event, Weikert’s career as a car owner will be featured in a large D-Hall exhibit in 2024. Several of the famed Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 Sprint Cars will be on display and many drivers who drove them will be on hand to meet fans, take part in two stage events and sign autographs. Bob passed away in 2002, but his two sons, Todd and Ike are expected to be on hand for the tribute.
Weikert won over 500 feature events, over a 30-year period as a car owner. He purchased his first Sprint Car in 1971 for driver Richard Lupo who won for him the first two times out. Later that year he forged a long-time relationship with the late Kenny Weld and together, won the 1972 Knoxville Nationals together. During a three-year span, they won over 100 features together. Doug Wolfgang, with mechanics Davey Brown, Sr. and Jr., took Weikert back to the Knoxville Nationals victory lane in 1984 and 1985, just two of 150 victories they had together in less than four years.
List of drivers planning to attend include Keith Kauffman, Richard Lupo, Paul Pitzer, Len Kruatheim, Randy Wolfe, Lance Dewease, Don Kreitz Jr., Dave Ely and Port Royal Speedway promoter Steve O’Neal.
Nearly 200 race cars of all kinds will once again be on display including a Nico Hülkenberg No. Haas Formula One race car. Many speedways and organizations will use the show to announce their plans for the new season.
Legendary Drag Racer Bruce Larson is bringing to the show a new Shelby Cobra Dragronsnake. Shelby American, Inc. recently authorized the building of five new Shelby Cobras by Legendary G.T. Continuation Cars in Roaring Spring, PA, and each of these cars has a selling price of $750,000. The car that Larson will bring to the show is the first one in this new series.
The orginial Dragonsnake was a special edition of the Shelby Cobra and just eight cars in this line were outfitted with that performance package. The new car has a much-more powerful Ford V-8 engine than Larson’s original car he drag raced in 1963.
Larson will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs both days of the show as will NASCAR legend Ken Schrader. Jimmy Spencer, will be making a guest appearance on Saturday at the show.
Pioneer Pole Buildings, Inc. takes great pride in constructing the highest quality, most structurally sound buildings in the industry. Company representatives will be on hand during the show to answer any questions regarding their services. A fleet of Pioneer sponsored cars will on display.
Legendary car owner Bob Weikert will be remembered in a special tribute located inside the main entrance in D-Hall. Weikert’s career as a car owner will be featured with several of the famed Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 Sprint Cars on display and many past drivers in attendance. The exhibit will also include a 400-foot wall of photos from his career as a car owner.
On Friday night at 8 PM the annual Aqua Duck Water Transport sponsored Ms. Motorsports competition will begin. Last year 24-year-old Lindsey Garl of Reading, PA was choosen the winner over 16 contestants.
The 2024 Ms. Motorsports will again receive $2,500, second $500 and third $250. A fan voted best in bathing suit winner will pick up $500 as well. Immediately following the competition, a special post-event party will be held at the stage area featuring music, food and beer specials.
The popular, free racers seminars will return in the newly enlarged for seminar room. The RAACE Foundation Big-Wheel races, which featured a record amount of entries in 2003, will be held in the stage area on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
The popular, free racers seminars will return on Friday and Saturday in the newly enlarged for seminar room.
Show hours will run 2-9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available at the door beginning one hour before the show opens. Free parking surrounding the Expo Center.
Motorsportstradeshow.com or the show on our Facebook page are location for up to date event, autograph, show and seminar schedules
MOTORSPORTS 2024 SEMINARS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19
4:30 – 5:30 PM SHOCK SENSE – DALE and BRANDON PLANCK of DIG SHOCKS have quickly combined a proven product with race winning knowledge to a growing list of customers in Dirt Modified and Sportsman competition. During a one-hour seminar they will offer understanding advice on shock and suspension topics, what communication is needed to adjust to an ever changing dirt track and much more. After retiring as a winning driver and champion, Dale Planck has utilized his racing experience and skillset to guide many young drivers along with established teams to victory lane. His son Brandon Planck is a mechanical engineer with not only a great knowledge of racing, but knowledge of shocks few understand. Bring your notebook, have your questions ready.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20
11:30 – 12:30 PM (Room 1) DIRT MODIFIED 4 COIL, & LOADS – CHUCK SCHMICK Technical Sales Advisor Behrent’s Performance Warehouse: Suspension Expert Chuck Schmick of Mooresville, N.C., formerly with Eibach Springs, will present an informative seminar to get you updated with today’s ever changing Dirt Modified chassis set-ups. Hyperco and Behrents will be giving one person a set of four Hyperco coils that attend the seminar via a drawing.
12:45 – 1:45 PM (Room 1) SPRINT CAR HELP with JIM SHREINER: With over 25 years of experience working with some of the best Sprint Car drivers and teams in the country, veteran crew chief Jim Shreiner be hosting a one-hour seminar to offer advice to the Sprint Car beginner to racers competing at different levels up the ladder in the sport. A former Micro Sprint driving champion, Shreiner learned Sprint Car racing from some of the best crew chiefs in the business after his retirement behind the wheel. He then enjoyed success working with drivers such as Keith Kauffman, Doug Esh, Justin Henderson, Tyler Walker and most recently Dylan Cisney. Shreiner will discuss needed car and engine maintenance, chassis set-up, following a race track, needed discussion with the driver and much more. Bring your concerns and questions!
1:00- 2:00 PM: (Room 2) TAKING PHOTOS AT THE TRACK– Hosted by award winning racing photographer BOB YURKO of Area Auto Racing News: For the “amateur” or the person looking to enter the business, this seminar provides “the basics” of racing photography.
2:00 – 3:00 PM: (Room 1) WATT’S UP IN SPORTSMAN – Veteran Modified winning driving RYAN WATT quickly coached his teenage son LOGAN WATT to the Grandview Speedway crate Sportsman track championship, second in Big Diamond Raceway points and third in the Short Track Super Series this season! Both father and son have offered their time to cover what they feels is needed for a team to know or have to help a young driver making the move from small cars, or a current Sportsman competitor wanting to improve. From maintance to motor/set-up advice to driving coaching, both Watt’s will be available to answer your questions so prepare in advance.
3:00- 3:45 PM: (Press Room): Race Track/Tour & Series Media Workshop – Hosted by WAYNE HARPER, Lincoln (Pa.) Speedway press director. Open discussion between racing writers/photographers and track/series Promoters/Managers and Press Directors as to professionalism, credential usage and pre and post-event coverage. A featured topic will be “Today’s Racing Social Media”, with emphasis on how tracks/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.”
3:15 – 4:15 PM (Room 1) TIRE PREP – Jay Castimore, the long-time dirt Modified tire specialists for Brett Hearn and most recently Stewart Friesen, will address American Racer and Hoosier tire preparation and equipment to use for grooving, siping and needling. He’ll talk about where on the tire to do the work, which blocks, how deep and what direction. When to use it, when not… plus tire compound choice and watching an ever changing race track before making a decision. The discussion will also include tire maintenance and dicussions he has with his drivers. Bring your questions to the tire expert!
4:30- 5:30 PM: (Room 1) NEW ENTRY LEVEL CLASS FOR CHILDREN – HYPER RACING will be hosting an informative seminar regarding Junior Sprints, a new entry level division for children that is being introduced this season to the northeast. The Junior Sprint class originated in the Midwest around 2004 as a driver development class and is designed for drivers 5 (or 6 depending on track) to 12 years old. The class was born with the idea to create a class where the 600cc Sprint drivers would have a place for their children or younger siblings to race at the same track on the same nights.
5:45 – 7:00 PM (Room 1) ATQMRA RULES MEETING
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Jimmy Spencer Is Coming To The Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2024 Show Jan. 19-20, 2024; Asphalt Mod Star, NASCAR Cup Standout Had Daytona, Talladega Wins
Oaks, PA – Jimmy Spencer, a winner NASCAR’s Cup, Xfinity and Truck divisions, will be making a guest appearance at the 2024 Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show in 2024. The two-day PPB Show takes place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on Fri., Jan. 19 and Sat., Jan. 20, 2024.
Spencer will be on stage for what promises to be a provocative, revealing in-depth interview session with PPB Motorsports Show announcer Paul Szmal on Saturday, January 20 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Jimmy Spencer followed his father Ed into racing. He started driving Late Models in Pennsylvania. He captured his first win in the Late Model division at Port Royal, PA Speedway in 1976. He moved to NASCAR Modifieds at Shangri-La, NY Speedway, then branched out to bigger events throughout the Northeast.
In 1984, Spencer, who by this time had earned is nickname, “Mr. Excitement”, won NASCAR Modified Tour titles in 1986 and 1987.
Spencer’s next move was to the then Busch, now Xfinity, Series, where in 211 starts, he won 12 times. He then moved to the NASCAR Cup series in 1989 and in 1994won the Daytona Pepsi 400 and just weeks later the Talladega DieHard 500.
Before he retired he also added a NASCAR Truck series win to his resume. Spencer then became a TV celebrity, with reoccurring appearances on several NASCAR themed magazine format programs. He’s most known on television for his “crying towel” segments.
Fans will have the opportunity to connect with Spencer one-on-one at the show from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for autographs and conversation.
Spencer, now 66, will join fellow former NASCAR Cup multi-time winner Ken Schrader at the PPB Show.
On Saturday at 12 noon, Schrader will take to the stage to talk about his career, his recently published book “Still Racing” and take questions from fans in a special One-On-One presentation.
Schrader will also be available for autographs, photos and book signing on Friday at the show from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday following the stage presentation from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Legendary car owner Bob Weikert will be remembered in a special tribute located inside the main entrance in D-Hall. Weikert’s career as a car owner will be featured with several of the famed Weikert’s Livestock No. 29 Sprint Cars on display. The exhibit will also include a 400 foot wall of photos from his career as a car owner.
Nearly 200 race cars of all kinds will once again be on display. Many speedways and organizations will use the show to announce their plans for the new season.
The Aqua-Duck Water Transport sponsored Ms. Motorsports 2024 will be held on stage starting at 8 p.m. on Friday. The 2024 winner will again receive $2,500. Following the competition, a special post-event party will be held at the stage area featuring music, food and beer specials.
The RAACE Foundation Big-Wheel races, which featured a record amount of entries in 2003, will be held in the stage area on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
The popular, free racers seminars will return on Friday and Saturday in the newly enlarged for 2023 seminar room. A complete schedule will be announced by the first of the year.
Exhibitor space, sold out in 2023, remains available by contacting Dan Sammons at 609-888-3618 or email@example.com. Show information including hotel rooms and entry forms for the Ms. Motorsports competition are available at motorsportstradeshow.com.