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FEBRUARY 27, 2017
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MURANTE AUTO REPAIR & PERSA AUTO REPAIR JOIN 10TH ANNUAL QUAKER STEAK & LUBE DIRT TRACK HEROES SHOW MARCH 5 TO MARCH 11
The telephones continue to jingle and the internet is still running at a very high velocity as the upcoming 2017 edition of the Tenth Annual Quaker Steak and Lube sponsored Dirt Track Heroes Car Show continues on it's countdown towards the opening day and with it, additional sponsors have been added to the successful gathering of the past, present and future of auto racing joining forces together under one roof in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. The Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will be ready to rock and roll when the doors of the Mall swing open to welcome the return of the show to the Phillipsburg Mall in 2017 with opening day set for Sunday, March 5th. The opening day event will feature the honoring of legendary Modified and NASCAR driver Tighe Scott and author/publisher/ racer Lew Boyd. (Paved Track/Dirt Track) The show encompasses the majority of the local short track scene and will continue through Saturday night, March 11th.
The Phillipsburg Mall, located on Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, NJ, has proven to be a popular setting for this special event and will offer a multitude of race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the course of the show. The show continues to be FREE of charge to the mall traffic and the 2017 edition of the show continues to be the trend setter of the many shows that are scheduled during the year. With an exciting and diverse schedule of events to whet the appetite of any true race fan, large crowds are expected to fill the wide walkways of the Phillipsburg Mall.
With the eclectic Quaker Steak and Lube Restaurants the lead sponsor of the event, the excitement and the pulse for the week long show quickens with each day as the countdown for the event rolls into place. The 55 stores making up Quaker Steak & Lube annually sell more than 80 million wings per year and "The Lube" is recognized as "The best wings in the USA." The Phillipsburg location has also been dubbed "The Official Restaurant of the Dirt Track Heroes" show. To contact the restaurant, call: 908-454-2900 or check out their website at: www.thelube.com Before or after the show head to Quaker Steak & Lube and get recharged and refueled in a great sports setting.
Back on board as a returning show sponsor for the fifth consecutive year is Lou Murante and his Murante Auto Repair Shop located at 128 West Beil Avenue in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Lou is an avid racing fan and has enjoyed more than 35 successful years in the auto repair industry. Murante Auto Repair is a full service auto repair and preventive maintenance center that has been performing high quality and guaranteed auto repairs since 1979. Lou repairs and services all types of domestic and imported cars, trucks and SUV's and only use parts that are equal to or exceed the standards of the parts originally used by the manufacturers. At Murante Auto Repair they pride themselves in performing the service or repairs on your auto right the first time, every time by their highly qualified ASE certified service technicians. The number to reach Murante Auto Repair is: 610-759-6121 and the hours of service are Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM and Saturday from 8 AM until 12 Noon. You can also check out their website at: www.muranteautorepair.com Give them a call today to make an appointment and let them perform their magic on your vehicle to get you to the track on time for the first heat.
Returning to the show as an associate show sponsor, Dave Persa and his Persa Auto Repair Shop is located at 7572 Beth-Bath Pike in Bath, Pennsylvania. Dave is no stranger to the world of Motorsports as his children were long affiliated with quarter midget racing programs in the Lehigh Valley for many years and Persa Auto Repair was a loyal sponsor to the Gasoline Alley TV/Internet Show the Pados Brothers hosted for ten years. Persa Auto Repair has enjoyed a successful 25-year plus run with a business that has been satisfying customers with quality mechanical services that includes Engine and Computer Diagnostic Repair, Pennsylvania Emissions and Safety Inspections, Tires, Brakes, Wheel Alignments and Suspension work, Tune-ups and Oil Changes. Persa Auto Repair handles all Domestic and Foreign make vehicles. Call them today at: 610-837-7800 and make an appointment and allow them to get your hot rod back on the winning track. American Express and Visa are accepted and business hours are Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM and visit their website at: www.persaautorepair.com
The Dirt Track Heroes Show is extremely proud and thankful to the great list of associate sponsors assembled for the upcoming show. To our loyal racing fans, we ask that you please support these fine institutions whenever you have the opportunity to do so. These great sponsors are the life support of the show and to do the show without them would be extremely difficult to accomplish. In place thus far is the IRCO Community Federal Credit Union who has been a sponsor since the inception of the show in 2008. Contact IRCO at: 908-859-1811 and check out their website at: www.ircocu.com. Smith Fabrications, home of the Stage One Modifieds, can be reached at: 610-462-4302 or their website at: www.smithfabrications.com Premio Foods offer a great line of Sausage Products. Visit their website at: www.premiofoods.com R&F International Muffler & Brake is located at 1951 West Main Street in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and the phone number is: 570-476-2120. Alex's Tire/Breidingers Speed Shop is located at 102 Commerce Way in Stockertown and can be reached at: 610-759-8743 or: www.alexstire.com Enterprise Car Sales is on board for the show and can be reached at:484-661-4555 or their website at: www.enterprisecarsales.com Martocci's Automotive can be reached at: 570- 517-2777 with any questions or to make an appointment or log on to their website at: www.martocciautomotive.com Searock Fabrication and Speed Supplies is located at 2172 Community Drive in Bath, PA and the number to reach the shop is: 610-496-5026. Adams Brothers Used Auto Parts can be reached at: 610-264-2334. Jeff's Automotive is located at 4110 William Penn Highway in Easton and the number to reach them is: 610-253-6565 or visit their website at: www.jeffsautomotive.com Hamlin Speedwaycan be reached at: 570-420-5500 or at their website at: www.hamlinspeed.com Don't forget when you are looking for something fun and exciting to do, try the S&S Speedways Indoor Go Karts for some honest to goodness fender to fender and paint trading fun with a gang of your friends. Check it out on the web at: www.SSSpeedways.com
All historical racing groups including Flemington, Tri State, Reading, Harmony and Nazareth will have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits.
Entries are now accepted to display at the 10th Annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show. More information is available by calling: 443-513-4456 or you may complete the entry form located on the home page of the: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com web site or through email at: TOTHILL98@aol.com. You may also contact Steve Pados at: 484-784-7756 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow the simple instructions posted on the web site to register. Space is available for race cars of all divisions, show cars, vendors and race tracks as well.
The Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will again offer a great keepsake event souvenir program book and apparel. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM and from Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM.
Tenth Annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Car Show 2017 Schedule of Events
Sunday- March 5 - (Starting at 1:00) – Enterprise Car Sales, Jeff’s Automotive and Huston’s Automotive presents Dirt Track Heroes Car Show Opening Ceremony honoring racing legend Tighe Scott and author Lew Boyd (Paved Track/Dirt Track) with Driver Interviews and Autograph Session: Saluting Nazareth Speedways and Dorney Park Speedway
Monday- March 6 – (6:30 PM) – Alex’s Tire/Breidinger’s Speed Shop and Murante’s Auto Repair presents Straight Line Fever Drag Racing Night featuring Island Dragway, Harmony, Old Bridge and Mountain View Dragway
Tuesday- March 7 – (6:30 PM) Adam’s Brothers Used Auto Parts and Persa’s Auto Repair presents the “Stars of Tomorrow” featuring all Quarter Midget Clubs: Blue Mountain, Lehigh Valley, West End Raceway, Keystone, Oaklane, Phoenixville, South Jersey and Garden State
Wednesday- March 8 – (6:30 PM) – Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedways and Smith Fabrication/Stage One Modifieds presents Hamlin Speedway all divisions, Snydersville Raceway, Mahoning Speedway, Accord Speedway, and Orange County Fair Speedway
Thursday- March 9- (6:30)- Searock Fabrication & Speed Supplies and Ralph’s Radiator presents New Egypt, Bridgeport, Grandview, Big Diamond Raceway and X-Cel Modifieds
Friday - March 10 – (1st Show (4 p.m.) – Premio Foods & RF International Muffler presents Special Edition “The Legends of Racing” honoring Grand Marshal Sammy Beavers with many legendary stars from Reading, Nazareth, Harmony and Flemington expected to participate.
Second Show- (6:30 PM)- Martocci Automotive, Dean’s Auto Sports and Carl’s Auto Repair & Chrin’s Automotive presents Salute to Open Wheel Racing Divisions-Thunder on the Hill, ATQMRA, ARDC Midgets, Action Track USA, Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Sprint Cars, 358 and 360 Sprint Car Divisions
Saturday - March 11 - (1:00) – Premio Foods and Enterprise Car Sales presents Special Tribute to Open Wheel Racing Legends from Flemington Speedway & Flemington Speedway Historical Society, Harmony Speedway and Nazareth Speedways
Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. -
*Schedule subject to change
Contact: Richie Murray - USAC Media / email@example.com
SCHUERENBERG ESCAPES TO VICTORY LANE IN WINTER DIRT GAMES VIII FINALE
Ocala, Florida......... A seventh-place starting position and a 360 degree spin at the midway point was not enough to deter Hunter Schuerenberg on the path to a "Winter Dirt Games VIII" victory Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park.
The 27-year-old Sikeston, Missouri native steadily moved his way toward the front of the field throughout the 30-lap event before surging into the lead with seven laps remaining to collect his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory in nearly three years since a 2014 victory in McCool Junction, Nebraska as well as his ninth career series triumph, joining Mario Andretti and Robbie Stanley for 47th on the all-time list.
At the drop of the green, though, outside front row starter Thomas Meseraull held the point, fending off a furious challenge from previous night's winner Justin Grant and defending USAC Silver Crown titlist Chris Windom for the first pair of laps.
Following a yellow brought about by a Kyle Cummins spin after contact with Isaac Chapple in a battle for the seventh position, Windom used a massive run on the restart to slide up in front of Meseraull and snare the lead away in turn one, instantly stretching out his lead by the tenth lap as Meseraull and Grant battled for second.
At the feature's midway point, Schuerenberg and Carson Short fought side-by-side for the fourth position. In turn four, the two made contact, vaulting Short's right rear over the nose of Schuerenberg's ride. Short landed on all fours before sliding front-bumper-first into an infield tire marker, stopping him in his tracks. Meanwhile, Schuerenberg was sent into a complete 360 spin, but kept his foot on the gas and continued down the front straightaway as the yellow flew for the stopped car of Short.
"The bottom started going away there," Schuerenberg recalls. "I whoaed up there too much trying to hit the bottom and I think Carson just had a head of steam. It was one of those racing deals. I don't think he really meant to do it partially because I slowed down quite a bit trying to hit my marks."
Schuerenberg restarted fourth with 15 to go, joining Grant and Meseraull in their pursuit of race leader Windom who began to pull away in the latter stages to a one second advantage with a mere 10 laps remaining, but a lap 21 caution bunched up the field at the front of the pack for the ensuing restart.
On this occasion, Windom was unable to break way as Grant challenged low and a surging Schuerenberg ripped the top-side to remain within the shadows of the orange No. 5 that paced the field. Suddenly, though, Windom's right rear tire appeared to be going flat, but the determination of Windom refused to deflate after both Grant and Schuerenberg completely surrounded him, both low and high, on lap 22.
Grant clawed his way along the bottom of turn three to briefly occupy the top spot, yet Windom was able to duck back under Grant to retain a lead of the narrowest of margins at the stripe. On the 23rd lap, Schuerenberg used the momentum on the cushion to ride his way to the front and, one lap later, Windom's quest for victory vanished as the tread on his right rear tire gave way, resulting in a yellow with just seven laps to go.
When racing resumed, it was all too clear Schuerenberg was the class of the field on this night as he constructed a lead that grew to nearly two seconds on the final lap to score the win in his Roof Bolt Racing/Eddie Gilstrap Motors - Roof Bolt Xpress/Eagle/Tranter over Grant, Meseraull, Chad Boespflug and Brady Bacon, who earned $700 in cash for the BC Badass Passing Award this weekend courtesy of the Hughes Family and the Indiana Mafia.
Saturday night marked the first USAC victory for the Roof Bolt Racing team and Schuerenberg's first career USAC victory at Ocala, a place in which he has scored six top-five finishes in his 11 most recent starts at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track.
"We've got a different car this year and we've got some new partners involved," Schuerenburg explained. "Being away from non-wing racing for a while and doing the wing thing, there were things I took from that and applied to the non-wing car, which is quite a bit different than what I've typically done in the past. I've been rebuilding engines myself and learned quite a bit with making more power where I think I needed it. It's nice to take the perspective of driving the car and then learning more about engines, you can apply what you learned on them to what you feel with your foot."
"Justin has many of the same tendencies as me," Schuerenberg asserts. "If he gets the chance and he's racing somebody, he's probably going to be on the top. When Windom's tire was going down, I noticed that and I knew going into the first corner, Justin was probably going to the outside to try and get Windom. I thought if Windom got through that corner quick enough, I could follow him to get around Justin when he left the bottom open and, from there, I'd just have to worry about getting by Chris. I knew Windom would go to the bottom in (turns) three and four, so I went to the top to try to beat him in one. I've been racing with Chris and Justin for 10 years now. You kind of know those guys' habits, where they're going to go and what they're going to do. They know the same things about me too. It's nice because you don't have to worry about those guys running over you, but in that situation, it kind of helped me because I knew what I thought they were going to do. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn't. I tried what I was thinking that time and it worked out, but it may not work out the next time. It was just a hold-your-breath type of race, but it was a fun one. If you're going to win one, I'd rather win it like that rather than just lead the whole thing."
Ione, California's Justin Grant followed up Friday night's winning performance with a solid second place run and takes ahold of the early season point lead in his Sam McGhee Motorsports/Mike McGhee & Associates - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Maxim/Foxco.
"Obviously, we wanted to win," Grant acknowledged. "Second place is a good night. It was good for points and we've set out to chase the points deal this year, so I took what I could get. I made a couple mistakes throughout the race, but I think those guys were just a little better than we were. Had I run a perfect race, we were good enough to beat them. But missing a step here and there, it just got away from us. Sam gave me a great car again and it seems like we're close every night. It's nice when it feels like we missed, yet we were still able to run second."
San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull captured the victory in the 2016 "Winter Dirt Games" finale. Although the results from 2017's event did not include a victory celebration, Meseraull was extremely pleased with his third-place finish in his debut weekend performance aboard the Rick Pollock/Bates Commodities - Jonathon Pollock Engines/Maxim/Pollock.
"The car was great," Meseraull exclaimed. "It was a big difference from yesterday when it was my first time in the car and I was still getting a feel for it and getting on the same page as Rick. We did that tonight. We knew we had to qualify better, but we had a little bit of timing problems. We just worked it out. It just needed more timing and the difference was night and day. I'm really excited to run top-three. I thought we had a fourth or fifth-place car, but Windom blew a tire and that helped us out. I just got up on the wheel and was able to keep Chad (Boespflug) and Chase (Stockon) behind us. I'm just happy to get out of Florida in one piece."
Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park include Carson Short (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Max McGhee (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Landon Simon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger/BC Badass Passing Award) and Tyler Courtney (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 25, 2017 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VIII"
PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.955; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.056; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.072; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.083; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.138; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 21x, Pollock-14.178; 7. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-14.239; 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Roof Bolt-14.264; 9. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.279; 10. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-14.325; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.365; 12. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-14.374; 13. Max McGhee, 4J, 4J Motorsports-14.398; 14. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.403; 15. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-14.425-14.425; 16. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20N, Nolen-14.477; 17. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.492; 18. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-14.511; 19. Shane Cottle, 44, Pace-14.704; 20. Jeff Bland, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-14.716; 21. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.782; 22. Joe Liguori, 44D, Staab-14.964; 23. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-14.965; 24. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Kaser/Seeling-15.179; 25. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-16.468; 26. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.044.
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Grant, 3. Short, 4. Windom, 5. Coons, 6. Darland, 7. Cottle, 8. Liguori, 9. Carlsson. 1:55.37
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Simon, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Andretti, 4. Bacon, 5. Cummins, 6. Bland, 7. Caho, 8. Bell, 9. Leary. 1:56.62
CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Courtney, 3. Boespflug, 4. Meseraull, 5. Chapple, 6. Hodges, 7. Farney, 8. Hewitt. 1:53.91
INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Farney, 3. Cottle, 4. Hodges, 5. Bland, 6. Caho, 7. Hewitt, 8. Leary, 9. Bell, 10. Carlsson, 11. Liguori. 2:54.00
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Carson Short, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. C.J. Leary, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Jeff Bland, Jr., 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Max McGhee, 20. Rob Caho, Jr., 21. Dallas Hewitt, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Aaron Farney. NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Meseraull, Laps 3-23 Windom, Laps 24-30 Schuerenberg.
KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (13th to 5th)
WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tyler Courtney
NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-155, 2-Schuerenberg-144, 3-Boespflug-141, 4-Stockon-139, 5-Bacon-128, 6-Meseraull-120, 7-Leary-99, 8-Andretti-99, 9-Windom-96, 10-Coons-96.
NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 1 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway
Mark Smith is Once Again The King of the 360's
TAMPA, Fla. (February 25, 2017) For the second time, Pennsylvania's Mark Smith ended his weekend at Tampa's East Bay Raceway Park as the King of the 360's with the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints.
While Smith gave chase early on, the race on the start saw outside pole starter, Shawn Donath, taking the early advantage over Travis Rilat. Slowed on Lap 3, Rilat was not to be counted out as the No. 29 stole the advantage by just over two tenths before the caution flew again.
Slowed again with five laps compete, Rilat had company on the restart as fourth starting, Mark Smith, began his run on the point. Giving chase and challenging until Lap 13, the following revolution saw the No. M1 advance into the top spot.
Keeping pace with Smith, the race for the lead came quickly as the top two ran to slower traffic. Trading slide jobs at both ends of the East Bay Raceway Park, Smith was able to return the favor for every pass by the No. 29.
With varying slower traffic in play, that allowed Smith to gain a small advantage before the red lights blinked on for Caleb Helms on Lap 31. Helms was able to walk away unhurt. Two attempts at the restart, and both times Travis Rilat railed the cushion to a side-by-side race with Smith. Retaking the lead on the second attempt, Travis peddled hard on the high side with Smith patiently working the hub.
With the run on the thirty-fourth round, Smith rocketed back to the lead the following lap and would not be contested for his second King of the 360's title. Battling in the closing laps with a hard charging, Thomas Kennedy, the No. 21k advanced to the runner-up spot with Travis Rilat completing the night's podium.
Falling back in the early goings, Terry McCarl was able to rebound to finish fourth with Tampa's A.J. Maddox coming from 16th to complete the top-five. Chad Kemenah came home sixth with Danny Martin, Jr. seventh. Jason Sides was eighth with Tim Shaffer and Rico Abreu completing the top-ten.
East Bay Raceway Park begins their regular season on March 3, 2017. The full lineup of events can be found at www.eastbayraceway.com.
The Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints returns to action at Southern Raceway in Milton, Fla. on March 11, 2017. For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, log onto www.ascsracing.com.
ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, Fla.
King of the 360's - Finale
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Event Car Count: 63
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 27-Greg Hodnett; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 4. 01-Shane Morgan; 5. 26-Marshall Skinner; 6. 19G-Todd Gracey; 7. 88-Brandon Blenden; 8. 99-Tanner Witherspoon; (DNS) 29-Kyle Amerson; (DNS) 07-Jacob Wilson
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Harli White; 2. 28X-Phil Gressman; 3. 6-Carson McCarl; 4. 95-Matt Covington; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 6. 43-Terry Witherspoon; 7. 83-Mark Ruel Jr; 8. 38-Ryan Moore; 9. 00-Tristan Lee; (DNS) 116-Nick Snyder
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 23B-Brian Bell; 2. 28FM-Steve Poirier; 3. 14C-Coleman Gulick; 4. 43H-Derek Hagar; 5. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 6. 77X-Alex Hill; 7. 6S-Robbie Smith; 8. 61-Parker Evans; 9. 9-Lane Whittington; (DNS) 10-Terry Gray
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 24M-Danny Martin Jr.; 2. 4-Danny Smith; 3. 2-Parker Price-Miller; 4. 17-Caleb Helms; 5. 10J-C.J. Jones; 6. 22-Shawn Murray; 7. 4M-Michael Miller; 8. 09-Timmy Thrash; (DNS) 21B-Brandon McLain
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 21K-Thomas Kennedy; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu; 3. 28-Tommy Bryant; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 5. 1-Freddie McCall; 6. 49-Shawn Dancer; 7. 22G-Johnny Gilbertson; 8. 59-Johnny Petrozelle; 9. 52-Cody Karl
Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 7S-Jason Sides; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer; 3. 84-Brandon Hanks; 4. 3A-A.J. Maddox; 5. 10B-Mitch Brown; 6. 82-Matt Kurtz; 7. 14-Tony Stewart; 8. 67-Steve Collins; (DNS) 24D-Danny Sams III
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer; 2. 3A-A.J. Maddox; 3. 2-Parker Price-Miller; 4. 28FM-Steve Poirier; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 6. 43H-Derek Hagar; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 8. 10B-Mitch Brown; 9. 10J-C.J. Jones; 10. 22-Shawn Murray; 11. 22G-Johnny Gilbertson; 12. 38-Ryan Moore; 13. 99-Tanner Witherspoon; 14. (DNF) 00-Tristan Lee; 15. (DNF) 88-Brandon Blenden; 16. (DNF) 52-Cody Karl; (DNS) 10-Terry Gray
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 2. 6-Carson McCarl; 3. 14C-Coleman Gulick; 4. 28-Tommy Bryant; 5. 28X-Phil Gressman; 6. 1-Freddie McCall; 7. 14-Tony Stewart; 8. 49-Shawn Dancer; 9. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 10. 6S-Robbie Smith; 11. 61-Parker Evans; 12. 59-Johnny Petrozelle; 13. (DNF) 82-Matt Kurtz; 14. (DNF) 5W-Lucas Wolfe; 15. (DNF) 9-Lane Whittington; (DNS) 24D-Danny Sams III; (DNS) 07-Jacob Wilson
B Feature 3 (12 Laps): 1. 24R-Rico Abreu; 2. 4-Danny Smith; 3. 95-Matt Covington; 4. 01-Shane Morgan; 5. 26-Marshall Skinner; 6. 84-Brandon Hanks; 7. 17-Caleb Helms; 8. 77X-Alex Hill; 9. 4M-Michael Miller; 10. 83-Mark Ruel Jr; 11. 67-Steve Collins; 12. 43-Terry Witherspoon; (DNS) 19G-Todd Gracey; (DNS) 09-Timmy Thrash; (DNS) 29-Kyle Amerson; (DNS) 21B-Brandon McLain; (DNS) 116-Nick Snyder
A Feature (40 Laps): 1. M1-Mark Smith; 2. 21K-Thomas Kennedy; 3. 29T-Travis Rilat; 4. 24-Terry McCarl; 5. 3A-A.J. Maddox; 6. 10H-Chad Kemenah; 7. 24M-Danny Martin Jr.; 8. 7S-Jason Sides; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer; 10. 24R-Rico Abreu; 11. 23B-Brian Bell; 12. 27-Greg Hodnett; 13. 4-Danny Smith; 14. 53-Shawn Donath; 15. 2-Parker Price-Miller; 16. 89-Robbie Stillwaggon; 17. 14C-Coleman Gulick; 18. (DNF) 17W-Harli White; 19. (DNF) 17-Caleb Helms; 20. (DNF) 95-Matt Covington; 21. (DNF) 2C-Wayne Johnson; 22. (DNF) 6-Carson McCarl; 23. (DNF) 4M-Michael Miller
Lap Leader(s): Shawn Donath 1-3; Travis Rilat 4-13, 32-34; Mark Smith 14-31, 35-40;
BRIDGEPORT SPEEDWAY TO HONOR DOUG HOFFMAN WITH SEASON OPENER
In just a few short weeks, the Bridgeport Speedway will honor one of its own when the Fifth Annual 60 Over Special | Doug Hoffman Memorial Weekend opens the 2017 season on the 5/8th mile speedway.
Many credit Doug Hoffman for the resurgence of the Bridgeport Speedway.
The four time track champion took over the reins for the 2012 speedway. After meeting with track owner, Brian Ramey, it was clear that Doug Hoffman was the man for the task at hand.
The Big Block Modifieds had been removed from the Saturday night schedule as a last ditch effort on the part of Jay James who had tried just about everything to be successful at the Logan Township race track. James decided to leave the speedway at the end of the 2011 season, leaving the future of the Bridgeport Speedway as a big question mark as the New Year approached.
Ramey met with several interested parties but it was clear that Hoffman was the right man for the job. “I didn’t know Doug well,” Ramey explained. “Doug approached us to discuss the possibility of him taking the reins for the 2012 season. We had several people pursuing the opportunity but none of them had the insight that Doug had. There was no doubt that he (Hoffman) was the best fit since his heart was in Big Blocks and that is what Bridgeport was designed and built for.”
Hoffman first met with fans and competitors at the Motorsports Show in Oaks, PA in January. It was a very optimistic and enthusiastic Hoffman that met with the press on Friday night of Motorsports. He outlined some of his plans for the coming season – the return of the Big Block Modifieds, the introduction of the Poker Series, his plans to make the speedway racier as well as several promotions that were directed for the benefit of the fans at the front gate.
“When people say that Bridgeport is too fast, what they really mean is that there is too much traction,” Hoffman explained. “We have to produce good racing. We need a slick surface from top to bottom. It can’t take down rubber. It can’t be a one lane track.” Hoffman talked about how drivers like Tobias, Brightbill, Horton, Pauch and himself as well, traveled to other tracks and won big races, making people sit up and take notice of the drivers who regularly competed at the Bridgeport Speedway. “It needs to be cool as hell to win at Bridgeport,” Hoffman told the crowd. He compared it to his induction into the DIRT Hall of Fame in 2011. “That was freakin’ neat – that’s the feeling we need to create at Bridgeport.”
Afraid that he wasn’t able to meet with everyone during the trade show, Hoffman set up all day meetings the following Saturday at the local Holiday Inn.
As the end of the 2012 season approached, Hoffman could take great pride in what he had accomplished. Nearly fifty Big Blocks were on hand for the season opener that year – a Race of Champions on Dirt event. The Poker Series was a huge success when introduced to the fans at Bridgeport. Hoffman combined efforts with 410 Sprint Car owner, Mike Heffner, to bring the 410s to the Bridgeport Speedway. He brought the racers to the fans by having the starting line-up stage behind the grandstands, giving the fans a very up close and personal look at the competition. And he continued a Bridgeport tradition of bringing the top five finishers behind the grandstand after each feature event – a tradition that Hoffman, himself was not a fan of when he competed at Bridgeport. “I got a lot of heat for that and I deserved it,” Hoffman said of his lack of cooperation as a driver. “Everybody makes mistakes and I made one with the fans at Bridgeport when I raced there.” As a promoter, Hoffman saw the other side of the story.
When Hoffman criticized the track preparation during the season, he was told to do it himself – so he did. If a job needed to be done – cut the grass, pick up trash, talk to a competitor – whatever it was, Hoffman did whatever was needed.
Looking back on the 2012 season, Hoffman said, “The track has raced another year and it didn’t fold on our watch.” “We’ve had good racing. I think we put to bed the rumor that you can’t have good racing on a big track.” Four drivers captured their career first wins that season in Big Block Modified competition – Mike Barone, Eric Kormann, Jesse Hill (with a Small Block) and Stan Frankenfield, Jr.
With ninety-two Bridgeport feature wins and four track championships, Doug Hoffman knew what needed to be done. While he only had one season as the track’s promoter, there is little doubt that he laid the foundation for what the Ramey family, Keith Hoffman, Dave Adams and Danny Serrano have continued for the last four seasons.
The Bridgeport Speedway will open the gates on the 2017 season with the running of the fifth annual 60 Over Special | Doug Hoffman Memorial Weekend on March 24th and 25th. While it is the fifth year of the race honoring the former track champion and promoter, this will be the first time that the event will be run as a two day event.
Friday night action will see the return of the 358 Small Block Modifieds for a twenty-five lap, $2500 to win main event. It will be the first race of the season for the DA’s Auto Body & Repair Rookies on the 5/8th mile track. All divisions will have the opportunity to participate in the open practice sessions on Friday night so that they can prepare for Saturday’s racing action. Pit gates will open at 3pm with grandstand access at 6pm. Racing will get underway at 7:30pm.
On Saturday night, the Spirit Auto Center Big Block Modifieds will compete in qualifying events for a forty-four lap feature event with $4,400 going to the winner. The Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman and PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks will run qualifying events and features as well. Saturday’s race card will be the first hand of the 811 Dig Safely/Colonial Pipeline 2017 Poker Series. Pits will open at noon, grandstands at 2pm and racing will get underway at 4pm. (There is a rain date set for Sunday, March 26th should it be needed.)
The Bridgeport Speedway is committed to maintaining a safe, fun, family atmosphere, creating life-lasting memories of excitement.
Contact: Richie Murray - USAC Media / firstname.lastname@example.org
GRANT THE TOP GUN ON NIGHT ONE OF WINTER DIRT GAMES VIII
Ocala, Florida.........Justin Grant's most recent visit to Bubba Raceway Park prior to Friday night's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship 2017 season-opener ended in heartbreak.
One year later, despite late-race contact that nearly spelled disaster for the Ione, California native, the 26-year-old Grant swiftly exorcised those demons to capture night one of "Winter Dirt Games VIII."
Since joining forces last August, Grant and the Sam McGhee Motorsports team have been stellar in USAC competition. In a mere seven starts, the combo has already amassed five top-five finishes and their first two series victories together: last September's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway and now at the three-eighths-mile, D-shaped speedway in Ocala, Fla.
"I really felt like we came in here with a lot of momentum," Grant said. "With the same car, the same engine and the same whole program we ended with last year, it felt just like we left it. Last year down here was a heartbreaker. We were leading going into turn three on the last lap and blew a tire. I've been really close here several times, but something always happened. It feels really good to finish one off and get the first win of the season. I really like winning for these guys. They work their butts off and they've got a ton of passion for what we do. It makes it that much better to win with them."
A washout one night earlier provided a heavy racetrack for the 22 cars and drivers lined up for the 30-lap feature event, which saw pole sitter Dave Darland and outside front row starter C.J. Leary wage war in a side-by-side battle with Darland able to nip Leary at the line to take the point at the conclusion of lap one.
A two-man race quickly turned into a three-wide feast of speed on the second circuit with Boespflug sneaking along the bottom, Darland in the middle and Leary on the outside. Darland once again emerged from the fray where he escaped to the head of the pack where he would hold serve throughout much of the first third of the event.
Meanwhile, Grant quickly emerged as a contender, springing to the second spot by the end of lap two from his sixth starting position. Grant, who earlier in the evening established a new one-lap track record in ProSource Qualifying, then began his pursuit of race leader Darland.
By lap nine, Grant caught Darland and was able to scoot by as the two encountered the tail end of the field. Darland refused to go away quietly as he and Grant searched for an avenue to tiptoe their way around the lappers. The pair split around Isaac Chapple, allowing Darland to reclaim the top spot at the stripe on lap 10.
The see-saw battle for the lead hit its peak on the 11th lap as Grant returned the favor and took the spot back from Darland, but Darland was able to storm back on the bottom of turn three to briefly hold the lead as Grant dipped back underneath to rip the number one position away from Darland.
"I kind of got into Dave a little bit off turn four going for the lead," Grant recalls. "I didn't really want to get into him, but we were in lap traffic and when the track's fast and kind of one lane, you can't let an opportunity like that get away from you. We got in there together and I kind of leaned on him. I'm sure that didn't make him happy, but I've got a mortgage to pay and kids to feed."
By the midway point, Grant began to pull away from the rest of the field, holding nearly a half-straightaway lead before the stopped car of Jeff Bland, Jr. between turns three and four brought the action to a halt on lap 19 and bunched up the field for the ensuing restart.
Darland was able to poke a nose under Grant when action resumed, but was unable to make the bid stick as Grant maintained his advantage. One lap later, Boespflug wrestled the second spot away from Darland exiting turn two. On the 21st lap, Darland slipped out of the top-three as Carson Short grabbed the position with an outside pass exiting turn four.
Meanwhile, Grant was on cruise-control and seemingly had everything in check. However, lapped traffic would nearly play a pivotal role in determining the winner with five laps in this instance. As Grant approached the lapped car of 16th-running Tyler Courtney, the two made contact on the backstretch, putting both cars sideways as they both fought to maintain control. The two continued after the hair-raising fracas, though Grant would lose a bit of track position, thus allowing second-running Boespflug to close the gap.
"It was a close call," Grant acknowledges. "At the front, the sway bar tube is folded back around the car. He (Courtney) half-spun in front of us and I plowed him in the left rear which straightened him out and kept him going, I think. I about spun out and ended up in the infield. I was like 'oh no, here we go.' We made pretty hard contact, hard enough that it bent our frame."
With just three laps to go and Boespflug continuing to clamp down on Grant, the caution flag flew as the machine of early leader and sixth-running Darland went up in a ball of flame that was quickly extinguished, but would sideline the series' winningest driver for the final run to the finish.
A three-lap shootout for the victory was in store between Grant and Boespflug on the lap 28 restart. Boespflug took to the bottom, attempting to slide up in front of Grant who was able to cling to the momentum up top. On lap 29, Boespflug threw it in even deeper, but was unable to secure the spot as Grant motored away to distance himself from Boespflug heading into the final lap, completing the 30-lap mission in grand fashion by 0.675 seconds over Boespflug, Chase Stockon, Brady Bacon and Leary. Carson Short originally took third, but was repositioned to the tail of the field due to missing the scales after the feature.
After seeing a pair of late-race leads slip through his fingers over the past few seasons, Grant finally captured that elusive first "Winter Dirt Games" victory Friday night for his fifth overall USAC National Sprint Car win, and his second for the Sam McGhee Motorsports team, in his Mike McGhee & Associates - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Maxim/Foxco.
"Chad (Boespflug) and I raced pretty hard during those final laps," Grant remembered. "On the restart, I knew if I could keep him behind us on the restart, we would be okay. But those restarts always concern you, especially when the track is rough and heavy. Chad got under me all the way in turns one and two one time and I put a pretty big chop on him and kept him behind us for a lap or so before I could get it opened up a little bit. Chad and I have been in that exact same scenario before and both of us ended up hanging from the fence, but he raced me really clean and gave me plenty of room. In turns three and four, he very easily could've leaned on me and knocked me up the racetrack and gotten by me that way. But he didn't and he left me plenty of room."
Hanford, California's Boespflug came home second after a hard-charge in the final laps of Friday night's feature, a solid debut as the full-time pilot of the Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - PAC Springs/Maxim/Claxton.
"Before that yellow, we were definitely in some heavy lap traffic," Boespflug said. "I didn't know if I was happy to see that yellow come out or not. We got to the rear of Justin (Grant) and he was having a tough time with those lappers. I was happy to see it, but then again, I don't know. I gave it all I had on that restart. I got underneath him in turns one and two a couple of times. I feel if we could've just gotten in front of him, maybe we would've had something to hold him off. He was really good through the center of turns one and two and off of turn two. It was just a good overall night for us, for not necessarily a new team, but new sponsors and everything. I'm just happy to put the Hoffman No. 69 back up front where it finished last year and for ourselves as well."
Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon took third-place in his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher, starting off the season on the right foot one year following a career-best runner-up finish in the series point standings.
Contingency award winners Friday night at Bubba Raceway Park include Justin Grant (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Carson Short (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Max McGhee (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger) and Shane Cottle (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).
USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 24, 2017 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VIII"
PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.683 (New Track Record); 2. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-13.731; 3. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.839; 4. Max McGhee, 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.913; 5. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.958; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.981; 7. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.992; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.045; 9. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.053; 10. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.060; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.097; 12. Shane Cottle, 44, Pace-14.171; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 21x, Pollock-14.211; 14. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-14.318; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20N, Nolen-14.355; 16. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.366; 17. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.393; 18. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-14.433; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.580; 20. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Kaser/Seeling-14.612; 21. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.709; 22. Jeff Bland, Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-14.751; 23. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-14.848; 24. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-15.056; 25. Joe Liguori, 44D, Staab-15.142; 26. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.204; 27. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-16.371.
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Short, 2. Meseraull, 3. Darland, 4. Grant, 5. Bacon, 6. McGhee, 7. Chapple, 8. Liguori, 9. Bland. 1:56.78
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Andretti, 4. Boespflug, 5. Hodges, 6. Courtney, 7. Hewitt, 8. Bell, 9. Clouse. NT
CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Coons, 3. Cummins, 4. Leary, 5. Farney, 6. Cottle, 7. Simon, 8. Caho, 9. Carlsson. 1:55.60
INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Courtney, 3. Chapple, 4. Cottle, 5. Simon, 6. Liguori, 7. Bland, 8. Hewitt, 9. Caho, 10. Carlsson, 11. Bell. NT
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Hunter Schuerenberg, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Joe Liguori, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Isaac Chapple, 21. Jeff Bland, Jr., 22. Carson Short. (Short originally finished third, but was repositioned to the tail of the field after missing the scales). NT
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Darland, Lap 9 Grant, Lap 10 Darland, Laps 11-30 Grant.
KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (16th to 4th)
WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shane Cottle
NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-81, 2-Boespflug-74, 3-Stockon-72, 4-Schuerenberg-67, 5-Bacon-65, 6-Leary-64, 7-Windom-57, 8-Hodges-56, 9-Coons-53; 10-Meseraull-50.
NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 25 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VIII"
COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. JOINS MID-ATLANTIC SPRINT SERIES SPONSOR ROSTER FOR 2017
By ERIKA PALMAI WAGNER
Competition Suspension Inc. (CSI) has joined the growing list of contingency partners with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, becoming the first of three heat race title sponsors for the 2017 season. CSI will be providing a $50 gift certificate to the winner of heat race #1 at each MASS event.
“We are happy to be a part of series which supports the Racesaver ideology which is growing stronger and steadier each year,” head of marketing at CSI, Brent Beauchamp stated. “Racesaver is a fantastic stepping stone into a full-sized sprint car, as well as an affordable way to be able to keep racing a sprint car with a working man’s budget.”
Located in their 9,500 square foot facility in Brownsburg, Indiana, Competition Suspension Inc. was founded in 2009, choosing to focus on short track technology since they believed that “attention was lacking in this area”. Their motto is to “build the best shocks in the industry, not cutting corners on anything, while producing reasonably priced shocks for every racer”. Responsible for over 2,500 feature wins and counting, numerous track, regional and national championships world wide, CSI is committed to perfection, passion and constantly pushing the envelope in developing the latest technologies in order to improve the performance of their shocks and components.
Offering numerous services such as shock repair, dynoing, torsion bar analysis, spring rating and custom engineering on any suspension part or accessory you may need, Competition Suspension Inc. has a small, but dedicated staff of racers who care about the quality of their product as well as keeping customer satisfaction as one of their main goals. CSI has four different shock packages made exclusively for 305 winged sprint cars, which differentiate according to track conditions. More information on these packages can be found on their website at www.csishocks.com.
“CSI is first class operation, and their product is something that I have been loyal to since 2013,” 2016 IMCA/TSRS champion Tim Tanner Jr. expressed. “They have always been very easy to talk to on the phone, and they sell you just what you need to get you into victory lane”.
“When I finally switched over to CSI shocks last year, the stability of my car was noticeably better,” Tommy Carberry, a 2016 feature winner replied when asked about his experience with Competition Suspension Inc. “I can call any of the support staff at CSI at anytime, and they will always point me in the right direction”.
CSI can be contacted by phone (317-858-8775), email (email@example.com) or by fax (317-858-8766). Please check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/csishocks/ or their website at www.csishocks.com.
For more info on what’s going on with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/midatlanticsprintseries/ or our BRAND NEW website at www.masprintseries.com!
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
RELEASE PREPARED BY STEVE PADOS
Phillipsburg Mall to host big race car event March 5 to March 11
TENTH ANNUAL QUAKER STEAK & LUBE DIRT TRACK HEROES SHOW SUPPORTS THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
The dates for the popular tenth edition of the week long Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show have been confirmed for 2017 and the hard-working show staff and the many historical groups and speedways are putting all of the necessary pieces in place to produce another great show. The successful event will once again begin its week long run at the Phillipsburg Mall located off Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, New Jersey beginning on Sunday, March 5th and will run through March 11th. The upcoming show encompasses the majority of the local short track scene and has become a must go to event for the local Tri-State area.
Quaker Steak & Lube, or The Lube(r) to loyalists, the award-winning casual dining concept known for its Best Wings USA and over 25 signature sauces, is fully prepped and geared as the lead sponsor for the Tenth Annual Dirt Track Heroes Car Show. Quaker Steak & Lube, which opened in Phillipsburg, New Jersey in August of 2014, has been extremely pleased with the excellent results and the great feedback they have received since partnering with the popular annual racing oriented show. The Pohatcong Township (Phillipsburg, NJ) Quaker Steak & Lube is located at 1304 US Route 22, Phillipsburg, NJ, and welcomes all race fans and families to stop by their location when visiting the New Jersey area to be re-charged and re-fueled.
IRCO Community Federal Credit Union will once again lend their solid support to the popular show. IRCO was formed in 1966 and has grown in leaps and bounds to it's present state today. IRCO serves over 8,000 members with assets exceeding $73,000,000. IRCO remains a locally-owned and staffed community financial institution. Greg Collins, vice president at the Phillipsburg, New Jersey based IRCO Community Federal Credit Union as well as the noted historian of the Harmony Speedway remarked, "As we countdown to the opening day of the show, IRCO and myself are extremely happy with all of the response for the upcoming show. When we started this event back in 2008 we had no idea where we were going but were aware of many good people wanting to be involved." Collins further added, "The nucleous of good people along with great sponsors, has fueled this event to a must see event. We are overjoyed to once again play an integral part in the success of the Dirt Track Heroes Show."
The Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Show is pleased to announce its support of Saint John's Angels, a Phillipsburg based American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team. Team members will be present throughout the duration of the week long show sellng baked goods and purple ribbon-branded Relay for Life merchandise in support of their participation in the Phillipsburg area's Relay for Life event to be held Saturday, May 20th. This annual event will be held at the Maloney Stadium right off of Route 22. The Saint John's Angels team has participated in this long-standing event since 2003.
The restored race cars represent racing's past or what many race fans refer to as the "Golden Era" of auto racing. The great spirit of the event takes the great fan base of racing back to a special time in their lives when they could hop into their family jitney and travel less than a half hour to witness the excitement and spectacle of a night at the races. Some of the cars in attendance will be original works, some of the race cars are replicars of famous cars re-created to look much like the racers the legendary drivers drove to glory at one of the many speedways that hosted racing events. The great cars and the preserved memories gain far more impact when the fans have the opportunity to chat with many of the legendary drivers who will be making special appearances at the Mall during the week long event. All historical racing groups including Tri State, Flemington, Nazareth, Dorney Park, Harmony and Reading will have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits.
Current day race cars are displayed by race teams to gain fan exposure and interest for themselves and their sponsors and create the "buzz" for the mall walkers to visit a race track in their immediate area. The cars are displayed to also exhibit the new and changing technology associated with racing and with the many restored race cars on site, depicts the evolution of the many eras of racing ingenuity. The fans can visit the Dirt Track Heroes Car Show and on any given night, meet the guys and gal drivers who pilot these four-wheel high-powered race cars. The show remains absolutely FREE to the public as it has been since first landing at the Phillipsburg Mall ten years ago.
In previous events, cars on display included big block and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, all divisions of Micro-Sprints, Midgets, all divisions of Sprint Cars, Slingshots, Stage One Modifieds, X-Cel Modifieds, Drag Cars, Late Models, SpeedSTRS, Go-Karts and a broad variety of vintage and restored race cars. Hamlin, Mahoning, Snydersville, Accord, New Egypt, Brudgeport and Snydersville will again be among the many speedways involved with the 2017 edition of the show. The week-long event will set aside one evening to salute the "Stars of Tomorrow" with a special night for the budding young racing talents competing with the many quarter midget clubs in the area and this night has proven to be one of the highlights of the week as many of the youngsters will be giving their first ever interviews to a large crowd.
The Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will again offer a great tribute keepsake event souvenir program book and apparel. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM; Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. For Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes information, contact show organizers Bob and Donna Miller by phone at: 443- 513-4456, via e-mail at: TOTHILL98@aol.com
Tenth Annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Car Show 2017 Schedule of Events
Sunday- March 5 - (Starting at 1:00) - Enterprise Car Sales, Jeff's Automotive and Huston's Automotive presents Dirt Track Heroes Car Show Opening Ceremony honoring racing legend Tighe Scott and author Lew Boyd (Paved Track/Dirt Track) with Driver Interviews and Autograph Session: Saluting Nazareth Speedways and Dorney Park Speedway
Monday- March 6 - (6:30 PM) - Alex's Tire/Breidinger's Speed Shop and Murante's Auto Repair presents Straight Line Fever Drag Racing Night featuring Island Dragway, Harmony, Old Bridge and Mountain View Dragway
Tuesday- March 7 - (6:30 PM) Adam's Brothers Used Auto Parts and Persa's Auto Repair presents the "Stars of Tomorrow" featuring all Quarter Midget Clubs: Blue Mountain, Lehigh Valley, West End Raceway, Keystone, Oaklane, Phoenixville, South Jersey and Garden State
Wednesday- March 8 - (6:30 PM) - Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedways and Smith Fabrication/Stage One Modifieds presents Hamlin Speedway all divisions, Snydersville Raceway, Mahoning Speedway, Accord Speedway, and Orange County Fair Speedway
Thursday- March 9- (6:30)- Searock Fabrication & Speed Supplies and Ralph's Radiator presents New Egypt, Bridgeport, Grandview, Big Diamond Raceway and X-Cel Modifieds
Friday - March 10 - (1st Show (4 p.m.) - Premio Foods & RF International Muffler presents Special Edition "The Legends of Racing" honoring Grand Marshal Sammy Beavers with many legendary stars from Reading, Nazareth, Harmony and Flemington expected to participate.
Second Show- (6:30 PM)- Martocci Automotive, Dean's Auto Sports and Carl's Auto Repair & Chrin's Automotive presents Salute to Open Wheel Racing Divisions-Thunder on the Hill, ATQMRA, ARDC Midgets, Action Track USA, Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Sprint Cars, 358 and 360 Sprint Car Divisions
Saturday - March 11 - (1:00) - Premio Foods and Enterprise Car Sales presents Special Tribute to Open Wheel Racing Legends from Flemington Speedway & Flemington Speedway Historical Society, Harmony Speedway and Nazareth Speedways
Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. -
*Schedule subject to change