In addition to so many other things to see and do at the Pioneer Pole Building’s Motorsports 2020 Racecar and Trade Show there are a number of new interesting FREE seminars being offered at this year’s show.
The 36th edition of the popular show, that offers just about everything imaginable in motorsports, takes place at the huge Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on January 17th – 19th.
New to the free seminar schedule this year is a Question and Answer segment from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. on Friday with Matt Sheppard, the top northeast winner for the last four dirt Modified seasons. While “Super Matt” won’t let out all the secrets on how to beat him, he’ll be willing to offer advice on weekly maintenance, how to scale a car properly, reading an ever changing dirt track and driver tips. Racers would be smart to come prepared with their questions and they’ll get the answers.
A similar Question and Answer seminar will be held on Saturday from 2:30 – 3:30 pm with Eric Mack, the long-time crew chief for Stewart Friesen now a partner in DKM built dirt Modified race cars.
Mack will freely give advice on preparing your race car, no matter who built it, in your shop and what to do once you unload at the races.
From 1 to 2 PM on Saturday Tire Prep will be the topic. Dustin Leverknight of American Racer (Tire northeast distributor Lias Tire of Indiana, Pa.) will address tire preparation and equipment to use for grooving, sipping 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, watching an ever changing race track before making a decision and so much more.
Those beginning at the grassroots level of the sport should be interested in sitting it on Roy Anderson’s seminar on Friday from 6 to 7 PM. Set-up, tire and general maintenance on Street/ Pure/ Factory Stock and Front Wheel-Drive (asphalt and dirt) “U-car” divisions will be the focus.
You can’t race without funding and John Snyder is returning for another year with help for race teams to find needed sponsors. Snyder, a noted race team Media Relations consultant and motorsports journalist will offer basics ideas in writing proposals and who to send them to on Saturday from 3:45 to 4:45 PM.
Interested in getting involved in media coverage of racing events? Those interested in getting involved as a writer should plan to attend the 2:30- 3:30 PM Saturday seminar being put together by Area Auto Racing News News Editors Steve Barrick and Earl Krause
If race photographer is something you think you’re pretty good at stop at the seminar on Saturday from 4:00- 5:00 PM hosted by noted photographer Bob Yurko. He’ll cover the basics of racing photography and give you an idea how to get more involved. One attendee will get a chance to take photos at the Ms. Motorsports competition, with the professionals!
Live Streaming of races has become a heated topic among race promoters. A roundtable discussion is being planned on Saturday from 1:15 – 2:15 PM to focus on the issues surrounding live streaming of races for venue owners, promoters, drivers, and teams. Led by Chris Graham, Owner and Executive Producer of the National Racing Network; the discussion will focus on both the positives and negatives that comes with live video from the track.
Safety at the races should never be forgotten and it won’t be at the PPM Motorsports show. Great deals are annually offered at the show from many different dealers.
In the seminar room on Saturday from 5:00- 6:00 PM racer safety will be the top presentation by Warren Alston, a veteran racing flagger and official. The first part of the seminar will cover what safety measures are, or should be, in place at local racetracks. Topics will include Safety Terms, Kinematics of Trauma, and Scene Survey in an accident, Rapid Assessment (RPM) and Treatment Priorities.
PPB Motorsports 2020 opens on Friday, January 17 at 2 p.m., then at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
On Sunday, all children 12 and under are admitted FREE with a parent. A Little Miss pageant will be held as well as Big Wheel races.
Tickets are available daily at the door beginning one hour before the show opens. And the Expo Center offers a large number of FREE parking spaces. To stay informed on the latest show news to obtain booth information or enter one of the competitions, check in at www.motorsportstradeshow.com or call 609-888-3618.
In May of the 2019 season, Tim Buckwalter was named driver of the Bill Gallagher owned 5g entry for competition on the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series trail. The team found immediate success in their first weekend with a strong run at Big Diamond, and a win at the Grandview Speedway.
The combo was able to grab five top-five finishes in seven starts on the tour in 2019, including victories at the Grandview Speedway in May, and the Big Diamond Speedway in June. Along with two third place efforts. An unfortunate violent flip on lap one of the feature at the Georgetown Speedway in July, left the team with no remaining cars to finish out the 2019 season.
The duo along with head mechanic Curt Michael, will attack the full Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series in 2020. Curt Michael had the following to say about Tim and the team sticking together: “Were all happy to continue to race with Tim. We get along well as do all of our crew guys and families. Tim did a great job when we ran and we had some wins and good runs. We had one big crash at Georgetown and we had a fast car that night too, but those kind of things are going to happen when you run hard.”
But the team won’t just run with the USAC East Coast Series. Being that Tim is a former USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, and with the recent acquisition of a Rider 410 engine, the team will run the Eastern Storm with the USAC National Series in June, along with making the trip out to the Kokomo Speedway in late August for the Kokomo Smackdown. “Were looking forward to running all of the Rapid Tire, USAC east Coast Series Races, along with the Eastern Storm and a trip to the Kokomo Speedway” Said Curt Michael. “Tim has done Eastern Storm and Kokomo before, but it will be new to our team and myself, hopefully we can have some good runs with our Rider 410.”
The combo will look to have an even better 2020 season on tour with the USAC East Coast Series, along with their other events scheduled with the National Tour, along with Tim’s busy schedule in micros, speedstrs and modifieds.
The team would like to thank their sponsors for the upcoming season: GEI Enterprises, Valley Forge Inc, Trans-Fleet Concrete, JPA Masonry, Spotts Insulation, Triple X Race Components, BK Trucking, Phillips Garage Inc, CnB Chubby, CSI Shocks and Timmy’s Shock Lab, Keizer Wheels, Ultra-Shield Race Products, Shoenfeld Headers, Ti-64, Allstar Performance, Wilwood Disc Brakes, ATL Fuel Cells, King Racing Products, ISC Racers Tape, KSE Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Winters Performance, Six-B Apparel, and Leiss Garage.
Follow along with the team on their Facebook Page at: Tim Buckwalter Racing!
One of North America’s motorsports icons – Ken Schrader – will appear at Georgetown Speedway in March.
Schrader has been named the Grand Marshal for the season-opening Melvin L. Joseph Memorial at the Sussex County half-mile oval Friday-Saturday March 6-7. The two-day event is headlined by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Velocita-USA South Region presented by Design for Vision and Sunglass Central Modified opener, paying $10,049 to win.
Starting out at the age of 16, Schrader is entering his 50th year of auto racing in 2020. Schrader has driven virtually every kind of race car: Late Models, Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Midgets, Sports Cars, Indy Cars and Stock Cars.
The Fenton, Mo., driver spent 29 seasons competing at the NASCAR Cup level, amassing 763 starts from 1984 through the conclusion of the 2013 season. He scored four Cup victories, 64 top-five and 184 top-10 finishes.
All of Schrader’s Cup conquests came while driving for team owner Rick Hendrick.
Schrader’s last Cup win, incidentally, took place at Delaware’s Dover Downs International Speedway – a track constructed by Melvin L. Joseph – on June 2, 1991 in the Budweiser 500.
The 64-year-old Schrader, one of the most popular figures in the country, has filled many roles in the sport including driver, team owner, author, radio and television commentator, spotter, track promoter and mentor.
Schrader’s lifelong goal has always been to race as often as possible in as many classes of car as possible. He’s spent more than 20 years traveling the United States as a spokesman for Federated Auto Parts while driving his Federated-backed No. 9 UMP-style Modified as frequently as possible.
Schrader has visited Georgetown Speedway for the last three seasons for private Federated Auto Parts hospitality events. In March, he will have the opportunity to meet fans, sign autographs and share some of his legendary stories. Should Schrader get medical clearance from an off-season shoulder surgery, he could even turn a few laps on the Georgetown clay!
The ’20 Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend agenda is as follows:
Friday, March 6 – Small-Block Modifieds 30 laps, $4,049 to win, RUSH Late Models 20 laps, $1,049 to win, Delmarva Chargers, Delaware Super Trucks – STSS Mod & Crate 602 Practice (timed – top-two go to Saturday redraw)
Saturday, March 7 – Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modifieds 49 laps, $10,049 to win, STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 20 laps, $1,490 to win, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delmarva Chargers & Delaware Super Trucks
A weather date of March 13-14 is in place.
The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will return to the Rogers Family operated Grandview Speedway in 2020 for its thirty-first season. Another year of premier events will make-up the 2020 Thunder Series to include all the fan-favorite shows, plus the first-ever Trick or Treat Triple 20’s for Modifieds joined by the Sportsman to highlight the October MODS at the MADHOUSE season finale.
The Thunder on the Hill Racing Series has presented 137 events since its inception in August 1990 and is known for bringing the top racing divisions and top touring series to Grandview Speedway. In 2020, that tradition continues with the USAC Non-Wing Sprints and Midgets, the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Speed Week Series, Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions, and the Grandview NASCAR 358 Modifieds all scheduled for events.
In the past, the Thunder Series also presented the WoO Sprints and Late Models, SCRA, CRA, DirtCar, ROC Modifieds, ARDC Midgets, URC Sprints, and MASS Sprint cars. In most cases, these events have two top divisions sharing the main event, making it a must-see show.
The 2020 NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will open on Sunday, May 24, with the 23rd Annual Modified Traffic Jam joined by the Sportsman. The series continues on Tuesday, June 9, when the USAC AMSOIL National Non-Wing Sprint Car Series invades Grandview for the annual Jesse Hockett Classic, co-headlined by the NASCAR 358 Modifieds. A fan-favorite event, the USAC non-wing stars put on a race like no other at the Grandview Speedway.
Always one of the most anticipated events at Grandview is the Pennsylvania 410 Sprint Car Speedweek alongside the NASCAR 358 Modifieds on Tuesday, June 30. The Speedweek 35 lap feature, known as the Hodnett Cup, is dedicated to the memory of sprint car great Greg Hodnett. Fabricated from one of Greg’s many trophies, the Hodnett Cup includes a base where names of future Hodnett Cup winners will be engraved. As a perpetual trophy, it will be available on race day for the Victory Lane celebration. The race winner’s name and event date are added, and the trophy will be on display year-round at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds.
The USAC Non-Wing Midgets will return to Grandview and the Thunder Series for the 2nd Annual Ken Brenn Midget Masters on Tuesday, August 4. In 2019, the USAC Midgets put on thriller on a track that many fans say was designed for the Midgets. The NASCAR 358 Modifieds are also scheduled for this program.
Levan Machine and Truck Equipment will again present Tony Stewart’s All Star Circuit of Champions on Thursday, August 27, for the national touring series’ fifth consecutive appearance at Grandview. The All Star 410 Sprints will chase a $5,000 first-place prize to win the 35 lap feature event. The NASCAR 358 Modifieds will be on the program as well.
The 2020 season finale will close out with the Mods at the Madhouse Trick or Treat Triple 20s for Modifieds. That’s right; heat races will open the program leading to three twenty-lap Modified features in one night. The Sportsman will be part of this event on Saturday, October 17.
NASCAR sanctioned stock car racing plus a number of added attractions will continue on Saturday nights. The season officially kicks off on Saturday, April 4th, with the third annual Bruce Rogers Memorial for Modifieds. The full schedule of events will be released shortly.
It is with great disappointment that after twelve successful years, The Dirt Track Heroes Car Show will not be returning to the Phillipsburg Mall in Phillipsburg, NJ.
Two days before Christmas, the Phillipsburg Mall merchants were notified that they need to vacate the property, and the Mall will be closing.
“It is a disappointment, but not a surprise as the activity at the Mall has seen a decline over the past two years,” commented event organizer Bob Miller. “I learned of the closing at the same time the merchants were notified.”
“We had dates and an unsigned contract for the 2020 show since May 2019 and intentionally did not announce the 2020 show dates in anticipation of the disappointing decision.”
The show organizers contacted the Palmer Park Mall in October as a contingency plan, and they are welcoming this event with open arms.
The Palmer Park Mall is located in Easton, PA, at the intersection of Route 248 and Park Avenue, just off route 22/78. It is a single-story mall, with 457,743 square feet of shopping. The Palmer Park Mall is somewhat smaller than the Phillipsburg Mall, so those wishing to be part of the show should enter early. The Dirt Track Heroes Show will be utilizing the former BON TON Store as well as much of the Mall walk area.
Race cars, tracks, and organizations are all welcome to be part of the show, and vendors are welcome as well. Please contact Event Organizer Justin Beltrame at 484 772 7184 for entry details.
Move-In will take place on Thursday night, March 5, at 9 PM. The show will run all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with cars and displays moving out at 6 PM on March 8.
We do wish to thank the staff and ownership of the Phillipsburg Mall. They were great friends to the show, and we enjoyed a great working relationship, especially with the security team who went out of their way every year to make us feel welcome and accommodate all our needs.
More details will be provided shortly
The late Bill Teel was an iconic individual to the fans and his fellow competitors at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Once you got to know Bill you were forever a friend.
As a driver he was a good as they got, winning Modified track championships in 1988, 1990 and 2000. He was also the 2011 Modified car owner champion with Tyler Haydt. Bill won 16 features between 1989 and 2000. He also holds the record for consecutive Modified feature wins at four in a row.
Another distinctive characteristic of Bill came after the races ended and his many unforgettable late nights of celebration in the pits whether he won or not.
His passing in 2012 left a huge void to the tightknit racing family at Mahoning Valley, however, since 2017 a special memorial race in his honor has been held and the speedway and a dedicated committee have once again united to make sure The Bill Teel Memorial Modified 16s will again be held.
Dene Smith, Tyler Haydt and Wayne Steigerwalt recently solidified plans with track promoter Keith Hoffman to hold the special race on Saturday evening, August 1 with a rain date slated for the following Saturday if need be.
The Teel race is unique and very exciting as four 16 lap features are run. Drivers will draw for heat starting spots to qualify for the first feature. The next three feature races will be an invert for starting positions to be determined and provided all drivers are on the lead lap at the respective finishes. In-between features cars will be pitted in the staging area.
This will be a non-point race, however there will be “50 show-up” points towards the regular season standings.
“I was very happy after talking to Keith (Hoffman) and getting all of the information together for the event. Keith’s a real go-getter and he’s 100% committed to this as we are,” explained Smith, who helped spearhead the event from the get-go and has continued to work tirelessly along with Haydt and Steigerwalt over the past Teel Memorials to ensure its continuing success.
“Working with Keith, Tyler (Haydt) and Wayne (Steigerwalt), we’re all pledged to do whatever it takes to assure drivers will all be rewarded handsomely as we’ve done in each of the past three years.”
During Teel’s driving career, that began at Dorney Park Speedway and also included stints at Flemington Fair Speedway, Evergreen Raceway as well as selected touring events, he was one of the most esteemed drivers both on and off the track thanks largely to his outgoing character.
The 16 is significant in the fact it was his signature car number and ironically when he won his last feature on July 8, 2000, it would be his 16th.
“Since we started this event drivers have come forward to thank us for the effort of it being a good paying race. We try to make sure everyone comes out making something be it money of some form of contingency,” added Smith.
“The 16-lap format is really thrilling for the fans and we’ve seen some really good drivers and some underdogs come away with wins.”
The driver with the best average finish after the four features will be crowned the overall champion of the Bill Teel Memorial Modified 4-16s. In 2017 that honor went to Don Wagner followed in 2018 by John Markovic and this past year it was young Austin Kochenash who took home the special trophy.
Joining the Modifieds that night will be the Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks. Race time is 6:00 pm.
Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updated info and news. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.
One of the founders of the Eastern Motorsports Press Association in 1969 and the group’s president for nearly 40 years, Ernie Saxton was the driving force behind the EMPA for many years and along with his wife Marilyn. Saxton has also worked as an announcer at 174 tracks all across the country including Grandview until he retired from announcing after 45 years. Today Ernie lends his considerable experience in racing as a regular commentator for PennSports.LIVE.