The 2020 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 boasts an impressive schedule of 55 events, 17 of which will award a winner’s payout of at least $6,000. With an exciting slate comes a hefty point fund, as the 2020 All Star Circuit of Champions point fund will now award $258,000 across the top twelve positions including $65,000 for the championship team; a $58,000 increase from 2019. Kevin Rudeen has committed to ‘sponsoring’ $50,000 of the increased fund.
“I’ll be the first to admit that I have never liked points racing, but this past year was a lot of fun for me and my team,” said Kevin Rudeen. “We had an awesome time at the All Star banquet in December and I really like the way that Tony and his team do things with the Series. I’m looking forward to 2020 with our partnership with the All Stars. We will be announcing details at a later date on our 2020 Rayce Rudeen Foundation Race.”
Not only will the Series champion notice an impressive lift in the season-ending point fund, bumping up from $51,000 in 2019 to $65,000 in 2020, but the remaining 11 positions within the top twelve will also see an increase including a $9,000 jump for second and third place raising the payouts to $45,000 and $35,000, respectively.
In addition, the fourth place payout will increase from $21,000 to $28,000, fifth place from $16,000 to $22,000, sixth place from $11,000 to $15,000, seventh place from $9,500 to $12,000, eighth place from $8,000 to $10,000, ninth place from $6,500 to $8,000, tenth place from $5,500 to $7,000, eleventh place from $5,000 to $6,000, and twelfth place from $4,500 to $5,000.
“This is awesome,” said Tony Stewart. “A huge thank you goes out to Kevin Rudeen. He took a chance with the All Stars last year having Cory (Eliason) driving full-time, also put together a nice contingency package for the racers and sponsored a huge Foundation race. Whenever we can give back to our racers, it puts a smile on my face.”
Although not accumulating championship points toward the season-ending point fund, the All Star Circuit of Champions will kick-off their 2020 season with a four-race stint in the Sunshine State, first invading the high-paced Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida, on Wednesday and Thursday, February 5 & 6, followed by a two-day visit to East Bay Raceway Park just south of Tampa on Monday and Tuesday, February 10 & 11.
The championship point season will activate, officially, on Friday and Saturday, April 10 & 11, with a two-day stay at the high banks of Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. The Spring Nationals doubleheader will award $5,000 on each night.
In 1939 a racing visionary by the name of Bill Schindler saw the need for more organization in the sport of midget auto racing. Schindler, along with others formed the American Racing Drivers Club or as they became more commonly known as ARDC.
On Friday, May 1st the Mighty Midgets of ARDC returns to the 3/8th mile Big Diamond Speedway. The high banked, multi groove surface of the Coal Region track has produced high speed side by side action for several years.
Lincoln Speedway is on the schedule for the following weekend, May 9th and will host a second race on July 18th.On May 9th the 410 Sprint Cars and the 358 Sprint Cars will also be on the card for the York County Racing Club night. July 18th the Midgets be will be joined by the 410 Sprint Cars and Super Sportsmen.
ARDC will return to Grandview Speedway, sandwiched between the Lincoln dates, along with the Modifieds and the Sportsmen on June 20th. The high banked 1/3 mile was the last Speedway in Pennsylvania to host the Midgets on a regular basis.
“We are beyond excited to get the wingless Midgets back on the local speedways to show fans our exciting brand of racing.” Organizer Shannon Mausteller said. “We currently have the four dates lined up for 2020, with hopefully more to come for 2021.”
“With a focus on sprint car and modified tracks expect to see one of the big car drivers strap into a Midget as Steve Buckwalter, did for the win, last May at Lincoln.”
“The driver roster is not set other than to say you can expect to see many of your favorite drivers testing their meddle.” Mausteller continued.
View the complete schedule as well as all breaking news at ardcmidget.com and visit us on Facebook at American Racing Drivers Club – ARDC and Twitter at ARDC Midgets.
Found this on Facebook and thought it worth a share with readers. Dear VINTAGE RACECAR OWNER
We are writing this letter to invite you to participate in our upcoming READING FAIRGROUNDS NOSTALGIA RACECAR SHOW & REUNION to be held at the Classic Auto Mall in Morgantown PA on February 21, 22 and 23. The Classic Auto Mall is a world class consignment house located in southeastern Pennsylvania. This is a great location, as it is right off the PA Turnpike (East / West) at Exit 298 and at the end of I-176 from the North where it ends in Morgantown. This show gives the Race Fans and Motor Heads the opportunity to view the vintage racecars of years past plus the new rides of our present and future stars. It also gives them an additional venue to view of about 1,000 Classic cars, Hot Rods, Rat Rods, Barn Finds and special interest vehicles to view at no cost except for a donation going to our RFRHS Mobile Museum Fund.
Set up for the show will be Thursday Feb. 20th from 5 PM – 9 PM and Friday Feb. 21st from 9 AM – 2 PM with the show opening at 3 PM – 9 PM that evening. Then on Saturday, the show opens at 9 AM and close at 6 PM. Sunday, we open at 9 AM and close at 3 PM.
Now, you ask, what will this cost me? The answer is your space IS FREE, YES FREE!! We are asking you to display your car no matter what condition it might be in, as long as we can roll it in. It is great to show what condition some cars are in and what they look like some time down the road if and when they get restored. If you know of any other vintage car owners please ask them to contact me about displaying their car if possible. We would like to present a large display of Vintage Race Cars at our event plus the cars of our stars of today and the future. Please help us reach our goal.
This is the first year that the RFRHS will be in charge of this show and reunion. As we all know the show has fallen off since the Reading Fairgrounds Mall has gone belly up. We feel, we can bring the show back to what it was in years past with the help from you and the race teams that participate as we all know the Berks County/Reading area has a very large racing base to pull from.
If interested, fill out the attached form and return to RFRHS PO Box 427, Temple PA 19560 or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or I can be reached for questions at 610-929-5785 (leave a message) or Cell @ 570-640-5785 when available.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS JAN 31, 2020
The recently released 2020 Selinsgrove Speedway schedule of events holds 21 dates for dirt track racing fans, seven of which will feature the 410 sprint cars.
That total of seven shows for the 410s during the season ahead represents a noticeable increase over recent seasons.
Just two or three races have been slated for the division during the last few years so a doubling or tripling of races for the New Year has Selinsgrove sprint car fans excited.
The first 410 show of the year is set for Sunday afternoon, March 29 at 2 pm when March Mayhem hits the track along with the super late models.
Selinsgrove Speedway icon Ray Tilley of Pine Grove will be honored with the Icon Legacy Custom Homes Ray Tilley Classic for 410s on Sunday night, April 26, again accompanied by the super late models.
The annual Pennsylvania Speedweek Series for 410 sprints will hit the track on Sunday, June 28 when the Middleswarth Potato Chips Jan Opperman/Dick Bogar Memorial is staged as part of the opening weekend of speed week action.
Race four of seven on the year for the 410s at Selinsgrove will hit the track on Saturday night, July 25 when the sprinters get highlighted in a Summer Championship as will the super late models.
Saturday night, August 29 will find the 410s racing in the Summer Sendoff.
And then the final two shows of the year for the super sprints will take place on Sunday night, September 6 and on Saturday night, Sept 26.
September 6 will feature the Selinsgrove Ford National Open Qualifier race for the 410s while the end of the month date will feature the 38th annual Jim Nace Memorial National Open, paying $20,000 to the winner.
Each of the races on April 26, June 28 and September 26 are part of the 2020 Slivinski Law Offices Super 7 Series of races, featuring just two divisions of racing action on the big half-mile!
The season will open on Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm with the return of the Icebreaker 40 for combined big and small block modifieds.
The sale of 2020 season admission passes and seats will begin soon with information released in the near future.
View the complete 2020 Selinsgrove Speedway schedule of events by visiting the speedway’s official website at www.selinsgrovespeedway.com.
Keep up to all the latest oval news by visiting the website and by following the oval on Facebook and Twitter.
Reach the speedway office at 570.374.2266.
Every racing meet adds to the glorious history of Orange County Fair Speedway as begins its second century of action on the five-eighths-mile clay speedway in the Town of Wallkill, adjacent to the city of Middletown, New York. This year also marks the beginning of the ninth decade of stock car racing at the speedway, and more specifically, the 71st consecutive year of weekly stock car excitement. (Stock Car races were held in both 1948 and 1949, but not on a weekly basis. Weekly racing began in 1950.)
Since the early years, Orange County’s headline racing division has been the Modified stock cars, more recently just called “Modifieds.” Over those many racing seasons, 1504 feature event races have been run, with 213 different drivers going to Victory Lane. Brett Hearn, newly named Orange County’s Director of Motorsports is the track’s all-time Modified division winner, earning 177 feature race trophies. The remaining top-ten all-time Modified winning drivers include Frankie Schneider (58 wins), Jeff Heotzler (53), Richie Eurich (50), and Will Cagle (47). Also Ray Brown (43), Sonny Strupp (36), Buzzie Reutimann (34), Rags Carter (33), and Chuck McKee (32). With Hearn moving to the management side of Orange County racing, Heotzler and Eurich are the only active competitors among the top-ten all-time winning drivers.
The previous 70 years saw 28 different drivers win Orange County’s season-long Modified point championships. But 72 trophies were awarded: In 1964, Billy Deskovick and Frankie Schneider tied for the title, and in 2007 Chuck McKee and Jerry Higbie also ended the year with the same number of points. Russ Dodd holds the distinction of being the track’s first champion, out-pointing his rivals in the 1950 inaugural season of weekly racing.
As is the case with career victories, Brett Hearn is the all-time Orange County point champion, having won 16 Modified titles, the latest just this past season. Hearn won his first championship in 1979, in only his second season driving in the Modified division. Others with multiple championships include Will Cagle and Chuck McKee (each with five titles); Jeff Heotzler and Jerry Higbie (four each); Ray Brown, Jimmy Horton, Rich Eurich, and Tommy Meier (three each). Seven drivers have won two Modified point championships, while an even dozen competitors have a single championship trophy to their credit.
The 2020 Orange County schedule includes a total of 22 feature races for the Big-Block Modifieds, with 16 of these dates awarding points towards the division’s championship. The six non-point events includes two Short Track Super Series races, Special Twin-50s during the Independence Weekend Celebration, the Super DIRTcar Modified Series Battle of the Midway 100, and the Eastern States 200.
Racing begins in earnest on Saturday, April 4 with the first night of points and the “Orange County Oval Kickoff 50” for the headline division Big-Block Modifieds. Paying $5,000-to-win, the victor also earns a coveted guaranteed starting spot in the 2020 Eastern States 200. The track’s Sportsman and Street Stock divisions are also on the Opening Night program. Opening Night marks the return of the Rookie Sportsman division for the first of a five-race schedule, allowing novice drivers the opportunity to become familiar with competition on the big five-eighths-mile clay.
Planning well in advance. When Mahoning Valley Speedway released its 2020 schedule this past Saturday, January 4 during a Meet and Greet with new track promoter Keith Hoffman, one of the key highlights was the introduction of the Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series (MVSHoFS) which will be a special five race series run amongst the Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks.
For Modifieds the MVSHoFS will all be extra distance/high dollar features and are centered on a select group of track Hall of Fame drivers and their signature car numbers.
Race number one of five, which will be Opening Night, April 4, honors Doug Hoffman and his No. 60. Thus the feature will be 60 laps. Next will be a 77-lapper paying tribute to John ‘Peepers’ Yerger. That will be followed by an 81-lap affair which belongs to the revered George Wambold. The next feature will be 85 laps, the number made famous by Marvin Bartholomew and finally a 99-lapper that is associated with Hal Renninger, closes out the series on October 3.
While much excitement is being generated with the newly designed series, it was taken up a notch after revealing that the 99-lap Hal Renninger race will also be a Race of Champions (RoC) Tour event.
This will mark the first time since 2016 that the RoC will be returning to the paved Lehighton ¼-mile oval when then 15-year old Kyle Strohl scored a huge upset win in a 150-lapper.
And since this race will be held following the annual Modified 250 at Lake Erie Speedway, it now sets the stage for the championship finale with the Tour to take place at Mahoning Valley.
“Mahoning is a pillar in Modified racing and we are looking forward to it. It has been missed and we all have to work together to unify what we are all doing. This is a great step in that direction,” stated Joe Skotnicki, Race of Champions, owner.
“This race will differ a little from what we have been doing. Now the Series champion will be crowned at Mahoning which puts the focus on the race at Lake Erie and a much different focus on Mahoning. It’s going to be exciting.”
Skotnicki, Hoffman and track owner Jack Carlino had been in ongoing discussions on bringing the RoC back to Mahoning and trying to find a viable date that would work for both parties and the October 3 signing was mutually agreed to be the best.
“Keith (Hoffman) has a passion for this and some fresh ideas. He has a great background and history in this sport and we’ve worked around each other before. He understands the business and the keys to being successful,” added Skotnicki.
Over the years the RoC has made numerous stops at Mahoning Valley and each time it generated solid car counts that saw an array of track regulars battling down to the wire against the Tour steadies.
“I don’t think it will be any different now than it has been. It will be a mixture of racers and it will be exciting, plus some of the teams have followed the Series now, so they will be able to have their fans and family get to see them perform on the Series locally. It’s an exciting event,” noted Skotnicki.
If needed a rain date of Saturday, October 9 will be used.
The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, Jerico TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 70th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2020 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.
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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.