With the recently completed regular season, Mahoning Valley Speedway is now priming for the ¼-mile paved oval’s biggest event of the year, Octoberfast 2019.
This will mark the 8th annual Octoberfast which takes place on Saturday, October 12. Race time is 4:00 pm.
The Modifieds lead the list of classes with a big 150-lap, $5000-to-win feature. Since the event began in 2012 Matt Hirschman has become the ruler, winning the first two and again last year.
The Modified portion of Octoberfast always draws a great list of talent. Zane Zeiner, Roger Coss, Kyle Strohl and Bobby Jones have also taken the coveted top prize while fending off a bevy of top notch competition from start to finish, a now customary trademark with this extra distance feature.
Also in action will be the Late Models with a 60-lap/$1500-to-win main. Street Stocks are racing for $1200-to-win over a 75 lap distance. The Hobby Stocks will be going for a $500 first place payout contested in 50 laps and the All Star Slingshots and Junior Slingshots are competing in a nation tour event.
Each of the aforementioned divisions have provided amazing racing just as good as the Modifieds.
Pit gates will open at 10:00 am. There will be early paid practice ($25) from 11:30 – 2:00.
Regular warmups start at 2:30.
Pit entrance is $50 per person. Modified entry fee $100. Late Model entry fee $70. Street Stock entry fee $60. Hobby Stock entry fee is $30. All-Star Slingshot entry fee is $25. Jr. Slingshot entry fee is $15. Driver sign-ins take place from 1:00 – 2:15 pm. Heats get underway at 4:00 pm.
The running order (subject to change) will be Jr. Slingshots, All Star Slingshots, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models. There will be a draw for heat starting spots and redraw for features. Number of redraw TBD per class.
Grandstands will open at 2:00 pm. Adult admission is $25, $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military (must show positive I.D.) Children under 10 are free.
Octoberfast rain date is Saturday, October 19.
The 2019 season will close on Sunday afternoon, October 20 with the first ever Mahoning Valley Speedway Small Car Nationals. All feature events will be challenged with 4-cylinder of less size power-plants.
The line-up will include an Open Comp Hobby Stock/Pro 4 feature, Small Car Enduro, East Coast TQ Midgets and for the first time at Mahoning Junk Car races.
Grandstand general admission for the Mahoning Valley Speedway Small Car Nationals is just $7 and $25 for the pits.
The frightening roar of race cars fill the Grandview Speedway for the final time this year on Saturday, October 19 at 6:00 PM for the 30th Anniversary Season finale of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series.
Highlighted by the 22nd Annual Modified Traffic Jam, the 358 Modifieds will challenge the Big Block Modifieds in a 40 lap main event with $5,000 on the line for the winner, $1,000 for tenth place and $500 to start the event. To be eligible for the posted payoff, drivers are required to pre-enter by calling 443 513 4456 on or before October 16. Please provide the drivers name, car number and phone number. There is no entry fee. For all the rules and complete payout, please visit our website at : www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
Joining the Modifieds on the card will be the Sportsman division, and the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Car Series.
Fans interested in advance tickets may order them by calling 443-513-4456. Please speak clearly and leave your name and the number of tickets you would like. Tickets may be paid for and picked up at the Will Call Window on race night after 3:00 PM. Advance ticket holders may enter the grandstands at 3:30 PM, one-half hour before general admission tickets going on sale at 4 PM.
Long in lineage, the Traffic Jam boasts wins by some of the top competitors dirt track racing has seen, and has been an integral part of the Thunder on the Hill schedule since 1998 when Brett Hearn took the inaugural win.
In the twenty-one year history of the Traffic Jam, Hearn is a four-time winner. Tim McCreadie, Billy Decker, and Matt Sheppard are two-time winners of this event. Drivers who have one Traffic Jam victory include Jimmy Horton, Frank Cozze, Tim Fuller, Alan Johnson, Danny Johnson, Craig VonDohren, Jeff Strunk, Duane Howard, Rick Laubach, Brett Kressley, and 2018 race winner, Ryan Watt
A special rules package is offered as a ‘treat’ to the region’s competitors, with both American Racer and Hoosier tires, allowed for competition and either Big-Block or Spec Small-Block engines permitted.
General Admission ticket pricing for Saturday, October 19 is $25 for adults, Children 6-11 are $10 and Kids 5 & Under are FREE! Pit Area admission is $40, and a license is not required.
The Pit gates open at 2:00 PM, Advanced ticket holders can enter at 3:30 PM, General Admission gates open at 4:00 PM and the first Green flag flies at 6:00 PM.
The popular Sportsman division is also on the card, competing for a $1,300 top prize for 25-laps of competition on ‘the hill.’ The same tire rule is in effect for the Sportsman – competitors are allowed to compete on Hoosier or American Racer rubber. Grandview Sportsman rules are in effect and competitors are allowed to run sail panels. Full rules are available on the Grandview Speedway website.
The MASS Sprint Cars will compete in heat race qualifying action and a 25-lap A-Main. Standard MASS club rules apply to competitors.
Fans are invited to come dressed for the occasion, Halloween costumes will be popular attire for the night with awards going out to best dressed for children and adults. Please expect some Halloween candy and of course, this night always provides some tricks and treats along the way.
The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series Halloween Party has been a staple of the Grandview Speedway schedule for over 15 years and will once again include the fan Costume parade. Race fans young and old are encouraged to dress in costume to be eligible for special Halloween prizes.
‘Joe the Pizza Dude’ will offer up hot, delicious, and FREE pizzas to the rowdiest of race fans before the action kicks off. Make some noise when ‘The Pizza Dude’ comes around, to earn yourself a free pizza!
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series as the title sponsor joined by Levan Machine and Truck Equipment and GALCO Business Communications.
The very next day, Sunday, October 20th the Outlaw Enduro Series presents Halloween at Grandview Speedway starting at 1 p.m. Featured in the jam packed day of action will be a 50-lap Big Car Enduro, a 50-lap Junk Yard Enduro, 75 lap Small Car Enduro, 20 lap Mechanics Enduro, 2-20-features for the Blast from the Past Vintage Races followed by a season finale Small Car Demo Derby. And there will be prizes and bags of goodies for the youngsters that take part in the Trick or Treat on the track at Intermission. Adult admission is just $10 while youngsters 12 and under are admitted free.
NASCAR, in collaboration with FOX Sports and NBC Sports, have announced the television 2020 broadcast schedules and start times for the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
Each of the series, along with the ARCA Menards Series, will race during next summer’s NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend at Pocono Raceway from June 25-28, 2020. This historic motorsports event will feature five races in four days, including two NASCAR Cup Series races on back-to-back days.
‘The Tricky Triangle’s NASCAR 2020 race dates, start times, broadcast network and lengths are provided below:
Thursday, June 25 at 4:15 p.m. ET – TBD Network
General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 – ARCA Menards Series Race (80 Laps / 200 Miles)
Saturday, June 27 at 12:00 p.m. ET – FS1
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Race (80 Laps / 200 Miles)
Saturday, June 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET – NBCSN
NASCAR Cup Series Race #1 (TBD Laps / TBD Miles)
Sunday, June 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET – NBCSN
Pocono Green 225 Recycled by J.P. Mascaro & Sons – NASCAR Xfinity Series Race (90 Laps / 225 Miles)
Sunday, June 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
NASCAR Cup Series Race #2 (140 Laps / 350 Miles)
Select tickets to next year’s NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend at Pocono will be on sale to the public in early October. Additionally, the annual renewal process for 2019 ticket account holders to renew their 2020 Pocono Raceway tickets is underway. For more details about renewals, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/2020renewals.
Additional information about the 2020 NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend at Pocono Raceway, when tickets will be on sale to the public, and for a more detailed, tentative schedule please visit www.poconoraceway.com/2020.
For more information about the 2020 NASCAR broadcast schedule and start times, visit www.nascar.com.
Note: All times and events are subject to change.
Richard Childress Racing announced recently that 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion and current Xfinity Series championship contender Tyler Reddick will take over the team’s No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.
Reddick, 23, of Corning, California, currently drives the Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series, earning the regular season championship title with five wins, 21 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes in 28 races this season. He’s currently ranked third in the Playoff standings coming off a runner-up finish last week on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL and boasts an impressive 5.8 average finish on the year.
Reddick won the 2018 Xfinity Series title with JR Motorsports and answered his move to RCR in 2019 without missing a beat. With five races remaining on the schedule he has already far exceeded his previous career-best totals in wins, top fives and top 10s.
“It means a lot to me that Richard (Childress), his team and Caterpillar believe in my ability to represent them both on and off the race track,’’ Reddick said Wednesday. “My goal was always to get to race on Sundays, and I’m so excited to achieve that next year with RCR, ECR and Caterpillar.
“I’m excited to take this next step in my career with their support, but also realize I’ve still got a lot of work to do this year with my No. 2 team to bring home the Xfinity Series championship.’’
In two Cup starts this year for Richard Childress Racing – the Daytona 500 and at Kansas Speedway – Reddick earned a top-10 finish (ninth) at Kansas.
Reddick will be replacing rookie Daniel Hemric in the No. 8 RCR Chevrolet. Hemric, a long-time RCR driver, has a pair of top-10 finishes and a season-best fifth place at Talladega Superspeedway in May. He currently leads the 2019 Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.
Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Chris Buescher will make his return to the team, taking the wheel of its No. 17 NASCAR Cup Series Ford in 2020. The team will part ways with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the conclusion of the 2019 season.
“We can’t say enough about Ricky and his contributions to Roush Fenway Racing,” said team co-owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Roush. “We’re proud to have been a part of Ricky’s development from ARCA to Xfinity and ultimately the Cup Series. He has served as a great representative to our partners, while helping to accumulate numerous accolades, wins and multiple championships on the racetrack. We wish him well as he enters the next chapter of his career.”
Buescher, a product of Roush Fenway’s development driver program, returns to the team that he led to a NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) title in 2015.
“We are certainly excited to have Chris back in the fold at Roush Fenway Racing,” said Roush. “He has a long history with our organization and we’ve always been a big fan of Chris and his racing style. We have watched his progress with great interest over the last couple of seasons and we are looking forward to having him in the No. 17 as we continue to grow our program next season.”
Buescher first joined Roush Fenway as a development driver in 2009, winning the 2012 ARCA Series championship in a partnership with Roulo Brothers Racing, before making his NXS debut for Roush Fenway in relief of Trevor Bayne in 2011. He moved to full time in the NXS in 2014, and in 2015 brought home Jack Roush’s eighth NASCAR Championship; dominating the series while leading the NXS standings for 24 consecutive weeks.
Stenhouse has piloted the No. 17 car for the past seven seasons after taking over for Matt Kenseth in 2013.
Buescher drove the No. 34 Ford during his Cup rookie season in 2016, racing his way into the playoffs via a victory at Pocono. He has served as the driver of the No. 37 Cup entry for the past three seasons and is currently 20th in the NASCAR Cup point standings