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09/18/06


Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society Fundraiser

When: Oct. 1st, 2006
Where: S&S Speedways
Time: 10a.m.-12p.m.
Cost: $20

The Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society will be hosting a fundraising event on Sunday October 1st, from 10a.m. to 12p.m. at S&S Speedways. The cost of the fundraiser is $20, and this includes unlimited races out on the slick track of S&S Speedways. Come out and enjoy a day of racing with some former Reading "Hotshoes" as the Historical Society raises money for the trips, outings, car shows, and races that they put on during the year. The Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society is a non-profit organization, and they are hoping this will be a big fundraiser for them. For directions and information about S&S Speedways, you can log on to the internet at www.SSSpeedways.com, or give them a call at 570-420-5500, or you can contact The Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society, at 610-916-3070 for more information on this exciting day. Hope to see you there!!!


51-year race fan Earl Krause, Sr. obit
By Walter Elliott

E. BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The body of 51-year race fan Earl Krause, Sr. was
interred here at Holy Cross Burial Park Saturday morning after a Funeral
Mass at St. artholomew's Roman Catholic Church in the township. Krause,
82, died at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in nearby New Brunswick Aug.
23 from complications of a heart attack he suffered on Aug. 6.

Earl R. Krause, Sr. was a regular spectator at Wall Township Speedway and
a member of the Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club into July 29. The lifelong
Milltown resident had also attended local racing at Flemington, East Windsor
and Pine Brook speedways, Old Bridge Stadium and NASCAR special events
at Pocono International Raceway.

Krause had said he attended his first race at Old Bridge in 1955 on an invitation
of an E.R. Squibb maintenance department colleague. He brought along his son,
Earl M. Krause - who went on to become a WTS and Pocono announcer and an
assistant editor of Trenton-based "Area Auto Racing News."

Earl R. Krause, a sailor on the USS Canberra in World War Two's Pacific
Theater, retired as Squibb maintenance supervisor in 1988 after 42 years'
service. His survivors include daughter-in-law Pam Krause, daughter Cheryl
Krause Franklin, brothers Richard and Donald, sister Thelma Krause Mulligan,
granddaughter Shawn Ryan and great-granddaughter Morgan Dailey Ryan.

The family requests memorial donations be forwarded to gsvscc@comcast.net.


HEARN WINS NUMBER 700 AT HOME TRACK!

SUSSEX, NJ (Aug.13)……..On Saturday evening, August 12, back where it all began at the historic five-eights-mile Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York, Brett Hearn won the 700th feature event race of his 32-year racing career. For Hearn, of Sussex, New Jersey and just weeks shy of his 48th birthday, the win was his 21st this season,
The victory was scored in the 25-lap 358 Small-Block Modified feature. Hearn, nicknamed “The Jersey Jet,” started the race in 14th position, and took the lead on lap 21. It was his fourth win in eight Small-Block Modified division races this year at Orange County.
Hearn’s first win was also at Orange County, in the spring of 1976 when he was just 17-years-old. His overall Orange County record stands at 275 feature wins---160 Modified, 113 Small-Block Modified, and two URC sprint car victories.
“There are so many people I have to thank for being behind me all these years,” said Hearn. “But what’s especially satisfying this time around is how well our three teams work together. We have a common goal and that’s to do the best we can every time we race.” For the 2006 season, Hearn is racing for the combined B.H. Racing Enterprises, Inc. and Madsen Motorsports effort (No. 20), Steve Hastings and Joe Knoth’s J&S Racing, Inc. team (No. 74), and Vinnie Salerno’s 4-Star Racing (No. 4*). Win number 700 came behind the wheel of Salerno’s North Rockland Towing and Four Star Transmission-sponsored car.
Hearn is one of the very few drivers in all forms of motorsports to reach the 700-win plateau. He has won races at 47 different speedways in 10 states and two Canadian provinces. Two hundred eighty-two of these victories, over 40 percent, have been in races of 50 laps or longer, including 32 wins in races designated as “200s.”
Hearn’s record also includes more than 60 track and series championships. He is currently leading the 2006 point standings in both the Modified and 358 Small-Block Modified classes at Orange County. Hearn is also the Modified point leader at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in upstate Malta, New York.


HEARN WINS NUMBER 698! TWO MORE FOR 700!

SUSSEX, NJ (July 30)……..With his win in the 30-lap DIRT MotorSports-sanctioned Modified feature Saturday, July 29 at Orange County Fair Speedway, champion driver Brett Hearn closed in on a milestone 700 career feature race victories.
The win was Hearn’s 19th of the 2006 season and fifth this year in the Big-Block Modified division at the historic Middletown, New York five-eighths-mile hard clay speedway. Hearn is the all-time record holder at Orange County, with 174 total victories---160 Modified, 112 Small-Block Modified, and two sprint car wins. He has also netted 21 Orange County track championships, 14 Modified division and seven in the Small-Block Modified class.
“This season I’ve got three great teams behind me---the combined B.H. Racing Enterprises, Inc. and Madsen Motorsports effort (No. 20), Steve Hastings and Joe Knoth’s J&S Racing, Inc. team (No. 74), and Vinnie Salerno’s 4-Star Racing (No. 4*)---so it’s a pleasure to come to the tracks knowing that we’re always prepared to run up front,” said Hearn. “You might say we come prepared to win.”
Hearn’s winning record is among the best of any race car driver in the country in any form of oval track racing.
In 1975 at age 16, Hearn gave up high school sports to begin racing in the Small-Block Modified (Sportsman) division at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. He scored his first feature event victory in 1976, and has never stopped winning. His current record includes:
421 Big-Block Modified Division wins
243 Small-Block (320/358) Modified Division wins
32 Pre-DIRT Era Small-Block Modified or “Sportsman” Division wins
2 URC Sprint Car Division wins
282 of these victories, 40 percent, have been in races of 50 laps or longer, including 32 wins in races designated as “200s.”
Hearn has won races at 47 different speedways in 10 states and two Canadian provinces.
Hearn’s record also includes more than 60 track and series championships, most recently the 2006 DIRT Florida Tour Championship, his sixth title in this series.
Hearn’s racing schedule the first two weeks of August is a busy one, including races at seven different speedways in three states and the Province of Ontario in Canada.
Aug. 04 Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Malta, NY) Mod/358 100 laps
Aug. 05 Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH) Modified 100 laps
Aug. 06 Tri-City Speedway (Franklin, PA) Modified 25 laps
Aug. 07 Merrittville Speedway (Thorold, Ont.) Modified 100 laps
Aug. 08 Ransomville Speedway (Ransomville, NY) Mod/358 75 laps
Aug. 10 Canandaigua Speedway (Canandaigua, NY) Modified 100 laps
Aug. 11 Albany-Saratoga Speedway (Malta, NY) 358 Mod 35 laps
Aug. 12 Orange Co. Fair Speedway (Middletown, NY) Modified 30 laps
Aug. 12 Orange Co. Fair Speedway (Middletown, NY) 358 Mod 25 laps


Press Release: JIM YOUNG Race Photos / RACESONGS Productions 7/28/06

RACESONGS PRODUCTIONS, well known for their Racing Music, Websites, Racing Art, Race Photography & Vintage Racing Photos, is proud to announce the makeover of their popular website. Owner Jim Young out of Easton, Pa. has been involved in local racing for over 40 years. Currently the track photographer at the popular Hamlin Speedway and staff photographer for Area Auto Racing News and Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, Young’s plate is pretty full at this time.

“When I started RACESONGS PRODUCTIONS 8 years ago, I never expected it to grow the way it did” states Young. “It started out just for fun and turned into a Business, growing more and more each year.” says Jim.

RACESONGS PRODUCTIONS is basically a one man operation. With close to 60 websites, daily internet orders and the race photography, Jim has little time for anything else. “In the near future we will be cutting back on the websites and devoting more time to our Race Photos and the making of a new Music CD”, says Young.

“As for the redesigned site, I think the race fans will like it. Each week our Race Photo page will have new photos from each track we visit. From Modifieds to Sprints and Slingshots to Go Karts this page will cover it all. Of course the ever popular Vintage Photo Pages and Trivia will still be on our menu bar” states Young.

And now we have 2 domains available to reach the site. The main domain you’ve always used www.racesongs.com and the new domain www.jimyoungracephotos.com.

Both are directed so old friends and new fans alike can all enjoy the features that have made RACESONGS PRODUCTIONS so popular through the years.

So stop by and say hello. Check out the Grandview Thunder on the Hill D.I.R.T. Photos and reminisce for a while. You’ll be glad you did!


KART RACING IS BACK AT WALL SPEEDWAY ON FRIDAY NIGHTS!

RACE: FRIDAY, JULY 7TH - GATES OPEN 5PM - FIRST PRACTICE 6PM
CHAMP KARTS, OPEN KARTS, (BRIGGS OR 2 CYCLE), MICRO STOCKS, BANDELEROS, MINI-CUP, - IF THERE IS 3 CARS IN A CLASS, THEY WILL RUN!

THE CURRENT 2006 RACE SCHEDULE CALLS FOR A TOTAL OF 10 FRIDAY NIGHT EVENTS (2 IN JULY, 3 IN AUGUST, 3 IN SEPTEMBER AND 2 IN OCTOBER.) THIS GIVES EVERYONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE FINE FOLKS AT MOHONING VALLEY ON THEIR SUNDAY PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

ALL RACERS IN ATTENDANCE ON FRIDAY, JULY 7TH WILL RECEIVE A SCHEDULE OUTLINING THE REMAINING EVENTS FOR 2006. VOLUNTEERS ARE VERY MUCH NEEDED AND APPRECIATED FOR SETUP, SCORING AND OTHER VARIOUS RESPONSIBILITIES THAT WILL HELP GET THE PROGRAM MOVING FORWARD! THERE WILL BE A ONE TIME CLUB MEMBERSHIP OF $40 WHICH WILL GO TOWARD THE YEAR ENDING BANQUET.

PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS WHO ARE INVOLVED IN KARTING TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT THIS LOCAL PROGRAM ON FRIDAY, JULY 7TH. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT RACE DIRECTOR BOB DANKA AT 609-584-8103

- 3-Wide


HEARN WINS 690 AND 691! NINE TO GO!

SUSSEX, NJ (June 25)……..Despite a broken rear suspension, Brett Hearn scored his 690th career feature event victory in the 35-lap Small-Block Modified feature race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday, June 23, 2006. The next evening at Orange County Fair Speedway, Hearn again took the checkered flag, win number 691, this time in the 30-lap Big-Block Modified feature race. The weekend victories leave Hearn just nine shy of a milestone 700 wins.

Hearn’s winning record is among the best of any race car driver in the country in any form of oval track racing.

In 1975 at age 16, Hearn gave up high school sports to begin racing in the Small-Block Modified (Sportsman) division at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, New York. He scored his first feature event victory in 1976, and has never stopped winning. His current record includes:

418 Big-Block Modified Division wins
239 Small-Block (320/358) Modified Division wins
32 Pre-DIRT Era Small-Block Modified or “Sportsman” Division wins
2 URC Sprint Car Division wins
282 of these victories, 41 percent, have been in races of 50 laps or longer, including 32 wins in races designated as “200s.”

Hearn has won races at 47 different speedways in 10 states and two Canadian provinces.

Hearn’s record also includes more than 60 track and series championships, most recently the 2006 DIRT Florida Tour Championship, his sixth title in this series.

Hearn is the all-time feature winner and track champion in both Modified divisions at Orange County Fair Speedway. His unmatched record includes 270 victories (158 Big-block Modified wins, 110 Small-Block Modified wins, and 2 Sprint Car wins). Hearn has registered 21 Orange County track championships, 14 in the Big-Block Modified division and 7 in the Small-Block Modified division.

www.bretthearn.com


THE 13TH ANNUAL “CELEBRITY DINNER & SILENT AUCTION”
TO BENEFIT the SPALDING FOUNDATION FOR INJURED DRIVERS, INC. www.spaldingfoundation.org
“DINNER WITH THE STARS OF NASCAR”

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2006
Time: Cocktails, 6:00 pm - Dinner, 7:00 pm
Location: “WINGS OF EAGLES WARPLANE MUSEUM” Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, Horseheads, NY
$35.00 PER PERSON
LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE!!!!!
NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR!!!!
Reserved seating for tables of 8 – call 607-687-2991
Enjoy an evening with some of the stars of NASCAR-dinner-photos-autographs-“silent auction” throughout the evening featuring items donated by the teams and tracks. Accepting cash/personal checks for auction payment.

TICKET LOCATIONS
WIGGLE RADIO STATION, TROY, PA 1-800-326-9445
07 RACING COLLECTIBLES, ENDWELL, NY 607-785-0707
BROWN’S CIGAR STORE, CORNING, NY 607-962-2612
BLACK ROCK SPEEDWAY, DUNDEE, NY 607-243-8686
OR CALL THE SPALDING FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS AT 607-687-2991 FOR MAIL ORDERS.
CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR EMAILING & UPDATES AT WWW.SPALDINGFOUNDATION.ORG


MIKE MONGIELLO GOING ALL OUT IN 2006

Beachwood, NJ - After his best season yet in 2004, Mike Mongiello is more than ready to get his 2006 season
into full swing. After a few weeks to test and tune his 1999 Olsen Chassis Mike thinks he is ready to be a contender
in 2006!
Mike has recently purchased a full M2 Race Systems package and the motor is currently being built by Simonek Performance out of Lakewood, New Jersey.
2006 Sponsors include CARQUEST Auto Parts of Toms River, Lacey, and Lakewood, NJ. D & A Auto Repair out of Toms River, NJ. Richies Repair Center of Beachwood, NJ, and R & M Starters of Toms River.
After an outstanding job in 2004 and 2005 Henry O'Neal of O'Neal Designs and Graphics again did a fantastic job on this years car!
The schedule is pretty much the same as last year with our Main Track Being New Egypt Speedway with some specials thrown in at Bridgeport!
Mike's site will be updated throughout 2006 with photos, schedule and thoughts from Mike himself!
For information on Mike Mongiello, please visit www.mikemongiello.tk


THREE TIME DEFENDING BIG DIAMOND TRACK CHAMPION DOUG HOFFMAN DEPARTS
EISENHARD #77, FRANK COZZE HIRED

Berwick, Pa---May 5,2006. Three time defending Big Diamond Raceway
track champion Doug Hoffman has departed the Dennis "Moose" Eisenhard
#77 ride. The reason for Hoffman's departure was his disagreement and
unhappiness in regards to the new weight rules for 2006 at Big Diamond
Raceway, which had added 100 lbs. to the HG Associates Ford motor that
is strapped in the #77 car. " Doug felt the motor was handicapped by
the new rules put in place by management and has chose to not race at
Big Diamond on Friday nights. The team and I wanted to continue racing
so a change had to be made. After having the success we have had there
over the past several years we are disappointed to see Doug leave, but
that happens in racing and actually Doug has hinted at retirement from
dirt racing." commented car owner Eisenhard.

The team will be in action at Big Diamond Raceway with veteran driver
Frank Cozze of Wind Gap, Pa behind the wheel beginning on Friday night
May 19, due to a minor surgery Cozze had this past week. " The entire
team is excited to have Frank Cozze on board with us at Big Diamond and
we look forward to the competition the new rules and track surface has
presented the team. One thing has not changed, my team want's to win
races and even possibly rebound for the point championship and we feel
Frank Cozze can get the job done." commented Eisenhard.


THIS INFORMATION IS BEING RELEASED AT THE REQUEST OF TEAM PRINCIPAL MATT REIDENAUER.
May 5, 2006, 2 p.m.

STRUNK WILL BE BACK IN RACING ACTION THIS WEEKEND

Five time NASCAR Modified Champion Jeff Strunk will be in action at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night and at Big Diamond Raceway on Friday night.

Ending rumors that were being circulated that Strunk would not be racing this weekend Strunk has been able to put together a Modified for this weekend’s racing action. Strunk will be going for his third win in a row at Big Diamond Raceway this evening and then head to Grandview Speedway trying for his first win of the new season.

Strunk and his backers have been able to purchase the Modified that he had been driving for Johnny Rea in early season action. He has been able to claim two feature wins at Big Diamond Raceway with the car but suffered a “blown engine” at Grandview Speedway last Saturday night.

Principals in the new team, with Strunk as the driver, will be Matt Reidenauer (owner of Touch of Green Landscaping and a former long time sponsor of the sport), Glenn Hyneman (well known stock car owner) and Will’s Painting.

“We have been able to put this together very quickly. Strunk approached us on Tuesday,” said Reidenauer. “We have been able to borrow a motor and we have gotten some volunteers to provide a hauler and some other equipment. Once we get the first weekend over we will put together some plans for the balance of the season.”

Donald Miller, who has been involved in the sport in a variety of positions, will be the team manager.

“Jeff and all of us involved are really looking forward to this weekend with races at Big Diamond and Grandview Speedway,” said Reidenauer. “It is going to be fun to get back into a sport that I have been away from for a number of years.”

Additional information on the new team will be announced in the very near future.

FROM: Ernie Saxton @ 215.752.7797 or Esaxton144@aol.com


READING JALOPY SHOW

More then 1000 racing fans attended the Jalopy Stock Car show at Steve Moyers Subaru in Leesport on Saturday, April 29th Under beautiful skies and warm weather more the 40 "Old Time" drivers shared some interesting times of their racing careers at the Famed Berks County oval. 27 "Race Cars and 10 Custom Street Rods lined the Parking lot along Route 61. Also on hand were displays from Grandview Speedway with Doug Manmiller and his modern day race car and Big Diamond Raceway featuring and old Stock car of Don Loder. This being the third annual show of the Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society, it was by far the most successful. Cars of note that attended were the 1A of Bobby Allen that captured the 1975 Williams Grove National Open, Kenny Brightbill's 1978 Pinto, The 99 SuperSportsmen of Gary Wolford from 1962, The Jackie Mclaughlin 026 and Walt Olsen's #81 Modified.

Ken Johnson
Public Relation / Vice President
Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society
610-562-4425


Ebersole Hops to Middleford Easter Scramble 30

Kyle Ebersole took full advantage of the 3 car feature invert to take the first Briggs & Stratton Slingshot by Tobias Southern Tour event for 2006.Ebersole piloting the Ebersole Excavating 5E started on the pole and had some serious mid-race challenges from second place finisher Matt Ritter but was 3 seconds in front at the 30 lap checker.
The first 5 laps of the "A" main found Ritter, Nick Pecko, Bill VanInwegen and Ben Whitaker jockeying for second through fifth with no one wanting to give an inch. This close racing was the real attention getter in the early going. Marc Daniels who was running in the 8th spot brought out the caution on lap 6 when his Slingshot limped to the outside of turn 4. On the restart Kyle Rohner made a bold move heading into turn 1 to try to overtake Whitaker for the fifth spot but had to settle for sixth heading out of turn 2. Things remained status quo until a lap 20 tangle in turn 4 with 2005 National Champion Steven Intravaia and Bob Gray tightening the field back up. Heading down to take the lap 21 green and Ebersole was set full sail as he was running his fastest laps of the day in the last 10 laps of the race which went non-stop. When the checker fell second through sixth were separated by less than 3 seconds with no one wanting to give up their hard earned positions. Heading to victory lane to take the specially designed Weikel Racewear Slingshot by Tobias FEATURE WINNER hat was Ebersole with Matt Ritter and Nick Pecko taking the other 2 podium positions. Rounding out the top 10 were Bill VanInwegen in the beautiful 04, Elliott Sadler look-alike Ben Whitaker, coming from the last starting spot for sixth was Shawn Light with Chesapeake, Va's Scott Gray 7th,Rob Light settled in at 8th and Steve Hicks in the Cenco USA1 ninth as 2005 National Champion Steven Intravaia limped home 10th.The 30 lap main was run off in 25 minutes.
Heat winners for the dual heat format were Nick Pecko taking both Group 1 heats in the family owned 42.Group 2 heats were won by Matt Ritter and Kyle Ebersole.Bill Weaver failed to take the green for the main event.
Summary:
1.5E Kyle Ebersole 2.02 Matt Ritter 3.42 Nick Pecko 4.04 Bill VanInwegen 5.13X Ben Whitaker 6.19 Shawn Light 7.18 Scott Gray 8.91 Rob Light 9.USA1 Steve Hicks 10.73 Steven Intravaia 11.7X Dave McCullough 12.4 Bob Gray 13.1R Kyle Rohner 14.22CR Darin Bartolomew 15.23B Billy VanInwegen 16.40 Richard Curtis 17.357 Marc Daniels 18.7 Bill Weaver DNS
The April 14th Bridgeport rained out event will be made up at a later date to be determined.
Next stop for the Briggs & Stratton Slingshot by Tobias Tour will be a National Event at Wilson's Motorsports Park on April 22nd.


2006 National Speedway Directory Almost Ready

The 2006 edition of the National Speedway Directory will soon be available.

The new edition lists the updated information on the active oval tracks, dragstrips, and road courses in the US and Canda. It lists everything you'll need to know about each track in a handy pocket-sized guide.

Details on over 1m400 tracks includes names, addresses, phone numbers, websites, exact directions, size and surfaces of each facility, nights of operation and classes of vehicles.

Copies of the new edition can be ordered by sending a check or money order to:

National Speedway Directory
PO Box 448
Comstock Park, MI 49321

One copy is $14.00. The price include a charge of $4.00 per order for postage & handling. (sorry no credit card or COD orders)

There is a discount if you order two copies. The price for two copies is $24.00.


FOUR NEW WEBSITES FROM RACESONGS PRODUCTIONS

Jim Young and RACESONGS PRODUCTIONS are proud to announce four new names to their stable of racing oriented websites. This puts us close to 60 sites that we do for racers, speedways, speed shops and racing related businesses.

We welcome our latest clients all of whom are well known in local and regional racing circles. First we welcome Ray Swinehart and his J&L Speed and Fabrication business. “Ray, a long time modified star and wife Lori have a great business in Bechtelsville and we are very pleased to have them on board” states Young. J&L’s new website can be found at www.jandlspeedandfabrications.com.

Next up is Second Generation Sportsman star Brad Grim. The son of former Tri-Track star Gary Grim, Brad is a great guy. He and his dad have a great operation both on and off the track. “We know you will hear a lot from the # 611 racing team this year. We’re very happy to represent them” says Jim. You can visit Brad’s new site at www.bradgrimracing.com.

Our third site features rising Sportsman star Ray Woodall Jr. from Pen Argyl, Pa. Ray will be running weekly at Big Diamond this year and will be seeking the points championship in his familiar red & yellow #72. “Ray and his family are first class people” states Young. “You will hear his name a lot this year and in the future at the Big Diamond Raceway.” Check out Ray’s new site at www.woodallmotorsports.com.

Finally we have our new friend Thore (Pronounced Tory) Foss from Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Thore races in the Charger Division at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. When time allows Thore often ventures to other racing venues in the Northeast such as Mountain Speedway in St. John’s Pa. Follow Thore’s run for the Riverhead Championship at his new web address www.biltorracing.com.

All four of these new websites are informative and fan friendly. Take the time to check them out. And while you’re browsing the internet stop by www.racesongs.com and check out the great vintage photos, racing artwork, Triple Trivia and Jim Young’s Race Photos. You’ll be glad you did!


Girls Garage Countdown to Green!

Girls Garage will launch their own radio show today, Friday April 7th on WNJC1360 from 4-5pm (est). Listen live on the radio or visit www.wnjc1360.com and click the "listen now" button!
"The Last Lap" will feature racing recaps from local dirt tracks, NASCAR and other series across America. Segments will include "Horsepower Hero", "Backseat Drivers", "Around the Track", "Tech Talk", and much more!
Got a question for a Busch series driver or crew member? Listen and call in! Do you have a muscle car that you would like to get appraised? Call Herb and Chelly during their segment from CNH Musclecars!
"The Last Lap" will also interview up-and-coming drivers from all over the country throughout the season. Tune in today from 4-5pm! We'd love to hear from you!

The Last Lap- hosted by Arianne and Sheree from Girls Garage
Station phone number: 856-227-1360
Website: www.wnjc1360.com

"If you race it, we're on it!"
www.girlsgarage.com


“Fast Cars, Frigid Temperatures & Fans!“

Edw. J. Schwarz Inc. brought them all together on April 8th at its inaugural ‘Performance Day’. ‘Performance Day’ was the first of its kind to promote local racing efforts in the community.

Edw. J. Schwarz, the area’s leading Buick, Pontiac & GMC dealership, sponsors three 358 dirt modified racing teams, including the #2 car with driver Mike McCollum, Hawley, PA and father and son team of Jim and Brian Corcoran, Honesdale, PA, who pilot the #7J and #7JR. All 3 teams will be racing at The New Afton Speedway in Afton, NY on a weekly basis in 2006.

Schwarz Buick also sponsors the racing program of Kody Welsh, 8 year old rookie driver and son of Kraig Welsh of Honesdale, PA. Kody begins his racing career in the Purple Plate Jr. Class at the Hamlin Speedway in 2006.

Edw. J. Schwarz, Inc Buick, Pontiac, GMC on Rte 6 in Honesdale, PA has been serving the area since 1932. This family owned and operated dealership boasts an award- winning Service Department. Their Parts Department has an awesome variety of accessories including a display of 20 inch tricked-out custom wheels. Check out their diverse Used Vehicle inventory on the web at eschwarz.com. They have something for every taste and speed. Call them today at 570-253-4222.

Schwarz Buick Performance Day - MAC Motorsports and Corcoran Motorsports 4/8


Briggs & Stratton Slingshot Tour Gets Some Good News

The Briggs and Stratton Slingshot by Tobias Tour has received some good news this week from a few different sources. Adding some contingency sponsorship for the 2006 Touring season is Weikel Racewear & Sportswear from Reading, PA.
Weikel President, Todd Weikel wanted it to be known that Weikel Racewear is very supportive of the Briggs & Stratton Slingshot by Tobias Tour and is designing special feature winner caps for the touring season. Weikel's designs and screen prints many of the racing t-shirts seen today, whether it be a dirt modified, sprint, late model or microsprint, Weikel's has a shirt for any racing division and team. Weikels also is a supplier of fine embroidered race team items. Speedway Entertainment and Weikel Racewear/Sportswear teamed up this year for the often complimented Slingshot hats and Tour t-shirts. Any teams needing racewear of any kind can contact Todd at 610-373-5276.
News from Reading Fairgrounds race organizer, Mike Grim is nothing but positive. The Reading Fairgrounds did give Mike and his RSCA Historical Society the go ahead with another season of racing during the Reading Fair week. Rich Tobias, Jr. the president of the Slingshot organization has also learned that a tentative date of August 10th will be used for the Briggs & Stratton Slingshot by Tobias as a raindate for the scheduled National Touring events to be held August 7th & 8th. Grim also wanted it to be known that the track will undergo some changes as far as the length of the speedway being doubled to a 1/5th mile from it's previously measured 1/10th. Turn radius which was a problem for a few teams will be altered giving less of a paperclip effect and make for more corner speed and passing. The purse structure for this event will be the same as, if not more than the overwhelming payout in 2005. $1,000 to win is presently guaranteed with sponsorship and other outside interests getting involved could make the payoff increase even more as it gets closer to the 2nd year of high speed entertainment on this newly built facility.
Mike Grim and the whole RSCA Racing Historical Society were very pleased with the turnout of estimated 1,500 racing fans for the inaugural event at the Reading Fairgrounds in 2005.
A new dealer has been approved in the Georgia area. Getting the approval for sales in that region is Keith Achenbach, based out of Douglassville, Ga. You can contact him at 770-489-1253 or by FAX at 404-773-1824.
The Briggs & Stratton Slingshot by Tobias event programs have been sent to the printer for proofing. Special thanks to Randy Smith at S & S Speedways and Hamlin Speedway for the inside cover ad. Also helping out were Blake Tobias Motorsports, Weikel Racewear, Larry Spencer's Dixie Slingers, Freddie Fisher's Hoover Chevrolet, Keystone Microsprints.com, B & B Motorsports (Gunslingers) and Briggs & Stratton Motorsports.
All updated team contact email addresses should be received by us as soon as possible for the touring season so we can give up to the minute weather status, monthly specials or event cancellations as we receive them.
The April 8th National event at Delta has been washed away by another rained soaked Southern California week. Raindate for this event will be determined in the very near future.
www.slingshotbytobias.com  is still your No.1 source for quick breaking news and info on the happenings of weekly and touring events throughout the 2006 season
Questions, comments and tour questions can be at speede17@aol.com or by calling 717-866-7450.


RAVE REVIEWS FOR FIRST MID-ATLANTIC ROD AND CUSTOM SHOW
DAN SWISHER TAKES HOME $5,000 FOR BEST OF SHOW AWARD

FORT WASHINGTON, PA April 2, 2006 . . . With a steady stream of people making their way through the aisles of the Mid-Atlantic Rod and Custom Show there seemed to be nothing but rave reviews from participants, exhibitors and attendees.
“We have gotten nothing but great comments about the show. They have ranged from the large turnout of cars, the quality of vehicles on display, to the carpeted aisles and more,” said show organizer Len Sammons. “It was a great weekend and all of us involved with the show appreciate the support given the show.”
More than 300 vehicles representing hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars, exotics, classics, low riders, pick-ups, tuners and more filled the 275,000 square feet of the Expo Center.
Daniel Swisher of Jonestown, PA earned the Best of Show award and received a beautiful trophy and $5,000. Swisher’s partner of more than 30 years, Deb Gibson, took control of the check. “None of this would be possible without her,” said Swisher.
His winning entry, a 1957 Chevy Coupe, was purchased for $300. With the help of Snik’s Rod & Custom in Manley, Iowa; four years of time was invested in the creation that sports the original 283 stock engine. The “Swishair” was competing in just its fourth show.
While he held the check and trophy he was asked if the car was for sale The Jonestown, PA resident responded with a quick “no” and then added, “If the price is right.”
The car will disappear now for a while as some work is done to get it ready for a Thanksgiving show. Swisher does about 30 to 40 shows a year.
Best of Class award winners included Loren Hulber, Macungie, PA with his 32 Ford Roadster; Ron Mule, Hamilton, NJ and his 1960 Vespa; Joe Mazone, Delmar, NY and his 68 Camaro Pro Street car; Andy Schlotter, Wrightstown, PA with his 41 Willys Coupe using a 502 Chevy engine; Ken Hollingswoth, Seaford, Delaware with a 63 and R-Code Galaxy 500XL Ford; Ignazzio Giuffre, Colts Neck, New Jersey and his 1932 Ford 3 window coupe; Fred Tugend, Lancaster, PA and his 37 Ford Cabrillet and Ken Faust of Pennsburg, PA with a 1967 Camaro; Roger Ritzow, Franklin, Wisconsin using a 1932 Ford Roadster and Dave Guttman of Sellersville, PA with a 1941 Ford Convertible.
Each class winner picked up $250.
The Best Club Award worth $1,000 went to the Philadelphia Modifiers organization located in Willow Grove and Langhorne, PA. Their themed display depicting their original garage of 1955 and showed off four vehicles including the Bowers Boys dragster was a big hit with show attendees.
Roger Ritzow got the Long Distance award coming from Franklin, Wisconsin.
The 10x20 Car Display award was earned by Calvin Martin and his Little Squirter Fire Scooter.
Harvey Beers of Bath, PA took the 20x20 Car Display award with his 1938 Dodge Truck.
The Best Paint Award sponsored by On The Line Enterprises went to Frank Aubley of Southampton, PA and his 1967 Pontiac GTO.
Long lines of autograph seekers visited with master car builder Boyd Coddington on Friday, the opening day of the show. Ken Fenical attracted a lot of attention with his “Posies” Aeroliner creation. Fenical had high praise for the show and was available all three days of the show.
Paul Lemat, best remembered as the brooding hot rodder in the iconic movie “American Graffiti”, signed many autographs as the show as he showed off his 5 window Ford coupe that was part of the movie.
Troy Trepanier, well known for his Rad Rods, did two well supported autograph sessions on Sunday, the final day of the show.
Drag racing legend Don Garlits proved to be very popular and made many fans happy as he posed for photos and signed autographs on Saturday.
Soap Opera star Cameron Mathison of All My Children made many ladies happy as he spent many hours on Sunday afternoon signing photographs.
Sponsors supporting the show included VIMCO, Giles & Ransome, Chapman Auto Group, Action Supply Co., La Sammana, US Smokeless Tobacco, Sovereign Bank, Al Lankford Buick, Wells Fargo Bank, Firstrust Bank, First Resource Bank, On the Line Enterprises and Gatti Morrison Construction.
Plans for the second annual Mid-Atlantic Rod & Custom Show will be announced in the very near future.


MORE THAN 300 CARS VALUED AT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON DISPLAY AT SHOW

FORT WASHINGTON, PA March 31, 2006 . . . The Fort Washington Expo Center may never have been worth as much money as it was during today’s opening day of the Mid-Atlantic Rod & Custom Car Show. More than 300 cars valued at tens of millions dollars filled more than 270,000 square feet of the huge complex.
An impressive crowd turned out for opening day of the first annual show and they were treated to the opportunity of seeing some outstanding custom cars, hot rods, street rods, exotic cars, trucks and more.
There is still plenty of time to see the entire show as the Mid-Atlantic Rod & Custom Car Show continues through Sunday, April 2nd at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the main entrance with adults paying $14 and children pay $5.00.
Master car builder Boyd Coddington, well known for his TV show, drew large crowds for his autograph sessions during opening day of the show.
Ken Fenical attracted a great deal of attention with his “Posies” Aeroliner creation that was inspired by a 30’s era French coachbuilder and sporting cars. Ken is signing autographs and talking with fans throughout the weekend.
Fenical point out that he was impressed with the first time show and indicated it was one of the best shows he has attended in the last few years.
The Shark A.T.T.A.K. , a Barris Design and Kinds Built creation, is a stunner that had attendees marveling at what had been a 1938 Graham Roadster.
Ricky Nelson’s 1932 Ford, seen in the 1950’s television sitcom, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”, has a prime location at the main entrance to the show.
Paul Lemat, best remembered as the brooding hot rodder in the iconic movie “American Graffiti”, is signing autographs at the show and showing off his 5 window Ford coupe that was also part of the movie.
The 1929 Ford Roadster Pickup used on the Paramount Television Series “Happy Days” is on display throughout the entire weekend.
Troy Trepanier, well known for his Rad Rods, visit’s the show and will sign autographs on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Drag racing legend Don Garlits, winner of 144 national events, will be at the show on Saturday signing autographs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For soap opera fans Cameron Mathison, Ryan Lavery on All My Children, will visiting with fans from 11:30 through 1 p.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. through 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Show attendees in a buying mood may want to visit the Car Corral where it is expected there just may be some bargains being offered.
Motorsports fans will enjoy getting up close to a NASCAR Nextel Cup or a sprint race car.
A variety of vendors offering everything from magnetic bracelets (they are suppose to solve some of your aches and pains) to collectables and more are located throughout the 270,000 square foot show area.
Show attendees just might want to set aside some money to purchase an official event program book because it includes a map of the show, photos of just about all participants in the show and a listing of who is in what booth on the show floor.
“We are really quite pleased with the turnout for opening day,” said show organizer Len Sammons. “And we think that we will see a lot of activity at the show on Saturday and Sunday. There are some very impressive looking cars on display and a lot of celebrities wandering around the show.”
Fort Washington, PA Expo Center, site of the show, is located just a short distance from Exit #339 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. For information telephone 215.641.4500 Ext. 51.


2006 Briggs & Stratton Slingshot by Tobias Tour Starts April 8th

The 2006 Briggs & Stratton Slingshot by Tobias Tour will now have 2 of it's official Regional openings on Saturday April 8th at Wilson's Motorsports in Santuck, Alabama (Gulf Coast) and at the Delta Speedway in Stockton, CA (West Coast). These will be the first of over 55 scheduled regional and national tour races for the Slingshots. The season opener that was scheduled for CORA Speedway in California on April 1st has been cancelled due to rain for the last 8 days with a forecast of precipitation for at least 10 more days.
Bridgeport (NJ) Speedway will see the first regional action on April 14th as the Southern Region Tour racers visit the New Jersey oval as part of an action packed evening with the 270's,600's and the 4 cylinder class. National Champion Steven Intravaia will be among the favorites for the top feature honors.
April 15th finds the Southern Region Tour making a stop at the Middleford Speedway in Delaware for a 30 lap main event. There will be an Easter Egg Dash and a Best Appearing Bicycle contest for all fans 12 and under. The bicycles can only use 3 items for the contest, cardboard, duct tape and some form of coloring. After the contest there will be a 1 lap race around the speedway with trophies being presented to the different age group winners. General Manager Ron Faison will have the track ready for the 2 PM starting time.
The Briggs & Stratton Slingshot by Tobias Tour will make 1 more April stop by returning to Wilson's on April 22nd for a National Tour points race.
Some tour challengers this year will be 2005 National Champion Steven Intravaia, Kyle Rohner, Josh Flach, Steve Sticker, Hawk Valentine, Nick Pecko, Billy VanInwegen, Jr. and Sr., Steve Hicks, Gary Hieber and Dave DePaulo.
Special note of interest:  All Briggs & Stratton Slingshot by Tobias race cars must be inspected by April 15th to qualify for all regional and national tour money. Arrangements can be made at all Slingshot by Tobias dealers as well as the Speedway Entertainment headquarters.
Any tour schedule questions can be directed to Mike Feltenberger at Speedway Entertainment by calling 717-866-7450.


Racing Clubs Host Gary Wolford Fish Fry

The Gary Wolford Fish Fry will be held May 14th at 10:00 AM at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds in York Springs, PA, home of the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. The event is being held in the infield of the Latimore Speedway and will be open to the public.
For 7 years Gary Wolford has had a Fish Fry for "Oldtimers" to get together and do some table racing at his farm in Brouge. The 1st year about 35 people showed up to last year when Wolford hosted over 150 people. The event has outgrown the Wolford farm and now with the help of area racing Clubs the event is moving to Latimore.

Five local Clubs are putting the show together under the guidance of Lynn Paxton. York County Racing Club, Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society, Bowling Green Preservation Society, Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown.

Activities will kick off at 10 AM with opening remarks by guest MC, Frank Sagi of Hagerstown Speedway announcing fame. Assisting Sagi will be Lincoln Speedway announcer, Wayne Harper and former Reading announcer Warren Ruffner. Each Club will give brief histories of their club and introduce participating "Oldtimers" Also time with be allotted to other Clubs to introduce themselves. A Group photo shoot of Drivers and Owners will take place at 1. After the photo any cars on hand for the day will be given an opportunity to drive onto the Speedway for a staged photo shoot.

Over 600 lbs of Fish and French Fries will be prepared for all attendees along with Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Soda. All food is FREE with donations only accepted. Guest are asked to bring a covered dish to share with others if they care to. This also being "Mothers Day", all ladies in attendence with receive a free gift.

For more information or questions about getting your club involved, contact Ken Johnson at rscahistory@aol.com.


Drew Ricco Racing sets 2006 plans

As winter comes to an end it is that time again when racing season goes into full tilt. After running two full season at the Bridgeport Speedway in the Sportsman division, a new era will begin for Drew Ricco Racing in 2006. The highlight of this season will be running the Nick Noll owned, Garden Growers Center and Greenhouse, Precision powered Speed Palace 6n big block modified at the famous Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown New York on Saturday nights.

Orange County Fair Speedway offers a great opportunity for Drew to begin his first year of racing behind a big block powered modified. They plan to race for the prestigious Rookie of the Year Honors, as well as hoping to garner their first victory in the big block class. With a star studded field of Modified drivers planning to attend everyweek, it will be a chance for Drew to learn from some of the best in the business. Along with running Orange County on Saturdays, the Nick Noll owned team hopes to also make some special stops along the year at ROC shows as well as some of the Advance Auto Parts Super Dirt Series Shows for the DIRT modified trail.

Along with running for Nick Noll, Drew Ricco Racing also plans to field his own racing team. After running two season at Bridgeport, and with Bridgeport offering a new and exciting cost effective racing program, the plan was easy. He would field a 358 powered crate motor car to run the newly formed Friday night racing program at Bridgeport Speedway. This program works great and allows him to continue his support of the JD3 Graphics and Design Young Guns and Bridgeport Speedway. Drew plans to run the entire Friday night schedule at Bridgeport fielding his own Speed Palace 48r race team. With help from Bogey's Paving Company,JD3 Graphics, and his own company Ricco Construction and Demolition he plans to run for the championship on Friday nights.


COASTAL 181 ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF KEN SCHRADER AUTOBIOGRAPHY, GOTTA RACE!

Newburyport, Mass., March 27, 2006 – Motorsports publisher Coastal 181 has announced the release of GOTTA RACE!, the autobiography of popular Nextel Cup driver Ken Schrader. The book was written with Joyce Standridge and includes forewords by Rick Hendrick and Bones Bourcier. GOTTA RACE! is the latest in Coastal 181’s series of race driver biographies, which has included RICHIE! (Richie Evans), BUGSY! (Bugsy Stevens), They Called Me ‘The Shoe’ (Ken Shoemaker), and Life Wide Open (Dave Dion).
Ken Schrader is a four-time Winston Cup winner and three-time pole sitter at the Daytona 500, currently driving for the famed Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team in the #21. Schrader is also America’s acknowledged Prince of the Short Tracks – race anywhere, anytime – on dirt or asphalt, in Nextel Cup, sprint car, midget or dirt late model.
GOTTA RACE! recounts 35 years of racing adventures, told in Schrader’s own distinctive voice to Standridge, a nationally known racing columnist. The book covers all of Schrader’s career – from his beginnings in the 1970s at tiny St. Louis-area bullrings, to wild open-wheel rides around the country, to the glamour of Indianapolis and Daytona. The author also shares an intimate look at family life, his views on racing today, and thoughts on how to get started in racing. A successful entrepreneur who now owns tracks in Missouri and Kentucky, Schrader talks about the business side of racing and his plans for the future, once he hangs up his Nextel Cup helmet.
GOTTA RACE! also provides insight into Schrader’s many racing relationships. One chapter is devoted to his friendships with luminaries like Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Jr., Richard Petty, Tony Stewart, Cale Yarborough, and many others. The book is packed with 350 photographs, both dramatic and touching, that serve as a personal history of the past 35 years of the sport. It also includes 59 pages of Schrader’s race records, detailing his races from 1971 – 2005, listing date, track, type of car, car owner, race winner, Schrader’s finish, and comments about the race.
GOTTA RACE! is destined to be a precedent-setting, historic book about one of the raciest men of our times. Soft-cover with 320 pages, it is available at $23.95 plus $6.00 shipping and handling. To order, call Coastal 181 toll free at 877-907-8181 or online at www.coastal181.com.


This week on Racers Roundtable, Curt Michael, also Bob & Chelsea Miller

This Saturday, March 25thCurt Michael, Racers Roundtable presented by Brown-Daub Ford will be forging ahead to bring you an entertaining and thought provoking show being brought to you by racers, for racers.

We will have a first for us, 3 guests in one hour.

This week will feature URC champ Curt Michael. We will also have on Chelsea & Bob Miller. They will be talking about the up coming URC season and The Thunder on the Hill series at Grandview Speedway.

Racers Roundtable can be heard on Saturday from 11:00 am to 12 noon, on WGPA Sunny 1100 am around the greater Lehigh Valley area. For those of you outside of the Lehigh Valley listening area, you can tune in to us on the web at http://www.wgpasunny1100.com/listennow.html. During the show we will be taking calls at 610-866-8074, and you will also be able to Instant Message us at screen name: RacersRoundtable . Join Pete, Tim and Scott for some fun on Saturday morning as they explore the motor racing world for 2006.


MID-ATLANTIC ROD & CUSTOM SHOW INCLUDES CARS AND STARS

FORT WASHINGTON, PA MARCH 23, 2006 . . . Cars will be the stars March
31-April 2 during the Mid-Atlantic Rod & Custom Car Show at the Fort Washington
(Pa.) Expo Center, but appearances by several show-business and automotive-industry
celebrities will spice up the inaugural event.
All My Children soap-opera star Cameron Mathison and master
builder/television personality Boyd Coddington are among the well-known
celebrities scheduled to appear at the three-day show, which will feature
more than 250 vehicles that run the gamut of hot rods, custom cars, muscle
cars, exotics, classics, low-riders, tuners and more.
Other celebrities scheduled to sign autographs and meet fans include drag
racing legend "Big Daddy" Don Garlits; former World Champion drag racer Bruce
Larson; Paul Le Mat, who played John Milner in the classic movie American Graffiti;
and master builders Ken "Posie"Fenical and Troy Trepanier.
The first annual show will kick off at 1 p.m. on Fri., March 31, and
continue through Sun., April 2. Tickets will be sold at the Expo Center door
only, with adult admission priced at $14 per day and children at $5.
Show attendees will have the opportunity to get up-close looks at many
famous cars, including The Aeroliner by POSIES; Ricky Nelson's hot rod from
the Ozzie & Harriet television show; the Barris custom-designed 'Shark
Attack' car; a rare '41 Tucker; the Happy Days series hot-rod pickup; and
other car, truck and specialty creations.
One of the most popular vehicles in the show is sure to be a replica of the
'32 Ford Coupe that Le Mat drove in the American Graffiti movie.
Much of the Expo Center's 270,000-plus square feet of exhibit space will be
occupied by the rod and custom cars in contention for over $10,000 in prize
money, merchandise and awards posted by the event organizers. A $5,000 check
will go to the owner of the car that is deemed "Best of Show" by a select
group of judges.
The show will also include unique local car club displays and over 100
automotive vendors, representing street-rod parts and after-market
manufacturers.
And a popular area of the show will certainly be the Car Corral, where
automotive enthusiasts will have an opportunity to purchase new and used rod
and custom cars, performance and special-interest vehicles.
"This is a show that will provide interest for everyone," said event
organizer Len Sammons. "If you like meeting celebrities we will have them,
and if you like cars we have them. And if you want to customize a car or
build a new, the people you'll want to talk with will be at the show.
"It's going to be an exciting three days."
Many of the cars entered in the show can be seen at event's official
website, www.midatlanticcarshow.com, which also offers complete information
about the show.
Show hours will be Fri., March 31, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat., April 1,
from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sun., April 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Information can be obtained by phoning the show office at 609-888-3618
during regular works hours. After March 29 those seeking info should call
the Expo Center at 215-641-4500 Ext. 51.
There is ample free parking surrounding the Fort Washington Expo Center,
which is located just a short distance from Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 339.


HICKS, SMITH DOMINATE SLINGSHOT SPRING FLING

The Briggs & Stratton Slingshot by Tobias teams headed to Margarettsville (NC) Speedway for the 1st annual Spring Fling sponsored by American Indoor Karting,Best Repair Co. and Chesapeake Maaco.23 teams made the tow to compete at Bud and Brenda Byrum's 1/4 mile high bank dirt oval.
Twin sets of 7 lap heats were used for qualifying for Saturday's 20 lap main with Steve Hicks, Keith Still, Ryan Smith and Brett Smith finding the fast way around the speedway. Action for the 20 lap event was quickly evident as Ryan Smith took early command and looked to be unbeatable until with 2 laps to go he developed a right rear flat and put the Cenco Heating sponsored USA-1 of Steven Hicks on the point as he lead the rest of the way to notch the American Indoor Karting top prize. Following Steve across the finish line was the Smith Fabrications 6T of Brett Smith, the NAPA 42 of Nick Pecko and coming from 20th starting spot for 4th was Mike Butler in the family owned 4B.Rounding out the top 5 was Joel Smith in the D & D Fuels #8.
Sunday's Slingshot by Tobias program consisted of a family style picnic for all participating teams, Time Trials and heats for the 23 teams heading in to the Twin 15's main events. Time trials on the Byrum Family run speedway were run off in less than 12 minutes with Steven Intravaia and his unsponsored #73 taking fast time with a 16.35 second run. Ryan Smith, Joel Smith, Nick Wean and Marc Daniels rounded out the top 5 all within 3/10th of a second apart.
The 7 lap heat winners were Steven Intravaia and Ryan Smith. Marc Daniels brought the field down for the green and within 2 turns it was Ryan Smith and the S & S #23 out in front with no challengers for the top spot. Top 10 positions were being swapped with every lap with the finish of the 1st AIK 15 with Ryan Smith heading to victory lane as Steven Intravaia, Joel Smith, Brett Smith and making a late charge for 5th Nick Pecko.
Inverting the field for the 2nd 15 found Cody Coons starting on the pole. Two quick reds for rollovers by Steven Hicks and Steven Intravaia saw Cody ward off all challengers until lap 10 when Mike Butler found the opening heading into turn 3.Butler was looking to be an early season feature winner but could not keep back the Briggs & Stratton Slingshot of Ryan Smith from getting the top spot heading out of turn 2 on lap 11.Ryan never looked back and took both ends of the Spring Fling Twin 15's with Mike Butler keeping the 2nd spot, Cody Coons notching a solid 3rd place finish, steady Dale Kober in the S & S team car # 555 in 4th and garnering another weekend top 5 finish was Nick Pecko.
Teams were headed homeward at 3:30 Sunday with a great weekend of fun, food and racing. Special thanks to race organizer Scott Gray, A. LM Champion Brian Staton, The Byrum Family and the staff of Margarettsville Speedway for great track conditions, Southern Hospitality and a chance to bring the Briggs & Stratton Slingshots by Tobias to a new location for added exposure and track experience.


WORLD OF MOTORSPORTS EXPOSITION GREAT SUCCESS

The first annual World of Racing Motorsports Exposition closed the doors
of the former Ames Building in Binghamton, New York Sunday completing three
very successful days. Over ninety races cars from all forms of racing were
on display. Over fifty venders filled the spacious floor providing plenty of
entertainment for the large crowd in attendance. Local speedways, including
Penn Can, Five Mile Point, Thunder Mountain, and Chemung, were their to
provide information and schedules for the upcoming season. Promoters Don
Lane, Doug Gardner, and Bob Whitman were pleased with their first show in
the Binghamton area. Plans for next year are all ready in the works.
Many special events were held during the course of the show including
the Miss World of Motorsports pageant, the Morden Engines Team Easter Egg
Hunt, The Ted's Photo Trivia Contest, and many autograph sessions.
Saturday evening the Spalding Foundation lead by Betty Sherwood held
their Injured Driver's Auction. The event was a huge success with fans
bidding on over one hundred different items. The hugely popular show event
raised over $3600 for the foundation.
The Tim Olenski Sportsmanship Award presented by the family of the late
great Tim Olenski was won by the T. J. Goodwin Racing Team.
The Haun Welding Tire Changing Contest was won by the Folk/Makosky Racing
Team comprised of tire changers Bubba Folk and Jason Makosky.
Judging was held during the three day event. Don Gardner, show
co-promoter presented awards to participants during the Sunday awards
ceremony where he explained the difficulty judges had because the teams had
done such a great job preparing their race cars.
The "Best of Show" Award presented by Scott Landers of Binghamton Truck
Tires went to the Ed McQuire owned SST Modified driven by T. J.
Potrzebowski. The "Best Display of Show" award was presented to the eight
car display entered by Dan Morden Racing Engines. The "Best Paint of Show"
award went to the dragster of Bob Hacker.
Other awards were presented to the division winners in the many class
present at the show. They included: Jim Emilitano, Drag car; Don Kiekel,
Best Paint Drag car: Joe Sellars, Best Paint Drag class; Shawn Casey,
Hurricane Car; Jake Maynard, Kart class; Zack Truesdale, Legend class;
Butch Green, Pure Stock class; Maylon Shoemaker, Best Paint Pure Stock
class; Bob Clapman, IMCA class; T. J. Potrzebowski, SST Modified class;
Rusty Smith, Pavement Modified class; Tracy Gregory, Late Model class; Pat
Voltra, Sportsman class; T.J. Goodwin, Best Paint Sportsman; Joel Batzel,
Dirt Modified class; Scott Brady, Best Paint Modified class.
The event concluded with each participating team receiving a beautiful
picture plaque in appreciation of their participation. These plaques were
prepared by MRP Sports of Binghamton who also provided all of the trophies
presented.
The World of Racing Motorsports Exposition was sponsored by Gary's
U-Pull-It of Binghamton, New York, Haun Welding of Binghamton, B & D Exhaust
of Binghamton, and Jed's Roadhouse of Binghamton.


Middletown Motorsports Completes Successful Three-Day Run;
Jamie Reilly Ms. Middletown Motorsports, Danny Creeden Best of Show

By BRETT DEYO

MIDDLETOWN, NY - The aisles were buzzing with activity, cars were gleaming under the glow of the Orange County Fairgrounds Arena lights and the 2006 racing season officially got underway in southeastern New York with the 15th Annual Middletown Motorsports Show last weekend.
Over 90 vehicles were on display during the three-day event, which attracted thousands of eager race enthusiasts to Middletown, N.Y.
Local speedways, sanctioning bodies and touring series set up displays, while vendors sold everything from tires to embroidered shirts and NASCAR collectibles. Even some of the stars from yesteryear made appearances to sign autographs and interact with fans.
The Stevens family began Sunday's awards ceremony by sincerely thanking show participants for their continued support over the past decade-and-a-half.
"You should all give yourselves a round of applause," noted Ed Stevens Jr., representing JoAnn and Ed, his parents and show founders.
"It can be a lot of extra work to get your cars ready for this show, and we want you all to know how much we appreciate it. You are part of our family. We hope to promote racing in this area and help you promote your teams and sponsors."
On Friday evening, Jamie Reilly of Washingtonville, N.Y., was crowned Ms. Middletown Motorsports 2006. Reilly is a preschool teacher and an avid race fan. She spends her summer Saturday evenings taking in the action at Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway.
Reilly earned $300 cash, a large trophy and the right to represent the show throughout the upcoming year. Tina Seir placed second, earning $200 cash and a trophy. Krystal Bullock was third and received $100 cash and a trophy.
Tina Seir was recognized as Ms. Congeniality and Rachel McCoy received Ms. Photogenic laurels.
Danny Creeden's blue No. 16X Sportsman, a showstopper, was recognized as Best of Show. This year's awards were determined by an attendee vote instead of judging by show officials.
The 23-year-old Middletown, N.Y., second-generation driver displayed a 2005 Teo-Pro car with graphics by Vogel Race Designs of Hawley, Pa. Creeden, who will run the car at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway and on the Race of Champions Dirt Sportsman Tour, received $300 and a trophy.
Second-place in the Best of Show category went to "Kid Lightning" Michael Storms of Wantage, N.J., for his bright yellow No. 79 Sportsman. Storms, 18, earned $200 and a trophy.
Stephanie Borrell of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., was third in the Best of Show category for her Four Cylinder. Borrell, whose father Gary is a longtime Pro Stock racer, walked away with $100 and a trophy.
Ed Stevens Jr. presented legendary Frankie Schneider with an impressive poster-size collage featuring photos from the New Jersey driver's illustrious career and a laundry list of accomplishments for the "All-Time Greatest Modified Driver." The man Stevens coined "the Babe Ruth of our sport" received overwhelming applause from the audience.
The JCT Motorsports Owner of the Year Award went to the husband/wife team of Barry and Linda Davis, who have fielded the familiar No. 9D 358-Modified at Accord Speedway and other venues for 30 years. 2006 will mark their 31st consecutive race season.
Kerry Graham received the Mechanic of the Year Award in memory of "Daddy-O" Irwin. Graham is a longtime racer, crew member and track official whose sons Brett, 18, (358-Modified) and Zachary, 14, (Spec Sportsman) will compete at Accord this season. Graham also picked up the Sportsmanship Award.
The Dedication to Racing Award was uniquely presented to a pair of individuals: Ed Farley, an 80-year-old former driver who has dedicated his life to the sport and Brett Deyo, 23, a writer and announcer.
The first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for a Woman in Motorsports went to Audrey Katzenstein. Her husband was a racer, daughter a trophy queen and Katzenstein herself has been one of the sport's most ardent supporters.
The Best Dressed Crew Award went to Clark McCollum and his followers. They sported embroidered, button-down shirts all weekend.
Upstate New York's Danny Johnson earned the Longest Distance Towed Award. The Best Paint Award went to Mike Kehr for his Vintage Modified. Brett Graham took the Best Use of Paint Lettering and Graphics Award.
A Dave Rocket-created and built corner booth featuring John Clarke's No. 28 Four Cylinder took top honors in the Best Display category.
Sincere Appreciation Awards went to: Pools Plus (the Ferrier family); John Plumstead; Peter "Crackers" Reynolds; Zeppelin Hobbies; Joel Murns; Bob Perran (who will be retiring to Florida after years as a dirt Modified photographer); D&J Used Auto Parts (Danny Mitchell); and Ralph Corwin.
Rick Ryder, who handles the announcing duties at the show, was presented with a specially-designed award from the Stevens family. Once again, John McGill joined Rick Ryder on the microphone all weekend.
John McGill and Danny Creeden were recognized as top performers in the Tire Change Contest. Spark Plug Changing Contest winners were Ida Myers (Women's), Andy Dembek Sr. (Men's) and Bud Walters (Kid's). Pete Kessler took the Trivia Contest.
Ralph Corwin handed out the Danica Patrick Women in Racing Award to Oakland Valley (N.Y.) Race Park regular Alyssa Vavricka.

Divisional awards went to:
Big-block Modified - Mike Kolka Jr. (1st); Gary Edwards Jr. (2nd); and Jerry Higbie Jr. (3rd).
Small-block Modified - Barry Davis (1st); John McGill (2nd); and Jerry Higbie Jr. (3rd).
Sportsman - Danny Creeden (1st); Michael Storms (2nd); and Danny Tyler (3rd).
Asphalt - Willy Auchmoody (1st); Todd Gadoury (2nd); and Bernie Singer (3rd).
Open Wheel - Geoff Quackenbush (1st); Bob Lynt (2nd); and Doug Post (3rd).
Pro Stock - John Odendahl (1st); Chris Feola (2nd); and Pat Hedges (3rd).
Four Cylinder - Stephanie Borrell (1st); John Clarke (2nd); and Sasha Ramsey (3rd).
Pure Stock - Shae Walters (1st); Kevin Coleman (2nd); and John Aumick (3rd).
Go-Kart - Bob Morano (1st); Clark McCollum (2nd); and Dan Hunt (3rd).
Small Car Division - Joseph Decker (1st); Jerry Sarazzo (2nd); and Doug Borger (3rd).
Antique - Ray See (1st); Mike Kehr (2nd); and Jesse Hedges (3rd).
Special Interest - Stan Woyt (1st); Tyler Odendahl (2nd); and Rick Cross (3rd).
Everyone who entered the show left with a Participants' Award, a plaque equipped with a photo of their vehicle.

AISLEWAY NOTES: Saturday night's Auction raised $1,344 for the Injured Drivers' Fund - a pool of cash set aside to assist show participants in the event of an unfortunate incident...
Sunday morning's Easter Egg Hunt brought an appearance of the Easter Bunny and throngs of anxious kids....
Celebrity R/C Races and Autograph Sessions were popular events held throughout the weekend....
Orange-Ulster BOCES students made a special presentation to Ed Stevens Sr. for his support of their efforts....
Orange County Fair Speedway, Accord Speedway, Catskill Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway, the Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Club, 600cc Modifieds and Race of Champions Dirt Modified/Sportsman Tours were represented at the show.
For the RoC Dirt brigade, featuring a booth highlighted by the No. 77F of Mark Flach Jr., it was a first-time Middletown Motorsports appearance....
Danny Johnson's color scheme and number may have been different, but he honored his commitment to appear at the show. Johnson departed the Jay James No. 27 team surprisingly seven days earlier, but made arrangements with his new team - JIR Motorsports - to display a car in the Arena....
A Saturday press conference unveiled the Crackers Motorsports team's plans: Saturday action in the big-block Modified ranks at OCFS in addition to Friday 358-Mod racing at Accord with driver Rick Mill. The '06 Bicknell big-block Modified was on display sans tinwork so fans could see the inner workings of a dirt Modified....
The Strictly Dirt organization orchestrated a weekend-long fundraiser for Sgt. Eddie Ryan, an Ellenville (N.Y.) High School graduate shot twice in the head while serving with the Marines in Iraq on April 13. Ryan's father Chris stopped by the show on Sunday.
Nearly $500 was collected at the show, while a benefit has been scheduled for Accord Speedway on Aug. 25 in conjunction with Strictly Dirt, John McGill's race team and Mid-Hudson Concrete....
Middletown Motorsports will be back in the 2007. Dates will be announced shortly....


This week on Racers Roundtable, Doug Borger

This Saturday, March 11th, Racers Roundtable presented by Brown-Daub Ford will be forging ahead to bring you an entertaining and thought provoking show being brought to you by racers, for racers.
We will have in studio none other than Doug Borger, creator of the newest race sensation, the 600 Modifieds. We will ask him about how he got to where he is, and also a little about the up coming season.
Racers Roundtable can be heard on Saturday from 11:00 am to 12 noon, on WGPA Sunny 1100 am around the greater Lehigh Valley area. For those of you outside of the Lehigh Valley listening area, you can tune in to us on the web at http://www.wgpasunny1100.com/listennow.html. During the show we will be taking calls at 610-866-8074, and you will also be able to Instant Message us at screen name: RacersRoundtable . Join Pete and Tim for some fun on Saturday morning as they explore the motor racing world for 2006.


Pit Rat Live kicks off its 2nd season as the Phoenix 1450’s weekly racing radio show starting on Monday night, March 27th at 7pm

The 2006 season opener of PRL will be a special 2-hour show hosted by Jody Kuperavage & Jolene Verdensky with special guest Dave Dissinger - part of the new management team of Big Diamond Raceway.
There are some exciting additions to PRL this season starting with the new time slot. PRL can be heard live every Monday night at 7pm starting March 27 and continuing through September. PRL will also be re-aired for those out of the listening area on www.pitratlive.com following the live broadcast.
Greg Weiland will be the man behind the controls this year as well as a promoter and producer of the show. Johnny Deatrich Jr., Corey Renninger, Frank Boris and Gary Lileck will also join the cast of Pit Rat Live.
Tune in to hear Johnny D’s Oval Track Storytime – a tech segment that you won’t want to miss. Corey Renninger will hit the streets of Schuylkill County. Frankie the Yankee will deliver the lighter side of NASCAR. Racing writer Gary Lileck will contribute with interesting tidbits from all ends of dirt track racing.
Once again we will have weekly guests and giveaways during the show so tune into the Phoenix 1450 WPAM – Pottsville’s classic rock station – every Monday night at 7pm for Pit Rat Live or check it out on the web and don’t forget to visit the message board while you’re there.
If you are interested in being a guest on the show or have any questions or comments, email jody@pitratlive.com.
Pit Rat Live is proud to announce its sponsors for the 2006 season – Pioneer Pole Buildings; Greg’s Auto & Collision Repair; Shiley Fabrication; Blackrock Computer Consulting; and Carpet Warehouse.

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Brett Deyo Motorsports Media Up And Running; Complete Line of Promotional Items Available

NEW WINDSOR, NY - Give your team the championship look.
That's the theme put in place by Brett Deyo and his new business, Brett Deyo Motorsports Media, headquartered in New Windsor, N.Y.
After several years of part-time motorsports marketing work, Deyo is taking his endeavor full-time, offering sponsorship proposals, marketing packages, media kits, driver/team press releases and full-service websites (complete with yearlong updates) in conjunction with MJM Website Design. Other promotional options are available as well.
"This is something I've wanted to do for a while," Deyo said. "It just seemed like right now is the time to do it."
While motorsports will be the focus of the business, Brett Deyo Motorsports Media isn't limited to auto racing work.
"I'll work with businesses, non-for-profits, etc.," noted Deyo, adding that he works closely with the Cornwall (N.Y.) Historical Society. "I have something to offer everyone."
For more information, contact Brett Deyo by phone at (845) 728-2781/(845) 565-4850 or via e-mail: Deyo99H@aol.com.
Currently, pre-season specials are being offered for driver/team websites and media kits.
Among the current major customers are the Race of Champions Dirt Modified and Sportsman Tours, Accord (N.Y.) Speedway, Five Mile Point (N.Y.) Speedway and the Middletown Motorsports Show. A number of race teams have already jumped on board as well.
Brett Deyo is a contributor to Area Auto Racing News and is also editor-at-large for Dick Berggren's Speedway Illustrated magazine.
A Brett Deyo Motorsports Media website will be up and running in the coming weeks.


RACERS AND FANS SHAKE OFF WINTER CHILL AT CARQUEST MOTORSPORTS EXPO 2006

(Syracuse NY).The 20th annual edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo proved
to be the biggest and best edition of the annual Motorsports Extravaganza
as the Cargill Exhibition Center on the New York State Fairgrounds played
host to the annual kickoff event of the new racing season in the Empire
State. With more than 200 racing vehicles on display, fans attending the
show had plenty of shiny new racing equipment to check out, and fans were
able to collect schedules and other pertinent information from their
favorite speedways as well. With almost perfect spring weather
conditions, crowds were strong all weekend as race fans took advantage of
the nice weekend to shake off the long cold winter by getting their first
glimpse of the racing equipment that will be taking to the speedways in
just a couple of weeks.
The three day Motorsports festival kicked off on Friday night with a nice
turnout of race fans filing into the show as soon as the doors opened at
5 PM. Many of those fans came out to meet NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
driver Ron Hornaday, whose appearance was co-sponsored by AMG and
Adirondack International Speedway. The personable Hornaday did autograph
sessions on both Friday and Saturday, meeting his many fans that came out
to Carquest Motorsports Expo. Hornaday was joined on stage by up and
coming truck series driver J. C. Stout, who had his truck series ride
entered in the show. Stout is currently running a limited schedule on the
Truck Series while he searches for sponsorship to run the entire tour.
On Saturday afternoon, the annual Ms. DIRT Motorsports contest took over
the stage as seven lovely young ladies competed for the right to
represent DIRT Motorsports during the upcoming 2006 acing season. After
all of the judging was completed, Langhorne, Pa.'s Chelsea Miller was
crowned as Ms. DIRT Motorsports 2006. The 18 year old beauty is well
known to fans of DIRT Modified racing as she has sung the National Anthem
before the start of the Eckerd 300 for the past four seasons. Miller, the
daughter of longtime Thunder on the Hill Series promoter Bob Miller,
received her crown from outgoing Ms. DIRT Motorsports Jackie Cecile.
Stacy Boomer from Marion, NY was the first runner-up while Syracuse
resident Jamie Toth was third when all of the ballots were added up.
Rounding out a bust day of activities on Saturday was the annual Spalding
Foundation Injured Drivers Auction. The Spalding Foundation is a
non-profit organization that raises funds to assist those injured in
motorsports related activities. Throughout the years, the Spalding
Foundation has provided assistance to many drivers in financial need
after suffering a racing related injury. Though the tireless efforts of
Betty Sherwood and her dedicated staff of volunteers, a nice assortment
of racing memorabilia was assembled and auctioned off with all of the
funds raised going into the injured drivers fund. Well in excess of
$1,000 was raised in this year's auction for the fund thanks to the
generosity of the Carquest Motorsports Expo fans.
For show participants, Saturday evening ended with the annual exhibitors
party hosted by the official show hotel, the Ramada Inn of North
Syracuse. The exhibitor's party has become one of traditions of Carquest
Motorsports Expo, giving show participants a chance to enjoy a couple of
hours of good food, drink and conversation. Special thanks go out t to
DIRT Pro Stock racer Jack Terrell and his Terrell's Potato Chip Company
for providing an assortment of their fine products for the enjoyment of
those attending the party.
With over 200 cars on hand and the remarkable craftsmanship that goes
into the cars displayed at Carquest Motorsports Expo, perhaps nobody has
a tougher job during the weekend than the show judges who are charged
with the task of judging the Best of Show and Best Car awards. After
several hours of checking an comparing, one of the most unique entries in
the show was judged as the Best Appearing Car. Picking up the $250 cash
award courtesy of Doug Gross Construction was Ernie Snyder's street legal
sprint car. The unique machine is painted to resemble the no. 22 wheeled
by Jac Haudenschild on the World of Outlaws circuit in the mid-90's. The
car features a full system of lights, a windshield, and all of the other
equipment required to make it legal for highway travel. Snyder's most
unique street rod is licensed and inspected by the State of New York and
is legal for highway use
As they have for the past several years, Meyers RV Superstores sponsored
the overall Best of Show award and the $500 cash award that goes with the
very prestigious award for the best overall car and display. Show judges
had their hands full with this one as well as there were plenty of great
looking race cars with some very imaginative displays this year. Show
judges finally settled on the dirt late model driven by R.J. Windhausen
as the winner of the Meyers RV Superstores Best of Show. The Penn Can
Speedway regular had his Terrell's Potato Chips sponsored mount displayed
on a raised platform with simulated dirt underneath and plenty of his
sponsor's fine products surrounding the vehicle as well.
As the race teams were finishing loading up the cars at the conclusion of
the event, Carquest Motorsports Expo staff and management were already
starting to plan for the next edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo. The
2007 edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo will return to the Cargill
Exhibition Center on the weekend of March 9th-11th, 2007. Keep watching
this publication for further information as some exciting things are
planned for the 21st edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo.


This Week on Racers Roundtable, Ryan & Randy Smith

This Saturday, March 11th, Racers Roundtable presented by Brown-Daub Ford will be forging ahead to bring you an entertaining and thought provoking show being brought to you by racers, for racers.
Joining us on the show this week will be Ryan & Randy Smith. Ryan is a graduate of the slingshot and micro-sprint ranks, now competing in the USAC Ford Focus Midget Series, and his father Randy, owner of S&S Speedways in Stroudsburg, Pa, and the new promoter of Hamlin Speedway, is a former modified driver at the famed Nazareth Speedway
Racers Roundtable can be heard on Saturday from 11:00 am to 12 noon, on WGPA Sunny 1100 am around the greater Lehigh Valley area. For those of you outside of the Lehigh Valley listening area, you can tune in to us on the web at http://www.wgpasunny1100.com/listennow.html. During the show we will be taking calls at 610-866-8074, and you will also be able to Instant Message us at screen name: RacersRoundtable . Join Pete and Tim for some fun on Saturday morning as they explore the motor racing world for 2006.


Briggs and Stratton Slingshots Head South

Myerstown, Pa (March 10,2006).
The Briggs and Stratton Slingshot by Tobias racers will spend an early season weekend in the state of North Carolina as over 20 teams will vie for the American Indoor Karting sponsored Spring Fling to be held at Margarettsville Speedway. Some of the top drivers in the Briggs and Stratton Tour Series will be there with 2005 National Champion Steven Intravaia becoming a late entrant. Atlantic City winner Ryan Smith has a confirmed entry along with Matt and Michael Carman, Joel Smith, Dale Kober and making the trip from Alabama, Shawn Cater.
Calls to the Speedway Entertainment office have asking about gear ratios and other info to help with car set-ups as interested teams still are deciding whether to make the tow to the 1/4 mile high banked dirt oval. Late entries will be accepted at the Speedway.
Best Repair Co. and Chesapeake Maaco have shown their interest in this event and are a welcome addition as race sponsors as well.A picnic type atmosphere will be had for all Slingshot attendees on Sunday before the Slingshots hit the speedway.
Bud and Brenda Byrum along with their staff and officials will be working closely with the Slingshots to assure a quality show for fans and drivers alike. Sunday's American Indoor Karting day of speed will be completed so the teams have adequate travel time to their homeward destinations. Track info can be found at www.margarettsvillespeedway.com.
Briggs and Stratton Slingshot by Tobias founder and owner Rich Tobias, Jr will be there to oversee the operations as Race Organizer/Event Coordinator Mike Feltenberger will take to the starter's stand for Sunday's Twim 15's program.
S & S Speedway's Randy Smith assures that his inventory of parts will be at a maximum for crews that want to find the right set-up during the course of the weekend.
Interested parties can contact Rich or Mike at speede17@aol.com or by calling the Speedway Entertainment office at 717-866-7450.


Middletown Motorsports Show Ready To Go Fri.-Sun. March 17-19
By BRETT DEYO

MIDDLETOWN, NY - The phones are ringing, entries are pouring in and the Orange County Fairgrounds Arena will be jammed with racecars once again for the Middletown Motorsports Show.
For the 15th consecutive year, Ed and JoAnn Stevens will present the pre-season gathering this weekend, Fri.-Sun. March 17-19, in Middletown, N.Y. Exhibitor set-up day is Thurs., March 16, noon to 10 p.m.
"It's been a busy week," noted Ed Stevens. "We've had a bunch of entries and calls coming in. Right now, we are pretty much at capacity."
Show hours are Fri. (5-11 p.m.); Sat (10 a.m.-11 p.m.); and Sun. (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Daily admission prices are: $10 (Adults); $8 (Seniors); $5 (Juniors ages 8-13). A weekend pass is $25.
A variety of racing and performance vehicles, over 75 total, will be on display at this year's show, including big-block Modifieds, 358-Modifieds, Sportsman, Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks, Mini-Sprints, Four Cylinders, Vintage Modifieds, restored cars, Allison Legacy Series cars, 600cc Modifieds, Go-Karts, racing Lawnmowers and much more.
Local speedways expected to participate are Accord (N.Y.) Speedway, Catskill Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway, Lembo Lake (N.Y.) Speedway, Oakland Valley (N.Y.) Race Park and Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway.
The Race of Champions Dirt Modified and Sportsman Tours will be represented with a booth featuring Capital District standout Mark Flach Jr.'s No. 77F 358-Modified. Schedules and information will be available, along with RoC Dirt apparel and novelties.
Representatives from the Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Club will also be on hand with schedules and a display of the cars of yesteryear.
Dirt Modified star Danny Johnson will have his J&J Shop No. 27 big-block Modified at the show. The upstate New York racer, who will drive the Jay James-owned car at N.J.'s Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday nights, will be available for autographs as well.
Notable local stars entered in the show include defending Orange County Fair Speedway 358-Modified champ Jerry Higbie Jr. (358-Modified and big-block); big-block standout Gary Edwards Jr. (358-Modified and big-block); recent Accord Speedway Lifetime Achievement Award winner Barry Davis (358-Modified) and teammate Mike Senecal (Sportsman); Danny Creeden (Sportsman); and colorful driver/show announcer John McGill with his No. 62 358-Modified.
Crackers Motorsports owner Peter Reynolds and driver Rick Mill have a unique set-up planned that will highlight the inner workings of a dirt Modified.
Legendary Frankie Schneider will appear during the weekend, along with a restored Pinto and a memorabilia trailer, while the Vintage Midget of former Orange County frontrunner Ray Brown will be displayed.
A number of the stars of yesteryear frequent the show, signing autographs and strolling the aisles.
The Friday-night highlight is the 10th Annual Ms. Middletown Motorsports Beauty Pageant at 8 p.m. A number of contestants have already entered, vying for the right to represent the show throughout the season and earn a cash award.
Other activities planned for the weekend include: Autograph Sessions; Tire Change Contests; the Injured Drivers' Benefit Auction; Spark Plug Changing Contests for men and women; Trivia Contests; Hot Dog Eating Contests; Celebrity Slot Car Races; and the Kids' Easter Egg Hunt.
Among the show vendors are Zeppelin Hobbies, Strictly Dirt, VP Racing Fuels, BOCES of Goshen, N.Y., the Ironworkers Motorcycle Club and a handful of NASCAR/auto racing collectibles sellers.
The weekend culmination is set for Sun. at 4 p.m. with the Awards Ceremony on the Pools Plus stage. This year, a fans' choice ballot will be used to determine awards, rather than the time-consuming judging of past years. A number of special awards will dot the presentation as well.
The Orange County Fairgrounds Arena is located in the shadows of Orange County Fair Speedway's grandstands on Wisner Avenue, off Route 17 Exit 120. Local hotels are Hampton Inn - (845) 344-3400; Holiday Inn - (845) 343-1474; or Middletown Motel - (845) 342-2535.
Contact Ed Stevens at (845) 386-3484 for further information.


Mike Gular Sets 2006 Plans; Weekly Competition At Grandview, Penn-Can Highlight Schedule
By BRETT DEYO

HARLEYSVILLE, PA - At this time one year ago, Mike Gular's primary goal was achieving his first-career victory.
Mission accomplished. With fireworks in the air and Uncle Sam in Victory Lane, Gular topped Grandview (Pa.) Speedway's NASCAR Modified field on July 2.
Bad news for the competition: he's set the bar higher for 2006.
Gular has a full slate of dirt Modified competition on his '06 agenda, earmarked by regular NASCAR Modified action at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., on Saturday nights and Friday competition at Penn-Can Speedway in Susquehanna, Pa.
Gular, of Harleysville, Pa., also plans to frequent the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour with a focus on the South Region events.
Now that he's proven he can win against the toughest Saturday-night fields anywhere (Grandview's average car count is over 50), Gular has visions of carrying home the big trophy at season's end - from one Awards Banquet or three.
"Our goal is to win a championship," bottom-lined the 22-year-old, who finished fourth at Grandview and third at Penn-Can in 2005 (it was his first full season at Penn-Can). "We had a great year, running up front at both tracks.
"Getting the first win at Grandview was big."
Gular has a 2004 Bicknell chassis ready for action at Grandview. Power will come from a pair of 9-to-1 Vortec small-block engines built by Leroy Denny.
For Penn-Can, the team will utilize a 2003 Bicknell with a choice of a 9-to-1 engine, a Leroy Denny open competition 358 or a Chad Sinon-owned Main Engines big-block, depending on tendencies of the three-eighths-mile's new clay surface.
Gular, son of well-known former racer Rudy, began his career in 2000 at Grandview and has matured into one of the area's top talents.
He's been recognized as Grandview's Most Improved Driver on two occasions (2001 and 2004) and basked in the limelight at Penn-Can Speedway's January Awards Banquet, taking home both the Rookie of the Year Award and the Horizon Award, predicting a bright future in the sport.
T.H. Properties will be back on board as the primary sponsor of Gular Motorsports for 2006, with BPG Racing/Chad Sinon Motorsports stepping up to main associate status.
Associate sponsors include A.M. Goshow and Sons Architectural Millwork and Custom Kitchens; Anderson Windows; Windover Fabricators (Perkasie, Pa.); Juniper Auto Body (Quakertown, Pa.); Black Magic Shocks/Shadow Racing Products; ISC Racers Tape; Remax 440 - Colleen Gular; Gular and Manion Lawn and Concrete Services; CRC Products; Fourstar Lettering (Green Lane, Pa.); Fastener Specialties; and Leroy Denny Race Engines.

GULAR MOTORSPORTS NOTES: Gular Motorsports is online with a comprehensive website at: www.mikegular.com. Jeff Calpino designed the site....
Gular is anxious for the RoC Dirt Tour stops in his area in '06 after he placed eighth in the South Region and eighth overall last year. He finished third against the RoC stars in last September's "King of the Can" 100 at Penn-Can after leading 39 laps....
Gular hopes to compete at The New York State Fairgrounds this October during the Super DIRT Week festivities....


STAR OF ALL MY CHILDREN WILL BE PART OF MID-ATLANTIC SHOW EXCITEMENT

FORT WASHINGTON, PA MARCH 3, 2006 . . . One of the most popular soap operas on television these days is ABC’s All My Children and one of the most popular cast members is Cameron Mathison who plays the part of Ryan Lavery.
Mathison, a part of All of Children since 1989, will be appearing at the first annual Mid-Atlantic Rod & Custom Show at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center which is set to take place March 31st through April 2nd. The veteran actor, who has appeared in a number of movies and other television programs, will be meeting fans and signing autographs of Sunday, April 2nd.
Perhaps one of his most rewarding sports accomplishments is the fact that he was able to tie former Philadelphia Eagle Terrell Owens in an NBA All Star celebrity slam-dunk competition. He is also a member of the Celebrity Players Golf Tour, which travels to 16 cities across the USA and is seen on Golf Channel.
Most recently Mathison appeared on a segment of ABC’s Hope & Faith. A nominee for the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2002 he will be seen on August 16th in ABC Family Channel’s SEE JANE DATE.
Mathison will be joining American Graffiti star Paul LeMATT, drag racing legend Don Garlits along with well known industry celebrities Troy Trepanier, Boyd Coddington and Ken Finical (Posies) in appearances at the three day show.
More than 270,000 square feet, all on one easy to walk through level, will be dedicated to this first time event. At least 300 cars will be on display representing hot rods, custom cars, muscle cars, exotics, classics, low riders, pick-ups and tuners.
Event organizers have posted more than $10,000 in prize money, merchandise and awards to be paid out during the three days with $5,000 going to the Best of the Show winner.
Proving to be a very popular area at the show is the Car Corral. This is an area set aside for those who have rod and custom cars that they would like to sell.
“We are really excited about the response we are getting to the show,” said co-organizer Len Sammons. “For the first year we really think this is going to be a huge success. And it is just the start of a long run for the show. We just felt the area needed a show of this type.”
Many of the cars entered in the show can be seen at the www.midatlanticcarshow.com website. The Happy Days truck, featured on the hit TV show Happy Days, will be on display along with the Shark A.T.T.A.K., Posie’s Aeroliner and many others. New entries are being added to the site on a regular basis. The website also offers complete information on the three day show.
Information on sponsorship and marketing opportunities can be had by telephoning the show office at 609.888.3618. There is still some exhibit and car display space available.
Discount lodging reservations at area hotels are available through Plaza Travel at 215.322.6888. The discounts are available only when reservations are made through the show agency, Plaza Travel.
The Fort Washington, PA Expo Center is located just a short distance from the PA. Turnpike exit #339.


This week on Racers Roundtable, a call from Buzzie Reutimann, and Johnny Haggan

This Saturday, February 25th, Racers Roundtable presented by Brown-Daub Ford will be forging ahead to bring you an entertaining and thought provoking show being brought to you by racers, for racers.
Joining us one the show this week will be Buzzie Reutimann as he helps us pay tribute to his long time crew chief, Eddie Richards, who passed away this week. Also joining us in the studio will be Johnny Haggan former micro-sprint racer and current PA 305 sprint car racer.
Racers Roundtable can be heard on Saturday from 11:00 am to 12 noon, on WGPA Sunny 1100 am around the greater Lehigh Valley area. For those of you outside of the Lehigh Valley listening area, you can tune in to us on the web at http://www.wgpasunny1100.com/listennow.html. During the show we will be taking calls at 610-866-8074, and you will also be able to Instant Message us at screen name: RacersRoundtable . Join Pete and Tim for some fun on Saturday morning as they explore the motor racing world for 2006.


Pioneer Pole Buildings Join Pit Rat Live In 2006

POTTSVILLE, PA - Pit Rat Live is gearing up for its second season and is pleased to introduce Pioneer Pole Buildings (Rt. 183 Schuylkill Haven, PA) as a major sponsor of the weekly racing show which airs Monday nights at 7pm on the Phoenix 1450 WPAM. The show will also be available on www.pitratlive.com following the live broadcast. We look forward to having Pioneer Pole Buildings embark on the new and exciting season with us.
Pit Rat Live will be at the PPB Race Shop Open House on Saturday, March 11, 2006 from 12 to 5pm. Come and meet the host of Pit Rat Live - Jody Kuperavage – and get a sneak peek into the 2006 season of Pit Rat Live.
The public is invited to tour the new facility and meet the PPB drivers Doug Hendricks, Rob Gibson and Joey Hendricks. The Billy Pauch simulator will be there. Ark Rentals will have equipment on display and you can meet with salesmen from PPB to discuss how Pioneer Pole Buildings can construct the ideal building for you. Food and refreshments will be available.
If anyone is interested in sponsoring Pit Rat Live for the 2006 season, please contact jody@pitratlive.com or call (570)277-6733.

Thank you
Jody Kuperavage
Pit Rat Promotions & Marketing
www.pitratlive.com


MODIFIED SEMINAR KICKS-OFF
2006 BILLY PAUCH RACING SCHOOL

With more than 625 career wins at 24 tracks in seven states and a armful of
Championship titles, Dick Berggren's Speedway Illustrated called New Jersey
Driver Billy Pauch one of the top 20 short-track talents in the country. How does
he do it? Racers both young and old, rookies and veterans both, can find out in
the coming weeks, as Pauch again offers his expertise and experience, in the
classroom and on the speedway.

Added to the KICK-OFF Seminar this year is two guest speakers. Art Lentini
of Art's Radiator bringing with him many years of experience on the cooling
system. He has worked with all types of dirt racing from sprint, modified, and
 latemodels to name a few. Bobby Balaam of B R Fabrication bringing with
him years of working with shocks, valveing, rebuilding, and fabrication
experience. Billy Pauch of Billy Pauch Racing School bringing over 25 years
of racing and over 625 career wins. He will be covering maintenance, tires,
chassis set-up, safety and driving techniques. Many years of experience and
knowledge under one roof for $99.00. This will  be held on March 18, 2006,
Saturday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Look for separate ad in this paper for more
information.

Students can take to the track with daylong driving classes scheduled at New
Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, NJ on April 12, April 26, and May 24. Day long
driving class scheduled at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA on May 7, and
September 17. With one on one instruction from Pauch, students will learn
the line, as Pauch drives would be racers around the track in his two-seater school
Late Model. Once he has showed the quick route, Pauch will offer personalized
guidance and critique as attendees cut laps alone on the speedway.

Students can bring their own race car or drive one of Pauch's school Modified or
Sprint Car. A two-day, including the kick-off seminar and a day at the track is
$300.00 in the student's own car, $600.00 in one of the school rental cars. Drivers
can also sign up for one day of track practice with your own car for $275.00. Fans
can get the thrill of racing for real with a 20-lap session in one of the class cars for
 $400.00. Ride-along in the two-seater late model is available for $75.00.

If you have ever had the urge to drive a racecar, this is your chance. The Billy Pauch
Racing School has been turning fans into winners since 1989. For more information
Contact Bill or Barbara at (908) 996-7288 0r (908) 996-6236. Visit our Web-site
at www.billypauchracingschool.com.


A FULL WEEKEND OF INFORMATIVE AND FUN ACTIVITIES AWAIT RACERS AND FANS AT
CARQUEST MOTORSPORTS EXPO 2006

The 20th anniversary of Carquest Motorsports Expo, the largest racing
themed exposition presented in the Empire State, will truly boast
something for everyone as a host of special events are planned throughout
the three day run of the show. The much anticipated event is scheduled
for the weekend of March 10th-12th at the Cargill Exhibit Hall on the New
York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY.
Headlining the activities will be the appearance of two time NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series Champion Ron Hornaday Jr. The Palmdale, California
native will be appearing at Carquest Motorsports Expo courtesy of
Adirondack International Speedway and AMG. Hornaday will be on hand to
meet and greet race fans on both Friday evening as well as Saturday
afternoon. The tentative schedule calls for Hornaday to sign autographs
on Friday evening from 7-9 PM and again on Saturday afternoon from 1-3
PM.
The 9th annual Leaf Racewear Ms. DIRT Motorsports 06 Pageant takes center
stage on Saturday afternoon as more that a dozen lovely ladies are
expected to be on hand to compete for the right to represent DIRT
Motorsports during the 2006 racing season. In addition to the title of
Ms. DIRT Motorsports, the winner will also walk away with a $500 cash
award courtesy of Leaf Racewear. The Ms. DIRT Motorsports Pageant to take
place on the main stage at 5 PM.
Immediately following the Ms. DIRT Motorsports Pageant, the Spalding
Foundation for Injured Drivers will take over the stage for their annual
charity auction. Headed up by Betty Sherwood and her dedicated staff, the
Spalding foundation annually assembles an impressive array of merchandise
and memorabilia to auction off. All of the proceeds go to build and
maintain a fund which is used to provide financial assistance to those
injured while participating in motorsports related activity. Through the
years the Spalding Foundation had provided some much needed financial
relief to many different drivers who have found themselves out of work
due to a racing injury. The auction will get underway at 7 P.M.
On Sunday, Bill Catania of Racequest will take over center stage for a
Sponsorship Round Table discussion. Catania will be attempting to assist
the racers on the local level with ways of improving their quest for
sponsorship. Issues will deal with not only finding and landing
sponsorship but also on how to maintain that relationship and turn it
into a long term sponsorship deal. This most informative presentation
will take place on the stage at 12:30 on Sunday afternoon.
Dave Bailey of Dupont-PPG will also be on hand on Friday and Saturday.
While Dupont PPG is best known in Motorsports circles as the longtime
sponsor of Jeff Gordon's Nextel Cup Car, the company has much more than
that to offer to the Motorsports community. Dupont PPG manufactures a
long line of products of interest to racers, owners, and car builders.
Bailey and his staff will be presenting and introducing some of those
products during a pair of seminars on Friday and Saturday. The Friday
presentation will be in the Seminar Room at 7 PM with a second seminar
slated for Saturday at 2:30 PM.
On Sunday afternoon, longtime Gater Racing News columnist Gary Rowe will
be on hand to present a seminar of the tax implications of racing and
what may or may not be deductible as a legitimate business expense. Rowe
is uniquely qualified to present this seminar as in addition to his 30
plus years of experience in nearly every facet of the sport, he is also a
Certified Public Accountant in New York State. Rowe's list of clients
include many major race teams and facilities, giving him extensive
knowledge and experience in the field of tax law and the application of
that law in the Motorsports arena. Rowe's tax seminar begind at 1:30 PM
in the Seminar Room.
At noon on Sunday, Chris Marquardt and Brett Deyo will present a seminar
for the racing media. Both Marquardt and Deyo hold degrees in journalism
and have offered to present this seminar to share some of their knowledge
with other members of the media. This seminar is open to all members of
the media who would like to attend as Deyo and Marquardt will no doubt
have a great deal of information to present that will assist all members
of the media in doing their jobs in a more efficient and professional manner.


EASTERN MOTORSPORT PRESS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2007 CONVENTION DATES

LANGHORNE, PA February 26, 2006 . . . Fresh off a highly successful 2006 convention, the Eastern Motorsport Press Association has announced plans for 2007.
“We have decided to stick with the last weekend in January (January 26-28th) for our convention. It seems to be a date that conflicts least with anything else going on in the business,” said EMPA president Ernie Saxton. “We are planning some changes in how the convention is presented and what is included in the three days. The site of the convention, the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Trevose, PA, will remain the same.”
The Eastern Motorsport Press Association, founded in 1969, represents more than 200 professional media members who cover the sport on a regular basis. EMPA’s goal is to get more speedways, sanctioning organizations, race teams and, of course more media involved in the convention.
“We are looking at including more workshops during the convention for those who want to improve their skills,” said Saxton. “There is the possibility of a public relations seminar to help PR people improve their relationships with the media. One of our main goals is to improve the coverage given the sport not only for major events but also the local short tracks.”
The most recent convention had support from NASCAR, Indy Racing League, American LeMans Series, Pocono Raceway, DIRT Motorsports, SPEED Channel, Performance Racing Industry magazine, Valvoline and Chad Sinon Motorsports.
“We invite teams, speedways, sanctioning organizations and sponsors to be part of the convention,” commented Saxton. “There are opportunities to make presentations to the media members, create a rapport with the media that covers the sport and, perhaps, improve media exposure. “
For information on the Eastern Motorsport Press Association telephone Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 or email Esaxton144@aol.com.


OLD RACE PHOTOS FROM THE EARLY 60'S CD

I found a lot of old I negatives of pictures that I took back in the
early to mid 1960's. Most of the negatives and slides were in bad shape
after over 40 years of poor storage. I used a film scanner and scanned
the negatives and slides the best I could. The photos that came out the
best and were in decent shape were put on a CD. The CD contains over
1,200 photos, 95% of them have never been printed from the original
negatives and the remaining 5% have not been seen for the past 40 years.
The CD is menu driven with a listing of races. Clicking on a race will
open to a page of thumbnail photos which when clicked will open to a
larger photo (approx 6 1/2" x 10") on the screen. Most of the photos
have captions describing the drivers. The races covered are from 1963 to
1966 (20 races) and include USAC Sprints, Late Models and Indy Cars from
Trenton NJ, Langhorne PA (also dirt), Reading PA and Allentown PA; ARDC
Midgets from Flemington NJ; URC Sprints from Flemington NJ, Harrington
DE and Orange County NY (Middletown). Photo's include drivers Mario
Andretti .. Chuck Arnold .. Rollie Beal .. Gary Bettenhausen .. Don
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.. Dan Gurney .. Earl Halaquist .. Norm Hall .. Bob Harkey .. Chuck
Hulse .. Jim Hurtubise .. Bryant Ingalls .. Bruce Jacobi .. Gordon
Johncock .. Lou Johnson .. Dee Jones .. Parnelli Jones .. Mel Kenyon ..
Arnie Knepper .. Ed Kostenuk .. Don Kreitz Sr .. Jud Larson .. Hank
Laukaitis .. Ralph Liguori .. Dave Lundy .. Jim Maguire .. Bobby
Marshman .. Bob Mathouser .. Tommy McAndrews .. Roger McCluskey .. Jim
McElreath .. Pat McNair .. Dick Mealy .. Sal Moschella .. Norm Nelson ..
Dom Persicketti .. Jiggs Peters .. Tom Price .. Red Riegel .. Chuck
Rodee .. Ronnie Rough .. Lloyd Ruby .. Mick Rupp .. Johnny Rutherford ..
Troy Ruttman .. Eddie Sachs .. Dutch Schaefer .. Bud Tinglestad .. Bobby
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MEYERS RV SUPERSORES AND DOUG GROSS CONSTRUCTION TO PRESENT AWARDS AT
CARQUEST MOTORSPORTS EXPO 2006

Meyers RV Superstores along with Doug Gross Construction will be
presenting awards at the 20th anniversary edition of Carquest Motorsports
Expo. As they have done for the past four years, Meyers RV Superstores
will present a $500 cash award to the overall Best of Show award winner.
Doug Gross Construction is a new sponsor for the 2006 edition of
Motorsports Expo and will be sponsoring the Best Appearing Car award,
presenting a $250 cash award. Both of these prestigious awards will be
presented during closing ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.
With over 200 racing vehicles of all shapes and sizes taking part in what
has become the unofficial kickoff event of the new season in the Empire
State, show judges will have their work cut out for them in selecting the
winners of these two prestigious awards. With the quality of the
workmanship that goes into preparing the racing equipment on display,
selecting just one winner is always a difficult task for show judges.
The Meyers RV Superstores Best of Show award takes into consideration not
only the racing vehicle itself, but also the entire display. Through the
years, race teams have come up with some very creative displays as a lot
of thought, imagination and effort go into planning and executing the
perfect display. Last year's winner of the Meyers RV Superstore Best of
Show award was the Fulton and Brewerton Speedway display which features
more than a dozen cars from those tracks deployed on a wooden platform
which was constructed so as to resemble the cars racing off a turn at one
of the speedways.
The Doug Gross Construction Best Appearing Car award is a new award this
season. This award will be based solely on the craftsmanship and
workmanship of the racing vehicle itself and will not take into account
the display that surrounds the vehicles. In the past, many teams have
come with outstanding cars only to be overshadowed by those teams with a
larger or flashier display. This award was created with the intent to
recognize the outstanding racing vehicle of the show, whether or not that
vehicle is a part of an elaborate display or exhibited as a stand alone
vehicle.
Carquest Motorsports Expo, the largest racing themed exposition presented
in New York State, will begin its three day run on Friday, March 10, 2006
when the doors open to the public at 5 PM with show hours running until 9
PM. The doors re-open on Saturday, March11th at 11 AM and the show runs
until 9 PM on Saturday. The three day run of Carquest Motorsports Expo
2006 wraps up on Sunday with show hours from 11AM through 5 PM. The 5 PM
finish on Sunday allows both fans and show participants to get on the
road home at a reasonable hour.
Carquest Motorsports Expo officials are pleased to announce that there
will be no increase in admission prices this year with adult tickets once
again being priced at $10. Children 5-11 will be $5 while children under
the age of 5 are admitted free of charge. For those attending the entire
weekend, a special money saving three day pass is available for $25.
Plenty of free parking will be available on the grounds of the New York
State Fair.
Half price admission coupons are currently available at Suzuki Motorcycle
and ATV dealerships throughout the Upstate and Central New York area.
With the use of one of these coupons, adult admission to Motorsports Expo
is reduced to a very reasonable $5 for a full day of Motorsports related
fun. The coupons are free for the asking with obligation and no purchase
required. For those fans in the market for a new ATV or motorcycle, all
locations will have friendly and knowledgeable sales representatives on
hand to answer any questions.
Make plans now to be a part of the 20th anniversary edition of the Empire
State's biggest and best racing trade show. For more information, contact
the Motorsports Expo Show Office as 315-457-0175 during regular business
hours. Information can also be found by following the Motorsports Expo
link at the Gater Racing News Website at www.gaternews.com. The
Motorsports Expo office can also be contacted by mail at PO Box 3914,
Syracuse, NY 13220.


This week on the Racers Roundtable...

This Saturday, February 25th, The Racers Roundtable presented by Brown-Daub Ford will be forging ahead to bring you an entertaining and thought provoking show being brought to you by racers, for racers.
Joining us in the studio this week will be none other than Keith Brightbill. Keith will be sharing with us his plans for the 2006 racing season, along with some other news and insight about the racing industry.
The Racers Roundtable can be heard on Saturday from 11:00 am to 12 noon, on WGPA Sunny 1100 am around the greater Lehigh Valley area. For those of you outside of the Lehigh Valley listening area, you can tune in to us on the web at http://www.wgpasunny1100.com/listennow.html. During the show we will be taking calls at 610-866-8074, and you will also be able to Instant Message us at screen name: RacersRoundtable . Join Pete and Tim for some fun on Saturday morning as they explore the motor racing world for 2006.
If you would like to be a special guest on our show, or would like to advertise with us, you may contact us at RacersRoundtable@aol.com.


Slingshot By Tobias "Spring Fling" Sponsored by American Indoor Karting
Myerstown,Pa.(Feb.24,2006):

American Indoor Karting brings the thrill of racing indoors to all ages. Individuals and groups can have their racing needs satisfied at an AIK Center near them. Their motto "Where Every Day is Race Day" is just what the race fans will be saying on March 18 & 19th at Margarettsville Speedway in Margarettsville, NC.
The Slingshot by Tobias "Spring Fling" finds it's way to the 1/4 banked clay oval for 2 days of highly competitive racing as part of a non-points touring weekend. Sharing the event on Saturday will be the Margarettsville regular karting classes. Sunday the Slingshots become the headliners with a Twin 15 feature format to end the weekend in NC. The karts are also going to be there for warm up sessions between the Slingshot events.
Race sponsors American Indoor Karting with outlets in Portsmouth and Richmond, Va. along with marine equipment specialists, Best Repair Company, based out of Norfolk, Va. are sponsoring this weekend of speed.
Margarettsville's Bud and Brenda Byrum assured the Slingshot teams that track conditions will be favorable for the weekend. Interest in this event could propel the track into a regional tour event for 2007. Other local speedways will be watching the racing with the thought of having another region established for this area.
The utilization of state-of-the-art European karts by G-Force gives American Indoor Karting the repeat customer looking for that speed and competition sensation
Speed and competition will be at a premium on the banked NC speedplant as many touring Slingshot drivers are making last minute adjustments in hopes of being the victor in one of the 3 main events. Lennie Coons has become the first registrant and looks like more to follow for this inaugural happening.
Racing on Saturday begins at noon with Sunday's schedule finding the Slingshots hitting the speedway at 12:30 after a "Spring Fling" picnic supplied by Rich Tobias and event organizer Scott Gray.
Questions regarding an American Indoor Karting center near you or making reservations in the Va. area can call (Portsmouth)757-405-9715 and (Richmond) 804-228-0188.
Track info can be obtained at www.margarettsvillespeedway.com. Slingshot competitors needing more info can call 717-866-7450.


SUZUKI MOTORCYCLE ABD ATV DEALERS OFFERING HALF PRICE DISCOUNT COUPONS

FOR CARQUEST MTOROSPORTS EXPO 2006
(Syracuse, NY).Suzuki Motorcycles and ATV's has once again signed on a an
associate sponsor for Carquest Motorsports Expo, the largest racing
themed exposition held in New York State. This means that for the fourth
consecutive year, participating Upstate and Central New York Suzuki
dealerships will be offering race fans discount coupons good for half off
the regular admission price to the Expo.
The 2006 edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo is slated for the weekend
of March 10-12th, 2006 on the New York State Fairgrounds. Located just
off the backstretch of the historic Moody Mile, the Cargill Exhibition
Hall will once again play host to Carquest Motorsports Expo. Well over
200 racing vehicles representing every form of Motorsports will be
participating in the event which serves as the unofficial kickoff of the
2006 racing season in the Empire State. Most of the local speedways and
racing organizations will be participating as well, handing out schedules
and other pertinent information. A host of vendors will also be on hand,
offering a wide variety of racing related merchandise for sale as well.
With the Suzuki Motorcycles and ATV's sponsored discount coupon, fans are
invited to enjoy a full day of racing related entertainment for a very
reasonable $5 and the discount coupon. Carquest Motorsports Expo is a
family oriented event with plenty of activities for both the young and
the young at heart with hours of entertainment for race fans of all ages.
While no purchase is required to obtain the half price admission coupons,
all of the dealerships will have friendly personnel on hand to speak with
those fans who would like to know more about Suzuki's extensive line of
exciting two and four wheeled recreational vehicles.
Suzuki will also have several of their products on display at the show as
well along with knowledgeable representatives who can answer questions
regarding their extensive product line. Racers and fans alike are invited
to stop by and speak with representatives who can match their needs with
a high quality Suzuki product.
Suzuki offers products suitable for both work and play with many race
teams choosing rugged Suzuki ATV's as their workhorse pushing their
racing vehicles around the pit area, while many race fans choose Suzuki
Motorcycles and ATV's as their personal recreational vehicles. Whether
pushing your sprint car to the line, heading out on a hunting trip, or
spending the day on a motorcycle or ATV ride, Suzuki has the perfect
vehicle to suit your every need.
The half price discount coupons will be available at participating Suzuki
Motorcycle and ATV dealers throughout the Central New York area beginning
in mid-February. No purchase is necessary as coupons will be distributed
free of charge for the asking as long as supplies last. Those seeking the
discount coupons are advised to get coupons early as demand has been high
in the past. With the high level of interest in the 2006 edition of
Carquest Motorsports Expo, demand should be high once again this year.
The 20th anniversary edition of the largest racing themed trade show
presented in the Empire State is shaping up to be the biggest and best in
the two decade history of the event. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series star
Ron Hornaday will be on hand to meet and greet race fans along with many
of the stars of the local racing scene. For more information on the 2006
edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo, log onto www.gaternews.com and
follow the Motorsports Expo 2006 link.


Millville racetrack looking for jump-start with CRDA loan
By DONALD WITTKOWSKIStaff Writer, PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY, 2/22/2006

— It has funded everything from day-care centers to supermarkets, sports stadiums to concert halls. It is also paying out $52 million to subsidize three New Jersey horseracing tracks. Now it may help finance a track with a different type of horsepower.

Developers of a motorsports track in Millville are seeking a $5 million loan from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority that is crucial for the $100 million project's financing plan.

In a preliminary step at its meeting Tuesday, the authority's board declared the track eligible for CRDA funding, but the vote essentially was just the warm-up lap in what could be a long race for the money.

“I think it is a critically important economic development project for the South Jersey economy,” CRDA Executive Director Thomas D. Carver said while giving his endorsement to the track and the 1,500 jobs it would create.

Still, the CRDA must negotiate terms of the loan with developers New Jersey Motorsports Park LLC before a final funding vote is taken. The $5 million is a key part of the public-private financing mix for the track's proposed $40 million first phase.

Lee F. Brahin, a principal in the development group, said the project is nearing the critical construction phase and needs to tie down the financing. He stressed the importance of the CRDA loan but stopped short of saying that it would make or break the project.

“It would make this project extremely difficult to move forward,” Brahin said of the possibility of the CRDA denying the loan. “Racetracks are difficult to finance in the private sector.”

The CRDA, a state agency, oversees the spending of hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue from Atlantic City's 12 casino hotels for housing projects and economic development in New Jersey. Talks have begun with Harrah's Entertainment Inc. to supply the racetrack loan.

Called Thunderbolt Raceway, the track is proposed on a 700-acre site off Dividing Creek and Buckshutem roads near Mill-ville Airport, about a mile from the city's downtown. The centerpiece of the project is a nearly 4-mile European-style race circuit, surrounded by a cluster of hotels, restaurants, villas and a 400,000-square-foot business complex.

Supporters say the track's economic benefits would give an enormous lift to a county and a city still reeling from the decline of its apparel and glass-manufacturing industries in the past 30 years.

“We have been struggling mightily to overcome these circumstances,” Donald S. Ayres, Millville's director of economic development, told CRDA board members while urging their support.

Ayres said the track would complement a revitalization plan that has helped the city's downtown business district cut its vacancy rate from 60 percent to 5 percent in the past five years. He added there would be spinoff effects for Cumberland County's construction trades, tourism, the automotive industry and the city's airport.

“Think of the track being the anchor for all of that industry,” he said.

Construction is scheduled to begin in June on the first phase, including the track, a timing and scoring tower, concessions, clubhouse facilities, garages and 20 VIP suites. Under the latest timetable, the track would open in June 2007.

The project's $60 million second phase, expected to start in the fall, would add a driver-training school, hotels, restaurants, trackside villas and a business facility for automotive-related industry. Brahin noted that those amenities would be gradually phased in and would require hotel developers and other investment partners.


Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. announces PPB “Race Shop” Open House

The PPB Racing Team invites the public to an open house of their new race shop. It will be held on Saturday March 11, 2006 from 12:00 to 5:00 PM. Fans will have an opportunity to meet the drivers, crews, tour the facility and see the PPB Race Cars That will be competing during the upcoming 2006 season. Food and refreshments will also be provided. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the PPB Race Shop. We look forward to seeing you there.
Any questions, please contact Matt Goehring, PPB Director of racing operations @ (570) 640-5638 or Assistant Director, Doug Jansson @ (570) 640- 5703 or 888-448-2505 Ext.# 134.
Directions: From I-78 Take Exit 29 Rte. 61 North. The facility is located 7.5 miles north of Cabela’s. The building is located on the left just after Ark Rentals.

Douglas R. Jansson
Inside Sales Coordinator


RON HORNADAY JR. TO APPEAR AT CARQUEST MOTORSPORTS EXPO 2006

(Syracuse, NY).Two time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion Ron
Hornaday Jr. will be making an appearance at Carquest Motorsports Expo as
part of the 20th anniversary of the largest Motorsports themed exposition
presented in New York State. The 47 year old veteran driver from
Palmdale, California will be appearing to meet and greet race fans on
both Friday, March 10th and Saturday March 11th with exact times to be
announced.
Before making the move into the Craftsman Truck Series in 1995, Hornaday
was one of the dominant drivers on the West Coast. A pair of
championships on the Southwest Series earned Hornaday a shot at national
prominence in the inaugural season for the NACAR Craftsman Truck Series.
In 1996, Hornaday would drive the Dale Earnhardt, Inc. #16 Chevrolet to
his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship, the first NASCAR
championship for Dale Earnhardt Inc.. Two years later he would earn his
second NASCAR Truck Series Championship, again for Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Hornaday's 27 career Truck Series wins place him atop the career winner's
list in the division.
Hornaday left the truck series in 2000 to drive Dale Earnhardt Inc.'s
Busch Series entry. Hornaday found success quickly in that series as
well, with wins at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Nazareth in his rookie
season on the Busch Series. After spending the 2001 season driving AJ
Foyt's Nextel Cup car, Hornaday returned to the Busch series this time as
the driver of Richard Childress' #2 car. Hornaday would earn a pair of
Busch Series wins during his tenure with Childress, finishing a career
best third in Busch Series points in 2003.
In 2005, Hornaday returned to the series where he had enjoyed the most
success as he teamed up with Kevin Harvick Inc. to pilot Harvick's newly
formed Truck Series team entry. Despite it being the team's first full
season on the series, Hornaday was able to park the team's #6 Chevrolet
in victory lane at Atlanta, his 27th career win and finish a solid fourth
in season points.
In 2006, Hornaday will once again be behind the wheel of the Kevin
Harvick Inc. Chevrolet which will carry the #33 for the entire 2006 Truck
Series campaign looking for his third truck series championship. Hornaday
has also signed to drive Harvick's Busch Series entry in 14 races in
2006. Despite this busy schedule, Hornaday will be taking time out of his
busy schedule to meet and greet fans at Carquest Motorsports Expo 2006.
Hornaday will be on hand to greet race fans on both Friday evening (7-9
PM) and on Saturday afternoon (1-2 PM). Hornaday is appearing courtesy of
Adirondack International Raceway and AMG.
While Ron Hornaday's appearance will certainly be a highlight of the
show, there is plenty else for race fans to see and do at Carquest
Motorsports Expo. More than 200 race teams are expected to converge on
Syracuse for the weekend, proudly displaying their new creations and
allowing fans to get a close-up view of their equipment prior to taking
to the various area speedways in the weeks following the show. While the
emphasis of the show is geared heavily toward short track oval racing
both asphalt and dirt track , just about every form of Motorsports is
represented at Carquest Motorsports Expo. Several of the local Microd and
Quarter Midget clubs take part, as some of our youngest drivers and their
families spend the weekend proudly showing off their new rides. Those who
prefer to do their racing on two wheels are also represented with several
racing motorcycles on display along with some great looking drag cars as
well. Pulling trucks and tractors, Monster Trucks, Mud Bog racers and
many other different types of racing equipment will be represented as
well in the diverse variety of racing equipment on display.
Carquest Motorsports Expo, the largest racing themed exposition presented
in New York State, will begin its three day run on Friday, March 10, 2006
when the doors open to the public at 5 PM with show hours running until 9
PM. The doors re-open on Saturday, March11th at 11 AM and the show runs
until 9 PM on Saturday. The three day run of Carquest Motorsports Expo
2006 wraps up on Sunday with show hours from 11AM through 5 PM. The 5 PM
finish on Sunday allows both fans and show participants to get on the
road home at a reasonable hour. Set-up hours for participants and
exhibitors will be on Thursday, March 9th from Noon until 9 PM.
Carquest Motorsports Expo officials have announced that admission prices
for the 2006 edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo will remain the same as
last year with an adult ticket being priced at $10. Children 5-11 will be
$5 while children under the age of 5 are admitted free of charge. For
those spending the entire weekend, a special money saving three day pass
is available for $25. Plenty of free parking will be available on the
grounds of the New York State Fair.
Those race teams and vendors planning to participate in the 20th
anniversary edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo should finalize plans
and make the necessary arrangements as soon as possible. Display space is
filling up quickly, and space is allocated on a first come first served
basis. For more information or to reserve display space, contact the
Motorsports Expo Show Office as 315-457-0175. Information can also be
found by following the Motorsports Expo link at the Gater Racing News
Website at www.gaternews.com. The Motorsports Expo office can also be
contacted by mail at PO Box 3914, Syracuse, NY 13220.


This week on The Racers Roundtable...

This Saturday, February 18th, The Racers Roundtable presented by Brown-Daub Ford will be continuing the discussion that was started last week concerning The ARDC Midgets decision to go totally wingless for the 2006 season..

Joining us as our special guest this week will be Barry Angstadt, Media Director and announcer for the ARDC Midgets. Barry is also the former announcer at Mahoning Valley Speedway, and also at Lanco (Clyde Martin Memorial) Speedway.

The Racers Roundtable can be heard on Saturday from 11:00 am to 12 noon, on WGPA Sunny 1100 am around the greater Lehigh Valley area. For those of you outside of the Lehigh Valley listening area, you can tune in to us on the web at http://www.wgpasunny1100.com/listennow.html. During the show we will be taking calls, and you will also be able to Instant Message us at screen name: RacersRoundtable . Join Pete and Tim for some fun on Saturday as they start off on their new adventure for 2006.

If you would like to be a special guest on our show, or would like to advertise with us, you may contact us at RacersRoundtable@aol.com.


ROSS MOTORSPORTS AND CURRIER PLASTICS INC. FORM UNIQUE ALLIANCE FOR 2006

ALBANY, NY (February 11, 2006) – Randy Ross, owner of Ross Motorsports, and John Currier, President of Currier Plastics Inc., announced today that in 2006, Currier Plastics Inc. will be an associate sponsor for the #44 Ross Motorsports modified team driven by Matt Sheppard.
Unique to this relationship is that Ross Motorsports in turn will offer technical support to a newly formed dirt sportsman team whose driver will be Tim Currier, 16 year old son of John Currier.
Currier Plastics Inc. is a recognized leader in the custom injection molded and extrusion blow molded industry and manufactures products for many markets including telecommunications, medical, lawn and garden, electronic, automotive, personal care, food service, dairy, and pharmaceuticals. Approximately 140 employees work at the Auburn, NY based company that was founded in 1982.
Ross Motorsports will again follow the entire Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Series as well as competing weekly at New York DIRT sanctioned tracks. While their final schedule is yet to be determined, expect to see the team at three tracks weekly utilizing PMC and Bicknell cars powered by Enders Motors.
The Currier Motorsports #10 team will be led by winning crew chief Stu Sheppard and will run the 2005 Bicknell mount previously driven by Matt in 2005 as a 358 modified. Rookie sportsman driver Tim Currier recently completed his fourth season in the quarter midget ranks with 35 wins in 64 starts, three track titles, and two New York State Series championships. Tim expects to compete weekly at Canandaigua, Cayuga County and Rolling Wheels Speedways.
Stay current with the latest news and information on the #44 and #10 teams by logging on to http://www.matt-sheppard.com.

About Currier Plastics Inc.
Headquartered in Auburn, NY, Currier Plastics is an ISO9001/2000 & FDA Registered Injection Molder and Blow Molder. Currier employs 140 people at its Auburn, NY facility and provides its services to a wide range of customers in the consumer, electronics and medical industry.
Additional information about Currier Plastics Inc, processes, services and employment opportunities can be found on the company’s web site at http://www.currierplastics.com.


Middletown Motorsports Show Coming Together
By BRETT DEYO

MIDDLETOWN, NY - Preparations for the 15th Annual Middletown Motorsports Show are well underway as the countdown nears one month until the pre-season gathering.
Scheduled for Fri.-Sun. March 17-19 at the Orange County Fairgrounds Arena in Middletown, N.Y., the show serves as the yearly kickoff to auto racing in southeastern New York. The Orange County Fairgrounds Arena is located in the shadows of Orange County Fair Speedway's covered grandstands.
"Space is filling up fast for vendors and exhibitors," said event coordinator Ed Stevens, who has promoted the Middletown Motorsports Show with wife JoAnn for its entire decade-and-a-half existence. "It's shaping up to be a great weekend."
Exhibitor entries are still being accepted for the show (the deadline is March 10). Space is allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum capacity is 75 vehicles. There is a $10 entry fee for show cars. Two free weekend passes are granted per full-sized vehicle entry; one weekend pass is handed out per Go-Kart entry.
Stevens confirmed that upstate New York's Danny Johnson, a dirt Modified standout and weekly competitor at N.J.'s Bridgeport Speedway, would have his Jay James-owned No. 27 big-block Modified on display. "The Doctor" will also be available for autographs during the three-day affair.
Popular Orange County speedster Jerry Higbie Jr. of Slate Hill, N.Y., leads a long list of local entrants. Higbie is the defending 358-Modified champion at the "Hard Clay" and remains a fan-favorite at the five-eighths-mile oval.
Among the many types of cars that will be represented are big-block Modifieds, 358-Modifieds, asphalt Modifieds, Sportsman, Mini-Sprints, Pure Stocks, Pro Stocks, IMCA-style Modifieds, Go-Karts, Motorcycles, Four Cylinders, 600cc Modifieds, Vintage Modifieds and many more.
Accord (N.Y.) Speedway, Catskill Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway, Lembo Lake (N.Y.), Oakland Valley (N.Y.) Race Park and Orange County Fair Speedway (recently back in the DIRT MotorSports, Inc. fold) will have representatives at the show, along with the Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Club.
Information and schedules will also be available from the Race of Champions Dirt Modified and Sportsman Tours.
All-time winningest dirt Modified driver Frankie Schneider will be on hand to interact with attendees. One of Schneider's restored Pinto dirt Modifieds will be on display. For the first time, a walk-through museum trailer chock full of memorabilia from Schneider's accomplished driving career will be open for viewing.
Other stars from the past scheduled to appear include Les Farley, Russ Meyers and female dirt Modified pioneer Beverly Pierce.
Pa.'s Doug Borger plans to be a first-time Middletown Motorsports exhibitor with an entourage of his 600cc Modifieds, a Borger-created division that's grown exponentially in the past two seasons.
A model club from Newburgh, N.Y., has committed to an extravagant display, complete with a built-to-scale speedway showing off their work. Also, BOCES students from Goshen, N.Y., will present their homebuilt hot rod.
VP Racing Fuels, sponsor of the January Motorsports 2006 Show at the Fort Washington (Pa.) Expo Center, will be a first-time vendor/exhibitor.
VP, of course, will be joined by all of last year's returning vendors, meaning a wide array of racing and NASCAR collectibles will be on sale along with racecar parts, accessories, etc.
The 10th Annual Ralph Corwin Photography Ms. Middletown Motorsports Beauty Pageant - a highlight of the show's Friday-night portion - is shaping up to be one of the best in the event's history.
However, there are spots still available in the competition. A maximum of 15 contestants has been established. Interested parties should contact JoAnn Stevens at (845) 386-3484. The Beauty Pageant will take place at 8 p.m. on Fri., March 17.
The winner of the Ms. Middletown Motorsports Beauty Pageant earns a large trophy, $300 cash and the right to represent the show at events throughout the summer.
The Injured Drivers' Auction, which benefits show participants who are injured or in need, will take place on Sat., March 18 at 2 p.m. The Injured Drivers' Fund recently received a generous $850 donation from Zeppelin Hobbies in Riverdale, N.J. A Charity Slot Car Race was held there on Jan. 29.
Other activities on the weekend slate include Autograph Sessions; Hot Dog Eating Contest; Two-man Tire Change Contest; Celebrity Slot Car Races; Spark Plug Changing Contests for men and women; Trivia Contest; and Kids' Easter Egg Hunt.
The Awards Ceremony will culminate the weekend on Sun., March 19 at 3:30 p.m. Cash awards ($300 for first, $200 for second, $100 for third) will be handed out for the top three in Best of Show category. Trophies and plaques will go to the various categories of vehicles. Special awards will be presented as well.
A different judging system will be utilized this year. Instead of designated judges representing Middletown Motorsports, awards will be chosen by show attendees and participants themselves, who will be given a ballot with their ticket/pass.
Major show sponsor D&J Auto Parts has returned for '06, but other show/trophy sponsorships remain available. Contact Ed Stevens for further information.
Show hours are Fri. (5 p.m.-11 p.m.); Sat. (10 a.m.-11 p.m.); and Sun. (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). A set-up day is slated for Thurs., March 16. The building will be open from noon until 10 p.m.
Daily admission prices are: $10 (Adults); $8 (Seniors); $5 (Juniors ages 8-13). A weekend pass is $25.
For more information, or to obtain an entry form for the Beauty Pageant or show, contact Ed Stevens by phone at (845) 386-3484 or by mail at 1101 Route 211-W Middletown, NY 10940.
The Orange County Fairgrounds Arena is located on Wisner Ave., off Route 17 Exit 120. Local hotels include the Hampton Inn - (845) 344-3400; Holiday Inn - (845) 343-1474; or Middletown Motel - (845) 342-2535.


Microstock World Formula Tour 01/11/06

Little Falls, N.J.
In an attempt to bring microstock racing back to the forefront of small car racing, we are proud to announce The Microctock World Formula Tour 2006.
Since Briggs & Stratton will no longer be manufacturing the popular flat head motors that microstock racers have been using since their beginning at the Pinebrook Speedway we will be switching to the NEW World Formula Motor. This Motor is the Way of the Future for Microstock racing.

The Microstock World Formula Tour will be making stops at Oakland Valley Race Park, Shellhammer Speedway & Poughkeepsie Speedway.
We will be allowing the use of WKA stock & controlled Stock motors to run with us for the 2006 season so that teams may use up their old Flathead Motors.
The World Formula Motor that we will be using will be sealed & prepared by Hawkins Motorsports. Tom Hawkins of Hawkins Motorsports, will be serving as chief/ tech inspector for all the World Formula Tour events.

The Microstock World Formula rule Book is in its finishing stages, as is our website.

For further information we can be contacted @ our email address:
wfmicrostocks@yahoo.com.


2005 Slingshot Award Winners Return

Myerstown, Pa. 2/10/2006
Briggs and Stratton National Tour Champion Steve Intravaia plans on returning to defend his 2005 national title. The addition of a 12 race California tour and the soon to be creation of the Gulf Coast Region will give the traveling racer a chance to do battle in other parts of the country. Since many tracks run the Slingshots as part of their regular schedule we would like to congratulate the following 2005 Briggs and Stratton Slingshot by Tobias award winners.

Briggs and Stratton National Champion and Southern Regional Champion: Steven Intravaia
Northwestern Region and Paradise Speedway Champion: Mike Mahaney
Northeastern Region Champion: Josh Flach
Accord Speedway & Snydersville Champion: Kyle Rohner
Borgers Champions: Rich Hissom, Brett Smith, Tyler Potts, Jr.
Caroga Creek: Chad King
Glen Ridge Motorsports Park: Kris Savoie
Hamlin Speedway: Gary Berkenstock, Luke Schostkwicz
Kutztown Speedway: Brett Smith
Linda's Speedway: Matt Ritter
Starlite Speedway: Steve Tinker
Specialty Awards were given to give special recognition for outstanding accomplishments to the following:
Southern Rising Star: Kyle Rohner
Northwestern Rising Star: Bob Finley
Northeastern Rising Star: Chad King
Southern Mechanic of the Year: Darryl Carman
Northwestern Mechanic of the Year: Jim Mahaney
Northeastern Mechanic of the Year: Flach Racing
Outstanding Promoter: Linda's Speedway
Outstanding New Promoter: Wilson's Motorsports Park (Alabama)
Southern Best Appearing Car: Cody Coons
Northwestern Best Appearing Car: Bob Finley
Northeastern Best Appearing Car: Dave DePaulo
Awards and monies were presented to all drivers and winners in attendance at the Atlantic City Indoor event.
The tentative addition of a national event at the Reading Fairgrounds will have the Slingshots having over
5 days of racing in 8 days, weather permitting.
Mahoning Valley Speedway under the leadership of Doug and Gena Hoffman have become a regional and national tour stop in 2006.Black Rock with Brett Deyo at the helm, Wyoming County Int. Speedway and Wyalusing Valley have added the Briggs and Stratton Slingshot by Tobias tour dates to their schedules as well.
Rich Tobias,  Jr. and staff would like to thank all race participants, team members, track promoters and fans for their continued support.
Any questions or comments can be directed to speede17@aol.com or by calling the Speedway Entertainment office at 717-866-7450.
Prepared by Mike Feltenberger:
Briggs and Stratton Slingshot by Tobias Race Organizer and Event Coordinator


This Week on The Racers Roundtable

This Saturday, February 11th, The Racers Roundtable presented by Brown-Daub Ford will be featuring information about the upcoming local race season, and also some in site about the new Ford Fusion's impact on the Nascar world.
Joining us as our special guest for our 1st show will be former Bridgeport Speedway Big Block modified driver, Grandview Speedway 358 modified driver, and current Roush Racing crew member, Ben Hatt. Ben is a fabricator for Roush Racing, and will be sharing with us his knowledge of the Fusion's upcoming season.
The Racers Roundtable can be heard on Saturday from 11:00 am to 12 noon, on WGPA Sunny 1100 am around the greater Lehigh Valley area. For those of you outside of the Lehigh Valley listening area, you can tune in to us on the web at http://www.wgpasunny1100.com/listennow.html.
During the show we will be taking calls, and you will also be able to Instant Message us at screen name: RacersRoundtable . Join Pete and Tim for some fun on Saturday as they start off on their new adventure for 2006.
If you would like to be a special guest on our show, or would like to advertise with us, you may contact us at RacersRoundtable@aol.com.


February 8, 2006 Press Release : New Websites from RACESONGS PRODUCTIONS

RACESONGS PRODUCTIONS, based out of Easton, Pa. is proud to announce 4 new additions to their stable of racing websites.

The 1st site was created for a family whose racing history is well known throughout the northeast. WWW.WAMBOLDMOTORSPORTS.COM features the Wambold racing family from Nazareth, Pa.

The site features pages on each family member. Veteran racer George Wambold is featured as well as his son Brian and grandchildren, B.J & Tiffany. Even 5 year old kid kart sensation Michael Wambold has his own page.

Site #2 was created for Richlandtown, Pennsylvania dirt modified driver Joe Dekutoski. Joe is a regular at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway. His new Amerikick Sponsored Big Block Modified is featured on the site as well as his Unique “Racing With Angels” Small Block Modified. Now any race fan can sponsor Joe’s car by purchasing an Angel on the car, featuring the name of a loved one, Past or Present. Your Loved one will ride the season with Joe around the big 5/8 mile Bridgeport oval. Check out Joe’s new site at WWW.DEKUTOSKIRACING.COM.

Site 3 features up and coming Limited Sprint Driver Jack Curtis. Curtis also calls Bridgeport Speedway his home track. Although running a Limited Schedule in 2006, expect to hear big things about Jack Curtis in the months to come. Learn about Jack, His career and his plans at WWW.JACKCURTIS88.COM.

Site #4 also features an up and coming driver from Coplay, Pa. Brad Grim, son of former Grandview and Big Diamond racer Gary Grim is a top notch weekly runner at Andy Harpell’s Five Mile Point Speedway in Binghamton, N.Y. Grim is also a solid runner on the Race of Champions Sportsman Tour which travels to numerous speedway during the racing season. With features on both Brad and his father, you’re sure to enjoy Brad’s new site. Visit them at WWW.BRADGRIMRACING.COM.   

As usual , you can a find information on these and many more sites, plus racing artwork, music cd’s, vintage racing photos, driver autograph cards, Jim Young’s Race Photos and a whole lot more at our website WWW.RACESONGS.COM. Stop by, You’ll be glad you did!


Media Release for Schaeffer's Harley Davidson/Buell T-102 Race Team

The Schaeffer's Harley Davidson/Buell T-102 Race Team will return to
competition at Big Diamond Raceway in 2006, as driver Shawn Fitzpatrick
enters his fourth season behind the wheel of his self-owned, Lombardo
Powered 2005 Bicknell car. The team is coming off its second straight
top-ten points finish at the speedway in 2005, but is still in search of
their first victory in the highly competitive modified division.

Second year crew member Ryan James of Shoemakersville will take over the
daily operation of the team as crew chief. James and the crew have been
working hard in the off-season to prepare two Bicknell cars for competition.
He is joined on the crew by several members of the Fitzpatrick family, as
well as Jeremy Guistwhite and Janelle Kauffman. To see the new car, fans are
invited to attend a "Race Day Celebration" at Schaeffer's Harley
Davidson/Buell in Orwigsburg on Saturday, February 11th. This continues to
be a great opportunity to see several different racing vehicles and meet the
drivers. Race day once again will kick off the MDA Fundraising Ride For Life
XIX . There will also be 15% discounts on racing apparel and full face
helmets in the boutique and 15% off Screamin' Eagle Parts & Accessories in
the parts department. The fun begins around 10:00AM with great food and
prize giveaways compliments of Fitzpatrick Racing and our 2006 Sponsors.

Schaeffer's Harley Davidson/Buell Orwigsburg, PA
Prudential Commonwealth Real Estate, 800-430-HOME
Connie Arturet 570-449-3606 or Harold Weaver 570-449-0733
Schlenker Ford, Hamburg, PA.
"Home of Ford Truck country" 610-562-7577
Liberty Oil Co., Port Carbon, PA
"Home of Klotz Racing Fuel" 570-622-3595
T-102, 101.9FM.The Best Songs on the Radio!
Shiley Fabrication, Williamstown, PA
"From one part to a complete car" 717-647-7567
Miller's Surplus Home Center, Pine Grove, PA
Lombardo Racing Engines, Bernville, PA
Schuylkill Haven Body and Fender, Sch. Haven, PA
Dr. Joseph Chipriano, D.M.D., llc
"Family and Cosmetic Dentistry" 570-622-3437
ET Trophy shop, Pottsville, PA
Antonini Radiator, Pottsville, PA
Bair Wheel Repair, New Ringgold, PA
Penske Racing Shocks, Reading PA
www.pitsideracing.com Website Designs by Lew Brubaker


TROY TREPANIER TO BE HEADLINER AT MID-ATLANTIC ROD AND CUSTOM SHOW

FORT WASHINGTON, PA February 5, 2006 . . . In the custom car industry Troy Trepanier has reached rock star status. Rad Rods by Troy creates some very exotic cars.
Trepanier will be visiting with fans at the Mid-Atlantic Rod and Custom Show set for the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center on March 31st through April 2nd. Troy will be signing autographs and greeting car buffs , for one day only, next to one of his latest creations on Sunday, April 2nd. However one of his cars, a car that was unveiled at the huge SEMA Show in Las Vegas and earned an award for its fantastic paint job, will be at the show all three days.
Troy is often seen in TV commercials and has become a very popular attraction at car shows. His creations have earned numerous awards including a 1932 Ford roadster that was the recipient of the Goodguys’ 2004 Street Rod of the Year award.
Rad Rods’ 13 employees, working out of their shop in Mantena, Illinois, continue to release some wonder creations with a 1967 Lincoln convertible for baseball star Manny Ramirez and a 1940 Ford convertible for Stan Fox.
Trepanier represents one of the automotive world’s true renaissance builders and he holds one of the most esteemed positions for builders past and present. He is looking forward to meeting and talking with car buffs at the Mid-Atlantic Rod and Custom Show.
He joins other major figures such as custom car builder Boyd Coddington and drag racing legend Don Garlits as participants in the show. Well known industry figure Ken Fenical of Possies will be at the show all three days to meet show attendees and sign autographs. There will be announcements of additional celebrities appearing as the show dates draw nearer.
More than 270,000 square feet, all on one easy to walk through level, will be dedicated to this first time event. There will even been an area, Car Corral, set aside just for those who have rod and custom cars for sale.
“This is a show for car enthusiasts with many top dealer displays,” said show organizer Len Sammons. “We are excited about the show. The response to the show from the industry has been tremendous. We feel the show is going to be a huge success.”
The Happy Days truck, featured on the hit TV show Happy Days some years back, is bound to be a popular attraction at the show as will be the Shark A.T.T.A.K which is a brand new car just recently completed. The 1938 Graham Roadster is a legendary George Barris design built by Jerry Kinds. This will be the first showing of Shark A.T.T.A.K. in this area.
More than 300 cars will be on display including Hot Rods, Custom Cars, Muscle Cars, Exotics, Classics, Lowriders, Pick-Ups and Tuners.
$5,000 will go to the Best of the Show winner with more than $10,000 in prize money, merchandise and awards being paid out during the three day show.
Information on being an exhibitor or putting a car on display is available at www.midatlanticcarshow.com or telephone 609.888.3618.
Sponsorship and marketing opportunities, a limited number, can be discussed with Lenny Sammons or Joe Pratt at the same telephone number.
The Mid-Atlantic Rod and Custom Show will take place at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center located just off Exit 339 of the Penna. Turnpike.
Discount lodging at area hotels can be had by telephone Marilyn Saxton at 215.752.2392 or Plaza Travel at 215.322.6888.


Local Racing Headlines Carquest Gasoline Alley on February 6
Carquest Gasoline Alley and Straight Line Fever On WALN Cable FM
Monday night, February 6, from 6 to 9 P.M.

The “Gasoline Alley Gang” will chat with several top local racing personalities from the local racing community, this Monday night.
Andrew Harpell, the Five Mile Point Speedway promoter and Race of Champions tour director, will make a first-ever visit to the show to talk about the very aggressive schedule he has in place for 2006 on both the RoC tour, as well as at the Five Mile Point Speedway.
Next up, “The Gang” will also chat with the “Canadian Sensation,” young third-generation chauffeur, Stewart Friesen, talking over his plans for the new season and his upcoming trip to race with the DIRT modified clan down in Florida.
In house throughout the program will be, “Strapped In” television program host and well-known and respected racing photographer, Mike Feltenberger, paying his first-ever visit to the show, as well. Mike is in the studio to talk about his television show and monthly magazine of the same name, plus give everybody an insiders look at the all-new, 2006 Tobias Slingshot racing tour schedule and special events planned for this summer.
Straight Line Fever, with hosts Lisa Moyer and Emil Osif, follows immediately with another great show, featuring guests from the drag racing community. Make sure you “Catch The Fever” every Monday night starting at 8 p.m. immediately following Carquest Gasoline Alley.
The Carquest Gasoline Alley TV/Radio/Internet Show continues with its outstanding new programming on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, “live” on the Internet www.polkas.com/waln and also “live” weekly on Service Electric Digital Cable TV Channels 222 and 137. A tape-delayed, encore broadcast is on Channel 50 and heard on the Internet, starting at midnight, each Monday.
Monday night, February 6, at 5 P.M. begin your week with Carl Baker presiding over his new Pit Row Music Show, featuring one full hour of great music to prep you for the Pados Brothers (Ed and Steve) with their well-documented, very informative and extremely funny Carquest Gasoline Alley Racing Show for a full two-hours. The program is known to all simply as the fastest racing show on the airwaves.
Joining “The Gang” weekly is Area Auto Racing News racing columnist Randy Kane.
Following in their tire tracks will be the new one-hour spin-off show, Straight Line Fever, featuring in-house drag racing lady, Lisa Moyer, with her look into the wild and always exciting world of drag racing.
Join the fun and excitement as the “Gasoline Alley Team” brings racing and music together in a totally unique, new and refreshing concept for, both, the local and International racing communities.
Should you have any questions on how to be a part of the program through advertising or appearances or comments on any of the programs, please contact Steve Pados at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. You can contact Lisa Moyer at 610 863 5280 and WALN at 610 791 1818. You may also e-mail the program any time at racewriter@enter.net or also send your comments to steveswp@netzero.net to voice your opinions.

IT’S RACING NEWS THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE!!!


A Lot of Slingshotting in 2006

The 2006 Briggs and Stratton Touring Schedule for the Slingshot by Tobias Series is almost finalized with some tentative dates and some additions still being worked on. With over 40 regional and at least 6 national tour dates planned, the 58" in. wheelbase Slingshots will be a virtual travelling machine in 2006. Rich Tobias, Jr. who developed this series in 1999 has done his best to keep the same dates as last year with his participating promoters. Recent interest in a North Carolina weekend race date has a few snags that are being ironed out with hopes of a March 17-19 mini-series. The Southern region has the distinction of being the area's season lidlifter with Bridgeport (NJ) Speedway staking it's claim with an April 14th opener. The Inaugural Running of the Reading Fair Classic last year, has seen added interest from newly acquired fans and even more from some of the past Reading drivers that might see some action throughout the course of the year. Doug Hoffman at Mahoning (PA) Speedway will put the Slingshots on his 2006 sked with 3 regional races and a national event at his asphalt oval.
Driver profile sheets have been coming into the Myerstown office, but many more are needed. The event program is in the works and needs some sponsor ad help to make it a media success for the drivers, owners and fans. All driver info sheets and ad sponsorship MUST be in the Tobias office by March 1st in order for your team info and photo to make the March 15th printing deadline.
Driver profiles that have been received have some interesting choices for favorite drivers. The 3 popular drivers are all in the Nextel Cup ranks with Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards leading the list. Local drivers past and present received some attention with Sammy Swindell, Billy Pauch, Jack Johnson and Kenny Brightbill heading the list in the dirt driver category.
Complete cars can be purchased for $7144.02 making racing an affordable venue for family and friends that want to be competitive.
Questions of any kind regarding the schedule,rules,specs,car number changes and program listings can be directed to Rich Tobias, Jr. at www.slingshotbytobias.com or by calling the Speedway Entertainment office at 717-866-7450.


DIRT TRACKIN' YORK '06

Thanks to great weather, 160 display vehicles and over 120 vendors...The 23rd annual Dirt Trackin' 2006 show held at the Expo Center of the York Fairgrounds was the biggest ever! Thousands of fans packed the event over the weekend to see the cars and drivers of yester years, plus the young guns of today's racing. Dozens of drivers including Greg Hodnett, Frankie Herr, Mares Stellfox, Paul Miller, Jake Jones, Bud Barton, Chris Knopp, Dion Ciccorelli, Jessie Morrison, Steve Wilbur to name just a few, were in attendance meeting fans and handing out autographs. The flow of people never ceased throughout the whole weekend. Free parking was a blessing...but vehicles went all the way out into the grass, as the parking lots overflowed, due to the huge crowd on hand.
Special events included the Ms. Dirt Trackin' Contest sponsored by CarSoup.com and WHP-TV 21 where Beth Christine a local favorite from Manchester was crowned the champion. Following the contest, fans were serenaded by the Jazz Me jazz and blues band. Saturday night the entire East wing of the show was entertained by the PWE Wrestling superstars. Doink the Clown was a crowd favorite, and show promoter Kirk Wise even entered the ring to help the colorful wrestler win in his match, when the clown was double teamed by Jack Pot and his sinister manager. Sunday was Kid's day, featuring big wheel and tricycle racing sponsored by Brothers Trucking. The ARMY had a computerized shooting range, RFC Ministries a drag racing simulator, there was remote control racing, even a Pit Stop challange game for all to try their hands at. Lots of fun was had by young and old at Dirt Trackin' 2006.
The best in Show trophys, that were sponsored by the Jack Giambalvo Auto Group of York, went to a 1963 split window Corvette owned by Jim and Kit Schmock in the Street/ Drag catgegory, the #461 restored Dyer/ Deweese entry, Ryan Wilson's #29 in the micros, Gene Knaub's #5 Thunder car, Late model #24 owned by Jeremy Miller, and the open wheel sprint cars driven by Davey Sammons and Frankie Herr. All the cars at the show were maticulously prepared, but these entries were the best in class. Pancho's Racing Parts also received an award for the best appearing vendor display. The Zimmerman's Automotive People's Choice awards went to Jimmy Shuttlesworth's #22h in fifth, fourth to Brian Leppo, third place to Don Shetler's #98, Smoke Christine took second, and the first place car, that helped to raise nearly $2000 for the York County Racing Club's Injured Driver's Fund, was the #74 late model team of Randy Christine...yes, his wife is the new Ms. Dirt Trackin'!.
Tracks on hand with their schedules and events for 2006 included Willaiams Grove, Lincoln, Susquehanna Speedway Park featuring the new National Sprint League, Shippensburg, Trailway, Bowling Green, Selinsbrove, Port Royal , and Hagerstown. Missing of course was Silver Spring Speedway, but Alan Kreitzer and his son were in attendance.
Former owner Walt Kline was still working the ticket window, and will return in 2007 `God willing`, to see what the show special events will include next year. Vendors came from as far away as Connetecut and West Virginia...but others from further away will probably be at the next show, as it continues to grow every year..as long as the weather cooperates. For photos of the show go to the website at www.york-dirt-trackin.com.


Todd Shaffer Headlines Carquest Gasoline Alley on January 30

Carquest Gasoline Alley and Straight Line Fever On WALN Cable FM
Monday night, January 30, from 6 to 9 P.M.

The sudden return to racing by the sensational Todd Shaffer, known to all as “Mr. Excitement,” highlights this week's edition of Carquest Gasoline Alley. Todd will talk about his offseason retirement and then suddenly returning to the sport, this time aboard the Jim and Laura Allebach No. 5W 410 sprint car, wrenched by the former driving great, Randy Wolfe.

“The Rocket,” Ricky Elliott pays the Gang a visit, as well, to talk about his 2006 plans, before heading out on the road with the late models.

Youthful local super sportsman ace, Jeremy Strausser, and micro sprint talent, Ryan Frable, plus car owner, Pete Vogel, and team manager, Walt Sickel, all, plan to also stop by, talking to the listeners “live” in the studio about their aggressive 2006 plans for the season just ahead.

Straight Line Fever, with hosts Lisa Moyer and Emil Osif, follows immediately after at 8 o’clock with another great show, featuring guests from the drag racing community. For the latest news and happenings in the exciting world of drag racing, make sure you “Catch The Fever” every Monday night, immediately following the 2-hour Carquest Gasoline Alley program.

The Carquest Gasoline Alley Internet/TV/Radio Show continues with its new programming “live” on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, “live” on the Internet www.polkas.com/waln and also “live” each week on Service Electric Digital Cable TV Channels 222 and 137. A tape-delayed, encore presentation can be heard on Channel 50 and over the Internet starting at midnight every Monday.

Monday night, January 30, at 5 P.M. begin your week with Carl Baker presiding over his all-new Pit Row Music Show, featuring one full hour of great music to prep you for the Pados Brothers (Ed and Steve) with their well-documented, very informative and extremely funny Carquest Gasoline Alley Racing Show. It is a full two-hours known as the fastest racing show on the airwaves.

Joining the Gang weekly is Area Auto Racing News longtime racing columnist, Randy Kane, plus Orange County Fair Speedway big block modified star, Bruce Kline.

Following in their tire tracks is the all-new, one-hour, spin-off show, Straight Line Fever, featuring in-house drag racing lady, Lisa Moyer, with her refreshing look into the wild and very exciting world of drag racing.

Join the fun and excitement, as the Gasoline Alley Team brings the listeners racing and music together in a totally new and unique concept for the local and International racing communities.

If you should you have questions on how to be a part of any program mentioned, through advertising or appearances, please contact Steve Pados by telephone at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. Lisa Moyer can be reached at 610 863 5280 and the WALN studio number is 610 791 1818. You may also e-mail questions or comments about the programs to racewriter@enter.net or steveswp@netzero.net if that is easier.

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EMPA HONORS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES. RAHMER AND STEWART HONORED AS DRIVERS OF THE YEAR AT EMPA CONVENTION

TREVOSE, PA January 28, 2006 . . . True legends in the sport of auto racing were inducted into the Eastern Motorsport Press Association Hall of Fame on Saturday night at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center. With more than 125 people on hand for the NASCAR/EMPA Hall of Fame Awards Dinner Modified stock car owner Dick Cozze, dirt track Modified racer Buzzie Reutimann, drag racing star Bob Glidden, three time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip, the late dirt Modified stock car owner Joe Bullock, sprint car owner Al Hamilton and the original Outlaw sprint car racer Bobby Allen were the latest to join an already impressive array of motorsports greats that are enshrined in the EMPA Hall of Fame.
Cozze, Reutimann (traveling from Tampa, Florida), Allen and Al Hamilton were on hand to accept their honors. Darrell Waltrip, his buddy Buzzie Reutimann accepted his award, and Glidden expressed their regrets at not being able to attend but offered their thanks for the honor. Mark Bullock accepted for his late father Joe Bullock.
Sprint car racer Fred Rahmer was honored with his third Richie Evans Memorial EMPA Northeast Driver of the Year Award while 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart, honored as the Al Holbert Memorial EMPA National Driver of the Year, expressed his thanks in a specially prepared video tape.
Monte Dutton, who covers the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit for a variety of publications including the Gaston, SC Gazette, Area Auto Racing News and FasTrack, was presented the Art McHugh Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding behind the scenes support of the EMPA.
The annual Ace Lane Sr. Memorial Award, presented to an outstanding photographer each year, went to Rich Kepner. His work has appeared in many trade publications and other media.
The Philadelphia Daily News’ long time motorsports writer Bill Fleischman was awarded the Frank Blunk Memorial Award named in honor of a man who did so much to improve the coverage of the sport.
NASCAR Nextel Cup racer Morgan Shepherd, who is planning a full season of Cup competition with new sponsorship support, was on hand to accept the Junie Donlavey Spirit of the Sport Award.
Noted photographer Bob Yurko was presented with the annual Jerry Glase Memorial Award as a driving force behind the EMPA. He does so much for the sport and seeks little in return. The award is presented by EMPA President Ernie Saxton and his wife Marilyn.
An outstanding achievement award, not an award given on a regular basis, was announced for former New Jersey Motor Vehicle Department Captain John Wyckoff. The award was accepted by Len Sammons who told the gathering that Mr. Wyckoff had passed away just a couple of days before the convention. He had been made aware of the award and his daughter told Sammons that he was delighted. The award was long overdue and recognized much that was done by Mr. Wyckoff to improve the safety in motorsports in New Jersey.
Six time American Racing Drivers Club champion Ray Bull was given a special President’s Award for his outstanding accomplishments in the sport, his support of EMPA and his efforts as a goodwill ambassador for the sport.
Participating in the variety of press conferences offered during the convention were the American LeMans Series, DIRT Motorsports, United Racing Company, Dover International Raceway, American Racing Drivers Club, Pocono Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, ARCA RE/MAX Series, Indy Racing League, Race of Champions Series, Susquehanna Speedway along with NASCAR.
Sponsorship support for the Convention and the various contests came from Pocono Raceway, Indy Racing League, Chad Sinon Motorsports, DIRT Motorsports, Performance Racing Industry Magazine, Valvoline, SPEED Channel, NASCAR and the American LeMans Series.
The Valvoline/EMPA Writers Contest had writers from a variety of media taking awards. Included were:
Column Writing First Place: Dick Berggren, “The Real Thing”, Speedway Illustrated
Second Place: Ron Hedger, “Differing Views On Lapped Cars At Short Tracks”, National Speed Sport News
Feature Writing First Place: Chuck Givler, “Scratch At The Patch”, The Express-Times
Second Place: Dick Berggren, “How To Get A Job In Big-League Racing”, Speedway Illustrated
News Writing First Place: Joe Jennings, “Ricky Rudd goes away quietly”, Motorsports.com
Second Place: Jerry Reigle, “Pettys headline fledgling sprint group”, The Patriot-News
Personality Profile First Place: Jerry Reigle, “Pride - Rahmer can’t stand losing” - The Patriot-News
Second Place: Mike Lloyd, “Rex White: NASCAR’s Oldest Living Champion”, Area Auto Racing News
Race Report First Place: Jeremy Elliott, “Kurt Busch warms up” The Patriot-News
Second Place: Lenny H. Sammons, “A Linda’s Speedway Tale Of Different Emotions”, Area Auto Racing News
In the Performance Racing Industry Magazine Broadcast Contest first place in Radio went to Erik Thomas for his Raceline Radio Network broadcast from Sunday, November 6th of the Champ Car races from Montreal.
Matt Thomas (Thomas Productions) earned a first in the Television category for his “Oswego 2005 BUD Classic.” His dad, Mel Thomas, took top honors in the Independent Videos with his “2005 Smash ‘n Crash Volume #17.”
Winners in the Chad Sinon Motorsports Photography Contest were:
Crash Action: Bob Armbruster, Area Auto Racing News
Action Crash Sequence: Jim Smith, Program Dynamics
Portrait and Personality: Harold Hoch, Junior Dragster Publication
Action: Todd Dziadosz, Hot Rod Magazine
Pure Art: Todd Dziadosz
Feature: Bob Yurko, Area Auto Racing News and South Jersey Dirt Racing.com
Picture Story: Ace Lane, Ace Lane Photo.com
Unpublished Color: Todd Dziadosz
Best of Show: Todd Dziadosz
Portfolio: Harold Hoch
In the election held on the final day of the convention, Ernie Saxton (Bucks County Courier Times, Area Auto Racing News and other publications) was elected to another two year term as president of the EMPA. Saxton, one of the founders of the organization back in 1969, has served as president every year except for one.
Saxton again brought his own slate of officers in for another two years including:
Len Sammons (Area Auto Racing News), Vice President
David Moulthrop (Gater Racing News), Northeastern Vice President
Monte Dutton (Gaston, S.C. Gazette), Southern Vice President
Bill Yoder, Treasurer
Marilyn Saxton, Secretary
Board of Directors include: Herb Anastor (Area Auto Racing News), John Snyder (Area Auto Racing News), Ron Hedger (National Speed Sport News), Jeff Gromis (Lancaster, PA News Intelligencer, Ace Lane (Ace Lane Photos), Bob Yurko (freelance photographer) and Jerry Reigle (Harrisburg, PA Patriot News).
CONVENTION NOTES: Don Radebaugh, public relations director of the ARCA/REMAX Series, got a taste of history while in the Philadelphia area while attending the EMPA Convention. Don, seen on SPEED Channel coverage of ARCA, made his first visit to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
Todd Fisher, promoter of the successful Susquehanna Speedway, had help at the convention. His 8-year-old daughter was busy giving out track schedules and helping dad with his promotional efforts.
Dr. Joe Mattioli has introduced his own diversity program for youngsters at his South Boston, VA Speedway. He has taken delivery of 20 go-karts from Mark Dinsmore to be used by school children as part of the new program in the spring.
Andy Harpell, making his first visit to the EMPA Convention, announced schedules for his Race of Champions Series.
The NASCAR Luncheon Press Conference featured Mark McFarland, driver of the U.S.Navy sponsored Dale Earnhardt Jr. owned Busch Series car, as he talked about his rookie season. He also displayed a brand new “short” haircut he was given when part of a U.S. Navy was training session.
NASCAR Whelan Modified Tour champion Tony Hirschman talked about the 14 race schedule for the 2006 season and the excitement of having his son Matt race with him this season. Matt is the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified champion for 2005.
Sprint car ace Fred Rahmer had many great things to say about Bobby Allen when presenting a Hall of Fame statue to the “original outlaw” sprint racer. And Allen talked of the days when he raced in Europe something that was not known to many in the audience.
Al Hamilton, inducted into the Hall of Fame, plunked down $1500 cash to buy a beautiful silver autographed helmet from Darrell Waltrip. Proceeds of the helmet auction are being shared between the Checkered Flag Fan Club and Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction Camp.
The American LeMans Series made their first appearance at the Convention. Bob Dickinson, Director of Communications, educated the attendees on the Series and racer Liz Halliday talked about her auto racing efforts and her Olympic Team Equestrian hopes for 2008.
Gary Tomkins, 2004 DIRT Super Series champion, talked about his “tentative” plans for 2006 with firm plans expected to be announced in a week or so.
There was a great deal of interest show in the presentations made by Tom Skibinski (DIRT Motorsports Northeast Modifieds) and Chris Dolack (DIRT World of Outlaws Sprints).
NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Morgan Shepherd talked about his exciting plans for a full season of Nextel Cup competition and his Morgan Shepherd Charitable Fund.
Others making presentations include Barry Angstadt and Andy Martin of the American Racing Drivers Club; Gary Camp on behalf of Dover International Speedway; Bob Miller, John and Cher Zimmerman for the United Racing Company and Keith Green for Richmond International Raceway.
Plans for the 2007 Eastern Motorsport Press Association Convention, open to organizations, speedways and race teams, will be announced in the very near future. For information on the EMPA write to Ernie Saxton at Esaxton144@aol.com or telephone 215.752.7797.


"Live Remote" at the Reading Racers Reunion Show February 27

Carquest Gasoline Alley heads to the twenty-first annual Reading (PA) Racers Reunion & Race Car Mall Show with a “Live Remote” edition on Monday night, February 27.
The highly-successful Carquest Gasoline Alley Racing Show will take center stage Monday night, February 27, with a “live remote” edition from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. that night at the Fairgrounds Square Mall, in conjunction with the twenty-first annual Reading Racers Reunion & Race Car Mall Show. Come out and join the “Gang,” made up of brothers Ed and Steve Pados, Area Auto Racing News weekly columnist, Randy Kane and big block modified driving ace, Bruce Kline, as they talk racing, past, present and future, along with racing trivia, while conducting interviews with many of the racers that carved out their racing careers at the Reading Fairgrounds during the glory years. In addition, many of the newer, current day faces in racing will be represented, as well, along with their current rides for 2006 on display at the show.
Co-host Steve Pados commented, "My brother, Ed, and I have been conducting bus trips to the Reading Racers Reunion show for nearly 15-years now from the Lehigh Valley area and it’s truly an honor just to be included in such a great event. Our new radio/TV/Internet deal has been a tremendous success with the racing communities and we look forward to having a great show at the reunion event."
Carl Baker, the host of the popular Pit Row Music Show, will spin some great music, beginning at 4 P.M. to prepare you for the fastest and most informative racing show on the airwaves today, Carquest Gasoline Alley, which begins promptly at 5 P.M.
The Carquest Gasoline Alley Radio/TV/Internet Show can be heard on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, “live” over the Internet www.polkas.com/waln and also on Service Electric Digital Cable TV channels 222 and 137 “live” every Monday evening from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. and also an encore edition will be replayed by tape-delay on channel 50 and over the Internet from midnight until 2 A.M.
Coast to coast interviews, with the current driving stars, as well as many trips back to yesteryear to chat with the legends of the sport who carved out racing as we know it today, national and local results and the latest news in racing, headlines every show. Join the fun and the excitement, as the Gasoline Alley Team brings the listener racing and music together in a totally unique and very refreshing concept for the local and International racing communities.
Should you have any comments or questions on how to be a part of the program, through advertising or appearances, please contact Steve Pados at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. Contact WALN at 610 791 1818. You may also e-mail questions or comments to the show at racewriter@enter.net or also at steveswp@netzero.net if that’s easier.

IT’S RACING NEWS THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE!!!


Youngsters Headline Carquest Gasoline Alley Program January 23
Carquest Gasoline Alley and Straight Line Fever On WALN Cable FM
Monday night, January 23, from 6 to 9 P.M.


The “Gasoline Alley Gang” will delve into the many facets of the racing world, this week, as 2-time winner and recent third-place finisher in this year’s Chili Bowl, “The Kruser,” Cory Kruseman pays a visit to the show.
The young third generation Canadian driving sensation, Stewart Friesen will join the Gang to talk about his plans for the ‘06 season, as well as his recent racing at Atlantic City, this past weekend.
Two young sportsman division talents will also take part in the show. Michael Storms, a young lion from the Orange County Fair Speedway, will be on board to talk about his rise in the racing ranks and Five Mile Point Speedway hotshot Brad Grim will be in the house “live” to talk about his great season in 2005 and his plans for the 2006 racing season.
Straight Line Fever, with hosts Lisa Moyer and Emil Osif, follows immediately with another great show, featuring guests from the drag racing community. Make sure you “Catch the Fever” on Monday nights, immediately following Carquest Gasoline Alley.
The Carquest Gasoline Alley TV/Radio/Internet Show continues with its new programming format “live” on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, on the Internet also “live” www.polkas.com/waln and “live” locally on Service Electric Digital Cable TV Channels 222and 137, with a tape-delayed, encore presentation on Channel 50 at midnight Monday.
Monday night, January 23, at 5 P.M. begin your week with Carl Baker presiding over his new Pit Row Music Show, featuring one full hour of great music to prep you for the Pados Brothers (Ed and Steve) with their well-documented, very informative and extremely funny Carquest Gasoline Alley Racing Show. It is a for a full two hours, from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock, known as the fastest racing show on the airwaves.
Joining the Gang weekly is Area Auto Racing News columnist Randy Kane.
Following in their tire tracks will be the all-new, one-hour spin-off show, Straight Line Fever, featuring in-house drag racing lady, Lisa Moyer, with her look into the always wild and very exciting world of drag racing.
Join the fun and excitement weekly, as the Gasoline Alley Team brings racing and music together in a totally unique and very refreshing concept for the local and International racing communities.
Should you have any questions or comments or need information on how to be a part of the program through advertising or appearances, please contact Steve Pados at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. Lisa Moyer is available at 610 863 5280 or WALN at 610 791 1818. You may also e-mail the program at steveswp@netzero.net or racewriter@enter.net for more information.

IT’S RACING NEWS THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE!!!!!


New show coming to the Lehigh Valley

Starting Feb 11, 2006 on WGPA sunny 1100am from 11:00am – Noon there will be a New /old kid on the block, the brain child of Pete Knappenberger will come to life after a eight year hiatus from the air waves. Pete was the host of Racing Rap-up also heard on 1100am back in the nineties; some things never change though like the flavor of the show “we will still be covering the world local racing. The only things different are my co- hosts and the name.” The name of the show will be called “Racers Roundtable” and will be co-hosted weekly along with Pete by Tim Carter.

“ We will be covering many topics such as driver changes this year, new sponsors and new teams. “We also have connected with a Nextel cup team and they will have an opened invitation to come on the show anytime.”

The show will be sponsored by Brown Daub Ford/Lincoln /Mercury in Nazareth, Tim Brion (State Farm insurance in Bethlehem) and Diamond Auto Glass. The plan is to give away prizes on a weekly basis and also the crew will be giving away tickets to local racetracks and maybe one lucky listener will get a ride in a limo to a local race.

The guests will consist of local drivers, car owners and other well-known people in the world of motor sports. Some of the Guest include; Brett Schoenly, Doug Borger, Ryan McGlynn, Curt Michael, and Kevin Hirthler just to name a few. “The guest list is growing every week,” said Pete “ I feel this will be one of the most entertaining and informative race shows on local air waves.”

So if you feel so inclined to do so tune in on Feb 11, 2006 at 11:00am on WGPA Sunny 1100am.
Tune in to listen, call in, win prizes, or just to just have some fun.
If you have any show ideas or would like to be a guest on or show feel free to contact us at pknappenberger@rcn.com


Carquest Gasoline Alley and Straight Line Fever On WALN Cable FM
Monday night, January 16, from 6 to 9 P.M.


The 20th Annual Chili Bowl is now complete and the action was fierce throughout the 4 days of competition. The upset winner of the main event, Tim McCreadie will headline the program as “The Gasoline Alley Gang” takes a look at the Chilli Bowl event from 3 different viewpoints.
In addition to McCreadie, the program includes 6-time consecutive ARDC champion, Ray Bull, who’ll talk about his accomplishments and his run at the recent Chili Bowl.
Multi-talented USAC star and a winner of the Chili Bowl back in 1990, Johnny Heydenreich also joins the show to talk about his plans for the ‘06 racing season and his past Chili Bowl racing experiences.
Straight Line Fever follows immediately with another great show, featuring guests from the drag racing community. Make sure you “Catch the Fever” on Monday nights, immediately following Carquest Gasoline Alley at 8 o’clock.
The Carquest Gasoline Alley TV/Radio/Internet Show continues with its new programming format “live” on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, “live” on the Internet www.polkas.com/waln and “live” on Service Electric digital cable TV channels 222 and 137, with a tape-delayed, encore presentation on channel 50 and over the Internet at midnight Monday.
Monday night, January 16, at 5 P.M. begin your week with Carl Baker, presiding over his new Pit Row Music Show, featuring one full hour of great music to prep you for the Pados Brothers (Ed and Steve) with their well-documented, very informative and extremely funny Carquest Gasoline Alley Racing Show. It’s a full two-hours and known as the fastest racing show on the airwaves.
Joining the Gang will be Area Auto Racing News race writer Randy Kane.
Following in their tire tracks will be the new one-hour spin-off show, Straight Line Fever, featuring in-house drag racing lady, Lisa Moyer, with her look into the wild and very exciting world of drag racing.
Join the fun and excitement, as the Gasoline Alley Team brings the listeners racing and music together in a totally new, unique and refreshing concept for the local and International racing communities.
Should you have any questions on how to be a part of the weekly program, through advertising or appearances, please contact Steve Pados at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. Lisa Moyer is available at 610 863 5280 or WALN at 610 791 1818. You may also e-mail the program for information at steveswp@netzero.net or try racewriter@enter.net with your questions.

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JAYME BECK TO TACKLE DAYTONA, ARCA REGULARS

Greensburg, PA-Western Pennsylvania racer Jayme Beck will be in line at Daytona International Speedway in February waiting her turn to attempt to qualify for the ARCA RE/MAX 200. The twenty-six year old Beck comes to superspeedways after fourteen years of short track racing.
She began racing Go-Karts at the age of twelve and moved to Allison Legacy cars when she turned sixteen, scoring her first Legacy feature win in 1999. That same year, she was given an opportunity to compete in ASA. By 2000, she was ready for Late Model racing and served notice she was in the game to compete and win.
She won Rookie of the Year honors at Jennerstown and Motordrome Speedways in Western Pennsylvania in 2000, and scored her first Late Model feature win at Motordrome in 2001. She has had speedway experience at Nashville Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, and Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
She said she is coming to Daytona with simple goals.
“First things first,” she said.
“I want to qualify. Then, I want to finish. Ultimately, I want to get as many laps as I can at Daytona.”
Beck tested at Daytona recently and had this to say about the test, “All things considered, I think the testing went well. My Daytona car wasn’t quite finished so I had to use my intermediate speedway car and that affected the results. We were all hoping for more speed but then so was everyone else. The test session didn’t go all that bad thanks to Andy Belmont, my mom and dad, my husband, Tommy, and of course my helpers, Preston (Miller) and Bryan (Shirey).”
Beck will be piloting one of Andy Belmont’s ARCA cars, who had this to say about the testing, “She did well under the circumstances. If the Daytona car had been ready she probably would have gotten more speed but it was a good test. The big thing at Daytona is being patient, wanting to learn, and of course listening to those who coach. I’m confident we’ll have two cars start and finish the ARCA RE/MAX 200 in February.”
Beck said she considers ARCA as a stepping-stone for her racing career.
“ARCA has become a major stepping stone for young drivers,” she said, “and I would like to use it as a stepping stone to further my racing career. I want to get my feet wet in the ARCA RE/MAX Series first, see how that goes, and go from there.”
The ARCA RE/MAX 200 is scheduled to take the green flag at 4:10 P.M. on Saturday, February 11. The race will be broadcast live on Speed Channel.


YEAR ONE GOES LEFT-HAND RACING FOR A SECOND SEASON
Year One Sponsors Andy Belmont’s NEXTEL Cup and ARCA Cars


Lexington, NC-So what do you do when you find yourself in possession of a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup car that was used in a qualifying bid for the Daytona 500? You have a couple of options: you can let it sit on display, firing it up for the occasional car show and publicity photo, or you can lease it to a professional race team and make a stab at qualifying for the Big One again. For 2006, Year One has teamed up with Andy Belmont for a run at the Daytona 500, and has also signed on to sponsor Belmont’s No. 1 Ford ARCA car for the entire season.
Year One is one of the country’s largest sellers of restoration and performance parts for vintage and later model muscle cars. Having their company name on a NEXTEL Cup or Busch car wasn’t an option they thought was available to them. “We’re a big small company,” said Kevin King, president of Year One. “We didn’t think sponsoring a car was something we’d ever be able to do. Last year, we had the opportunity to sponsor Derrike Cope’s No. 55, and later purchased the car from him.” The car remained on display at Year One’s Braselton, GA headquarters in exactly as-raced condition for the next 10 months, until a mutual friend introduced King and Belmont.
Belmont, driver of the No. 1 ARCA car, was the 1987 NASCAR Dash Series Rookie of the Year, 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year Runner Up, and 1988 NASCAR Dash Series Champion Team Owner. As driver of the No. 1 ARCA car, Belmont finished in the Top 10 ARCA Championship Points six years straight from 1998 and 2002.
“It’s just exciting for me because I’m a car buff,” Belmont said. “We have our own toys that we play with, and we do some customer work here on hot rods. For me, it was just a really neat thing.” Belmont is a friend of Derrike Cope, who had a similar sponsorship program with Year One in 2005. This past December, Belmont was in Braselton, Georgia as Master of Ceremonies for their Christmas Parade, and saw Year One’s project cars drive by. “When I saw Year One’s gold Nova project car, I was just blown away.” King and Belmont were introduced, one thing led to another, and a sponsorship program was developed. “For guys like me that are gear heads, this is heaven!”
“We’re excited,” said King. “For us, with the popularity of NASCAR racing, and the amount of coverage and airtime it gets, from qualifying to the Gatorade Duel to the 200 and the 500 races, it is some of the greatest exposure you can get.” It’s a great fit for Year One, and is also a good opportunity to bring more enthusiasts into the hobby—a lot of NASCAR fans like muscle cars, and seeing a supplier of muscle car parts running in the NEXTEL and ARCA series is a good way to encourage more enthusiasts to start that project they’ve always wanted. “It gets the muscle car hobby out to a lot of people who may not otherwise think they could be involved,” said King. “Getting fans to think about that classic muscle car they’ve always wanted, or making them remember that car they had, or the one their friend had in high school, is what this is all about.”


Alex Hoag Signs With Mavericks Fortune Racing For NASCAR Busch East Schedule
By BRETT DEYO

ASHBURN, VA – Every professional athlete remembers that one big break, the defining career moment that boosted his or her progression into the sport's elite.
For Alex Hoag, that time is now.
The 21-year-old Bath, N.Y., native recently signed with Mavericks Fortune Racing of Ashburn Va., to run a limited schedule on the 2006 NASCAR Busch East Series (formerly the Busch North Series).
Hoag is expected is expected to compete in two events at the flat, one-mile New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H., (July 14 and Sept. 15) and one event (Sept. 22) at Dover International Speedway in Dover Del., a high-banked one-mile concrete oval.
"It's almost surreal to watch these tracks on TV for years and have the chance to race there now," offered Hoag, adding that he competed at New Hampshire last season with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour but, can't wait to hit the track in a "(NEXTEL) Cup-style car."
At Hoag's disposal are a pair of Chevrolet Monte Carlos, a Dave Davis chassis for long tracks and a Dale Shaw chassis for short tracks. Both cars will be equipped with Bruno engines.
"It will be my first time in a full-bodied car, but it's good equipment and I think we can get a couple top-10s and maybe a top-five," Hoag, a mechanical engineering major in his senior year at N.Y.'s Alfred State University, said.
Hoag is no stranger to motorsports. His grandfather, the legendary Dutch Hoag, was a prolific winner on both dirt and asphalt. His father Dean is the owner of Black Rock Speedway, a four-tenths-mile clay oval in Dundee, N.Y., that hosts Friday-night racing headlined by 358-Modifieds.
On the track, Hoag has proven he has more than just a famous name.
A dirt 358-Modified feature winner at Black Rock and Woodhull (N.Y.) Raceway and the 2000 358-Modified Super DIRT Series Rookie of the Year, Hoag made the decision to try out the asphalt in 2004.
Quickly acclimating himself to the low-slung asphalt Modifieds, Hoag was named Rookie of the Year at Tioga (N.Y.) Motorsports Park and Wyoming County (N.Y.) International Speedway. He also turned heads with solid runs on the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour.
Looking for additional exposure, Hoag traveled the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour in 2005, earning Rookie of the Year honors while performing well on unfamiliar turf.
Along the way, he developed an affinity for racing on asphalt that he feels will propel him forwards NASCAR's top rungs.
"I enjoy racing on asphalt, and to be honest I feel I am better suited to race on asphalt than dirt," Hoag said.
"I want to thank Mavericks Fortune Racing for the opportunity. I can't wait to get started."


Big Jim’s Videos returning to Motorsports 2006

WALL, NJ-Jim Murdoch and Big Jim’s Racing Videos will be returning to the aisles of the Fort Washington Expo Center once again for the 2006 edition of Motorsports. For the third consecutive year, Jim will have his elaborate display featuring a wide array of dvds available for the Motorsports enthusiasts.

This year, Big Jim’s Videos has some exciting new features to unveil, with a focus on yesteryear. Two brand new DVDS will also be debuted.

His annual Wicked Wrecks of 2005, featuring over 90 minutes of flips from Florida to Vermont, will be on sale. Strap in and hold on tight as the best of the best go for end over end rides in Sprints, Midgets, Dirt and Asphalt Mods, Micro Sprints, and much more. Listen as the best announcers in the business call the wild action AS IT HAPPENED!

Of course Jim will also have his weekly dvds from New Egypt, Accord, Thunder Road, and Airborne Speedways available at special discount rates.

In addition, Jim will have a limited supply of East Windsor Speedway dvds from races held in June and July of 2001. Stop by early, they are sure to go fast. Remember the good 'ole days of the turn of this century when the famous Mercer County oval featured the best of the best every Friday Night? Pauch, Horton, Hoffman, and more race around the 1/2 mile historic fairgrounds. Be sure to get the Run What Ya Brung shows and see Pauch with his GIANT wing turn speeds close to a sprint car, see Big Al Cheney's infamous "Shark Fin" mounted on his street stock, and many other unusual and wacky creations.

“Wicked Wrecks-Best of the 1990’s-Jersey Style” features over an hour of some of the wildest flips and crashes from Wall Stadium, East Windsor, Flemington, Bridgeport, Williams Grove and more from 1992 through 1997. You won't believe how many cars fell victim to the famous wooden fence at Wall Stadium, as modifieds were often launched skyward before they slid seemingly forever on their roofs down the High Banks. Also included as a bonus feature are two vintage crashes involving Tom Baldwin at Pocono and the infamous Vinnie Green Wall Stadium Turkey Derby spectacular from the early 80's; the only known video footage of these two crashes in existance..

Jim will also have his crash tapes available on DVD for the first time dating back through 2001.

Jim will be set up all weekend, but if you happen to miss him you can email him at bigjimsvideos@aol.com and reach him anytime throughout the weekend on his cell at (908)415-5423.


RAMADA INN ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR CARQUEST MOTORSPORTS EXPO 2006

The Ramada Inn of Liverpool, NY has once again been selected as the
official host hotel for Carquest Motorsports Expo 2006. Based upon the
recommendation of show attendees and participants who have stayed at the
Ramada Inn for previous shows, officials of Carquest Motorsports Expo and
the Ramada inn have agreed to continue their working relationship to
provide first class accommodations for those making the trek to Syracuse
for Carquest Motorsports Expo.
Motorsports Expo 2006, the largest Motorsports themed exposition staged
in New York State, is slated to run over the weekend of March 10th
through March 12th, 2006. The event will once again be held in the
Cargill Exhibition Center on the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
The Ramada Inn is conveniently located a the intersection of Buckley Road
and N. 7th Ave. in Liverpool, NY. The Ramada Inn is easily accessible
from both the New York State Thruway as well as Interstate 81. The
location is also quite convenient to the New York State Fairgrounds, the
site of Carquest Motorsports Expo 2006, with it being an easy 10 minute
drive from the Fairgrounds to the Ramada Inn.
In addition to fully appointed guest rooms, the Ramada Inn also offers a
full service restaurant right on the premises, meaning that after
spending the day at the show it is very convenient to come back to the
hotel and enjoy a leisurely meal rather than running and looking for a
place to eat. The Ramda Inn also offers a cocktail lounge where fans and
show participants can sit and unwind a bit after a busy day.
The Ramada Inn will once again be hosting a Saturday night get together
for show vendors and participants in one of their ballrooms. The popular
after show get together will begin after the doors to the show close on
Saturday evening. The menu will include an assortment of snacks and
finger foods with a special menu available for those wishing to purchase
sandwiches or dinners. A disc jockey will also be a part of the evening,
spinning a variety of music for listening and dancing. This get together
has become very popular with vendors and participants, many of whom spend
a couple hours visiting and socializing before turning in for the
evening. Terrell's Potato Chips will be one of the sponsors of the
Saturday night get together as they will be providing chips, pretzels,
and snacks for the vendor party as well as for the Motorsports Expo
office at the fairgrounds.
As they have done in the past, the Ramada Inn is offering a very
attractive room rate for those requiring lodging for Carquest Motorsports
Expo 2006. A very special $60 per night room rate is being offered by the
Ramada Inn for those attending or participating in Carquest Motorsports
Expo. That price includes a full cooked to order breakfast or breakfast
buffet each day in the on site restaurant, saving those staying at the
Ramada the expense and hassle of looking for a place to eat breakfast
before heading off to the show.
In order to obtain the special $60 per night rate, reservations must be
made by calling the hotel directly at 315-457-8670 and speaking with the
group sales office. The friendly staff there will be happy to assist in
booking rooms at the quoted rate for Carquest Motorsports Expo 2006. The
group sales office is currently accepting reservations on a first come
first served basis, so reservations should be made as soon as possible.
The deadline for reservations at this very special rate is February 17th,
2006. Reservations can be cancelled without penalty up until March 7,
2006.
Those planning on attending should make their reservations as soon as
possible as the rooms normally book quickly at this very special rate.


CARQUEST MOTORSPORTS 2006 SHOW FILLING UP QUICKLY

(Syracuse, NY).The 20th annual edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo is
beginning to take shape as race teams, speedways, sanctioning bodies, and
vendors are making final plans and reserving exhibit space in New York
State's largest racing themed exposition. Entry blanks were mailed out to
those on the mailing list just prior to the Holiday season, and confirmed
entries began coming onto the show office in just a matter of days.
Interest in participation in the much anticipated show running high,
making it very important for those wanting to take part to finalize plans
and make their reservations as early as possible.
The 20th anniversary edition of the unofficial kickoff event of the 2006
racing season in the Empire State is beginning to take shape as several
race teams have already firmed up their plans and have sent back
completed entry forms to reserve space in the show. With entry forms
beginning to come back in on a regular basis, those planning on taking
part in Carquest Motorsports Expo should finalize their plans and make
their intentions known by submitting entries as soon as possible as space
is allocated on a first come first served basis.
Entries are also being accepted for speedways, sanctioning bodies, and
racing organizations. As has been show policy for many years, all
speedways and racing organizations are invited to take part in Carquest
Motorsports Expo free of charge. This is a unique opportunity for those
in the business of promoting racing to reach out to the public and
advertise their upcoming season at no cost to them.
Vendor space is also beginning to fill up as several vendors of racing
related merchandise have already made reservations. Carquest Motorsports
Expo annually brings together an impressive array of vendors selling
products of interest to both racers and fans. Several speed shops will be
on hand with the latest technology and speed equipment for the race
teams, while fans will be able to peruse the latest souvenir offerings
from a wide variety of dealers. Vendors planning on taking part should
also get their entries in as soon as possible in order to secure their
choice of prime vendor locations.
By the time the show door swing open on Friday afternoon, well over 200
racing vehicles of all shapes and sizes will descend on the historic New
York State Fairgrounds. All of the race teams will be taking great pains
to have their equipment in pristine condition as they show of the results
of a winter's worth of hard work to the legions of fans that pass through
the show during its three day run. Carquest Auto Parts Stores will once
again be the title sponsor the annual unofficial kickoff event for the
new racing season in the Empire State.
The 2005 edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo is slated for the weekend
of March 10-12th, 2006. Located just off the backstretch of the historic
Moody Mile, the Cargill Exhibition Hall will once again play host to
Carquest Motorsports Expo.
Admission to Carquest Motorsports Expo remains the same as in 2005 with
an adult admission ticket priced at $10. Children 6-12 are admitted for
half that price at $5, while children under 6 are admitted free of
charge. A three day adult pass to the show sells for $25.
While the initial mailing of entry blanks has gone out already, those
desiring to take part in Carquest Motorsports Expo should get in touch
with the show office and request an entry blank as soon as possible. An
entry form can be obtained via telephone by contacting the show office at
315-457-0175 or logging on to the Gater Racing News web page
www.gaternews.com and following the Motorsports Expo link, or write to
Motorsports Expo Inc. PO Box 3914,Syracuse, NY 13220.
Once all the available space is spoken for and the show is filled up,
those entering late will be placed on a standby list. Those on the
standby list will be contacted in the order they are placed on the list
should space open up due to cancellations by those holding confirmed
spots in the show. Show officials will give those entering on a standby
basis as much notice as possible should space open up.
Several major announcements concerning Carquest Motorsports Expo are
expected in the near future. Keep an eye on this publication for the
latest updated information concerning Carquest Motorsports Expo 2006.


Carquest Gasoline Alley & Straight Line Fever On WALN Cable FM
Monday night, January 9, from 6 to 9 p.m.


A pair of former Chili Bowl race winners headline the program this week as the "Gasoline Alley Gang" finishes up with its "Countdown to The Chili Bowl Series," Monday night.

Multi-talented USAC driving star and a Chili Bowl winner in 1990, Johnny Heydenreich will join the gang to talk about the race, as well as his plans for the upcoming '06 racing season. Joining John will be the 1988 Chili Bowl victor and a veteran midget racing star, Scott Hatton. Scott will add an interesting spin to the program, talking about his experiences running the Chili Bowl.

Finally, one of the newest members of the Mean 15 on the mighty World of Outlaws trail, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will round out the guest list, as more than 270 driver entries ready themselves for the twentieth annual Chili Bowl.

This will, once again, be a great program for the open wheel race fans that listen in.

Straight Line Fever follows immediately at 8 o'clock with another great program featuring the greats of drag racing. It is a full hour of the latest drag racing news and happenings, hosted by our own in-house drag racing lady, Lisa Moyer. Make sure you "Catch the Fever" Monday nights immediately following Carquest Gasoline Alley, which comes on "live" at 6 p.m. each week.

The Carquest Gasoline Alley Radio/Television/Internet program can be heard each week on Monday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. "live" on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, "live" on the Internet at www.polkas.com/waln and on Service Electric Digital Cable TV channels 222 and 137 "live" and a tape-delayed, encore broadcast is available every Monday night starting at midnight on the Internet, plus Channel 50 on Service Electric Digital Cable Television.

Begin your Monday night on January 9 with Carl Baker and his Pit Row Music Show for a full hour of great music from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. to prep you for two full hours of Carquest Gasoline Alley from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Carquest Gasoline Alley is hosted weekly by brothers Ed and Steve Pados, along with longtime Area Auto Racing News weekly columnist, Randy Kane. The show has long been known as the fastest racing program on the airwaves. Following in their tire tracks is Straight Line Fever at 8 p.m. for a full hour of drag racing news, hosted by Lisa Moyer. The Gasoline Alley Gang brings racing and music together in a very refreshing and unique concept for the local and international racing communities.

Should you have questions about the program or an interest to be a part of the program, through advertising or appearances, please call Steve Pados at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. Lisa Moyer is available by calling 610 863 5280 or call WALN at 610 791 1818. You can also contact the program with your interests by e-mail, simply, by writing to racewriter@enter.net or steveswp@netzero.net if that's easier.

IT'S RACING NEWS THE WAY IT'S MEANT TO BE!!!


FansCrew.com

FansCrew.com announced this week that they will be in the ARCA 200 and will attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500 in February.
“We’ve entered into a sponsorship agreement with Andy Belmont,” David Westrick, co-founder of FansCrew.com said.
“We will be working with Andy throughout the ARCA season and will be on the car he attempts to qualify for the Daytona 500.”
The website, www.FansCrew.com, is a membership site offering a number of benefits. Members of FasCrew.com are eligible to receive garage and pit credentials at certain races, may become part of a race crew for a race, and will help to build a race team for FansCrew.com. The site offers giveaways each race week, a chance to have your name on a racecar as Fan of the Week, and get a true behind the scenes look at what goes on before, during and after a race.
“This is a unique opportunity,” Andy Belmont said, “for fans to get a chance to experience what it’s like on the inside of the track. For the fan who has dreamed of participating, just to see what it’s like, FansCrew.com could be the place for that fan to fulfill the dream.”


GG Motorsports/Girls Garage: Motorsports Show '06

Malaga NJ- January 6, 2006- It’s that time of year again! The Ft. Washington Expo Center welcomes the Motorsports 2006 presented by VP Racing Fuels Show on January 13th- 15th, 2006. Last year, thousands of race fans, car enthusiasts and racing personalities flooded the Ft. Washington PA Expo Center for a weekend of racing seminars, exhibitor displays, driver appearances and the ever-popular Ms.Motorsports competition.
This year looks to be even more exciting with drivers like Rusty Wallace, Jeremy Mayfield, Kyle Busch and Bill Elliott all participating in autograph sessions in the auditorium. Girls Garage will once again have a booth located directly across from the auditorium where even more drivers from all over the country will be appearing. Busch North Series Driver Dion Ciccarelli, Mid-American Sprint Series/ ARCA / World of Outlaws driver Brandon Martin, All Star Truck Series Driver Chris Winter and Bridgeport Speedway Sportsman Driver Tracy Rocap will appear in the Girls Garage booth throughout the weekend.
Girls Garage will offer fun for the whole family with racing memorabilia, children’s games and two fast racing machines on display. Dion Ciccarelli’s Jamerson Motorsports Ford Taurus and Brandon Martin’s Martin Excavating & Trucking Sprint car can both be seen inside the Girls Garage exhibit.
And that’s not all! Two of the Girls Garage staff enjoyed the release of their first book this past season. “The Women’s Guide to NASCAR’s 2005 Season” will be available for purchase. Sheree Woodington and Arianne Hegeman are also regular columnists in Speedworld Magazine and also enjoyed having their own radio show “Fast Eddie in the Girls Garage” on COOL 101.3 FM this past season. Both authors/radio personalities will be on hand during the weekend for an autographed copy of the book.
For more information on the Ft. Washington Expo Center and Motorsports 2006 presented by VP Racing Fuels, visit www.aarn.com. The center is located off of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at exit 339. For advertising information contact Joe Pratt at 609-888-3618. For more information on Girls Garage, visit www.girlsgarage.com.


Scarborough Motorsports Announces 2006 Racing Program

Bomoseen VT. Owner-Driver Johnny "The Jet" Scarborough and the Scarborough racing team are pleased to announce some big additions for their 2006 racing season. During the off season the team has been working on some new sponsorship to their racing program, and the hard work in paying off. Pizza Logs.com of Niagara Falls New York along with Finish Line Racewear from London Ontario Canada will join the Scarborough team for 2006 as partner sponsors.

Pizza Logs.com has long been involved in racing and is well known at many race tracks through out the northeast for their fine finger foods that race fans just love. "This is a great opportunity for Pizza Logs to get more exposure here in the eastern portion of New York State and Western New England" said Scarborough of the new partnership with the Pizza Company. "We are excited to have them with us and on the car this season; we look forward to working with Pizza Logs.com well into the future".

Also new for 2006 is Finish Line Racewear a company that supplies racing apparel and equipment to the racing world. Specializing in fire retardant race suits, race shoes and other racing apparel such as team uniforms, Finish Line Racewear will also benefit from the northeast exposure Scarborough Motorsports will give them.

Returning to the Scarborough Motorsports sponsorship team for 2006 will be long time team sponsors Tim Trombly Excavating, Casella Waste Management and Johnson Energy. After a very successful season in the Sportsmen Division at Fonda Speedway in Fonda New York the fifth place finisher in points at the track of Champions looks forward to even more successes this season. Johnny "The Jet" has been involved in racing for over twenty years runs a TEO Pro Car that is powered by a Mike Mastin Engineering 358 motor. For more information log onto www.scarboroughmotorsports.com.


G.R. Smith has Successful ARCA Test at Talladega
Story courtesy of Talladega Super Speedway (www.talladegasuperspeedway.com)

Two days of testing this week at Talladega Superspeedway kicks off an exciting
year of track activity at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track and serves as a sure
sign that ARCA RE/MAX Series teams are in the thick of preparation for the
season opener next month at Daytona.

The test will not only aid the teams in getting their season off to the right
start, but also lay groundwork for much later in the year when the ARCA RE/MAX
Series returns to Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, Oct. 6, when the teams
will compete in conjunction with the track's inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck
Series event on Saturday, Oct. 7 and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series UAW-Ford 500
on Sunday, Oct. 8 - race four in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.

Three-time Daytona champ and 2001 Talladega Superspeedway winner Bobby Gerhart
brought two of his machines for testing today, along with 24-year-old up-and-
coming driver GR Smith, who will likely be behind the wheel of a second Gerhart
entry at Daytona on Feb. 11.

In recent years Gerhart is almost always found at the top of the time charts at
superspeedways, having taken the last three pole awards at Daytona in addition
to two pole awards here (2001, 2002). After topping the pole speed of last
year's ARCA RE/MAX Series race midway through today's test, his hopes were high
that he'll continue that tradition when the series heads to Florida in a few
weeks.

"We were trying to produce last year's pole speed, which I didn't get, and was
second. We've gone through a little bit of a rule change with springs, so the
cars will be a little bit slower," Gerhart explained. "But that lap was a
little bit faster than last year's pole. So I am pretty happy with that and
hope that we can find some things to even pick it up a little bit more."

Pittsburgh, Penn. resident Smith said he is excited about the opportunity with
Bobby Gerhart Racing, and wants to capitalize upon the organization's
superspeedway strength to give him an edge when he makes his second career
Daytona start.

"We're really happy with the test today. This car is right where it was last
year; it qualified second. We're just trying to find a good balance. This is my
first time here and we're already right up to speed with where the pole was
last year," Smith said. "We're going to be pretty stout. I hope we go down
there and win 1-2, and qualify 1-2 and run 1-2 all day long. With sponsorship
permitting, we're going to try to make a run for it and run up front. I feel
blessed with the team that I have and the quality of equipment I have. I think
we could have a pretty good showing and challenge for the win down at Daytona."

Also testing today was another new personality to watch, 25-year-old Burney
Lamar, a Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI) development driver. Lamar plans to be here
today and tomorrow gaining seat time and superspeedway experience while testing
a Richard Childress Racing (RCR) car. A West Sacramento, Calif. native, Lamar's
plans for 2006 include driving an entry fielded by KHI in the ARCA RE/MAX
Series season opener as well as contending for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year
honors in the NASCAR Busch Series. Lamar has two starts each in the NASCAR
Busch and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and made his first ARCA RE/MAX Series
start in the 2005 event here at Talladega Superspeedway. In that race, he
qualified 10th, however started at the rear of the 41-car field after making an
alternator change. Despite that setback, Lamar finished sixth.

"That was my first ARCA start ever, and it was awesome, just going to a place
like Talladega with a lot of history. I like plate racing. I think it is
exciting, and to have the opportunity to be able to do it was a blast," Lamar
said. "It's looking pretty good, but we've still got a lot of things to try.
But so far, so good. We're looking to learn a lot and I am having fun working
with all these guys."

Lamar said his team's plans do not currently have him slated to compete here in
the ARCA RE/MAX Series event in the fall, however he will return to Talladega
Superspeedway for the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race slated for April 29.

Tickets for the 2006 Aaron's 499 and Aaron's 312 are available by calling the
Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office at 1-877-Go2-DEGA (TDD# 1-866-472-8725)
or purchase your tickets online today!

You may also purchase tickets in person at Talladega Superspeedway's Ticket
Office 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday.


FOUR FIRST-TIME NOMINEES ON ARPY BALLOT

(Green Lake, WI--January 2, 2006) Four candidates for the milestone Thirtieth Auto Racing Promoter of the Year (ARPY) Award, chosen by promoters in balloting held by Racing Promotion Monthly, received their first nomination. One regional nominee already received his industry's highest honor, and four nominees share 12 previous regional awards. Four operate paved tracks and four dirt tracks. Six are sanctioned and two operate independently.

Leading the nominees is 2001 Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Ralph Capitani, Knoxville (IA) Raceway The selection of Capitani, brings to six, the promoters who have been re-nominated after winning the penultimate award. Other regional nominees include Lynn Phillips, and Alfred Gurley, Talladega (AL) Short Track, nominated for the fifth time; the Nuckles Family, Columbus (OH) Motor Speedway, nominated for the fourth time; Capitani for the third time, and Steve York, Magic Valley (ID) Speedway, who received his second nomination. Nominated for the first time were: Andy Cusack, Beech Ridge (ME) Speedway; Todd Fisher, Susquehanna (PA) Speedway Park; John Hellendrung, Raceway Park (MN), and the Clay Family, I-30 (AR) Speedway. Andy Cusack's mother and father were nominated in 1992, thirteen seasons ago.

The ARPY ballot will soon be in the hands of promoters. The Thirtieth ARPY will be revealed during the Thirty-Third Annual RPM Promoters Workshops at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, Lake Mary, FL; February 13, 2006. The ARPY also receives a membership in the Speedway Club at Lowe's Motor Speedway, from speedway president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler.

The Auto Racing Promoter of the Year is short track racing's most prestigious award. It is awarded each year after voting by promoters. The award was originated in 1976 by the editors of Racing Promotion Monthly, the idea newsletter for auto racing promoters. Voting is conducted in two phases: a preliminary ballot in the newsletter nominates candidates in eight regions. The eight candidates become Regional Promoters of the Year and then appear on a second ballot for final voting.

Tom Curley was selected 29th Auto Racing Promoter of the Year last year. Previous winners of the ARPY award are, Hugh Deery 1976 and 1984; J.C. Agajanian, 1977; D. Anthony Venditti, 1978; Jack Gunn, 1979; George Eisenhart, 1980; Dick O'Brien, 1981; Howard Tiedt, 1982; Don Martin, 1983; Glenn Donnelly, 1985; Cary Agajanian, 1986; Bud Lunsford, 1987; Bob Daniels, 1988; Howard Commander, 1989; Ray Wilkings, 1990; Paul Kuhl, 1991; Robert Lawton; 1992; Earl Baltes, 1993; Jody Deery, 1994, and Andy Vertrees, 1995, Charles Powell, 1996, C. Ray Hall in 1997, Larry Kemp in 1998, Charles Cathell in 1999, Charles Deery in 2000, and Ralph Capitani in 2001, and Lanny Edwards in 2002, Bob & Nadine Strauss, 2003.

More information on the nominees or the award ceremonies is available from Racing Promotion Monthly, 920-294-0830.


Carquest Gasoline Alley and Straight Line Fever On WALN Cable FM
Monday night, January 2 from 6 to 9 P.M.


The indoor racing season has begun and what a better way for the Gasoline Alley Gang to begin a new year with than to chat with some of the top drivers heading towards the 20th Annual Chili Bowl. A vast array of talent has been lined up for the initial show of 2006.
The program begins with sprint car star, “The Rocket,” Jesse Hockett, who, unfortunately, we missed our connections with last week.
Next, we will talk with one of the top sprint car drivers in the country today, as “The Dude,” Danny Lasoski, will conduct his first-ever on-air interview with the Gang.
From there, the reigning king of the 360 sprint cars, Gary Wright, out of Hooks, TX., will be joining the gang for his first-ever interview.
Finally, a top USAC midget and sprint car driving star, Jerry Coons Jr., from Tuscon, AZ., finishes off another great show for the consummate open wheel race fan.
Straight Line Fever will follow immediately with another great show, featuring NHRA Top Fuel Dragster newcomer, Miss Hillary Will. Hillary is the newest addition to the powerful Kalitta Motorsports team for 2006.
For the latest news and happenings in the exciting world of drag racing, make sure you “Catch the Fever” every Monday night, immediately following Carquest Gasoline Alley.
The Carquest Gasoline Alley TV/Radio/Internet show continues with new programming “live” on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, “live” weekly on the Internet (www.polkas.com/waln) and also “live” on Service Electric Digital Cable TV channels 222 and 137. An encore, tape-delayed program will be also available on channel 50 and the Internet beginning at midnight.
Monday night, January 2, at 5 P.M. begin your week with Carl Baker presiding over his all-new Pit Row Music Show, featuring one full hour of great music to prep you for the Pados Brothers (Ed and Steve) with their well-documented, very informative and extremely funny Carquest Gasoline Alley Racing Show beginning at 6 o’clock, for a full two hours. The program’s long been known as the fastest racing show on the airwaves.
Joining the Gang each Monday night is Area Auto Racing News columnist, Randy Kane.
Following in their tire tracks will be the all-new one-hour spin-off show, Straight Line Fever, featuring in-house drag racing lady, Lisa Moyer, with her look into the wild and exciting world of drag racing.
Join the fun and excitement as the Gasoline Alley Team brings the listeners racing and music together in a totally unique and refreshing concept for the local and International racing communities.
Should you have questions about the programs or like to know how to be a part of the program, through advertising or guest appearances, just contact Steve Pados at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. Lisa Moyer can be reached at 610 863 5280 or WALN at 610 791 1818. You may also reach those involved with the show by e-mail at racewriter@enter.net or sending a note to steveswp@netzero.net if that’s easier.

IT’S RACING NEWS THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE!!!


ALLEN, COZZE, REUTIMANN, BULLOCK, GLIDDEN, WALTRIP AND HAMILTON TO ENTER EMPA HALL OF FAME, RAHMER AND STEWART NAMED DRIVERS OF THE YEAR BY EMPA

TREVOSE, PA December 30, 2005 . . . When the Eastern Motorsport Press Association holds its annual convention at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Trevose, PA at the end of January seven new names will be entered in the EMPA Hall of Fame. During the same convention, attended by more than 100 professional media that cover the sport on a regular basis, NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart will receive the Al Holbert Memorial/EMPA Driver of the Year award for the third time and sprint car racing star Fred Rahmer will accept the Richie Evans Memorial/EMPA Northeast Driver of the Year award.
Bobby Allen, winner of more than 251 sprint car races at more than 15 different speedways with a variety of organizations, will top the list of racers being inducted into the Hall of Fame. One of the all-time greats of Modified stock car racing Buzzie Reutimann will be inducted along with one of the all-time great Modified car owners Dick Cozze; outstanding Dirt Modified car owner Joe Bullock; ten-time NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Bob Glidden; three time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip and Al Hamilton who has owned sprint cars that have won more than 400 features driven by numerous drivers.
Special awards presented during the three day convention set for January 27-29th include a President’s Award to six time American Racing Drivers Club champion Ray Bull; a one time EMPA Outstanding Achievement Award to former head of N.J. Motor Vehicles Motorsports Division Capt. John Wyckoff plus the T.Wayne Robertson Newsmaker of the Year Award to Indy Racing League star Danica Patrick and veteran Nextel Cup racer Morgan Shepherd will receive the “Junie” Donlavey Spirit of the Sport Award.
Other awards, to be announced at the convention, will include the Frank Blunk Memorial Award to an outstanding journalist, the Ace Lane Memorial Award to an outstanding photographer and the Art McHugh Memorial Award presented to an individual who works behind the scenes for the good of the EMPA organization.
The three day EMPA Convention, first presented in 1969, will include a number of news conferences that will feature the United Racing Club, American Racing Drivers Club, Indy Racing League, Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, American LeMans Series, DIRT Motorsports, ARCA Re/Max Series, Race of Champions Series, Sam Schmidt Motorsports and NASCAR.
Sponsorship support for the convention comes from Pocono Raceway, NASCAR, Indy Racing League, SPEED Channel, Performance Racing Industry Magazine, Valvoline, American LeMans Series, DIRT Motorsports and others.
All speedway and organization champions and a guest are invited to be part of the Pocono Raceway/EMPA Casino Night that will kick off the convention on Friday, January 27th. ARDC champion Ray Bull and Grandview Speedway champion Jeff Strunk have already indicated their plans to attend. Those planning to attend must make their intentions known before January 15th to Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797.
There are still opportunities for sponsorship available and speedways, race teams, sanctioning organizations and others wanting to take part in the convention are invited to contact EMPA President Ernie Saxton at 215.752.7797 or email Esaxton144@aol.com.


Dates Announced For 15th Annual Middletown Motorsports Show; Entries Being Accepted For Show/Beauty Pageant
By BRETT DEYO

MIDDLETOWN, NY - For a decade-and-a-half, the Middletown Motorsports Show has previewed the local auto racing scene in southeastern New York.
2006 will be no different.
Ed and JoAnn Stevens will present the 15th edition of their pre-season gathering at the Orange County Fairgrounds Arena in Middletown, N.Y. This year's version is scheduled for Fri.-Sun. March 17-19.
Show attendees can expect to see a variety of racecars and other high-performance/novelty vehicles on display, complimented by a jam-packed docket of Autograph Sessions, Tire Change Contests, the Injured Drivers' Benefit Auction, Spark Plug Changing Contests for men and women, Trivia Contests, Hot Dog Eating Contests, Autograph Sessions, Celebrity Slot Car Races, the ever-popular Kids' Easter Egg Hunt and the 10th Annual Ralph Corwin Photography Ms. Middletown Motorsports Beauty Pageant.
The weekend will culminate on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. with a huge Awards Ceremony honoring show participants.
"It's hard to believe we've been doing this for 15 years," said Ed Stevens, a former racer and track official at Accord (N.Y.) Speedway and Catskill Mountain (N.Y.) Speedway.
"The hardest part of organizing this show has been getting the right date," he continued. "We've had years where the show's been too early and teams had a hard time getting their cars prepared and other years when it's been so late they were already practicing and racing.
"This year, I think we've got it just right."
Entries are being accepted already for the three-day gathering. Again this year, there is a maximum capacity of 75 vehicles. Entries will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is a $10 entry fee for show cars. Two free weekend passes are granted per entry for show cars; one pass is granted for Go-Karts.
The top three in the Best of Show category will receive cash awards ($300 for first, $200 for second, $100 for third). Handsome trophies will be presented for each vehicle classification/division, along with a number of prestigious special awards.
Entries received after March 12 will not be judged. Judging of cars is "race ready."
The 10th Annual Ralph Corwin Photography Ms. Middletown Motorsports Beauty Pageant, scheduled for Fri., March 17 at 8 p.m., is already gaining momentum, with several young ladies already stating their intentions to participate.
A maximum has been set at 15 contestants. There are a number of open slots still available. Contact JoAnn Stevens at (845) 386-3484 for further information or an application.
Local speedways expected to set up displays to distribute 2006 schedules, rules and information include Accord, Catskill Mountain, Lembo Lake (N.Y.), Oakland Valley (N.Y.) Race Park and Orange County (N.Y.) Fair Speedway. The Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Club will also participate.
Vendors will be on hand selling NASCAR and other auto racing collectibles. Representatives from local speed and performance shops will also have representation.
A mailing will go out by mid-January to past show participants with the 2006 flyer and application.
For more information, or to obtain an application, contact Ed Stevens by phone at (845) 386-3484 or by mail at 1101 Route 211-W Middletown, NY 10940.
Trophy sponsorship packages are still available, along with space for vendors. Ed Stevens will gladly provide more information for interested parties.
A set-up day is slated for Thurs., March 16 from noon until 10 p.m. Show hours are Fri. (5 p.m.-11 p.m.); Sat. (10 a.m.-11 p.m.); and Sun. (10 a.m.-5 p.m.).
The Orange County Fairgrounds Arena is located in the shadows of Orange County Fair Speedway's covered grandstand on Wisner Avenue, off Route 17 Exit 120. Local hotels are Hampton Inn - (845) 344-3400; Holiday Inn - (845) 343-1474; or Middletown Motel - (845) 342-2535.


Carquest Gasoline Alley and Straight Line Fever On WALN Cable FM
Monday night, December 26, from 6 to 9 P.M.


For a second consecutive week, the Gasoline Alley Gang will focus on an open wheel guest line-up. We’ll travel to California, for starters, to have our first ever interview with USAC Silver Crown and sprint car star, Bud Kaeding, as we talk about Bud’s career and the Kaeding racing legacy.
From there, we’ll travel to Missouri, to chat with the always exciting sprint car ace, Jesse "The Rocket" Hockett, as Jesse talks about his career and his recent success down under.
On we’ll go to North Carolina to have our first program interview with Ford Focus Midget sensation, Chase Scott.
In addition, we’ll have the New Jersey Ford Focus female driving talent, Stephanie Stevens, in-house to chat about her budding career and where she hopes it will take her in 2006.
A great show and you won’t want to miss a single minute.
Straight Line Fever follows immediately with another great show, featuring NHRA Drag Bike sensation Steve Johnson, and the latest news and happenings in the exciting world of drag racing.
Make sure you “Catch the Fever” every Monday night, immediately following Carquest Gasoline Alley.
The new programming on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, over the Internet (www.polkas.com/waln) and “live” on Service Electric Digital Cable TV channels 222 and 137, with an encore, tape-delayed rebroadcast on channel 50 at midnight Monday and over the Internet.
Monday night, December 26, at 5 P.M. begin your week with Carl Baker presiding over his all-new Pit Row Music Show, featuring one full hour of great music to prep you for the Pados Brothers (Ed and Steve) with their well-documented, very informative and extremely funny Carquest Gasoline Alley Racing Show for a full two hours. The program’s known worldwide simply as the fastest racing show on the airwaves.
Joining the gang will be Area Auto Racing News weekly columnist Randy Kane.
Following in their tire tracks will be the new one-hour spin-off show, Straight Line Fever, featuring in-house drag racing lady, Lisa Moyer, with her refreshing look into the wild and exciting world of drag racing.
Join the fun and excitement as the Gasoline Alley Team brings racing and music together in a totally new, unique and refreshing concept for the local and International racing communities.
Should you have questions or comments on how to be a part of the program through advertising or appearances, please contact Steve Pados at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. Lisa Moyer is available at 610 863 5280 or WALN at 610 791 1818. You may also e-mail comments or questions about the program to steveswp@netzero.net or racewriter@enter.net at any time, as well.

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Checkered Dreams at Motorsports '06

FORT WASHINGTON, PA -Checkered Dreams, a group that seeks to provide handicapped or sick children a special day at a racetrack, will be one of the official charities of Motorsports 2006 Presented by VP Racing Fuels Jan. 13-15 at the Fort Washington Expo Center.
Funds generated from a charity auction held during the show will be donated directly to the organization, which was specifically developed to give handicapped or seriously ill children a night of fun through racing. All Checkered Dreams "Day at the Races" events include an all-expense paid visit to a racetrack for the children and their families, where they can meet the drivers, receive gifts (such as a personalized trophy and a Checkered Dreams shirt), get autographs and do a "victory lap."
Ron Hubscher, along with Checkered Dreams President Sue Ziegler, will head up the group's volunteer effort at the Motorsports '06 expo. They traveled all the way to Charlotte, N.C., and picked up hundreds of donations for the auction from a wide range of NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck teams.
Along with the generous support from many NASCAR teams, the Zieglers have also managed to round up a few local donations and racing related items to help the fundraising efforts.
This is the 13th year Hubscher has run an auction during Motorsports and the second straight in which it benefits the Ziegler-founded charity.
Once again, Motorsports '06 organizer Len Sammons was instrumental in choosing Checkered Dreams to be part of this much-anticipated auction.
Many local talents will be on hand at the Checkered Dreams booth throughout the Motorsports '06 weekend to sign autographs and meet fans. The list includes Eric Beers (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), Don Wagner (NASCAR Busch North Series), Todd Hoddick (Northeast's winningest asphalt Late Model driver), Jackie Ziegler (rising 16-year-old asphalt Late Model driver), Shawn Reimert (2005 Central PA Speedway small-block Modified champion) and
Tyler Haydt (NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year).
Ms. Mountain Speedway April Makarewicz and Ms. NEETS Cindy Bott are also scheduled to make appearances.
Autograph times at the Checkered Dreams booth will be announced.
Bids on auction items will be accepted throughout the weekend, with winners determined on Sunday.
All funds received from the auction by Checkered Dreams will be put to use throughout the Northeast, allowing ill and handicapped children and their families to experience something that they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Any donations to Checkered Dreams are also more than welcomed.
For more information, please contact Sue Zeigler at suzyqst@aol.com, or visit www.jackie88racing.com for a complete list of the items that will be up for auction.


Carquest Gasoline Alley and Straight Line Fever On WALN Cable FM
Monday night, December 19, from 6 to 9 P.M.


The Gasoline Alley Gang, once again, will focus on the open wheel driving talents across America, this week, with our first ever chat with the newly crowned Western USAC Midget Champion, Jerome Rodela.
Next, the guys will spend some time visiting the Hoosier State with a first-ever interview with two-time Midwest Ford Focus Champion, Tate Martz, plus have a first-time interview with USAC Silver Crown and sprint car star, Jon Stanbrough.
The final interview brings us to the Garden State and a chat with Bridgeport sportsman champion Sean Carman, who recently announced his move to Ford Focus Midget racing.
This program's a "can't miss" show for the fans of open wheel racing.
Already confirmed for December 26 is “The Rocket” Jesse Hockett, who’s currently racing in Australia, plus Chase Scott and Bud Kaeding, with a still unconfirmed fourth guest to be announced very soon.
Straight Line Fever will follow immediately with another great show, featuring the latest news and happenings in the world of drag racing. Make sure you “Catch the Fever” on Monday nights, immediately following Carquest Gasoline Alley.
The new programming on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, “live” over the Internet (www.polkas.com/waln) and “live” weekly on Service Electric Digital Cable TV channels 222 and 137, with an encore, tape-delayed program on channel 50 at midnight Monday.
Monday night, December 19, at 5 P.M. begin your week with Carl Baker presiding over his new Pit Row Music Show, featuring one full hour of great music to prep you for the Pados Brothers, (Ed and Steve) with their well-documented, always informative and extremely funny Carquest Gasoline Alley Racing Show. It’s a full two-hours known as the fastest racing show on the airwaves.
Joining the Gang weekly with his look at the local racing scene is longtime Area Auto Racing News race writer Randy Kane.
Following in their tire tracks will be the new, one-hour, spin-off show Straight Line Fever, featuring in-house drag racing lady, Lisa Moyer, with her look into the wild and exciting world of drag racing.
Join the fun and excitement as the Gasoline Alley Team brings you racing and music together in a totally unique and very refreshing concept for the local and International racing communities.
Should you have questions on how to be a part of the program, through advertising or appearances or just comments about the shows, please contact Steve Pados at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. Lisa Moyer is available at 610 863 5280 or call WALN at 610 791 1818. You may also e-mail comments to the programs at racewriter@enter.net or send a note off to steveswp@netzero.net as well.

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ANDY PRIEST TO APPEAR ON DIRT NATION RADIO SHOW MONDAY NIGHT
By Mike Leone
December 17, 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Castle, PA…Sprint Car and Modified racer Andy Priest will appear on the popular Dirt Nation radio show this Monday night, December 19. Dirt Nation airs from 8:00-10:00 p.m. and can be accessed over the internet from the show’s website at www.dirtnation.net or directly at www.racetalklive.com. The program is hosted by Dave Seay and Doc Lehman, and airs on its host radio station, WLRT FOX 1490 AM in Hampton, Va.
The New Castle, Pa. driver will discuss the upcoming 2006 season along with his outstanding career which includes 99 wins. Also appearing to talk about their successful 2005 season and what is ahead in 2006 will be Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials and reps Spencer Wilson, Mike Swims, Bob Patison and drivers Earl Pearson, Jr., the 2005 champion, and Scott James, the 2005 rookie of the year.
If you are unable to listen to Monday’s show, each show is also archived so listeners can tune in at their convenience. Listeners can participate on the Monday shows by calling 877-899-7223 or by instant messenger at dirtnation or racetalklive at any of the following instant messenger services online: AIM, MSN or Yahoo or Dirt America on AOL.
Recent powerful guests this fall of the Dirt Nation show have included stars Scott Bloomquist, Brett Hearn, Danny Lasoski, Chad Kemenah, Danny Johnson, Rick Eckert, Steve Francis, and Tim Fuller along with ASCS’s Emmett Hahn, and promoters Cory Reed, Jim Nier, Todd Fisher, and Carl Short.
To stay up to date with the latest news on Sprint Car and Modified racer Andy Priest, be sure to visit his website at www.priestracing,com. To be added to the mailing list, simply send an e-mail to andypriest-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or add your e-mail address in the box on the website to receive the latest press releases.
Andy Priest, 1901 Harlansburg Rd., New Castle, PA 16101, can be reached at 724-730-3186 or e-mail can be sent to andy@priestracing.com.


STRUNK AND SINON AGREE TO END LONG AND SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIP

BLUE BELL, PA DECEMBER 14, 2005 . . . After a three year relationship that included three NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified championships at Grandview Speedway, a Southeast Dirt Series and Race of Champions title, car owner Chad Sinon and driver Jeff Strunk have decided to end their successful relationship.
“This is an amicable parting. It is something we have discussed and felt that perhaps we were not on the same page when it came to what we wanted to be doing with the team,” said Sinon. “This was one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make. I think that Jeff is an outstanding race driver and I am sure he will continue to be a major force in the sport. We both just feel this is the best step to take at present.”
Sinon and Strunk will be honored this Saturday, December 17th, at the annual Grandview Speedway Awards Banquet which will take place at the Kutztown, PA Fire Hall. The team earned their third straight NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Modified Championship and will collect close to $25,000 in point fund money for their title winning efforts.
Sinon will field three NASCAR Modified stock cars racing at Grandview Speedway in 2006. Five time track champion Craig VonDohren and young talent Ryan Watt fill two of the three seats.
BPG Racing will also continue to be involved with NASCAR Modified racers Mike Gular, John Willman and Bobby Trapper.
Additional racing plans for the Sinon backed BPG Racing race teams will be announced once schedules of area tracks and sanctioning organizations are made available.


DON GARLITS TO HEADLINE MID-ATLANTIC ROD & CUSTOM SHOW

FORT WASHINGTON, PA December 10, 2005 . . . “Big Daddy” Don Garlits has been dubbed “King of the Dragsters” just as Richard Petty is considered the “King of Stock Car Racing.” Winner of 17 World Championship Titles during his legendary career Garlits continues to be heavily involved in drag racing as a TV commentator and he also has quite an involvement in the Classic Car industry with his huge collection of Classic Cars that are part of the Garlits Auto Museums in Ocala, Florida.
Garlits will be appearing at the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Rod & Custom Car Show at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Hall. The three day show, a first time promotion for Len Sammons Productions (producer of the highly successful Motorsports 2006 show set for the same location in January), will take place March 31st through April 2nd, 2006.
One of the most popular drag racers in the history of the sport Garlits won more than 144 national events using no less than 34 hand fabricated black racecars that carried the name of Swamp Rats. The veteran of more than 50 years in the sport is looking forward to meeting fans and signing autographs.
The show, covering more than 250,000 square feet of the Expo Center, will feature Hot Rods, Custom Cars, Muscle Cars, Exotics, Classics, Lowriders, Pick-Ups and Tuners. A $5,000 Best of Show Award will be presented with more than $10,000 in prize money, merchandise and other awards being handed out.
Master builder Ken Fenical will be on hand as will his unique POSIES’ Aeroliner creation. Boyd Carrington, well known in the custom car industry, will be appearing on opening day of the show, Friday, March 31st.
In addition to the more than 300 vehicles on display there will be a large number of automotive, sports and other celebrities taking part in what is hoped to be an annual show.
Vendors and car owners wishing to be part of the First Annual Mid-Atlantic Rod & Custom Car Show are invited to obtain full details by telephoning 609.888.3618 or check the new show website at www.aarn.com.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the show and information may be had by telephoning Len Sammons or Joe Pratt at 609.888.3618.
Special arrangements have been made with local hotels for discounted room rates for show participants and attendees. Telephone Marilyn Saxton at 215.752.2392 to obtain information or to make lodging reservations.
Additional details will be released in the near future.
The Fort Washington, PA Expo Center, site of the show, is located just a short distance from Exit 339 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.


Carquest Gasoline Alley and Straight Line Fever On WALN Cable FM
Monday night, December 12, from 6 to 9 P.M.


The “Gasoline Alley Gang” heads off to the “Hard Clay” at the Orange County Fair Speedway this Monday night to chat with four of the driving stars in the highly-competitive big block modified division. "Speed Racer," Ric Hill, veteran Kirk Horton, up-and-coming Mike Kolka and Jim Secor, who will be “live” in the studio, all, will talk about this past season and what looms on the horizon for all in 2006. You must be a part of this show. It is planned for all of the big block modified fans in the area.
Straight Line Fever will follow immediately with another great show, featuring the latest and greatest in the form of news and happenings in the exciting world of drag racing.
Make sure you “Catch The Fever” every Monday night, immediately following Carquest Gasoline Alley.
The Carquest Gasoline Alley TV/Radio/Internet Show continues with another outstanding lineup of talented guests for this week. The new programming on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, “live” on the Internet (www.polkas.com/waln) and also “live” on Service Electric Digital Cable television channels 222 and 137, with an encore, tape-delayed broadcast on channel 50 at midnight Monday and over the Internet.
Monday night, December 12, at 5 P.M. begin your week with Carl Baker, presiding over his all-new Pit Row Music Show, featuring one full hour of great music to prep you for the Pados Brothers (Ed and Steve) with their well-documented, very informative and extremely funny Carquest Gasoline Alley Racing Show. It’s a full two hours known as the fastest racing show on the airwaves.
Joining the gang will be Area Auto Racing News racing reporter and weekly columnist Randy Kane.
Following in their tire tracks will be the new one-hour spin-off show, Straight Line Fever, featuring in-house drag racing lady, Lisa Moyer, with her look into the wild and exciting world of drag racing.
Join the fun and excitement, as the “Gasoline Alley Team” brings you racing and music together in a totally unique and very refreshing concept for the local and International racing communities.
Should you have any questions on how to be a part of any of the programs, through advertising or appearances, please contact Steve Pados at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. Lisa Moyer is available at 610 863 5280 or WALN at 610 791 1818. You may also e-mail the show at racewriter@enter.net or at steveswp@netzero.net as well.

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BCTV's Strapped In TV Show Goes to 60 Minutes

The popular BCTV auto racing show "Strapped In" has been on the air for over a year now. With racing talents and guests such as Craig VonDohren, Doug Manmiller, Garry Gollub, Scott Haus, Freddy Adam, Bobby Braxton, Earl Derr, Ronnie Leinbach, Bob Eppihimer, Dave Cordier Sr. & Jr., Keith Prutzman, Ray Swinehart, John Willman, Barry Shultz and racing historian Mike Shaub. December will feature Scott Arndt as a co-host with micro sprint hotshoe and son Brett Arndt as the guest.
Since it's inception in Sept. 2004 the show was 30 minutes in length with an hour slot for the summer season. Host Mike Feltenberger has now been offered a full hour slot beginning in Jan. The show will move from the 3rd Monday of the month to the 4th Weds. of the month and the proposed guest list will be growing. Mike will continue to give the latest in racing news from tracks such as Grandview, Williams Grove, Silver Spring, SSP, Bridgeport, Big Diamond, New Egypt, Dover, Pocono, Richmond and continue to give results from these tracks as well.
Among the guests to be asked to appear on the ever popular viewer interactive show will be Slingshot Series president and USAC Silver Crown driver Rich Tobias, Grandview Small Block driver Amanda Spotts, 2005 Grandview Point Champion Jeff Strunk, Reading Fairgrounds modified driver Junior Mikosz, modified drivers Shawn & Terry Reimert, The Racing Millers, Modified and Sportsman owner/driver Dave Dissinger and a return visit by Freddy Adam as well as others presently being worked on.
All interested racing people (drivers, owners, officials, media members, promoters) that would like to be a guest on this show can send their requests to Mike Feltenberger at starterone@aol.com or by calling Mike at 610-223-4181.


Carquest Gasoline Alley and Straight Line Fever On WALN Cable FM
Monday night, December 5, from 6 to 9 P.M.


The “Gasoline Alley Gang,” this week, will focus on some of the hottest driving talents in the winged sprint car racing ranks today, beginning with a first-ever interview for the program with ASCS driving standout, Travis Rilat, known to all throughout the country as the “Forney Flash.”
In addition, there’s that 19-year-old central Pennsylvania second-generation winged 410 sprint car phenom, Lucas Wolfe, who’s about to embark on a rookie season, in 2006, in the National Sprint car League, aboard the Selma Shell Racing No. 11h team mounts.
Joining the gang, as well, will be former United Racing Club sprint car driving talent, Trevor Lewis, who plans to talk about his move up to the central Pennsylvania 410 sprint car division for 2006 and United Racing Club 2004 and 2005 series champion, Curt Michael, discussing a second consecutive series championship and the way of life in the always-exciting world of the United Racing Club sprint car racing family.
Straight Line Fever will follow immediately with another great show, featuring NHRA Pro Stock driving talent, Jeg Coughlin Jr. Make sure to “Catch the FEVER” every Monday night, immediately following the Carquest Gasoline Alley program.
The well-known Carquest Gasoline Alley TV/Radio/Internet show continues with its all-new programming “live” on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, “live” on the Internet (www.polkas.com/waln) and also “live” on Service Electric Digital Cable Television channels 222 and 137, with an encore, tape-delayed rebroadcast on channel 50 and over the Internet on Monday evening, beginning at midnight.
Monday night, December 5, at 5 P.M. start off your week off right with Carl Baker, presiding over his all-new Pit Row Music show, featuring one full hour of great music to prep you for the Pados Brothers (Bob, Ed and Steve) with their well-documented, very informative and extremely funny Carquest Gasoline Alley Racing Show, for a full two-hours, as the fastest racing show on the airwaves.
Joining the Gang weekly is Area Auto Racing News columnist Randy Kane.
Following in their tire tracks is the all-new one-hour spin-off show, Straight Line Fever, featuring in-house drag racing lady, Lisa Moyer, with her different look into the very wild and always exciting world of drag racing.
Join the fun and excitement, as the Gasoline Alley Team brings the racing and music communities together with a totally unique and very refreshing concept for the local and International racing fans.
Should you have any questions on how to be a part of either program, through advertising or appearances, please contact Steve Pados at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. Lisa Moyer is available at 610 863 5280 or call WALN at 610 791 1818. You may also e-mail the program to answer your questions at racewriter@enter.net or try e-mailing for additional information at steveswp@netzero.net as well.

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Teo Fabrication Seminar Session Educates Hundreds

VERNON, NJ (December 2, 2005) -- Bobby Hearn’s Teo Fabrications, the innovators of the most dominating chassis on the dirt modified circuit, with just under 600 victories during the 2005 racing season. Who in the racing world wouldn’t be interested in gaining a little bit of the knowledge that they’ve acquired in almost thirty years of action? On Saturday, January 21, owners, drivers, and crew chiefs will have the opportunity to gain the winning edge over the competition, as Teo Fabrications hosts “Get Smart… Get Quick: An Advanced Chassis Seminar.”
The seminar starts off early at the Vernon, NJ home of Teo Fabrications, where participants are invited to browse around the fabrication shop, exploring the various parts and products offered by Teo Fabrications; and where they are created.
The assembly then moves to the luxurious Minerals Spa and Resort, where racers of all levels will gain education in an array of motorsports applications. Including: Chassis Set-up live with Bobby and Brett Hearn, Shock Selection and Adjustment presented by Bilstein Racing Shocks, Tire Preparation and Technique with Jay Castimore, Brake Adjustment and Maintenance presented by Wilwood Brakes, Marketing and Sponsorship, and a special Question and Answer Round Table with Dirt Racing’s Top Stars!
“This gives us an added opportunity to ‘give back’ to our customers,” Teo’s Bobby Hearn said. “We can help teach them some of the things we have learned, not just in the past season but in the thirty years we have been doing this.”
“Racers rarely get in a situation where they can have a lengthy in-person discussion with their chassis builder – This not only gives racers the opportunity to do that, but to also pick the brain of some of our drivers.”
On hand to display the hottest new products and answer any and all questions presented to them will be representatives from Bilstein Racing Shocks, Kirkey Racing Seats, Art’s Radiator, Wilwood Brakes, Winters Performance Products, The Joie of Seating and JD3Graphics.
In 2005, over 250 racers took part in the first annual seminar. Among them was Mike Colsten who took home the 2005 Teo Stage 2 Frame – Participants will once again be able to participate in a drawing for various door prizes including a 2006 Teo Stage 3 Frame – the same adjustable torsion rack car that has been the buzz of the industry.
Almost half of the seminar has been filled already and the other half is filling up quickly!
For more information on “Get Smart… Get Quick: An Advanced Chassis Seminar” is available by contact Teo Fabrications at 973-764-5500 or on the web at www.teopro.com for a downloadable form that you can fax to 973-764-5510.


RAMADA INN ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR CARQUEST MOTORSPORTS EXPO 2006

The Ramada Inn of Liverpool, NY has once again been selected as the
official host hotel for Carquest Motorsports Expo 2006. Based upon the
recommendation of show attendees and participants who have stayed at the
Ramada Inn for previous shows, officials of Carquest Motorsports Expo and
the Ramada inn have agreed to continue their working relationship to
provide first class accommodations for those making the trek to Syracuse
for Carquest Motorsports Expo.
Motorsports Expo 2006, the largest Motorsports themed exposition staged
in New York State, is slated to run over the weekend of March 10th
through March 12th, 2006. The event will once again be held in the
Cargill Exhibition Center on the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
The Ramada Inn is conveniently located a the intersection of Buckley Road
and N. 7th Ave. in Liverpool, NY. The Ramada Inn is easily accessible
from both the New York State Thruway as well as Interstate 81. The
location is also quite convenient to the New York State Fairgrounds, the
site of Carquest Motorsports Expo 2006, with it being an easy 10 minute
drive from the Fairgrounds to the Ramada Inn.
In addition to fully appointed guest rooms, the Ramada Inn also offers a
full service restaurant right on the premises, meaning that after
spending the day at the show it is very convenient to come back to the
hotel and enjoy a leisurely meal rather than running and looking for a
place to eat. The Ramda Inn also offers a cocktail lounge where fans and
show participants can sit and unwind a bit after a busy day.
The Ramada Inn will once again be hosting a Saturday night get together
for show vendors and participants in one of their ballrooms. The popular
after show get together will begin after the doors to the show close on
Saturday evening. The menu will include an assortment of snacks and
finger foods with a special menu available for those wishing to purchase
sandwiches or dinners. A disc jockey will also be a part of the evening,
spinning a variety of music for listening and dancing. This get together
has become very popular with vendors and participants, many of whom spend
a couple hours visiting and socializing before turning in for the
evening. Terrell's Potato Chips will be one of the sponsors of the
Saturday night get together as they will be providing chips, pretzels,
and snacks for the vendor party as well as for the Motorsports Expo
office at the fairgrounds.
As they have done in the past, the Ramada Inn is offering a very
attractive room rate for those requiring lodging for Carquest Motorsports
Expo 2006. A very special $60 per night room rate is being offered by the
Ramada Inn for those attending or participating in Carquest Motorsports
Expo. That price includes a full cooked to order breakfast or breakfast
buffet each day in the on site restaurant, saving those staying at the
Ramada the expense and hassle of looking for a place to eat breakfast
before heading off to the show.
In order to obtain the special $60 per night rate, reservations must be
made by calling the hotel directly at 315-457-8670 and speaking with the
group sales office. The friendly staff there will be happy to assist in
booking rooms at the quoted rate for Carquest Motorsports Expo 2006. The
group sales office is currently accepting reservations on a first come
first served basis, so reservations should be made as soon as possible.
The deadline for reservations at this very special rate is February 17th,
2006. Reservations can be cancelled without penalty up until March 7,
2006.
Those planning on attending should make their reservations as soon as
possible as the rooms normally book quickly at this very special rate.


CARQUEST MOTORPSORTS EXPO 2005 AT THE NEW YORK STATE FAIRGROUNDS MARCH
10-12th, 2006

(Syracuse, NY).While thoughts right now are filled with anticipation of
the upcoming holiday season, once the final turkey is eaten, the final
present is unwrapped and the final New Years toast is made, thoughts of
racers and race fans inevitably turn to the upcoming racing season. For
some 20 years now, the unofficial kickoff event for the new season in the
Empire State is the annual Carquest Motorsports Expo trade show on the
New York State Fairgrounds located just outside the second turn area of
the fabled Moody Mile.
Over its 20 year history, Carquest Motorsports Expo has grown into the
largest Motorsports themed exposition presented in New York State. The
much anticipated event is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season
with what is shaping up to be the biggest and best show in the event's
history. Carquest Auto Parts Stores will continue their long running
sponsorship of the annual mid winter racing extravaganza. This year's
edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo is slated for the weekend of March
1--12th, 2006. As it has been for the last several seasons, Carquest
Motorsports Expo will be held in the Cargill Exhibit Center on the New
York State Fairgrounds.
More than 200 race teams are expected to converge on Syracuse for the
weekend, proudly displaying their new creations and allowing fans to get
a close-up view of their equipment prior to taking to the various area
speedways in the weeks following the show. While the emphasis of the show
is geared heavily toward short track oval racing both asphalt and dirt
track , just about every form of Motorsports is represented at Carquest
Motorsports Expo. Several of the local Microd and Quarter Midget clubs
take part, as some of our youngest drivers and their families spend the
weekend proudly showing off their new rides. Those who prefer to do their
racing on two wheels are also represented with several racing motorcycles
on display along with some great looking drag cars as well. Pulling
trucks and tractors, Monster Trucks, Mud Bog racers and many other
different types of racing equipment are all welcome to take part in the
show.
Carquest Motorsports Expo is open to any and all race teams that would
like to participate. All types of racing vehicles are invited to be a
part of the show. For race teams, Carquest Motorsports Expo is a unique
opportunity for race teams to showcase the craftsmanship that goes into
building and preparing a race car for competition. Over the past few
seasons the level of craftsmanship and the imagination that goes into
designing an eye-catching graphics scheme has increased dramatically and
Carquest Motorsports Expo is the perfect place to showcase the team's
handiwork. By displaying a car in the show, race teams are not only
showcasing their equipment to the race fans, but also to potential
sponsors as well. Over the years, participation in Carquest Motorsports
Expo has played a role in several teams securing sponsorship, with some
deals made right in the aisles of the show.
As always, all speedways and sanctioning bodies are invited to set up a
display at Carquest Motorsports Expo. With the Expo taking place just
before the season opens, Carquest Motorsports Expo represents a golden
opportunity for speedways and sanctioning bodies to promote their
upcoming events to a packed house of race fans. Speedways and sanctioning
bodies are invited to be a part of this huge event and are encouraged to
distribute schedule cards and other pertinent information to the fans and
teams taking part in the event. Carquest Motorsports Expo also represents
a golden opportunity for racers, fans and promoters to talk on a one to
one basis in a relaxed atmosphere, something that is sometimes not
possible during a busy race night. With a building full of race-starved
fans, speedways and sanctioning bodies have the chance to not only
re-establish relationships with current fans, but cultivate some new ones
as well.
A variety of souvenir vendors will also be a part of Carquest Motorsports
Expo. Show vendors annually bring a wide variety of merchandise to the
show with a great variety of apparel, diecast and almost every imaginable
type of collectable available for sale. With Motorsports Expo being held
in the first full month of the NASCAR season, vendors will have all of
the newest and latest merchandise from all of the NASCAR teams. This will
be the first opportunity of the new season for fans not making the trip
to Daytona to pick up their favorite drivers' newest lines of apparel and
collectables.
Carquest Motorsports Expo officials have announced that admission prices
for the 2006 edition of Carquest Motorsports Expo will remain the same as
last year with an adult ticket being priced at $10. Children 5-11 will be
$5 while children under the age of 5 are admitted free of charge. For
those attending the entire weekend, a special money saving three day pass
is available for $25. Plenty of free parking will be available on the
grounds of the New York State Fair.
It is never too early to start making plans to be a part of Carquest
Motorsports Expo. Show management is currently putting together a list of
those parties expressing an interest in taking part in Motorsports Expo
2005. Entries blanks will be mailed out just after the Holiday season to
those on the mailing list. To get on the mailing list or to update
information, visit the Gater Racing News web page www.gaternews.com, call
Joe at 315-457-0175, or write to Motorsports Expo Inc. PO Box
3914,Syracuse, NY 13220. Look for more details here in these pages as
plans are finalized.


4 WINS & 2 HAGERSTOWN "OCTOBERFEST" QUALIFIERS END 2005 SEASON FOR ANDY
PRIEST; NEW MAXIM SPRINT CAR FOR 2006; PRIESTRACING.COM UPDATED

By Mike Leone
November 29, 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Castle, PA.Coming off a stellar 2004 season, which included his
first DIRT Modified Championship at Tri-City Speedway and a runner-up at
Mercer Raceway Park, the 2005 season wasn't what Andy Priest had hoped
for. Engine woes and mechanical failures plagued Priest from the get go
and the dark cloud seemingly wouldn't leave all season long.

Despite the down year, the 39-year-old New Castle, Pennsylvania resident
was able to collect four feature wins upping his career win total to an
impressive 99 at 10 different tracks and amongst four different
divisions. Priest won the prestigious "Kodiak" Graham Memorial at Tri-
City Speedway earning over $2,000 for his second DIRT Modified win at
the Venango County oval during 2005. Other wins included Thunder
Mountain Speedway in the first ever appearance by the Big-Block
Modifieds as he topped a 37-car field and Sharon Speedway in the Green
Flag Sprint Car division.

The 2005 season came to close for Priest at Hagerstown (MD) Speedway in
the running of the 18th annual "Octoberfest 350" October 29-30. Priest
put the Ted Hull-owned, Emig Racing #41 solidly into the 100-lap Big-
Block Modified feature after a third place heat race finish; however,
handling woes sidelined him from the finish of the $10,000 to-win
feature and was credited with 23rd. On the Sprint Car side, Priest
fought off engine woes all weekend long in his McElwain Motors #21N, but
was able to qualify for the feature and finished the 50-lap $10,000 to-
win feature on Sunday in 14th.

Recently, Priest purchased a new Maxim Sprint Car along with one of
Scott Bonnell's J&J cars to go along with his Eagle car that he
campaigned late this past season. Also, Priest acquired Bob Felmlee's
enclosed trailer.

Priest will collect his BRP Modified Tour hardware this Saturday,
December 3 at the Rocky Grove Fire Hall for finishing fifth in points in
the Ted Hull #41.

To stay up to date with the latest news on Sprint Car and Modified racer
Andy Priest, be sure to visit his website at www.priestracing,com. A
new Update section with a blog of Andy's latest happenings including his
Hagerstown adventure has been added to the page. A listing of Andy's 99
career wins is posted on the Driver section.

To be added to the mailing list, simply send an e-mail to andypriest-
subscribe@yahoogroups.com or add your e-mail address in the box on the
website to receive the latest press releases.


Carquest Gasoline Alley and Straight Line Fever On WALN Cable FM
Monday night, November 28, from 6 to 9 P.M.

PROGRAM UPDATE:
John Blewett III, a big winner at the recent Wall Township Speedway Turkey Derby 32 program, has been added to the guest list for Monday night, November 28, on the Carquest Gasoline Alley program. United Racing Club champion chauffeur Curt Michael, also, will be a future guest in the next few weeks on the program.

The Gasoline Alley Gang steps back into the grand history of auto racing with a special visit from the highly recognized racing historian, publisher, writer and driver Lew Boyd. Lew will discuss his many years in the sport, along with his books, "Fonda" "Hot Cars/Cool Drivers" and “They Called Me The Shoe”. We will envision modified racing through the eyes of Lew Boyd. This is a show you will not want to miss.
Additional guests will be added prior to airtime.
Next week, looking ahead, guests will include central Pennsylvania 410 sprint car veteran Lucas Wolfe, driving sensation Travis Rilat and former URC talent Trevor Lewis, plus additional driving talents.
Straight Line Fever will follow immediately with another great show, featuring NHRA Top Fuel Dragster pilot, David Grubnic. Make sure you “Catch the FEVER” every Monday night, immediately following Carquest Gasoline Alley at 8 P.M.
The Carquest Gasoline Alley TV/Radio/Internet show continues with its outstanding lineup of talent for this week's edition of the show. The new programming “live” on WALN Cable Radio FM 92.1, “live” on the worldwide Internet (www.polkas.com/waln) and “live” on Service Electric Digital Cable TV channels 222 and 137. A tape-delayed encore program is on channel 50 at midnight Monday and also on the Internet.
Monday night, November 28, at 5 P.M. start off your week with Carl Baker presiding over his new Pit Row Music show, featuring one full hour of great music to prep you for the Pados Brothers (Bob, Ed and Steve) with their well-documented, very informative and extremely funny Carquest Gasoline Alley Racing program for a full two-hours, which is known in racing circles as the fastest racing show on the airwaves today.
Joining the Gang will be the award winning, longtime Area Auto Racing News racing columnist Randy Kane.
Following in their tire tracks will be the all-new one-hour spin-off show, Straight Line Fever, featuring in-house drag racing lady, Lisa Moyer, with her look into the very wild and extremely exciting world of Drag Racing.
Join the fun and excitement, as the Gasoline Alley Team brings racing and music together with a totally unique and refreshing concept for the local and International racing communities.
Should you have questions about how to be a part of the program, through advertising or appearances or comments, please contact Steve Pados at 610 217 8774 or Ed Pados at 610 739 0391. Lisa Moyer is available at 610 863 5280 or call WALN at 610 791 1818. You may also e-mail the program with your questions and comments anytime at racewriter@enter.net or try mailing a note to steveswp@netzero.net as well.

IT’S RACING NEWS THE WAY IT’S MEANT TO BE!!!


Geiges Closes Breakout Season With a New Website

2005 proved to be a true, real-deal breakout season for sportsman wheelman
Jeff Geiges. With a new 2005 Bicknell, a stout Vengeance Competition
Products engine, some great sponsors and a whole lot of miles and laps,
Geiges and the team have called it a year and have begun to think about
what's to come for 2006. In 2005 the team saw thousands and thousand of
miles from the cab of their truck with weekly trips to both Accord
Speedway in NY and New Egypt Speedway in NJ, as well as a full tour of the
newly formed ROC Sportsman Series.

In the end the team closed the season with three wins at New Egypt
Speedway, a track known to have both the highest sportsman car counts and
best talent in the North East, one win at Accord Speedway, a 2nd at
Syracuse and a few almost wins on the ROC tour. All in, especially when
compared to 2004, it was a great season.

But with the winter upon us, Jeff and the Vengeance Competition Products
team are hard at work, both at trying to secure funds for the 2006 race
season and trying to decide what 2006 will hold for them. Lots of ideas
have been tossed around in some capacity or another. Everything from
staying sportsman to going big block, to building a small block car and
everything in between. But in the end, it will all depend on the
financing that can be secured and what their sponsors are interested in.

And to get things rolling for the 2006 season, a brand new website has
been launched and can be viewed at www.JeffGeigesRacing.com. There you'll
find news, photos and more. The site will be updated with new information
as it's available from the team with regards to new sponsors, 2006 plans,
etc. And for the hardcore fans, you can even sign up for an email news
service which will provide you with site updates, the freshest news and
more!

To any parties interested in partnering with the team for the 2006 season,
you can email Jeff@ThrowinItDown.com for more information.

Thanks for your interest and support in our 2005 program and we look
forward to seeing everyone at the track in 2006!


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