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Jennerstown Speedway’s 1st Year Partnership with Sweeney Rush Asphalt Searis Deemed a Great Success

September 19th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA)…Approximately one year ago the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance, made what some may have considered a surprise announcement; that they would be stepping out of their normal comfort zone of sanctioning dirt track GM crate engine divisions throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic
and Canada and stepping into the world of asphalt racing by sanctioning Jennerstown Speedway Complex located in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands.

Jennerstown, like so many other asphalt speedways throughout the country, had watched the cost of competing escalate across the board to the point that their drivers could no longer afford to participate and car counts had begun to dwindle. Speedway management began to examine options to try to realign themselves and unify asphalt racing overall throughout the region. Jennerstown had already begun to allow crate engines compete at their speedway with the their Late Models exclusively crate engines and their Modifieds and Stock Cars a mix of open engines and crate engines, with
these two divisions already being on notice that these divisions would also be exclusive crate engines in 2018.

As fate would have it, Jimmy Friedline, owner of Jennerstown Engine Technologies, which was located just a few miles from the speedway, was already a RUSH Authorized Rebuilder and had mentioned to Series Director Vicki Emig some of the issues that Jennerstown was facing. Believing that the RUSH concept that had been carefully developed throughout the years could help Jennerstown, Emig suggested a meeting with speedway management to present her program and offer a solution to their concerns. Speedway officials were receptive to the idea and the first of numerous meetings with RUSH began in August of 2016 with an official announcement of RUSH sanctioning Jennerstown for 2017 in coming in October.

“We felt that it was in our best interests in the long run to align ourselves with a sanctioning body,” said third year Jennerstown Speedway General Manager, Bill Hribar. “I believe in an Albert Einstein theory which states, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. Many asphalt tracks have continued to do the same thing and experienced declining crowds and car counts. We were looking for something that would allow all of our competitors a fair shot each and every time they went on the speedway , which led us to the decision to pursue a tie with RUSH.”

“RUSH bought to the table numerous years of experience and a longstanding proven record in the policing, certification, and technical program of GM crate engines that we knew could help us equalize the competition for our competitors,” continued Hribar. “Things had begun to get out of hand for us and drivers were beginning to just quit racing; now we’re seeing some of those same racers are looking forward to coming back to Jennerstown with a renewed enthusiasm! It’s simply unheard of to have a racer leave and come back again to compete!”

“I knew we could correct the problems Jennerstown was having,” stated Series Director Vicki Emig. “To us the theory is the same across the board whether it be on dirt or asphalt. What we had developed over the years, our sealing system, authorized rebuilders, and technical rules package could be immediately applied to Jennerstown to help correct their issues.”

“I won’t say it wasn’t a challenge to go into a facility that had previously not utilized a program such as ours for ensuring that the GM crate engines were 100% correct per the GM technical manual,” explained Emig. “I knew immediately after meeting with Richard Palugrato, owner and speedway Competition Director, that they were sincere about the future of Jennerstown and wouldn’t discard RUSH when the going got tough. They stepped aside and let us do our job and prove to their racers that we all had their best interest in mind in the long run.”

Two of RUSH’s authorized rebuilder, Jimmy Friedline and Mike Ingram of Ingram Engines were also very instrumental in working through the process and spent countless hours assisting in developing the overall final division rule packages. Contrary to the some beliefs, at the beginning the Speedway didn’t lose any of their previous crate engine competitors, who were required to have their crate engines verified and RUSH sealed before they could compete in 2017.

“The racers also deserve a lot of credit as the process was totally new to them but they got through it and provided Jennerstown’s fans with some of the most exciting racing they had witnessed in years,” stated Emig.

In 2017 there were 6 different winners in the Late Model division, 5 in the Modifieds, and 4 Street Stocks; Jennerstown had 14 completed events.

“That goes to show you the level of competitiveness due to the RUSH sanctioning,” said Hribar. “It’s really great to see everything begin to meld together and create such a positive atmosphere at the Speedway.”

Most exciting is the lateral movement that Hribar sees as three current Modified drivers are pursuing a Late Model ride for 2018, which should boost their weekly Late Model count to 14-16. Hribar also expects both the Modified and Stock Car counts to increase next season due to the buzz and continued inquiries from various racers throughout the region that have expressed great interest in racing at Jennerstown
in 2018.

“I think it’s pretty positive,” said Late Model driver Brian Shipp regarding RUSH’s involvement with Jennerstown. “I went from finishing in the top five every once in a while to being a top five car every week.” Shipp captured his first ever Late Model feature win this season. “The program has helped me a ton. I’m a pretty low budget racer and I can’t afford to dump a lot of money into my engine. The RUSH program certainly leveled the playing field.” Shipp says that a number of drivers that he used to race against in the Modified Division have said that if he was able to move up and find success then why not them.

Thirty-eight year-old Jason Busch, who has two feature wins in the Modified division at Jennerstown this season said, “RUSH has made the racing closer overall and defiantly much better. The Modifieds have put on some of the most exciting racing of the season.”

Busch also likes the feel of his GM crate engine. “Honestly I don’t notice much difference between my GM crate engine and my open engine. It’s a good situation right now at Jennerstown because of the RUSH sanction”

A fellow competitor of Busch’s is Zane Ferrell, Jennerstown’s 2015 defending Modified champion. As for his thoughts on the RUSH and Jennerstown marriage, Ferrell said, “They really enforce the rules and that’s what the track has been missing for the past couple of years. It’s nice to see the track and RUSH working together to see the track succeed. So far I haven’t been hit with any rules violations but if it happens RUSH provides the rules and enforces the penalties and that’s the way it should be; there’s no playing favorites with anyone.”

Lauren Butler of West Mifflin, Pa. secured the Jennerstown Street Stock Championship to become the first female in the history of Jennerstown and the RUSH Series, dirt or asphalt, to ever to win a track title!

“I’ve been excited about the program from the beginning,” said Butler who works in Central Sterile at Magee Women’s hospital. “I’ve seen a change in competition at Jennerstown. At the beginning of the year I was most excited about the teching and the rules; it’s been the best I’ve seen in 15 years. The purpose of RUSH is to keep everyone together, that was the whole idea. I know some people were not happy at first, but you don’t want to see one person run away with a race, you want to see drivers racing hard and together and that’s what RUSH has brought to us as competitors.”

Another issue that had to be overcome was the two crate engines, GM and Ford, that have is the norm in the asphalt racing world. In the end everything worked out well and evened itself out through the efforts of Friedline and Ingram who continuously worked throughout the season to equalize the two brands via weight, RPM and other means. RUSH sanctions “only” the GM 602 and the GM 604 engines for competition. The Ford Blue Oval 347SR and the Jr. were permitted to compete, but were also required to be certified. Both the GM crate engine and Ford Blue oval crate won feature events throughout the season at Jennerstown.

“We realize that the Ford Blue Oval crate engine has been permitted in asphalt racing for years,” stated Sweeney Chevrolet/Pace Performance Circle Track Developer, Don Blackshear. “After speaking with Vicki we felt that in the long run it was in the best interest of the future of asphalt racing in general to allow them to compete in this part of RUSH, which of course has always been an exclusive GM crate engine series.”

Hribar realizes that there will always be detractors when change is made. “Like any new venture will have people in opposition, but RUSH continued to show their dedication to the Jennerstown and our racers. We’ve worked together through that opposition and created a respectable racing environment.”

“Over the years people have referred to Jennerstown as being on an island,” said Hribar. “My reaction to that is the Jennerstown has always been on an island but now we have the resources to bring racers to our island with a successful program. I really hope other asphalt speedways throughout the region take a hard look at and put in place the RUSH program. If they would it be nothing but positive and give us all a tremendous opportunity to provide exciting opportunities for our racers, just as RUSH has already for their hundreds of racers with their numerous programs on dirt.”

The best part of the relationship according to Hribar has been that it took a lot of pressure off the speedway officials and management. “The amount of resources and knowledge they bring is what has alleviated that. There’s always someone to call when you have a question. On a side note it’s been a pleasant surprise to see our charger stock car competitors actually start asking us if they too can have the GM crate engine option offered in their 2018 rules package.”

Perhaps Hribar summed the relationship up the best when he said, “Overall, it’s been like any new venture. We are confident that RUSH is going to keep us on the right track and be also be a leader in the world of asphalt racing and the future. Jennerstown may have been the RUSH’s flagship asphalt facility, but it definitely will not be the last.”

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Asphalt Racing Series website is www.rushasphaltseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushasphaltseries and follow us on Twitter @RUSHAsphalt.

Awtey and Golik Win Thrillers in Jennerstown Speedway Finale

September 11th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) The 2017 racing season came to a close on Saturday September 9, at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex, as experienced veterans prevailed, after exciting finishes in the five divisions of racing. Stoystown Auto Wreckers presented the biggest race of the year for the Modified division, and the most tenured driver in the field, Tom Golik, won the inaugural “Stoystown Auto Modified Challenge” by a very slim margin at the checkered flag. Similarly, the most veteran driver in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division, Barry Awtey, celebrated in victory lane after taking the lead just two laps from the finish. The all-time leading winner in the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stock division, Adam Kostelnik scored his first victory of 2017, and 1993 Champion Scott Mitchell won for the second time this year, in the Farmers Union Co-op Charger division. David Campbell was the winner in the Somerset Trust Co. Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder division. The unofficial results of Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series finale, “The Shane Shaffer 75,” indicate Dan Zimmerman and Adam Olah as the top two finishers, however their order is currently under review by officials. Each Enduro team provides a “team scorer,” and the team scoresheets are being compared to the officials’ scoresheets for confirmation. Results of that event will be made official in the coming days.

Although it was the last event of the year, many fans were exclaiming that the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models’ 30-lap feature was “the race of the year.” Three-time winner Garry Wiltrout started in row one, and grabbed the early lead. But the former Champion was passed on lap four, by the newly crowned 2017 Champion, Jeremiah Kuntz. Kuntz started in the sixth position, as the most recent feature race winner, and he also won his preliminary heat race to start the night. Kuntz began to run away from all competitors as the race reached the midpoint. The 2016 Champion, Barry Awtey, challenged Wiltrout for second place, and on lap 19, Awtey became the runner up to Kuntz. Awtey seemed a “distant second,” as Kuntz led lap after lap. But in the closing stages of the race, Awtey, the all-time leading winner in Jennerstown history, steadily reeled in Kuntz. Kuntz earned his 2017 Champion crown by defeating Awtey in the point standings by only five points. The duo battled for the final victory of the season, thrilling the fans at the conclusion of the race. Wiltrout was closely following the pair, making a three-car fight for the win all the more exciting. Awtey, from nearby Jenners, PA, started the event in ninth place, and took the lead with only two laps remaining in the season, to score his fourth victory of the year. Awtey also won his heat race, driving the Wheeler Show Cattle/Highlander Hot Rods/Stoystown Auto Chevrolet. On the final lap, Wiltrout moved around Kuntz for the second position. The official top five finishers were Awtey, Wiltrout, Kuntz, Joe Maruca, and recent first time winner Teddy Gibala.

The Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified Challenge offered the highest prize money of the season, for a 35-lap feature race, as the inaugural running of what is sure to become a Jennerstown tradition. A.J. Poljak started the race from the pole position and led the first two laps. On lap three, recently crowned Champion, Chris Brink grabbed the lead. Brink, who won more races in 2017 than any other driver in any division, pulled away to a comfortable lead, after starting in the second spot. On lap seven, the 2016 Champ, Zane Ferrell took second place from Poljak. In the first 20-lap segment, Pete Rech made an impressive charge from the ninth starting position. Rech, a winner in 2017, advanced into the second position, when the action was halted for exactly five minutes at lap 20. Crews were permitted to make handling adjustments and add fuel during the competition break, to prepare for the final 15-lap segment. A random draw determined a “six car invert” for the final segment, meaning the Brink would restart in sixth place, after earning a big cash bonus for leading at lap 20. Tom Golik was in sixth place at the race break, meaning he took the green flag in first place, after the invert for the remaining laps. Matt Smith restarted second to Golik, and challenged the veteran, but never led a lap. Golik took command of the race when action resumed. The final segment included a few caution flag incidents, and after one restart, Rech officially led a single lap at the scoring line, before Golik returned to the front. With five laps to go, Brink passed Rech for second place, and challenged Golik for the final five laps. But, at the conclusion of the extra-distance race, Golik, of West Newton, PA, would claim his second victory of the year – earning his highest payday – by a margin of just one car length. Golik has been racing since Jennerstown was dirt track, and won on opening night 2017, and won the finale of the year. Brink and Rech were also “podium finishers” in second and third place, respectively. Two time winner “Racin’ Jason” Busch was set to start the race in seventh place, but he was involved in a spin before lap one was complete. As a result, he took the green flag at the tail of the field, but rallied to finish fourth. Smith finished fifth, and Brink and Ferrell were the heat race winners.

One of the most shocking stories of 2017, is that former Champion of the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, Anthony Aiello, had not visited victory lane, when the final race of the year began. Aiello started in fourth place for the 20-lap feature, and was the leader of the race by lap one. Aiello ran away from the field as young Zac Todaro held second place. On lap five, Adam Kostelnik became the runner up to Aiello, but Aiello was far ahead. Kostelnik started in eighth spot, and was gaining on leader, and good friend, Aiello. Kostelnik, also a former Champ and the all-time leading Street Stock winner, made the winning pass on lap 17. Kostelnik won his heat race, and then went on to score his first feature win of 2017, racing only occasionally during the year. Aiello placed second, and long-time veteran Rick Meehlieb started sixth, and finished third. Todaro placed fourth and heat race winner Aaron Van Fleet finished fifth.

Farmers Union Co-Op Charger driver Scott Mitchell has been racing since before some of his current competitors were born. In the 15-lap feature, the 1993 Pure Stock division Champ dominated the event, for his second win of 2017. Mitchell won the heat race, and after starting third, led every lap of the feature. Former Champ Steve Long placed second, with 2017 winner Tanner Friedline in third place. Joe Ruskey and first time starter Jay Richmond placed fourth and fifth.

Apparent winner Casey Fleegle was disqualified in post-race technical inspection, following the Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder division’s 15-lap feature. Inheriting the win, was David Campbell, who started in ninth place. It was Campbell’s second win of 2017. Two-time winner Evan Nibert, Bently Miller, 2017 Champion Brent Bickerstaff, and 2016 Champ Paul Koffler, III were the top five finishers.

Results from the final race of the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series, “The Shane Shaffer 75″ are currently under review by track officials.

A pig roast/corn roast for all in attendance was provided by Morocco Welding, after the races, to celebrate the great season. On Friday, November 3, the 2017 Champions will be honored during the Jennerstown Speedway Complex Awards Banquet, at the Ramada Inn in Greensburg, PA.

Jennerstown Speedway Complex Finale Includes Bonus Race Events – Biggest Modified Race of The Year Saturday!

September 9th, 2017

The final race of the 2017 season at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex includes several enhancements to the agenda, for this Saturday night. All five divisions of stock cars will compete, but for the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified division, a 35-lap event awarding over $1,700 in additional prize money, earn this week’s race the title of “Biggest Modified Event of the Year.” After the races, the final round of the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro will take place, known as “The Shane Shaffer 75.” Also added to the agenda, are two “Non-Winner Shootouts,” that will insure a first-time visitor to “victory lane” in both the Farmers Union Co-op Charger division, and the Somerset Trust Co. Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cyilnder division. Additionally, players from the Johnstown Tomahawks will greet race fans, making it “A Hockey Night in Jennerstown,” on September 9th. All of these added attractions will be presented at regular ticket price!

The 2017 Champions will be honored in all five divisions of racing, with the season-long Championship point standings now concluded. This final event is a “non-points” race, with preliminary heat races and feature races for the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers, and Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders. The Modifieds, which typically compete in a 20-lap feature race, will go 35 laps around the paved half-mile oval, with a significant increase in pay awaiting the competitors. After the standard 20-lap distance, a five minute break will allow the Modified pit crews to add fuel and make tire pressure adjustments, for the final 15-lap dash to the checkered flag. The first driver across the finish line, will become the historic winner of the first annual “Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified Challenge.”

With a large number of rookie drivers in the Farmers Union Co-op Chargers and Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders during 2017, many competitors have yet to conquer their veteran challengers. So, each division’s “non-winners,” will race among one another, guaranteeing that race fans will get to welcome two first-time visitors to Jennerstown Speedway victory lane. Each division’s eligible drivers will race eight laps in these special, brief, “shoot outs” on Saturday night.

When the five division racing has concluded, the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series will close out 2017 with the “Shane Shaffer 75.” The event is a 75-lap contest that has been rescheduled twice, due to rain. From a standing start, the cars will launch through a course that will include on-track obstacles, for the first time. Drivers will need to steer left and right to avoid contact with the obstacles, and one another, as the most recent Enduro boasted a strong field of 36 cars. Thanks to Ron’s Collision Center, a season Champion will be crowned for the first time in Jennerstown Enduro history, after the race.

As racing season will be ending Saturday night, area sports fans are ready to shift their attention to the ice rink. Players from the 2017-2018 roster of the Johnstown Tomahawks will be greeting the race fans when gates open at 4pm. Team members will be the “guests of honor” and participate in Opening Ceremonies, just before the start of racing at 6pm.

For more information, visit www.jennerstown.org

Races At Jennerstown Speedway Complex Cancelled, September 2, 2017; Rain Date Announced for Next Saturday

September 5th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) With the ominous forecast for multiple systems of precipitation to move through the area in the afternoon, and again during the evening hours, Jennerstown Speedway Complex has cancelled the September 2nd racing program. Next Saturday, September 9th, all five divisions of stock cars will compete, in non-point races, and the event will carry a rain date of Sunday, September 10th.

Next week, September 9, will be the 2017 Season Finale, including the biggest race of the year for the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified division competitors. A special 35-lap race, the “Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified Challenge” offers significantly higher prize money for the drivers, and will include a 5-minute “competition break” at lap 20. Also on the agenda, are events for the Farmers Union Co-op Charger drivers and Somerset Trust Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder drivers who have never won a race. One driver in each division will celebrate in victory lane for the first time! Gates open at 4pm, with racing at 6pm next Saturday. Heat and feature races all five divisions are on tap, to close out the 2017 season.

Also rescheduled for September 9, is the final round of the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series. “The Shane Shaffer 75” will include on-track obstacles, forcing the drivers to maneuver left and right, during the 75-lap contest, which pays $1,000 to the winner.

With this cancellation, the point standings are now final, with division championship titles for 2017 earned by: Jeremiah Kuntz (Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models), Chris Brink (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Lauren Butler (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), Jason Pritts (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers), and Brent Bickerstaff (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders).

Advance tickets dated September 2 will be honored for the season finale on September 9, or on the rain date of September 10, if needed.

For more information, visit www.jennerstown.org

Jennerstown Speedway Crowns 2017 Champions Saturday; Titles “Down to the Wire”

September 2nd, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) September 2, will be the last race for drivers to earn Championship Points at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex. When racing concludes Saturday night, five competitors will hold the title of 2017 Division Champion. Also on Saturday, the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series will conclude, with a first-ever “slalom” race, through track obstacles, during the “Shane Shaffer 75.”

Atop the standings in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division, last week’s winner Jeremiah Kuntz holds a slim five point lead over Barry Awtey. Awtey, the defending Champion, is the all-time leading winner at Jennerstown, and has three victories this season. Kuntz, seeking his first title, leads all drivers in the division, with four wins in 2017. Both preliminary Heat Races and the Feature Races on Saturday award points: heats award five points to the winner, and decrease one point per position. Feature race points are awarded, starting at 50 points for the winner, and decreasing two points per position (i.e. 48 for second, 46 for third, and so on). Kuntz will need to finish near the front of both races Saturday, to keep veteran Awtey from a second consecutive crown.

Equally as close, is the battle for the Championship in the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stock division. Lauren Butler holds a five point advantage over Josh Coughenour. Both drivers are seeking a first-ever Championship title, and they have swapped the standings lead recently. Two weeks ago, Coughenour crashed from the Feature Race, handing the points lead to Butler. Last Saturday, Butler crashed on lap one, but remains slightly ahead, as the final points will be handed out Saturday. Butler’s car was destroyed, so she will “borrow” a car from the Minjock Racing Team to earn points this week. Both she, and Coughenour have earned three victories this year.

All five divisions will be in action, including the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, the Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers, and Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders. Gates open at 4pm with live music, clowns, face painting, and the opening the “Jennerstown Midway.” Racing begins at 6pm.

After the races, the final round of the 2017 Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series will launch from a standing start. For the first time in Enduro history, obstacles placed on the speedway will create a left-and-right turning course for the drivers. This change of course layout will bring driver skill to the forefront. Now, the fastest car may not dominate the competition, but perhaps the most talented wheelman will prevail. Sponsored by Shane Shaffer Inc., the event (which was rained out in July and rescheduled) has been named the “Shane Shaffer 75.” Now, the track itself can be known as the “Shane Shaffer Shicane” by nickname. Actually spelled, chicane, the word is defined as: an artificial narrowing or turn on a road or auto-racing course.

For more information, log on to www.jennerstown.org

Kuntz Closer to Championship Title After Jennerstown Win

August 30th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) Jeremiah Kuntz, of Mahaffey, PA, maintained his lead in the season-long championship standings by winning his fourth Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division race of 2017, on Saturday August 26 at Jennerstown Speedway Complex. The touring Super Cup Stock Car Series competed in a pair of races, which will be nationally broadcast on the MAV-TV Network at a later date, and earning victories among the 23 competitors were West Virginia’s Codie Rohrbaugh and Indiana’s J.P. Crabtree. Other winners were Chris Brink (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Shawn Beam (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), Jason Pritts (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers), and Andrew Pluta (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders). Auntie Ann’s Pretzels gave away hundreds of fidget spinners and thousands of free samples during pre-race activities on the Jennerstown Midway.

The 30-lap feature race for the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models began with young Joe Maruca taking the early lead. Maruca, seeking his first career victory, has shown notable improvement while racing among the seasoned veterans in recent weeks. He opened up a comfortable margin over Mike “Hollywood” Hemminger in the first stages of the race. Hemminger maintained the runner-up spot until lap five, when both Jeremiah Kuntz and Barry Awtey slipped by him. Kuntz and Awtey entered the night as three-time winners, and are the two drivers vying for the title of 2017 Champion. By the time Kuntz and Awtey passed Hemminger, Maruca’s lead seemed insurmountable. Kuntz and Awtey began a war for second place, during which Awtey pulled even with Kuntz more than once. The duel lasted several laps, with some side-by-side challenges, but Kuntz remained the runner up each lap. The pair caught leader Maruca while dicing for the second spot, and with ten laps to go, Maruca went from the lead to third place. Both Kuntz and Awtey roared by Maruca at the same time, with Kuntz officially leading lap 20. Kuntz repeatedly slid his car onto the front straight, after displaying a very loose handling condition each lap in turn four. But with Awtey challenging him in the inside groove, lap after lap, Kuntz rode the high lane of the speedway to a division-leading fourth victory of 2017. Kuntz started seventh in the race, after winning the preliminary heat early in the night, aboard his Kuntz Chrysler/Dodge Charger. Kuntz now has a five point lead over Awtey, in the quest for his first Jennerstown Championship. Awtey, the defending Champion, started sixth in the race and claimed second place, in front of Maruca in third position, previous week’s winner Teddy Gibala in fourth, and Hemminger in fifth position.

After Jim Bodizak led the first lap of the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds’ 20-lap feature, rookie Jarred Barclay moved into the top spot. Barclay started fifth, seeking his first-ever victory. Tom Golik, a winner this year, moved into second position, as Barclay ran away from all competitors. On lap eight, Golik surrendered second place to points leader Chris Brink. Brink, the leading winner at Jennerstown in 2017, was far behind leader Barclay at the midpoint of the event. But, on lap 14, after a restart brought the field closer together, Brink became the leader. After starting ninth, Brink went on to claim his eighth victory of the season. Barclay’s best career run earned him the second place honors, with two time winner “Racin’ Jason” Busch finishing third after starting eighth. Golik placed fourth with recent winner and defending Champion Zane Ferrell finished fifth.

For the second straight week, a crash changed the Championship outlook in the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks division. Before one lap was completed a multi-car collision severely damaged the car of points leader Lauren Butler. Butler, a three time winner, was uninjured but her car was destroyed. Andrew Kostelnik was scheduled to start eleventh, but with several cars in the pits or moved to the tail of the field, the former Champion led the first official lap after the restart. He drove around three time winner Josh Coughenour and veteran Jason Holder and pulled away from the field, early in the 20-lap contest. On lap six, defending Champ Shawn Beam passed Coughenour for second place, with Kostelnik far ahead. But just after the midpoint of the race, Beam quickly snatched the lead, and cruised to his division-leading sixth win of 2017, as Kostelnik earned second place. Championship contender Coughenour, who crashed the previous week to surrender the point standings lead, finished third, and closed to within five points of Butler for the title. Former Champion Anthony Aiello finished fourth and young Zac Todaro had a strong run, placing fifth.

An action-packed 15-lap feature for the Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers began with Cody Gaynor showing his competition that he is now a contender. The young driver took the early lead seeking a first win, as veterans battled three-wide behind him. On lap eight, two-time winner Dale Kimberly took the lead. But, points leader Jason Pritts grabbed the top spot from Kimberly on lap twelve. Recent winner Scott Mitchell advanced to second spot, and when the checkered flag was displayed, Pritts earned his fifth win of the season, after starting in sixth place. Mitchell started ninth and earned second position, with Kimberly, Gaynor, and 2017 winner Tanner Friedline completing the top five.

Joe Laposky has been quick all year in the Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders, and he started the 15-lap feature from the pole position. Looking poised for his first win, he lead seven laps before Andrew Pluta made the winning move for the lead, on lap eight. Laposky held the runner up spot until the last lap, as Pluta went on to claim win number four of 2017, after starting in tenth place. Two-time winner Casey Fleegle started twelfth and placed second, with Laposky crossing the line in third position. Recent winner David Campbell started 13th and placed fourth, with two-time winner Evan Nibert finishing fifth.

Saturday, September 2, the divisional point tallying will come to end, as “Champions Night” will crown title winners in all five divisions of racing. Also, the rained out “Shane Shaffer 75” for the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series” will be contested, with a four-wide standing start, following the stock car racing. Gates open at 4pm, with music, clowns, face painting, and the opening of the Midway. Racing begins at 6pm. For more information, log on to www.jennerstown.org

Gibala Becomes Sixth Different Winner at Jennerstown

August 23rd, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) For the first time in his career as a driver in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Teddy Gibala, of Coulter, PA, parked in victory lane, becoming the sixth different winner in the division during 2017 at Jennerstown Speedway Complex. Other winners on August 19, included Zane Ferrell (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Shawn Beam (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), Scott Mitchell (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers), and Casey Fleegle (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders) on Martella’s Pharmacies Night at the races, presented by M and C Trucking. Joe Nicola won his second Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series event, “The Big John’s 75” to close out a late night of action, which followed a rain delay of over two hours, which forced the cancellation of preliminary heat races. FFX Trucking provided free admission for all CDL drivers to enjoy the fast-paced action.

After a lengthy hiatus from motorsports, former winner Mike “Hollywood” Hemminger returned to competition in 2017, and the local favorite took the lead at the start of the 30-lap feature race for the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models. On lap four, young Teddy Gibala advanced to the second position, passing veteran Todd Price. Gibala closely pursued Hemminger, and stole the top spot on lap ten. Two laps later, Hemminger spun from a close fight for second position with 2017 winner Bryan Shipp. One lap after the restart, Shipp was passed by defending Champion Barry Awtey, as Gibala continued to lead. Awtey started in the ninth position, and among the cars he passed, was his championship nemesis Jeremiah Kuntz. Kuntz, like Awtey, has won three times in 2017. Awtey quickly reeled in leader Gibala, and began to challenge for the top position. In spite of decades more experience, Awtey was unable to overtake Gibala, using the low groove of Jennerstown pavement. Gibala, content and fast in the upper lane, crossed the scoring line in first place every lap of the battle, but Awtey was threatening the entire distance. The pair raced door-to-door for more than a dozen laps, never making significant contact and thrilling the fans. At the finish line, former Street Stock Champion, Gibala, collected his first win in the top division of racing at Jennerstown, by the narrowest of margins over the all-time leading winner at the oval. The top five finishers were: Gibala, Awtey, Shipp, Kuntz, and Price. Gibala, who started fourth, was overcome with emotion in victory lane, and thanked his hard-working family/crew, while standing beside his E.W. Schwab Co./Jim Shorkey Auto Group Chevrolet. Awtey closed to within two points of leader Kuntz atop the standings.

The Defending Champion of the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified division got a slow start to the 2017 season. Zane Ferrell, of Ruffs Dale, PA, struggled to find the proper setup to his machine, but made notable improvements in recent weeks. After starting fourth in the 20-lap feature, Ferrell took the lead from Jim Bodziak on the second lap, and drove to his first victory of the year. To do so, he defended his lead from repeated challenges by two-time winner “Racin’ Jason” Busch. Busch started ninth, and the lead duo raced bumper-to-bumper, and nearly side by side over the final ten laps. When the checkered flag waved, after an exciting duel, the top five places were held by: Ferrell, Busch, points leader Chris Brink who started tenth, Tom Golik who advanced from the eighth starting berth, and rookie Patrick Waugh.

Popular Jason Holder led the first two laps of the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks’ 20-lap feature after starting on the pole. But it only took three laps for defending Champion Shawn Beam to move into first place, after starting in eighth position. Beam, the leading winner in the division for 2017, dominated the event running far away from all competitors, earning his fifth victory. A major change in the standings occurred after points leader Josh Coughenour crashed out of the race on lap one. Lauren Butler, with three wins this year, entered the night one point behind Coughenour, and finished second after starting tenth in the feature race. She now holds a 21-point advantage in the tally, with two points races remaining. Behind her, former Champ Andrew Kostelnik drove the Minjock Racing car from the twelfth starting spot, to a third place finish. His older brother Adam, also a former Champ, placed fourth after starting tenth. Anthony Aiello completed the top five racers, when the checkered flag waved.

In spite of starting in seventh place, veteran Scott Mitchell collected his first trophy of 2017 at the conclusion of a wild Farmers Union Co-Op Charger 15 lap feature. Twice in the opening laps, drivers raced four wide, resulting in one mishap that ended the run for points leader Jason Pritts, and damaged the ride of two-time winner Dale Kimberly. Joe Ruskey led the first two laps before Cody Gaynor grabbed the top spot. On lap four Steve Long made a pass for the lead, after starting in eighth position. But the former Champion was no match for Mitchell, who made the winning pass on lap nine, and outran the entire field for a convincing win. Title contender Long placed second at the finish line, with Tanner Friedline earning third place after starting fifth. Gaynor and Kimberly completed the top five, as Long closed to within five points of Pritts in the chase for the division Championship.

Not only did Casey Fleegle score a second consecutive win in the Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders, but he did so after starting twelfth in the 15-lap affair. Jason Fulton led the first lap, before points leader Brent Bickerstaff jumped ahead of the pack. Amazingly, it was on the fourth lap that Fleegle was able to reach the lead, passing most of the cars on the speedway with great haste, to lead a total of twelve laps. Behind Fleegle, all previous winners filled the top five spots: Bickerstaff finished second, with R.J. Dallape in third place, Andrew Pluta in fourth position, and David Campbell placing fifth.

Joe Nicola turned in a dominating performance, winning the “Big John’s 75,” as round three of the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series. Scott Ahlborn placed second, with Kelly Shaulis finishing third.

Saturday, August 26, the nationally televised “Super Cup Stock Car Series” returns to Jennerstown Speedway Complex, for a pair of 50-lap feature events. The race will be broadcast on the MAV-TV network at a later date, and the program of racing also includes all five divisions of Jennerstown competitors. Green flag waves at 6pm, and admission prices remain unchanged for the added attraction.

Loaded Agenda Saturday Night at Jennerstown Speedway Complex

August 18th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) This Saturday, August 19, on Martella’s Pharmacies Night at the Races, fans will get much more than just high speed stock car competition. An exhibition of vintage and antique race cars from the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR.org) will allow spectators to get an up-close look at the machines that forged racing history in our region. Plus, round three of the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series will follow the five division stock car racing – a 75 lap event that will launch from a “standing start,” in rows four-cars-wide. General admission tickets will be FREE to CDL drivers, as FFX Trucking presents “Free CDL Night,” offering anyone with a valid Commercial Driver’s License complimentary admission for the CDL holder and one guest. Also, kids in attendance will have the chance to perform a simulated milking, as a “repli-cow” will be setup on the Jennerstown Midway all evening, courtesy of the Allied Milk Producers.

Both categories of stock cars, and open-wheel race cars from the 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s will be on display before the races, thanks to the EMMR touring exhibit. But, this is not just a “show” of glorious machines – the cars will get “track time” for a demonstration on the Jennerstown oval. Coupes, Sprints, Stock Cars, and Supermodifieds are all part of most exhibits, as the tour travels the Eastern U.S. Many local and travelling antique race cars are expected on Saturday, from both dirt track origins and asphalt racing history.

The Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series has produced some memorable moments in the first two rounds of action during 2017. In round two, the win was decided by a pass for the lead on the 75th and final lap! All prior Enduros at Jennerstown have started just like a stock car race: side-by-side, rolling starts, with competitors taking the green flag in rows of two. Saturday, the starting format changes, and all drivers will be parked at a stand-still, in rows of four cars, door-to-door. When the green flag waves, the drivers will need to launch from the starting line on the front straight, and accelerate into the first turn, without the momentum of a rolling start.

FFX Trucking, of Windber, PA is treating all CDL drivers to a complimentary night at Jennerstown Speedway. Earlier this year, FFX donated hundreds of dollars to local Fire Departments who were present for Jennerstown Speedway’s “First Responders Night.” As FFX returns this Saturday, any driver presenting a valid CDL at the ticket gates, will be granted free admission, along with free admission for one guest of each CDL holder.

Allied Milk Producers have a unique opportunity for all the youngsters in attendance on Saturday. A “milking experience” will be provided, using a state-of-the-art repli-cow, that simulates the milking process. The life-sized, talking cow will be setup along the Jennerstown Midway when the gates open at 4pm.

Racing action begins at 6pm on Martella’s Pharmacies Night with five divisions of stock car racing: Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers, Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders

Wiltrout Becomes Three Time Winner at Jennerstown

August 16th, 2017

Former Champion, Garry Wiltrout, of Somerset, PA, became the third driver to visit victory lane three times in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division during 2017, after winning on Saturday, August 12 at Jennerstown Speedway Complex. Also winning on Riggs Industries/J&J Truck Equipment Night at the Races were: Chris Brink (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Lauren Butler (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), Jason Pritts (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers), and Casey Fleegle (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders). In the Mid Ohio Compact Touring Series debut at Jennerstown Speedway, Brian Sprague earned his first career win on the tour, while Jon Quinn was a close second.

In a ceremony presented by Tri-Star Motors, the 2017 Hall of Fame “class” were enshrined with plaques, as the annual induction event recognized the accomplishments of five men: Dirt track era winning drivers Bob Marhefka and Tom Peck; Asphalt era Championship winning car owners Barry and Brian Bruening; and former Promoter David Wheeler.

After point standing leaders Jeremiah Kuntz and Barry Awtey won heat races for the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Mike Hemminger and Teddy Gibala started the 30-lap feature in the first row. Both are seeking a first win of 2017, and Gibala challenged for the top spot, as Hemminger led the first two circuits. On lap three Gibala made contact with Hemminger, causing a caution flag, and forcing them to the rear of the field. The spin also involved Garry Wiltrout and Barry Awtey, but both were able to continue racing, and the pair of veterans inherited the top two positions for the restart. When racing resumed, a close battle ensued with nose-to-tail racing for the lead, soon becoming a side by side duel between Wiltrout and Awtey. Wiltrout, a former Champion, used his Ford to keep Awtey’s Chevrolet from stealing the lead. Kuntz, a three time winner, started eighth and advanced to third, but never joined the lead fight. When the checkered flag was displayed, Wiltrout was the winner, by one car length, after defending Champion Awtey challenged repeatedly. Wiltrout, driver of the Stone and Company/Franjo Construction/Hanson Group/Meegan Ford, started eighth, and tied Kuntz and Awtey as the only drivers with three victories in the division this year. Awtey finished a close second, moving him to within six points of standings leader Kuntz, who finished third. Gibala rallied from the early race incident to claim fourth place and Todd Price finished fifth.

The most dominant driver of 2017 at Jennerstown Speedway is Chris Brink. The veteran from Penn Run, PA, is leading the chase for the Championship in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified division, and he started eighth in the 20-lap feature race after winning a heat race. Division rookie Dustin Gursky again looked impressive, winning a heat race and leading seven laps in the search for his first feature win. But, Brink made the winning pass on lap eight, and scored his seventh victory of the season, leading all drivers in all divisions. Zane Ferrell, the defending Modified Champ, advanced into the second spot on lap ten, and held the position until the finish. Two-time winner, “Racin’ Jason” Busch started sixth and finished third, while 2017 winner Tom Golik advanced from tenth at the start, to fourth at the finish. Rookie Jarred Barclay finished in fifth place.

A thrilling J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks’ 20-lap feature race began with former Champion Adam Kostelnik starting in third spot, and taking the lead on lap two. Only racing occasionally in 2017, Kostelnik was seeking his first win of the year. Defending Champ, Shawn Beam, a four time winner this year, started in sixth place, and wrestled the lead away from Kostelnik on lap twelve. Then, the leaders collided after the torrid battle, on lap fourteen, handing the lead to three-time winner Josh Coughenour at the restart. Coughenour, the points leader, has had several memorable duels and close finishes with his Championship nemesis Lauren Butler this year. Coughenour, who started in seventh position, officially led four laps. But with only two laps remaining, Butler stole the top spot. Butler stayed just barely ahead, to win for the second week in a row, joining Coughenour as a three-time victor in 2017. Butler is now just one point behind Coughenour in the title chase. Anthony Aiello finished third after starting fifth, Aaron Van Fleet placed fourth, and Beam recovered from the incident to earn a top five finish. Butler and Coughenour were also the heat race winners.

A dominating performance propelled Jason Pritts back to victory lane in the Farmers Union Co-Op Charger division. Pritts, the points leader, won the heat race and started third in the 15-lap feature. He officially led every lap to notch victory number four of the year. Two-time winner Dale Kimberly finished second, ahead of Scott Mitchell, who started sixth; 2017 winner Tanner Friedline; and fellow four time winner Steve Long, who placed fifth.

In spite of starting in fifth place, and sustaining damage in an early race incident, Casey Fleegle won his first Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder feature of the year. Cindy Rhodes led the first two laps before having mechanical problems. Points leader Brent Bickerstaff then led a total of six laps, before the lead fight resulted in contact with Fleegle. Bickerstaff never spun, but lost positions, which allowed Fleegle to find victory lane. RJ Dallape, Andrew Pluta and David Campbell have all been winners this season, and placed second, third, and fourth respectively. Bickerstaff held on to claim fifth spot. Previous week’s winner Campbell, and Pluta were the heat race winners.

Next week, Martella’s Pharmacies present five division racing and the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series, which will launch from a Four Wide standing start, to compete in a 75 lap event, after the five division racing. Gates open at 4pm with racing at 6pm.

Awtey Wins On Family Tribute Night At Jennerstown

August 8th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) Each year, Jennerstown Speedway Complex honors one of the greatest drivers and car builders in history, the late Bill Awtey, with a racing event in his honor. On Saturday, August 5th, Mountain Ridge ATV Park presented the annual “Bill Awtey Night,” and Bill’s son Barry Awtey was victorious in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division. Other winners were Chris Brink (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Lauren Bulter (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), Steve Long (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers), and David Campbell (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders). Also “winning,” were 26 drivers who shared in the distribution of $21,000 in prizes from the Sweeney RUSH Racing Series. The RUSH organization sanctions three racing divisions, and the first ever “RUSH Manufacturers Night” at Jennerstown Speedway was a sort of “Christmas in July” for competitors who won multiple prizes in a random drawing.

After point standing leaders Jeremiah Kuntz and Barry Awtey won heat races for the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Teddy Gibala and Joe Maruca started the 30-lap feature from the front row. Maruca jumped out to a big lead early, with Todd Price taking the second spot on lap two. By lap three, defending Champion Awtey had advanced into second place, after starting the race in the eighth position. One lap later, Kuntz advanced to the third spot. Awtey, a two time winner in 2017, began to reel in Maruca, who is seeking his first feature victory. On lap nine, Awtey took the lead from Maruca and immediately began to run away from all competitors, with Maruca and Kuntz holding positions two and three. Just after the midpoint of the race, Gibala began to recover, advancing his position after he slipped back several spots on the initial start. Gibala passed three time winner Kuntz, for third place on lap 19, and one lap later Gibala inherited second place, when Gibala spun from the runner up spot, and caused a caution flag. When racing resumed, Awtey maintained his lead over former Street Stock Champ Gibala, and Kuntz. On lap 22 Kuntz passed Gibala for second place. In the final five laps, Kuntz made repeated attempts to steal the lead from Awtey, as the two raced bumper-to-bumper, and dueled nearly door-to-door, for the win. When the checkered flag waved, Awtey secured his third win of the year, on a night dedicated to his Hall of Fame father, Bill Awtey. Points leader Kuntz placed second, while Gibala impressed many fans with his strong third place finish. Bryan Shipp, a winner in 2017, placed fourth while Maruca passed several cars to notch a “top five” finish after his spin. Awtey, of Jenners, PA, used his Wheeler Show Cattle/Stoystown Auto Wreckers/Highlander Hot Rods Chevrolet to gain on championship standings leader Kuntz, and the duo are now separated by only eight points.

West Virginian Dustin Gursky took the early lead in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds’ 20-lap feature, seeking his first win as a division rookie. He maintained the top spot until lap four, when two-time winner “Racin’ Jason” Busch moved to the front after starting fourth. On lap five, Jarred Barclay advanced to second place, and but was forced to battle with defending Champion Zane Ferrell, who was racing in third position and challenging. On lap 14, Chris Brink advanced to third place; then Brink passed Barclay for the runner-up spot on lap 15, as Busch continued to lead. Ferrell and Gursky brought out a caution flag, ending their duel for top-five positions, and forcing a restart on lap 16. Brink wrestled the lead from Busch when the green flag was displayed, and cruised to his sixth win of the season, after he started the race in twelfth position. Busch finished second, with Barclay’s outstanding performance earning him the third place paycheck. Pete Rech, a winner this year, started seventh and finished fourth and popular veteran Gary Scott placed fifth. Tom Golik and Matt Smith won the heat races.

Fans were screaming with delight, after what many of them called “the race of year,” referring to the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks’ 25 lap feature. North Star Equipment added bonus cash to the purse, and the competitors raced an extra five laps, in celebration of Bill Awtey’s life and career. Championship contender Lauren Butler took the lead on lap one, after she started the event in the second position. Aaron Van Fleet, a winner in 2017, held the runner up spot until lap four, when points leader Josh Coughenour took second place. For the remaining 21 laps, Coughenour used the inside lane of Jennerstown’s pavement to challenge Butler, in a side-by-side duel. Lap after lap, the duo raced door to door, with Butler defending her lead by just inches, in high groove. Coughenour never officially led at the scoring line, but fans were in a frenzy watching the close race. Former Champion Andrew Kostelnik started seventh and reeled in the leaders, making a three-car fight for the win, late in the race. But Kostelnik spun, creating a restart with two laps to go. Butler was able hold a slim lead, and score her second, popular, victory of 2017, with Coughenour finishing a close second. The pair were part of a memorable “photo finish” a few weeks prior, and Coughenour’s lead in the championship standings is now only three points over Butler. While Butler received a standing ovation climbing out of her car, Coughenour made his way to victory lane, where the two “rivals” shared a congratulatory hug. Former Champion Adam Kostelnik started tenth and finished third, with defending Champ Shawn Beam finishing fourth, and Van Fleet placing fifth. Beam and Coughenour won the heats.

Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers also raced five extra laps, with bonus cash provided by Morocco Welding, in memory of Bill Awtey. For many of the 20 laps, all eyes were on second place, as points leader Jason Pritts took the lead on lap one, and drove far away from all competitors. A three car battle for second place, that included recent winner Dale Kimberly, Frank Novak, and former Champ Steve Long was thrilling. On lap seven, Long spun after contact from Novak, sending Long to the tail of the field, with slight damage from the concrete wall. When racing resumed, Pritts continued to lead unchallenged, while Novak and Kimberly made contact fighting for second place. With two laps to go, the second place battle turned into a caution flag incident, after Novak and Kimberly’s high-speed paint swapping caused Novak to spin. Kimberly was sent to the tail of the field for being involved in the incident. With two of the top five cars removed from the order, Tanner Friedline inherited second place for the restart. When the green flag waved, Friedline and leader Pritts collided, sending Pritts for a spin and creating another late-race restart. With help from both caution flag incidents, Long was able to advance from his spin early on, and snatch the lead from Friedline, to score his fourth win of 2017. Long is now just five points behind Pritts in the standings, the remarkable win. Behind Long and Friedline, Ron Delano, Jr. crossed the finish line in third place. Delano, a winner in prior years of Street Stock and Pro Stock races, came out of retirement to substitute for Scott Mitchell. Pritts was able to storm through the field and finish fourth, and Kimberly rallied to fifth. Long and Pritts also won the heat races.

The Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders’ 15-lap feature concluded with a first-time winner parking in victory lane. David Campbell officially led every lap, but he was challenged repeatedly by Casey Fleegle, and was able to thwart the veteran’s advances time and time again. Campbell started in the front row, and earned career win number one, narrowly, over Fleegle, with Evan Nibert starting in tenth place, and finishing third. Joe Laposky won his heat race and finished fourth, while heat winner Andrew Pluta started twelfth and placed fifth.

Next Saturday night, August 12, Jennerstown Speedway Complex presents five division racing at 6pm, with gates opening at 4pm. During intermission, Tri-Star Motors will present the 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring drivers Bob Marhefka and Tom Peck; team owners Barry and Brian Bruening; and former promoter Dave Wheeler.

Sweeney Rush Racers to Receive over $21,000 in Prizes During Rush “Manufacturers Night”

August 5th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA)…Competitors in the three racing divisions sanctioned by the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Asphalt Racing Series powered by Pace Performance at Jennerstown Speedway Complex will reap even more rewards of being aligned with the RUSH organization, this Saturday night, August 5. During the intermission between events, all race teams using RUSH approved GM Crate Engines will be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for over $21,000 in performance parts, race car components, and manufacturer gift certificates. Teams in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, and J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks will all have a chance to win one of nearly 60 prizes, to be awarded by random draw, to racers in competition Saturday night.

The 2017 season is the inaugural year for the partnership between Jennerstown Speedway Complex and the Sweeney RUSH series. Thus, Saturday will be the first “Manufacturer’s Night” presented by MSD Performance held at Jennerstown. The RUSH Series has conducted these nights each year for dirt track racing competitors, and in total for 2017, well in excess of $110,000 worth of prizes will be distributed to racers under the RUSH umbrella. In game show-like fashion, the drivers will appear in front of the fans, after the heat races are completed Saturday, and draw for prizes, in a pre-determined order (also by random draw earlier in the night). This gives spectators the chance to see the drivers up close, and share in the emotion of collecting valuable prizes, all contributed by sponsors of the RUSH Series.

“The relationship with RUSH has already provided many benefits to competitors and to Jennerstown’s racing program in this first year, and this ‘Manufacturer’s Night’ is just icing on the cake,” Promoter Mike Lysakowski summarized. “We are eager to continue the relationship with RUSH because of the smart, consistent rules package that governs our three divisions of RUSH racing. This $21,000 giveaway event is added value to our competitors, and a great opportunity to display to the fans just how committed the RUSH organization is, to making racing stronger, for both dirt track and asphalt track race teams.”

The prize values range from $165 to $650 with necessary racing components such as carburetors, brakes, suspension parts, steering wheels, and even tire and fuel vouchers. All competing GM crate engine Late Model and Street Stock racers will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a complete body kit valued at over $2,000 compliments of ARbodies!

“It’s been tremendous how everyone has worked together so well since last fall to make the RUSH Asphalt Series a reality at Jennerstown this season,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “From the owners and staff of Jennerstown to the racers to our Authorized Engine Rebuilders and all of our great marketing partners- we simply cannot thank everyone enough. We’re thrilled at where we’re at with this program and proud to bring a Manufacturers Night to the asphalt side like we’re done with our dirt divisions for many years. We have six of these nights scheduled throughout our RUSH Racing Series and drivers will share in over $110,000 of valuable product for these nights in 2017!”

“Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance Product Giveaway List ($21,000+)*:

Late Models:
1. Holley- Holley LTS 4150 HP 650 CFM Carburetor ($650)
2. Jones Racing Products- SBC 55+ Amp Radius Tooth HTD Alternator Kit ($557)
3. Schoenfeld Headers- One Set of Custom Long Tube LM Headers & Mufflers ($550)
4. TBM Brakes- $500 Gift Certificate for Brakes + 3 Bottles of Brake Fluid ($545)
5. Sunoco- 1 Drum of Sunoco 110 or 2 Drums of RUSH 91 ($450)
6. MSD Performance- MSD 6CT Ignition Box, Part #6427 ($350)
7. MSD Performance- MSD 6CT Ignition Box, Part #6427 ($350)
8. Maxima Racing Oil- Complete Car Service Package w/ Oils, Cleaners & Wax ($350)
9. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
10. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
11. Lias Tire & Jennerstown Speedway- 2 McCreary Speed Tires (27.0 JMRW4-R, JMRWJ-L) ($282)
12. Lias Tire & Jennerstown Speedway- 2 McCreary Speed Tires (27.0 JMRW4-R, JMRWJ-L) ($282)
13. Jennerstown Engine Technologies- 1 GM 604 Tune-Up Package (604 Springs, 2g Syn. Oil, Filter & Plugs plus 2 Bottles Jones Racing Products Brake Fluid ($230)
14. Earl’s- $200 Product Certificate ($200)
15. Earl’s- $200 Product Certificate ($200)
16. Quick Fuel- $200 Product Certificate ($200)
17. Quick Fuel- $200 Product Certificate ($200)
18. Pace Performance- $200 Gift Certificate ($200)
19. K&N- $200 Gift Certificate ($200)

Modifieds:
1. Holley- One Holley 4150-80541 Series- 650 CFM Carburetor ($650)
2. Holley- One Holley 4150-80541 Series- 650 CFM Carburetor ($650)
3. Schoenfeld Headers & Exhaust- Complete RUSH Legal Header & Exhaust System ($550)
4. TBM Brakes- $500 Gift Certificate for Brakes + 3 Bottles of Brake Fluid ($545)
5. FK Rod Ends- Complete Set of 4130 Black FK Rod Ends ($500)
6. Sunoco- 1 Drum of Sunoco 110 or 2 Drums of RUSH 91 ($450)
7. Maxima Racing Oil- Complete Car Service Package w/ Oils, Cleaners & Wax ($350)
8. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
9. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
10. Lias Tire & Jennerstown Speedway- 2 American Racer 970 Tires ($260)
11. Lias Tire & Jennerstown Speedway- 2 American Racer 970 Tires ($260)
12. Superior Steering Wheel/Ultra-Shield- One Custom Steering Wheel & 1 5 Point Harness & 200 Tearoffs ($250)
13. Earl’s- $200 Product Certificate ($200)
14. Earl’s- $200 Product Certificate ($200)
15. Pace Performance- $200 Gift Certificate ($200)
16. K&N- $200 Gift Certificate ($200)
17. MSD Performance- One 8727CT Soft Touch HEI Rev Limiter ($165)
18. MSD Performance- One 8727CT Soft Touch HEI Rev Limiter ($165)
19. MSD Performance- One 8727CT Soft Touch HEI Rev Limiter ($165)
20. MSD Performance- One 8727CT Soft Touch HEI Rev Limiter ($165)

Stocks:
1. Holley- One Holley 4150-80541 Series- 650 CFM Carburetor ($650)
2. Holley- One Holley 4150-80541 Series- 650 CFM Carburetor ($650)
3. Schoenfeld Headers & Exhaust- Complete RUSH Legal Header & Exhaust System ($550)
4. TBM Brakes- $500 Gift Certificate for Brakes + 3 Bottles of Brake Fluid ($545)
5. Sunoco- 1 Drum of Sunoco 110 or 2 Drums of RUSH 91 ($450)
6. Maxima Racing Oil- Complete Car Service Package w/ Oils, Cleaners & Wax ($350)
7. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
8. Landrum Performance Springs- Package of VB Standard Coil Springs ($300)
9. K&N & Ultra-Shield- $200 Gift Certificate & 5 Point Harness & 200 Tearoffs ($300)
10. Lias Tire & Jennerstown Speedway- 2 American Racer 970 Tires ($260)
11. Lias Tire & Jennerstown Speedway- 2 American Racer 970 Tires ($260)
12. Earl’s- $200 Product Certificate ($200)
13. Earl’s- $200 Product Certificate ($200)
14. Pace Performance- $200 Gift Certificate ($200)
15. MSD Performance- One 8727CT Soft Touch HEI Rev Limiter ($165)
16. MSD Performance- One 8727CT Soft Touch HEI Rev Limiter ($165)
17. MSD Performance- One 8727CT Soft Touch HEI Rev Limiter ($165)
18. MSD Performance- One 8727CT Soft Touch HEI Rev Limiter ($165)
ARbodies- One White ABC Late Model Body Package ($2,395) or One White Street Stock Car Body ($1,975)
*Note: Only competing drivers utilizing RUSH-legal GM crate engines will be eligible for prizes. Prizes are non-transferrable and must be redeemed by 12/31/17.

Saturday night, Jennerstown Speedway gates will open at 4pm with music, clowns, face painting, and all concession areas opening at the same time, including Racer’s Pub. At 6pm, Mountain Ridge ATV Park presents five-division racing, with a tribute to the late, Hall of Fame driver and car builder Bill Awtey. Jennerstown Speedway Complex will also salute all boy scouts and girl scouts with free admission. Then at intermission, the Sweeney RUSH giveaway will take place, prior to the start of Feature Races. North Star Equipment and Morocco Welding have increased purses to the drivers in the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, and the Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers, in memory of Bill Awtey. To learn more visit jennerstown.org.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604.

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Jennerstown Speedway Complex Cancelled for July 29, 2017

July 31st, 2017

Due to flooding of the parking areas and infield pit, Jennerstown Speedway Complex has been forced to cancel racing action for today, July 29, 2017. All advance tickets from July 22 and July 29 will be honored on Saturday August 5. “Scout Night” festivities will be moved to August 5 as well. The Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series’ round 3, the “Shane Shaffer 75” will be rescheduled for September 2, 2017.

Next Saturday, August 5, Jennerstown Speedway Complex will present five division racing in memory of the Hall of Fame driver and race car builder Bill Awtey. Pre-registered Scout Troops and Packs will participate in opening ceremonies at 5:50pm, with racing action set to launch at 6:00pm

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Jennerstown Speedway Complex Back to Life After Rain Out

July 29th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) Last Saturday, Mother Nature halted the racing action at the Jennerstown Speedway for only the second time in 2017, adding the annual “Scout Night” celebration to the agenda for this week, July 29. Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Cub Scouts, will be acknowledged during opening ceremonies, as all scouts and their troop/pack leaders will receive free admission. Also treated to free admission, will be all CDL drivers, thanks to an invitation from FFX Trucking. By presenting a valid CDL, free admission for the CDL driver and one guest will allow truck drivers to enjoy the racing, which gets underway at 6pm. Advance tickets from July 22, will be honored this Saturday night.

This Saturday’s on track action, includes five division stock car racing, plus the third round of the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series – “The Shane Shaffer Inc. 75.” The 75-lap event will be unique, as the Enduro competitors will be parked at the starting line, in four rows, leading to a “standing start,” four cars wide, headed to the first turn! The Enduro excitement will immediately follow preliminary heat races and feature races for all five divisions of stock cars; the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers, and Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders.

At 4pm, music, clowns, and face painting on “The Midway” will begin, at the same time that “Racer’s Pub” opens for race fans age 21 and over. Food concessions also open at 4pm, featuring Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Auntie Ann’s Pretzels, and Dairy Queen Ice Cream treats, just to name a few of the selections. Opening ceremonies begin at 5:50pm, with the green flag at 6pm at Jennerstown Speedway Complex.

McKennedy Dashes To ISMA Victory; Kuntz Leading Winner of 2017 at Jennerstown

July 19th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) The world’s fastest oval track machines, the International SuperModified Association (ISMA), visited Jennerstown Speedway Complex on July 15, to compete in the “Farmers Union Co-op 50 Powered By Milk.” Massachusetts driver John McKennedy earned his eighth career win on the tour – his first at Jennerstown – and drank the ceremonial chocolate milk in victory lane. In the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division of racing, Jeremiah Kuntz won his division-leading third race of 2017, breaking a three-way tie of drivers with two victories. In other action Chris Brink (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Josh Coughenour (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), and Steve Long (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers) were all repeat winners. Brent Bickerstaff was awarded his first win, after a disqualification in the Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders.

At the start of the 30 lap feature for Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, Rick Boyer grabbed the lead from young Teddy Gibala. Both drivers are former Champions in other divisions. While Boyer led, Gibala lost the second position to Barry Awtey on lap four. Awtey, the defending Champ, became the leader, passing Boyer on lap six. By lap seven, car number seven, driven by Jeremiah Kuntz, had advanced from the seventh starting spot to second place. A memorable duel between Awtey and Kuntz, who are both two time winners in 2017, thrilled the fans for many laps. Matt Sever, another former Champ, started tenth and joined the lead duo, adding even more excitement, during a three car fight for first place. On the 18th circuit, Kuntz secured the lead, and one lap later, Matt Sever took sole possession of second spot. Kuntz kept Sever from mounting a serious challenge for the lead, and when the checkered flag was displayed, Kuntz, of Mahaffey, PA, earned his division leading third victory of the season. Sever, also a winner this year, crossed the finish line second, but was disqualified for failing to meet the specified weight requirements. Awtey was credited with second place, officially – which is the same order that pair maintain in the championship point standings; Kuntz first, and Awtey second. Popular veteran Bobby Henry won his heat race, and finished third in the feature. His teammate, Garry Wiltrout, was the winner one week prior, and Wiltrout also won a heat race, then placed fourth in the feature. Bryan Shipp, a winner early in the season, placed fifth. Kuntz, the driver of the Kuntz Motors/Brackman Chevrolet-Buick/ Dodge Charger, is maintaining a ten point advantage, seeking his first Jennerstown Championship in the division.

In the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified division, Brad Milburn led the first two laps after starting on the front row. By lap three, the driver who started in position three, roared past Milburn to take the top spot: Chris Brink. Brink, the division’s leading winner, drove unchallenged to his fifth win of 2017, making him the leading winner among all divisions this year. Also a winner in 2017, Tom Golik finished second, while defending Champ Zane Ferrell started eighth and placed third. Milburn and Dustin Gursky completed the top five. Brink and Ferrell won the heats.

Steve Singo took the lead after starting second, when the green flag waved to start the 20 lap J&J Truck Equipment Street Stock feature. But, on lap two, the veteran spun in front of the field, damaging three other cars, and ending his night. Former Champion Anthony Aiello grabbed the lead at the restart, but he remained at the head of the pack for only one lap. Josh Coughenour, who started ninth, was able to take the lead on lap three, with many of the cars that started in front of him, eliminated. Coughenour drove to his third win of 2017, and remains point leader for the division. Lauren Butler had another late race surge, after making a pit stop to repair light damage from the lap two collision. She took second place from Aiello, to continue her streak of runner-up feature finishes, after earning a heat race win. Aiello placed third, with 2017 winner Aaron Van Fleet in fourth place, and rookie Angie Kimberly finishing in fifth position.

With three separate, daring moves on lap one, former Champion Steve Long advanced from the fourth starting spot into the lead of the 15 lap Farmers Union Co-op Charger feature. He never relinquished the lead, and outran a fast-closing Jason Pritts, to secure his third win of 2017. Behind Long and heat race winner Pritts at the finish line, were Frank Novak, 2017 winner Tanner Friedline, and previous week’s winner Dale Kimberly.

Andrew Pluta took the lead from good friend Brent Bickerstaff on lap eight, of the 15 lap Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders feature. Pluta crossed the finish line first, but was later disqualified for failure to have a compliant muffler installed on his car. Bickerstaff was awarded the official victory, as his first win of 2017. Bently Miller won his heat race and officially placed second in the feature, with two-time winner Evan Nibert finishing third. Another 2017 winner, Cindy Rhodes won her heat and placed fourth, ahead of the always consistent Brian Noel, who finished fifth.

World’s Fastest Short Track Race Cars Coming to Jennerstown Saturday

July 11th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) On Saturday, July 15, Jennerstown Speedway Complex welcomes the “world’s fastest short track racing machines” for one night only. The exotic, open-wheel race cars known as Supermodifieds will reach breath-taking speeds, in a race sanctioned by the International SuperModified Association (ISMA). Drivers from eight states and Canada are expected to compete in the “Farmers Union Co-op 50, Powered by Milk,” (a 50-lap event, following preliminaries).

With pivoting aero wings atop these open-wheel machines, many race fans believe that Supermodifieds are most pure form of motorsports to watch, since rules are minimal. The cars utilize big block engines, which hang off of the left side frame rails of each car, to better distribute weight, for the physics challenges of high speed left turns on an oval track. The entire drivetrain of the cars is visibly exposed, along the left sides as the driver sits in the center of the machine. The result of such stunning-appearing engineering, is the highest speeds reached on Jennerstown’s pavement. These cars are so exotic that they exist in only two regions of the country. ISMA, with a series of national tour dates, provides fans a chance to see Supermodified racing in areas like Western PA.

“Supermodified teams exist in great numbers in the New England states and New York, plus a small number of teams in the Midwest,” Jennerstown Speedway promoter Mike Lysakowski explained. “Jennerstown is the perfect mid-point between the two ‘pockets’ of Supermodified racing to bring them all together – the Ohio/Michigan teams and the Northeastern teams. For decades, it was widely believed that the New England area Supermodifieds were superior. However, the last two ISMA Championship titles have been won by Ohio driver Dave Schullick, Jr,” Lysakowski pointed out.

So far in 2017, ISMA has sanctioned three events, with two winners from Massachusetts and one from Ohio.

On-track practice sessions for ISMA Supermodifieds begin at 2:30pm on Saturday, with qualifying time trials at 5:00pm. Racing begins at 6:00pm and includes Jennerstown’s five divisions of Stock Car Racing, in addition to the “Farmers Union Co-op 50 Powered By Milk” for Supermodifieds.

Wiltrout and Nelson Double Up at Jennerstown

July 10th, 2017

On American Racer Night at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex, several drivers reached victory lane for the second time in 2017. Former Champion, Garry Wiltrout, of Somerset, PA, became a repeat winner in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division, changing his fortunes after a crash eliminated him from the lead a week prior. “Racin’ Jason” Busch made his second trip to victory lane in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified division, as did Dale Kimberly in the Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers. Brent Nelson, of Petersburg, WV, won his first AND second events of the year, sweeping the “Twin 50-lap” races for the visiting Super Cup Stock Car Series. Other winners included Shawn Beam (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks) and Andrew Pluta (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders), who each lead their divisions’ win columns.

The nationally televised Super Cup Stock Car Series visited Jennerstown for the first of two events on the 2017 schedule. With a format of two 50-lap feature events, fans witnessed a dominating performance by a series veteran. Brent Nelson swept both events, outrunning all competitors with ease, to claim a pair of trophies in the one night. The event will be broadcast on the MAV-TV network on a date to be announced.

Veterans Rick Boyer and Garry Wiltrout led the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models to the green flag, for the 30-lap feature race. Wiltrout became the leader on lap one, as Boyer held the runner up spot for several laps, during his strongest performance of the year. One week earlier, Wiltrout was leading with just three laps to go, when a collision heavily damaged his car, dashing the hopes of his second win of the year. But on July 8, he defended his lead successfully, from the late race challenges of 2016 Champion Barry Awtey, and 2017 winner Bryan Shipp. Awtey started eighth, and passed Boyer for second place on lap eleven. Awtey, already a two-time winner this year, closed in on leader Wiltrout, but was never close enough to mount a serious bid for first place. With two laps to go, heat race winner Teddy Gibala spun, bringing out a caution flag. But, even with his challengers surrounding him closely for a restart, former Champ Wiltrout, was able to maintain the lead and score his second victory of the year. On the final lap, Shipp passed Awtey for second place and nearly reached Wiltrout’s rear bumper at the finish line, after he started the event in seventh place. Two time winner, and points leader Jeremiah Kuntz, and Todd Price finished fourth and fifth behind Awtey. Wiltrout thanked his hard working crew, for repairing the significant damage in a six day span, allowing the Stone & Company/Franjo Construction/Meegan Ford to return to victory lane.

“Racin Jason” Busch was also involved in a collision one week prior, and managed to take the checkered flag in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified division for redemption. Jim Bodziak started from the pole position in the 20-lap feature race, and held off 2016 winner Gary Scott to lead the early laps. On lap seven, Busch advanced to second place after starting sixth. On lap seven, Busch took the lead, and he remained at the head of the pack the rest of the event. He was challenged, repeatedly, by defending Champ Zane Ferrell. Ferrell started ninth, in the quest for his first win of the year, and tried the outside lane to move around Busch. But, Busch was too strong, as he drove to win number two of 2017. Busch’s family and crew were absent when he earned his first career Jennerstown trophy weeks ago, but were present to celebrate with the Pittsburgh driver, after his second triumph. Behind points leader and second place finisher Ferrell, were opening night winner Tom Golik, previous week’s winner Pete Rech – who started tenth, and points leader Chris Brink, as the top five.

A thrilling drive to the front yielded a fourth victory of the season for the defending Champion of the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks. Shawn Beam, the most veteran driver in the field, started in tenth place, but found victory lane again, after passing several recent winners in the 20-lap race. Mel Wilt led the first lap, before Steve Singo moved to the front of the pack. Aaron Van Fleet then became the leader for three laps. Lauren Butler, who placed second by inches the previous week, led one lap, before Beam advanced to the top spot. The fifth different leader of the race, would remain ahead of the competition, to take another checkered flag – as Beam now has twice as many wins as any other driver in the division. Butler placed second, with Anthony Aiello advancing late in the event to take third place. Recent two-time winner and points leader Josh Coughenour finished fourth, and Van Fleet crossed the finish line in fifth place.

Several laps of side-by-side racing pleased the fans, during the Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers’ 15-lap feature. Joe Ruskey led lap one, before veteran Scott Mitchell moved into the lead. Mitchell, a winner in 2016, is learning a brand new race car this season, and he officially led seven laps. After a memorable duel, side by side for numerous laps, Dale Kimberly took the lead. Using the inside groove, with Mitchell in the outside lane, Kimberly drove to his second win of the year after starting seventh. Mitchell, still looking for his first win this year, placed second ahead of two 2017 winners – Tanner Friedline, and Steve Long. Young Emily Shaulis placed fifth, after her best run of the season.

Three drivers entered the night as “two time winners,” in the Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder division, but one man now stands alone as a three time victor. Andrew Pluta started in tenth place, but took the lead before the 15-lap race was half over, and cruised to victory lane. He also advanced to the lead in the Championship Standings by outrunning 14th place starter Casey Fleegle for the win. Eighth place starter Evan Nibert finished third after contact with Fleegle, followed by ninth place starter Brian Noel, and Matthew Ruffing in the top five positions.

Saturday, July 15, the most anticipated race of the year at Jennerstown Speedway Complex will get the green flag at 6pm. The annual visit of the winged, open-wheel Supermodifieds will offer fans the chance to see the world’s fastest short-track racing machines. Sanctioned by the International Supermodified Association, these breath-taking machines will participate in time trials (at 5pm), then heat races, and a 50-lap feature race, sponsored by Farmers Union Co-op and Powered By Milk. All five divisions of Jennerstown stock cars will also be in competition. For more details visit www.jennerstown.org.

Nationally Televised Super Cup Stock Car Series Event Saturday at Jennerstown Speedway Complex

July 5th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) Saturday, July 8, the touring Super Cup Stock Car Series makes a visit to Jennerstown Speedway Complex, as the second stop on their 2017 schedule. The event will be recorded for broadcast, on a later date, via the national cable television network MAV-TV. The traveling competitors will battle in two separate 50-lap feature races, earning points toward the title of Super Cup Champion, in this tenth anniversary season of the series’ existence. Adding the Super Cup Stock Cars to the five divisions of racing that Jennerstown boasts each Saturday, makes this week’s event a six division motorsports extravaganza, for the regular admission price, of just $10.00 (adult general admission).

The Super Cup Stock Car Series, which invaded Jennerstown twice in 2016, matches experienced drivers from eight states in competition. Of the nine Pennsylvania drivers on the tour, a few are very familiar to Jennerstown Speedway fans. John Komarinski, Jeff Zillweger, and Series rookie Jerod Brougher have all raced on a weekly basis in the region, before moving on to touring competition in Super Cup Cars. But, one Pennsylvania driver made big news at his “home track” last year. Bill Ashton, of Hopwood, PA, earned a career-first win with the Series, and had an emotional victory lane interview for the national TV audience. Fans are still talking about Ashton’s upset victory, and the thrill of a “local boy” finding his greatest success at a track so close to his home… and his heart. Other Super Cup winners at Jennerstown in 2016 were Micheal Mohelski (Maryland) and Codie Rohrbaugh (West Virginia).

After suffering a rain out in Tennessee, the Super Cup Stock Car Series’ ten year anniversary celebration rolls into Jennerstown having completed only one event in 2017. In early June, the tour visited central Ohio for a “Twin 50’s” program, and Indiana residents won both segments of the racing. Trent Gossar and Stephen Cox were the winners – both earning their first career wins on the tour in the same night.

Joining the Super Cup Stock Car Series’ pair of 50-lap races on July 8, will be feature races for the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, Famers Union Co-Op Chargers, and Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders. The Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models will compete in preliminary heat races and a 30-lap feature race. Time trials for the Super Cup Series take place at 4:00pm, with racing action to kick-off to 6:00pm.

Kuntz Wins Back To Back; Rech Wins First of the Year at Jennerstown

July 4th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) Jeremiah Kuntz, of Mahaffey, PA, scored his second consecutive win in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division of racing at Jennerstown Speedway Complex, after the leaders collided with just three laps to go. Also on July 1, 2017, Pete Rech earned his first win of the year in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified division. Josh Coughenour also became a back-to-back winner in the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, while Jason Pritts won for the third time this year in the Famers Union Co-Op Chargers. Young R.J. Dallape won for the second time in his career in the Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders, after fans were treated to a pre-race, on-track, autograph session courtesy of MedExpress.

Excitement and controversy had the large crowd on their feet at the conclusion of the 30-lap Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model feature event. Veteran Todd Price grabbed the lead from pole starter Rick Boyer to lead lap number one. On lap two, former Track Champion, Garry Wiltrout powered into the top spot, after starting fourth. Price remained the runner-up for nine laps, until Matt Sever advanced from his eighth starting position. When Sever took over second place on lap ten, Wiltrout had built a comfortable lead over the field. Sever started to close the distance between himself and the leader, and was able to haunt Wiltrout’s rear bumper with ten laps to go. Sever, also a former Champion, parked in victory lane two weeks prior. Wiltrout won early in 2017, so the battle for the lead involved two of the season’s five different winners, and became a hotly contested fight on lap 25. Then, with three laps to go, the lead duo made contact on the front straight, sending Wiltrout’s car spinning into the outside wall toward turn one, heavily damaging the front end. As fans gasped, the leader’s car was towed into the pits, retiring from competition. Sever drove away from the incident with no damage, but track officials placed him at the tail of the field for the restart, since he was involved in the caution-flag incident. Previous week’s winner Jeremiah Kuntz inherited the lead on lap 27, when racing resumed. Kuntz became only the second driver to win more than once in 2017, as he drove a flawless three laps to the checkered flag. Price was second at the restart, but a late race charge by ninth place starter, Barry Awtey, pushed Price back in order. Awtey, the defending Champion, was involved in a multi-car spin early in the race, but rallied to a second place finish, as the only other repeat winner this season. Bryan Shipp advanced late in the race to claim third place, followed by Price and Mike Hemminger, who finished fifth, after also coming from the tail of the pack, following a spin. Kuntz increased his margin as division point standings leader, after the win, driving his Kuntz Motors/”Jesus Is The Answer”/Dodge number 7 machine. New rivals, Sever and Wiltrout also won the heat races.

A similar fate awaited the leaders in the 20-lap Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified feature race. Early season winner Tom Golik started from the pole position, and took the lead on lap one, with Dustin Gursky following closely. On lap four, points leader Chris Brink advanced into second place after starting seventh. But, on lap five, previous week’s winner “Racin’ Jason” Busch passed Brink for the runner-up position, and began to challenge leader Golik. Busch started tenth, and while attempting to take the lead from Golik on lap seven, the leaders touched on the back straight, sending Golik for a spin and forcing a caution flag. Brink, the leading winner of 2017, headed to the pits with broken front suspension after the caution flag was displayed. Officials placed Busch at the rear of the pack for the restart, since he was involved in the incident that halted the racing. Young Patrick Waugh inherited the lead, and held the position for two circuits. At the midway point of the race, Pete Rech made the winning pass, darting around Waugh for a lead he would never relinquish. Defending Champ Zane Ferrell advanced to second place after starting eighth, and looked strong, but not strong enough to earn his first victory of the year. Former dirt track star, Rech, who started in ninth plave, took the checkered flag for the first time in 2017, as Ferrell earned second position. Busch rallied to finish third, ahead of Waugh, and veteran Gary Scott, who placed fourth and fifth respectively. Brink and Golik won the heat races.

The J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks’ 20-lap feature ended in a thrilling photo finish, with the crowd whipped into a frenzy, as a pair of popular drivers crossed the finish line, door-to-door. At the start, early season winner Aaron Van Fleet grabbed the lead from veteran Jason Holder. On lap four, previous week’s winner Josh Coughenour took the lead, and opened up a giant interval over the field. On lap eleven, Anthony Aiello took the second position from Van Fleet, but it was a distant second to leader Coughenour. Fifth place starter Lauren Butler advanced to third place and began to challenge Aiello. Butler, a winner earlier this year, was threatening to move into second place, while she and Aiello began to cut down the space between themselves and leader Coughenour. Coughenour’s comfortable advantage evaporated to barely a car length with two laps to go, with Aiello on his rear bumper. On the final lap, Butler moved to the outside lane, passing Aiello for second and pulling alongside Coughenour. With the checkered flag waving, Coughenour beat Butler to the line by inches for his second victory, after starting the race in sixth position. Butler’s last lap effort earned her second place to Coughenour in the race – and in the points – as the duo are atop the 2017 standings in the same order. Aiello, Van Fleet, and Holder completed the top five in the finish order. Coughenour and Van Fleet were also the heat race winners.

After a multi-car melee at the start of the 15-lap Famers Union Co-Op Charger feature damaged the cars of three 2017 winners, a complete restart was required. Steve Long, Tanner Friedline, and Dale Kimberly were all involved in the incident, with Long and Friedline unable to continue. Veteran Scott Mitchell led the first four laps, seeking his first win of the year. But on lap five, Jason Pritts made the winning move, slipping beneath Mitchell for the lead. Kimberly, the previous week’s winner, advanced from the tail of the field, and despite visible damage, was able to reel in Pritts late in the race. Pritts defended his lead and claimed his third win of his racing career – also the third of 2017, and earned a $100 cash bonus from the division sponsor. Kimberly and Mitchell placed second and third. Joe Ruskey earned a season’s best, fourth place finish, and ninth place starter Justin Frampton placed fifth. Friedline and Mitchell were the heat race winners.

Young R.J. Dallape scored a career-first victory two weeks prior, after dominating a Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder feature event. Similarly, his second career win was earned with another impressive display of speed. Dallape won his heat race, then led every one of the 15 laps in the feature event, to drive to victory lane unchallenged and become one of three repeat winners in the division this year. Cindy Rhodes, also a winner this year, started sixth and finished second, with two-time winner Evan Nibert finishing third after winning his heat. Consistent Brian Noel placed fourth, ahead of division points leader Brent Bickerstaff, who finished fifth.

Saturday July 8, the Super Cup Stock Car Series tour visits Jennerstown Speedway Complex, to compete in two 50-lap feature races, at regular general admission ticket prices. The Martella’s Pharmacy Late Models will compete in heat and feature events, while the other Jennerstown divisions will compete in features, only. Super Cup time trials begin at 5:00pm, with racing at 6:00pm.

Kuntz, Busch, Among Four Drivers To Earn First 2017 Victories at Jennerstown

June 29th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) On June 24, 2017 the five division racing at Jennerstown Speedway Complex produced four new winners for the 2017 racing season. Jeremiah Kuntz, of Mahaffey, PA, scored his first win of the year in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division, to become the fifth winner in six events so far in 2017. “Racin’ Jason” Busch earned the first Jennerstown Speedway victory of his career in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified division, and Josh Coughenour celebrated his first win of season in J&J Truck Equipment Street Stock competition. Dale Kimberly won for the first time in 2017 in the Famers Union Co-Op Charger division, while Andrew Pluta was the only repeat winner of the night, notching his second Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder win of the season. Dan Zimmerman won the “Big John’s 75” as round number two in the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series, with a last lap pass.

Mike “Hollywood” Hemminger was a winner in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division early in his career, then abandoned competition for over 15 years. Hemminger started on the pole position for the 30-lap feature event and led the first five laps. His quest to return to victory lane for the first time this decade, suffered a setback when Jeremiah Kuntz rocketed into the lead on lap six. Kuntz, a winner in 2016, started in the fifth position, after winning his heat race earlier in the night. Kuntz had been fast all year, earning several “podium finishes” in the first half of the season. Seventh-place starter Barry Awtey vaulted into the second position on lap eight. Awtey, the only repeat winner in 2017, also won his heat race, and passed several cars quickly, to hold the runner up spot. But, lap by lap, Kuntz extended his margin as leader, and put distance between himself and the defending Champion. Kuntz, who has experience traveling the nation with the touring Super Cup Stock Car Series, cruised to his first win of the year without a significant challenge from Awtey. His Kuntz Motors/”Jesus Is The Answer”/Dodge parked in victory lane, extending the points narrow lead he carried into the night, atop the division’s Championship Standings. Awtey, Hemminger, early season winner Bryan Shipp, and previous week’s winner Matt Sever finished in the top five spots, respectively.

A rivalry, born just weeks earlier in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, gained intensity after a thrilling 20-lap feature race. Division rookie Dustin Gursky led the first two laps after winning his heat race and starting in the front row. Gursky validated his talent after a couple of consistent performances in recent weeks. Opening night winner Tom Golik then became the leader, and was soon pressured by “Racin’ Jason” Busch. Busch had led laps in every event in which he competed this year, and began to threaten Golik, in order to continue his streak of racing in the first position. By lap 14, points leader Chris Brink made the lead fight into three car battle, after he started tenth. Brink officially took the lead on lap 18, but he and Golik collided, spinning into turn one, and causing a caution flag. The pair of veterans made newsworthy contact weeks earlier, dividing their fans passionately. On the restart, Busch was able to defend his lead from the challenges of Pete Rech, and go on to take the checkered flag. Busch, who started eighth, had never won at Jennerstown Speedway in his stellar career. Heat winner Rech, who started ninth, defending Champ Zane Ferrell, Partick Waugh, and Gursky completed the top five finishers.

Much of the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks’ 20 lap feature was dominated by opening night winner Aaron Van Fleet. Van Fleet started on the pole, and outran all competitors, holding a comfortable lead until a late race caution flag forced a restart. On lap 18, Lauren Butler’s car climbed the backstretch wall, balanced on two wheels, and slammed back down to the pavement, forcing track officials to wave the caution flag to inspect the racing surface for debris, even though Butler continued racing. As the yellow flag was displayed, three-time winner Shawn Beam made hard contact with the inside wall on the front straight, ending his consecutive victory streak with heavy damage. When racing resumed, Josh Coughenour stole the lead from Van Fleet, after starting the race in sixth position. After a string of “podium finishes,” Coughenour took the checkered flag for the first time in 2017, sweeping the night after winning his heat race, also. Van Fleet finished second, with points leader Butler placing third after the wild ride. Former Champion Andrew Kostelnik made his first start of the season into a “top five” run, by placing fourth after starting seventh. Anthony Aiello finished fifth. Beam won the other heat race.

A first time winner in 2017 also celebrated in victory lane after the Famers Union Co-Op Chargers’ 15 lap feature. Dale Kimberly enjoyed a comfortable lead, during the most dominating performance of the night. He started in second position, and led every lap for the coveted win. Kimberly is a former dirt track winner and champion, and he outran former Jennerstown Champ Steve Long, who placed second after starting seventh. Scott Mitchell was the third place finisher, while most recent winner Jason Pritts placed fourth. Jason Garchak drove to a fifth place finish, and heat races were won by Frank Novak and Pritts.

The only repeat winner of the night was Andrew Pluta, who was the third different leader in the 15-lap Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder feature. Brian Noel led the first lap, before Brent Bickerstaff took control of the event, after he started eighth. With just four laps to go, fifth-place-starter, Pluta made the winning pass, and visited victory lane for the first time since opening night. Bickerstaff, recent winner Cindy Rhodes, Casey Fleegle, and Noel completed the top five. Bickerstaff, Fleegle, and Evan Nibert won the heats.

“The Big John’s 75” was one of the most memorable races in the history of the Ron’s Collision Center Enduro Series. Greensburg, PA resident Dan Zimmerman started 18th, and took the lead late in the event from Doug Shaulis. With just a few laps to go, Zimmerman spun, surrendering the lead but recovering to chase down Shaulis again, and win with a last lap pass. Zimmerman, Shaulis, Travis Beam, T.J. Lepley, and Michael Strouse completed the top five.

Next Saturday, July 1, is Autograph Night presented by MedExpress. Fans will have the chance to meet the drivers, touch the race cars, and walk on the speedway before the five division races begin.

Hirschman Starts Tenth and Wins Hunter Truck Sales 100 at Jennerstown; Sever Wins First of the Year

June 20th, 2017

(Jennerstwon, PA) On Saturday, June 17, the Jennerstown Speedway Complex hosted a touring Modified race for the first time in over eleven years, as the Race of Champions Series visited the paved oval for the first time in history. Matt Hirschman, the son of three time Jennerstown winner Tony Hirschman, started tenth and prevailed victorious in the first running of the Hunter Truck Sales 100. Matt Sever, a former track Champion, scored his first win of 2017 in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division of racing. Other winners included Chris Brink (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Shawn Beam (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), Jason Pritts (Famers Union Co-Op Chargers) and R.J. Dallape (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders).

The Race of Champions Modified Series visited Jennerstown Speedway for the first time, and the son of a retired Modified superstar continued the family tradition, of winning at the Laurel Highlands oval. Matt Hirschman started tenth in the inaugural Hunter Truck Sales 100, and outran current series points leader, Patrick Emerling, to earn a second tour victory in two weeks. Hirschman’s father, Tony Hirschman, leads all drivers with three career Jennerstown Modified wins, the first of which, dates back to 1989. Zane Zeiner finished third after leading several laps. The series will validate the unofficial finish order, and release the official rundown in the coming hours.

Veteran Rick Boyer led the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model field to the green flag, but it was Mike “Hollywood” Hemminger who led lap one of 30. Hemminger, a previous three time winner in the division, is seeking his first win after a 15-year hiatus from competition. Hemminger led a total of seven laps, and looked poised for a return to victory lane, before scuffing the outside wall on the backstretch. Hemminger was attempting to defend his lead from the advances of Matt Sever, who started in the eighth position. Sever is a former Champion, who struggled in the early weeks of 2017, but found the speed needed to wrestle the lead away from Hemminger, before he faced more challenges. Recent winner and former Champion Garry Wiltrout was briefly the second place driver, until he made heavy contact with the wall, while battling Barry Awtey to keep the second position. Awtey, the previous week’s winner and defending Champion, then held the second spot for seven laps, while Sever maintained the lead. On lap 24, Jeremiah Kuntz passed Awtey to become runner-up, and quickly gained on Sever. Kuntz, who has been notably fast all season, is seeking his first win of the year, and applied pressure to Sever on the final lap, in turns three and four. But, Sever claimed the victory, by a narrow margin, to become the fourth different winner in five races. Although Kuntz closed the gap quickly to finish right on Sever’s heels, Sever parked his Martinelli’s Auto/Lux Brothers/EESI Ford in victory lane, after he also won his heat race. Kuntz, who won the other heat race, Awtey, and recent winner Bryan Shipp placed second, third, and fourth. Teddy Gibala, after missing events to replace an engine, returned to action and earned a “top five” position.

After starting on the front row for the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified feature, Patrick Waugh led the first laps of his young career. Waugh started in the second position, and led three laps of the 20-lap distance. “Racin’ Jason” Busch started in the fifth position and became the leader on lap four. Busch has led laps in every race he has entered this year, seeking his first victory of 2017. But, with six laps to go Chris Brink passed Busch, and parked in victory lane for the fourth time in four weeks. Now with a commanding lead in the Championship standings, Brink is on a record setting pace, and was able to win from the tenth starting position, just as Hirschman did in the Race of Champions Modified Series event. Busch, defending Champion Zane Ferrell, Waugh, and Gary Scott were the top five finishers, after a mid-race rain shower halted the action, and delayed the event’s conclusion by about an hour.

Young Zac Todaro led the first half of the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks’ 20-lap feature after starting on the pole. But his quest for a first career victory was thwarted as both Josh Coughenour and defending Champion Shawn Beam passed him on the same lap. Beam became the leader on lap eleven, and was pressured heavily by Coughenour for the final nine circuits. Beam started tenth and won for the third week in a row, after missing the first two rounds of the 2017 season. Coughenour was within striking distance of the undefeated winner, when the checkered flag waved, and Todaro had an impressive run conclude with a third place finish. Lauren Butler, a winner this year, placed fourth ahead of veteran Steve Singo.

A cash bonus awaited the Famers Union Co-Op Charger feature winner, thanks to the division sponsor, and Jason Garchak led the first four of 15 laps. Recent winner, Jason Pritts took the lead on lap five after starting in the eighth position. Pritts outran former Champion Steve Long, to claim the bonus cash, and his second career win – also second of the season. Long climbed from the ninth starting spot to claim second place, with Dale Kimberly finishing third. Recent winner Tanner Friendline placed fourth and Garchak finished in fifth position.

A young, first time winner parked in victory lane after the 15-lap Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder feature. R.J. Dallape led every lap to score career win number one, but fought hard for the trophy. Opening night winner, Andrew Pluta had opportunities to challenge, after restarts closely aligned the duo. But, pole starter Dallape never surrendered the top spot, and defeated seventh-starting Pluta, eighth-starting Brent Bickerstaff, two-time winner Even Nibert and previous week’s winner Cindy Shaulis, who started ninth.

Biggest Race of the Year Saturday at Jennerstown Speedway

June 15th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) This Saturday, the Race of Champions Modified Tour stops at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex for the first time in history, to compete in the Hunter Truck Sales 100. It has been more than eleven years since touring Modifieds have circled the venerable paved oval .

As the Jennerstown Speedway stop on the tour leads up to the 67th annual Race of Champions (RoC) season finale, fans are eager to see the”RoC brand of racing for the first time in the Laurel Highlands.

“Jennerstown’s half mile configuration is now 50 years old, so it’s hard to believe that the Race of Champions Modifieds are visiting for the very first time,” said Jennerstown Promoter Mike Lysakowski. “As the Race of Champions concept approaches its’ 67th anniversary, iI am reminded of legendary competitors from our region like Blackie Watt and Clate Husted, who were winners at Jennerstown, and Race of Champions participants as far back as the 1960’s. It’s only natural that two long respected entities in motorsports -Jennerstown Speedway and the Race of Champions – would finally come together this Saturday.”

Expected on the Hunter Truck Sales 100 starting grid, are two drivers whose fathers have won at Jennerstown. In 1987, Jan Leaty won the first Modified race ever held on Jennerstown pavement. His son Mike (of Williamson, NY) is currently fifth in the Race of Champions point standings for 2017. Tony Hirschman, a winner of multiple Modified events at Jennerstown is the father of the Race of Champions’ tour most recent winner, Matt Hirschman, who lives in Northampton, PA, several hours east of Jennerstown. The last Modified event contested at Jennerstown was won by Connecticut’s Ted Christopher, on June 13, 2006.

“These race cars are the most stunning looking machines on the planet,” Lysakowski continued. These low, sleek Modifieds appear and sound so mean, with extra-wide tires that are taller than the cars themselves. The speed and deep-engine tones that these gorgeous cars will display is simply breath-taking.”

Time trials for the Hunter Truck Sales 100 will occur at 5:00pm Saturday, followed by heat races at 6:00pm which will determine the starting order for the 100-lap feature race. Race of Champions teams will have a practice session for the Hunter Truck Sales 100 at 2:30pm. Also on the agenda for the night, are heat and feature races for Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models, and feature races for the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, Famers Union Co-Op Chargers and Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders. Learn more by visiting jennerstown.org.

Awtey Makes History at Jennerstown Speedway Complex

June 11th, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) On June 10, 2017, defending Champion Barry Awtey took sole possession of first place on the list of all-time winners in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division of racing at Jennerstown Speedway Complex. He surpassed Hall of Famer Steve Peles, earning career victory number 47 in the asphalt track era of the venerable oval. Other winners on Somerset Trust Company’s “Salute to First Responders Night” included Chris Brink (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Shawn Beam (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), Steve Long (Famers Union Co-Op Chargers), and Cindy Rhodes (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders).

Home track favorite Barry Awtey, of Jenners, PA, won the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model feature on opening night 2017, to tie the record for most wins in the top division of racing at Jennerstown Speedway Complex. In the two events that followed, Lady Luck abandoned the defending Champion, as he was involved in caution-flag incidents on consecutive weeks. On June 10, Awtey’s quest to make history came to a triumphant end, after he started the 30-lap feature in fourth position. Awtey wrestled the lead away from another former Champion, Matt Sever, on lap three. In the middle stages of the race, Jeremiah Kuntz was able to approach Awtey, after he passed Sever for second place. As the event continued, heat race winner Kuntz dropped far back of the leader, at one point, leaving Awtey all alone as leader. But in the closing laps, Kuntz reeled in Awtey, and was within a car-length of his first victory of the season, at the finish. Despite a handling condition that slightly slowed his lap times, Awtey hung on for a narrow-margin victory – his 47th career win – to ease the pain of two frustrating races in recent weeks. Awtey displayed considerable emotion, while standing next to his Wheeler Family Cattle/Stoystown Auto Wreckers/Highlander Hot Rods Chevrolet in victory lane.

“The friends I’ve made in all these years, and the people I’ve met and come to know, are more important to me than any records or stats,” Awtey assessed, when asked about his long, and now history-making career. Awtey’s father, Bill, is a member of the Jennerstown Speedway Complex Hall of Fame, and the second-generation racer has made a name for himself at other tracks besides Jennerstown. Barry Awtey has also been both a winner and Champion at the Motordrome Speedway, and Clearfield Speedway, while now standing alone atop the career-win list at Jennerstown.

Kuntz, Sever, previous week’s winner Garry Wiltrout, and Todd Price finished in top five positions behind Awtey.

While many of the region’s sports fans have hockey at the top of mind, a popular driver in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds earned a racing “hat track.” Chris Brink, of Penn Run, PA drove to his third consecutive victory, in spite of starting in tenth place on the grid. Young Jarred Barclay led the first of 20-laps in the feature event, before defending Champion Zane Ferrell moved to the front. At the midpoint of the race, seventh place starter “Racin’ Jason” Busch advanced to second place. On consecutive laps, Brink stole second from Busch and then grabbed the lead from Ferrell, and cruised to victory lane, leading the final seven circuits. Ferrell, Busch, Pete Rech and opening night winner Tom Golik completed the top five. Busch and Rech were the heat race winners.

The defending Champion of the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stock division is now “two for two,” winning the 20-lap feature event for the second week in a row. Shawn Beam has made only two visits to Jennerstown Speedway in 2017, and his new race car is undefeated. After taking the green flag in eighth position, Beam passed Josh Coughenour for the lead on lap eight, and drove to another convincing victory, after winning a heat race earlier in the night. After leading seven laps, and winning his heat race, Coughenour settled for second place, with previous 2017 winner Lauren Butler placing third after starting in sixth place. Anthony Aiello crossed the finish line in fourth position and Steve Singo placed fifth.

The Famers Union Co-Op Chargers’ 15-lap feature included two great duels for the lead, with Frank Novak officially leading the first four laps. Novak and former Champion Steve Long battled side by side for several laps, with Novak sliding through the high groove to try and maintain the top spot. Novak was forced to pit, shortly after Long grabbed the lead on lap five. Long was then challenged repeatedly by veteran Scott Mitchell. Mitchell held second place for several laps, but when the checkered flag waved, Long was the victor for the second time this year, with recent winner Tanner Friedline stealing the second position in the final laps. Recent winner Jason Pritts advanced to third place, as Mitchell finished fourth and Steve Settle claimed fifth place. Long and Novak were the heat race winners.

A tremendous turnaround of fortunes for popular Cindy Rhodes resulted in her first victory of 2017 after the

Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinder feature race. Rhodes’ engine exploded one week prior, and her repaired car stormed into the lead on lap eight of 15, even though she started in the sixth position. R.J. Dallape led the first seven laps, before Rhodes moved to the front. In victory lane, she gushed with praise for her team and crew, who rebuilt the car in just six days. Brent Bickerstaff, who yet again won a heat race, finished second after starting seventh. Tenth place starter, Paul Koffler, III and Brian Noel completed the top five. Andrew Pluta won a heat race, but was then awarded the Ron’s Collision Center Wreck of the Week after damage sustained in the feature.

Saturday, June 17, Jennerstown Speedway Complex presents the most talked about race of the year. The Race of Champions Modified Tour makes a first-ever visit to Jennerstown this Saturday, with time trials at 5pm and racing at 6pm. The RoC Modifieds will then compete in heat races and a 100-lap feature event sponsored by Hunter Truck Sales. The Martella’s Pharmacies Late Models will also compete in heat races and a 30-lap feature. The Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds, J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks, Famers Union Co-Op Chargers, and Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders will compete in feature events (no heat races).

Defending Champion Awtey Wins Opening Night 2017 At Jennerstown Speedway Complex

May 23rd, 2017

(Jennerstown, PA) The 2017 racing season at the Jennerstown Speedway Complex began on Saturday night May 20, with a huge crowd in attendance, and a “Salute to the Armed Forces of America.” The defending Champion of the Martella’s Pharmacy Late Models, Barry Awtey, swept the evening by winning his preliminary heat race, and driving to a convincing victory in the feature event. Other winners were Tom Golik (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Aaron Van Fleet (J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks), Steve Long (Farmers Union Co-op Chargers), and Andrew Pluta (Somerset Trust Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders.)

The Martella’s Pharmacy Late Model division kicked off 2017 with a pair of heat races, won by Barry Awtey and Jeremiah Kuntz. For the 30-lap feature event, former Champion Matt Sever started on the pole position, alongside former Street Stock Champ Teddy Gibala. Sever grabbed the lead when the green flag waved, as Mike Hemminger and Gibala battled for second place. Hemminger, making his first start in more than a decade, soon surrendered his spot to Awtey. Awtey started the race in seventh position, and took second place from Gibala early in the race. By lap eight, Awtey had passed all six cars that launched in front of him, when he moved around Sever for the lead. Awtey put on a driving clinic, running far away from all competitors to secure the first win of the year. Awtey, of nearby Jenners, PA, is not only the defending Champion, but he is the only active driver to win Championship Titles at all three asphalt speedways in the region; Motordrome, Clearfield (both now closed), and Jennerstown. Awtey’s Wheeler Show Cattle/Stoystown Auto Wreckers/Total Mobility sponsored Chevrolet was more than a straightaway ahead when the checkered flag waved. At the finish line the top five places were held by Awtey, Sever, Bryan Shipp, and Hemminger.

The most veteran driver in the Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified field stole the win, with late-race drama that had fans cheering at the finish. Tom Golik was a successful racer in the dirt track era of Jennerstown Speedway, before taking a 20-year hiatus from racing. Since his return to the cockpit, Golik has evolved from competitor, to contender, to winner. Golik started in third position, but grabbed the lead on lap one, after a scary crash by former winner Matt Smith. Smith was not seriously injured, but a restart for the 20-lap event was needed following the cleanup of his badly damaged car. Golik led until lap 13, when sixth-place starter Chris Brink took the top spot from Golik. Brink, the leading winner of 2016, opened up a healthy advantage in first place, but a late-race caution flag incident changed the outcome. Golik dramatically overtook Brink for the lead, with only two laps to go, after the restart, and outran Brink to the finish line to earn his third-career victory in Modified division racing. Brink crossed the line in second place, with Pete Rech, defending Champ Zane Ferrell, and Gary Scott completing the top five positions. Smith and Brink were the heat race winners.

Popular veterans Anthony Aiello and Lauren Butler won the heat races for the J&J Truck Equipment Street Stocks. But in the 20-lap feature event, one of the youngest drivers in the field, dominated the more experienced drivers, earning a first-career victory. Aaron Van Fleet, of Scottdale, PA, advanced from 4-Cylinder racing into the Street Stocks last season, and led every lap of the opening night event of 2017, taking his first checkered flag in the division. A multi-car battle for positions two through five created excitement, but Van Fleet stayed well ahead of the pack. At the conclusion, Aiello, newcomer Josh Coughenour, Butler, and Mel Wilt were the top five finishers.

The Farmers Union Co-op Chargers 15-lap feature had fans on their feet and screaming, as the leaders of the event tangled in final turn, heading for the checkered flag. Jason Pritts and Dale Kimberly had a race-long duel, with Pritts officially leading 14 laps. After a few circutis of side-by-side racing, the pair made door contact, and both spun to the inside of the track, causing a caution flag. Steve Long inherited the lead for a two-lap dash to the finish, extending the race by a lap, as dictated by rule, when the yellow flag is displayed on the final lap. As the white flag was about to be displayed for a second time, Frank Novak made bumper contact with the leader, and Long made a masterful “save,” sliding sideways and maintaining control to preserve his lead. Veteran Long earned yet another Charger victory, over Novak, Steve Settle, Kimberly, and young Justin Frampton. Long also won the heat race.

Brent Bickerstaff opened up a big lead interval over fellow competitors in the Somerset Trust Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders, after starting on the pole. But, after starting in ninth place on the grid, Andrew Pluta passed Bickerstaff, in heavy lapped traffic, to steal the lead on lap eleven. Weaving through more lapped cars, Pluta drove to victory in the 15-lap feature over Bickerstaff, seventh place starter Cindy Rhodes, defending Champ Paul Koffler, III, and R.J. Dallape. Bickerstaff, Koffler, and Evan Nibert were the heat race winners.

Jennerstown Speedwa;y Progressing Forward under the Sweeney Rush Sanction

December 28th, 2016

(Jennerstown, PA)…With the New Year just around the corner, the relationship formed in October 2016 between the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Asphalt Series powered by Pace Performance and Jennerstown Speedway as the Series’ flagship asphalt facility has been steadily moving forward with anticipation of the Speedway’s opening night on May 13, 2017.

RUSH Series Directors have been very excited about the partnership with Jennerstown, which is nestled in the picturesque Laurel Highlands area, and has a rich tradition in NASCAR seeing some of its finest, including Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Sr.& Jr., Darrell Waltrip, and Joey Logano race on the half-mile asphalt track.

Three divisions at Jennerstown, Late Models, Modifieds, and Street Stocks, will compete under the RUSH technical package, and be governed under the same strict and consistent rules enforcement that has brought success to RUSH in the world of dirt racing throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Canada.

“The entire RUSH Racing Series is surrounded by respect and integrity and bring a great deal of expertise and professionalism to the table,” said Jennerstown General Manager Billy Hribar. “We are very excited for our fans and race teams in that Jennerstown will be the first asphalt track operating under the RUSH Asphalt Racing Series banner. It’s such a strong and proven system that has been nationally recognized for controlling the economics of racing while providing some of the stiffest competition.”

“This sport has evolved so much over the last 10 years that economics and many other factors have made speedways look at options to try to realign and unify racing overall and we felt that it was in our best interest to align ourselves with a sanctioning body,” added Hribar. “We have no doubts that our own Jennerstown drivers will hit the expectations of the quality of racing that is associated with the other RUSH labels.”

The RUSH asphalt technical rules package was released mid-December for the three divisions at Jennerstown that fall under the RUSH sanction. One of the most important pieces of the rules and just slightly different from the dirt side of RUSH is the “verification” process.

This process will require all crate engine competitors that competed at Jennerstown in 2016 to have their engine verified for legality by one of RUSH’s Authorized Rebuilders. Upon verification, these engines will be sealed with RUSH seal tags with all pertinent information recorded in the Series’ database. The verification process is detailed in the RUSH rules.

Two of the most respected engine builders in the RUSH system are Jimmy Friedline and Mike Ingram, both of whom have spent countless hours with Jennerstown and RUSH to help blend the RUSH rules package with the previous Jennerstown rules packages and specifically help develop the “verification” process.

“Things were really starting to get out of control with the engines, specifically the cost,” said Friedline, a 25-year engine builder who has been a RUSH rebuilder for several years, and whose shop is actually located in Jennerstown. “Without controlling the cost you’re going to keep losing cars without gaining any. The speedway management is defiantly getting the fans in the stands, now if they can continue to grow the car count, which the RUSH sanction will help them with, Jennerstown can be a template for other asphalt tracks to follow. ”

“It’s going to be a process getting everyone’s crate engine on the same page and making sure everything is legal,” explained Ingram. “Once we get through this process, it will tighten up the racing and make it more competitive; it’s going to be for the better.”

Sharpsville, Pennsylvania’s Will Thomas III, one of RUSH’s Touring racers, is one of the Series few drivers who actually started on asphalt and then converted to the dirt.

“If the RUSH sanctioning would have happened five or six years ago I probably would have never made the move to dirt and stayed with the asphalt,” revealed Thomas. “The disappearance of a number of asphalt tracks also made Thomas’ decision easier.”

Thomas is a fierce competitor who won the short-lived MAARA Series championships in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He also won track championships at Lake Erie Speedway in 2008, 2009, and 2010. These were all done on the pavement.

Following the 2011 season, Thomas purchased a used Rocket Late Model from Johnny Johnson. It didn’t take Thomas long to adjust to the dirt as he won the Crate Late Model track championship at Sharon Speedway in 2012 and then again in 2014. During that season, Thomas had four wins in the 16 races he ran. One special win came on May 24, 2014 when he won a race on his father’s birthday. The elder Thomas, the longtime car owner of dirt car legend Lou Blaney, was very instrumental in developing his son’s racing career, and had passed away just a month earlier.

The only asphalt that Thomas currently runs is the ROC Modified Tour and Hribar is hoping that Thomas will make the trip to Jennerstown for the ROC Modified Tour race on June 17.

The name Gault is legendary in racing and includes Arlie, Glenn, Sr., and Glenn, Jr. Last summer, Gault, Sr., was inducted into the Jennerstown Hall of Fame. And even though, Jr. doesn’t race at Jennerstown, he’s hoping that the exposure will spread into the Ohio region, where he lives and mainly races.

“I think it will work,” said Gault, Jr., a former ASA racer and two-time track champion at Lake Erie Speedway. “I just wish it would have happened years ago. What they’ve (RUSH) done on dirt I think will happen on the pavement too. The fact of having a sanctioning body come in that will enforce rules and show they’re serious and actually market and promote their brand is extremely important.”

Gault, Jr. won the track championship last season at Barberton Speedway located in Norton, Ohio, but this year, he might try some different venues and one he will keep his eye on is Jennerstown Speedway.

At 68 years of age and retired from racing in 2005, Glenn Gault, Sr. thinks the RUSH sanctioning move is great. “When we were racing at Motordrome, we were pushing for something like this,” said Gault, Sr., who has won a number of track championships and was the 1988 NASCAR Northeast champion; he was also inducted into the Jennerstown Hall of Fame this past summer. When Lake Erie Speedway closed, it would have been nice for RUSH to have been there at that time.”

The #32 orange, white, and black colors of Gault racing has been around since 1959. The orange and white are the colors of Gault Heating, located in Hubbard, Ohio. The #32 was chosen by Arlie because he felt that Dale Johnson was the best driver he ever saw. Johnson’s number was 64 and Arlie said he could only wish he was half as good as Dale, thus the #32.

The Gault cars have been scripted with the words, “The Orange Blossom Special”. “I really liked the Johnny Cash song Orange Blossom Special, so for the last 57 years, it’s been the #32 Orange Blossom Special,” explained Gault, Sr.

“I appreciate the positive comments Will Thomas and the Gaults have said about RUSH and how they feel we can make a difference in regional asphalt racing,” stated Series director Vicki Emig. “They have years of combined experience on asphalt and are very aware of the issues that the asphalt world is facing today. I’d venture to say that Glenn Gault, Sr. has known me for over 40 years and to know that he supports the RUSH concept with his Hall of Fame status is a huge asset as we move forward. Will has actually raced under the RUSH banner for the past five years and knows first-hand how we run our program and the positives we can bring to the racers.”

Bryan Shipp of Scottdale, Pa., will be in his third season of racing at Jennerstown. In his first season, he raced a Modified, but converted to a Late Model in 2016 and won the track’s Rookie of the Year award. Prior to Jennerstown, Shipp raced at Motordrome. And even though he was a mere 15 minutes from Motordrome, Shipp preferred to take the one-hour trek to Jennerstown.

“It was a pretty easy transition for me,” said Shipp regarding his move to a Late Model. “The Late Models handle a lot better but whenever they snap loose, they will go around on you, not like the Modifieds where you can drive through it.”

“I’m looking forward to the RUSH sanctioning,” said the 31-year-old Shipp, who actually had a GM 604 crate motor last season. “I’m happy because there were a whole lot of cars in the class that had a whole lot of power and now everyone will be on an even plane.”

Twenty-four year-old Zane Ferrell of Ruffs Dale, Pa. won the Jennerstown Modified championship in 2016, and plans to race full-time for 2017 and defend his title. “Winning that title was pretty cool- something I never expected being it was my first year in the Modified division,” said Ferrell. “I think the RUSH sanctioning will be good for the track, and once it takes off, I think you’ll see more asphalt tracks around the area go to the sanctioning. I think the Modified class is one of the best divisions for Saturday night racing.”

Jason Busch, who finished ninth in Modified points during the 2016 season at Jennerstown, has been racing the asphalt Modifieds since 1999. At 37 years of age, he’s been racing, beginning in a Go-Kart, since he was seven.

“Last year was my first year with a crate motor and honestly I didn’t see a lot of difference,” explained Busch. “It might even have a little more spunk with the 4-barrel carburetor. Overall, I really like it and am looking forward to RUSH being at Jennerstown.”

Ron Eiford III and Lauren Butler will both be competing in the Street Stock division for 2017. Lauren’s dad, Eddie, is an important person in her racing career, acting as her crew chief. “I’m the guy she gets mad at when her car’s not right,” laughed Eddie.

At 29 and a resident of West Mifflin, Pa., Butler has been racing Street Stocks since 2006. She’s had two near misses in winning the track title, the first in 2008 when she finished third and just last year when she was within two points of the top before suffering a fractured knee in July in a personal accident that ended her season.

“Jennerstown is a beautiful track that is smooth and fast,” said Lauren. “I wouldn’t race anywhere else. We’re very excited that Jennerstown is going to be the first RUSH-sanctioned asphalt track. I think it’s a needed thing because of the teching and the rules enforcement. It’s really going to show who your skilled drivers are. We’re going to give them hell this year.”

“It’s like anything else, when there’s something new, it’s a wait and see type of thing, but I think it’s a good thing overall,” said her dad Eddie.

Eiford has been racing for 11 years, but 2017 will be only his third year of racing a Street Stock. Like Shipp, Eiford lives in Scottdale, Pa. “I’m for it, because I’ve always been underpowered,” said Eiford. “If the RUSH sanction works like it’s supposed to, it’s going to put everyone on a level playing field power-wise, which will make drivers work more on their setups and driving abilities and that’s the way it should be.”

As for his hopes for what 2017 and beyond will bring to Jennerstown, Hribar continued, “I feel you will see new drivers and former Late Model drivers returning to the Late Model division with car counts possibly increasing 25% over last year’s numbers to 16-18 per week. I also expect increases in both the Modifieds and Street Stocks car counts. In the big scheme of things we feel that from 2018 and beyond there’s a good possibility of seeing our own Modified drivers progress upwards to the Late Model division.”

The marriage between RUSH and Jennerstown appears to be a good one; one that will continue to bring life back into asphalt racing at the Laurel Highlands facility. Perhaps Hribar summed it up the best when he said, “Jennerstown may be the first RUSH Asphalt Racing Series track, but it definitely will not be the last.”

A brief history of Jennerstown Speedway:

In the spring of 2015 a group known as the Gang of Six signed a deal to purchase Jennerstown Speedway. That group included Dennis Neri, the owner of Boswell Lumber, Doug Domico, the Vice-President of Boswell Lumber, Snooky Williams a driver and owner of Snooky’s Sunoco, Larry Hemminger, North Star Equipment owner, John Morocco, the owner of Morocco Welding, and Richard Pologruto of Speclin Emergency, who is also the car owner of Late Model drivers Garry Wiltrout and Bobby Henry.

To get their feet firmly planted, the group decided to run a 10-week racing package in 2015 before jumping in full time in 2016.

“We had a good response from the drivers and the community and that helped to make things go right,” said Pologruto regarding the track.

Larry Hemminger said after the track’s last re-opening, “The track was closed just long enough for everybody to still want it, but not long enough for everyone to forget about it.”

One of the first pieces of business for the track owners was to name a General Manager and that title and responsibility went to Bill Hribar. Hribar was quoted as saying, “Being the GM of the track is more of a hobby and a passion rather than being a job.”

During his six years as a racer, Hribar competed at Motordrome Speedway in the Modified division where he had five feature wins and finished second in points in his final season of racing.

Jennerstown is actually one of the older short track racing facilities in the United States. The track has undergone numerous transformations since it opened in 1927. At that time, it was one of four tracks nationwide that was dedicated strictly to auto racing.

Following some rebuilds and other construction to the track, Jennerstown was purchased in 1967 by a group that included John Frambaugh, Sam Turrillo, Bill and John Philson, Doc Whiney, Harry Horne, and Stanley “Piney” Lasky.

Lasky finally took control and converted the facility from a dirt track to an asphalt track in 1987. Following his death in 1994, “Piney’s” son, Stanley took over the reins before selling it in 2000 to former Late Model track champion, Steve Peles and Hooters Restaurant founder, Bob Brooks.

Following their third season of ownership, the pair sold the track to Dave Wheeler, who then kept it through the 2008 racing season.

Jennerstown remained dormant for the second time from the end of 2009 through 2013 when a group named Zero Time Entertainment bought the facility from Dave Wheeler; but following the completion of the 2014 season the group returned the deed back to Wheeler and that’s when the Gang of Six stepped in to revive the facility

With the closing of Motordrome Speedway following the 2015 season, Jennerstown became the only asphalt facility in the western Pennsylvania region.

For more information on Jennerstown, check out their website at www.jennerstown.org. Like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jennerstownspeedwaycomplex. The track’s phone number is 814-703-8009.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Asphalt Racing Series website is www.rushasphaltseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushasphaltseries. Follow us on Twitter @RUSHAsphalt.

CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT JENNERSTOWN

September 2nd, 2008

Kostelnik took the lead from younger brother Andrew of North Braddock on lap
33 and was first to cross the line. Andrew held on to finish second. Teddy
Gibala of Coulter finished third with Joe Nicola and Richard Nicola
finishing fourth and fifth.

“What makes this real special tonight is Bill Awtey. There wouldn’t be
Street Stocks if it wasn’t for him,” said Kostelnik. “It’s an honor to win
on Bill Awtey’s night.

Andrew Kostelnik finished well enough to win the first points championship
of his career.

“I’ve learned from my brother, he’s won so many championships and just
teached me a lot over the years,” said Kostelnik at the end of the evening.
“He just told me to keep my head cool and calm and go out there and get what
you can get.”

With his father being honored as a pillar of the racing community, Barry
Awtey of Jenners piloted his number 75 Super Late Model to victory. The win
was Awtey’s third of the season. Finishing second was Robby Marhefka of
Windber. Marhefka fought off a hard-charging Jason Mignogna of Greensburg
who finished third while Garry Wiltrout of Somerset and Mike Smith of Akron,
OH completed the top five.

“I wanna thank all the people that stopped to see my dad. This is really
special to him,” Awtey said from victory lane. “This one’s for my dad.”

Mignogna secured the first points championship of his career with his third
place finish.

“It was a good night overall. Not the outcome we wanted, but we’re happy
with where we finished,” said Mignogna. “We gained a lot of experience
traveling to a lot of different tracks throughout the mid to late 90′s, but
it’s nice to do well here at home.”

Matt Sever of West Newton won a career first feature in the Hobby Stock
division. Sever took the lead from Steve Long of Rockwood on lap seven and
held the spot the rest of the way to the finish. Long would go on to finish
second. Eugene Zerfoss of Acosta finished third with Larry Dunmyer of Elton
and Clifford Zerfoss of Jennerstown rounded out the top five.

“It feels really great. You know we’ve been coming up here a long time and
it’s starting to payoff now,” said Sever. “Hopefully next year we’ll be
back.”

With his second place finish Long clinched the first track championship of
his career.

“I thought there was a chance, but, you know, you never know what can
happen,” said Long. “Last year we won here eight times and broke the
division record and still didn’t win it.”

Champions Night was the final weekend of racing at Jennerstown for this
season. Visit www.jennerstown.com for updates during the offseason.

BILL AWTEY INVITATIONAL 40-LAP STREET STOCK FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS WEEKEND

August 29th, 2008

On the track he was known for his consistency. He won the Hard Top division
championship in 1961 at Jennerstown and collected another championship later
at the Bedford Speedway in the Limited Late Model division in 1980. He has
raced on most every track in Western Pennsylvania as well as some in
Maryland.

Off the track Awtey is known for his mechanical and engine building
abilities. He is a two-time winner, in 1991 and 1992, of the Northeast
Region Gold Wrench Award from NASCAR. He has used that expertise to help and
educate countless racers.

“You can not walk through the pits at Motordrome or Jennerstown in the
charger or street stock division and find somebody that at one time or
another he hasn’t helped them,” said Street Stock competitor Scott Bowman.
“When you race with Bill you have fun. He taught us how to race.”

To pay honor to his endless mentoring and service, the racing community has
pulled together to create the Bill Awtey Invitational 40-lap Street Stock
feature that will highlight championship weekend at Jennerstown Speedway
this Saturday.

Jim Bodziak of Stoystown is looking for his first track championship and
currently leads the Street Stock division by a slim two points over Andrew
Kostelnik of North Braddock. With the final race of the season this weekend,
Bodziak knows what he needs to do.

“You gotta let it all hang out because Kostelnik has a pretty fast car so I
can’t play around or nothing,” said Bodziak. “I’ll be lucky to be in the
points lead at the end of it.”

The Super Late Model division is currently led by Jason Mignogna of
Greensburg who has an eight point lead over Jenners native Barry Awtey.
Mignogna is seeking his first track championship also. With three feature
wins this season, he holds the tie-breaker forcing Awtey to finish at least
five positions ahead of him on Saturday.

Two points are all that separate Hobby Stock points leader Eugene Zerfoss of
Acosta from Steve Long of Rockwood. Both drivers are looking for their first
track championship as well heading into the weekends racing action.

In addition to the racing action and crowning of the track champions, the
evening will feature an on-track autograph session with all drivers at the
outset of the evening.

Gates for the event open at 5:30 p.m. with the autograph session starting at
7:30 p.m. and racing immediately after. Admission is $10 for adults 16 and
over, $5 for youth ages 12 to 15 and children 11 and younger are admitted
free. Visit www.jennerstown.com for more information.

MIGNOGNA TIGHTENS GRIP ON TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP

August 26th, 2008

The battle for second climaxed on the last lap when track points leader Jason Mignogna held off a hard-charging Barry Awtey and a late-charging Rick Miller for second place. Awtey and Miller were extremely close for third with Miller taking the position by a nose. Rick Boyer was following close behind to finish fifth.

“It was good. Wherever you wanted to put the car, if lap traffic went high, you could go low,” Smith said from victory lane. “We had a lead and I started taking it easy and I think it picked up a little bit.”

Mignogna now holds an eight point lead over Awtey in the super late model points. Next weekend will be the final super late model race of the season
where a champion will be crowned.

Andrew Kostelnik of North Braddock jumped from fourth to second in the
points standings by winning his second feature of the season in the street
stock division. Bryan Awtey started in 10th position and charged through the
field to nab a second place finish. Current points leader Jim Bodziak held
off Adam Kostelnik for third while Bobby Young finished fifth. Lauren Butler
and Thomas Knight Sr. saw their championship dreams dashed when they were
involved in an early, lap two caution. Butler went on to finish 11th while
Knight Sr. finished eighth.

Bodziak leads the street stock division points by a slim two over Andrew
Kostelnik with only one more weekend of racing left.

Larry Dunmyer of Elton won his second feature of the season in a wild hobby
stock race. Dunmyer jumped out to a large lead early only to see it
dissipate with a caution on lap 11. Current points leader Eugene Zerfoss
made his move on the restart and took the lead from Dunmyer by lap 14.
Zerfoss got into turn three a little too hard on the very next lap and saw
his lead lost back to Dunmyer who would not relinquish the position the rest
of the way to the checkered flag. Zerfoss came away with a third place
finish. Finishing second was Steve Long with David Kumpfmiller and Matt
Sever rounding out the top five.

Zerfoss holds a two point lead over Long for the track championship heading
into the last weekend of action.

The mini-cup series ran a 15-lap feature that saw Matt Custer claim his
third victory of the season. Custer started the feature on the pole and
never looked back leading every lap in dominating fashion. Ken Stabley
brought home a second place finish with Chris Chilson finishing third,
Nicole LaPorta taking fourth and Heath Hendershot completing the top five.

Regular season racing action continues next weekend with championship
weekend where the track champions will be crowned. The evening will also
feature a mini-cup race and will be highlighted by an on-track autograph
session for the fans. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing action at 7:30
p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults 16 and over, $5 for youth ages 12 -15 and
free for children under 11. Visit www.jennerstown.com for more information.

75 LAP SUPER LATE MODEL RACE HIGHLIGHTS FINAL TWO WEEKENDS AT JENNERSTOWN

August 23rd, 2008

With the season rapidly drawing to a close, Jennerstown Speedway has
announced that it will host a 75 lap super late model invitational race on
Aug. 23. It will be one of the final two events of the season for the Laurel
Highlands track.

“We didn’t have any confirmed dates for an extra-lap event,” said
Jennerstown race director Ted Feitt. “Things just came into place here where
we could do one on the 23rd.”

With an enlarged purse to the winner, the event is drawing the interest of
super late model drivers from areas such as Western Pennsylvania, Holland,
N.Y. and Lancaster, N.Y.

Also adding incentive to drivers is a free, hour-long practice session on
Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Aug. 30 marks championship night at Jennerstown Speedway. The champions of
all three regular divisions will be crowned and given trophies at the
conclusion of the scheduled competition. The evening will feature regular
three division racing action, as well as a mini-cup feature, and will be
accented by an autograph session for all the fans.

Prior to the evening’s racing drivers will park their cars on the front
straight. The front straight gates will then be opened allowing the fans to
seek out pictures and autographs of their favorite drivers.

The chases for the championships at Jennerstown are tight this year making
the last two weekends very meaningful for the drivers.

Jason Mignogna of Greensburg currently leads the super late model points
chase by a slim four points over Barry Awtey of Jenners. Awtey beat Mignogna
for his second super late model championship last year by 26 points.

The street stock division championship is just as close with Jim Bodziak of
Stoystown leading the way by four points over Thomas Knight Sr. of
Monroeville and six points over Lauren Butler of West Mifflin and Andrew
Kostelnik of North Braddock.

Last years hobby stock division champion Eugene Zerfoss of Acosta is looking
for a repeat as he currently sits atop the hobby stock division by four
points over last years runner-up Steve Long of Rockwood and eight points
over Deidre Petrie of Greensburg.

Gates for both events open at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7:30 p.m.
Admission for both events is $10 for adults 16 and over, $5 for youth ages
12 to 15 and children 11 and younger are admitted free. Visit
www.jennerstown.com for more information.

AWTEY IS VICTORIOUS AT JENNERSTOWN

July 23rd, 2008

“It’s probably the best it’s been all year,” Awtey said of his car. “It was
getting loose towards the end. I’m glad we ran out of laps.”

Points leader Jason Mignogna pulled close to Awtey late in the race, but was
never able to get around him and finished second. Meyersdale, Pa.’s Mark
Smith was able to hold off Larry Behanna to finish third and Todd Price
rounded out the top five.

“Jason and Mark are gonna be tough to beat at any race track,” said Awtey.

Lauren Butler took advantage of a second lap caution to jump out to an early
lead in the Somerset Trust Street Stock division. Scott Bowman got tangled up with Adam Kostelnik and Dave Manns on the second lap giving Butler the chance to capitalize on the restart. Butler led the rest of the way to the finish overcoming late pressure from second place finisher Thomas Knight Sr. for her first win of the season. Finishing third was Bowman, who climbed back after being involved in the early accident. Fourth went to Andrew Kostelnik and Jason Holder finished fifth.

In the Hobby Stock division it was Jennerstown’s own Clifford Zerfoss stealing the show. Zerfoss managed to safely navigate a first lap accident to go on and lead the entire feature. While Zerfoss ran away with the lead the battle for second was tight. Deidre Petrie managed to hold off last week’s winner, Steve Long, to take the position. Long finished third while Eugene Zerfoss finished fourth followed by Matt Sever to complete the top five.

Regular racing will be suspended next week in lieu of the Hooters Pro Cup Series “Hooters Pro Cup 250″. Main gates open at 3:30PM with qualifying at
4:30PM and racing action starting at 7:00PM. There will also be an autograph
session for the fans at 5:45PM. Advance tickets are available until the end
of regular business on Thursday for $15/adult and $5 youth. Prices at the
gate are $25/adult and $15/youth.

CUSTER WINS FIRST TWO RACES OF HIS MINI-CUP CAREER

July 15th, 2008

“I knew I had the car in the first feature, but I didn’t know how it was
going to work out in the second,” said Custer. “It was awesome.”

Finishing second in both features was Heath Hendershot of Williamsport, PA.
The first feature saw Ken Stabley finish third, Nicole LaPorta finish fourth
and Mark Lockcuff finishing fifth. Lockcuff moved up two spots to finish
third in the second feature while LaPorta and Stabley took fourth and fifth.

The 40-lap Super Late Model feature was won in dominating fashion by the 07
car of Jason Mignogna. A caution on lap 16 allowed the field to tighten up,
but Mignogna proved to be too strong for the rest of the field. Barry Awtey
took second while Gary Wiltrout took third and Todd Price took fourth
followed by Robert Delanoy to round out the top five.

The Street Stock division saw a tight race won by Andrew Kostelnik. Though
Kostelnik led all 20 laps of the feature he had plenty of company. Brother
and teammate Adam Kostelnik was hot on his trail finishing second with Bryan
Awtey, Jim Bodziak and Lauren Butler finishing third, fourth and fifth.

Steve Long started the 15 lap Hobby Stock feature in fifth, but by the
second lap of the race he maneuvered his #27 Dodge Neon into first place. He
didn’t look back the rest of the night and went on to win the race.
Finishing second was Eugene Zerfoss with his vacationing brother from
Tennessee, Douglas, finishing third. Matt Sever and Deidre Petrie.

Next Saturday will feature regular three division racing with the main gates
opening at 5:30PM and heat races starting at 7:30PM.

Monster Jam Crushes Into Jennerstown Speedway

May 23rd, 2008

Towering at 11 feet tall and 12 feet wide, these legendary monster trucks are custom designed machines, which are built for short, high-powered bursts of speed. These monsters are on a mission of demolition as fan favorite Grave Digger is scheduled to appear along with Monster Mutt, Avenger, Brutus, and Rap Attack. The all-star lineup of trucks will compete in racing and freestyle, providing the audience with a high-powered action-packed show.
Want to see the trucks up close? Head on down to Jennerstown Speedway from 5 -6 pm on Saturday, June 21 before event. Fans can pick up their FREE pit pass from participating Advance Auto Parts locations. Fans must have a Saturday event ticket and pit pass to attend the pit party. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 16 at the Jennerstown Speedway box office, by phone at 814-629-6677. Tickets will also be available toll free at 1-888-629-0888, or online at www.jennerstown.com
Thursday May 22nd.
Event Times
Pit Party 5p-6p
Doors Open 6:30 pm
Main Event 7:30 pm
Tickets for adults start at $15; children ages 2-12 start at $5. All adult seats increase $2 day of show. All tickets are subject to convenience and handling fees.

Practice Day At Jennerstown

May 16th, 2008

The pit gates will open at 8am for tire sales with practice from 12 noon to 5pm. The pit concession will be open for both breakfast and lunch. The grandstand concession will not open until the season officially opens on May 31st. In the event of rain, tire sales will still take place this Saturday. Tire mounting will ONLY be available if practice does NOT get cancelled due to rain. Rain is in the forecast so please continue to check the web page for updates.

Jennerstown Speedway adds…Kurt Busch to the Race of Champions event

April 12th, 2008

Busch like a lot of drivers running in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series began his career racing go-karts. Kurt began to show his talent running the Dwarf Car Series in his home town of Las Vegas. He was awarded Rookie of the Year in 1994 and captured the championship in both 1995 and 1996. In 1999, at the age of 21, Kurt would be the youngest driver to win the NASCAR Southwest Series championship. Just six years from his start in the Dwarf cars, Busch would run with NASCAR’s elite drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Sprint Cup series. In 2000, Kurt ran a full time schedule in the truck series and seven starts in the Sprint Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing. Kurt finished the truck series runner-up with the Rookie of the Year title. Roush Fenway Racing, in 2001, would move Busch to a full time schedule in the Sprint Cup Series where he has continued to show his talents. Kurt moved his way up in the final point standings finishing third in only his second full time season. Busch captured NASCAR’s ultimate prize with a Sprint Cup Championship
in only his fourth season. Kurt in the Miller Lite Dodge is currently running just outside of the chase in fifteenth position with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“I was excited to find out that we could add Kurt to the lineup that now includes two generations of NASCAR drivers that ran for the same Miller Lite sponsor. It will be a great experience for race fans when these two drivers become part of the same race program on such a local level” said Joe Dirienzo Track promoter.

One more driver will be announced in the next week or two adding to Jennerstown Speedway’s Race of Champions event which has attracted sell out crowds in both 2005 and 2006. “There were scheduling conflicts with the Jennerstown and Sprint Cup schedules that prevented the event from taking place in the 2007 season” stated Joe Dirienzo new track promoter. “Under my new ownership and management, I have changed the ticketing and autograph procedures slightly to allow the fans more opportunities to get up close and personal with their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers during the event.

The first change came with the price of the admission ticket prices. The last event carried a $30 advance ticket cost to race fans. The $30 advance ticket cost will remain in effect for fans who wish to purchase a premier seat in Jennerstown’s upper sections. New for the 2008 event, a $20 general admission seat will be available to race fans as well. With either ticket, the format will remain the same for the autograph session. Autograph coupons that are specific to each of the five drivers will be randomly inserted into the speedway’s collectable souvenir program book.

Due to the limited amount of autographs that the driver’s can sign, not every program will contain an autograph ticket. However, if a souvenir program doesn’t contain an autograph ticket that fan will find a ticket to a future speedway event or a coupon for a FREE item off of the speedway’s concession menu. All ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase only one collectable souvenir program per validated ticket stub. At a time determined by speedway officials the program sales will be opened up for anyone to purchase unlimited additional programs to ensure that all the autograph tickets have been distributed.

The second ticket change is new to the 2008 event. Jennerstown has added a very limited number of exclusive VIP autograph tickets for each driver. With the purchase of this ticket, fans will receive the premier grandstand ticket along with a guaranteed autograph ticket for the driver of their choice during a VIP autograph session to precede the main autograph session. The cost of this VIP ticket will be $75 in advance.

Fans who wish a guaranteed autograph ticket for each driver may purchase the deluxe VIP ticket for $225. This deluxe VIP ticket will entitle a fan an autograph from all the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in attendance. Both the VIP and deluxe VIP tickets must be purchased by calling the speedway office at 814-629-6677 or 814-442-5519.

Track management is currently working on details of an Ultimate fan ticket. This ticket will consist of a premier ticket to the grandstands. Along with a grandstand ticket each Ultimate ticket holder will accommodate all the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, attending the event at Jennerstown, during their transport to the speedway in the limo or motor coach. These fans will spend time during transport to the speedway getting autographs, taking pictures and most importantly sharing conversation with NASCAR’s premier drivers. These tickets have not been made available yet but details will follow very soon on how fans can get the opportunity to obtain this once in a lifetime experience.

Tickets are currently being sold at the track office by walk-in or over the telephone. Fans may purchase tickets over the web by following the Click n Print link on www.jennerstown.com or by simply clicking the Click n Print link in this newsletter. Fans may upgrade their grandstand ticket to a VIP ticket at anytime while supplies last by calling the speedway office at 814-629-6677 or 814-442-5519. To get your ticket to the anticipated sell-out crowd to Jennerstown Speedway’s Race of Champions featuring five NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers along with three divisions of short tracking racing action and
mini-cups, you can call toll free 1-888-695-0888, call the speedway office at
814-629-6677, or call Joe at 814-442-5519. Don’t forget race fans, tickets can be purchased any time of day online at www.jennerstown.com

Please continue to check back for more updates as they become available.

Jennerstown Speedway adds…Clint Bowyer to the Race of Champions event

March 28th, 2008

Bowyer will compete against Ken Schrader, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver in the BAM Racing #49 Qtrax.com Dodge, and two other Cup drivers in two 9-lap exhibition races and autograph session at Jennerstown’s ½ mile speedway.

Although this will be Bowyer’s first appearance in Jennerstown’s local racing program, he is no stranger to the racing format that will take place. Bowyer began his four wheeled racing career in a street stock at Thunderhill Speedway back in 1994. Quickly moving up through the ranks, Bowyer captured the 2002 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Midwest Series Championship at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas at the age of 23. Following his championship, Bowyer completed a full season in NASCAR’s AutoZone Elite Division Midwest Series along with two appearances in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) in 2003. In 2004, Clint filled his racing schedule with races in the NASCAR AutoZone West Series, captured his first NASCAR Nationwide Series pole after just three starts and shared time with Kevin Harvick in the Nationwide Series #21 Reese’s Chevrolet. Bowyer made his first appearance in the Sprint Cup
Series in 2005 at Phoenix International Raceway along with capturing a runner up finish in the 2005 Nationwide Series points. Clint was named the full time driver of the No. 07 Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in his first full time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in 2006 where he finished 17th in the final points standings. Bowyer has made his presence known in NASCAR’s elite division where he rounded out the 2007 season third in the Chase for the Cup. Currently, Bowyer’s No. 07 Chevrolet sits in the ninth position just 176 points out of the lead in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Two more drivers will be announced in the next week or two adding to the Jennerstown Speedway’s Race of Champions event which has attracted sell out crowds in both 2005 and 2006. “There were scheduling conflicts with the Jennerstown and Sprint Cup schedules that prevented the event from taking place in the 2007 season” stated Joe Dirienzo new track promoter. “Under my new ownership and management, I have changed the ticketing and autograph procedures slightly to allow the fans more opportunities to get up close and personal with their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers during the event.

The first change came with the price of the admission ticket prices. The last event carried a $30 advance ticket cost to race fans. The $30 advance ticket cost will remain in effect for fans who wish to purchase a premier seat in Jennerstown’s upper sections. New for the 2008 event, a $20 general admission seat will be available to race fans as well. With either ticket, the format will remain the same for the autograph session. Autograph coupons that are specific to each of the five drivers will be randomly inserted into the speedway’s collectable souvenir program book. Due to the limited amount of autographs that the driver’s can sign, not every program will contain an autograph ticket. However, if a souvenir program doesn’t contain an autograph ticket that fan will find a ticket to a future speedway event or a coupon for a FREE item off of the speedway’s concession menu. All ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase only one collectable souvenir program per
validated ticket stub. At a time determined by speedway officials the program sales will be opened up for anyone to purchase unlimited additional programs to ensure that all the autograph tickets have been distributed.

The second ticket change is new to the 2008 event. Jennerstown has added a very limited number of exclusive VIP autograph tickets for each driver. With the purchase of this ticket, fans will receive the premier $30 grandstand ticket along with a guaranteed autograph ticket for the driver of their choice during a VIP autograph session to precede the main autograph session. The cost of this VIP ticket will be $75 in advance.

Fans who wish a guaranteed autograph ticket for each driver may purchase the deluxe VIP ticket for $225. This deluxe VIP ticket will entitle a fan an autograph from all the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in attendance. Both the VIP and deluxe VIP tickets must be purchased by calling the speedway office at 814-629-6677 or 814-442-5519.

Track management is currently working on details of an Ultimate fan ticket. This ticket will consist of a premier ticket to the grandstands. Along with a grandstand ticket each Ultimate ticket holder will accommodate all the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, attending the event at Jennerstown, during their transport to the speedway in the limo or motor coach. These fans will spend time during transport to the speedway getting autographs, taking pictures and most importantly sharing conversation with NASCAR’s premier drivers. These tickets have not been made available yet but details will follow very soon on how fans can get the opportunity to obtain this once in a lifetime experience.

Tickets are currently being sold at the track office by walk-in or over the telephone. Fans may purchase tickets over the web by following the Click n Print link on www.jennerstown.com or by simply clicking the Click n Print link in this newsletter. Fans may upgrade their grandstand ticket to a VIP ticket at anytime while supplies last by calling the speedway office at 814-629-6677 or 814-442-5519. To get your ticket to the anticipated sell-out crowd to Jennerstown Speedway’s Race of Champions featuring five NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers along with three divisions of short tracking racing action and
mini-cups, you can call the speedway office now at 814-629-6677, 814-442-5519 or purchase online at www.jennerstown.com

The detailed schedule and official rules for the event have not been released at this time. Please continue to check back for more updates as they become available.

“Race of Champions” featuring five NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers

March 16th, 2008

Ken Schrader in the BAM Racing #49 Qtrax.com Dodge will return to Jennerstown as the first of four NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to compete in the two 9-lap exhibition races and fan autograph session. Schrader will try to find his way to victory lane at Jennerstown where he competed in this same event during the 2005 and 2006 season. Schrader is currently racing his 25th season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series where he is 45th in points.

New to the speedway’s event, former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Rusty Wallace will add a new segment to the Race of Champions format. Wallace will take his current profession as the lead NASCAR Sprint Cup / Nationwide Series racing analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports to commentate the two exhibition races at Jennerstown. Wallace retired from the Sprint Cup series in 2005 where he finished the season 8th in the point standings. Over the course of Rusty’s 25 year career in the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, Wallace took the checkered flag 55 times out of 706 starts ranking him in the top 5 biggest money makers in NASCAR history. In 1998, NASCAR named Wallace one of the top 50 all time greatest drivers. Along with Wallace’s lead analyst position for ESPN and ABC Sports, Rusty owns RWI Racing. RWI Racing consists of David Stremme’s #64 Chevrolet and Rusty’s own son Steven in the #66 Chevrolet who each compete in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. David Stremme and Steven Wallace are currently 21st and 23rd respectively in the Nationwide point standings.

Three more drivers will be announced in the next week or two adding to the Jennerstown Speedway’s Race of Champions event which has attracted sell out crowds in both 2005 and 2006. “There were scheduling conflicts with the Jennerstown and Sprint Cup schedules that prevented the event from taking place in the 2007 season” stated Joe Dirienzo new track promoter. “Under my new ownership and management, I have changed the ticketing and autograph procedures slightly to allow the fans more opportunities to get up close and personal with their favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers during the event.

The first change came with the price of the admission ticket prices. The last event carried a $30 advance ticket cost to race fans. The $30 advance ticket cost will remain in effect for fans who wish to purchase a premier seat in Jennerstown’s upper sections. New for the 2008 event, a $20 general admission seat will be available to race fans as well. With either ticket, the format will remain the same for the autograph session. Autograph coupons that are specific to each of the five drivers will be randomly inserted into the speedway’s collectable souvenir program book. Due to the limited amount of autographs that the driver’s can sign, not every program will contain an autograph ticket. However, if a souvenir program doesn’t contain an autograph ticket that fan will find a ticket to a future speedway event or a coupon for a FREE item off of the speedway’s concession menu. All ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase only one collectable souvenir program per validated ticket stub. At a time determined by speedway officials the program sales will be opened up for anyone to purchase unlimited additional programs to ensure that all the autograph tickets have been distributed.

The second ticket change is new to the 2008 event. Jennerstown has added a very limited number of exclusive VIP autograph tickets for each driver. With the purchase of this ticket, fans will receive the premier $30 grandstand ticket along with a guaranteed autograph ticket for the driver of their choice during a VIP autograph session to precede the main autograph session. The cost of this VIP ticket will be $75 in advance.

Fans who wish a guaranteed autograph ticket for each driver may purchase the deluxe VIP ticket for $225. This deluxe VIP ticket will entitle a fan an autograph from all the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers in attendance.

Track management is currently working on details of an Ultimate fan ticket. This ticket will consist of a premier ticket to the grandstands. Along with a grandstand ticket each Ultimate ticket holder will accommodate all the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, attending the event at Jennerstown, during their transport to the speedway in the limo or motor coach. These fans will spend time during transport to the speedway getting autographs, taking pictures and most importantly sharing conversation with NASCAR’s premier drivers. These tickets have not been made available yet but details will follow very soon on how fans can get the opportunity to obtain this once in a lifetime experience.

Tickets are currently being sold at the track office by walk-in or over the telephone. Tickets will be made available on the web site in the next week. Fans may upgrade their grandstand ticket to a VIP ticket at anytime while supplies last by calling the speedway office at 814-629-6677. To get your ticket to the anticipated sell-out crowd to Jennerstown Speedway’s Race of Champions featuring five NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers along with three divisions of short tracking racing action and mini-cups, you can call the speedway office now at 814-629-6677 or purchase online next week at www.jennerstown.com

JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

January 9th, 2008

Even though Dave’s five year plan has come to a close, Joe will continue Dave’s plan to keep local short track racing alive in Jennerstown. Joe has been working under Dave and Jen since they purchased the speedway back in 2002.

The plan is to run the Super Late Model, Street Stock and Hobby Stock divisions in a twelve to thirteen week season beginning the end of May running through the end of August. The finalized schedule and rules will be released very soon to allow drivers and fans the opportunity to make their plans for the season. The schedule will include special events that have been a part of the schedule in years past along with some new.

All the details for the 2008 season should be released by the end of January. Please contact Joe with questions that you may have at the track office (814) 629-6677 x222 or go to www.jennerstown.com.

ABOUT JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

Jennerstown Speedway is located in the Laurel Mountains of Western Pennsylvania in Somerset County. The track is located in Jennerstown, PA at the intersection of Rt 30 and Rt 985. The track is a .522 mile asphalt oval with a 550 ft frontstretch banked at 6 degrees and 700 ft turns banked at 9 degrees. We feature short track racing action every Saturday night from May thru September. Website: http://www.jennerstown.com

3rd Annual “Race of Champions”…CANCELLED.

July 13th, 2007

Patrum Motorsports was able to get a few tentative commitments from drivers but
scheduling conflicts resulted in those drivers to cancel. Further negotiations with drivers failed to result in any firm commitments. Management at Jennerstown Speedway decided to cancel the event for the 2007 due to insufficient time to organize the event. “Setting up an event of this magnitude requires at least one month of planning and advertising keeping it safe and fun for all the fans and drivers. Rescheduling the event is not possible this late into the season as we are approaching the half way point in our 2007 schedule this Saturday night with the Kenny Ross Chevrolet / Cadillac cruise night. We are very disappointed to cancel the event but are looking forward to working with Patrum Motorsports in the 2008 season” states Joe Dirienzo track operations manager.

Racing will still take place on the Laurel Highland’s asphalt speedway August 11th with the Jennerstown Speedway Super Late Models, Somerset Trust Company Street Stocks, Budweiser Hobby Stocks and Mini-Cups. Gates will open at 4:30 for competition and 5:30 for spectators. Practice will begin at 6:30 with all the racing action getting underway at 7:30. Gate admission will be reduced from the race day price of $30 to just $10 for adults over the age of twelve, children seven to twelve will be reduced from $15 to $5 and kids six and under will be admitted for free.

Fans are welcome to contact the speedway with any questions at 814-629-6677 or email at info@jennerstown.com.

News from JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

July 7th, 2007

The winged supermodified is a pure bread racing machine. Its tube frame is hand-built, with special considerations for lightness, strength, and placement of suspension parts. The car weighs only 1850 pounds and is powered by a 470 cu.in., 800+ horsepower engine which hangs off the left side of the frame for better handling capabilities. The aerodynamic bodywork and wing is connected to air shocks that allow the wings to rotate into a horizontal position in the straight-aways, allowing less drag and more speed. Going through the turns, the wings then rotate into a more vertical position giving the rear wheels more down force resulting in higher cornering speeds. The results of all this technology give winged supermodifieds the speed of an Indy car and the quickness of a midget. With average speeds approaching 125 mph, the open-wheeled winged warriors reach speeds over 160 mph on the straights. It’s not uncommon to see a pack of winged supers three and four abreast, darting in and out of traffic and changing lanes in the middle of the turns. Without a doubt, supermodifieds are the ULTIMATE thrill in short track racing.

Chris Perley of Rowley, Mass. still holds the one-lap speed record of 15.239 seconds (123.32 mph average) on the Jennerstown asphalt. Currently, after the season opener, Chris in the #11 holds the points lead.

Tickets are on sale now. Click on the link to the right or go to our web page and follow the Click n Print link on the right hand side. You can also call the box office at 1-888-695-0888 or stop by the speedway office. The office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. Gate prices are $30 for adults 13 & older, kids 7 to 12 are $15 with children 6 and under FREE. Advance tickets are available up until Thursday July 5th at 4:30pm for a $5 savings (fees do apply). Spectator gates will open at 3:30pm, practice begins at 3:30pm and all the racing action will get underway at 6:30pm (all prices and times are subject to change without notice). Fans will have a chance to meet the ISMA drivers and see the cars up close during a forty-five minute autograph session during intermission.

Mark Smith Thunders to Victory on CDL Night at Jennerstown

June 27th, 2007

On lap 15, the Jenners, PA #75 of Barry Awtey began his 15 lap challenge for fifth against the #99 of Robby Marhefka, the current point leader and last week’s feature winner. Awtey got to the inside in every corner but couldn’t get a clean line to get past Marhefka creating side by side racing until lap 30. On lap thirty, the field began to shuffle positions with Awtey finally getting past Marhefka edging his way closer to the point lead he held just two weeks ago. The #31 of Mark Cottone would follow Awtey’s line on lap 33 also getting past
Marhefka. Also on lap 33, Boyer would move closer to the front as he grabbed the second spot away from Lasky. Awtey and Cottone continued pushing to the front after getting around Marhefka. Kyle Martel in the Lebanon, PA #59 became their next target. Awtey would get by Kyle on lap 35 and Cottone followed suit on lap 37. Mark Smith would stay out front and take the checkered to capture his first win of the 2007 season in this caution free event. The Super Late Model division has yet to repeat a feature winner after five consecutive weeks of competition.

In the Somerset Trust Company Street Stock division, Adam Kostelnik would
continue his dominant run this season defending his point lead in the #05.
Taking the lead away from Scott Bowman in the #19 close to the half way
mark, Adam would stretch out to a comfortable ten car length lead until the
caution came out on lap 14. The #25 of Dave Tavormina would surrender to
engine failure leaving a trail of oil and smoke as he found his way back to
his hauler. Following the caution, the field would remain tight but
Kostelnik would stay out front taking his second win of the season and
maintaining the 2007 point lead over Bowman. Bowman, coming off of a hard
hitting wreck last week would hold the second spot in the feature followed
by the #91 of Lauren Butler in a career best finish.

The Modified division would make their way back to Jennerstown Speedway in
their second feature event of the 2007 season. Jimmy Nicola in the #5 would
jump out to a commanding lead but a spin in turn 3 would bring out the
caution on lap 4. The #58 of Lonnie Hoffman would loop but quickly return
to the field for the restart. Following the restart on lap four, the field
would not go far before the yellow flag would fly again. Going through turn
one, a four car pileup would prevent any laps from getting in the record
book. On the restart, the #60 of Adam Kostelnik, who already captured a
feature trophy in the street stock feature, would take the top spot from
Nicola. Nicola would take the lead back from Adam on lap 10 where the duo
would battle side by side until the checkered dropped on lap 20 putting the
win in Nicola’s corner. Victory lane would prove to be emotional as Nicola
captured his first career victory at Jennerstown Speedway. Jimmy Nicola
dedicated his win to his late son Steven and nephew Jonathan who died
tragically not so long ago.

Steve Long in the #27 found his way back to victory lane in the Budweiser
Hobby Stock division after scraping the wall last week and dropping the point lead to last week’s feature winner, Eugene Zerefoss. Zerefoss battled his way from the 10th position in the #23 hobby stock but fell short on laps finishing in the second position over the #60 of Doug Long. In victory lane, Long realized how difficult it is going to be finding his way back to the top of the points race gaining only 2 points with his feature win tonight.

Next Saturday night, June 30th, race fans will be able to catch all the racing action for just $5 on the First Commonwealth Bank “Fan and Kids Appreciation Night”! “To show our appreciation for our dedicated fans, we are opening the gates at just $5 to all fans” states Joe Dirienzo track operations manager. Also on the schedule, will be our annual kid’s bike race where kids 12 and under have the chance to compete and win a new bicycle. A new bicycle will be given away for both a boy and a girl courtesy of First Commonwealth Bank. Please check our web page at www.jennerstown.com for all the rules and times. Following the racing, will be our annual 4th of July fireworks show. Again all admission is just $5 for adults and kids 7 and older. Kids 6 and under FREE!

Pit gates will open at 4:30, spectator gates at 5:30pm, practice begins at
6:30pm and all the racing action will get underway at 7:30pm. The fireworks
display will take place at the event conclusion.

THE LENNOX SUPER LATE MODEL 100with 2 additional divisions of short track racing action and mini-cups

June 15th, 2007

The Super Late Model point standings have Jenners,
PA Barry Awtey in the #75 Wheeler Brothers Super
Late, leading a tight points race where the top 5 are
separated by only 20 points. Each Super Late Model
feature has produced a new winner with close quarter
car length wins. Not only will there be extended laps
added to the feature but the purse will be increased
by two and a half times the normal payout giving the
winner $2,250 in take home pay. Track operations
manager Joe Dirienzo reported “because of the
higher pay scale, we have received numerous calls
from new drivers both in and out of the local area that
are planning on coming out this Saturday to compete
for the prize money. We are anticipation a full car
count to add to our already great racing program”.

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The Somerset Trust Company Street Stocks will
follow up the Super Late Models with a 20-lap feature
event where Adam Kostelnik is defending his 2006
season championship. Coming off of his first win of
the 2007 season last Saturday night, Adam in the #05
street stock has only a ten point lead over Scott
Bowman who had won in Jennerstown’s season
opener on May 26th. Again, as with the Super Late
Models, the Street Stock feature events have yielded a
new winner each week keeping the points race tight.

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In the Budweiser Hobby Stock division, Steve Long is
looking to continue his winning streak in the 15-lap
feature. Steve has captured wins in all three of the
Hobby Stock feature events however, this coming
week will push Steve to maximize his handling with
the 75 additional pounds of weight added to the #27.
The 2007 Hobby Stock rules state that for each
feature win, 25 pounds of weight must be added to
the car. The combined added weight and Eugene
Zerefoss, in the #23, trailing only 6 points, raises the
challenge set for Steve this Saturday night. Perhaps,
this will be the opportunity that Eugene Zerefoss has
been waiting for.

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Fans can only anticipate what lies ahead for all the
tight point races that continue this and every Saturday
night at Jennerstown Speedway. Admission for adult
fans ages 13 and over is $20, kids between the ages
of 7 to 12 are admitted for just $5 and kids 6 and
under are FREE!!

Spectator gates will open at 5:30pm, practice begins
at 6:30pm and all the racing action will get underway
at 7:30pm. ###

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About JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

Jennerstown Speedway is located in the Laurel
Mountains of Western Pennsylvania in Somerset
County. The track is located in Jennerstown, PA at
the intersection of Rt 30 and Rt 985. The track is
a .522 mile asphalt oval with a 550 ft frontstretch
banked at 6 degrees and 700 ft turns banked at 9
degrees. We feature short track racing action every
Saturday night from May thru September.
Website: http://www.jennerstown.com

MAARA Revises 2007 Schedule

March 1st, 2007

The MAARA series will make two stops at the Holland Speedway, Jennerstown Speedway, Lake Erie Speedway and Motordrome Speedway this season, while also visiting Adirondack Int. Speedway, and Lancaster Raceway Park for single events.

The previously announced July date at Adirondack has been moved to May 19. A tentative Sept. 21 Race of Champions event at Oswego Speedway has been cancelled.

2007 MAARA SCHEDULE

May 19 Adirondack Int. Speedway … 101-laps

May 26 Lake Erie Speedway … 100-laps

June 16 Jennerstown Speedway … 100-laps

June 22 Motordrome Speedway … 100-laps

June 30 Holland Speedway … 100-laps

July 21 Lake Erie Speedway … 200-laps

Aug. 4 Jennerstown Speedway … 100-laps

Aug. 10 Motordrome Speedway … 100-laps

Sept. 1 Holland Speedway … 100-laps

Sept. 30 Lancaster Raceway Park … 100-laps

Jennerstown Speedway Crowns 2006 Champions

January 22nd, 2007

Smith, who is normally the regions leading feature winner, only captured one checkered flag last season, but finished in the top-five 11 times in 13 starts to win his first title at the Somerset County half-mile paved oval. Smith clinched the championship on the final night of racing, defeating Mark Poole by a narrow eight-point margin. Barry Awtey, Garry Wiltrout and Rick Boyer rounded out the top-five in the points chase. By virtue of his Jennerstown championship run, Smith was also awarded 14th place in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division IV standings.

“I have tried for so long to win this championship, that it makes it special,” Smith stated during an emotional acceptance speech. “There are so many people to thank for getting me here, but I’ll always remember being a little kid and going around to all the area dirt tracks with my father. This one is for him.”

Other track champions included: Dusty Rhoads, who claimed his second consecutive WJAC-TV late model title, Adam Kostelnik, Advance Auto Parts street stocks, and John Steeley, hobby stocks.

Don Saylor was voted NASCAR Craftsman Mechanic of the Year by his fellow competitors. Saylor serves as the crew chief for Barry Awtey’s Wheeler Bros.- sponsored super late model team.

Speedway rookie-of-the-year awards were presented to: Ken Grimm (super late model), Chris Brink and Mark Rend (late model), Steve Singo (street stock) and Angelo Codispoti (hobby stock).

Jason Mignogna (super late model), Mel Wilt (late model), Scott Bowman (street stock) and Eugene Zerfoss (hobby stock) were awarded with most improved driver awards in their respective divisions.

Track owner Dave Wheeler addressed the audience and stated that while the 77 year-old track is for sale, it will be business as usual at Jennerstown during the 2007 season.

“We will be focusing on the weekly program more than in the past,” said Wheeler. “People tell me all the time that we would do better just concentrating on touring series events. That is not what I’m about. I love the weekly racers. That is why I got into the sport.”

Jennerstown Speedway Crowns 2006 Champions

January 21st, 2007

Smith, who is normally the regions leading feature winner, only captured one checkered flag last season, but finished in the top-five 11 times in 13 starts to win his first title at the Somerset County half-mile paved oval. Smith clinched the championship on the final night of racing, defeating Mark Poole by a narrow eight-point margin. Barry Awtey, Garry Wiltrout and Rick Boyer rounded out the top-five in the points chase. By virtue of his Jennerstown championship run, Smith was also awarded 14th place in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division IV standings.

“I have tried for so long to win this championship, that it makes it special,” Smith stated during an emotional acceptance speech. “There are so many people to thank for getting me here, but I’ll always remember being a little kid and going around to all the area dirt tracks with my father. This one is for him.”

Other track champions included: Dusty Rhoads, who claimed his second consecutive WJAC-TV late model title, Adam Kostelnik, Advance Auto Parts street stocks, and John Steeley, hobby stocks.

Don Saylor was voted NASCAR Craftsman Mechanic of the Year by his fellow competitors. Saylor serves as the crew chief for Barry Awtey’s Wheeler Bros.-sponsored super late model team.

Speedway rookie-of-the-year awards were presented to: Ken Grimm (super late model), Chris Brink and Mark Rend (late model), Steve Singo (street stock) and Angelo Codispoti (hobby stock).

Jason Mignogna (super late model), Mel Wilt (late model), Scott Bowman (street stock) and Eugene Zerfoss (hobby stock) were awarded with most improved driver awards in their respective divisions.

Track owner Dave Wheeler addressed the audience and stated that while the 77 year-old track is for sale, it will be business as usual at Jennerstown during the 2007 season.

“We will be focusing on the weekly program more than in the past,” said Wheeler. “People tell me all the time that we would do better just concentrating on touring series events. That is not what I’m about. I love the weekly racers. That is why I got into the sport.”

Jennerstown Speedway Withdraws From NASCAR

January 12th, 2007

The Somerset County speed plant had been affiliated with NASCAR since 1987, one year following the paving of the track by the late Stanley (Piney) Lasky Sr.

“We want to clearly point out that there is no animosity between Jennerstown and NASCAR,” said track General Manager Larry Mattingly. “NASCAR has been a great partner for 19-years, and has helped increase Jennerstown’s growth, both regionally and nationally.

“NASCAR has instituted a new business model regarding its grass roots weekly series program, however, that plan doesn’t fit the goals Jennerstown is attempting to accomplish this year,” he said. “That’s not to say the NASCAR plan is ’bad ‘per say; it just isn’t a good fit for Jennerstown at this point in time.”.

Along with the decision to withdraw from NASCAR, Mattingly also added that the 2007 weekly schedule would be released within the next two weeks.

“With the NASCAR decision behind us, we can now concentrate on preparing for the upcoming racing season.”

Thomas Captures MAARA Title

October 14th, 2006

MAARA was a co-operative effort between Holland (NY) Speedway, Jennerstown Speedway, Lake Erie Speedway, Lancaster (NY) Raceway Park and Motordrome Speedway to standardize regional asphalt late model racing and create a five-race special event series.

Thomas, a graduate of the Allison legacy car series, captured three consecutive 100-lap contests (Jennerstown/Holland/Lancaster) and finished fourth in the Lake Erie leg to defeat veteran Canadian pilot Pete Vanderwyst by 50-points for the championship.

“As a team our primary goal for 2006 was to win the MAARA championship,” Thomas said. “We have been a strong proponent of common rules and have been behind the MAARA concept from the beginning.

“It was fun having the opportunity to race at a number of different tracks,” said the Sharpsville-native. “Hopefully the series will get bigger and stronger next year.”

Thomas collected over $9,000 in prize money for his five race effort.

Glenn Gault Jr., who won the Lake Erie MAARA 125, was third in the final tally, followed by NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division 3 champion Mark Bliss and Rick Miller. T.J. Johnson, Todd Hoddick, Cole Pearn, Cory Lischer and Rich Skora rounded out the top-10 in the point race.

“The track operators felt the initial MAARA season was a tremendous success,” said Lake Erie Speedway General Manager Joe Lewandoski. “The average five-race car count was 34, and 90 different drivers participated in the series. Several tracks also reported that the best fan turn-out of the season was for its MAARA event.”

Jennerstown Speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly concurred on the success of the new series. “A major goal of MAARA in 2006 was to introduce the less expensive ‘crate’ engines into competition as an alternative to the more expensive custom-built power plants,” he said. “The end result found ‘crate’ engines winning four of the five races and taking the first five spots in the point championship. Seven of the top-10 point cars were powered by ‘crate’ engines.”

The future of MAARA appears bright, with several new tracks ready to join the fold. An 8-10 race schedule is forecast for 2007, along with several increased purse long distance events.

Rogers Takes Hooters ProCup 250

October 3rd, 2006

In winning the contest Rogers strengthened his hold on the 2006 Hooters Pro Cup National Championship chase, as the Jennerstown race marked round two of the six-event championship series which pits the top drivers from the United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) North and South divisions together for a post-season shoot out.

The Miller Lite 250 was held over to Sunday after lingering rain showers stopped the race at 49-laps Saturday evening. Defending USAR champion Benny Gordon picked-up where he left off Sat. by assuming command on the restart, and led the contest until Lap-77 when he elected to make his mandatory pit stop for fuel and tires.

Kirk Leone inherited the lead at that point, but quickly gave way to Jennerstown super late model competitor Tim Bainey Jr., who proceeded to lead the next 37-circuits before Gordon worked his way back to the front and back into the lead.

Gordon held the top spot until Rogers managed to slip under him after a side-by-side battle on the 152nd circuit.. Gordon dogged Rogers until disaster struck the DuBois driver following a restart on Lap 167. While attempting to clear the lapped car of Trevor Bayne going into the first turn, the two cars made contact sending Gordon’s Predator Performance Ford into the wall and out of the race.

Gordon was credited with a 33rd place finish, which placed a severe crimp in his title hopes. The three-time USAR North champion came into the Jennerstown race third in the point chase.

“”I really hated to see Benny have trouble,” said Rogers from Victory Lane. “ I don’t know hat happened, but I really wanted to race him for the win here. Jennerstown is their best track, and I know the crowd was pulling for him to win.”

With Gordon out of the picture Rogers was able to lead the remaining distance uncontested, although A.J. Frank closed to his rear bumper with 20 laps remaining, until he ran out of fuel on the back straight.

Rogers admitted he had some fuel concerns of his own. “We tried to conserve fuel all day, and I was easy on the throttle during the caution laps,” he said. “Our team works on fuel mileage, and it paid off today.”

Shelby Howard, who captured the Spring Jennerstown Hooters ProCup race finished second, driving for the team owned by NASCAR star Tony Stewart.. “We were satisfied with a second place finish,” Howard related. “All of the other teams tested here, and we didn’t. We were also battling with a voltage regulator problem all day.”

Mart Nesbitt finished a surprise third followed by Gary St. Amant, and Michael Ritch. Jack Bailey, Justin Hobgood, Derek Kale, Woody Howard, who won the opening USAR championship race at the new Iowa Speedway, and Shane Wallace rounded out the top-10 finishers.

Bainey was awarded 20th in the final tally after receiving a two-lap penalty for an illegal pass under a yellow flag situation.

Former Jennerstown weekly competitor Eric Corbett of Clear Spring, MD was disqualified Saturday evening when it was determined that lead weight had fallen out of his car. Corbett was running third in the race before it was stopped by rain.

Round three of the Hooters ProCup Championship Series moves to the Mansfield (Ohio) Speedway on Oct. 14.

Jennerstown Closes Season with Hooters ProCup 250

September 28th, 2006

The annual Jennerstown event, which pits the best drivers from the USAR North and South divisions together to decide the Hooters ProCup National Champion, is shaping up to be the biggest sectional battle since the Gettysburg Civil War confrontation.

Six Northern Division drivers are currently in the top- 10 positions following the opening race two-weeks ago at the all new Iowa Speedway. However, it is Southern Division champion Clay Rogers of Mooresville, NC that is sitting atop the point chase.

Rogers, the 2004 USAR champion, has combined a championship co-top seed and a seventh-place finish in the opener to lead the 44-car field into the Jennerstown fray.

Northern campaigner Woody Howard, who captured the Iowa contest, is currently 16-points down in second place, while defending Northern and National Champion Benny Gordon is third, 26 markers off the pace.

Gordon started the championship series tied for first with Rogers, but a 15th place finish in the Hawkeye State has placed him behind the eight-ball. After dominating the early season action, Gordon has hit a late-season slump, and will need a strong showing at the Laurel Highlands oval to get back on track.

Gordon considers Jennerstown to be his ‘home track’, and the DuBois resident has had a great deal of success in the past, winning two races and setting the current one-lap track record. Gordon dominated the spring Hooters ProCup event, before giving way to eventual winner Shelby Howard.

Johnny Rumley, who has taken over the Dale Earnhardt Jr-owned ride vacated by Shane Huffman, is fourth in the standings, followed by Daniel Johnson, who was second in the Iowa race. Howard, Shane Wallace, Lonnie Rush Jr., Bobby Gill and Jeff Agnew round out the top-10. Rumley, Howard, Gill and Agnew are all former winners at Jennerstown. Also entered in the event is two-time Jennerstown victor Mardy Lindley, who currently rides 13th in points,

Other notable entries include: 16-year old Joe Gibbs developmental driver Joey Logano, the second place finisher in the 2005 Jennerstown championship contest, Tim Bainey Jr, Eric Corbett, former NASCAR Elite Series champion Jeff Fultz, and Gary St.Amant, a multi-time American Speed Association champion.

The Miller Lite 250 will be televised on a tape- delayed basis on the SPEED Channel national cable system on Wed. Oct. 4 and Fri. Oct. 6.

Advance $15.00 discount tickets are still available through Thursday Sept. 28 on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695- 0888. Race day tickets will be $25.00 for adults, while kids, age 12 and under, will be admitted free.

Spectator gates open at 2:00 pm, with time trials set for 4:30. An on-track autograph session will be staged at 5:45 pm, with the Miller Lite 250 scheduled to receive the green flag at 7:00.

Rain date for the event is Sunday, Oct. 1.

Poole Victorious in Benson Int’l Championship Finale

September 18th, 2006

Poole, who picked-up his third checkered flag of the season, got past Todd Goble on Lap six of the feature, and then cruised to an easy win to nail down a close second behind Smith in the point chase.

“I was thrilled to win on opening night, and then being able to win two more during the year,” said an emotional Poole in victory lane. “If it wasn’t for one bad night we might have been celebrating the track championship instead of Mark (Smith). But, congratulations to his team… we raced hard against each other all year.”

Goble held off Smith to finish in the runner-up slot, while team mates Garry Wiltrout and Bobby Henry rounded out the top five. ASA late model series competitor Michael Annett finished sixth, trailed by Barry Awtey, Todd Price, Tommy Beck, and Jeff Dunmyer.

Dusty Rhoads captured his eighth WJAC-TV late model victory, and clinched his second consecutive divisional title, by driving past Snooky Williams on the 12th lap of the 20 lap main event. The front running duo was followed home by Mel Wilt, Matt Howsare and Chris Brink.

Adam Kostelnik clinched the Advance Auto Parts street stock championship by winning the first of two 20-lap feature contests. Kostelnik ran down early pace setter Phill Grubbs to annex his eighth win at the Somerset County half-mile paved oval. Scott Bowman finished a close third in front of Steve Singo and Andrew Kostelnik.

Little brother, Andrew Kostelnik, turned the tables in the street stock night cap, defeating older brother Adam to win his first Jennerstown event. Grubbs, Bowman and Todd Knight finished third through fifth.

Doug Long held off title contenders Eugene Zerfoss and John Steeley to win the hobby stock finale. Scot McCall and Brandon Bittner completed the top-five. Steely edged Zerfoss for championship honors by eight points.

Ron Robbins won the super mini cup feature contest.

Wiltrout Wins ‘Steelers Salute’ Special

September 11th, 2006

The Somerset driver annexed his second NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series checkered flag of the season in the 40-lap Courtesy Suzuki super late model feature contest.

Wiltrout, who started fourth on the field, dodged an early race bullet when he made contact with early pace setter Todd Goble, and then had his eyes glued in the rear view mirror on a fast closing Mark Poole during the final 10-laps of the event.

“I knew those guys were coming up fast from the back,” said Wiltrout. “I was able to get through the lapped traffic a little better with five laps to go, and that was a big relief.”

As for the contact with Goble, who ended up sideways in Turn 3 following the fourth lap incident while the two cars were running side by side… “I apologize for getting into him,” said Wiltrout, “but I really think it was both of our faults.”

Poole moved into the runner-up slot on the fifth circuit, and worked on reeling in Wiltrout, who had built up a comfortable margin. Poole closed to Wiltrout’s back bumper, but slipped back again when the pair encountered heavy lapped traffic on Lap 35.

Barry Awtey was third, trailed by point leader Mark Smith and Kyle Martel. Rick Boyer, Goble, Jeff Dunmyer, Tommy beck, subbing for Jason Lasky, and Doug Bacchiochi rounded out the top-10.

Dusty Rhoads picked up victory number seven and virtually clinched his second championship in the WJAC-TV late model class with a next to the last lap pass of Snooky Williams coming off of the fourth turn in the 25-lap main event.

Wade Champeno was third, followed by Matt Howsare and Mel Wilt.

Meyersdale’s Steve Long collected his first win in the 15-lap hobby stock contest, following a thrilling battle with Brandon Bittner. Point leader John Steeley collected third, in front of Scott McCall and Angelo Codispoti, who set the early pace.

The Advance Auto Parts street stock feature was cancelled when rain stopped their contest while safety crews were cleaning up a first lap accident involving the cars of Vince Kaider, Tom Knight Sr. and Bill Ashton.

The street stock division will run twin 20-lap feature races next Saturday, Sept. 16.

Steelers Salute This Saturday at Jennerstown

September 6th, 2006

Headlining the celebration will be a free autograph session with Steelers running back Verron Haynes and linebacker James Harrison.

Haynes, a five-year veteran out of the University of Georgia, has been the designated ‘third-down’ running back in the Steelers offensive scheme due to his pass catching ability. With the retirement of Jerome Bettis, Haynes is expected to take on an even bigger role in the 2006 Steelers attack.

A tough, hard-hitting linebacker, Harrison played in all 16 regular season games, and made three starts when Clark Haggans was sidelined with an injury. Harrison made national headlines during a Christmas Eve game at Cleveland when he slammed a fan to the ground for trespassing on the field. After missing two post-season play-off games Harrison returned to the roster for Super Bowl XL, leading the special team unit with three tackles.

Also on tap Saturday will be the Coca-Cola Traveling Great Hall, a scaled-down replica of the building permanently located within Heinz Field. The traveling display is a walk through exhibit which features Steelers highlight videos, memorabilia, tributes to Hall of Fame players, interactive activities, and a prize wheel to spin for free hats, bumper stickers and other merchandise.

Rounding out the entertainment extravaganza will be the sixth and final fireworks display of the 2006 season, featuring a spectacular aerial display of pyrotechnics.

And if all of that wasn’t enough, there will also be a complete card of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racing action featuring the Courtesy Suzuki super late models, WJAC-TV late models, Advance Auto Parts street stocks and the hobby stocks.

Meyersdale’s Mark Smith continues to sit atop the super late model point standings with 494 markers. Mark Poole is second with 478, followed by Barry Awtey (470), Rick Boyer (436) and Kyle Martel (426). Martel is the leading feature winner, with three victories under his belt.

In the late models, Jennerstown’s Dusty Rhoads holds a 26-point lead over Mel Wilt, 560-534. Rhoads also leads the division with six feature wins.

East McKeesport’s Adam Kostelnik is the speedway’s leading feature winner with eight checkered flags and also leads the street stock standings with 492 points. Scott Bowman is is currently holds down the runner-up spot with 456.

In the closest point race John Steeley holds a slim four-point margin over Eugene Zerfoss, 564-560, in the hobby stock class.

Speedway officials have announced that prize tickets contained in the Aug. 12 ‘Race of Champions’ souvenir program may be used for $4.00 discount admission prices for the Sept. 9 and 16 events. The Aug 12 program tickets, which were originally good for free admission for the races on Sept. 2, will now carry a $4.00 cash value for the Sept. 9 and 16 contests. Only one discount ticket per customer will be honored at each event.

Adult admission for the ‘Steelers Salute’ is $8.00, while kids, age 12 and under, will be admitted free of charge.

Spectator gates open at 5:00 pm, with the first race set to begin at 6:00.

Jennerstown Forced to Cancel September 2nd Program

September 2nd, 2006

“A heavier than expected all night storm, and the expectation of rain showers throughout the day will make our parking lots pretty much unusable,” said speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly.

Three events remain on the 2006 Jennerstown schedule. Next Saturday, Sept. 9 will feature a Steelers Salute, honoring the 2005 National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl champions. Steelers running back Verron Haynes and linebacker James Harrison will be on hand to participate in a free autograph session. Along with a full NASCAR race program, the Coca-Cola Traveling Great Hall, a scaled down replica of the building located within Heinz Field, will also be appearing. The great Hall exhibit will feature Steelers highlight films, NFL displays, interactive activities and a prize wheel awarding free merchandise. Capping off the evening will be the final fireworks display of the season.

The following Saturday, Sept. 16, will feature ‘Championship Night’, which will be highlighted by the crowning of the 2006 NASCAR divisional champions, Additionally, the super mini-cups have also been added to the race card.

The traditional Hooters ProCup National Championship North versus South race, the Charlie Campbell Memorial Miller Lite 250 presented by Predator Performance, will ring down the season curtain on Sat., Sept. 30. Advance $15.00 discount tickets are now on sale through midnight Sept. 28 on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695-0888. Gate price for tickets on race day will be $25.00. Kids, age 12 and under, will be admitted free of charge.

Speedway officials also announced that prize tickets contained in the August 12 ‘Race of Champions’ souvenir program may be used for $4.00 discount admission prices for the Sept. 9 and 16 events. The Aug. 12 program tickets, which were originally good for free admission for the races on Sept. 2, will now carry a $4.00 cash value for the Sept. 9 and 16 contests. Only one discount ticket per customer will be honored at each event.

Christmas Come Early for Kyle Martel

August 28th, 2006

Martel, driving a car powered by a low cost Chevrolet ‘crate’ engine, started fifth in the field and chased down early pace setter Jeff Dunmyer on Lap 11 to take command. Once in front Martel continued to build up his advantage, eventually winning by over a half straight margin over Mark Poole, who moved into second on the 22nd circuit.

“I owe everything to the guys who work on the car,” said Martel from Victory Lane. “They make it happen every week. I had an absolutely dream car to drive tonight. I can’t even begin to describe how awesome it really was tonight. .Consistency was the key factor.”

Current point leader Mark Smith finished a distant third, followed by Barry Awtey, recovering from an early race incident and former track champion Dunmyer, who recorded his best finish of the season.

Garry Wiltrout, Tim Bainey Jr., Mark Cottone, Todd Price and Marion Reno Jr. rounded out the top-10.

Chris Brink recorded his first ever victory in the 20-lap WJAC-TV late model feature, holding off the advances of point leader Dusty Rhoads, who applied constant pressure after recovering from a first lap multi-car altercation. Veteran Snooky Williams was third, ahead of Dan Brink and Todd Corson.

Current Advance Auto Parts street stock point leader Adam Kostelnik returned to the winners circle in the 15-lap main, by out driving Todd Knight, Scott Bowman Bill Ashton and Bobby Young to pick-up his eighth checkered flag of the campaign.

Greensburg driver John Steeley won his third hobby stock feature event, which in turn moved him into the division point lead.

Steeley assumed the front spot on the fifth go-round, and held off a fast closing Scott McCall, Steve Long, Eugene Zerfoss and Teddy Gibal in the evening nightcap.

Jennerstown Celebrates “Christmas in August” this Saturday

August 23rd, 2006

Highlighting the evening will be bicycle and big wheel races for kids up to 12-years of age. Children must provide their own bicycles and everyone will be required to wear a protective helmet in the races.

Kids can also meet Santa, and receive free presents. There will also be a ‘Toys for Toys’ drive, and fans are encouraged to bring a new toy that can be distributed to needy children in December.

Prior to the start of the racing events an on-track autograph session will be held, permitting fans to go trackside to meet their favorite drivers and gain a close-up view of the cars participating in the race event.

Capping off the nights festivities will be the fifth Speedway fireworks spectacular of the 2006 season.

Last week the entire feature event schedule was cancelled when a severe thunder and lightening storm struck the speedway at the conclusion of the qualifying heat races.

Although the completion of the heat races constituted a completed event under speedway guidelines, track management has extended an invitation for everyone to bring their ‘rain checks’ to this weeks event for free admission.

“We were overwhelmed by the large crowd that was in attendance last Saturday evening, considering the strong possibility of rain that was in the weather forecast,” said track General Manager Larry Mattingly. “We want to show our support for the fans by inviting them back this week to see a free race on us.”

One of the drivers everyone will have their eye on is Windber’s Robby Marhefka, who has come alive in the Courtesy Suzuki super late model class the past few weeks. The second generation driver, who has returned to weekly competition after spending the past several seasons on the Hooters ProCup tour, has been very competitive after overcoming a series of nagging mechanical problems and on-track incidents with his new crate-engine car.

“We are starting to get faster and more competitive each week,” Marhefka said. “We seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time at the beginning of the year. We’re starting to make progress, and we are running with the leaders.”

Admission for the fan appreciation night special is $4.00, regardless of age.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00 pm, with the on-track autograph session set to begin at 6:00. The first race will receive the green flag at 7:00 pm.

Rain Victorious on Emergency Service Night

August 20th, 2006

The program was cancelled following the completion of the qualifying heats, and as the hobby stock feature was pulling onto the half-mile paved oval for the start of the first of four feature events.

Also falling victim to the weather was the big Emergency Service Night Appreciation feature presented by Somerset Hospital and the Somerset Daily-American. The fire show to be performed by Pat Davidson, driver of ‘Under Pressure’, the world’s fastest jet-powered ambulance also had to be cancelled.

“We normally try to wait out a rain shower to see if we can dry off the track and continue racing,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “However, the radar indicated that the storm was going to be severe, and would probably last for several hours. We have to put the safety of our fans and competitors up front.”

Even though the heat races were completed, which constitutes a complete show, speedway officials announced that they will honor all rain checks for next Saturday nights ‘Christmas in August’ Fan Appreciation attraction, which will feature bike races for the kids and a fireworks exhibition at the completion of the races.

“We had such a great crowd on hand, despite the forecast of rain, that we wanted all the fans who supported us to see a full program of racing,” said Mattingly.

Jennerstown Honors EMS Workers Saturday

August 19th, 2006

“Having been a volunteer firefighter I know first hand the long hours and dedication that our emergency service personnel provide to local communities in the area,” said track General Manager Larry Mattingly. “The speedway dedicates a night each year to honor their service and to say ‘thank you’ for the sacrifice and effort they make to maintain our safety.”

To that end the speedway will offer free admission to all EMS personnel who present a service membership card and proof of identification at the admission windows.

Highlighting the special activities will be a parade of EMS apparatus and the special appearance of ‘Under Pressure’, the world’s fastest jet-powered ambulance.

Constructed by Upton, Massachusetts builder/driver Pat Davidson, the ‘Under Pressure’ vehicle appears to be a stock ambulance on the outside, sporting a standard International cab and crew box. But, underneath it is a pure race vehicle, featuring a hand-built chassis that contains a massive J-79 jet engine that is capable of propelling the vehicle at speeds of over 208 miles per hour, with a thrust of 18,000 pounds.

In NASCAR Courtesy Suzuki super late model action current pace setter Mark Smith of Meyersdale and Mark Poole will continue their battle for track championship honors. Smith stretched his margin to 18-points after finishing third in last week’s MAARA 100, while Poole was forced to accept a sixth place finish after leading the first 75-laps of the contest.

Dusty Rhoads and Adam Kostelnik continue to maintain big leads in the WJAC-TV late models and Advance Auto Parts street stocks respectively. The closest point race remains in the hobby stock class where Acosta’s Eugene Zerfoss has only a two point spread over John Steeley.

Adult admission for the EMS Salute is $8.00, while kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

Spectator gates open at 5:00 pm, with racing set to begin at 6:00.

Thomas Wins Jennerstown MAARA 100

August 13th, 2006

In the Race of Champions exhibition contest Greg Biffle, the winningest driver in 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup action, bested Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Martin Truex Jr in front of a standing room only crowd of over 8,000 fans. Dale Earnhardt Jr served as the guest flagman for the contest.

Thomas, a regular campaigner at the Lake Erie Speedway, who began his racing career at Jennerstown in the PA legacy class, took the lead from Pete Vanderwyst on Lap-78, after coming from the sixth starting spot in the 33-car starting field.

“This win was awesome.. our crew worked so hard on this car all afternoon,” said an ecstatic Thomas from Victory Lane. “I just love 100-lap races; I’m not much of a 40-lap sprint driver. Early in the race we couldn’t get the restarts to go our way, so we decided to save our equipment for the end.”

Vanderwyst had gotten past Mark Poole two laps earlier on a restart, but the Canadian pilot was unable to fend off Thomas., and was forced to settle for a close second. Poole had led the first 75 circuits of the century grind.

Current Jennerstown point leader Mark Smith finished third ahead of Barry Awtey and Glenn Gault Jr. who came into the race leading the MARRA point standings.

Rounding out the top-10 were Poole, Rick Boyer, Kyle Martel, Bobby Henry and Rick Miller.

Mark Rend captured his second WJAC-TV late model division victory, leading all 20-laps to defeat Mel Wilt, Snooky Williams, Chris Brink, and Andrew Wylie.

Phil Grubbs was a first time winner in the Advance Auto Parts street stock 25-lap feature event, outrunning Richard Nicola, Adam Kostelnik, Bobby Young and last week’s feature winner Scott Bowman.

Scott McCall returned to the winners circle in the hobby stock class, besting Eugene Zerfoss, Steve Long, John Steeley and Teddy Gibala.

Paul Breeden of Bethesda, MD won the 15-lap mini-cup finale

Top NASCAR Drivers Invade Jennerstown August 12

August 11th, 2006

Leading the pack will be Earnhardt Jr., who has been voted NASCAR’s most popular driver for three consecutive years. Earnhardt is currently ranked 10th in points, which puts him in position to contend for the coveted ‘Chase For The Nextel Cup Championship.” Although he is not permitted to drive in the Jennerstown event, Earnhardt will be serving as the flagman for the race.

Biffle, who was the winningest driver on the Nextel Cup tour in 2005, currently sits in the 12th position, but still is in contention for one of the Chase slots. Biffle finished second in the Chase last year behind Tony Stewart, missing the title by only 35-points.

Nextel Cup rookie Truex Jr. has moved up to 20th spot in the rankings after a sluggish performance during the first half of the season. A team mate to Earnhardt Jr. on the powerful Dale Earnhardt Inc.race team, Truex was the 2004-2005 champion in the NASCAR BUSCH Series.

Joining the above three drivers will be Kenny Wallace, who is running 10th in the competitive BUSCH Series point race, and veteran Ken Schrader, the ninth place finisher in this year’s Daytona 500.

All five drivers will participate in a pre-race autograph session. Each driver will sign 500 autographs, which will be determined by a lottery utilizing the track souvenir program.

Joining the RoC that night will be a 100-lap Mid-Atlantic Asphalt Racing Alliance (MAARA) championship event for super late models. Drivers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Canada will be on hand to contest round three of the MAARA championship series. Glenn Gault Jr. of Hubbard, Oh is the current MAARA point leader, trailed closely by Rick Miller, Mark Bliss, Pete Vanderwyst, and T.J. Johnson.

Also on the race card will be a ‘feature only’ format for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series late models, and street stocks, as well as the hobby stocks and mini-cup cars.

A limited number of advance $30.00 discount tickets are still available through Thursday, Aug. 10 on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695-0888. All seats are reserved. Tickets on the day of the event will be $40.00.

Parking lots open at 8:00 am, with spectators admitted at 11:00 am. An on-track autograph session will take place at 6:00 pm, followed by the first race at 7:00.

This event will be held ‘rain or shine’. In the event the racing portion of the event is cancelled fans will be issued a rain check for a future Jennerstown racing event.

Awtey Take Jennerstown Kid’s Day Feature

August 7th, 2006

Smith had led the contest since Lap 8, after inheriting the front spot when early pacesetter Robby Marhefka and Mark Poole both took hard hits into the third turn wall, bringing out a red flag. Poole’s car caught fire briefly from a ruptured oil line. Neither driver was injured in the melee.

On the ensuing restart Smith jumped ahead of Todd Goble and built up a full straightaway lead over Goble and Awtey, who battled for the runner-up position for five circuits.

Awtey began closing the gap, as Smith’s car began to tighten and push up the track exiting the corners. The Jenners veteran finally made the winning pass coming off the fourth turn on Lap 38.

“I knew I had to go like heck to catch Mark (Smith) when he had such a big lead,” Awtey said from Victory Lane. “I ran it for all it was worth, and we just lucked out. When I saw him slip up high coming off of four, it was just like piranha’s smelling blood.”

Blairsville’s Rick Boyer settled for a distant third, while Goble and Garry Wiltrout rounded out the top-five.

Dusty Rhoads grabbed the lead from Snooky Williams eight laps into the WJAC-TV late model 25-lap feature, and then cruised to an easy win.

Andrew Wylie moved into second late in the contest, and then held off Mel Wilt, Chris Brink and Todd Corson.

Adam Kostelnik saw his Advance Auto Parts street stock win skein stopped at seven, as an early race skirmish sent him to the pit area.

With Kostelnik on the sidelines Scott Bowman battled past Bill Ashton on Lap 15, then held off the charge of Todd Knight to annex his first ever checkered flag in the class. Ashton finished third ahead of Tom Knight Sr. and Jonathan Hileman.

Deidre Petrie captured her first hobby stock feature of the year after re-passing Steve Long on the white flag lap to regain the top spot. Petrie had led the entire contest until getting caught in traffic on the 12th lap, which permitted Long to take command.

Long held on to finish second over Doug Long, Scott McCall and Eugene Zerfoss.

Truex Completes Race of Champions Field

August 4th, 2006

Truex will join fellow DEI team mate Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader in the ‘Race of Champions’ contest. Truex, Biffle, Wallace and Schrader will drive in two eight-lap exhibition races, while Earnhardt Jr. will serve as the flagman for the event. All five drivers will participate in a pre-race autograph session.

A second-generation NASCAR driver, Truex began his racing career at age 11 by running go-karts, and moved into the open-wheel modified class at Wall Stadium in 1998. He was an instant success, finishing sixth in points and winning a feature during his rookie season of competition.

Two years later Truex made the big jump to the NASCAR BUSCH North series, where he finished 12th in points and second in rookie points. He also picked up a victory at New Hampshire International Speedway in only his eighth series start.

Truex continued campaigning his family-owned operation on the BUSCH North circuit over the next three seasons, compiling an outstanding record, which included four wins and numerous pole awards.

The New Jersey pilot received his big break in 2003 running a part-time NASCAR BUSCH series schedule for Chance 2 Motorsports, which was co-owned by Earnhardt Jr. and Teresa Earnhardt, widow of the late seven-time Nextel Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. Truex compete in only 10 races, but finished with consecutive second place finishes at Rockingham and Homestead Speedways.

Truex was elevated to full time BUSCH series status in 2004 and responded by garnering the championship with six wins in 32 starts. He finished 10th or better on 20 other occasions while starting on the pole seven times.

Truex Jr. duplicated the BUSCH title in 2005, and the results were almost as sweet. He again captured six events. In all, he collected 15 top-five finishes (seven more in the top 10) and three Bud Pole awards..

For the 2006 season Truex has been promoted to the Nextel Cup ranks where he is wheeling the No. 1 Dale Earnhardt Inc. / Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

A 100-lap Mid-Atlantic Asphalt Racing Alliance super late model championship event, featuring drivers from a four state area will join the ROC on the Jennerstown race card that evening.

Advance $30.00 discount tickets are still available through Aug. 10 on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695-0888. All seats are reserved.

Speedway parking lots will, open at 8:00 am, with spectators admitted at 11:00 am The first race will get the green flag at 7:00 pm.

Jennerstown Celebrates National Kids Day this Saturday

August 3rd, 2006

“We’re going to have something for kids of all ages,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “We have a bicycle stunt team, clowns, the Frito Lay Cheetos mascot, go-kart races, face painting and capping everything off will be a big fireworks show. There should be something for everyone.”

The X-Factor Tour, featuring high flying BMX riders, in-line skaters and a skateboard team will perform a number of thrill acts throughout the course of the program.

“These thrill shows have become very popular on reality TV programming, and eventually have evolved into a legitimate sport over the past several years,” Mattingly said. “I saw an X-Factor show last year at an indoor arena, and immediately knew it would be perfect for our Jennerstown audience.”

Also on tap is a full program of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racing action featuring the Courtesy Suzuki super late models, WJAC-TV late models, Advance Auto Parts street stocks and the hobby stock division.

Mark Poole will be looking to stretch his current 10-point margin over second place Mark Smith in the 40-lap super late model feature attraction. The high-flying duo have separated themselves from the remainder of the pack, as third-place Barry Awtey trails by 32-markers. Rick Boyer and Garry Wiltrout round out the top-five.

Mark Rend, a nephew of multi-time track champion and former NASCAR Northeast champion Steve Peles, will be looking for his second victory of the season in the late model class. Dusty Rhoads still maintains a healthy 20-point bulge over Mel Wilt, despite the fact he has been shut out of Victory Lane the past twoo race meets.

There appears to be no stopping Adam Kostelnik in the street stock division, as the East McKeesport driver recorded his seventh consecutive feature win this past Saturday. Phil Grubbs is still within striking distance, but trails by 28-points.

The closest point battle is in the hobby stock class, where leader John Steeley is hanging on to a four-point margin over Eugene Zerfoss and Teddy Gibala Jr.

Adult admission is $8.00, while kids, age 12 and under, will be admitted free. Free admission will also be granted to all scouts coming to the races in uniform.

Spectator gates open at 5:00 pm, with the first race set to begin at 6:00 pm.

Bires Wins ASA 200, Rookie Rend Snags First LM FEature

July 30th, 2006

Bires broke out of a tight five-car battle for the lead on Lap-62 to take the front spot from Jack Smith with an outside pass going down the back stretch. From this point Bires never looked back has he built his lead to over a full straight at one point and lapped up to the seventh place finisher.

“We had a great race car tonight,” said Bires. “The car was real loose for the first 30-laps or so, but then got better towards the end of the first hundred. We put two new rights on and added fuel for the second segment. New tires usually free the car up, but our car got really tight during the last 50-laps.

“We’re leading the ASA national points right now,” he said, “ but our team concentrates more on winning races. Our focus is on the next race.”

Smith hung on for second place, and was actually closing the gap a bit at the end. “Our car was good,” Smith said. “Lapped traffic screwed us up… I was hoping to get a shot at Kelly at the end. I think we may have had something for him on a short run.”

Brent Downey was third, trailed by Peter Cozzolino, Landon Cassill, Charlie Menard, Travis Dassow, Eddie Hoffman, Jesse Smith and Jeff VanOudenhoven.

Former track champion Garry Wiltrout finished 15th, while two-time 2006 feature winner Kyle Martel was 16th. Former Jennerstown campaigner Rick Miller led the first 35 laps of the contest, but was later involved in a spin, and dropped out with mechanical problems to finish 18th.

Chad Wood was the fastest in time trials, stopping the clock with a time of 18.622.

In NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series action rookie Mark Rend captured his first WJAC-TV late model event by leading all 25 laps, and withstanding a strong challenge from current point leader Dusty Rhoads. Mel Wilt was third, ahead of Chris Brink and Wade Champeno.

Adam Kostelnik continued his winning streak in the Advance Auto Parts street stocks, winning his seventh consecutive 20 lapper over Steve Singo, Bill Ashton, Phil Grubbs and Scott Bowman.

Eugene Zerfoss returned to Victory Lane in the 15-lap hobby stock finale, outdistancing Scott McCall, John Steeley, Teddy Gibala, and Doug Long.

Martel Attempts to Defend Home Turf in ASA 200

July 27th, 2006

Martel, who has won twice this season at the Laurel Highlands half-mile paved oval, and is ranked fifth in the Courtesy Suzuki super late model point standings, knows that he has his work cut out for him against the ASA regulars.

“We’ve competed in four ASA races prior to this one (Jennerstown), and to be honest we haven’t done as well as we expected,’ said the Lebanon teenager. “”Many of these guys are my age, but they are racing at different tracks every week, and many of them have ties to NASCAR Nextel Cup teams.

“We are a low-buck weekly team,” he said, “but we are going to give it our best shot and see what happens. If we can qualify well, and start up-front, I think we can be competitive.”

Martel is also looking for a little luck. The past two weeks have found him involved in accidents,, and a month ago he blew his ‘only’ crate engine in the Mid-Atlantic Asphalt Racing Alliance ( MAARA) event at the Motordrome Speedway.

“Right now I’m using a borrowed two-year old motor that was lent to us by Jennerstown Speedway owner Dave Wheeler,” Martel said. “We have a new engine ordered, but if Dave wouldn’t have given us a back-up to use, we would have been on the sidelines.”

Included among the ASA contenders Martel will have to defeat is current point leader Kelly Bires, who has two wins to his credit on the national tour. Other top ASA challengers include Landon Cassill, Chad Wood, Jake Ryan, and Eddie Hoffman.

Joining ASA on Saturday’s race card will be the WJAC-TV late models, Advance Auto Parts street stocks and the hobby stock class, Due to the MAARA race at the Lake Erie Speedway on Sunday the Courtesy Suzuki super late models will not be in action.

Advance $15.00 discount tickets are still available until Thursday (7/27) on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling1-888 695-0888. Adult admission on Saturday will be $25.00. Kids, age 12 and under, will be admitted free.

Spectator gates open at 2:00 pm, while the first race is set to begin at 5:00. There will be a special ASA on-track autograph session during the evening.

The rain date is Sunday, June 30.

Mignogna Crashes to Jennerstown Victory

July 25th, 2006

But the win was bittersweet for the Greensburg-driver. After crossing the start/finish line on Lap 22 Mignogna got tangled with second place runner Kyle Martel. Mignogna’s car rode high up on the front stretch wall, then slid on its side hurtling violently into the first turn wall and up into the retaining fence, before ending up on its wheels in the middle of the turn.

Mignogna was not injured in the crash, but his car was destroyed in the accident. While rescue and safety crews were securing the accident scene and repairing the catch fence, rain showers returned to the half-mile paved oval for the third time during the program, forcing cancellation of the event at that point.

Scoring reverted back to the last scored lap, awarding the win to Mignogna. Martel finished second, followed by Mark Smith, point leader Mark Poole, and last week’s feature winner Garry Wiltrout.

Following the accident a fight erupted in the pits between several of the race teams. Possible disciplinary action will be announced at a later date.

Veteran Latrobe driver Snooky Williams stopped Dusty Rhoads’ win streak at four in the WJAC-TV late model class, leading all 20-laps to win his first race in 10-years.

“Our car still wasn’t working very well, it was loose,” said Williams in Victory Lane. “We had the advantage of starting up front and that helped us. We changed two springs before the feature. Most people never do that, but we had to try something, because we were in left field in the heat race.”

Wade Champeno was second, ahead of Todd Corsan, Andrew Wylie and Chris Brink. Rhoads finished sixth in the final tally.

Portage competitor Doug Long held off teammate Scott McCall to capture his second hobby stock main event. John Steeley was third, while Teddy Gibala and Steve Long rounded out the top-five positions.

The Advance Auto Parts street stock finale was a cancelled due to the rain.

Schrader Joins ‘Race of Champions’ Line-up

July 21st, 2006

Schrader will join Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Kenny Wallace and a yet-to-be-named NASCAR driver for the event. The four Nextel Cup pilots – excluding Earnhardt Jr, who will serve as the flagman for the contest – will participate in two eight-lap exhibition races driving Courtesy Suzuki super late model cars raced weekly in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Jennerstown. All five drivers will participate in a pre-race autograph session.

“Ken (Schrader) competed in the 2005 ROC, along with Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth and Sterling Marlin,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “He loved the track, and jumped at the opportunity to return. Ken is very popular with our fans and competitors … we’ve actually been trying to find an open date to bring him in to race in one of our weekly shows.”

The Fenton, MO native grew up on the Midwestern dirt tracks, specializing in open wheel cars. After winning two United States Auto Club (USAC) championships in 1982-83, Schrader moved into the NASCAR ranks in 1984, and was named the Nextel Cup top rookie one year later.

Schrader began driving for Hendrick Motorsports in 1988 and for the next nine years finished in the top 10 in the final point standings six times. His first career Cup victory came in July 1988 at Talladega. During his tenure with Hendrick, Schrader posted all four of his Cup victories, along with 54 top-fives and 110 top-10 finishes. In 1994 Schrader finished a career-best fourth in points.

For 2006 Schrader has taken over the seat of the famed Wood Brothers #21 Ford, which has been driven in the past by such luminaries as A.J. Foyt, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd. In his first start for the Wood Brothers Schrader recorded a ninth place finish this past February’s Daytona 500.

In addition to the ROC, Jennerstown will also be hosting the Mid-Atlantic Asphalt Racing Alliance (MAARA) 100-lap super late model championship, which will attract drivers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, and Canada.

Advance $30.00 discount tickets for the event are available through Aug. 10 on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695-0888. The event will be held ‘rain or shine’. In the event the MAARA and weekly series races are cancelled, spectators will be issued a rain-check for a future Jennerstown event.

Parking lots will open at 8:00 am, while spectators will be admitted to the grandstands at 11:00. The first race will begin at 5:00 pm.

Bainey Gears up for Jennerstown Return

July 20th, 2006

“Our team really enjoys competing at Jennerstown,” said Bainey. “We’ve been so tied up with our Hooters ProCup program and various sponsor appearances, that it has been tough for us to make it back down.”

Bainey is just one of five different drivers who has tasted the fruits of Victory Lane. Former track champion Garry Wiltrout broke the ice last weekend, after suffering through a myriad of mechanical woes early in the season.

The hottest driver in the super late model division the past month has been Lebanon County teenager Kyle Martel, who has accounted for two convincing victories with his General Motors-powered ‘crate’ engine machine. Martel got caught up in a wild melee on the front straight last Sat., which saw the car of Jeff Dunmyer climb on top of his number 59 mount, then roll on to its roof.

“The car looked worse than it was,” said crew chief Bill Martel. “We had to replace most of the body and some interior panels. We’ll be ready to go this week, but it probably won’t look very pretty.”

Dunmyer. a multi-time track champion, and a former NASCAR Northeast Region title winner, is also shooting to return to competition this week, despite moderate damage to his Charlie Beam-owned car.

Watkins Chevrolet and Highland Harley-Davidson will combine to present a ‘Crusin’ Night’ special, which will feature classic cars and custom bikes on display. Free grandstand admission will be offered to anyone driving a Corvette, or riding a motorcycle to the track.

Dusty Rhoads (WJAC-TV late models) and Adam Kostelnik (Advance Auto Parts street stocks) will both be attempting to keep their winning streaks alive. Kostelnik has won six in a row, while Rhoads hasn’t been defeated in the past four weeks.

Seven different drivers have won in the hobby stock class, with Angelo Codispoti picking-up his first ever victory this past Saturday.

Adult admission is $8.00, while Kids 12 and under are free. Spectator gates open at 5:00 pm, with the first race set to begin at 6:00.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to Appear at Jennerstown

July 19th, 2006

Earnhardt will be joined by fellow NASCAR Nextel Cup competitors Greg Biffle, Kenny Wallace and two yet-to-be-named drivers for the event. Earnhardt will participate in the popular pre-race autograph session, but is not permitted to drive in the actual RoC contest due to a contractual agreement with his sponsor. Earnhardt will conduct an on-track interview and will also serve as the flagman for the RoC.

“Due to his hectic race and personal appearance schedules Dale Jr. is only able to make a handful of short-track appearances every year,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “We feel very fortunate to be able to attract him to Jennerstown. I know for a fact that he selected Jennerstown over several other tracks.

“Earnhardt is the most popular, and well known driver in NASCAR,” he said. “His image is everywhere – television, videos, package branding, magazine ads, commercials. He is one of the biggest attractions in the entire sports industry.”

The son of deceased seven-time Nextel Cup champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., ‘Little E’, as he is known in the pit area, has made a name for himself on the track since graduating to NASCAR’s senior circuit in 1999. In eight years of competition Earnhardt Jr. has amassed 17 wins in 237 starts, and has also accounted for six poles along with 65 top-five and 100 top-10 finishes.

Earnhardt Jr scored his most recent triumph this past May at the Richmond (VA) Int. Raceway. The Kannapolis, NC native has career winnings of over $38 million dollars, and currently sits in the third position for NASCAR’s prestigious ‘Chase for the Nextel Cup’ championship.

Earnhardt Jr., a graduate of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, also has racked up impressive statistics in the NASCAR BUSCH Series, capturing 22 checkered flags and two championships (1998-99).

The Jennerstown RoC will spotlight the four Nextel Cup stars competing in two eight-lap exhibition races, driving cars that normally compete in the Courtesy Suzuki super late model division.

Prior to the racing activity the five drivers will participate in an interactive fan appreciation session, where they will sign 500 autographs per driver. Autograph recipients will be selected through a lottery system utilizing the speedway program. There will also be a simultaneous on-track autograph session featuring the weekly performers of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series.

Also on tap that evening is a special 100-lap Mid-Atlantic Asphalt Racing Alliance (MAARA) super late model event, featuring competitors from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, New York and Canada.

Advance $30.00 reserve seat discount tickets are now available through Aug. 10 on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695-0888. All seats are reserved, regardless of age. Race day reserve seats are $40.00 .

“This event sold-out a week in advance last year,” Mattingly said. “I would strongly suggest ordering tickets early if you want a seat.”

The 2005 RoC attracted a record breaking crowd of over 10,000 to watch Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader perform.

Cars may begin entering the parking areas on race day at 8:00 am. No overnight parking or camping will be permitted. Spectator gates are scheduled to open at 11:00 am, while racing is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm.

The RoC segment will be staged ‘rain or shine’. In the event the MAARA/NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series races are rained out, the five Nextel Cup drivers will participate in a fan question and answer session followings autographs. Fans will be issued a ‘rain-check’ to a future Jennerstown event.

Wiltrout ‘Trucks’ to Big Win at Jennerstown

July 17th, 2006

“This win changes the whole momentum for our team,” Wiltrout said following the event. “I was ready to give up earlier in the year, but my car owner and crew kept plugging away to make the car better. Sitting in Victory Lane is what it is all about.”

Wiltrout started third in the field and quickly moved to the top spot on Lap 2. He surrendered the lead to Barry Awtey two laps later, but was able to regain command for good on the 19th circuit.

Awtey was able to keep Wiltrout in his sights to finish second, ahead of current point leader Mark Poole, Mark Smith and Bobby Henry. Jason Mignogna, Mark Cottone, Todd Goble, Jason Lasky and Greg Kelley rounded out the top-10

A vicious four-car accident on the front straight involving Jeff Dunmyer, Kyle Martel, Rick Boyer and Todd Price brought out the red flag. Dunmyer climbed on top of Martel and flipped his Charlie Beam owned machine at the start/finish line. No one was injured in the melee.

Dusty Rhoads zipped past Wade Champeno with three laps remaining in the 25-lap WJAC-TV late model feature to annex his fifth win of the campaign. Champeno settled for second place in front of Andrew Wylie, Mel Wilt and Chris Brink.

Unstoppable is the word to describe Adam Kostelnik in the Advance Auto Parts street stock class, as he drove to his sixth consecutive triumph over Todd Knight, George Nicola, Phil Grubbs, and Jason Holder. Bobby Young rolled his mount in turn three early in the contest, but was able to walk away unscathed.

Angelo Codispoti drove past Matt Sever on Lap 10 in the hobby stock finale to pick-up his first every victory. Sever hung on for second, while Scott McCall, Eugene Zerfoss and last weeks feature winner Teddy Gibala finished third through fifth.

Chris Gilson of Wellsboro swept both ends of the twin super mini cup ferature events.

Jet-powered Outhouse Will Attempt World Speed Record

July 13th, 2006

Headlining the evening’s activities will be Indiana-based stuntman Paul Stender, who is bringing an arsenal of three jet powered vehicles to the Somerset County speed emporium.

Stender will light up the Jennerstown sky with his famed jet delivery truck, and street legal ‘Crunch Time’ jet-powered wrecker. Also during the course of the evening, Stender will attempt to set a new closed-course speed record for outhouses, when he cranks up his jet-propelled ‘one holer’ on the front straightaway.

Also on the agenda for area eighteen wheel jockeys is a Big Rig Show ‘n Shine contest, with awards going to the best looking semi-trucks in attendance. In addition there will also be an on-track ‘Big Rig’ cruise during intermission. Any driver with a CDL license will be admitted free to the night’s activities.

A complete racing program for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series will also be in the spotlight, featuring action for the Courtesy Suzuki super late models, WJAC-TV late models, Advance Auto Parts street stocks and the hobby stocks.

Lebanon teenage Kyle Martel will be looking for his third victory of the season, following a dominating triumph last Sat. in the 40-lap super late model main event.

Andrew Kostelnik will be gunning for his sixth consecutive victoy in street stock action, while Dusty Rhoads will attempt to continue his domination in the late model class.

Admission is $8.00 for adults, while kids age 12 and under will be admitted free.

Spectator gates open at 5:00 pm, with the first race set begin at 6:00 pm.

Perley Snags Both ISMA Twin 30′s at Jennerstown

July 10th, 2006

Perley, a two-time Jennerstown winner, and track record holder, started ninth in the first feature, and proceeded to chase down early pacesetter Bobby Magner on the eighth lap to take the lead.

“We’ve got good cars and great engines,” Perley said from victory lane, “This has been our bad luck car, but I think we finally shook the monkey off our back tonight..”

Once in the lead Perley ran away from the pack to win by a large margin. Magner finished second, followed by Lou Ciocconi, Kyle Carpenter and Mike Lichty.

Perley duplicated his feat in the nightcap, chasing down Justin Belfiore to take the fron spot on lap 18 after starting 12th on the field.. Perley again outdistanced the field, leading Belfiore, Carpenter, Cicconi and Scott Martel to the checkered flag.

“All we changed between races was a right rear tire, and we destroyed it in the second race too,” said Perley

In NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series action Lebanon driver Kyle Martel won his second Courtesy Suzuki 40-lap super late feature event of the season in convincing fashion, winning by a full straightaway over Somerset’s Garry Wiltrout, who recorded his best finish of the 2006 campaign.

Point leader Mark Poole fished third, trailed by Jason Mignogna and last week’s winner, Mark Smith.

Dusty Rhoads nailed down his fourth WJAC-TV late model win after inheriting command when early leader Snooky Williams fell out of the event with overheating problems. Mel Wilt was second, in front of Chris Brink, Andrew Wylie and Dink Colarusso.

Adam Kostelnik made it five in a row by winning the 20-lap Advance Auto Parts main event. Roger Onstead, Phil Grubbs, George Nicola and Todd Knight chased the East McKeesport driver across the line.

Fifteen year old Theodore Gibala Jr. drove a flawless race to capture his first ever victory the hobby stock finale. Scott McCall was second, while Steve Long, John Steeley and Deidre Petrie rounded out the top-five.

ISMA Supers Invade Jennerstown July 8th

July 5th, 2006

And while Chris Perley, the current track record holder at the Laurel Highlands half-mile paved oval, would appear to be the driver to beat this weekend with two wins already under his belt, no one is more excited and determined about the Jennerstown event than young Massachusetts driver Kyle Carpenter.

“I had to sit-out last years Jennerstown race after I broke my shoulder blade in a crash at the Toledo (Ohio) Speedway the night before,” said Carpenter. “I watched the race from the pits, and I couldn’t believe how fast and competitive the racing is at Jennerstown.

“Our cars are averaging lap speeds of nearly 125 mph, which means we’re doing 160 mph plus on the straights,” he said. “Even though the track looks fairly flat, other drivers tell me you can run nearly wide open all the way around because of the big, sweeping corners. I can’t wait to get out there.”

Carpenter, who has been only driving the exotic supermodified machines for a couple of seasons, indicated that the new twin 30-lap race format is another reason he is excited about the Wheeler Bros. contest.

“The polymer-base track surface at Jennerstown gives us so much grip that it literally rips our tires to shreds,” Carpenter said. “With the old 50-lap formula you had to take it easy during the first part of the race in an effort to conserve the tires. With twin-30’s we can go flat out from the drop of the green flag. There will be no holding back.”

Aside from Perley, Pennsylvania pilots Nokie Fornoro and Lou Cicconi have also collected victories on the ISMA circuit this season. Others expected to be in the hunt for checkered flags include Canadian drivers Dave McKnight, Mark Sammut, and Mike Lichty.

Also on the racing card will be a full program of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series action for the Courtesy Suzuki super late models, WJAC-TV late models, Advance Auto Parts street stocks, and the hobby stocks.

Advance $15.00 discount tickets will be available through July 6 at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695-0888. Tickets are also available at the track office (cash transaction only). Race day admission price is $25.00 for adults, while children (age 12 and under) will be admitted free.

In addition to the racing action there will also be an on-track autograph session for the ISMA cars and drivers during the program.

Spectator gates open at 2:00 pm, with the first racing action set to begin at 5:00.

Smith Wins on Advance Auto Parts Night

July 3rd, 2006

Smith, who was the winningest driver in 2005 at the Somerset County paved half-mile oval, started on the pole, and led the entire distance while beating back several challenges in the caution-marred Advance Auto Parts Fan Appreciation Night contest.

“This thing was pushing like a pig,” Smith said from Victory Lane. “I certainly didn’t have the best car out there tonight, but everything just went our way. We have been working on our new car and ignoring this old girl. I think we’ll start paying more attention to her from now on.”

Kyle Martel and Jason Mignogna applied the early pressure on Smith, but in the end it was Mark Poole and Canadian invader Pete Vanderwyst who made several bids for the top spot. Poole was able to poke a fender under Smith several times, but was unable to muster enough speed to complete the pass.

Mignogna recovered to finish fourth, after being sent to the rear of the field for rough driving. Will Thomas rounded out the top-five. Barry Awtey, Mark Cottone, Rick Boyer, Todd Price and Paul Urso were sixth through tenth.

Dusty Rhoads drove to his third triumph in the 25-lap WJAC-TV late model main by diving under leader Chris Brink with five laps remaining in the contest. Brink held on for second, ahead on Andrew Wylie, Todd Corson and Mel Wilt.

Adam Kostelnik continued his domination of the Advance Auto Parts street stock class, winning his fourth consecutive feature over Todd Knight, Roger Onstead, Scott Bowman and Phil Grubbs.

Stoystown’s Brandon Bittner captured his first hobby stock checkered flag following a shoot out with second place finisher Steve Long. Eugene Zerfoss was third, trailed by Clifford Zerfoss and John Steeley.

Point Races and Fireworks Highlight Jennerstown Fourth Celebration

June 27th, 2006

“Three of our four racing divisions feature point races that are deadlocked at the top of the standings,” said track manager Larry Mattingly. “The goal is always to get the competition as evenly balanced as possible. With three ties for first place, it couldn’t be any closer.”

Mark Poole, a two time feature event winner, and Rick Boyer sit atop the Courtesy Suzuki super late model standings with 180-points. Former track champion Barry Awtey of Jenners is in the third position, only two-points off the pace. Meyersdale’s Mark Smith, last seasons leading feature winner, who thus far has been shut out of victory lane in early action is only six markers back. Kyle Martel, who has one win to his credit, rounds out the top-five.

The WJAC-TV late models has defending division champion Dusty Rhoads and challenger Mel Wilt of Duncansville tied for first place, with Dink Colarusso closing in from the third position.

In the hobby stock class Eugene Zerfoss and Doug Long are in control with 216 points. Double feature winner John Steeley is two points down, trailed by Theodore Gibala Jr. and Deidre Petrie.

The only class that doesn’t have a gridlock at the top is the Advance Auto Parts street stocks. Friedens driver Roger Onstead leads Adam Kostelnik and Bill Ashton by 10-points.

The special fan appreciation night promotion also features an interactive display by the U.S. Air Force, free American flags, and a big fireworks display to cap the evenings activities.

Also on tap is an on-track autograph session, where spectators will be permitted trackside for a close-up view of the drivers and cars.

State Treasurer Bob Casey will be on hand to greet spectators entering the speedway, and will serve as the grand marshal for the event.

Gate admission is only $4.00 for all seats. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 pm, with the autograph session set to begin at 6:00. The first race will start at 7:00.

World’s Fastest Short-Track Cars Return to Jennerstown July 8

June 25th, 2006

Billed as the fastest short-track cars in the world an ISMA supermodified, driven by Chris Perley of Rowley, Mass., holds the one-lap speed mark at the half-mile paved Somerset County oval with a mark of 15.239 seconds (123.32 mph average).

“These cars are just ‘wicked fast’,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “They’re pretty much the ultimate race car on paved tracks … they even look fast when they are sitting still.”

Much of that has to do with their construction. The winged supermodified is a pure bred racing machine, featuring a custom-built tubular chassis. Weighing only 1850 pounds, the cars are powered by 800 horsepower, fuel injected 470 cubic inch engines, which hang off the left side of the frame for better handling capabilities.

The cars also feature aerodynamic aluminum bodies and wings. The wings utilized by the cars also add to their mystique. The back of the devices are connected to air shocks, which automatically permits the wing to rotate into a horizontal position on the straights, generating less drag and more speed. The wing shifts to a more vertical position in the turns, giving the rear wheels more traction and increasing cornering speed.

Perley, who won the tour’s most recent event at the Mansfield (Ohio) Speedway, will again lead the field into the Jennerstown fray. Competition is expected to come from Pennsylvania drivers Nokie Fornoro and Lou Cicconi, along with Canadian pilots Dave McKnight, Mark Sammut and Mike Lichty.

Also on the racing card will be a complete four division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racing program for the Courtesy Suzuki super late models, WJAC-TV late models, Advance Auto Parts street stocks, and the hobby stock division.

The ISMA cars and drivers also will participate in an on-track autograph session on the front straightaway.

Spectator gates will open at 2:00 pm, with the first race set to receive the green flag at 5:00.

Casey to Serve as Grand Marshal on July 1st

June 24th, 2006

Casey will give the traditional command for drivers to start their engines prior to the races, and will also join speedway mascot ‘Thunder’ to hand out American flags as patrons enter the Somerset County half-mile paved motorsports facility.

Jennerstown will be presenting Advance Auto Parts Stars & Stripes Fan Appreciation Night, featuring $4.00 general admission for all spectators.

In addition to the four-division NASCAR race card, there will be an on-track autograph session, where fans will be permitted trackside to meet their racing heroes. Capping the program will be a gigantic fireworks exhibition.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00 pm, with the autograph session set to begin at 6:00. The first race will get the green flag at 7:00.

Jennerstown to Host ‘Thunder’ Concerts

June 22nd, 2006

“We have been exploring the idea of holding more concerts at Jennerstown,” said speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly. “We hosted the ‘Rolling Rock Town Fair’ last year. With over 200,000 motorcyclists in the area this weekend, the idea of hosting twin-concerts seemed to be a natural tie-in.”

The Povertyneck Hillbillies, a native southwestern Pennsylvania band that is known throughout the Eastern United States will headline the Friday, June 23 show. Highlighting the performance will be a rendition of the playful single ‘Mr. Right Now’, the tearjerker ballad ‘Fly’, written by singer Chris Abbondanza, ‘Coming To See You’, an up-tempo concert favorite written by fiddle player Chris Higbee and a rollicking country remake of Tonic’s ‘If You Could Only See’.

Other bands appearing on Friday include NOMaD and Ford Thurstan .

The Outlaws, a quintessential motorcycle rock band will roll into Jennerstown on Saturday, June 24. Founded in 1972, ‘Florida’s Guitar Army’ is still tearing up stages around the country with their special blend of classic songs, scorching guitar solos and hallmark harmonies. Concert goers will be treated to Outlaw classics such as: ‘There Goes Another Love Song’, ‘Ghost Riders In The Sky’, ‘Green Grass and High Tides’, and I Just Want To Play Rock ‘n Roll’.

Opening bands for the Outlaws are Ruff Creek and The Fabulous Gunslingers.

“Our goal is to expand our Thunder in the Valley program next year to include concerts, and more motorcycle related events during the week,” Mattingly said.

Jennerstown Speedway officials have announced that motorcycle enthusiasts may camp free of charge on the speedway grounds on both Friday and Saturday evening.

Christopher Wins NASCAR Whelen Modified Race

June 19th, 2006

“Its really been a ‘dull’ week for me,” laughed Christopher. FBI agents had earlier confiscated his entire race team that was owned by Jim Galante, and Christopher wasn’t even planning on racing at Jennerstown.

“Eddie called me on Thursday evening and offered his back-up car to me, and talked me into coming,” said Christopher. “I decided to give it a shot, because I was second in points coming into this event.”

Actually Christopher only led two-laps of the century grind, as Eddie Flemke Jr. dominated the first 97 circuits, and looked like a sure winner until a late race caution closed the field. That placed a fast closing Tony Hirschnan, and Christopher on his tail on the restart. Coming into Turn 4 on the 97th go round Christopher dove to the inside of Hirschman, and then made contact with Flemke, sending him up the race track.

“I had a little bump and run with Eddie, but, hey, I was faster,” Christopher said. Flemke saw it another way. “Up until the last two laps we were racing with gentlemen,” Flemke said. “The last two laps I wasn’t racing with a gentleman. If you live by the sword, you will eventually die by the sword.” Second place finisher Hirschman was also not complimentary of Christopher’s driving tactics. “I certainly had the fastest car tonight, but I’m not going to do slide jobs and knock another guy up in the marbles. I don’t race like that.”

Eric Beers was fourth, with Donny Lia fifth.. Jerry Marquis, Chuck Hossfield, Todd Szsegedy, Doug Coby, and Jon McKennedy rounded out the top-10 finishers.

In NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series competition Mark Poole collected his second Courtesy Suzuki 40-lap super late model win of the year, easily outdistancing Barry Awtey, Garry Wiltrout, Kyle Martel and Rick Boyer in the process.

Poole took the front spot from Awtey on Lap 20, and never looked back, opening up a full straightaway margin of victory.

Dusty Rhoads dominated another crash-marred WJAC-TV late model contest leading all but three ofv the 25-lap feature event. Andrew Wylie was second, trailed by Mel Wilt, Snooky Williams, and Dink Colarusso.

Adam Kostelnik pulled off the hat trick in the Advance Auto Parts street stock, winning his third consecutive 20-lap feature ahead of Bill Ashton, Phil Grubbs, Roger Onstead, and Bobby Young.

Eugene Zerfoss found the winners circle for the first time, powering to a win in the hobby stock class over Steve Long, Deidre Petrie, Doug Long, and Teodore Gibala Jr..

Five Champions Enter NASCAR Modified Race

June 14th, 2006

“This might be one of the most competitive races we have all season,” said speedway general manager Larry Mattingly. “This is one of the shorter distance events on the modified schedule. They normally have to make a pit stop, but only running 100 laps will ensure an all out sprint from the drop of the green flag.”

Based on recent history the prohibitive favorite is Hirschman. The Northampton driver is a five-time Tour titlist, winning back-to-back crowns the past two seasons. Additionally Hirschman has also captured the last two WMT events contested at the half-mile paved Laurel Highlands oval, including last years thriller when he nipped former NASCAR Craftsman Truck competitor Chuck Hossfield at the finish line by inches.

Stefanik is also a prime contender for victory lane honors. The Coventry, Rhode Island driver is the winningest competitor in NASCAR modified division history, with 67 victories to his credit. A former Jennerstown winner, Stefanik has picked-up three checkered flags, two in the WMT modifieds, and one in the NASCAR Busch East series. Stefanik has returned to the modifieds on a full-time basis this year, and responded by winning the season-opener at Thompson, Conn.

Szgedy, the Tour’s 2003 champion, has also returned to the open-wheel division, foolowing an attempt to land a competitive ride on the NASCAR BUSCH Series circuit.

Aside from the modified century grind there will be a feature event only program for the Jennerstown NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Courtesy Suzuki super late models, WJAC-TV late models, Advance Auto Parts street stocks and the hobby stock division.

Veteran NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Jimmy Spencer, a former two-time WMT champion in the 1980’s, will also be on hand to participate in an autograph session beginning at 6:30 pm.

Additionally the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) will present a static and on-track vintage race car exhibition. The speedway will also induct the late Ivan Baumgardner, Fuzzy Rubritz, Johnny Grum, Milt Miller, Turk Burkett, Jim Nave, Charlie Cragan and Bill Awtey into the Jennerstown Hall of Fame during the evenings activities.

A reunion of former Jennerstown Speedway competitors will be held at the EMMR vintage car display. Former drivers are asked to contact the speedway at 814 629-6677 to secure credentials. Anyone with Jennerstown Speedway memorabilia is welcome to share at the display area.

Advance $15.00 discount tickets for the event are available through June 15 on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695-0888. Tickets may also be purchased at the speedway office (cash transaction only). Gate price for adults will be $25.00 the day of the event. Children, age 12 and under, will be admitted free of charge.

Spectator gates will open at 2:00 pm. NASCAR modified time trials start at 4:00, with the first feature set to begin at 5:00. Rain date for the event is Sunday, June 18.

Photo: Todd Szgedy Modified

Jennerstown Adds Eight Legends to Hall of Fame

June 15th, 2006

The 2006 class includes: the late Ivan Baumgardner (aka Butch Gardner), Fuzzy Rubritz, Johnny Grum, Milt Miller, Turk Burkett, Jim Nave, Charlie Cragan and Bill Awtey.

“Choosing the Hall of Fame candidates is always a tough decision, because there have literally been hundreds of great drivers who have competed at Jennerstown over its eight decades,” said speedway general manager Larry Mattingly. “We feel this years class is a great cross section from the various eras of racing competition.”

The initial class of inductees included: the late Mike (Little) Serokman, Jimmy Burns, Larry Wright, Lou Blaney, Steve Peles, the late Piney Lasky and Jack Freeman.

The induction ceremony will take place prior to the running of the Wheeler Bros 100-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event. Also in competition at the half-mile paved Somerset County oval that evening will be the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Courtesy Suzuki super late models, WJAC-TV late models, Advance Auto Parts street stocks and the hobby stock division.

Veteran NASCAR Nextel Cup driver and former modified champion Jimmy Spencer will also be on hand to conduct a free autograph session.

The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) will present a static and on-track exhibition of vintage race cars. A reunion of former Jennerstown Speedway competitors will be held at the EMMR vintage car display.

Spectator gates will open at 2:00 pm, with the first race set to begin at 5:00. The Jimmy Spencer autograph session is scheduled for 6:30.

2006 HALL OF FAME DRIVER CAPSULES

IVAN BAUMGARDNER

The late Ivan Baumgardner, who raced under the pseudonym of ‘Butch Gardner’, was a big winner at the original Jennerstown half-mile ‘fairgrounds’ oval during the 1930’s driving his powerful four cylinder D.O. Hal-powered ‘big car’. Baumgardner’s chief rival during that era was fellow Johnstown competitor Mike (Little) Serokman, who was inducted into the Hall last season. Following his retirement as a driver Baumgardner was a successful car owner at Jennerstown, along with his brother Dwight, fielding the famed pink and white number 52 Richland Machine Shop modifieds for drivers Harold Goden and Jimmy Burns.

FRANKLIN ‘FUZZY’ RUBRITZ

Rubritz began his racing career in 1953, and a year later captured the outstanding driver award in the Penn Western Racing Association. A top campaigner in the modified class, Rubritz captured the Jennerstown Speedway track championship in 1959. During his career Rubritz won 57 feature events, with approximately half of those coming at the quarter-mile Jennerstown dirt oval. Rubritz competed in the sportsman-modified race at the Daytona Int. Speedway in 1960 and was involved in the famous 37 car chain reaction pile-up on the 2 ½ mile super speedway. Rubritz returned to Daytona the next year, finishing in the 11th position. After retiring from the sport in 1962, Rubritz moved to Dover, Del., where he currently resides.

JOHNNY GRUM

A life long resident of Altoona, the hard charging Grum made a name for himself on the Western Pennsylvania short-tracks in the modified class during the 1950’s and early sixties .Although he drove for a number of different car owners Grum is probably best remembered for the Stoystown Auto Wrecking ‘ diamond eight’ and the Joe Horner owned number 46. During the mid-1960’s Grum began campaigning on the Central PA super sprint circuit and became an original member of the ‘Pennsylvania Posse’ driving Ford-powered entries for car owner Harry Fletcher. Grum finished out his tenure driving dirt track late models.

MILT MILLER

Hailing from Bedford, Miller was the dominant driver in the super modified class in 1968 when the newly constructed half-mile dirt oval was debuted at Jennerstown. Driving the powerful 426 cubic inch Chrysler-powered ‘Hemi Hummer’ for car owner Orville Conner, Miller won seven features that season, and collected track championship honors at Jennerstown and the Hagerstown Speedway. Miller also drove for the Kozior Brothers in Jennerstown super sprint car competition.

TURK BURKETT

The all time Jennerstown Speedway dirt track late model winner, Burkett was the driver to beat during1970’s action on the half-mile dirt oval. Driving as a team mate to Gary Martz on the powerful Weyandt number 88 team, Burkett captured 141 feature events during his career at 10 different area dirt tracks.

JIM NAVE

A former Jennerstown late model track champion from the dirt track era, Nave was known for campaigning his immaculate white and blue number 32 Ford machines. Nave raced at seven different tracks during his career, and is credited with picking up over 50 feature checkered flags.

CHARLIE CRAGAN

‘Chargin Charlie’ was equally at home on the Jennerstown dirt or asphalt tracks. A two-time Jennerstown track champion (1992-93), Cragan also won three consecutive NASCAR Northeast Region Weekly Racing Series titles (1992-93-94) while driving the famed red number 42 Kaza Fire Equipment entry for owner Doc Scanlon. Cragan, who also raced in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, has 37 career Jennerstown feature wins on his resume.

BILL AWTEY

Awtey has been involved at Jennerstown since 1958, when he constructed his first race car after graduating from high school. Although he captured a Jennerstown track championship in 1961, Awtey is best known for his mechanical and engine building abilities. Awtey-built cars and engines have dominated Jennerstown support divisions for the past 20-seasons. Phil Grubbs, Jason Holder and Scott Bowman currently race cars constructed by Awtey in Jennerstown’s street stock division. Awtey’s two sons –Barry and Brian- compete in the super late model class.

Biffle Enters ‘Race of Champions’ Event

June 13th, 2006

Greg Biffle, who captured six Cup events last season, including an unbelievable five checkered flags in his first 15 starts, has filed an entry for the unique contest, joining veteran Kenny Wallace in the field. Two more NASCAR stars will be announced at a later date.. The four drivers will compete in an exhibition race using Jennerstown super late model cars and will also participate in a pre-race autograph session.

Biffle, who finished second in last seasons Nextel Cup point race to Tony Stewart by 35 points, came to the NASCAR major leagues from the short-tracks of the northwest, and quickly made a name for himself.

“Biffle started out his career racing in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at tracks similar to Jennerstown, and won several championships in his native state of Washington,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly .”Greg’s roots are on the short-tracks and he makes every effort to race on them when time allows in his schedule.”

Joining Rousch Racing in 1998 following a recommendation from former Cup champion Benny Parsons, Biffle was named the Craftsman Truck Series rookie of the year, and went on to win the truck championship two years later. The Vancouver-driver duplicated the feat in the BUSCH Series by winning that title in 2002.

Biffle moved into Nextel Cup in 2003, and accomplished his life time goal by winning the mid-summer race at Daytona Int. Speedway.

Biffle’s NASCAR record shows 10 Nextel Cup victories , with his most recent coming this past May at the Darlington, SC Raceway. Biffle also has 16 wins a piece on both the BUSCH and Craftsman Truck circuits. Biffle finished sixth in the Pocono 500 in Long Pond, PA this past Sunday afternoon.

All grandstand seats for the ‘Race of Champions’ will be reserved. Advance discount $20.00 reserve seat tickets will be available on-line through Aug. 10 at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling: 1-888 695-0888. Reserve seat tickets the day of the event will cost $30.00.

NASCAR Veteran Jimmy Spencer to Appear at Jennerstown

June 13th, 2006

A native of Berwick, Spencer is the only active Pennsylvania driver currently racing in Nextel Cup, and is one of only a handful of drivers to have won a race in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions. (Nextel Cup, Busch, and the Craftsman Truck Series).

Spencer is no stranger to the Laurel Highlands speed plant, having competed here in the NASCAR modified class when he captured national championships in 1986 and 1987.

Nicknamed ‘Mr. Excitement’ since his modified years for his aggressive driving style, Spencer has made 476 Nextel Cup starts over the past 17 seasons with two wins to his credit. He also has accounted for 28 top-five and 80 top-10 finishes along with three poles. Spencer has also annexed 12 Busch Series victories and one Craftsman Truck win.

Spencer also currently serves as a co-host on SPEED Channel television pre and post race Nextel Cup shows (NASCAR Race Day and NASCAR Victory Lane).

Joining the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be Jennerstown’s four NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series classes, running a features only format. Completing the evening’s agenda will be a vintage race display by the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing and the induction of the 2006 class into the Jennerstown Speedway Hall of Fame. There will also be a racing reunion for all former Jennerstown competitors and officials.

Advance $15.00 discount tickets will be available through June 15 on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695-0888. Gate admission for adults on race day will be $25.00. Kids (age 12 and under) will be admitted free.

Spectator gates will open at 200 pm, with the first race slated to start at 5:00 pm. Modified time trials will begin at 4:00. A rain date for the event has been set for Sunday, June 18.

Howsare’s Condition Improves

June 12th, 2006

The Everett teenager has been transferred from the intensive care unit into the orthopedic ward.

“The doctors tell me that I suffered a twisted spinal cord in the crash, which caused the left side of my body to be numb,” Howsare said from his hospital room. ”The numbness is gone now, and they had me walking last night. Hopefully I’ll be released on Tuesday.”

Howsare’s car spun in Turn 1 during the late model preliminary event and was T-boned by a car driven by Lauren Butler. Howsare was extricated by Jennerstown Fire Department rescue personnel, and transported to the Conemaugh Health System facility by Med Star air ambulance.

“I was racing side by side for the lead going into the turn,” Howsare said. “My left side tires got under the line where the track flattens out, and unloaded the chassis, which caused me to spin. It was just one of those things.”

Doctors have recommended that Howsare wear a next brace for the next four weeks.

“The car is pretty torn-up,” Howsare said, “so we might have to sit out most of this season anyway. I plan to race again. I’ll be back.”

Martel is the Big Winner in Jennerstown Action

June 11th, 2006

Driving a Chevrolet ‘crate’ engine-powered car, Martel took the lead on Lap 10, diving under early leader Paul Urso. Martel briefly surrendered the top spot to Mark Smith following a caution on the sixteenth circuit. Martel regained the lead two laps later and proceeded to pull away to a full straightaway margin of victory.

“Tonight was a terrific night,” said Martel from victory lane. “The car was fast and the feature showed we had a good handling race car. We tweaked on the car all night trying to get more forward bite, but I have to credit my crew… they got it right when it counted.”

Smith finished second after a close battle with Mark Poole, while Barry Awtey and Rick Boyer rounded out the top five. Low cost ‘crate’ engine cars finished first, fourth and fifth.

Finishing sixth through tenth were: Todd Goble, Mark Cottone, Wiltrout, Jayme Beck and Todd Price.

Dink Colarusso held on to win a crash marred 25-lap WJAC-TV late model main event. After running in a tight four car pack the West Mifflin-driver won his first ever division feature by dodging a melee on Lap 17, when the other three contenders – Wade Champeno, Mel Wilt, and Chris Brink – spun in the third corner. Andrew Wylie garnered the runner-up slot ahead of Champeno, Dan Brink and Wilt.

During the late model preliminary event Matt Howsare of Everret spun his entry entering Turn 1, and was hit by several other cars. Howsare, who was conscious following the accident, was extricated from the car by Jennerstown Fire Dept. rescue personnel and flown by Med Star ambulance to Conemaugh Health Center in Johnstown. Howsare was listed in stable condition and was admitted to the intensive care unit for further evaluation.

Adam Kostelnik won his second consecutive Advance Auto Parts street stock contest with a 12th lap pass of Roger Onstead. Onstead managed to hold on to second place, trailed by Phil Grubbs, Bill Ashton and Andrew Kostelnik.

Hobby stock honors went to Greensburg’s John Steeley, who out drove last weeks feature winner Doug Long to annex his second victory of 2006. Eugene Zerfoss was third, with Larry Dunmyer fourth and Theodore Gibala Jr. finishing fifth.

Photo: Kyle Martel after winning the Super Late model feature (Howie Balis)

Jennerstown Moves ‘Race of Champions’ Date

June 9th, 2006

“Last season we conducted the contest in conjunction with the Pocono Raceway Nextel Cup weekend, and planned to do the same thing this year,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “However, the addition of a NASCAR BUSCH Series race at Martinsville, Virginia on the Pocono weekend has made it difficult to recruit a quality line-up for our show.

“We are switching the date to Aug. 12 to coincide with the NASCAR road course race at Watkins Glen, New York,” he said. “Transportation wise, the flying distance is about the same, and we now have an opportunity to secure more name drivers.”

The date change paid immediate dividends, as the first driver to sign-up for the Jennerstown clash is Kenny Wallace.

The youngest member of the racing Wallace family, which also includes older brothers Rusty and Mike, Kenny has made over 300 starts in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Wallace has grabbed three poles, six top-five, and 27 top-10 finishes, including three career high second-place runs. His most well known finish came when he pushed the late great Dale Earnhardt to his final Cup victory at Talladega in 2000 during a thrilling last lap shootout.

Wallace is also a fixture on the NASCAR BUSCH Series, where his record includes nine victories, 10 poles, and eight seasons in the top-10 in drivers points.

Wallace has also found success in the world of television. He is the co-host of two programs for SPEED Channel each week; NASCAR This Morning and NASCAR Victory Lane. Kenny and his family are also fixtures on the FX channel reality show NASCAR Drivers: 360.

“With Wallace’s competitive battles on the racetrack and popularity on television, he has become one of the most sought-after drivers in NASCAR racing today for sponsor endorsements, speaking engagements and autograph sessions,” Mattingly said. “He is the ‘clown prince’ of NASCAR, and is an entertainer on and off the race track.”

The originally scheduled Mid-Atlantic Asphalt Racing Alliance 100-lap event for super late models will remain on the Aug. 12 schedule.

All grandstand seats for the ‘Race of Champions will be reserved. Advance discount $20.00 reserve seat tickets will be available on-line through Aug. 10 at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling : 1-888 695-0888. Reserve seat tickets the day of the event will be $30.00.

Gate and starting times will be announced at a later date.

Megasaurus Headlines Jennerstown ‘Night of Fire’

June 6th, 2006

Megasaurus, a transforming, fire-breathing, car eating, mechanical dinosaur, stands over three stories tall.,and weighs over 50,000 pounds. With over five tons of crushing force in each of his mammoth claws, he can lift 30,000 pounds, and his massive jaws can attain 15,000 pounds of biting force.

Mike West and his world famous jet jeep are also on the thrill card.. West will cap his performance with a blazing fire meltdown, reducing an automobile to little more than smoldering ruins.

Other acts include the Cra-Z-Boy jet recliner chair, Jim ‘Crash’ Moreau, who will perform five death-defying automotive stunts, and a big demolition derby.

Bringing down the curtain will be be a massive aerial fireworks exhibition.

Admission is $15.00 for adults, while kids (age 12 and under) will be admitted free of charge.

Spectator gates open at 6:00 pm, with show time set for 7:30 pm.

Doug Long is the Only One to Beat Rain

June 4th, 2006

The Portage driver started fifth in the field, and chased down early pacesetter Eugene Zerfoss on Lap 6 to move into the lead. From there Long, who was only driving in his third race on the half-mile asphalt Jennerstown oval, cruised to his first victory of the season.

Zerfoss managed to hang on for second, followed by Deidre Petrie, and former feature winners Scott McCall and John Steeley.

Feature events for the Courtesy Suzuki super late models, WJAC-TV late models and the Advance Auto Parts street stocks were cancelled due to a lingering rain storm.

The Somerset County speed plant will be in action twice next weekend, presenting a Night of Fire thrill show on Friday June 9, and Faster Pastor II, featuring area clergy members, on Sat. June 10.

Boyer Hopes to Keep Jennerstown Momentum

June 1st, 2006

The veteran Blairsville driver has two second place finishes under his belt, and is the current point leader in the Courtesy Suzuki super late model division at the half-mile paved Somerset County oval going into this Saturdays Highland Harley-Davidson sponsored event.

“Boyer’s early season success hasn’t come as a surprise to anyone that has a stop watch in their hand,” said speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly. ”Rick has totally dominated our late model class, which competes with less powerful engines, for the past two years.

“He has turned lap speeds comparable to the super class, and with more horsepower under the hood this season, he is among the leaders.”

Perhaps the most surprising factor in Boyer’s early success is that he racing one of the cost effective ‘crate’ engines, a power plant that retails for one fourth of what the higher priced custom-built racing engines cost competitors.

“We felt going into the season that the two different engine styles would be equal in performance,” Mattingly said. “Thus far our projections have been on target.” Crate and custom engine powered cars have split the two feature victories, and crate motors swept the first three finishing positions in the most recent feature contest.

Is Boyer a serious contender for track championship honors? “Absolutely,” concluded Mattingly. “Last season Rick lost the late model championship because he missed several races following an opening day crash. This year Rick is taking no chances, as he is putting the finishing touches on a new car.”

Previous feature winners Mark Poole and Tim Bainey Jr., along with Kyle Martel, Barry Awtey and Mark Smith are also considered to be top contenders for the super late model checkered flag.

The WJAC-TV late models, Advance Auto Parts street stocks, and hobby stocks are also on the 12-event race card.

In addition to the racing action the World Stunts FMX tour will be making a special appearance at the Laurel Highlands entertainment complex. Showcasing some of the top freestyle motocross riders in the nation, the team of riders will launch an awesome air assault exhibition, as they jump their motorcycles from a mechanical take-off ramp and soar 85 feet in the air.

As part of the Highland Harley-Davidson promotion any fan riding a motorcycle to the race event Saturday will be admitted free of charge.

Admission is $8.00 for adults, while students with a valid high school ID will be admitted for $4.00. Kids, age 12 and under, are free of charge.

Spectator gates open at 5:00 PM, with the first race set to begin at 6:00.

Stefanik Enters NASCAR Modified Event

May 31st, 2006

The Coventry, Rhode Island pilot has amassed 67 victories in the open wheel modifieds while winning six divisional championships. Additionally, Stefanik also has picked-up 12-wins and two championship trophies while competing on the NASCAR Busch East circuit.

Stefanik is no stranger to Jennerstown victory lane, having captured two modified races and a Busch East checkered flag at the half-mile asphalt Somerset County asphalt oval.

Stefanik has been a part time competitor in the modifieds the past several seasons, but has returned to the class on a full time basis this year driving for car owner Eric Sanderson. The new team has been an instant success, as Stefanik drove to victory in the opening Tour race at Thompson, Conn.

Aside from the modified century grind there will be a feature event only program for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series super late model, late model, street stock and hobby stock divisions, along with the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing vintage race car exhibition and the induction of the Jennerstown Hall of Fame nominees.

Veteran Nextel Cup driver Jimmy Spencer will also be on hand to participate in an autograph session.

Advance $15.00 discount tickets are available through June 15 on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695-0888. Tickets may also be purchased at the speedway office (cash transaction only).

Gates will open at 2:00 PM, with the first feature race set to begin at 5:00.

Jennerstown Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

May 31st, 2006

“This is a special time when we step back in time to honor those individuals who have helped to make Jennerstown Speedway the success that it is today,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “It is just a small token of our appreciation to remember the competitors and officials that competed and worked here over the past 76-years.”

The initial class of inductees included: the late Mike (Little) Serokman, Jimmy Burns, Larry Wright, Lou Blaney, Steve Peles, the late Piney Lasky, and Jack Freeman.

Aside from the modified 100-lapper, there will also be a feature event only program for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series super late model, late model, street stock and hobby stock divisions.

The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) will present a static and on-track exhibition of vintage race cars, including several that raced at the Somerset County oval in past decades.

Veteran NASCAR Nextel Cup driver and former modified champion Jimmy Spencer will also be conducting a free autograph session.

A reunion of former Jennerstown Speedway competitors will also be held at the EMMR vintage car display. Former drivers are asked to contact the speedway at 814 629-6677 to secure credentials. Anyone with Jennerstown Speedway memorabilia is welcome to share at the display area..

Advance $15.00 discount tickets for the event are available through June 15 on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695-0888. Tickets may also be purchased at the speedway office (cash transaction only). Gate price for adults will be $25.00 the day of the event. Children (age 12 and under) will be admitted free of charge. Spectator gates will open at 2:00 PM, with the first feature set to begin at 5:00.

Breakaway Turns into Breakout for Howard

May 30th, 2006

Howard, driver of the No. 20 Tony Stewart’s Original Bar-B-Que Sauce Pontiac, came to pit road on Lap 84, cycled into the lead when Gordon came in for service on Lap 145 and beat Gordon to the checkered flag by .368 seconds en route to his first Hooters Pro Cup win.

“It’s been awhile,” said Howard, a former ARCA winner and open-wheel standout. “We’ve been close several times, and we finally put it together tonight. Hopefully, there will be a bunch to follow.”

Howard’s choice not to follow Gordon proved to be the turning point of the night.

Howard, along with many of the lead-lap cars, dove to pit road and left Gordon alone on the track on Lap 84. Howard brought the No. 20 Pontiac to pit road in fourth, but his crew would send him off pit road ahead of all the pitting cars.

“I knew [Gordon] had a really good car, probably the best one here,” said Howard. “I was worried about the decision [to short-pit] at first, but I knew how hard it was for us to get through traffic, so I knew he was going to have a hard time.”

Even with 100 laps on his BFGoodrich Tires g-Force radials, Gordon’s No. 66 Predator Performance Ford showed no signs of slowing down. But as he pulled away to more than a two-second lead near the halfway mark, Gordon began to realize his decision could be costly.

“Older tires were faster,” said Gordon. “Looking at it now, if we’d a pitted on Lap [84], come out with the lead and run our on line, maybe it would have worked out for us.

“We would have had to run 170 laps on that second set of tires, and I was concerned with that. We wanted to have fresher tires at the end, but we know better than that. Track position is everything here. If I’d of blown back through the pack and won the race, it would have been perfect.”

It nearly was.

With 100 laps remaining, Gordon restarted eighth after his pit stop. Gordon quickly moved into fifth behind Jody Lavender. But for nearly 30 laps, Gordon was unable to slip past the No. 84s Lavender Motorsports Ford, allowing Howard and Bobby Gill to stretch the lead up front. Gordon finally made his way past Lavender at the 200-lap mark, but he was 3.9 seconds behind the leader, and his next pass would be just as tough.

Gordon battled for third with Johnny Rumley, driver of the No. 8 GORTECH Global Fabrication Chevrolet, for nearly 20 laps before making it around with 15 laps remaining.

While Gordon was marching to the front, Gill, driver of the No. 06s USG Sheetrock Brand Ford, began to apply pressure to Howard for the top spot after several late-race restarts. But after a few laps of green, Gill’s efforts were futile. Howard was able to fend off each attempt, and Gill fell into the clutches of Gordon with 10 laps to go.

Gordon pulled under the three-time Pro Cup champ on Lap 243, but a caution flag negated the pass, leaving Gordon three laps to pass two cars. Coming to the white flag, Gordon swept under Gill to take second, but time ran out on his bid to win for the second time this season.

“I’m pretty disappointed we had a fast car and did not win. Actually, I’m ticked about that, but we gave it our all. It was a good [points] night for us,” said Gordon, who stretched his point lead to 118 over Jeff Agnew. “We needed green-flag laps to win this thing.”

Howard, however, wasn’t quite as sure if more laps would have changed the outcome.

“The cautions may have helped us, but I don’t know; there was still stuff left in our car at the end,” said Howard. “The car was loose after our pit stop, but, once we burnt some fuel off, it came around.”

Gill finished third and was the highest-finishing Southern Division invader.

“We accomplished what we wanted,” said Gill, who was using the out-of-division start as a test for the Championship Series. “It’s a brand new car with a front end we ain’t ever messed with. So to come here run third and not tear anything up was a good night. We’ll go home, work on it and get ready for Lakeland.”

Johnny Rumley, who won at Kil-Kare two weeks ago, came home in fourth.

In his third start at Jennerstown, Jody Lavender was able to pick up his first top-five finish.

“We got too tight there at the end of the run,” said Lavender, a Southern Division regular. “Jennerstown is a place I don’t have a lot of laps at, so it was good all around to come up here and get our car straightened out. This is the first time I haven’t had problems here and it should help us in the Championship Series.”

Jack Bailey, A.J. Frank, Eric Corbett, Mart Nesbitt and Lonnie Rush Jr. completed the top 10.

The Giant Food Stores 250 featured two lead changes among two drivers and was slowed 13 times for 49 laps of caution.

Giant Food Stores 250 Notebook

Cosmic Forces

Gary St. Amant, driver of the No. 72 JEGS.com Chevrolet, can’t seem to catch a break this season. Despite running in the top 10 all season, it seems cosmic forces have kept the short track legend down. That was the case again in the Giant Food Stores 250.

St. Amant started 13th and ran in the top 10 before being collected in an accident on Lap 104, dropping him to 31st in the finishing order.

Underlying Current

If there’s a common theme to the Northern Division season so far, it has to be the emergence of Jack Bailey. The first year Pro Cup driver seems to always end up near the front of the field. It took longer than normal at Jennerstown, but the No. 93 Ferguson Waterworks/RHR Ford made it to sixth at the finish.

“We had a drive shaft come off after qualifying and had to start at the back of the field,” said Bailey. “I told the guys ‘we had to pick the night with the most cars of the year to come from the back.’ I was able to dodge some wrecks, and everything was on our side. We didn’t have that great of a car, but we kept adjusting on it. I’m definitely satisfied with a sixth-place finish.”

Love-Hate

Racers will fight for every inch of the race track while battling for the
win, but they are also known for lending helping hands to competitors. Most
of the time it’s the use of spare parts, but Todd Gordon, crew chief for
Benny Gordon and owner of GORTECH Global Fabrication, took it one step
further.

Gordon sponsored Northern Division rival Johnny Rumley’s car in the Giant
Food Stores 250. Rumley didn’t roll over when Benny Gordon caught him late
in the race, and that’s the way it should be.

Making the Most of the Moonlight

Brett Butler, driver of the No. 99s Aaron’s Dream Machine and a regular in
the Southern Division, spent the night moonlighting in the Giant Food Stores
250 and was the highest-finishing rookie, picking up $1,000 for being the
Miller Lite Rookie of the Race.

“It’s nice to get the rookie of the race,” said Butler. “It’s our first time here, and our first Northern race. I couldn’t tell the difference in divisions. I think both are the toughest divisions in racing. We had a good night and learned some things that will help us later in the year.”

Not so Blue

Mart Nesbitt, driver of the No. 88 Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C., has seen his fair share of bad luck this season, posting just one top-15 finish, but Nesbitt broke out of the early-season slump and notched a top-10 finish at Jennerstown.

“We’d planned on getting top-10′s all season, but we hadn’t been able to stay on the lead lap because of breaking or crashing,” said Nesbitt. “Car was pretty good, not great. It could hold its own wherever it was. It wasn’t the best night, but we’ll take it.”

Southern Twang

The Giant Food Stores 250 was peppered with seven Southern Division regulars using the race as a test for the Championship Series event at Jennerstown later in the year. But, while Bobby Gill and Jody Lavender had solid runs, two heavy hitters from the South exited early.

Shane Huffman, driver of the No. 88s Champion/US NAVY/Snap-On Chevrolet, and Clay Roger, driver of the No. 44s Automotive Development Group Ford, both experienced mechanical failures and finished 35th and 32nd, respectively.

Photo credit: Bill Sherman Photos

Predator Performance Comes Onboard

May 26th, 2006

In addition, Giuseppe’s Finer Foods owned by the same family, makers of quality condiments and salad dressings, has become the ‘Official Condiment Supplier’ for Jennerstown Speedway. This significant agreement was established in an effort to accomplish a multitude of business, civic, and personal goals set forth by Predator’s ownership and management.

“When we researched and evaluated our options for developing a broader range of exposure for our corporate marketing activities, we hit upon the idea of establishing events that could satisfy a number of goals at the same time,” said co-owner Rebecca Raybuck. “With our current involvement in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, we became aware of what a nice facility Jennerstown Speedway has to offer, and we decided that we could incorporate our interests in building greater DuBois community relations, business recognition, and offsite workforce enrichment by becoming event sponsors at Jennerstown Speedway.” “We have a wonderful fan base and we appreciate the support of the Predator Performance race team and the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series.”

The first of these two events at Jennerstown Speedway for the 2006 season will take place this Saturday May 27th, when Predator Performance presents the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Northern Division “Giant Food Stores 250” race event, as part of the kickoff towards the traditional Memorial Day holiday weekend. Later this season on Saturday September 30th, Predator Performance will once again present the USAR Hooters Pro Cup series race event, when they return to Jennerstown Speedway during their post-season Championship Series of racing.

“It is a real pleasure to have a well respected, high profile organization such as Predator choose to become a substantial marketing partner with our facility here at Jennerstown Speedway,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “We feel that our goal to become the premiere entertainment/motorsports facility within this region is predicated on our ability to showcase outstanding organizations such as Predator and USAR to our fans.”

About JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

Jennerstown Speedway is located in the Laurel Mountains of Western Pennsylvania in Somerset County. The track is located in Jennerstown, PA at the intersection of Rt 30 and Rt 985. The track is a .522 mile asphalt oval with a 550 ft frontstretch banked at 6º and 700 ft turns banked at 9º. We feature the NASCAR DODGE WEEKLY SERIES every Saturday night from May thru September.

Website: http://www.jennerstown.com

Locals Gear Up for Hooter’s ProCup Race

May 24th, 2006

Leading the charge is Osceola Mills driver Tim Bainey Jr, who splits his time competing on the United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup North division circuit, and racing in the Jennerstown NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series super late model class.

“We’re running full time for the USAR championship,” Bainey said. “Last year we ended up 10th in the final points. This year we’ve had a pretty rough start, recording three DNF’s out of four races. We are hoping to turn things around at Jennerstown..”

If last week is any indication Bainey’s luck may be changing, as the 27 year old driver captured his first-ever Jennerstown victory in the Courtesy Suzuki 40-lap super late model feature.

“That win was big for our entire team,” said Bainey. “From a confidence level it certainly doesn’t hurt to pick-up a win and then come back for the Hooters race. The cars are completely different, but just getting seat time on the track is a big plus.”

Another Jennerstown regular throwing his hat into the Hooters ring is Greensburg chauffeur Jason Mignogna.

Mignogna was a regular on the USAR tour in 2005, but has decided to only run selected races this year while returning to the weekly Jennerstown wars.

“Just the amount of time and money that it takes to run a full Hooters season is more than our team can handle at this time, so we decided to run a super late model at Jennerstown this season,” Mignogna said

Thus far Mignogna has two tenth place finishes to show for his weekly Jennerstown efforts. “There is a big difference between the Hooters and Jennerstown cars,’ said Mignogna. “You have to manhandle the super late models, and with the Hooters car you need to use a little more finesse.”

Other drivers on the entry list with local ties include: former pro truck track champion Aaron Will (Marysville), Todd Peck (Glenville), Eric Corbett (Clear Spring, MD), and defending USAR National Champion Benny Gordon (DuBois).

The Jennerstown Giant Food Stores 250 will be nationally televised by the SPEED Channel on a tape-delay basis.

Advance $15.00 discount general admission tickets are available for purchase through May 25 on-line at www.jennerstown.com.,or by calling 1-888 695-0888. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the speedway office (cash transaction only). Gate price the day of the event is $25.00. Kids age 12 and under are free.

Spectator gates open at 2:00 PM, with time trials set for 4:30. An on-track autograph session will take place at 5:45, with the green flag set to wave at 7:00.

Tim Bainey, Jr. Wins Armed Forces Salute

May 22nd, 2006

After starting 12th on the field the Osceola Mills driver moved into the third position on Lap 20 behind front runners Mark Smith and opening night feature winner Mark Poole.

Smith and Poole were locked in a tight battle for the top spot when they tangled going into the first turn with two laps remaining. Bainey was able to thread the needle between the spinning cars to annex his first ever win at the Somerset County half-mile oval.

“I can’t tell you how much this win means to me,” said Bainey, “We’ve been coming here a long time … my father used to race here back in the dirt track days. We race all over the country, but I’ll tell you, there is no tougher place anywhere than Jennerstown to win a race.”

Rick Boyer collected his second runner-up finish of the young season ahead of Kyle Marttel, who led the first 15 circuits. The first three finishing cars were powered by the new lower cost ‘crate’ engines that have been integrated into the class.

Barry Awtet and Paul Urso finished fourth and fifth. Jason Mignogna, Smith, Marion Reno Jr., Poole and Steve Black rounded out the top-10.

Altoona’s Mel Wilt drove by Chris Brink with only five laps remaining in the WJAC-TV late model feature to pick up his first win of the year. Brink, a rookie in the class, held off defending champion Dusty Rhoads, Dink Colaruuso and Andrew Wylie at the checker.

Adam Kostelnik led wire to wire in the 20-lap Advance Auto Parts street stock main to win convincingly over Roger Onstead, George Nicola, Andrew Kostelnik and Bill Ashton.

Scott McCall won a hard fought duel with opening night victor John Steeley to take the honors in the 15-lap hobby stock finale. Deidre Petrie was third, trailed by Ted Gibala Jr. and Steve Long.

Photo: Tim Bainey, Jr. after winning his career first Super Late Model feature. It was his first-ever win in racing. (Howie Balis)

Gordon & Huffman Rivalry Returns in Hooters ProCup Event

May 20th, 2006

The contest, which is part of the Northern Series championship, carries a great deal of importance for Gordon, as the DuBois driver is attempting to win his third consecutive North crown. After four events Gordon currently holds a 30-point margin over Jeff Agnew.

Huffman is not eligible to collect Northern Series points, but will be using Jennerstown as a practice session for the Sept. National.Championship contest at the Laurel Highlands speedplant. Huffman, who this year is driving for the team owned by NASCAR Nextel Cup star Dale Earnhardt Jr, has already tasted victory this season, and would like nothing better than to defeat Gordon at his home track.

“Jennerstown is going to be a championship-type race,” Gordon said about the numeros Southern interlopers joining the field. “It might not count for championship points, but it’s going to count for something. We’re going to be ready for them.”

Other Southern Division drivers entered thus far include: Michelle Theriault, Andrew Rogers, Jody Lavender, Brett Butler, and former national champion Bobby Gill.

Johnny Rumley, currently tied for fourth in the points chase, won the most recent USAR event at the Kil-Kare (Ohio) Speedway, holding off Gordon, Agnew, L.W. Miller and A.J. Frank.

The Jennerstown Naturally Fresh 250 will be nationally televised by the SPEED Channel on a tape-delay basis.

Advance $15.00 discount general admission tickets are available for purchase through May 25 on-line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling 1-888 695-0888. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the speedway office (cash transaction only). Gate price the day of the event will be $25.00. Kids 12 and under are free.

Spectator gates open at 2:00 PM, with time trials set for 4:30. An on-track autograph session will take place at 5:45, with the green flag set to wave at 7:00.

Jennerstown Salutes Armed Forces May 20th

May 18th, 2006

Eighty-Four driver Mark Poole will be looking to repeat his opening day victory in this weeks 40-lap Courtesy Suzuki super late model feature attraction. Poole, who had the fastest car in pre-season testing, dominated the first race by easily outdistancing Rick Boyer, Mark Smith, Garry Wiltrout and Barry Awtey.

“Our goal was to win the opener,” said Poole, who finished third in the final 2005 point race. “We had been fast in practice, but it’s always good to get the first win under your belt. I like our chances this year.”

Other drivers looking to duplicate their opening night success include: Dusty Rhoads (WJAC-TV late models), Josh Dunmyer (Advance Auto Parts street stocks) and John Steeley (hobby stocks).

In addition to the racing action a massive display of military equipment will be on display throughout the speedway.

“All branches of the armed forces will be involved,” said Mike Milliron, Jennerstown Speedway Director of Marketing, who organized the promotion. “We are excited about having all the displays, but the real thrill is being able to honor the men and women who serve America.”

Included among the displays will be:

AIR FORCE: F/A-22 Raptor Mini Jet replica simulator; Raptor X-treme show truck; NASCAR Nextel Cup #21 Woods Bros. Ford Fusion show car driven by Ken Schrader

ARMY: Mobile rock climbing wall

MARINE CORPS: MTVR troop transport; MTVR Military Recovery Vehicle; combat Humvee

NATIONAL GUARD: Bradley battle tank; HEMMET refueling truck; Military Police Humvee; Apache helicopter flyovers

NAVY: Display/Personnel

COAST GUARD: Boston Whaler 24 ft. River Rescue Craft

All branches will be distributing giveaways, and the National Guard and Marine Corps. will be doing kids camo face painting.

Also participating will be the Vietnam Veterans of America Somerset Chapter 587 (Vietnam Memorial Wall float), Somerset County Military Support Group float and the American Legion Riders motorcycle drill team.

Capping off the festivities will be the first of six fireworks display scheduled for the 2006 season.

Free admission will be provided to all veterans and military personnel with identification. Also admitted free will be all youth in uniform (scouts, little league, soccer league etc.). General admission is $4.00 for all seats.

Spectator gates will open at 2:00 PM. A special on-track autograph session will be held at 6:00, providing spectators the opportunity to go trackside to meet their favorite drivers. Racing will commence at 7:00.

NASCAR Nostalgia Car Cruise Postponed Due to Bad Weather

May 12th, 2006

“It has always been our policy to cancel events as early as possible, if it appears there is no chance of running the entire event,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “That factor becomes even more important this season with skyrocketing energy costs. We don’t want our competitors and fans wasting their hard earned money if there is little chance of us racing.”

The upcoming May 20th race program will feature an ‘Armed Forces Appreciation Day’ theme, with every branch of the United States Armed Forces in attendance with personnel and military equipment displays spread around the Speedway grounds. This will truly be a special all day event, providing everyone with the opportunity to come out to Jennerstown Speedway. The main gates will open at 12:00 noon, giving Americans from across the region ample time to meet service men and women face-to-face to show their appreciation, while strolling around the various exhibits. Grandstand gates will open at 5:00 p.m., with racing action starting at 6:00 p.m. Concessions will open at 2:00 p.m.

“We’re also having kids’ uniform night, camouflage face painting, an on track autograph session with all of the drivers and cars, along with our fantastic, family favorite, FIREWORKS,” Mattingly said. Admission has been set at $4.00 for all seats.

Poole Victorious in Jennerstown Opener

May 7th, 2006

The Eighty-Four driver led the 17-car field to the starting line and jumped into command at the drop of the green flag and never looked back, leading every lap of the event.

“That race was a piece of cake,” Poole said from victory lane. “It was so much fun. I’m not used to starting in the front. I’m really excited… I wanted to get this first win.”

Rick Boyer, driving one of the new ‘crate’ engine powered cars was able to keep Poole in his sights for the entire distance, but never was able to mount a serious passing threat.

The race was red-flagged on the 13th lap when the cars of Marion Reno and Robert DeLanoy crashed into the Turn One retaining wall, with DeLanoy’s machine catching on fire. Neither driver was injured in the melee.

Mark Smith finished a distant third, holding off Garry Wiltrout and Barry Awtey. Todd Price, Todd Goble, Jason Mignogna, Jason Lasky and Chantal Germek rounded out the top-10.

Dusty Rhoads went wire-to-wire to win the 25-lap WJAC-TV late model event over Wade Champeno, Mel Wilt, Dink Colarusso and rookie Mark Rend.

The 20-lap Advance Auto Parts street stock race was dominated by Josh Dunmyer, who led every circuit. Phil Grubbs and Scott Bowman engaged in a spirited battle for the second slot, with Grubbs coming out on top. Roger Onstead and Todd Knight rounded out the top five finishers.

John Steeley put on an impressive drive in 15-lap Fox’s Pizza Den main by running down early pacesetter Eugene Zerfoss on lap 10 to take the lead. Zerfoss hung on for second, edging Scott McCall, Deidre Petrie, and Ted Gibala Jr.

Jennerstown Ready for May 6th Opener

May 3rd, 2006

“Based on our two pre-season practice sessions, we’re looking for a blockbuster season,” said track General Manager Larry Mattingly. “Fan and competitor interest has never been at a higher level.”

With the introduction of the cost-effective crate engines in the super late model class the competition factor in the division should be at a fever pitch, as a number of new entries have thrown their hat in the ring.

Defending champion Tommy Beck has informed track officials that he will not return to defend his 2005 title. Among the leading contenders to fill the void is Meyersdale’s Mark Smith, who was last seasons leading feature winner with six checkered flags. Also expected to be in the title chase are former track champions Barry Awtey (Jenners) and Garry Wiltrout (Somerset), along with 2005 third-place finisher Mark Poole.

Dusty Rhoads and Richard Nicola will return to defend their championship honors in the late model and street stock categories.

Deidre Petrie, Jeff Zillweger, Teddy Gibala and Eugene Zerfoss are the top contenders for the hobby stock crown, as neither defending champion Gregory Lohr or runner-up Cindy Shaulis will be returning.

Halloween in May will highlight Fan Appreciation Night activities. Everyone coming to the track in full costume will be admitted to the event free of charge. Additionally, there will be trick or treat and a gold rush for kids, along with a clown, face painting and free balloon hats. A free magnet schedule giveaway is on tap for adults.

Admission price is $4.00 for all seats. Spectator gates open at 5:00 PM, with racing set to begin at 6:00.

Jennerstown Puts Crate Engines Into Super Lates

May 2nd, 2006

“Crate engines are the buzz right now in short-track racing across the nation,” said Jennerstown Speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly. Traditionally, custom-built racing engines have been constructed by specialty firms using after-market parts. The crate concept feature engines that are produced on a factory assembly line, sealed, and then sold to customers through new car dealerships.

“The big factor is cost,” he said. “Custom-built engines are expensive, selling from between $15 to $25,000. Crate engines are priced between $5 to $7,000 depending on the manufacturer.

Jennerstown made the decision this season to integrate the lower cost power plants into its top division, the super late models. During the past two seasons crate engines have been mandatory in its late model division, which serves as the top support class at the Somerset County half-mile paved oval.

“Over the past several years we have seen several competitors leave the sport because they can no longer afford to race. We feel the adoption of the crate engine will change that factor,” said Mattingly.

The challenge for Jennerstown technical officials has been to figure a way to equate the two engine formulas to create an equal playing field.

“We have placed a larger carburetor on the custom-built motors, and early tests have shown that the two engine styles are very close in performance,” Mattingly said. “But, it’s a moving target and we might have to make some further adjustments during the season.”

Thus far it appears the Jennerstown super late model field will be evenly split between custom-built and crate engines for this Saturday’s (May 6) NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series season opener.

Robby Marhefka and Jason Mignogna, who will be returning to Jennerstown after a stint in the Hooters ProCup Series, along with Will Thomas, Rick Boyer, Kyle Martel and Greg Kelly will be driving crate-powered cars.

Mark Poole, Garry Wiltrout, and Mark Smith will be staying with the custom-built engines.

One driver is hedging his bet in this ongoing chess match. Former track champion Barry Awtey of Jenners has one of each engine at his disposal. Which one will he choose for opening night? “ I’ll race the one that is running the fastest,” Awtey said with a smile.

Photo: Barry Awtey

Jennerstown to Stage June ‘Thunder’ Concerts

April 27th, 2006

“We got our feet wet in the music business last summer by hosting the ‘Rolling Rock Town Fair’,” said speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly. “With over 120,000 motorcyclists in the area looking for a party, the idea of hosting twin-concerts seems like a natural tie-in.”

The Povertyneck Hillbillies, a native southwestern Pennsylvania band that is now known throughout the Eastern United States will headline the Friday, June 23 show. Highlighting the performance will be a rendition of the playful single ‘Mr. Right Now’, the tearjerker ballad ‘Fly’, written by singer Chris Abbondanza, ‘Coming To See You’, an up-tempo concert favorite written by fiddle player Chris Higbee, and a rollicking country remake of Tonic’s ‘If You Could Only See’.

The Outlaws, a quintessential motorcycle rock band will roll into Jennerstown on Saturday, June 24. Founded in 1972, ‘Florida’s Guitar Army’ is still tearing up stages all over the country with their special blend of classic songs, scorching guitar solos and hallmark harmonies. Concert goers will be treated to Outlaw classics such as: ‘There Goes Another Love Song’, ‘Ghost Riders In The Sky’, ‘Green Grass and High Tides’, and “I Just Want To Play Rock ‘n Roll’.

“Our goal is to make the concerts an annual event,” said Mattingly. “We are also looking to expand the motorcycle involvement at the speedway next year to include competition events during Thunder in the Valley week.”

Jennerstown officials have also announced that enthusiasts may camp free of charge on the speedway grounds on both nights.

Jennerstown Announces Divisional Sponsors

April 26th, 2006

“I think it’s a great opportunity to establish ourselves,” said Courtesy President/Owner Jim Shorkey Jr. “We have a great product at a great price, and we think Jennerstown Speedway is a perfect place to show everyone what we have to offer.”

The late model division, the top support class on the weekly racing card, this year will carry the colors of WJAC-TV, an NBC affiliate located in Johnstown.

“WJAC-TV is pleased to sponsor Jennerstown Speedway’s late model division,” said station Vice President and General Manager, Dick Schrott. “With NBC’s NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule being televised on WJAC, the sponsortship provides a hands-on local tie-in to participate in the nation’s fastest growing sport.”

Advance Auto Parts will return in 2006 as the title sponsor of the popular and exciting street stock class.

“Advance Auto Parts is excited to be a divisional sponsor at Jennerstown for the third consecutive year,” said Division Manager Dave Sinisi. “The relationship has proven to be very beneficial in creating foot-traffic in our stores .We are again looking forward to our participation in 2006.”

Fox’s Pizza Den, Somerset rounds out the list of new partners, as it comes on board to sponsor the hobby stock class. The speedway’s largest and fastest growing division, the hobby stock class is an entry level classification which allows participants the opportunity to compete at a minimal cost.

“We’re thrilled to be involved with Jennerstown,” said Fox’s David Johnston. “It is a great marketing opportunity for us to be involved with Somerset County’s leading weekly entertainment attraction.”

Trackside Radio Returns to Jennerstown

April 22nd, 2006

TRACKSIDE will be heard from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on WEDO radio (810 AM) every Saturday evening May through September. The show, produced by Speedway Productions, will feature event information, interviews, and all important updates on weather conditions in the Laurel Highlands region.

“The show proved to be very popular last year,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “Fans traveling from outside our area can listen to the show to receive updates on the event and weather conditions.”

Returning to co-host Trackside will be veteran journalists Mike Milliron and Dave Dragovich.

Jennerstown Postpones Practice, Delays Opener

April 21st, 2006

“It has always been our policy to cancel events as early as possible, if it appears there is no chance of running the event,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “That becomes even more important this season with skyrocketing energy costs. We don’t want our competitors and fans wasting their money if there is little chance of us racing.”

The May 6 opening night will feature a ‘Halloween’ theme, with everyone admitted free of charge that comes to the speedway dressed in full costume.

“We’re also having kids trick or treat, clown, balloons, face painting, and a gold rush for kids,” Mattingly said.. Additionally there will be a free magnet schedule give away. Admission has been set at $4.00 for all seats.

“The opener has been set back to allow our competitors an additional practice day,” concluded Mattingly. “With the adoption of the new engine formula in the super late model class, we felt that the majority of our teams needed the additional day to get things sorted out.”

Automotive Resources/AC Delco to Sponsor ASA Challenge 200

April 14th, 2006

“We’re really looking forward to a great event at Jennerstown Speedway,” said Automotive Resources Vice President Ralph Carratura. “Being able to represent Automotive Resources along with our ACDelco brand in an ASA late model series Challenge Division event will be great exposure for our six wholesale parts outlets. We feel that establishing a working relationship with these business’ and racing partners will provide long term benefits for everyone involved.”

The ASA late model race cars are very similar to those raced by the weekly competitors at Jennerstown Speedway. This will allow some of the areas top local drivers the opportunity to qualify and race with the touring ASA series regulars. All of the ASALMS Challenge Division events will be nationally televised on a tape delayed basis on ‘The Men’s Channel’ and ‘I Drive’ cable networks during the 2006 season.

“Having Automotive Resources bring the ACDelco and ASA names together again is a natural,” said Jennerstown Speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly. “I’m excited about seeing our local drivers compete with the ASA Late Model Series drivers. This opportunity hasn’t been available to us for some time, and I think that it’s long overdue.”

Race day event scheduling and advance ticket information will be made available on the Jennerstown Speedway website at www.jennerstown.com, or you can contact the Speedway office at 814-629-6677. Also check out www.auotomotiveresources.com for more information.

Quality Inn Conference Center Joins Jennerstown Speedway

April 13th, 2006

This addition will provide fans with an attractive alternative for their travel plans when visiting the NASCAR-sanctioned motorsports facility.. KMD Hospitality Management also operates the Quality Inn, New Stanton , along with the Quality Inn, Williamsport and Days Inn, Danville.

“Having the title of ‘Official Lodging Destination of Jennerstown Speedway’ is very important to our commitment in establishing ourselves as the best place to stay in Somerset,” said General Manager Raj Patel. “We recognize the importance of racing fans and families coming to Jennerstown Speedway, and it is our goal to provide them with the finest lodging experience possible during their time here with us.”

The Quality Inn Conference Center has nearly 150 newly renovated, spacious guest rooms available with modern conveniences such as free wireless internet and voice message services. All rooms come with 27 inch cable access televisions, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, and ironing boards. In addition, there is an in-house restaurant serving a full breakfast and dinner menu, along with a cozy lounge featuring a large dance floor with musical entertainment.

“We’re pleased to offer our race fans The Quality Inn Conference Center as our ‘Official Lodging Destination’ to consider as part of their travel plans when they visit us at Jennerstown Speedway,” said speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly. “The Laurel Highlands region has become an attractive destination for many families planning vacations and weekend excursions.. Providing them with an affordable, comfortable place to stay is an important part of our ‘family friendly’ approach here at Jennerstown Speedway.”

Gamble Named New ‘Voice of Jennerstown’

April 5th, 2006

“We’re sorry to lose Steve’s talent, but we are fortunate to have Don join us this season,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “He is very knowledgeable in all facets of the industry, and will be able to enhance the overall fan experience for those attending our entertainment functions.”

With 47-years of experience under his belt, Gamble has performed virtually every task at a race track, from driving in competition to working on the management side. Gamble also has a wealth of broadcasting experience, having hosted motorsports shows on KDKA and WTAE radio, as well as FOX Sports television.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Jennerstown team,” said Gamble. “They have a unique marketing style and a management philosophy that places a heavy emphasis on providing entertainment value.

“They have a goal called ‘seamless entertainment’, which means an attempt is made to provide ‘fun’ the entire time a fan is at the track,” he said. “It’s all about selling the experience and providing memories.”

A retired Pittsburgh Public Schools faculty member, Gamble was named as one of the ‘Outstanding Secondary Educators in America’ for the State of Pennsylvania in 1975. Gamble currently serves as the Director of Career Technology at Indiana University of PA.

Additionally, Gamble also produces two motorsports radio shows – Rappin’ on Racin’ and Trackside at Jennerstown – on WEDO -810 AM, through his Speedway Productions marketing group.

Jennerstown Adds Mods, Spencer and Steelers to Schedule

April 3rd, 2006

The NASCAR modified contest will be staged on June 17, while the Steelers salute will take place Sept. 9. The ASA late model series North 100 event originally scheduled for June 17 has been moved to Sept. 16.

‘We came to an 11th hour agreement with NASCAR to bring the open-wheel WMT cars (formerly known as the Featherlite Series) back to Jennerstown in 2006,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “We really wanted another open-wheel event at Jennerstown to go along with our ISMA supermodified date. The NASCAR modifieds were very popular here back in the 1990’s, and we are hoping to build that tradition again.”

Tony Hirschman Jr. won last years Jennerstown Wheeler Bros.150 event enroute to his fifth Tour title.

NASCAR Nextel Cup veteran Jimmy Spencer, who earned the nickname of ‘Mr. Excitement’ when he captured modified championships in 1986-87, will also be on hand June 17th for an autograph appearance. The Berwick-native has two Nextel Cup wins on his resume. Additionally, Spencer has earned 27 top-fives, 76 top-10’s and four Bud pole awards. Spencer has also won in the NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck circuits, and currently serves as a commentator on SPEED Channel NASCAR television broadcasts.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Verron Haynes and linebacker/special teams star James Harrison will headline a salute to the 2005 National Football League (NFL) champions on Saturday, Sept. 9.

“We are also working on some other features for that night that will help our fans kick-off the beginning of the 2006 NFL season,” Mattingly said.

Photo: Last year’s winner Tony Hirschman Jr.

Jennerstown Announces Wide-Ranging 2006 Schedule

March 20th, 2006

The 2005 version of the ‘Race of Champions’ produced the first sell-out crowd in the 75-year history of the Somerset County facility, as over 10,000 fans jammed the half-mile paved oval. This years event will be held on Saturday, July 22.

“Last year we had Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader participating at Jennerstown. This time around we’ve had some preliminary discussions with a couple of former Cup champions,” said speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly.

Nationally televised races will include the United Speed Alliance Racing sanctioned Hooters ProCup North event on Sat. May 27, and the Hooters ProCup National Championship 250 on Sat. Sept. 30. Both races will appear on the SPEED Channel cable network.

Also receiving television coverage is the new ASA late model series Challenge Tour. Set for July 29, the 200-lap ASA contest will be tape-delayed on The Men’s Channel.

Other sanctioned touring series races on the schedule include: ASA late model series North 100 (June 17), International Super Modified Association twin 30’s (July 8), and the Mid-Atlantic Asphalt Racing Alliance super late model 100 (Aug. 12).

Additionally, Jennerstown will offer seven themed fan appreciation nights, featuring $4.00 admission for adult fans, along with six special fireworks shows throughout the season.

“We’re really excited about our schedule,” Mattingly said. “We have worked hard to make every event something special. There is no such thing as a ‘regular’ race night at Jennerstown any longer.”

Included among other 2006 special attractions are: A Night of Fire, featuring the car eating Megasaurus, a jet-powered chair recliner, a jet jeep car burn, as well as other thrill acts and a demolition derby. Truckin’ Thunder Night, highlighted by a jet-powered semi-truck and the world’s fastest jet outhouse. EMS Night, where ‘Under Pressure’, a jet-propelled fire & rescue vehicle, will be in the spotlight. Also returning is the popular high-flying motorcycle motocross air assault team, which features jumpers soaring 85 feet in the air.

New in 2006 will be the appearance of the X-Factor Tour on National Kids Day, Aug. 5. Made up of BMX riders, inline skaters and skateboard teams, the X-Factor group will perform stunts made popular on reality television shows.

Jennerstown will continue to offer the lowest motorsports admission prices in Western Pennsylvania. Adults will pay $8.00 for non-special weekly events, while children, age 12 and under, will be admitted free of charge. High school students will be charged $4.00 when presenting a student ID card.

“We have changed our pricing structure a bit,” Mattingly said. “Admitting kids to our events free of charge should help families that are on a tight entertainment budget.

“Our weekly attendance tripled last season, so we feel our marketing plan is working,” he concluded. ”Even with the threat of higher travel and energy costs predicted for this summer, we feel Jennerstown is positioned to have another a record season in 2006.”

Photo: NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers Kasey Kahne, Ken Schrader, Sterling Marlin and Matt Kenseth (L-R) appeared at Jennerstown Speedway in 2005, producing the first sell-out crowd in the 75-year history of the Somerset County oval.

Jennerstown Now Accepting Internship Applications

February 17th, 2006

Founded last year, the speedway created a structured internship program permitting college students, or recent college graduates, the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the professional sports industry.

“We couldn’t be happier with the program,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “Our two interns last year contributed greatly in helping us turn around the fortunes of the speedway. My background is in education, and it was fun for me to be able to teach again.”

Three full time and two part time non-salaried internships are available for the 2006 season. Full time positions include: operations intern, marketing intern, and publicity intern. Part time opportunities are also available for a food/beverage intern and a kids’ club/mascot intern.

“Our goal is to provide an extensive hands-on career development program that assists young adults with the selection of appropriate careers in the booming sports and entertainment industry,” Mattingly said. “We will provide work experience that is meaningful and compatible with a students education and aspirations. We can also offer guidance in the job search process to assist qualified individuals in seeking out positions at the completion of their internship.”

Detailed job descriptions and requirements may be reviewed on the Jennerstown Speedway website (www.jennerstown.com). Click on ‘internship opportunities’ in the navigation bar.

Interested applicants should forward a resume and cover letter to: Larry Mattingly at Jennerstown Speedway, Box 230, Jennerstown, PA 15547.

MAARA Announces Race Procedures, Point Fund

February 10th, 2006

The newly-founded series will run extra-distance races at its five member tracks, which include: Motordrome (PA) Speedway (June 30), Lake Erie (PA) Speedway (July 30), Jennerstown (PA) Speedway (Aug. 12), Holland (NY) Speedway (Sept. 2) and Lancaster (NY) Raceway Park (Sept. 23-24).

“Our goal is to make this series exciting for the fans,” said Holland General Manager Tim Bennett.

To that end, there will be no time trials and no straight-up starts with the fastest cars starting at the front of the field. All drivers will qualify through heat races, with the top-12 finishers transferring to the feature event. Heat race starting spots will be determined by a random pill-draw.

As an added ‘fan’ bonus, no MAARA feature event winner will be permitted to start higher than 12th in any feature event starting grid. The remainder of the feature event qualifiers will re-draw for their starting positions.

“Unlike other big races, we want to encourage passing and competition, and give our spectators a show,” said Jim Reid, President of Lancaster Raceway Park.

MAARA also announced that it is posting a minimum $12,000 point fund for the initial campaign. The champion will receive $2,000, while 26th place will pay $200.00. A driver must attempt to qualify for a minimum of three of the five races to be eligible for point fund awards.

“The $12,000 figure is a start,” said Motordrome Speedway promoter James ‘Red’ Miley. “We are currently talking with several potential series sponsors, so that figure could go higher.”

The group also clarified driver eligibility for the series. “Obviously, drivers from the five participating tracks are eligible,” said Joe Lewandoski, General Manager of Lake Erie Speedway. “We also welcome competitors from other speedways to compete, but their cars must conform to the rules of one of the member tracks. An outside competitor must declare one of the five member ovals as a ‘home’ track before the beginning of the series.”

All legal ASA late model series cars and drivers are also eligible to compete in the five MAARA events.

Jennerstown Sets Date for Registration Meeting

February 10th, 2006

The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 11 from 1-4 PM at the Jennerstown Fire Hall, located on Rte. 30 West in the center of town.

“We’re trying something a little different this year,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “Opening day at the speedway is always confusing, what with all the competitors trying to register and enter the pit area for the evening racing activity. It has been mass confusion the past several seasons.

“This year we decided to give everyone an opportunity to beat the rush by holding an advanced registration session,” he said. “Hopefully it will help to cut down the long waiting lines on opening day.”

In addition to purchasing a NASCAR license, competitors may also obtain 2006 copies of the rule book and schedule, as well as reserve pit stalls. The speedway will have tech officials on hand to answer any questions concerning newly implemented car specifications.

As an added bonus all race teams registering Jennerstown as its home NASCAR track will be eligible to participate in a free team/sponsor appreciation night promotion. Registered teams will receive 100 grandstand admission tickets which will be used on a designated race night.

Teams registering Jennerstown as its home NASCAR track will also be entered in a special drawing to win the use of the speedway’s motion-based NASCAR simulator for a day. One simulator appearance, which is valued at $4,500, will be awarded per division.

For more information call the speedway at: 814 629-6677.

Jennerstown Produces $7.5 Million in Economic Impact

January 30th, 2006

“We have always felt that we were an important segment of the Somerset County tourism industry, and these numbers certainly give proof to that fact,” said Jennerstown Speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly.

The study was divided into direct and indirect economic impact spending categories. The indirect segment covered expenditures such as: lodging, meals, transportation, entertainment and retail purchases. Spending figures and methodology were provided by the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau and the regional input-output modeling system prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The largest single event in term of economic impact was the ‘Race of Champions’, which featured four NASCAR Nextel Cup stars racing in exhibition. The race produced a total impact of $1,848,254.14.

Second on the list was the Rolling Rock Town Fair rock concert ($754,511.33), followed by the September United States Alliance Racing sanctioned Hooters ProCup National Championship contest ($559,727.74).

Jennerstown’s seven premier race events recorded an economic impact of $4,279,092.24, while the eight weekly contests produced an average impact of nearly $305,000 per event.

Jennerstown Remains with NASCAR

January 18th, 2006

The half-mile paved Laurel Highlands oval had earlier informed its competitors that a NASCAR sanctioning agreement had not been formalized for the upcoming racing season.

“There was never an issue, or a problem with NASCAR from our perspective,” said Jennerstown general manager Larry Mattingly. “We decided to take a look at some other venues, compare numbers, and decide if NASCAR was still the best route for the speedway and our competitors.”

After exploring all of the available options, Jennerstown decided to renew its agreement with NASCAR.

“We studied all of the packages currently available in the industry, and came to the conclusion that NASCAR provides the best bang for our drivers,” Mattingly said. “NASCAR competitor insurance programs are second to none, and the end-of-the-year point money distribution to our three sanctioned classes could not be overlooked.

“Another major factor is that our super late model drivers are afforded the opportunity to compete for regional and national championship honors,” he said. “Sometimes it is difficult to measure the prestige and scope of the NASCAR program in just dollars and cents.”

Jennerstown and other members of the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Asphalt Racing Alliance recently had the opportunity to meet with NASCAR executive Don Hawk, who heads up the Dodge Weekly Series and regional tours.

“We were impressed with what Don (Hawk) had to say regarding the direction and future of the Dodge Weekly Series,” added Mattingly. “It was obvious that he has a passion for short-track racing and is making every effort to keep it strong and viable in the NASCAR structure.”

Jennerstown Speed Notes

December 27th, 2005

Boyer, who captured eight late model feature wins in 2005, will have a 400 horsepower General Motors ‘crate engine’ under the hood of his Bentley Development Monte Carlo. Jennerstown has made ‘crate’ engines legal in all three of its NASCAR divisions for the upcoming season.

Another driver taking advantage of the ‘crate engine’ option is Jason Mignogna. Mignogna finished 14th in the United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup North series last season, but the Greensburg pilot stated that he will be splitting the 2006 season between USAR and Jennerstown. “Our plans are to run a limited Hooters schedule next year, and be at Jennerstown the rest of the time. We have two Howe cars left from our Iceman Series days, and the inexpensive crate engines make it easy for us to get back involved in local racing,” said Mignogna.

Former pro truck competitor Dave Morrow will step up to the super late model class in 2006, after setting out most of last season.

Jennerstown 2002 pro truck champion Marion Reno will return to competition following a one-year ‘retirement’. Reno will rejoin car owner Larry Germek to race in the super late model division as a team mate to 2005 rookie of the year, Chantal Germek.

With the demise of the PA legacy series, drivers Chris Brink and Lauren Butler have served notice they will be racing in the Jennerstown late model class in 2006.

Promising late model rookie Danny Angelicchio will race in the super late model category this year. The Hempfield Area High School senior has also registered a number with the ASA late model series.

Early super late model registrants include: Clarion’s Todd Goble, Eugene Ciferno, who will drive for Tom Bakus, Ohio’s Will Thomas, and defending 2005 champion Tommy Beck.

Osceola Mills driver Tim Bainey Jr. will once again divide his time between the USAR Hooters ProCup North series and Jennerstown. Bainey finished among the top-10 in the final USAR North point chase, and will again have Greased Lightning back his efforts. DelGrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton will sponsor Bainey at Jennerstown.

Jennerstown veteran Jayme Beck has her sights set on competing in the 43rd annual ARCA RE/MAX 200 this February at Daytona International Speedway. A former PA legacy series champion, Beck turned laps in excess of 178 miles per hour on the famous 2 ½ mile tri-oval during a Dec16th practice session, driving a car owned by ARCA and NASCAR driver Andy Belmont. Beck, the wife of 2005 Jennerstown super late model champion Tommy Beck, finished second in last seasons PA legacy point race, and was ranked ninth in the super late model standings.

MAARA Announces 2006 Schedule

December 8th, 2005

Other races on the MAARA schedule include: Sunday, July 30th , Lake Erie Speedway (North East); Saturday, Aug. 12th, Jennerstown Speedway (Jennerstown); Saturday, Sept. 2nd, Holland Speedway (Holland, NY); and Saturday, Sept. 23rd, Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, NY).

Race distances, purse structures and a series point fund will be announced at a later date.

The MAARA series will be open to late models using ‘crate’ engines (governed by ASA late model series specifications) and custom-built engines currently in use at the five member speedways. Competitors from the five tracks will be permitted to utilize their ‘home track’ car specifications for the MAARA events. Tires, custom-built engine restrictions, and weight rules will be determined by the specific track hosting the event. ASA late model series cars will also be legal for MAARA events with minor changes.

“Our original goal was to have all five tracks on the same rule book for 2006,” said Lake Erie Speedway general manager Joe Lewandoski. “We found, however, that we can’t accomplish this overnight, without costing our race teams a significant amount of money.

“We’ve had to back pedal a bit from our original announcement,” he said. “We have made a great deal of progress this year, and we are getting closer to having everyone on the same page. All five speedways are committed to working together to achieve unity, and begin a group marketing process.”

Beck is Big Winner at Jennerstown Awards Banquet

November 15th, 2005

Beck, who began his career racing go-karts, garnered three feature wins and 16 top-10 finishes at the Somerset County half-mile mile oval to defeat Barry Awtey and Mark Poole in the title chase. Beck, a University of Pittsburgh engineering graduate, also was awarded eighth place in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division IV point standings.

“This is a dream come true for our race team,” Beck said in his victory speech. “We raced on a shoe string budget all year, without a sponsor. One mistake, or mechanical problem would have cost us the championship. We proved that a little team can win a championship racing against bigger teams with a lot more money and resources.”

Other track champions included: Dusty Rhoads (late models), Richard Nicola (Advance Auto Parts street stocks), PJ Ehrlich (PA legacy) and Gregory Lohr (Pizza Hut hobby stocks).

Rob Van Fleet was voted NASCAR Craftsman Mechanic of the Year for the second consecutive year by his fellow competitors. Van Fleet serves as the crew chief for Garry Wiltrout’s super late model team owned by Richard Pologruto.

Speedway rookie-of-the-year awards were presented to: Chantal Germek (Wheeler Bros. super late models), Andrew Wylie (late models), Phill Grubbs (Advance Auto Parts street stocks), Alan Braham (Pa legacy) and Cindy Shaulis (Pizza Hut hobby stocks).

Poole (Wheeler Bros. super late models), Wade Champeno (late models), Roger Onstead (Advance Auto Parts street stocks), Lauren Butler (PA legacy) and John Steeley (Pizza Hut hobby stocks) were awarded with most improved driver awards in their respective divisions.

NASCAR Series Marketing Manager Bob Duvall was the keynote speaker. Duvall, a former Jennerstown Speedway track manager, stressed the importance of making relevant changes to improve the product in the overall NASCAR corporate structure, and praised Jennerstown for making its own changes to remain viable in a difficult entertainment environment. He also pointed out that Jennerstown is becoming an industry leader with its innovative marketing strategies and business practices.

“In a time when small race tracks are being sold and going out of business in record numbers, Jennerstown tripled its weekly attendance last year, and recorded a sell-out crowd of over 10,000 fans for the first time in speedway history,” Duvall said. “That says a great deal about the future of Jennerstown Speedway.”

Photo credit: Bill Sherman

Mignogna Hopes to Change Luck in Hooters ProCup Finale

November 9th, 2005

And, who could blame the 32-year-old Greensburg driver. After finishing 14th in the Hooters ProCup North regular season standings and third in the rookie of the year tally, Mignogna has had a disastrous start in the USAR five-race championship series.

“The first four races have just been terrible for our team,” lamented Mignogna. “We have finished near the back of the field in every race. Even worse is the fact that we haven’t been able to finish one of the championship events.”

The numbers tell the tale. In the opener at Jennerstown Speedway Mignogna was involved in an early race crash and was on the sidelines by lap 13. A 33rd place finish at Mansfield Motorsports Park in Ohio and a 34th at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina saw the black Jugular/Yet entry on the sidelines early as well. The team’s most recent outing at Motor Mile in Radford, Virginia produced another early exit and a 33rd place finish.

“The really discouraging part is that the car has been fast at all the races … we just seem to be at the wrong place on the track, or some little item breaks putting us out of competition.

“We were competitive during the North campaign, and with a new Laughlin chassis/Wegner engine package for the championship series, we felt we would be a contender,” Mignogna said.

With only one event remaining in 2005 Mignogna would like to demonstrate his potential. “At the very least we would like to at least finish the race. We could use some luck in helping us get to that point,” he said.

Mignogna Motorsports has announced that they will again compete in the USAR Hooters ProCup North division in 2006.. Additionally, the team will also participate on a part-time basis in the super late model class at the Jennerstown Speedway in NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series action.

Jennerstown Drops Pennsylvania Legacy Series for 2006

October 5th, 2005

“It was a tough decision to make,” said speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly. “The legacy cars have been a part of our program for the past nine seasons. The class has produced drivers such as Brian Vickers, Ryan Hemphill, Jayme Beck and Kyle Martel. But, from a business perspective we needed to make a change.

“It has been our goal to reduce the number of weekly divisions to four,” he stated. “We haven’t seen much growth in the legacy class over the past three years, and that is what prompted the move.”

Jennerstown will now feature super late models, late models, street stocks and hobby stocks on its weekly Saturday evening race program.

“Scaling back to four classes also permits us to increase our added value entertainment programs, and still maintain a three hour race program,” Mattingly said. “With the demise of the legacy division there will be a greater emphasis placed on our entry level hobby stock program. We saw the hobby fields double in size this year, and we are projecting even bigger fields in 2006.”

MId-Atlantic Asphalt Racing Alliance Formed

September 30th, 2005

Holland Speedway (Holland, NY), Jennerstown Speedway (Jennerstown, PA), Lake Erie Speedway (North East, PA), Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, NY) and Motordrome Speedway (Smithton, PA) have agreed to work together to standardize late model car specifications and establish a five-race championship series of races for next season.

“It took some doing, but we were able to get all five tracks to agree on a common set of car specifications,” said Joe Lewandoski, General Manager of Lake Erie Speedway. “For the first time late model drivers will be able to compete at all five speedways using the same rule book.”

The keystone of the new MAARA rule package is the adoption of the low cost Chrysler, Ford and General Motors produced 400 horsepower ‘crate’ engines into the rules of the participating tracks.

“The biggest stumbling block in the past has always been that the tracks all have different engine formulas,” said Jennerstown Speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly. “By agreeing to use the ‘crate’ engines, which retail for as little as $5,000, as the baseline, tracks will now be able to scale back the more expensive custom-built racing engines now in use to match the performance of the less expensive motors.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” he said. “Lower engine costs will help to attract new racers into the sport, while existing teams can still use current engines without having to throw them on the junk pile. Things should be equal across the board.”

The new MAARA group will also institute a mandated ‘spec’ shock absorber for the upcoming season. “Late model suspension technology and its rising cost have gone through the roof over the past several seasons,” commented Jim Reid, President of Lancaster Speedway. “By capping the cost and technology on racing shocks, hopefully we can slow the insanity and get more people back into the sport without needing a degree in rocket science to be successful.”

The new Alliance will kick off the new program by co-operating to promote a five-race series, encouraging its drivers to participate at other member tracks throughout the year. “No one can afford to be an island today,” said Tim Bennett, General Manager of Holland Speedway. “We’re excited about the Alliance and having outside competitors compete at Holland.”

The new Alliance also will concentrate on increasing the promotional power and marketing value of the five member speedways. “There is strength in numbers, concluded Motordrome Speedway Promoter James ‘Red’ Miley. “Five tracks have more clout in the market place than a single operation.”

Rules Meeting and Sponsor Seminar Set for October 22

September 28th, 2005

“There will be a number of significant rule changes announced aimed at standardization, cost reduction, and making it easier for new racers to enter the sport,” said general manager Larry Mattingly. “The new rules, coupled with our recently introduced marketing philosophy should help to make Jennerstown an entertainment stronghold in the Laurel Highlands region.”

Prior to the general rules meeting a sponsorship seminar will be conducted for team marketing representatives from 10-12 PM. Available co-op programs between the speedway and race teams will be discussed. All teams actively seeking sponsorship for 2006 are urged to attend.

Limited on-street parking is available around the Jennerstown Fire Hall. Additional parking is also available at the speedway pit entrance. For further information call the speedway office at: (814) 629-6677.

Gaita Wins Charlie Campbell Memorial BFGoodrich Tires 250

September 27th, 2005

“You just couldn’t have written a better script,” said Gaita, who picked up his third Pro Cup win. “It means a whole lot to win in the Hooters Pro Cup Series, but to win in the Championship Series is extra special.”

While Gaita’s night had a storybook ending, the same can’t be said of every other contender in the BFGoodrich Tires 250. Of the six different leaders, Gaita was the only driver not to experience some sort of problem.

Brad Rogers was the first of the leaders to fall from the wayside.

Rogers, driver of the No. 22s Black’s Tire Service Ford, stayed out while the leaders pitted at Lap 84. Rogers was holding a comfortable lead on Lap 101 when Chase Pistone’s car went up in smoke and soiled Turn 4. Rogers’ car snapped around and backed into the wall after hitting the oil laid down by Pistone’s machine, ending his chances at a win. Rogers finished 25th.

Jeff Agnew, driver of the No. 73 NGA Hooters Golf Tour Ford, assumed the point after Rogers’ misfortune. But his lead would be short-lived as well.

After building nearly a four-second lead, Agnew’s car fell from the pace at the exit of Turn 2 on Lap 149.

“I guess we ran out of gas,” said Agnew, who also stayed out on the first cycle of stops. “I’m used to stomping the gas on my Chevrolet through the floor. These Fords must burn more gas. It’s a shame because we had a pretty good car. I don’t know if I could have gotten back to the front if I was able to pit. It would have been hard to do, but you never know.”

Indeed.

Laps later, Mark McFarland, driver of the No. 32s WINFUEL Chevy, was the next leader to falter.

On Lap 165, the JR Motorsports car cut a right-front tire while at the front of the pack and impacted the Turn 1 wall. McFarland continued on after changing tires, but his car was ill-tempered for the remainder of the event, dropping him to 26th at the finish.

Woody Howard, driver of the No. 55n Dean Motorsports Chevy, took over for McFarland at the point on Lap 166. But he, too, would cut a right front on Lap 209 and flattened the right side of his car.

“I never had a chance to save it,” said Howard, who built a six-second lead over the field. “My car was handling great, and the guys did a great job tonight. I hate it happened, but I think we showed everybody we’re a contender for this title.”

Gaita assumed the lead as Howard crept to pit road, but he still had safely navigate the final 40 circuits with a mirror full of Joey Logano.

“I could here all kinds of noises in the car,” said Gaita. “I thought the rear-end was going to fall out. I thought the tire was loose. It was nerve-racking.”

To add tension to an already-tense situation, Gaita had to sweat out a seven-lap sprint after a late-race caution. Logano applied pressure, but the 15-year-old was unable to pull even with Gaita.

“It’s a really good way to start the Championship Series,” said Logano, who took home $1,000 bonus for being the top rookie. “It kind of stinks that we we’re that close and didn’t win, though. I thought we had [Gaita], but we just got really tight there at the end.”

While Logano’s car was tightening up, Michael Faulk, driver of the No. 53s Liftoff Ford, was placing his sight firmly on the rear-deck lid of Logano.

“Mario [Gosselin, Faulk’s crew chief] was calling out times to me, and we were a tenth quicker than those guys up front,” said Faulk. “I felt like we had a car that could win tonight, but we have to keep the points in mind, too. We’ll take third and head to Mansfield.”

Johnny Rumley, driver of the No. 8n Lucas Oil Chevy, finished fourth.

D.J. Kennington, driver of the No. 17 SM Freight Pontiac, rounded out the top five.

Benny Gordon, driver of the No. 66n Predator Performance Ford, started from the pole and led the first 25 laps. Gordon dropped back in the field before the pit stop, but he made charge up to second in the second half of the race and was pressuring McFarland for the lead when he cut down a tire. Gordon finished 12th.

Unofficial Results

1. Joe Gaita
2. Joey Logano
3. Michael Faulk
4. Johnny Rumley
5. D.J. Kennington
6. Gary St. Amant
7. Jay Fogleman
8. Matt Carter
9. Daniel Johnson
10. Mart Nesbitt
11. Shane Huffman
12. Kirk Leone
13. Benny Gordon
14. Mardy Lindley
15. Jeff Agnew
16. Sam Fullone
17. Woody Howard
18. Jody Lavender
19. George Brunnhoelzl III
20. Ken Bulter III
21. Andrew Rogers
22. Tim Bainey Jr.
23. Toby Porter
24. Jason Sarvis
25. Brad Rogers
26. Mark McFarland
27. Joe Harrison Jr.
28. Bobby Gill
29. A.J. Frank
30. Michael Ritch
31. Eric Corbett
32. Chase Pistone
33. Shelby Howard
34. Steve Wallace
35. Lonnie Rush Jr.
36. Jason Mignogna
37. Clay Rogers
38. Shane Wallace

Photo credit: Bill Sherman Photos

Young Drivers Make Mark in Hooters ProCup Series

September 22nd, 2005

“The Hooters ProCup series has become the developmental series for the NASCAR Nextel Cup teams over the past over the past couple of years,” said Jennerstown general manager Larry Mattingly. “The fact that the USAR cars race on radial tires and are very similar to NASCAR Cup and BUSCH series cars, makes the Hooters ProCup tour a natural training ground.”

No less than 10 of the 58 drivers entered in the Saturday’s event have strong ties to NASCAR teams. Leading the pack is Mark McFarland, a former National NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series champion, who will be driving a car entered by NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The 27-year-old McFarland, who has been one of the hottest drivers in late season action, will be moving up to the NASCAR BUSCH series next year, with sponsorship from the United States Navy. “The competition in Hooters ProCup is intense,” McFarland said during a recent Jennerstown practice session. “There will be at least 10 or 12 teams that can win the championship this year. The competition factor from last year has doubled.”

While McFarland is focused on winning the USAR national title, he can’t help but be excited about 2006. “Racing in the NASCAR BUSCH series will be a big challenge for us,” he said. “We have a lot of key personnel coming to work for the new team, which should help to cut the learning curve. I’m confident. We’ll have good equipment, good motors and good personnel. I’m looking forward to it. It’s a chance of a lifetime.”

Another Hooters ProCup driver jumping to the BUSCH series next year is Steven Wallace, the 18-year-old son of NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace, who is one of the favorites to capture the Nextel Cup championship prior to retiring at the end of the season.

The younger Wallace has already captured an ARCA RE/MAX event at Michigan International Speedway and will compete in four BUSCH races prior to moving into the series full time next year.

“Jennerstown is a cool track,” Wallace said. “It reminds me a lot of a small Milwaukee Mile, because of the sweeping turns. We practiced very well there, and I think we’ll be in the thick of the battle.”

Wallace says there is no additional pressure being the son of a NASCAR icon. “It isn’t tough being my father’s son,” Wallace added. “You just grow up being used to the spotlight and it becomes reality to you. He’s just always dad to me. To other people he’s Rusty Wallace, but he’s my dad so it’s no big deal.”

Other Hooters ProCup drivers with NASCAR involvement include: Clay Rogers, the defending USAR national champion, who finished fourth in last weekend’s Craftsman truck race; Woody Howard, who has signed a developmental contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, and Matt Carter, son of long time crew chief Travis Carter.

Shelby Howard, who has won at the ARCA level and competed in the Craftsman truck series in 2004, will be driving for current NASCAR point leader Tony Stewart on Saturday. Joel Kauffman is currently competing in the BUSCH Series, while Ken Butler III is wheeling a car prepared in Michael Waltrip’s Aarons BUSCH shops.

Joey Logano, a 15-year-old Mark Martin protégé, recently signed with Joe Gibbs Racing after becoming the youngest driver to win a Hooters ProCup feature. Jimmy Spencer Jr. is the namesake of his father, who currently stars in the Craftsman Truck series following a successful career in Nextel Cup.

Spectator gates open at 2:00 PM, with qualifying set for 4:30. A pre-race on-track autograph session will be staged at 5:45, while the green flag will drop at 7:00.

Benny Gordon Looks for Fast Start at Jennerstown

September 21st, 2005

But, the 34-year-old DuBois driver is determined to change all of that beginning with the Charlie Campbell Memorial BF Goodrich Tires 250 at Jennerstown Speedway this Saturday, the first stop on the five-race 2005 United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup Championship Series tour.

“We have finished second in the USAR National Championship for the past two years,” said Gordon, who recently clinched his second consecutive Hooter ProCup Northern Division title recently. “Both years the final outcome came down to the last race.

“Last year was particularly frustrating. We had a 38-point lead going into the final event at USA International Speedway in Florida. We were cruising along and suddenly had a flywheel break during the race, which cost us any chance for the championship. Stuff like that makes us want to win this thing that much more,” he said.

Gordon considers Jennerstown his home track, capturing his first USAR win there in 2003, and winning again in May of this year. “Jennerstown is home now,” he said. “I actually grew up racing at Clearfield, so I didn’t spend a lot of time racing at Jennerstown in a late model. We have had a great deal of success at Jennerstown, and it’s very important to us because all of our fans from the DuBois area come there to watch us race.”

The Somerset County paved half-mile oval hasn’t always been kind to Gordon. During last year’s USAR championship race he cut down a tire and hit the Turn 4 wall late in the contest while running second, and rapidly closing ground on the leader.

“That really hurt us in the point race,” Gordon said, “but the incident might have been a blessing in disguise. Our team really came together after that and it made us more focused. I truly believe it gave us a boost and made us a better team. We knew we had the best car that night, so we dug in, got it fixed, and went out and won the next two championship races.”

Gordon likes his chances of wearing the national championship crown in 2005. “I think we have we have a great chance to win the title this year,” he said. “We have a great team, the car is running fast, and we have won races at four of the five tracks hosting the championship series.”

With 58-drivers eligible for the championship series, competition for the top spot will be fierce. “I feel Shane Huffman should be our main competition. He just won the Southern division, and has a great program going,” said Gordon. Shane and I have been rivals, and have had a few altercations over the years. We talked this past winter, and we raced side-by-side this summer. We both respect each other as drivers.

“I also think Mark McFarland will be in the thick of things for the championship. He has been really hot at the end of the season,” he said. “And I don’t think you can count out Jeff Agnew either … he is always near the front at the end of a race. Truthfully, there are probably a dozen drivers who can win races. Consistency over the five events is what is going to win the championship.”

Gordon also revealed that his plans for 2006 are still up in the air. “We plan to remain in the Hooters ProCup Series. The past two years we have concentrated on building up our Predator Performance engine and chassis business. Next year we are searching for a major national sponsor,” he added. “If that happens we also plan to run a limited NASCAR BUSCH or Craftsman Truck schedule.

Adult advance tickets are now on sale for $15.00, if purchased before Sept. 23. There is also special pricing on senior, student and children’s tickets. Kids age six and under are admitted free.

Spectator gates for Saturday’s event will open at 2:00 PM. Qualifying will take place at 4:30, with a special pre-race on-track autograph session set for 5:45. The green flag will drop on the Charlie Campbell Memorial BF Goodrich Tires 250 at 7:00. Rain date for the contest is Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2:00 PM.

Beck Claims Jennerstown Championship

September 20th, 2005

Bobby Henry was victorious in the first feature contest, leading all 30-laps after out jumping pole sitter Jayme Beck at the outset. Mark Smith, who has six wins to his credit at the Somerset County oval this season, moved past Jayme Beck for second on Lap 18, but was unable to close the gap on Henry, who easily claimed his second victory.

“The car was pretty good tonight,” Henry said. This is the car we normally race at Motordrome (Speedway). It was a little loose, but it was drivable loose.”

Clarion driver Todd Goble recorded a career best third place finish, ahead of Kyle Martel and Mark Cottone. Tommy Beck only finished sixth in the contest, but it was good enough to clinch the division championship. Jayme Beck, Garry Wiltrout, Barry Awtey and Jason Lasky rounded out the top-10.

Martel, who was a rookie sensation last season, took command of the second feature from Lasky on the 17th circuit, and then had to stave off a strong challenge from Smith to preserve his first 2005 triumph.

“This would have been my first season without a win since I started racing if I hadn’t won tonight,” Martel said from Victory Lane. “We’ll be back next year.”

Smith hung on for second, trailed by: Henry, Lasky, Mark Poole, Tommy Beck, Wiltrout, Cottone and Goble.

Trevor Bayne of Knoxville, Tenn came into Saturday night’s Allison Legacy Series championship series race with 10 wins and left Jennerstown with number 11 under his belt, surviving six yellow flags in the 50-lap contest. Michael Cooper was second, in front of Jennerstown season champion PJ Ehrlich, Nicholas Pope and Casey Holt.

Rick Boyer again took no prisoners in the 30-lap late model finale, driving past Dusty Rhoads on Lap 6 to win his eighth feature. Rhoads finished second, which was good enough to claim track championship honors. Snooky Williams, Mel Wilt, and Wade Champeno were third through fifth.

The Advance Auto Parts street stock championship point battle ended before the competitors got a lap in the books. Only two points separated Richard Nicola and Roger Onstead at the beginning of the feature, but the two drivers got together, with Onstead leaving the track on the back of a wrecker. Joe Nicola eventually passed Phil Grubbs with two laps left in the 30-lap main to record his first ever Jennerstown victory. Richard Nicola recovered to finish third, and claim the track championship. Scott Bowman and Bill Aston finished fourth and fifth.

Deidre Petrie appeared to win the Pizza Hut hobby stock feature, but was disqualified in a post-race tech inspection. John Steeley was then awarded the win over newly crowned champion Greg Lohr, Eugene Zerfoss, Cindy Shaulis and Jeff Zillweger.

Super mini-cup winners were Ron Robbins Jr. and Robbie Kendall.

Photo: Track Champions – Left to Right Tommy Beck (Super Late Models), PJ Ehrlich (Legacy), Greg Lohr (Hobby Stocks), Rich Nicola (Street Stocks), and Dusty Rhoads (Late Models). Phot credit: Bill Sherman Photos

Jennerstown Speedway Race Results for 9/17/2005

Super Late Model – A Main

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 60 Bobby Henry Connellsville,PA 3
2 94 Mark Smith Meyersdale,PA 17
3 1 Todd Goble Clarion,PA 4
4 59 Kyle Martel Lebanon,PA 7
5 31 Mark Cottone McKeesport,PA 6
6 91 Tommy Beck Murrysville,PA 12
7 92 Jayme Beck Hunker,PA 1
8 95 Garry Wiltrout Somerset,PA 8
9 75 Barry Awtey Jenners,PA 11
10 8 Jason Lasky Johnstown,PA 5
11 96 Mark Poole Eighty-Four,PA 10
12 66 Todd Price Alum Bank,PA 13
13 27 Adam Kostelnik East McKeesport,PA 9
14 69 Christopher Lester Uniontown,PA 14
15 15 Timothy Bainey Jr Osceola Mills,PA 15
16 21 Chantal Germek N. Huntingdon,PA 2
17 33 John Komarinski Greensburg,PA 16

Super Late Model – Twin Main

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 59 Kyle Martel Lebanon,PA 5
2 94 Mark Smith Meyersdale,PA 11
3 60 Bobby Henry Connellsville,PA 12
4 8 Jason Lasky Johnstown,PA 3
5 96 Mark Poole Eighty-Four,PA 7
6 91 Tommy Beck Murrysville,PA 10
7 95 Garry Wiltrout Somerset,PA 9
8 31 Mark Cottone McKeesport,PA 4
9 1 Todd Goble Clarion,PA 2
10 66 Todd Price Alum Bank,PA 6
11 27 Adam Kostelnik East McKeesport,PA 13
12 33 John Komarinski Greensburg,PA 17
13 21 Chantal Germek N. Huntingdon,PA 16
14 69 Christopher Lester Uniontown,PA 14
15 15 Timothy Bainey Jr Osceola Mills,PA 15
16 92 Jayme Beck Hunker,PA 1
17 75 Barry Awtey Jenners,PA 8

Late Model – A Main

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 45 Rick Boyer Blairsville,PA 8
2 23 Dusty Rhoads Jennerstown,PA 3
3 O8 Snooky Williams Latrobe,PA 7
4 33 Mel Wilt Duncansville,PA 4
5 77 Wade Champeno Imler,PA 6
6 1 Cary Todaro Hollsopple,PA 9
7 84 Andrew Wylie Saltsburg,PA 5
8 0 Dink Colarusso West Mifflin,PA 2
9 5 Matt Howsare Clearville,PA 1

Street Stock – A Main

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 69 Joe Nicola West Mifflin,PA 3
2 75 Phil Grubbs Stahlstown,PA 1
3 34 Richard Nicola Pittsburgh,PA 8
4 19 Scott Bowman Murrysville,PA 5
5 31 Shawn Phillips Jefferson,PA 18
6 35 Bill Ashton Hopwood,PA 15
7 9 George Nicola Pittsburgh,PA 11
8 74 Jason Holder Stoystown,PA 12
9 67 Mike Davis Johnstown,Pa 7
10 O8 Bobby Young Somerset,PA 13
11 99 Steven Singo Connellsville,PA 16
12 15 Jon Greenwalt Monongshok,Pa 17
13 51 Dave Manns White Oak,PA 14
14 57 Andrew Kostelnik North Braddock,PA 9
15 76 Thomas Knight Sr. Monroeville,PA 2
16 O7 Josh Dunmyer Friedens,PA 4
17 73 Roger Onstead Friedens,PA 6
18 27 Greg Praysner Level Green,PA 10

Allison Legacy Touring Series – A Main

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 00 Trevor Bayne Knoxville, TN 15
2 68 Michael Cooper Pittsboro, NC 4
3 70 PJ Ehrlich Oakmont, PA 2
4 26 Nicholas Pope Taylorsville, NC 8
5 22 Casey Holt Greenville, NC 1
6 04 Jordan Napier London, KY 3
7 42 Adam Taylor Lillington, NC 11
8 27 Jason Connole Raleigh, NC 12
9 2 Cole Canady Willow Spring, NC 7
10 74 Dan Brink Marion Center, PA 10
11 92 Matthew Godley Davidson, NC 14
12 12 Mark Dilario Ontario, CA 19
13 53 Lauren Butler Pittsburg, PA 9
14 19 Ron Dodson Glenn Shaw, PA 20
15 11 Ken Pearce Wixom, MI 16
16 1 Jake Crum Statesville, NC 6
17 59 Kyle Martel Lebanon, PA 5
18 97 Jim Murphy Marietta, GA 13
19 44 Eric Kulikowski Harrison City, PA 17
20 80 Garrett Tubbs Laurinburg, NC 18

Hobby Stock – A Main

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 1 John Steeley Greensburg,PA 7
2 88 Gregory Lohr Hooversville,PA 2
3 23 Eugene Zerfoss Acosta,PA 6
4 75 Cindy Shaulis Somerset,PA 1
5 18 Jeff Zillweger Allison Park,PA 4
6 29 Clifford Zerfoss Jennerstown,PA 8
7 21 Dave Lambert Everett,PA 16
8 27 Steve Long Rockwood,PA 9
9 8 Teddy Gibala Coulter,PA 5
10 2 Andres Suarez Hagerstown,MD 14
11 O5 Jeff Giles Vanderbilt,PA 18
12 5 William Oldham Connellsville,PA 17
13 71 Jeff Grinch Latrobe,PA 11
14 33 Mark Kolarczyk Altoona,PA 10
15 86 William Airgood East Pittsburgh,PA 12
16 17(7) Matthew Gardner Ruffsdale,PA 19
17 3 Scott Caron Everett,PA 13
18 O6 Scott McCall Summerhill,PA 15
19 0 Deidre Petrie Greensburg,PA 3

Super Mini Cup Feature #1

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 8x Ron Robbins, Jr Glenn Burnie, MD 1
2 55 Robbie Kendall Catonsville, MD 7
3 8 Chris Chilson Wellsboro, PA 2
4 34 Ken Stabley, Jr Jersey Shore, PA 5
5 58 Steven Cox Finksburg, MD 10
6 25 Brandon Chilson Wellsboro, PA 9
7 21 Kyle Pierce Endwell, NY 4
8 1 Frankie White Scottsville, VA 3
9 86 Blair Frye Williamsport, PA 6
10 17 Richard Demarco Baltimore, MD 11
11 41 Ryan Peacher Fredricksburg, VA 8

Super Mini Cup Feature #2

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 55 Robbie Kendall Catonsville, MD 1
2 8X Ron Robbins, Jr Glenn Burnie, MD 2
3 8 Chris Chilson Wellsboro, PA 3
4 58 Steven Cox Finksburg, MD 8
5 1 Frankie White Scottsville, VA 4
6 34 Ken Stabley, Jr Jersey Shore, PA 5
7 86 Blair Frye Williamsport, PA 11
8 25 Brandon Chilson Wellsboro, PA 7
9 41 Ryan Peacher Fredricksburg, VA 6
10 17 Richard Demarco Baltimore, MD 10
DNS 21 Kyle Pierce Endwell, NY 9

Jennerstown First Stop for Hooters ProCup Championship

September 15th, 2005

The unique USAR championship series will pit the top drivers from its Northern and Southern divisions against each other in five season-ending races to determine a national champion.

The Hooters ProCup championship format is very similar to NASCAR’s ‘Chase for the Cup’, said Jennerstown general manager Larry Mattingly. “USAR actually developed it first back in 2001. It really ads a great deal of excitement to the post season, and putting the Northern drivers against the Southern drivers makes it a natural rivalry.”

There will be 58 drivers eligible to participate in the championship events. Leading the parade will be Northern and Southern division champion’s Benny Gordon and Shane Huffman, who enter the fray with 190 starting points. Next in line with 150 points are Mark McFarland, who will drive a U.S. Navy-sponsored NASCAR BUSH Series car in 2006 for a team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Mardy Lindley, who has won twice at Jennerstown in the past.

Thus far a driver from the Northern series has never captured the national championship, but Gordon, a two-time, defending North titlist, will be going all out to change that fact.

“We have come close the past two seasons,” said the DuBois driver. “We had a 38-point lead going into the last race at USA Speedway, and then we broke a flywheel, which destroyed our championship hopes. Our team is determined to win it all this year.”

Clay Rogers, who was the USAR national champion in 2004, is currently ranked fifth in the title chase with 145 points, along with outstanding rookie competitor Woody Howard. Former champion Bobby Gill, Gary St. Amant , a multi-time American Speed Association kingpin, Jody Lavender, and Jeff Agnew round out the top-10.

Huffman, who captured the title in 2003, is the defending Charlie Campbell Memorial race winner at Jennerstown.

Adult advance tickets are now on sale for $15.00, if purchased before Sept. 23. Special pricing applies for seniors, students, and children. Kids age six and under are free. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling the speedway office at: 814 629-6677.

Spectator gates will open at 2:00 PM. Qualifying begins at 4:30, while a special on-track autograph session will be conducted at 5:45. The BF Goodrich Tire 250 will receive the green flag at 7:00. In the event of rain the race will be held on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25 at 2:00 PM.

Championship Races in Jennerstown Spotlight

September 14th, 2005

That statement could also be used to summarize the battle for track championship honors at Jennerstown Speedway, as drivers head into the final week of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series action at the Somerset County paved half-mile oval.

Three of the five divisional point races are still up for grabs going into this Saturday evenings ‘Championship Night’ event, while two drivers have already clinched their 2005 class crowns.

All eyes will be focused on the twin 30-lap features for the Wheeler Bros. super late models, and the continuing battle between current point leader Tommy Beck and challenger Barry Awtey. Beck currently leads Awtey by 30-points, as the Jenners driver was able to pick up four points in the recent 75-lap contest held on Sept. 3. Mark Poole, Mark Cottone and Mark Smith, ranked third through fifth in the standings, all still have a mathematical chance for the title. But, for all practical purposes it has become a two horse race for the championship.

“Tommy (Beck) is obviously in the drivers seat; it’s his championship to win or lose,” said track general manager Larry Mattingly. “But, with 100-points on the line with the double feature format, anything can happen.”

Although the main focus is on the race for the super late models, the battle for two other class championships is even tighter.

Dusty Rhoads has only a two-point margin over Wade Champeno in the late model division, and Mel Wilt and Andrew Wylie, who are tied for third, are only eight markers behind.

In another close contest Richard Nicola is only two points ahead of Friedens pilot Roger Onstead in the chase for the Advance Auto Parts street stock championship.

“The race for the late model and street stock championships are so close, we’ve had to break out our tie-breaker format,” Mattingly said. “If we have a point deadlock, the next criteria will be feature wins, followed by top five finishes.”

One driver who won’t have to worry about points is Hooversville’s Greg Lohr, as he has already clinched the championship in the Pizza Hut hobby stock class. There is a tight battle for runner-up honors, as Deidre Petrie leads rookie competitor Cindy Shaulis by only two points.

Another driver without worry is PJ Ehrlich, who captured the PA legacy crown, defeating Jayme Beck and Chris Brink. Ehrlich will now set his sights on competing in the 50-lap Allison Legacy Series championship event this week. The driver Ehrlich will need to beat is Trevor Bayne of Knoxville, Tenn, who has 10 wins to his credit in the series. Other top ranked legacy drivers include: Adam Taylor, Lillington, NC, Jake Crum, Statesville, NC, Michael Cooper, Pittsboro, NC, and Jordan Napier, London, KY.

Also appearing on the race card will be the super mini-cups, who will participate in double feature events.

The speedway will also be celebrating ‘Halloween … a month early”. There will be trick or treat and face painting for children, and anyone dressing in full costume will receive free admission to the races.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00, with the first race set to begin at 6:30.

Smith Captures Jennerstown Feature

September 5th, 2005

“We messed the car up a little bit when we hit the wall on the back straight during our heat race,” Smith said from victory lane. “we really seem to be at our best during the longer races. We really live to do this; it’s our whole life.”

A major crash on Lap-50 involving Houpt, Paul Urso and Todd Goble brought out the red flag. Houpt and Kyle Martel tangled on the front straight, sending Houpt into a long slide. Urso threw his car into a spin, but made contact and climbed over Houpts machine shearing off part of the roll cage. All the drivers walked away unscathed.

Mitchell made a run at Smith on the ensuing restart, but faded to third after being passed by Barry Awtey. Tommy Beck crossed the finish line in fourth, in front of Garry Wiltrout. Mark Poole, Todd Price, Martel, Mark Cottone and Jason Lasky rounded out the top-10.

PJ Ehrlich won his eighth PA legacy main of the season, and clinched the 2005 point championship in the process. David Campbell ran a close second in the special 30-Lap championship, followed by Martel, Dan Brink and Lauren Butler.

Rick Boyer ran away and hid from the field in the 25-Lap late model feature. The Blairsville driver outdistanced Wade Champeno, Daniel Angelicchio, Todd Corson and Mel Wilt to nail down his eighth victory.

George Nicola assumed the lead from Greg Praysner on the ninth go round of the 20-Lap Advance Auto Parts street stock main. Roger Onstead eventually finished second, trailed by Joe Nicola, Praysner and Josh Dunmyer.

Eugene Zerfoss took his first win of the year in the Pizza Hut hobby stock finale. Scott Mcall finished second, ahead of Deidre Petrie, John Steeley and Cindy Shaulis.

Photo credit: Bill Sherman Photos

Jennerstown Speedway Race Results for 9/3/2005

Super Late Model – A Main

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 94 Mark Smith Meyersdale,PA 7
2 75 Barry Awtey Jenners,PA 8
3 22 Richard Mitchell Bruceton Mills,WV 15
4 91 Tommy Beck Murrysville,PA 10
5 95 Garry Wiltrout Somerset,PA 20
6 96 Mark Poole Eighty-Four,PA 9
7 66 Todd Price Alum Bank,PA 5
8 59 Kyle Martel Lebanon,PA 13
9 31 Mark Cottone McKeesport,PA 18
10 8 Jason Lasky Johnstown,PA 21
11 O1 Robert Delanoy Spring City,PA 23
12 69 Christopher Lester Uniontown,PA 24
13 21 Chantal Germek N. Huntingdon,PA 19
14 97 Dave Houpt Friedens,PA 6
15 1 Todd Goble Clarion,PA 14
16 98 Paul Urso Glenshaw,PA 16
17 60 Bobby Henry Connellsville,PA 2
18 50 Douglas Bacchiochi Venetia,PA 17
19 24 Jeff Dunmyer Friedens,PA 3
20 92 Jayme Beck Hunker,PA 1
21 27 Adam Kostelnik East McKeesport,PA 12
22 15 Timothy Bainey Jr Osceola Mills,PA 4
23 25 Rick Miller Dunbar,PA 11

Late Model – A Main

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 45 Rick Boyer Blairsville,PA 11
2 77 Wade Champeno Imler,PA 8
3 14 Daniel Angelicchio Greensburg,PA 7
4 11 Todd Corson South Fork,PA 3
5 33 Mel Wilt Duncansville,PA 5
6 5 Matt Howsare Clearville,PA 1
7 84 Andrew Wylie Saltsburg,PA 6
8 O8 Snooky Williams Latrobe,PA 9
9 0 Dink Colarusso West Mifflin,PA 2
10 23 Dusty Rhoads Jennerstown,PA 4

Street Stock – A Main

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 9 George Nicola Pittsburgh,PA 12
2 73 Roger Onstead Friedens,PA 9
3 69 Joe Nicola West Mifflin,PA 6
4 27 Greg Praysner Level Green,PA 3
5 O7 Josh Dunmyer Friedens,PA 7
6 75 Phil Grubbs Stahlstown,PA 1
7 74 Jason Holder Stoystown,PA 4
8 76 Thomas Knight Sr. Monroeville,PA 17
9 67 Mike Davis Johnstown,Pa 14
10 O8 Bobby Young Somerset,PA 5
11 99 Steven Singo Connellsville,PA 2
12 24 Richie Beam Pittsburgh,PA 15
13 35 Bill Ashton Hopwood,PA 11
14 51 Dave Manns White Oak,PA 16
15 66 Max Schlessinger Elizabeth,Pa 18
16 19 Scott Bowman Murrysville,PA 8
17 34 Richard Nicola Pittsburgh,PA 10
18 57 Andrew Kostelnik North Braddock,PA 13

Legacy Car – A Main

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 70 PJ Ehrlich Oakmont,PA 11
2 55 David Campbell Pittsburgh,PA 10
3 59 Kyle Martel Lebanon,PA 9
4 74 Daniel Brink Marion Center,PA 3
5 53 Lauren Butler Pittsburgh,PA 4
6 24 Jayme Beck Hunker,PA 5
7 7 Chris Brink Glen Campbell,PA 8
8 44 Eric Kulikowski Harrison City,PA 2
9 11 Ken Pearce Wixom,MI 1
10 0 Jack Causer Crownsville,MD 7
11 39 Alan Braham Uniontown,PA 6

Hobby Stock – A Main

Finish Car # Driver Hometown Start Pos

1 23 Eugene Zerfoss Acosta,PA 2
2 O6 Scott McCall Summerhill,PA 8
3 0 Deidre Petrie Greensburg,PA 9
4 1 John Steeley Greensburg,PA 11
5 75 Cindy Shaulis Somerset,PA 10
6 18 Jeff Zillweger Allison Park,PA 7
7 88 Gregory Lohr Hooversville,PA 12
8 8 Teddy Gibala Coulter,PA 4
9 3 Scott Caron Everett,PA 15
10 29 Clifford Zerfoss Jennerstown,PA 3
11 21 Dave Lambert Everett,PA 5
12 86 William Airgood East Pittsburgh,PA 1
13 71 Jeff Grinch Latrobe,PA 14
14 33 Mark Kolarczyk Altoona,PA 13
15 2 Andres Suarez Hagerstown,MD 6

Jennerstown Cancels Night of Destruction Sept. 10th

September 2nd, 2005

“In retrospect scheduling the program this late in the season was the biggest hurdle. If we carried through with the show next Sat. in its present format, it was going to end up being a ‘second class’ performance. That’s not how we do things at Jennerstown. We would rather cancel, than give our fans a second rate show.”

Jennerstown has not given up on the concept of the show, or presenting other thrill show acts at the half mile asphalt Somerset County oval.

“On the contrary,” Mattingly said, “we plan to sit down with the thrill show agencies at the end of the season and schedule an earlier summer date. We feel a ‘Night of Destruction’ spectacular has great entertainment potential, but we need to do a better job doing our homework.

“We know that thrill-show type acts are popular,” he added. “The high flying free style motocross performers we brought in during late June produced one of our better crowds and left our fans wanting more.”

Jennerstown will now be dark on Sept. 10, but will return to action on Sept 17 with a ‘Halloween … a month early’ special. In the spotlight will be twin 30-lap features for the Wheeler Bros. super late models and a 50-lap National Allison legacy race. In addition, any fan dressed in full costume will be admitted free. There will also be special Halloween activities for children in the Kids’ Fun Zone.

Jennerstown Speed Notes

August 31st, 2005

Also in the spotlight Sat. will be the PA legacy cars, who will contest a 30-lap main event for an increased purse. A special ‘Night of Destruction’- featuring Megasaurus, a transformer dinosaur, a Jet Jeep car burn, monster trucks, a demolition derby and fireworks – will be staged on Sept. 10. The final NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series show will be ‘Champion’s Night’ on Sept 17. Twin 30-Lap super late model features, a 50-lap National Allison Legacy Series championship and extended lap features for the late models, Advance Auto Parts street stocks, and Pizza Hut hobby stocks will be on the race card. The season finale will take place on Sat. Sept. 24 with the running of the United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup BF Goodrich Tire 250 ‘North versus South’ Championship event, featuring the top 25 drivers from the USAR northern and southern divisions.

Going into last weekend’s NASCAR action current Jennerstown super late model points leader Tommy Beck was ranked 11th in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division IV championship title chase. With several more opportunities to increase his overall total, Beck could jump up several spots in the final tally, which will conclude on Sept. 18.

Alum Bank’s Todd Price, who turned in four top-10 runs in the Wheeler Bros. super late model class, after moving up from the late models, will probably be out of action the final two weeks of the season after blowing an engine during practice on Aug. 20.

Larry Germek, who fields a super late model for his daughter, 2003 Western PA Rookie of the Year, Chantal Germek, will enter a second car for street stock standout Adam Kostelnik beginning this week.

Andrew Wylie, currently ranked second in the late model points race, will be doing some long distance commuting to finish out the season. The Saltsburg High School graduate has matriculated to the University of North Carolina to study engineering, and will fly home to compete in the next two events. Unlike most young drivers today, Wylie has no dreams about competing in Nextel Cup. His goal is to design and build NASCAR equipment, and is using his current role as a driver to aid his development in that direction.

Late model driver Daniel Angelicchio will be missing in action for the remainder of the season. A senior at Hempfield Area High School, the 5’ 9”, 210 pound Angelicchio is the starting center and defensive end on the Spartan football squad, which opened the season with a big victory over arch-rival Greensburg-Salem last Friday.

With only one race remaining in the USAR Hooters ProCup Northern series, DuBois resident Benny Gordon appears poised to capture his second consecutive championship. Gordon, who won the Hooters race at Jennerstown on May 28, currently holds a 50-point margin over Mardy Lindley going into the Madison, Wisconsin race on Sept. 9. Jennerstown favorite Gary St. Amant is third, 126-points back.

Part time Jennerstown super late model competitor Tim Bainey Jr. is currently ninth in the Hooters ProCup North point chase. Bainey splits his time between USAR and Jennerstown, and indicates that will also be his plan in 2006 as well.

Other former Jennerstown drivers ranked in the Hooters ProCup top-25 include: Jason Mignogna (14th), Glenn Gault (17th), Todd Peck (18th), Eric Corbett (20th), and Robby Marhefka (21st).

Logan Dernoshek has dropped off the Hooters ProCup tour, and has placed his entire racing operation up for sale. The former Canonsburg driver has accepted an engineering position in the North Carolina area, and is looking to make a move to the ASA Late Model Series in 2006.

Former 2000 Jennerstown pro truck champion Aaron Will made his USAR Hooters ProCup debut at the Illiana Speedway recently. The Marysville pilot drove his Altoona Alignment Ford to a 22nd place finish. Will plans to compete in 5-6 USAR events in 2006.

Rain Cancels Racing at Jennerstown Speedway

August 27th, 2005

“Because of the all night and morning rains, along with the prediction of evening thunderstorms we felt it was in the best interest of both our fans and competitors to cancel the racing program early,” said speedway general manager Larry Mattingly. “It was going to be very difficult to get the track surface dried off to race

“We also had several special events for kids scheduled for our Christmas in August Fan Appreciation Night activities, and we didn’t want families to have to sit through possible delays in the program,” he said.

Next Saturday the half-mile paved Somerset County oval will present a ‘Triple Header’ program for the Wheeler Bros. super late model division, featuring triple 30-lap feature contests.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00, with racing set to begin at 6:30 PM.

Wiltrout Gets Early Christmas Present

August 24th, 2005

Wiltrout became the sixth different division feature winner in last Saturdays rain shortened event, ending a season of frustration for the Somerset-driver, which has been marred by crashes and mechanical problems.

“Boy, we needed that one,” said Wiltrout. “Last year everything went our way, but this season we seem to be involved in every accident. Last week we had everyone covered. Hopefully we can keep it rolling for the rest of the year.”

The victory moved Wiltrout back into the top-five in the points race, as he now trails fourth place Mark Cottone by just 20 markers.

“Garry has had a target on his car all season,” said track general manager Larry Mattingly. “His team couldn’t get a break early in the season, and it has cost them any chance of repeating as track champion.”

Tommy Beck continues to set the pace, stretching out his margin over second place Barry Awtey to 34-points with a third place finish last week..

“With five races still on the schedule, including two more twin 30-lap nights, the most consistent driver is going to win the track championship,” Mattingly said. “The pressure is on Barry (Awtey); he obviously needs to let it hang out a little more to get back in the chase.”

This Saturday’s ‘Christmas in August’ Fan Appreciation Night will have a little something for everyone. Twin 30-lap super late model features will highlight the five-division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racing program. Kids will get to meet Santa Claus, and participate in big wheel and bike races on the race track, plus have an opportunity to win a new bicycle. In addition there will be an on-track autograph session held before the races begin, giving everyone the opportunity to meet their favorite driver. All spectators will be admitted for a $3.00 general admission.

Spectator gates open at 5:00 PM, with the autograph session scheduled to run from 6:00 – 6:45 PM.. Because of the extended pre-race program the first event will get underway at 7:00.

Point Races in Jennerstown Spotlight

August 17th, 2005

‘Strategy’ will particularly come into play in the Wheeler Bros super late model division, where drivers face the challenge of racing in seven feature contests during the four event span.. Twin 30-lap features are on the race card this Sat. evening, followed by a standard 50-lap event on Aug. 27. History-making triple 30-lap features will be conducted on Sept. 3, followed by a season ending 50-lap finale on Sept. 17.

“We’re starting to concentrate a little more on our back-up car,” said current point leader Tommy Beck, who currently holds a margin of 24 markers over second place Barry Awtey. “We’ve tried to shake the car down a couple of times, but there is a slight miss in the engine. We need to get it up to speed, just in case we need to use it during one of the multiple feature nights. Unfortunately with the work schedule my father (who serves as the crew chief) and I have, it’s tough to get everything accomplished.”

In fact, work responsibilities almost took the Murrysville driver out of the championship race altogether this past weekend. Beck, a University of Pittsburgh engineering graduate, was on assignment in the Czech Republic, and was scheduled to miss last Saturday’s race. However, a family emergency arose near the end of the week and Beck’s employer permitted him to return home a couple of days earlier than originally scheduled.

“We received some bad news about my grandfather,” Beck said. “The entire family made the decision to race last Saturday. Racing has been a big part of our lives, especially my grandfather’s. Winning the Jennerstown track championship would mean a great deal to him.

“I think that was the last work hurdle for awhile,” he said. “The company wanted me to go back overseas for another eight-weeks, but I been negotiating to do it during the off-season.”

In other track championship races Dusty Rhoads big lead over Andrew Wylie in the late model class has dwindled to 14-points after he crashed out of last Saturday nights feature. Wylie will also encounter some commuting issues, as the Saltsburg resident is scheduled to start college in North Carolina later this month, and will be forced to fly home weekly to complete the season.

Roger Onstead’s bid to capture the Advance Auto Parts street stock title took a hit, when he was eliminated in a first lap crash last week. The Friedens driver now trails leader Richard Nicola by 32-points.

PJ Ehrlich won his seventh PA legacy feature Saturday night, and in the process regained the point lead from Jayme Beck, who was forced to the pits with mechanical problems. Third place Chris Brink saw his championship hopes fade following a violent opening lap flip, following hard contact with the Turn 3 wall. Ehrlich leads the field by 12-points.

Hooversville’s Greg Lohr continues to set the pace in the Pizza Hut hobby stocks with a comfortable 64-point margin over Somerset rookie Cindy Shaulis. Fellow female driver Deidre Petrie rides in the third position, two-points in back of Shaulis.

Spectator gates this Sat. will open at 5:00 PM, with the first race set to receive the green flag at 6:30. The super mini-cup cars will also be on the schedule. The first 2,000 fans entering the speedway will receive free Coca-Cola NASCAR CD-Rom games.

Leicht and Lay Winners in ASA/HOSS Action

August 14th, 2005

Leicht, the current ASA point leader, passed Scott Baker with 33 laps left in the century grind and pulled away for his fourth win of the season after a spirited battle with the Akron, Ohio veteran.

“The outside line really works good here,” said the 18-year-old Leicht, who hails from Ashville N.C. “We talked about this all day long; where you could pass and where you couldn’t, and how the track would act. We hit it right on the head.”

Brian Campbell and Chad Wood, who trail Leicht in the points race, finished second and third, while Baker faded to fourth in front of Travis Dassow, Kris Stump, Bobby Stremme, Ryan Carson, Keeton Hanks and Brent Downey.

Wood was the fastest qualifier with a time of 18.872 over the half mile paved oval. Baker led the most laps in the race, which was slowed by only three cautions.

Lay led the way in the blistering fast HOSS sprint event which was completed in just under eight minutes. The Millbury, Ohio pilot jumped into command at the drop of the green and never looked back, outdistancing Sondi Eden, Tim Cox, Jeff Bloom and Jimmy McCune in the process. Hank Lower, Greg Wheeler, Jerry Caryer, Ron Koehler, and Michael Tarlton rounded out the top-10.

“This is one of the nicest race tracks I’ve ever been to,” Lay said. “This was my first time here, and I really liked the place. I hit all my marks and stayed consistent.”

In NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series competition Tommy Beck edged out Garry Wiltrout to nail down his third win in Wheeler Bros. super late model action. Beck passed the defending track champion on a restart following a caution with just seven laps remaining in the 50 lapper.

“I’ve become a little more patient as a driver,” Beck said, “we were a tad bit quicker, but the track was slick tonight, so I wasn’t going to make a mistake running second. We got lucky on the restart and got by Gary going into Turn 1.”

Mark Smith recovered from a first lap incident to finish third in front of Barry Awtey, Mark Poole, Dave Houpt, Kyle Martel, Mark Cottone, Paul Urso and Todd Price.

Rick Boyer survived the caution-plagued 20 lap late model feature to pick up his sixth feature win of the year. Mel Wilt, Wade Champeno, Snooky Williams and Andrew Wylie finished second through fifth.

George Nicola defeated Richard Nicola to win the 20 lap Advance Auto Parts street stock main event. Josh Dunmyer finished third in front of Joe Nicola and Steve Singo. Roger Onstead’s bid for a third straight victory ended on the first lap when he was eliminated in a multi-car pile-up on the front straight.

Patrick Parlock cruised to victory in the 15 lap Pizza Hut hobby stock feature, outdistancing point leader Gregory Lohr, John Steeley, Deidre Petrie and Cindy Shaulis.

PJ Ehrlich returned to Victory Lane in the PA legacy series, finishing ahead of Martel, David Campbell, Dan Brink and Lauren Butler. Chris Brink walked away from a violent first lap crash that virtually destroyed his car after he hit the third turn wall and flipped end-over-end.

ASA – HOSS Series’ Headline Jennerstown Event

August 10th, 2005

“It will certainly be the biggest race in terms of the number of cars competing,” said speedway general manager Larry Mattingly. “With the ASA and HOSS touring series’ joining our five-division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series line-up we are expecting in the neighborhood of 130 cars in the pit area. Former promoter Stan Lasky remembers having 113 cars in the pits once, but that is the biggest turn out we can document.”

The ASA Late Model Series has taken the asphalt racing world by storm over the past two years. Using cars identical to those raced at weekly tracks across the nation, and powering them with inexpensive ‘crate’ engines costing between $5,000 -$6,500; ASA is revolutionizing short-track racing.

“We have created a cost effective series that permits racers the opportunity to compete at the national level for a fraction of the cost of other touring groups,” said Ron Varney Jr., ASA President. “Our goal was to create a national series that showcases a driver’s ability, not the size of his wallet or sponsorship package. Everyone competing in ASA has access to the same engines. You buy them at car dealerships, not custom race engine shops.”

The other side of the doubleheader classic will feature the wild and wooly HOSS sprint cars, who will be attempting to shatter the all-time Jennerstown one-lap track record of 15.239 seconds (123.320 mph).

Powered by 410 cubic inch fuel injected engines, the HOSS machines feature stationary air foils mounted over their nose and cockpit areas, which give them added stability in the turns. Simply put, a sprint car is built for one purpose … speed.

“I guess our cars aren’t very cost effective,” laughed HOSS President Tony Swanson. “The engines alone probably cost more than an entire ASA Late Model. But our series is a different animal. There is just something about watching unlimited horsepower open cockpit cars racing wheel to wheel that I can’t put into words.”

Also appearing on the race card is Jennerstown’s NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series five-division program, competing in a feature event only format. Headlining the weekly attraction is a 50-lap contest for the Wheeler Bros. super late models.

Spectator gates will open at 2:00 PM, with ASA-HOSS time trials slated for 3:30. Racing action will begin at 5:00. A special on-track autograph session will precede the ASA Tribune-Democrat ‘100’.

Adult advance tickets are on sale for $15.00 if purchased before Aug. 12. There is also special pricing for seniors, students and children.

In the event of rain the program will be rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 14 at 2:00 PM.

Jennerstown Alters Fall Schedule

August 9th, 2005

The announced 200-lap contest for the Wheeler Bros. super late model division has been canceled. In its place the Somerset County half-mile paved oval will present Triple 30-lap features at the weekly admission price of $7.00.

“There are a number of reasons we pulled the plug on the 200-lap contest,” said speedway general manager Larry Mattingly. “With the fragmented car rules that still govern asphalt racing throughout the nation, we find it impossible to attract outside cars to race in the event. It was senseless to promote an event of this magnitude, without the ability to entice non-Pennsylvania competitors and fans.

“That situation should be changing over the next several years, and we will again pursue a major independent extra-distance race. Yet another factor is that we have to ensure that we have a minimum of 16-feature events to qualify our drivers for the Division 4 NASCAR Weekly Series championship,“ he said. “Running triple 30-lap features should give us the insurance we need, and be a popular attraction for our fan base.”

Several other schedule changes were also announced. The Sept. 17 date has been realigned to feature all five of the speedway’s weekly racing divisions. Highlighting the evening will be a National Championship race for the PA legacy class. However, the special Western Pennsylvania invitational race for the hobby stock class has been canceled.

“Again, with all the variations with this class across the state, we found it impossible to draft a set of common car rules that would permit equal competition,” Mattingly stated.

Also on tap Sept. 17 will be a special kids’ promotion … ‘Halloween – a month early’ Anyone coming to the speedway in costume that night will be admitted free. There will also be clowns, face painting, trick or treat, and a kids’ ‘gold rush’.

The Oct. 1-2 ‘Fast and Furious Challenge’ and the Oct. 8-9 ‘Cyclefest’ events have also be canceled for 2005.

The final event on the 2005 schedule is the Sept. 24 Hooters ProCup 250 ‘North vs. South’ championship.

Jennerstown Speed Notes

August 8th, 2005

The University of Akron public relations major is a rookie on the ASA tour this season, and was ranked 26th going into last Friday’s event at the Baer Field (Ind.) Speedway. Two weeks ago Dennewitz captured his first ASA checkered flag when he won the GM Performance Parts Shootout at Indianapolis Raceway Park. “I had just turned my fastest lap of the day, and just lost the handle in the second corner,” Dennewitz said. “We did a ton of damage, and I don’t know if we can get it fixed in time for the Jennerstown race,”

- Current ASA points leader Stephen Leicht of Ashville, NC edged out defending ASA titlist Bobby Stremme to win the 8th Annual International Gold Cup 100 at Baer Field. Buckeye driver Jack Smith was victorious the week before at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

- ASA has a pair of fast rising 15-year-old drivers racing in the series. Chase Austin, currently ranked 17th in points, is under a developmental contract with NASCAR’s Hendrick Motorsports Nextel Cup team, while Jesse Smith, who is 21st in the points standings, won the GM Performance Parts Shootout at Baer Field Speedway this past Friday.

- Tim Cox appears to be the driver to beat in the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series (HOSS).

- The open-wheel, winged 410 traveling sprint car group will share the top billing with the ASA cars this weekend. The Park City, Illinois driver is the current HOSS point leader and has won the last two contested races at the Madison (Wis.) and Illiana (Shererville, Ind.) ovals, Cox is also one of the top contenders to challenge the all-time Jennerstown track record of 15.239 seconds (123.320 mph) set a decade ago by International SuperModified Association driver Chris Perley.

- Veteran NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series super late model driver Snooky Williams will step back to the late model class to finish the 2005 campaign. The popular Latrobe-resident broke the engine in his Y-108 sponsored Dodge Charger during the July 30th Meegan Ford ‘100’. Williams has purchased a 355 horsepower ‘crate’ engine, and hopefully be in action this weekend. Currently ranked 10th in the Wheeler Bros. super late model standings, with seven top-10 runs to his credit, Williams had a tough decision to make concerning his future. “We didn’t have the money to build an ‘open’ motor to finish the year, and we don’t know what the rules are going to be for 2006,” Williams said. “ My team still wanted to race, so buying a $5,000 ‘crate’ engine seemed like the best option. Besides, I thought Rick Boyer needed a little more competition.”

- Rookie late model driver Andrew Wylie continues to impress. The PA legacy graduate is holding down the second slot in the division, with seven top-five runs. Even more important, the Saltsburg pilot hasn’t put a mark on his 84 Lumber backed Pontiac Grand Prix.

- In what may be a first, the husband and wife team of Tommy and Jayme Beck are current divisional point leaders. Tommy leads Barry Awtey in the super late model class, while Jayme has overtaken Chris Brink and PJ Ehrlich in PA legacy action. Jayme also is seventh in super late model points.

- Jennerstown may also lead the nation in the number of female drivers who actively compete on a weekly basis. There are five distaff divers currently in action…. Jayme Beck, Chantal Germek, Lauren Butler, Cindy Shaulis, and Deidre Petrie.

- Defending Wheeler Bros. super late model champion Garry Wiltrout hasn’t been able to score a win at Jennerstown this season, but the Somerset driver came up big last Friday at Motordrome Speedway by holding off Richard Mitchell for a win in the 100-lap feature attraction.

ASA and HOSS to Invade Jennerstown August 13th

August 4th, 2005

“The ASA Late Model Series and the open wheel, winged Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series (HOSS) will make their first Jennerstown appearance on Aug. 13,” said speedway general manager Larry Mattingly. “The date also marks one of the few times we have ever featured stock cars and open cockpit touring cars on the same program.”

The ASA Late Model Series has replaced the now defunct American Speed Association national series, which fell victim to financial woes at the close of the 2004 season.

“In three short years the new ASA Late Model Series has taken the Midwestern region of the nation by storm,” Mattingly said. “In many ways the new ASA is a throwback to the early days of the American Speed Association when it centered its efforts on short-track racing, rather than trying to emulate NASCAR on the super speedways.”

ASA will present a 100-lap feature event using cars which are very similar to the Jennerstown weekly super late model class. The biggest difference will be under the hood. ASA cars must run sealed General Motors, Ford or Dodge ‘crate’ engines costing between $5,000 and $6,500.

“The ASA car is being hailed as the short-track car of the future,” added Mattingly. “We believe that virtually every asphalt track in the nation will be racing a car similar to ASA’s within the next three years. The reduced engine costs and strict rule enforcement has equalized ASA competition and produced impressive car counts during early races this season.”

On the other side of the coin the HOSS sprint cars are as wide open, rule wise, as a race class can be. Using custom built 410 cubic inch engines, which cost over $40,000, and large air foils mounted atop the roll cage; the HOSS car is the equivalent to the World of Outlaw machines which rule the country’s dirt tracks.

“The HOSS cars are not quite as exotic as the ISMA supermodifieds that appeared here earlier this year,” Mattingly commented, “but they’re just about as fast.”

Perhaps even faster. With the supermodified cars forced to run a harder tire compound because of Jennerstown’s new high grip polymer surface, the ISMA drivers have been unable to break Chris Perley’s all-time track record of 15.239 (123.320 miles per hour) in their past two outings.

“I think our cars will dip into the 14-second bracket during time trials,” said Park City, ILL driver Tim Cox, the current HOSS points leader, and winner of the most recent feature event at Madison, Wis. “Our cars are lighter than the supermods, and we use a softer compound tire. We are normally quicker in the speed runs.”

Appearing with the ASA and HOSS tours will be Jennerstown’s five-division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series program, competing in a features-only format.

Advance adult tickets are on sale for $15.00 if purchased before Aug. 12. There is special pricing for seniors, students and children. Children under the age of six are free. Race day admission is $25.00.

Spectator gates open at 2:00 PM, with racing to begin at 5:00. Time trials will begin at 3:30. A special on-track ASA autograph session will precede their feature.

Smith Rebounds From Crash to Win Meegan Ford 100

July 31st, 2005

Last Saturday Smith plowed his Richter Motorsports Ford Taurus into the inside retaining wall after breaking a sway bar in his qualifying heat. After repairing the car this week Smith dominated the century grind by taking the lead on Lap 4 from pole sitter Paul Urso. Once in command Smith, who has accumulated five feature wins at the Somerset County half-mile paved oval, pulled away from the field to win by over a straightaway over second place finisher Richard Mitchell.

In Victory Lane, Smith praised his crew, who worked around the clock to put the car back in running order. “We had everyone working on this car,” Smith said. “The car was excellent before we wrecked it last week. We really didn’t think we would get it back to the way it was, but it’s almost there.”

Following Smith and Mitchell across the line were Tommy Beck, Barry Awtey and Mark Poole. Finishing sixth through 10th were Kyle Martel, Urso, Dave Houpt, Mark Cottone and Jason Lasky.

Rick Boyer continued to set the pace in the late model class, collecting his fifth win of the year. The Blairsville driver started last in the field, and charged through the pack to take the first spot from Wade Champeno on the back straight of Lap 16. Champeno hung on for second over Melt Wilt, Andrew Wylie and Dusty Rhoads.

Roger Onstead picked up his second straight 20-lap Advance Auto Parts street stock checkered flag, after passing Adam Kostelnik on the 13th go round. Trailing were Richard Nicola, Joe Nicola, who led the first eight laps, and Tom Knight Sr.

Kraig Coffin made his initial visit to Jennerstown a worthwhile trip, coming all the way from New England to take the checkered flag in the wild and wooly PA legacy feature.

“This is the biggest track we’ve been on,” said Coffin, who will turn 14 next month. “We fell back a little during the cautions, but we were able to keep up once the race was green.”

Four different drivers, Ken Pearce, Jayme Beck, Chris Brink and Kyle Martel, all took turns leading, before Coffin claimed the first spot for good on the final three laps. Martel was second, followed by Brink, David Campbell and Jayme Beck.

In the 15-lap Pizza Hut hobby stock finale, it only took Gregory Lohr five laps to get from his 11th starting spot to the lead, as he rolled to his fourth triumph of the 2005 campaign. John Steely, Cindy Shaulis, Deidre Petrie and Jeff Zillweger were second through fifth.

Ron Robbins Jr. of Glen Burnie, MD won the super mini cup main event.

Photo by Howie Balis

Jennerstown Features Super Late Model 100 on EMS Night

July 27th, 2005

The century grind will mark the first extra-distance contest of the season, and based on the results thus far, current point leader Tommy Beck has to be rated the favorite going into the event.

The Murrysville veteran has two wins under his belt, but his overall consistency has been what has impressed most observers.

“Tommy has really matured as a driver this year,” said speedway general manager Larry Mattingly. “Tommy has always been fast, but he often took himself out of races by being too aggressive. The year he seems to be allowing the race to come to him, and he is picking his spots to make passes.”

Beck has seven top-five finishes in the 10-races run thus far, and has an average finishing position of just over four.

With four feature wins to his credit Mark Smith is the other prohibitive favorite in the contest. However, Smith crashed his car into the front straight barrier last week, and sustained heavy damage to his Richter Motorsports Ford. The Meyersdale pilot climbed into team mate Dave Houpt’s machine for the feature and drove to an 11th place finish. It is unknown if repairs can be made to Smith’s primary car for this Saturday’s 100-lapper, or if he will drive a back-up entry.

Other contenders for Victory Lane honors include: Barry Awtey, Garry Wiltrout, Mark Poole and Mark Cottone. Outside pressure should come from non-Jennerstown regulars Rick Miller and Richard Mitchell. Miller finished second in last Saturday’s feature. Mitchell was among the fastest cars in practice last week, until he spun in oil deposited by another competitor.

Aside from the five-division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racing program, Jon Oswell will be on hand with his ‘Ladder 33’ wheelstander. Powered by a 1,000 horsepower blown and injected big block Chevrolet engine, the 1933 Willy’s fire truck replica holds the world record for the longest sustained wheelstand. ‘Ladder 33’ promises to travel the length of Jennerstown’s front straight on its rear wheels in a shower of fire and sparks.

To honor area emergency workers all EMS personnel will be admitted free to the race event by showing their organization membership card and proof of identification at the ticket gate.

Spectator gates open at 5:00 with the first event receiving the green flag at 6:30 PM.

Kenseth and Beck Share Jennerstown Victory Lane

July 24th, 2005

Kenseth swapped the top spot back and forth with Marlin during the course ot the eight-lap event, and had the edge coming off the fourth corner to win by half a car length at the line. Schrader prevailed over Kenseth, Marlin, and Kahne in the preliminary heat.

In NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Wheeler Bros, super late model action, Tommy Beck dominated the 27-car starting field in the 30-lap main event, despite a rash of late race yellow flags.

The Murrysville driver, who is the current division points leader, nailed down his second victory of the season by passing early leader Paul Urso on the fifth lap. Once in command Beck never looked back and was able to pull away on every restart.

“I started to get concerned when we got all those late race yellows,” said the University of Pittsburgh mechanical engineering graduate, “especially after what happened a couple of weeks ago when we lost the lead right at the end of the race. Tonight we had everyone covered. I could drive the car high or low…it worked everywhere I put it.”

Motordrome Speedway champion Rick Miller finished a distant second in his first Jennerstown appearance. Barry Awtey recovered from an early race incident to nail down third place ahead of Mark Poole and Jeff Dunmyer. Mark Cottone, Todd Price, Kyle Martel, Jayme Beck and Todd Goble rounded out the top-10.

Top contenders Richard Mitchell and Mark Smith were eliminated in pre-feature event crashes. Mitchell was sidelined after spinning in oil during hot laps, while Smith hit the inside front straight barrier during his heat after breaking a sway bar. McConnelsburg’s Branden Taylor was involved in a firey first heat crash, but escaped uninjured. Due to curfew the scond scheduled 30-lap super late model feature cevent was cancelled.

Rick Boyer continued his hot streak, by driving past Wade Champeno on the final lap to win the very competitive late model event.

Champeno had led from the drop of the green, but slipped up the track allowing Boyer to enter victory lane. Dusty Rhoads, Daniel Angelicchio and Dink Colarusso were next in line.

Roger Onstead collected his second win in the Advance Auto Parts Street Stock class after passing Tom Knight Sr early in in the 20-lap event. Richard Nicola finished second, trailed by Scott Bowman, George Nicola and Adam Kostelnik.

Defending champion Patrick Parlock is back in the groove, as he drove away from Gregory Lohr, John Steeley, Cindy Shaulis and Deidre Petrie to annex the 15-lap Pizza Hut hobby stock feature.

PJ Ehrlich continues to be the driver to beat in PA legacy competion as he easily outdistanced David Capbell, Chris Brink Jayme beck and Martel to win the 20-lap finale.

Photo: NASCAR Nextel Cup Starts Kasey Kahne, Ken Schrader, Sterling Marlin and Matt Kenseth (left to right) sign autographs before the racing begins at Jennerstown (Bill Sherman photo)

Jennerstown Race of Champions Sold Out

July 21st, 2005

“We had to shut off the ticket sales two days in advance of the race, because we literally have no more physical space available to put people in the spectator area,” said speedway general manager Larry Mattingly. “The response for tickets has been overwhelming. We probably could have taken another two or three thousand orders over the next several days, but I honestly don’t know where we would put them.”

Saturday’s event will mark the largest crowd in the 75-year history of the oval, and by far the biggest spectator turn-out for a motorsports event in Somerset County. Nearly 10,000 people are expected to pack the half-mile asphalt speed plant this weekend.

“No spectator tickets will be sold on Saturday,” Mattingly said. “If you don’t have an advance ticket … you’re out of luck..

The quartet of NASCAR drivers will be flying in from Pocono International Raceway after participating in a morning qualifying session on the triangular 2 ½ mile oval.

After participating in a pre-race autograph session, which will be limited to 2,000 fans, the four drivers will participate in two 8-lap exhibition races driving super late model cars.

Also on tap is Jennerstown’s five–division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series race card, which will be highlighted by twin 30-lap contests for the super late model division.

Parking lots will open at 9:00 for the special event, with spectator gates opening at 12:00. The pre-race autograph session is slated to run from 5:45 to 7:00. Weekly series qualifying races begin at 6:30, with the NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers taking the track at 7:30. The event will take place ‘rain or shine’.

Nextel Cup Race of Champions On Tap at Jennerstown

July 18th, 2005

The four NEXTEL CUP drivers will be signing autographs and then competing against each other in the RACE OF CHAMPIONS in four of our own Jennerstown Speedway Super Late Models.

We will also have our regular show including Super Late Models, Late Models, PA Legacy Series, Street Stocks, and our Hobby Stock Class.

CASEY KAHNE

* 2005 HISTORY
* Starts: 18
* Wins: 1
* Earnings: $2,630,040

DRIVER HIGHLIGHTS AS OF 2004
* 2004: Rookie of the year
* 2004: Five runner-up finishes
* 2003: Finished seventh in the Busch Series standings
* 2002: Finished 33rd in the Busch Series standings

MATT KENSETH

* 2005 HISTORY
* Starts: 18
* Wins: 0
* Earnings: $2,706,050

DRIVER HIGHLIGHTS AS OF 2004
* 9 career victories
* 2004: Finished eighth in points
* 2003: NASCAR champion
* 2002: Led Cup Series with five wins
* 2000: Rookie of the Year
* 2000: Won 2000 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s
* 1998: Runner-up for Busch Series championship

STERLING MARLIN

* 2005 HISTORY
* Starts: 18
* Wins: 0
* Earnings: $2,217,020

DRIVER HIGHLIGHTS AS OF 2004
* 10 career victories
* 2001: Finished third in the standings
* 1995: Finished third in the standings
* 1995: Daytona 500 winner
* 1994: Daytona 500 winner
* 1983: Rookie of the year

KENNY SCHRADER

* 2005 HISTORY
* Starts: 18
* Wins: 0
* Earnings: $1,671,940

DRIVER HIGHLIGHTS AS OF 2004
* 4 career victories
* 2004: Finished 31st in points
* 1990: Daytona 500 pole-sitter
* 1989: Daytona 500 pole-sitter
* 1988: Daytona 500 pole-sitter
* 1985: Rookie of the year
* 1983: USAC sprint car national champion

ADVANCED TICKETS
There are only about 500 seats left for the event and it will probably sell out this week.

You still have a chance to buy an advanced ticket by going on-line at WWW.JENNERSTOWN.COM or calling the Speedway office at (814) 629-6677.

Ticket Prices:

* ADULTS – $15.00
* SENIORS – $10.00
* STUDENTS – $10.00
* CHILD – $5.00

As always, children under 7 are free when accompanied by an adult.

Additional Information:
Due to the large crowd, RV parking will not be permitted for this event.

* Pit Gates: 9:00 am
* Practice 10:00am – 02:00 pm
* Main Spectator Gates – 12 noon
* Heat races begin at 6:00 pm
* NEXTEL CUP DRIVER SCHEDULE has not yet been established.

Rain Cancels Jennerstown

July 16th, 2005

The rain also postponed the inaugural appearance of Megasaurus, a thirty-one foot tall, car eating, fire breathing mechanical dinosaur, that has been touted as the ‘metal marvel of the millennium’.

“A lot of kids and families were disappointed by the cancellation of Megasaurus,” said speedway general manager Larry Mattingly, “but we have been able reschedule the show to be part of our big ‘Night of Destruction’ on September 10th. Megasaurus will be joining monster trucks, a jet car burn, a giant demolition derby and other specialty acts.”

Next Saturday evening the half-mile paved Somerset County oval will play host to the Tom Clark Auto Family ‘Race of Champions’ featuring NASCAR Nextel Cup stars Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader. The quartet will be racing in a pair of exhibition contests, as well as participating in a pre-race autograph session.

Spectator gates next week will open at 12:00 PM. Parking lot gates will open at 9:00 AM

The autograph session is tentatively slated for 5:30, with racing set for 6:30 PM.

Beck Regains Points Lead, Wife Crashes Hard

July 15th, 2005

While leading the contest Beck’s wife, Jayme, was involved in a vicious accident on Lap 44 of the event. Jayme Beck’s car tagged the outside front straight wall and struck the car driven be Awtey. The action sent Beck careening into the inside retaining wall, which in turn launched her machine up into the air, eventually stopping in the Turn 1 barrier.

Beck had to be extricated from the car, and was transported to the hospital with a hairline fracture of her left leg.

To further add to his grief Beck lost the lead on the restart to Mark Smith, and had to settle for a close second.

“It was a tough night,” Tommy Beck said. “I didn’t see Jayme’s accident, which was probably a good thing. They told me right away that she was alert, and was going to be OK. I remained in my car…. I really didn’t want to get in the way of the rescue people doing their jobs.

Is Beck concerned when his wife is competing in the same race as him? “You think about it,” he said. “But, we were both racing before we met. We really try to keep our racing and personal lives as separate as possible. We don’t communicate much at the track. We don’t even pit together.

The Somerset County half mile paved oval will present another five-division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series race program this Saturday.

Also on the agenda will be the appearance of Megasaurus, the metal marvel of the millennium. Standing three stories tall, the mechanical dinosaur weighs over 50,000 pounds, and can lift over 30,000 pounds. His massive jaws can attain 15,000 pounds of biting force. The full size transformer will perform a pyrotechnic show while crushing a full size car.

Spectator gates open at 5:00 PM, with the first race set to start at 6:30.

Hirschman Wins NASCAR Whelen Modified Event

July 10th, 2005

Hirschman, the defending tour champion, who also captured the last modified event contested at the Somerset County paved oval back in 1999, took the lead from Jerry Marquis on Lap 48 and pulled away from the pack, lapping up to the fourth place car before a late race yellow bunched the field with six-laps remaining. The caution sent the top-4 cars to the pits for new tires, and set-up a shoot out at the finish.

“The car was just perfect,” Hirschman said. “We were actually hoping for a pit stop between lap 75 and 100. We really didn’t want one that close to the end. We only put two tires on to get back out in front of everybody. Chuck (Hossfeld) was really strong at the end, but we got the job down.”

Hossfeld got a wheel inside Hirschman several times, but then went to the top of the race track on the final circuit and actually pulled even going down the back stretch.

“I knew he was there,” said Hirschman, who hails from Northampton. “He was looking top and he was looking bottom.”

Eddie Flemke Jr finished third, ahead of Marquis and Jamie Tomaino. Rick Fuller, Zach Sylvester, Chris Kopec, Greg Shivers, and Hirschman’s son, Matt, rounded out the top-10.

In NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Wheeler Bros super late model action, Meyersdale’s Mark Smith nailed down his fourth win of the year, after overtaking Tommy Beck following a late race restart in the the 50-lap event.

Beck was running away with the race before a vicious crash involving his wife, Jayme, brought out the red flag on Lap 44. Beck hit the outside retaining wall on the front straight, then clipped the car of Barry Awtey, which launched her into the inside wall. The car became airborne, and eventually ended up against the outside wall of Turn 1.

Beck had to be cut from the car and was transported to the hospital for a hairline fracture of her left leg.

Smith out jumped Beck on the ensuing restart, and pulled away going down the back straight.

“Thank God everyone was all right in the crash,” Smith said. “We really needed a yellow flag bad. I knew we could get Tommy if we could get to him, but we could have never run him down.”

Beck held on for second ahead of last week’s winner, Dave Houpt, Garry Wiltrout and Mark Cottone.

Rick Boyer and Dusty Rhoads battled side-by side for most of the 25-lap late model feature, before Boyer was able to pull away on the 17th go round.

Andrew Wylie was third, followed by Mel Wilt and Daniel Angelicchio.

In the PA legacy feature, PJ Ehrlich survived three yellow flags to claim his fifth win of the season. Chris Brink, who spun on Lap 10, recovered to earn second. David Campbell, Kyle Martel and Lauren Butler were third through fifth.

Jason Holder dodged a late race accident to win his first feature in the 20-lap Advance Auto Parts street stock main. Richard Nicola was second, followed across the line by Greg Praysner, Roger Onstead, and Phil Grubbs.

Johnstown’s Patrick Parlock, who started 11th, made a bold pass around race leader Gregory Lohr with four laps remaining and went on to capture the victory in the 15-lap Pizza Hut hobby stock finale. John Steeley also got by Lohr to claim second. Cindy Shaulis and Deidre Petrie nailed down fourth and fifth.

Hirschman and Marquis Lead NASCAR Modifieds into Jennerstown

July 6th, 2005

Both drivers visited the half-mile paved Somerset County oval earlier in the year to participate in all day test sessions for Hoosier Tire, who supplies the rubber for the series.

Despite the fact the new Jennerstown track surface has a reputation of being hard on tires, Hirschman – a four-time and defending Modified Tour champion – is looking forward to his return.

“It is always fun coming here. It’s a Pennsylvania track, and that’s where we’re from,” said Hirschman. “We won the last time we raced here in 1999, so we are looking forward to coming back.

“The old track surface was pretty rough, but the new paving is smooth and has tons of traction. The excessive grip here could be an issue in the race. I think car set-up, tire management and pit stops will be major factors in who wins the race,” said the Northampton resident.

Marquis, who hails from Broad Brook, Conn., echoed Hirschman’s feelings toward the Laurel Highlands speed plant.

“I’ve always liked the track. It has wide sweeping turns, a couple of grooves, and there is plenty of passing,” said Marquis, who captured the Modified Tour championship in 2000. “You can really get after the car at Jennerstown and do some serious racing. It’s a lot of fun, and you can put on a good show for the fans.”

Another driver considered to be a heavy favorite for checkered flag honors is Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn. Christopher, a former NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series National Champion, leads the 2005 Modified Tour point race and has won three of the five championship races contested thus far. His latest victory came this past Sunday at the Stafford Motor Speedway in Conn.

“The Wheeler Brothers 150 will mark Christopher’s first-ever visit to Jennerstown,” said track general manager Larry Mattingly. “He is one of the best short-track drivers in America. He can drive anything on wheels, and he is very aggressive on the track. He certainly isn’t afraid to use the front bumper on his car! He should put on a great show for the fans.”

Also on the race card will be a features-only format for Jennerstown’s NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series divisions, highlighted by a 50-lap attraction for the super late model class.

Spectator gates will open at 2:00 PM. NASCAR modified qualifying will take place at 4:00, with Weekly Series features set to begin at 5:00 PM. A special on-track modified autograph session is slated for 7:00, with the Wheeler Bros.150 set to take the green flag at 8:15.

Adult advance tickets are currently on sale for $15.00, with special pricing for seniors, students and children. All advance tickets must be ordered before July 8, 2005.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour notes…

… Current NASCAR Nextel Cup and Craftsman Truck competitor Steve Park holds the one-lap Jennerstown NASCAR Modified Tour track record. Park set the mark of 17.323 (108.480 MPH) back in 1996.

… Tony Hirschman Jr. is a two-time Jennerstown winner, picking up the checkered flag in 1989 and 1999. Hirschman is currently ranked fourth (30 wins) on the NASCAR Modified total career victory list between 1985-2005.

… With Lake Erie and Nazareth no longer on the NASCAR Modified schedule, Jennerstown is the only Pennsylvania stop on the 2005 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

… Renee Dupuis is the only female driver participating in NASCAR’s oldest and fastest division. The distaff driver is currently ranked 15th in the 2005 points chase.

… Current point leader Ted Christopher’s identical twin-brother, Mike, also participates on the Modified Tour. Mike currently holds down 12th in the standings.

… Mike Ewanitsko, who captured the 1987 Jennerstown Modified Tour contest, recently underwent surgery to correct a vision problem which forced him into early retirement. The first surgery was successful and has returned one eye to 20/20 status. Mike is eagerly awaiting surgery to his second eye. It is undetermined whether Ewanitsko, who has 28 Tour victories to his credit, will attempt a come back effort. Ewanitsko has close relatives in the Jennerstown area, and always celebrated a family reunion when the tour stopped back in the 1990’s.

Houpt ‘Retires’ to Winners Circle

July 3rd, 2005

“I really have to thank Bill Richter for the opportunity to make a comeback after sitting out three seasons,” said the Friedens driver. “He called me one night and asked if I wanted to drive his back-up car and team with his regular driver Mark Smith. I couldn’t turn it down. A car like this… you couldn’t help but want to get in it.”

Houpt overtook early pacesetter Paul Urso on Lap 6 and led the remainder of the way to become the fifth different winner at the half-mile paved Somerset County oval. Houpt also had to dodge a number of crashes, which eliminated several top cars, including his own teammate, Smith. A seven car melee on the third circuit took out the cars of Kyle Martel, Chantel Germek, Garry Wiltrout, Jason Lasky , and Smith.

Three laps later points leader Tommy Beck tangled with Urso on the front stretch and sent him spinning into the inside guard rail. Beck was able to repair his mount and returned to finish 10th.

Barry Awtey finished a full straight behind Houpt to finish second, while Mark Poole, Mark Cottone and Bobby Henry rounded out the top five finishers.

In the 25-lap late model contest defending track champion Rick Boyer tracked down leader Wade Champeno six laps into the event and cruised to the checkered flag.

Current points leader Dusty Rhoads moved into the runner-up slot to outdistance Mel Wilt, Champeno, and Andrew Wylie.

Adam Kostelnik only led one lap of the Advance Auto Parts street stock main, but it was the one that counted, as he managed to get around Phil Grubbs, who had led the first 19-laps of the event.

Rich Nicola also moved into second past Grubbs on the final lap, relegating him to third in front of Roger Onstead and Bobby Young.

PJ Ehrlich continues to dominate the PA legacy action, as the Oakmont driver captured his fourth division win. Jayme Beck was second, trailed by David Campbell, Martel and Lauren Butler.

Greensburg driver John Steely started 11th, and drove to a hard fought victory in the 15-lap Pizza Hut hobby stock finale. Steeley, who picked up his first checker, drove past Cindy Shaulis, and then was forced to hold off Greg Lohr for the top spot. Jeff Zillweger finished third, over Shaulis and Jim Biss.

Winners of the three special ‘Faster Pastor’ races were: Pastor Mike Bobula, Mount Pleasant Church of God, Pastor Mark Zimmerman, St Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, Somerset, and Pastor Randy Bain, Oakland United Methodist Church in Johnstown;

SUMMARY

WHEELER BROS. SUPER LATE MODELS

HEATS: Dave Houpt, Bobby Henry

FEATURE: Houpt, Barry Awtey, Mark Poole, Mark Cottone, Henry, Snooky Williams, Todd Price, Paul Urso, Chris Lester, Tommy Beck, Joe Moose, Jayme Beck, Garry Wiltrout, Kyle Martel, Chantel Germek, Jason Lasky, Mark Smith, Todd Goble DNS Steve Comer

LATE MODELS

HEAT: Rick Boyer

FEATURE: Boyer, Dusty Rhoads, Mel Wilt, Wade Champeno, Andrew Wylie, Dink Colarusso, Todd Corson, Jacob Coffin, Daniel Angelicchio, Alkie Cunningham II

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS STREET STOCKS

HEATS: Roger Onstead, Bobby Young

FEATURE: Adam Kostelnik, Richard Nicola, Phil Grubbs, Onstead, Young, Greg Praysner, Scott Bowman, Jason Holder, Josh Dunmyer, Tom Knight Sr., Steve Singo, Joe Nicola, Dave Manns

PIZZA HUT HOBBY STOCKS

HEATS: Cindy Shaulis, John Steeley

FEATURE: Steeley, Gregory Lohr, Jeff Zillweger, Shaulis, Jim Biss, Deidre Petrie, Scott Caron, Andres Suarez, Eugene Zerfoss, Teddy Gibala, WP Bone, Jeff Grinch, Mark Kolarezwk, Steve Long, Craig Livengood, Clifford Zerfoss

PA LEGACY

HEAT: Jayme Beck

FEATURE: PJ Ehrlich, Jayme Beck, David Campbell, Martel, Lauren Butler, Dan Brink, Jack Causer, Brad Grace, Chris Brink, Ken Pearce

NASCAR Whelen Modifieds Invade Jennerstown July 9th

June 30th, 2005

“The Whelen modified division predates even the Nextel Cup class in the NASCAR history books,” said Jennerstown general manager Larry Mattingly. “The modifieds are the ‘grass roots’ of NASCAR. These are the cars that launched the sanctioning body back in 1948.”

Today’s modified, however, bears very little resemblance to those old 1937 Chevy’s and Ford’s that used to bang around makeshift dirt tracks following World War II.

“The current NASCAR modified has evolved into a fully custom-built race car,” said Mattingly. “The modifieds look totally different from any other stock car raced at Jennerstown. They have no fenders, run huge tires, and the bodies barely resemble anything that’s on the road today. Modifieds even sound different. The earth literally shakes when these cars are racing flat out. These machines are the fastest stock cars in the world.”

Many of today’s NASCAR stars began their careers in the NASCAR modified division, including Geoff and Todd Bodine, Steve Park and Jimmy Spencer. NASCAR Nextel Cup crew chiefs Tom Baldwin Jr. (Kasey Kahne) and Greg Zipadelli (Tony Stewart) are also ‘graduates’ of the modified division.

Leading the Jennerstown modified assault, which will mark the Whelen Tours only 2005 Pennsylvania appearance, is four-time and defending series champion Tony Hirschman Jr. of Northampton and current points leader Ted Christopher of Plainville, Conn.

Also on the racing card will be a feature-only format for Jennerstown’s NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series competitors

Spectator gates will open at 2:00 PM, with NASCAR modified qualifying set for 4:00. Dodge Weekly Series features will begin at 5:00. A special NASCAR modified on-track autograph session will be staged at 7:00. The Wheeler Brothers 150 will receive the green flag at 8:15. Rain date for the event is Sunday, July 10 at 2:00.

Advance adult tickets are currently on sale for $15.00, with special pricing for seniors, students and children. All advance tickets must be ordered before July 8. Adult gate admission the day of the race is $25.00.

For more information go to: www.jennerstown.com, or call the speedway office at 814 629-6677.

Jennerstown Kicks Off Independence Weekend With a Bang

June 29th, 2005

“This Saturday is one of our five designated fan appreciation nights,” said general manager Larry Mattingly. “We’ve lowered our general admission price to $3.00 and we literally have something for everyone… young or old.”

Starting off the evening’s activities will be an on-track autograph and photo session where fans will be invited on to the race track to meet the competitors and get an up close view of the cars.

Also on tap will be a ‘Faster Pastor’ race, featuring over 20 area clergy members competing in special exhibition events. “This is a make-up for the June 11th show that was rained out,” said Mattingly. “We have churches from five different counties represented. The pastors and their congregations should have a great time.”

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The United States Air Force will be distributing free American flags and will also be displaying Ricky Rudd’s NASCAR Nextel Cup show car. Altoona Curve mascots, Steamer and Diesel Dawg, will be on hand to interact with speedway mascot Thunder. And, capping off the evening will be one of the area’s largest fireworks shows.

The racing action will feature a five-division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series program, highlighted by a 50-lap attraction for the super late model division. Bobby Henry and Mark Smith were victorious in last week’s twin 30-lap presentation. Smith has been the hottest driver in competition thus far, accounting for three wins in the seven races that have been contested.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM, while the on-track autograph session is set to run from 5:30 to 6:30. The first event is set to receive the green flag at 6:45.

Jennerstown Speed Notes

June 28th, 2005

In other late model news: Todd Goble has decided to move from the super late model class to the late model division. The Clarion teenager hopes to gain more experience and seat time before moving back to the supers. Alkie Cunningham II returned to action this past Saturday… almost. After virtually being forced to rebuild his car following an opening night crash, the young Hancock, MD driver discovered he had a cracked engine block when he pulled on the speedway to practice. Greensburg’s Danny Angelicchio had a similar fate, as his team experienced over heating problems due to a blown head gasket.

Former track champion and two-time NASCAR Northeast region champion Richard Mitchell made his 2005 debut with own team this past week. The Bruceton Mills, West Virginia driver recorded a pair of tenth place finishes. Mitchell will be a semi-regular at Jennerstown this year, with his next scheduled appearance coming on July 23.

Word has it that 2003-04 Motordrome late model kingpin Rick Miller will be competing at Jennerstown “very soon”. Miller should be in action within the next several weeks, as he is awaiting the arrival of a new ‘open’ motor. Miller’s Motordrome success has come behind the wheel of a fuel injected powered crate engine car, which is not legal at Jennerstown.

Defending PA legacy champion Kyle Martel has recently returned to the class, splitting the driving chores with Dave Holder in the number 17 entry. Martel is still struggling in the super late model ranks, but was able to record a top-five finish last Saturday.

Somerset’s Cindy Shaulis has made the successful transition from dirt to asphalt in the Pizza Hut four-cylinder hobby stock class. Currently holding down fourth in the points race, Shaulis has to vie for bragging rights every week, as boyfriend Scott Rhodes is a multi-time dirt track late model champion at district ovals. “The switch from dirt to asphalt was a great deal easier than I anticipated,” said Shaulis. “I’m really having a lot of fun doing this, and it has been great for my business!” Shaulis is a successful realtor, and was the recent subject of a feature sports page article in the Tribune-Democrat authored by Cory Isenberg.

Donny Lia of Jericho, NY dominated the recent NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at the Waterford Speedbowl in Conn. Former NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series National Champion Ted Christopher is the points leader over Chuck Hossfeld, Lia, defending champion Tony Hirschman Jr. and Zach Sylvester. The NASCAR ‘mod squad’ will invade Jennerstown on Sat., July 9 for the first time in six-seasons for the running of the Wheeler Bros.150. Advance adult tickets are now on sale for $15.00, with special pricing for seniors, students and children.

Tim Bainey Jr. continues to impress the rail birds on the national racing scene. Bainey is currently ranked ninth in the Hooters ProCup North point race after recording an 11th place finish two weeks ago at the Lake Erie (PA) Speedway. That run marked the sixth-straight top-15 Hooters finish for the Osceola Mills pilot. Bainey also finished 17th in his NASCAR Busch North Series debut last week at the Holland (NY) Speedway driving the Frank Fleming-owned Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Bainey is scheduled to compete in the Hooters ProCup event at the Kil-Kare (OH) Speedway this Friday (July 1), and then return to Jennerstown on Saturday with his DelGrosso Foods sponsored entry for Star and Stripes Fan Appreciation night.

Long-time Jennerstown Speedway chief pit steward Warren Penrod has retired. Warren has been fighting some lingering health problems over the past several season, and has decided to step back from the weekly grind of being a track official.

Henry and Smith Bag Jennerstown Victories

June 26th, 2005

Henry started on the pole of the 23-car field, jumped ahead of Kyle Martel at the drop of the green flag, and never looked back as he drove his Bob Bentz Jr. owned Monte Carlo to his first win of the season.

The victory also marked win number 100 for the Connellsville driver over a career that has spanned 24-years. Ironically, Henry also captured his first win at Jennerstown on the old dirt half-mile facility.

“I forgot all about the 100 wins, honestly… that’s pretty cool,” said Henry. “We started up front, and had a good car. We’ve been having problems with the power steering unit on this car, but we got that fixed. Hopefully, we’ll be here more often.”

Defending track champion Garry Wiltrout finished second, ahead of Smith, Martel and Mark Cottone. Barry Awtey, Mark Poole, Tommy Beck, Snooky Williams and Richard Mitchell rounded out the top-10.

Smith raced to his third triumph of the year in the second 30-lap contest and in the process moved into a tie for fourth place with Jeff Dunmyer on the all time Jennerstown asphalt win list with 30 victories.

The ‘Meyersdale Missile’ started 11th , and charged through the pack to take over the lead from Tommy Beck on Lap 13. After surrendering the front spot briefly to Awtey on a 23rd lap restart, Smith reassumed command for good one lap later.

“I don’t want to talk about that restart with Barry (Awtey)… I’m not real sure what was going on when he jumped me for the lead,” Smith said. “We were on the outside on the next restart, and I ran it into Turn 1 for all it was worth. This car works the best on the outside.”

Awtey hung on for the runner-up spot in front of Tommy Beck, Wiltrout, Poole, Cottone, Dave Houpt, Williams, Jayme Beck and Mitchell.

Altoona’s Mel Wilt led wire-to-wire in the 25-lap late model main to pick up his first win in 2005. Rookie Andrew Wylie was second, trailed by Dusty Rhoads, Rick Boyer and Dink Colarusso.

Friedens Roger Onstead was a first time winner in the 20-lap Advance Auto Parts street stock feature, outdistancing Josh Dunmyer, Rich Nicola, Bobby Young and Scott Bowman.

David Campbell returned to the winners circle in PA legacy competition over Jayme Bolkovac, P J Ehrlich, Chris Brink and Jack Causer.

Defending track champion Patrick Parlock finally cracked the win column this season, as he drove to victory over Gregory Lohr, John Steely, Cindy Shaulis, and Deidre Petrie in the 15-lap Pizza Hut hobby stock feature.

Jennerstown to Feature Motorcycle Spectacular

June 21st, 2005

In addition to the five-division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racing program, the World Stunts FMX tour will be making a special appearance at the Somerset County entertainment complex. Showcasing some of the top freestyle motocross riders in the nation, the team of FMX riders will launch an awesome air assault exhibition, as they jump their motorcycles from a mechanical take-off ramp and soar 85 feet in the air.

In NASCAR on-track action Meyersdale’s Mark Smith will attempt to continue his hot hand in this weeks twin 30-lap super late model division feature attractions.

The 17-year racing veteran was the class of the field last week, driving his Bill Richter Motorsports Ford Taurus from the 18th starting slot to nail down his second victory of the season.

Tommy Beck, who has been the model of consistency with four top-five runs this year continues to lead the points race by 20-markers over Barry Awtey.

Everyone will be looking in their rear view mirror this Saturday, however, as former track champion and two-time NASCAR Northeast regional champion Richard Mitchell. will make his first Jennerstown start in 2005.

The Bruceton Mills, WV driver, who has also competed in ARCA RE/MAX and NASCAR BUSCH Series events, already has a feature win under his belt this year at the Motordrome Speedway in Smithton.

“Richard (Mitchell) is always a serious candidate to visit Victory Lane,” said general manager Larry Mattingly. “He is has returned to his family-owned team, and once again has his brother, Chris, working as his crew chief. They should be in the thick of the chase this week.”

Joining the Wheeler Bros. super late models on the race card will be the late model, Advance Auto Parts street stock, PA legacy and Pizza Hut hobby stock divisions. Gates open at 2:00, with the first race set for 6:30 PM.

Abold Wins Jennerstown ISMA Contest

June 19th, 2005

Sammut of London, Ontario, Canada held the race lead for the first 36 laps before he slammed into the front stretch wall while attempting to execute a pass of two lapped cars racing side-by-side. Sammut was uninjured in the crash, however ISMA officials red flagged the race to allow competitors the opportunity to change tires after discovering that several cars were racing on dangerously blistered rubber.

Remarkably, Abold chose not to change tires under the red flag. “”Everybody had tire problems tonight,” he said. “Our tire was slightly blistered when the red flag came out, but we decided to go with the tire on the restart.”

The decision worked for Abold, as the Pennellville, New York driver moved from the fourth position to the front on the restart and never looked back, cruising to the win over Mike Ordway, Chris Perely, the winner of last years Jennerstown ISMA contest, Nokie Fonoro and Russ Wood.

“It’s always great to win at Jennerstown,” Abold said. “This is an awesome facility. It’s one of the fastest tracks that we run on.”

Two weeks ago Wheeler Brothers super late model driver Mark Smith had to forfeit a win at Jennerstown in NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series competition due to a rules violation. This week Smith returned to Victory Lane, despite starting last in the 18-car starting field.

Smith moved steadily through the field, taking over the fourth spot on Lap 19, and then past early pacesetter Tommy Beck 10-laps later to take the lead. Beck was able to keep Smith in his sights, but was forced to settle for a distant second in front of Dave Houpt, Mark Poole and Barry Awtey, who recovered from an early race accident.

After nearly destroying his car in an opening night crash, Blairsville’s Rick Boyer made a triumphant return to win the 25 lap late model race.

Points leader Dusty Rhoads was second, followed by Todd Corson, Wade Champeno and Dink Colarusso.

Adam Kostelnik won the special race for Grand American modifieds after taking the front spot from George Nicola on the fourth circuit. Tom Knight Jr., John Pribanich and Matt Panaia were third through fifth.

P J Ehrlich nipped Jayme Beck and David Campbell at the line in the Pa legacy 20 lap feature event. Chris Brink and Kyle Martel rounded out the top five.

Greg Lohr continued his hot hand in the Pizza Hut hobby stock class, outdistancing Jeff Zillweger, Scott Caron, Deidre Petrie and Cindy Shaulis.

Richard Nicola came from the 11th starting position to capture the 20 lap Advance Auto Parts street stock finale over Roger Onstead, Kostelnik, Josh Dunmyer and Greg Praysner.

Photo by Bill Sherman :#8 Justin Belfiore slams the wall in turns 1 and 2 during the first heat.

ISMA Cars Hope to Shatter Jennerstown Speed Mark

June 15th, 2005

Billed as the fastest short-track drivers in the world, The ISMA supermodified competitors have their sights set on Chris Perley’s one-lap track record mark of 15.239 (123.32 MPH average), which was established way back in 1995.

“My track record will be history, for sure, after Saturday evening,” said Perley, a Rowley, Mass. marina owner, who captured last years 50-lap ISMA contest. “Not only have the cars gotten faster over the past 10-years, but so has the race track.

“When I set the record in ’95 the track was bumpy, patched, and had lost most of its traction,” he said. “The new track surface that was applied there last year has more bite than anyplace else we race. The place is just awesome. We had some issues with tires last year, but we should be set to run flat-out this time around.”

The establishment of a new Jennerstown track record will be different from the norm that has been established in the past.

“We’re bowing to modern technology,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “The ISMA cars no longer do individual time trial runs, which has always been the standard for establishing ‘official’ track records. The cars are, however, equipped with electronic transponders which record times and speeds when the cars are on the track.

“We have decided to honor the fastest time set that night as our track record, providing it is faster than Perley’s old mark. This procedure is used in Formula One and other open wheel groups. It’s a sign of the times.”

Aside from Perley, Pat Abold, Pennellville, NY; Russ Wood, Pelham, NH; and Lou Ciconni Jr., Aston are considered the top candidates for the winners circle in the 50-lap feature. Ciconni was victorious in the ISMA season opener at the Waterford (Mass.) Speedbowl in early May.

Joining the supermodifieds on the race card will the Grand American modified class, and the regular five-division Jennerstown NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series divisions.

Spectator gates will open at 2:00 PM, with the first race set to push off at 6:30.

Jennerstown Loses to Rain… again

June 12th, 2005

Jennerstown will try again next Saturday when the open wheel, winged-warriors of the International Super Modified Association (ISMA) make their only Pennsylvania appearance. Billed as the fastest short-track cars in the world, the ISMA field will be led by two-time defending champion Chris Perley, who won last seasons event at Jennerstown.

The twice postponed twin 30-lap features for the super late model class has been rescheduled for Sat., June 25.

The popular ‘Faster Paster’ race has been moved to the big July 2 Stars and Stripes Fan Appreciation Night special which will feature free admission to anyone dressed as an American Hero, fireworks, and Ricky Rudd’s NASCAR Nextel Cup Air Force show car.

Spectator gates for the ISMA event, which will also spotlight feature races only for the five NASCAR weekly classes, will open at 2:00 PM. Racing begins at 6:30.

ISMA Supermodifieds to Invade Jennerstown

June 9th, 2005

“Awesome is the only word I can use to describe the ISMA cars,” said track general manager Larry Mattingly. “Supermodifieds are the ultimate race car…they look like they’re going 200 miles-per-hour standing still.

“They have the speed and quickness of an Indy Car, but there is nothing ‘follow the leader’ about them,” he said. “It’s not uncommon to see a pack of supers racing three and four abreast, darting in and out of traffic and changing lanes in the middle of the turns.”

The winged supermodified is a pure bred racing machine, featuring a hand built tubular chassis. Weighing only 1850 pounds, the cars are powered by 800 horsepower, fuel injected 470 cubic inch engines, which hang off the left side of the frame for better handling capabilities.

The cars also feature aerodynamic aluminum bodies and wings. The wings utilized by the cars also add to the mystique. The back of the air foils are connected to air shocks which automatically permits the wing to rotate into a horizontal position on the straights generating less drag and more speed. The wing shifts to a more vertical position in the turns giving the cars rear wheels more down force and increased cornering speed.

Leading the ISMA field into Jennerstown will be two-time defending series champion Chris Perley. The Rowley, Mass. driver is the current holder of the Jennerstown track record, and has won twice at the Somerset County paved half mile oval during his career. Perley was victorious in last years 50-lap attraction, despite the fact that he blistered a tire earlier in the evening.

“Everyone had trouble with tires last year,” Perley said. “We needed a harder compound, because the track has so much grip. We were blistering tires in less than five-laps.

“With four laps to go in the feature the car started to vibrate pretty bad. We tried not to go too hard most of the way, but the last 10-laps I went as hard as I could,” he said. “I didn’t know how good I would be at the end. When I got the sign that someone was closing, I pulled away.”

Perley is quick to admit that Jennerstown ranks among his favorite tracks on the circuit. “The place is awesome,” he added. “It’s smooth, and there is so much room to race there… I just love the track.

Joining the supermodifieds on the race card will be a six-division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series program, which will participate in a ‘feature-event only’ format.

Advance adult tickets are currently on sale for $15.00, with special pricing for seniors, students and children. Kids age six and under are free. Go to: www.jennerstown.com, or call the speedway office at 814 629-6677 for more information.

Spectator gates will open at 2:00, with the first race set to commence at 6:30 PM.

Jennerstown Hosts ‘Faster Pastor’ Race

June 8th, 2005

“The concept really took off,” said speedway general manager Larry Mattingly. “We were looking for an opportunity to offer area churches a day of fellowship at Jennerstown and decided to use the ‘Faster Pastor’ race as a way of generating interest. We expected that five or so members of the clergy would be willing to take part. We ended up having to cut off the number of interested pastors at 25!”

The area ministers will be racing entry level four-cylinder hobby stock division cars, in what has grown to become three separate contests throughout the evening.

“We were planning on using cars that were constructed by career technical education students in our ‘Racers of the Future’ program, but we have had to recruit some entries from our regular hobby stock drivers as well,” said Mattingly. “Everyone will have to share a car, but that shouldn’t be a problem with this group.”

In addition to the race events the speedway will also present a free Christian concert from 2-4 PM, featuring the group ‘Cause A Stir’.

In the on-track NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series activity, competitors in the super late model division are still reeling from the disqualification of points leader Mark Smith from last weeks twin 30-lap feature contests.

Smith has been forced to forfeit all points and prize money earned on June 4, and has been fined $1,000 by NASCAR for having an illegal unapproved, non-operational, part installed in his car.

The action has also cost Smith the points lead in the battle for season track championship honors. Tommy Beck, who inherited last weeks feature win following Smith’s DQ, is the new leader by two-points over defending 2004 champion Garry Wiltrout. Two-time 2005 winner Barry Awtey is third, just 14-points behind.

The super late models will again headline the five-division show, with another twin 30-lap feature event attraction in the spotlight. Also on the race card will be action for the late model, street stock, PA legacy and hobby stocks classes.

Spectator gates open at 5:00, with the first qualifying heat set to begin at 6:30 PM.

NASCAR Overturns Mark Smith’s Jennerstown Win

June 9th, 2005

Smith had captured the first leg of twin 30-lap features at the Somerset County half-mile paved oval .The Meyersdale driver finished sixth in the second contest. Smith, who was the current points leader at the track, has been disqualified from both races, and will forfeit all points and prize money earned in each of the races. In addition, Smith has been issued a $1,000 fine by NASCAR.

Tommy Beck, who finished second behind Smith, has been officially awarded the win.

“Jennerstown tech officials found an illegal item on Mark’s car during a post-race inspection,” said track general manager Larry Mattingly. ”We could not determine at the time if the part in question was operational. NASCAR, along with Jennerstown officials, felt the part was not functional, nor in operation during the event.

“However, Smith was fined and penalized for having an illegal part on the car – functional or not. If the part had been operational the penalty would have been even more severe. I think Jennerstown and NASCAR have sent a clear message to competitors regarding rules and enforcement.”

Clarification Concerning Smith Disqualification (update June 9, 2005)

The disqualification of Mark Smith from the June 4th super late model events at Jennerstown Speedway was due to the discovery of a non-operating traction control device found within his car.

Jennerstown officials stripped Smith of a victory and a sixth-place finish in last Saturday evenings twin 30-lap contests, after consulting with NASCAR officials Jerry Cook and Don Hawk. Smith also forfeited all points and prize money earned that night.

The $1,000 fine levied against Smith was also enacted by Jennerstown Speedway, not NASCAR as previously indicated.

“Local track practices supersede the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series manual,” said track manger Larry Mattingly. “The Jennerstown rule book outlines penalties regarding traction control devices. Therefore, all fines and penalties were issued by the speedway, not NASCAR.”

Jennerstown Speedway apologizes for any misunderstanding concerning which organization imposed the disqualification and monetary fine concerning the incident.

Jennerstown Speed Notes

June 6th, 2005

Tim Bainey Jr will be dividing his time this season between the Jennerstown super late model division and the United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup North Series. Bainey will miss this Saturday’s Jennerstown action, as he will be participating in the USAR show at the Mansfield (Ohio) Speedway. The Osceola Mills charger is doing well on both fronts, maintaining a top-10 ranking in both endeavors.

Dave Houpt, a former Jennerstown front runner is back in action at least on a part time basis. The Friedens pilot has landed the ride in the Mark Smith team car owned by Bill Richter. Houpt, who tried his luck on the Hooters ProCup tour a few years back, demonstrated he hasn’t lost his touch, recording two top-10 finishes and a heat race win. “Bill called me a couple Saturdays ago about driving the car, so I guess I’m back,” said Houpt.

Teenage sensation Kyle Martel, who shocked everyone by capturing three super late model checkered flags last season, has been struggling in the early season going. “We have a new chassis for this season, but we just can’t seem to find any consistency. The car will be fast one lap, and then way off the next,” lamented the 17-year old Lebanon chauffeur. Martel was able to salvage a top-10 finish this past Saturday. Martel is the defending PA legacy champion, but is concentrating his efforts on the super late models this season.

Two-time NASCAR Northeast Region champion Richard Mitchell will be returning to Jennerstown competition on June 25. Mitchell, who is again fielding his own race team, with sponsorship from Frank Howard Construction, will be running a limited Jennerstown schedule. “I would like to be there every week,” said the Bruceton Mills, West Virginia resident, who also has experience in the ARCA RE/MAX and NASCAR BUSCH Series, “but several members of my crew have family commitments on Saturday, which makes it difficult for us to race every week.” Mitchell had nine top-10 ARCA finishers, and started four NASCAR BUSCH events in 2002.

Rick Boyer and Alkie Cunningham II are expected back in late model action by next week. Both drivers were involved in hard opening night crashes which have kept them on the sidelines the past month.

NASCAR 2004 Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year Kasey Kahne, who recently won his first Cup race at Richmond, VA, is speaking out about health awareness to families as summer begins. Kahne has teamed up with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the National Coalition for Adult Immunization on the Power of 10 campaign to raise awareness about the need to maintain tetanus booster vaccinations.

Nextel Cup star Ken Schrader was a recent winner on the ARCA RE/MAX circuit over the Memorial Day weekend. Schrader defeated perennial ARCA champion Frank Kimmel at the Toledo (OH) Speedway. Schrader will be joining fellow Nextel Cup drivers Kasey Kahne, Sterling Marlin and Matt Kenseth at Jennerstown on July 23 for a special ‘Race of Champions’ exhibition event. The quartet will also participate in an autograph session before the race. A limited number of advance tickets are still available.

Lou Cicconi Jr. captured the International Super Modified Association (ISMA) season opener at the Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl over Pat Abold and Randy Ritskes. The 800 horsepower, open wheel, winged ISMA supermodifieds will be in action at Jennerstown on Saturday June 18. Chris Perley , the defending ISMA champion, captured last seasons Jennerstown event.

Jennerstown Speedway and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor will be teaming up on Sunday, June 26 from 8 Am to 3 PM to present the inaugural Lincoln Highway Swap Meet. All automotive related ‘stuff’ is welcome to be sold. Vendor spots are $25.00 (pre-registration required). General admission is $2.00, children under 12 are free. The event will be held rain or shine! Call 724 238-9030 or e-mail office@LHHC.org for more information.

Awtey and Smith Split Jennerstown Features

June 5th, 2005

Smith, who won on opening night at the half-mile paved Somerset County oval, out charged early pacesetter Mark Poole on a 19th lap restart, and then pulled away from the pack to capture his second checkered flag of the year.

“The competition at Jennerstown is unbelievable,” said Smith. “Everyone was holding their line, and the other guys wanted to run on the bottom, so we decided to go to the top. The momentum coming off the top groove is just huge.”

Tommy Beck also worked his way past Poole to finish second, while Awtey and Garry Wiltrout rounded out the top-five.

Following a post-race inspection of his car, Smith’s win has been put on hold until a team of NASCAR officials determine the legality of several items found in his machine.

In the second 30-lap event Awtey, who hails from Jenners, passed Mark Cottone on the fifth lap and never looked back. Cottone, a former Jennerstown track champion, kept Awtey in his sights to finish a close second. Jayme Beck finished third ahead of Tim Bainey Jr. and Wiltrout.

“We never touched the set-up on the car between races,” said a happy Awtey from Victory Lane. “All we did was change carburetors. The one we had on in the first feature caused us to lose power. I was watching Mark (Cottone) close the gap on me, but I think we could have gone a little harder if we had to at the end.”

Dusty Rhoads celebrated his birthday in grand fashion by winning a thriller in the 25-lap late model contest. Rhoads battled Wade Champeno in a door to door battle for the entire distance. As the pair came out of Turn 4 headed for a photo finish, Champeno lost the handle on his mount and hit the front stretch wall. Dink Colarusso inherited second. Andrew Wylie was third, over Mel Wilt and Todd Corson.

Richard Nicola bested Jason Holder in the wild and wooly 20-lap Advanced Auto Parts street stock feature. Roger Onstead chased the pair across the line to finish third in front of Adam Kostelnik and Josh Dunmyer.

PJ Ehrlich ran away and hid from the field in the 20-lap PA legacy main event after taking command from Chris Brink on the ninth go round. Jayme Beck was a distant second, trailed by Lauren Butler Chris Brink and Dan Brink.

Greg Lohr pick up his second victory of the young season in the 15-lap Pizza Hut hobby stock finale. Lohr maneuvered past leader Dennis Roles on lap eight, and then held off Jeff Zillweger for the final four laps. Roles finished third, week two winner Deidre Petrie was fourth, while Eugene Zerfoss nailed down the fifth slot.

Robbie Kendall and Ron Robbins Jr. were victorious in the twin super mini-cup features.

Beck Looking to Become Third Jennerstown Winner

May 31st, 2005

Beck, who has recorded second and fourth place finishes in his initial early season outings, will actually have two opportunities for a checkered flag this Saturday, as the half-mile paved Somerset County oval will contest twin 30-lap feature races instead of the normal single 50-lap attraction.

“Our team is off to its best start in quite awhile,” Beck said. “The chassis set-up is working very well, and our motor program with JET Engines is giving us the power we need to run up front.”

That’s the good news. The bad news is that Beck lost his primary sponsor over the winter, and has been forced to cut back his racing efforts to one night per week.

“We’re on the edge financially, and can’t really afford to tear up the car or the engine,” said the University of Pittsburgh mechanical engineering graduate. “”We don’t have as many resources as the bigger teams, but if we can avoid the big problems, I feel we should be in the hunt for a track championship.

“We enjoy racing as much as possible, but running just once a week allows us to focus our attention on Jennerstown. We picked off a win last year, and we appear to be fast again there this year,” he added. “Hopefully our luck will continue to hold.”

Also appearing on the six-division racing card will be competition for the late model, street stock, PA legacy, hobby stock and super mini-cup classes.

Jennerstown will also celebrate the beginning of the summer season with a ‘School’s Out Escape’ promotion.

Appearing as part of the entertainment attraction will be drag racer Ken Nelson and his crowd pleasing ‘Cool School Bus Wheel Stander’. Powered by a 1,000 horsepower blown and injected big block Chevrolet engine, the yellow school bus replica will travel the length of the Jennerstown front straight on its rear wheels in a shower of sparks.

There will also be an opportunity for kids to meet cartoon character Sponge Bob Squarepants and the speedway’s own mascot, Thunder the Roadrunner.

Adult general admission is $7.00, with special pricing for seniors, students and children. Kids age 6 and under are admitted free. Spectator gates open at 5:00 PM, with the first qualifying race set to begin at 6:30.

Benny Gordon Wins Naturally Fresh 250

May 29th, 2005

On Saturday night, Gordon took the lead away from away from Johnny Rumley with 31 laps remaining in the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Hooters Air and held off Gary St. Amant to win for the second time this season.

“My career has really changed in the last three years,” said Gordon, who has won nine times since taking over the reigns of the No. 66 Predator Performance Ford. “It all started [at Jennerstown] when we won a Championship race here. Ever since then, my career has taken off. It’s been because of a lot of hard work by this team, who work on this car
relentlessly.”

It appeared Gordon was going to have to do a lot of hard work to win the Naturally Fresh 250.

With 40 laps remaining, Gordon was 1.1 seconds behind race-leader Johnny Rumley, driver of the No. 8 Lucas Oil Chevy. A late-race spin by Mardy Lindley allowed Gordon to close the gap. On the ensuing restart, Rumley’s car developed a skip in the engine, enabling Gordon to sweep past Rumley with ease on Lap 219.

Gordon checked out on the field for a brief time, but the race’s final caution on Lap 237 brought St. Amant to the rear-deck lid of Gordon for a down-finger restart with eight laps remaining.

St. Amant, enjoying his best run of the season, tried to pressure Gordon into a mistake, but the short-track veteran fell .397 seconds shy of his second career Pro Cup victory.

“To get a second-place finish after the way the season started is a good feeling,” said St. Amant, driver of the No. 11 JEGS.com Chevy. “The first three races, we didn’t show up prepared to race, and we were lucky to get the finishes we did. We did our homework, and I thought we had a good car coming. But the way I look at it, we were first in class today.”

St. Amant second-place finish was his best of the season.

D.J. Kennington also posted his best finish of the season by coming home third. Actually, Kennington’s finish was the best of his Pro Cup career.

“The car was just good,” said Kennington, driver of the No. 17 SM Freight Inc. Pontiac. “We really didn’t make a lot of changes to the car all day. We only took two tires on the pit stop and ran the whole race on the left-side tires. I thought we may have had a little bit for Gary [St. Amant], but I wasn’t going to force the issue. We were looking for our first podium finish, and we’ll take it.”

Michael Ritch, driver of the No. 86 Jackaroo Ford, followed Kennington closely under the checkered flag. Ritch, who took over for Michelle Theriault on Lap 66, climbed from the back to the pack to notch his best finish of the season.

Danny Sammons, driver of the No. 97 Lost Creek Carts Ford, also posted his best finish of the season with his fifth-place finish.

Jeff Agnew, Tim Bainey Jr., Woody Howard, A.J. Frank and Mardy Lindley completed the top 10.

Unofficial Results

1. Benny Gordon
2. Gary St. Amant
3. D.J. Kennington
4. Michelle Theriault/Michael Ritch
5. Danny Sammons
6. Jeff Agnew
7. Tim Bainey Jr.
8. Woody Howard
9. A.J. Frank
10. Mardy Lindley
11. Joe Gaita
12. Vince Fanello
13. Travis Miller
14. Glenn Gault
15. Eric Corbett
16. Jason Mignogna
17. Robby Marhefka
18. Johnny Rumley
19. Jeremy Miller
20. Shelby Howard
21. Larry Barrett
22. Todd Peck
23. Joe Harrison Jr.
24. Randy Hawkins
25. Sam Fullone
26. Johnny Mackison
27. Joey Logano
28. Scott Drake
29. Joel Kauffman
30. Jimmy Spencer Jr.
31. Leslie Law
32. Logan Dernoshek
33. Mart Nesbitt
34. Mike Hampton
35. Randy Humphrey
36. Lonnie Rush Jr.

Bainey Jr. Making an Appearance at Home Depot

May 27th, 2005

He has grown to like the speedway so much over the last few years, that late last season he put together a deal that would allow him to run at the ½ mile track every week he has off from the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Tour.

This Saturday night, Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team will look to add another solid finish to their 2005 resume, and from the way they have been running lately – they are thinking about the possibility of taking that first-ever USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series victory this weekend.

“Jennerstown would be a great place to get our first win,” said Bainey Jr. “It’s as close to home as we get with the USAR Tour and we have put a lot of laps in at that place. I really just want to get another solid finish in – this year has been going great so far – but I’m not going to rule out that first win. It will be the first time we have had this car at Jennerstown, once we get through practice and stuff then I will be able to tell you more.”

Tim Jr. and the No. 15 Greased Lightning Racing Team head into this weekend’s event ninth in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship point race.

Bainey Jr. will be making an appearance Friday Evening from 3-6 p.m. at the Home Depot in Greensburg, PA, (store #4126) prior to this weekend’s Naturally Fresh 250 at Jennerstown Speedway.

Fans of all ages are invited to come out and join the team for an exciting afternoon and evening of events. There will be a number of product and promotional giveaways during the event. Tim Bainey Jr. will be on hand to sign autographs during this time and the Greased Lightning Hummers will also be on display for the afternoon.

Keep up with Tim Bainey Jr. and the Greased Lightning Racing Team at www.timbaineyjr.com. © 2005 USAR ProCup / Hooters of America
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, May 27, 2005

* 5:00 – 7:00 pm Early Parking & Registration

Saturday, May 28 2005

* 08:00 am – USAR Officials Meeting
* 08:30 am – Late Hauler Parking
* 09:00 am – Pit Gate Opens
* 09:30 am – Tech Inspection Opens
* 10:00 am – Crew Chief Meeting
* 10:15 am – Rookie Meeting
* 11:30 am – 01:30 pm Hooters Pro cup Series Practice
* 02:00 pm – Drivers Meeting
* 02:15 pm – Chapel Service
* 04:00 pm – Grandstand Front Gate Opens
* 04:30 pm – Hooters Pro Cup Series Qualifying
* 05:45 pm – Autograph Session
* 06:30 pm – Pre-Race Ceremonies
* 07:00 pm – Naturally Fresh 250

ADVANVED TICKETS ARE NOW ON-SALE
AERIAL Order online at WWW.JENNERSTOWN.COM or call the Speedway Office at (814) 629-6677 to guarantee your seats.

* TICKET PRICES
* ADULT (AGE 18-64) Advanced $15 / Gate $25
* SENIOR (Age 65+) Advanced $10 / Gate $15
* STUDENT (AGE 13-17) Advanced $10 / Gate$15
* CHILD (AGE 7-12) Advanced $5 / Gate $10
* CHILD (AGE 6 & UNDER) FREE
* RAIN-DATE Sunday, May 29,2004

About JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

Jennerstown Speedway is one of 67 NASCAR short tracks in the nation that competes in the DODGE NASCAR Weeky Series.
Website: http://www.jennerstown.com

NASCAR Influence at Jennerstown Hooters ProCup Race

May 23rd, 2005

Not as drivers, though. The four NASCAR Nextel Cup stars are registered car owners in the USAR series, and their teams have filed entries for this Saturday’s Naturally Fresh 250 at the Somerset County half-mile paved oval. Spencer and Wallace provide cars for their sons, Jimmy and Steve, while Stewart and Earnhardt have hired Shelby Howard and Mark McFarland to handle their driving chores.

The younger Wallace has made a name for himself on the Southern short-tracks over the past few seasons, and captured the prestigious Snow Ball Derby late model classic at Pensacola, Florida this past December.

Both Howard and McFarland are attempting to resurrect their careers after competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck and BUSCH Series’ last season. Howard, a former winner on the ARCA Re/Max tour, was a member of the Bill Davis Toyota truck program in 2004. McFarland, a Winchester, VA native, was the 2003 National NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series champion, and has made several starts in both of NASCAR’s junior circuits.

The reason for competing in the USAR series is obvious for the Spencer and Wallace teams, as both youngsters are attempting to gain the needed experience to make the transition to the NASCAR ranks.

For Stewart and Earnhardt Jr the goal for running Hooters ProCup is a little different. “The Hooters deal is a way for us to have some fun,” said Earnhardt. “A bunch of us actually built a street stock to race at a local North Carolina track a couple of years ago. One thing led to another and the deal evolved into a Hooters Cup team with Mark (McFarland) driving.”

Stewart is known for helping friends and young drivers achieve their racing goals. In addition to his Hooters team, Stewart also fields cars in the United States Auto Club and World of Outlaw sprint car ranks.

Are Hooters ProCup teams fearful of the NASCAR influence and the influx of big names and big money into the series?

“It’s not really a big deal,” said Benny Gordon, the defending Hooters ProCup North champion. “Many of the USAR teams are based in the Carolina’s, and most of the top drivers have access to Nextel Cup technology. The teams with NASCAR affiliation have been fast, but they haven’t won a race yet.

“Having the NASCAR teams racing in USAR is a positive. It brings more recognition to our series,” he added. “I think you will begin to see even more NASCAR teams use the Hooters ProCup tour for driver development programs. The cars are very similar to Cup and Busch machines, and the USAR series permits 15 and 16-year-olds to race.”

Spectator gates for the Naturally Fresh 250 will open at 2:00 PM, with qualifying set to begin at 4:30. Following an on-track autograph session at 5:45, the feature event will commence at 7:00 PM. The Jennerstown Hooters ProCup event will be nationally televised on the SPEED Channel cable network. The contest will be shown tape delayed on Saturday June 4 at 10:00 PM.

Awtey a Survivor at Jennerstown

May 22nd, 2005

The Jenners driver started on the pole and led every lap of the contest, but had to hold off a fast closing Tommy Beck, who finished on his bumper as he crossed the finish line.

“It was pretty good to come back from the bad crash we had on opening day to get the car this close tonight,” said Awtey from Victory Lane, “but we still have to do our home work because Tommy (Beck) was catching us there at the end. If it was a 50-lap race I don’t know if I would have been able to hold him off.”

A pair of vicious early race accidents marred the race, and eliminated several competitors. Paul Urso spun coming off turn 4 on the opening lap, collecting the cars of Mark Cottone and Todd Goble. A grinding crash on the restart sent the cars of Chris Lester, Joe Moose, Mark Poole and Branden Taylor to the pits.

Garry Wiltrout worked his way through the field to finish a distant third, ahead of Tim Bainey Jr, and Mark Smith.

The second scheduled 30-lap super late model feature was concelled, and will be made up on June 11.

Jennerstown’s Dusty Rhoads duplicated Awtey’s feat in the 20-lap late model attraction by leading from flag to flag. Opening night winner Todd Price was second, trailed by Dink Colarusso, Wade Champeno and rookie Andrew Wylie.

Andrew Kostelnik captured the hotly contest 20-lap Advance Auto Parts street stock main after taking over the front position from early leader Bobby Young on the 12th circuit. Richard Nicola was a close second, in front of Roger Onstead, Josh Dunmyer and Jason Holder.

David Campbell was untouchable in the PA legacy main event, as he drove away from PJ Ehrlich, Chris Brink, Jayme Beck and Dan Brink from his pole position starting position.

Deidre Petrie outgunned pole sitter Dennis Roles going into turn 1 of the 15-lap Pizza Hut hobby stock feature and never looked back, as the Greensburg driver picked up her first feature win at the Somerset County half mile paved oval. Bill Karson was second, while Greg Lohr, Roles and Jeff Zillweger rounded out the top five.

Tom Knight Sr outlasted Fred Casagni and Ron Piovesan to win the 15-lap Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Senior Series contest.

In a special ceremony the late Mike (Little) Serokman, Jim Burns, Lou Blaney, Larry Wright, the late Piney Lasky, Steve Peles and Jack Freeman were inducted into the Jennerstown Speedway Hall of Fame.

Hooters Series Invades Jennerstown May 28th

May 19th, 2005

The Hooters North series was born at Jennerstown in 2001, and this months Naturally Fresh 250 will mark the 12th appearance for the USAR group at the half-mile paved Somerset County oval..

“The local fans have really taken to the Hooters ProCup series,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “From the very first race the ProCup competitors have provided the fans with what they want to see… good, hard racing, ‘hot’ pit stop action, and a ‘take no prisoner’ attitude on the track.

“The Hooters group isn’t afraid to trade a little paint if that’s what it takes to gain a position. USAR car counts have increased dramatically this year, which is a good indicator that the interest in the series is also increasing.”

Another factor why the series has become so popular in the Western PA region is due to the fact that no less than eight Hooters ProCup North drivers have past ties to Jennerstown.

DuBois native Benny Gordon is the defending North series champion, and is currently second in this years point chase behind rookie A.J. Frank. “Jennerstown is our home track,” said Gordon. “We won here in 2003, but didn’t do as well as we wanted last year. One of our primary goals this season is to win both Jennerstown races.”

Tim Bainey Jr. is ninth in the championship chase coming into the Jennerstown fray. The Osceola Mills driver is still a regular super late model competitor at the Laurel Highlands speed plant when not competing with USAR.

Other former Jennerstown participants who follow the Hooters circuit include: Eric Corbett (Clearspring, MD), former track champion Glenn Gault (Hubbard,OH), Jason Mignogna (Greensburg), Robby Marhefka (Windber), Todd Peck (Glenville), and Logan Dernoshek (Canonsburg).

The Jennerstown event will be the fourth stop on the Hooters schedule. The first three races have been won by: Gordon (South Boston,VA), Joel Kauffman (Lonesome Pine, VA) and Jeff Agnew (Indianapolis Raceway Park).

Spectator gates for the Naturally Fresh 250 will open at 2:00 PM, with time trials set for 4:30. A special on-track autograph session at 5:45 will precede the 7:00 start of the feature attraction. Advance tickets are currently on sale for $15.00 at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling the track office at 814 629-6677.

Jennerstown Celebrates 75 Years of History May 21st

May 18th, 2005

Headlining the list of special activities will be a retired driver’s reunion and the inaugural induction of seven-members into the newly established speedway Hall of Fame. The 2005 Hall of Fame class includes: the late Mike (Little) Serokman, Jim Burns, Lou Blaney, Larry Wright, Steve Peles, the late Piney Lasky, and Jack Freeman.

“Auto racing has been taking place at Jennerstown since the great depression,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “Indianapolis 500 qualifiers and current NASCAR Nextel stars have competed here. But, it’s the local drivers we really want to honor. The guys who raced weekly in Somerset County throughout the past eight decades are the real heart and soul of Jennerstown.”

To further add to the nostalgic festivities the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will present a vintage race car exhibition, while the Pittsburgh Circle Track Fan Club Senior Series will present a competition event for retired drivers.

The on-track side of the program will find twin 30-lap super late model feature events spotlighting the five-division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series race card.

Meyersdale’s Mark Smith was victorious in the season opener, but he will see stiff competition from Bobby Henry, defending track champion Garry Wiltrout, Mark Poole and Tommy Beck.

Another driver that should be a strong contender for victory lane honors is Barry Awtey. The Jenners veteran, who captured track championships in 2000 and 2003, was cruising toward a top-five finish in the opener when a brake locked-up, sending him into the turn 4 wall, and a 17th place spot in the final tally. Awtey will be looking for a win to get back in the points race.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM with qualifying races set to begin at 6:30. All seats are $3.00 for the event, with children under the age of six admitted free.

Jennerstown Speed Notes

May 17th, 2005

Several new late model competitors should be entering the class during the next several weeks. Danny Angelicchio, currently a senior at Hempfield Area Senior High School, will make his debut driving a car formerly campaigned by super late model driver ‘Little’ Al Angelicchio. The younger Angelicchio competed in the charger division in 2004…. And defending USAR Hooters ProCup North champion Benny Gordon indicates that his Predator Performance team is putting together an entry for his nephew.

Hoosier Tires recently invited four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers, including defending champion Tony Hirschman of Northampton, Pa, to the Laurel Highlands oval to participate in a tire test session. The other drivers at Jennerstown were veteran Jerry Marquis from Broad Brook, Conn., Mark Hirschman, Tony’s son also from Northampton, and Steve Whitt of Farmington, N.J. According to Hoosier Tire spokesman Irish Saunders, the test revealed that his company still has a great deal of work to do to be ready for the Wheeler Brothers 150 on July 9. “The track surface at Jennerstown has so much grip that it produces a great deal of heat in the right rear tire,” Saunders said. “We have never encountered a short-track with this much traction. We are going to have to build a special tire for this track. We are coming back to test again on June 7 to make sure we have a good tire for the modifieds.” Saunders is also concerned about the tires used by the ISMA supermodifieds, HOSS sprints and the ASA late model series. “We may also bring a few of those cars in to test in June as well,” added Saunders. “We want to make sure everything is right.”

Kasey Kahne captured his first NASCAR Nextel Cup victory in 47 starts this past Saturday at Richmond International Speedway. The 25-year-old Kahn, who has six-poles and six Cup runner-up finishes on his resume, finally got the monkey off of his back. “It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Kahne said. “We’ve been leading at four to go, 10 to go, and not got it done. At least we finally won one.” Kahne will headline a quartet of Nextel Cup drivers who will be appearing at Jennerstown on Saturday, July 23 for a special exhibition race and autograph session. Other drivers scheduled to appear include: Ken Schrader, Sterling Marlin and 2003 Nextel Cup champion Matt Kenseth.

Stormy Weather Cancels Jennerstown Races

May 14th, 2005

“We made the decision to cancel the racing program at 8:30 in the morning,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “Our policy is always to attempt to do what is right for our fans and competitors. We had several race teams traveling from New England, New York and Virginia this weekend. With an 80 percent chance of severe weather scheduled to hit us during late afternoon, we felt it was best for all concerned to pull the plug early.

“The last thing we want to do is put people at risk at the speedway, or pulling large car transporters on the highways during inclement weather.”

The Somerset County half-mile paved oval will return to action next Saturday evening (May 21) with a Fan Appreciation Nostalgia Night, featuring $3.00 general admission for spectators.

On tap will be a retired driver’s reunion for former competitors, the inaugural induction of seven members into the new Jennerstown Hall of Fame, a vintage race car exhibition, and competition for the Pittsburgh Circle Track Senior Series.

In NASCAR action, twin 30-lap feature events for super late models will be in the spotlight, along with action for the late model, street stock, PA legacy and hobby stock classes.

‘Elvis’ and ‘Marilyn’ will be in the building to entertain spectators, and there will also be a hula-hoop contest for the kids.

Spectator gates swill open at 5:00 PM, with racing set to begin at 6:30 with qualifying events.

Speedway Hoping Goblins Stay in Grandstands

May 11th, 2005

Numerous accidents marred the five-division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing program, but late model driver Todd Corson provided the scariest thrill for the large crowd. The South Fork veteran tangled with defending track champion Rick Boyer on the front straight during a qualifying heat. The result of the contact pitched his car into the retaining wall and then into a series of flips and rolls which saw the car virtually disintegrate. While the car was a total loss, Corson walked away from the incident unscathed.

Another melee took place in the late model feature when a multi-car crash eliminated nearly half the starting field just past the midway point of the contest.

“You always hold your breath on opening night,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “The drivers are keyed-up and a little anxious after the long winter off season. Couple that with the fact that both pre-season practice sessions were rained out, and it set the scene for some ugly incidents last week.

“We tore up a great deal of equipment, and it’s going to be a major setback financially for many of the teams. On the plus side no one was seriously injured which speaks volumes about our stringent car rules and inspection procedures.”

One driver who was able to dodge the opening night mayhem was super late model feature winner Mark Smith. But, even he had a few scary moments. The Meyersdale driver spun his car sideways in front of on coming traffic going into Turn one on the start of the 50-lap feature event. Fortunately for Smith everyone was able to maneuver past his disabled mount. Forced to start at the rear of the pack on the restart, Smith roared through the field to take over the lead from early pacesetter Bobby Henry on lap 44.

“Hopefully this week we can keep all the ghosts and goblins on the grandstand side,” Mattingly said, referring to the special Fan Appreciation Halloween promotion scheduled for the fans.

On tap is a special kids’ gold rush, clowns, face painting and an autograph/photo session where fans will be permitted on the race track to meet their favorite drivers. The popular super mini-cup cars will also be on the race card and all fans coming to the track in costume will be admitted free of charge.

Spectator gates will open at 5:00, with the autograph session set to begin at 6:00. Racing will commence at 7:00 PM.

Smith Collects Victory, Corson Escapes Wild Crash

May 8th, 2005

“I was really mad when I spun out in the first turn,” Smith said from victory lane. “I knew we had a really good car. It was so good, in fact, that a monkey could probably have driven it.”

Smith wasn’t able to take the lead from early pace setter Bobby Henry until lap 44, when he moved ahead of the Connellsville driver with an outside pass. “It took a while to work up through traffic,” said Smith. “I kept praying for a caution… I was ready to throw something out on the track to bring out the yellow.”

Once in front Smith was able to keep Henry at bay for the final six circuits. Mark Poole finished a strong third, ahead of defending champion Garry Wiltrout, Tommy Beck, Mark Cottone, Paul Urso, Jeff Dunmyer and Snooky Williams.

The late model contest was shortened from 25 to 20 laps after a devastating 14th lap crash eliminated all but four cars in the starting field. Alum Bank’s Todd Price was the victor in the crash-marred event, over Dink Colarusso, Andrew Wylie, Mel Wilt and Dusty Rhodes. Early pacesetter Alkie Cunningham II slammed hard into the first turn wall during the feature melee, but was uninjured. Earlier in the evening Todd Corson completely destroyed his mount when he flipped and barrel rolled down the front straight after tangling with Jacob Coffin. Corson walked away uninjured from the accident.

Josh Dunmyer of Friedens was victorious in the 20-lap Advance Auto Parts street stock main event. Dunmyer drove around Rich Nicola on the 11th circuit to pick up his second career win. Roger Onstead was third, trailed by Adam Kostelnik and Bobby Young.

PJ Ehrlich led from flag to flag to pick up the win in the 20-lap PA legacy feature event. Former track champion Jayme Bolkovac-Beck finished in the runner-up slot. Lauren Butler had a career-best third, while Chris Brink and Dave Sullivan rounded out the top five. During the first lap of the race Derek Ramstrom was involved in a serious crash on the back stretch, and was transported to the hospital for observation.

Gregory Lohr held off Nevin Hause, Jeff Zillweger, Eugene Zerfoss and Cindy Shaulis to capture the 15-lap Pizza Hut hobby stock feature.

Tom Clark Auto Family Partners With Speedway

May 7th, 2005

The Tom Clark family will present the July 23 Jennerstown Speedway ‘Race of Champions’, which will feature NASCAR Nextel Cup stars Ken Schrader, Sterling Marlin, Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth. The four drivers will compete in a special exhibition race that evening, following a fan autograph session under the main grandstand.

The dealerships will also be the presenting sponsor on Sat. evening, Aug. 20 for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series event.

“We’re excited to be involved with Jennerstown and the big NASCAR ‘Race of Champions’, which promises to be the biggest motorsports event of the summer in Western Pennsylvania,” said Tom Clark Jr., President of the organization. “We are equally as excited about Jennerstown’s new marketing approach, which reaches out to families and kids with their promotions. That parallels the same philosophy we have within our dealerships.”

In addition to the sponsorship of the two race events, Tom Clark Auto Family is also presenting the new ‘Trackside’ at Jennerstown radio program, heard live on AM 810 WEDO, every Saturday evening from 5-6 PM. Tom Clark also is supplying the speedway with a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo pace car and a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck service vehicle.

Seven Named to Jennerstown Hall of Fame

May 4th, 2005

Included among the first group of inductees are: the late Mike (Little) Serokman, Jim Burns, Lou Blaney, Larry Wright, Steve Peles, the late Piney Lasky, and Jack Freeman.

Jennerstown announced the establishment of the Hall of Fame in January to commemorate the speedway’s 75-years of motorsports competition at the same Somerset County location.

“There have been so many great drivers, car owners and officials associated with Jennerstown over the past eight decades that it was very difficult to narrow the list of candidates for the first class,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “I think the Hall of Fame committee members (Dave Kittey, Billy Horner, Don Gamble, Dave Dragovich and Dr. David Horne) nominated a group of individuals that represent the true character of the speedway and its history.”

All former competitors are being invited to attend a retired-drivers reunion at the speedway beginning at 4:30 PM on Saturday, May 21. Former drivers are urged to RSVP the speedway by calling 814 629-6677.

Mike (Little) Serokman

Serokman, who raced under the pseudonym of Little during his racing career because it was easier to pronounce, raced jalopies and ‘big cars’ at Jennerstown during the 1930’s. The ‘Johnstown Coal Miner’, as he was known around the nation, competed in midget car competition following World War II, and competed in the NASCAR sportsman class during the 1950’s. Following retirement Serokman fielded modifieds, sprint cars and late models for his son, Tommy, a top Jennerstown competitor in the 1960’s-70’s.

Jim Burns

Known for his distinctive pink and white Richland Machine Shop-owned 1934 Plymouth coupes, Richland’s Jim Burns was one of the leading modified class winners on the quarter mile dirt track that existed from 1953 through 1966. Burns also competed in the supermodified and late model divisions on the Jennerstown half mile dirt oval in the 1970’s until his retirement.

Larry Wright

Jennerstown’s dirt late model class boasted some of the toughest competition in the nation during the 1970’s and 80’s. The driver with the most recorded victories during that era was Claysburg’s Larry Wright. Still active in the sport, Wright was known for his aggressive driving style behind the wheel of his ‘white lightning’ Ford-powered number 31 entries.

Lou Blaney

Winged sprint cars were the featured class at the reconstructed half mile Jennerstown dirt oval during the late 1960’s and early ‘70’s, and the driver to beat on most nights was Lou Blaney. The Hartford, Ohio-native, whose son, Dave, is a current star on the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit, thrilled the fans on countless occasions with his charges through the field while riding the outside cushion of the track.

Steve Peles

When Jennerstown was paved in 1987 the first driver to come to prominence was Steve Peles. The Glen Cambell driver captured the NASCAR Northeast Region Weekly Racing Series championships in 1987 and 1990, and still remains the leading asphalt super late model feature winner at the Laurel Highlands oval with 46 victories. After a serious back injury forced him to hang up his helmet, Peles purchased Jennerstown from the Lasky family and was the promoter of the facility from 2000-2002..

Piney Lasky

Lasky is credited with saving Jennerstown from extinction when he, and a group of other investors, purchased the old quarter mile dirt track in 1966 and converted it into one of the fastest half mile dirt ovals in the country. The beloved promoter, who passed away suddenly in 1994, was also responsible for the paving of the speedway, aligning it with NASCAR, and turning it into one of Pennsylvania’s premier motorsports facilities.

Jack Freeman

Freeman is receiving the years milestone achievement nomination. The colorful New Alexandria-resident was the longtime flagman at the speedway, and was also active as a car owner and promoter during his tenure in the sport.

Jennerstown Kicks Off 75th Season with ‘Beach Party’

April 30th, 2005

Highlighting the five division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series opening night race card at the Somerset County half-mile asphalt oval is a 50-lap feature event for the Wheeler Brothers super late model division.Twin30-lap lap features were originally on tap for the opener, but because both pre-season practice sessions were cancelled due to poor weather, the dual races have been moved back to Sat., May 21.

Last year the division produced eight different feature event winners, with Somerset-driver Garry Wiltrout eventually claiming championship honors. Wiltrout, who picked-up four victories in 2004, will be back to defend his title driving the R&R Motorsports-owned Ford Taurus.

Other top championship contenders include: 2004 runner-up Barry Awtey, Bobby Henry, who has landed a new ride with car owner Bob Bentz Jr., Meyersdale’s Mark Smith, Tommy Beck and Mark Poole.

Also included in the above group is teenage driving sensation Kyle Martel of Lebanon. The 17-year-old Martel, who is the defending PA legacy track champion, captured three super late model wins as a rookie last year, and is regarded by many to be a strong contender for championship honors in 2005.

Rick Boyer of Blairsville will be looking to earn his second championship in the ‘crate engine’ late model class. Alum Bank’s Todd Price, Dusty Rhodes, Mel Wilt, Wade Champeno and Todd Corson are again expected to be in the title hunt. Newcomers Alkie Cunningham II, Andrew Wylie and Dink Colarusso, the defending two-time street stock champion, should also be strong contenders for victory lane honors.

The PA legacy cars, Advance Auto Parts street stocks and the Pizza Hut Hobby stocks will also be in competition.

In addition to the on-track activity, Jimmy Buffet impersonator Tom Watt will be hosting a ‘beach party’, with live music, and a limbo contest to celebrate ‘Parrot Head’ Fan Appreciation Night. General admission is only $3.00 for any seat. Spectator gates open at 5:00, with the first feature set to roll at 7:00 PM.

A special ‘early bird’ practice session will be held from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Grandstand admission will be Free for the practice activity.

April 30 Practice Cancelled at Jennerstown

April 29th, 2005

“We could have waited until Saturday afternoon to cancel,” said promoter Dave Wheeler, “but we are trying to be fair with our race teams. No one wants to have a practice session more than me.”

The speedway will now combine an ‘early bird’ practice session in addition to the season opener next Saturday, May 7.

Pit gates will open at 8:00 AM, with an early practice set to run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Pit admission will be $15.00 for the early practice. Grandstand admission is free.

The normal race night program will follow with another practice session, preliminary races and feature events, highlighted by twin-30’s for the super late model class.

“It certainly isn’t the best case scenario, but we feel it is important to give our racers the extra-time to work out the bugs with their equipment,” Wheeler said.

Opening night features a ‘Parrot Head’ Fan Appreciation Night, with all spectators admitted for $3.00.

Minimum Driver Age for Hobby Stocks Raised

April 28th, 2005

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience the new ruling may cause our race teams and competitors,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “The ruling is out of our hands. It is essential that we comply with the guidelines to maintain medical and liability insurance standards.”

The minimum driving age for the PA legacy division will remain at 12, while competitors in the NASCAR-sanctioned super late model, late model and street stock classes must be 16-years-old.

Jennerstown Speed Notes

April 26th, 2005

Tony Hirschman Jr and Jerry Marquis will conduct a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour test for Hoosier Tire on Tues., May 10 from 9-5. Hirschman, who recently won the ‘Spring Sizzler’ at the Stafford (Conn.) Speedway, is the defending tour champion. Marquis won the title in 2000. Both drivers figure to be strong contenders when the open wheel modifieds return to Jennerstown for the first time in five years on July 9 for a 150-lap feature.

Two top-10 finishes during the past three weeks has propelled veteran Sterling Marlin to ninth place in the latest NASCAR Nextel Cup standings. Kasey Kahne, currently ranked 20th in the Nextel Cup point chase, recently won the O’Reilly 300 BUSCH Series event at the Texas Motor Speedway. Marlin and Kahne will join fellow Nextel Cup regulars Matt Kenseth and Ken Schrader on Sat. July 23 for the NASCAR ‘Race of Champions’ exhibition at Jennerstown.

DRIVER NOTES

Two-time street stock champion Tracy ‘Dink’ Colarusso will move up to the late model division for the 2005 campaign. Colarusso’s new entry will continue to carry his familiar 0 number… 2003 Western PA Rookie-of-the-Year Chantel Germak will move into the super late model class in an entry owned by her father, Larry. Germak will split seat time with veteran Jim McGonigle, who will drive the car in long distance events… The season’s first driver change has taken place, and the opener is still a week away. Connellsville driver Bobby Henry has been named to replace Todd Price in the Bob Bentz Jr.-owned number 60. Price will drive a second Bentz-backed car in either the late model or super late model class… Tim Bainey Jr of Osceola Mills will be a regular in the Jennerstown super late model class when he is not campaigning his Greased Lightening-sponsored machine on the USAR Hooters ProCup North tour… You can’t tell the drivers without a scorecard. Super late model drivers Snooky Williams and Jason Lasky will both be sporting new numbers in 2005. Williams, who has carried the number 6 on his cars for as long as anyone can remember, will now be designated as number 08 to reflect his new sponsor, Y 108 radio. Lasky, a second generation driver, also has a new media sponsor, FOX 8-TV, and will make the switch from number 97.

Weather Forces Jennerstown to Cancel Practice

April 22nd, 2005

“With nearly a one hundred percent forecast of rain, and even snow, for Saturday afternoon, it was a no brainer to cancel our scheduled practice session,” said promoter Dave Wheeler. “With travel expenses increasing for our competitors we saw no reason to have them tow in to sit around and watch it rain all day.”

The Somerset County paved half mile oval has a second practice round set for next Saturday, April 30. Competitor pit gates will open at 9:00 AM., with on track action from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Spectators will be admitted free to the grandstand area. Jennerstown will officially open the season on Saturday, May 7 with a ‘Parrot Head’ Fan Appreciation special, featuring twin-30 lap feature events for the super late model division.

Jennerstown Sets Practice For April 23 & 30

April 20th, 2005

“For a race team these practice sessions are equivalent to spring training for a baseball player or a pre-season scrimmage for a football squad,” said third-year speedway promoter Dave Wheeler. “The sessions give the drivers a chance to get back in the groove and the mechanics an opportunity to try out new chassis modifications.

“The new asphalt surface we applied before the beginning of last race season threw many of the teams for a loop. The old car set-ups drivers used for years no longer worked. Many of the teams have had to do a lot of homework over the winter months.”

Last seasons action produced eight different winners in the NASCAR-sanctioned super late model division, and Wheeler is predicting even more potential victors this season.

“Jennerstown has one of the toughest asphalt late model fields in the country” Wheeler said. “I also think our tough enforcement of the rules package has created an equal playing field. No one has an unfair advantage… real or perceived. It wouldn’t surprise me to see 10 or 12 different winners here this year.”

Included among the list of super late model newcomers expected to make their mark on the Somerset County half-mile oval this season are: Tony Musolino, Chantel Germak and Todd Price.

The teenage Musolino is a convert from the tough Western PA dirt late model circuit, where he consistently ran near the front of the field. Germak, a former charger division competitor at Jennerstown, was the 2003 Western PA Rookie-of-the-Year, and will be making the jump from the pro truck class. Price will also be jumping up in class this season. A former track champion in the pro truck class, Price, who hails from Alum Bank, will take over the Bob Bentz-owned number 60 ride that was driven last year by two-time NASCAR Northeast Region champion Richard Mitchell.

Pit gates open at 11:00 AM for both practice days. Competitors will be on the track from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Grandstand admission is free. Jennerstown will officially open the season on Sat. May 7 with a special ‘Parrot Head’ fan appreciation night.

Kenseth Completes Jennerstown NASCAR Field

April 18th, 2005

Kenseth, who won the NASCAR title in 2003, joins Ken Schrader, Sterling Marlin, and Kasey Kahne for the event at the half-mile paved Somerset County oval. The NASCAR quartet will race super late model cars in exhibition, following a 75-minute autograph session with the fans.

Born and raised in Cambridge, Wis., Kenseth began his racing career at the age of 16, winning his first feature event in only his third race. Kenseth took the Wisconsin racing scene by storm in the early 1990s, winning races and track titles at venues all across the Badger State against competition that included the likes of Dick Trickle, Ted Musgrave and Rich Bickle.

“My dad made me a deal when I was 13. He would buy me a race car and drive it if I would work on it and keep it up. Then, when I was 16, I could drive the car,” said Kenseth. “It was hard work, but it was also a great experience and really prepared me to do more than just steer the car.”

The 33-year-old Kenseth joined the NASCAR BUSCH Series ranks in 1997, and quickly moved into the prestigious Nextel Cup series the following season with a sixth-place finish in his debut at Dover, Delaware.

Following a victory in the 2000 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and a series-leading five victories in 2002; Kenseth and his Jack Roush-owned team put it all together the following year to win the championship with a record-setting performance. Kenseth only won once in 2003, but his consistency kept the rest of the field at bay. With a series-best 23 top-10 finishes and 11 top-five finishes, he led the championship point standings for a record-breaking 34 straight weeks.

Kenseth started the 2004 season exactly how he finished 2003 – in top form. He won two of the first three races of the season and the team appeared poised for a repeat title. After qualifying for the season-ending 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup, Kenseth and the team struggled to finish strong in the last 10 races and ended the season eighth in the championship point standings.

The current season has also not been kind to Kenseth, as he has only managed one top-10 finish in his first seven outings.

“Kenseth is a great addition to our ‘Race of Champions’ field,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “Even though he is a Nextel Cup champion, Matt still races on the smaller tracks every time he has an opportunity. It should be a great race. All four of the announced drivers are former short-track champions.”

Mattingly also reports that the July 23 race is shaping up to be the biggest event in the 75-year history of the facility. “Our ticket pre-sale has already exceeded our previous record by far,” he said. “Jennerstown can accommodate 10,000 spectators, and we are anticipating a sell out. Tickets are still available, but they are going fast.”

Advance tickets may be purchased on-line at: www.jennerstown.com, or by calling the track office at 814 629-6677.

Jennerstown Modifies 2005 Schedule

April 13th, 2005

“The super late models were originally scheduled to race before the Hooters ProCup feature on May 28,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “But, since our late models race on a different brand of tire than the ProCup cars USAR officials were concerned their drivers would be adversely affected by the foreign rubber build-up on the track surface. We didn’t want our drivers sitting around all day waiting to race, so we mutually agreed to cancel the super late model portion of the show.”

It was also announced that the NASCAR-sanctioned super late model, late model and street stock divisions will be added to the Sept. 17 Championship Night promotion. The Allison Legacy Cars national championship, Grand American modifieds, super mini-cups and a Western Pa. four-cylinder championship race were already on the slate of events.

Because of scheduling conflicts the July 31 super oldies cruise and live concert has also been cancelled.

The Somerset County half-mile asphalt oval will open the season on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 PM. Highlighting the special $3.00-admission ‘Parrot head’ fan appreciation night will be twin 30-lap features for the super late models and a Jimmy Buffet-style beach party featuring impersonator Tom Watt.

Practice sessions are scheduled for April 23 and 30, featuring free grandstand admission.

Kasey Kahne to Race at Jennerstown

March 29th, 2005

Few individuals had an impact on the NASCAR circuit the way the Enumclaw, Wash. Driver did in 2004. At the start of the season, he was just another rookie. By the end of the year, Kahne was a household name. Whether it was his hard-charging style on the race track or the year long media frenzy which included being named one of ‘America’s top 50 bachelors” by PEOPLE MAGAZINE, Kahne’s popularity skyrocketed over the course of the season.

Kahne’s 2004 performance was nothing short of phenomenal. Four pole positions, 13 top-five finishes, and five runner-up podium spots pushed him to 13th in the Chase for the Nextel Cup championship… missing the cutoff by only 28-points.

“I really wasn’t surprised at how well we did in our first season driving Cup,” Kahne said. “Bill Elliot (whom Kahne replaced in the Evernham Motorsports number 9) had that team running so well at the end of the 2003 season, there was no reason to think that we wouldn’t be able to come in and continue the good work he’d started.”

Despite his rookie success, the most frequently asked question Kahne receives is: “When are you going to get that first win?”

“You definitely hear it a lot,” said Kahne, who responds by saying, “I don’t know. We were close so many times last year.”

This year Kahne is off to a sluggish start. He is currently ranked 28th in the points chase, and recently recorded his best finish thus far, a fifth at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“Kasey Kahne is the prototype of today’s young NASCAR driver,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “He started racing at the age of 14 in micro-midgets and mini-sprints and moved right up the ladder into NASCAR BUSCH and Cup competition. In many ways he is like a young Ken Schrader, He’ll drive anything with wheels, and it’s hard to keep him out of a race car.

“Last season at Attica, Ohio he flipped a 410 sprint car end-over-end and was afraid to tell his Nextel Cup owner, Ray Evernham, what happened. He’s a racer.”

The Jennerstown ‘Race of Champions’ will feature four Nextel Cup stars driving super late models in a special exhibition contest. The quartet will also participate in a pre-race autograph session.

Advance discount tickets may be purchased online (www.jennerstown.com) or by calling the track office at: 814 629-6677.

Hockey Team Skating on Thin Ice with Speedway

March 21st, 2005

“I really don’t know what the problem is, Jim Brazill, the Chiefs Vice President stated he didn’t want to discuss the topic, and he made it clear that he didn’t want to be involved with us this year,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “Truthfully, I’m a little miffed. We helped the Chiefs promote their NASCAR show car events over the past two years on our website and electronic newsletter mailings. I have their speedway event listed in 100,000 brochures we are currently distributing in a seven county area.

“I guess what upset me the most was the fact that no one from the Chiefs organization had the courtesy to give us a call concerning the April 2 cancellation. I discovered the fact by looking at their website. I called them.”

“I think it’s a shame when two small-market franchises can’t work together. I have similar co-promotions scheduled with the Altoona Curve and the Washington Wild Things. We don’t have any problems with these clubs,” Mattingly said. “I am disappointed. This is a tough market. I had proposed several other possible business opportunities, beyond promotions, which would have benefited both organizations when I met with the Chiefs earlier. I am still willing to work with them, but the ball is in Jim’s court.”

Marlin Joins Jennerstown NASCAR Field

March 21st, 2005

Marlin, a native of Franklin, Tenn., has accounted for 10 NEXTEL Cup victories and 11 career pole positions during his 22-year career. He is perhaps best known as only the third driver in NASCAR history to win back-to-back Daytona 500’s, joining Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough as the only drivers to earn that distinction after winning in 1994 and 1995.

“There is no doubt that my fondest memory is winning that first Daytona 500,” Marlin said. Marlin has good reason to cherish that event. Not only did he win the Daytona 500, but it was also his first Cup victory in 279 starts.

Marlin is considered one of NASCAR’s most diverse athletes. Before getting into racing he was a standout football and basketball player at Columbia High School in Tennessee. Still, there was little doubt about which career path he would take.

“I was always in the shop working on my dad’s (Coo Coo’s) cars,” he said. I started doing that when I was 12 years old. By the time I was 15 I was changing tires during the races, and when I was 16 I became his crew chief. I also started driving around that time.

“Being a race car driver is something I always wanted to do, and fortunately, since the mid-1980’s I have been able to land some good rides and keep racing.”

The veteran driver came the closest to winning the overall NASCAR championship in 2002 driving for Pittsburgh car owner Chip Ganassi. Marlin scored victories at Las Vegas and Darlington and held the Cup points lead for 25 weeks. However, a late-season crash at Kansas sidelined Marlin for the final six races, relegating him to 18th in the final championship chase.

“Sterling is known for his prowess on the big high-banked Daytona and Talladega superspeedways,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “But, he is also a fierce competitor on the short-tracks as well. Marlin cut his teeth driving late models, winning three consecutive track championships at the Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway, before becoming the NEXTEL Cup Rookie of the Year in 1983.”

Marlin is currently off to a good start in the current NASCAR campaign, finishing eighth in the Daytona 500 this past February. He is currently ranked 16th in the 2005 points standings, just 37-markers out of the coveted 10th place position that would make him eligible for the prestigious Chase to the Championship honors.

The Jennerstown Race of Champions contest will feature four NEXTEL Cup stars driving super late models in a special exhibition contest. Marlin and Kenny Schrader will also join to other yet to be named drivers in a pre-race autograph session. Advance discount tickets may be purchased online at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling the track office at (814) 629-6677.

Marlin Joins Jennerstown NASCAR Race of Champions Field

March 21st, 2005

He is perhaps best known as only the third driver in NASCAR history to win back-to-back Daytona 500’s, joining Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough as the only drivers to earn that distinction after winning in 1994 and 1995.

“There is no doubt that my fondest memory is winning that first Daytona 500,” Marlin said. Marlin has good reason to cherish that event. Not only did he win the Daytona 500, but it was also his first Cup victory in 279 starts.

Marlin is considered one of NASCAR’s most diverse athletes. Before getting into racing he was a standout football and basketball player at Columbia High School in Tennessee. Still, there was little doubt about which career path he would take.

“I was always in the shop working on my dad’s (Coo Coo’s) cars,” he said. I started doing that when I was 12 years old. By the time I was 15 I was changing tires during the races, and when I was 16 I became his crew chief. I also started driving around that time.

“Being a race car driver is something I always wanted to do, and fortunately, since the mid-1980’s I have been able to land some good rides and keep racing.”

The veteran driver came the closest to winning the overall NASCAR championship in 2002 driving for Pittsburgh car owner Chip Ganassi. Marlin scored victories at Las Vegas and Darlington and held the Cup points lead for 25 weeks. However, a late-season crash at Kansas sidelined Marlin for the final six races, relegating him to 18th in the final championship chase.

“Sterling is known for his prowess on the big high-banked Daytona and Talladega superspeedways,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “But, he is also a fierce competitor on the short-tracks as well. Marlin cut his teeth driving late models, winning three consecutive track championships at the Nashville (Tenn.) Speedway, before becoming the NEXTEL Cup Rookie of the Year in 1983.”

Marlin is currently off to a good start in the current NASCAR campaign, finishing eighth in the Daytona 500 this past February. He is currently ranked 16th in the 2005 points standings, just 37-markers out of the coveted 10th place position that would make him eligible for the prestigious Chase to the Championship honors.

The Jennerstown Race of Champions contest will feature four NEXTEL Cup stars driving super late models in a special exhibition contest. Marlin and Kenny Schrader will also join to other yet to be named drivers in a pre-race autograph session. Advance discount tickets may be purchased online at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling the track office at (814) 629-6677.

American Star Oval Challenge Postponed Until 2006

March 2nd, 2005

The ASOC, a series for single seat, open wheel formula-style cars, was to appear at the half-mile paved Jennerstown Speedway on June 11, in addition to the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series events.

“The ASOC was a unique plan to utilize cars and participants from the very popular Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Star Mazda road racing series to stage select short-track oval races around the country,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “The purpose of the series was to provide an entry-level rear engine oval-track developmental program for young American drivers seeking to compete in the Indy Racing League and the Indianapolis 500.

“I really think ASOC promoter Jon Lewis had a solid plan, he just ran out of time. With a year to develop a driver roster and acquire a marketing partner, the series can be very successful in 2006..”

New Internship Program Debuts at Jennerstown

February 28th, 2005

“Our goal in creating internships is to provide an extensive hands-on career development program that assists young adults with the selection of appropriate careers in the booming sports and entertainment industry,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “We will provide work positions that are meaningful and compatible with a student’s education and aspirations.

“We can also offer guidance in the job search process to assist qualified individuals in seeking out available positions at the completion of their internship.”

Three full time and two part time non-salaried internships are available for the 2005 season. Full time positions include: one (1) operations intern, one (1) marketing intern, and one (1) public relations/publicity intern. Part time opportunities are also available for a food/beverage intern and a kids’ club/mascot intern.

Detailed job descriptions and requirements may be reviewed on the Jennerstown Speedway website (www.jennerstown.com). Click on ‘internship opportunities’ in the navigation bar.

Anyone interested in applying for a Jennerstown Speedway internship should forward a resume and cover letter to: Larry Mattingly at Jennerstown Speedway, Box 230, Jennerstown, PA 15547.

Schrader to Compete in Race of Champions at Jennerstown

March 1st, 2005

“Ken Schrader is probably the most respected driver in racing today,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “He is admired around the NASCAR garage area as a true ‘racer’s racer’. Ken has driven and won races in just about any kind of car that has wheels.”

While many NASCAR drivers today are cutting back on their racing schedules, Schrader still runs over 80-events a season, driving everything from outlaw dirt late models and modifieds to competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series when time permits.

“I want to spend my time racing,” Schrader said. “It’s not only my job, but it is also my hobby. I love the time that I get to spend behind the wheel, and as long as I can, I’m going to race whenever I get the chance.

“I really don’t think it is an exaggeration when I say that racing is all I’ve ever known,” he said. “I have been racing since I could walk, and it is all I have ever wanted to do. To be honest, I would race everyday if I had the opportunity.”

Schrader has 636 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup starts on his resume, and has won over $25 million in prize money. He has four wins to his credit, as well as 64 top-five and 176 top-10 finishes. In addition, Schrader has also qualified for the pole position on 23 occasions during his NASCAR career.

The 49-year-old veteran is also a former open wheel champion, having captured two United States Auto Club (USAC) titles in 1982 and 1983.

Schrader, who currently drives the number 49 BAM Motorsports Dodge on the NASCAR circuit, finished a disappointing 39th in this years Daytona 500 following an engine failure early in the event. In his most recent outing Schrader finished 14th in a 500-mile contest at the California Speedway in Fontana.

The Jennerstown Race of Champions contest will feature four NEXTEL Cup stars driving super late models in a special exhibition contest. The quartet will also participate in a pre-race autograph session. Advance discount tickets may be purchased online at www.jennerstown.com, or by calling the track office at (814) 629-6677.

Street Stock Division Secures Title Sponsor

February 24th, 2005

Advance will continue its involvement with the half-mile paved Somerset County motorsports facility, having backed the Hobby Stock class in 2004.

“We are very excited about partnering with Jennerstown Speedway once again,” said Division Manager Dave Sinisi. “We look forward to another exciting and fun-filled season, and plan to have some new promotions for the fans as well as our team members.”

West Mifflin’s Dink Colarusso has captured back-to-back Street Stock titles at the Laurel Highlands oval, but it appears there will be a new champion in the class this year. Colarusso has indicated that he will be moving to the speedway’s “crate engine” Late Model division for the upcoming racing season.

Included among the top contenders vying for Colarusso’s vacated crown include: Adam Kostelnik, Richard Nicola, Jason Holder and Josh Dunmyer, the second through fifth place finishers in the 2004 point race.

Jennerstown is slated to open the season on Saturday evening, May 7, preceded by two open practice sessions on April 23 and 30.

Jennerstown Hits the Air with ‘Trackside’ Weekly Radio Program

February 10th, 2005

“We feel the new radio show is a good fit for Jennerstown,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “A large percentage of our customer base is now coming from the Pittsburgh area. These fans can listen to the show while driving to the speedway to receive updates on the event and weather conditions.”

Co-hosting TRACKSIDE will be veteran journalists Mike Milliron and Dave Dragovich. Milliron, who will also return to Jennerstown this season as the on track/pit side public address announcer, brings 15-years of experience to the position. Dragovich, a former Jennerstown competitor, is a free lance journalist who authors a column in RPM Racing News

Jennerstown 2005 Highlights

February 5th, 2005

“We made the decision to give younger drivers the opportunity to move out of go kart competition and into actual race cars to advance their asphalt racing careers,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “In today’s motorsports structure drivers are now entering the major leagues of the sport at the age of 18.

“Kids start driving quarter midgets and go karts while they are in kindergarten. Many of them have six or seven years of racing experience in vehicles that are much faster than our hobby stock class,” he said. “To stay abreast with the development within the overall racing industry we needed to create opportunities for younger drivers to participate at Jennerstown.”

Last season the minimum age in the hobby stock division was 16, while legacy drivers were required to be age 14. The driver age requirement for Jennerstown’s top-three NASCAR-sanctioned classes – super late models, late models, and street stocks – remains at age 16.

“We had several new legacy teams attend our organizational meeting this past Saturday and all of the drivers were under the age of 16,” Mattingly added. “As the sport gets bigger and the financial rewards continue to increase in the upper levels of NASCAR, parents are going to be pushing to start their kids racing at a younger age.

Kyle Martel, who won the legacy championship, as well as several super late model races last season, is a perfect example of how the system works today,” he said. “Kyle dominated quarter midget racing in Eastern PA as a youth, moved into our legacy program for a couple of years, and was winning races in our premier class at the age of 16. At this point he is in line to begin running the super speedways next year when he turns 18.”
JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Jennerstown Speedway is unveiling a new web site to serve the NASCAR-sanctioned Somerset County motorsports facility for the 2005 season.

“With all the changes taking place at the speedway this season in terms of promotion and special events I thought it was important that we also do an upgrade on the web site,” said webmaster Vernon Yoder.”

The new site will be much easier to navigate according to Yoder. “We have categorized all the speedway information so that it will be easy to locate when our fans visit the page,” he said.

The updated web page also contains several new features. “We have added the capability for fans to purchase advance tickets, book a ‘Thunder on the Mountain’ Driving Experience or buy Jennerstown Speedway NASCAR merchandise directly online,” Yoder said.

Also new on the site is the Auto Racing Daily, which covers the world of motorsports from A to Z. “This feature will permit our fans to access the top racing stories from Formula One to NASCAR,” commented Yoder. “There are even mini-message boards where fans can post their comments about the current news of the day.”

And speaking of message boards, Yoder added that the revamped Jennerstown web page will once again feature a track board, permitting local enthusiasts and competitors to voice their opinions on Jennerstown happenings.

The new Jennerstown web page may be accessed at: www.jennerstown.com.

About JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

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Jennerstown Speedway Launches New Website

February 2nd, 2005

The new site will be much easier to navigate according to Yoder. “We have categorized all the speedway information so that it will be easy to locate when our fans visit the page,” he said.

The updated web page also contains several new features. “We have added the capability for fans to purchase advance tickets, book a ‘Thunder on the Mountain’ Driving Experience or buy Jennerstown Speedway NASCAR merchandise directly online,” Yoder said.

Also new on the site is the Auto Racing Daily, which covers the world of motorsports from A to Z. “This feature will permit our fans to access the top racing stories from Formula One to NASCAR,” commented Yoder. “There are even mini-message boards where fans can post their comments about the current news of the day.”

And speaking of message boards, Yoder added that the revamped Jennerstown web page will once again feature a track board, permitting local enthusiasts and competitors to voice their opinions on Jennerstown happenings.

The new Jennerstown web page may be accessed at: www.jennerstown.com.

Jennerstown Lowers Minimum Age for Competitors

January 11th, 2005

Beginning with the 2005 racing season at the half-mile Somerset County asphalt oval, drivers in the hobby stock and legacy classes will be permitted to race at the age of 12.

“We made the decision to give younger drivers the opportunity to move out of go kart competition and into actual race cars to advance their asphalt racing careers,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “In today’s motorsports structure drivers are now entering the major leagues of the sport at the age of 18.

“Kids start driving quarter midgets and go karts while they are in kindergarten. Many of them have six or seven years of racing experience in vehicles that are much faster than our hobby stock class,” he said. “To stay abreast with the development within the overall racing industry we needed to create opportunities for younger drivers to participate at Jennerstown.”

Last season the minimum age in the hobby stock division was 16, while legacy drivers were required to be age 14. The driver age requirement for Jennerstown’s top-three NASCAR-sanctioned classes – super late models, late models, and street stocks – remains at age 16.

“We had several new legacy teams attend our organizational meeting this past Saturday…all the drivers were under the age of 16,” Mattingly added. “As the sport gets bigger and the financial rewards continue to increase in the upper levels of NASCAR, parents are going to be pushing to start their kids racing at a younger age.

“Kyle Martel, who won the legacy championship, as well as several super late model races last season, is a perfect example of how the system works today,” he said. “Kyle dominated quarter midget racing in Eastern PA as a youth, moved into our legacy program for a couple of years, and was winning races in our premier class at the age of 16. At this point he is in line to begin running the super speedways next year when he turns 18.”

Mignogna Teams With Jugular/Yet Energy Drinks

January 11th, 2005

A native of Greensburg, PA, Mignogna is a 14-year motorsports veteran and was a top competitor in the former Midwest-based Iceman super late model series. Mignogna has competed in selected Hooters ProCup events over the past two-seasons, but this year will mark the first full time effort on the USAR tour.

“I’m really excited to be racing for Jugular and YET Energy Drinks as we go after the Hooters ProCup rookie championship,” Mignogna said. “The company’s ‘Go For The Jugular’ approach is the same attitude I hope to bring to USAR.”

Jugular and YET are healthy alternatives in the exploding energy drink market: Low Calorie, Low Carb Energy Drinks with no caffeine. Steve Young, ESPN National Football League television analyst and former Super Bowl MVP Quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, is a principal owner in the company.

“There is an excitement inherent in working with newer companies that is contagious”, said Tinsley Hughes, owner, BH Motorsports which manages Jugular Racing and its motorsports advertising and marketing properties. “We’ve found that same enthusiasm in Jason and think he is the perfect driver for the Jugular/ YET Team. USAR is the fastest-growing division in motorsports, with over 30 nationally televised races and a young, energetic fan base. The fit is perfect!”

Hughes, a NASCAR Cup car owner, also runs the Hughes Motorsports Academy, a driver development program helping urban youth to formulate the skills needed to advance to the NASCAR levels. The Concord-based academy’s drivers posted 16 victories and 38 top-five finishes over the past two seasons.

Mignogna will pilot an in house chassis development program for 2005, driving a Pontiac Grand Prix on the Hooters ProCup Northern Tour. Denny Wade, who has won several championships in the NASCAR Cup Series, will serve as crew chief.

Associate sponsors include: Wegner Automotive, Model Uniforms, Wurth USA, and W.D. Wade Racing Performance.

About Jugular and YET Health Drinks

Jugular and YET are healthy alternatives in the exploding energy drink market: low calorie, low carb energy drinks with no caffeine. Steve Young, ESPN National Football League television analyst and former Super Bowl MVP quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, is a principal owner in the company. Jugular and YET can be purchased locally at Harris Teeter, Lowe’s Food Stores, Reid’s Fine Foods, Dean and Deluca, Midtown Sundries, and across the country at Wal-Mart and select convenience stores. For more information, please visit www.goforthejugular.com and www.getyet.net.

About Hughes Motorsports Academy

Concord-based Hughes Motorsports Academy is owned by Tinsley Hughes, a longtime NASCAR team owner. An early supporter of diversity programs for drivers and crew, Hughes Motorsports Academy has a driver program that helps urban youth to formulate the skills needed to become a NASCAR driver. Academy drivers posted 16 victories and 38 top-five finishes over the past two seasons. For more information, please visit www.bhmotorsportsonline.com.

Jennerstown Cuts Prices for 2005

January 6th, 2005

The speedway, which features NASCAR-sanctioned racing events on Saturday evenings from May through September, has reduced the cost of its weekly adult spectator admission ticket from $9.00 to $7.00. Students (age 13-17) and seniors (age 65 and older) will be admitted for $5.00. Kids (age 6-12) will pay $2.00, while children under 6 years of age receive free admission.

“Research indicates that the average family in markets our size have approximately $20.00 to spend on entertainment,” said new speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly. “Our goal is to offer a live entertainment package for the same price as what it would cost a family to attend a movie in a first class theatre.

“We are also striving to increase the entertainment value of our programs. Every event on our schedule will have “value added entertainment” to enhance the standard racing programs. Jennerstown fans will be getting more, and spending less in 2005,” he said.

Additionally, the speedway will also feature five special theme-nights where spectators will be admitted for only $3.00.

Another area addressed in the new Jennerstown plan is the reduction of prices at the refreshment stand.

“We have challenged our concession managers to reduce prices across the board without reducing our product quality,” Mattingly said.

“We feel Jennerstown is on the cutting edge of changing the paradigm for the short-track racing industry. We are prepared to “walk the walk”. Changing the way we do business is a commitment not a gimmick.”

NASCAR Nextel Cup Drivers Highlight 2005 Schedule at Jennerstown

January 5th, 2005

The four Nextel Cup drivers, who will be named at a later date, will race against one another driving super late model cars in a ‘Race of Champions’ exhibition on July 23. The drivers will also participate in a 75 minute autograph session prior to the event.

“With the Nextel Cup Series racing at Pocono International Raceway the next afternoon, we have made arrangements to fly the four drivers to Jennerstown after their Saturday morning qualifying session,” said Jennerstown General Manager Larry Mattingly. “We’re currently working on the driver roster, but I think our fans will be pleased with the line-up we are putting together.”

The Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR’s oldest racing division, pre-dating even the Nextel Cup Series, will square off in a 150-lap contest on July 9. The ultra-fast, open-wheel cars will be returning to the Somerset County speed plant after an absence of five seasons. “The NASCAR modifieds are always the most requested class on our fan surveys … we’ve been working hard to get them back on the schedule,” Mattingly said.

Also new in 2005 will be a show featuring the ASA Late Model Series and the Hoosier Outlaw Sprint Series (HOSS). The two organizations will team-up for a doubleheader attraction on Aug. 13. “These are the two hottest classes in the Midwest, and we are bringing them together on the same night,” said Mattingly. “The ASA cars are similar to our super late models, but feature 400 horsepower Chrysler, Ford and GM ‘crate’ engines. The HOSS 410 sprint cars are literally out of control all the time racing on pavement. This promises to be one of the wildest shows of the season.”

Returning by popular demand will be the cars and stars of the International Super Modified Association (ISMA), who will participate in a 50-lap feature event on June 18. The winged supermodifieds, featuring 700 plus horsepower engines, are the fastest cars to appear on the half-mile paved Laurel Highlands oval, reaching average speeds of nearly 120 miles per hour.

The United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup Series will do battle in a pair of 250-lap long distance contests. The Hooters Northern Division is scheduled for May 28, while the Northern and Southern divisions unite on Sept. 24 for the first round of the five-race Championship Series.

Special events for NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series competitors are also on tap. Super late models will compete in a 100-lap event on Aug. 30, while the annual 200-lap classic returns to the slate on Sept. 3. In addition the premier weekly division will also contest three twin-30 lap events.

Four non-racing events have been added to the overall schedule. The speedway will promote a Night of Destruction on Sept. 10, featuring monster trucks, jet vehicles, and a giant demolition derby. A super oldies cruise (July 31), Fast & Furious Challenge (Oct. 1-2) and a Cycle Fest (Oct. 8-9) are also new additions. The latter three events will also feature live music concerts.

“Extra-value entertainment nights have also been created,” added Mattingly. “We will be featuring school bus and fire truck wheelstanders, an awesome air assault freestyle motocross thrill show to salute Johnstown’s ‘Thunder in the Valley’, and my personal favorite … Megasaurus, a fire-breathing, car-crunching 31-foot tall dinosaur transformer. Plus, we also have five-themed fan appreciation nights where fans will be admitted to the grandstand for a discounted price of only $3.00.

“I really think we have something for everyone this year,” he said. “There are major races for the hardcore fan and lots of fun and entertainment for the casual spectator.”

Jennerstown will open the season on May 7 with a special ‘Parrot Head’ fan appreciation night featuring Jimmy Buffet impersonator Tom Watt live on the beach.

Jennerstown Speedway Establishes Hall of Fame

January 5th, 2005

“Jennerstown is one of the oldest operating motorsports facilities in the United States,” said General Manager Larry Mattingly. “The first version of the speedway – a half-mile dirt fairgrounds oval – was constructed in the late 1920′s.

“The track has had four distinctive eras the early fairgrounds stage, a quarter-mile dirt track program from 1953-1967, a modern half-mile dirt period from 1968-1986, and the current asphalt history beginning in 1987,” he said. “Some of the nation’s best drivers have raced at Jennerstown over the years. I think it is appropriate that we salute the pioneers of the sport who have competed here.”

Mattingly has appointed a steering committee to organize the new Hall of Fame and select the first four nominees to be enshrined.

Serving on the committee will be: Don Gamble, a former competitor, the host of Speedway Production’s ‘Rappin on Racin’ radio show on WEDO- AM, and organizer of the recently opened Heinz History Center motorsports exhibition; Dave Kittey, co-publisher and editor of RPM Racing News; Billy Horner, a former driver and noted motorsports historian; and Dave Dragovich, a freelance motorsports writer who has authored several articles on stock car racing history in Cambria and Somerset counties.

The first Hall of Fame ceremony is scheduled to take place on May 21 during a special Nostalgia Night at the speedway. All drivers who have competed at the track will be invited back for a reunion and the Eastern Motorsports Museum of Racing will present a vintage race car display and track exhibition.

“I would like to see the Hall of Fame develop into something special. I feel it’s important to remember our roots and those who helped make the sport what it has become today,” said Mattingly.

Anyone willing to share vintage Jennerstown Speedway photographs, news clippings and memorabilia with the committee may call the speedway office at: 814 629-6677, or get in touch by e-mail at: info@jennerstown.com.

Jennerstown to Cut Admission and Concession Prices in 2005

November 30th, 2004

The speedway, which features NASCAR-sanctioned racing events on Saturday evenings from May through September, has reduced the cost of its weekly adult spectator admission ticket from $9.00 to $7.00. Students (age 13-17) and seniors (age 65 and older) will be admitted for $5.00. Kids (age 6-12) will pay $2.00, while children under 6 years of age receive free admission.

“Research indicates that the average family in markets our size have approximately $20.00 to spend on entertainment,” said new speedway General Manager Larry Mattingly. “Our goal is to offer a live entertainment package for the same price as what it would cost a family to attend a movie in a first class theatre.

“We are also striving to increase the entertainment value of our programs. Every event on our schedule will have “value added entertainment” to enhance the standard racing programs. Jennerstown fans will be getting more, and spending less in 2005,” he said.

Additionally, the speedway will also feature five special theme-nights where spectators will be admitted for only $3.00.

Another area addressed in the new Jennerstown plan is the reduction of prices at the refreshment stand.

“We have challenged our concession managers to reduce prices across the board without reducing our product quality,” Mattingly said.

“We feel Jennerstown is on the cutting edge of changing the paradigm for the short-track racing industry. We are prepared to “walk the walk”. Changing the way we do business is a commitment … not a gimmick.”

Jennerstown Rules Meeting and Sponsorship Seminar Scheduled for January

November 23rd, 2004

Prior to the general rules meeting a sponsorship seminar will be conducted for team marketing representatives from 10-12 PM. All teams actively seeking sponsorship are urged to attend.

A presentation for new teams and drivers planning to enter the hobby stock class will be held at 3:00 PM. Discussions will be centered on: car selection, safety requirements, and actual car construction.

Limited on-street parking is available around the fire hall. Parking is also available at the pit entrance of the speedway.

Jennerstown Speedway is also accepting registration for car numbers and pit assignments for the 2005 racing season.

All divisions (super late model, late model, legacy car, street stock and hobby stock) may secure car numbers by calling the speedway office at 814 629-6677 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9-5.

Reserved pit stall assignments must also be registered through the speedway office. All current car numbers and pit assignments will be honored if registered before April 1, 2005.

Jennerstown Crowns 2004 Track Champions

October 18th, 2004

A part-time competitor at the half-mile Somerset County asphalt oval in the past, Wiltrout captured four feature wins and had 15 top-5 finishes to wrestle the title away from 2003 champion Barry Awtey, who had to settle for runner up honors this year.

Other track champions honored included: Rick Boyer ( New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co.late models), Dink Colarusso (Day Ford street stocks), Kyle Martel (legacy cars), Patrick Parlock ( Advance Auto Parts hobby stocks) and Duane Noel (Somerset Furniture Sales chargers).

Rob VanFleet, who served as Wiltrout’s winning super late model crew chief, was voted NASCAR Craftsman Mechanic of the Year by his fellow competitors.

Speedway rookie of the year awards were presented to: Martel (super late model), Todd Price (late model), Greg Praysner (street stock), Ed Butler (legacy cars), Bill Karson (hobby stock), and Stephen Hawk (chargers).

Wiltrout (super late model), Dusty Rhoads (late model), Bobby Young (street stock),
Dave Campbell (legacy cars), Diedre Petrie (hobby stock) and Scott Bowman (chargers) were recognized with most improved driver awards.

Eric Kulikowski presented Mary Ann Boyer, who is retiring after eight years as president of the Pennsylvania Legacy Car Series, with a gift for her service and dedication to the organization.

NASCAR Northeastern Region Director Ron Bennett was the featured speaker. Bennett, who is also involved in the management of the Holland (NY) Speedway, stressed the importance of weekly short-track racing in the overall NASCAR structure, and outlined several changes that will be forthcoming to competitors in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series.

Mattingly Appointed as Jennerstown Speedway GM

October 18th, 2004

A native of Latrobe, Mattingly began his career by serving as a columnist/reporter for National Speed Sport News. Following graduation from Clarion State University, he became the publicity director for Heidelberg Raceway, and later worked as oval track operations manager for Cleveland, Ohio-based United States Auto Raceways, promoting the Cloverleaf, Lorain County and Painesville Speedways.

Most recently Mattingly has served as an independent marketing consultant, a co-host on Speedway Productions “Rappin’ on Racin” radio talk show and free lance motorsports writer for the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

“Getting Larry to join us at Jennerstown is a major plus,” Wheeler said. “We’ve needed someone who is knowledgeable in the sport to manage the day-to-day operation of the speedway, and develop long range marketing and promotional goals. He has the unique ability to share his past experience, solve the problems of the present, and help to prepare us for the future.”

Reducing the cost of racing for weekly competitors and increasing the speedway’s overall entertainment value are two of Mattingly’s long-term goals.

“Weekly short-track racing is at the crossroad… race tracks are going out of business due to a shortage of competitors and a general lack of spectator interest,” aid Mattingly. “Jennerstown made major strides last year with the introduction of the 4-cylinder hobby stocks and “crate-engine” late model division. But, we need to work even harder to make racing affordable for those that want to participate in the sport.

“On the grandstand side our goal is to increase the entertainment value by becoming more interactive and have fans become part of the show. The growth of our audience is going to come from families. Families are the target market. Our challenge is to create an environment where all members of the family can have fun at an affordable price,” he said.

Jennerstown Announces 2004 Awards Banquet Plans

October 6th, 2004

The banquet schedule is as follows:

-5:30pm Cocktail Hour
-6:30pm Dinner
-8:30pm Awards Ceremony

Dinner will be a buffet menu with beef, chicken and pasta with beverage and dessert included.

The price per ticket will be $50. A ticket order form is available on their website www.jennerstown.com. Reservations will be accepted through Wednesday, October 13th.

Rooms are available at a special rates with the breakfast buffet included with your booking. Call Seven Springs at (814)-352-7777 for your room reservations.

Howard Wins Allison Legacy Event

September 25th, 2004

A stellar field of 29 cars from eight different states took to the track with Trevor Bayne and Mark Howard on the front row. Trouble right at the start as nearly half of the field would be caught up in a chain reaction accident bringing out a red flag before the race even got started. Suffering the heaviest damage were Zeke Shell, Dan Brink and Andrew Wylie. Those three drivers along with Jimmy Smith were unable to continue. Bayne was sent to the rear of the field for jumping the start. Howard took the lead on the restart with P.J. Ehrlich settling in right behind Howard in the runner up spot. The caution flew on lap 5 when Ormond Beach, FL driver Darren Brown spun while running fourth and collection series points leader Derek Lee in the process. Both were able to restart at the tail of the field. Howard kept the lead after the restart with Ehrlich still close behind. By lap 18, Chris Brink and Kyle Martel would run down the two leaders making it a four-car battle for the lead as they approached heavy lapped traffic. After some daring moves through traffic, Howard was able to extend his lead just slightly over Ehrlich as Martel moved into third over Brink. Howard led every lap of the shortened race despite constant pressure from Ehrlich, who was just unable to make his move around the leader. At the checkered flag it would be Howard, Ehrlich, Martel, Brink, and Jordan Napier in the top five.

This concludes racing for the 2004 season at Jennerstown Speedway. The only thing left to do is hand out the hardware. The Jennerstown Speedway Annual Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, October 16 at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort. For ticket information contact the speedway office at 814-629-6677 or watch www.jennerstown.com for details.

Jennerstown Revs Up For Charlie Campbell Memorial BFGoodrich Tires 250

September 23rd, 2004

NORTHERN DIVISION CHAMPION BENNY GORDON

Benny Gordon is the hottest driver in the HPC Series right now. Actually, he’s been the hottest driver since June 26. At Myrtle Beach Speedway, Gordon became the first Northern Division driver to win in the Southern Division since the HPC Series split into two divisions in 2001. Since his win at MBS, Gordon averaged a 2.5 finish the remainder of the season. If you take away Illiana, where Gordon ran out of gas after leading the most laps and finished ninth, the DuBois, Pa., driver averaged a 1.2 finish in the other five events.

While five wins and the Northern Division title have solidified him as a championship contender this year, Gordon’s win in the Championship Series last year at Jennerstown put him on the ProCup map. If he wins this time around, the rest of the Championship Series qualifiers could be in trouble. Why? Gordon has already won at Mansfield, Motor Mile and Myrtle Beach this season. And they are the next three tracks on the schedule after Jennerstown.

SOUTHERN DIVISION CHAMPION CLAY ROGERS

If you take away Rogers’ DQ and accident in his only Northern Division race, he’s averaging a 3.7 finish for the season. Rogers accomplished his goal of winning the Southern Division regular season, now he’s looking towards his second goal: winning the overall title. Rogers wasn’t as dominant late in the season as he was at the start of 2004, but he’s learned how to nab top-five finishes on nights when his car isn’t the best, and that will be crucial in the Championship Series.

Rogers needs to get off to a good start at Jennerstown if he wants to accomplish his final goal. That shouldn’t be too hard, however. In three starts at Jennerstown, Rogers has two top-five finishes, a pole and led 293 laps.

NORTHERN DIVISION ROOKIE OF THE YEAR GARY ST AMANT

St. Amant’s goals were to win the Northern Division Rookie of the Year and finish in the top five in points. Mission accomplished. But by winning at Lake Erie, St. Amant raised expectations on himself. He drives by the motto: To finish first, you first must finish. It’s probably safe to say that St. Amant might be the only driver using that philosophy in the Championship Series.

St. Amant’s only ProCup start at Jennerstown is one he’d like to forget. He started 17th and finished 18th earlier this season.

SOUTHERN DIVISION ROOKIE OF THE YEAR BRAD ROGERS

The younger Rogers posted five top-five finishes, including his first win, in the last five races of the season. During that time, Rogers went from 13th in points to fourth and locked up the regular season Miller Lite Rookie of the Year title for the Southern Division. It was a far cry from the previous six races when Rogers posted an average finish of 17.5. If he can avoid such a bad-luck streak in the Championship Series, two Rogers could be vying for the title.

It will be his first time at Jennerstown. Well, almost. The Boger Brigade recently went and tested at the track in preparation for the BFGoodrich Tires 250.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, September 24th, 2004
5:00pm – 7:00pm Early Parking & Registration

Saturday, September 25th, 2004
7:30am – USAR Officials Meeting
8:00am – Late Hauler Parking
8:30am – Pit Gates Open
9:00am – Tech Inspection Opens
9:30am – Crew Chief Meeting
9:45am – Rookie Meeting
11:00am – 1:00pm – Hooters Pro Cup Series Practice
1:30pm – Drivers Meeting (Engines Off)
1:45pm – Chapel Service (Engines Off)
2:00pm – 3:30pm – Allison Legacy Series Practice & Qualifying
3:00pm – Front Gates Open
4:00pm – Hooters Pro Cup Series Qualifying
5:00pm – Allison Legacy Series Race-50 Laps
5:45pm – Autograph Session
6:30pm – Pre-Race Ceremonies
7:00pm – BFGoodrich Tires 250 presented by Hess Racing Products

ADVANVED TICKETS ARE NOW ON-SALE

Tomorrow, September 24th, 2004 is the last day to order your advanced tickets. Call the Speedway Office at (814) 629-6677 to guarantee your seats.

ADVANCED TICKET PRICES
ADULT – $15.00
YOUTH (Ages 12-15) $10.00
Children 11 & under are FREE

RAIN-DATE Sunday, September 26th, 2004

Jennerstown Speedway is one of 67 NASCAR short tracks in the nation that competes in the DODGE NASCAR Weeky Series. Website: http://www.jennerstown.com

Ivan Forces Jennerstown to Cancel

September 18th, 2004

Speedway management was forced to cancel the final night of points in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Jennerstown Speedway as a result. Thus, point champions in all six divisions were determined by the point standings coming into this weekend.

Garry Wiltrout, in his first full-time effort at the Laurel Highlands Oval, won the Wheeler Brothers Super Late Model division title. Rick Boyer won the inaugural championship in the New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models. Dink Colarusso made it back-to-back titles in the Day Ford Street Stocks as Duane Noel won the Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers. Patrick Parlock won the Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stock crown and Kyle Martel took his first championship in the PA Legacy Series.

Jennerstown Speedway has one more night of racing left for the 2004 season as on September 25 the USAR Hooters Procup Series will be on hand to present the Charlie Campbell Memorial/ BF Goodrich 250. This is the first of the five championship series events as the Northern and Southern Division s top drivers will be in attendance. Also in competition will be the Allison National Legacy Series for a 50-lap event. Tickets are on sale at the track office. For more information on this event contact the track office at 814.629.6677 or visit www.jennerstown.com.

Jennerstown Pays Tribute to 9-11

September 11th, 2004

Super Minicup driver Kevin Moore had all of the names of the passengers of Flight 93 on his car and led the field around during the parade laps. When the track got to racing, none of the point leaders were able to clinch their respective division titles, let alone visit victory lane. Picking up wins on this night were Mark Smith (Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models), Todd Price (New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models), Rich Nicola (Day Ford Street Stocks), Mike Stevens (Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers), Greg Lohr (Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks), Jayme Bolkovac (PA Legacy Series), and MikeWalker (Super Minicups).

Barry Awtey jumped out to the lead at the start of the 50-lap super late model feature and checked out on the field as Mark Smith settled into the second spot. Tim Bainey, Jr. was charging hard through the field and was up to the fifth spot when disaster struck on lap 12. Bainey’s engine exploded going into turn 1, dropping oil all over the track, with in all six cars collected in the crash. The red flag was thrown for what would be an extensive cleanup period. Eliminated in the crash were Bainey, Jr, Jayme Bolkovac, Snooky Williams, Todd Goble, and Kyle Martel. Tommy Beck was able to make repairs and continue. None of the drivers were injured. Awtey would once again jump to the lead on the restart and put some distance on Smith. By lap 32, Smith had run down Awtey and spent the next several laps trying anything and everything to take the top spot. On lap 46, Smith got a run on the outside and went past Awtey into the lead. Smith went onto take his third win of the season. Awtey held on for second with Richard Mitchell, Mark Cottone and point leader Garry Wiltrout in the top five. Wiltrout holds a 44-point lead over Awtey going into the final week. Mitchell and Smith took heat race wins.

The 25-lap late model feature saw Wade Champeno take the early lead. Soon he would have to fend off the challenges of Todd Price and Rick Boyer. Price went to the lead on lap 9 and two laps later, Boyer overtook Champeno for second. Price looked like the man to beat and Boyer was unable to make a challenge, but a lap 16 caution for a spinning Todd Corson gave Boyer one last chance on the restart. Price beat Boyer to turn 1 when the field went back to green and went on for his sixth win of the season. Boyer, Dusty Rhoads, Mel Wilt, and Champeno rounded out the top five. Despite finishing ahead of Boyer, Boyer still holds a 16-point lead over Price. Rhoads won the heat.

Dave Tavormina took the lead at the start of the 20-lap street stock feature, holding off a pack of strong contenders battling hard behind. Disaster struck Tavormina while leading on lap 8 as he slammed the turn 4 wall right in front of the field after an apparent mechanical failure ending his night. Rich Nicola inherited the lead for the restart. Nicola would have Adam Kostelnik right behind him the remainder of the race but was unable to make a move to the front. Nicola took home his first win of the season ahead of Kostelnik, point leader Dink Colarusso, George Nicola and Roger Onstead. Colarusso holds a comfortable 20-point lead over Kostelnik. Kostelnik and George Nicola won the heats.

Jayme Bolkovac took the lead at the drop of the green flag in the 25-lap PA Legacy Series feature event and never looked back. Dave Campbell and Kyle Martel both passed second place Chris Brink near the halfway point of the race but Bolkovac was out to a commanding lead. On lap 18, Martel made the pass on Campbell for second and set his sights on reeling in Bolkovac. But on this night Martel would have to settle for the runner-up spot as Bolkovac had the field covered, taking her second win of the season in the caution free event. Campbell, PJ Ehrlich and Brink rounded out the top five. Martel extended his point lead on Campbell and now leads by 36 points. Martel and Bolkovac won the heats.

Scott Bowman and Mike Stevens battled hard for the lead during the early laps of the charger feature. Stevens finally took control of the top spot on lap 6 of the 15-lap event. However the coast would not be clear for Stevens, as Duane Noel would move into the runner-up spot and put the pressure on Stevens. Noel went to the inside of Stevens coming to the white flag, but Stevens slammed the door going into turn 1. The race would go caution free as Stevens would earn his career first win. Behind Noel were Stephen Mock, Bowman and Phil Grubbs. Noel, who won the heat race, leads Stevens by just 14 points.

Greg Lohr took off with the lead at the start of the hobby stock feature. After a caution for Eugene Zerfoss, whose car made hard contact with the outside wall, Lohr and Patrick Parlock would pull away from the field in their battle for the lead. Parlock, who jumped into Bill Karson’s car for the feature after suffering mechanical problems in his own ride, was unable to make a challenge on Lohr for the lead. Lohr took home win number four with Parlock, Deidre Petrie, John Steeley and Jeff Zillweger in the top five. Parlock holds a slim six-point lead over Lohr, who also won the heat race.

Mike Walker used lap traffic to his advantage going down the backstretch to pass leader Mark Fell as he went onto win the 20-lap minicup feature. Fell led the first ten laps before yielding the top spot to Walker. Matt Wallace beat Fell to the stripe for second in the caution free event with Frankie White and Kevin Moore in the top five.

Next week the champions will be crowned in all divisions during the final points night in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Jennerstown Speedway. A regular show of Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models, New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models, Day Ford Street Stocks, Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers, Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks, and the PA Legacy Series is on the card. Grandstand admission will be $5 and an autograph session will be held once again on the front stretch from 6:00-7:00 giving fans one last chance to meet and greet their favorite drivers at the Laurel Highlands Oval. On September 25, Jennerstown Speedway will pull the curtains on the 2004 season with the running of the USAR Hooters Procup Series ‘BF Goodrich 250′ championship event. A 50-lap Allison National Legacy Series feature will also be on the card. For more information on these final events of the season, contact the track office at 814.629.6677 or visit www.jennerstown.com.

Jennerstown Announces Fan Appreciation Nights

September 8th, 2004

We will be having autograph sessions on the front stretch on both nights from 6:00pm till 7:00pm. This is a great opportunity to meet all of your favorite drivers face to face.

September 11th Schedule
Pit gates open for Mini-Cups – 10:00am
Pit Gates open for NASCAR Divisions – 2:30pm
Main Gates Open – 4:30pm
Autograph Session – 6:00pm thru 7:00pm
Racing begins – 7:00pm

PRICES September 11th & 18th
Pit Amission
with NASCAR License – $22
Without NASCAR License – $30
Grandstand Admission
Adults – $5
Teens (13-17) – $2
Children (7-12) – $2
Children under 7 – FREE

HOOTERS PRO CUP RETURNS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
The Hooters Pro Cup will return to the mountain for the last time this season on Saturday, September 25th for the second race in the North/South Championship Series.
Advanced tickets are now on sale at the Speedway Office by calling (814) 629-6677. Adult tickets are $25 at the gate, and $20 advanced. Teen tickets are $15 and Children 12 and under are free. Special rates are available for groups of fifty or more.

About JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

Jennerstown Speedway is one of 67 NASCAR short tracks in the nation that competes in the DODGE NASCAR Weeky Series.

Website: http://www.jennerstown.com

Points Leaders All Pick Up Wins

September 5th, 2004

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Company presented twin 50′s for the Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models and twin 25′s for their own New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models. Garry Wiltrout made it a clean sweep in the super late models, using strong performances and some racing luck in picking up both feature wins. Todd Price and Rick Boyer split the two late model features as Dink Colarusso (Day Ford Street Stocks), Duane Noel (Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers) and Patrick Parlock (Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks) would also pick up wins on the night.

A great 22-car field took to the track in the first super late model feature, which saw cautions plagued the early stages as the yellow flag would fly three times in the first four laps. The most serious of which was on lap 1 as defending track champion Barry Awtey hit the outside wall coming out of turn 2. Awtey came into the night only 12-points behind leader Garry Wiltrout. Bobby Henry led the first two laps of the race before Richard Mitchell made the move past on the lap 2 restart. Wiltrout went by Mitchell on lap 7 and distanced himself from the field. Battling hard for third place on lap 20, Bobby Henry and Mark Poole made contact in turn 4 with both cars sideways and fortunately avoided the inside wall. Both cars went down the pit road and reentered the track, losing several spots as the race stayed green. As the laps winded down Mitchell was unable to run down Wiltrout as he went on to take the win. Mitchell settled for second followed by Kyle Martel, Mark Smith and Tommy Beck in the top five.

The second 50-lap feature saw trouble strike at the beginning once again. Contact between Mitchell and leader Paul Urso going into turn 1 after the first lap sent Urso spinning, collecting several cars in the process. Only the cars of Poole and Todd Goble were unable to continue. Beck took off with the lead after the restart and checked out on the field. Jayme Bolkovac ran strong in second holding off the challenges of Awtey during the early stages. A caution for debris erased Beck’s big lead on lap 15, but would pull away once again after the restart. Bolkovac, who is engaged to Tommy Beck, would eventually run down Beck and when the yellow came out on lap 41 for Mark Smith’s stalled car, Bolkovac got one more shot at taking the lead and her first win of the year. After the restart, Bolkovac used the high line to take the lead at the stripe, but going into the first turn contact was made and Bolkovac went spinning to bring out the yellow. Beck would be sent to the rear of the field as a result. This handed the lead over to Wiltrout who moved up to the third spot before the yellow. Wiltrout held off Mitchell after the restart and went onto win his second of the night and fourth of the season, padding his points lead. Awtey would overtake Mitchell for second. Martell and Tim Bainey, Jr., who debuted a former Mitchell ride he just purchased, rounded out the top five. Beck and Awtey won the heats. Wiltrout holds a 50-point lead over Awtey 762-712. Bobby Henry sits third at 706.

Todd Price took the lead from Wade Champeno on lap 5 in the first 25-lap late model feature and made it appear as though he would run away with the race. A caution for Todd Corson on lap 15 allowed now second place running Rick Boyer to pull alongside for the restart, and as they went back to green Boyer took off with the lead. The yellow flew again on lap 19 for Corson, with Jacob Coffin and Wade Champeno also getting caught up in the incident, erasing Boyer’s lead. Unfortunately, Boyer was ruled to have jumped the restart and was sent to the rear of the field, giving the lead back to Price. >From there Price went unchallenged to take home his fifth of the season. Dusty Rhoads came home second followed by Mel Wilt, Boyer and Corson.

Boyer made up for his mistake in the second feature as he took the lead after a lap 1 restart and checked out on the field. Boyer, the current point leader, took home his fifth win of the season nearly a straightaway ahead of second place Price. Rhoads, Corson and Champeno rounded out the top five. Price won the heat race. Boyer sits atop the points with 714. Price is second with 696 followed by Rhoads with 686.

Jason Holder took the early lead in the 20-lap street stock feature before point leader Dink Colarusso made the move past Holder on lap 4 and into the lead. As Colarusso continued to put distance between himself and the rest of the field, the best battle took place for third between Adam Kostelnik and George Nicola. The two drivers put on a great show during the caution free event with Kostelnik eventually putting a stranglehold on the position. At the end it was Colarusso extending his point lead in taking home his fifth of the season after being shut out of victory circle for the past several weeks. Holder held on for second with Kostelnik, Nicola and Roger Onstead in the top five. Colarusso and Bobby Young won the heats. Colarusso leads Kostelnik by 22-points, 502-480.

The chargers ran a combined feature with the street stocks once again this week and will do so the remainder of the season. Duane Noel passed Mike Stevens on lap 7 and went on to take home win number six. Stevens, Stephen Mock and Scott Bowman rounded out the field. Noel leads with 520 points followed by Stevens (504), Mock (502) and Bowman (500).

Eugene Zerfoss led the first four laps of the 15-lap hobby stock feature before point leader Patrick Parlock made the move into the lead on lap 5. Greg Lohr followed right behind Parlock shuffling Zerfoss back to third. Parlock kept a safe distance ahead of Lohr and Zerfoss but both were unable to mount a serious challenge. Parlock took home his seventh win of the season with Lohr, Zerfoss, Jim Biss, and Deidre Petrie rounding out the top five. Parlock, who also won the heat race, leads Lohr by eight points, 526-518.

With only two nights of action left in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at the Laurel Highlands Oval, the point titles are still up for grabs as anything can happen. Next Saturday Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield will present a regular program for the Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models, New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models, Day Ford Street Stocks, Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers, and Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks. The PA Legacy Series will return after a week off and the Super Minicup cars will be on hand for their final appearance of the season. It was announced that the final two nights of regular racing action will be $5 admission nights. Completing the schedule of events will be the USAR Hooters Procup Series BF Goodrich Tires 250-championship event along with the Allison National Legacy Series 50-lap feature on Saturday, September 25. For more information on these remaining events contact the speedway office at 814.629.6677 or visit www.jennerstown.com.

Jennerstown Hosts Car Cruise, Flea Market & Swap Meet

September 1st, 2004

The activities will kickoff on Saturday night, September 4th, with a chance for all car enthisiasts to parade their cars around Jennerstown Speedway during intermission. The following day, September 5th from 9:00am till 4:00pm the club will hold the 1st Annual Western PA Car Show, Flea Market and Swap Meet in the pits at Jennerstown Speedway. Don’t miss your chance to show off your ride to all of our racers and fans.

Bring your car to Jennerstown Speedway on Saturday night, September 4th at 4:30pm to register for the cruise around the track. Members of the Sugar Bush Car Club will be on hand at the main gate to register your vehicle. We will stage all of the cars just inside the main gate and cruise around the track during intermission. After the track laps your vehicles will be secured in an impoud area, with security guards, so that you can enjoy the racing action without worrying about your vehicle.

All participants will receive free admission and all passengers will receive 1/2 price to the races.

On Sunday, September 5, from 9:00am – 4:00pm, the Sugar Bush Car Club will hold the 1st Annual Western PA Car Show, Flea Market, and Swap Meet at Jennerstown Speedway. Registration will be from 9:00am until 1:00pm. Registration is $6.00 per car. Admission for the general public is FREE. The show is for all Cars, Bike, Street Rods and Custom Street Vehicles.

Trophies will be presented for the oldest bike, oldest car, youngest driver, oldest driver, greatest distance traveled, and the car club with the 2nd most cars registered, and a special Jennerstown Mayors Choice Award. The club with the most cars registered will receive $200. Dash plaques will be presented while supplies last. Door prizes will be selected all day long. (how about a weekend getaway for two at Seven Springs Mountain Resort) All trophies and door prizes will be awarded at 3:00pm.

The Jennerstown Speedway Ride & Drive experience (THUNDER ON THE MOUNTAIN) will be at the track Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm – 4:00pm to give you a chance to make a few laps around the track in a genuine NASCAR Late Model.

Don’t miss out on all of the fun. Come out and enjoy two great days of entertainment.

RACING ACTION FOR SATURDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 4TH
Wheeler Brothers Super Late Model Twin 50′s
New Enterprise Late Model Twin 25′s
Day Ford Street Stocks
Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers
Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks

Open practice from 10am til 2pm – $50 per car
Pit Gates open at 2:30pm
Pit Prices – NASCAR member $22 – Non-NASCAR $30
Main Gates Open at 4:30pm
Adults – $18.00
Teens (13-17) – $10.00
Children (7-12) – $2.00
Children 6 & under are free

About JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

Jennerstown Speedway is one of 67 NASCAR short tracks in the nation that competes in the DODGE NASCAR Weeky Series. For more info visit www.jennerstown.com.

Awtey and Smith Split Super LM, Boyer Sweeps Late Model

August 30th, 2004

But fortunately they stayed away and all feature events would be completed. Taking home victories on this night were Barry Awtey and Mark Smith in the super late models with Rick Boyer winning both late model features. Adam Kostelnik was victorious in the Day Ford Street Stocks, Stephen Mock picked up a career first in the Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers, Greg Lohr won the Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stock main and P.J. Ehrlich was victorious in the PA Legacy Series feature. The Super Minicups were also on hand for two feature events with Mike Walker and Michael Boer taking home wins.

Bobby Henry jumped out to the early lead in the first of two 35-lap super late model features. Trailing close behind would be Barry Awtey and Mark Smith. Smith would soon pass Awtey and on lap 10 make the move by Henry for the race lead. While Smith and Awtey started to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field, Kyle Martel made his way into the third spot only to have nearly a straightaway distance between him and the leaders. With five laps to go, Martel caught the top two and with only two laps remaining, passed Awtey for second. Coming to the white flag, Martel made the pass on Smith and went on to take the checkered flag. Awtey came home second with Smith falling to third. Henry and Tommy Beck completed the top five. However, Martel’s car would fail post race inspection giving the win to Awtey. The top five would then consist of Awtey, Smith, Henry, Beck, and Snooky Williams.

The second feature saw Henry once again jump out to the lead with Smith trailing behind in second. Smith passed Henry for the lead on lap 11 and started to check out from the field. The caution flew on lap 24 as Wiltrout and Martel both went spinning in turn 1. Wiltrout would be able to continue. On the restart Smith got the edge over now second place Awtey, as Henry would suffer mechanical woes and limp to the finish. Awtey stayed right with Smith but could never make the move. Smith went onto take his second win of the season with Awtey, Beck, Williams and Wiltrout in the top five. Smith and Martel won the heat races.

Todd Price jumped out to the lead in the first of two 25-lap late model features but a yellow for a spinning Josh Butler would close in the field. On the restart Price and Dusty Rhoads put on a great side-by-side battle for the lead, but contact on lap 10 going into turn one unfortunately saw Rhoads’ car sent spinning bringing out another yellow. The race’s final caution flew a couple laps later as contact between Erik Skomo and Wade Champeno saw both cars slide into the outside wall, eliminating them from the event. Rick Boyer took command of the lead after the restart, which saw Price slow dramatically and head into the pits with transmission trouble. Boyer picked up his third win of the season. Rhoads came back to finish second ahead of Todd Corson, Mel Wilt and Butler in the top five.

Corson grabbed the lead at the start of the second feature, but Rhoads stayed right on his rear bumper throughout the early stages of the race. Near disaster struck on lap 11 as the leader Corson spun while leading bringing out the yellow. Fortunately the rest of the field made it safely by. Rhoads’ stay at the top spot was short lived as Boyer took the lead on the restart and pulled away from the field making it a clean sweep on the night. Rhoads, Price, Corson and Wilt rounded out the top five. Boyer also won the heat race.

P.J. Ehrlich took full advantage of his starting spot in the pole position, jumping out to the lead at the drop of the green flag over Kyle Martel in the 25-lap PA Legacy Series feature event. Ehrlich and Martel were clearly the class of the field as the two pulled away from the rest of the field. Ehrlich would however maintain a near straightaway lead over Martel throughout the race. As the laps winded down in the caution free event, the best battle on the track took place for the third spot between Dave Campbell and Chris Brink. As the checkered flag fell, it would be Ehrlich picking up his fourth win of the season with Martel coming home a distant second. Campbell edged out Brink for third with Brett Boyer completing the top five. Martel won the lone heat race.

Adam Kostelnik took the lead on lap 4 of the 20-lap street stock main with Dink Colarusso following a short distance behind, but unable to mount any pressure. The yellow flew on lap 13 as Joe Nicola and June Weyant both went spinning in turn 3. Both drivers would make quick repairs and rejoined the field. Colarusso tried to make the move past Kostelnik on the restart but to no avail and settled back into the second spot. Kostelnik survived a late race restart and went onto take home his second win of the season ahead of Colarusso, George Nicola, Bobby Young, and Roger Onstead. Kostelnik and Colarusso won the two heat races.

With only four chargers in the pits for competition, the decision was made to run the field with the street stocks for the evening but still determining a winner in the division. On this night it would be rookie driver Stephen Mock getting his career first victory. Duane Noel passed Mock midway through the feature but would suffer a flat tire and head to the pits during a yellow flag. Mock held off Mike Stevens for the win. Noel came back to finish third ahead of Scott Bowman.

Bob Enos took the early race lead in the 15-lap hobby stock main but give up the lead to Eugene Zerfoss on lap 2. Greg Lohr got passed Zerfoss on lap 4 but would have to contend with Patrick Parlock the remainder of the race. Parlock, who has won six features this season, moved into second at the halfway point and put the pressure on Lohr but was unable to make the move past. Lohr ran a smooth race and picked up win number three this season. Parlock, Zerfoss, Deidre Petrie, and Enos rounded out the top five. Lohr also won the heat race.

The Super Minicup cars were on hand for a national points event in the Scale Racing League and ran two 20-lap features, with the first being a make-up for an event rained out at the Laurel Highlands Oval earlier in the season. Sixteen cars from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia were on hand for competition. Manassas, Virginia’s Mike Walker has stated he simply loves the Jennerstown oval, and picked up the win in the first feature ahead of Ron Robbins, Jr., Mark Fell, Kevin Moore, and Frankie White. This was Walker’s third win at Jennerstown this season. In the second feature Michael Boar (Sykesville, MD) made his first ever trip to Jennerstown a memorable one by taking the win in a race that saw some very close action. Walker, White, Robbins, Jr., and Ryan Peacher rounded out the top five.

Next Saturday New Enterprise Stone and Lime Company will present the action of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Jennerstown Speedway. On the card will be twin 50-lap features for the Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models and twin 25-lap features for the New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models. A regular program for the Day Ford Street Stocks, Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers and Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks will also be held. The PA Legacy Series has the weekend off. For more information on this or any of the remaining races on the schedule, contact the speedway office at 814.629.6677 or visit www.jennerstown.com.

Beck, Smith Split Super Late Models; Wilt and Corson Split Late Model Twins

August 23rd, 2004

But on this night both drivers were able to put it all aside and the two drivers picked up their first wins of the season at the Laurel Highlands Oval. Other winners included Mel Wilt and Todd Corson in the late models, Jason Holder (street stocks), Duane Noel (chargers), Patrick Parlock (hobby stocks), Kyle Martel (PA Legacy Series), and Mike Walker in the Super Minicup regional event.

Mark Smith jumped out to a big lead in the first 50-lap super late model feature event. While Smith pulled away, a good battle for second took shape with Snooky Williams, Tommy Beck, Richard Mitchell, and Kyle Martel all fighting for that runner-up spot. Beck, who has been running very well the past couple weeks, would eventually take second place only to see a straightaway between himself and the leader. As the laps wound down, Beck closed the gap and with under five laps to go caught Smith. On the white flag lap, Beck made his move to the inside down the backstretch. Contact going into turn three saw Smith slide up the track nearly spinning as Beck continued on to the stripe to take his first win of the season and first win ever in a super late model at Jennerstown. Smith was able to regroup and hold on for second. Martel, Mitchell and Garry Wiltrout completed the top five in the caution free event.

The second feature had a familiar ring to it, as Smith took the lead from Mark Cottone on lap 2 and put distance between himself and the rest of the field once again. Martel moved into second and set his sights on reeling in the leader. A caution on lap 24 for Paul Urso, who spun in turn 2, bunched the field to the benefit of Martel. On the restart Martel got the jump on Smith to take the lead, only to lose it one lap later as Smith would retake the lead. John Houser spun on lap 35 right in front of the leaders causing a few tense moments, fortunately all got by safely. Smith kept the lead on the restart and survived a late race restart to take home his first win of the season. Wiltrout made a late race charge to take second ahead of Beck, Barry Awtey and Mitchell. Heat race wins went to Smith and Awtey.

Jacob Coffin led the first lap of the first 25-lap late model feature only to be passed by Mel Wilt the next lap. Wilt set out to a commanding lead over the rest of the field. Rick Boyer has had the hot hand lately winning the last two feature events, made his way from the back of the field up to the second spot by lap 21 overtaking first Wade Champeno then Dusty Rhoads. Boyer closed in on the leader and on the final lap, got beside Wilt in a tight battle to the finish. At the line Wilt crossed in front of Boyer by mere inches much like Boyer’s win last week. For Wilt it was his second win of the season. Following Boyer were Rhoads, Champeno and Todd Corson in the top five.

Corson took the lead on lap 2 of the second feature event and set out to a big lead. Todd Price made his way into the second spot and started running down the leader. Meanwhile Rhoads and Boyer were putting on a great show for the third spot as the two drivers battled side by side much of the second half of the race. At the end of this caution free event, it would be Corson picking up a career first victory in only his second year of racing competition. Price came home a close second with Rhoads edging out Boyer at the line for third. Champeno rounded out the top five. Boyer won the heat race.

The PA Legacy Series 25-lap feature saw Chris Brink jump out to the early lead. But a yellow for a spinning Dave Campbell quickly slowed the field on lap 2. On the restart, Jayme Bolkovac got the jump and took off with the lead with Kyle Martel following right behind. The two battled door to door with Martel finally able to pull ahead on lap 13. Brink would also get passed Bolkovac and close in on Martel, but unable to make a challenge. Martel went onto take home his fourth win of the season. Brink came home second with P.J. Ehrlich in third. Bolkovac faded to fourth with Brett Boyer rounding out the top five. The heat race win went to Bolkovac.

Stephen Mock looked like he was on his way to winning a career first in this his rookie season in the Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers, as the young driver took the lead at the start, holding off the challenges by Duane Noel. The yellow flew on lap 8 for Scott Bowman’s blown engine; erasing the lead Mock had and gave Noel the chance he needed. On the restart, Noel made the move passed Mock on the outside and went on unchallenged to win his fifth of the season. Mock settled for second followed by Mike Stevens and Rick Phillips. Bowman was credited with a fifth place finish. Noel also won the heat race.

Jason Holder took advantage of his outside front row starting spot, jumping out to the lead over Joe Nicola in the Day Ford Street Stock feature event. Not allowing Holder to pull away were George T. Nicola and Josh Dunmyer, as the two followed right in Holder’s tracks. Roger Onstead came on strong late in the race charging from his 12th starting spot to fourth and closed in fast on the top three, making a four-car freight train for the lead. But Holder, a multi-time winner in the chargers, was able to fend off any challenges in the caution free event to take his first street stock victory at Jennerstown in this his second season in the division. George T. Nicola, Dunmyer, Onstead and Joe Nicola put together his best finish of the season to round out the top five. Onstead and Dink Colarusso won the heat races.

Deidre Petrie took the lead from Bill Karson on lap 2 of the Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stock feature event, which slowed on lap 4 for a crash involving Karson and Jeff Zillweger, who bounced hard off the turn 2 wall. Both drivers were not injured. On the restart Bob Enos took the lead from Petrie, who would regain the lead one lap later. By this time Patrick Parlock had made his way from the back of the field to challenge the leaders, and on lap 8 passed Petrie for the lead. Parlock would go unchallenged the rest of the way for his sixth win of the season. Petrie, Greg Lohr, Jim Biss and Eugene Zerfoss completed the top five. Karson won the heat race.

Mike Walker took the lead on lap 9 to win the Super Minicup Series Regional event. This was his second win of the season at Jennerstown, in a prelude to next week’s national event of the Scale Racing League to be held.

With only a few more weeks left in the season, the point’s battles are all still up for grabs. Next Saturday Whelen will present ‘Firefighter/EMS Night’ at Jennerstown Speedway. In competition will be the Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models and New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models once again running twin feature events. A regular program for the Day Ford Street Stocks, Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers, Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks, and PA Legacy Series along with the national event for the Super Minicup Series is also on the card. The green flag will drop at 6:00. For more information about the events remaining in the 2004 season, contact the track office at 814.629.6677 or visit www.jennerstown.com.

Porter Wins Series First in ASA Jennerstown 250

August 15th, 2004

Thirty-three cars took the green flag in the Jennerstown 250, which saw veteran Butch Miller jumped out to the lead. Miller would lead the first 54 laps before giving way to Robbie Pyle. Miller soon faded back to the sixth position. A caution on lap 65 for Tim Russell, who’s car hit the turn 1 wall, brought the leaders down pit road for the first of two mandatory pit stops. Bryan Reffner came out of the pits with the lead and took off on the restart. With the leaders approaching lapped traffic, another yellow on lap 109 as Jay Middleton spun in front of the leaders collecting Reffner and Reed Sorenson.

After another round of pit stops, Toby Porter inherited the lead, as he would not pit during the caution period. On the restart Porter and Reffner started to check out from point leader Kevin Cywinski who was running third. Russell brought out the yellow once again on lap 154 bunching the leaders back together. Porter kept the lead on the restart as Reffner settled into the runner-up spot. By lap 220 the two leaders had to deal with heavy lapped traffic allowing Mike Garvey and Mike Eddy to make it a four-car battle. The red flag would be thrown on lap 224 after a hard crash involving Middleton and Mark Mitchell going into turn 3. Mitchells car rode the outside wall ending up on his roof before coming to a stop. Fortunately both drivers were ok.

Porter and Reffner took off on the restart putting distance between them and third place Garvey. The race’s final caution flew for Travis Kittleson with just under twenty laps remaining setting up the a dash to the finish. On the restart Sorenson passed Eddy for fourth and closed in on Garvey for third, but up front Reffner could not make a serious challenge on Porter, as the Greenville, SC driver went onto take the win despite not changing tires the entire race. Reffner, Garvey, Sorenson, and Eddy completed the top five. Local favorite Jayme Bolkovac started 28th but did not have a good night from the start after being caught up in an early race yellow, struggling to a 22nd place finish, four laps down. Butch Miller broke the track record in qualifying with a lap of 18.493, besting the lap of 18.597 set by Gary St. Amant back in 1997. 37 cars from 14 states and 1 foreign country were on hand, including John Dalziel who hails from Scotland.

Dusty Rhoads took full advantage of his spot on the pole position as he jumped out to a commanding lead in the 25-lap late model feature. Mel Wilt settled into second but nearing the half way point would feel the pressure from point leader Todd Price and Rick Boyer. On lap 10 both Price and Boyer made their way passed Wilt and set their sights on leader Rhoads, who was nearly half a straightaway ahead. With just over five laps remaining, Price and Boyer caught Rhoads putting on a great show for the fans in a tight battle for the lead. Price made a move on the inside of Rhoads but it failed, opening the door for Boyer, who went to the high side passed Price coming to the white flag. Getting that strong run on the outside, Boyer pulled alongside Rhoads down the backstretch in a tight battle for the top spot. At the stripe it would be Boyer by mere inches ahead of Rhoads to take his second win in a row. Price settled for third in that three-car battle with Wilt coming home a distant fourth. Wade Champeno rounded out the top five. Boyer won the heat race.

Mark Cottone got the jump on Snooky Williams and led the first two circuits of the 50-lap super late model feature. Williams took the lead on lap 3, bringing Richard Mitchell, Garry Wiltrout and Tommy Beck along with him. Williams and Mitchell put on a great battle for the lead with Beck and Wiltrout waiting in the wings for their chance to strike, but a caution on lap 14 for Robert Griffith, who lost an oil line and came to a stop on the backstretch, slowed the field. On the restart, Mitchell made the move into the lead past Williams. A few laps later Wiltrout and Beck both passed Williams and put the pressure on Mitchell. On lap 37, Wiltrout passed Mitchell for the lead and would go onto take win number two on the season. Beck would overtake Mitchell for the runner-up spot but ran out of time to try a move on the winner. Williams finished fourth in his strongest performance so far this season with Barry Awtey rounding out the top five. Wiltrout and Awtey won the heat races.

Next Saturday, Jennerstown Speedway will once again provide an action packed night of racing, as Leader Drug Stores will present the action of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. The Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models and New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models will be running twin feature events with a regular program for the Day Ford Street Stocks, Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers, Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks, and the PA Legacy Series. The Super Minicups will also be in attendance. Racing will start at 6:00. For more information contact the track office at 814.629.6677 or visit www.jennerstown.com.

Last Chance for Advance Sale Tickets to ASA 250 at Jennerstown

August 12th, 2004

This Saturday, August 14th Jennerstown Speedway will bring you some of the best short track racing action in the nation as the American Speed Association returns to the Laurel Highlands oval for the JENNERSTOWN 250.

Garvey CLOSES POINT GAP AT IRP!!

On Saturday night, August 2, ASA veteran Mike Garvey celebrated his second ASA National Tour victory of the season after winning the Meijer 200 presented by SK Hand Tool at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Garvey, whose first victory came at Lanier in the second race of the season, was the fastest car in both practices and backed it up with his 19th career victory. “Man, we were good in practice and we wanted to leave it alone and not work on it too hard,” said the affable Atlanta-based driver. “It worked right to our favor. We ran as fast at the end of the race as we qualified and that’s pretty amazing for that many laps on these tires.” Pole sitter Scott Lagasse Jr. was second, followed by points leader Kevin Cywinski, Bryan Reffner, Toby Porter, Reed Sorenson, Todd Kluever, Travis Kittleson and Mike Eddy. Butch Miller, making his 300th career start, finished 10th. Cywinski will retain the points lead, but with the win, Garvey will move into second. Rookie Wade Day, who had been running second, will lose the spot to Garvey after being involved in a lap 78 multi-car accident in which he suffered a bruised a foot.

The ASA points battle is heating up! With Garvey’s win at IRP he is now only 66 points behind series leader Kevin Cywinski and 59 points ahead of third place driver Wade Day. The lass two races have had 33 cars competing for the National Title.

Kevin Cywinski 1317
Mike Garvey 1251
Wade Day 1192
Robbie Pyle 1183
Tim Sauter 1175
Butch Miller 1138
Reed Sorenson 1119
Travis Kittleson 1107
Casey Smith 1086
Brett Sontag 1076

SUPER LATE MODELS & LATE MODELS WILL COMPLETE THE SHOW!!

In past years, the ASA race did not include any of our local divisions. Many of our weekly fans’ have requested that we also showcase our local talent so we heeded their advise. The Wheeler Bros., Inc. Super Late Models and New Enterprice Stone & Lime Co. Late Models will also be part of the ASA show this year. This will provide much more racing action for all of our fans’.

BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE AND SAVE $$$
Advanced tickets may be purchased by calling the Speedway office at (814) 629-6677.

ADULT ADV/RACE DAY $20../..$30
TEENS ADV/RACE DAY $10../..$15
CHILD ADV/RACE DAY $5…/..$10
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TEENS (13-17)
CHILD (7-12)
CHILD 6 & UNDER FREE

RAIN DATE – SUNDAY, AUGUST 15TH

About JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

Jennerstown Speedway is one of 67 NASCAR short tracks in the nation that competes in the DODGE NASCAR Weeky Series.

Website: http://www.jennerstown.com

Martel Sweeps Super Late Model Race at Jennerstown

August 8th, 2004

Rick Boyer (New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models) and Jayme Bolkovac (PA Legacy Series) both picked up their first wins of the season joining repeat winners Roger Onstead (Day Ford Street Stocks), Duane Noel (Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers) and Patrick Parlock (Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks) in victory lane. The Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Senior Series drivers and cars were also on hand with George Nicola picking up the win.

A crash during super late model practice unfortunately eliminated three of the twenty-one cars signed in. Derek Wink spun in oil put down by Mark Poole, making his return to Jennerstown after being sidelined by injuries suffered in a serious crash earlier in the season, who had an oil line come loose. Neil Brown and Jeff Dunmyer both slid through the oil and slammed into Wink coming out of turn 2. All three cars were severely damaged. Brown was forced to jump into his backup car for the remainder of the night, which was originally scheduled to be driven by Doug Bacchiochi. Wink was taken to a local hospital with possible rib injuries.

Snooky Williams jumped out to the early lead in the first super late model feature with Jayme Bolkovac trailing close behind. After a lap 3 yellow for Mark Smith, who stopped on the track, Kyle Martel got the edge on the restart and went into the lead as Tommy Beck moved into the second spot and set his sights on the leader. A scary crash on lap 14 took place on the backstretch as Williams spun collecting Brown and Poole. Brown climbed and rode the inside wall before coming to a stop. Fortunately all drivers were ok. Beck, who seemed to have the fastest car on the track, was relegated to the rear of the field after jumping the ensuing restart. When they did go back to green, Martel checked out and cruised to the win. Barry Awtey and Bobby Henry finished a distant second and third. Beck came from the back to finish fourth with Jason Lasky, back after a crash had him sidelined for over a month, rounded out the top five.

Bolkovac set the early pace in the second feature, but once again an early caution would slow the field as Mark Cottone came to a stop on lap 4. Beck passed Bolkovac for the lead on lap 7 and started to put some distance between Bolkovac and third place Henry. Henry moved into second and was gaining ground on Beck when Smith came to a stop on lap 19 bringing out the yellow. Beck continued to lead after the restart over Henry and now Martel, who passed Bolkovac for third. Henry took the lead with an inside move on lap 27 with Martel following right behind pushing Beck back to third. After a Chris Lester spin brought out the races final caution, Martel moved to the outside of Henry on the restart and made the pass for the lead. From there Martel went on unchallenged for the second win of the night, and third win of the season. Henry, Beck, Garry Wiltrout, and Awtey completed the top five. Heat races were won by Wiltrout and Smith.

Todd Corson took command of the late model feature pulling away from the rest of the field. A three-car crash on lap 6 for Mel Wilt, Todd Price and Dusty Rhoads brought out the first of four yellow flags. All three cars suffered considerable damage but after spending time in the pits and hard work by crewmembers, all would make it back out and finish the race. Wade Champeno took the lead on the restart bringing Rick Boyer with him. Contact between both drivers sent them spinning in turn 1, handing the lead back to Corson. But that lead was short lived, as Corson would spin in front of the field on lap 15, handing the lead to Jacob Coffin. Coffin led after the restart but could not hold off the challenge by Boyer, who went to the lead on lap 18 and never looked back winning his first feature of the season. Champeno came back to finish second followed by Coffin, Corson and Wilt in the top five. Price won the heat race.

Brett Boyer led the first two laps of the PA Legacy Series feature event before giving way to Kyle Martel. The battle for the lead was tight early on with as many as six drivers all in the lead pack. After a lengthy delay for oil around the speedway, the lap 11 restart saw Jayme Bolkovac jump into the lead only to give it up a lap later to P.J. Ehrlich. Ehrlich would be sent to the rear of the field after jumping a late race restart, handing the lead back to Bolkovac. From there Bolkovac would hold off the challenges of Martel and go onto take her first win of the year at Jennerstown. Rounding out the top five were Ehrlich, who made a hard charge back to finish third, Dave Campbell and Boyer.

George Nicola led Rich Nicola to the drop of the green in the 18-car street stock feature, leading the first four laps before Rich made his way past and started to pull away. The yellow flew on lap 9 when Todd Knight bounced off the backstretch wall ending his night, closing the gap between Nicola and now second place Roger Onstead. On the restart Greg Kent lost the motor quickly bringing the yellow back out. Onstead got the jump on the restart and took off with the lead, but a lap later a crash involving Josh Dunmyer, Joe Nicola and Mike Davis slowed the field once again. Once back to green, Onstead took a commanding lead never to be challenged on his way to win number two this year. Rich Nicola, Bobby Young, Dink Colarusso, and Adam Kostelnik completed the top five. Onstead and Young won the heat races.

At the start of the special Hoss’s Steak and Seafood 15 for the chargers, Andrew Kostelnik took off with the lead. Trouble struck point leader Scott Bowman on lap 5 as he drifted high coming out of turn 4 slamming the wall hard, ending his night. Kostelnik kept the lead on the restart, withstanding the pressure put on by Mike Stevens and Duane Noel. The three cars put on a fierce fight for the lead with Stevens pulling ahead on lap 10. But on the white flag lap, contact between Noel and Stevens saw Stevens collect Kostelnik in turn 1 with Kostelnik bouncing off the outside wall. On the restart, Noel grabbed the lead and held off Stephen Mock by mere inches at the stripe after the two lap dash to the finish, taking home his fourth win of the season. Rick Phillips finished third and was the only other car running at the end. Stevens and Kostelnik were credited with fourth and fifth. Noel also won the heat race.

Bill Karson led the first two laps of the hobby stock feature before giving way to Bob Enos. Enos was strong early in the race and looked to be in great shape to take home his first ever win, but would soon have to face the challenges of top runners Patrick Parlock and Greg Lohr. Parlock passed Enos on lap 8 bringing Lohr with him and Enos began to fade. Lohr could never mount a serious challenge on Parlock, who went onto take his fifth win of the year in the only caution free feature of the night. Eugene Zerfoss came home a solid third, while a three wide battle on the final lap saw John Steeley come home fourth and Deidre Petrie in fifth. Lohr won the heat.

George Nicola led lap 1 of the 15-lap Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Senior Series feature event with Tom Knight, Sr. right behind in second. Knight, Sr. grabbed the lead on the restart after an early caution for Bob Bentz, Jr. and Fred Cassagina. Nicola regrouped and took back the lead on lap 5 and who go the remainder of the race unchallenged for the win. Knight, Sr. held onto second followed by Ed Basshear, Bentz, Jr. and Joe Yakich in the top five. Cassagina won the heat race.

Next Saturday, Jennerstown Speedway welcomes the American Speed Association for the annual running of the ‘Jennerstown 250.’ Also in competition will be the Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models and New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models. Main gates open at 10:00 with ASA qualifying set for 3:00 followed by qualifying heats and feature events for the super late models and late models. Green flag for the Jennerstown 250 is set for 8:00. In two weeks, Leader Drug Stores will present the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series featuring twin features for the super late models and late models. A regular program for street stocks, chargers, hobby stocks, PA Legacy Series and an appearance by the Super Minicup cars are also on tap. For more information on the ASA weekend or any other event remaining in the 2004 season, contact the track office at 814.629.6677 or visit www.jennerstown.com.

Jennerstown Announces ASA 250

August 6th, 2004

Garvey CLOSES POINT GAP AT IRP!!

On Saturday night, August 2, ASA veteran Mike Garvey celebrated his second ASA National Tour victory of the season after winning the Meijer 200 presented by SK Hand Tool at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Garvey, whose first victory came at Lanier in the second race of the season, was the fastest car in both practices and backed it up with his 19th career victory. “Man, we were good in practice and we wanted to leave it alone and not work on it too hard,” said the affable Atlanta-based driver. “It worked right to our favor. We ran as fast at the end of the race as we qualified and that’s pretty amazing for that many laps on these tires.” Pole sitter Scott Lagasse Jr. was second, followed by points leader Kevin Cywinski, Bryan Reffner, Toby Porter, Reed Sorenson, Todd Kluever, Travis Kittleson and Mike Eddy. Butch Miller, making his 300th career start, finished 10th. Cywinski will retain the points lead, but with the win, Garvey will move into second. Rookie Wade Day, who had been running second, will lose the spot to Garvey after being involved in a lap 78 multi-car accident in which he suffered a bruised a foot.

The ASA points battle is heating up! With Garvey’s win at IRP he is now only 66 points behind series leader Kevin Cywinski and 59 points ahead of third place driver Wade Day. The lass two races have had 33 cars competing for the National Title.

Kevin Cywinski 1317
Mike Garvey 1251
Wade Day 1192
Robbie Pyle 1183
Tim Sauter 1175
Butch Miller 1138
Reed Sorenson 1119
Travis Kittleson 1107
Casey Smith 1086
Brett Sontag 1076

SUPER LATE MODELS & LATE MODELS WILL COMPLETE THE SHOW!!
In past years, the ASA race did not include any of our local divisions. Many of our weekly fans’ have requested that we also showcase our local talent so we heeded their advise. The Wheeler Bros., Inc. Super Late Models and New Enterprice Stone & Lime Co. Late Models will also be part of the ASA show this year. This will provide much more racing action for all of our fans’.

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Rain Forces Cancellation of Racing Action at Jennerstown

July 31st, 2004

The Wheeler Bros., Inc. Super Late Models will be in action along with the New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models, Day Ford of Monroeville Street Stocks, and Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks. Hoss’s Steak & Seafood will present the Charger 15. In addition the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Senior Series plus the PA Legacy Series will also be in action. Main Gates will open at 4:30 with racing to start at 6:00. For more information on this and future events on the 2004 schedule contact the track office at 814-629-6677 or visit our website, www.jennerstown.com.

Third Generation Driver Picks Up a Career First at Jennerstown

July 24th, 2004

Jeff, back in the super late models this year after a few years off, cut his teeth on area dirt tracks including Jennerstown during the 80s. Jeff’s father Cliff also was a tough competitor at Jennerstown in the 70s and 80s on the dirt. Last year, the third generation Dunmyer, Jeff’s son Josh completed his rookie season in the street stock and gained plenty of experience. This year the young driver has been hinting at a career first win and finally came through on Dodge Night at Jennerstown Speedway flashing under the checkers first in the street stock feature. Other winners included Barry Awtey (super late models), Todd Price (late models), Scott Bowman (chargers), Patrick Parlock (hobby stocks), and P.J. Ehrlich (legacy cars). Twin State Auto Racing Club was also on hand to greet the winners in victory lane and presented the speedway with a plaque.

The first feature of the night was the PA Legacy Series 25-lap main, which saw Brett Boyer jump out to the early lead. Jayme Bolkovac stayed right on the rear bumper of Boyer and made her move into the lead on lap 5. Kyle Martel, who has won the last three feature events, and P.J. Ehrlich charged from the middle of the pack to catch the two front runners and pushed Boyer back to fourth. A three wide move a few laps later saw Martel take the lead from Bolkovac, who fell back to third as Ehrlich also made his way passed. Ehrlich passed Martel for the lead on lap 11 but was not able to pull away from Martel and Bolkovac. The caution flew for Andrew Wylie and Dan Brink spun in turn four, setting up a two-lap dash to the finish. Ehrlich got the jump on the restart and held on to take his second win of the season. Martel came home a close second followed by Bolkovac, Boyer and Chris Brink in the top five. Ehrlich also took the heat race win.

The Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers were out next for their 15-lap feature. Mike Stevens took the lead at the start from Daniel Angelicchio and quickly drove away from the field. Point leader Scott Bowman worked his way up through the field into the second spot and started to reel in the leader just passed the halfway point. With a couple laps remaining Bowman had finally caught Stevens, who was looking for his career first win. Coming around to the white flag, Bowman made the inside move on Stevens to take the lead and went on to his fourth win of the season. Stevens settled for second with Duane Noel coming home third after extensive repairs were made after a practice crash. Stephen Mock and Angelicchio rounded out the top five. Mock won the heat race.

The New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models have been one of the most competitive divisions so far this year and this night was no exception. Todd Corson and Wade Champeno battled early on for the lead with Champeno getting the early advantage. Before long Todd Price and Rick Boyer joined the top two making a four-car battle for the lead. Throughout the middle part of the 25-lap feature the top four drivers went door-to-door inches apart putting on a great show for the fans. Corson would finally break out into the lead on lap 16 with Price following right behind. Two laps later Price made the move past Corson into the lead and started to pull away. Boyer would eventually get past Corson for second but run out of time to catch Price, who took home his fourth win of the season. Boyer, Corson, Champeno, and Dusty Rhoads rounded out the top five. Newcomer Josh Butler debuted his beautiful late model but unfortunately crashed in practice after the throttle stuck going into turn 1 ending his night before it really got started. Price took the heat race.

A practice crash also plagued the Day Ford Street Stocks as three cars sustained damaged. Both Richard Beam and point leader Dink Colarusso were able to repair their cars for the night’s action but Roger Onstead suffered frame damage and was parked for the night. Beam jumped out to the lead at the start of the 20-lap feature but the yellow would fly after just one lap. Joe Nicola spun in turn one and Colarusso was collected up in the melee as cars went scattering to avoid the spun car of Nicola. Colarusso was able to rejoin the field despite substantial damage and limped around to the finish collecting valuable points. Tom Knight, Sr. took the lead on the restart before giving way to Josh Dunmyer on lap 6. The yellow would fly once more at the halfway point as Beam went spinning in turn four collecting Adam Kostelnik and Jason Holder. Holder bounced off the outside wall and was unable to continue. Dunmyer got the jump on Knight, Sr. on the restart to keep the lead and started to check out from the field. The remainder of the race went caution free as Dunmyer went on to take his first ever win. Kostelnik charged from the back of the field to come home a distant second. Rich Nicola, Dave Tavormina, and Robert Young rounded out the top five. Young and Holder took the heat race wins.

Jayme Bolkovac jumped out to a quick lead over Snooky Williams in the Wheeler Bros. Super Late Model 50-lap feature. Barry Awtey moved into second a few laps later and began to chase down Bolkovac. Awtey made the pass on lap 17 and began to pull away from the field. Co-point leaders Bobby Henry and Garry Wiltrout ran together all race long coming from the middle of the field and would catch and pass a fading Bolkovac and start to run down Awtey for the lead. The two would get within striking distance, hoping for a caution to bunch up the field. But those hopes would fade as the race went caution free. Awtey picked up his second win of the season with Henry and Wiltrout coming home just car lengths behind in second and third. Last week’s winner Kyle Martel and Bolkovac completed the top five. Neil Brown and Awtey won the heat races.

Bill Karson led the first three laps of the Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stock feature event before giving way to Patrick Parlock. Greg Lohr moved his way into second, passing Karson a few laps later but could not get close enough to put the pressure on the leader. Parlock went on to take his fourth win of the season with Lohr, Karson, Eugene Zerfoss, and Deidre Petrie rounding out the top five. Parlock also won the heat race.

Jennerstown Speedway will be have a full plate of action next Saturday night as Wheeler Brothers, Inc. will present the nights racing in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. The WSoA 305 Sprint Car Series will make its second appearance of the season along with twin 50-lap features for the Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models. The New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models, Day Ford Street Stocks, Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers, Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks, PA Legacy Series, and the Super Minicup cars will all be in action. Contact the track office at 814.629.6677 or check www.jennerstown.com for further details.

Showers Wash Out Action at Jennerstown

July 18th, 2004

Western PA GM Service Club, Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Craftsman Tools were on hand to present the night’s racing which included the Super Minicup Cars, which had a strong field on hand. The third rainout of the season also delayed the return of former track and NASCAR Northeast Region champion Richard Mitchell to full-time competition in the Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models.

This year, the battle for the championship just may be the best ever at the Laurel Highlands Oval in all divisions. There is a deadlock at the top spot in three classes with one seeing only a two-point difference. With a lot of racing yet to go, determining the track champions is certainly far from over.

The Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models have always been a very competitive division but seeing six different drivers take home wins out of seven events this year is something that has not been done in recent memory. Bobby Henry and Garry Wiltrout are tied with 314 points each with Neil Brown third with 296 and defending track champion Barry Awtey two points behind Brown. Henry is the lone repeat winner thus far with two victories with Wiltrout, Brown, Awtey, Mark Poole, and rookie Kyle Martel all with one win each.

Todd Price leads the New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models in points and wins with 290 points and three wins. Rick Boyer is second in the standings with 280 and yet to win this season. Dusty Rhoads, Mel Wilt and Wade Champeno have one win each in this highly competitive division in its inaugural season.

Brett Boyer and Kyle Martel are tied atop the PA Legacy Series points with 276. Martel has been on a roll lately winning the last three feature events while Boyer is still winless but consistent top five finishes have kept him up in the standings. Dave Campbell has two wins on the year and sits third in points with 270. P.J. Ehrlich has the other feature win this season.

Dink Colarusso dominated the Day Ford Street Stocks in 2003 and seems to be picking up where he left off this year. With four wins out of six races this season, he has a strong hold on the top spot with 294 points, 38 more than Adam Kostelnik’s 256. Kostelnik and Roger Onstead have the other feature wins thus far.

Scott Bowman holds a two-point lead (280-278) over Duane Noel in the Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers. Mike Stevens sits third with 270 points. Bowman and Noel are the only two drivers to pick up wins with three each.

Patrick Parlock and Greg Lohr sit tied atop the Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks with 278 points each. Parlock has three wins with Lohr reaching victory lane twice. Jeff Zillweger also has one win and sits third in points with 262.

Jennerstown Speedway returns to action next Saturday as Dodge presents a regular five-division program of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series along with the PA Legacy Series. Also of note, coming up in two weeks the Winged Sprints on Asphalt return for their second appearance of the season. The Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models will also be running twin 50-lap features with regular racing in all other divisions. And on August 14, the American Speed Association will make its annual trip to Jennerstown for the running of the Pennsylvania 300. The super late models and late models will also be in action along with the ASA Series. For more information on these or other upcoming events contact the track office at 814.629.6677 or go to www.jennerstown.com.

Racing Reality Returns to Jennerstown

July 17th, 2004

You can actually race with up to four other cars on the track at the same time. You will have radio contact with your spotter and YES, you can even pass other cars!

You can ride along for just $49.00 or drive it yourself. 20 lap Driving packages are on sale for $149.00 or go to 30 laps for just $239.00.

Racing Reality will be in for just one day on Wednesday, August 18 from 2-8pm. You can get all of the details or sign up by calling 1-877-CAN-RACE. Space is limited and going fast. So call now and make this the year you enjoy racing from the drivers seat.

Martel Takes Two on Fan Appreciation Night at Jennerstown

July 11th, 2004

Kyle Martel was the star attraction of the evening as the Lebanon, PA driver won his third straight PA Legacy Series feature event. But surely his finest moment came in the Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models by picking up his first ever win in the premier division in just his rookie campaign. Other winners on this night included Todd Price in the New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models, Roger Onstead in the Day Ford Street Stocks, Scott Bowman in the Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers, and Patrick Parlock in the Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks. After the racing was completed, Shaffer Pyrotechnics presented a spectacular fireworks display.

Kyle Martel jumped out to a quick lead in the PA Legacy Series feature event with Jayme Bolkovac following close behind throughout the early stages of the race. Bolkovac could get right behind Martel but not make her move, but coming on strong was P.J. Ehrlich as the third place driver was closing in on the leaders. His break came on lap 19 when the caution flew for a spinning Brad Grace. Bolkovac got to the high side of Martel on the restart but could not make the pass which allowed Ehrlich to move to the inside and eventually make the move past Bolkovac into second but could not catch Martel who went onto take the win. Ehrlich came home second while a three-wide battle to the stripe for third saw Bolkovac hold off Brett Boyer and Dave Campbell for the spot. Boyer took fourth and Campbell fifth. Boyer won the heat race in which saw a hard crash involving Ed Butler and Dave Holder, eliminating them from the remainder of the evening.

Scott Bowman passed early leader Rick Phillips on lap 3 of the 15-lap charger feature event and was never challenged from that point on. As Phillips settled solidly into the second position, the battle shaped up for third involving Stephen Mock, Michael Stevens and Duane Noel. Noel, who had won the last two feature events, would get past both Mock and Stevens for third and start to close in on Phillips but ran out of time in the caution free event. Bowman won his third feature on the season followed by Phillips, Noel, Stevens, and Mock in the top five. Bowman also won the heat race.

The 25-lap late model feature saw Jacob Coffin lead his first lap of the season before yielding to Wade Champeno on the second circuit. Contact between Mel Wilt and Rick Boyer coming out of turn 2 caused enough damage to Wilt’s machine to bring out the yellow on lap 5 as he came to a stop in turn 3. Todd Price was able to avoid the mishap and got the jump on Champeno after the restart and took off with the lead. Dusty Rhoads and Boyer would also get past Champeno and put on a great battle for the second spot with Boyer finally getting past for the spot with only a handful of laps remaining. Price went on to take win number three with Boyer coming home second ahead of Rhoads, Wilt and Champeno in the top five. Champeno won the heat race.

Bobby Young looked strong in the early part of the 20-lap street stock feature event as he jumped out to the lead. A scary moment took place on lap 3 as the red flag would fly for Travis Smith, who’s car slammed into the turn 3 wall, going up and over ending up outside the speedway. Fortunately Smith climbed from his destroyed car under his own power but was checked out in the ambulance and was ok. When racing resumed Young got the jump on second place Josh Dunmyer on the restart to keep the lead but closing hard was Roger Onstead who was back after a couple weeks absence with motor problems. Onstead grabbed the lead from Young on lap 12 as right behind came Dunmyer, Jason Holder and Dink Colarusso, up from his 12th starting spot in the 16-car field. The yellow would fly on lap 13 for Holder after making hard contact with the backstretch wall, ending his night. Onstead kept the lead on the restart as Colarusso battled with Dunmyer for the second spot and would make his move past but run out of time to catch the leader. Onstead picked up his first win of the season ending Colarussos string of four consecutive wins. Rounding out the top five were Dunmyer, Young and George Nicola. Onstead and Colarusso won the heat races.

Kyle Martel got the jump on polesitter Todd Goble at the start of the 50-lap super late model feature and set out to the early lead. Contact between Mark Smith and Neil Brown on lap 7 brought out an early yellow flag, sending both cars to the rear of the field. As the field went back to green, the rookie Martel took off with the lead over veterans Garry Wiltrout, Barry Awtey and Bobby Henry. Martel would build a straightaway lead on second place Wiltrout, but a yellow for Goble and Snooky Williams on lap 37 would bunch the field for a shootout to the finish. Wiltrout made his move on the restart on Martel but could not completely make the pass and fell back into the second spot. Awtey and Henry raced side by side for the third spot for countless laps before Awtey would move ahead. But on this night it was youth instead of experience as the 17 year old went on to take his first win in the super late models. Wiltrout, Awtey, Henry, and Brown completed the top five. Smith and Martel took heat race wins.

William Carson led lap 1 of the 15-lap hobby stock feature before quickly fading, handing over the lead to Bob Enos. On the move was Patrick Parlock, coming from the back of the field he made his way up to second by lap 5 and passed Enos on the high side to take the lead one lap later. Parlock could not pull away from the field once in front but was safely ahead to not be challenged the remainder of the way in the caution free event and take home his third win of the season. Enos held onto second with Jim Biss coming home in third. Greg Lohr and Deidre Petrie rounded out the top five. Parlock won the heat race.

Coming up next Saturday, Western PA GM Service Club and Seven Springs Mountain Resort will present a regular five-division program under the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series banner. The super late models, late models, street stocks, chargers, and hobby stocks will be joined by the PA Legacy Series and the Super Minicup cars will make their second appearance of the season. Main gates open at 4:30 with racing to start at 6:00. For more information on this event or any upcoming events, contact the speedway office at 814.629.6677 or log onto www.jennerstown.com.

Jennerstown Back on Track After Rain

June 12th, 2004

Garry Wiltrout and Neil Brown each picked up their first wins of the season splitting the two feature events. Other drivers picking up their first wins of the season included Wade Champeno in the New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models, Dink Colarusso in the Day Ford Street Stocks, Duane Noel in the Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers, and Greg Lohr in the Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks.Dave Campbell made it two for two in the PA Legacy Series at the Laurel Highlands Oval.

A strong field of twenty-five super late models took the green flag in the first 50-lap feature event with Bobby Henry jumping out to the lead. Garry Wiltrout followed close behind and made the pass on lap five and took command of the race. A five-car incident on lap 31 eliminated the cars of Jayme Bolkovac and Todd Goble, who were both running strong races. The restart gave Barry Awtey and Henry one last chance to overtake Wiltrout. Awtey got to his inside on the restart but could not finish the pass as Wiltrout got a run in the outside groove and motored back into the lead and took his career first victory at Jennerstown.Awtey held onto second followed by Henry, Mark Smith, and Neil Brown in the top five.

The second feature saw twenty-two cars able to make the call. Tommy Beck started on the pole and took off with the lead. Brown put the pressure on Beck and would take the lead on lap 9 as Beck’s car began to fade. John Houser made hard contact with the outside wall on lap 14 to bring out the first of three cautions in the event. The car sustained heavy damage but fortunately John walked away OK. After the restart Brown would find Awtey, Henry and Wiltrout close behind as the four drivers battled for the top spot. Brown was able to fend off any challenges as he went on to take the win. Awtey and Henry once again finished second and third respectively with Wiltrout and opening night winner Mark Poole rounding out the top five. Brown and Wiltrout took heat race wins.

Chris Brink led the PA Legacy Series field to the green flag but gave way to P.J. Ehrlich on lap two of the 25-lap event. After a caution, Ehrlich felt the pressure as Kyle Martel, Dave Campbell, Brink, and Jayme Bolkovac made it a five-car battle for the lead. Martel would take the lead on lap 9 but Campbell would make his move three laps later and build a substantial lead. Campbell cruised the rest of the way to take the win with Ehrlich making a late race move to take the runner-up spot. Brett Boyer would come home third followed by Bolkovac and Martel in the top five. Campbell and Ehrlich won the heat races.

The 25-lap late model feature saw Wade Champeno jump out to the lead over Todd Price. Price made it tough on Champeno throughout the caution free event trying both high and low to get around the young driver. But Champeno was up to the task and held on to take his career first victory. Price, Rick Boyer, opening night winner Dusty Rhoads and Mel Wilt rounded out the top five. Price won the heat race.

The 20-lap street stock feature saw Jason Holder beat pole sitter Bobby Young into turn one, jumping into the lead. Holder first held off the challenges of Rich Nicola then a hard charging Dink Colarusso for that top spot. Colarusso made his way passed Holder on lap 9 to take the lead but could not get away from the pack that followed. But his lead would be just enough as he would not be seriously contested the rest of the way in the caution free event to take his first win of the season. Holder held onto second followed by Jeff Petrini, Rich Nicola and Roger Onstead in the top five. Rich Nicola and Josh Dunmyer took the heats.

Greg Lohr took the checkered flag opening night in the hobby stocks but the car failed post race inspection. He was back with a vengeance this week as he led wire to wire in the nonstop 15-lap feature event. Bob Enos crossed the line second but failed post race inspection. Jeff Zillweger will be credited with second followed by Jim Biss, Patrick Parlock and Eugene Zerfoss in the top five. Lohr also took the heat race win.

Next week Coca-Cola presents the five-division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series action featuring twin 15-lap features for the Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers and the Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks. A regular show for the Wheeler Bros. Super Late Models, New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models and Day Ford Street Stocks will be on the card as well the first appearance of the season by the Mini Cup cars.

In two weeks the most anticipated night in recent memory at the Laurel Highlands Oval takes place with the return of the International Supermodified Association (ISMA) along with the inaugural appearance of the WSoA 305 Asphalt Sprint cars. The super late models, late models and PA Legacy Series will also be in action. For more information contact the Jennerstown Speedway office at 814-629-6677 or log onto www.jennerstown.com.

Colarusso Sweeps Twin 20′s, Awtey and Wilt Get First Wins

July 3rd, 2004

Day Ford of Monroeville presented the night’s racing which included twin 20’s for the Day Ford Street Stocks. Dink Colarusso seems to be picking up where he left off last season as the defending point champion made it a clean sweep in winning both feature events. Other winners on this hot summer night were Barry Awtey (Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models), Mel Wilt (New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models), Kyle Martel (PA Legacy Series), Duane Noel (Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers), and Patrick Parlock (Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks).

Jason Holder took the lead at the start of the first 20-lap feature with Josh Dunmyer close behind. Dink Colarusso started deep in the field and by the midway point made it up to the third place spot, only to find himself nearly a straightaway behind Holder and Dunmyer. Colarusso would eventually catch and pass Dunmyer then with two laps to go made the move passed Holder for the top spot. Colarusso went on to take his third straight win of the season in the caution free event. Holder and Dunmyer finished second and third respectively followed by Adam Kostelnik and Dave Tavormina in the top five.

The second feature saw rookie Richard Beam, in only his third night of racing, get the jump on Tom Knight, Sr. for the early lead. Beam held the lead for the first eight laps when Dunmyer fought his way past on the outside to take the lead. The yellow would fall on lap 9 for a spinning Beam in turn four. On the restart Holder would get the jump over Dunmyer to take the lead, but right behind was Colarusso who made his way up to third from his twelfth starting spot. Dunmyer got loose and made contact with the turn one wall on lap 11 to bring out the final caution flag of the event. Colarusso took the lead from Holder on lap 12 but could not distance himself as Holder stayed in his tracks to the finish. One last chance on the final lap saw Holder look to the outside but could not make the move as Colarusso would take home his second trophy of the night with Holder once again finishing in the runner up spot. Rich Nicola jumped into Jim Nicola’s car for the feature events after losing a wheel in his heat race which sent the car hard into the wall, finished a strong third with Kostelnik and Tavormina in the top five. Holder and Colarusso took the heats.

Jayme Bolkovac took the lead from polesitter Todd Goble at the start of the super late model feature which slowed on lap 3 for Kyle Martel who’s car came to a stop at the end of the front stretch. Bolkovac kept the lead on the restart ahead of Cary Todaro and Mark Poole. The red flag flew on lap 4 when contact between Todaro and Poole sent both head on into the backstretch wall severely damaging both cars and collecting Jason Lasky and Steve Comer in the process heavily damaging their cars as well. Todaro and Poole were both transported to a local hospital for observation. After track crews made an extensive cleanup, the race would restart with Barry Awtey taking the lead from Bolkovac as Garry Wiltrout followed right behind Awtey. The two would check out from the field, as the remainder of the race would be caution free. Wiltrout could get to the back bumper of Awtey but never make a serious challenge for the lead. The best battle on the track would be for the fifth spot with Jeff Dunmyer and Neil Brown battling door-to-door for countless laps as Snooky Williams following close behind waiting patiently for his chance to make a move. In the end Awtey would hold off Wiltrout to take his first feature win of the season. Point leader Bobby Henry finished a distant third followed by Mark Smith in fourth and Brown, who eventually got past Dunmyer for fifth. Awtey and Wiltrout took the heat race wins.

Mel Wilt has struggled so far this year but got the jump over Jacob Coffin at the start of the late model feature event and set out to the early lead. Rick Boyer and Todd Price would close in on Wilt giving fans the looks of a good three-car battle for the lead. But neither driver could mount a serious attack on the leader as Wilt would lead wire to wire in the caution free event to take his first career win in a late model. Boyer held off Price for second with Dusty Rhoads and Wade Champeno rounding out the top five. Wilt also won the heat race.

Brett Boyer took the early lead in the PA Legacy Series 25-lap feature event with Jayme Bolkovac moving up fast from her mid pack starting spot. Bolkovac would take the lead on lap 8 with Kyle Martel and P.J. Ehrlich following behind and dropping Boyer to fourth. Those three would put on a great show often going three wide for the race lead, but going three wide can also result in misfortune. Coming out of turn four three wide on lap 17, the cars of Bolkovac and Ehrlich made contact with both making hard contact with the front stretch wall right under the starter’s stand. Both drivers climbed out ok but the cars were heavily damaged. That handed the lead to Kyle Martel on the restart. While running in the top five, point leader Dave Campbell spun in turn 2 four laps from the finish and was hit hard by Kep Causer, ending the night for both drivers. Martel would not be challenged on the restart and go on to take his second win of the season. Boyer came back to finish second followed by Chris Brink, Andrew Wylie and Ed Butler in the top five. Chris Brink and Bolkovac won the heat races.

Duane Noel passed Rick Phillips on lap 2 of the 15-lap charger feature event and would soon feel the pressure from Scott Bowman, who came from his seventh starting spot to second in only a handful of laps. The yellow flag was displayed on lap 6 as Andrew Kostelnik spun in turn 2. On the restart Bowman got the jump on Noel for the lead, but Noel would take back the lead on the following lap and hold on to take his third win of the season. Bowman followed close behind in second with Phillips, Stephen Mock and Mike Stevens rounding out the top five. Mock won the heat race.

Jim Biss looked like he was on his way to a career first win in the hobby stock feature event. After jumping out to a sizeable lead at the start, the cars of Jeff Zillweger, Greg Lohr and Patrick Parlock would close the gap near the midway point to make it a four car battle for the lead. Parlock got passed Lohr then eventually Zillweger into second but the laps were quickly disappearing. With only two laps remaining Parlock made the high side pass on Biss for the lead and go on to take home his second win of the season. Biss held onto second with Lohr coming home third as Zillweger faded to a fourth place finish. Dennis Roles rounded out the top five. Parlock won the lone heat race.

Next Saturday, Jennerstown Speedway presents ‘Fan Appreciation Night’ at the Laurel Highlands Oval. A regular five-division program of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series along with the PA Legacy Series will be on tap as well as a driver autograph session on the front straightaway. Fans will be admitted for only $3 and also be treated to a spectacular fireworks display at the end of the racing program. Main gates open at 4:30 with the first green flag to fall at 6:00. For more information on this event or any other on the schedule contact the speedway office at 814.629.6677 or visit www.jennerstown.com.

Henry, Price Grab Their First Wins

June 19th, 2004

Bobby Henry became the fourth different winner in four races in the Wheeler Bros. Super Late Model Division while Todd Price made it three different winners in three events for the New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models. Duane Noel and Scott Bowman split the twin features in the Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers while Greg Lohr and Patrick Parlock were the winners of twin features in the Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks. Dink Colarusso was victorious for the second straight week in the Day Ford Street Stocks and Mike Walker took the checkered flag in the Minicup feature.

Cary Todaro took off with the lead at the start of the super late model feature but would soon find Barry Awtey, Garry Wiltrout and Bobby Henry close behind in a great four-car battle for the lead. Wiltrout got to the inside of Todaro in turns three and four on the twentieth circuit but slight contact sent Wiltrout spinning down the front stretch with the remained of the 17-car field scattering. Awtey took the lead from Todaro on the restart with Henry close behind. After making the move past Todaro, Henry set his sights on the leader and with ten laps remaining, made the inside pass on Awtey coming out of turn four. From there it was smooth sailing as he picked up his first checkered flag of the season. Awtey finished second for the third straight race with Todaro putting together his strongest performance of the season with a third place finish. Jeff Dunmyer finished fourth with Wiltrout recovering from his spin to round out the top five. Mark Smith and Henry won the heats.

Todd Price was never challenged in the late model 25-lap feature. The former pro truck driver took off with the lead from the start and would build up nearly a straightaway lead over the remainder of the field as he would go on to take his first win in a late model. Rick Boyer managed to cut into the huge lead but would settle for second with last week’s winner Wade Champeno coming home third. Dusty Rhoads and Mel Wilt rounded out the top five with Price taking home the heat win.

Dave Tavormina led the first three laps of the street stock feature before Rich Nicola would make the move into the top spot, opening the flood gates as Jason Holder, Josh Dunmyer and Dink Colarusso all would get passed Tavormina. After a caution for Rich Beam and saw Travis Smith leave on a wrecker after losing the left front wheel, those four drivers would put on a torrid battle with the lead changing back and forth between Nicola and Holder. Colarusso followed Holder to the front and would make the winning pass with five laps to go for his second win of the season. Holder held onto second followed by Nicola, Dunmyer and Adam Kostelnik in the top five. Nicola and Colarusso won the heats.

Scott Bowman led the first three laps of the first charger feature before making hard contact with the outside wall, losing the right front wheel in the process bringing out the yellow. Bowman would make it to the pit area and amazingly rejoin the field for the restart. After the restart Duane Noel and Michael Stevens put on a fierce battle for the lead but Stevens would fade high giving Noel all the room he needed and made the pass on lap 9 and cruised from there to take home his second win of the season. Stevens held onto second followed by Stephen Mock, Bowman and Rick Phillips in the top five. After making extensive repairs to the car after the first feature, Bowman took the lead from Phillips on the second lap and built a substantial lead in the caution free event, taking his second victory of the year. Noel, Mock, Phillips and Stevens rounded out the top five. Stevens won the heat race.

In only his second night out, Dennis Roles looked like he would cruise to his career first victory in the first hobby stock main event. After taking the lead from Deidre Petrie on lap three, Roles set a blistering pace but would start to lose the handle with only a few laps remaining allowing Greg Lohr to close in on the leader. On the white flag lap Roles got very loose and nearly spin the car in turn two allowing Lohr to pass on the inside and go on to the win, his second of the season.

Roles would hold on for second with Patrick Parlock, Bob Enos and Eugene Zerfoss rounding out the top five. The second feature also saw Petrie jump out to the early lead only to be overtaken by Enos two laps into the race. Enos, Parlock, Lohr and Jeff Zillweger made it a four car battle for the lead through the middle part of the race, but with four laps to go the leader Enos bounced hard off the back stretch wall and came to a stop in turn 3 to bring out the yellow, setting up a dash to the finish. Parlock took command of the lead on the restart and would hold off Lohr at the finish to take his first win of the season.

Zillweger, Petrie and Zerfoss completed the top five. Parlock won the heat race.

Mike Walker took off from the start of the minicup feature and go uncontested for the win in the 20-lap event.

Next Saturday, June 26 Craftsman presents the biggest show at the Laurel Highlands Oval in recent memory. The high-flying winged warriors of the International Supermodified Association make their return to Jennerstown after a few years absence along with the inaugural visit of the WSoA 305 asphalt sprint series. The Wheeler Bros. Super Late Models, New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models and the PA Legacy Series will also be on the card for a super fast night of racing. The rain date is tentatively set for Sunday, June 27. For more information on this event or the remaining schedule at Jennerstown Speedway contact the track office Monday through Friday at 814-629-6677, or log onto the website www.jennerstown.com.

Jennerstown Speedway Announces Thunder on the Mountain

June 24th, 2004

This show should prove to be one of the fastest nights of racing on the Mountain in a long time. With the new track surface, the ISMA Super Mods should average over 140 mph around the Laurel Highlands oval.

WSoA makes Jennerstown debut.

The Winged Sprints on Asphalt (WSoA) will debut on the moutain this Saturday night for their largest purse ever. “We are expecting a great car count and look forward to providing some great entertainment for the Jennerstown fans. The Jennerstown area has always had a good following of dirt fans and our 305 Sprints will certainly bring the excitement to a higher level considering the practice lap times in the 17 second range” stated Danny Brown, President of the WSoA.

“We at Jennerstown Speedway certainly think that we have a great show on the schedule for this Saturday night. Last year we had a good many bikers request that we schedule a big race on Thunder in the Valley weekend. We definately think this show should prove to be one of the biggest ever at the Laurel Highlands oval”, stated Dave Wheeler, President of Jennerstown Speedway.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Pit gates open at 10:00am
WSoA & ISMA practice 12:00 – 4:00pm
SLM, LM & PA Legacy practice 4:00 – 4:45pm
WSoA Qualifying 5:00pm
WSoA fast dash, & all Heats start at 6:00pm
Main Gates open at 3:00 pm
Fans may enjoy practice free from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
PRICES

Adults – $25 advanced, $30 at gate.
Teens (13-17) – $15
Children (7-12) – $10
Children 6 & under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Pit Passes – $30 with NASCAR license $35 without.

About JENNERSTOWN SPEEDWAY

Jennerstown Speedway is one of 67 NASCAR short tracks in the nation that competes in the DODGE NASCAR Weeky Series.

Website: http://www.jennerstown.com

Perley Wins in ISMA’s Return to Jennerstown

June 26th, 2004

Rowley, Massachusetts driver Chris Perley picked up his first tour win of the season in the 50-lap main event. Not to be outdone was Tim Sites who led wire to wire in the Winged Sprints on Asphalt (WSoA) feature event. Bobby Henry was victorious in Wheeler Brothers Super Late Model action along with Todd Price in the New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models and Kyle Martel picking up his first win of the season in the PA Legacy Cars. Craftsman Tools sponsored all of the nights racing action.

A moment of silence was held before the ISMA feature event to honor Randy Witkum, who lost his life due to injuries suffered in a crash the last time the series visited Jennerstown. A full field of 24-cars took the green flag with Larry Lehnert jumping out to the early lead. Joe Grunda made the move passed Lehnert on lap 8 but had the heat on behind him as Rick Wentworth and Chris Perley closing in quickly. A hard impact with the backstretch wall by Russ Wood brought out a red flag on lap 12 which heavily damaged the car. Wood walked away from the incident ok. Grunda kept the lead on the restart as Perley started to make his move. First passing Nokie Fornoro, then Wentworth into second and finally made the inside move down the backstretch on lap 15 to take the top spot and started to check out from the rest of the field. A spin by Lehnert on lap 24 would bunch the field one last time which was to the benefit of Tim Jedrzejek and Joey Payne, both of whom started deep in the field and had positioned themselves into the top five. After the restart, Perley continued to extend his lead leaving behind a great battle for second involving Grunda, Jedrzejek, Payne and Pat Abold. Jedrzejek would eventually grab the second spot and would close in on the leader but to no avail, as Perley was long gone. Perley went on to take his second career win at Jennerstown with Jedrzejek holding onto second. Abold, who attended his daughters graduation earlier in the day and arrived at the track just in time for heat race action, finished third followed by Payne and Grunda in the top five. Perley holds the track record with a time of 15.239 seconds (over a 120 mph average) which he set in 1995, but unofficially a number of drivers this night were turning laps in the 14.9-15.1 second range on the new asphalt surface. Winning the three qualifying heats were Larry Lehnert, Nokie Fornoro and Scott Martel.

Not to be outdone were the WSoA 305 sprint cars as they took to the track for their 25-lap feature event. Tim Sites jumped out to the lead right off the start and just totally drove away from the field. As Sites checked out, a battle shaped up for second with Danny Brown and Jimmy Taylor. Leaving only four cars on the lead lap in the caution free event, Sites cruised to a near half lap victory. Taylor held off Brown for second with Jonathan Kittlewell in fourth and Paul Buckingham rounding out the top five. Sites and Brown won the qualifying heats with Brown also taking the dash win. Terry Gibson set fast time during time trials with a 16.69 second lap. The sprint cars will return to Jennerstown on July 31.

Cautions plagued the super late model feature, as the first yellow would fly before a single lap would be completed. Point leader Barry Awtey made contact with the turn 3 wall eliminating him from the event. Paul Urso jumped out to the lead on the restart only to have his bad luck reveal its ugly head once again as he hit the turn 3 wall after an apparent mechanical failure, eliminating him from the event. Cary Todaro inherited the lead on the restart with Jayme Bolkovac close behind. Bolkovac made the move passed Todaro on lap 12 to take her first lead of the season in the super late models. Todaro would start to fade as Garry Wiltrout, Mark Poole and last weeks winner, Bobby Henry, all getting past. Coming from the twelfth starting spot, Henry made it a three-car battle for the lead with Bolkovac and Wiltrout midway through the 50-lap event. Henry made the move passed Wiltrout on lap 27 then made it look easy as the Connellsville, PA driver passed the leader Bolkovac one lap later and started to distance himself from the field. The caution flew again on lap 35 for a spinning Bolkovac with Wiltrout also being sent to the rear of the field for being involved in the incident. Henry would hold off Neil Brown on the restart only to be slowed by another caution on lap 40 for Todaro and Mark Smith. The final yellow came out on lap 42 after a restart which saw Mark Poole spin in front of the field in turn 2. Luckily the field made it through cleanly but relegated Poole to the rear after running third. Henry got the jump on the final restart and held on to take his second straight win. Brown came home second with Wiltrout coming back to finish third. Jeff Dunmyer claimed fourth with Todaro rounding out the top five. Heat races went to Awtey and Poole.

Wade Champeno and Todd Corson battled door-to-door in the early laps of the late model feature which soon turned into a five car scramble with Dusty Rhoads, Todd Price and Rick Boyer joining in on the fun. Champeno got loose coming out of turn four giving Corson the lead on lap 8 and was a break for Price who got by for second. Four laps later Price would pass Corson and break away from the pack with the lead. Price would survive a late race caution holding off a hard charging Rhoads for his second win of the season. Corson held on for third with Mel Wilt and Boyer rounding out the top five. Champeno took the heat race.

Kyle Martel took the lead form pole sitter Ed Butler on the opening lap of the PA Legacy Car feature and never looked back. Jayme Bolkovac made the move into second from her sixth starting position and could get to the rear bumper of Martel but never mount a serious threat for the lead. Martel led wire to wire in the caution free event to take his first win of the season with Bolkovac finishing in the runner-up spot. Rounding out the top five were Dave Campbell, Brett Boyer and Ed Butler. Campbell won the heat race.

Jennerstown Speedway returns to its regular racing action next Saturday as #1 Day Ford of Monroeville presents the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. The Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models, New Enterprise Stone and Lime Late Models, Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers, Advance Auto Parts Hobby Stocks and the PA Legacy Cars will all be in action along with twin 20-lap features in the Day Ford Street Stocks. Pit gates open at 2:30 with the grandstands opening at 4:30. Racing starts at 6:00.

Night of Career Firsts at Jennerstown

May 28th, 2004

Picking up the first checkered flags of the 2004 season were Mark Poole (Super Late Model), Dusty Rhoads (Late Model), Adam Kostelnik (Street Stock), Scott Bowman (Chargers), Dave Campbell (PA Legacy Cars), and Jeff Zillweger (Hobby Stock).

The Wheeler Brothers Super Late Models took to the track for the first feature event of the night with defending track champion Barry Awtey and Garry Wiltrout leading the field to the green flag. Awtey would set the pace for the first eight laps before Wiltrout made the pass and took over the top spot. Contact on lap 24between Awtey and third place running Jason Lasky, a rookie in the division after running in the former Pro Truck division, resulted in a five car crash involving Awtey, Lasky, Neil Brown, Tommy Beck, and Cary Todaro. All were able to continue after making repairs. Wiltrout continued to set the pace after the restart but now had a hard charging Bobby Henry to deal with. The two got together coming out of turn four on lap 42 of the 50-lap event sending both cars to the rear of the field, giving the lead to Mark Poole. Poole started in the fifteenth position and held on after the restart to take his career first win in six years of competition in the super late models, and his first win since 1997 when running in the PA Legacy Series. Mark Cottone finished a strong second with Jeff Dunmyer, back on track after a couple years off, coming home in third. Mark Smith and rookie Kyle Martel completed the top five. Wiltrout and Awtey took the heat races. A hard crash during practice earlier in the evening eliminated the cars of Jayme Bolkovac, John Houser and Paul Urso from competition. Both Derek Wink and Brian Curry also suffered damage but were able to compete.

Jayme Bolkovac took the lead at the start of the 25-lap Legacy Car feature, but a spinning Dave Holder slowed the field on lap 2. Bolkovac continued to set the pace following the restart but would face a challenge from P.J. Ehrlich. The two made contact with five laps remaining to bring out the yellow, handing the lead over to Brett Boyer. Dave Campbell passed Boyer on the restart and pulled away for his career first win. Boyer held onto second followed by Chris Brink, Andrew Wylie and Dan Brink in the top five. Campbell and Ehrlich won the heat races.

Rick Phillips and Jim Stokes led the Somerset Furniture Sales Chargers to the green flag with Phillips holding the lead for the first seven laps. A caution on lap seven for a spinning Duane Noel bunched the field, which was just what Scott Bowman needed. Bowman took the lead on the restart and was never contested as he pulled away for his career first victory. Rookie Daniel Angelicchio came home in second followed by Michael Stevens, Jim Stokes and rookie Steve Mock in the top five. Phillips took the heat win.

Dusty Rhoads and Todd Price led the New Enterprise Late Models to the green in their inaugural 25-lap feature event. A three car battle for the lead with Rhoads, Price and Rick Boyer intensified after a couple of early caution periods for minor spins by Todd Corson. Rhoads was able to fend off the challenges to take his first ever win in a late model. Boyer took second away from Price late in the race with Mel Wilt and Wade Champeno rounding out the top five. Boyer won the heat race.

The Day Ford of Monroeville Street Stocks were next with Josh Dunmyer jumping out to the early lead in the 20-lap event. A caution at the halfway point involving defending track champion Dink Colarusso and Jeff Petrini erased Dunmyer’s healthy lead. Roger Onstead put the pressure on Dunmyer following the restart and battled hard but both went spinning in turn three giving the lead to Adam Kostelnik. Kostelnik was able to pull away after the restart to take the win. Petrini and Colarusso came back to finish second and third respectively with Jim Nicola and Onstead completing the top five. Kostelnik and Colarusso took heat race wins.

The final event of the night was the Advanced Auto Parts Hobby Stock 15-lap feature event. Patrick Parlock led the first three laps before Greg Lohr made the pass and pull away for the win. However following post race inspection, both Lohr and Parlock, who finished second, were both disqualified and placed in the final two spots of the finishing order. The win was then credited to Jeff Zillweger, his career first victory. Jim Biss, Eugene Zerfoss, William Carson and Guy Miller were credited with top five finishes. Lohr won the heat race.

Next Saturday, May 29 Murray’s Freightliner/Sterling/Western Star present the USAR Hooters Procup Northern Division for the Lucas Oil 250. Also on the card will be a 50-lap feature for the Allison National Legacy Series. In two weeks Somerset Furniture Sales will present a regular five division program of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series along with the PA Legacy cars. For more information contact the track office at (814)629-6677 or log onto the track website at www.jennerstown.com.