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Mid Race Pass Has Spellmon Victorious in Atlantic City...
Rising out of the cockpit of his #28 All-Star Slingshot, Dan Spellmon
of Butler NJ held his arm high and clinched his fist in celebration
along with the crowd on hand who congratulated him. GSP Video Photo.
Atlantic City N.J. - Dan Spellmon of Butler, N.J., won the 24-car, 25 lap Slinger Warehouse Slingshot feature. Cody Kohler and Kyle Herve were second and third.
Spellmon passed Kohler at the halfway mark for the lead and once in front got some crucial elements of fortune with the way the race flowed.
“The car was getting freer and freer but I was able to hang on,” Spellmon said. “I got a couple of breaks the way the yellow flags fell and was good enough at the end to hold off everybody.”
Kohler finished second, the beneficiary of a late race penalty imposed on Simon Egan, who had taken second and was on the move. But officials penalized Egan two spots for a late race restart infraction. Kohler regained second to finish there with Herve taking third. Egan was fourth.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM GSP VIDEO
Slingshot Feature (25 Laps): 1. Dan Spellmon, 2. Cody Kohler, 3. Kyle Herve, 4. Simon Egan, 5. Demetrios Drellos, 6. Nick Shaw, 7. Matthew Stangle, 8. Kevin VanValkenburg, 9. Joe Kata, 10. Ken Reeder, 11. Frank Yankowski, 12. Cody Kline, 13. John Aumick, 14. Kurt Bettler, 15. Chris Kurtz, 16. Joe Toth, 17. Jerry Schott Jr., 18. Dillon Steuer, 19. Damon Paul, 20. Brett Bieber, 21. Ed Stangle, 22. Seth Spayd, 23. Matt Langbein, 24. Michael Glass.
New Season, New Promotions at Kutztown's Action Track USA...
The smell of racing fuel, the tri state areas best drivers, the packed grandstands,
will be upon us before you know it, and Action Track USA is already ready to race!
Story by Barry Angstadt
Kutztown, PA - Large crowds, terrific car counts, and sizzling competition have marked the first three seasons of operation at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds. But co-promoters Rich Tobias and Doug Rose are not about to sit still and have their hugely popular Wednesday Night Rumble programs simply maintain the status quo.
When the 2016 season begins in May, there will be several new initiatives geared toward the speedway's enthusiastic and passionate fans. Each week, one lucky spectator will be chosen as the winner of a special drawing. The fortunate winner will choose between a cash prize of $100 or a flat screen television!
Spectators are given wristbands in lieu of general admission tickets, and each wristband is marked with a number. One of those numbers will be drawn and the fan wearing the corresponding wristband will be the night's lucky winner.
The 2016 campaign will also see the start of reserved seat sales at Action Track USA. Tobias and Rose decided to offer a reserved seat plan in an effort to eliminate the leaving of blankets, sheets of plastic, etc. that previously "saved" seats from week to week. "Fans can still arrive early and put blankets down to save general admission seats," said Rose. "But the blankets and plastic and whatever they use to save seats has to go home with them at the end of the night. For the fans who can't get there early and for those who want to be assured of sitting in the same seats each Wednesday, we will offer the opportunity to reserve seats."
Paying a $50 fee at the beginning of the season will guarantee your favorite seat each week. Simply show up on Wednesday evening, pay the normal $12 ticket price, and that extra $50 will have you in the same seat, cheering on your favorite drivers at every event on the 2016 schedule.
The track is also making season passes available for $130. A season pass will not offer a reserved seat option; they will be general admission only and provide a savings as compared to purchasing a general admission ticket each week.
"For that $130, you basically get one free admission and you're paying regular price for those couple events where we have to bump up the ticket prices slightly," noted Rose.
Younger fans are part of one of the new promotions, too, as P.R. Director Mandee Pauch and the Action Track Angels debut a Kids Club for spectators aged 12 and under.
The Kids Club will have supervised games and activities, along with a special theme, for a few hours each Wednesday. To insure the security of the children, parents will sign in and sign out their kids and club activities will take place in one specific, designated area.
Tobias, Rose, and Pauch will be on hand at the Action Track USA/ Speedway Entertainment booth to answer questions and provide additional details on these new promotions during the PPB Motorsports Show this weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. They will also be handing out schedule cards and speedway apparel will be on sale from Friday through Sunday at Motorsports.
Action New Name & Date... Condensed Schedule for 31st Annual
Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Reading Motorsports Show...
Story by Barry Angstadt
Muhlenberg Township, PA - When Brad Reinert took over the promotion of the Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show, he vowed to keep the popular off-season event going and make necessary changes so that the show could grow and prosper.
After one year at the helm, Reinert, with assistance from Doug Rose and Rich Tobias, has given the decades-old event an almost complete makeover, as a new date and duration will be in effect, along with a new name for the wintertime gathering of legendary and present-day drivers and racecars on the site of the former Reading Fairgrounds half-mile oval.
On February 4, 5, and 6, the 31st Annual Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Reading Motorsports Show presented by the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA will take place at the Fairgrounds Square Mall in Muhlenberg Township near Reading, PA.
Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic and EnerSys have signed on as associate sponsors of the event, which has been condensed from its previous week-long run to a Thursday, Friday, Saturday format. And the show will happen at the beginning of February, rather than its typical end-of-the-month slot on the calendar.
"The change of date came about due to a combination of factors," said Reinert. "Early February worked better for the Mall's management, and we actually wanted to move it up because later in the month it was affected by the racers and fans who go to Florida for all the races surrounding Speedweek in Daytona. We feel this earlier date will work better for everyone concerned."
"Shortening the show to three days was something we kicked around after last year's event," he continued. "We just felt it would be more successful if we condensed everything into three days (from seven) so there would always be something going on and the race teams displaying their cars wouldn't have to commit to having someone at the mall for an entire week."
The name change comes about because Reinert and his partners, while still fully intending to pay tribute to the racing legends who made the Reading Fairgrounds famous, are also bringing in some vendors whose products are geared towards the race teams. "We'll start slow with this aspect and grow it steadily over the next few years," stated Reinert, who literally grew up in the shadows of the historic race track where the mall now sits.
He is committed to keeping the show at its current location because, "this is where all those wonderful memories were created...this is where the Fairgrounds became the Home of Champions, and this is where the show belongs," explained Reinert.
Interest among racers is high, noted the second-year organizer, as many have contacted him to state their plans to display both vintage and modern day racing vehicles when move-in begins at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd. "We still have display space available, but it's filling up," said Reinert. "I need race teams to contact me as soon as possible if they'd like to display their cars. We will have cars from all divisions of local motorsports at this year's show, and several of the area's speedways, clubs, and sanctioning bodies will have displays set up at the mall. Vendors who do business with racers as well as tracks and clubs who want to be involved with the show should also get in touch with me as soon as possible."
Reinert can be reached at 610-401-3348 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's schedule of events is as follows:
Thursday, February 4 is Track and Club Night, when representatives of local speedways and racing clubs will be interviewed about their plans for the upcoming season.
Friday, February 5 is the Racing Legends Reunion, featuring interviews with former drivers who competed at the Reading Fairgrounds and other well known speedways.
Saturday, February 6 will be highlighted by a couple of special events. There will be an autograph session with drivers from past and present, along with introductions of those who will be signing autographs. The autograph session will run from noon to 4 p.m., with drivers taking turns at the tables. Following the session, at 4 p.m., rising country music singer TJ Bebb will perform at Center Court. A Berks County resident, Bebb has gained quite a following as he continues his rise to country music stardom. The show's Awards Presentation will take place after Bebb's performance.
Other highlights of this year's show will include:
Alley Racing - a very popular activity of the past few years, the model car method of down the ramp competition will once again be held all three days of the show with racing beginning at 6 p.m. on February 4 and 5, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday the 6th. Anyone interested in participating or having questions regarding the Alley Racing events should contact Mike Feltenberger at 610-223-4181 or by email at StarterOne@aol.com.
Silver Crown Car on display - Rich Tobias will have his No. 17 USAC Silver Crown car at the show. This is the car with which Tobias competed the past two seasons at the Silver Crown race held on the Moody Mile in Syracuse, NY. The car's appearance is also to build awareness of the return of the USAC Silver Crown division to Williams Grove Speedway on June 10 of this year.
The winner of the Grand Finale` - when the Reading Fairgrounds held its final event, in June of 1979, Dave Kelly drove his beautiful Mustang-bodied No. 17 to victory. That car has been restored and it will be parked inside the mall for this year's show, on the very site where it carried Kelly to that memorable triumph nearly 37 years ago.
Lookin' Sharp - fans attending the show need to stop by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear display to pick up a 2016 Berks-Schuylkill Oil Heat Association Reading Motorsports Show commemorative t-shirt. The Bob Hilbert staff will also have other racing apparel on sale at the show.
Show Benefits Local Causes - such as South Mountain YMCA Camps and the One Wish Foundation, both of whom will have a significant presence at the show. The South Mountain YMCA offers Operation Purple Camp for children whose parent(s) are active and full-time members of the Armed Forces. The kids can go to camp in the summer to have fun and forget (for at least a little while) about the stress of having one or both parents serving in the military.
The One Wish Foundation is a local organization that creates fantastic memories by granting wishes of terminally ill children.
In 2015, through the efforts of Reinert and the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA, two children were able to attend Operation Purple Camp at no charge to their parents. Two more kids will have the same opportunity this summer, courtesy of Action Track USA.
Some of the groups and speedways that will be present at the show include the Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society, the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds, Linda's Speedway, and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.
Dirt Modifieds, Late Models, Sprint Cars, Micro-Sprints, Slingshots, USAC SpeedSTRs, Midgets, Quarter-Midgets, and Karts are just some of the different types of racing vehicles that will be on display during the three days.
Action Track USA Honors Its Champions at Bear Creek Banquet
Pauch Jr. is SpeedSTR Champ; Buckwalter, Bieber, & Silfee Also Win Point Titles
Jared Silfee / Jr. Slingshot Point Champion, Brett Bieber / All-Star Slingshot Point Champion,
Tim Buckwalter / 600cc Wingless Point Champion, and Billy Pauch Jr. / STR Point Champion
are flanked on either side by Rich Tobias / CEO of Speedway Entertainment, Doug Rose /
Action Track USA, Action Track Angels, and Series Sponsor Jeffrey Hogue / Jeffrey Hogue Realtor.
Kutztown, PA - The Bear Creek Ski Resort and Conference Center once again provided the backdrop as the 2015 Champions of the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA were honored at the annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night.
A crowd of more than 220 people recognized the top ten in points for each of the speedway's weekly divisions, and the champions of each class were feted with a very special video presentation, highlighting some of the action that propelled them to a track title on the progressively banked oval located on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.
Headlining the list of point champions was a driver who authored quite a spectacular year for himself. Billy Pauch Jr., from Frenchtown, NJ, captured his second straight point crown in the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR division. "The Kid's Kid" won two of the first five main events, then utilized consistency to take and maintain the top spot in the championship standings. Pauch Jr. clinched the title on the final night of competition by winning the Dick Tobias Classic.
Add in a 358 Modified point title at Big Diamond (the first of his career) and the birth of his first child, a son named William Arthur, and one can see why Billy Pauch Jr. will always look back fondly on the year 2015.
"This one is for my guys," said the new father at Saturday's awards gala. "They work so hard and have been with me for a few years now, so I'm really glad I could win some races and the championship for them and everything they do for me."
Bob Lesko of Wayne Subaru, as he was in 2014, is the SpeedSTR division's Champion Car Owner.
"We've never really been point racers; we go where the money is and we go to win races," explained Douglassville, Pa.'s Tim Buckwalter as he stood at the podium as the point champion of Action Track USA's Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Sprints powered by Engler Injection.
"With about five races to go, though, we realized that we had a pretty good shot at the points," continued Buckwalter. "We figured we better get serious about the championship and luckily it worked out."
Buckwalter served notice early on that he would be a contender for the Wingless 600cc title, as he earned his first triumph in the year's second event, the King of No Wing 40-lapper. He scored twice more before the season's halfway mark, and held a slim lead in the standings heading into the finale in mid-August. Buckwalter notched his fourth victory of the year in that final race, beating runner-up Brandon Azzalina by just 20 points to claim the crown.
Barry and Cheryl Greth own the No. 71 that carried Buckwalter to the championship.
Oley's Brett Bieber drove to another outstanding season in the NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshots, and he can add Action Track USA point champion to his already stellar resume`.
On Saturday night, Bieber was honored for his first point title at the speedway in its current configuration; he also captured a point title when the facility was known as Kutztown Fair Speedway.
"The Oley Jet" won two races - the season opening Goldie & Elton Meitzler Memorial and the Kutztown Komet 100 - and held off four-time winner Chris Kurtz to win the championship.
"With the caliber of drivers that compete at Action Track USA on a weekly basis, and I think the car count averaged around 30 each week, too...it just makes winning the championship that much sweeter," said Bieber. "I owe a lot to my dad, because my work schedule is pretty heavy and that means he's doing a lot of the work on our cars."
Young Jared Silfee, from Saylorsburg, Pa., book-ended the campaign by winning the first race of the year for the Junior Slingshots on May 27, then triumphed in their finale, a Junior National Tour event, on August 11. Silfee bested Cole Stangle in the battle for the Junior Slingshot point crown to finish off a very impressive first season in the Junior Slingshot class.
Jay Hartman was named the Rookie of the Year in the SpeedSTR class, while Heath Hehnly earned the same honor in the Wingless 600cc division. Shillington's Seth Spayd received Rookie of the Year recognition in the All Star Slingshots and Jared Silfee picked up the award in the Junior Slingshot class.
As Rich Tobias and Doug Rose prepare for their fourth season at the helm of the wildly popular JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA, they are not resting on their laurels or content with previous success. They continue to look for new and innovative ideas to make the events even more entertaining for the fans and additional ways to reward the racers who put on a tremendous show week after week.
Tobias announced one new incentive for spectators to attend the incredibly competitive race meets on Wednesday nights in 2016; the track will give away one flat screen television to a lucky fan each week when the new season begins in May.
Additional news items regarding the 2016 season will be announced in the coming weeks and the speedway will once again be prominently featured as part of the Speedway Entertainment booth at Motorsports 2016 presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings at the Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. on January 22, 23, and 24.
The complete 2016 racing schedule is posted on the track's website, www.actiontrackusa.com.
Bednar & Bieber Reap Biggest Awards at Speedway Entertainment Banquet
2015 SpeedSTR National Point Champion Mike Bednar was all smiles as he
collected an impressive trophy, and contingency awards from Speedway
Entertainment President Rich Tobias, Doug Rose of Action Track USA,
The Beautiful Mandee Pauch, and Jeffrey Hogue of Jeffrey Hogue Realtor.
Story by Barry Angstadt
Myerstown, PA - His very first victories and championships are "still sinking in", but Whitehall Pa.'s Mike Bednar delivered a well prepared champion's speech at the Speedway Entertainment Awards Banquet on Saturday night at the Bear Creek Resort.
"First and foremost, I've got to thank my smokin' hot wife," Bednar smiled as the crowd of more than 220 roared its approval. "And I want to thank John Kovatch for asking me to drive one of his cars three years ago."
Bednar was referring to the way he got involved in the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR division - it was Kovatch who made him part of the KME Fire Truck Parts team - as he stood at the podium with his 2015 National SpeedSTR Tour Championship trophy.
"I didn't think we could come from behind on that final weekend - I thought we were too far behind - but after I won Saturday's race I started to believe we could do it," said Bednar as he recalled the Fall Jamboree weekend at Grandview Speedway on October 31st & November 1st.
Bednar then pulled off his second triumph in two days, winning the Sunday portion of the Jamboree and, in the process, clinching the National Tour point crown. "During the season, I purchased the car from John and I guess I finally didn't worry about the cost of fixing it if I crashed," he laughed. "I got more aggressive and it paid off with this championship"
Bednar continued, "It's amazing to me that I could win this title when I have to run against guys like Billy Pauch - both of them - and the caliber of all the drivers in this class. And I love the SpeedSTRs; the racing is great and the return on investment, compared to other forms of racing, is tremendous."
Bednar's two wins at Grandview were his only victories of the 2015 campaign, but they couldn't have come at a better time. They allowed him to leap frog over Canada's Pierre Hebert, who was a five-time winner on the RevStar series north of the border. The 2014 National Tour Champion, Billy Pauch Sr., finished third in the standings in '15. Kris Graver wound up fourth in points and Canadian Patrick Manny was fifth. Bednar also captured the USA Regional Championship over Tim Buckwalter and Pauch Sr.
All-Star Slingshot Point Champion Brett Bieber
receives his trophy
and contingency awards from Speedway Entertainment President
Rich Tobias, Doug Rose of Action Track USA, Mandee Pauch, and Dawn Takacs.
Brett Bieber, from Oley Pa. is in the midst of completing a multi-part CPA exam, which might hamper his 2016 racing plans a bit. In the meantime, though, he can put his accounting degree to good use after taking home a wheelbarrow full of cash and Speedway Entertainment shop credit for winning multiple point titles in All Star Slingshot competition in 2015.
"The Oley Jet", a veteran of the Slingshot division despite the fact that he's just in his mid-20's, produced an incredibly successful season, highlighted by his fourth National Slingshot Tour Championship. No other driver has more than one National title in the division's 16-year history.
Bieber earned three National Tour triumphs during the 2015 slate of events, winning at the Reading Fair's Nostalgia Nationals, Selinsgrove Raceway Park, and at Hamlin Speedway. The 2009 National Champ, Cody Kline, and 2014 titleholder Dylan Hoch remained in the hunt all season long, with Hoch earning four victories on the National Tour and Kline authoring a single triumph.
On the final weekend of competition, at Grandview's Fall Jamboree, Bieber did what he had to do in order to secure his fourth National title. He finished second and third in the two races, and he was in front of Hoch and Kline on both occasions. That was enough to wrap up another championship and wear the crown once again.
Hoch, Kline, Dillon Steuer, and Louden Reimert finished second through fifth in the National Slingshot standings.
What made Bieber's season even more sensational was the fact that he also captured a pair of Regional Tour championships, the Mid-Atlantic Gold and Silver, as well as the Slingshot Speedweek crown. During the season, he also achieved a significant milestone...he won the 100th Slingshot feature of his storied career.
Other drivers who earned Regional Tour titles in the All Star Slingshot division were Jim Chisholm (Great Lakes Region) and Joe Krum (Empire Region).
Lake Ariel Pa. hot shoe Tyler Peet was recognized at Saturday's banquet as the Junior Slingshot National Champion for 2015. Wheeling the Schneider Auto Service, Royal Purple, Edwards Logging No. 12t, the "Lil' Tornado" won the Junior National Tour's opener at Hamlin. He also picked up the victory at the Reading Fair in August, then finished third and fifth at the Fall Jamboree to lock up his point title.
In addition to his impressive run to the Junior National crown, Peet also produced a terrific campaign at his Saturday night home track, the Hamlin Speedway. An 11 feature win effort enabled Peet to chalk up the Junior Slingshot point championship at Hamlin, his second consecutive title in that division at the Pearl of the Poconos.
Finishing second through fifth in the 2015 Junior National standings were Cole Stangle, Hunter Lapp, Kyle Smith, and Alex Yankowski.
Speedway Entertainment Rookies of the Year included Kris Graver (SpeedSTR); Austin Silfee (All Star Slingshots); and Jared Silfee (Junior Slingshots).
Named as Drivers of the Year for 2015 were Mike Bednar (SpeedSTR); Brett Bieber (All Star Slingshots); and Tyler Peet (Junior Slingshots).
Speedway Entertainment President Rich Tobias addressed the crowd after all the awards were presented. Tobias informed the banquet attendees about a change in venue for the 2016 Fall Jamboree that traditionally ends the National Tours for the SpeedSTRs as well as the All Star and Junior Slingshots. On November 4, 5, and 6, the Jamboree will be held at the all new Silo Speedway in Felton, DE.
Silo Speedway is currently being built by promoter Ron Faison, and Saturday's banquet attendees were treated to a video showing the progress of the construction. Tobias was involved in the design of what will be a banked quarter-mile clay oval, with a schedule of Friday night events beginning in April. The track's weekly divisions will include the SpeedSTRs and All Star Slingshots along with Mod-Lites, Delmarva Chargers, and Super Trucks. For additional information on the new track such as rules and classes to be run there, visit www.SiloSpeedway.com.
Tobias also revealed that several well known drivers in other forms of racing are planning to buckle into SpeedSTRs when the outdoor season begins in the northeast in a few months. Steve Buckwalter, Ricky Elliott, Keith Prutzman, Joe Mooney, Steve Drevicki, and Eric Ankiewicz are among those drivers coming from Sprint Cars, Modifieds, Midgets, and 600's while a couple of successful Slingshot racers, Dylan Hoch and Louden Reimert, are also set to mash the accelerator pedal in SpeedSTR action.
Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa. will host the SpeedSTRs on five occasions this season, and each of the five events will carry USA Regional points. The first race at Linda's is slated for a Thursday night in April, while the remaining four events will be held on Friday nights.
A couple of tracks will present weekly Slingshot racing for the first time in 2016, according to Tobias. The Flowmaton Speedway in Flowmaton, Alabama and Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, North Dakota join Silo Speedway as venues that will host the Slingers as the spec class that began its existence in 1999 continues to grow and flourish.
Reeder Is The Leader At Checkered Flag In Slinger Warehouse 20 At PPL Center
Eddie Reeder took advantage of a late race restart while behind the
wheel of the #44R on his way to winning the All-Star Slingshot
Feature over the #15K driven by Joe Kata. (Rick's Racing Photos).
Story by Barry Angstadt
Allentown, PA - Eddie Reeder took a car that admittedly was "not too good in warm ups" and drove it to a $2,000 victory in the Slinger Warehouse 20 for the All Star Slingshots as part of the Ironton Telephone/ Avaya Allentown Indoor Auto Races on Saturday night.
"We just kept after it all night, and look at me now!", Reeder told Shane Andrews in Victory Lane after the first auto racing main event ever held at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.
Reeder, who hails from Phillipsburg, NJ, started on the pole of the 20-lap feature with USAC SpeedSTR veteran Frank Yankowski alongside. Reeder jumped into the lead at the outset as several cars got jammed up in turns one and two. Everyone was able to continue, at least for one lap, before a multi-car incident in turns three and four brought out the initial caution flag. Five cars were eliminated in that mishap, including contenders Kurt Bettler and Jim Housworth.
Former National Slingshot Champion Cody Kline, from Bangor Pa., started on the outside of row three but, following the turn three crash, found himself in third as the field formed up for a restart with one lap complete.
Reeder led Yankowski and KIine until the next yellow flag, with three circuits scored, when Dave Carraghan flipped his No. 3 on the front stretch. Carraghan was unhurt but the resulting damage forced him to retire for the night.
On the ensuing restart, Reeder again motored away in front and Yankowski, trapped in the outside lane, got shuffled back to seventh as Kline and 13th starting Joe Kata III, along with Anthony Raisner, AJ Gerhart, and Kyle Herve all got by him.
The mid-section of the race was marked by a pair of cautions and a red flag. Kata, who began his racing career by winning the Junior Slingshot National title several years ago, slipped past Kline to take over the runner-up position on a restart at the halfway point. The red flag appeared with 12 laps in the books as Raisner, running a close fourth, flipped in turn four after Kline was pinched into the infield tire markers and bounced into Raisner's car. Raisner was naturally disappointed, but uninjured in the mishap.
Reeder maintained his poise through the numerous restarts and held his line, despite some heavy pressure from Kline and then Kata. Over the final eight laps, Reeder inched away from his pursuers as Kata and Kline waged their own duel for second.
At the finish, it was Reeder winning his first indoor race over Kata, Kline, Yankowski, and Jim Spellman. Spellman, from Butler, NJ, started 20th (last) and persevered to a top five effort, earning the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Hard Charger award.
Kyle Herve, 19th starting Doug Maher, Nick Delcampo, and AJ Gerhart finished sixth through ninth and were the last cars running as the checkered flag waved.
Slinger Warehouse 20 For All Star Slingshots: 1.Eddie Reeder, 2.Joe Kata III, 3.Cody Kline, 4.Frank Yankowski, 5.Jim Spellman, 6.Kyle Herve, 7.Doug Maher, 8.Nick Delcampo, 9.AJ Gerhart, 10.Anthony Raisner, 11.Nick Shaw, 12.Ed Stangle, 13.Matt Langbein, 14.Mike Glass, 15.Dave Carraghan, 16.Jim Housworth, 17.Kurt Bettler, 18.Tim Roeder, 19.Chris Kurtz, 20.Cody Kohler.
Kurtz, Raisner, & Carraghan Take Slingshot Heat Race Victories At Allentown Indoor Event
A total of 37 All Star Slingshots took part in the Pocono Raceway qualifying heats on Saturday, as Len Sammons Motorsports Productions presented the inaugural Ironton Telephone/ Avaya Allentown Indoor Auto Races at the PPL Center.
Jesse Hartman ducked under Cody Kline to take the lead with two laps remaining in heat race No. 1 after Kline slid up the track in turn four. Saylorsburg's Chris Kurtz followed Hartman past Kline, with Hartman pacing the final two circuits to take the apparent win. He was light at the scales, however, handing the victory to Kurtz, his S&S Speedways teammate for the evening. Kurtz rolled off ninth in the field of 13 for heat race No. 1.
Kline moved up to second in the finishing order, with Tim Roeder and Nick Delcampo placing third and fourth. Due to Hartman's disqualification, Joe Kata III bumped up to fifth - the final qualifying spot. Kata went on to finish runner up to Eddie Reeder in the Slinger Warehouse 20-lap feature.
The second qualifier for the Slingshots saw Anthony "Peanut Butter" Raisner, from Allentown, dart from his pole position starting spot to lead all eight laps and record the triumph. This race had its exciting moments, as Dylan Steuer took a lap one thrill ride, his right-side wheels climbing the Jersey barriers as he executed a two-wheeled ride down the back chute into turn three.
With three laps to go, race leader Raisner got sideways in three and four. Kurt Bettler, running second at the time, had no choice but to hit his good buddy. The contact straightened Raisner's mount, and he raced on while Bettler's No. 66 bounced into the infield tire markers and he came to a stop.
Raisner went on to win over Nick Shaw, Frank Yankowski, Jim Housworth, and Matt Langbein.
Heat race No. 3 was highlighted by an entertaining battle for the lead between Dave Carraghan, from Emmaus, and young charger Seth Spayd. Carraghan nosed ahead after several circuits of close, nip-and-tuck racing with Spayd. With the white flag waving, Spayd's Bagel Rack No. 10s lost its chain, forcing him to fall out while running second.
Carraghan went on to win in his first indoor start, with AJ Gerhart finishing as the runner-up. Eventual feature winner Eddie Reeder wound up third ahead of Kyle Herve and ninth-starting Mike Glass.
The last chance B-Main saw Bettler rebound to win and earn a spot in the Slinger Warehouse 20 feature race.
Dan Morgiewicz led early, but he spun after contact with Kevin VanValkenburg. The incident caused Morgiewicz to fall out of the race while VanValkenburg was sent to the rear of the field. That put Bettler in front for the restart, and he capitalized on his good fortune by leading the rest of the way to score the victory.
With Ed Stangle chasing Bettler, Cody Kohler and Doug Maher fought for third while Jim Spellman held on to the fifth and final qualifying spot as Spayd attempted to wrestle the position from him. Kohler passed Stangle for second on the final lap, with Maher and Spellman grabbing the last two qualifying positions.
Action Track USA To Host Richest Slingshot Race On August 15th & 16th
All-Star Slingshot racing at Action Track USA provides provides drivers
with multiple groves to run. Three, Four, & Five wide racing action is normal each
week on the Kutztown semi-banked clay oval . (Ty Garl Photo).
Story by Barry Angstadt
Kutztown, PA - Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus...and he's delivering one whopper of a gift to everyone in the United States and Canada who competes in the All Star Slingshot division, courtesy of the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.
Slingshot drivers' will be merry as visions of dollar signs dance in their heads this holiday season because Doug Rose and Rich Tobias of Action Track USA are going to pay $4,000 to win - and $300 to take the green - in the first ever Slinger Warehouse Super Slingshot Fair Nationals. The event, the richest race ever held for the All Star Slingshot class, is scheduled for August 15 and August 16 of 2016 during National Dirt Week at the Kutztown Fairgrounds as part of the annual Kutztown Fair.
Racers will have a chance to earn even more green, as in cold, hard cash, in the preliminary event on Night #1, as 50 drivers are guaranteed to be paid on the first of this gigantic two-night event.
"This race is geared for every Slingshot team in the United States and Canada," said Rose. "This is going to be a great event and we are glad to give back to all the Slingshot teams. There are approximately 300 Slingshots competing in the U.S. and Canada, and we'd love to have all of them attend this race. That may not be practical or realistic, but we do expect a very large portion of them to come and race because of the prestige carried by this new event, the great racing that we offer at Action Track USA, and the fact that this race is all about the Slingshot racers across our great Nation and Canada."
Rose plans to use a modified version of the Chili Bowl qualifying format. Night #1 will see the field split into two groups - Blue and Red. Drivers will draw for their starting position in the heat races, and passing points/finishing points will determine who moves on to the preliminary night A, B, and C-Mains. There will be separate A-Mains for the Blue and Red groups, and each of the prelim A-Mains will pay $500 to win and $50 to take the green flag. With 25 cars slated to start each of the A-Mains, a total of 50 drivers will get a pay envelope on Night #1.The top three finishers from each of the two A-Mains will be locked into Tuesday's Slinger Warehouse Super Slingshot Fair National.
Night #2 of the National will begin with the alphabet qualifiers that will be lined up according to the results from the previous night of competition. Drivers will have to race their way through the alphabet soup as they attempt to qualify for the lucrative A-Main that will be contested over a distance of 55 laps. In addition to those who "race their way in", the driver who advances through the most last-chance alphabet qualifiers but does not transfer out of the B-Main will be added to the big race as a reward for his/her perseverance.
There will also be provisional starting spots awarded as an incentive for racers from other parts of the country and Canada. At least one driver from every track (that is represented at the Nationals) will make the A-Main on Tuesday. For example, if only one driver from Button Buck Speedway in Minnesota shows up, he/she will automatically race in the 55-lap feature on Tuesday night. If ten of the Button Buck regulars enter the event, and two of them qualify for the big race, then the next highest driver in Button Buck points will receive a provisional starting spot. This procedure will be followed for every Slingshot track that is represented at the Super Slingshot Fair Nationals.
Tuesday's A-Main will also offer double points toward the All Star National Slingshot Tour Championship. And there will be cash...LOTS of cash on the line for those who enter and make it to the big dance on Tuesday.
Not only will the Nationals A-Main pay $4,000 to win and $300 to take the green, but the runner-up will receive a hefty $2,000 and fifth place will be paid $1,000!
Steve Svanda of Slinger Warehouse has signed on to be the title sponsor of the Super Slingshot Fair Nationals because he, like Rose and Tobias, wants to recognize and reward the drivers with a huge race and a never-before-seen payday such as this race will offer. And the promotional gurus are not stopping there, as they've also added a third night of high speed adventure for the Slingshot racers.
The "Night After the Nationals", set for August 17, will spotlight the drivers who did not make the 55-lap Super Slingshot National. They will have the opportunity to compete in a feature(s)-only format, with car count determining whether one or two features are necessary. Every driver who takes part in the Night After the Nationals will be paid.
The event is timed perfectly, as race teams from near and far can spend a few late-summer days in scenic Berks County before public schools and colleges begin a new year. The Kutztown Fair provides fun for the whole family, with rides and games for the kids, plenty of delicious food and treats, and parents can relax and unwind after a day at the Fair (and the races) by spending some time in the famous Kutztown Fair Beer Garden. Camping will also be permitted on the Fairgrounds for those who don't wish to stay in a nearby hotel or motel.
Additional details regarding this megabucks event will be released in the coming weeks and months. "I believe the prestige of this event will encourage all of our great Slingshot teams to attend; it will be a race that everyone will want to be part of and we wanted to get the news out early so Slingshot racers can make plans to be here on August 15th and 16th," stated Rose.
Watch for more information about the Slinger Warehouse Super Slingshot Fair Nationals at www.actiontrackusa, as well as on the speedway's Facebook page (facebook.com/action track usa) and on Twitter (@ActionTrackUSA).
Drevicki & Hoch Set To Make SpeedSTR Debuts In 2016
(Left photo) Steve Drevicki in his ARDC Championship ride in 2015. (Rick Schwindenhammer Photo).
(Right photo) Dylan Hoch poses with his All-Star Slingshot after a Poker Series Victory at Bridgeport. (Ty Garl Photo).
Story by Barry Angstadt
Myerstown, PA - The USAC All Pro SpeedSTR division, created by Speedway Entertainment's Rich Tobias, seem to attract champions and all-star caliber drivers from other divisions of motorsports. Dirt Modified legends Billy Pauch Sr. and Kenny Brightbill are prime examples of this, as is Billy Pauch Jr., who has driven (successfully) just about every type of race car, both big and small, that compete at tracks all over the northeast. Pauch Jr. is now a two-time SpeedSTR point champion at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on the Kutztown Fairgrounds and Brightbill has etched his name on the Action Track's list of point champions, too. And Pauch Sr. has numerous SpeedSTR victories over the past few years, along with the 2014 National Tour Championship.
Two of the most recent champions to declare their intent to compete in SpeedSTR activity in 2016 are Steve Drevicki (the 2014 and 2015 ARDC Midget Champion) and Dylan Hoch (the 2014 All Star Slingshot National Tour Champion).
Drevicki, from Reading, will steer a SpeedSTR purchased by Jeff Stricker of Roadrunner Race Fuels, when the Action Track USA opens for business in May of '16. "I'm going to run my own 358 Sprint Car at Lincoln on Saturday nights because we just decided it was time to do something different," said Drevicki, who has an Engineering degree from Penn State. "I had a blast driving the Midget and I was fortunate enough to win a pair of point titles with ARDC, but we've always had an eye on driving big Sprint Cars. And then to have Jeff call and ask me to drive the SpeedSTR for him on Wednesday nights at Action Track USA, well, that was just to good to pass up."
"The (SpeedSTR) competition at Kutztown is awesome; the group of drivers in that class is excellent," continued Drevicki. "I am very anxious to race with those guys and try to put Jeff's car in victory lane. It's gonna be fun." Drevicki and his dad, Dave, will maintain the SpeedSTR in the family's race shop.
While he will continue to pursue another National Slingshot title as well as a point crown in the Action Track USA All Star Slingshot division, Dylan Hoch is ready to branch out and do some SpeedSTR racing, too.
"It's funny, really, but the SpeedSTR is just one foot longer and one foot wider than a Slingshot," noted Lance Hoch, Dylan's dad and crew chief. "It's quite a bit taller and there's obviously a lot more horsepower than the Slinger, but we think Dylan is ready for this next step."
Hoch, who hails from Mertztown, PA, will buckle into his recently purchased SpeedSTR, a used machine from Canada that ended up belonging to Paul Lotier Jr., and make his debut at Linda's Speedway in the spring of 2016. "We want to start slowly and get comfortable in the car," explained Dylan, "so we'll run the SpeedSTR events at Linda's and probably enter one or two races at Kutztown before the end of their season."
Lotier is currently updating the car, going over the chassis and adding power steering, before sending it back to the Hoch's. "The engine is pretty fresh and it's got a new rear," said Lance. "It's an older car but it's really in good shape."
Simple economics was given as the reason for Hoch's move to the SpeedSTR class. "We looked at several other divisions," said Dylan, "but in the end, it just made sense to make the gradual switch to these cars. We can run them close to home - Linda's is about an hour away and Kutztown is just minutes from our place - and the payout is pretty good compared to a lot of other classes."
Lance Hoch added, "the return on investment is quite a bit better with the SpeedSTRs than it is with other classes. If you can qualify through your heat or consi at Action Track, it's $200 to take the green in the feature. The outstanding field of drivers in that class will only help Dylan get better as he learns from them. And again, it just makes sense to run a SpeedSTR when you look at the purse versus the cost to run them."
The Hoch's would like to visit the new Silo Speedway that is being built just south of Dover, DE, but admit it will be tough to get there on Friday nights. They did not rule out occasional appearances at the new quarter-mile facility, though, where SpeedSTRs and Slingshots will be featured on Fridays beginning in the spring of '16.
Steve Drevicki and Dylan Hoch...just two of a group of "New Young Guns" who will tackle the USAC All Pro SpeedSTR division in 2016.
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