Wednesday, December 12, 2018

JOHN WILLMAN (Poppa Pepper's Photo)


COAL REGION RACING TO HONOR HALL OF FAME CLASS IN 2019; INDUCTEES OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED…By Gary Lileck

Landingville, PA – Coal Region Racing will officially induct twenty-five names into their Hall of Fame on Saturday evening April 6 2019. The festivities will be held at the spacious Landingville Community Fire Company Hall, located at 1 Firehouse Rd.
                            
     Tickets are available now by mailing Coal Region Racing, 417 Newcastle Street, Minersville PA 17954 or by calling Mike at 570-294-2669. Admission is $25 per person with meal and refreshments included (cash bar only/no BYOB). Doors will open at 4:00PM with dinner served at 5:30PM. Deadline to order tickets for the banquet is March 16th 2019.
 
     During the past several months Coal Region Racing collected ballots for the upcoming Hall of Fame. All fans, drivers, and area auto racing enthusiasts voted for their favorite choices and this past weekend the final votes were tabulated.
 
     Coal Region Racing would like to congratulate each of the 25 nominees for their achievements in racing and sincerely thank them for their contributions to our sport.
 
     The well established list includes: Hal Lord, Stan Weitzel, Drick Hendricks, Jerry & Peg Frank, Russ Smith, Zeke Meyer, Wilbur "Ears" Maberry, Joe & Bernie Kuperavage, DB Muscara, Larry Alati, Rick Huff, Carl Hess, George Meyers, Dave Schoffstall, Roy Wiest, Charlie Bubeck, Jerry Katz, Lauden Potts, Fritz Roehrig, Dick Maberry, Bob Emerich, Jack Trumbo, Fran Purcell Sr., Eddie Mates Sr., and Jim Somers.
 
     In other news pertaining to the banquet, Schuylkill County Commissioner Gary Hess is personally attending the festivites. He will be making a proclamation of permanent record of Schuylkill County history for each of the twenty-five inductees. More information will be released concerning this story in the near future. 
 
     For more information on Coal Region Racing and the upcoming banquet please check the official website at www.coalregionracing.com

Monday, December 10, 2018

LATE MODELS REMOVED FROM GRANDVIEW SATURDAY NIGHT RACING AT GRANDVIEW!

SATURDAY NIGHT RACING AT GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT LOOK IN 2019; RULE CHANGES ANNOUNCED AS SEASON IS SET TO START ON MARCH 30; ADDED ATTRACTIONS TO BE PART OF SOME SATURDAY NIGHTS

BECHTELSVILLE, PA December 10, 2018 . . . Changes have been made for the 2019 season at Grandview Speedway and Saturday night racing action will have a new look.
“The lack of participants, car counts have been declining in recent years, and the lack of fan support has forced us to remove the Late Models from the Saturday night racing action,” said track spokesperson Tina Rogers. “Over the recent years we have held meetings with the owners and drivers and listened to their ideas on how to save the division. However the car count could not support it any longer. With many teams selling out and others planning to travel the car count would be event less for 2019.
It is so sad that we have been forced to take this step as Late Models have been a big part of racing at Grandview for many years. Certainly our thanks go out to those who supported the division. It is the end of an era.”
A 10:1 compression rule replaces the old 9:1 engine rule. This change will allow Late Model owners wishing to do so to use their motors in the Modified division of competition. The maximum on a Whistler will be 10:4.
Saturday night racing will now feature the T.P.Trailers NASCAR Modifieds and Sportsman stock cars. The Sportsman division can look forward to more info on their new season as plans are being finalized. With the elimination of the Late Models track management will now be looking to add special attractions on Saturday nights and first to be signed is the URC Sprints on July 20 along with the East Coast USAC Sprints set for May 18th. As the schedule is filled in there will be a number of other special attractions.
Another change announced after a meeting of track officials and management has all Modifieds and Sportsman being allowed to use single or double conventional rub rails on the left side of their car only.
The Crate 604 Sportsman and Crate 602 Sportsman engines may now run a 750CFM Holley carburetor on gas. The carb rules can be found in the Modified section of the rule book at www.grandviewspeedway.com.
And another rule being implemented is that all Sportsman sail panels must be of equal height.

TIM BUCKWALTER (SDS Photo)