Category Archives: PPB MOTORSPORTS 2018 SHOW

TIM BUCKWALTER FASTEST IN AC BOARDWALK PRACTICE, RACING ACTION SET FOR TONIGHT AND SATURDAY NIGHT

DIRT TRACK STAR TIM BUCKWALTER IS FASTEST IN BOARDWALK HALL THREE QUARTER  MIDGET PRACTICE FOR NAPA KNOW HOW WEEKEND IN ATLANTIC CITY; DRIVES INJURED TIMEX MORGAN’S CAR TO QUICK TIME OVER 48 OTHER; TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR TONIGHT AND SATURDAY RACES

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ JANUARY 26, 2018 . . .  Dirt track ace Tim Buckwalter of Royersford, Pa., was fastest Thursday night in practice for this weekend’s Three Quarter (TQ) Midget Indoor Auto Races inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. In so doing Buckwalter served notice to his rivals that he will be among the favorites for victory in in Saturday night’s Gambler’s Classic.

 Buckwalter, a dirt track driver who is equally proficient with Midgets, SpeedSTRS, Micro Sprints and Stock Cars, stopped the clocks in 8.171 seconds, one tenth of a second faster than Ryan Flores, defending Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Race Fuels champion, who posted an 8.274 clocking. Outdoor TQ Midget multi-time champion Matt Janisch (8.329), NASCAR Xfinity Series standout Ryan Preece (8.373) and Wall Stadium Modified champion Jimmy Blewett (8.428) completed the quick five among the 48 who took advantage of Thursday’s optional practice session.

Buckwalter drove the same Lafler chassis car in which its owner, Timex Morgan, received serious back injuries in the Indoor Auto Racing Series opener earlier this month. Morgan is convalescing and could not make the trip to Atlantic City.

“The last time out was the first time we put new tires on the car and it made a huge difference,” Buckwalter said. “The tires tightened the car up, made it more comfortable to drive. It was really easy to be smooth.”

Flores, second fastest, admitted he had more in his car. “We just have to find to it. We have a little more work to do,” Flores said.

Drivers who time trialed sixth through tenth were Allentown Indoor Auto Racing Series winner Justin Bonsignore, reigning ATQMRA Midget champion Ryan Tidman, teenage Indoor Auto Racing Series rookie Briggs Danner, defending Gambler’s Classic winner Erick Rudolph and Andy Jankowiak.

Also warming up Friday night were the Champ Kart and the Slingshot drivers.

Anthony Colandro was quickest in the Champ Karts trailed by teammate Eric Zeh and perennial Champ Kart indoor winner Chris Daley. 

In Slingshots, Joe Toth was quick timer ahead of Damon Paul and Nick DelCampo.

The optional practice period allowed for several group sessions for all classes.  There was only one crash over the course of the three hours of practice. That came when AJ Jadacki flipped his Champ Kart.  He was not injured, and the Kart was deemed reparable.

Though track time proved valuable, the times registered were unofficial.  Official time trials take place Friday afternoon that will determine the starting lineups for Friday night’s TQ events.

Friday night’s racing program, beginning at 7:30 PM, will feature TQ Midgets competing in four 20-lap A-Main Qualifying races along with heat races to set the starting lineups for the Champ Kart and Slingshot features.

Saturday night’s races, starting at 7:00 PM, will be preceded by Fan Fest, a ‘meet-and-greet’ trackside opportunity to get autographs and photos from the competitors will be racing in the evening’s program.

The main event Saturday is the 16th running of the Gambler’s Classic TQ Midget feature.  Champ Karts and Slingshots will also run their NAPA Know How Weekend features.

Tickets for both Friday and Saturday are available from the Boardwalk Hall Box Office in Atlantic City each day with plenty of good seats available.  Tickets are also attainable from Ticketmaster.

MS LESLIE DONEGAN CROWNED MS MOTORSPORTS IN FRONT OF LARGE CROWD

 Photo: Jim Smith 

OAKS, PA Saturday, January 20, 2018 . . .  Leslie Donegan was named Ms. Motorsports 2018 Saturday at the PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show. The 23-year old beauty from Macungie, Pa., won the competition over 19 others in the event sponsored by Oliver Construction.  The new Ms. Motorsports was crowned by Taylor Albert, the 2017 Ms. Motorsports.

 Taylor Fullin, 20, of Danielsville, Pa., was the first runner-up. Amanda Nance, 26, of Ronda, N.C., and Andrea Cap, 27, of York, Pa., were co-second runners-up.

 Roger Grover, 57 of Bordentown, N.J., was presented the Joe Pratt Memorial Dedication Award by Show Organizer Len Sammons prior to the beginning of the pageant. Grover has been a Show staff member for the last 33 consecutive Motorsports Show.

 “I learned a lot from Joe, who was a friend,” Grover said. “His people skills were amazing and his friendship meant a lot to me.”

 Matt Sheppard, David Gravel, Matt Hirschman and Mike Sweeney were presented plaques and cash awards by Area Auto Racing News as the 2018 season’s biggest winners in Dirt Modifieds, Open Cockpit, Asphalt Modified and Asphalt Late Model. Sheppard, additionally, was acknowledged as the biggest winner of 2018 overall among all classes.

 “It’s going to be difficult to have the same kind of year this year and I did last,” Sheppard admitted. “But that’s what I am going to try my best to achieve.”

 Three-time NASCAR Monster Cup driving champion Tony Stewart, 20-time World Of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Steve Kinser and past NASCAR Crew Chief and current on-air personality Larry McReynolds were kept busy for hours signing autographs and posing for pictures with adoring fans.

 Exhibitors were conducting a steady stream of business throughout the day and into the evening of the Show.

 “We always do well at this show. This year is one of the best since we have been coming here,” Keith Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Speed Supplies in New Tripoli, Pa. “Friday was good, today was really good.”

 ERK Wheel Repair, owned by Eric Kormann, was similarly impressed by the spending habits of the traffic flow.

 “I’ve been doing this show for five years as an exhibitor, Kormann offered. “Today has been non-stop people. Some are my customers, but a lot of them just learned about ERK today.”

 The third and final day of the PPB Motorsports 2018 Show will be given over to the younger race fans with Kids Big Wheel Racing and the Little Ms. Motorsports pageant. Ms. Motorsports 2018 will crown the Little Ms. winner.

 Tickets for Sunday, the final day of the Show, are $15.00 daily with children under 12 admitted free. 

 Dates for the 2019 Motorsports Show will be announced shortly.

34TH ANNUAL PPB MOTORSPORTS RACE CAR & TRADE SHOW OPENS TOBIG CROWDS, SATURDAY OPEN AT 11AM

34TH ANNUAL PIONEER POLE BUILDING MOTORSPORTS RACE CAR & TRADE SHOW OPENED IN OAKS, PA; GOOD FRIDAY CROWD MEANS BRISK BUSINESS FOR EXHIBITORS; BIG SATURDAY ANTICIPATED

OAKS, PA January 19, 2018 . . . The doors swung open in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 19 and by the end of day one, PPB Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show exhibitors reported excellent sales and plenty of mingling with either existing business contacts or new ones.

 “We like to be right at the center of the show,” commented Bridgeport Speedway promoter Brian Ramey. “And our location is right the middle of the show. All of our officials are here, a lot of our fans are here and we’re meeting people who have never before been to our track.”

 At the Coastal 181 Booth, Lew Boyd and Cary Stratton had trouble keeping many of the books they were selling on their shelves.

 “It’s been crazy busy this afternoon,” Boyd said. “I can’t imagine what tomorrow is going to be like.”

 The main event of Day One was a racing themed rendition of ‘The Tonight Show’, featuring racing personalities Dino Oberto and Bob Marlow and produced by Gary Mondschein.  The production, which featured drivers who had raced at the Pine Brook Speedway, played to an enthusiastic ‘studio audience’.

 Day Two of the Motorsports Show will begin at 11:00 AM with the doors opening.  At 12:00 Noon, NASCAR Superstar Tony Stewart will be “in the house” to sign autographs until 2:00 PM.  NASCAR Crew Chief and on-air personality Larry McReynolds will be making an autograph signing appearance on Saturday afternoon starting at 1:30 PM while Steve Kinser, the winningest 410 Sprint Car driver of all time, will sign autographs and meet and greet fans from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

 Saturday’s events will reach its culmination with the crowning of Ms. Motorsports 2018, sponsored by Oliver Construction.  Ms. Motorsports 2017, Taylor Albert, will crown her successor at the end of the competition.

 The final day of Motorsports 2018, Sunday, Jan. 21, will be dedicated in large measure to the interests of the younger racing fans.  Show doors swing open at 11:00 AM. Kids Big Wheel races, a tradition of the Motorsports Show, will be conducted on a special track while the Little Ms. Motorsports pageant will be held for ‘future Ms. Motorsports contestants’.  One of the first official duties of Ms. Motorsports 2018 will be the crowning of Little Ms. Motorsports.

 The 34th Motorsports Show will continue until 4:00 PM Sunday afternoon.

 Dates for the 35th Motorsports Show will be announced shortly.