Five Star Race Car Bodies to award $500 gift certificate to Mahoning Valley Speedway Later Model racer

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 3-13-18) Mahoning Valley Speedway in conjunction with Five Star Race Car Bodies is proud to announce the Five Star Race Car Bodies 2018 Contingency Award Sponsor Program for the paved quarter-mile’s Late Model racers.

This program has been developed for the continued growth of stock car racing by rewarding individual racers who have helped promote the importance of both stock appearing, template-style late models and other oval track race cars.

The lucky Late Model recipient will be awarded a $500 Five Star Race Car Bodies gift certificate at the 2018 Awards Banquet.

“I think it’s great to help the Late Model guys out like that,” said Mahoning Valley Speedway two-time and defending champion Mike Sweeney.

“We’re not the Modifieds, we are the next tier down but we still have a lot of money invested into our cars and anything that anyone can give always helps. For Five Star to step up like that is just awesome. I would say there is a about 90% of us at Mahoning that run Five Star bodies.”

In order to be eligible for the $500 gift certificate drivers must display Five Star decals in a designated location. Cars must compete in stock appearing, template-style body. Competitors must compete in 75% of all scheduled race events. The winner will be by a random draw taking place at the season ending banquet.

            “It’s just a superb body. I know they’ve been working real hard on some new stuff and they’ve always been at the top of their game when it comes to Late Model bodies,” added Sweeney.

“Five Star always has a great stock of parts and they try to get you what you need as quick as they can. There are plenty of dealers across the country so if you don’t deal direct you can work with one of their dealers.”

Five Star Race Car Bodies is headquartered in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Online at S & D Bodyline of 2501 Cherrywood Lane in Bath is the area distributor for Five Star Race Car Bodies.

Mahoning Valley Speedway begins on track activities this coming weekend, March 17-18, which are Test and Tune days running from noon to 4:00 pm. March 24 and 31 are also set aside as Test and Tune for teams looking to ready themselves for the much anticipated season Opening Day on Saturday, April 7.

The cost is $25 per car and $10 per person to enter the pits. Grandstand admission for Test and Tune days is free.

Also taking place on Saturday, March 17 will be a Racers Swap Meet and Flea Market from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Any and all racers are welcome to partake as a vendor. There is a $15 vendor fee cost. Set-up and selling will be held in front of the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market.

Saturday, April 7 at 6:00 pm is Opening Day 2018 featuring a complete show of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.

Adult grandstand admission is $12. For students, seniors 65+ and active Military there is a $2-off admission. Children 10-years and younger are free.

For additional information log onto or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located adjacent to the Mahoning Farmers Market on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.



Doug Coby’s first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start at Myrtle Beach Speedway was a forgetful 13th-place finish. But the Milford, Connecticut, driver closed the season strong to collect his fifth title in six years. He’ll look to get off to a faster start Saturday as the tour’s 34th season gets rolling in South Carolina.

Timmy Solomito capped a late-race charge to win the Whelen Modified Tour’s inaugural visit to Myrtle Beach last year, and came within six points of winning the championship. The Islip, New York, driver lead another strong crop of drivers looking to unseat four-time defending tour champion Coby.

There will plenty of contenders Saturday evening including Matt Hirschman, who is coming off a championship run in the tour-type Modifieds at New Smyrna Speedway’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, and former tour champions Burt Myers and Andy Seuss.

RACING-REFERENCE: Previous Whelen Modified Tour races at Myrtle Beach | Whelen Modified Tour drivers’ career stats at Myrtle Beach

Six-time race winner Jimmy Blewett will be filling in for Ryan Preece in the No. 6, while championship contender Rowan Pennink will miss the race after having offseason surgery.


PLACE Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway
DATE Saturday, March 17
TIME 5:35 p.m. ET
TELEVISION NBCSN, Wednesday, March 21 – 6 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT .538-mile oval
2017 WINNER Timmy Solomito
2017 POLE Rob Summers
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday— Garage opens: 9:45 a.m. ET; Practice: 1:05-2:30 p.m.; Group qualifying: 4 p.m.; Driver autograph session (on track): 4:30 p.m.; Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen: 5:35 p.m.
TWITTER @MB_Speedway
HASHTAG #PerformancePlus150 #NWMT


CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The maximum starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals.

Qualifying groups will be determined by each vehicle’s overall fastest single lap from the official practice sessions.

The first 24 cars will secure starting positions based on the two-lap qualifying session. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process.

The PERFORMANCE PLUS 150 presented by SAFETY-KLEEN will be 150 laps (80.7 miles). Maximum of three (3) crew members permitted over the wall at any time during the event. Teams may only change one (1) tire on a single pit stop. Teams will be permitted to swap/move tire locations.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is eleven (11) tires per team. Four (4) tires used for qualifying must be used to begin the race. The tire change rule is four (4) tires, any position.

Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen NASCAR WMT Entry list- March 17th




Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Myrtle Beach SC Saturday March 17th

Garage opens: 9:45 a.m. ET; Practice: 1:05-2:30 p.m.; Group qualifying: 4 p.m.; Driver autograph session (on track): 4:30 p.m.; Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen: 5:35 p.m.

2017 winner #16 Timmy Solomito.

2017 Pole Winner #64 Rob Summers

Note: The Jan Boehler #3 to be driven by Rowan Pennink has withdrawn.

Nbr Driver Owner Car Crew Chief Sponsor
1 01   Melissa Fifield   Kenneth Fifield Chevrolet   Kenneth Fifield   Crowells Towing
2 1   Burt Myers   Eddie Harvey Chevrolet   Eddie Harvey   Citrusafe / Dunleavy Truck & Trailer
3 2   Doug Coby   Mike Smeriglio III Chevrolet   Phil Moran   Mayhew Tools
4 3   Rowan Pennink   Jan Boehler Chevrolet   TBA   Cape Cod Copper / USNE Inc.
5 6   Jimmy Blewett   Ed Partridge Chevrolet   TBA   TS Hauler
6 7   Jon McKennedy   Tommy Baldwin Chevrolet   Tommy Baldwin   Accell Construction Inc.
7 14   Blake Barney   Richard Barney Chevrolet   TBA   Atlantic Sprinkler
8 15   Chase Dowling   Rob Fuller Chevrolet   TBA   15-40 Connection
9 16   Timmy Solomito   Eric Sanderson Ford   TBA   Starrett
10 18   Ken Heagy   Robert Pollifrone Chevrolet   TBA   Buoy One Seafood
11 21   Ronnie Williams   Joseph Bertuccio Chevrolet   Joseph Bertuccio   Gershaw Recycling / Empower Financial
12 22   Kyle Bonsignore   Kyle Bonsignore Chevrolet   TBA   Snap-On Tools
13 23   Joe DeGarcia   Paul Degracia Chevrolet   Paul Degracia   PJ DeGracia Contracting
14 25   Calvin Carroll   Joe Carroll Chevrolet   Stash Butova   Power With Prestige / Cruising With Betty
15 26   Gary McDonald   Sean McDonald Chevrolet   TBA   TBA
16 33   Wade Cole   Wade Cole Chevrolet   TBA   Performance Engines / Kendal Oil
17 36   Dave Sapienza   Judy Thilberg Chevrolet   Tommy Grasso   Sapienza Enterprises
18 40   Frank Fleming   Gina Fleming Chevrolet   TBA   Lewisbille Motors / William Smith Trucking
19 46   Craig Lutz   Russell Goodale Chevrolet   Douglas Ogiejko   Riverhead Building Supply
20 51   Justin Bonsignore   Kenneth Massa Chevrolet   TBA   Phoenix Communications Inc.
21 54   Tommy Catalano   Amy Catalano Chevrolet   David Catalano   CP Ward
22 58   Eric Goodale   Edgar Goodale Chevrolet   Jason Shephard   GAF Roofing
23 60   Matt Hirschman   Roy Hall Chevrolet   TBA   Pee Dee Motorsports
24 64   Rob Summers   Mike Murphy Chevrolet   Steve Lemay   Hoosier Tire East / FastTrack Electrical
25 75   Chris Pasteryak   Charles Pasteryak Chevrolet   TBA   Dawley’s Auto
26 77   Gary Putnam   Mike Curb Chevrolet   Teddy Musgrave Jr.   Curb Records
27 78   Walter Sutcliffe, Jr.   Steven Sutcliffe Chevrolet   Kevin Anderson   Last Minute Racing
28 82   Woody Pitkat   Danny Watts Jr. Chevrolet   Jarod Zeltmann   Horton Ave. Materials
29 97   Andy Seuss   Byran Dauzat Chevrolet   TBA   OB Builders
30 99   Jamie Tomaino   Cheryl Tomaino Chevrolet   Cheryl Tomaino   Atlantic Sprinkler / PSR

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