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Mahoning Valley Speedway will have strong presence at Motorsports Trade Show January 19-21

 (LEHIGHTON, PA. 1-8-18) When the popular 2018 edition of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show Presented by Sunoco and Fueled by Insinger Performance takes place January 19-21 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway will have a firm presence.

First time promoters Jack and Rebecca Carlino will be looking forward to meeting everyone during the weekend racing extravaganza where they will set-up shop at the Mahoning Valley Speedway booth.

On display will be the No. 22 Late Model of Frankie Althouse along with the latest track class edition, a Sportsman Modified prepared by Zane Zeiner.

Newly appointed Race Director Steve Fox will be on hand throughout the weekend as well to field any questions and concerns from drivers.

Also in the show representing the paved ¼-mile oval will be 2017 Octoberfast 200 winner Bobby Jones who will showcase his race winning No. 1J that will be displayed in the APS Powder Coating booth.

On Saturday Mike Sweeney, the 2017 Late Model champion, will for a third consecutive time be lauded as the as the top overall Northeast Asphalt Late Model winner.

According to the annual compiling of the Top Northeast Winners list by Area Auto Racing News, Sweeney’s 10 feature victories put him at the pinnacle of his respective class this past season. It is a feat that he repeated from 2016 and in 2015 was tied for number one.

At the Mahoning booth drivers and team members can take the opportunity to purchase their 2018 pit licenses and also reserve pit spots. There has been no increase in price from last season in either of those items and Carlino is happy to inform that the electric will be back on in the pits for those selected spots where available.

            The Sunday following the Trade Show, on January 28, there will be meetings taking place for all 2018 track classes which include Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s, Hobby Stocks and Sportsman Modified.

            The meetings will be held at the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market which is adjacent to the speedway and conducted by Fox. The meetings will begin at 10:00 am and be held per division on the hour. Any and all drivers who intend to compete at Mahoning are highly encouraged to attend, however, please be advised it is for driver and car owner only.

Further news will be forthcoming. For additional information log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.

Mahoning Valley Speedway 2018 Opener set for April 7

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 12-10-17) Mahoning Valley Speedway is excited to announce that Opening Day 2018 is set for Saturday, April 7, which follows four Test and Tune days on March 17-18-24-31.

Now under new management led by promoter Jack Carlino, he and his organizational staff have been busy preparing the upcoming season schedule while also working on a host of other new items and promotions.

The weekly action will once again consist of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.

There is a new addition to the line-up as Sport Modifieds will be introduced on a rotating basis with the Dirt Mods and Pro 4s. The Sport Modified rules are being finalized and will be similar to most other area and regional tracks that run the class.

Beginning April 7, the season will then run through its final point race on September 22. Each race night will begin at 6:00 pm. The full schedule will be released by the start of the new year.

Adult grandstand admission has been discounted to $12 from $14.

The annual season ending Octoberfast will take place on October 13 with the main attraction being a 150-lap/$5000-to-win feature for the Modifieds. The Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks are also on the slate with special events.

With this being a new beginning for Carlino and Company, he will be looking forward to meeting fans and drivers at the upcoming 2018 Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show Presented by Sunoco and Fueled by Insinger Performance, January 19-21 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.

Following the show there will be a full day of driver/owner meetings for all classes of past, present and future teams at a soon to be announced date. More news and continued updates presented during the coming weeks.

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

Dorney Park/Mahoning Hall of Fame enshrines newest inductees

By DINO OBERTO

 (ALLENTOWN, PA. 11-12-17) The 8th Annual Dorney Park Speedway/Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame induction ceremony held on Sunday afternoon at the America on Wheels museum in Allentown installed the latest entries with the class of 2017.

Don Weida, the late Bimpy Marx, Dave Schlenker and Paul Bauscher were the members of Dorney Park while the late Bups Ahner, Clarence Ruppert, Kevin Graver Sr., and Tim Santee had their names engraved with Mahoning Valley.

Weida was a very popular driver of the Park where he enjoyed a good amount of success until the track’s closing in 1986. Although he competed at Mahoning Valley as well as Evergreen Raceway, which were the three prominent asphalt short tracks of eastern Pennsylvania, Weida noted that he was most at home at Dorney, winning regularly and running as a title contender between 1980 and 1986.

Marx was considered one of the best when it came to Dorney Park. A two-time Sportsman Modified champion, (1961 & ’65), his 29 career wins is second only to George Wambold on the all-time winners list.

Marx dominated throughout the 1960’s decade. Accepting his award was daughter Stephanie who was very overcome with emotion as she fondly recalled the great times with her dad and the family during his career.

Dave Schlenker was an official at Dorney Park who did it all from announcing to scoring to handicapping and officiating. He remains a main figure at today’s races with sons Randy and Alan who compete in Street Stocks. Randy was the 2017 Evergreen champion.

“The Flying Farmer” Paul Bauscher was a fan favorite and a fierce competitor. Driver of the signature No. 91, Bauscher scored 23 career Modified wins between 1975 and 1986. When Dorney closed at the end of the ’86 season he then went over to Mahoning Valley where he raced to 13 more wins through 1990.

At Mahoning Valley, Bups Ahner had a long and storied history that dated back to the days of dirt and then asphalt. His son, Rusty Ahner was on hand to accept and represent the family which all stood proud in remembering the accomplishments of the patriarch. Bups’ grandson, Jared Ahner, has carried on the legacy as a top notch Street Stock driver.

Clarence Ruppert was just a teenager in the mid-60’s when he had the notion to become a race car driver. With a home built car he began at Dorney Park as well as several area dirt tracks. Although he raced well and won at the Park, winning in Modifieds, it wasn’t until he tried his hand at the circular Mahoning track that his stock began to rise.

His first win there came in 1971. 20 years later he picked up a Modified victory. But, when he put together a D/A Modified that wins began coming in earnest. His 27 victories stand in the history books as the all-time leader with that class plus he won three consecutive titles from 1993-’95.

His brother Carl Ruppert was also a popular wheelman and this past year Clarence became a car-owner champion after grandson Mike Stofflet captured the Dirt Mod title at Mahoning.

Kevin Graver Sr., was a Mahoning Pro 4 champion but that is only part of the story. The Graver family has been responsible for putting numerous championship level drivers behind the wheel of the infamous No. 01.

Graver Sr., served as crew chief on over 100+ wins and was responsible for championships won by his son, Kevin Jr., and grandson, Kristopher Graver.

Tim Santee first started winning races in the Pro 4 division then moved up to Modifieds where the success followed. Victories for Santee included both at Mahoning Valley and Evergreen.

 

Over the past six years he served as Race Director at Mahoning Valley where he help run a smooth and steady show.

Racing photographers Bob and Dale Snyder once again coordinated the affair which was attended by a great crowd. On display where many restored and contemporary race cars from Dorney and Mahoning.