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(LEHIGHTON, PA. 7-29-19) This coming Saturday evening, August 3, Mahoning Valley Speedway proudly stages the 3rd Annual Bill Teel Memorial Modified 4-16s.
In just two years’ time the Bill Teel Memorial Modified 4-16s has become a popular event for Modified racers of the paved Lehighton ¼-mile oval. 16-lap features paying $816 each along with contingencies plus an overall champion crowned and a huge trophy, Modified drivers have made certain that this event is circled on their yearly calendar.
The format will again consist of four 16 lap features. Drivers will draw for heat starting spots to qualify for the first feature. The next three races will be an invert for starting positions to be determined and provided all drivers are on the lead lap at the respective finishes. In-between features cars will be pitted in the staging area.
This will be a non-point race, however there will be “50 show-up” points towards the regular season standings.
Teel passed away in 2012. He won Modified titles in 1988, 1990 and 2000. He was also the 2011 Modified car owner champion with Tyler Haydt.
During his driving career, that began at Dorney Park Speedway and also included stints at Flemington Fair Speedway, Evergreen Raceway and selected touring events, Teel was one of the most respected drivers both on and off the track. He won a fair share of features and more so made a lasting impression with everyone who met and knew him from his outgoing demeanor.
The 16 is significant in the fact it was Teel’s signature car number and ironically when he won his last feature on July 8, 2000, it would be his 16th.
Thus far in two outings to date the race has been well received. The unique 16-lap feature format piques racers and fans alike. And, with such a short distance to get things done contemplating the right moves is never easy. Drivers need to act quickly in order to get positions and none more so than that of the lead.
In 2017 Don Wagner, Bobby Jones, Todd Baer and John Markovic scored the respective victories. Wagner also earned the champion title for his best overall finish across the four features.
Last year saw Kyle Strohl, James Pritchard Jr., Tyler Haydt and Joey Jarowicz take the wins while Markovic was named the champion.
Also on the card that evening will be Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks. Race time is 6:00 pm.
Front gates open at 4:00 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $18, $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free.
Pits will open at 11:30 am. Early paid practice ($25 per car) will be from 12:30 to 3:30. Regular warm-ups begin at 4:15. Pit admission $30 members, $40 non-members. Driver sign-ins will be from 3:00 to 4:15. Heats get underway starting at 6:00.
A special thanks to Dene Smith for once again spearheading the event and doing an outstanding job of putting together a respectable purse and collecting contingencies.
Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updated info. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.