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BRIGHT FUTURE: INVESTMENT GROUP PURCHASES GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY, PLANS FOR RACING

GEORGETOWN, DE – A storied history and now a bright future.

Georgetown Speedway, which hosted its first stock car race on March 18, 1950, will maintain a legacy of auto racing well into the future. An investment group including Brett Deyo of BD Motorsports Media LLC completed the purchase of the facility shortly before the New Year.

The agreement solidifies the future of the Sussex County property for auto racing.

“This is an exciting announcement for motorsports in the state of Delaware,” Deyo said. “Our group of investors has the best interests of the speedway in mind and continuing the legacy of Georgetown Speedway long-term.”

Since 2016, BD Motorsports Media LLC has operated Georgetown Speedway via a lease agreement with prior property owners SeaCoast Investments LLC.

The purchase opens a long list of opportunities for the facility and events.

“We have done our best since 2016 to keep the gates of Georgetown Speedway open,” Deyo said. “Improvements have been confined to the limitations of our lease agreement.

“The purchase will allow us to seriously evaluate the needs of the facility and make upgrades for the future.”

In an era of speedways closing and large properties being transitioned to commercial and residential sites, Georgetown Speedway is an anomaly.

“The racing community in Delaware is very fortunate,” Deyo said. “Thanks to the investors, racing at Georgetown Speedway is here to stay.”

BD Motorsports Media LLC will continue to operate the speedway for stock car racing and other events.

Georgetown Speedway was constructed by Delaware auto racing and business icon Melvin L. Joseph in 1949 with the first race one year later in 1950.

In 2018, the Delaware Public Archives placed a Historic Marker at the entrance to the speedway citing its longevity. The marker reads: “Built in 1949 by businessman and auto racing pioneer Melvin L. Joseph, many racing legends got their start at Georgetown’s half mile dirt oval. The Delaware Stock Car Racing Association sanctioned the first race at the speedway on March 18, 1950. The speedway was NASCAR sanctioned from 1953-1957 and from 1959-1963. Over the years, the Georgetown Speedway has become well-known across the country for its role in the development of stock car racing.”

Georgetown Speedway will participate in the Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show in Oaks, Pa., this Friday and Saturday (Jan. 21 & 22).

The first on-track activity is planned for Saturday, March 5 (rain date: March 6) with an Open Practice.

The ’22 Season Opener is one for the history books, offering the largest purse in Delaware dirt-track history. The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend is set for Thurs.-Sat. March 10-12 headlined by the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco in a $25,000-to-win, $1,000 for 16th, $500 to start Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series event featuring a total purse structure of $80,000.

A complete 2022 schedule has been posted on the speedway website at the following link: http://www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com/?page_id=2596

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

MELVIN L. JOSEPH MEMORIAL SERVES AS ‘ELITE’ STSS EVENT MARCH 10-12

Written by Chris Moore

GEORGETOWN, DE – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial, ‘Elite’ edition.

The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco is set to take over Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway for the 2022 Northeast dirt Modified lid-lifter Thursday-Saturday March 10-12.

The Melvin L. Joseph Memorial at Georgetown Speedway will serve as Round No. 2 of the six-race Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series, as well as the opener to the Hurlock Auto & Speed Supply South Region.

The March staple has been the kickoff to Northeast Modified racing since BD Motorsports Media LLC took over the track’s promotion in 2016. Now, Georgetown Speedway’s season-opening event will be the richest in the history of Delaware dirt-track racing!

The ’22 ‘Melvin L. Joseph Memorial’ will pay $25,000 to win, more than any event in the history of dirt-track racing in the First State. A total STSS Modified purse structure of $80,000 will be up for grabs for the best racers in the Northeast.

The event honors Delaware motorsports and business icon Melvin L. Joseph, who constructed the speedway in 1949 ahead of its March 1950 opener.

The three-day weekend kicks off on Thursday, March 10 with open practice for all divisions. Gates open at 5 p.m. and grandstand admission is FREE, while pit admission is $25 (ages 13 & up), $10 for Kids (ages 6-12), and $2 for Children (ages 5 and under).

Cars will be on-track in rounds from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for practice on Thursday.

Delaware’s biggest dirt-track weekend ever officially gets underway on Friday (March 11).

Friday night is headlined by the PA/NJ Spec small-block Modifieds racing 30 laps for $4,049 to win. Joining the small-block Modified contingent are the RUSH Late Models in a 20-lap main paying $1,049 to the winner.

The Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delaware Super Trucks and Delmarva Chargers are also on the Friday night program, participating in 12-lap, feature-only events.

Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. on Friday. Grandstand gates are unlocked at 5 p.m. Hot laps hit the track at 6:20 p.m. and racing begins at 7:15 p.m.

Grandstand Admission will be $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors (ages 65 & up) and Students (ages 13-17) and $10 for Kids (ages 9-12). Children 8 and under are admitted FREE.

Friday night Pit Admission is $40 (ages 13 & up), $10 for Kids (ages 6-12) and $2 for Children (ages 5 and under).

Saturday (March 12) concludes the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial in spectacular fashion.

The STSS Modifieds take center stage in the 49-lap main event paying $25,000 to win, $1,000 for 16th and $500 to take the green. The “dual-points” event will attract the sport’s top Modified drivers to the historic half-mile oval.

STSS Crate 602 Sportsman join the program for their Belmont’s Garage South Region opener:  a 25-lap, $1,549-to-win affair. Delaware Super Trucks and Delmarva Chargers round out the top program 12-lap, feature-only events.

Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and grandstands open at 2 p.m. Cars hit the track at 4 p.m. for hot laps with racing kicking off at 5 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $30 for Adults, $25 for Seniors (ages 65 & up) and Students (ages 13-17), and $10 for Kids (ages 9-12). Children 8 and under are admitted FREE.

Pit admission for the night is $45 (ages 13 and up), $10 for Kids (ages 6-12) and $2 for Children (ages 5 and under).

Sunday (March 13) serves as the weekend rain date.

Grandstand weekend passesare available for the two nights of racing. Weekend grandstand passes are$50 for Adults, $40 for Seniors (ages 65 & up) and Students (ages 13-17) and $15 for Kids (ages 9-12). Children 8 and under are admitted FREE for the weekend.

Pit area two- and three-day passes are also available.

Three-day pit pass prices are $105 (ages 13 & up), $30 for Kids (ages 6-12) and $6 for Children (ages 5 & under).

Pit area two-day passes are $80 (ages 13 & up), $20 for Kids (ages 6-12) and $4 for Children (ages 5 & under).

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

To learn more about the Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco, visit www.shorttracksuperseries.com, e-mail bdmotorsportsmedia@gmail.com, check out ‘Short Track Super Series’ on Facebook or @ShortTrackSS on Twitter or Instagram.

GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY SETS HIGHLIGHT-FILLED 2022 SCHEDULE

Written by Chris Moore

GEORGETOWN, DE – Another go-around.

BD Motorsports Media LLC has set the schedule for the 2022 season at the Georgetown Speedway.

The schedule is highlighted by three separate appearances from the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco and the inaugural Gary Simpson Memorial ‘12K for the 12K’ race.

In total, 11 races are on the docket for the ’22 season, with four of them paying a minimum of $6,000 to win. Visits from the Monster Truck Racing League and the Zerbini Family Circus are also on the 2022 schedule.

Two practices precede the racing season on Saturday, March 5 and Thursday, March 10, the latter of which serves as the Opening Night to the Melvin L. Joseph Memorial weekend.

The ‘Melvin L. Joseph Memorial’ serves as the season-opening race with the STSS visiting in ‘Elite’ style on March 10-12.

The weekend of racing will conclude with a 49-lap, $25,000-to-win feature event in Round No. 2 of the STSS Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series. The $25,000 payday to the winner will serve as the most lucrative dirt-track race in Delaware history.

The STSS returns on Tuesday, Aug. 30 as Melon 1 presents ‘Blast at the Beach,’ the popular summer classic at the Sussex County half-mile. The Modifieds will race for 35-laps and a $6,000 payday.

The final STSS stop rounds out the season for Georgetown on Oct. 28 & 29 with the ‘Mid-Atlantic Championships.’ The season concludes as the Modifieds go for 40-laps and up to a $7,000-to-win.

The STSS Crate 602 Sportsman join all three STSS programs at Georgetown Speedway again in ’22.

New on the schedule is the Gary Simpson Memorial ‘12K for the 12K’ race. In honor of the late Delaware racing car owner Gary Simpson, the July 22 race will see the Modifieds race for 32-laps and $12,000-to-win, the second-highest-paying race of the season at Georgetown in the new year.

Also on the program to honor Simpson are the Crate 602 Sportsman going 22-laps $1,212-to-win. The Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers all join the night of racing as well.

The Monster Truck Racing League presents ‘Monster Truck Madness’ on April 8 & 9. Two complete shows of Monster Trucks and Motocross at the Sussex County half-mile.

On May 20 & 21, the Zerbini Family Circus with three showtimes over the course of the two days at the facility.

Familiar favorites also continue as the ‘Mark “Coot” Williams Memorial’ takes place for the Super Late Models alongside the ‘Battle of the Bay’ for the RUSH Late Model Series on April 14.

May 13 provides another running of the ‘Deron Rust Memorial,’ as the Modifieds go for 33-laps and $3,960 to win.

The Sprint Cars visit Georgetown on three separate occasions in ’22 with three separate series taking center stage.

The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series join the Modifieds and RUSH Late Models for the June 3 program for their only appearance of the season.

The Sprint Cars visit Georgetown twice in the month of September. First, on September 9, the United Racing Club 360 Sprint Cars join the Modifieds and RUSH Late Models.

Three weeks later, on September 30, the non-winged warriors of the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars co-headline the event with the Modifieds and Crate 602 Sportsman.

For full schedule details and prices visit http://www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com/?page_id=2596.

All Georgetown Speedway races will again be streamed live on FloRacing (www.floracing.tv) produced by the Dirt Track Digest TV production team.

Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.

A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail georgetownspeedway@gmail.com or contact the speedway hotline at 302.563.GTWN (4896).

2022 Georgetown Speedway Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 5 – Open Practice (all divisions)

Thursday-Saturday March 10-12 – Melvin L. Joseph Memorial Weekend

Thursday, March 10 – Open Practice (all divisions)

Friday, March 11 – PA/NJ Spec Small-Block Modifieds 30 laps, $4,049 to win, RUSH Late Models 20 laps, $1,049 to win, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers

Saturday, March 12 – Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Halmar International ‘Elite’ Series Modifieds – 49 laps, $25,000 to win, $1,000 for 16th, $500 to start ($80,000 total purse) plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 25 laps, $1,549 to win, Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers

Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9 – Monster Truck Racing League (MTRL) presents “Monster Truck Madness”

Thursday, April 14 – Super Late Models ‘Mark Williams Memorial’ 26 laps, $3,026 to win, RUSH Late Model Series ‘Battle of the Bay’ 30 laps, $3,000 to win plus Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers

Friday, May 13 – Deron Rust Memorial Race: Modifieds 33 laps, $3,960 to win, Crate 602 Sportsman 20 laps, $1,396 to win plus Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers

Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21 – Zerbini Family Circus

Friday, June 3 – Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, Modifieds 25 laps, $3,000 to win plus RUSH Late Models 20 laps, $1,000 to win, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers

Friday, July 22 – “12k for the 12k” – Gary Simpson Memorial Race – 32 laps, $12,000-to-win Modifieds plus Crate 602 Sportsman 22 laps, $1,212 to win, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers

Tuesday, August 30 – Melon 1 presents the ‘Blast at the Beach’ Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modifieds 35 laps, $6,000 to win, $500 to start plus STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 25 laps, $1,500 to win, Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers

Friday, September 9 – URC Sprint Cars plus Modifieds 25 laps, $3,000 to win, RUSH Late Models $1,000 to win, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers

Friday, September 30 – USAC East Coast Wingless Sprint Cars plus Modifieds 25 laps, $3,000 to win, Crate 602 Sportsman 20 laps, $1,000 to win, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers

Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29 – Mid-Atlantic Championship Weekend

Friday, October 28 – PA/NJ Spec Small-Block Modifieds 30 laps, up to $5,000 to win, plus RUSH Late Models 20 laps, $1,000 to win, Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco Modified heat races, Super Late Model time trials & heat races, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers

Saturday, October 29 – STSS Modifieds 40 laps, up to $7,000 to win, Super Late Models 40 laps, up to $7,000 to win, STSS Crate 602 Sportsman 25 laps, $1,500 to win, Little Lincolns, Delaware Super Trucks & Delmarva Chargers