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Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series George Wambold 81-lap Tribute this Saturday, July 11

(LEHIGHTON, PA 7-5-20) This coming Saturday, July 11, Mahoning Valley Speedway will present the second race of the Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series (MVSHoFS) with the George Wambold 81-lap Tribute. The event will pay $2500-to-win the Modified feature. 10th spot will pay $500.

The 81-lap distance reflects the signature car number made famous by Wambold at Dorney Park and Mahoning Valley Speedways.

Also in action will be the Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks which are also part of the Series plus the E. Schneider & Sons Inc., Scrap Metal Rookie Hobby Stocks.

If race number one of the MVSHoFS is any indication then expect another great field of cars for this special show that will pay homage to one of the all-time greats of eastern Pennsylvania short track asphalt racing, George Wambold.

In a career that spans six decades, winning has been a way of life for Wambold. He owns the all-time wins record at defunct Dorney Park Speedway with 37, amassing that tally with at least one win in 20 consecutive seasons dating back to 1966.

Wambold also scored three track championships at the Park, coming in 1973, ’84 & ’86.

When the 1/5th mile Dorney Park track ceased operations after the 1986 season, Mahoning Valley swung back into action after sitting dormant since 1977 and Wambold was instrumental in coming to the aid of Ward and Dottie Crozier in resurrecting the paved ¼-mile oval.

It was fitting too, since Wambold had a strong connection to the track, dating back to his teen years of the late 1950s when he would attend events there, at the time a dirt track, and the speedway where he eventually began his career at.

When Mahoning took on a blacktop surface in 1970, Wambold quickly became one to the top stars, winning 11 times between 1970 & ’74. In 1971 he would garner his first of two Modified track titles.

In 1987 when Mahoning re-opened, Wambold became a force to reckon with. He won four times and would win his second track crown in the process.

Over the following years the winning continued and when he finally hung up his helmet after the 1998 season, he scored 27 wins. Between here and Dorney his total is 67 first place features, third on the all-time eastern Pennsylvania Modified winners list, with only Eric Beers and Brian DeFebo having more victories in that category.

Despite not racing himself in the past 20 years, the Wambold name remained at the forefront at Mahoning with his sons Brian and Michael, grandkids Tiffany and BJ and Brian’s stepson, Justin Merkel, carrying on the family legacy. 

Saturday action will get underway with early paid practice starting at noon. Heats, which will be lined up by random draw, will get underway starting at 6:00 pm. The day’s complete order of events will be released shortly.

Adult grandstand admission is $20, $2 discount for active military, students and seniors 65+. Must have valid ID. Children 10 & under are free. Pit admission is $30 members – $40 non-members.

In the event of inclement weather, Sunday afternoon, July 12, has been designated as the rain date.

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.

Mahoning Valley Speedway loses out Saturday, June 27 to heavy rains

(LEHIGHTON, PA 6-27-20) Mahoning Valley Speedway was all set to begin its third race of the 2020 season on Saturday, June 27 as cars were filling in for early practice in anticipation of the evening’s race card.

Despite a morning that began damp and drizzly, the Lehighton area was dry as to was the race track with the start of the afternoon’s practice session, however, the promising day took a turn for the worse when a deluge engulfed the facility shortly after 2:00 pm and with excessive water both on and off the track it led officials no other choice but to cancel for the rest of the day.

The track will now focus ahead to Saturday, July 11 when race number two of the Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series (MVSHoFS) takes place with the George Wambold 81-lap Tribute.

The event will honor the grand legend of Mahoning Valley and his signature No. 81 which will reflect the race distance for the Modified feature.

The winner will be awarded $2500 and $500 for 10th. Additionally other contingencies are being added as the race nears.

Also on the docket will be Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks which are also part of the MVSHoFS plus the Rookie Hobby Stocks. A special acknowledgment to the fans the Street Stocks will do a 4-wide pace lap prior to the start of their 30-lap main.

Sunday, July 12 will be the designated rain date if need be.

There is no racing on July 4.

With the late start to the season due to COVID-19 track officials are currently working out a revamped schedule and will be released very soon.

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.

Late Models and ATQMRA to make first starts of 2020 Saturday at Mahoning valley Speedway


Photo:Walter Smith

(LEHIGHTON, PA 6-23-20) Mahoning Valley Speedway welcomes back into action their Late Model division for the first time this season along with the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association (ATQMRA).

Included in the night’s action will be Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hobby stocks and Rookie Hobby Stocks. Race time is 6:00 pm.

Also, fans will have the opportunity for a meet and greet with most recent Hobby Stock feature winner and current class point leader Trisha Connolly as she will have her always perfect looking No. 2 car on display from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in front of the main entrance.

2020 will mark the 43rd season for the Late Model division which began in 1970. Frankie Althouse 2019-20 champion has moved over to the Sportsman Modified class, however, there are still the likes of Mahoning’s all-time winner Mike Sweeney, who is fresh off a win last Sunday at Evergreen Raceway and Jeremy Miller, who both, along with Althouse, led the way the past few seasons with wins and top-three point tallies.

Samantha Osborn, the 2019 Most Improved Driver award winner will be back and looking to gain her second career win and more. Avery Arthofer, a top-5 point finisher and Rookie of the Year has been on the cusp of her first in-class win and should be poised to make it happen this year.

Also looking to be in action will be the exciting Broc Brown, who has a knack for getting to the front and is a constant threat to win whenever he rolls into the track.

Veteran Geno Steigerwalt, the Cooper’s, Todd and Rich, father and son duo Mike and Seth VanFossen, Dylan Osborn and a number of others will be prepared to take the first checkered flag of the year as well.

In what has become customary over the past number of years, the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic powered by VP Racing Fuels ATQMRA opens their season at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Saturday night will mark the time-honored club’s 64th consecutive season, dating back to 1956.

The TQ’s began racing at Mahoning in 1987 with Mike Adams leading the way with 20 career track victories. The TQ Midgets are credited with being the fastest cars to ever record a lap. Matt Roselli holds the all-time speed mark at 8.825-seconds at 101 mph.

2019 club champion Joey Bailey will lead the charge into the ¼-mile bullring only this year he will behind the wheel of the iconic No. 1B for owners Barry and Donna Boyd.  

Pit gates open at 10:30 am. There will be early paid practice from noon to 2:30 pm priced at $25 per car. Pit admission is $25 members, $35 non-members. Diver sign-ins are from 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm. Heat races get underway at 6:00 pm.
            Adult grandstand admission is $14. $2 discount for active military, students and seniors 65+. Must have valid ID. Children 10 & under are free.

The track will be silent on Saturday, July 4 and then return on July 11 with race number two of the Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series, featuring the George Wambold Tribute 81 for Modifieds paying $2500-to-win and $500 for 10th.

Included on the July 11 card will be Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Rookie Hobby Stocks.

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.