Date: 3/2/2008 8:57:27 PM


The 23rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show ended
a very successful week long run at the Fairgrounds Square Mall in
Reading, PA.  One-hundred and twenty-six race cars representing numerous
divisions of short track racing filled the Mall walkway and the walls
were literally bulging.  Mall walker traffic was very strong all week,
but especially on the Sunday opening day as well as Saturday's final day
of the show.  The Friday night Legend's Reunion was another well
attended event with more then twenty-five drivers attending despite the
forecast of heavy snowfall.  Popular URC Sprint driver Glenn Fitzcharles
was acknowledged for his soon to be induction into the National Sprint
Car Hall of Fame, located in Knoxville, Iowa.  Sprint car drivers Smokey
Snellbaker and Van May were the guests of honor for their numerous
contributions to the sport.  Snellbaker and May were two drivers that
competed in the thrilling 410 sprint shows that took place in the 1970's
at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway.  Both Snellbaker and May were huge
hits with the crowd and both drivers were emotionally moved for the

Numerous celebrity interviews took place during the show, including a
huge turnout by ARDC drivers on Wednesday night.  Also, noted car owner
Chad Sinon took time for an interview with URC sprint driver Chris
Coyle.   The BPG colors, number and well recognized name of Chad Sinon
will enter the doors of URC when their sixty-first season opens at the
Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday night, April 12.  Sinon recently
announced his sponsorship support Wilmington, DE driver Chris Coyle as
they chase the coveted URC Championship crown in 2008.

At the Lee Myles sponsored BASH Racing Movie Party, the car show awards
were presented.  The Best Appearing Go Kart Award went to the #59 of
Dakota Kohler as B.J. Antonio's #46 earned the Best Appearing Quarter
Midget.  The Best Appearing Small Car Award went to the Legend #16
driven by Tom Mayberry Jr.   Winner of the Best Appearing Micro Sprint
was the #54 of Fred Bitner.  The Steve Hicks #USA 1 was the winner of
the Best Appearing Open Cockpit car as the Kyle Merkel #117 took top
honors as Best Appearing Late Model.  In the modified class, the Jon
Haegele #61 took the prize as the Joe Pratt owned  restored Sonny
Dornberger #99 was the Best Appearing Restored car.  The over all best
car of the show was awarded to the #5s Late Model of Lauden Seigfried.
Along with all the winners, the following cars and drivers were award
nominees: #6 Brandon McGough, #7K Kaitlynn Quillman, #10 Andrea
Quillman, #59 Erick Humlhanz, #108 Jordan Knepp, Jordan Reimert,  #21w
Chuck Whary, #3c Chuck Miller, #61 Mark Shaffer, #6c John Coon, #57
Brandon Edgar, #83 "Dozer" Billy Nye,  #16 Dave Shirk, #4 Chris Coyle,
#87 Andy Burkhart, #69 Greg Hoffmaster, #04 Bryon Guzik, #33 Bryan Sipe,
#21k Kyle Weiss, #3 Mike Nicholas, #99 Craig Whitmoyer, #111 Archie
Meyers, #56 Smokey Snellbaker, and the #69 Van May,

The show once again offered an event Program Book and T-shirt.  Anyone
interested in purchasing a Program Book or T-shirt may contact Joe
Wylezik at

With the success of this years events, show organizers Bob and Donna
Miller are already thinking about their plans for 2009.  At the Friday
night Legend's Reunion, Miller announced that he will put strong effort
into bringing driver Dave Kelly to the show next year.  Kelly, a
standout in the URC sprints, also holds the honor of winning the final
race ever presented at the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway.  Sad but true,
2009 will be the thirty year anniversary since the final race at
Reading.  "Having Dave Kelly return to the Fairgrounds would be a
fitting tribute and certainly highlight to join the long list of drivers
who were honored over the years.

The race car Mall Show tour continues as the Phillipsburg Mall in
Phillipsburg, NJ will play host to the first ever IRCO DIRT Track Heroes
Car Show that will open on Sunday, March 9 and continue through
Saturday, March 15.  Opening day is expected to be a huge day with a
live radio broadcast filled with driver interviews.  Drivers from
Flemington, Nazareth, Harmony and the Reading Fairgrounds will be part
of the opening day festivities.

Tentative. . . . . . SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Show Hours :  Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Saturday 10 AM to  9 PM

Sunday, March 9th   Show Opens at 11 AM
1:30 to 5:30 PM    Dirt Track Heroes Introduction & Autograph
       CARQUEST Gasoline Alley & On Track With
the Pados Brothers & Randy Kane  (TV/Internet Show)
Monday, March 10th
7:00 to 8:30 PM     Hamlin, Borgers, Snyderville Speedway Night
Plus Harmony Speedway  Historical Society Acknowledged

Tuesday, March 11th        
7:00 to 8:30 PM      Kutztown Speedway & AARN Night

Wednesday, March 12th
           7:00 to 8:30 PM      Drivers from New Egypt & Bridgeport
Speedway Plus Nazareth Speedway Remembered

Thursday, March 13
7:00 to 8:30 PM      Thunder on the Hill/Grandview Speedway
Night   & Reading Fairgrounds Historical Society

Friday, March 14
7:00 to 8:30 PM      Harmony Speedway Historical  Night  

Saturday, March 15
2 PM to 3 PM          Flemington Fair Speedway with Ron Bailey
         Discussion on How to restore a race car    

An event t-shirt and program book is already in the design stages for
this first annual event.    A limited amount of space is still available
for this event.  To display a restored or current day race car, please
enter by completing the electronic entry form at:, or call Donna Miller at

The IRCO Community Federal Credit Union is the sponsor of this event.
For more information on what they have to offer,  please visit their
website at or contact Greg Collins directly at

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