Date: 2/5/2009 11:56:12 AM



The Reading Eagle has for a long, long time, been a very good friend and supporter of local short track racing and in 2009, their support will take an even stronger presence.  

A special preview for the 24th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show presented by Lee Myles, will be included in the Sunday, February 22 edition of The Reading Eagle.  This preview will coincide with the opening day of the week long Car Show that will take place at the Fairgrounds Square Mall on the 5th Street Highway in Reading.  The Mall replaced the one-half mile Reading Speedway on this very property thirty years ago.     Included in this preview will be the activities and events taking place at the show, driver appearances,  a brief historical recap of racing at Reading and plenty of current day racing news.

The Reading Racing Reunion will open on Sunday, February 22 and continue through Saturday, February 28.   At least one-hundred race cars will fill the Fairgrounds Square Mall providing many with a sneak preview of the new race cars of 2009 and at the same time, displaying restored and replica cars that raced  at Reading thirty to fifty years ago.   It's a great mix of the new with very fond memories of racings past.  Event coordinators are also organizing a Fairgrounds walking tour as one of the activities.  Using blueprints of the property, the walking tour will point out key locations on the property such as the grandstands, the flag stand, the turns, the infield stage and the most photographed area, victory lane.

Through sponsorship from Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. and Alpine Building & Post Supply, the Reading Eagle has announced a new column that is dedicated to local racing in the area entitled "The Racing Roundup" that will be written by Brett Deyo.  The column will kick off on March 6 and run for thirty-nine consecutive weeks, appearing every Friday.  The column will encompass all racing in the Reading area including dirt Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, URC Sprints, ARDC Midgets, Micro-Sprints and more.   The Reading Eagle will also cover all Big Diamond and Grandview Speedway events in the coming 2009 racing season.

There is plenty to see and do including meeting representatives from many of the local speedways and getting your copy of their 2009 schedule of events.  They'll be racing movies going on, driver interviews and opportunities all week long to meet and greet drivers from the past, present and future.  

Several drivers will also take part in Celebrity Bartending, Monday through Thursday nights at Ronies Exeter Cafe at 9th & Exeter.  Tips collect each night will be donated to the American Cancer Society-Berks Unit.   Check out the show schedule of events for all the details.

24th Annual Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show Tentative Schedule of Events
Sunday, February 22 11 AM Show Officially Opens
1 PM  Racing Families- - - A salute to the generations of families in racing.
Russ & Rusty Delp,  Earl Derr & Josh Weller,  Scotty & Andrew Haus, Barry & Andy Burkhart, Ronnie & Rose Linebach, The Skias Family, Kenny Brightbill & Keith and Brad , Jon, Jon Jr. and Mike Kellner  and an endless list of others.   Race fans, if you can think of any father and son, grandfather and grandson combinations, please call Donna Miller and we will reach out to the individuals and invite them.   Contact Donna at 443-513-4456.   Thoughts:  Reimert, DeSantis, Braxton, Brightbill,  Lotier, Erb, Meitzlers, Horton, Pauch, Cozze.  Plenty of folks to invite, help us make sure we invite them all!
Randy's Raceway HO Track opens for the week long show.
Reading Racing Historical Society Kicks off Week long Display
Author Gary Ludwig to sign his book, Tommy Hinnershitz, The Life & Times of an Auto Racing Legend (appears nightly)

Monday, February 23 7 PM  Salute to ARDC   Meet the drivers, owners and crew members  who make this organization so successful.  ARDC began way back in 1939 and are going strong today! 
8:30 PM  to 9:30 PM  Celebrity Bartender Night!  Leave the folks of ARDC serve you! (Tracy Readinger, Brent Arndt and others)
Ronies Exeter Café   9th & Exeter, Reading, PA   (Full Service Bar & Grill)   
Race ticket giveaway at Ronies

Tuesday, February 24 7PM Modified Madness Night!  Big block, Small Block, Sportsman Modified Drivers Meet & Greet
Craig VonDohren, Kerry Kratz, Mike Gular,
Sportsman Drivers: Ray Woodall Jr.,  Bill Moyer Jr.,  Tom Brennan, Brad Brightbill
Randy's Raceway Sanction HO Race Night
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Celebrity Bartender Night!  Be served by Jeff Strunk, Doug Manmiller and Mike Gular
Salute to Car Owners Rod Breitenstein & Vince Gagliardo
Ronies Exeter Café  9th & Exeter, Reading, PA
Race ticket giveaway at Ronies

Wednesday, February 25 7 PM Late Model & Small Car Night!   Meet & Greet drivers from the Late Models, Legends, 600 Modifieds & Micro Sprints.
Meet Tom and TJ Mayberry and Frank Polimeda
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM  Celebrity Bartender Night!   Be served by special guest bartenders to be announced.
Ronies Exeter Cafe 9th & Exeter, Reading, PA
Race ticket giveaway at Ronies  (Ticket giveaways for the World of Outlaw Late Model & Modified Show)

Thursday, February 26 7 PM URC Night- - Our Nation's oldest traveling sprint organization to Meet & Greet the Fans
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM  Celebrity Bartender Night!  Be served by special guest bartenders including URC Rookie of the Year  Brett Schoenly and others.
Ronies Exeter Café   9th & Exeter, Reading, PA
Race ticket giveaway at Ronies

Friday, February 27 7 PM  Annual Legend's Reunion plus Racing Families- - - -A salute to the Generations of Families in Racing!
8:30 PM to 1 AM      Lee Myles BASH & Racing Movie Party- - Temple Fire Company
Car Show Awards, DJ for  Music & Dancing, Great Racing Movies, Cash Bar.   $10 admission

Saturday, February 28 1 PM  Go-Karts & Quarter Midget Drivers Meet & Greet
Shellhammer's Speedway Day at the Mall
Randy's Raceway Sanctioned HO Race Night    Pennsylvania Tyco Oval Championship
2 PM  Find the Landmarks.  Take a guide walk of the Mall to identify landmarks of the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway.
We'll find Victory Lane, each turn, the backstretch and the Flag Stand.   Join us at Center Court.

Mall Hours
Sunday  11 AM to 5 PM
Monday - Saturday  10 AM to 9 PM
Fairgrounds Square Mall   5th Street Highway  Reading, PA

For more information, please contact Donna Miller at 443-513-4456.

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