Date: 2/21/2009 11:49:50 AM



For the twenty-fourth consecutive year, the Fairgrounds Square Mall in Reading, PA will open their doors and welcome an invasion of race cars and race fans as the NAPA Auto Parts Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show presented by Lee Myles Transmissions begins its week long run on Sunday.   The Fairgrounds Square Mall, sits firmly over the sacred ground that was once home to one of our nation's most popular dirt tracks.  The Reading Fairgrounds Speedway, in popularity and national exposure would equal such tracks like  Knoxville and the Williams Grove Speedway.      Although the Reading Speedway no longer exists, the memories, both good and sad,  live on each year during this very special reunion.

Race cars of all divisions will be on display at the Fairgrounds Square Mall  from Sunday, February 22 to Saturday, February  28.    Many of the cars on display  will be current day race cars that compete at the local weekly short tracks.  There will also be a strong presence of restored race cars.  Some cars are  originals, while others are outstanding duplications of race cars that once competed at the Reading Fairgrounds.

This show offers a boast to kickoff the start of the fast approaching 2009 local short track racing season.  Many local speedways and race teams will be handing out their 2009 schedules with hopes of luring you to one,  or many of their action packed racing events.     There are numerous weekly racing events taking place in the northeast and in fact, you'll find some of the best racing and strongest car counts right here.   

At the local short tracks, the parking is free, you can buy a program book for under $3 and the concession treats are usually very good and priced reasonably for a single spectator or a family of five.   Admission tickets are also priced with a family in mind.    You can arrive at a local short track thirty minutes prior to the start of the event and find a good seat.  An entire night of racing could include ten to fifteen events and be completed on average in 3 to four hours.

What still remains impressive, is watching one of these local heroes climb out of their car in victory lane,  with raccoon eyes from the flying dirt, perspiration dripping from their face to the ground,  to seeing the adrenalin spiked winner climb to the roof of their car waiving the checker flag.      This is a local hero of the short track racing scene.

So this week, visit the Fairgrounds Square Mall and take a look at the vast  variety of divisions of race cars and while you're there, find the local short track nearest to you, get a schedule and plan to take in a show in 2009.   You won't be disappointed.

Along with the many race cars on display, there is also numerous activities and special appearances taking place every day of the show.  Check out the very busy Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show  Schedule of events.  

This show is presented through the support of NAPA Auto Parts and Lee Myles Transmissions with special thanks to the Fairgrounds Square Mall.   The show is organized by Bob and Donna Miller of Speedway Promotions LLC. 

The Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA 19505)  is located thirty minutes from the Fairgrounds Square Mall.    Grandview  Speedway  is a one-third mile high banked dirt oval presenting weekly stock racing every Saturday night  from April to October.   Grandview Speedway offers numerous special events including the high profile mid-week racing series, Thunder on the Hill, celebrating its twentieth season in 2009.    The Thunder Series host top classes  like the 410 Sprints, USAC Wingless Sprints, WoO Late Models, ARDC Midgets, URC Sprints plus Big Block Modifieds and the very popular 358 Modifieds.   Location, directions and all the facts can be found at :  
www.grandviewspeedway.com   or

24th Annual Reading Racing Reunion & Car Show  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   Terry & Tyler Bartik ,  Allan and Tim Carter. Terry, Shawn and Lauden Reimert,  Gary and Jimmy Gollub, Mike and Danny Erb, Diane and Ronnie Tobias and an endless list of others..
Meet Miss Thunder on the Hill Skye Michaels  2 PM to 4 PM
Picture Your Dreams Portrait Studio Presents;  Miss Motorsports 2009 Alyssa Sharman   2 PM to 4 PM
Randy's Raceway HO Track opens for the week long show
SMASHMASTERS Demo Derby Exhibit
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!  Tracy Readinger, Brent Arndt,   Andrew Hannula, Justin Grosz, PJ Gargiulo, Trevor
Kobylazr.   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 Doug Hoffman, Craig VonDohren, Kerry Kratz, Mike Gular,  Sportsman Drivers: Ray Woodall Jr.,  Bill Moyer Jr.,  Tom Brennan, Brad Brightbill
Meet Miss Thunder on the Hill Skye Michaels  7 PM to 8 PM
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.
7 PM to 8 PM  Roundtable Discussion by Pete Knappenberger & Barry Angstadt with panelists Mike Dicely, Brett Arndt and Richie Hartman to discuss the state of 270 Micro Racing to include 600 micros and wingless racing.   The show will be aired on Racers Round Table at a later date.   Meet, Chuck Schutz, Brian Shuey,  Tom and TJ Mayberry, Rodney Kistler  and Frank Polimeda
Picture Your Dreams Portrait Studio Presents;  Miss Motorsports 2009 Alyssa Sharman   6 PM to 8 PM
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM  Celebrity Bartender Night!   Be served by special guest bartenders, Chuck Schutz, Rodney Kistler & Others.
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 & 358 Sprint Night- -URC,  Our Nation's oldest traveling sprint organization plus drivers
358 Sprint Car drivers to Meet & Greet the Fans
Plus: Meet Lance Dewease 410 Sprint Car Driver
Picture Your Dreams Portrait Studio Presents;  Miss Motorsports 2009 Alyssa Sharman   6 PM to 8 PM
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!
Don Kreitz Sr & Don Kreitz Jr, MeMe & AJ DeSantis,
Meet:  Billy Pauch Jr., Junior Eckert
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
On the original site of the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway
30 Years Since The Last Checker Flag At Reading!

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