Top Regional Drivers To Serve You At Applebee's Fifth Street Highway Location During 25th Annual Racing Legends Reunion

Date: 2/2/2010 6:29:37 PM

News from the 25th annual Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM
Media Contact: Brett Deyo - 845.728.2781 or 
For Immediate Release/February 2, 2010
Top Regional Drivers To Serve You At Applebee's Fifth Street Highway Location During 25th Annual Racing Legends Reunion
READING, PA - Top drivers from all varieties of motorsports in the region will be ready to serve you at Applebee's during the 25th annual Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM.
The show is set for Feb. 21-27 at the Fairgrounds Square Mall located on 5th Street Highway in Reading, Pa., the former site of the famed Reading Fairgrounds Speedway.
Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, located at 3050 Fifth Street Highway in Reading, has partnered with show management to present three nights of driver bartending.
Local motorsports will take over Applebees on Mon., Feb. 22, Wed., Feb. 24 and Thurs., Feb. 25. Driver bartending and serving will begin at approximately 9 p.m., moments after the show has closed at the mall each night.
On Monday night (Feb. 22), in conjunction with Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. 'Open Wheel Night' at the show, drivers from the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) and the United Racing Company (URC) will step behind the bar.
Scheduled to appear are ARDC Midget standout Steve Buckwalter of Royersford, Pa., 2009 URC Sprint Car champion J.J. Grasso of Middletown, Del., URC young gun Davey Sammons of Bordentown, N.J., and ARDC star Tracy Readinger of Oley, Pa.
On Wednesday night (Feb. 24), the stars of Modified racing at Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) and Big Diamond Raceway (Forestville, Pa.) take center stage at the show as Reading Plastic Fabricators Inc. present 'Modified Madness Night' with driver interviews and autographs.
Modified racing stars scheduled to serve Wednesday at Applebee's include eight-time Grandview NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358-Modified champion Jeff Strunk of Bechtelsville, Pa., former Penn Can (Pa.) Speedway champion Mike Gular of Green Lane, Pa., high-profile race winner Kevin Hirthler of Boyertown, Pa., and consistent veteran Doug Manmiller of Shoemakersville, Pa.
Thursday's (Feb. 25) show lineup, presented by Joe Adams Lettering LLC, pays tribute to drivers from the Late Model and Sportsman divisions.
At Applebee's, the full-fender Late Model stars set to be on hand include two-time and defending Grandview NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model champion Brian Shuey of Shoemakersville, Pa., former four-time Grandview NASCAR Late Model champion Chuck Schutz of Pottstown, Pa., and Oley, Pa.'s Nate Christman, who won in his rookie season at the track in '09.
The schedule of driver bartending appearances is subject to change.
During the week of Feb. 21-27, the Fairgrounds Square Mall will be jammed with current-day race cars representing many divisions and sanctioning groups, vintage and restored race cars, speedway exhibits and displays and vendors.
Drivers of today and yesterday will be on hand periodically throughout the show for on-stage interviews and autograph sessions.
Among the show highlights are the Small Car Roundtable (Tuesday evening, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.), the annual Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Reunion (Friday evening, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m.) and the Penn National Speedway Reunion (Saturday afternoon, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.).
Rich "Toby" Tobias Jr. will take the stage on Monday evening to discuss his affordable racing divisions, including the growing SpeedSTR Midget Series, as part of Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. 'Open Wheel Night' at the show.
Show awards - including the first Don Marks Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award - will be distributed during the popular BASH Racing Party to be held Friday night, Feb. 26 at the Temple Fire Company, just blocks from the mall, beginning at 9 p.m.
The BASH Party will feature music for dancing, a cash bar, racing movies (including 2009 footage from the Pennsylvania Dual-Track circuit) and plenty of bench racing.
Bert Jones, proprietor of Beer City located in Quakertown, Pa., has signed on as the awards sponsor for the BASH. Jones owns the No. 15 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358-Modified driven by Jason Hamilton at Grandview (Pa.) Speedway.
Lee Myles Transmissions Pennsylvania locations in Reading, Birdsboro, Allentown, Easton, Mt. Pocono & York will provide the sound for the BASH.
Tickets to the BASH are $10 and will be sold during the show and at the door.
Registration for the show is ongoing. Space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Race teams and vendors should visit the show Web site at for details.
Among the 2010 show exhibitors are Grandview Speedway, Big Diamond (Pa.) Raceway, Kutztown Fairgrounds (Pa.) Speedway, Shellhammer's (Pa.) Speedway, Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, URC, Reading Eagle, Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., Speedway Entertainment (Slingshots and SpeedSTRs), Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Historical Society, Doug Borger's XCel 600 Modifieds, Gary Silverman Productions, Clyde Martin Memorial (Pa.) Speedway, the NEETS Enduro Series and the Montgomery County Quarter Midget Racing Club.
Vendors will be on hand selling national and local racing memorabilia, collectibles, racing DVDs and much more.
Once again, the 25th annual Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM will produce its own commemorative program book and apparel. Inquiries should be directed to Joe Wylezik
For general show information, contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781, via e-mail at or on the web:
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25th Racing Reunion & Car Show TENTATIVE Schedule of Events
Sun., Feb. 21 - Show kickoff & race team move-in
Sun., Feb. 21 - (2 p.m.) - Introduction to Enduro Racing with NEETS owner Joe Cutri (Stage)
Mon., Feb. 22 - (6:30 p.m.) - Brian Hirthler of Four Star Lettering & Graphic Design letters a dirt Modified live at the show
Mon., Feb. 22 - (7 p.m.) - Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. presents Open Wheel Night - Drivers from ARDC, URC, SpeedSTR Series and more -  - Rich "Toby" Tobias Jr. of Speedway Entertainment speaks about the state of the sport and affordable racing technology - Drivers scheduled to appear: URC champion J.J. Grasso, URC star Davey Sammons, ARDC talents Steve Buckwalter, Trevor Kobylarz, Tracy Readinger & P.J. Gargiulo (additional drivers TBA)
Mon., Feb. 22 - (9 p.m.) - Drivers J.J. Grasso, Steve Buckwalter, Davey Sammons & Tracy Readinger Guest Bartend at Applebee's 5th Street Highway (adjacent to mall)
Tues., Feb. 23 - (7 p.m.) - Small Car Night  - Micro-Sprint, Legends Car, Slingshot & XCel 600 Modified Drivers Invited (Stage)
Tues., Feb. 23 - (7:30 p.m.) - presents "Small Car Roundtable" featuring Kevin Steele, Barry Angstadt, Mike Dicely, Doug Borger, Richie Hartman (Stage) - Pete Knappenberger of Racers Roundtable show serves as MC
Wed., Feb. 24 - (3-5 p.m.) - WEEU 830AM Live Radio Broadcast (Stage)
Wed., Feb. 24 - (7 p.m.) - Reading Plastic Fabricators presents Modified Madness Night - Drivers from the area's big- and small-block Modified divisions - Drivers scheduled to appear: Grandview Speedway & Big Diamond Raceway talents Doug Manmiller, Mike Gular, Billy Pauch Jr., John Willman, Kevin Hirthler, Sean Merkel, Kyle Follweiler, Jordan Umbenhauer, Terry & Addison Meitzler (additional drivers TBA)
Wed., Feb. 24 - (9 p.m.) - Drivers Jeff Strunk, Mike Gular, Doug Manmiller & Kevin Hirthler Guest Bartend at Applebee's 5th Street Highway (adjacent to mall)
Thurs., Feb. 25 - (7 p.m.) - Joe Adams Lettering LLC presents Late Model & Sportsman Night - Drivers from the Grandview Speedway Late Model division and regional Sportsman division - Kevin Kovac of the World Racing Group reports on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series - Drivers scheduled to appear: Sportsman stars Billy Moyer Jr., Michael Weinert, and Daryl Dissinger, Late Model talents Brian Shuey, Chuck Schutz, Nate Christman, Kyle Merkel, Kurt Spotts (additional drivers TBA)
Thurs., Feb. 25 - (9 p.m.) - Drivers Brian Shuey, Chuck Schutz & Nate Christman Guest Bartend at Applebee's 5th Street Highway (adjacent to mall)
Fri., Feb. 26 - (6:30 p.m.) - Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Reunion (Stage)
Fri., Feb. 26 - (9 p.m.) - Beer City of Quakertown BASH Racing Party - Temple Fire Company (tickets available for $10 during show & at the door) - Sound provided by Lee Myles Transmissions
Sat., Feb. 27 - (5 p.m.) - FIRST EVER Penn National Speedway Reunion (Stage)
Author Gary Ludwig will appear nightly beginning at 4 p.m. and during mall hours on Feb. 21 and 27 to autograph copies of his best-selling book Tommy Hinnershitz, the Life and Times of an Auto Racing Legend, which will be on sale at the show. Click here for biography
Grandview Speedway will have representatives signing up NASCAR members on Wed., Feb. 24 (6-9 p.m.), Thurs., Feb. 25 (6-9 p.m.), Fri., Feb. 26 (5-9 p.m.) and Sat., Feb. 27 (5-9 p.m.) at the Grandview display.
- Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. -
*Schedule subject to change

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