A Tale Of Two Looks For Kevin Hirthler At Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM

Date: 2/18/2010 9:00:16 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
Deyo99H@aol.com
For Immediate Release/February 17, 2010
 
A Tale Of Two Looks For Kevin Hirthler At Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM
 
READING, PA -
Kevin Hirthler races his family-owned No. 117 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 358-Modified weekly at Pa.'s Grandview Speedway, where standard body rules prevail.
 
Boyertown, Pa.'s Hirthler has also enjoyed success on the road where high sides - known as sail panels - are prevalent. Case in point: his victory in last October's Short Track SuperNationals presented by Dart Machinery at Five Mile Point (N.Y.) Speedway, an unsanctioned, open rules event.
 
Attendees of the 25th annual Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM will be able to see the car in both forms via a unique promotion involving Four Star Lettering & Graphic Design of Green Lane, Pa.
 
When Hirthler's car arrives at the show on Sunday (Feb. 21), it will be outfitted with standard window panels.
 
On Monday (Feb. 22), the team will swap out the windows in favor of sail panels, which Four Star's Brian Hirthler, Kevin's younger brother, will letter live at the show beginning at 6:30 p.m.
 
The Hirthler Green Lane William Penn No. 117 will be located in the center court vicinity near the stage, leaving room for onlookers during the lettering process.
 
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. Over 100 race cars, present-day and restored, are expected to jam the mall during the event.
 
Among the show highlights are the 600Scene.com 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 LLANDCO Inc. Penn National Speedway Reunion (Saturday afternoon, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.).
 
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. Beer City of Quakertown and Lee Myles Transmissions are presenting sponsors of the BASH.
 
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. Tickets to the BASH are $10 and will be sold during the show and at the door.
 
Among the 2010 show exhibitors are Grandview Speedway, Big Diamond (Pa.) Raceway, Kutztown Fairgrounds (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, Dale Snyder Video, Clyde Martin Memorial (Pa.) Speedway, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, the NEETS Enduro Series and the Montgomery County Quarter Midget Racing Club.
 
Driver bartending at the Applebee's on 5th Street Highway, adjacent to the small, is planned for Monday, Feb. 22, Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Thursday, Feb. 25 beginning at 9 p.m. each night.
 
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.
 
Randy's Raceway of Kutztown, Pa., will set up a portable HO slot car track all week during the show. A celebrity race featuring Modified racers is planned for Wednesday's 'Modified Madness' program.
 
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
jhwcuda@verizon.net.
 
For general show information, contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781, via e-mail at
Deyo99H@aol.com or on the web: www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com.
 
For further information on the Reading Eagle or WEEU, log on to
www.readingeagle.com or www.weeu.com.
 
25th Racing Reunion & Car Show TENTATIVE Schedule of Events
 
Sunday, February 21 - 25th Anniversary Opening Day
 
11 a.m. - Show Kickoff
 
2 p.m. - Introduction to Enduro Racing with NEETS owner Joe Cutri (Stage)
 
Monday, February 22 - Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. presents Open Wheel Night
 
6:30 p.m. - Brian Hirthler of Four Star Lettering & Graphic Design letters a dirt Modified live at the show
 
7 p.m. - 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 champion Frank Polimeda, ARDC talents Steve Buckwalter, Brett Arndt, Trevor Kobylarz, Carey Becker & P.J. Gargiulo, 358 Sprint Car talent Keith Prutzman (additional drivers TBA) - Meet Ms. Thunder on the Hill Cassi Pinder
 
9 p.m. - Drivers J.J. Grasso, Steve Buckwalter, P.J. Gargiulo, Brett Arndt & Davey Sammons Guest Bartend at Applebee's 5th Street Highway (adjacent to mall)
 
Tuesday, February 23 - Small Car Night  - Micro-Sprint, Legends Car, Slingshot & XCel 600 Modified Drivers Invited
 
7:30 p.m. -  600Scene.com presents "Small Car Roundtable" featuring Kevin Steele, Barry Angstadt, Mike Dicely, Doug Borger, Richie Hartman (Stage)
 
Wednesday, February 24 - Reading Plastic Fabricators presents Modified Madness Night
 
3-5 p.m. - WEEU 830 AM Live Radio Broadcast (Stage)
 
7 p.m. - Meet drivers from the area's big- and small-block Modified divisions - Drivers scheduled to appear: New Jersey legend Billy Pauch, Grandview Speedway & Big Diamond Raceway talents Doug Manmiller, John Willman, Kevin Hirthler, Terry Meitzler, Jeff Strunk & more, Bridgeport Speedway star Ryan Watt - Don't miss the debut of the the BFP Specialty Young Guns: Mike Gular, Billy Pauch Jr., Jon Kellner Jr., Sean Merkel, Brad Missimer, Kyle Follweiler, A.J. DeSantis, Addison Meitzler, Jordan Umbenhauer, Kevin Albert Jr., Danny Nicholas, Carroll Hine III, Mike Lisowski, Jared Umbenhauer & Michael Weinert - Meet Ms. Thunder on the Hill Cassi Pinder
 
9 p.m. - Drivers Jeff Strunk, Mike Gular, Doug Manmiller & Kevin Hirthler Guest Bartend at Applebee's 5th Street Highway (adjacent to mall)
 
Thursday, February 25 - Joe Adams Lettering LLC presents Late Model & Sportsman Night
 
7 p.m. - 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 Jason James, Michael Weinert, and Daryl Dissinger, Late Model talents Brian Shuey, Chuck Schutz, Bryon Sipe, Nate Christman, Kyle Merkel, Kurt Spotts (additional drivers TBA) - Meet Ms. Thunder on the Hill Cassi Pinder
 
9 p.m. - Drivers Brian Shuey, Chuck Schutz & Nate Christman Guest Bartend at Applebee's 5th Street Highway (adjacent to mall)
 
Friday, February 26 - Salute to the Reading Fairgrounds Speedway - 31 years later!
 
6:30 p.m. - Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Reunion (Stage)
 
9 p.m. - Beer City of Quakertown BASH Racing Party - Temple Fire Company on Kutztown Road (tickets available for $10 during show & at the door) - Sound provided by Lee Myles Transmissions - Presentation of the first Don Marks Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award - PLUS Show Awards, Music for Dancing, Racing Movies, Cash Bar, Snacks and more.
 
Saturday, February 27 - Salute to Penn National Speedway presented by LLANDCO Inc.
 
5 p.m. - FIRST EVER Penn National Speedway Reunion presented by LLANDCO Inc. of Leesport, Pa., a landfill construction company (Stage) - Former drivers, owners, officials, sponsors, fans, etc., gather to remember the Grantville, Pa., oval that closed its doors in 1996.
 
Other Show Highlights
 
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.
 
Randy's Raceway of Kutztown, Pa., will be set up with his portable HO slot car track all week during the show. A celebrity race featuring Modified racers is planned for Wednesday's 'Modified Madness' program.
 
- 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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