Huge Opening Day Crowd Turns Out To View 113 Race Cars On Display At Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM

Date: 2/21/2010 7:43:28 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 21, 2010
 
Huge Opening Day Crowd Turns Out To View 113 Race Cars On Display At Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM
 
READING, PA - Off to a good start.
 
A banner opening day crowd jammed the Fairgrounds Square Mall Sunday for the opening of the 25th annual Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM.
 
Attendees were treated to 113 race cars on display at the former site of the famed Reading Fairgrounds Speedway on 5th Street Highway in Muhlenberg Township. The event continues through Saturday (Feb. 27) with nightly activities planned.
 
"We received plenty of positive comments about the show today," said event organizer Brett Deyo. "The quality of cars this year was outstanding and we have tremendous participation from tracks, sanctioning bodies, exhibitors and vendors."
 
The show features a wide cross-section of racing vehicles, including vintage/restored cars, big- and small-block Modifieds, Late Models, Sprint Cars, ARDC Midgets, SpeedSTR Midgets, Sportsman, Roadrunners, Micro-Sprints, XCel 600 Modifieds, Slingshots, Go-Karts, Quarter Midgets and more.
 
Center court, anchored by the restored Glenn Hyneman-owned, Craig Von Dohren-driven No. 126, nostalgic Freddy Adam No. 8 and modern-day Kevin Hirthler No. 117 Modified, was bustling throughout the day.
 
The Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Historical Society organized an impressive tribute to the famed speedway that hosted its final race in 1979.
 
Kerry Meitzler's No. 3k, a small-block Modified run last during Penn National (Pa.) Speedway's final 1996 season, drew plenty of attention. The former Tri-Track racer from Kutztown, Pa., pulled the car from storage to partake in the Penn National tribute at the show.
 
NEETS promoter Joe Cutri took the stage Sunday afternoon and offered a comprehensive presentation on getting started in Enduro racing.
 
Among the 2010 show exhibitors are Grandview (Pa.) 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, RAACE Foundation, Doug Borger's XCel 600 Modifieds, Gary Silverman Productions, Dale Snyder Video, Clyde Martin Memorial (Pa.) Speedway, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Keystone State Quarter Midget Club, the NEETS Enduro Series and the Montgomery County Quarter Midget Racing Club
 
The show resumes tomorrow (Monday, Feb. 22) with Open Wheel Night presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc., with ARDC, URC and the SpeedSTR Series in the spotlight. On-stage interviews begin at 7 p.m.
 
Scheduled to appear are URC champion J.J. Grasso, URC star Davey Sammons, ARDC champion Frank Polimeda, versatile talent Steve Buckwalter, ARDC standouts Trevor Kobylarz, Carey Becker and P.J. Gargiulo and 358 Sprint Car racer Keith Prutzman.
 
Rich "Toby" Tobias Jr. of Speedway Entertainment will offer his thoughts on affordable racing technology.
 
At 6:30 p.m., Brian Hirthler of Four Star Lettering & Graphic Design will install and letter sail panels on the No. 117 Kevin Hirthler.
 
A busy week of activities are planned for the show.
 
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.
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 appears 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., has set up his HO slot car track all week during the show. A celebrity race featuring Modified racers is planned for Wednesday's 'Modified Madness' program.
 
Vendors are on hand selling national and local racing memorabilia, collectibles, racing DVDs and much more.
 
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 Schedule of Events
 
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, 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 & 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.
 
- 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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