Race of Champions Tour opens Mahoning Valley Speedway season on April 8 (Lehighton 3-2-23) The 2023 season at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway starts in just a month’s time, on Saturday, April 8, and will be highlighted by the Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Series in a 75-lap main event feature. Race time is 3:00 pm. As with Mahoning Valley this will also be the season opening race for the RoC as well. It will also be a great tune-up for the Tour regulars in advance of the 72nd Annual Lucas Oil Race of Champions 250 set to take place April 22 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa. This race was postponed from September of last year due to weather issues and rescheduled for the 22nd of April. This means with the Mahoning date up first fans can a good glimpse of who will win the most coveted prize in all of asphalt Modified racing as the RoC regulars square off against the Mahoning Valley standouts. The Lucas Oil Race of Champions 250 is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500. And, if past RoC/Mahoning races are any indication it will have all the makings of highly competitive show. Mike Leaty of Williamson, NY is the defending RoC Tour champion. Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, NY was the winner of the 71st Race of Champions 250. Northampton’s Matt Hirschman of Northampton – who owns 33 career wins at Mahoning – has won a record eight RoC 250s including six in a row from 2015 to 2020. Kyle Strohl of Palmerton is the reigning Mahoning Modified champion. In 2016, then only 16 years old, Strohl became the youngest winner of a RoC event when he scored a very impressive and decisive victory at Mahoning in the 150-lap season finale. Joining in on the night’s action will be the Street Stocks, Dirt Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Pro 4s and Futures plus the JuiceBox Division for the kids. The Dirt Modifieds are back as regular class at Mahoning for the first time since 2019.
Mahoning Valley Speedway Hobby Stocks to see increase in winner’s share (Lehighton, Pa. 3-14-23) When Corey Edelman won the very first Hobby Stock feature at Mahoning Valley Speedway on April 13, 2013, it was only a four car field and little did anyone know from that humble beginning 10 years ago the class would blossom undeniably into one of the most supported divisions at the paved ¼-mile oval. Over that past decade car counts would swell at times to 30-lus cars per week and likewise the competition level has risen in each year since. Now with the start of the 2023 season just a few weeks away track owners Jack and Rebecca Carlino are happy to announce that beginning with race number one on Saturday, April 8, the feature winner of a 25-lap Hobby Stock main event will see a $50 increase, making it $300 to score a victory. “There’s no question the Hobby Stocks have been a strong and supportive class with us at Mahoning Valley Speedway and we’ve talked about it for some time about rewarding them with a better payout to win a feature and it’s time we stepped up and did so,” said Jack Carlino. “We’re very happy to be able to make it a little sweeter to win a Hobby Stock feature and let me say we truly appreciate all of our racers in all of our classes and we’re continually looking at ways to better them when it comes to the payout window.” In 195 features run to date there have been 44 different winners, led by Edelman who has a record 30 class wins. He is also the defending and three time champion. The Hobby Stocks had grown so much over time that in 2020 a Rookie Hobby Stock class was put in place and is now referred to as the Futures division. Mahoning Valley Speedway’s Opening Night 2023 is slated for Saturday, April 8 at 3:00 pm headlined by the Race of Champions Series Modifieds plus Street Socks, Dirt Modifieds, Pro 4s, Hobby Stocks, Futures and the JuiceBox Division.
Mahoning Valley Speedway Test and Tune set for Saturday, March 18 (3-13-23) Mahoning Valley Speedway will host the first of four Test and Tune days this coming Saturday, March 18 from noon to 4:00 pm, weather permitting. Test and Tune is open to any race car provided they have a roll cage and safety belts. Saturday, March 25 and Saturday and Sunday, April 1 & 2 are the other Test and Tune dates. For all Test and Tune days pit gates open at 11:00 am. Pits are $10 per person and $25 per car. Grandstands are free.It is also highly encouraged that racers use this time to bring their cars to the track for tech inspections in order to ease up on time doing so during Opening Night, April 8. In other news with the loss of Spring Clean-up days to weather, the management team will take the time this Saturday to begin replacing seating with brand new planks. Anyone that would like to lend a hand in the work detail of putting in the new planks are more than welcome to join in. Please bring along a cordless drill, pry bar or any other type tooling that would suffice for such a job.
Rules now in place as excitement continues to build for Evergreen Raceway/Mahoning Valley Speedway 602 Crate Modified Dual Track Series (LEHIGHTON, PA. 3-12-23) Since the announcement of the 602 Cate Modified Dual Track Series (DTS) between Evergreen Raceway in Butler Township and Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton there has been plenty of momentum gaining with competitors eagerly awaiting the chance to get the action underway. Six races, three at each track, will make up the DTS. The first race takes place at Mahoning Valley on Saturday, April 22 and is sponsored by Rustic Roots Salon of Lehighton. Race number two will be Sunday, June 11 at Evergreen and sponsored by Blue Mountain Woodworking of Bath.On Saturday, July 8 it’s back to Mahoning Valley with Bruce George Paving & Excavating of Kunkletown as sponsor. The DTS returns to Evergreen on Sunday, August 13 sponsored by Future Homes Custom Builders of Kunkletown. The Series stays at Evergreen for the fifth instalment on Sunday, September 17 and will be sponsored by O & S Maintenance of Moscow. The finale will be held at Mahoning Valley on October 7 and presented by Aqua Duck Water Transport of New Tripoli. Each feature will pay $1000 to win, $500 for second, $400 to third, $300 for fourth and fifth on back receiving $200. Plus each race will designate five “Lucky Draw” awards worth an additional $1000. Following each feature a random draw of five pills will be picked. Each of the numbered pills will represent a finishing position and those spots will be awards an additional $200 courtesy of that night’s sponsor. Conforming track points will be kept for the Series with a point fund in place. The point fund will go to the top three in Series standings with $1500, $1000 and $500 respectively. Drivers must participate in all six races and make a qualifying attempt in order to be eligible for the point fund. In the event of a tie then highest average finishes per driver will determine that outcome. Funding for the DTS point fund is being provided by Blue Mountain Machine in Lehighton and John Blewett Inc., Scrap Auto & Scrap Metal Recycling from Howell, NJ.Mahoning Valley will award 100 ‘show-up’ points to go along with the weekly class standings as. Evergreen will award regular points towards their season championship standings as well. Each of the six races will carry a $50 registration fee per car. A pill draw will determine that race’s heat starting spots. The number of heats will be determined by car counts per event. The top five from each heat will transfer to the feature with the top three doing a redraw for main event line-ups. Up to 22 cars will start each feature, however, the 21st and 22nd starters will forfeit green money. Coni’s will only be run if 23 of more cars are present. At Mahoning Valley teams may utilize both a 10-inch or 12-inch wheel. There will be a $500 bonus given at all Mahoning DTS shows for the highest finishing car on a 10-inch wheel (all four corners) courtesy of Primary Service Group of Monmouth County, NJ. At Evergreen three races all cars are only allowed 10-inche wheels. The use of mirrors and radios are permitted. Hoosier 10-inch tires only at all DTS events and tire compounds must not be altered from manufactures’ specifications. The approved Hoosier tires will include F-45, 1060 and 1057. Any combination of tires will be permitted at either track for the DTS only. All other rules including overall weights and left side percentages must comply with 602 Crate Modified rules per Evergreen or Mahoning depending on the event race is being held. It is highly advised that teams familiarize themselves with both tracks 602 division rules. Post tech items to include but not limited to engines, clutches, transmissions, rear ends, shocks and claimed car weight. In the event a race is rained out the make-up will take place at the next regularly scheduled date for that track. The upsurge of appeal behind the 602 Crate Modifieds has led the two eastern Pennsylvania paved short tracks to pull their efforts together in a cohesive effort that will be beneficial to drivers, fans and tracks alike. The DTS came to fruition when Mahoning Valley Speedway Operations Manager Todd Baer collaborated with team owner/drivers Nevin George and Jimmy Blewett about the opportunities that would come from such a venture. Then after working out rules and details with Evergreen promoter/owner Jason Makarewicz, the DTS has become a reality. In 2023 the class will be part of the respective tracks regular division line-up and with rules that are closely related it is encouraging for drivers to race at either facility without the worry of making changes to their cars. Aside from the immediate area competition also comes in from New Jersey, New England and New York Mahoning Valley Speedway’s Opening Night 2023 is slated for Saturday, April 8 at 3:00 pm headlined by the Race of Champions Series Modifieds plus Street Socks, Dirt Modifieds, Pro 4s, Hobby Stocks, Futures and the JuiceBox Division. Evergreen Raceway swings into action March 26 at 1:00 pm with a ‘Gut N’ Go’ 4/6-Cylinder Enduro as the main attraction plus there will be Spectator Drags and the JuiceBox Division for the younger set. The regular season begins on Sunday, May 7 with Tour Type Modifieds heading the day’s line-up along with Late Models, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinder Stocks.
Mahoning Valley Speedway Late Models and Street Stocks to share in Five Star Race Car Bodies contingency program (LEHIGHTON, PA. 3-7-23) Five Star Racecar Bodies of Twin Lakes, WI, have returned for the 2023 season at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway as part of the company’s Five Star Race Car Bodies 2023 Contingency Award Sponsor Program. Late Model and Street Stock drivers will be the beneficiaries of the season-long program that will award one (1) $750 product certificate and one (1) $250 product certificate respectively to each. This year’s lucky winners will be picked by a random draw at the conclusion of the season. In 2022 the Five Star Race Car Bodies Contingency Award Sponsor Program winners where Nick Ross, Late Models and Tommy Flanagan, Street Stocks. This program has been developed for the continued growth of stock car racing by rewarding individual racers who have helped promote the importance of both stock appearing, template-style Late Models and other oval track race cars. To be eligible drivers must compete in stock appearing, template-style body of any brand and must the also participate in no less than 75% of the scheduled race events. An official Five Star Decal must be placed on each car located at the highest decal location on the front fenders, ahead of the wheel opening on both sides of the car at all events. Decals will be made available starting at all Test and Tune days on March 18 & 25 and April 1 & 2. Drivers can also get a Five Star Decal on the classes respective openers. For the Street Stocks it will by Saturday, April 8 and the Late Models on Saturday, April 15. Five Star Racecar Bodies leads the industry in manufacturing with over 100 employees and close to 185,000 square feet of floor space dedicated to the design, manufacture, and distribution of body panels, windows and accessories. The Late Models and Street Stocks of Mahoning Valley have long been a staple at the popular ¼-mile paved oval with a very dedicated core group of drivers. The action they provide is and always has been close and thrilling. Fans of full-bodied stock car racing need look no further then what is presented by these two exciting divisions. The start of the 2023 season begins on Saturday, April 8 which will be highlighted by the Race of Champions Modifieds Series along with the Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Dirt Modifieds, Pro 4s and Futures plus the kids JuiceBox Division.
RoC Dash Series Inks Weekend Dates At Mahoning Valley Speedway And Evergreen Raceway (Lehighton 2-24-23) The 2023 schedules for Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton and Evergreen Raceway in Butler Township has been released and on their respective calendar events are a collaboration of Series races between the two paved eastern Pennsylvania tracks which includes the 602 Crate Modifieds and the Hobby Stock/4-Cylinder Stocks. Those two divisions are set to compete in three races each at both facilities and since being announced there has been much anticipation and excitement building for fans and drivers who are looking forward to those special shows.Now another two-track effort can be added as the RoC FOAR Score Four Cylinder Dash Series will be making a weekend trip to Mahoning and Evergreen on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 & 7.There is no question that the Hobby/4-Cylinder Stocks at both tracks remains one of the strongest classes in terms of car counts and competition. And, now with the RoC FOAR Score Four Cylinder Dash Series coming in it brings an added level of prominence as the very talented locals will square off against a stout group of tour drivers on back-to-back days. The Dash Series continues to be one of the most populated divisions on the RoC schedule. The RoC permits drivers to run their “home track” rules which allows them to race the same car they would have weekly. Under that logic with more cars comes more and stronger competition. On the RoC Tour the Dash Series draws as many as 40 entries and taking into consideration the solid car counts that Mahoning and Evergreen pull, the May 6/7 weekend can easily see those numbers and even better.A Mahoning Valley the racing will get underway starting at 5:00 pm and include the 602 Crate Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pro 4s, Futures and Junk Car Races plus the JuiceBox Division. Evergreen will have a 2:00 pm start which will also be their Opening Day. Tour Type Modifieds, 602 Crate Modifieds, Street Stocks and Novice are on the docket plus the East Coast TQ Midgets and the JuiceBox division. Nick Robinson of Waverly, NY is the defending Roc Dash Series champion. At Mahoning Valley Corey Edelman of Northampton collected his third Hobby Stock crown in 2022 and at Evergreen it was Makenzie Adams taking the championship honors.
Mahoning Valley Speedway to Open 2023 Season April 8 with RoC Modifieds; Crate 602 Modified Dual Track Series to be run with Evergreen Raceway When the 2023 season gets underway at the paved ¼-mile Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, a popular and very familiar touring group will be on hand as the Race of Champions (RoC) Modified Series will kick-off things on Saturday, April 8. Race time is slated for 3:00 pm. The RoC Tour is nothing new to Mahoning Valley having run numerous events over the years and giving fans the opportunity to see some of the top drivers on the Tour take on the weekly and always though regulars in what makes for a thrilling and action packed show. And with this being the first point race of the season for the RoC as well as the stars of Mahoning Valley, indications point to a great field of Modifieds. While this will be the first RoC Tour event of 2023, it also serves as a tune-up to the granddaddy of all Modified stock car races with the 72nd Annual Lucas Oil Race of Champions 250 taking place on Saturday, April 22, at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania. That event is a holdover from last year after weather postponed it until the new date. With the exciting news of the RoC Tour coming to Mahoning for the season opener, in the works is a second date to be announced for later this year. And speaking of the RoC the FOAR Score Four Cylinder Dash Series – part of the Race of Champions “Family of Series” – is a class very similar the Mahoning’s Hobby Stocks and has been inked onto the ’23 schedule. This will be their first venture into eastern Pennsylvania and like the Modifieds, they too will be facing off against some high quality talent that make up the home track steadies in what has become one of the hardiest divisions to race in. The management team of Mahoning Valley is putting in place the final dates in preparation of releasing the schedule during the Pioneer Pole Building Motorsports Trade and Race Car Show taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks on January 20 & 21. Race fans can rest assured that a very action packed calendar of events will be run each week and that includes a continuing effort to work in unison on a number of cross-promoting endeavors between Mahoning Valley Speedway and neighboring Evergreen Raceway in Butler Township and the “Dual Track Series” (DTS). Recently both facilities revealed a Hobby Stock/4-Cylinder DTS and now they have added the Crate 602 Modifieds with a six race series, three features at each track. With an uptick in popularity of the Crate 602 Modified division it was felt that a series between both tracks would be a great opportunity for drivers to showcase their abilities even further. The class has become a steppingstone for rising talent and at the same time giving them the chance to compete against some savvy veteran drivers. The Crate 602 Modifieds have run the past two seasons at Evergreen. Rick Smith was this year’s champion there. At Mahoning Valley the class had a rousing debut during the annual Fall Brawl in a race won by 11-year old Paulie Hartwig III. Both classes will be part of the respective tracks regular divisions and with rules that are conducive at each. Respective track points and series points will be kept and aside from regular payouts there will be a point fund in place paying $1500, $1000 and $500 to the top three. Plus each race will designate five “Lucky Draw” awards of $200. The Crate 602 Modified DTS is being made possible by sponsors Bruce George Paving and Excavating of Kunkletown, Aqua Duck Water Transport of New Tripoli, Rustic Roots Salon of Lehighton, Blue Mountain Woodworking of Bath, Future Homes also from Lehighton and O & S Maintenance of Moscow. Another class making a return to Mahoning is the Xcel Modifieds, the scaled-down version of a Dirt Modified and powered by 600cc sealed engine. The touring group last raced here in 2015. Coming back as well is a division which has deep roots at Mahoning. The Slingshots by Tobias, which had its official debut back in 1999, will revisit the speedway for the first time in four years. Furthermore will be the staple touring groups of the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association, East Coast TQ Midgets and Micro Stocks plus JuiceBox Races and Junk Cars will see added dates this year. There will be big news forthcoming on the second annual Modified Spring Zing Tom Wanick Jr., Memorial 150 for the Modifieds with another hefty payout to boot. All of Mahoning’s regular classes will all be in action regularly throughout the season including Modifieds, Late Models, Crate 602 Modifieds, Street Stocks, Dirt Modifieds, Pro 4s, Hobby Stocks and Futures. In advance of the first race the speedway will be hosting Test and Tune days March 18 & 25 and again April 1 & 2.