Mahoning Valley Speedway will hold a Racers Swap Meet and Flea Market on Saturday, March 17 from 10am to 4pm. The event will run in conjunction with the Speedway’s first Test and Tune day. Any and all racers are welcome to partake as a vendor. There is a $15 vendor fee cost. Set-up and selling will be held in front of the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market. That same day the track will open its gates for the first time this season for the start of four scheduled Test and Tune days. Test and Tune runs from noon to 4:00 pm. Pits will open at 11:00 am. All competitors are welcome to participate. Pit cost is $25 per car and $10 per person. Grandstands are free. Sunday, March 18 and Saturday, March 24 & 31 will be the next days in line for Test and Tune. Saturday, April 7 at 6:00 pm is Opening Day 2018 featuring a complete show of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.
Ward Crozier Sr. Memorial set for May 5…All features to run 26 lap distance (LEHIGHTON, PA. 1-31-18) Ward Crozier Sr., passed away on May 5 of last year but make no bones about it he left behind a legacy. It was Ward who perhaps can be singled out as the person most responsible for keeping pavement racing alive and well in eastern Pennsylvania from the late 1980’s to the present time, most notably at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway. At the end of the 1986 season Dorney Park Speedway in Allentown closed its doors leaving the many faithful pavement racers of the area without a track. The cars at Dorney, Sportsman and Late Models, were somewhat exclusive to that track. Thanks to the heads-up thinking of Crozier, he stepped in knowing that a track was available to keep alive the racing. In early 1987, Ward and wife Dottie where able to make a deal with land owner Charlie Abrachinsky to reopen Mahoning Valley Speedway, a ¼-mile oval that had been sitting dormant the past 10 years. The weekly races under the Crozier’s reign where considered some of the best years at Mahoning as they built a solid and loyal base – fans that had a true passion for the sport and the drivers they deeply supported. He also introduced new classes such as the Pro 4 and D/A Mods. Gone but never forgotten, the Speedway, with much thanks and effort from the Crozier/Christman families, are proud to announce that the “Ward Crozier Sr., Memorial” will be held on Saturday, May 5, exactly one year to the day of his passing. The format will be distinctive to Ward as each feature that evening will be 26 laps in distance. The 26 was the signature number that Ward ran throughout his career. The family has already begun the process of collecting monies and contingencies that will be disburse across the classes. The Speedway will also be sweeting the pot so racers coming out in support of this very special event will be well compensated. Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Dirt Mods and Hobby Stocks will be in action but the Pro 4, the class which was pioneered by Ward, is being strongly considered as well. More details on the “Ward Crozier Sr. Memorial” will be forthcoming.
Mahoning Valley Speedway divisional meetings to be held January 28
Mahoning Valley Speedway has announced that divisional class meetings will be held on Sunday, January 28 at the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market which is located adjacent to the speedway. The meetings will be held for all 2018 classes beginning at 10:00 am and conducted by race director Steve Fox. Each class is slated to be over a 45-minute period and have the following group begin at the top of the hour. Up first will be the Pro 4s followed by the Late Models at 11:00 a.m., Dirt Mods at noon, Hobby Stocks at 1:00 p.m., Street Stocks at 2:00 p.m., Modifieds at 3:00 p.m. and Sportsman Modifieds at 4:00 p.m. All past, present and future drivers are welcome and encouraged to attend. The meetings will be limited to driver and owner only. Pit license and pit spots will be sold during the day.
Sunday will also be the final opportunity to reserve a 2018 pit spot. The Mahoning Grill will be open and serving food.
Mahoning Valley Speedway to be well-represented at Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show Presented by Sunoco and Fueled by Insinger Performance, January 19-21 (LEHIGHTON, PA. 1-8-18) When the popular 2018 edition of the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show Presented by Sunoco and Fueled by Insinger Performance takes place January 19-21 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway will have a firm presence. First time promoters Jack and Rebecca Carlino will be looking forward to meeting everyone during the weekend racing extravaganza where they will set-up shop at the Mahoning Valley Speedway booth. On display will be the No. 22 Late Model of Frankie Althouse along with the latest track class edition, a Sportsman Modified prepared by Zane Zeiner. Newly appointed Race Director Steve Fox will be on hand throughout the weekend as well to field any questions and concerns from drivers. Also in the show representing the paved ¼-mile oval will be 2017 Octoberfast 200 winner Bobby Jones who will showcase his race winning No. 1J that will be displayed in the APS Powder Coating booth. On Saturday Mike Sweeney, the 2017 Late Model champion, will for a third consecutive time be lauded as the as the top overall Northeast Asphalt Late Model winner. According to the annual compiling of the Top Northeast Winners list by Area Auto Racing News, Sweeney’s 10 feature victories put him at the pinnacle of his respective class this past season. It is a feat that he repeated from 2016 and in 2015 was tied for number one. At the Mahoning booth drivers and team members can take the opportunity to purchase their 2018 pit licenses and also reserve pit spots. There has been no increase in price from last season in either of those items and Carlino is happy to inform that the electric will be back on in the pits for those selected spots where available. The Sunday following the Trade Show, on January 28, there will be meetings taking place for all 2018 track classes which include Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s, Hobby Stocks and Sportsman Modified.
The meetings will be held at the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market which is adjacent to the speedway and conducted by Fox. The meetings will begin at 10:00 am and be held per division on the hour. Any and all drivers who intend to compete at Mahoning are highly encouraged to attend, however, please be advised it is for driver and car owner only.
Steve Fox Named As Mahoning Valley Speedway's Race Director, Dino Oberto Appointed To General Manager Slot
By Area Auto Racing News: STEVE BARRICK
TRENTON, NJ – The purchase of Mahoning Valley Speedway's property and business by local resident Jack Carlino has led to key staffing changes at the top of the personnel list. Carlino now owns property that contains the Speedway and the Mahoning Farmers Market. Effective immediately, Dino Oberto, 59, of Hazleton, Pa., has taken over the general management of the speedway operations and Steve Fox, 60, of Hawley, Pa., and formerly of Hazleton, has been named the track's Race Director. Carlino acquired the speedway business from the Santee family and the property ownership from Charlie Abrashinsky, who had owned the property throughout its rebirth. The late Ward Crozier and his family, local businessman Chuck Pollock, and the late Doug Hoffman all preceded Santee in the operation of Mahoning. Carlino lives just west of MVS in Normal Square, the first crossroads west of the speedway. He has been involved directly with the track since 2012 as a concessionaire. Oberto and Fox have known one another personally for over thirty years. They worked together previously, in the 1990s, at Evergreen Speedway in St. Johns, Pa., both in official capacities. Oberto hired Fox for the Race Director position. “Steve has a vast and diverse knowledge of racing to bring to the position,” Oberto, 59, said. “It helps greatly that he and I worked together at Evergreen Raceway in the past and have kept in touch over the years. Oberto has himself been an integral part of the Mahoning Valley Speedway operations dating back to the Chuck Pollock era. His duties at MVS most recently have included announcing, public relations work, sponsor procurement, program publishing and direct interaction between competitors and management. Oberto will continue to fulfill these responsibilities. Oberto feels that Mahoning Valley Speedway recently has attained a position of prominence in northeastern paved track racing, though some recent events have stunted growth. He intends to restore the prior greatness. “Mahoning Valley Speedway is a good place to race. I think that with some attention to detail and a back-to-basics philosophy, Mahoning best days will lie ahead. “I look at my position at the track as being a voice of reason between the drivers and owners and Jack Carlino. I want to do what I can to make the races entertaining and at the same time, make decisions that will benefit Mahoning Valley Speedway as a business. Yes, it's entertainment, but it is also a business that has to be profitable,” Oberto offered. Several issues have already been addressed. American Racer tires, introduced in 2017 for the first, time, will be the tire of choice once again in 2018. “The reaction to the tires was fifty/fifty,” Oberto said. “Which it was before with the other tires. I think as the year went along, more and more teams got comfortable with and saw the virtues of the American Racer.” Oberto said he has been in negotiations with the American Three Quarter Midget Association (ATQMRA). Oberto said that three ATQMRA dates will be booked for the 2018 season. At Oberto's suggestion, track owner Carlino has reduced the front gate spectator admission price for a regular show from $14 to $12. Mahoning will also feature two Fan Appreciation Nights in 2018. An alliance is being sought, under the direction of Race Director Steve Fox, to align with Pocono Raceway with its three major racing weeks. Walter Smith will return as Mahoning Valley Speedway's official photographer. Oberto views his Mahoning assignment as general manager as a great opportunity. “I have been involved in racing for most of my life, and have spent years at Mahoning. The opportunity to be involved at the decision-making level comes at a great time in my life and in my career in racing. I am committed to doing whatever I can to make the place fun for everybody.” For Oberto, the hiring of Fox for the race directorship post was a case of offering the position to the best possible candidate. “Steve has a vast and diverse knowledge of racing to bring to the position,” Oberto, 59, said. “It helps greatly that he and I worked together at Evergreen Raceway in the past and have kept in touch over the years. When Fox as contacted by General Manager Oberto, he immediately accepted the Race Director position. “I've always been impressed with Dino's worth ethic,” Fox said. “I was glad to accept.” Fox's resume in auto racing is extensive. He has competed for several years in ARCA, principally at Pocono Raceway twice annually in the ARCA events but most notably at Daytona. He intends to race the two Pocono races with ARCA in 2018. “I'm on my own now, along with Tony Aquilino who has been with me from the beginning, with the ARCA program,” Fox said. “I love the big track racing all of my background is in short tracks. I'm really a short track guy.” Fox's full time occupation is the directorship and administration of Stock Car Experience, a long-lived, popular NASCAR Stock Car driving enterprise that trains would-be racers, as well as providing recreational race car driving opportunities for fans. SCE operates exclusively at Pocono Raceway and has for nearly two decades. Fpx was there at the beginning of SCE, which was founded by Jesse Roverana. The firm experienced explosive growth beginning in 2000, leveled off after 2008 but has now experienced a renaissance, due in part to the dissolution of other driving schools such as Skip Barber. Fox is also involved in an unusual, little known automotive pursuit: The Silver State Classic Challenge. Run in Ely, NV, the event is held over a 90 mile stretch of public highway, Nevada Route 318, in the Nevada dessert which is closed to public access during the competition. The concept is to drive as fast as possible for the 90 mile distance. Success is expressed in average speed. Vehicles are sorted by class and are staged at time intervals so there is little side by side racing. Fox has competed in the 100 MPH bracket and hit a high of 155 MPH at one point. The holy grail of the SSCC is attaining the fastest speed on a public road and a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records. The 2018 meet has been scheduled for September 13-16, 2018. Fox believes that Carlino's actual ownership of the speedway will be a catalyst for a change for the better. “Jack has been here for the past several years. He operated the pizza stand and has seen the how the attendance has developed. Our plan is to look closely at the rules, discuss them with drivers in each class. We want to find out what the teams are thinking. We think that the rules packages in place right now are sound, safe and fair, but there's room for improvement in anything. “We recognize that to build, we have to constantly remember that we are first and foremost in the entertainment business. All that we do has to center around that concept,” Fox began. Toward that end, Fox articulated the tenets of what will be his race directorship. “When the green flag is out, what happens on the track is up to the drivers. You'll be surprised at what we will tolerate. Racing is racing. “But when the caution flag comes out and after the checkered flag falls, we will have zero tolerance for any contact on the race track. Under no circumstances will we allow any competitor to use their race car as a weapon. Period,” Fox stated. Fox did not specify what sanctions would be taken against competitors who breech protocol. “We want to establish a 'gentle' way of maintaining order,” Fox expressed. “Suspensions and fines are the last resort.” Maintaining order in the pit area is another area within the Race Director's overview. Fox has set forth unambiguous guidelines for pit area contact. “By definition, the pit space of each team is there space. If trouble develops in any pit area, the driver or team who is inside of another person's pit will be considered the aggressor,” Fox put forth. “Any action of this nature will not be tolerated.” Fox said all competitors will be advised to contact track officials to express their grievances, which, he said, will be addressed fairly and immediately. “Talk to the officials, not to the other driver,” Fox emphasized. “We all know that this is a sport of great passion. And things do happen on the track that arouse that passion. But drivers are encouraged to settle their problems with track officials. Fox also addressed the issue of competitors leaving their race cars while on the track after a crash. “Drivers must stay inside their cars. They should pull the window net down if they're not injured. There is no reason for a driver to be outside of a race car and on the track. It will not be tolerated,” Fox offered. Mahoning's season opener, the first under the Carlino/ Oberto/ Fox leadership, is set for Saturday, April 7. For pre-season practices, on the two Saturdays and Sundays prior to the opener, are also planned.
Mahoning Valley Speedway 2018 Opener set for April 7
(LEHIGHTON, PA. 12-10-17) Mahoning Valley Speedway is excited to announce that Opening Day 2018 is set for Saturday, April 7, which follows four Test and Tune days on March 17-18-24-31. Now under new management led by promoter Jack Carlino, he and his organizational staff have been busy preparing the upcoming season schedule while also working on a host of other new items and promotions. The weekly action will once again consist of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks. There is a new addition to the line-up as Sport Modifieds will be introduced on a rotating basis with the Dirt Mods and Pro 4s. The Sport Modified rules are being finalized and will be similar to most other area and regional tracks that run the class. Beginning April 7, the season will then run through its final point race on September 22. Each race night will begin at 6:00 pm. The full schedule will be released by the start of the new year. Adult grandstand admission has been discounted to $12 from $14. The annual season ending Octoberfast will take place on October 13 with the main attraction being a 150-lap/$5000-to-win feature for the Modifieds. The Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks are also on the slate with special events. With this being a new beginning for Carlino and Company, he will be looking forward to meeting fans and drivers at the upcoming 2018 Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports Racecar and Trade Show Presented by Sunoco and Fueled by Insinger Performance, January 19-21 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Following the show there will be a full day of driver/owner meetings for all classes of past, present and future teams at a soon to be announced date. More news and continued updates presented during the coming weeks.