Mahoning Valley Speedway extends invite to area Late Models
Late Models at Mahoning Valley Speedway have been a staple for decades. Some of the best asphalt Late Model racers have and still compete at the demanding paved ¼-mile oval in Lehighton. Mike Sweeney, who is the two-time and defending champion has been the leading Northeast asphalt Late Model winner the past three seasons. Four time champion Paul Koehler Jr., is the all-time wins leader in area pavement wins. Frankie Althouse has been carving his own niche right alongside those two. There are others as well like most recent winner and up and comer Broc Brown. The always steady Jeremy Miller, respected veteran Kenny Hein and hot shoe Jacob Kerstetter to name a few of the current stars who race Mahoning Valley.
Track management is proud of their Late Model group but would also like to invite all area/regional/touring asphalt Late Model racers to be part of #MAHONINGNATION action. With a simple weight adjustment, either left side or total, the track will allow Late Models built to different track/series rules to compete.
Race Director Steve Fox is ready to answer any questions that any competitor might have and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 pm Mahoning Valley will host a six division show which includes Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks plus the Flashback Stocks will join the card. (Dirt Mods are off). At intermission a Little Tykes Bullring Enduro will be held for the kids. Grandstand adult admission is $12. $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free. Front gates open at 4 pm.
Coming up on May 26 will be a 75-lap/$1000-to-win Street Stock feature and the following Saturday, June 2 will be the always anticipated Fan Appreciation Night with a special $8 grandstand admission. Please note that this night begins one hour early at 5:00 pm.
RACING SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, MAY 19
On Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 pm Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pennsylvania will host a six division show which includes Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks plus the Flashback Stocks will join the card. (Dirt Mods are off).
It will be Pocono Raceway Night with ticket giveaways for the upcoming ARCA, NASCAR and IndyCar events at the Tricky Tringle in Long Pond. Plus anyone who shows their wristband will receive a $12-off discount at the June 3 Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in either the 100 or 200 grandstand seating section.
At intermission a Little Tykes Bullring Enduro will be held for the kids.Grandstand adult admission is $12. $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free. Front gates open at 4 pm.
Coming up on May 26 will be a 75-lap/$1000-to-win Street Stock feature and the following Saturday, June 2 will be the always anticipated #FanAppreciationNight with a special $8 grandstand admission. Please note that this night begins one hour early at 5:00 pm.
Bobby Jones makes it two in a row after wild outcome in Ward Crozier Sr., Memorial
(MAY 5, 2018) Mahoning Valley Speedway had an evening of racing that the late promoter Ward Crozier Sr., would have been proud of. On a night that paid homage to his legacy, the pits had nearly 100 race cars, the grandstands where buzzing with enthusiastic fans and the racing was action filled across all seven divisions.
It fit perfectly into the style of Crozier and his concept of how racing should be held at his beloved Mahoning Valley Speedway, the paved ¼-mile oval that he brought back to life in 1987. 31 years later and the same formula changed very little. As part of the tribute all features where run as 26-lappers which was reflective of Crozier’s racing days and his signature car number. Bobby Jones of Palmerton got his start in racing thanks to the kind outreaching of Crozier nearly 30 years ago. Fittingly Jones was humbled when he scored a wild Modified victory, his second in a row. Jones’ first ride in a race car was aided when Crozier offered up a driver’s suit. “I said I had to win this tonight because of him (Crozier) I’m still doing this today,” offered Jones. And, the outcome was just as much a surprise to Jones as was everyone in attendance. DJ Wagner was leading and looking unstoppable en route to a career first Modified win. However, with six laps to go light droplets of rain moved in and prompted the caution. The field remained on the track in order to keep the surface in tack. While touring under the yellow, Wagner abruptly exited the track and yielded the lead over to John Markovic. The driver’s where then asked to relay to officials if the pavement was good to go back green as the rain halted and the answer was all thumbs up. When the race resumed Markovic had Lou Strohl on his tail while Jones was third. If the surprise of Wagner exiting wasn’t enough of a blow, no sooner did the first lap get underway the race took another wild turn. In corners three and four Markovic suddenly drifted high and made slight side contact with Strohl who was hustling for the lead. The lane opened up wide enough that Jones dove to the bottom and a thrilling three-wide pass for the lead ensued. “It was a bit weird how everything just fell in place. Johnny (Markovic) went up and got into the 88 (Strohl) and the door opened up and I wasn’t even ready for it,” explained Jones. For the remaining few laps point leader Brian DeFebo leaped into second and hounded Jones to the checkers. “When they asked us to give a thumbs up or down I had mine up, I felt we really never lost the track. I didn’t realize he (Wagner) got off at first. No one ever told us to get off and to just keep rolling,” recalled Jones about the wet condition situation. “I didn’t realize he did it at first. Honestly I think he would have won the race. The track was fine after we restarted.” Earl Paules, Todd Baer and Markovic completed the top five. Jones has been on a roll winning his fourth feature in the last six races dating to the prior season. “Four of the last six races going back to last season. I’ll take that. Right now we got it going on and I’ll ride it out as long as we can,” Jones said after picking up his 39th career win.
Broc Brown blasted by Jacob Kerstetter on lap seven and then cruised dominantly to his first Late Model win of the season in a caution free race that was over in just under five minutes.
Seeing the name Beers as the winner of a Modified race is nothing new as Eric Beers has won time and again. Saturday night the Beers Modified was again gracing Victory Lane only this time it was Eric’s son Austin who was collecting the accolades. The 15-year old Beers drove to his career first Sportsman Modified win and did so over longtime rival of his dad, Earl Paules. The two would run toe-to-toe for the lead until Beers solidified the top spot for good with 10 laps to go and drove flawlessly to the decisive verdict.
Defending Dirt Mod champ Mike Stofflet made it known from the get-go that he was going to be the man to beat. Taking the lead from the outset Stofflet was on a mission as he stayed well ahead of the pack over the distance and notched a solid victory, his first of the year.
The Street Stock main was the 600th such feature and Corey Edelman was able to hold off a very determined Jon Moser in claiming the thrilling win.
Edelman took control of the race on lap 13 but was in heavy company the rest of the way, having to withstand Mark Deysher and eventually Moser. The finish was a squeaker as he nipped Moser by a mere .038-second margin of victory.
Cody Kohler showed plenty of swiftness on his way to a second straight Pro 4 triumph. After going around Bobby Kibler Sr., on lap eight for the lead Kohler was not about to let up and held back Barry Christman Jr., and Jake Kibler for the resounding win.
The Hobby Stock feature was cut short due to an over expected amount of cautions and track cleanup but that didn’t seem deter Al Arthofer who won for the first time. It would be hard pressed to think otherwise that it was not to be his night as Arthofer was very strong in leading every lap.
Modified Feature Finish (26 Laps): 1. Bobby Jones, 2. Brian DeFebo, 3. Earl Paules, 4. Todd Baer, 5. John Markovic, 6. Lou Strohl, 7. Jack Ely, 8. Joey Jarowicz, 9. DJ Wagner, 10. Don Wagner, 11. Ron Haring Jr., 12. Nick Baer, 13. Kristy Arthofer, 14. Kyle Strohl, 15. Gene Bowers, 16. Terry Markovic
Late Model Feature Finish (26 Laps): 1. Broc Brown, 2. Jacob Kerstetter 3. Jeremy Miller, 4. Frankie Althouse, 5. Mike Sweeney, 6. Geno Steigerwalt, 7. Paul Koehler Jr., 8. Matt Wentz, 9. Kenny Hein, 10. Samantha Osborn, 11. Robbie Kutz, 12. Taylor Schmidt
Street Stock Feature Finish (26 Laps): 1. Corey Edelman, 2. Jon Moser, 3. Cody Geist, 4. Jaren Ahner, 5. Shayne Geist, 6. Jamie Smith, 7. Eric Kocher, 8. Jillian Long, 9. Stacey Brown, 10. Lonnie Behler, 11. Mark Deysher, 12. Jeremy Scheckler, 13. BJ Wambold, 14. Ken Erney III, 15, Todd Ahner, 16. Ken Reeder, 17. Joe Stangle
Dirt Modified Feature Finish (26 Laps): 1. Mike Stofflet, 2. Ricky Yetter, 3. Billy Lowden Jr., 4. Bill Sittler Jr., 5. Corey Edelman, 6. Mark Levy, 7. Colton Perry, 8. Vince Fegley Jr., 9. Brian Fuclli
Pro 4 Feature Finish (26 Laps): 1. Cody Kohler, 2. Barry Christman Jr., 3. Jake Kibler, 4. Bobby Kibler Jr., 5. Jeremy Guerra, 6. Steven McDonough, 7. Bryan Muth, 8. Randy Schaffer, 9. Johnny Bennett, 10. Tucker Muffley, 11. Josh Kuronya, 12. Tyler Stangle
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (16 Laps): 1. Al Arthofer, 2. Travis Solomon, 3. Trisha Connolly, 4. Devin Schmidt, 5. Ryan Berger, 6. Lyndsay Buss, 7. Peyton Arthofer, 8. Tad Snyder, 9. Adrian Dorwart, 10. Michael Wambold, 11. Arland Moyer Jr., 12. Justin Merkel, 13. Shawn Kistler, 14. Jacob Boehm, 15. Kassidy Altemose, 16. Kevin Behler, 17. Tiffany Wambold, 18. Hunter Iatalese, 19. Cody Boehm DNS: Taylor Schmidt, DNQ: Colton Breiner
Ward Crozier Sr., Memorial to take place May 5.all track classes to run 26-lap features
Mahoning Valley Speedway presented by Lehighton Ford closed out the month of April the same way it started – with a rainout. Saturday’s racing was cancelled due to late afternoon heavy rain storms that swept across much of the region. Track management actually pulled the plug the day prior after working off of the predicted forecast of rain by the National Weather Service. The main event, a 75-lap/$2500-to-win Modified feature, will be held at a later date. Up next for the paved ¼-mile Lehighton oval will be the Ward Crozier Sr., Memorial on May 5 at 6:00 pm. The night will be a celebration of the legendary promoter who revived the once dormant speedway back in 1987 and has since become one a track that has turn out to be a major player in short track asphalt racing. The race meet takes place one year to the day of Crozier’s passing. On the card will be all seven tracks classes which includes Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks. Family members have done a great job of raising additional funds and contingencies for the night. The Dirt Mods, a personal favorite of Ward, will have an extra payoff for the winner. Each feature winner will be awarded a commemorative trophy. Each feature will run a distance of 26 laps which was the signature car number used by Ward during his driving days. Grandstand admission is $12. $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free. Coolers are allowed in grandstand but must be no bigger than 12” X 12”. There will be Kids Big Wheel Races during intermission sponsored by current Street Stock point leader Cody Geist. Pits will open at 11:30 am. Early paid practice ($25 per car) will be from 12:30 to 3:30. Regular warm-ups begin at 4:30. Pit admission is $25 members, $35 non-members. Driver sign-ins take place between 3:00 and 4:15. Heats will begin at 6:00 pm.
Coming up in two weeks, Saturday May 12, will be a Ladies Night. All ladies entering the grandstands will receive a $2-off discount. It will also be Pocono Raceway Night with ticket giveaways for the upcoming NASCAR, ARCA and IndyCar events at the Tricky Triangle.
Bobby Jones holds off Don Wagner for top Modified honors; Paul Koehler Jr., is best in Late Models; Earl Paules notches first win with new Sportsman class
(4-21-18) Bobby Jones could be forming a pattern it seems. Last year when Brian DeFebo won Opening Night Jones came out victorious on week two. Fast forward one year later and the same scenario played out as Jones took the week two laurels yet again.
For the outset of the 35-lap main Don Wagner and Joey Jarowicz shared the front row. Once underway Wagner sprung to the lead with third place starter Jones in tow. Jones was wasting little time in looking to pass Wagner and by lap four he was in motion to do so until a caution negated his effort. On the restart Jones would make good on his foiled attempt as he vaulted by for the lead. Two laps later the second and only other caution waved which afterwards led to a quick paced run. Jones would set that tone as he ran a consistent line while keeping Wagner in check. At the checkers the personable veteran took his APS Powder Coating/Franzosa Trucking No. 1J across the line for his 38 career feature win. Wagner followed with a solid second which made up for a lackluster Opening Night run. Gene Bowers had steady and solid race as he was third by lap seven and stayed right in line with the front pair. DeFebo and Earl Paules rounded out the top five.
Paul Koehler Jr., needed just one week to get back into the swing of winning, something he quite accustomed to. The Kingpin of asphalt Late Model racing won his first race in just his second week back after sitting out all of last season. Koehler had things going his way from early on as he notched his heat. Then when the feature began he would lead the field to the green and continue on at the top spot for the rest of the nonstop 25-lap distance, collecting his 72nd career Late Model victory. And, although the lead was all his, Koehler was in some heavy company the whole while as Opening Night winner Frankie Althouse, Broc Brown and Mike Sweeney were stayed closely his tire tracks. None, however, could progress enough to make a pass as Koehler registered his 53rd Late Model win at Mahoning.
The much awaited debut of the Sportsman Modified finally took to the track with a respectable half-dozen cars on hand made up of a great crop of young talents. However, it would be a grand veteran who would etch his name into the record books as the very first class winner with Earl Paules taking the verdict. Avery Arthofer went into the early lead and was impressive in her Modified debut. A caution on lap eight saw Paules lined up next to her for the restart and it would be then where he seized the lead and go on to the eventual victory. 2017 Hobby Stock champion Austin Beers, who made his Modified debut the previous week with the headline division, was a firm runner-up while Arthofer held on for third.
When Jared Ahner unveiled his brand new Camaro Street Stock during pre-season testing, it turned many heads for its sleek and sharp look. On Saturday night Ahner showed everyone that it not just looker but a very fast racecar as well. Taking the lead away from Eric Kocher on lap six, Ahner was able to fend off a very strong running Mark Deysher the rest of the way and secure his first win of 2018.
Cody Kohler had to withstand a rash of cautions not to mention the hard pressing Jake Kibler in gaining the Pro 4 win. Kohler inherited the led after Josh Kuronya spun from contention on lap two. Afterwards it was yellow fever but none of that nor the persistent Kibler could stop Kohler from his focus on winning.
In the 20-lap Hobby Stock feature it was Devin Schmidt taking the win. Schmidt needed the first five laps before taking the lead from Kevin Behler and once in front there was no stopping him. Schmidt cruised with no trouble to the checkers while a distance back Michael Wambold nipped Travis Solomon for runner-up.
Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Bobby Jones, 2. Don Wagner, 3. Gene Bowers, 4. Brian DeFebo, 5. Earl Paules, 6. John Markovic, 7. Lou Strohl, 8. Kyle Strohl, 9. Nick Baer, 10. Jarred Ahner, 11. Joey Jarowicz, 12. DJ Wagner, 13. Kristy Arthofer, 14. Jack Ely, 15. Ron Haring Jr., 16. Terry Markovic
Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Paul Koehler Jr., 2. Frankie Althouse, 3. Broc Brown, 4. Mike Sweeney, 5. Jeremy Miller, 6. Kenny Hein, 7. Jacob Kerstetter
Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Jared Ahner, 2. Mark Deysher, 2. Jill Long, 4. Cody Geist, 5. Jon Moser, 6. Stacey Brown, 7. Shayne Geist, 8. Bobby Kibler Jr., 9. Todd Ahner, 10. Jamie Smith, 11. Ken Reeder, 12. Corey Edelman, 13. Ken Erney III, 14. Jeremy Scheckler, 15. Eric Kocher, DNS: BJ Wambold
Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Cody Kohler, 2. Jake Kibler, 3. Bill Rooney, 4. Bobby Kibler Jr., 5. Josh Kuronya, 6. Brian Muth, 7. Tucker Muffley, 8. Jeremy Guerra, 9. Randy Schaffer, 10. Matt Clark, 11. Tyler Stangle
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Devin Schmidt, 2. Michael Wambold, 3. Travis Solomon, 4. Tiffany Wambold, 5. Kevin Behler, 6. Trisha Connolly, 7. Al Arthofer, 8. Justin Merkel, 9. Peyton Arthofer, 10. Ryan Berger, 11. Shawn Kistler, 12. Lyndsay Buss, 13. Hunter Iatalese, 14. Cody Boehm, 15. Kassidy Altemose, 16. Tad Snyder, 17. Adrian Dorwart, 18. Jacob Boehm, 19. Beau Drobot, 20. Taylor Schmidt
For Brian DeFebo, Opening Night win was déjà vu; Frankie Althouse, Cody Geist, Mark Levy, Jake Kibler and Shawn Kistler among class winners
(APRIL 14, 2018) A new era of racing was ushered in at Mahoning Valley Speedway on Saturday. Now under the leadership of Jack and Rebecca Carlino, a great Opening Night crowd poured into the track to kick-off the 2018 season.
Defending Modified champion Brian DeFebo got his year off to a great start as well, scoring the Opening Night laurels for a second straight time. And, just as he did a year ago the win came over Austin Kochenash. DeFebo would use a last lap restart to slip below Kyle Strohl and then held back Kochenash, who also advanced on the same restart, to register his 67th career Modified win and 96th overall. “It’s exciting to start this way and a great way to come back and defend our championship,” said DeFebo who is back behind the wheel of the Welsh Motorsports No. 53. With a heads-up start from heat finishes to begin the 35-lap main, Joey Jarowicz and Strohl would bring the field to the race commencing green. From there Jarowicz went right to the lead and was turning solid laps in the process. Strohl was settled in second and every few laps would make a bid at the lead. Each time, though, Jarowicz was able to guard his spot, looking very poised for his overdue first win. With 16 laps in Strohl again went for the lead and this time was able to pull to the inside of Jarowicz. Afterwards a thrilling two-wide battle ensued. Then on the 19th tour the pair came into turn three and Jarowicz got slightly loose. He and Strohl then made incidental contact. Before Jarowicz had a chance to recover his car got completely out of line and skidded into the front straight wall and suffered race ending damage. “That was just circumstances. Joey (Jarowicz) just got the car a little sideways. Kyle had nothing to do with that from where I was sitting,” offered DeFebo, who was riding behind the two when the incident unfolded. Afterwards it was Strohl over DeFebo and with the laps winding it was appearing to finish that way. Unfortunately for Strohl a last lap caution waved for debris and with one last shot DeFebo powered under Strohl and took Kochenash with him. “There was no outside line tonight. Once we had that last restart I had Austin (Kochenash) assisting me. I was then on the 44 (Strohl) and he left me just enough room,” explained DeFebo on his race winning move. “Kyle did a great job but you have to do what you have to do in order to pass here. It’s not at a point stance right now. We’re all here tonight win and everyone wants to win the first one.”
In Late Model action Frankie Althouse made a breathtaking three-wide pass for the lead on lap four and remained in control the rest of the distance in notching the top spot. Two-time and defending class champ Mike Sweeney took control at the outset but it would be short lived as Broc Brown used a lap one restart to overtake him. With Althouse in third, he then drove low two laps later to go underneath Brown while Sweeney was forced to the high outside lane. While much of the huge crowd may have gasped by what could have been a chaotic consequence, the trio of talented wheelmen held their own and settling into the lead was Althouse. From there on it was smooth sailing for Althouse who picked up career win number 24. Brown was quick but had to settle for second while Sweeney came home third.
Being in the right place at the right time aided Cody Geist in winning the Street Stock feature. Corey Edelman was within reach of taking the Street Stock checkers until a late race nudge from Josh Mooney dashed his hopes. When the field was reset Geist, who was riding third, was in charge and over the final few laps had no problem fending back 2017 division titlist Stacey Brown. Opening Night wins are always special but when it came to the Dirt Mod event perhaps no one could have more elated then Mark Levy.
The high-spirited Levy moved into the lead during a lap one caution period after then leader Ricky Yetter had to pit for a flat. When the race resumed Levy showed no signs of relinquishing the point as he motored around the 1/4-mile with perfect accuracy and won over Billy Lasko. It was only the second win for Levy whose last win came exactly five years and a day since then.
Jake Kibler raced to the Pro 4 victory but it was with a heavy heart as the day prior his mother, Pat Hosier, passed away. Kibler started from the pole and early on had a good fight going with Cody Kohler. After Kohler spun while trying for the lead on lap 8, Kibler then let second place play out to everyone else as he steadily held his position the rest of the way. Bill Rooney claimed the runner-up spot.
Shawn Kistler certainly had plenty to celebrate on this night as he finally broke through for his career first feature win, taking top honors in the Hobby Stocks. Kistler passed Lindsay Buss on lap two and from there never looked back en route to the unforgettable verdict.
Alex Greenzweig was best in class with the visiting Micro Stocks.
Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Brian DeFefo, 2. Austin Kochenash, 3. Earl Paules, 4. Kyle Strohl, 5. Lou Strohl, 6. Gene Bowers, 7. Nick Baer, 8. John Markovic, 9. DJ Wagner, 10. Ron Haring Jr., 11. Austin Beers, 12. Bobby Jones, 13. Joey Jarowicz, 14. BJ Wambold, 15. Don Wagner, 16. Kassidy Altemose
Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Frankie Althouse, 2. Broc Brown, 3. Mike Sweeney, 4. Lorin Arthofer II, 5. Jeremy Miller, 6. Jerric Johnson, 7. Paul Koehler Jr., 8. Kenny Hein, 9. Jacob Kerstetter
Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Cody Geist, 2. Stacey Brown, 3. Bobby Kibler Jr., 4. Jillian Long, 5. Shayne Geist, 6. Todd Ahner, 7. Jamie Smith, 8. Mark Deysher, 9. DJ Wambold, 10. Ken Erney III, 11. Jared Ahner, 12. Ken Reeder, 13. Corey Edelman, 14. Josh Mooney, 15. Joe Steigerwalt, 16. Jeremy Scheckler, 17. Jason Kuhn, 18. Eric Kocher
Dirt Mod Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mark Levy, 2. Billy Lasko, 3. Jeff Parker, 4. Billy Lowden Jr., 5. Bill Sitler Jr., 6. Corey Edelman, 7. Colton Perry, 8. Ray Deemer, 9. Vince Fegley Jr., 10. Ricky Yetter, 11. Mike Stofflet
Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Jake Kibler, 2. Bill Rooney, 3. Randy Schaffer, 4. Cody Kohler, 5. Tucker Muffley, 6. Jeremy Guerra, 7. Bryan Muth, 8. Matt Clark, 9. Tyler Stangle DNS: Jason Finken, Bobby Kibler Sr., Johnny Bennett, Josh Kuronya
Kids giveaways big part of Mahoning Valley Speedway Opening Night
(APRIL 9) As part of Opening Night festivities this coming Saturday evening, April 14, at Mahoning Valley Speedway presented by Lehighton Ford, the younger set will be treated to some special delights. Karen Bortz, Mahoning Valley Speedway Special Event Coordinator has been busy as always taking care of business with the track’s younger generation. The first 250 children age 12-years and younger to enter the grandstands will receive a plastic Easter egg filled with a coupon for a FREE Kids Meal with the purchase of an adult entrée at Texas Roadhouse, 6268 Hamilton Boulevard, Trexlertown. Texas Roadhouse of Trexlertown has graciously sponsored the Easter egg giveaway, which had originally been slated to take place on April 7 before poor weather pushed back the season opener to this Saturday. There may even be a few “special” prized eggs handed out! Also being given away to a few lucky kids will be brand new bicycles and big wheels. Details will be available upon arrival at the track. A special thanks to Bonnie’s Flower Boutique, Inc., Responsible Recycling Services, Atlas Towing Inc., Don’s Auto Service, Aqua Duck and HB Motorsports, Frontline Graphix, Kromer Plumbing, Heating and Air, IIC/K2 Motorsports and Devin Schmidt Racing for the generous donations of the bikes. There is much anticipation heading into the 2018 lid-lifter as great weather is predicated with temperatures calling for the mid-70s. Pit gates will open at 11:30 am. Early paid practice is from 12:30 to 3:30 at $25 per car. Driver sign-ins for the night’s action will be from 3:00 to 4:15. Regular warmups start at 4:30. Race time is 6:00 pm. Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks will run heats and features. All will draw for starting heat spots. Features will be lined in a heads up start by heat finishes. Also competing will be the Micro Stocks. The Sportsman Modified class will have their debut on April 21. Grandstands open at 4:00 pm. Adult admission is $12. There is $2 off for students, seniors 65+, and active military. Children under 10 are free.
Mahoning Valley Speedway set for season Opener…Lehighton Ford named as presenting sponsor
(April 8, 2018) Mahoning Valley Speedway’s 2018 season Opening Night may be one week later than planned but indications are that it will be well worth the wait. After losing this past weekend’s first race meet to poor weather conditions, the paved ¼-mile oval is in an all-systems-go-mode for Saturday, April 14.To get things going Mahoning Valley Speedway proudly welcomes Lehighton Ford as an official presenting sponsor for the 2018 regular season. Lehighton Ford is located at 54 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East in Lehighton and is conveniently located just a few miles east of the race track on PA Route 443.Although no racing took place there was still a bevy of ongoing activity as track crews continued to ready the facility, assuring fans and race teams alike that all is in top form when the gates swing open.This coming Saturday’s agenda begins with pit gates opening at 11:30 am. Early paid practice is from 12:30 to 3:30 at $25 per car. Driver sign-ins for the night’s action will be from 3:00 to 4:15. Regular warmups start at 4:30. Race time is 6:00 pm.Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks will run heats and respective features. All will draw for starting heat spots. Features will be lined in a heads up start by heat finishes. Also competing will be the Micro Stocks. The Sportsman Modified class will have their debut on April 21.Thanks to a number of gracious supporters there will be bicycle giveaways for the kids.Grandstands open at 4:00 pm. Adult admission is $12. There is $2 off for students, seniors 65+, and active military. Children under 10 are free. On April 21 the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association is on the race card for the club’s first race of the year. They will join the regular night’s line-up of Modifieds, Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks. The Dirt Mods have the evening off The Modifieds will have a 75-lap, $2500-to-win feature set for April 28.
Inclement weather pushes Mahoning Valley Speedway Opener back one week
(APRIL 4, 2018) The much anticipated Saturday, April 7, season opener at Mahoning Valley Speedway will have to wait another week as Mother Nature is being uncooperative with the weekend forecast. Weather projections are calling for temperatures in the 30s and mid 20s as well as the possibility of snow and 90% precipitation. With that said track management will cancel any racing activity for this Saturday.Opening Day will now takes place on Saturday, April 14 at 6:00 pm. The line-up will consist of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks plus the Micro Stocks are on the docket. All of the aforementioned classes will run a series of heats and features.The Sportsman Modifieds will make their debut on April 21 as per the schedule.There will be early paid practice from 12:30 to 3:30 at $25 per car. Regular warmups start at 4:30. All drivers will draw for heat starting spots. Feature line-ups will be heads-up from heat finishes for the first week only. Afterwards regular handicapping will be in effect.Grandstands open at 4:00 pm. Adult admission is $12. There is $2 off for students, seniors 65+, and active military. Children under 10 are free. On April 21 the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association joins the Mahoning gang for the organizations first race of the season. The Modifieds will have a 75-lap, $2500-to-win feature on April 28.
March 31: Final Test and Tune was a busy day
Racers of Mahoning Valley Speedway came out in force during a beautiful sun splashed Saturday afternoon for the final Test and Tune. During the day-long action race cars went nonstop in shakedown runs, all in preparation for the much anticipated April 7 season Opener. Fans in attendance saw a great preview of what lies ahead for the 2018 season as car after car looked positively superb in appearance. Each class had excellent representation as well with Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks filling the pits. “If today is an indication of what we have coming for our Opener then we are in for a great season. We are close to selling all our pit spots,” said new track promoter Jack Carlino. “All throughout the day our concession stand was busy, our staff was busy and the track was hopping with cars. There was a lot of excitement in the air and we are very upbeat for things to get rolling.” Carlino even extended the session and extra hour-and-a-half to accommodate everyone. The attention now focuses on Saturday, April 7 for the 2018 lid-lifter. On tap will be all seven regular classes with a 6:00 pm start for heats. There will be early paid practice for those looking to get in one final tweaking from 12:30 to 3:30 at $25 per car. Regular warmups start at 4:30. All drivers will draw for heat starting spots. Feature line-ups will be heads-up from heat finishes for the first week only. Afterwards regular handicapping will be in effect. Grandstands open at 4:00 pm. Adult admission is $12. There is $2 off for students, seniors 65+, and active military. Children under 10 are free. On Saturday, April 14 the Micro Stocks will be added to the card. Sportsman Modifieds will have the week off.
Final Test and Tune takes place this Saturday, March 31. We are adjusting the times due to losing last weekend to weather and with Opening Night a week away.
Pit gates will open at 10:00 am. On track action for practice by 11:00. Practice will continue until 5:00 pm or later if need be in order to accommodate everyone as best we can. All types of race cars are welcomed.Grandstand admission is FREE. Pits: $10 per person and $25 per car and driver. Race director Steve Fox will again be doing all car inspections for Mahoning Valley cars. Drivers please have your gear with you for inspection also.
Tires for all classes will be available on Saturday. If anyone would like to purchase tires prior to Saturday you can do so on either Wednesday or Thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the warehouse located at 525 West Church Street, Slatington, Pa. 18080. You can also call Dino Carlino for special requests at 484-569-0124.
Track concession stand will be open Saturday featuring discounted select menu. $1 hotdogs, $2.50 hamburgers and cheeseburgers, $2.50 French fries, $5.00 hoagies. Please note the special discount will also be in effect on March 31 only.
A special thanks to Texas Roadhouse at 6268 Hamilton Blvd. Trexlertown, for the donations of the plastic Easter 🐣 eggs and coupons for kids on Opening Night. The first 250 children 12 years old and younger to enter the grandstands on Opening Night will receive a plastic Easter egg filled with a coupon for FREE KIDS MEAL WITH THE PURCHASE OF AN ADULT ENTREE. There will also be a few prize eggs. Karen Bortz, Kids Special Events Coordinator is looking for sponsors to donate new bicycles for giveaway on Opening Night April 7. Ages Groups: 4 and under, 5 – 8, 9 – 13. The first Kids Big Wheel races will on May 5 and May 12. Kids Power Wheel Enduro is on May 19. On May 26 the popular Banner Contest will be held.
Mahoning Valley cancels Saturday, March 24 Test and Tune due to snow
Heavy snowfall accumulation that blanketed the Lehighton and surrounding area on Wednesday has forced track management to cancel this coming Saturday’s Test and Tune. The track, pits, grandstand and parking areas are not able to hold the activities. Saturday, March 31 from noon to 4:00 pm will be the final Test and Tune day in preparation for the 2018 season opener set for April 7 at 6:00 pm. Promoter Jack Carlino will again be offering a discounted select menu at the Test and Tune which includes $1 hotdogs, $2.50 hamburgers and cheeseburgers, $2.50 French Fries, $5.00 cold cut hoagies. Race director Steve Fox is also encouraging as many teams as possible to take advantage of the test day and use the opportunity to have their cars and gear inspected. Grandstand admission is FREE. Pit admission is $10 per person and $25 per car and driver. All types of race cars are welcomed to partake.
Ward Crozier Sr. Memorial Race Night 5/5/18 - Donation Drive On this night in Ward’s honor, all seven divisions, (Modified, Late Model, Street Stocks, Sport Modified, Dirt Modified, Pro 4 and Hobby Stocks), will run 26 lap features. All feature winners will receive a trophy.
At this time, it is our intent to raise monetary donations to be used in any or all of the following ways.
Increase the Dirt Mod winner’s purse. We’ve chosen this division because they were Wards favorite “Weekend Ride”.
Hard Luck Award. To be issued to the team experiencing the most damage at the end of the nights events and may be awarded to any team in any division. This is something Ward has done in the past.
Lap money. Keep in mind that donations can be given to any position on any individual lap, not necessarily to the leader.
We are asking for monetary donations, however, product and gift certificate donations will be accepted as well. We will be collecting your pledges beginning mid March thru Race day.
For more information or to make a donation, please contact Betty or Barry Christman on Facebook or call 610 261 0478.
Please show your support to the man that made racing possible at M.V.S. for the past 30 years.
Initial Mahoning Valley Sportsman Modified shakedown run showed great potential
During this past weekend’s Test and Tune at Mahoning Valley Speedway there was but a limited number of drivers who, despite brisk and chilly temperatures, came out to shakedown their mounts in preparation for the April 7 season Opening Night at the paved ¼-mile oval. Of those cars the most focus was on a pair of Sportsman Modifieds being driven by multi-time track champion Earl Paules and his stepdaughter Kassidy Altemose. It was significant in the fact this was the first laps being turned by the new division that was introduced during the off-season and it was the first time 14-year Altemose was behind the wheel of a Modified stock car. Her prior stock car experience has been in Jr. Enduro and Hobby Stocks. The division is mirrored after most other area and regional tracks that run the Sportsman Modified which is limited in select rules to a full Modified. The Mahoning Sportsman will utilize a 602 crate motor and run 8 inch American Racer tires on a 10 inch wheel, the same as that of a Street Stock. The class will race on an every other week basis in an emphasis to curtail costs. “I think it’s going to be the go-to division. We wanted to get out early with these two practice days and show the other guys that these cars are a pretty cool division. Our times are going to be right there with the Late Models,” said Paules who had turned laps in the10.5-second range. “It’s going to be really good and the moves you’ll see because they are able to turn so well will lend itself to some exciting passing.” Paules was on a twofold mission. Feel out the new car while also breaking in Altemose. “The same line at Mahoning is the same line no matter what car you’re driving. The power isn’t there like a full Modified but it’s a lot more forgiving and you essentially did have to drive the race car but with the smaller tire on that was actually fun,” explained Paules. “So far we ran over 200 laps on those tires and it didn’t even touch them yet as far as wear is concerned so I really feel there will not be an issue there. You have to remember we’re running a 2600 pound car versus a 3000 pound Street Stock so that’s a lot.” Altemose showed steady improvement throughout the weekend and bit by bit lowered her lap times. The class has been generating plenty of interest from both seasoned drivers as well as up and comers. “I would say to the other experienced drivers is we have to give and take a lot. Just let things unfold – we’re not going too obviously win every week so just let these kids get that opportunity to learn. Kassidy picked up a lot from the first day to the second. I’m certain any kid old enough can run this division,” said Paules. Newly appointed Race Director Steve Fox was also keeping a close eye on the pair. Fox has put detailed work into making the rules level for all competitors. Seeing the final product on track was gratifying from a project that just a came about a few months ago. “There were a lot of questions leading up to the cars getting on track. The performance looked great. We saw a look into the future here this weekend. These Sportsman Modifieds I feel are the future of our sport,” offered Fox. “I think some other people have questioned what direction short track racing is going and I feel it needs to be more affordable and the rules have to be in such a way that people can afford to race every week or every other week in this case. “Putting these cars back into the hands of the driver is playing right into what the crate engines and lower horsepower engines are all about as well as the tire selection. We want people to jump out of a support class and get in this Modified and feel good.” Mahoning Valley will conduct two more Test and Tune days, March 24 and 31 from noon to 4:00 pm.
Mahoning Valley Speedway in conjunction with Five Star Race Car Bodies is proud to announce the Five Star Race Car Bodies 2018 Contingency Award Sponsor Program for the paved quarter-mile’s Late Model racers.
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. The lucky Late Model recipient will be awarded a $500 Five Star Race Car Bodies gift certificate at the 2018 Awards Banquet. “I think it’s great to help the Late Model guys out like that,” said Mahoning Valley Speedway two-time and defending champion Mike Sweeney. “We’re not the Modifieds, we are the next tier down but we still have a lot of money invested into our cars and anything that anyone can give always helps. For Five Star to step up like that is just awesome. I would say there is a about 90% of us at Mahoning that run Five Star bodies.” In order to be eligible for the $500 gift certificate drivers must display Five Star decals in a designated location. Cars must compete in stock appearing, template-style body. Competitors must compete in 75% of all scheduled race events. The winner will be by a random draw taking place at the season ending banquet. “It’s just a superb body. I know they’ve been working real hard on some new stuff and they’ve always been at the top of their game when it comes to Late Model bodies,” added Sweeney. “Five Star always has a great stock of parts and they try to get you what you need as quick as they can. There are plenty of dealers across the country so if you don’t deal direct you can work with one of their dealers.” Five Star Race Car Bodies is headquartered in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Online at www.FIVESTARBODIES.com. S & D Bodyline of 2501 Cherrywood Lane in Bath is the area distributor for Five Star Race Car Bodies.
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.