Happy 2010 everyone! Hope your holiday season was a good one. I know mine sure was with great family and friends and a thrilling Penn State win in the Capital One Bowl!
But now the big countdown begins toward the 2010 racing season as Lincoln Speedway and Hagerstown Speedway have their season-openers scheduled for Saturday, February 27. What will the chances be both tracks get to race? By the way, the winter has been I’d say not so good, but we will wait and see what happens.
Back before Christmas, Hagerstown Speedway celebrated the 2009 season with its annual banquet honoring champions Roy Deese, Jr. (Late Models), Kyle Lear (Late Model sportsman) and Mike Warrenfeltz (Pure Stocks). Deese’s championship was his seventh career, just one behind all-time leader Nathan Durboraw.
Special awards in the Late Models went to Jim Yoder (Sportsmanship), Frankie Plessinger (Hard Luck), Steve Gibney (Most Improved) and Devin Friese (Best Appearing Car). In the LMS, Scott Palmer (Sportsmanship), Mike Collins (Most Improved), Andy Fries (Hard Luck) and Ashley Barrett (Best Appearing), while pure stocks awards went to Darrin Younker (Sportsmanship), Kevin Keefer (Hard Luck) Charlie Pensinger (Most Improved) and Wayne Hawbaker (Best Appearing). Late Model Sportsman racer Glenn Elliott won the Rookie of the Year.
Mercersburg’s Gerry Fries was inducted into the Hagerstown Speedway Hall of Fame. Fries has been a lifelong staple in the pits at Hagerstown.
Motorsports 2010 presented by StreetBlaze 100 is up in just a few weeks at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. That show officially kicks off the 2010 racing season and will have the likes of Kasey Kahne, Bobby Allison, Marcos Ambrose, Danny Lasoski and more in attendance. The show is slated for January 22 through the 24th.
Lincoln Speedway is the latest speedway to join the Goodyear Tire rule for 2010 as the World of Outlaws, All Stars, Williams Grove, Knoxville and many more weekly 410 Sprint tracks have done. Now we await Port Royal Speedway’s decision to get out of an already-signed Hoosier deal or stay with the purple and white. Lincoln has raised its weekly purse from fourth to 24th spots, and the feature winner will win a free Goodyear tire as well.
That will do it for the first column of the new year. If you are interested in sending me your plans or anything about your upcoming season, e-mail reaches me at Bvores@comcast.net.