JULY 14, 2013
The 2013 Champion of PA 600 Speedweek Is...Tony DiMattia?

The question mark in the title of this column is not intended to be disrespectful in any way...but I felt it was necessary to place that form of punctuation at the end of the title to show surprise; an unexpected name has joined the list of PA 600 Speedweek Champions.
  Make no mistake, though...this kid named DiMattia earned the 2013 title; he raced his way to the $1,000 prize for being the top point-getter in the Kioti Tractor 600 Speedweek series that was cut, due to rain, from its scheduled slate of five events down to four. With American Racer Tire and Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic supplying the point fund and paying the top 15 drivers in the Speedweek standings, the young driver from Malvern, Pa. out-pointed a stellar cast of veterans during the four hotly-contested racing programs and truly deserves to wear the crown.
  Tony DiMattia has always been fast, but the speed hasn't translated itself into victories. After a few seasons of 600cc Micro-Sprint competition, both winged and wingless, and sprinkling in some occasional starts in a TQ Midget, DiMattia and his dad, Alex, decided to try something different this season.
  Over the winter, they purchased one of the newly minted Hyper Midget Chassis and went racing with ARDC. Oh, they kept the 600 Micro so they could keep Tony sharp during breaks in the ARDC schedule with some wingless 600cc action. And they committed to running PA 600 Speedweek, because the Midgets' schedule would permit it and they wanted to give it a try.
  While everyone knew that DiMattia is more than capable of getting the job done, it was just difficult to imagine him riding off into the sunset with the Speedweek title when he'd be up against heavy hitters like Mike Dicely, Tyler Walton, the Hartman brothers, Kyle Lick, and many more who have racked up a boatload of wins over the years.
  When DiMattia started out with a big win in the Speedweek opener at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - in a winged event - he raised some eyebrows as he increased his bank account by $2,500.
  The very next night, Tony finished 15th in race #2 at the Greenwood Valley Action Track. Mike Dicely repeated his third place effort at Lanco with a similar run at Greenwood, taking the point lead from DiMattia and establishing himself as the favorite with three races left on the docket.
  But those three events would be run, for the first time in PA 600 Speedweek's seven-year history, without wings. And that fact had DiMattia licking his chops in anticipation.
  Kutztown's JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA hosted the third race of the tour on Wednesday, July 10. DiMattia trailed Dicely by ten points when the night began, but he left the Berks County oval with the Speedweek point lead by roaring from 19th starting position to a hard earned fourth place finish. Dicely, on the other hand, was involved in a B-Main crash and, while he was able to restart and complete the last-chance qualifier, he did not advance to the A-Main.
  DiMattia headed to the fourth event, at Linda's Speedway on Friday, July 12, with a seven-point margin over Jay Hartman. Dicely fell to fifth because of his DNQ, a whopping 17 tallies behind the leader (like NASCAR, there's only a one-point difference per position in the Speedweek point system).
  The only rainout of this year's 600 Speedweek occurred at Linda's, a real shame because that was going to be another wingless race and, most likely , a big difference maker in the standings.
  I was not able to attend the Speedweek finale at Hamlin on Saturday, so I couldn't observe Tony DiMattia to see if he was nervous, emotional, or high-strung as he and Alex prepared the PaintWorks Auto Body/ Brandywine Auto Repair No. 5D for battle. But I'm betting he was cool as a cucumber, because that was his demeanor all week long.
  Tony was confident; I think the big win at Lanco assured him that he could do this; he really could beat these guys (and gals) and win the week-long series championship. At Greenwood Valley and Kutztown, he was smiling and seemed relaxed as he strolled through the pits prior to the races. He was ready.
  And he made it happen at Hamlin...
  DiMattia did well enough in his two heat races to put himself in the top six in qualifying points. Not only did that transfer him into the final A-Main of the week, but it also locked him into the Cash Dash and guaranteed him of a top-six starting position in the finale.
  As Kyle Lick and the Bushkill Bullet, Kyle Rohner, wrestled one another for the race win, Tony DiMattia made certain that he got to the finish. When Jay Hartman blew up while running second on lap 12, the title pretty much belonged to DiMattia. He still had to salvage a decent finish because Lick had an outside shot at the title, so Tony hustled up to third spot and watched as Lick and Rohner slugged it out for the victory.
  DiMattia, in fact, tussled with the leaders as they diced on a restart with three laps remaining. He was glued to Lick's tail tank, with Rohner alongside the leader, as Lick nosed ahead of Rohner as they hit the stripe to score the triumph in a race that many of the Hamlin faithful called "one of the best we've ever seen" at the Pearl of the Poconos.
  And so it ended, with Tony DiMattia officially crowned the 2013 Kioti Tractors PA 600 Speedweek Champion. He finished 14 points ahead of Lick, who jumped from fourth to second in the standings with his win.
  Unexpected, yes...but absolutely earned and well deserved title for the kid from Malvern. Mike Batz, the voice of Linda's Speedway and 600 Speedweek point-keeper, put it best when he wrote (and I'm paraphrasing), "each year, one driver seems to rise up and stand out from the rest by turning in an outstanding effort during Speedweek. This year, that driver was Tony DiMattia."
  Twelve drivers entered all of the PA 600 Speedweek shows this season: DiMattia, Lick, Jay Hartman, Dicely, A.J. Michael, James Morris, Chad VanHorn, Molly Chambers, Chad Sandt, Australian Matt Symons, Shelby Harper, and Rick Perone. The first eight names in that list finished in the top eight positions in final Speedweek points, by the way.
  Some drivers prefer winged racing; some would rather run wingless. And of course, there are those who just love to race, no matter the format. With just a dozen wheel-twisters entering all four events - and they would have been at Linda's, too - there might be some indication that a combination of winged and wingless Speedweek races is not the way to go. Then again, it's possible that the economy, or the price of fuel, or some other reasons kept racers from supporting all of the events.
  The car counts were as follows: Lanco - 54; Greenwood Valley - 28; Kutztown's Action Track USA - 53; and Hamlin - 34. Reports from Linda's had 28 cars already in the pits and another eight or nine waiting outside the gates when the program was cancelled due to the intensifying rain.
  While the quantity may have been down, the quality of the racing was excellent. The duel for the lead between Shane Lewis and Tyler Walton at Clyde Martin was exceptional; the slide jobs by Tim Buckwalter and great racing throughout the pack at Greenwood Valley were extremely entertaining.
  Sliders and three-wide action for the top spot highlighted the A-Main at Kutztown, and we've already listed the description of the intense competition at Hamlin by those in attendance.
  The 2013 Kioti Tractors PA 600 Speedweek can definitely be considered a success...especially if your name is Tony DiMattia.
****
  Two drivers, James Morris and Kyle Lick, headed west immediately after the checkered flag at Hamlin. They made it to Illinois in time to race at Wayne County Speedway on Sunday night. Both qualified through the B-Main; Morris climbed to a 12th place finish in the A while Lick fell out due to issues with his chain as he picked his way toward the front of the pack.
  Kameron Morral, another 600cc hotshoe from Pa., was also at Wayne County. Morral did not qualify for the A-Main and was headed home on Monday.
  Morris and Lick are sticking around for the 600cc "week of money" in Illinois; they were scheduled to race again on Tuesday, July 16, at Coles County Speedway.
  This weekend, they will be joined by Keystone State hotshoes Brian Carber (in Barry Greth's Hyper) and Mike Dicely, along with New Jersey's Sammy LaMothe and more than 100 of the best 600cc throttle-jockeys from the U.S. at the National Speed Sport News 66 Mike Phillips Memorial Race. The 66, as it's known, pays an incredible $10,000 to win, and it has quickly grown to become one of, if not the biggest Micro-Sprint races in the country. This year, it will take place at the Belle-Clair Speedway.
  Good luck to all of the northeast chauffeurs as the go for the big bucks in Illinois this Friday and Saturday.
  Thanks for reading; hope you enjoyed it.

 
 
 
     
  JULY 14, 2013
Kyle Lick Strikes Gold In PA 600 Speedweek Triumph Just Nipping Kyle Rohner At Hamlin

Hamlin, PA - Kyle Lick Strikes Gold In PA 600 Speedweek Triumph Just Nipping Kyle Rohner At Hamlin Speedway Finish Line: Tony Dimattia Crowned Series Champion
By: Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media

Taking a trip into the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania always presents a wonderful time as the beautiful warm summer weather with gentle blowing breezes offer a spectacular visual for the many folks who enjoy one of the top vacation playgrounds in the country. For racers and fans alike, there is another side of the coin regarding the Pocono Mountains as upwards of 140 talented race car drivers ply their trade every Saturday evening as they go "Pushin the Cushion" at the Hamlin Speedway promoted by Denise and Randy Smith. The 2013 racing season marks the eighth season the Smith Team has rolled out the red carpet for drivers, owners and fans and the success of the 1/5 mile clay oval has proved to be a tremendous boost for small car racing divisions. Saturday Night was the final leg of the Pennsylvania 600 Speedweeks Sprint Series and it proved to be a history making event for the promoters and the speedway as the event marked the first time the Hamlin Speedway has hosted a Speedweek event. The full week of activities produced a win for ARDC Midget hot-shoe Tony DiMattia at the LANCO Speedway opener while another ARDC Midget top-gun Tim Buckwalter showed his tail feathers to everyone at the Greenwood Valley facility. The racing moved to Wednesday at the Kutztown Speedway Action Track USA and Mike Rutherford came away with the win. The series moved to Linda's Speedway but heavy rainfall cancelled the event leaving everything left to be settled at Hamlin. When the racing was completed at 10:45, defending track champion Kyle "The Hot" Lick demonstrated he still knew the quick way around Hamlin as he held off a star studded field of talent to capture the $1,000.00 prize offered for the series win. "The Tornado" Tyler Johnston recorded his first win of the season in another of the tight racing battles that has made Hamlin such a popular stop for drivers and fans alike. "TK" Tommy Kunsman continued his winning ways in the 270 Sprint main while Mackenzie Harper dominated the action in the Rookie 600 Sprint finale. "The Oxford Express" Dale Kober won his third Super Slinger main event of the season and recent roster addition Alex Shaffer made it look easy in capturing his first win in the Rookie 270 Sprint headliner. "The Dirt Diva" Shannon Smith was the class of the field in capturing her third win of the season in the Brodheadsville Chevrolet Stage One Modified feature. "The 38 Special" Jared LaBagh was spot on in driving to his seventh win of the season in the Junior Slingshot main attraction.

After a series of time trials for four divisions, the Wingless 600 Sprints moved onto the speedway for their first round of Heat events. Kyle Lick, "The Cadillac Man" Kurt Bettler, "Radioactive" Robbie Hocker and "The Edge" Eddie Strada were victorious in the first round. After additional time trials the second round of heats took to the speedway with Austin Ely, "The Travelin Man" Mick D'Agostino, Chad Sandt and "The Bushkill Bullet" Kyle Rohner capturing the hotly contested heat events. Former Lake Ariel resident Charlie Bodine, now residing in Florida, proved he still know his way around Hamlin as he was the quick timer in the All Star Slingshots just nipping "The Rockaway Rocket" Danny Buccafusca. Shannon Smith in the Stage One Modifieds, Tommy Kunsman in the 270 Sprints, Jared LaBagh in the Junior Slingshots, Richie VanOrden in the Super Slingers and Mackenzie Harper in the Rookie 600 Sprints earned their marks as the top times of the evening. Mike Kalman captured the heat win for the Rookie 270 Sprints. "The Predator" Kevin Predmore Jr returned to the Hamlin scene and captured the B-Main for the All Star Slingshots while "The Electrifying" Shelby Harper nailed down the B-Main for the 600 Sprints. Kyle Lick added three hundred bucks to his pocket when he captured the Dash For Cash over Jay Hartman ($200.00) and Chad Sandt ($100.00).
The Pennsylvania 600 Speedweeks Sprint finale was a 35-lap main event that will be talked about for some time to come. Kyle Lick, the defending track champion and who has made only a few visits to the speedway in 2013 due to his transition into the ARDC Midget ranks, seized command at the start of the event by out dualling "The J-Man" Jay Hartman into turn one. The go for the gold event quickly turned into a high speed chess match as Lick held the top real estate and 25 hot-rodder's wanted it. After an opening lap flip by AJ Michael and Shelby Harper, the racing became intense as Kyle Rohner moved into third place behind Hartman with Robbie Hocker in fourth and Chad Sandt holding down fifth. Hartman would see his chances evaporate on lap twelve when he exploded his motor on the backstretch. Rohner would tuck in behind Lick on the restart and the high speed chase was on. At the same time Tony Dimattia came to life and hustled his Brandywine Auto Repair sponsored hot rod into the top three. Rohner in the meantime took a few peeks underneath Lick but Lick always managed to hold off Rohner in the Terry's Drive Train sponsored machine.

After the midway point, more contenders arrived at the point of battle as Eddie Strada methodically worked his way from eleventh position and Mick D'Agostino was charging forward from thirteenth. With all of the competition just a few ticks from each other clockwise, the mid-pack racing was spectacular with many pockets of action keeping the fans in a state of racing frenzy. One of the fantastic runs to the front came in the form of James" Phillip" Morris as he was precision in finding the openings to hustle his BM Auto Body race car through from 22nd position. After a caution brought the field back together on lap-32. all of the frontrunners knew what was at stake in the final three lap shoot-out. Lick took off to retain his lead but Rohner had other ideas as he was hard on the hammer in his Ronda and Gary Phillips owned speed buggy. Rohner drove high and low and for a brief moment captured the lead with Dimattia working his magic from the catbird's seat. in third. Lick fought back and nosed in front as the flag fell but he was far from safe as Pressure from Rohner on top and Dimattia from the baseline had all of the elements that make great races. Out of turn four Lick leaped to the checkered flag with Rohner and Dimattia alongside of him. Lick was the victor and $1,000.00 richer for his efforts with Rohner in the runner-up role and Dimattia in third with Strada and Hocker completing the top five. D'Agostino headed up the second five with Morris in seventh Molly Chambers, Brandon Azzalina from 24th and Chad Sandt completing the top ten. Tommy Kunsman, Jake Winters, Mike Dicely, Rick Perone and Joseph Smith rounded out the top fifteen in one of the most exciting events ever witnessed in the history of the Hamlin Speedway.

PEARL JAMS:

From all of the rain that soaked the Pocono Mountains, the speedway was heavy throughout the evening but Promoter Randy Smith took the needed time throughout the evening to keep the cushion level and the track well groomed. The full house of racing fans were treated to a great evening of racing excitement.

A big round of appreciation is in order for the Pennsylvania 600 Speedweeks team as all of the races were top notch and the Bortz and Batz team hustled hard throughout the evening for their part in speedweeks. The Kioti Tractors utility pace machine was a neat addition to Hamlin and the salute to the fans with the four wide parade lap was an awesome spectacle to witness. With lots of money on the line, these type of events will keep the small car divisions flourishing for many years to come.

Congratulations go out to Tony Dimattia for putting all of the pieces together in securing the championship in the PA 600 Speedweeks chase. The title was worth $1,000.00 to him and in his interview with track announcer Steve Pados stated he would more than likely spend the money on new tires for the race car.

Many new faces arrived at the speedway on Saturday as Dillon Steur mad his first appearance in the Junior Slingshots. Junior Slinger Logan Crout transitioned into the All Stars with good results in his first run with the big boys. Robbie Watson saw his misfortune continue as he broke down a few miles from the speedway and was an early retiree in the feature event. Bobby Butler towed the Watson racer the final distance so Watson could compete. Jr Leggio was a first time performer in a recently purchased Hyper car bought in New York State. Leggio is the son of former Harmony, Flemington and Nazareth campaigner Carmen Leggio and is teamed with Mahoney Motorsports. Brian Mahoney had another tough outing but he has improved with each trip to the speedway. The Super Slinger field was back to snuff with new additions in Rob Leuthe in the S&S Speedways Rental car and Dave Morrell making his first trip in as well. John Gilroy, Roger Collins and Frank Yankowski also returned to action and made for some great racing for the over 35 group. Will Casazza made his first appearance of the season in the Stage One Modified he recently purchased from Brody Adamsky. Casazza is 67 years young and was a mainstay for many years in the Lightning Sprint division at the Accord Speedway and joins his brother JD at the speedway who now races with the 600 Sprint rookies. The new faces in the 600 Sprint ranks gave the show an international flair as Matthew Symons was competing from Australia. Rick Perone made his first trip in 2013 as did Micro racing legend Mike Dicely, AJ Michael, Mark Gilmore and Chad Van Horn. Last week's feature winner Brett Michalski broke in his heat event and did not return to action.

New York hot shoe Stephen Reynolds competed with a heavy heart as his grandfather Don Peterson died suddenly during the week. The team pressed on and decided to compete as that is what his grandfather would have wanted him to do. The Hamlin Speedway family sends their condolences to the Reynolds Family with their tragic loss.
 
600cc Wingless Sprints: (PA 600 Speed-Week by Hyper Racing) Kyle Lick, Kyle Rohner, Tony Dimattia, Eddie Strada, Robbie Hocker, Mick D'Agostino, James Morris, Molly Chambers, Brandon Azzalina, Chad Sandt, Tommy Kunsman, Jake Winters, Mike Dicely, Rick Perone, Joseph Smith, Jordan Tittle, Colin White, Larry Mekic, Austin Ely, Jay Hartman, Kurt Bettler, Chris Stockham, Matthew Symons, Stephen Reynolds, Shelby Harper, AJ Michael

William Mohring, 23.Erik Jones, 24.Sterling Hamm.
DNQ: David Morrell, Matt Stangle, Kalli Hartman, Joe Nemeth, Tayllor Schoenly, Gary Grim.

 
     
 
 
     
  JULY 10, 2013
Mike Rutherford Seals the Deal on Race 4

Kutztown, PA - It was a night of first time occurences at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA on Wednesday, July 10. And all of the "firsts" added up to another entertaining evening of motorized drama and intense competition that was enjoyed by a large crowd of enthusiastic spectators at the oval located on the Kutztown Fairgrounds.

In the first night of racing after the speedway's three-week break (due to the annual Folk Festival that takes place at the fairgrounds in early July), Mike Rutherford captured his first career win at Kutztown - in the first Kioti Tractors PA 600 Speedweek event ever run at the Berks County race place. It was also the first time, in the seven year history of PA 600 Speedweek, that a series race took place without wings atop the rollcages of the 600cc Micro-Sprints.

The main event for the Sunoco USAC Championship SpeedSTR's was highlighted by a very popular "first" for the legion of racing fans who cheer for legendary dirt Modified star Kenny Brightbill...the Shillington driver notched his initial triumph in one of Rich Tobias' SpeedSTR creations on Wednesday.

Leesport, Pa. wheel-twister Mark Sensenig became the first driver to record more than one victory this season in the NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshot division, winning his second feature in the 20-lapper that provided a nightcap to the evening of high speed adventure.

The Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Micro-Sprints produced an intensely competitive main event, with Rutherford emerging victorious in the 35-lap race that was worth $1,000 to the Lititz driver, courtesy of race sponsor Leisure Sports 'n Turf. His victory did not come easily, though.

Starting third behind a formidable front row of Tim Buckwalter and Billy Pauch Jr., Rutherford stayed low and close as the lead duo traded the top spot several times during the first six trips around the progressively banked oval. Buckwalter threw numerous slide jobs on Pauch Jr., with Billy turning left and driving back under the Douglassville resident as they blasted down the straights. On a couple of occasions, Rutherford made it a three-wide tussle for the lead by shoving the nose of his No. 7H under Buckwalter and Pauch in the turns, but not getting the run he needed to get by the lead pair as he gunned his car off the corner.

On a restart with six laps complete, Buckwalter executed yet another slide job on Pauch Jr. as they raced through turns one and two. As Pauch rocketed off the banking and shot to the low side in an attempt to pull back in front, he and Rutherford banged wheels, causing Pauch to lose his momentum - along with second place.

During the next caution period, which occurred with eleven laps in the books, Buckwalter was set back to third for jumping the previous restart. That decision put Rutherford into the lead; a position he would hold for the remainder of the race.

There was one very close call for the Micro-Sprint veteran, however, as Buckwalter threw another slider on him after a restart just before the halfway point. They touched slightly in turn two, and Buckwalter appeared to get the upper hand, but another yellow (before the next lap could be scored) saved Rutherford and kept Gary Hunter's CARSTAR No. 7H at the head of the pack.

During the final one-third of the event, the most intense racing was contested behind the leader as Rutherford opened up just enough daylight between himself and his pursuers to maintain a comfortable advantage.

Pauch Jr. slipped past Buckwalter to reclaim the runner-up position, while Chad VanHorn made his presence known inside the top four. VanHorn got by Buckwalter for third, then applied heavy pressure to Pauch as they wrestled for second over the last couple of laps.

Rutherford flashed across the finish line with a margin of 0.349-seconds over Pauch Jr., who just nipped VanHorn for runner-up honors.

Tony DiMattia, who started 19th after winning the B-Main, steadily progressed throught the field to finish fourth. The Malvern driver, who won the Speedweek opener at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway on Saturday, grabbed the Speedweek point lead with his fourth place effort at the Action Track USA.

Tyler Walton completed the top five, with his RGR teammate for the night, Alex Bright, taking the checkered in sixth after starting 20th.

A.J. Michael, Jay Hartman, Heath Hehnly, and Shane Lewis finished in positions seven through ten.

Mike Bednar and Kenny Brightbill started on the front row of the 30-lap, Sunoco USAC Championship SpeedSTR main. The lead duo waged a terrific side-by-side battle for the top spot during the early stages of the race, with Brightbill - the all-time leading feature winner at the Reading Fairgrounds - pleasing his legion of fans by eventually clearing the No. 46 of Bednar, then pulling away from the field.

Grandview Speedway Late Model Champion Chuck Schutz ducked under Bednar for second and began his pursuit of Brightbill's No. 19. Unfortunately for Schutz, his solid run would end on a restart with five to go, as mechanical ills knocked him out while still in the runner-up position.

Prior to Schutz's demise, an entertaining four-car battle for third erupted between Bednar, Brandon Rahmer, Paul Lotier Jr., and Freddie Rahmer Jr. After Schutz fell out, Bednar pulled away from the other three, leaving Lotier to deal with the Rahmer brothers over the final frantic tours.

Lotier rolled the top in the corners, and used his momentum to pull off a third place finish behind Brightbill and Bednar. Freddie Rahmer edged his brother, Brandon, for fourth.

With the popular victory, his first at the Action Track USA and first in a SpeedSTR, the 65-year-old Brightbill increased his point lead over Billy Pauch Jr., who lost his brakes early in the event but persevered to finish tenth.

Mark Sensenig led all the way to record his second win of the season in NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshot competition at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA.

With the Leesport driver cruising out front in his Slinger Warehouse No. 7L, fifth-starter Travis Bieber navigated his way into second, passing Dylan Hoch and bringing seventh-starting Larry Raifsnider with him into third.

Danny Buccafusca, who started sixth, rumbled into the top four as the laps clicked off quickly. Buccafusca, the winner of the last race on June 19, accelerated past Raifsnider for third and challenged Bieber for second as the 20-lapper entered its final stages.

Sensenig raced to the checkered flag by almost four seconds over Bieber, who held off Buccafusca for second-place money. Raifsnider and Hoch wound up fourth and fifth, respectively.

Brett Bieber, the point leader when the night began, was involved in an early tangle with Cody Kline. The Oley driver came back to finish 12th, but Raifsnider's fourth-place effort vaulted him past Bieber and into the number one position in the point chase. Buccafusca also moved past Bieber in the standings as the season enters its second-half at the Action Track USA.
 
There were 53 of the Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600cc Micro-Sprints on hand for the first-ever PA 600 Speedweek show at Action Trackk USA.

The SpeedSTR's had a 21-car field on Wednesday, while the All Star Slingshots pulled in 30 entries. That's a grand total of 104 racecars entered in the first event at the Action Track USA since June 19.

Per Speedweek rules, the Wingless 600cc Micros competed in a dual heat race, passing points format for qualifying. There five heat races in each round, with Pauch Jr., Buckwalter, Jeff Hartman, Bill Unglert, and Mike Dicely winning first round preliminaries. Second round heat winners included Pauch Jr., Brandon Azzalina, Alex Bright, VanHorn, and A.J. Michael.

The last chance B-Main went to Tony DiMattia.

Buckwalter earned $300 for his victory in the PR2 Racing Engines Cash Dash, with Pauch Jr. picking up $200 and Rutherford getting $100 for second and third.

Heading into the event at the Action Track USA in Kutztown, Mike Dicely sat atop the PA 600 Speedweek point standings after two events. Unfortunately for the Lewisberry, Pa. driver, he was involved in an incident with Rick Perone in the B-Main and did not qualify. His DNS in the A-Main cost him several spots in the standings - DiMattia took over the top spot with his fourth-place finish at Kutztown - with two Speedweek events remaining on the schedule.

Drivers who gained the most positions in the 35-lap A-Main were: Shane Lewis (26th to 10th); DiMattia (19th to fourth); Alex Bright (20th to sixth); and Heath Hehnly (23rd to ninth). Collegeville's Bright, the ARDC Midget hotshoe, also traveled from 16th to second in the B- Main.

Winning the three NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshot heat races were Travis Bieber, Matt Miller, and Brett Bieber. William Mohring was victorious in the B-Main.

The Sunoco USAC Championship SpeedSTR's competed in Time Dashes to set the lineups for their heat races. The Fast Five in the Timed Dashes were quick-timer Billy Pauch Jr. (12.289 seconds), Freddie Rahmer Jr., Kenny Brightbill, Mike Bednar, and Mike Mahaney.

Mahaney and Billy Pauch Sr. won the two SpeedSTR heat races.

The JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA at the Kutztown Fairgrounds swings open its gates once again on Wednesday, July 19, with a starting time of 6 p.m. The Sunoco USAC Championship SpeedSTR's, Pioneer Pole Building Wingless 600's, NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshots, and winged 270cc Micro-Sprints will be on Wednesday's menu. The All Star Slingshots will compete in the Kutztown Komet 100, a race that salutes the memory of local racing legend Freddy Adam.

Adam, who passed away last winter, was known for years as "the Kutztown Komet". His widow, Mary, will present the trophy to the winner of the 100-lap feature race for the Slingshots on Wednesday.

In addition, the Reading Fairgrounds Racing Historical Society (RFRHS) will have their mobile museum at the track, along with a restored Modified Stock Car that was driven by Freddy Adam.
RESULTS:
Kioti Tractors/ Leisure Sports 'n Turf PA 600 Speedweek Finish, 35 laps: 1.Mike Rutherford, 2.Billy Pauch Jr., 3.Chad VanHorn, 4.Tony DiMattia, 5.Tyler Walton, 6.Alex Bright, 7.A.J. Michael, 8.Jay Hartman, 9.Heath Hehnly, 10.Shane Lewis, 11.Blaine Emery, 12.Brandon Azzalina, 13.Brock Zearfoss, 14.Tom Schearer, 15.Kyle Lick, 16.Tim Buckwalter, 17.Billy Ney, 18.Brett Schoenly, 19.Molly Chambers, 20.Jeff Hartman, 21.Brett Michalski, 22.Rick Perone, 23.Chris Panzcner, 24.James Morris, 25.Jim Radney, 26.Bill Unglert.
DNQ: Mike Dicely, Chad Sandt, Tim Iulg, Ryan Morris, Rhett Long, Matthew Symons, Rob Adams, Brett Peters, Chris Gerhart, Jacob Severn, Joey Jarowicz, Shelby Harper, Taylor Troxel, Jessica Weiss, Kayla Stoltzfus, Trevor Kobylarz, Makenzie Harper, Ryan Neil, Shawn Rooney, Garrett Glassman, Zack Fisher, Simon Egan, Clayton Glassman, Joe Kay, Greg Stevens, Austin Bishop, Steve Kemery.
Sunoco USAC Championship SpeedSTR Finish, 30 laps: 1.Kenny Brightbill, 2.Mike Bednar, 3.Paul Lotier Jr., 4.Freddie Rahmer Jr., 5.Brandon Rahmer, 6.Mike Mahaney, 7.Jeff Strunk, 8.Matt Janisch, 9.Gary Huber, 10.Billy Pauch Jr., 11.Brittany Wixon, 12.Brian Monteith, 13.Brad Brightbill, 14.Chuck Schutz, 15.Joey Allen, 16.Wayne Weaver, 17.Mike Vermeulen, 18.Billy Pauch Sr., 19.Al Arrisher, 20.Craig VonDohren, 21.John Kovatch.
NAPA Auto Parts All Star Slingshots Finish, 20 laps: 1.Mark Sensenig, 2.Travis Bieber, 3.Danny Buccafusca, 4.Larry Raifsnider, 5.Dylan Hoch, 6.Matt Miller, 7.Shannon Smith, 8.Kyle Gruber, 9.Jeff Kemp, 10.Dakota Barlet, 11.Louden Reimert, 12.Brett Bieber, 13.Travis Gruber, 14.David Kreis, 15.Chris Kurtz, 16.Cody Kline, 17.Ed Shaub, 18.Jordan Knepp, 19.Ray Nemeth, 20.Damian Nemeth, 21.Dave Carraghan, 22.William Mohring, 23.Erik Jones, 24.Sterling Hamm.
DNQ: David Morrell, Matt Stangle, Kalli Hartman, Joe Nemeth, Tayllor Schoenly, Gary Grim.

 

 
 
 
     
  JULY 7, 2013
Tim Buckwalter Weathers the Field at Greenwood Valley; Wins 2nd Race of PA 600 Speedweek

by BARRY ANGSTADT

Millville, PA - Tim Buckwalter has been spending the majority of his time, for the past few seasons, wheeling ARDC Midgets and, more recently, 358-Modifieds. But he hasn't forgotten how to stomp and steer a fast, fire-breathing 600cc Micro-Sprint.

Buckwalter, from Douglassville, Pa., returned to his roots on Sunday night at the Greenwood Valley Action Track near Bloomsburg, and schooled the talented field assembled for the second event in this year's Kioti Tractors PA 600 Speedweek series.

Driving Gary & Donna Spotts' No. 25s, a Triple X Chassis, Buckwalter waited out a weather delay before he drove to a convincing win in the Edge Chassis/ RGR 35-lap main event.

"I have to thank Gary and Donna...they put so much work and effort into this car when we decide to run it," stated the victor as he accepted the large, symbolic winner's check in the amount of $1,000.

"I like the top - in fact, I prefer it - but I chose the bottom for the restart because the car was just working so well down there. We could really shoot off the bottom on the starts, so that was the way to go. But then I went right back to the top," smiled the 2012 ARDC Midget Champion.

A high quality field of 28 race teams arrived at GVAT, unloaded and set up their pit spaces, then quickly shoved all of their equipment and racecars back into the trailer as a gusty thunderstorm blew over the facility at about 5:30 p.m. Fairly heavy rainfall drenched the track and infield for more than 30-minutes, casting doubt among the attendees as to whether or not they would be racing on Sunday evening.

Track owner Gerry Creveling was determined to get the show in, however, and went to work as soon as enough of the precipitation had soaked into the clay surface. He eventually called for racecars to help run in the track, and the teams responded in cooperative fashion. By 8:40 p.m., the cars were cut loose for hot laps, and heat races went green a few minutes before 9:00.

When the cars of Brian Carber, Sammy LaMothe, and Cale Reigle were forced to scratch out of their second round of heat race qualifiers, the Crevelings and Speedweek organizers Adrenalized Promotions decided to skip the B-Main and start the remaining 25 drivers in the 35-lap A-Main.

Kyle Lick, Catasauqua, Pa., won the Dash (worth $300) and earned the right to start the A-Main from the inside of row one. Buckwalter rolled off in second and Tyler Walton was third as the race went green.

Australian Matt Symons spun on the start, so everyone regrouped and tried it again. Buckwalter and Lick quickly switched lanes, with Buckwalter throwing a huge slider on Lick in turns one and two. Lick, who won his first ARDC Midget feature eight days earlier in North Carolina, crossed over and shoved the nose of his Terry's Special back in front as they blazed down the backstretch. Buckwalter hung tough on the high side, though, and he powered back in front off the fourth turn to take command as the first lap was scored.

A few circuits later, Lick skated up the track in turn two, allowing Walton to slip past him for the runner-up spot. The second and final yellow flag of the event waved at this point, however, putting Lick back into second as the caution lights flashed on before Walton could be scored as the second-place car. Eleven laps were complete at the time and, while nobody could or would have predicted it, the final 24 tours were about to go clean and green.

Double-file restarts have been instituted for this season's 600 Speedweek (only in the A-Main), and GVAT regular Mike Koehler took advantage of the new procedure to blast into the runner-up position on the restart.

Koehler swiftly closed on Buckwalter, motoring around the bottom lane as Buckwalter rolled the top on the smooth, sticky GVAT oval. Within a few laps, the leaders were negotiating through lapped traffic, and Buckwalter deftly navigated his way in and around the backmarkers. He used the traffic to pull away from Koehler as Mike Dicely and Chad VanHorn wrestled for the third and fourth positions with Walton and Lick.

As the laps clicked off in a hurry, Buckwalter's margin grew, and he cruised to the checkered with a healthy cushion over Koehler.

Dicely finished third in a Speedweek main for the second consecutive night, and VanHorn nipped Walton at the stripe to earn fourth-place money.

With his second straight podium finish, Dicely vaulted into the PA 600 Speedweek point lead. He will carry a ten-point advantage over Tony Dimattia into the next stop on the five-race tour at the JeffreyHogueRealtor.com Action Track USA at the Kutztown Fairgrounds on Wednesday, July 10. That will also be the first Speedweek event run without wings on the 600cc Micro-Sprints, and it will mark the first of three wingless programs - the other two take place at Linda's Speedway on July 12 and Hamlin Speedway on the 13th - remaining on this year's slate.

Heat race winners on Sunday at Greenwood Valley included Walton, Lick, and Dicely in Round One, with Koehler, Buckwalter, and Alex Bright claiming victories in Round Two.

After both rounds of qualifying were completed, the top six in the Finishing/Passing Points system were Koehler, Walton, Buckwalter, Lick, Bright, and Tyler DeVault.

For additional news and information regarding the five-race miniseries, log on to www.pa600speedweek.com and/or the tour's facebook page at www.facebook.com/ PA 600 Speedweek.

RESULTS:

Edge Chassis/ RGR A-Main Finish, 35-laps: 1.Tim Buckwalter, 2.Mike Koehler, 3.Mike Dicely, 4.Chad VanHorn, 5.Tyler Walton, 6.Kyle Lick, 7.Tyler DeVault, 8.Mike Rutherford, 9.Alex Bright, 10.Tom Fraschetta, 11.Jay Hartman, 12.Rob Pajauis, 13.Tom Shearer, 14.James Morris, 15.Tony DiMattia, 16.Rick Perone, 17.Matthew Symons, 18.Chad Sandt, 19.Joey Jarowicz, 20.Shelby Harper, 21.Jermaine Godshall, 22.Hayden Miller, 23.Greg Stevens, 24.A.J. Michael, 25.Molly Chambers.

 

 
     
 
 
     
  JULY 6, 2013
DiMattia Notches First 600 Speedweek Triumph; Swavely Clinches 270 Clash at Clyde Mar

Newmanstown, PA - One of the most incredible, position-swapping, heart-pounding battles for the lead ever witnessed at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memoriall Speedway took place on Saturday night. And the epic struggle didn't even involve the eventual winner of the opening event of this year's Kioti Tractors PA 600 Speedweek.

"I kind of hate to win 'em that way, but I'll take it," grinned Malvern, Pa. driver Tony DiMattia from the winner's circle. "We were really good tonight, but we still didn't have anything for Tyler (Walton) and Shane (Lewis). But we were the best of the rest, and we were able to take advantage of it when they got together."

The 40-lap, Hollinger's Sports 'n Turf main event for the 600cc Micro-Sprints began with Tyler Walton bolting from the pole position to lead the early stages of the race. Shane Lewis, who started third, wrangled the runner-up spot from DiMattia when the No. 5D slid high in turn two with eight circuits complete and Lewis dashed past him as they exited the corner.

Lewis, the Honeybrook, Pa. native who now lives and works in Connecticut, chased down Walton as the leader negotiated heavy lapped traffic during a long stretch (from laps 2 through 28) of green flag action.

Over eleven consecutive trips around the banked oval, Walton - from Mifflintown, Pa. - and Lewis traded slide jobs at both ends of the speedway as they navigated in and around lapped cars. In jaw-dropping fashion, the duo raced side-by-side, inches apart, on the straightaways before the driver in the bottom lane threw yet another slider on his foe as they blasted through the corners.

At one point, Lewis used a slower car as a pick to trap Walton and snare the lead. It seemed, for just a few seconds, that it might be the move that would win the race for the driver of the Lewis Automotive, RAMM Trailers No. 55L. But Walton rallied once more, making his Rich Glosser Racing/ Hyper No. 70 scream into turns one and two, diving under then sliding up in front of Lewis to reclaim the top spot. Lewis would counter - again - in three and four.

As the lead pair completed the 28th tour and rocketed back into turn one, calamity struck as both drivers went for the same piece of real estate and collided. The second caution of the event was a nightmare for the front-running duo, as both Walton and Lewis were parked near the top of the banking, their cars knotted together after such a sensational fight for the lead. Both drivers were able to restart, but Walton dropped out after he was involved in another incident with five to go and Lewis wound up 14th, one lap down, after he spun in what became a three-car crash in turn four on the final tour.

With Walton and Lewis relegated to the rear after their tangle, Tony DiMattia inherited the lead and he made the most of his golden opportunity. Five additional restarts over the last 12 circuits, with 600 Speedweek rules dictating double-file restarts during the A-Mains, did not deter the young charger as he held off a determined Chris Panczner and Mike Dicely to record the $2,500 victory.

As the leader, DiMattia was allowed to choose which line, inside or outside, he wanted on each restart. He consistently picked the bottom, and he was never seriously challenged as Panczner and Dicely wrestled for runner-up honors.

"We were very good on the bottom," explained the winner, "the car had real good drive off the bottom and that's why I decided to stay down there for the restarts."

Panczner passed Jared Esh for second on a lap 33 restart, opening the door for Dicely to follow, then the two of them diced for second-place money with Panczner, from Elverson, Pa., winning that battle.

At the finish, it was DiMattia scoring his first career Clyde Martin victory and his very first PA 600 Speedweek triumph. He was almost a full second in front of Panczner, who held off Dicely for second.

Mike Rutherford, who needed to use a Speedweek provisional (highest driver in Lanco points who did not qualify) in order to start the A-Main after engine issues sidelined him in his first heat race, weaved his way from 25th to fourth in the 40-lapper.

Ryan Greth, subbing for Brian Carber in the Greth Racing/ Carber Lawncare No. 71, ran a solid race to finish fifth. Jared Esh, A.J. Michael, Jay Hartman, Ryan Hook, and Tim Iulg completed the top ten.

Heat races for the 54-car field went to Dicely, C.J. Tracy, Chris Gerhart, Ryan Morris, Bill Thomas, Kameron Morral, Greth, A.J. Michael, Walton, and Lewis. Steve Whary won the last-chance B-Main.

Per Speedweek rules, the 600's utilized a dual heat race, passing points system for qualifying. The top six drivers in qualifying points were eligible for a Cash Dash, with time trials determining the starting order for the Dash.

Tyler Walton accumulated the most points in the two sets of heat races, then set quick time to earn the pole for the Dash. He and DiMattia actually tied for quick time in the trials, but Walton's second lap was a tick faster than DiMattia's, so he was given the pole for the eight-lap Dash.

Walton led all the way to pick up the $300 for winning the Dash and thereby putting himself on the pole for the A-Main. DiMattia ($200) and Lewis ($100) chased him to the line in the Dash.

Walton also picked up the Weld Racing Fast Lap of the Feature Award by recording the single quickest lap in the A-Main. His quick time in the race was 11.034-seconds.

 

 
     
 
 
     
  JULY 8, 2012
SHANE LEWIS DOESN'T HAVE TO SHARE THIS TITLE; PA 600 SPEEDWEEK RECAP

"Oh yeah, it's nice to win it outright this time; I feel like we really earned this one," summed up the newly crowned champion.

And there's absolutely no doubt that Honeybrook's Shane Lewis did indeed earn the 2012 PA 600 Speedweek Championship.

After he finished in a tie for the 2009 Speedweek laurels with Heath Hehnly, Lewis was focused on this year's title...well, he was sort of focused on it.

"Our mindset was actually to go after that $10,000 at Lanco," he explained, referring to the winner's share of the big payout at Micromania, which was the second race of this year's 600 Speedweek Series. "That was the first goal, but we just weren't very good that night."

Lewis wound up fifth in the lucrative Micromania A-Main, but left the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway tied with Mike Dicely for the overall point lead. "At that point, since we were planning to run all the (Speedweek) races anyway, we figured we might as well go all out and try to win that championship," said Shane.

Six races (in eight days) made up the PA 600 Speedweek tour, and when the week-long gauntlet of competition reached its conclusion on Saturday, July 7 at Trail-Way, Shane Lewis had not finished outside the top five.

Competing against stellar fields that included not only the best that PA and New Jersey have to offer, but some of the best 600cc wheel-twisters from New York and all over the country - as well as a pretty darn good Aussie named Charlie Brown - Lewis put together an incredibly consistent string of strong efforts.

He began the series by running second to Brock Zearfoss at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in the Prelude to the Mania on June 30. And, even though Lewis felt his No. 55L "wasn't very good" the next night at Micromania, he managed that fifth place finish.

At Path Valley on Monday, July 2nd, Shane recorded another runner-up placing; this time, he finished second to Mike Dicely, with whom he was tied for the point lead when that feature went green. Even though he fell one point behind the veteran from Lewisberry, Pa., Lewis was pleased with his run at Path Valley.

"Linda's and Path Valley have always been bad tracks for me during Speedweek," he admitted after clinching the title. "So I was concerned about those two races; I knew we had to run better than we had in the past at those two tracks. We've been fast this year at Linda's, so I felt pretty good about our chances there. And I used the same basic setup at Path Valley that I've been using at Linda's. And we were good at Path, so that made us feel good about the race at Linda's."

If he was good at Path, then the Honeybrook Hustler was exceptional at Clinton County on the Fourth of July, when he won the $1,000 top prize after an entertaining, lead-swapping duel with Brock Zearfoss. "I liked being consistent all week, but it was real nice to get a win, too," noted Lewis.

Shane's fourth place finish at Linda's Speedway on Friday, July 6, enabled him to take a two point lead over Dicely into the series' finale at Trail-Way on July 7th.

"Our goal at Trail-Way was just to stay with Mike, and stay close to Brock, too," said Lewis, referring to both Dicely and Zearfoss, who was ten points behind as the 600 Speedweek caravan rolled into the Hostetter's facility near Hanover, Pa.

When Zearfoss was forced to pull off while running second in the main at Trail-Way, Lewis inherited the spot. Ryan Greth was the race leader, while Dicely was running outside the top five, in seventh. Lewis knew he could follow Greth to the checkered and lock up the point title - and that would be the smart thing to do - but he's a racer and racers want to win everything.

"I really wanted to try and roll around him (Greth) on the top, even though I knew I should probably just hang on to second. But the race paid $1,000 to win, and I wanted to get another Speedweek win, so..."

But the "big picture outlook" prevailed, and Lewis chased Greth to the finish line, clinching the Speedweek championship in the process.

One victory, three second-place efforts, a fourth and a fifth were the ingredients that cooked up a PA 600 Speedweek Championship for Shane Lewis in 2012.

"I really believe the U6SA engine rules (that were used for this year's Speedweek) kept the competition closer. Guys were not running the big, open motors, and nobody was blowing up like they did in past years. That kept the points real close, right down to the end. And, if you look at the results, it was pretty much the same guys finishing in the top five every race, so that kept things tight, too," summarized Lewis.

Even before this year's edition of 600 Speedweek kicked off, Lewis was producing some amazingly strong statistics. Running at least twice a week, and usually three times (once the wingless 600 action began at Kutztown in May), he'd only fallen out of a couple of races due to mechanical issues.

Lewis has five victories in 2012, and he's never been outside the top-ten in the races he's finished. As we turn the corner and head into the second half of the campaign, Shane Lewis is authoring one terrific season for himself. He's definitely reached the upper echelon of 600cc competitors, joining the ranks of Dicely, Rutherford, Greth, Walton, Jeff Hartman, Ryan Smith, Brock Zearfoss, and others who have established themselves as favorites to win every time they pull into a pit area.

*****
Millersville, Missouri's Joe B. Miller finished third in the overall Speedweek standings. The current 600cc POWERi point leader made a quick decision to come east after his midwestern-based series cancelled its events last weekend. Miller was fast at each Speedweek event, finishing seventh, sixth, seventh, eighth, sixth, and sixth in the A-Mains.

Dicely, who only registered one finish outside the top five, notched his fifth career Speedweek victory at Path Valley on July 2nd. He leads all other drivers in Speedweek triumphs, but hasn't been able to translate those victories into championships.

The boss at Hyper Racing scored a dominating win at Path Valley, a pair of third place finishes, a fourth, and a seventh during the week long festival of speed.

Dicely has to be happy with the overall outcome, however, as eight of the top ten and ten of the top 15 in Speedweek points were piloting Hyper Chassis.

Zearfoss wound up fourth in Speedweek points after winning the opener at Clyde Martin on June 30. He also produced a pair of runner-up efforts, but a 13th place finish at Micromania and 22nd in the Trail-Way finale hurt his championship hopes. It was still the best Speedweek, overall, that the Jonestown, Pa. throttle-jockey has ever recorded.

Tyler Walton always seems to win at least one race during Speedweek, and this year the new daddy from Mifflintown, Pa. nailed down the triumph at Linda's Speedway - the second straight Speedweek win for Walton at the quarter-mile.

Despite his two victories - one of them being the Micromania $10k - Ryan Greth could only manage a seventh place finish in the Speedweek point standings.

Greth started his week by flipping in his first heat race at Clyde Martin on June 30; he was a DNQ after the tumble ended his night at the Speedweek opener.

He came back to win Micromania, but finished 22nd at Path Valley when his steering broke while he was running second to Dicely. Two fifth-place showings followed before he captured the final races at Trail-Way in Wayne Lesher's No. 1J.

*****
The "outsiders" who invaded Pennsylvania for 600 Speedweek included Oklahoma's Scott Sawyer, New Mexico's Kenny Brewer, Texas' Tyson Hall, Missouri's Joe B. Miller, and New Yorkers Darryl Ruggles and Tyler Walker.

And, of course, the driver who made the longest trip to compete was Queensland, Australia's Charlie Brown, who was accompanied to the U.S. by his dad, Gary, and his sister, Kristin (also a 600cc racer).

Brown, at just twenty-years-old, did a nice job during the series. He finished third in the feature at Path Valley, sixth at Clinton County, and wound up eighth in the overall points. And he taught Shirley Dicely, Mike's mom, some Australian lingo...

The car counts: Lanco's Clyde Martin on Saturday, June 30 = 60; Sunday's Micromania = 62. There were 48 cars at Path Valley, while 28 made the tow to Clinton County on the Fourth of July. Linda's Speedway pulled in 50 cars on July 6, and 35 entered the final race of the tour on Saturday at Trail-Way.

Finally, the quote of Speedweek may have come from New Mexico's Kenny Brewer. The resident of Alberquerque was responding to comments made about an unusually rough track surface at Clyde Martin for the Speedweek opener.

"Oh my, that didn't bother me," stated Brewer. "You have to understand that back home, I run in the desert! They think they have clay back there, but you have real clay here in the east! And you have actual farm equipment to help prepare the tracks here...they don't use anything like that where I normally race."

Thanks for reading; hope you enjoyed it.

Story by: BARRY ANGSTADT

 
     
 
 
   
  JUNE 28, 2012
PAY-OUT INFO, MICRO MANIA INFO & ENTRY FORMS HAVE BEEN POSTED

Race and points payouts have been posted along with information and entry forms for the 2012 Micro Mania. (270 Clash at Lanco as well). Please use the quick links below:

Race Payouts
Points Payouts
Micro Mania Info
Micro Mania Entry Form
270 Clash at the Clyde Entry Form

 
     
 
 
   
  JUNE 27, 2012
JUST DAYS AWAY, LANCO'S MICRO MANIA CONTINUES TO ADD SPONSORS & DRIVERS

Newmanstown, Pa. - This year, the mega-Micro-Sprint show known as Micromania is set for Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1st, when the best 600cc and 270cc Sprint Car drivers invade Newmanstown, Pa. to compare their skills and attempt to go back home with some of the lucrative payout being offered for the 600cc Micromania and the 270cc Clash at the Clyde.

Now officially confirmed, 20-year-old Australian racer Charlie Brown has filed an entry form to test his skill against some of the best 600cc wheel-twisters in the northeast, as well as those headed to Pennsylvania from other sections of the country. Charlie, along with his father and sister, flew to the U.S. on Monday, June 25, and his entry form was received the following day.

Brown, from Beenleigh, Queensland, AU will compete in a new Hyper Racing 600 which the family then intends to buy and send back to their home "down under."

Additional last-minute pre-entries were received from some of the best 600cc and 270cc wheel-twisters in the northeast, including the one and only "Liquid" Lou Cicconi, who will steer Mike Dicely's back-up car out of the Hyper Racing stable.

Cicconi, well known for his prowess behind the wheel of Super Modifieds, TQ, ARDC, and NEMA Midgets, along with just about every other style of racecar under the sun, will take to the high banked Clyde Martin oval for the first time.

It should be noted that this year's Micromania, as well as the Prelude to the Mania and the entire PA 600 Speedweek series, will be run under the rules established by the U6SA group of car and engine builders, track reps., and car owners. Post-race tech will be performed after each of the Micromania and other Speedweek events, and all tech inspections will be done according to the rules set forth by the U6SA.

For more information on the rules, see the Forums at Microracing.com.

While the big buck Micromania and Clash at the Clyde will take the spotlight on Sunday, July 1st, the weekend of side-by-side and three-wide mayhem begins on Saturday, June 30th, with the Prelude to the Mania for the 600's and the Flash Before the Clash for the 270's. Both days will feature full programs for both the 600cc and 270cc Sprints, topped off by main events for each class. Saturday's feature races will send the top six (from the 600cc Prelude) and top four (from the 270cc Flash) directly to their respective Dash races and A-mains on Sunday.

Sunday's 600cc Micromania A-main will pay the winner $10,000 - provided Saturday's program is completed and at least 60 cars are entered on Sunday - and an astounding $300 to take the green in the 50-lap Micromania A-main.

The 270cc Clash at the Clyde will pay $1,000 to win and $170 to take the green, as long as Saturday's program is completed and at least 40 cars are entered on Sunday, July 1.

The complete purse breakdown and race format for each class is posted on the track's website at www.lancomicrosprint.com. The homepage includes a link to each of the entry forms and the payout schedule can be accessed by clicking on the PA 600 Speedweek logo or by going to the Clyde's schedule page and clicking on the date for this event.

It should be noted that both Saturday and Sunday's 600cc main events will award points toward the overall PA 600 Speedweek Championship.

Sponsors have been signing up to support this colossal event as news of the gigantic weekend of racing has spread. The list of marketing partners for Micromania and Clash at the Clyde is impressive, and it includes: Hyper Racing, NPS Racing Engines, Dayton Parts of Harrisburg, PA, Hollinger's Sports & Turf, Kioti Tractor, Bud's Spring Service, RTS Chassis, 600 Pro Series, LHS Engines, Shred Racing Products - B-Main sponsor, Spar Racing Engines, Susquehanna Valley Speed Shop
600Scene.com - $150 Hard Luck Award on Sunday

There will also be Hard Charger Awards on both days and in both classes; those awards will be sponsored by Shred Racing Photos. The driver who advances the most positions in Saturday's preliminary mains - in both the 600cc and 270cc divisions - will receive an extra $50.

That amount doubles to $100 for each division on Sunday.

Several generous contingency prizes, relayed to Lanco officials through Bob Auton, include the following... Weld Racing - one pair of front hubs, Keizer Wheels - Four (4) $50 Gift Certificates, Saldana Racing Products - Two (2) $50 Gift Certificates, Competition Suspensions - Four (4) $50 Gift Certificates

Additional sponsorship opportunities for this not-to-be-missed weekend of high speed adventure are still available by contacting Richard Fox, 140 Southview Drive, York, PA 17402.

Saturday's car entry fee for the 600cc Sprints is $30, while the entry fee for Sunday is $200.

The entry fee for the 270cc Sprint event is $80.

Entries will be accepted up to and including race day.

The cost for pit passes is $30 per day.

While drivers from all over the United States have traveled to the Clyde for past editions of this prestigious event, the northeastern contingent has defended its turf since the first running of the Showdown (as it was formerly known) and Micromania at the Lanco facility in 2007. Previous winners include Mike Dicely, Robbie Kendall, Mike Rutherford, and Shane Lewis; all four will be in the field this weekend. Kendall, who has moved on to "big Sprint Cars" this season, has secured a ride for Micromania. He will buckle into the Esh Racing No. 5E normally driven by Travis Esh.

That 2008 edition of Micromania (referred to as "the 600 Showndown" at the time), won by Kendall, is often called one of the best races ever seen, anywhere, in any type of racecars, by many who were in attendance at the Clyde that evening.

The first running of the 270 Clash at the Clyde took place last season, and it was Lanco's own Billy Logeman, the Racin' Mason, claiming the lucrative victory.

Who will be basking in the limelight of victory lane this year? The entry lists are forming, and both classes are sure to be infested with a "who's who" of 600cc and 270cc hotshoes. It's a "can't miss" event, and you've just gotta come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco's Micromania and Clash at the Clyde!

Additional information, including the current entry lists for both classes, is available at www.lancomicrosprint.com

 
     
 
 
   
  JUNE 19, 2012
OUT-OF-STATE ENTRANTS & LOCALS SIGNING UP FOR MICROMANIA; ADDITIONAL SPONSORS ON BOARD

Newmanstown, Pa. - Drivers from New Mexico, Oklahoma, and even Australia are signing up to compete at Micromania, the colossal, two day event that is just a few weeks away at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.

Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1st, will see the best 600cc and 270cc Sprint Car drivers invade Newmanstown to compare their skills and attempt to go back home with some of the lucrative payout being offered for the 600cc Micromania and the 270cc Clash at the Clyde.

Kenny Brewer, who makes his home and does his racing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has filed an entry for Micromania weekend. Chances are good that Brewer will make a week of it here in Pennsylvania by staying to compete in all of the PA 600 Speedweek events that follow Micromania's opening events of the Speedweek tour.
Scott Sawyer, owner/operator of Sawyer Chassis in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and a renowned 600cc competitor, will also be in the field on June 30th and July 1st. Sawyer will steer the potent Mike Pjatikin No. 29 at Micromania and other PA 600 Speedweek races.

While not officially confirmed, it's highly likely that Australian racer Charlie Brown is headed to the U.S. to test his skill against some of the best 600cc wheel-twisters in the northeast, as well as those headed to Pennsylvania from other sections of the country. Charlie's family is hustling to fill out his entry form and get it to Lanco officials prior to the June 25 deadline for pre-entries.

The early entry fee is discounted by $50; forms must be postmarked June 25 in order to receive the discount.

Shred Racing Products has signed to sponsor the 600cc B-Main at Micromania. Their support means that a minimum of $100 to drivers who take the green in the B-Main on Sunday, but do not qualify for the 50-lap Micromania A-Main.

While the big buck Micromania and Clash at the Clyde will take the spotlight on Sunday, July 1st, the weekend of side-by-side and three-wide mayhem begins on Saturday, June 30th, with the Prelude to the Mania for the 600's and the Flash Before the Clash for the 270's. Both days will feature full programs for both the 600cc and 270cc Sprints, topped off by main events for each class. Saturday's feature races will send the top six (from the 600cc Prelude) and top four (from the 270cc Flash) directly to their respective Dash races and A-mains on Sunday.

Sunday's 600cc Micromania A-main will pay the winner $10,000 - provided Saturday's program is completed and at least 60 cars are entered on Sunday - and an astounding $300 to take the green in the 50-lap Micromania A-main.

The 270cc Clash at the Clyde will pay $1,000 to win and $170 to take the green, as long as Saturday's program is completed and at least 40 cars are entered on Sunday, July 1.

The complete purse breakdown and race format for each class is posted on the track's website at www.lancomicrosprint.com. The homepage includes a link to each of the entry forms and the payout schedule can be accessed by clicking on the PA 600 Speedweek logo or by going to the Clyde's schedule page and clicking on the date for this event.

It should be noted that both Saturday and Sunday's 600cc main events will award points toward the overall PA 600 Speedweek Championship.

Sponsors have been signing up to support this colossal event as news of the gigantic weekend of racing has spread. The list of marketing partners for Micromania and Clash at the Clyde is impressive, and it includes: Hyper Racing, NPS Racing Engines, Dayton Parts of Harrisburg, PA, Hollinger's Sports & Turf, Kioti Tractor, Bud's Spring Service, RTS Chassis, 600 Pro Series, LHS Engines and Shred Racing Products.

There will also be Hard Charger Awards on both days and in both classes; those awards will be sponsored by Shred Racing Photos. The driver who advances the most positions in Saturday's preliminary mains - in both the 600cc and 270cc divisions - will receive an extra $50.

That amount doubles to $100 for each division on Sunday.

Additional sponsorship opportunities for this not-to-be-missed weekend of high speed adventure are still available by contacting Richard Fox, 140 Southview Drive, York, PA 17402. That is also the address to which entry forms must be returned for both the 600cc Micromania and 270cc Clash at the Clyde.

Saturday's car entry fee for the 600cc Sprints is $30, while the early entry fee for Sunday is $150. The deadline for early registration is June 25 - entry forms must be postmarked by the 25th in order to receive the discounted fee. As of June 26, the cost to enter Micromania jumps to $200.00.

The entry fee for the 270cc Sprint event is $60 if entry forms are postmarked by June 25; the fee increases to $80 as of June 26.
Entries will be accepted up to and including race day.

The cost for pit passes is $30 per day.

While drivers from all over the United States have traveled to the Clyde for past editions of this prestigious event, the northeastern contingent has defended its turf since the first running of the Showdown (as it was formerly known) and Micromania at the Lanco facility in 2007. Previous winners include Mike Dicely, Robbie Kendall, Mike Rutherford, and Shane Lewis; only Kendall, who has moved into bigger Sprint Cars, will not be in the field this year, although the rumor mill has Robbie actively looking for a ride for Micromania.

The first running of the 270 Clash at the Clyde took place last season, and it was Lanco's own Billy Logeman claiming the lucrative victory.

Who will be basking in the limelight of victory lane this year? The entry lists are forming, and both classes are sure to be infested with a "who's who" of 600cc and 270cc hotshoes. It's a "can't miss" event, and you've just gotta come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco's Micromania and Clash at the Clyde!

Additional information is available at www.lancomicrosprint.com

 
     
 
 
   
  JUNE 4, 2012
SPONSORS SIGNING ON FOR LANCO'S HUGE MICROMANIA AND CLASH AT THE CLYDE EVENT ON JUNE 30 & JULY 1

Newmanstown, Pa. - For the past five years, the PA 600 Speedweek Champion has been crowned after the tour's final event at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. The final race of the week-long festival of speed and competition was a huge, high-paying spectacular that brought the best of the best in the 600cc Sprint community to the Clyde to determine who would win the big dollar battle, and who would win the overall Speedweek championship. It was a great way to end the grueling series; a big race at one of the country's nicest Small Car facilities and most competitive tracks.
In 2012, however, it's time for something completely different...

On June 30 and July 1, the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway will move to the other end of the PA 600 Speedweek schedule; the Lanco club will host the first two races of Speedweek, along with a pair of big dollar special events for the 270cc Sprints. It's still Micromania for the 600's, and it's still the 270 Clash at the Clyde, but the mega-extravaganza has expanded into a two-day showdown of clay spittin', wheel-to-wheel action highlighted by four big main events!

While the big buck Micromania and Clash at the Clyde will take the spotlight on Sunday, July 1st, the weekend of side-by-side and three-wide mayhem begins on Saturday, June 30th, with the Prelude to the Mania for the 600's and the Flash Before the Clash for the 270's. Both days will feature full programs for both the 600cc and 270cc Sprints, topped off by main events for each class. Saturday's feature races will send the top six (from the 600cc Prelude) and top four (from the 270cc Flash) directly to their respective Dash races and A-mains on Sunday.

Sunday's 600cc Micromania A-main will pay the winner $10,000 - provided Saturday's program is completed and at least 60 cars are entered on Sunday - and an astounding $300 to take the green in the 50-lap Micromania A-main.
The 270cc Clash at the Clyde will pay $1,000 to win and $170 to take the green, as long as Saturday's program is completed and at least 40 cars are entered on Sunday, July 1.

The complete purse breakdown and race format for each class is posted on the track's website at www.lancomicrosprint.com. The homepage includes a link to each of the entry forms and the payout schedule can be accessed by clicking on the PA 600 Speedweek logo or by going to the Clyde's schedule page and clicking on the date for this event.

It should be noted that both Saturday and Sunday's 600cc main events will award points toward the overall PA 600 Speedweek Championship.

Sponsors have been signing up to support this colossal event as news of the gigantic weekend of racing has spread. The list of marketing partners for Micromania and Clash at the Clyde is impressive, and it includes Hyper Racing, NPS Racing Engines, Dayton Parts of Harrisburg, Pa., RTS Chassis, and the 600 Pro Series.
There will also be Hard Charger Awards on both days and in both classes; those awards will be sponsored by Shred Racing Photos. The driver who advances the most positions in Saturday's preliminary mains - in both the 600cc and 270cc divisions - will receive an extra $50.
That amount doubles to $100 for each division on Sunday.
Additional sponsorship opportunities for this not-to-be-missed weekend of high speed adventure are still available by contacting Richard Fox, 140 Southview Drive, York, PA 17402. That is also the address to which entry forms must be returned for both the 600cc Micromania and 270cc Clash at the Clyde.

Saturday's car entry fee for the 600cc Sprints is $30, while the early entry fee for Sunday is $150. The deadline for early registration is June 25 - entry forms must be postmarked by the 25th in order to receive the discounted fee. As of June 26, the cost to enter Micromania jumps to $200.00.
The entry fee for the 270cc Sprint event is $60 if entry forms are postmarked by June 25; the fee increases to $80 as of June 26.
Entries will be accepted up to and including race day.

The cost for pit passes is $30 per day.

While drivers from all over the United States have traveled to the Clyde for past editions of this prestigious event, the northeastern contingent has defended its turf since the first running of the Showdown (as it was formerly known) and Micromania at the Lanco facility in 2007. Previous winners include Mike Dicely, Robbie Kendall, Mike Rutherford, and Shane Lewis; only Kendall, who has moved into bigger Sprint Cars, will not be in the field this year.
The first running of the 270 Clash at the Clyde took place last season, and it was Lanco's own Billy Logeman claiming the lucrative victory.

Who will be basking in the limelight of victory lane this year? The entry lists are forming, and both classes are sure to be infested with a "who's who" of 600cc and 270cc hotshoes. It's a "can't miss" event, and you've just gotta come out and LIVE the excitement that is Lanco's Micromania and Clash at the Clyde!

Additional information is available at www.lancomicrosprint.com

 
     
 
 
   
  MAY 8, 2012
SPEEDWEEK ROLLS ON

After conferring with all the tracks involved, the 2012 PA 600 Speedweek will continue this year with some changes. The tracks themselves will be running all of the individual races on the specified nights. Dan and Trip have decided to step away from the series for numerous personal reasons. We regret having to do it when so many good people have helped us along the way. The tracks, the racers, the fans, our volunteers and most of all, our loyal sponsors. It is our hope that this tradition continues year after year like it has for the last five years. When the times over the last five years are relived, the good times far outweigh the bad times we had doing this. We will miss the involvement of everyone that has participated, and again thank every one of them for what they have done. We enjoyed putting the series together and seeing it grow in one way or another. We also wish everyone good luck and safe racing as we step away from the series. Please remember to help everyone involved with the series in any way you can to keep it going. We hope all of you have enjoyed it as much as we have.

Dan Little and Trip Kone

 
     
 
 
     
  DECEMBER 9, 2011
NEW WEB SITE UP AND RUNNING

The PA 600 Speedweek site is done getting its annual overhaul and we hope you like what you see. Every page within the site has been updated and renovated. There are plenty more updates to come in the next few weeks such as pay-outs, entry fees, pre-register forms and more. These details will be posted once finalized.

 
     
 
 
   
  AUGUST 23, 2011
2012 SPEEDWEEK DATES

It's never too early to start planning for the 2012 PA 600 Speedweek. TDF Promotions are pleased to announce the the dates for the 2012. The week will commence on Saturday June 30th at Lanco and end on Saturday July 7th at Trail-way. In the coming weeks, we will be releasing a more detailed account of the revamped version. As you all know, we will be going to US6A rules in 2012, a major deviation of the past 5 years. Also, a new week long format of tracks, races, awards, and more will be revealed to everyone. Hope everyone is having a safe end to the season. Look for us soon. - Trip & Dan

 
     
 
 
   

 

JULY 8, 2011
NEW FOR 2012 - PA ENGINE RULES

While PA 600 Speedweek organizers Dan Little and Trip Kone assured all of the competitors that there will definitely be a 2012 edition of the tour, they also made it clear there will be changes as the series enters its sixth year of existence.

Next season, for the first time since it began, 600 Speedweek will adhere to Pennsylvania's U6SA engine rules. Rev boxes will not be permitted, and post race tech will be administered after each race. The so-called "open motor rule" will go away and the U6SA engine package will be enforced.

For the past few years, proponents of the U6SA engine rules argued that Speedweek's "open motor rules" actually kept many local racers at home during the eight-day run, while the "open rules" only attracted three or four teams from other parts of the country. Now, in 2012, those supporters will get what they asked for (regarding engine rules), so it will be interesting to see if all those local drivers really do come out and support the series.

If PA 600 Speedweek is to thrive and survive, those who have stayed home better turn out to compete.

Little and Kone spent the two "off days" of Speedweek traveling to the shops of car builders, engine builders, and race teams to discuss various ideas and the pros and cons of the current series. Then, at Micromania on Saturday, they held a closed door meeting with their drivers and car owners.

Kone said the purpose of the meeting was to "get people thinking; we want their ideas and opinions on ways we can make Speedweek better and get more participation. I think we accomplished that at our meeting."

One of the questions thrown out to the group: is there a need for a big race during Speedweek, such as Micromania, or should we just show up and race each night, keeping the payouts pretty standard for each of the series' events?

The drivers and owners were also asked to think about the distance they are willing to travel in order to participate in Speedweek events. Little and Kone are seriously considering a major switch in some of the tracks that make up their eight-day jaunt, with the possibility of getting away from the bigger tracks like Lincoln and Susquehanna.

The organizers are committed, though, to keeping all of the Speedweek events in the Keystone State.

While there are more questions than answers right now, it's good that Little and Kone got the ball rolling a full year in advance of the next 600 Speedweek.   

The change in engine rules is definite, giving teams plenty of notice and time to prepare. And Saturday's meeting should produce plenty of feedback and information from which the tour's organizers can implement the changes needed to grow their already successful series.

Story by: BARRY ANGSTADT