Friday, April 4, 2008

Motordrome opens tonight

Racing at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton begins tonight as the five divisions kick off their 22-race season. The track holds races each Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and the gates open at 5:30 p.m.

A major change this year is that the Miley family that operates Motordrome is now leasing the track to Stan Lasky. His family owned Jennerstown Raceway in Somerset County for more than 30 years and he helped promote races there for 14 years.

Lasky said some changes at Motordrome include $5 ticket events on the first Fridays in May, June and July. General Admission tickets for people 13 and older are typically $10. A fireworks show will follow those three promotional races.

Besides the 22 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races through the summer, the track also will host two 100-lap events for the late model cars on June 20 and Aug. 8. Track promoters hope those two races will attract more drivers from the tri-state region.

Last season, Bobby Henry won the late model championship and teammate Garry Wiltrout finished second in the points. dam Kostelnik won the championships in both the modified and street stock divisions, Mike Lemley took the charger division title and Andrew Giles won in American flyer.

Motordrome’s sister track, Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperia, opens its season Saturday night.

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