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55 years ago - Harmony Speedway opens


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Author: Greg Collins   Date: 6/7/2018 4:21:06 PM    Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

Ernie, you are correct:  the location of the 1/8 mile drag strip (which began operation in 1964) between the track and grandstands did indeed impact any “closeness” the fans were used to experiencing at Nazareth, Flemington, Middletown, Reading. 


I distinctly recall your presence as the announcer at Harmony for much of the 1971 season.  I specifically recall that one Sunday afternoon you were on the receiving end of verbal comments by angry fans leaving the grandstand in response to top modified drivers Will Cagle, Bobby Bottcher and a few others having to leave the track before the modified feature event was run.  Those drivers were hopping a small plane at a nearby farmer’s airstrip in order to fly to Lebanon Valley for the monthly open competition race held on the first Sunday of the month.  Harmony track officials had adjusted the schedule that day in an effort to complete the modified portion of the show as quickly as possible but were unsuccessful.  I recall the boos ringing out when you made the announcement that those drivers unfortunately would be leaving the track and not competing in the feature event.  I was sitting a few rows down from the press box and observed and heard their displeasure.  You just happened to be the track representative in their line of fire as they climbed to the top of the concrete stands and headed out to their cars in the parking lot.  You remained professional and didn’t fire back.   




 
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55 years ago - Harmony Speedway opens Greg Collins 6/7/2018 10:59:44 AM