RACE CAR SHOW CONTINUES AT PHILLIPSBURG MALL
NAZARETH MODIFIED LEGEND "RAPID" RICHIE SMITH HONORED AS 12TH ANNUAL QUAKER STEAK & LUB DIRT TRACH HEROES SHOW KICKS-OFF
The Quaker Steak and Lube Twelfth Annual Dirt Track Heroes Show opened yesterday to much fanfare and enthusiasm as racing fans flocked to the Phillipsburg Mall on Sunday to listen to great racing stories and meet a group of legendary racing stars who came out to chat about their racing exploits and to honor legendary Nazareth Speedway racing legend “Rapid” Richie Smith. Smith, a 17-time winner at Nazareth, continues to be a major player in racing today with his Stage One Modified race car that compete at the Hamlin Speedway and other small car facilities in the Tri State area.
With the eclectic Quaker Steak & Lube eating establishment headlining the sponsorship of the show, annually selling more than 80 million wings per year and "The Lube" is recognized as "The best wings in the USA." The Phillipsburg location has also been dubbed "The Official Restaurant of the Dirt Track Heroes" show. To contact the restaurant, call: 908-454-2900 or check out their website at: www.thelube.com Before or after the show head to Quaker Steak & Lube and get recharged and refueled in a great sports setting.
The excitement and the pulse for the week long show quickened with each driver being announced by the new show coordinator Justin Beltrame along with Ed and Steve Pados. The diverse schedule of the week long show offers a bit of everything to all racing fans no matter what series or division of racing they prefer. The show will offer a special tribute on Saturday to the legendary Modified star, “The Old Master” Frankie Schneider with a special show the Flemington Speedway Historical Society presents on March 9th at 1 PM with many open wheel racing legends being present for the show. Premio Foods is the headline sponsor for the final show.
The 12th annual edition of the show will continue through March 19th with amazing sponsorship support through headline sponsor Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant chain and associate sponsors IRCO Community Federal Credit Union, Premio Foods, Upstate Auto, Smitty's Collision Center, Smith Fabrications/Stage One Modifieds, Jeff's Automotive, Adams Brothers Used Auto Parts, Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedways, Murante Auto Repair, Dean Autosports, JPA Masonry, Phillipsburg Easton Honda, Speed Tec, ARM Automotive, APS Powdercoating, R&H Auto Sales, Carl's Auto Sales and Joe’s Garage. Nightly driver interviews and race cars of all types provide the race fan a full appetite of racing fun before the regular racing seasons begins. The Phillipsburg Mall, located on Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, NJ, has proven to be a popular setting for this special event and offers a multitude of race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the course of the show. The show continues to be FREE of charge to the mall traffic and the 2019 edition of the show is the trend setter of the many shows that are scheduled during the year.
After many long hours of planning and scheduling, the show kicked off with Ed and Steve Pados welcoming the crowd to the show. After a short chat, they introduced the new shoe emcee and coordinator Justin Beltrame and he took over, introducing the drivers who were able to attend the show, as an impending storm kept cars and drivers away. Jeff's Automotive and Upstate Auto were the first day event sponsors and Bertrame graciously thanked all of the sponsors, drivers and fans for their loyalty and support of the show and for their dedication and love for racing. Beltrame followed by introducing IRCO Vice President Greg Collins to the crowd. Collins thanked the local racing community for their support and talked about how the show came together twelve years ago with the show staff who remain still on board with the show and both individuals thanks the Pados Brothers for their dedication to the show. Ed Pados gave an emotional prayer to the many drivers or racing people who have passed on in the last year and the show proceeded with the driver interview session. Representative Susan was on hand as the Dirt Track Heroes event has lent their support to the St John Angels Relay for Life Team through the American Cancer Society.
A great panel of driving legends were on hand, with former Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth National Speedway and Dorney Park drivers on board for the show and all had fun trading stories back and forth with the honoree Richie Smith. Drivers and personalities taking part included, Gerry and Vicki Robison, Bill Tanzosh, Tighe Scott, George Wambold, Deb Smith, Bob Snyder and Jack Kromer. The show was quick moving with plenty of great stories and plenty of laughs from the drivers on hand to honor Richie Smith and racing personalities were among those in the audience including two new members of his racing series Mark Evans and Anthony Chrobak.
The great fan base of racing can come out to this grand Mall event and be transported back to a time when they could hop into their family jitney and travel less than a half hour to witness the excitement of a night at the races. All historical racing groups including Flemington, Tri State, Reading, Harmony through Greg Collins, Remembering Nazareth, Bob Snyder Photos and Snyder Video, Mike Ritter Photos, Mocatek Memories through Justin Beltrame and Wayne Sayer have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits. More information is available regarding the show by calling: 443-513-4456.
On display at the Mall include big and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, Micro-Sprints, Midgets, 360 and 410 Sprints, 305 Sprints, Wingless Sprints, Late Models, go-karts, quarter midgets and a broad variety of vintage and restored race cars and drag racing cars. Hamlin, Snydersville, Mahoning, New Egypt, Grandview, Big Diamond, Bridgeport and Accord, are among the many speedways involved with the 2019 show. The week-long event will set aside one evening to salute the "Stars of Tomorrow" with a special night set aside for the budding young racing talents competing with the many quarter midget clubs in the area and this night has proven to be one of the highlights of the week as many will be giving their first ever interviews to a sizable crowd.
Monday night, March 4th, will feature a salute to the men behind the lens as photographers, announcers and writers from racing gather in a round table discussion to chat about their favorite racing stories, with the evening sponsored by A.R.M Automotive in Bangor and Joe’s Garage located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
The Quaker Steak and Lube Dirt Track Heroes Car Show has a must have event T-shirt done exclusively for the show. The great keepsake 60-page event souvenir program book has many great articles and pictures regarding our racing heroes. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM and from Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. The event offers race teams a great opportunity to promote their sponsors and announce their racing plans for the upcoming 2019 racing season.
Twelfth Annual Quaker Steak & Lube Dirt Track Heroes Car Show 2019 Schedule of Events
Monday- March 4 – (6:30 PM) A.R.M Automotive and Joe’s Garage presents Photographers/Media/Announcers Night with round-table interviews and racing stories from behind the fence and in the pits
Tuesday- March 5 – (6:30 PM) Adams Bothers Used Parts, Carl’s Auto Repair and Dean’s Autosports presents the “Stars of Tomorrow” featuring all Quarter Midget Clubs: Blue Mountain, Lehigh Valley, West End Raceway, Keystone, Former USAC 1/4 Midget National Champion Anthony “Chops” Chrobak will address the crowd
Wednesday- March 6 – (6:30 PM) Smith Fabrications and Hamlin Speedway presents Hamlin Speedway all divisions, Snydersville and Oreville Raceway and Accord Speedway
Thursday- March 7- (6:30) Phillipsburg Easton Honda and Smitty’s Collision Center presents New Egypt, Bridgeport, Mahoning, Grandview, Big Diamond Raceway and X-Cel Modifieds
Friday - March 8 – (1st Show (4 p.m.) JPA Masonry and Speed Tec presents “The Legends of Racing” with many legendary racing stars from Reading, Nazareth, Harmony, Orange County and Flemington expected to participate in round-table fun.
Second Show- (6:30 PM) APS Powdercoating and Murante Auto Repair presents Salute to Open Wheel Racing Divisions-Thunder on the Hill, ARDC Midgets, Action Track USA, Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series Sprint Cars, 358 and 360 Sprint Car Divisions
Saturday – March 9 – Premio Sausages and R&H Auto Sales presents Special Event beginning at Noon
Saturday - March 9 - (1:00) Premio Sausages and Flemington Speedway Historical Society presents All Star Tribute to Frankie Schneider with Flemington Speedway & Flemington Speedway Historical Society
Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. -
*Schedule subject to change