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Jack Giambalvo Family of Dealerships to Present the Central PA Dirt Trackin’ Show for the 32nd Straight Year

USAC Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Jarett Andretti to Visit on Saturday

Local Racing Families Highlighted on Saturday Night

Newberrytown, PA (January 20, 2015) –The doors of the 2-day Central PA Dirt Trackin’ Show presented by the Jack Giambalvo Family of Dealerships will swing open on Friday, January 23, 2015 to many race fans, drivers and supporters of local short track racing in the Central Pennsylvania area in York Memorial Hall Expo Center at the York Fairgrounds in York, Pennsylvania.   

The 32nd Annual Central PA Dirt Trackin’ Show at the York Expo Center (Memorial Hall) will begin on Friday, January 23, 2015 (4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.).  Saturday show hours are 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The set-up day will be Thursday, January 22.  

The Central PA Dirt Trackin’ Show has seen some change in recent years, however one thing that has remained the same since the inception of the show is the title sponsor, Jack Giambalvo Family of Dealerships.  The Jack Giambalvo Family of Dealerships has been locally owned and operated by the Giambalvo family for more than 35 years.  Nicole Berkebile will be at the show with cars featured throughout the show.  The Jack Giambalvo Family of Dealerships includes Buick, Chrysler, GMC, Dodge, Hyundai, Jeep, RAM and Mazda.

Jarett Andretti, the 2014 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, will also make an appearance at the Central PA Dirt Trackin’ Showon Saturday in the Schaeffer Oil booth throughout Saturday to meet fans and sign autographs.  Jarett is part of the world famous Andretti clan; son of John, cousin of Marco, nephew of Michael, grandson of Aldo and great nephew of Mario.  “I’m excited to return to Central PA to meet its great fans.  They are some of the best short track fans in the country,” said Andretti.  He has already secured a ride for the upcoming USAC Eastern Storm Tour that visits the area in early June. 

John Krall, a newly appointed show director, has put together an entertaining program on Saturday night featuring racing families from Central Pennsylvania.  In an anticipated annual program to the Central PA Dirt Trackin Show, three families will be recognized on the main stage featuring a question and answer period following the presentation.  At 6:00 p.m., the Leiby family will be on the stage including Lincoln Speedway co-promoter Bob Leiby and his grandson Chandler.  At 7:00 p.m. the highly recognized Mackison Family will take the stage.  A large contingent of the nationally known Eckert Family including former World of Outlaw Late Model Champion, Rick Eckert will take the stage at 8:00 p.m.  “We are excited about the new installment to the show with the Racing Families portion,” said John Krall.  “This year will be a lot of fun and we look forward to recognizing more families in the years to come.” 

Many speedways will be on hand to promote their events to race fans for the 2015 season.  Many racers will also be displaying their rides for the upcoming season, showing off their sponsors and new paint schemes.  The cars displayed will include a wide variety of Sprint Cars, Late Models, Stock Cars, Legends Cars, Classic Cars, All American Outlaws, Quarter Midgets, Go Karts and more.   All car judging will be held before the doors open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23.  Awards will include Best of Show; Best Open Wheel; Best Stock Car; Best Late Model; Best Quarter Midget; Best Go Kart and more.  Vehicle display forms are available online and all cars must be pre-registered in order to receive the complimentary weekend passes.

 

One major change coming to the show for 2015 will be replacing the “Best Appearing Car of the Show” award with the “Most Popular Car of the Show” award.  Paying attendees of the show will each receive vote for their favorite car of the show and the winner will receive $1,000 for their efforts.   All cars must be pre-entered for the show as space will be limited with the additional activities and displays planned for 2015.  Drivers are also encouraged to set up near their cars to sign autographs and sell merchandise and t-shirts from last year as well as the upcoming year.  There is no charge to the drivers to do this.  

 

On Saturday at 4:00 p.m. there will be a seminar title “How to Get Involved in Racing as A Driver or Crewmember” on the Insinger Performance/Sunoco main stage. Regional PA Sprint Series Director, Rod Ort and the Sidewinder Sprint Car Director, Rohan Beasley will offer a description of the various forms of entry level racing and insights on how to get started in the world of local short track racing.  To go from the grandstands to the pits can be an intimidating experience, however these local directors will help ease your feelings about getting more involved in the exciting sport of racing as a participant.  Costs, time and mechanical experience will be discussed in this valuable seminar.  

 

The 13th Annual Ms. Dirt Trackin’ contest will be held on Friday night, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. in which the winner will receive $500.00 along with other awards.  The Pageant coordinator will be Jaynee Zeigler (msdirttrackin2011@hotmail.com), a former Ms. Dirt Trackin’ winner from 2011.  All participants must be at least 18 years of age.  Contest rules and entry forms are available online at www.dirttrackinshow.com.  Last year, after 8 years of competing in the competition, Biglerville’s Trish Heller was crowned Ms. Dirt Trackin’ 2014. 

 

For the second year in a row, the Junior Miss Dirt Trackin’ Contest will be on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for all girls ages 6-12 years old.  Contest rules and entry forms are available online at www.dirttrackinshow.comContact Jaynee Zeigler (msdirttrackin2011@hotmail.com) to enter.  In the inaugural contest last year, Tessa Darrah of Red Lion won the Jr. Miss Dirt Trackin’ Contest with her bubbly personality.  Tessa’s uncle is World of Outlaws Sprint Car driver Cody Darrah who drives for NASCAR’s Kasey Kahne.  Runner ups in the Jr. Miss Dirt Trackin’ contest was Jesse Palm and Bailey Kress who ended in a tie. 

 

All weekend, Lynn Schaffer, producer of the popular “Thunder in the PA Mountains” seasonal video, will be showing videos from the past.  A schedule of the videos to be shown will be released in the next few weeks.  Schaffer will also have his newest 2014 Thunder in the PA Mountains dvd on sale.

 

On Saturday, January 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Central PA Bloodmobile will also be on hand accepting blood donations.  Everyone who attempts to donate will receive 2 complimentary general admission tickets to races a the Susquehanna Speedway Park for the 2015 season and a t-shirt.  The pair of SSP general admission tickets are valued at $30.00.  For more information, contact the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank at 800-771-0059 or www.cpbb.org.

 

General Admission ticket prices for the show (per day) are Adults (ages 18-59) $12.00; Young Adults (ages 11-17) & Senior Adults (60 & Older) $10.00; Children (10 & under) are free.  All race fans are encouraged to bring a friend and expose them to the excitement of short track racing.

The Central PA Dirt Trackin’ Show has been a long standing event in the Susquehanna Valley area since its inception in 1984.  The main focus of the show has always been a preview of the upcoming dirt track seasons at many of the area speedways.  It’s an atmosphere where fans and participants can come together during the off-season to relive the seasons past as well as looking forward to the upcoming racing season.

Vendor Booths and displays are still available.  Applications can information can also be found online at www.dirttrackinshow.com.  More information about the show and updated forms will be forthcoming and released in the near future.

For anyone wishing to contact the Fishers concerning the show, they may call 717-292-1696 or email sspracing@hotmail.com.

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Ms. Dirt Trackin’ Contest Winners

2003: Cara Foss (Cherry Hill, NJ)

2004: Lynne Bruyn (Tower City, PA)

2005: Ashleigh Mull (York, PA)

2006: Beth Christine (Manchester, PA)

2007: Alyssa Sharman (Sinking Spring, PA)

2008: Lindsay Krug (Hanover, PA)

2009: Loralyn Brinster (Sussex, NJ)

2010: Arynne Moody (Dover, PA)

2011: Jaynee Zeigler (Thomasville, PA)

2012: Kimmie Trout (Reading, PA)

2013: Brittany Coleman (Mt. Airy, PA)

2014: Trish Heller (Biglerville, PA)

2015: To be determined on Friday, January 23, 2015

 

Junior Miss Dirt Trackin’ Contest Winners

2014: Tessa Darrah (Red Lion, PA)

2015: To be determined on Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dirt Trackin’ Show News & Notes

Date Change of Motorsports Show in Oaks, PA
Although the Motorsports Show producers moved their show to the same date as the Central PA Dirt Trackin’ Show, both shows should be fine.  Producers of both show discussed it over the summer when the conflict was discovered.  The Fishers tried to find an alternative but the next available date at the York Fairgrounds was not until mid-April which made it not feasible.  In the past, the two shows have been on the same weekends during a few times and both have continued to survive.  We do not expect any issues this year as well. 

Central PA Bloodmobile Taking Donations on Saturday
On Saturday, January 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Central PA Bloodmobile will also be on hand accepting blood donations.  Everyone who attempts to donate will receive 2 complimentary general admission tickets to races at the Susquehanna Speedway Park for the 2015 season and a t-shirt.  The pair of SSP general admission tickets are valued at $30.00.  For more information, contact the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank at 800-771-0059 or www.cpbb.org.

New Video Debut of Stock Car Glory
All weekend, Lynn Schaffer, producer of the popular “Thunder in the PA Mountains” seasonal video, will be showing videos from the past on his “Big Screen” in the west hall of the Dirt Trackin’ Show.  A schedule of the videos to be shown include Williams Grove Speedway National Open feature from 2014, Lincoln Speedway WOO feature race from May, 2014.  The Video Theater will also be the first-ever public screening of Lynn Schaffer’s “Stock Car Glory” on Saturday afternoon at 7:00 p.m. featuring the wildest stock car crashes from across the circuit over the past four seasons.  Schaffer will also have his newest “2014 Thunder in the PA Mountains” DVD on sale.

“Video Theater” Special Presentations on the Big Screen
(West Bldg.)

Friday (7:30 p.m.): 2014 Williams Grove Speedway National Open (by Sports Plus Video) –

Outlaw regular David Gravel wins in a bit of an upset, but local Stevie Smith and PA Posse fans are not happy. 

Saturday (1:00 p.m.): Lincoln Speedway May 13, 2014 WoO Feature (by Sports Plus Video) –

Local Stevie Smith driving Fred Rahmer’s car defeats the Outlaws in an exiting feature event.

Saturday (3:00 p.m.): Silver Spring Speedway – A Little Track That Roared (by Lynn Schaffer Productions) – For years, you could set your clock by this 7:00 pm starting time at Silver Spring Speedway.  Sadly, this fan favorite was replaced by a shopping center after its 2005 season, but Dirt Trackin’ Patrons can view this encore public screening. 

Saturday (7:00 p.m.): Stock Car Glory (by Lynn Schaeffer Productions) – The wildest stock car crashes from across the circuit during the last four years.  This JUST RELEASED 7th edition of heavy metal mayhem is 90 minutes long.   

When there are no special videos on the “Big Screen,” Lynn Schaffer’s 2015 THUNDER IN THE PA MOUNTAINS video will be shown along with a diverse collection of local dirt track videos on several smaller screens.  The video will also be available for purchase during the Central PA Dirt Trackin’ Show. 

Central PA Dirt Trackin’ Show Time Schedule
Thursday, January 22, 2015 Time Schedule
(Subject to Change)
10:00 a.m. Doors Open for Vendor Set-up
5:00 p.m. Vendor Hospitality Room Opens – (Networking Among Vendors)
10:00 p.m. Doors Close for Vendor Set-up
Friday, January 23, 2015 Time Schedule
(Subject to Change)
10:00 a.m. Doors Open for Vendor Set-up:
4:00 p.m. Show Opens to Public / Doors Open for General Admission: General admission: Adults (18-59): $12.00; Seniors (60 & older) & Young Adults (11 – 17) $10.00; Children (10 & under) Free.
6:30 p.m. Meeting for all Ms. Dirt Trackin’ Contestants
7:00 p.m. Ms. Dirt Trackin’ 2015 Contest (Insinger Performance / Sunoco  Main Stage – East Building)
7:30 p.m. “2014 Williams Grove National Open” Video (Video Theater – East Building)
10:00 p.m. Show Closes
Saturday, January 24, 2015 Time Schedule
(Subject to Change)
9:30 a.m. Doors Open for Vendor Set-up:
10:00 a.m. Show Opens to Public / Doors Open for General Admission: General admission: Adults (18-59): $12.00; Seniors (60 & older) & Young Adults (11 – 17) $10.00; Children (10 & under) Free.
10:00 a.m. Central PA Blood Mobile – Blood Donations Begin (ends at 2:00 p.m.)
1:00 p.m. Junior Miss Dirt Trackin’ 2015 Contest (Insinger Performance / Sunoco Main Stage – East Building)
1:00 p.m. “Stevie Smith Beats WOO at Lincoln May 13, 2014 Features” Video (Video Theater – East Building)
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Meet Jarett AndrettiUSAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year (Insinger Performance / Sunoco Main Stage – East Building)
3:00 p.m. “Silver Springs Speedway – A Little Track That Roared” Video – ENCORE PERFORMANCE (Video Theater – East Building)
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Seminar – “How to Get Involved in Racing as a Driver or Crewmember” (Insinger Performance / Sunoco Main Stage – East Building)
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Racing Families /Storytellers – Leiby family (Insinger Performance / Sunoco Main Stage – East Building)
7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Racing Families /Storytellers – Mackison family (Insinger Performance / Sunoco Main Stage – East Building)
7:00 p.m. “STOCK CAR GLORY” Video (Video Theater – East Building)
8:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Racing Families /Storytellers – Eckert family (insinger Performance / Sunoco Main Stage – East Building)
9:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. Awards Presentation and Closing Ceremonies (Insinger Performance /Sunoco Main Stage – East Building)
10:00 p.m. Show Closes / Tear-down Begins

Author Book Signing at Dirt Trackin’
Kart and Sports Cars driver Larry Mellott, author of the racing novel, Speedway Summer, will be available all weekend to sign copies of the book he penned about the racing experiences of Brock Lockeman as he enters the world of motorsports in karting.  Mellott also wrote Project Orion.  Mellott will have his SCCA racer, a 1985 Lynx Formula Vee sports car, on display as well.  Mellott will have a new book to debut at the show this year as well. 

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