Motorsports Race Car & Trade Show News and Notes – DTD Exclusive

By KEN BRUCE

After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports show returned in 2022 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Although not as big as in past years, the show looked to be a huge success with plenty of pristine race cars scattered throughout the booths and displays.

For this writer it was a chance to see and talk to my racing family that I haven’t seen since Georgetown last October. It was nice to catch up with friends, meet some new people and just mingle amongst the crowd. Below is some of the information I was able to gather while talking to drivers, owners and promoters.

Ryan Watt was on hand displaying his new Troyer TD5 in the Bob Hilbert Sportswear booth sporting a new paint scheme on the Ron Roberts No. 14W. Watt is ready to get going on a busy 2022 with the team’s first race scheduled for Cherokee Speedway as part of the new STSS Elite Series…

Ryan’s young son Logan Watt also had his car displayed alongside his father’s car sporting some new sponsors and a similar paint scheme from last year with some eye-popping pink, fluorescent numbers on his No. 4M. Like his father, the younger Watt will tow to Cherokee to take part in the Crate 602 portion of the weekend and looks to run the full season at Big Diamond…




Jeff Strunk is again be aboard the Zubi’s No. 88z small-block modified in 2022 with basically the same schedule as last year which includes Grandview and Big Diamond plus special shows at different tracks. The team has both of its Morrison spec 358 motors being refreshed and is in search of a big-small-block to use for some of the STSS races…

When the Pauch family brought out their new shirts for this year on Saturday afternoon, business was brisk with long lines waiting to purchase some of the new 2022 apparel…

Billy Pauch Jr., had his own Kid Racing No. 15 on display as part of the Pioneer Pole Buildings promotion. Pauch Jr decided to go in a different direction this year with the look of his car. Instead of the usual blue or white, he decided to go with a red and yellow scheme for 2022. Dan Fleming of Xtreme Graphics used his talents to make the scheme come to life resulting in a beautiful looking Modified…

Mike Gular had the Terry Fastnacht owned No. 2A displayed in the Sunoco Fuels booth. Brian Hirthler of Four Star Lettering did an outstanding job applying the vinyl on Gular’s Modified to make it one of the nicest looking cars at the show. Gular also made some noise at the show on Saturday as part of his 2022 plans were released. Check out dirttrackdigest.com in the coming days for the full story…

The Bridgeport Motorsports Park booth was a busy place all weekend as the 2022 season schedule along with the release of some new drivers that plan to call Bridgeport their home in the upcoming season has generated much interest. Promoter Doug Rose was going hoarse on Saturday afternoon showing how much talking he had done since the show opened on Friday…

Brett Deyo was on hand with booths for both Georgetown Speedway and the Short Track Super Series. Deyo said he was fielding a lot of questions for the Elite Series citing the interest in the new series. Deyo expects upwards of 60 Modifieds to take part in the inaugural Halmar Elite Series race at Cherokee Speedway set to take place on Thurs-Sat February 24-26…

Jimmy Horton said his plans would be the same as last year racing at Orange County Fair Speedway weekly in the both the big-block and small-block division. Horton will chase the STSS South Series along with the Halmar Elite Series. Horton is awaiting delivery of two new Bicknell chassis which he expects in the next couple of weeks.  He will make his 2022 debut at Cherokee Speedway in late February. This will be Horton’s 49th year of competition in racing…

Vinny Salerno, who will field Modifieds this season on the Super DIRTcar Series for Anthony Perrego, had both of his No. 4* Modifieds on hand this weekend. The Bicknell chassis was part of the SDS display with the new TEO ProCar being part of the TEO Fabrications display. Perrego was on hand as well to sign his Platinum Agreement with the SDS…

Sales at the Behrent’s Performance Warehouse display were brisk all weekend according to people I talked with…

New Egypt Speedway and Grandview Speedway were noticeably absent at this year’s show…

I had a chance to talk with legendary Super Bowl winning coach and former Eagles coach Dick Vermiel who was at the show displaying his vintage No. 7 Sprint Car. The car was originally owned and driven by his father Louis and brother Al. When he has a chance, Vermiel will strap himself into the sprinter and take some laps. Vermiel also said that he follows the Sprint Cars when he has a chance and uses Youtube as a resource to watch current and past races…

While talking to Strunk, young Freddie Rahmer walked by and stopped. Freddie said right now they have no plans to head to Florida, but if they do, it will be at East Bay with the family car. 2022 plans are for Freddie to race at Williams Grove and Lincoln Speedways driving the Eichelberger Sprint Car and race the family-owned No. 51 in specials and midweek shows…

Former Modified driver Brian Papiez has been hired to drive the Dave Adams No. 37 Modified in 2022. The team will focus their efforts on Bridgeport Speedway…

It was nice to see Richie Pratt’s name above the driver’s door of the Danny’s Pizza Pizzazz No. 51 once again. Pratt, who drove the car in 2020, does have a few wins behind the wheel of the No. 51 and I expect the team to have even more success going forward…

Eric Kormann, owner of ERK Steering, had his newly decorated Modified in his booth albeit with a new number. This season Kormann has switched his car number to No. 36 in memory of his late brother Michael who passed away last year…

Congratulations to Morgan Rochelle on being crowned Miss Motorsports 2022…

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