MYERSTOWN, PA – With a successful formula that produces large car counts, big crowds, and spectacular racing at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa., race organizers Rich Tobias and Doug Rose are now embarking on a new venture. It’s a huge undertaking, and it is ready to green on October 12, 13, & 14 at Selinsgrove Speedway and Selinsgrove Raceway Park.
It’s the inaugural World Series of Dirt Racing; a ten-division extravaganza featuring almost every type of racecar that competes on clay. More than $100,000 will be paid out over the three-days of motorized mayhem, and those dollars are enticing many of the biggest names in the region’s dirt track world to enter the first-of-its-kind event in Selinsgrove.
Tobias says the entries include both Billy Pauch Sr. and Billy Jr., as they team up for the Wayne Subaru World Series 100 for USAC SpeedSTRs, presented by BusinessLinkPrint.com. Cousins Steve and Tim Buckwalter have also entered the 100-lapper that pays $10,000 to the winner, and so has 410 Sprint Car standout Lucas Wolfe. Tom Mayberry, Anthony Perrego, and Ohio’s Matt Westfall are just a few of the other wheel-twisters who will vie for the big prize in SpeedSTRs on Saturday, October 13.
Tobias’ list of entries for the Super Late Model portion of the World Series include newly crowned Selinsgrove point champion Bryan Bernheisel along with his dad, Jim. Joining them will be Dan Stone, Jeff Rine, Andy Haus, and many more from the Super Late Model division.
The 360 and 410 Sprint Car divisions boast entries such as Freddie and Brandon Rahmer, Mark Smith, Blaine Heimbach, Lucas Wolfe, Steve Buckwalter, Tyler Ross, and this year’s 360 Sprint Car Champion at Selinsgrove, Davie Franek.
The popular and growing 602 Modifieds will be racing on Sunday, the 14th, and their entry list is dotted with names like Steve Hicks, Craig Whitmoyer, Dakota Kohler, Eric Korman, and Chris Jenkins.
Additional entries are filing in on a daily basis for every class on the three-day docket of high speed adventure. Move-in day is slated for Thursday, October 11, when gates open for hauler and camper parking at 1:00 p.m. Early race car inspection begins at 2:00 p.m.
On Friday, October 12, pit gates open at 8 a.m. That is also when the ticket windows will open for business. Warm-ups get underway at 11:15 a.m. for the 360 Sprint Cars, Super Late Models, and USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs. At 12:15, “Six Dozen Qualifying” begins for the 360 Sprints and Late Models, followed by time trials for the SpeedSTRs. The AMA Pro Twin and Pro Single Flat Track Motorcycles will get some practice time at 2:30 p.m., and their qualifying sessions commence at 3:30. Activity on the big half-mile oval will cease at 4:00 p.m.
Action then shifts to the recently widened and banked one-fifth mile Selinsgrove Raceway Park, where the wingless 600 Micro Sprints, All Star and Junior Slingshots, and Karts will compete on Friday night, beginning with warm-ups at 6:00. Qualifying heats take the green flag at 7:00. Interest is high because of the recent renovation work (done by Tobias) on the fifth-mile, where the 600’s have never raced. Their inaugural test on the new Raceway Park layout promises to be exciting, and the Slingshots and Karts always provide some terrific competition on the Selinsgrove bullring.
Saturday, October 13, will begin with warm-ups for the 602 Modifieds and Street Stocks at 10:30 a.m. Pit gates open once again at 8 a.m., and the General Admission and Vendor Midway gates will swing open at 10:00 a.m. At 11:00, the last chance qualifiers begin for the 360 Sprint Cars, Super Late Models, and SpeedSTRs. Opening ceremonies for the first World Series of Dirt Racing A-Mains will kick off at noon, and the FK Rod Ends 360 Sprint Car feature, paying $3,000 to win, gets the green flag at 12:30.
The World Series 100 for SpeedSTRs is slated for a 1:15 p.m. start, followed by the Super Late Model A-Main that pays $4,000 to the winner. The AMA Flat Track Motorcycles will compete in their features after the checkered flag falls on the Late Model main, and Saturday’s half-mile action will conclude with heat races for the 602 Modifieds and Street Stocks.
Saturday night’s program will again be held on the Raceway Park fifth-mile, where the 600 Micro Sprints, All Star and Junior Slingshots, and the AMA Kids Bikes will race with heats getting underway at 6:45.
All of Sunday’s racing will take place on the big half-mile, with Pit gates opening at 10 a.m. General Admission gates and Vendor Midway open up at 11:30, and warm-ups for the 410 Sprint Cars, 602 Modifieds, and Street Stocks, along with the All Star Slingshots, will begin at 12:30 p.m. Heat races for the 410 Sprints go green at 1:45, followed by the Last Chance Qualifiers for the 602 Mods and Street Stocks. The 410 Sprint B-Main will be run just before the All Star Slingshots compete in the Ulsh Auto Sales Slinger Derby, a 12-lap romp around the half-mile oval.
At 4:30, the Hoosier Tire/ HTMA 410 Sprint Car feature, paying $5,000 to the winner, will take the green. The American Racer Tires/ Lias Tires 602 Modified A-Main, where the winner receives $1,000, follows the 410 headliner, and the entire weekend wraps up with the running of the Street Stock feature, a 25-lap event paying $1,000 to win.
General Admission Tickets are just $15 for Friday’s qualifying sessions and events, while Saturday and Sunday tickets are $28 per day. There is a three-day pass available for $62. Pit Passes for a single day are priced at $40, while a two-day pit pass is $70 and a three-day pit pass costs $80.
Fans (and racers) who would like to camp at the track can purchase camping spots by calling 717-866-7450 (same number to call for advance general admission tickets). Gold Lot Limited Premium spots in the infield are $80, while spaces in Lot A, Hillside Ground are just $40. Camper ATV/Cart registrations are $15.
Additional information regarding this colossal event, including hotel information and the daily order of events, can be found at www.worldseriesofdirtracing.com and the World Series of Dirt Facebook page (Facebook.com/World Series of DirtRacing).