TWO TONY STEWART RACING TREASURES TO BE ON DISPLAY AT PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS MOTORSPORTS RACE CAR AND TRADE SHOW JANUARY 19-21 IN OAKS, PA
OAKS, PA January 12, 2018 . . . Three time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart will have two of his most prized possessions on display at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2018 Race Car & Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco and Distributed by Insinger Performance taking place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA January 19-21, 2018.
The car with which he won the 1997 IndyCar Championship will be a featured attraction, as well as Stewart’s Home Depot #20 NASCAR Cup Series entry with which he won the 2005 Brickyard 400. Both cars are sure to attract a huge amount of attention from the large number of show attendees.
Both cars will be on display during the entire three days of the show while Stewart will be making an appearance on Saturday. He will be interviewed, chat with fans and sign autographs during his show visit that will run from noon until 2 PM.
Another car on display that is sure to catch the attention of the crowd is the NAPA Auto Parts Hendrick Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro that will be driven by rising star Chase Elliott during the 2018 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season.
More than 300 racing vehicles representing all forms of motorsports will be displayed throughout the 250,000 square feet of show space.
Many speedways and sanctioning organizations will be part of the 33rd annual show along with a variety of businesses that offer just about everything imaginable in auto racing.
Also appearing at the show will be former NASCAR Cup crew chief and current FOX TV personality Larry MacReynolds along with 20-time World of Outlaws Sprint champion Steve Kinser and rising Outlaw talent David Gravel.
Many local and regional racing talents will be on hand.
Attendees will be able to participate in a number of free seminars, attend a variety of events including the Oliver Construction Ms. Motorsports Pageant, the Pine Brook Speedway Reunion, presentation of Area Auto Racing News Top Winner Awards and so much more.
One day adult admission is $15 while a three day ticket is priced at $30. For children 6 thru 12 a done day ticket is just $5 while a three day pass is $10. Children under 6 are admitted free.
The show opens on Friday, January 19th at 2 PM and goes until 10 PM. On Saturday the doors open at 11 AM and the show runs until 9 PM and on Sunday the hours are 11 AM to 4 PM.
50 Strong Years
Through countless transformations, Volusia Speedway Park has remained at the heart of racing
CONCORD, NC - Jan. 5, 2018 - When race fans make their annual visit to Central Florida in early February to kick off another race season, at first glance they may notice a new look to the storied facility which is home to the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals, but that isn't out of the ordinary at a speedway that has undergone numerous transformations throughout its 50 years of existence. One thing that won't change are the 12 straight nights of racing action and the comradery that comes with it from February 6-17 at Volusia Speedway Park.
When the gates swing open at Volusia Speedway Park for DIRTcar Nationals on the first Tuesday in February, the 2018 racing season will officially begin, and the World's Fastest Half Mile will pop the top on the tracks 50th year of racing.
"There are not many marquee events that you can count on," said retired NASCAR driver and dirt racing enthusiast Kenny Wallace. "You've got Eldora, Knoxville, World Finals - but DIRTcar Nationals is one-, two-week marquee event that you can count on. You know it's going to be there every year."
In fact, original track owner Benny Corbin had two stipulations when he sold Volusia Speedway Park in 1982: that he be allowed to maintain it and that the marquee events, including DIRTcar Nationals, would continue to run; and so it has been.
Corbin, a Korean War veteran, first found refuge in motorsports as a racer, driving Sprint Cars and Midgets in Indiana. Corbin and his son Kent, however, left their deepest impression on the racing industry in Florida. In 1968 Corbin struck a deal on a property in Barberville, FL that housed a sandy quarter-mile course on which old jalopies raced. Seeing the greater potential of the property, Corbin created Barberville Raceway, starting the long journey to Volusia Speedway Park's current prestige.
During Corbin's tenure as owner from 1968 to 1982, the facility underwent multiple transformations, including a major change when the track was expanded to its current half-mile size.
Dirt racing on the fast, half-mile track ceased from 1989 to 1997 when the track was turned into a paved half-mile. But Corbin, true to his dirt roots, created a 3/8-mile dirt oval (now a go-kart track) on the adjacent property. From 1989 to 1992 Volusia Speedway Park predominantly hosted NASCAR-sanctioned races - sometimes combining asphalt and dirt racing in the same weekend.
It was during that time that a NASCAR star was born. A 27-year-old driver from St. Louis, MO named Kenny Wallace finally broke out and won his first NASCAR race at Volusia Speedway Park (then Volusia Country Speedway) after 70 races and two years of trying.
"It was my biggest win, and probably still is my biggest win of my career," said Wallace. "That was my first NASCAR win ever. It took me 70 races - two years to win. It was just the biggest win of my life."
After taking up more dirt racing as a hobby starting in 2005, it didn't take Wallace long to make history at Volusia again. As he entered Victory Lane at the 2007 DIRTcar Nationals, Wallace became the only driver to win on both asphalt and dirt at Volusia Speedway Park.
"I have people ask me all the time what's my favorite dirt track, and I honestly tell them it's Volusia," said Wallace. "They ask why, and I tell them it's the very first race track on dirt that I can race seven nights a week on. I learned to race dirt at Volusia because I raced seven nights a week."
Reminiscing about the old days at Volusia Speedway Park, Wallace recalls many of the characteristics of the ever-changing facility. "Back in 1991 it had about the same amount of grandstands. It was a really great crowd. But what I remember most was that it was on national TV. In 1991 we were racing at Volusia Speedway, and you could be in California and turn it on TV and the race was on your TV. To me that what was big; all my friends all around the United States were watching me win that race on TV."
Although the 47th annual DIRTcar Nationals may not air on traditional television this year, race fans all across the world will be tuned into the DIRTVision live stream.
"For me it's the start of race season. I understand that not everyone can go [to Volusia], but for the people that cannot go, they're watching on DIRTVision.com. But they cannot stand it. They'll start watching on Tuesday, February 6, and by February 8 they cannot take it anymore; they're in their cars, and they're heading to Florida for the weekend. The DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park signifies the green flag for dirt racing. This is it; it's the start of the season, and it gives me goosebumps to return to Volusia."
The return to Volusia doesn't just start the racing season for Wallace and the hundreds of other racers that converge on the small Florida track; it renews countless friendships, including one in particular for Wallace.
"I have a very good friend, Kent Corbin (Benny's son). He's the parts man at Volusia Speedway Park weekly. We all know the rule that you can't have a trailer taller than nine feet so that the fans can see the backstretch. Kent lends me his trailer, and we put my racecar and some of my equipment in there so I can stay in the infield and watch all the racing that goes on."
Through the countless transformations and passionate efforts to sustain racing at a small local short track located just 20 miles from the World Center of Racing, Daytona International Speedway, Kent Corbin continues to play a part in the rich 50-year history of Volusia Speedway Park, where he was born and raised, and which he still calls home.
The racing season officially kicks off with 12 straight nights of racing featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and Late Model Series, the Super DIRTcar Series, DIRTcar Late Models and UMP Modifieds, and the All-Star Circuit of Champions from Feb. 6-17, 2018 at Volusia Speedway Park.
20 TIME WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR CHAMPION STEVE KINSER TO BE A PART OF MOTORSPORTS 2018 RACE CAR AND TRADE SHOW
OAKS, PA January 2, 2017 . . . When legendary Sprint car racer Steve Kinser announced his retirement last season after racing in an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions event at Lebanon Valley, New York Speedway it caught most by surprise. Kinser, winner of 876 Sprint car feature races during this career, will be talking about his retirement and more when he appears at the Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2018 Racecar and Trade Show Fueled by Sunoco and Distributed by Insinger Performance at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on Saturday, January 20. The popular show runs January 19 through 21st.
The 20-time World of Outlaws champion will do a one hour one-on-one interview, take questions from the audience and sign autographs at the stage area starting at 3 p.m.
Kinser, 63 years old, will talk about life on the road, his big wins, the hardest challenges and his 577 WoO victories earned during his five decades of racing.
The most successful Sprint car driver in the history of the sport earned victories in the Knoxville Nationals (twelve times) and had seven Kings Royal victories.
In addition to success in Sprint cars he also was a winner at Talladega Superspeedway in a 1994 International Race of Champions along with finishing 40th in the 1995 Daytona 500 and 14th in the 1997 Indianapolis 500.
Much like Richard Petty has been named the “King” in NASCAR, Kinser has been labeled the “King” in Sprint cars.
Kinser will be joining three time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart at the Motorsports show along with former NASCAR Cup crew chief and FOX TV personality Larry MacReynolds, World of Outlaw standout David Gravel and a number of local and regional racing talents.
The three day show offering just about everything imaginable in motorsports is set for January 19-21 and will offer more than 250 racing vehicles and displays filling the 250,000 square feet of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
The 33rd annual show opens on Friday, January 19th at 2 p.m. and closes at 9. Doors open on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. The box office and D-Hall exhibit area opens one hour earlier each day.