Marco An­dretti get­ting in on ac­tion at Al­len­town in­door race

The Hamburg Area Item - - Sports - By Ernie Sax­ton For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Indy­Car star Marco An­dretti will be an in­ter­ested spec­ta­tor at the PPL Cen­ter in Al­len­town, Pa., on Fri­day, Jan­uary 5 and Satur­day, Jan­uary 6 when the Iron­ton Tele­phone/ Avaya In­door Auto Rac­ing fu­eled by VP events are held.

Marco, a third- gen­er­a­tion racer from the leg­endary An­dretti fam­ily from nearby Nazareth, will be a spec­ta­tor for the In­door Auto Rac­ing Se­ries event but plans to test drive a Three Quar­ter ( TQ) Midget dur­ing the week­end. The 30 year- old has been of­fered the chance to drive a car that will be in compe­ti­tion at the event by one of his friends, Kyle Lick of Le­high­ton, Pa.

While fans won’t get a chance to see him com­pete against a field of 50 other driv­ers in the TQ Midget di­vi­sion, they will have an op­por­tu­nity to get his au­to­graph. Marco has vol­un­teered to join all the week­end com­peti­tors to meet fans and sign free au­to­graphs dur­ing Fan Fest which opens the Satur­day evening pro­gram from 5: 30 to 6: 30 p. m.

At that time, those with free Fan Fest tick­ets will al­lowed on to the rac­ing floor of the cen­ter to get a close up look at all the race cars com­pet­ing that night as well as col­lect au­to­graphs. These free Fan Fest tick­ets are avail­able by click­ing the “Fan Fest op­tion” when or­der­ing tick­ets on- line or when pur­chas­ing them at the box of­fice.

TQ Midget rac­ing and In­door Auto Rac­ing compe­ti­tion are noth­ing new to the An­dretti fam­ily. Marco’s grand­fa­ther Mario An­dretti won a TQ event in­side N. J.’ s Tea­neck Ar­mory in 1962. He also won in the TQ Midgets outdoors at N. J.’ s Pine Brook Sta­dium be­fore em­bark­ing on his leg­endary, in­ter­na­tion­ally known Hall of Fame ca­reer.

Marco be­gan rac­ing in Go- karts at the for­mer Flem­ing­ton, N. J. Speed­way, on an in­field road course. He quickly ad­vanced to be­come the youngest ever Indy­Car driver at the age of 19 as a team­mate to his fa­ther Michael.

Since then, Marco has won two Indy­Car events. He’ll be driv­ing again next year for the An­dretti Herta Au­tosports team. While he is re­stricted by con­tract not to com­pete in the TQ Midget events, he is al­lowed to test that car and is ea­ger for the op­por­tu­nity.

The Jan­uary 5- 6, 2018 Iron­ton Tele­phone Al­len­town event sched­ule calls for rac­ing to start at 7: 30 p. m. on Fri­day and 7 p. m. on Satur­day. TQ Midgets will run a full pro­gram of rac­ing with fea­ture events both nights.

On Fri­day, the TQs will be joined by the Champ Karts who will be rac­ing in a com­plete show. Then on Satur­day the Three Quar­ter Midgets will be joined Sling­shots backed by the Ac­tion Track USA Kutz­town, PA Fair­grounds.

For tick­ets, con­tact the PPL Cen­ter Box Of­fice by phone at 610- 347- TIXX ( 8499), on­line at ppl­cen­ Those wish­ing to avoid on­line fees may pur­chase di­rectly at the Box Of­fice, but are en­cour­aged to do so in ad­vance to avoid pos­si­ble box of­fice lines the day of the event.

The se­ries moves next to the NAPA Auto Parts In­door Auto Rac­ing Week­end at Board­walk Hall in At­lantic City. For tick­ets, con­tact Tick­et­mas­ter, the Board­walk Hall Box Of­fice, or the Area Auto Rac­ing News of­fice at 609- 888- 3618.

The fi­nale will be a first an­nual event in New York State, on Fe­bru­ary 9- 10, 2018 in the Times Union Cen­ter in down­town Al­bany, N. Y. For choice tick­ets, con­tact the Times Union Cen­ter Box Of­fice, chargeby- phone at ( 800) 745- 3000, or visit on­line at tick­et­mas­ter. com.

In­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing ticket and ho­tel links is avail­able at in­doorautorac­ David Gravel’s Sprint car rac­ing sea­son went from very good to out­stand­ing in 2017. The ris­ing star of the World of Out­laws Crafts­man Sprint Car Se­ries kicked off his sea­son with a win in the Arc­tic Cat All Star Cir­cuit of Cham­pi­ons Sprint car race at Vo­lu­sia Speed­way Park in Bar­bourville, Fla., and then closed it out with a huge win in the in the Tex­tron Off Road World of Out­laws World Fi­nals at the Dirt Track in Char­lotte.

Gravel and his CJB Mo--

tor­sports team, owned by Chad and Jenn Cle­mens, will part of the Pi­o­neer Pole Build­ings Motorsports 2018 Race­car and Trade Show Pre­sented by Sunoco and Fu­eled by Insinger Per­for­mance at the Greater Philadel­phia Expo Cen­ter in Oaks, Jan­uary 19- 21.

The win at Char­lotte put Gravel third in the fi­nal World of Out­law stand­ings. Over­all dur­ing the sea­son he won 18 WoO fea­tures and a to­tal of 20 fea­tures. The Con­necti­cut racer, a fast ris­ing star in Sprint car rac­ing, earned 72 top- 10 fin­ishes out of 86 races en­tered. He led a to­tal of 421 laps.

One of the team’s rare dis­ap­point­ments came on Sprint Car rac­ing’s big­gest stage. While lead­ing this year’s $ 150,000 to win Knoxville ( Iowa) Na­tion­als the mo­tor blew. The team re­bounded quickly by win­ning the Wil­liams Grove ( Pa.) Speed­way Na­tional Open to pocket $ 50,000.

“We ob­vi­ously still have the goals of win­ning an Out­laws cham­pi­onship, a Knoxville Na­tion­als ti­tle and a Kings Royal. We have iden­ti­fied ar­eas where we can do bet­ter,” said Gravel re­cently

Unique will be the op­por­tu­nity for show at­ten­dees to meet Gravel on Satur­day af­ter­noon and col­lect an au­to­graph while hear­ing him talk about his great sea­son and plans for 2018 in a ca­sual set­ting near the team dis­play. CJB Motorsports will have one of their new Big Game Tree­stands spon­sored No. 5 410 Sprint Cars and their hauler on dis­play and will be open for tours. The team will be de­but­ing a new spon­sor, Wiek­ert’s Live­stock, who will join C& S Lawn & Land­scape, Nyce Crete and Lan­dis Block and Con­crete, Bair’s Tree Ser­vice, J. R. C. Trans­porta­tion and Ecyn­bro Truck­ing on his year’s race cars.

Gravel will be hon­ored by the Area Auto Rac­ing News on Satur­day along with other top North­east win­ners. The group will in­clude top North­east dirt Mod­i­fied and over­all big­gest win­ner Matt Shep­pard at the stage prior to the evening’s Oliver Con­struc­tion spon­sored Ms. Motorsports compe­ti­tion at 6: 30 p. m. along with over­all top win­ner and top Mod­i­fied win­ner Matt Shep­pard at the stage prior to the Satur­day evening Mr. Motorsports compe­ti­tion. Ma­hon­ing Val­ley Speed­way is ex­cited to an­nounce that Open­ing Day 2018 is set for Satur­day, April 7, which fol­lows four Test and Tune days on March 17- 1824- 31.

Now un­der new man­age­ment led by pro­moter Jack Car­lino, he and his or­ga­ni­za­tional staff have been busy pre­par­ing the up­com­ing sea­son sched­ule while also work­ing on a host of other new items and pro­mo­tions.

The weekly ac­tion will once again con­sist of Mod­i­fieds, Late Mod­els, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.

There is a new ad­di­tion to the line- up as Sport Mod­i­fieds will be in­tro­duced on a ro­tat­ing ba­sis with the Dirt Mods and Pro 4s. The Sport Mod­i­fied rules are be­ing fi­nal­ized and will be sim­i­lar to most other area and re­gional tracks that run the class.

Be­gin­ning Apri l 7, the sea­son will then run through its fi­nal point race on Septem­ber 22. Each race night will be­gin at 6: 00 pm. The full sched­ule will be re­leased by the start of the new year.

Adult grand­stand ad­mis­sion has been dis­counted to $ 12 from $ 14.

The an­nual sea­son end­ing Oc­to­ber­fast will take place on Oc­to­ber 13 with the main at­trac­tion be­ing a 150- lap/$ 5000- to- win fea­ture for the Mod­i­fieds. The Late Mod­els, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks are also on the slate with spe­cial events.

With this be­ing a new be­gin­ning for Car­lino and Com­pany, he will be look­ing for­ward to meet­ing fans and driv­ers at the up­com­ing 2018 Pi­o­neer Pole Build­ings Motorsports Race­car and Trade Show Pre­sented by Sunoco and Fu­eled by Insinger Per­for­mance, Jan­uary 19- 21 at the Greater Philadel­phia Expo Cen­ter in Oaks.

Fol­low­ing the show there will be a full day of driver/ owner meet­ings for all classes of past, present and fu­ture teams at a soon to be an­nounced date. More news and con­tin­ued up­dates pre­sented dur­ing the com­ing weeks.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion log onto www. ma­hon­ing­val­ley- speed­way. com or on Face­book at Ma­hon­ing Val­ley Speed­way. Ma­hon­ing Val­ley Speed­way is lo- cated on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Le­high­ton and is ad­ja­cent to the Ma­hon­ing Val­ley Farm­ers Mar­ket.

A chance to go to Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way for free. The sound of 40 Mon­ster En­ergy NASCAR Cup Se­ries stock cars rum­bling around the 2.5mile Day­tona ( Fla.) In­ter­na­tional Speed­way dur­ing the 60th run­ning of the Day­tona 500 on Feb. 18 will be aug­mented by 500 fans cheer­ing in uni­son to toast the start of the 2018 rac­ing sea­son.

The iconic #BUSCHHHHH har­mony will echo through­out the World Cen­ter of Speed as 500 guests of Busch beer take in the Great Amer­i­can Race af­ter meet­ing Kevin Har­vick, the 2014 NASCAR Cup Se­ries cham­pion and driver of the No. 4 Busch Ford Fu­sion for Ste­wart- Haas Rac­ing.

Earn­ing a chance to join this ex­clu­sive group is easy:

Find a check­ered flag can in spe­cially marked 18, 24 and 30 pack­ages of lim­it­ededi­tion Busch and Busch Light, or down­load the can wrap at www. Busch. com.

Take a photo or video cel­e­brat­ing like you’re in vic­tory lane with your check­ered can or can wrap.

Share your photo or video us­ing any of the meth­ods be­low:

On In­sta­gram and Twit­ter, en­ter by post­ing your photo or video with #BuschToDay­tona and #Con­test from a pub­lic ac­count.

On Face­book, en­ter by post­ing your photo or video with #BuschToDay­tona and # Con­test on Busch’s wall, com­ments or by di­rect mes- sage.

Busch re­ceived a lot of love from con­sumers last year when it in­tro­duced the Busch Guy in the brand’s first ever Su­per Bowl com­mer­cial. In 2018, Busch is re­ward­ing its loyal drinkers who have been ded­i­cated brand fans from the start. Two hun­dred and fifty win­ners will be cho­sen, and each will be able to in­vite one lucky friend for an allinclu­sive trip3 to the Day­tona 500. Busch will take care of travel, lodg­ing and meals. It’s Day­tona done right.

“The Day­tona 500 is the big­gest race of the year, so we de­cided to make ‘ 500 to the 500’ our big­gest pro­mo­tion of the year,” said Chelsea Phillips, Vice Pres­i­dent of Value Brands at An­heuser- Busch. “It’s the race that kicks off the whole sea­son, and the lead up to the Day­tona 500 makes it one of the most an­tic­i­pated events in all of sports. It’s the Su­per Bowl of rac­ing. The weather will be warm, the Busch will be cold, and Kevin Har­vick will be out front. We’ll get to en­joy all of it with 500 of our most pas­sion­ate fans Some­thing new at New Egypt Speed­way. The pop­u­lar rac­ing fa­cil­ity will be host­ing 4- Cylin­der Stock Car rac­ing as a weekly di­vi­sion for the first time in 2018. Points will be awarded through­out the sea­son and a cham­pion will be crowned.

“We’ve had a lot of in­ter­est over the years to start a 4- Cylin­der class that wanted to be worked into our ro­ta­tion of weekly di­vi­sions. It will be a very af- ford­able way to get peo­ple in­volved into rac­ing”, said New Egypt Speed­way’s Joey Liquori. “These cars are very easy to find, make a few safety im­prove­ments and be able to go rac­ing.

This class is be­ing de­signed to be af­ford­able and sim­ple. A rule­book is cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped.

A meet­ing for the 4- Cylin­der di­vi­sion is sched­uled for Satur­day De­cem­ber 30th at the New Egypt Fire House lo­cated on Main Street in New Egypt from 4- 5PM.

The 2018 New Egypt Speed­way sched­ule is close to be­ing fin­ished and will be an­nounced shortly, look for some new and re­turn­ing events to the New Egypt Speed­way sched­ule!

New Egypt Speed­way is lo­cated on Route 539 in New Egypt, NJ just min­utes from Six Flags Great Ad­ven­ture and the New Jer­sey Turn­pike. A racy 7/ 16- mile D- shaped dirt oval, New Egypt Speed­way serves Gar­den State race fans with some of the best compe­ti­tion in the coun­try. New Egypt’s state- of- the- art fa­cil­i­ties fea­ture day­light-qual­ity light­ing and ex­cel­lent sight­lines from any seat in the house. The grand­stands are fully wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble with wide, clear, and well- groomed walk­ways. Con­ces­sion fa­cil­i­ties serve up ev­ery­thing from Jer­sey Burg­ers to ice cream treats at fam­ily- friendly prices.

For more in­for­ma­tion on New Egypt Speed­way, visit on­line: www. new­e­gypt­speed­, “Like” us on Face­book at www. face­­e­gypt­speed­way­of­fi­cial, or fol­low us on Twit­ter @nesspeed­way.

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