Pennzoil Show must for speedways


FORT WASHINGTON, PA December 29, 2000 . . . If you want to know what is going to be happening in motorsports during the new season, the Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 Auto Racing Trade Show is the place to be. The three day mid-winter...

FORT WASHINGTON, PA December 29, 2000 . . . If you want to know what is going to be happening in motorsports during the new season, the Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 Auto Racing Trade Show is the place to be. The three day mid-winter motorsports extravaganza, featuring everything motorsports, will kick off at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 12 and continue until 6 p.m., January 14. The show, featuring more than 600 exhibit booths and 150 motorsports vehicles of all types, will cover 270,000 square feet of the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center.

"This is where fans and racers pick up schedules, rule books, and hear the latest news (and some gossip) about what will be happening for the new season. That is why so many area speedways and organizations participate. Many fans and racers plan their entire season based on what they learn at the show," said event organizer Len Sammons.

Speedways that will be participating in the Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 show include:
* Airport Speedway
* Borgers Speedway
* Bridgeport Speedway
* Dover Downs International Speedway
* Flemington Speedway KARTING
* Hagerstown Speedway with a February 25th season opener
* Mahoning Valley Speedway
* Lincoln Speedway
* Maple Grove Dragway
* Martinsville, VA Speedway
* Oakland Valley Raceway Park
* Port Royal Speedway
* Pocono Raceway
* Pocono Mountain Speedway
* Rausch Creek Motorsports Park (New this year)
* Richmond International Raceway
* Watkins Glen International
* Silver Spring Speedway
* Williams Grove Speedway

And there are a large number of sanctioning organizations that will be participating in the huge show that is expected to attract more than 40,000 attendees. The American Racing Drivers Club will be exhibiting at the show as will:
* American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association
* Blackbird Quarter Midget Association
* Blue Mountain/West End Quarter Midgets
* Doylestown Quarter Midgets
* East Coast Race Trucks
* Garden State Quarter Midgets
* KARS Limited Sprints
* Lehigh Valley Quarter Midgets
* Oaklane Quarter Midgets
* Montgomery County Quarter Midgets
* South Jersey Quarter Midgets
* South Jersey Region SCCA
* United Racing Club
* USAR Hooters Pro Cup
* Hagerstown Quarter Midgets
* Thunder on the Hill
* D.I.R.T.

"All indications are that weekly short track shows are going to see increased interest from fans. Event organizers are doing more promotion and part of that promotion is being part of Pennzoil Motorsports. It gives speedways and organizations the opportunity to get their message, their schedules, to 40,000 fans. Those who have participated in the past have told us that the show has a big impact on their marketing efforts," said Ernie Saxton, marketing director of the show. Several top name drivers and personalities will be part of autograph sessions at the show including NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Jimmy Spencer, Steve Park, Geoffrey Bodine and Jerry Nadeau. Others will be announced. In addition to speedway and organization exhibits, there are opportunities for attendees to participate in seminars and live MotorMax Garage demonstrations. New this year will be the live closed circuit TV coverage of the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Nationals from Tulsa, Oklahoma on the giant Bud screen. This will happen right after the new USTobacco Ms Motorsports is crowned. And there is the Kid's Big Wheel competition on Sunday along with Li'l Miss Motorsports. Adult admission for the show is $10.00 or a three day pass is available for just $25.00. For youngsters 6-12, admission is $3.00 and a three day pass is priced at $9.00. Kids under 6 are admitted free. The three day show, January 12-14, takes place at the huge Fort Washington, PA Expo Center. Free parking is available in areas surrounding the building. The Expo Center is just a very short distance from Exit 26 of the PA Turnpike. For show information telephone 609.888.3618 and for discount hotel rooms for the show, telephone Marilyn Saxton at 215.752.2392 or Plaza II Travel at 215.943.0190.

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