FORT WASHINGTON, PA December 30, 2000 . . . NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year, Matt Kenseth , will be greeting his many fans at the 16th annual Pennzoil Motorsports Auto Racing Trade Show at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center. The three day show, offering everything motorsports and more, opens at 1 p.m. on January 12 and continues until 6 p.m., Sunday, January 14. More than 40,000 people are expected to visit the show.
Kenseth, considered an underdog to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the battle for the prestigious Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award, had a win, three top-5s and five top-10s. Kenseth's win came in the longest race on the Winston Cup circuit, the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
The DeWalt Ford driver, appearing courtesy of C&C Ford of Horsham, PA, will join several other Winston Cup racers who will be part of the motorsports extravaganza. Included with Kenseth will be Jimmy Spencer, Steve Park, Jerry Nadeau and Geoffrey Bodine plus a host of other local, regional and national stars from all segments of motorsports.
Andy Belmont , driver of the America OnLine/York Heating Ford in Automobile Racing Club of American competition, will be offering many of the AOL souvenir items at dramatically discounted prices. In addition Belmont will be offering TriStar uniforms in his booth. And there will be brochures available covering Belmont's involvement with Bill Hoff in Motorsports Driving/Racing School at Flemington, NJ Speedway and other locations. Belmont will have one of his Ford Taurus race cars on display.
Show attendees will have the opportunity to win a ride in the two-seat modified stock car created by Ray Swinehart and his J&L Speed Equipment for Grandview Speedway. The "new" car will be on display in the Thunder on the Hill/Grandview Speedway exhibit booth. Three lucky winners, by virtue of a drawing from show attendee tickets, will have the opportunity to take a ride in the "two seater" during the 2001 season. The first winner will get his or her ride, with one of the top Grandview NASCAR Modified regulars, on opening night, April 7, when the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Modifieds and Exide ShorTrack Late Models along with PA Sportsman will be featured.
And for the second straight year Glenn Donnelly will be on hand to greet visitors to the D.I.R.T. Mootorsports display during the three day show.
"We are already very excited about the upcoming season and we want to spread that enthusiasm to all of our competing teams, participating sponsors and especially the fans," said DIRT President Glenn Donnelly, who will be in attendance for the second straight year. " With big events scheduled in early in Florida, Maryland and North Carolina it promises to be another banner year for everyone involved."
Drivers planning to compete on the D.I.R.T. circuits in 2001 are invited to visit the display area at the Pennzoil Motorsports show and they will have access to loads of important marketing materials, including DIRT demographic packages, promotional videos, sponsorship reports, and more.
Filling more than 270,000 square feet of the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center, the show will feature more than 600 exhibit booths featuring everything motorsports and more plus more than 150 motorsports vehicles.
In addition attendees will have the opportunity to attend a variety of seminars throughout the three days along with live demonstrations at the MotorMax Garage. A new U.S.Tobacco Ms Motorsports will be crowned and attendees will have the opportunity to "attend live" the O'Reilly Auto Parts Chili Bowl Nationals from Tulsa, Oklahoma via the BUD big screen closed circuit TV coverage.
And there will be an endless number of special activities taking place at the show including appearances, for two autograph sessions, of some of the top drivers that make up the Area Auto Racing News Top 25 Asphalt Modified Racers of the 20th Century.
Information on the show, a show schedule, and more may be had by telephoning 609.888.3618. For discount hotel reservations telephone Marilyn Saxton at 215.752.2392 or Plaza II Travel at 215.943.0190.
Fort Washington Expo Center is located just a very short distance from Exit 26 of the PA Turnpike.