FORT WASHINGTON, PA December 24, 2000 . . . Autograph collectors take note, NASCAR Winston Cup racers Jimmy Spencer and Geoffrey Bodine will head up an impressive list of racing talents at the Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 Auto Racing Show. The three day motorsports extravaganza, the 16th edition, takes place at the huge Fort Washington, PA Expo Center. Doors open at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 12 and the show continues until 6 p.m. Sunday, January 14. More than 40,000 people are expected to visit the show, which will offer something for every motorsports fan, during the three days. Spencer and Bodine, both graduates of NASCAR Featherlite Modified racing, will be visiting the show along with many of the top asphalt modified racers of the 20th century. Special photo cards have been created and will be available only at the Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 show during two autograph sessions featuring at least half of the 25 top modified racing greats selected by a number of Area Auto Racing News journalists who cover the sport on a regular basis. The driver who is number one on the list, Richie Evans, a nine time NASCAR Modified champion, was fatally injured in an accident at Martinsville, VA Speedway in 1985. The number two driver in the listing is NASCAR Modified great "Bugsy" Stevens. He will be part of the two autograph sessions at the show.
Others in the TOP 25 that will be at the show include Eastern Motorsport Press Association Northeast Driver of the Year Ted Christopher; former NASCAR Modified/Sportsman champions Rene Charland, Jerry Cook (six time champion) and Tony Hirschman; Tony Siscone, Gil Hearne, Reggie Ruggerio, and Billy Greco.
As a bonus Gary Balough, one of the all time great dirt track modified racers (four time winner of the DIRT Modified Classic at Syracuse, NY), will be on hand to sign special photo cards available only at the show. And fans are invited to bring the "Top 25 Dirt Modified Racers" poster (available at the 2000 show)to be signed by Balough. The Florida racer had to missed last year's show when the Dirt Modified stars were featured in autograph sessions.
"Top 25 Pavement Racers" posters will be available during the show.
Spencer (winner at Daytona and Talladega) and Bodine (a Daytona 500 winner) will be just two of the NASCAR Winston Cup talents making appearances at the show. Steve Park and Jerry Nadeau had been announced as appearing at the show earlier. And there are other drivers and personalities expected to be added to the all star lineup that annually make appearances at Pennzoil Motorsports.
The three day show features more than 600 exhibit booths featuring "everything motorsports" for fans and racers. The HARDCORE RACER section is of particular interest to racers. More than 150 vehicles, from all segments of the sport, will be featured throughout the 275,000 square foot show.
One of the most popular attractions of the show is the U.S.Tobacco/Aplus Mini Marts Ms. Motorsports Pageant. Entries are still being accepted. The winner of the Saturday event, which will be followed by live closed circuit TV coverage of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Chili Bowl Nationals on the giant Bud TV screen, will earn $1500 plus a variety of other perks.
In addition there will be seminars continuing throughout the weekend covering sponsorship through race car fabrication. And there will be live demonstrations continuing at the MotorMax Garage.
Li'l Miss Motorsports activities will be featured on Sunday as will the Kid's Big Wheel Contest.
Adult admission is $10.00 with a three day ticket priced at $25.00. Youngsters 6 through 12 are admitted for just $3.00 ($9.00 for a three day pass) and children under 6 are admitted for FREE.
The Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 Auto Racing Trade Show, 16th annual edition of the show, takes place at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center located just off the PA Turnpike at Exit 26.
For information on tickets, show schedule and exhibit space, telephone 609.888.3618. For those wishing to take advantage of discount hotel rooms in the area telephone Marilyn Saxton at 215.752.2392 or Plaza II at 215.943.0190.