Pennzoil Motorsports 2000 Review

FORT WASHINGTON, PA January 18, 2000. . . Thousands of motor sports fans, close to record numbers, filled the aisles of the 15th annual Pennzoil Motorsports 2000 Auto Racing Trade Show at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center this past weekend, ...

FORT WASHINGTON, PA January 18, 2000. . . Thousands of motor sports fans, close to record numbers, filled the aisles of the 15th annual Pennzoil Motorsports 2000 Auto Racing Trade Show at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center this past weekend, January 14-16. Fans were able to add to their autograph collections as many top names in the sport made personal appearances. Included were Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Terry Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Davey Hamilton, Chad Little, Jeremy Mayfield, Brad Doty and others. Seminars covering a variety of subjects along with hands-on demonstrations at the MotorMax Extreme Motorsports Garage proved to be very popular with many of the seminars and demonstrations filled to capacity. More than 150 motor sports vehicles of all types were on display throughout the three days. "We really felt good about the show. Our attendance may have been hurt a little by the NFL playoffs, the flu bug and bitter cold weather, but we are happy with the way it all turned out. Our staff is already working on the 2001 show.(January 11-13, 2001) We have some new ideas that we want to try and we are certainly open to suggestions," said show organizer Len Sammons. After a number of years of trying to win the title, Chrissie Weiderhold of Schuylkill Haven, PA won the U.S.Tobacco sponsored Ms. Pennzoil Motorsports Pageant. The veterinary technician came up against some tough competition from 23 other young ladies. She also took top honors in the final sportswear competition. Weiderhold had actually talked about quitting the competition last year but apparently wanted to give it another try and that effort paid off as she received $1500 from the show, jewelry from Golden Pleasures of Bordentown, NJ, and a number of other perks. She will represent the show as Ms. Motorsports in a number of personal appearances during 2000. First runner-up was Vicki Mullins of Mansfield, Ohio, representing Valvoline and Dreibelbis Motorsports. She is a fitness center manager. And second runner-up went to Many Fenstermacher of Telford, PA. The 19 year old hair stylist was making her first appearance in the pageant. She also took top honors in the final swimwear competition. Amy Tanner of Ivyland, PA earned the Photogenic Award in the finals. Serena Summerfield was named Miss Congeniality . The Li'l Miss Motorsports competition was won by Erica Landis, 8 years old, from Harrisburg, PA. She was representing her Dad, Chuck Landis, who races at Silver Spring Speedway. Second place was earned by 7-year-old Stephanie Franklin of Norristown, PA. And in third spot was Taylor Shawver of Hampstead, MD, just 4 years old. In the best of booth and display awards competition, the Indy Racing League took home first place as the Best Race Track/Club display. The top commercial booth was Weikel Racewear. Hooters/Dave Adams Motorsports earned the Best Race Car Display. And Shawn Keen's sprint car was voted the best appearing open cockpit car. Kevin Hirthler's #117 modified earned the top honors in the Best Appearing Stock Car competition at the show. West End/Blue Mountain Quarter Midget Clubs took the top award in a combined effort to grab the Best 1/4 Midget Display. One of the most unique displays at the show was the Garden State Vintage Car Club and featured a rusted out stock car, with a great looking leather seat, which had been driven by Gil Hearne and was found abandoned in a New Jersey swamp area. The display earned the Best Vintage Car Display honors for the organization. Best restored stock car award in the show went to Lerch's #44 modified which had been driven in the past by Al Tasnady and Dick Tobias. And the Ron Powers #7 entry was tops in the Best Restored Open Cockpit division. Big Wheel competition attracted a large number of entries with Kyle Moser winning the feature for 3-4 year olds. He received four tickets for the Grandview Speedway Thunder on the Hill Series. Trevor Kobylarz, son of Bryan Kobylarz (ARDC Champion), was tops in the 5-6 year old division. The win earned the youngster 4 tickets to the Pocono 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race. Michael Weinhold Jr. of Robesonia, PA was a double winner taking the honors in the 7-9 year old class earning a Pennzoil radio controlled car. Weinhold also won the open competition big wheel event earning $61.00 for his efforts. Burn Foundation officials announced that they were able to raise more than $20,000 as a result of their silent auction and raffle efforts at the show. The figure was down from previous years but was attributed to a change in personnel. The 16th annual edition of Pennzoil Motorsports will be presented at the same location on January 11-13, 2001. Exhibitor information is now available from Joe Pratt at 609.888.3618.

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Drivers Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Michael Waltrip , Davey Hamilton , Bryan Kobylarz , Trevor Kobylarz