14TH ANNUAL PENNZOIL MOTORSPORTS SHOW IS ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY FORT WASHINGTON, PA JANUARY 18, 1999 . . . Despite bad weather on opening day of the three day Pennzoil Motorsports Auto Racing Trade Show, show officials report that the show was ...
14TH ANNUAL PENNZOIL MOTORSPORTS SHOW IS ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY
FORT WASHINGTON, PA JANUARY 18, 1999 . . . Despite bad weather on opening day of the three day Pennzoil Motorsports Auto Racing Trade Show, show officials report that the show was another huge success.
"Though our final figures are not in, we feel very comfortable in stating that our attendance figures were on par with previous years. In fact it is quite possible that they may be better than previous years. Though ice and sleet conditions had an impact on attendance on opening day, Saturday and Sunday saw huge crowds filling the show," said event organizer Len Sammons. "Our exhibitors again reported strong sales during the show. The autograph alleys were constantly filled with fans taking advantage of opportunities to collect `free' autographs from some of the best known names in the sport. We were very happy with the way things went this weekend.
"We are already making plans for the year 2000 show, January 14,15 & 16 at the same location. We can see some things we want to change. We are always looking to improve."
The Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer, media sponsors for the show, gave out goody bags at the entrance with a special edition of the Daily News, a poster to be autographed each day, a key chain and SlimJim and a copy of the Philadelphia Inquirer. And each day the goody bags were filled with many items collected by fans as they traveled the 270,000 square foot show.
The Bud Party on Friday night offering music, refreshments, prizes and more was another huge success with hundreds of people enjoying Cousin Ed's musical talents.
Show attendees were able to visit more than 500 exhibit booths displaying just about everything imaginable in the motor sports industry. More than 150 race cars were on display. And fans had the opportunity to meet and collect autographs from such outstanding racers as Terry Labonte, Bobby Labonte, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kenny Schrader, Chad Little, Geoffrey Bodine, Cory McClenathan, David Green, Joe Amato, Chuck Etchells, Cruz Pedregon, Steve Kinser, Johnny Rutherford, Kenny Brack and a number of others.
One of the most popular attractions at the show was Pennzoil Land where fans got to "see, feel and touch" many of the motorsports vehicles that Pennzoil sponsors. In addition many Pennzoil sponsored drivers appeared in their 5000 square foot display area to sign autographs creating heavy traffic for the Pennzoil staff lead by Tom Jensen.
During the course of the show Dale Earnhardt Jr. was honored as Eastern Motorsport Press Association Driver of the Year and received the Al Holbert Jr./EMPA Driver of the Year Award from EMPA president Ernie Saxton. "Big Daddy" Don Garlits was inducted into the EMPA Hall of Fame and received his "statue" at the show as he was doing a question and answer session with a large room full of fans.
Again this year the annual U.S.Tobacco Ms. Motorsports contest was a very popular attraction. More than three dozen ladies took part in the contest.
Twenty year old Jennifer Olsen of Manheim, PA., a cosmetologist and dancer at the American Music Theatre, was the pick of the judges and named Ms. Motorsports '99. She will represent the show in personal appearances throughout 1999 and won $1,500. In addition she received jewelry courtesy of Golden Pleasures Jewelry of Bordentown, NJ and flowers from Flowers by Bill.
Ms. Olsen represented Airport Speedway of New Castle, Delaware. The attractive young lady listed dancing, acting, modeling and shopping as her hobbies.
"I am looking forward to representing the Pennzoil Motorsports Show in personal appearances throughout 1999. I am so delighted to have won this competition. I never dreamed the judges would select me," said Olsen.
Amy Lynne Tanner of Ivyland, PA, manager of Tanner Dairy Stores, representing New Egypt, NJ Speedway, finished a first runnerup and will be available should Ms. Olsen not be able to meet all her obligations.
Tara Thornton of Tuckerton, NJ finished as second runnerup. The personal secretary represented Perth Amboy Spring Works.
Kimberly Scheideler was named Most Photogenic while Courtenay Jernigan earned the Preliminary Sportswear Award. Amy Lynne Tanner was selected as the winner in the Final Sportswear competition. Daisy Jorgenson was first in preliminary swimwear and Jennifer Olsen won the final swimwear contest.
1998 Ms. Motorsports Kimberly Whitehead took part in the activities placing the crown on the new Ms. Motorsports. Show promoter Len Sammons presented the winner with the $1,500 check and Jackson Dunlap represented sponsor U.S. Tobacco.
Miss Courtney Smith, a pert and pretty seven year old from Chambersburg, PA won the Li'l Miss Motorsports Contest on Sunday afternoon. She is a former Little Miss Hagerstown Speedway and was representing Hagerstown Speedway.
In second place was Nichole Bartik, six years old, from Mohrsville, PA. She was representing Hardee's of Boyertown, PA. Third spot went to Holly Ziegler, 8 years old, Mechanicsburg, PA.
Kyle Yandach, a 7-year-old from Gibbstown, NJ won the Cash Dash for Big Wheel racers on Sunday afternoon in a close finish over Michael Weinhold Jr., a 6 year old from Robesonia, PA and Kyle Moser, a 3 year older from Pottstown, PA who was one day short of his fourth birthday. Yandach earned $75.00 for his efforts plus a beautiful trophy and other prizes. Yandach made it to the Cash Dash by winning the feature race for youngsters 7-9. Weinhold was the feature winner in the 5-6 division and Moser was tops in 3-4 year old feature.
Heat wins in the 3-4 year bracket went to Shawn McCollum of Warminster and Frank Dundon of Wilmington, Delaware.
In the 5-6 bracket of Big Wheel competition heat wins went to Michael Weinhold Jr. and Bobby Scherff of Horsham, PA.
Kyle Yandash made a clean sweep of his day by also winning his heat race in the 7-9 class while Mathew Harrell of Elmer,NJ won the second heat.
More than 50 youngsters took part in the annual Big Wheel competition.
Awards were presented to a number of exibitors with Keen Transportation earning the Best Commercial Booth award. Oaklane Quarter Midgets got the top award for best 1/4-midget display. The Best Appearing Vintage car award went to Jim Hemphill Racing with their #43 three quarter midget. The Best Restored Vintage Open Cockpit car was the #29 sprint car. Best restored vintage stock car was the #68 Frazee Modified stock. The National Old Timers Organization got first as the best old timers club display.
Bart Nuss earned the best appearing open cockpit car and Ryan Kerr had the best appearing car, a small block modified displayed in the Bridgeport, NJ Speedway booth. Best track booth award went to Bridgeport Speedway.
Interesting to note was the fact that the media center, manned by Earl and Pam Krause, had material on hand from many more teams, speedways and organizations this year than in the past. The media center was a beehive of activity with many of the media using the facility to do interviews and write stories.
For information on Pennzoil Motorsports '2000 telephone Joe Pratt at 609.888.3618. And for room reservations for the next show it is not too early to be in touch with Marilyn Saxton at 215.752.2392. And for information on marketing and public relations opportunities in conjunction with the show contact Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. at 215.752.7797.