ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 1/28/03 - Following two successful weekend auto racing shows in January - the Ft. Washington Motorsports show and the York Dirt-Trackin show - Lincoln Speedway promoters Don and Bob Leiby, along with Alan Kreitzer, have just about...
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA, 1/28/03 - Following two successful weekend auto racing shows in January - the Ft. Washington Motorsports show and the York Dirt-Trackin show - Lincoln Speedway promoters Don and Bob Leiby, along with Alan Kreitzer, have just about got everything set to open the 2003 racing season. The 2003 season will mark the 51st consecutive year of professional auto racing at the Pigeon Hills oval and it should be a memorable one.
It all starts in less than four weeks as Lincoln Speedway will once again host the Northeast Season Opener with the Ice Breaker 30 for the 410 sprints and the Spring Thaw 20 for the thundercars on Saturday afternoon, February 22 at 2 PM.
The 410 sprinters will running a special 30 lap opening day feature with $3,000 going to the winner. And as with most weekly shows, the highly touted and respected thundercars will join the action with there brand of fendered racing action featuring what many say is the most competitive weekly support division in Central Pennsylvania.
Then following four straight weeks of Saturday afternoon racing featuring the 410 sprint and thundercar regulars, Lincoln will then shift to night time racing Saturday, March 22nd.
Lincoln's racing season is dotted with several traditional yearly shows once again, such as visits by the All Star Circuit of Champions, a special mid-week 51st Anniversary Show, the Super Sprint Championship, Pennsylvania Speedweek/4th Annual Kevin Gobrecht Memorial, the Daryl Gohn/Glenn Gohn Sr. Memorial, the 9th Annual Bobby Abel Memorial, the 15th Annual Manufacturers Appreciation Race, and ending with the 7th Annual Kenny Weld Memorial.
Along with these special shows will be special nights featuring Kids Big Wheel racing, fireworks, several auto racing club nights, and another yearly favorite - Kids Night - on Saturday night, August 16th.
In addition to these shows, two recent additions had been added that will definitely be ones not to miss.
The Super Late Models, once a weekly staple at the Abbottstown oval, will make there long awaited return on Saturday evening, April 5th. Originally scheduled as a limited late model show, the Super Late Model s will now take there place that night in what for many has been a long awaited return of the best late model racers in the area.
With the super late models in action the night before at Williams Grove, a large contingent of late models is expected to be on hand.
The other regular point division at Lincoln Speedway, the 358 Sprints, will host several shows once again during 2003. But none will be as anticipated as the one show on Saturday night June 7th. With the backdrop of Manheim Auto Auction Night that night, the 358 sprinters will be shedding there top wings that night and go wingless. With no wingless shows on the original 2003 schedule, it was decided that the 358 sprinters would be given that honor this night.
So be sure to mark you calendar with these two big additions to Lincoln Speedway's 2003 schedule. The Super Late Models on Saturday night, April 5th, and the "Wingless" 358 Sprinters on Saturday night, June 7th.
In addition to firming up the 2003 schedule, track master preparer Fred Putney has been busy in the off-season putting finishing touches on several track improvements.
Over 80 truckloads of new clay have been added to the already lightning fast racing surface as well as new guardrail being put in place. In addition, the first and second turn catch-fence has now been extended down the outside of the backstretch. And one of the more noticeable improvements to be seen on opening day will be from the pits as the Coor's Lite Scoreboard, along with almost all the billboards which lined the outside of the backstretch, have now been moved outside the third and fourth turns, giving the teams in the pits an unobstructed view of the entire racing oval.
After the move of the pits to outside the backstretch last year to give the fans the first-ever unobstructed view of Lincoln Speedway last year, it was evident that the teams which now pitted outside the backstretch were at a disadvantage. So the promoters waited until this off-season and made it happen with the move of the scoreboard and billboards.
So don't forget to mark your calendar with Saturday February 22nd's Northeast Season Opener featuring the 410 sprints and the thundercars. gates open at noon, with hot laps getting underway at 1:30 PM, and the first heat taking the green at 2 PM.
To get all the latest news, results, schedule changes and rule changes, visit Lincoln Speedway's website at www.lincolnspeedway.com to stay up-to-date on all the action at Central Pennsylvania's premier Saturday night race track - Lincoln Speedway.