STRAIGHT LINE FEVER HIGHLIGHTS DAY TWO OF QUAKER STEAK & LUBE DIRT TRACK HEREOS SHOWadmin
The Quaker Steak and Lube Eleventh Annual Dirt Track Heroes Show kicked off Sunday to a rousing start as 144 cars filled the Mall walkways and the great momentum from the first day carried into Monday evening as day two of the week-long journey into racing featured a salute to the Drag Racing history in the Tri-County area and beyond. Again with weather and power outages still plaguing the area, a small group of drag racers from the straight line racing community signed in to chat about their great drag racing memories in a roundtable discussion. Alex’s Tire/Breidingers Speed Shop located in Stockertown, PA, Smitty’s Collision Center in Easton, PA and Murante’s Auto Repair located in Nazareth, PA sponsored the Monday evening show.
Straight line fever became the main topic of discussion and operating drag racing facilities such as the long-closed facilities such as Harmony, Old Bridge, Vargo, Flemington and Mountain View (The Sticks) were highlighted in a fun night of great storytelling and fantastic racing memories. The diverse show schedule has something different planned for each night of the show and the Friday events on March 9th will feature two shows going back to back with the Legends of Racing taking place at 4 PM honoring the Grand Marshal of the event, Bobby Rossell, and the evening show paying tribute to the open wheel divisions of racing. The show closes on March 10th with Flemington Speedway Historical Society putting together a tremendous celebration with autograph and interview session followed by the presentation of the “Tas” Awards. A solid group of racing legends and the racing community is expected in for the closing day of the show.
With the eclectic Quaker Steak & Lube Restaurants the lead sponsor of the event, the excitement and the pulse for the week-long show quickens with each day as the diverse schedule of the week-long show offers a bit of everything to all racing fans. The 55 stores making up Quaker Steak & Lube annually sell more than 80 million wings per year and “The Lube” is recognized as “The best wings in the USA.” The Phillipsburg location has been dubbed “The Official Restaurant of the Dirt Track Heroes” show. To contact the restaurant, call: 908-454-2900 or check out their website at: www.thelube.com Before or after the show head to Quaker Steak & Lube and get recharged and refueled in a great sports setting.
The 11th annual edition of the show has amazing sponsorship support through headline sponsor Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant chain and associate sponsors IRCO Community Federal Credit Union, Premio Foods, Smith Fabrications/Stage One Modifieds, Jeff’s Automotive, Alex’s Tire/Breidingers Speed Shop, Adams Brothers Used Auto Parts, Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedways, Upstate Auto, JPA Masonry, R&T International Muffler and Brake, Phillipsburg Easton Honda, Murante Auto Repair, Martocci Automotive, APS Powdercoating, ARM Automotive, Smitty’s Collision Center, Clean Run Auto, Speed Tec, Dean Autosports, Gardner’s Auto Service, Penn Jersey Food Marts, Carl’s Auto Repair, Huston’s Automotive and Ralph’s Radiator. Nightly driver interviews and race cars of all types provide the race fan a full appetite of racing fun before the regular racing seasons begins. The Phillipsburg Mall, located on Route 22 East in Phillipsburg, NJ, has proven to be a popular setting for this special event and offers a multitude of race cars, racing memorabilia, collectibles and photos on display throughout the course of the show. The show continues to be FREE of charge to the mall traffic and the 2018 edition of the show is the trendsetter and showstopper of the many shows that are scheduled during the year.
Tuesday night’s show will feature “The Stars of Tomorrow” as the quarter midget drivers will be on hand to chat about their budding racing careers and many of them will be giving their first ever interviews to a sizeable crowd. The evening is sponsored by Adam’s Brothers Used Auto Parts located in Allentown, PA, Clean Run Auto in Pen Argyl, PA and Dean Autosports located in Stroudsburg, PA.
Round tabling the drag racing discussions on Monday night were Ed Beers, sponsor Alex Cortezzo, Joe Opitz, Lou Horvath, Kurt and Amy Grotyohann, Joe Lomastro, Wayne Sayer, Nate and Brian Seigfried and Art Baker. Tri-State Memorabilia personality Wyatt Jacobus was on hand to talk about the close cross-sectioning of the circle track and drag racing community. Alex Cortezzo was honored for his dedication to the Drag racing community and for his loyal support of the Dirt Track Heroes Show.
The great fan base of racing can come out to this Mall event and be transported back to a time when they could hop into their family jitney and travel less than a half hour to witness the excitement of a night at the races. All historical racing groups including Reading, Flemington, Harmony through Greg Collins, Tri-State, Remembering Nazareth, Bob Snyder Photos and Snyder Video, Mike Ritter Photos and Mocatek Memories through Justin Beltrame have their memorabilia on display and their many scrapbooks open for the fans to take another long look at the glory years of racing and possibly find a picture or two they want to purchase as a keepsake from past glory or racing exploits. More information is available regarding the show by calling: 443-513-4456.
On display at the Mall include big and small block Modifieds, Sportsman, Micro-Sprints, Midgets, 360 and 410 Sprints, Wingless Sprints, Late Models, go-karts, quarter midgets and a broad variety of vintage and restored race cars and drag racing cars. Hamlin, Snydersville, Mahoning, New Egypt, Grandview, Big Diamond, Bridgeport, Oreville, and Accord, will again be among the many speedways involved with the 2018 show.
The Quaker Steak and Lube Dirt Track Heroes Car Show has a must-have event T-shirt done exclusively for the show. The great keepsake event souvenir program book has many great articles regarding our racing heroes and how the Dirt Track Heroes became a reality. The Phillipsburg Mall is open Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM and from Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 9 PM. The event offers race teams a great opportunity to promote their sponsors and announce their racing plans for the upcoming 2018 racing season.
Eleventh Annual Quaker Steak & Lube
Dirt Track Heroes Car Show
2018 Schedule of Events
Tuesday- March 6 – (6:30 PM) Adam’s Brothers Used Auto Parts, Clean Run Auto and Dean Auto Sport presents the “Stars of Tomorrow” featuring all Quarter Midget Clubs: West End, Keystone, Blue Mountain, Lehigh Valley and more
Wednesday- March 7 – (6:30 PM) – Hamlin Speedway/S&S Speedways, JPA Masonry and Smith Fabrication/Stage One Modifieds presents Hamlin Speedway all divisions, Snydersville Raceway, Accord Speedway, and Orange County Fair Speedway
Thursday- March 8- (6:30)- Phillipsburg Easton Honda, Penn Jersey Supermarkets and Gardner’s Auto Service presents New Egypt, Bridgeport, Grandview, Big Diamond, Mahoning and Evergreen Speedways
Friday – March 9 – (1st Show (4 p.m.) – APS Powder coating, ARM Automotive and Speed Tec presents Special Edition “The Legends of Racing” honoring Grand Marshal Bobby Rossell with many legendary stars from Reading, Nazareth, Harmony and Flemington expected to participate.
Second Show- (7:00 PM)- Martocci Automotive, R&T International Muffler and Carl’s Auto Repair presents Salute to Open Wheel Racing Divisions-Thunder on the Hill, ATQMRA, Vintage ¾ Midgets, Midgets, Action Track, Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, 305, 358,360 and 410 Sprint Car Divisions
Saturday – March 10 – (1:00) –Premio Foods and Flemington Speedway Historical Society presents a Special Tribute to All Racing Legends from Flemington Speedway & all Speedways with interview and autograph sessions and the Presentation of the “Tas” Awards (Ray Liss, Harry Dee, Kenny Brightbill, Billy Osmun)
IRCO is a nightly sponsor for all events. Charitable Organization is St John’s Angels
Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. –
*Schedule subject to change