Beer City of Quakertown BASH Racing Party Cures Winter Blues Fri., Feb. 26; Don Marks Memorial Award Winner To Be Announced

Date: 2/7/2010 12:48:34 AM

News from the 25th annual Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM
Media Contact: Brett Deyo - 845.728.2781 or
For Immediate Release/February 6, 2010
Beer City of Quakertown BASH Racing Party Cures Winter Blues Fri., Feb. 26; Don Marks Memorial Award Winner To Be Announced
READING, PA - Need a cure for the winter blues? Want a night out of the house to socialize with friends from the racing community?
Mark your calendar for Friday night, Feb. 26 when the annual BASH Racing Party takes place at the Temple (Pa.) Fire Company as part of the 25th annual Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM. The BASH begins at 9 p.m.
The annual BASH includes the presentation of show awards, including Best of Show, Best Modified, Best Open Cockpit, Best Late Model, Best Micro-Sprint, Best Restored Race Car and Best Quarter Midget as decided by a voting panel of press members.
A highlight of the BASH Racing Party will be the presentation of the first-ever Don Marks Memorial Contribution to Motorsports Award.
Nominees representing numerous facets of the sport have been received via e-mail through the show Web site ( for several months. The votes have been tallied and the winner will be revealed at the BASH.
"Don Marks was a friend to everyone in the sport," event organizer Brett Deyo said. "This award will go to someone that has given their all to the support of local auto racing, just like Don did for so many years."
Marks was the longtime track photographer at Grandview (Pa.) Speedway, submitting photos to a number of publications. His work was seen in the pages of Area Auto Racing News weekly from Grandview and many other tracks up and down the East Coast. He was also an active member of the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA). Marks passed away suddenly in 2008.
Sponsorship support for the 2010 BASH comes via Beer City of Quakertown, Pa., owner Bert Jones and Lee Myles Transmissions Pennsylvania locations in Reading, Birdsboro, Allentown, Easton, Mt. Pocono & York.
Tickets for the BASH Party are $10 and will be available during the show at the Fairgrounds Square Mall (5th Street Highway - Reading, Pa.) or at the door. The Temple Fire Company is located on Kutztown Road, just minutes from the mall.
The BASH Party will feature music for dancing, a cash bar, racing movies (including 2009 footage from the Pennsylvania Dual-Track circuit) and plenty of bench racing.
The BASH is open to drivers, team owners, officials, crew members, sponsors, media members, track owners and fans.
"It should be a fun night out before for everyone before the season gets going," Deyo said.
Over 100 race cars (present-day and restored), speedway exhibits, vendors, sanctioning bodies and more will fill the Fairgrounds Square Mall Feb. 21-27 for the 25th anniversary of the Racing Legends Reunion & Car Show presented by Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM.
For general information, contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781, via e-mail at or on the web:
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25th Racing Reunion & Car Show TENTATIVE Schedule of Events
Sun., Feb. 21 - Show kickoff & race team move-in
Sun., Feb. 21 - (2 p.m.) - Introduction to Enduro Racing with NEETS owner Joe Cutri (Stage)
Mon., Feb. 22 - (6:30 p.m.) - Brian Hirthler of Four Star Lettering & Graphic Design letters a dirt Modified live at the show
Mon., Feb. 22 - (7 p.m.) - Pioneer Pole Buildings Inc. presents Open Wheel Night - Drivers from ARDC, URC, SpeedSTR Series and more -  - Rich "Toby" Tobias Jr. of Speedway Entertainment speaks about the state of the sport and affordable racing technology - Drivers scheduled to appear: URC champion J.J. Grasso, URC star Davey Sammons, ARDC talents Steve Buckwalter, Trevor Kobylarz, Tracy Readinger & P.J. Gargiulo, 358 Sprint Car talent Keith Prutzman (additional drivers TBA)
Mon., Feb. 22 - (9 p.m.) - Drivers J.J. Grasso, Steve Buckwalter, Davey Sammons & Tracy Readinger Guest Bartend at Applebee's 5th Street Highway (adjacent to mall)
Tues., Feb. 23 - (7 p.m.) - Small Car Night  - Micro-Sprint, Legends Car, Slingshot & XCel 600 Modified Drivers Invited (Stage)
Tues., Feb. 23 - (7:30 p.m.) - presents "Small Car Roundtable" featuring Kevin Steele, Barry Angstadt, Mike Dicely, Doug Borger, Richie Hartman (Stage)
Wed., Feb. 24 - (3-5 p.m.) - WEEU 830AM Live Radio Broadcast (Stage)
Wed., Feb. 24 - (7 p.m.) - Reading Plastic Fabricators presents Modified Madness Night - Drivers from the area's big- and small-block Modified divisions - Drivers scheduled to appear: Grandview Speedway & Big Diamond Raceway talents Doug Manmiller, John Willman, Kevin Hirthler, Sean Merkel, Terry Meitzler, Jeff Strunk & more - Meet the BFP Specialty Young Guns: Mike Gular, Billy Pauch Jr., Jon Kellner Jr., Brad Missimer, Kyle Follweiler, A.J. DeSantis, Addison Meitzler, Jordan Umbenhauer, Kevin Albert Jr., Danny Nicholas, Carroll Hine III, Mike Lisowski, Jared Umbenhauer & Michael Weinert
Wed., Feb. 24 - (9 p.m.) - Drivers Jeff Strunk, Mike Gular, Doug Manmiller & Kevin Hirthler Guest Bartend at Applebee's 5th Street Highway (adjacent to mall)
Thurs., Feb. 25 - (7 p.m.) - Joe Adams Lettering LLC presents Late Model & Sportsman Night - Drivers from the Grandview Speedway Late Model division and regional Sportsman division - Kevin Kovac of the World Racing Group reports on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series - Drivers scheduled to appear: Sportsman stars Billy Moyer Jr., Michael Weinert, and Daryl Dissinger, Late Model talents Brian Shuey, Chuck Schutz, Nate Christman, Kyle Merkel, Kurt Spotts (additional drivers TBA)
Thurs., Feb. 25 - (9 p.m.) - Drivers Brian Shuey, Chuck Schutz & Nate Christman Guest Bartend at Applebee's 5th Street Highway (adjacent to mall)
Fri., Feb. 26 - (6:30 p.m.) - Reading Fairgrounds Speedway Reunion (Stage)
Fri., Feb. 26 - (9 p.m.) - Beer City of Quakertown BASH Racing Party - Temple Fire Company (tickets available for $10 during show & at the door) - Sound provided by Lee Myles Transmissions
Sat., Feb. 27 - (5 p.m.) - FIRST EVER Penn National Speedway Reunion (Stage)
Author Gary Ludwig will appear nightly beginning at 4 p.m. and during mall hours on Feb. 21 and 27 to autograph copies of his best-selling book Tommy Hinnershitz, the Life and Times of an Auto Racing Legend, which will be on sale at the show. Click here for biography
Grandview Speedway will have representatives signing up NASCAR members on Wed., Feb. 24 (6-9 p.m.), Thurs., Feb. 25 (6-9 p.m.), Fri., Feb. 26 (5-9 p.m.) and Sat., Feb. 27 (5-9 p.m.) at the Grandview display.
- Mall Hours: Sunday 11 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. -
*Schedule subject to change.

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